Saturday, January 2, 2010

There Is Life After Birth

First post of the year! And it's about time to clear up that list of recommended releases to the right. The last record to make the list, before I start one for 2010, is Santa Monica Swim & Dive Club and their mini-album Mild Honey (great Beach Boys reference!). SMS&DC is Tim Sendra, previously of such notable pop ventures as Veronica Lake and Madison Electric. According to Myspace, he's been using the alias since 2003. The seven songs on the record sound as playful as anything he has recorded though computer recording makes for better sound quality then the old 4-track. While not chronicling independent pop on the otherwise very dependent Allmusic, Sendra's got another blog called None More Twee, together with co-author Margaret. He's just posted his faves of 2009, so check it out.

The Pains of Being Pure At Heart
s/t (Slumberland)
Flight Paths (HDIF Label)
Burning Hearts
Aboa Sleeping (Shelflife)
Hey Friend, What You Doing? (De Stijl)
Wavvves (Fat Possum)
Knight School
The Poor & the Needy Need to Party (Lostmusic)
The Besties
Home Free (Hugpatch)
Butcher Boy
React Or Die (HDIF Label)
The Loves
Three (Fortuna Pop)
Cats On Fire
Our Temperance Movement (HDIF Label)
Temporacha (ROOM40)
Camera Obscura
My Maudlin Career (4AD)
Blank Dogs
Under and Under (In the Red)
Blackberry Wine
Modern Living: A Survival Handbook (Pony Proof)
Cola Jet Set
Guitarras y Tambores (Elefant)
The Wave Pictures If You Leave It Alone (Moshi Moshi)
Woods Songs of Shame (Shrimper)
Eat Skull
EUSTA Kill (self-released tour CDR)
Eat Skull
Wild and Inside (Siltbreeze)
Survival Strategies In a Modern World (Fraction Discs/Slumberland)
s/t (Slumberland)
Girls At Our Best!
Pleasure (Cherry Red reissue)
Mr. Wright
Diary of a Fool (Series Two)
Cheap Red
s/t (555)
The Relationships
Space (Big Red Sky)
Let's Wrestle
In the Court of the Wrestling Let's (Stolen)
God Help the Girl
s/t (Rough Trade)
Slow Club
Yeah So (Moshi Moshi)
The Beets
Spit On the Face of People Who Don't Want to Be Cool (Captured Tracks)
Thee Oh Sees
Help (In the Red)
Ye Olde Maids
God Blesses Us, Mother Dresses Us (Art Fag)
Vivian Girls
Everything Goes Wrong (In the Red)
A Sunny Day In Glasgow
Ashes Grammar (Mis Ojos)
s/t (Siltbreeze)
Ray Rumours Le Pont Suspendu (Stitch-Stitch)
The Clientele
Bonfires On the Heath (Merge)
Pants Yell!
Received Pronounciation (Slumberland)
Grass Widow
s/t (Make a Mess)
Another Sunny Day
London Weekend (Cherry Red reissue)
Tell God I'm Here (Cherry Red reissue)
The Claim
Black Path – Retrospective 1985–1992 (Cherry Red)
The Ogdens
Hellish Mad Rush (Firestation)
The Close Lobsters
Forever, Until Victory! (Fire)
Ty Segall
Lemons (Goner)
Afternoon Naps
Parade (Happy Happy Birthday to Me)
Matt Harnish & Other Delights (Happy Happy Birthday to Me)
The Crayon Fields
All the Pleasures of the World (Chapter)
Rose Melberg
Homemade Ship (WIAIWYA)
The Mantles
s/t (Siltbreeze)
The Fresh & Onlys
s/t (Castle Face)
The Intelligence
Fake Surfers (In the Red)
Christmas Island
Blackout Summer (In the Red)
The Fresh & Onlys
Grey-Eyed Girls (Woodsist)
The Procedure Club
Music For Leisure Time (Series Two)
The Medusa Snare
Cinderella (Squirrel)
The Pearly Gatecrashers
But Wait, There's More (Plastilina)
s/t (Addenda)
The Gladeyes
Psychosis of Love (Lil' Chief)
The Brunettes
Paper Dolls (Lil' Chief)
The Manhattan Love Suicides
Louder and Longer (Squirrel re-release)
Brilliant Colors
Introducing (Slumberland)
Theoretical Girl
Divided (Memphis Industries)
Real Estate
s/t (Woodsist)
Frauhaus! (Captured Tracks/Angular)
Tesco Chainstore Mascara
Good Foundations (Bubblegum)
Voluntary Butler Scheme
At Breakfast, Dinner, Tea (Split)
Box Elders
Alice and Friends (Goner)
Autumn Almanac (Littlemusic)
The Electric Pop Group
Seconds (Matinée)
Northern Portrait
Criminal Art Lover (Matinée)
Zoey van Goey
The Cage Was Unlocked All Along (Chemikal Undergound)
Fungi Girls
Seafaring Pyramids (Play Pinball)
Santa Monica Swim & Dive Club Mild Honey (Little Pocket)

Singles & EPs
Wake the President/Je Suis Animal
split single (Electric Honey/Lucky Number Nine 7")
Very Truly Yours/The Understudies
split ep (Cloudberry EP)
The Morning Paper/Moscow Olympics
split single (Lostmusic 7")
The Specific Heats
Back Through Tyme (Hugpatch EP)
Dum Dum Girls
s/t (Zoo Music EP)
BMX Bandits
Love (Elefant EP)
The Sea Lions
Let's Groove (YAY! EP)
The Loves
The Ex Gurlfriend (download EP)
The Felt Tips
Bough & Sold (WeePOP! EP)
The Just Joans
Love and Other Hideous Accidents (WeePOP! EP)
Electricity In Our Homes
Silver Medal In Gymnastics (4AD 7")
Ipso Facto
If... (Vinyl Junkie EP)
Dum Dum Girls
Yours Alone (Captured Tracks 12")
Everything's For Sale (Drill Building EP)
Mutating Meltdown
Fantasy (M'Lady's 7")
Comet Gain
Herbert Hunke (Germs of Youth 7")
The Voluntary Butler Scheme
Multiplayer (Split 7")
The Bumblebees
s/t (self-released ep)
Dum Dum Girls
Longhair (HoZac 7")
Colin Clary
Every Little Thing Counts (WeePOP! EP)
Brilliant Colors
s/t (Make a Mess 7")
Brilliant Colors
Highly Evolved (Captured Tracks 7")
The Mayfair Set
Already Warm (Captured Tracks 7")
Blank Dogs
Seconds (Captured Tracks 12")
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart
Young Adult Friction (Slumberland 7")
Crystal Stilts
Love Is a Wave (Slumberland 7")
The Bridal Shop In Fragments (Plastilina EP)
Woods Sunlit (Captured Tracks 7")
Little Girls Youth Tunes (Captured Tracks 7")
Kid Romance Fuck Punx (Captured Tracks 7")
Very Truly Yours
Reminders (self-released EP)
German Measles
Demos Sorry (Captured Tracks CS)
Little Girls
Youth Tunes (Captured Tracks 7")
Vivian Girls
Moped Girls (For Us 7")
The Artisans
s/t (Cloudberry EP)
Because Because Because (Slumberland EP)
Help Stamp Out Loneliness
Torvill and Dean (Papillons Noirs 7")
Help Stamp Out Loneliness
Pacific Trash Vortex (WIAIWYA 7")
Standard Fare/Slow Down Tallahassee
split-single (Thee SPC 7")
Boy Genius
Blame Love (Greenpop 7")
The Motifs
People Like Us (Cosy EP)
California Gold
s/t (self-released EP)
The Proctors
s/t (Cloudberry EP)
Socialist Leisure Party
Turktown Saints (Cloudberry 7")
Socialist Leisure Party
Tactical POP! for Coffee Cadets (Shelflife EP + 7")
The Depreciation Guild
Dream About Me (Kanine 7")
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart
Higher Than the Stars (Slumberland 12")
The Champagne Socialists
Blue Genes (Slumberland 7")
Eux Autres
You're Alight (Bons Mots 7")
Eux Autres
Strangled Days (WIAIWYA 10")
The Smittens/The Just Joans
split single (WeePOP! 7")
Tender Trap
Fireworks (Fortuna Pop)
Leave Me Be (Captured Tracks 7")
The Drums
Summertime! (Twenty Seven EP)
PENS/Crocodiles/Dum Dum Girls/Grafitti Island
split single (Art Fag 7")
The Cavalcade
Meet You In the Rain (self-released EP)
Brown Recluse
The Soft Skin (Slumberland 12")
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart
Come Saturday (Slumberland 7")
Sic Alps
L. Mansion (Slumberland 7")
God Help the Girl
Stills (Rough Trade 10")
Apple Orchard
Leafy Lanes (Haymarket EP)
Wildwood Lights
True Love Woes (self-released EP)
Real Estate
Fake Blues (Woodsist 7")
The Mayfair Set
Young One (Captured Tracks 12")
Grass Widow
s/t (Captured Tracks 12")
Super Snuggles (This Almighty Pop! EP)
Ty Segall/Black Time (Telephone Explosion split-12")
The Cave Weddings
Bring Your Love (HoZac 7")
The Sugarplums
s/t (self-released ep)
Strawberry Whiplash
Picture Perfect (Matinée EP)
The Magic Kids
Hey Boy (Goner 7")
Gregory Webster
Promised Land (WIAIWYA 7")
The Girls At Dawn
Never Enough (HoZac 7")
Woven Bones
With You Alone (HoZac 7")
Blood On the Sand (Captured Tracks 7")
Woven Bones
Janie (Needless 7")
German Measles
Wild (Captured Tracks 12")
Woven Bones
Your Sorcery (Sweet Rot 7")
Christmas Island
Nineteen (Captured Tracks 7")
The Cavalcade
For You (Edition 59 EP)
Warm Morning
Sleepy (Edition 59 EP)
Pale Man Made/Leaving Mornington Crescent (Cloudberry split-ep)
Leaving Mornington Crescent
Corners (Susy EP)
Woven Bones
The Minus Touch (Zoo Music 12")
Love Is Something I Know Nothing About (YAY! 7")
Sea Lions/Watercolor Paintings (YAY! split-12")
The Mantles
Bad Design (Slumberland/Dulc-i-Tone 7")
Stolen Hearts
Heart Collector (Douchemaster 7")
Real Estate
Suburban Beverage (Underwater Peoples 7")
The Blanche Hudson Weekend
The Letters to Daddy EP (Squirrel 7")
The Girls At Dawn
s/t (Captured Tracks 12")
Rabbit Kids (WIAIWYA 7")
Best Coast
When I'm With You (Black Iris digital single)
s/t (Captured Tracks 7")
The Garlands/The Sugarplums
split (Atomic Beat 7")
Electricity In Our Homes
We Agree Completely (Parlour 12")
Felt Letters
600,000 Bands (M'Lady's 7")
Fergus & Geronimo
Harder Than It's Ever Been (Woodsist 7")
Fergus & Geronimo
Blind Muslim Girl (Tic Tac Totally 7")
Fergus & Geronimo
Tell It, In My Ear (Transparent 7")
The Flips
s/t (Stankhouse 7")
The Metric Mile
Trade Fours (digital EP)


brogues said...

Woah...Tim Sendra's been blogging and releasing music and I didn't know about it? Cheers for the public service info, K. I love Tim's reviews for Allmusic so I'm really looking forward to following his blog!

Maroussia said...

It will be great to watch Army Black Knights,i have bought tickets from looking forward to it.