Last time Tapes 'n Tapes rolled through Dallas, they introduced me to the sounds of their friends and fellow Minnesotans Duplomacy. The band is already getting quite a bit of attention in their home town of Minneapolis, and they felt pretty certain these dudes were set to blow up once they released their new LP, All These Long Drives. Duplomacy makes layered, dreamy, pristine pop, and they've already garnerered comparisons to Pavement, REM, Nada Surf, and pre-suck Death Cab for Cutie (and all of these are actually pretty valid). Here are a couple of my favorites from the album:
Duplomacy Coppertone mp3
Duplomacy The Stroll mp3
Listen to a couple more songs from All These Long Drives on myspace, and purchase the album here
Said the Gramophone has a great Ratatat remix of The Knife's "We Share Our Mother's Health."
My favorite left-coasters Birdmonster and Division Day have announced their summer tour, complete with a Dallas date on August 23.
Finally, Tapes 'n Tapes played "Insistor" on Letterman last night. No YouTube version yet, but how about a crappy video of some people at Minneapolis' Hexagon Bar watching the show?