HappyParts Little Data: Best New Tunes 2012

















The talk on the street, says you might go solo.

Note to concerned folks: Don’t Trip. ‘Petty Intervention’ in the works. The opening lyric on this number just kills me. True soul.

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers – I Need to Know

New Energy Encounter Group

Marriage Records

New Energy Encounter Group – Chrome Location

Are You Ready?

Memo to Northern Souls: Click on exclusive NME¬† link for new Richard Ashcroft album release news –¬†or skip the¬†middle man, and score the straight¬†dope, ¬†here.¬† Sounds promising: ¬†Memphis sound¬†&¬†Manchester swing.¬†And on the other side of town, Nick McCabe is¬†adroitly mixing¬†¬†Black Ships¬†tracks for imminent release.¬† Godspeed.

Smile! Presents in San Francisco – Friday Night

Classic Track of Day – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Maps is a classic. Stripped down it’s even more clear. Karen O’s pristine vocal shimmers when wrapped in a string arrangement. I consider their last release a pop diversion sorts. But as history reveals – if you have the talent you can take many roads. It will be interesting to see where they go next, together or as individual artists.

Chinese Underground Music

Carsick Cars - Photo: Matthew Niederhauser

Today was learn about¬†thriving Chinese music scene day.¬†Clicking started on¬†various¬†Beijing culture blogs,¬†I than¬†discovered a US tour¬†in progress back east.¬†Major coverage on mainstream media, ironically,¬†zilch from the¬†hipster¬†set, beyond Brooklyn Vegan. (where I found Mp3’s.) The¬†tour is being ¬†presented by¬†one of two,¬†indies¬†from Beijing, ¬†Maybe Mars. ¬†(What is the other label? )¬†¬†Maybe Mars also operates a club called D-22. The artists cite influences ranging from Sonic Youth to Woodie Guthrie.¬†

MySpace Action + some Mp3’s Below: Carsick Cars¬† + P.K 14¬†+ Xiao He


Carsick Cars – You Can Listen You Can Talk


P.K. 14 – Behind All Ruptures