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RECORD REWIND 2019: PGTC Picks, Week Thirteen

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 small label and 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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PICK OF THE WEEK: ONE
CAPPA – “I Do” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Seventh appearance

It’s been about four months since this artist last appeared on the Rewind with her song “Sux”, and her latest track definitely doesn’t suck whatsoever. Written with Aaron Blackmar, the lighter pop tune has a pleasant melody, while still preserving a playful attitude.

PICK OF THE WEEK: TWO
JESSE SAINT JOHN – “Crying” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Fifth appearance

Released as a part of a two-track single with an updated version of his former Rewind pick “What Do U Like”, you might need some tissues (sold seperately) when you check this cut out for the first time. The retro-tinged electronic sound finds just the right groove.

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PICK OF THE WEEK: THREE
SVRCINA – “All I Wanna Do” (iTunes)
Previously on the Rewind: Ninth appearance

From “I Do” to “All I Wanna Do”, the latest Rewind entry for this Nashville performer may not be a hot Sheryl Crow cover, but it’s a pretty catchy single in its own right. Co-written with Ben Eggebrecht and Michael McEachern, it’s another super add to her catalog.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
CUBBI – “Buzzkill”
DANIELLA MASON – “Deepest Of Wells”
EBEN – “Nights Like This”
GABRIELLE APLIN – “Nothing Really Matters”
JOEL ADAMS – “Coffee”
LAUREN AQUILINA – “Tobacco In My Sheets”
RENCE – “Ways To Go”
THE DRIVER ERA – “Feel You Now”
THE WLDLFE – “The Other Side”

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, November 25-December 1, 2018

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 small label and 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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CAPPA – “Sux” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Sixth appearance
Notes: Continuing her streak of great pop songs, this performer’s follow-up to the June single “Tension” is another catchy earworm.

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EMILY BURNS – “Damn Good Liar” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance
Notes: Burns’s Seven Scenes From The Same Summer from earlier this year is a glorious pop set and this great tune is a winner too.

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MATT HALL – “Second Boyfriend” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance
Notes: Finally making it onto the Rewind with his sixth single of 2018, this Nashville artist connects with a super R&B-flavored jam.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
GABRIELLE APLIN – “My Mistake”
TESSA VIOLET – “Bad Ideas”
WRABEL – “First Winter”

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, June 3 – 9, 2018

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 small label and 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 independe2nt songs of the week…

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CAPPA – “Tension” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Four previous appearances, most recently “Hey Hi Hello” (September 2016)
Notes: After almost two years away from the Rewind, this Los Angeles singer is back with a fun and quirky new cut that really pops.

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KIM PETRAS – “Can’t Do Better” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance
Notes: This German singer returns with another great pop release with a booming hook that will get stuck in your head quite easily.

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PHANGS featuring MYSTERY SKULLS – “Louder” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Six previous appearances, most recently “Good Now” (February 2018) / First appearance
Notes: For that after hours disco party, or any time of day, this collaboration will have you blasting the sound and moving your feet.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
BLAIR – “Forever Animal”
BRIGHT LIGHT BRIGHT LIGHT – “How I Feel”
CONFETTI – “Right Now”
GREYSON CHANCE – “Good As Gold”
STARLEY – “Love Is Love”
TIPLING ROCK – “Prima Donna”

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 9/11 – 9/17

Record Rewind - September 18, 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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CAPPA – “Hey Hi Hello” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Bonjour and hola to another fun song from this Nashville singer, featured on her recent EP release titled Queen Of Hearts. She’s certainly been the Queen of the Rewind recently, with several cuts included to date. What are you waiting for? Check out her EP.

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EZA – “Sway” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Also adding to the abundance of Nashville pop this week is a cut from the scintillating and sensual Dead Reckoning EP, the latest set of songs from performer Ellery Bonham. It’s truly a great body of work. Look out for the sweat pouring out of your speakers.

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JUNIOR PROM – “You, Me, And Joe Strummer” (iTunes) (Spotify)
True story: I originally heard this song back in February 2015 when I was consulting at Atlantic Records, and this act, which was a duo at the time, was signed to sister label Elektra. Times have changed, but the track is still excellent, and I absolutely support it!

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MILLINGTON – “Being” (iTunes) (Spotify)
The only international singer in this week’s review is a great discovery from Melbourne, Australia. Tom Millington combines pop and world sounds to create this upbeat stomper, which was written about the joys of his daughter’s birth. Very sweet thing to do!

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ROZES – “Under The Grave” (iTunes) (Spotify)
During the summer, the Philadelphia singer dropped “Hangin’ On”, which continues to see some action from a set of remixes. On Friday, “Under” was released, an electronic pop single that sounds like it’s bound for radio play. Will it bloom beyond the blogs?

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SLOW SUGAR – “Pieces” (iTunes) (Spotify)
In early August, I covered this New York duo and their track “Hypnotic Love”, which was a great debut. Now, Danielle Harris and Alex Utay return with another solid indie pop song, full of dream and ethereal influences. Check out that wordplay in the chorus.

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For more new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
ADAM SAMPLE – “Weekend” (SoundCloud)
AIRPLANE MAN – “Take Me All The Way Home” (SoundCloud)
JAMES DROLL – “Sleepwalker” (SoundCloud)

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of September 16, 2016

Working Hard to hit the top.

Working Hard to hit the top.

Two solo males with previous #1 albums are going head-to-head in a battle for the top spot this week. Will either performer get that coveted #1? Will a surprise knock both of them out of the fight? Here are the notable albums and singles out this week:

USHER — Hard II Love (iTunes)
22 (!) years after his self-titled set was released in stores, the 37-year-old R&B singer is still going strong with his latest offering. Though several cuts from the album have seen airplay across multiple formats, the biggest of them is “No Limit”, which remains in the top five on Rhythmic and Urban radio. Could this become his fifth #1 on the Billboard 200? We’ll find out soon.

MAC MILLER — The Divine Feminine (iTunes)
Miller’s hit the top five three times on the Billboard 200 since 2011, and this could very well be his fourth trip into the region. In this set, seven of the ten songs are collaborations with other artists, including Ariana Grande and Kendrick Lamar.

More albums out this week: Aaron Lewis‘s Sinner (iTunes), Against Me!‘s Shape Shift With Me (iTunes), AlunaGeorge‘s I Remember (iTunes), Bad Suns‘s Disappear Here (iTunes), Meat Loaf‘s Braver Than We Are (iTunes), Michael Chiklis‘s Influence (iTunes), Taking Back Sunday‘s Tidal Wave (iTunes), Willie Nelson‘s For The Good Times: A Tribute To Ray Price (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: CAPPA‘s Queen Of Hearts (iTunes), EZA‘s Dead Reckoning (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“Don’t Be A Fool”, Shawn Mendes (iTunes)
“Hurts”, Emeli Sandé (iTunes)
“Lemonade”, Skylar Grey (iTunes)
“Love Me In A Field”, Luke Bryan (iTunes)
“Mad Love”, JoJo (iTunes)
“My Way”, Calvin Harris (iTunes)
“Our Town”, Tyler Farr (iTunes)
“Root Beer Float”, Olivia O’Brien (iTunes)
“Same Old Blues”, Phantogram (iTunes)
“Shine On Rainy Day”, Brent Cobb (iTunes)
“Star Crossed Lovers”, Barry Gibb (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Idina Menzel, Luke Bryan, Shawn Mendes and more.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 9/4 – 9/10

Record Rewind - September 11, 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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ACT AS IF – “Taking It Slow”
This Los Angeles quartet has been around for several years now, last releasing an album in 2014 with Steady. Two songs off their forthcoming EP, due on Friday, were uploaded on SoundCloud during the week. They have an indie pop winner with this release.

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CAPPA – “Next Ex” (iTunes) (Spotify)
If you’re hungry for a delicious pop record, look no further than this Nashville singer’s Queen Of Hearts EP next week. Seriously, if you don’t know Carla Cappa yet, you’ve got some catching up to do. Her songs are polished perfection, and this is no exception.

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HIDININ – “Something Better”
Daniel Kadawatha and Sebastian Forslund make up this Swedish duo, and though the act is a new name for me, the two guys got a good amount of SoundCloud and Spotify support for their prior single, “Free But Hollow”. It’s pure pop with a positive message.

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JORDAN GABLE – “Didn’t Mean It” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Nashville’s Gable has been on our radar since earlier this year, when he was releasing catchy tunes like “Fool Of Me” and “Want U Anyway”. So, here’s one more to add to the list. He knows his sound, and he does it very well. I’m looking forward to more music.

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OFELIA K – “Another World” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Chaos Cave has to be one of the best EP titles so far this year, but beyond the name of that release, this Los Angeles singer has an extremely consistent track record of singles, some of which appear in this set of five tracks. Dig into that intriguing sound of hers.

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ROYAL TEETH – “Kids Conspire”
After a year or so with Elektra Records, which resulted in no major releases, the band from the Bayou State is back with a new EP titled Amateurs. The independent set is due on November 18. You’ll find these “Kids” running around the radio dial next month.

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VAN WILLIAM featuring FIRST AID KIT – “Revolution” (iTunes) (Spotify)
William leads the band WATERS, and while they continue on their next record, he’s crafting some great music as a solo act. A few months back, he released “Fourth Of July”. Now, he’s collaborating with the Swedish sister duo on a lovely folk single for the fall.

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WANDERER – “Call Me Crazy” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Tempe, AZ may be singer Adam Simons’s hometown, but he’s been finding a home in the blogosphere too. With 30,000 plays on SoundCloud and 200,000 on Spotify, his slick pop and new wave sound is spreading around. This might be his catchiest tune yet.

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For more new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
PUBLIC – “Perfect” (SoundCloud)
SCAVENGER HUNT – “Sweet Talk” (SoundCloud)
WILD – “American Love” (SoundCloud)

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 7/31 – 8/6

Record Rewind - August 7, 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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CAPPA featuring JON SANTANA – “Wannabe” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Spice up your life with this cool cover by Carla Cappa and producer Jon Santana, who was also credited as a featured act last year on her update of “No Scrubs”. Who will be next: Blaque? Dream? 702? Regardless of what she chooses, I’m definitely here for it.


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LYON HART – “Falling For You” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Hart’s been on my radar since last year, when he released an EP called With Or Without Me. After focusing on featured slots, this New York City singer has a new release. Combining a smooth R&B-flavored melody with an impassioned vocal, it’s a great effort.

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MYZICA – “We Belong Together” (iTunes) (Spotify)
The talented Nashville duo of Isaaca Byrd and Micah Tawlks has another delicious pop sound to go around. Before you ask, no, it isn’t a Mariah Carey cover. This is, however, an electric ride into the era of Kim Wilde and The Bangles. So, jam out and have fun.

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PETER WISE – “Denial”
It’s wise to listen to Peter… at least, that’s what I believe. I enjoyed his “Sweet Solitude” single in June, and while that release saw him digging into some silky soul, this song is a pop tune with some solid tempo. Look out for more from the versatile singer soon.

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RALPH – “Something More” (iTunes) (Spotify)
We all asked for “something more” from this Toronto singer after “Cold To The Touch” did so well earlier this summer, and it’s a great feeling to know she delivered with her latest track. Singer Raffa Weyman has another synthpop jam with a meaningful lyric.

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SATCHMODE – “State Of Mind” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Los Angeles’s dynamic dream pop duo just got a little more dreamier with their new single. They’ve had millions of streams and a plethora of blogs behind them, so their “state of” career is also looking quite whimsical. Love Hz is due to be released in October.

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SLOW SUGAR – “Hypnotic Love” (iTunes) (Spotify)
I’ve been looking for a single from these two (Alex Utay and Danielle Harris) for some time now. They put on a good live show. If they play again in New York City, you should check them out. “Hypnotic” is an enticing and potent pop ballad with nice potential.

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VOKES – “Wrong” (iTunes) (Spotify)
If you haven’t listened to this California musician’s EP titled Fractalism, you’re missing out on a great set of songs. Of course, I’m a little biased, as I’ve supported the project since the beginning of the year. “Wrong” is so right, with its soothing melody shining.

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For more new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
ADAM JENSEN – “Drugs” (SoundCloud)
DELAMARE – “Black And White Space” (SoundCloud)
PAPER LIONS – “My Number” (SoundCloud)
SCAVENGER HUNT – “River Runs Dry” (SoundCloud)

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