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Best New Releases This Week – The Vaccines, Kids on a Crime Spree, Mando Diao, Robert Pollard, Seapony, Miwa Gemini, Son Lux

Between returning from the trek up to Sasquatch in central Washington, and catching up with everything since then, we are a ‘lil late with this week’s Best New Releases. Apologies on that. That said, of all the week’s new releases, The VaccinesWhat Did You Expect From The Vaccines? is definitely our top album pick, and one of our favorite LPs of 2011, so far. We’ve already spun the whole disc about five or six times. The Vaccines are one of the biggest breakout bands of 2011, and their debut album, out now, proves over and over again why that is so true.

And, there are some really excellent singles this week from new releases by Kids on a Crime Spree, Mando Diao, Robert Pollard, Seapony, and others. Plus, don’t miss new releases this week from artists and bands you’ve probably never heard of before. Each of the artists featured in the In Dee Mail section sent their music to us directly via our submission form. We think you might be surprised at how good some of the music that you probably haven’t heard before really is. :)

“If You Wanna”The Vaccines from What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?

“Norgaard”The Vaccines from What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?

“Sweet Tooth”Kids On a Crime Spree from We Love You So Bad

“Dance with Somebody”Mando Diao from Give Me Fire!

“In A Circle”Robert Pollard from Lord of the Birdcage

“Dreaming”Seapony from Go With Me

Double-shot: “Blue Star”Seapony from Go With Me

“Goodnight Trail”Miwa Gemini from Fantastic Lies of Grizzly Rose

“Circuital”My Morning Jacket from Circuital

“Pirata”Ocote Soul Sounds from Taurus

“Rising”Son Lux from We Are Rising

In Dee Mail Releases

When applicable, we include new releases from relatively unknown artists and bands that we like who specifically sent us their music via the submission form on the About page. It will be interesting to see how listeners react to the songs below. We’ll be looking at the number of downloads to gauge which of these bands people seem interested in, and please definitely leave some comments. The artists below, including Nashville’s I Believe In Hotpants, San Francisco band Charlottesville, Swiss band Costa, Inc., that get the largest overall response will be featured in upcoming posts of In Dee Mail.

The first thing we thing we thought of was Arctic Monkeys when we heard the following two tracks from Manchester rock band The Stand. Could be a band to watch?

“Waiting for a Sign”The Stand from The Green Room
Double-shot: “Inside Your Mind”The Stand from The Green Room

“Is That You, Fr. Payeras?”I Believe in Hotpants from The Teenage Pregnancy Party

“An Outclassed Song Title” I Believe in Hotpants from The Teenage Pregnancy Party

“A Hundred”Charlottesville from The Heron That Taught Us

“In Recollection” –  Charlottesville from The Heron That Taught Us

“Spring” Costa, Inc. from Our Little Parallel World

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  1. Really great website i’ve been putting together a playlist of songs off the website for listening at school. None of my classmates appreciate it but there is only so many times that i can listen to a man throw up into a microphone before i just put on my music (not really mine). I really liked the vaccines and the stand.

  2. As an indie artist, this is great. Many considerations arise for those of us who self publish. How do we publicize our music? How do we distribute it? How much do we charge for a score? What do we make available for perusal? These questions present a minefield and independent composers each need to find the answers that work best for them.

    • Very good question Deboul. Those questions are on-going and differ from band to band. The great thing about the age of everyone connected all the time is that – despite the issues of music piracy (which we condemn in excessive and when it becomes abusive) – bands have more opportunities to market themselves and engage directly with their fans than ever before. What bands need to be careful about is to over-charge, especially on for concert tickets. In 2010, there was a huge drop in attendance at indie rock concerts across the U.S. Analysts believe the major reason for that was that bands were charging too much for tickets, and combined with the pile-on of fees, concert goers punished them by not showing up in the numbers they had in previous years.

  3. Oh my, thank you so much for that Son Lux song! I’d never heard of them before, but now I have a new favorite band. :D

  4. I’m so glad you showcased the Son Lux album…AMAZING! I live in SoCal, so it reminds me of Disneyland throughout, everything from Alice in Wonderland to Haunted Mansion, but so tasteful. I’ve Liked/Fan’d them on FB. Absolute favorite part is at 1:12 on All the Right Things, when the kick/bass come in…insane.

    And yeah, Vaccines album really succeeds in filling a certain need in my heart for stylish pop rock. It is some weird blend of Best Coast with anything on the radio.

    Every song on both of these albums is memorable.

    Now, if I can just hold out for the new Bon Iver.

  5. Good stuff from I believe I hotpants. I also got the new Vaccines today, love it!! Please keep up the good work. I visit this site all the time, it really keeps me on the cutting edge of music.

    • Hey Bud: Glad you like IBIHPs and we’re humbled that you come to IRC for your music – that’s the whole point of what we do – to make it easy and convenient for people to quickly hear lots of new songs from a whole variety of bands. Can’t say we always get it right, but hopefully you like most of what we feature. And there is SO much music in the pipeline that has not really been featured before on the web – and you’ll hear for yourself (hopefully) why it doesn’t make sense you’ve never heard of all of these great artist and bands (and also we’ll keep you updated on the ‘popular’ indie bands too :)

      Enjoy and thanks for participating.

  6. The entire Son Lux album We Are Rising blows my mind… incredible.

  7. The Vaccines are new for me, but now i hear the last album i think that they are very good, really like In a circle.
    Nice blog.

  8. love the site, seapony sounds great!

  9. Charlottesville is definitely the best of the later group. Thanks


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