Here is the second edition of New To Know where I point you in the direction of some newish bands that I've been digging lately. Get your shovel ready cause you're about to join me
Floating Action - Silver LiningThis group of fellas just floated (I couldn't resist) a new bunch of covers out in the indie music ether. They touch on Pepi Ginsberg, Beck, Little Joy and this simple take on Rilo Kiley's Silver Lining. For some reason it just keeps getting caught in my head. Their take on M Ward's Absolute Beginners is another fav. They are on Park The Van's label and incidentally Park The Van is in need of your support. They are asking people to purchase something from their online store to get them through them tough times. Floating Action"s Versions would be a good place for you to throw your cash towards this good cause.
Mama Bear - You Make Me Feel Like Hips
This is one of those groups that is just simply really really good. The first time I heard You Make Me Feel Like Hips I was sucked in to the Brooklyn twang (a varietal notably different from the true southern variety but no less enjoyable and distinct) and simple adoring lyrics. After chasing them down and hearing a bit more I'm pleased to report its all this good. I'm hoping to lure them down to Philly this fall so, as always, keep checking the concert listings. (sketch by Mike Applebaum)
Drug Rug - Never TellThese two have a corner on 70's-ish feel good pop vibe. Without getting too lovey dovey about it they are making tunes you can sing along to as well as. Hannah Please (which I like for more reasons than my sister's name is Hannah) has an interesting distortion effect on the vocals that softens what would otherwise be a shouty punkish track making it fit in to the rest of synthy experimental album. They will be in Philly at Kung Fu Necktie on August 15th and their album drops on July 28th.
The Chop - It's Never EnoughI can't really put my finger on what it is I like about The Chop. The vocals, curious instrumentals and loops are, of course, notable and successfully set them apart from the masses. But, usually that's not enough to get more than two listens out of me. Mehbee its their overall playfulness, appreciable quirk factor and the potential to be great live that keeps me interested. You give it a listen and let me know what you think.