"Pop music shouldn't always get a bad rap," says Top Pops!
, a recurring selection of pop music highlights across a selection of styles. Portland's Aan
bust out a killa new track and Japan's Shintaro Sakamoto
, formerly of psych outfit Yura Yura Teikoku
, sees a U.S. release for his pop-jazz-rock solo. Plus a mini throwback homage to Yura Yura Teikoku!
Aan (not to be confused with their Portland neighbors AU
despite the consonant-consonant confusion) is one Portland band we've never really written about on REDEFINE. To be very honest, I haven't been the craziest about the samples I have heard -- until now! The band's latest direction breaks them out of simple straight-forward songwriting and into edgier territory, as encapsulated by the preview track for their upcoming album, "I Don't Need Love". The 7" release of this track comes out this month via Cool Summer Records and the full-length, Amor Ad Nauseum
, comes out... sometime in the future. Peep their Into The Woods session below for some fucking passion
! I know not what the future holds for Aan, but this is a big step in the right direction, dudes! They also have a short string of tour dates coming up, below.
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AAN SUMMER 2012 TOUR DATES
8/2 SANTA ROSA, CA @ Christy's on the Square
8/5 SANTA BARBARA, CA @ Muddy Waters w/ Avi Buffalo + Little Owl
8/6 LOS ANGELES, CA @ The Echo w/ Wildcat! Wildcat + Incan Abraham
8/7 FRESNO, CA @ 55 Fulton w/ Light Thieves + Greener By Color + Actress
8/8 SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ Cafe Du Nord w/ Religious Girls + French Cassettes
8/9 PORTLAND, OR @ Holocene -- Into The Woods party
9/7 PORTLAND, OR @ MFNW at Star Theater w/ Pains of Being Pure at Heart + Moon Duo