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I couldn't find a "scotchandcigar's general talk about life thread" a la 'World According To IRBS' or 'Sadchild: Life In Detail', so I'm dropping this joke here

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Very good. And for future reference, though my life stories have been kind of spread all over, I've been using this spot for the past few years

 
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With my community band weekly rehearsals in full swing, plus a myriad of doctors' appointments and other errands, I've managed to get in a fair amount of listening lately to the indie scene on SiriusXMU in my car. A lot of it doesn't rise to the level of "liking" to be noteworthy, but most of it is pretty okay and interesting, with a fairly broad range of musical styles. I figured I had enough likeable new music that I could make a post about it, and I do.

I'll start with the return of that awesome duo, The Kills, fronted by the daring Alison Mosshart (who also fronts The Dead Weather). Here’s the first single from their new album, which is dropping today (I’ve always wanted to say that)

The Kills – New York



Next, some pleasantly prototypical indie grunge from an Asheville NC band named Wednesday

Wednesday – Quarry



One of the things I love about XMU is that I get introduced to music I would never think to seek out on my own, but nevertheless end up liking a lot, thereby expanding my worldview. This crazily infectious song from the British group Yard Act is the perfect example. Here’s the full-boat long-form video version:

Yard Act – The Trench Coat Museum



And here’s another plug for XMU. I never heard of Faye Webster, but others have:

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So she's been around for a few years. I’m guessing the Atlanta artist’s move into a more “indie-sounding” direction is what finally got her onto the XMU rotation. The music is very simple and gentle, but she gives it this indescribable character, with poignant lyrics. It sounds a bit like Lana Del Ray. The style of both the music and videos can best be described as “acid trip fantasy” or maybe “heroin comedown” on these songs from her upcoming album release.

Faye Webster – But Not Kiss



Faye Webster – Lifetime
 

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From the same album as the excellent song “Lose You” (featuring Soccer Mommy) I posted back in June, comes another great track from the band Bully

Bully – Days Move Slow



Here’s a Pittsburgh band named feeble little horse, with a shoegaze-y sound reminiscent of My Bloody Valentine

feeble little horse – Steamroller



The band “26fix” (no idea what it means, as there’s no wiki on it) is the performance moniker of Utah native Erica Goodwin
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This song (and video) is a bit silly, but infectious and fun

26fix – Stone Killer



Here’s another pleasant-sounding female-fronted artist named BEL, which is essentially L.A.’s Isabel Whelan (get it?). She previously put out the catchy “Are You Okay?”.

BEL – Forget Everything



And finally, the prolific Baltimore-based dream pop band Beach House put out this very pleasant-sounding song that reminds me of Enya

Beach House – Holiday House
 
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he Kills – New York
These guys are great.
Wednesday – Quarry
Not really my bag.
Yard Act – The Trench Coat Museum
Love this one. Like LCD Soundsystem, they aren’t afraid to let a simple groove run away with itself. Lots of subtle layers and sounds. The old-school techno vibe with the TB-303 sounding bass is fun.
Faye Webster – But Not Kiss

Faye Webster – Lifetime
I can’t get into her. I picture myself seeing her at a club, and not being able to focus on the music or performance without my mind wandering a hundred other places.
 
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Every year, SiriusXMU does a "Top 41". Since I recently posted my favorite songs of 2023 in October (above), I won't bother with the whole Top 41 list, as a lot of it isn't that great (IMO). Instead, I'll just indicate those that made my list, other notable entries in the countdown, and any end of the year additions.

38. Caroline Polachek – Welcome to My Island (I've featured her before)
34. The Kills – 103 (different song posted above)
32. Cherry Glazerr – Ready for You (featured before)
31. Claud – A Good Thing
29. feeble little horse – Steamroller (posted above)
28. Palehound – Eye on the Bat
27. Faye Webster – But Not Kiss (posted above)
24. BEL – Are You Okay? (different song posted above)
23. Slowdive – kisses
21. Lana Del Ray/Father John Misty – Let the Light In (this was in the Elvis movie soundtrack)
20. Bully/Soccer Mommy – Lose You (posted above)

19. Samia – Honey
This is a pretty "poppy" song, but she really has a nice voice, as seen in this live performance



18. Beck/Phoenix – Odyssey (good song, but I'm not much of a Phoenix fan)
17. Momma – Bang Bang (posted above)
15. Mitski – Bug Like an Angel (featured before)
14. M83 – Amnesia (featured before)

13. Jungle – Back on 74
Featured before. But this bluesy, funky song is really performed well live by this large group



11. Jenny Lewis – Psychos (featured before)
10. boygenius – Cool About It (I posted other songs below)
8. Wednesday – Quarry (posted above)
6. Beach House – Holiday House (posted above)
5. Arlo Parks – Devotion (featured before)
4. Thundercat/Tame Impala – No More Lies (collaboration sounds like Earth, Wind & Fire)
2. boygenius – Not Strong Enough (posted below)
1. Mitski – My Love Mine All Mine (featured before)


My end of the year additions:

The Last Dinner Party – Sinner
This gaggle of British girls sound good live



Citizen – Can’t Take it Slow
They are from Michigan and Ohio
 

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boygenius – Not Strong Enough
This is a supergroup featuring Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus, and Julien Baker, who are all solo artists. This song is very "Adult Contemporary"



boygenius - $20
An edgier tune from them
 
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I'm glad you insisted on this one. It's in my personal top 10 songs of 2023! What a jam! I have an edited version of it though, just the meat in the middle (don't need the whole 7 minutes).
I think the long version is only needed for the full video with all the dancing. I'm sure a 4 minute version gets the point across.
 
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Good news, and even better news!
- St. Vincent's new album "All Born Screaming" comes out this week.
- Manning the drum kit is none other than the great Dave Grohl!

Here's the avant-garde lead single

St. Vincent – Broken Man



And this one's a rocker (you can catch a glimpse of Grohl on drums)

St. Vincent – Flea



While I have your attention, the Irish-based group Fontaines D.C. is also releasing a new album this week. Here's a catchy track that's been getting lots of airplay

Fontaines D.C. – Starburster



And finally, it's been a long time since I said this. But here's a nice new track from MGMT's latest. It's a pleasant, mellow tune, that's endearing in that MGMT way. And it's accompanied by an interesting video

MGMT – Nothing to Declare
 

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Cool!
I'm looking forward to the St. V & Fountains for sure.
I hadn't heard the MGMT yet. I'll have to listen for more MGMT as it comes out. That one isn't grabbing me on first pass. Maybe it will soak in.
 
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I listened to the MGMT the first time, but stopped to watch the video today.
Pittsburgh to Paris.
And damn, that kid gets it done! If I have to hold my coffee cup with the wrong hand I spill it on my shirt. She doesn't let things slow her down.
 
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I listened to the MGMT the first time, but stopped to watch the video today.
Pittsburgh to Paris.
And damn, that kid gets it done! If I have to hold my coffee cup with the wrong hand I spill it on my shirt. She doesn't let things slow her down.
I've become too lazy to research why that video was associated with the song, but it's interesting and impressive.
 
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