Shotgun Jimmie, Bad Heaven Ltd, Wojtek the Bear and Butcher the Bar

Continuing with these vacation crafts with another small round up posts of songs and albums that I love. Tonight the journey begins from Canada with the new Shotgun Jimmie album Transistor Sister 2 that was released by You’ve Changed Records on the 2nd of August. This follows up the original Transistor Sister eight years later and it is another super catchy and immensely charming collection of short pop treasures. Here’s a making of video and one (should-be) hit from the new record. Buy/listen to whole album by hitting the bandcamp links on that player below.

Shotgun Jimmie Website

Next we travel south to Philadelphia, USA. Strength is the new album from Bad Heaven Ltd and it came out on the 2nd of August. I’m not very familiar with John Galm’s earlier work (I know I probably should know the band Snowing), but better late than never and all the other cliches. Therefore I arrived into the arms of Strength without any expectations, but I’ve found it to be a good place to stay. Darkness and hope travel hand in hand as does beauty and distortion. It all cuts me through me in a good way. Here are my early favorites Cross and 100 from the album. Again hit those links in the bandcamp player to hear/buy the whole great album.

Bad Heaven Ltd at Facebook

Moving across the ocean to Glasgow, Scotland albeit the band name Wojtek the Bear might suggest that this is a Polish indie pop band. I had not heard anything about them before I saw this new video/single A Long Wait for Bad News on my twitter feed while searching new songs for the weekly playlist. I started listening and was in love in a split second. Partly because it reminded of the legendary Finnish indie band Sister Flo, but mostly because it’s such a fantastic pop song. The digital single in question is now out on Scottish Fiction and will appear on physical 10″ vinyl later in the year.

Wojtek the Bear Website

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Final destination tonight is Manchester, UK and the new Butcher the Bar album III that came out 14th of June on the most excellent Spanish pop label Bobo Integral. This is a real pop bliss right here. Beautiful melodies and sweet pop jangle. A must for Teenage Fanclub fans, because that’s where the mind drifts several times and that’s obviously never a bad thing. Joel Nicholson and Co have done really well. Here’s a couple of personal favorites. Rosa and the music video for Haunts. And same as above, follow the links on the player for the whole experience.

Butcher the Bar at Facebook

Four Arms to Hold You is an ongoing feature with a weird name. It might not contain a whole lot of words, but it does contain a whole lot of love towards the featured songs. Basicly this is just four albums / songs / artists that have done their part in holding me together and therefore I want to tell the world or the seven readers of this blog how much I love them. Not entirely sure do these kind of posts serve any kind of purpose and I do hope I manage to write longer posts too. Right now it just feels like the playlists and these kind of short posts are the only way to keep this dear hobby alive. Plus it’s really the music that matters, not my random ramblings and these posts will always contain magical music.

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