Song of The Day: Tugboat Captain – No Plans (For This Year)

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As it turns out, it’s entirely coincidental that Tugboat Captain just recently released a song called “No Plans (For This Year)”. In fact, that song was already written well before everything that’s happening in the world right now had even begun, so it seems that the London-based indie pop band just miraculously fluked their way into writing a song that now feels very timely. Either that or the band has some impressive Nostradamus/Edgar Cayce level prognostication skills. You can choose to believe whichever story you like.

As it also turns out, the band were initially scheduled to play this year’s edition of SXSW before it was cancelled for the first time in the festival’s 33 year history. So yes, they did have some plans for this year, but you know how the old saying goes about best laid plans and all that. Of course, the year’s not nearly over yet and the band does still plan on releasing their upcoming debut studio album Rut (which was recorded at the famed Abbey Road studios) later this year on Double A-Side Records.

If you don’t have any plans at the moment, give “No Plans (For This Year)” a listen below.

Song Of The Day: Molly Tuttle – Fake Empire

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The title of Molly Tuttle‘s upcoming album,…but i’d rather be with you, seems like a fairly apt one for our times. After all, after months without any live shows, both performers and audiences would surely much rather be gathered together to share the live music experience. But of course that won’t be happening for a good while still, so a new album is a pretty good compromise in the meantime.

That album, recorded entirely under quarantine, is a collection of covers from a wide rage of sources – everything from Rancid to FKA Twigs to The Grateful Dead (a lyric from the band’s “Standing On The Moon” gives the album its title). The lead single from the album is Tuttle’s version of The National’s “Fake Empire”, also a rather apt choice for our times.

The video features historical footage of past instances of protest and activism mixed in with Tuttle’s performance of the song. As she explains, “We wanted to leave the meaning of the video somewhat up to interpretation, just like the lyrics of the song. Matt Berninger commented that the song is about ‘where you can’t deal with the reality of what’s really going on, so let’s just pretend that the world’s full of bluebirds and ice skating.’ Right now a lot of people in our country are waking up to the realities of police brutality, racism, and bigotry all around us. I hope that people, like myself, who have the privilege to turn a blind eye to these injustices, can maintain this awareness and action to create a better society.”

…but i’d rather be with you is out on August 28 via Compass Records.

Song Of The Day: Zombi – Breakthrough & Conquer

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If you hear the word “Zombi” and the year 2020 together in the same sentence, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this was just a description of the next logical step in the horror film that has been the year so far. After all, once they told us about the murder hornets, surely actual zombies wouldn’t come as too much of a surprise.

But no, 2020 is just the title of the latest album from Pittsburgh synth duo Zombi, their first in five years. And while they may have named the album 2020, the sound of first single “Breakthrough & Conquer” is pure ’80s. Check it out below.

2020 is out on July 17 via Relapse Records.

Song Of The Day: Saint Etienne – Only Love Can Break Your Heart

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The votes are in on the Britpop(ish) tournament that we threw together a little while back and the winner is … Saint Etienne! Yes, the London-based band beat out Pulp in the final round, so thanks to all the Saint Etienne fans who somehow stumbled across our site.

In honour of their victory, here’s a throwback to one of the band’s earliest singles, their cover of Neil Young’s “Only Love Can break Your Heart.” Check out the video below.

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