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You best believe I’m in love, L-U-V

Cheap records

The problem with music blogs is that you have to wade through large quantities of mediocrity before you stumble upon a nugget of music that has you reaching for the download button. Regular readers may well be saying, “Tell me about it.”

Like panning for gold, often the trawling seems fruitless, but eventually it pays off, though if I hear another track on Indie Shuffle that “sounds like Two Door Cinema Club” I may be tempted to burn the place down, one door at a time.

This first number was hidden away on SoundsXP, which has a nice lo-fi feel and a never-less-than-interesting downloads section, which, rather quaintly, still links to MySpace pages.

This is a lovely piece of Morricone-influenced pop that won’t cost you a compulsory penny or cent.

Love L.U.V. :: A Hundred Little Springs

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Having dissed Indie Shuffle, it’s only fair to point out that it was there I discovered Fairchild. A five piece from Australia’s Gold Coast, they used to be a Killers, Snow Patrol and Muse cover band. It was all uphill from there.

Fairchild :: Figure it Out

While the two blogs I’ve mentioned are more miss than hit, the same is certainly not true of York-based Burning World, whose weekly Pod Fodders are lovingly curated collections of the offbeat and avant-garde, pop and probably too much hazy, shoegazey guitar. It was there that I encountered the offbeat pop of TV Girl. They’re from Los Angeles and there appear to be several of them. That’s about all I can say.

TV Girl :: Laura

And before blogs, there was radio. I don’t know which of his songs troubadour Pete Green is referring to, but Rob Da Bank (not his real name) has missed a trick if he hasn’t played a track from Green’s debut LP, the rather lovely Glass Delusion.

Pete Green :: They Played My Song on Radio 1

Talking of MySpace:

Pete Green :: I Haven’t Got a Myspace Because Myspace Fucking Sucks

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And if you’re wondering where the title of this post comes from, when I say I’m in love, you best believe I’m in love, L-U-V.

And if you’re further wondering why I haven’t mentioned the Dukla Prague Away Kit blog, well The Guardian got there first.


Photo: Everyone likes cheap records! by suzirovers; some rights reserved

Twitter: Love L.U.V.; Fairchild; TV Girl; Pete Green.

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