Originally known as Dive, the Brooklyn-based group, DIIV, started as the project of Zachary Cole Smith (also a member of the group, Beach Fossils) in 2011. DIIV delivers a smooth, beachy pop sound. Smith teamed up with a live band composed of guitarist Andrew Bailey, bassist Devin Ruben Perez, and drummer Colby Hewitt, who collaborate with him in performing his own songs. After releasing their single, "How Long Have You Known?", the group released their debut album, Oshin, in June.

When the then 21-year old Mac DeMarco released his debut Rock and Roll Night Club 12″ just a short while ago in the Spring of 2012, it was accompanied by a barrage of bizarrely funny promo videos, wildly unhinged live performances and a not-so-subtle disparate range of promo photos. The glam facade was purely that, an image that was manufactured for fun to confuse the stiff and compartmentalizing world of indie music journalists. But it wasn't all a jest, as that EP covered a whole range of music styles that were latent in the ex-Makeout Videotape frontman's already impressive slough of cassette-only releases. The sincere and warm Mac who sang "Only You" was the same lipstick-wearing sleazoid that crooned "Baby's Wearing Blue Jeans" and that suited him and his listeners just fine.

Now, all of six months later, Mac is back with his first proper full length, Mac DeMarco 2. As opposed to RNRNC, "2″ is a concerted effort to produce a cohesive work that showcases Mac's natural ability as a songwriter, singer and producer. With a new arsenal of recording gear, the fidelity has substantially improved without compromising the immediacy and organic quality of his prior releases under any monicker. The results are immediately rewarding, from the warm "Cooking Up Something Good" to the heartfelt "My Kind of Woman." It's obvious Mac is presenting himself musically in the most sincere way possible, no matter what happens in his wild videos or live shows. "Freaking out the Neighborhood," Mac's apologetic ode to his loved ones about such public behavior, shows that Mac DeMarco is still with us, coming along for the ride, getting everyone else in trouble. Even so, the maturation process of Mac DeMarco, recording artist, is in full swing. He did, after all, turn 22 this April.

Blouse is based out of a 6,000 square-foot warehouse in North Portland. The project started in the summer of 2010, after Los Angeles native Charlie Hilton met Patrick Adams in art school. They made a few home recordings and soon began spending nights at the warehouse recording with Jacob Portrait (Producer of Mint Chicks, Dandy Warhols, Starfucker). Having played music since their teens, the three found that there was something inexplicable in their coming together. After posting two demo tracks to Bandcamp's website, the group was picked up by Captured Tracks out of Brooklyn, NY. A 7" single of Into Black was released at the end of March '11 by Captured Tracks. Sub Pop Records will be releasing the second single for Shadow on May 31st.

In April of 2010 Captured Tracks released a 7" single by an unknown new york band called MINKS. On the date of release, few people knew any information about the musicians behind the music. Most writers and listeners assumed that it was a one man bedroom music project, like many other artists on the label, and were confused even more when six musicians appeared on stage to perform songs at the first MINKS concert. The first single, titled "Funeral Song" was quickly praised by music journalists and publications like Pitchfork, Stereogum, and Fader. Fader said that it sounded like "If Robert Smith gave birth to a baby, and the baby was actually a cassette of Cure demos that had a lot more staying power than actual Cure demos." Seasons changed, and MINKS returned with a follow up 7" single titled "Ophelia," which continued to shadow people's minds with curious thoughts and open ears. The uniqueness of these early singles showed the ability to balance the feelings of joy and sadness, as well as a door to past and present worlds. For these songs were less about the songs themselves, but the ability to make you feel a certain emotion when listening to them. No element alone would stand out, but as a whole, the swirling waves of sound which Pitchfork would describe as "all texture and drift," would drive you away to a nostalgic place in your mind.
With the release of "By The Hedge," MINKS further the ability to make you feel eternal autumn. Frontman and songwriter Sean Kilfoyle's ability to capture the raincoat grey Boston mornings of his youth, have the desire to make you feel like you are listening to a dream while awake and standing in the pouring rain. Put on your raincoat and enjoy the splendor.

Chris Cohen

Chris Cohen is a 37 year old native of Los Angeles currently residing in the farmlands of Vermont. He is the child of a former music business executive and a Broadway actress.

A multi-instrumentalist who records himself, Chris has cycled through many different styles and techniques, combining them into his own brand of psychedelic pop music. Idiosyncratic in form, using dissonance, irregular phrasing and open space, Chris's music is more than anything about the character of the moment in which it is created.

His resume of projects with other people is a long one – as a contributing member of The Curtains, Cryptacize, Deerhoof, Natural Dreamers, and Park Details Band, he released 10 full-length albums between 2002 and 2008.

Overgrown Path is the first under his own name, and Chris spent the last three years developing and recording it. A singing drummer who writes psychedelic pop music, Cohen also records his own bass, Casio MT65, piano, and guitar. Tracks like "Caller No. 99″ and "Monad" follow idiosyncratic forms, but are still melodic in an unconventional and homegrown way — like the best of Robert Wyatt, Mayo Thompson, Syd Barrett, and Jerry Garcia. Overgrown Path unfolds its delicate and unexpected arrangements around Cohen's relaxed baritone, unhurriedly revealing the detailed world wrapped up in each song.

Heavenly Beat

Texas native John Pena began writing and performing under the Heavenly Beat guise in the latter part of 2009. After a handful of unfulfilling and embarrassing live shows, John put performing on the back burner and began working on building a stronger set of songs. John emerged from his bedroom after months of leisurely paced recording with a couple of tracks that would become his first release on Captured Tracks in the form of the 7 inch single "Suday". Being influenced by nothing in particular has payed off as many have had trouble pinning the sound down as anything other than "immaculately arranged and paced" and "attractive music for attractive people". Thus again proving that just because you've heard a song by The Cure or Neil Young doesn't mean you have to ape it shamelessly to gain wide acceptance. Shortly after the release of "Suday" Heavenly Beat released the A side "Faithless" for their forthcoming 2nd single, igniting not only the blog world but the interest of the uninformed few who might have missed "Suday". By paying homage to no one but himself, John Pena's band has become one to watch in 2012.

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