>> Philadelphia indie poppers The Swimmers are streaming their entire forthcoming record Fighting Trees at its web site right here. We highly recommend checking it out, as the band has kind of a lush Spoon-y, Brit-pop thing going on that we find appealing. The record has a hot opening cut "It's Time They Knew" that is particularly arresting. And that segues right into the Beatles-y cut "Heaven," a tune that name-drops Ms. Clicky Clicky's hometown of Lancaster, PA which we think we first heard on one of Jon Solomon's radio show or podcasts. No word yet on when exactly Fighting Trees will be released, but we'll keep our eyes on it.
>> Rbally points us over to Daytrotter, which is currently hosting a new session with Track A Tiger, who we first wrote about here last March. Our assessment back then? "The act's moody folk rock absconds with the occasional chamber pop or electronic element, but primarily stands tall based on its patient, arresting songwriting." Hit this link to check out the airy strummer "Happy" from last year's Woke Up Early The Day I Died and three other tracks. It's good stuff.
>> It's been a while since we've checked in on BBC's Collective. This week the site here is championing a suburban London guitar pop act called Good Shoes. The quartet is long on quirk and low on aggression, and we're sure the younger kids will tag them as Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!! knockoffs. Our ears hear the influence of classic Brit acts like The Housemartins. Good Shoes even has the same fresh-scrubbed Housemartins look, at least in the picture at The Collective's site. Anyhoo, the Collective has audio and video of Good Shoes doing it's thing, so have a look or a look and a listen. Oh wait, here's the video for their recently issued single "Photos On My Wall," which we found on the YouTube. Dig it.