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MP3 At 3PM: The Incredible Vickers Brothers

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been nearly 10 years since the Incredible Vickers Brothers invited us into “their” world with debut album Gallimaufry. Since then, there’s been heavy silence from the power “duo” of Rob and Bob Vickers and much talk of an anticipated follow-up LP. Today, we’re proud to share with you “their” latest single, “Mirrors,” from new album Torch Songs For Swingers, out March 9. Filled with infectious guitar melodies and head-nodding rhythms, “Mirrors” is a must listen for you today. Download and/or stream it below.

“Mirrors” (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Dan Rico

As 2018 quickly approaches, we’d like to introduce you to an artist who’ll definitely be making his mark next year: Dan Rico. He’s a Chicago-based producer/instrumentalist who blends heavy blues-inspired chords with fuzzy lyrics, as heard on new single “Flesh And Bone” (on the Shit In A Can label). Download and/or steam it below.

“Flesh And Bone” (download):

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Normal History Vol. 455: 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 33-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

Turns out Gina Birch of the Raincoats loves this song! As a huge fan of the Raincoats, this is really exciting! She asked me what the music was (on Facebook) in a video of my currently available paintings, so I listed all five songs and she said she hadn’t gotten past the first one, that she’d been playing it over and over. I got her email address and sent her the mp3. She also loves my paintings—says she’s gonna buy one! I’m not gonna try and hide my excitement here! The Raincoats were hugely important to the formation of Mecca Normal. It’s hard to imagine what we’d be doing if the Raincoats’ records weren’t around in 1984 or so—and much earlier for Dave, who lived in London (squatting!!) in the late ’70s and saw them play a Rock Against Sexism show in Hackney.

“This Is Different” from Jarred Up (K, 1993) (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Little Shrine

If you’re a sucker for soothing, lullaby-like folk music, take a listen to Little Shrine. The San Francisco trio’s latest single, “Stone” (the lead track off mini-LP Wilderness), is a tender tune filled with potent lyrics and lazy guitar strums that’ll sure keep you warm this winter. Download and/or stream “Stone” below.

“Stone” (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Italian Beaches

Take some time out of your day today to check out one of our latest favorite groups. Italian Beaches is a trio hailing from Lexington, Ky., that creates a lovely combination of sizzling electro-pop and haunting vocals that somehow flow perfectly with each other. Below, we’ve shared “Tornado” from the band’s self-titled debut album on Desperate Spirits. Download and/or stream it below.

“Tornado” (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Dead Leaf Echo

Dead Leaf Echo recently wrapped up its U.S. tour in support of latest album Beyond.Desire (Papercup), and today we’re bringing you a free mp3 for the Brooklyn quartet’s garage-rock-inspired “Temple.” It’s filled with nifty guitar solos and burly lyrics that’ll definitely help make “Temple” one of your new favorite songs. Download and/or stream it below.

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MP3 At 3PM: The Good Graces

Before they release The Hummingbird EP next year, we’d like to formally introduce you to the Good Graces. Hailing from Atlanta, the Good Graces are an indie-folk group lead by singer/songwriter Kim Ware. Their newest single, “The First Girl,” is a warm, soft-rock tune filled with tender violin hints that’ll definitely make its way into your heart. Download and/or stream it below.

“The First Girl” (download):

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Normal History Vol. 454: 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 33-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

Many of the songs on Jarred Up are rooted in places. I’m not sure if this was an overarching theme at the time or whether this is something I’m noticing all these years later, looking back.

As with “Broken Flowers,” there’s a lot of nuanced landscape rolling by in cinematic vignettes on the album as a whole. Maybe because we were on tour a lot in those days and lyric writing often “took place” on the road, which is also a very good time to mull over bigger pictures.

Being the daughter of painters—one of them a very strong landscape painter with a solid bent for verbal communication—gives me a unique perspective when it comes to describing what I see around me. I recently completed a series of snow-covered mountain paintings that suddenly turned into sequential art when I introduced another series directly into the landscape—paintings of women in red hats (after Vermeer) slipping around out on a frozen lake. This is my idea of fun—also intended for seasonal gifting strategies, truth be known!

“Broken Flowers” from Jarred Up (K, 1993) (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: RJ Thompson

British singer/songwriter RJ Thompson just released Echo Chamber (it’s available here), and we’re pleased share fourth single “Skimming Stones” today. Says Thompson of the song, “For me, this is my favorite track on the album. Although the album is quite political in its lyrics, this song breaks away and talks about the end of a relationship, about it ending without either person realizing that it was falling apart. I think a lot of people can relate to that feeling: realizing that you’re not the same people as you used to be and don’t share the same path anymore. Thankfully, the relationship in the song is not one of my own, but something that I have witnessed from a distance recently.” Catch Jools Holland on tour now and later in December with Jools Holland, and download and/or stream “Skimming Stones” below.

“Skimming Stones” (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Cayden Wemple

If you’re searching for a new singer/songwriter to fall in love with, take a look at Cayden Wemple. He’s an 18-year-old from California who makes gentle, indie-folk music well beyond his years. Wemple’s latest single is “Better,” which you can download and/or stream below.

“Better” (download):

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