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MY SECRET PLAYLIST by Matt Maust, Cold War Kids

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By Zolton in New Music on Wednesday 24 July 2013

Californian quartet Cold War Kids not only have the best band name around, but they pack about as much indie cred as a pair of dirty Cons and a lazy side part. Bassist Matt Maust stepped up for a Secret Playlist that takes in everything from Cat Power to Billy Childish.

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WIN: an LP box set of The Aeroplane Flies by The Smashing Pumpkins

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By Zolton in New Music on Wednesday 24 July 2013

This new LP box set of The Aeroplane Flies High contains the original 33 track version across five, 180 gram LPs, and is re-mastered by Bob Ludwig. It also features unique packaging with embossed foil wrap and twinkle stock for jackets. Enter here!

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MY SECRET PLAYLIST by Chris Walla, Death Cab For Cutie

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By Zolton in New Music on Friday 19 July 2013

What more can be said about Seattle-based indie-rock group Death Cab For Cutie that hasn’t already been written in a hundred Spin articles. The band is now a more than a decade old and still going strong.

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MY SECRET PLAYLIST by Eric Pulido, Midlake

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By Zolton in New Music on Friday 19 July 2013

Eric Pulido plays with the earthy and ethereal folk pop group, Midlake, who formed in Texas back in 1999. Their crowning glory to date has been the 2006 release, The Trials of Van Occupanther, a richly textured, slow moving masterpiece which captures the five-piece in rarer form. These are the songs that have inspired him, written in his own words.

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MY SECRET PLAYLIST by David Best, Fujiya and Miyagi

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By Zolton in New Music on Friday 19 July 2013

There’s something extraordinary about the coolly detached electro mash-up of Fujiya & Miyagi. Perhaps it’s in the pop melodies, which entwine themselves around glitchy drumbeats. Or maybe it’s just that the band, which sounds like a couple of sumo wrestlers, is actually made up of four scruffy lads from Brighton. Go figure! These are the songs that inspire David Best.

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MY SECRET PLAYLIST by Kevin Griffin, Better Than Ezra

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By Zolton in New Music on Thursday 18 July 2013

Better Than Ezra are the million-selling band with hits like Good and A Lifetime and has a fan base so faithful they’ve dubbed themselves the Ezralites. So what’s the story behind that name? ‘We have never revealed it, even under duress,’ says frontman, Kevin Griffin. These are the songs that have inspired him over the years.

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MY SECRET PLAYIST by The Chap

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By Zolton in New Music on Thursday 18 July 2013

South London electro-pop band, The Chap, are unique and inventive. They are signed to Ghostly International, which issued their album Mega Breakfast in the US in July 2008 as their first official American release. These are the songs that have inspired them over the years.

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MY SECRET PLAYLIST by Jimmy Shaw, Metric

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By Zolton in New Music on Wednesday 17 July 2013

Formed in Toronto but, at various times, based in Montreal, London, New York and L.A, Metric boasts the sort of history that requires one of those connect-the-dots red-lined maps you see in an Indiana Jones movie. These are the songs that have inspired Metric’s Jimmy Shaw, written in his own words.

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MY SECRET PLAYLIST by Yacht

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By Zolton in New Music on Friday 12 July 2013

YACHT founding members Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans live in Portland, Oregon and Marfa, Texas, and consider themselves ‘generalists’ in the fields of music, art, writing, and everything in between. These are the songs that have inspired their own music over the years, written in their own voice.

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MY SECRET PLAYLIST by M83

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By Zolton in New Music on Wednesday 10 July 2013

French musician, M83, has been on our radar since he released his brilliant album, Saturday=Youth, in 2008. That, and every subsequent release, will take you on a journey through a sentimental and nostalgic land. In M83′s own words: ‘this is the most explicit celebration yet of how it feels to be dazed, confused and fifteen year old’, as haunting melodies are filled with overtones of Kate Bush, Human League and Boards Of Canada. These are the songs that inspire him, written in his own words.

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MY SECRET PLAYLIST by Olivier Libaux, Nouvelle Vague

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By Zolton in New Music on Wednesday 10 July 2013

Founded by French musicians Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux, Nouvelle Vague have used a variety of female singers including Alexandra Pavlou, Mélanie Pain, Marina Celeste and Phoebe Killdeer for their unique acoustic covers of classic New Wave 80s tunes.

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MY SECRET PLAYLIST by Mux Mool

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By Zolton in New Music on Tuesday 9 July 2013

‘I know it’s electronic music’, Brian Lindgren says, ‘but sometimes I feel like an old-timey traveling musician with an M-Audio Trigger Finger instead of a guitar’. As Mux Mool, Lindgren has been criss-crossing the country by himself for years, collecting records, loops, and samples, and rocking parties in towns both large and boondock-small. [from Ghostly]

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Quenotte: a children’s clothing line out of France

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By Zolton in New Fashion on Wednesday 26 June 2013

I have a six month old girl who is already a budding fashionista. Yes, she makes a play for items of clothing each morning that she’s wanting to wear that day, and if it be two dresses, a pair of shorts and a swimming cap, then so be it. Who am I to argue with a strong willed woman?

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MY SECRET PLAYLIST by Zach Miller of Dr Dog

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By Zolton in New Music on Thursday 13 June 2013

Dr. Dog is a psychedelic rock group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which formed in 1999 with the release of The Psychedelic Swamp, a concept album realized in the damp ruin of a flooded basement with waterlogged guitars and a digital delay pedal.

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MY SECRET PLAYLIST by Zia McCabe of The Dandy Warhols

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By Zolton in New Music on Thursday 13 June 2013

Zia McCabe from The Dandy Warhols personifies everything The Dandy Warhols stand for: sassy, cooly detached, and dripping in attitude. The keyboardist adds a lush sonic wash to the Dandy’s inherent popism, and keeps the lads in check as they wind their way through the stadiums of the world. Well, kinda. To be a fly on the wall on their tour bus! Some folk have all the fun.

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