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Jakub Alexander curates the music selections here at the blog. He also runs his Moodgadet record label out of Brooklyn, NY and does A&R for Ghostly International Records. Links: Moodgadget Records Jakub's Tumblr

Stream Ducktails album in full

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How did I miss this?? Jesus, I know I posted the single a while back but the album as a whole might be his best. Honestly, this is the Americana album Erlend Oye never wrote, the what you love about his past work seasoned with what makes Real Estate shine bright when they’re on.

St. Catherine is the fifth full-length under his solo moniker, is a finely-honed collection of baroque pop songs that take the blissful, cascading melodic fretwork that Mondanile has made his signature with both Ducktails and his other band, Real Estate, and applies it to songs of considerable new emotional heft and dynamic range.

Mondanile partially wrote and recorded St. Catherine in bedrooms and studios predominantly in east LA and Glendale, but venturing as far as Berlin and New York. When Mondanile finally settled back in LA at the start of 2015, it was Rob Schnapf, co-producer of Elliott Smith’s classic albums XO and Either/Or, that he turned to in order to help put the finishing touches to St. Catherine.

The Julia Holter-featuring “Church” and “Heaven’s Room,” see Mondanile flex his muscles as a composer and arranger, introducing complex, interlocking vocal harmonies, gorgeously sweeping string parts (provided by Chris Votek and Andrew Tholl) and a host of off-kilter electronic elements into his sonic palate – channelling the likes of Broadcast, and Stereolab but with a younger, wide-eyed sensibility.

St. Catherine will be available on July 24th on CD, standard edition LP, and limited edition coloured vinyl LP

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Ducktails Tour Dates

07-24 Los Angeles, CA – The Getty Center ^
07-31 Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle ^
08-01 Cleveland, OH – Euclid Tavern ^
08-02 Bloomington, IN – The Bishop ^
08-03 Chicago, IL – Schuba’s ^
08-04 Ferndale, MI – The Loving Touch ^
08-05 Toronto, Ontario – Garrison ^
08-06 Montreal, Quebec – Casa del Popolo ^
08-07 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom ^
08-09 Boston, MA – Great Scott ^
08-26 Davis, CA – Sophia’s Thai Kitchen *
08-28 Seattle, WA – Barboza *
08-29 Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club *
08-30 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios *
09-01 San Francisco, CA – The Chapel *
09-02 Santa Cruz, CA – The Crepe Place *
09-04 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo *
09-06 San Diego, CA – The Casbah *
^ with Itasca
* with Regal Degal

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Oficyna Transatlantyk Spotlight

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Since the Ptaki post Friday got some great reaction on the direct message front I wanted to unearth some more cuts from the duo’s home label. First off, the Lounge genre and hotels slowly killed Balearic music for me, it lost its Caribbean charm and not its reviving along with New Age and it couldn’t be set up on a better course for the future.

Ptaki: Przelot Album Stream

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This one slipped under the radar but i’m glad I could find a full stream for those that haven’t heard it. We first wrote about Ptaki in April 2013 since then they’ve been a highlight on a ISO50 playlist and now I couldn’t find a more enjoyable LP to ride into the weekend. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Mr Zambon’s (of The Very Polish Cut-Outs fame) new label Transatlantyk has made quite an impact across a handful of releases. This is their debut artist album, and who better to represent the free-wheeling spirit of their ethos than fellow Polish pals, Ptaki. The high-flying Warsaw based duo (Their name translates to ‘Birds’ in Polish) have found themselves the object of hysteria after a mere trio of very well received releases on parent label (TVPC) and more recently for LA’s Young Adults. Their music has a depth and enduring quality that has clearly set them apart from contemporaries, and Przelot has given them a broader canvas to, pardon the pun, spread their wings. Familiar textures, acoustic guitars, rhodes and treated bass are assembled in a fresh and uplifting way as the duo seem unencumbered by any sense of homage or reverence to past masters. Cod Reggae (done well!), sleazy chuggers, and dreamy mid-tempo workouts sit easily alongside the Yacht Rock leanings and straight up blissed-out beach bar fare. All shot through with an undeniably Balearic sense of well being throughout.

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