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Our latest Monthly Mix episode of the weekly podcast includes music from nine Bay Area bands, including a number of submissions and some recently blogged-about artists. Enjoy!

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About this week's bands:

The Heavenly States ("A Man For Our Times") recently contributed a song to the Karl Rove: Courage and Consequence compilation. They also have a new EP coming out this summer.

The Blank Tapes ("Driving Out Of My Mind") have a new album, Home Away From Home, which you can currently download for free from White Noise. See them with Wave Array at the Shattuck Down Low in Berkeley on May 15th.

Lloyd's Garage ("No Victim") is a local duo whose debut CD From the Comfort of Your Home is out now. Check out their recent video for "Oh Lovely" here.

Raw Pie, the singles tape from "Hoboken" punks Personal and the Pizzas ("Brass Knuckles"), remains one of my favorite things to come out this year. The band doesn't have any dates scheduled until a late summer tour with Slippery Slopes.

Battlehooch ("Somersaults") just released a new self-titled LP of experimental prog-pop. Catch this energetic live band at Homestead Lanes Bowling Alley in Cupertino on May 8th, and at the Great American Music Hall on June 12th.

Parks and Records is releasing Retrospective 2000-2007, a compilation collecting rare and previously released tracks from The Rum Diary ("Pyrrhic Victory"). The album ships May 1st, and pre-orders get a bonus CD as well.

Vandella ("Red Ribbons") released the V EP last September. Catch them at El Rio for an SF Food Bank benefit show on May 8th.

In Another Life is the first album from local folk-rock band Buxter Hoot'n ("In Another Life"). They'll be appearing at a Bob Dylan tribute show at the Rockit Room on May 22nd.

Bluegrass-influenced quartet The Brothers Comatose ("Trippin On Down") recently put out their debut full length, Songs From The Stoop. The band will be at Slim's on May 6th and the Starry Plough on May 7th.

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