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Lenguas Largas – Kawasaki Dream (Stream)

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Lenguas Largas have been a staple of every major punk distro worth their salt since releasing their excellent Lonely Summertime 7″ back in 2010. They followed that up with their outstanding self-titled debut which exploded on the promise of Lonely Summertime and gave them a deserved profile boost. Since then, the band’s toured heavily and hinted at new material. All of the hinting is over because their sophomore effort, Come On In, is now available on (once more) both Recess and Burger Records.

To celebrate Come On In‘s Burger release, the label’s offering up a free stream of “Kawasaki Dream”, a supercharged earworm that’s proven to be inescapable after one listen.  Everything the Tuscon act does best gets pushed to its absolute limit here, with a sugary melody, plenty of feedback, and their own distinct brand of a peculiarly madcap glee. “Kawasaki Dream” is incessant in its build and relentless in energy, combining into something dangerously addictive and completely explosive. It doesn’t even hit the two minute mark, most likely due to a realization that you can only hit a certain peak before tipping into the absurd. What it does do, however, is act as a bold declaration and reaffirmation that everyone seems to have been right about just how good this band was since the beginning.

Listen to “Kawasaki Dream” and order the Come On In cassette from Burger here.

The Freezing Hands – Good Morning Takeout (Stream)

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From Bent Shapes to Vertical Scratchers, 2014’s been surprisingly plentiful in the powerpop department and now The Freezing Hands have thrown their hat into a pleasantly crowded ring. The Tuscon act are currently enjoying a joint release through the powerhouse teaming of Burger (which is running a pressing that’s limited to 50) and Recess Records, which should already be a sign that this is a release worth wearing out. Impressively, the release getting this treatment, Coma Cave ’13, is The Freezing Hands’ debut, marking them as a band that’ll immediately have a fair amount of expectations to live up to.

Fortunately, “Good Morning Takeout” proves, with no reservations, that they’re worthy of the prestige of both labels involved in pressing and distributing Coma Cave ’13. It’s an exhilarating, expertly-constructed song replete with a sunny demeanor that carries the song towards something more transcendental than just a great from-the-cuff outside pop song. A harmonica provides some welcome texture while the melodies keep “Good Morning Takeout” coasting along, completely carefree. While that’s a tricky area to perfect, it’s something that Coma Cave ’13 sustains for its duration, making it one of 2014’s more memorable summer releases.

Listen to “Good Morning Takeout Below” and make sure to pick up a copy here.