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Continuing on the pop punk binge that I’ve been going on recently, here is another great song from the band Man Overboard.  Hailing from New Jersey, it is no surprise that they’re following in the footsteps of a lot of great bands from the late 90s and early 00s (Lifetime, Saves the Day etc…).

Man Overboard have got three solid releases out already: an awesome collection of old recordings (Before We Met), an acoustic EP (Noise From Upstairs), and a digital EP (Dahlia) that you can name your own price for (thanks Radiohead!).  Check these out if you like the track below!

Here’s my favorite track from Dahlia: Montrose

The lyrics for this song are so simple, but convey a ton of feeling and paint a clear picture in so few words:

“Do you take pictures off the walls
When you know I’m coming to your room?
Do you hide all the stuffed animals the other boys bought for you?”

Man Overboard will also be releasing their debut full length on July 20th.  It was recorded by Jesse Cannon, the same guy who has done albums with fellow Jersey compatriots Lifetime and Saves the Day as well as Say Anything, so you know it’s going to be good.

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wheniwas12

I was recently listening to The Faces’ “Ooh La La”, and it made me think about how we (the writers of the Thread) would listen to music at full blast while driving around Cambridge. We’d be obnoxious and blast hip hop and electro with the windows down, but every once in a while that song would come on, and it would have Lucas, Mikel and Dan harmonizing away. Indie/Folk group When I Was 12’s “Explicit Content”, I’m sure, would (and will) do the same thing.

It’s an angry break-up song, but sung so sweetly and cutely you can’t help but feel happy and fuzzy. “I think I’ll write a song with some explicit content/ so if you don’t want to hear it shut your ears,” is lead singer Adrianne Gold’s scathing-yet-sweetly-sung opening to this intelligent, folk-y, poppy tune.

Twee, quirky and cutting, Gold sings lines such as “I know you left your sweater here/ the one that was hunter green/ the one that I’m keeping forever/ the only thing I liked about being together” that are completely as relatable as they are adorable and funny.

I know this song could have be written by any one of the multitudes of indie/folk artists in the world, but it’s still fun to listen to. Is it one of the best songs ever? No, but it is catchy, worth a listen and it makes me happy. So there. Sew buttons!

Here’s the link for the download. Enjoy! And guys–when we’re all back in town, get ready to waste gas and listen to music. YEAH!

http://www.myspace.com/wheniwas12

(Be sure to check out their song “S is for Subway”. So good!)

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