Indie-licious Tues Oct 29th 2013


1. Manic Baby – The Preatures
2. No Gun – Naomi Pilgrim
3. Your Life Your Call – Junip
4. Take It Or Leave It (The Strokes Cover) – Arctic Monkeys
5. 20/20/20 – The Delphines
6. Kind Of Guy – King Tuff
7. Oblivion (Grimes Cover) – Wilsen
8. Advanced Falconry – Mutual Benefit
9. I Want To Belong To You – Katie Herzig
10. That Awful Sound – Jackson Scott
11. Trouble Town – Jake Bugg
12. Can’t Get Past The Lips – Broncho
13. Fine Fine Fine – The Mentalettes
14. Best Around – Toro y Moi
15. Depressions – GRMLN
16. Gretel – MAP
17. Paint – The Paper Kites
18. I Know Who You Are – Good Conduct


Thoughts on the new Junip album + tour dates


This is an album for breezy summer nights bathed in orange streetlight. Swedish trio Junip have really outdone themselves on their second EP Junip (released April 23rd on Mute). There’s a subtle tenderness to everything; the tracks melt into a beautiful, evocative memory of dusky June evenings walking with your crush’s oversized jacket on your shoulders, sweeping dust into your tennis shoes. Everything is meaningful and gentle but fleeting.

Their previous record, Fields (2010) is certainly the friskier and fierier of the two. If I were breaking both albums down into their elemental molecules, Junip would be the mercurial, liquid stream quenching the aggressive embers of Fields.

So these are my favourite tracks, in the hopes of persuading you to check out this great album: Line of Fire – deliciously evocative of ending-credit rollouts – Suddenly – fuzzy, warm and vaguely folky with its echoed lines – Walking Lightly – meandering, smiling journeys – After All Is Said and Done – I’ve never loved vibraphone more.

Tour dates:

5/29 – Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA (2nd Show Added!)
5/30 – Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA **SOLD OUT**
5/31 – Rio Theatre – Santa Cruz, CA
6/1 – Bimbos – San Francisco, CA
6/2 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
6/4 – Rio Theatre – Vancouver, BC
6/5 – Neumos – Seattle, WA
6/8 – Cedar Cultural Center – Minneapolis, MN
6/9 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
6/10 – Great Hall –Toronto, ON
6/12 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
6/13 – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY
6/15 – 9:30 Club – Washington DC
6/16 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA

Junip’s Rope and Summit EP

I’m sitting in the backyard in the cushioned swing with my laptop with the intention of finding new music and I’ve come across a free EP that so far sounds quite promising.

The band Junip, headed by indie-folk’s Jose Gonzalez, is a nice example of when an artist decides to explore new musical sounds outside of their typical comfort zone. (Cough: take a hint, New Pornographers)

The first track, Rope and Summit, is a great, pulsing rock song that layers upon itself until it feels like every beat is a fleeting streetlight on the highway at night.

MP3: Rope and Summit – Junip

Grab the EP for free from the band’s website!