This week’s episode of our podcast is our latest Monthly Mix, our chance to bring you a whole bunch of songs by some great bands we’ve been listening to lately:

We just received Le Fits Sportif, the new album from Oakland’s Le Fits and it’s some stellar indie pop reminiscent in some ways of the Elephant 6 bands, with an effortless and engaging quirkiness layered on top of sweet catchy melodies. Head on over to the band’s MySpace page and label UFI Records to hear more from the new record.

Okay, we screwed up and missed the CD release show for Mist and Mast‘s self-titled debut album last Saturday night at Bottom of the Hill. The CD is an exciting mix of indie rock with a slight Byrds-ish feel, from a young band led by Jason Lakis, formerly the guitarist and singer for The Red Thread. Check out their MySpace page for more music and you can pick the CD up on iTunes.

We honestly don’t know all that much about The Storyboards, but we received their debut album Stagger & Sway recently and we’re quite appreciative. The band is the project of San Francisco’s John Foust, who has a strong sense of melodic songwriting and incorporates a number of different rock and pop sounds across the CD. Head to The Storyboards’ web site and MySpace page to hear some more songs and pick up the new album.

That we’ve included another song from Caves in this month’s mix (see also: June ’07 Mix) is a testament to how strong an album Here Is Vision is. Seriously, head on over to Caves’ MySpace page and take a listen to some more tunes. The band’s next show is Sunday, October 7th at the Hemlock Tavern with It’s a Secret to Everybody and Polite Sleeper.

Tempo No Tempo‘s last EP The Get Down was a terrific release that we had playing on repeat for quite a while. This week, were pleased to include a brand new song from the band’s upcoming EP Repetition, out November 13th on Double Negative Records. You can pre-order the EP and listen to more new songs at the band’s MySpace page. Catch them this Friday, September 28th at the Edinburgh Castle with My Second Surprise, Better Than Aliens, and Red Rocket.

We’re a little baffled that it’s taken so long to include music by the excellent Papercuts on our podcast. The band’s latest album, Can’t Go Back, out on Gnomonsong, has been receiving a multitude of glowing reviews for its thoughtful, well-crafted pop sound. Visit the band’s MySpace page for more and we’ll keep you posted about any upcoming shows.

Blammos first caught our attention by winning the Noise Pop Cinemasports video contest with this video, but don’t let their skill with funny videos distract from the great pop music. In this episode, we’ve included the band’s new single “How Do You Know?” off of their upcoming full length album. See them Wednesday, October 3rd at the Elbo Room with French Miami, Paper Tiger (CD Release), Dangermaker and DJ Baeau. MySpace page. The band was also featured on the most recent episode of Pacific Noise.

The May Fire close our set with our favorite song from last year’s debut album Right and Wrong, which they’ve since followed with two EPs out of a planned trilogy. Check out the video for the song we’ve included titled “Red Eye”. The band will display their tight rock sound at a couple of shows in October: at the Red Devil Lounge on October 10th and the Elbo Room on the 26th. Get more info about the shows and more music at their MySpace page.

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