Wednesday, December 24, 2008

jamz of 2008: the lodger - good old days

"Good Old Days" has the kind of sprightly and angular sound that Orange Juice pretty much invented back in 1980. The bright and peppy sound of the song is at direct odds with the sentiments of the lyrics which makes it perfect for dancing with tears in your eyes. It's one of the few OJ-inspired songs I would actually want to hear Edwyn sing, one of the few that doesn't make me want to instantly switch to listening to "Blue Boy" instead. The Lodger's album Life is Sweet is pretty good too.



Speaking of Edwyn this was one of the more heartwarming things I saw all year. The man himself and Roddy Frame performing "Blue Boy" in front of a crowd that sadly didn't include me.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

jamz of 2008: the school - let it slip

The School take the whole girl group revival thing and don't stink it up by pretending to actually be a girl group (hello, Pipettes!), instead they take the GG sound and give it some guts and punky perkiness. Plus vocalist Liz has a voice with plenty of melancholy soul and absolutely no annoying look how soulfully I can sing nonsense (hello, Duffy!). "Let it Slip" is brilliantly sad yet still perfectly danceable and reminds me of the Comet Gain (yes, them again - sorry) songs that Sara would sing. Hopefully plans are afoot for a full-length album in 2009 - I'm already saving a spot on my 2009 t-ten list for it.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

tim's top ten album jamz of 08

Hey, how'd you like to hear one song each from my favorite albums of 2008? Totally random order, totally awesome jamz.

Times New Viking – (My Head) from Rip It Off
Koushik – "Bright and Shining" from Out My Window
Serpentina – "Descalzos Por El Parque" from Planeando en tu Azotea
Cut Copy – "Eternity One Night Only" from In Ghost Colours
Grouper – "Heavy Water/I'd Rather Be Sleeping" from Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill
The Ettes - "I Get Mine" from Look at Life Again Soon
Minisnap – "Innocent" from Bounce Around
Love is All - "New Beginnings" from A Hundred Things Keep Me Up At Night
No Age - "Sleeper Hold" from Nouns
Los Campesinos! – "Sweet Dreams, Sweet Cheeks" from Hold On Now, Youngster…

Download them all here -
tim's tt album jamz of 2008


And come back later for Tim's TT Jamz of 08. Can't hardly wait, can you?

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

comet gain - love without lies

Comet Gain. Are they my favorite band? Yeah, sometimes. I like to take the rough with the smooch and that's the way they prefer to deliver the goods pretty much all the time. "Love Without Lies" is their new single and it features on their new album of new songs and old stray tracks. It's called Broken Record Prayers and it's going to be my soundtrack for the first half of 2009.

Friday, November 14, 2008

the clientele - we could walk together

OMG - I love the Clientele. It's gloomy and rainy today, I'm totally stressed and it's looking like a long weekend coming up with nothing to do. One listen to this song and it's all okay for 2:28. I like the sentiment in this song too. In fact, this one goes out to Margaret.

Monday, November 3, 2008

love is all - wishing well

Are you as excited as I am that the new Love is All record called A Hundred Things Keep Me Up at Night is out next Tuesday (11/11)? I am stoked, psyched and generally all atwitter! I've heard it and it's 100% as good as Nine Tines That Same Song. A little cleaner but still as energetic and hooky. Thumbs up, five stars and hugs and kisses all around. I love this video for the bouncy as fuck "Wishing Well" - it makes me as happy as a clam.



This version of them playing the song in a train station is completely great too!


#16.1 Love Is All - Wishing Well from Handheld Shows on Vimeo

Friday, October 31, 2008

the lucksmiths are totally awesmoe!

Yeah, they are! The Lucksmiths are one of my favorite pop bands these days. I love their sincerity, their peaceful sound, the mellow sound of Tali White's voice and the amazingly strong songcrafting abilities all members of the group possess. They have a new record out on 11/4 called First Frost and I think it's one of their best. Check the Matinée site for more info on that. Here's a video of them rocking (gently, of course)"Great Lengths" from their truly lovely Warmer Corners album in GRapids during their 2006 tour. Goldarn, I wish I had been there!!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

bearsuit - more soul than a wigan casino

We saw Bearsuit in Ypsilanti recently and they were pretty amazing. Ask the 5 other people there and they'll tell you. The band didn't wear the cute little caps and I don't remember them playing this song, instead they were decked out in capes and face paint and spent the 30 mins allotted to them (more! more! more! we wanted more!) making a bunch of seriously unfettered racket. Like I said, awesmoe!



They have records out on Microindie and Happy Happy Birthday to Me, both of which we think you should run out and buy immediately!

Friday, September 19, 2008

indie pop dance party with the summer cats

This is what Margaret and I did all summer. What did you guys do? (I ask that as if there are actually people out there! Whatta riot!!)

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

this my jam - new zealand

The sound of the Clean in 1981/82 is the sound in my head when I think of what the perfect band might sound like. Maybe they could use a bit more bubble and shine but really, couldn't we all. Still between these two songs the Clean invented and perfected the New Zealand sound. Nore NZ love to follow!
the Clean - Tally Ho!

the Clean - Anything Could Happen

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

days: downhill

Beautiful video from Sweden's Days. mp3 soon, if all goes right. Enjoy.

Friday, May 30, 2008

this my jam! walter meego and cof cof

Posting on a regular basis is for chumps. Here are some summer jamz!


Cof Cof are an fun duo from Valencia. They sound a little like CSS, a little like Architecture in Helsinki, a little like a virgin pina colada. Caliente! Caliente! Sounds like Yelle in a coconut bra!

mp3: Caribbean Boy







Walter Meego have a new album out this summer. Vocoder! Vocoder! Sounds like summer!

mp3: Girls

Thursday, May 8, 2008

love is all - busy doing nothing

We are busy doing something close to nothing but really kind of like everything. Hold on to this like a life ring. We'll be back....

Friday, May 2, 2008

speedmarket avenue - way better now

Dang it, Margaret, your post killed the blog!! Let's bring it back to life with something Swedish, energetic and dramatic from Speedmarket Avenue. Is it just me or is this a really, really good song?



Check this to hear more songs from their upcoming album.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

the brunettes: B-A-B-Y (a video, a song, and a mad lib)


I got sick and tired of grading papers and doing heel-cord stretches! So, naturally I found myself trolling the complex tangle of tubes that is the intertron. And what did I find? Well, for starters I found a nice video for B-A-B-Y, a song by our friends the Brunettes. I've also included an .mp3 of the tune for your listening pleasure. Because I'm good like that. That's why they call me Mr. Sugar.

Also, here's a Brunettes Mad Lib I just made. It's fun and educational! (I would like to thank Heather for providing the text. Thank you, Heather.)

The Brunettes feature the core duo of (occupation), vocalist, and (occupation) Jonathan Bree and (occupation) and vocalist Heather Mansfield, along with as many as eight (adjective) (plural noun) who help create the group's (adjective) wall of sound. The band's rotating membership includes (celebrity), (historical figure), and (historical figure).In 1998, Bree and Mansfield were (verb, infinitive) in different groups and (verb) when they (verb, past tense) a (noun) together; the Brunettes were born when the pair decided they'd like to (verb, present tense) on (adjective) but (adjective) pop inspired by (musical genre) and (musical genre). Later that year, the Brunettes' debut EP, (male name) Loves (female name), arrived. Though the band's first release arrived quickly, it took another four years for the band's (adjective) full-length, Holding (plural noun), Feeding (plural noun), to appear on (adjective) Chief Records. The charm of this (noun) and the Boy(occupation) EP, also (verb, past tense) in 2002, won the Brunettes a (adjective) (noun) in (country).



mp3: B-A-B-Y (Brunettes Against Bubblegum Youth)

miracle fortress: have you seen in your dreams


Came across an awesome video from the awesome dude known as Miracle Awesome, who comes from Awesome City, Awesomia and plays in the band Think About Being Awesome. I have included an .mp3 for another awesome track from his album Five Awesomes and it is guaranteed to be awesome.


Okay, back to grading and having a foot injury.




mp3: Maybe Lately

Thursday, April 3, 2008

carl newman: failsafe


"Failsafe" is a song by Carl Newman, and it has been recorded at least three times. It was recently covered by Vancouver's big-little-supergroup The Choir Practice, which is where I first heard it. And the New Pornographers recently put out a synth-tastic version of it (available, if I'm not mistaken, on their newest album). But my favorite version by a long shot is Carl's original version, recorded by CBC Radio 3 in 2004. It has a vulnerability and honesty the other versions can't quite match. I wasn't able to get a hold of an .mp3 (yet!), but I was lucky enough to find a copy of it (albeit in embedded player form) on CBC's site. And here it is.

Monday, March 31, 2008

los campesinos! - death to los campesinos!

OMG! I am obsessed with how awesome this band is. I can't get enough. It's driving me crazy. I feel like I'm puking flowers and being gored by unicorns when I listen to this song. I guess they did too.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

montt mardié - highschool drama

Hey dudes - did you miss this amazing bit of twee soul from Montt Mardié when it came out a couple years ago? I love the insane falsetto and the huge hooks. Reminds me in a strange way of Dexy's but with one of the Chipmunks (maybe Theodore or Simon, but certainly not Alvin) on vocals.

And this simply has to be the twee-est Motown cover ever. I mean, Smokey Robinson is pretty darn precious but Mardié mows him down like a marshmallow shot from a cannon on this solo rendition of "I Second That Emotion".

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

these are songs we like right now

This is a post by Tim and Margaret. Both of us. These are songs we like right now.




mp3: California Snow Story: Suddenly Everything Happens













mp3: Vapnet: Håll Ihop (Med Jens Lekman)


















mp3: Alzo & Udine: Something Going













mp3: Lullatone: The Bedtime Beatbox

Saturday, March 8, 2008

no kids on the block


We of None More Twee agree that No Kids are pretty darn cool, no kidding. No Kids sound like a bunch of funky, anthropomorphic owls. Well, at least that's what they sound like on this track. They sound like a walk through Stanley Park on a sunny day. They sound smart and cute and good.

mp3: No Kids -- For Halloween

Friday, March 7, 2008

tesco chainstore mascara

Tesco Chainstore Mascara have provided me with the soundtrack for my writers' blocky woes. This is yippee-skippy, "tongue-in-cheek powerpop" -- the kind of stuff that makes NMT's thoughts turn to springtime and love. Wait a second...is powerpop ever not tongue-in-cheek? Hmmm...well, screw it. So what if this is nothing new? I dig it. All their songs are available for free on their MySpace site, including this little ditty.

those dancing days - those dancing days

This band has caused some dissent here at NMT headquarters. Are the Swedish teens too pretty & contrived (Margaret) or just the right amount of pretty & contrived (Tim)? Actually, I'm not really convinced that they are great but this song hits all the right notes of interesting production (dig that roller rink organ!!), icy cool vocals, and hooky Northern Soul meets twee pop songcraft. I bet it would sound amazing blasting out of huge speakers on indie pop dance night. What do the loyal None More Twee faithful (both of you) have to say?

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

headlights - cherry tulips

this one's for you, ducks.

Monday, February 25, 2008

rose melberg

This song goes out to my guy. <3



And this one's just for fun.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

warm voices for summertime hearts

Here are two bands with that'll defrost your windshield (oh, yeah!):


REMINGTON SUPER 60: Sweet and easy Norwegian indie pop. Sounds like: a creamsicle, the smell of freshly-mown grass, Birdie (kind of). Listen to them via their pop-up player, or visit their myspace site.




IVY LEAGUE: Sweet and easy Brooklyn indie pop. Sounds like: the smell of library books, a bike ride down a shady street, Kings of Convenience, Math and Physics Club. New album out soon, excellent video for "London Bridges" out now:


Friday, February 22, 2008

double dose of canadian goodness!

Okay, so I'm a big fan of the Golden Dogs, and I feel like one of the best songs from their last album is "Construction Worker", but the first single off the album was "Never Meant Any Harm", which is fine, a little disappointing for me, personally, but fine, I got over it, after all, I'm not the boss, I'm just their biggest fan in the world, that's all, sheez. BUT! Lo and behold! What did I find this very evening but...THE VIDEO FOR MY FAVOURITE SONG!!!



And as a bonus, here's a super-cute video from our friends the Bicycles:

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

fishboy

Tim came back from CMJ and was all like, "I saw this amazing band! They're called Fishboy!" And I was all like, "Fishboy? I have heard of this Fishboy!" I ran across this video a little over a year ago...it's Fishboy performing (lip-synching?) live on Chic-A-Go-Go, a Chicago-based kids' show that's all about awesome music. (I'm actually not clear on that part...anyone ever heard of this show?) Anyway, Fishboy play jumbly, melodica-tastic pop music. I would call it glock rock, but there is no glock involved. Oh, well. Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

never miss a chance to kiss me

So there's this amazing song that I play over and over all the time because it makes me feel like a million bucks every time I hear it. Mint Royale is the band, a middling Brit hop group who struck gold with this song. It's called Don't Falter and it's sung by the singer out of Kenickie, Lauren Laverne. The lyrics are pretty much about being saved by love, something I truly think is possible, and also hold one of my favorite pop lines ever; "when you're with me it's always summer." Simple, not really profound or amazing, but really, what else could you want from being in love. Here's the video. It's pretty darn cute and Laverne is a sweetie.

Big ups to Mike at Slumberland for hipping me to the video. Check his blog for random goodness: http://perfect.slumberlandrecords.com/

Sunday, February 17, 2008

post-valentine's day playlist


This took about twenty years to make, and it'll only take about twenty minutes to listen to it. Go figure. This is for all you star-crossed lovers, love-crossed stars, and cross star-lovers out there in dreamland.

Gotta figure out a better way to post music. Over and out.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

the pastels - worlds of possibility


This beautiful song from the Pastels' best album Mobile Safari is where NMT all started. I believe in possibility. I believe in tweequals.
Happy Valentine's Day

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

heartbroken party music continued!



That Camera Obscura song got me to thinking about my favorite heartbroken party songs. Yeah, it's El Perro del Mar's "Party". Not very original, I know, I know.

Speaking of El Perro del Mar, I got me a hold of a track from her newest album, From the Valley to the Stars. I guess this track is being officially released as a single...um...today! The album will be out in Scandinavia at the end of the month. Here's "How Did We Forget?", in all its imeemey glory:

camera obscura - lloyd, i'm ready to be heartbroken


This one's for Jacob. He's not the twee-est little kid in the world but he has been known to whip out the Puss-n-Boots' eyes when he wants to watch more Spongebob. He also loves this song almost as much as I do. I love it because Traceyanne has the sweetest, warmest voice in all the world, he loves it because of the majestic organ sections. Hey, I'll take it. Sure beats listening to much of the junk that passes for kid's music. (Not you, Elizabeth. Don't worry, you're twee as heck.)

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

secret mommy - kool aid river

Okay, Margaret - Is this twee? I call it electronic tweemo. And yes, I came up with that all myself. D'ya think it'll make us rich? Then we can Frankie & Annette ourselves out of this freezing Mid-western nightmare.




If you can believe it this song (and the entire Plays album the song in the video is taken from) is made up of nothing but acoustic instruments which were fed into a computer and turned into a beautifully emotional mess of glitches and bleeps. Check the link for more awesomeness: http://www.myspace.com/secretmommymusic

Monday, February 11, 2008

hot lava!


Is this twee? I don't know. I kinda like it, though. Hot Lava are from Virginia. They make robotic computer-age beach party pop. A couple tracks I like:





taken by trees: julia



Live on Swedish TV. So good.

plamo



I think I came across Plamo (also known as Plamo MILLION SELLERS; real name: Shuji Suzuki) during a random Myspace-surfing stint a couple months ago. He makes cute clay figures of video game characters for a living. He also makes whimsical, eclectic, slightly bizarre 8-bit-oriented music that reminds me of Takako Minekawa, Detektivbyran, and the games I used to play on my Commodore 64 (equipped with Mach 5: Warp Drive!). His albums are available via his Myspace site...I think. You might have to get them from Japan. I don't know. I just write about this stuff. Sheez.

A couple tracks from his newest album, Needs Work:



Sunday, February 10, 2008

the besties...in iowa?


Hey! The Besties are going on tour. What's more, they're coming to Iowa in April! This fills None More Twee's heart with gladness.

Holy cats, they have a new drummer, too!

Here's a track from their bitchin' self-titled second album, currently out on Hugpatch.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

comet gain - strength



because, because, because........I get my strength from you.

Friday, February 8, 2008

the marshmallow kisses



The name says it all. Peter and Edine make puffy, fluffy, drifty tunes similar to the candy-coated elevator music made by White Shoes and the Couples Company. I'm sure other comparisons could be made, but I don't want to make them. I'm just going to visit the Marshmallow Kisses' myspace page and enjoy the sensation of being wrapped in a Jet-Puffed cocoon.

Video: "I Always Love the One Who Doesn't Love Me"

mp3: "My Dear Giant" (sadly, only a 40 second clip, but you get the idea)