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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 2/5 – 2/11/17

Record Rewind - February 12, 2017

Sunday afternoon means it’s time for the Record Rewind, highlighting the top new tracks that you might’ve missed during the work week, all from my favorite independent acts out there. If it’s on the site, it’s something that you need to check out!

Across the PGTC SoundCloud page and my playlists on Spotify, these stuck out as my favorite independent songs of the week…
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JOE HICKS – “Best Clothes” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Hicks is a new name for the Rewind, but I think he’s got a sound that’ll stick around for some time on my radar. The retro-tinged jam is equal parts soulful and soft rock, and seems to be picking up some love on SoundCloud. All in all, “Clothes” dresses up very nicely.


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MARC SCIBILIA – “Summer Clothes” (iTunes) (Spotify)
It’s sure nice to have a bit of “Summer” in the middle of winter. Nashville’s Scibilia is doing pretty well for himself as an independent artist, having reached a million streams on two of his songs that were self-released last year. The acoustic pop track is worth a listen.


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RAINSFORD featuring SWIMSUIT ISSUE – “Sweet Spot” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Five months ago, this Los Angeles performer last appeared on the Rewind with a great single called “Too Close”. Needless to say, I’ll satisfy my “sweet” tooth’s craving with this delight, which should be another blog hit. The tropical influence on this tune is excellent.


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WILD – “Hold Us Together” (iTunes) (Spotify)
It’s been a minute since this Los Angeles trio caught my attention, but I really enjoyed their EP All We’ll Ever Have, especially tracks like “Silver & Gold” and “Where Love Lives”. Their radio-ready sound comes through again, a nice blend of light folk and bright pop.


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For more great new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
Adam Friedman – “Signals” (SoundCloud)
Benji Lewis – “Drift” (SoundCloud)
FRND – “Substitute” (SoundCloud)
LEVV – “Collateral Damage” (SoundCloud)
Lukr – “Astronaut” (SoundCloud)

Want to be featured on this weekly wrap-up? Submit your music to afsoybel@hotmail.com and I’ll check it out. Thanks!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of February 10, 2017

The Shades is real.

The Shades is real.

Our new releases post will see you now… or rather, you’ll see our new releases post now. Whatever the case may be, this set of fresh releases before the GRAMMY Awards has many great titles. Here are some of this week’s new albums and singles:

VARIOUS ARTISTS – Fifty Shades Darker (Soundtrack) (iTunes)
Led by the hit ZAYN and Taylor Swift duet, “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”, this set full of stars is likely to top the album chart next week. The original Fifty Shades Of Grey soundtrack, which included several big hits, became one of the top-selling albums of 2015. I think the film’s opening on Friday will contribute to some sales and streaming surges over the weekend, but just how high will it go?

RAG’N’BONE MAN – Human (iTunes)
The title track from this promising newcomer’s album has been on top of my personal chart for five big weeks, and it may just secure another week at the top come Sunday morning. Two of my favorite Jamies, Hartman and Scott, put in work on this album, and it’s at the top of iTunes charts in over 25 countries already. It should also make a decent splash here.

ANDREW MCMAHON IN THE WILDERNESS – Zombies On Broadway (iTunes)
McMahon recently hit the top ten on the Alternative radio listing with “Fire Escape”, his first since “Cecilia And The Satellite” in May of 2015. Of course, you probably remember how slow of a run that had. He’s likely due for another top 40 (or a first top 20) album.

BRETT YOUNG – Brett Young (iTunes)
Young took his time and hit the top of the Country radio chart late last year with “Sleep Without You”. His latest single at the format is “In Case You Didn’t Know”, and it could be headed to #1 as well. Look for it to top the Country Albums list next week.

More albums out this week: Lupe Fiasco‘s DROGAS Light (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Aaron Carter‘s LøVë (iTunes), Adam Friedman‘s Green (iTunes), Lukr‘s Heartbreak Mixtape, Vol. 1 (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“Chained To The Rhythm”, Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley (iTunes)
“Collateral Damage”, LEVV (iTunes)
“Distance”, Omarion (iTunes)
“Don’t Kill My Vibe”, Sigrid (iTunes)
“Ego”, Milky Chance (iTunes)
“Firetruck”, Vice featuring Sage The Gemini & TK Kravitz (iTunes)
“Flip Phone”, Fetty Wap (iTunes)
“I Don’t Know Why (Danny Avila Remix)”, Gavin James (iTunes)
“It Takes Two”, Carly Rae Jepsen and Lil Yachty (iTunes)
“Just A Man”, SoMo (iTunes)
“Oceans Away (Mansionair Remix)”, A R I Z O N A (iTunes)
“Shape Of My Heart”, Theory Of A Deadman (iTunes)
“Shape Of You (Acoustic + Galantis Remix)”, Ed Sheeran (iTunes)
“Substitute”, FRND (iTunes)
“Summer Clothes”, Marc Scibilia (iTunes)
“Temperamental Love”, Bridgit Mendler x Devontée (iTunes)
“Tethered”, Rationale (iTunes)
“The Way I Are (Acoustic)”, Leo Stannard x Carmody (iTunes)
“Wind In My Hair”, Mandy Moore (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Charlie Wilson, Ryan Adams and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 11/27 – 12/3

Record Rewind - December 4, 2016

Our new Record Rewind is about highlighting the top new songs that you may have missed, or should discover, from many of my favorite independent acts out there. If you like what you see, let me know what you think!

Across the PGTC SoundCloud page and my playlists on Spotify, these stuck out as my favorite independent songs of the week…

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ADAM FRIEDMAN – “Sad” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Santa Monica singer and songwriter Friedman returns with his follow-up to “Lemonade”, and how sweet it is to have him back. This track had a fair amount of love from Spotify’s New Music Friday playlists a few days ago, including the popular U.S. list. Get happy!

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MATT WOODS – “If You Forget Me” (iTunes) (Spotify)
This gorgeous ballad from Woods is off his EP called Ain’t No Use, which is amazing from start to finish. Of course, I’ve spent some time with his past material, and his voice is just spectacular. He could sing the phone book and I would stream it. Yes, it’s that great.

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PUBLIC – “4Her” (iTunes – n/a) (Spotify – n/a)
This Cincinnati group quickly hit the top of Hype Machine’s Twitter list a few days ago, and that should bode well for their single on SoundCloud (and more services soon, hopefully!) “4Her” has a fresh and fun vibe that should appeal to indie pop and tropical fans.

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WANDERER – “Make You Feel” (iTunes) (Spotify)
I wandered into this Arizona performer’s catalog earlier this year, and I’m certainly glad I did. Adam Simons has a great set of songs with his C I T Y EP, one of which was highlighted on the Rewind in September: “Call Me Crazy”. Call me a big fan of his music so far.

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For more great new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
LONELY BENSON – “Leave You Mama” (SoundCloud)
P O P F I L T E R – “In Love Again” (SoundCloud)
THE DUNWELLS – “It’s OK This Time” (SoundCloud)

Want to be featured on this weekly wrap-up? Submit your music to afsoybel@hotmail.com and I’ll check it out. Thanks!

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (July 2016)

It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new releases will be lighting up your local station’s playlist during the month. Which tunes will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s a selection of new singles being serviced in July in this month’s Radio Report:

Kungs
KUNGS vs. COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS – “This Girl” (July 5) (Alternative)
Label: Casablanca/Republic
What happens when a French DJ/producer remixes a 2009 album cut by an Australian soul trio? Well, you may just get a global hit out of it. 19-year-old Valentin Brunel has been creating remixes for several years, but this his been his biggest mix by far. Now, that international smash is coming to the U.S., where it’s gaining airplay at several formats. Will “Girl” become the queen of the charts?

Adam Friedman
ADAM FRIEDMAN featuring MIKE POSNER – “Lemonade” (July 11) (Triple A)
Label: Backtrack Music/INgrooves
Last month, Friedman performed this single on the TODAY Show as a part of Elvis Duran’s Artist Of The Month program. After the airing, it soared all the way into the top 200 on iTunes. Both this single and prior release “Pretty Things”, another Posner co-write, managed to score major Spotify playlists. The sweet sound of summer pop is ready to burst, so keep an eye out for Friedman’s rise.

Rob Thomas
ROB THOMAS – “Pieces” (July 11) (Hot AC)
Label: Atlantic
After two top 20 singles from his latest album, The Great Unknown, Thomas is looking for more chart success with the third. For a change of pace, this single is available in its original form, a radio mix and a remix by Dutch DJ/producer Sam Feldt. So, if you’re in the club and turnt up, or in the car and turning up the stereo, you’ve got options. The format truly needs his voice to stay on the air.

Tinie Tempah
TINIE TEMPAH featuring ZARA LARSSON – “Girls Like” (July 12) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: Warner Bros.
Though he’s had eight top ten singles on the U.K. Singles Chart as a main-credited artist, and plenty of other hit songs in a featured role, only one of them managed to hit the CHR top ten here. It was “Written In The Stars”, which went to #7 in 2011. Larsson is one of this year’s top breakouts at the format, after a few misfires in 2015. Together, these two could deliver one of the fall’s top tracks.

Weathers
WEATHERS – “Happy Pills” (July 12) (Alternative)
Label: RCA
Fresh off an early add in Los Angeles, the L.A.-based quartet has some great early buzz heading into their impact date. The group is quickly picking up some streaming support for both “Happy” and their previous single, “I Don’t Wanna Know”, while also prepping for a handful of U.S. dates in July and August. I think a hit doctor could easily prescribe them a massive run in the next few months.

Grouplove
GROUPLOVE – “Welcome To Your Life” (July 19) (Alternative)
Label: Canvasback/Atlantic
It’s been a while since we’ve heard from this group, who scored three top tens in a row on the Alternative chart in 2012 and 2013. Is “Welcome” ready to bring them back to a region? After a few smaller chart singles, it’ll certainly be a welcome sight. The track leads their upcoming album Big Mess, produced by Captain Cuts and Phil Ek. It is due at retailers and streaming outlets on September 9.

Nathan Sykes
NATHAN SYKES featuring G-EAZY – “Give It Up” (July 19) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: Global Entertainment
Former boy-bander Sykes is still looking for his first big U.S. hit as a solo artist. “Give” comes after “Kiss Me Quick” and “Over And Over Again” made a small splash at pop radio, with the latter song currently in the top 20 on the AC chart. With 2.5 million streams in three months on Spotify, the two guys certainly have some numbers to prove their case at radio. Will that momentum continue?

The Struts
THE STRUTS – “Put Your Money On Me” (July 19) (Alternative)
Label: FreeSolo/Interscope
The four English rockers have really been rockin’ on the Alternative chart, where their first two singles, “Could Have Been Me” and “Kiss This”, both reached the top ten. “Money” is from their album Everybody Wants, which was reissued earlier this year. Should the quartet film a new music video for it, I’m expecting cash cubes and dollar bills with “United Struts of America” printed on them.

Which of these new songs would you like to see atop the charts? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab above to find PGTC on social media.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 5/29 – 6/4

Record Rewind - June 5, 2016

Our new Record Rewind is about highlighting the top new songs that you may have missed, or should discover, from many of my favorite independent acts out there. We’ll be testing it out this month, so if you like what you see, let me know what you think!

Across the world of SoundCloud and my Indie Summer Mix on Spotify, these records stuck out as my favorite independent tunes of the week…

SINGLES

Adam Friedman
ADAM FRIEDMAN featuring MIKE POSNER – “Lemonade” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Drink up on the latest single from Friedman and his pal Posner, a tangy track about a man looking for love. (It’s not that simple.)

Alexander Jean
ALEXANDER JEAN – “So Bad” (iTunes) (Spotify)
“Bad” is good when it comes to this highlight from the six-song Head High EP. You’ll be just as tempted as the protagonists here.

Bryce Fox
BRYCE FOX – “Voodoo” (iTunes) (Spotify)
This Los Angeles Fox is on the run with his cool third single, an edgy pop cut that just might have you believing in his sonic spirit.

Kiah Victoria
KIAH VICTORIA – “Cold War” (iTunes) (Spotify)
You know that voice from Postmodern Jukebox, and now, Victoria shines through her story of struggle in this smooth soul song.

Mark Elliott
MARK ELLIOTT – “Drink To Thunk”
We got our first taste of Elliott earlier this year with “Dead End Love Affair”. His new electro-pop jam may get us drite to wrunk.

R.LUM.R
R.LUM.R – “Frustrated” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Reggie Williams is several cuts deep into his project, and if you’re looking for a night drive necessity for your list, this one is hot.

Vinyl Thief
VINYL THIEF – “Healing” (iTunes) (Spotify)
These Nashville guys will not only steal your records, but your attention too. It’s true. The slick song leads their forthcoming EP.

MUSIC VIDEOS

FRENSHIP
FRENSHIP featuring EMILY WARREN – “Capsize” (iTunes) (Spotify)
The Los Angeles duo is having a major moment on Spotify with this pop gem, but hey, we knew the two would break months ago.

Sody and Martin Luke Brown
SODY & MARTIN LUKE BROWN – “Wasted Youth” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Brown is a blog favorite, and newcomer Sody has some nice potential. Two is better than one on this, and it’s not “Wasted” at all.

Want to be featured on this weekly wrap-up? Submit your music to afsoybel@hotmail.com and I’ll check it out. Thanks!

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