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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 7/10 – 7/16

Record Rewind - July 17, 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 world of SoundCloud and my Indie Summer Mix on Spotify, these records stuck out as my favorite independent tunes of the week…

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CARDBOARD KIDS – “I Don’t Need Love” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Several tracks by this Nashville quartet have been featured in the Rewind over these last few weeks, and if you’re in the mood for a new band suggestion, they have a good thing going with their new EP, Mint. “Don’t” is one of the highlights in the five-track set.


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GREER – “Love Me Less”
Boston’s Greer Wilson recently uploaded a pair of tracks, collaborating once again with Christian Medice, a co-writer on a couple of top ten hits on my personal chart from 2014. With a good lyric and a good bounce, he’s got a nice jam for the blog community.

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HARLETSON – “Say Our Goodbyes (Quarter Song)” (iTunes) (Spotify)
The trio of Weston Wilson, Jackson Singleton and Nathan Harrington is off to a great start with their debut single, which follows a number of cover videos since last fall. You’ll want to invest more than a few quarters in this future radio hit. Look out for them.

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KAPTAN – “Numbers” (iTunes) (Spotify)
The streaming numbers don’t lie; with over six million plays to date, Andrew de Torres’s project is a hit. Of course, you knew that already; he’s been featured on my PGTC playlists for nearly a year. His latest song is a solid addition to his diverse music catalog.

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KIAH VICTORIA – “I Ain’t Goin Nowhere” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Summer never sounded so good for this New York singer and songwriter. With two massive tracks to date, she is definitely going to be around for some time. Serving empowerment and intelligence, it sends an important message during a time of uncertainty.

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TAY SALEM – “Iron” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Salem is a new act on my radar, and the London musician doesn’t disappoint with this track. He could have a cinematic future if a good music supervisor finds his work. He paints with dark and lush tones that will grab you from the first listen. Very cool single.

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VHS COLLECTION – “Ghost” (iTunes) (Spotify)
In a week of Ghostbusters coverage in the media, I ain’t ‘fraid of no “Ghost”. In fact, I’m embracing this one. The New York group pops in a new tape and comes out with a danceable little ditty. If you’re headed to Chicago for Lollapalooza, they play on Sunday.

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For more new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
CHERRYADE – “The Crown” (SoundCloud)
DANIEL FEELS featuring CASSO – “Eyes Closed” (SoundCloud)
FINE PRINT – “Matter” (SoundCloud)
SKIES – “Hold On” (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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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 6/19 – 6/25

Record Rewind - June 26, 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…

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AIRPLANE MAN – “We’re On Fire” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Mystery rules when it comes to this new act, one that virtually appeared out of nowhere on some major Spotify lists over the last few days. However, there’s no need to be alarmed here: there’s a co-pilot on this plane, and the two have flown this route before.

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BILLIE EILISH – “Six Feet Under” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Eilish’s “Ocean Eyes” opened up a lot of eyes (and ears) when it took over the blogs and Viral charts earlier this year. So, it’s not a surprise that she’s bound for big numbers again with this pretty pop track. Did I mention that she’s done all this at age 14? Crazy!

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CAMERON ERNST – “My Village” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Ernst is a fairly new name for me, though I did like his song “Wild” a few months back. However, with a music catalog dating back to 2010, maybe I’m just late to the party. The sound is familiar, but if you like some Troye Sivan or Years & Years, this is for you.

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FLETCHER – “Avalanche” (iTunes) (Spotify)
You know her, you love her, you’ve probably dabbled in painting your face while belting out her big streaming single. (Really, it’s okay. We all do it.) Her new single is headed down the musical mountainside, but can it reach the force of “War Paint”? We’ll see.

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LANKS – “Bitter Leaf” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Melbourne musician Will Cuming follows his single “Golden Age” with another golden tune, a soulful electronic song that takes a lot of elements and creates one robust song. There is certainly nothing bitter about the Triple J and playlist love it’s had thus far.

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LOSTBOYCROW – “Where It All Goes” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Making his home in Los Angeles, singer Chris Blair has put out plenty of jams in the last 18 months, including “Love Won’t Sleep” and “Thursday”. So, where is he going? To the top, of course. Blair’s knack for a good melody and great production shines again.

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OFELIA K – “I Love My Lawyer” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Out of my selections this week, this takes the prize as best title of the bunch. Hey, if Fall Out Boy and Jackson Browne can make it into the top 40 with cuts about the profession, I think we can have another. Any judge would rule that “Lawyer” is a pop windfall.

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PETER WISE – “Sweet Solitude” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Brooklyn-based Wise came onto my radar last summer with a song called “On The Ground”, and would you believe that this song is his first original release in nearly a year? Despite the long wait, he doesn’t disappoint, achieving a more intimate lyric and vibe.

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STALKING GIA – “Second Nature” (iTunes) (Spotify)
New York singer Tiffany Giardina had some minor success under her given name several years ago, including a charting album in No Average Angel. Since her identity change last year, several of her songs have gained some traction online. Watch out for this.

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For more new music, we suggest…
CARDBOARD KIDS – “Social” (Spotify)
CHERRYADE – “Fractured Fairytales” (Spotify)
TRENT DABBS – “Optimists” (Spotify)

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 6/5 – 6/11

Record Rewind - June 12, 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…

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CARDBOARD KIDS – “Struggle” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Sometimes, the struggle is real. In fact, this “Struggle” is real… real solid, that is. Nashville’s four Kids are back and going around the pop playground we call the blogosphere, scoring in the top 20 on the Hype Machine Twitter chart. Their Mint EP is out soon.

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DENNY WHITE – “Sweetness”
Golden Coast’s golden boy returns with a treat of a track; call it smooth ear candy infused with a dark core. White’s single jumped to #1 on Hype Machine’s Twitter list during the week, the top 30 overall, and remains popular on several sites. Have a cavity yet?

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EZA – “Off The Record” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Nashville’s Ellery Bonham is no stranger to hot pop records, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that I’m on the record with my approval for her latest jam. It’s great. “Off” saw a nice boost from a Billboard premiere and an add on Spotify’s U.S. New Music Friday list.

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HALFNOISE – “Know The Feeling” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Many people are obsessed with “Can’t Stop The Feeling” at the moment, myself included, but there are a few other “feeling” cuts out there waiting to be heard. This Zac Farro project has one of them, a slice of electro-pop that’ll satisfy the SoundCloud crowd.

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HANNAH JANE LEWIS – “Bend Or Break” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Lewis’s potent pop sound delivered her great results with her previous single, “Why Start A War”, and thus, the war for blog love continues with a likable follow-up single. If you haven’t heard much about the London newcomer so far, you definitely will soon.

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JAKIL – “Tongue Tied” (iTunes) (Spotify)
This five-man band is a new one on my radar, but we’ll be keeping an eye on them. They’re based in London and Edinburgh. They seem to be wrapping their tongues around the popular and slick 80’s sound that’s made a comeback in the past few years. I like it.

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JUNIOR EMPIRE – “West Coast” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Currently in the top ten on Hype Machine is this cool track, a new single from the group that went through a recent name change. They were previously known as The Mispers. Now, the act delivers a nice summery song, a mixture of pop and electric goodness.

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LAUV featuring TRAVIS MILLS – “Question” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Lauv was featured on our 16 For ’16 list late last year, when he gained massive support for his Lost In The Light EP and songs like “Reforget” and “The Other”. He’s a lion by name, and his production certainly roars. Oh, and the answer is to keep listening to it.

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PRETTY SISTER – “West Coast” (iTunes) (Spotify)
We have dueling “West Coast” records in the lineup this week, and I had to feature them both. I may as well take a vacation to the western part of the country soon. This Zak Waters project has impressed with several viral hits, and this soulful song is excellent.

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ZAYDE WØLF – “Will I Fall” (iTunes) (Spotify)
How will this Wolf survive? A steady diet of syncs and reactive songs, of course. The Rare Breed EP is a good listen, featuring the anthemic track “Built For This Time”, but “Will I Fall” is another solid single from the Nashville musician. Get onto the dark side.

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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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