Not but a few days ago, in beginning the process of preparing some end-of-2010 recap materials, I was remarking to another Bay Bridger that for all of the great music coming out of the Bay Area right now, it feels like we’re in something of a drought on the straight-up indie rock front. Don’t get me wrong, the Bay’s got plenty of creative folks engaging in synthy experimentations, folk weirdness, and raw garage rock, but where is the meat-and-potatoes Pavement/Spoon-style indie rock and roll?

As if to answer that question, Jake Mann & The Upper Hand recently sent us “Days Are Long,” a brand new song from the band’s upcoming album Parallel South, out January 18th on Crossbill Records. The track is a seriously addictive slice of immediate power pop-rock, the sort of song that’s over before you know it. If you’re like me, you’ll be setting this one on repeat.

Jake Mann & The Upper Hand – “Days Are Long”

Jake and the band also recently shot a video for “Days Are Long” with, which you can see below. The Parallel South record release show is at Bottom of the Hill on January 23rd (8:30pm, $8, 21+), with Grand Lake and il gato.

Jake Mann + The Upper Hand “Days Are Long” from TERROREYES.TV on Vimeo.

After the jump, hear another exclusive bonus track, a remix of “Days Are Long” by Parallel South producer Max Hart. If the original cruises at a breakneck pace, the remix is a more pensive reworking, slowing things down and reworking the instrumentation while preserving much of the original’s melodic core. Also below, Jake and the band’s upcoming January 2011 tour dates.

Jake Mann & The Upper Hand – “Days Are Long (Downer remix by Max Hart)”

01.05.11 – Santa Cruz, CA @ the Crepe Place
01.06.11 – Los Angeles, CA @ RFSL Presents
01.07.11 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Muddy Waters
01.08.11 – San Diego, CA @ Tin Can
01.09.11 – Los Osos, CA @ Silver Springs Saloon
01.13.11 – Sacramento, CA @ Crocker Art Museum
01.21.11 – Modesto, CA @ Deva Cafe
01.22.11 – Davis, CA @ Armadillo Records (in-store)
01.22.11 – Davis, CA @ Delta Of Venus
01.23.11 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill – Record Release Party!!