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Team Clermont's Favorite Non-Team Clermont Albums of 2013

It’s that time of year where it seems that everyone is posting their favorite albums of the year lists, so we thought we’d follow suit and share ours too! We spend all year talking about our FAVORITE albums, the ones that we have the privilege of doing PR and radio promotion for. Ask anyone at Team Clermont and chances are their true Top 10 lists would be nothing but Team Clermont artists. With that said, we decided to share with you our favorite NON-Team Clermont albums instead:


(in no particular order)
Majical CloudzImpersonator
Parquet CourtsTally All The Things That You Broke EP
JungleThe Heat EP
Mikal CroninMCII
SavagesSilence Yourself
T. Hardy Morris and the OutfitAudition Tapes
Autre Ne VeutAnxiety
Kurt VileWakin On A Pretty Daze
Thee Oh SeesFloating Coffin


1. Dinosaur BonesShaky Dream
2. Washed OutParacosm
3. CavemanCaveman
4. PhoenixBankrupt!
5. The NationalTrouble Will Find Me
6. DeerhunterMonomania
7. Local NativesHummingbird
8. Toro y MoiAnything In Return
9. Youth LagoonWondrous Bughouse
10. MinksTides End

Honorable mentions:
Vampire Weekend, Mikal Cronin, Ducktails, Guards, Majical Cloudz


1. PhosphorescentMuchacho
2. PhoenixBankrupt!
3. Washed OutParacosm
4. Steve Martin / Edie BrickellLove Has Come For You
5. Au Revoir SimoneMove In Spectrums
6. Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsPush The Sky Away
7. MidlakeAntiphon
8. JunipJunip
9. DeerhunterMonomania
10. Daft PunkRandom Access Memories

Honorable mentions:
Tennis, Local Natives, Autre Ne Veut, Pure Bathing Culture, Foxygen, Chvrches


1. Radical FaceThe Family Tree: The Branches
2. PhosphorescentMuchacho
3. Duquette JohnstonRabbit Runs A Destiny
4. The NationalTrouble Will Find Me
5. John GrantPale Green Ghost
6. MidlakeAntiphon
7. BonoboThe North Borders
8. Daft PunkRandom Access Memories
9. Justin TimberlakeThe 20/20 Experience
10. ChvrchesThe Bones Of What you Believe

Honorable mentions:
Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Frightened Rabbit, Poliça


1. Mikal CroninMCII (Merge)
2. Kurt VileWakin On A Pretty Daze (Matador)
3. Jamaican QueensWormfood (s/r)
4. Halasan BazarSpace Junk (Crash Symbols)
5. Thee Oh SeesFloating Coffin (Castle Face)
6. Baptist GeneralsJackleg Devotional To The Heart (Sub Pop)
7. Mutual BenefitLove’s Crushing Diamond (Other Music)
8. Akron/FamilySub Verses (Dead Oceans)
9. William TylerImpossible Truth (Merge)
10. Cassandra JenkinsEP (s/r)


1. The NationalTrouble Will Find Me
2. Small BlackLimits Of Desire
3. DrakeNothing Was The Same
4. John GrantPale Green Ghosts
5. Washed OutParacosm
6. Daft PunkRandom Access Memories
7. BrothersStreet Names EP
8. PhosphorescentMuchacho
9. JunipJunip
10. SavagesSilence Yourself

Honorable Mentions:
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Little Daylight, Kanye West

I Want My CropperTV: The Difference Machine, "So Hip"

A new movement has been brewing in Hotlanta, one that acutely mixes psychedelic freakiness with old school hip-hop ethos. Enter The Difference Machine, a rap duo consisting of producer Dr. Conspiracy and rapper DT. Their latest music vid for “So Hip” premiered on Potholes In My Blog today. In its two-minutes-flat blitzkrieg, DT finds enough time to lay down criticisms of the current scene. “When I hear so many rappers talk about they flows/And I got so many I can’t think of one I haven’t chosen” he spits over a crackling bass-heavy beat. In the background, Dr. Conspiracy lives up to his name in an OBEY hat, surrounded by gas masks. The group lives up to their name too. They forgo the current top 40 trend of rapping about Maseratis and Dom, instead choosing societal critiques; fewer still come up with such inventive, diverse beats.

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Currently Spinning: Orchestra of Spheres

By this point you must know how Team Clermont feels about bands with serious jam chops. Hint: we freakin’ love them. Enter New Zealand’s (yes, they have the awesome accents to boot) Orchestra of Spheres, a band with a name that perfectly describes them even if you can’t articulate exactly why. The fuzzy, Hendrix-y feedback and wah-wah of ‘Journey’ creates the vibe of an alternate-reality Woodstock, supplied with weirder rhythms and way more dissonance. ’2000000 Years’ is a jam freakout of epic proportions, featuring frantic, off-kilter synths. Both tunes exhibit the band’s strong suits – eerie, catchy chanted lyrics that shift seamlessly into Raconteurs-esque guitar work and Tommy James/Shondells-esque keyboard interludes. In other words, they’re pretty adept at creating classic 60s psych-rock for the tech age. Flight of the Conchords ain’t got nothing on the Spheres.

HeadShy1 by Amanda Elmore

Currently Spinning: HeadShy

Imagine if Tom from ’500 Days of Summer’ had grown up in the aughts instead of the 80s, and had missed the boat on “sad British pop music.” Instead, HeadShy might be his favorite band.

HeadShy hail from (Keep) Austin (Weird), Texas, having formed by members of influential psych-pop group 7% Solution. With their January 14 release coming up, the group has strangely delved into the world of perfumery, making heady connections between musical notes and the notes found in complex scents. So what’s the thinking man’s nu-goth posterband to do? Split their debut into three separate EPs that each have their own musical “scent” – The Head Chord, The Heart Chord, and The Base Chord. And the three releases will also be available as a box set that, appropriately, contains three different bottles of perfume. Sounds like a good deal to us.

Their first single ‘Coma’ is a somber, minor key love dirge that imagines a Sleeping Beauty happily-ever-after gone wrong. Lead singer Lisa Lipkin offers up noir Amy Winehouse vocals as she sings forlornly of drifting silently to sleep and getting stuck that way. The sparse drums and grooving bass are so laid back as to be behind the beat, giving the tune the sluggish, dream-like feel it requires. And of course there’s some spooky keys to complete the ensemble. Listen below:

Lisa Papineau3 by Marianne Williams

Currently Spinning: Lisa Papineau

Songstress Lisa Papineau’s new album ‘Blood Noise’ swims through your speakers like an endless, spare, moody melody (if you’ll let it). The avant-pop maestro combines vocal trills from the times of olde with modern production techniques, creating what sounds like a Henry VIII-commissioned church choir transported to 2k13. You might even recognize her voice from collabs with the likes of Air and M83. Make sure you check out choral masterpiece ‘Radio on on On’, the dark synth groove of ‘Early Spring’, and the propulsive, breathy ‘Frozen Blue’.


Currently Spinning: FIGHTs

Lafayette, Louisiana bayou bros FIGHTs make a worldly kind of indie rock. Their sound is informed by the creole culture they grew up with – songs like ‘Four Leaf Clover’ (below) feature bar band horns, and on ‘So Down So Down’ they jack some rhythms and chanty vocals straight from ‘Graceland’. The guitars are always loud, the keys are always bold, the lyrics are always effortlessly cool.

Their debut full-length ‘Music For Villains’ comes out in a couple short weeks. Judging by their striking EP ‘Summer Hits’, the album will feature catchy indie rock a la Black Lips all synthed up. Be warned – they’ll put a spell on you.

I Want My CropperTV: Scott & Charlene's Wedding, 'Jackie Boy'

Scott & Charlene’s Wedding? More like Rocky and Adrian’s Wedding! I’ll be here all week, folks. Anyways, in the latest S&CW vid for ‘Jackie Boy’, lead singer Craig Dermody does his best 80s workout montage as he runs, punches, and trains his way through a Philly warehouse district. He even chugs raw eggs – the dude is not kidding around. We would NOT want to run into Craig the boxer in a dark alley. Craig the musician, on the other hand, creates delightfully unkempt Wavves-meets-Black Lips-meets-Parquet Courts punk rock. So we would LOVE to run into him in an alley, dark or otherwise.

Team Clermont announces CMJ Showcase - New York

Team Clermont’s Bill, Nelson, Shil & team will be heading back to NYC in just under two weeks, and we’re thrilled to share details for this year’s official CMJ Showcase! We’ll be pairing up with our pals over at Hometapes Records to put on this year’s showcase, and we hope to see you there!

Our showcase is on Wed. October 16 at Union Pool in Brooklyn, and our lineup includes Pattern Is Movement, Leverage Models, Celestial Shore, Norwegian Arms, Laser Background, and Paperhaus!

We will also be hosting our annual CMJ hangout at Barcade in Brooklyn on Sat. October 19!

Team Clermont 2013 CMJ Showcase presented by Hometapes
Wednesday, October 16
Union Pool (484 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY)
$10 or CMJ badge

7:00 Paperhaus
7:45 Laser Background
8:30 Norwegian Arms
9:30 Celestial Shore
10:30 Leverage Models
11:30 Pattern Is Movement

- Steve, Bill, Nelson
Team Clermont, Athens, Georgia

New Tracks: 'Daddy Was A Real Good Dancer' by the Dismemberment Plan

D.C. artpunk vets The Dismemberment Plan are back after a decade-long material hiatus with a new album due out October 15. And lucky for us, they’ve released some tracks from it, the latest of which is ‘Daddy Was A Real Good Dancer’. Lead singer Travis Morrison is presumably singing about his own father, whose death was a major catalyst behind their 1999 breakout record ‘Emergency & I’.

The track opens with chiming guitars that recall ‘The City’, and it’s (shockingly) in 4/4 time. And it totally works. The song is bittersweet and reflective. “When they finally lay my cold and creaky bones to rest / I hope I’m not a mystery to those who knew me best” sings Morrison, connecting his father’s death to his own eventual one. He also sings vaguely of parental responsibilities and absenteeism – DPlan have never been a band to shy away from writing an emotionally difficult song, but they sure know how to make it sound good.

New Tracks: 'Sweep' by Leverage Models feat. Sharon Van Etten

Leverage Models, the pen name behind producer Shannon Fields “and friends”, have an upcoming LP due out October 1. It features the likes of Yeasayer and LCD Soundsystem folks, plus Sharon Van Etten. Allow us to incontestably prove why you should be excited as hell.

‘Sweep’ is an inspiring, uplifting song featuring violins, an urgently strummed guitar, jungle-y drums, and a soaring chorus filled with ‘We Didn’t Start The Fire’-esque synths. The churchy handbells add a beautiful touch too, giving the tune the feel of wintertime in Brooklyn. Leverage Models have the uncanny ability to go from complex sonic tapestries to arrestingly sparse arrangements in seconds flat.

But enough jibber-jabber. Listen below:

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