Weekly Roundup for February Twenty-Second / if you go ’round trying to please everybody, it only becomes your crutch

This week, good stuff from Canada, San Diego x 2, the U.K., and Austin, Texas.

Nap Eyes – Stargazer / Lion in Chains
Here’s some quality indie rock care of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Tracks #2 and #3 come highly recommended, but you can preview the whole album below. You’ll then probably want to buy it here. The album is 17 days old as of this writing, so you can buy it before it moves off to college and gets really despondent and doesn’t call home as much as you’d like.

The Frights – Tungs
The Frights are a surfy, punkish three-piece band from San Diego. Their new album, the cheekily titled You Are Going to Hate This, was released last week. You can preview and purchase it right here.

Bitmap – I Threw My Life Into the Sea
Sure, it starts off sounding like an 8-bit videogame, but give this song thirty seconds and you just might find your foot tapping right along with the beat. It’s a little bit lo-fi, a little bit druggy, and a whole lot good.  Bitmap is the brainchild of one Luke Barwell, a young lad from East Yorkshire, which Google says is in England.

Bitmap’s third album, Magnetic Fields, is set for release later this year.

The Donkeys – Down the Line
Here’s a jangly, meandering tune from The Donkeys. Midnight Palms is well worth a listen.

White Denim – Ha Ha Ha Ha (Yeah)
Now for some fun, some funk, and some positive lyrics about good times and being true to oneself.  That’ll do nicely.

Potentially contentious lyric: “I need you like bacon needs eggs.”  Wait, what… bacon “needs” eggs?  Au contraire, my good sir.  Eggs might “need” bacon to be great, sure.  But bacon?  Bacon doesn’t need a single goddamn thing from eggs to be great.  Bacon is greatness per se.  Let’s just say if breakfast foods were the ’95-’96 Bulls, bacon is Jordan.  Eggs are Scottie Pippen at best, and Ron Harper at worst.

White Denim’s new album, Stiff, is due out 3/25.

You can now stream the new album from Donovan Woods, Hard Settle, Ain’t Troubled, ahead of its release over at Exclaim.

Until next week, cheers…

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