The New Pollution

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  • The New Pollution: # 035 – Cody ChesnuTT
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    The New Pollution: # 035 – Cody ChesnuTT

    Most of you should remember Cody’s super hit Look Good In Leather (or “Ode to Tnev” as referred to by nobody) from 2001, and perhaps more well-known re-working of The Seed which featured The Roots, but admittedly, the southern soul man has been pretty quiet since then (sparing a brief appearance in Dave Chappelle’s Block

  • The New Pollution: # 034 – Modern Rivals
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    The New Pollution: # 034 – Modern Rivals

    Modern Rivals take their name from a group of inferior and plagiaristic mathematicians identified in a 19th century geometry textbook. But don’t let that fool you, they’re actually complete nerds. Hailing from Brooklyn (of course) Modern Rivals are five friends who met at different school levels in New York and Chicago. They make dreamy indie

  • The New Pollution: # 033 – Mikhael Paskalev
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    The New Pollution: # 033 – Mikhael Paskalev

    Mikhael Paskalev is a half Norwegian/Bulgarian export who makes upbeat, folksy rock that is sure to get toes tapping. His single I Spy has gathered some 500,000+ hits on YouTube, although I think that’s mostly down to the “smash Ikea” fantasy most of us dream of. Paskalev will release a full-length album later in the year, but

  • The New Pollution: # 032 – Here We Go Magic
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    The New Pollution: # 032 – Here We Go Magic

    Obscure Band: check From Brooklyn: check 2+ Music Videos: check Here We Go Magic are the next in a proud line of Brooklyn bands I’ve written about. Lead by a guy called Luke Temple, Here We Go Magic combine melodic indie rock with some folk and occasional 80’s post-punk. Luke released solo material before being

  • The New Pollution: # 031 – Oberhofer
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    The New Pollution: # 031 – Oberhofer

    I first heard Oberhofer back in 2010 with a single called Don’t Need Ya, which was good enough that I remember it, but mediocre enough to turn me off further investigation into the band at the time. Knowing about the band before you aside, Oberhofer have some amazing new songs out with Away Frm U being

  • The New Pollution: # 030 – Beach Fossils
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    The New Pollution: # 030 – Beach Fossils

    Beach Fossils are another one of those surf-rock bands. They’re worth writing about though, because they’re not singing about the same, sun-soaked Californian beaches that everyone else is. Beach Fossils songs make you think of cold beaches, that have black sand…but are memorable nonetheless. Plus they’re from Brooklyn, so…bonus points. The band brought out their

  • The New Pollution: # 029 – The Cast Of Cheers
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    The New Pollution: # 029 – The Cast Of Cheers

    Look I know, we’ve been just flooded with Irish math rock bands in the last few months, but what’s one more Irish math rock band? The up side is, we get to feel a bit more elitist because only musically inclined knowledgeable cool people can comprehend math rock. The Cast Of Cheers, who recently took

  • The New Pollution: # 028 – American Royalty
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    The New Pollution: # 028 – American Royalty

    Much like Queen, The Presidents of the United States of America and Kings of Leon (circa 2004), I’ve always found that bands with grandiose monikers are the ones to watch. American Royalty are no exception. The Los Angeles band combine blues rock and house dance with some Old West piano thrown in for good measure.

  • The New Pollution: # 027 – Team Spirit
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    The New Pollution: # 027 – Team Spirit

    From what I can make out, Team Spirit is the product of Ayad Al Adhamy (synth player with Passion Pit) who apparently felt the need to start writing more songs on guitar. The result is “awesome fun rock n roll” according to their band camp. A debut (eponymous) EP was released at the end of

  • The New Pollution: # 026 – Little Comets
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    The New Pollution: # 026 – Little Comets

    If you’re in a bad mood for any given reason, listening to Little Comets will either; a.) pick you up out of your slump and get you toe-tapping your way to dance happy success  OR; b.) make you angrier that you’re not having the same good times these Newcastle (Norven Inglend) lads are having. Let’s

  • The New Pollution: # 025 – Lescop
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    The New Pollution: # 025 – Lescop

    A friend of mine used to promote a British themed club night at the newly refurbished Abercrombie Hotel (Abercrombie St and Broadway). Occasionally there were themes i.e. Beatles night, Madchester night etc. Anyway, I offhandedly suggested one night we do a French invasion to which he promptly replied, “What, 2 hours of Daft Punk and

  • The New Pollution: # 024 – Late Of The Pier
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    The New Pollution: # 024 – Late Of The Pier

    Late Of The Pier are a British dance-punk band who have all but disbanded since releasing 2010 single, Best In Class. I’ve been hanging out for a follow-up to debut album Fantasy Black Channel (2008) but since all members are working with different bands and side projects at the moment, I thought it would be best

  • The New Pollution: # 023 – Savages
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    The New Pollution: # 023 – Savages

    Savages take the award for “most recently formed band at the time of writing” so ask your friends if they’ve heard of them if you want to sound like you’ve just got back from London. A collaboration by members from London band Neurotic Mass Movement (relations music on par with Howling Bells and Interpol) and

  • The New Pollution: # 022 – Standard Fare
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    The New Pollution: # 022 – Standard Fare

    Standard Fare (name taken from a bus sign) are a jangle-pop band from Sheffield. Their 2010 debut album, The Noyelle Beat, garnered critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic and should be listened to by everyone into upbeat guitars and howling females up front. Standard Fare toured extensively on the back of The Noyelle

  • The New Pollution: # 021 – The Concept
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    The New Pollution: # 021 – The Concept

    And now, to present the award for “most difficult band/artist to Google” is former winner Matt Johnson, lead singer and guitarist for The The. Matt Johnson:  “… and the nominees are;” “San Francisco based indie-rock band, Girls!”  ** applause ** “Brooklyn buzz-wave band, Friends!!”  ** generous applause** “And finally, Swedish version of Phoenix, The Concept!!”

  • The New Pollution: # 020 – Starky
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    The New Pollution: # 020 – Starky

    Starky are another band that peaked back in 2006. Unfortunately, they’re in musical heaven now, but check out their songs if you’re into The Strokes, The Smiths, Loon Lake and Bloc Party. Starky was a guitar-heavy indie rock band from Sydney that came to prominence on Triple J alongside like-minded bands including Red Riders, Expatriate

  • The New Pollution: # 019 – Giant Drag
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    The New Pollution: # 019 – Giant Drag

    2005 was a great time for music. Bloc Party were making post-punk songs, Purple Sneakers was still at the Abercrombie and Friday night Rage was actually worth taping, in the hope that you would discover your new favourite band. One of the bands that I became instantly hooked on during this great time for music

  • The New Pollution: # 018 – HEARTSREVOLUTION
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    The New Pollution: # 018 – HEARTSREVOLUTION

    HEARTSREVOLUTION are an attractive duo (usual trio) from New York who make music which is situated somewhere between dance and noise-punk. Some of their sounds are quite jarring, but given the right atmosphere, HEARTSREVOLUTION’s songs will surely disintegrate the dance floor you’re trying to look cool on. True NME darlings, Ben Pollock and Leyla “Lo”

  • The New Pollution: # 017 – Hooded Fang
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    The New Pollution: # 017 – Hooded Fang

    If you haven’t been getting enough surf rock lately, Hooded Fang might be the remedy. The band hail from Toronto (Canada), but don’t let that fool you, the tunes on their latest LP (Tosta Mista) could easily sneak their way into the Beach Boys back catalogue. I could also hear some 50s girl pop influences

  • The New Pollution: # 016 – Moving Units
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    The New Pollution: # 016 – Moving Units

    If you’ve read even a few of my posts for The New Pollution, you’ll get the vibe that it’s all about new music, new bands, and the new things they’re doing lately. This will be the case for the most part, however I would like to take the odd stroll down memory lane to connect

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