Top Pops! Deep Time, Shawn Lee, SEAMS MP3 Downloads & Streams

“Pop music shouldn’t always get a bad rap,” says Top Pops!, a recurring selection of pop music highlights across a selection of styles. Austin’s Deep Time get feminist, Shawn Lee has one foot in space and in the ocean, and Seams bring some math into surf.

Deep Time

A few seconds of Austin-based male-female duo Deep Time, and you know that they have a creative fire burning under their asses, and plenty of steez to go around! The contrast between rhythmic basslines of mega low-end satisfaction and the vocals of Jennifer Moore (Voxtrot, The Carrots), which switch between harmoniously playful and erratically yelpy, really carry this shit forth with a swagger and a lean.

The record comes out today, July 10th, via Seattle garage/rock imprint Hardly Art. Miss Moore also wrote an essay commenting on an intentionally sexist (in the name of humor that was cursed upon some and entertained by others) review in Vice Magazine. See it HERE.

See full post for tour dates and a video teaser of the album.

Deep Time – “Homebody”DOWNLOAD MP3
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Deep Time – “Clouds”DOWNLOAD MP3
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Deep Time – Deep Time Album Teaser Video

* with Bouquet
% with Shannon and the Clams
^ with Mynabirds
# with The Babies

07.10.12 – Los Angeles, CA – The Smell #

07.11.12 – Sacramento, CA – Press Club
07.12.12 – Eureka, CA – Little Red Lion

07.13.12 – Eugene, OR – Old Whiteaker Firehouse

07.14.12 – Seattle, WA – Cairo

07.15.12 – Olympia, WA – The Northern *

07.16.12 – Seattle, WA – Hollow Earth Radio *

07.17.12 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios *
07.18.12 – Chico, CA – Cafe Flo *

07.19.12 – Oakland, CA – The Uptown * %

07.21.12 – San Diego, CA – Bar Pink

07.25.12 – Memphis, TN – Hi-Tone Cafe ^

07.26.12 – New Orleans, LA – Circle Bar ^

07.27.12 – Houston, TX – Rudyard’s ^

07.28.12 – Austin, TX – The Mohawk ^

07.30.12 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom ^

07.31.12 – Los Angeles, CA – Satellite Club ^

08.01.12 – San Francisco, CA – Cafe du Nord ^

08.02.12 – Sacramento, CA – Luigi’s ^

08.03.12 – Seattle, WA – Barboza ^
08.05.12 – Portland, OR – Valentines

08.07.12 – Boise, ID – Neurolux ^

08.08.12 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court ^
08.09.12 – Denver, CO – Hi Dive ^
08.13.12 – Rochester, NY – Carriage House
08.14.12 – North Hampton, MA – The Flywheel
08.15.12 – Brooklyn, NY – Union Pool #
08.16.12 – Brooklyn, NY – 285 Kent St. &
08.18.12 – Washington, DC – Comet Ping Pong
08.20.12 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matters
08.22.12 – Athens, GA – Farm 255
08.24.12 – Austin, TX – Mohawk
09.14.12 – Tilburg, NL – Incubate Festival
09.15.12 – Groningen, NL – Vera
09.17.12 – Brighton, UK – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
09.18.12 – Sheffield, UK – The Harley
09.19.12 – Newcastle, UK – Star & Shadow
09.20.12 – Manchester, UK – Kraak Gallery
09.21.12 – London, UK – The Lexington
09.22.12 – Amsterdam, NL – OCCII
09.26.12 – Heidelberg, DE – Kunstverein
09.27.12 – Hamburg, DE – Astra-Stube
09.28.12 – Berlin, DE – Schokoladen
09.29.12 – Koeln, DE – King Georg
10.02.12 – Prague, CZ – Klub 007
10.03.12 – Vienna, AT – Arena



Jumping backwards in time a bit with “BOOMER” and “Opossum” from Perth band SEAMS! In the music video for “BOOMER”, fluttering male-female vocals and Afro guitar tones are paired with luscious beachside attractions and word associations, to create a sun-baked good time for all. Any band that can describe their own music as “Marsupial Surf / Imaginary Film Theme” and “Mathpop surf” — and be right about it — gets my vote. Additional tracks of theirs can be seen at their Soundcloud, HERE.


Shawn Lee

This track by Shawn Lee turns the universe topsy-turvy in the grooviest possible way as surf rock and space rock join hands. It’s like Silver Surfer glittered up a tad, or underwater divers in space suits with bellbottomed legs and cowbells in hand. “Head Up” is psychedelic juuuuuuuuuuuuuust enough, dancey juuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut enough, and synthesizer nerdy juuuuuuuuuuuuuust enough for even the layest of laymen to have fun.

Synthesizers In Space comes out on vinyl today and via CD/digital on July 24 through ESL Music. Full tour dates below.

Aug 22 Cafe Du Nord, San Francisco, CA
Aug 24 The Satellite, Los Angeles, CA
Aug 28 Great Scott, Boston, MA
Aug 29 New York State Fair, Syracuse, NY
Aug 30 Montserrat House, Washington, DC
Aug 31 Knitting Factory, Brooklyn, NY
Sep 02 Bumbershoot, Seattle, WA


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Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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