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MP3 At 3PM: Dot Dash

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Dot Dash released Searchlights early in the summer, but rock ‘n’ roll knows no seasonal restrictions! Give “Holly Garland” a spin, a compact ounce of fuzzy indie rock that strips away any unnecessary elements in favor of head-bobbing fun. Check it out below.

“Holly Garland” (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Crushed Out

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Crushed Out has unleashed new LP Alien Ocean, so now is the time to dive into the duo’s groovy, slightly strange form of rock ‘n’ roll. Slippery sounds characterize “Skinny Dippin’,” with smooth vocals flowing right through splashes of lap steel. We know that was a lot of aquatic comparisons, but they do make a lot of sense alongside the track—which can be checked out below.

“Skinny Dippin’” (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Soft Pyramids

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Soft Pyramids has announced new LP Planes, which comes out October 28. “Paper Houses” opens up the record, a textured, easy-going rock tune with some serious density—layers and layers of guitars swapped out for distant horns in the song’s third act. Check it out below.

“Paper Houses” (download):

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Normal History Vol. 392: The Art Of David Lester

Every Saturday, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 32-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

The Message
Mother Africa walking along with Stephen Lewis. The dancers are dancing towards the camera. Hips moving real fast. A young woman in a school uniform, standing in front of the choir, singing a song perhaps she wrote for this occasion, this television opportunity. Make no mistake; it’s directed at you and me.

She sings, “Why me? Why him? Why her?”

But the real question underlies the theme. We know you have the drugs. You keep them under lock and key in the west away from us and you choose who lives, who dies.

Mother Africa takes off her large lens glasses and wipes her eyes. Stephen Lewis doesn’t look like he’s gonna cry. He takes the message back. Takes the message back to where it’s heard.

Why me? Why him? Why her? And do we choose who lives, who dies? Who dies?

“The Message” from the album The Observer (Kill Rock Stars, 2006) (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Kristoffer And The Harbour Heads

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Swedish band Kristoffer And The Harbour Heads will release EX/EX on November 4, and today we’re bringing you the opening track, “Right This Wrong.” The song’s misdirection is very exciting, spending a minute as a slow, moody dirge before erupting into jubilant synthesizers. Check it out below.

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MP3 At 3PM: LOOP 2.4.3

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LOOP 2.4.3 is interested in mind control. At least, that’s the impression we get from new track “Out To War,” which comes from the act’s latest LP Time-Machine_Music, a dizzying, even scary piece of work. LOOP 2.4.3 is described as an “improvisatory jazz/electro-classical/psychedelic rock ensemble,” and it does seem that “Out To War” is successful at jamming all of those disparate elements together. Curious what that sounds like? Check out the track below.

“Out To War” (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: The March Divide

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The March Divide’s “Go To Sleep” is a rollicking pop/rock tune, sounding straight from early-aughts radio. It comes from the San Antonio band’s most recent release Saturdays, and is sure to get you hyped for what the band has in store in their new EP Bribing Jace, which comes out in November. Check out “Go To Sleep” below.

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MP3 At 3PM: James Wolfglen

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James Wolfglen’s steamy, dark folk tune “27 Yr Old Women” is waiting for you to press on that play button. Wolfglen’s deep, warm voice is the centerpiece of this track, occasionally betraying some quiet fragility, left bare by the sparse music. If you like what you hear, be sure to check out Wolfglen’s new EP, Bombay Sapphire, on September 30.

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Normal History Vol. 391: The Art Of David Lester

Every Saturday, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 32-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

While Mecca Normal was on tour in 2014, Ian MacKaye (formerly of Fugazi) came to our show in D.C. and somehow ended up telling me that this is his favorite song off The Observer album. It’s a weird one to pick, because basically it’s just me singing and playing the piano, which was recorded after the guitar and vocal tracks. There was something David liked about the piano and voice, and he was all for taking the guitar out all together, making this the only Mecca Normal song without his guitar! He’s there in a way, because I’m playing piano to his guitar.

The Caribou And The Oil Pipeline
You’re in your car.
You’re running out of gas.
You pull in to get the gas.

3,000 miles north of here
100,000 caribou are heading for the sea,
bears and ravens following.

This is where the U.S. wants to put an oil pipeline.
It will disrupt the caribou migration.

You’ve see it on TV—there’s nothing you can do.
You can’t change the world, so you change the channel.
But in your mind, one fact stands alone:
this is for 180 days of oil
versus 20,000 years of caribou migration.

In a dream you see the caribou crossing an icy river, exhaling steam,
they dream themselves up and over steep and barren hills.

I didn’t think I could write a hit
about the caribou and the oil pipeline, but I had to try.

This is where the U.S. wants to put an oil pipeline.
It will disrupt the caribou migration.

You’re in your car. You’re running out of gas. You pull in to get the gas.
What if? What if?

“The Caribou And The Oil Pipeline” from the album The Observer (Kill Rock Stars, 2006) (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Allen Clapp

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Allen Clapp has announced his new EP, Six Seasons, due out November 11. He’s also been gracious enough to share new single “Friend Collector,” a vibrant piece of psychedelic pop, characterized by its gorgeous marriage of warm piano and charismatic synthesizers. Check it out below.

“Friend Collector” (download):

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