photo: Mercury Girls @ Pianos, CMJ 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Mercury Girls

Philadelphia's Mercury Girls won the battle over use of their name (Toronto's Mercury Girls are now called Pavilion). With that settled, look for a 7" out early next year on venerable indiepop label Slumberland. In the meantime Mercury Girls have some shows coming up, including two NYC shows this weekend with Expert Alterations: Friday (12/18) at Alphaville that's also with Gingerlys, Big Quiet, and DJ Kip Berman (Pains of Being Pure at Heart); and Saturday (12/19) at Cake Shop that's also with EZTV and DJ Drew Citron (Beverly). Advance tickets are available for the Cake Shop show. On Sunday (12/20), Mercury Girls and Expert Alterations will play live on WFMU starting at 7 PM. All dates are listed below.

Both Expert Alterations and EZTV are featured on a year-end mix put together by Mercury Girls' guitarist Kevin Attics that has all his favorite songs of 2015. You may remember he did one last year too. Says Kevin:

The sun is setting on 2015 and, again, we're left to pick up the pieces and make sense of the last twelve months. This year saw a break-out of bands inspired by jagged, dance-y post-punk (WALL, Shopping, SNEAKS), a wave of indiepop with something to say (Spook School, Makthaverskan, Flowers), burgeoning new talent building steam (Wildhoney, Expert Alterations, EZTV, Wallflower)... oh, also Hurry managed to put out a pretty good track.

Stream it and check out the tracklist below...


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Tracklist
The Spook School - "Burn Masculinity"
Wildhoney - "Hurts to Hear"
Real Numbers - "Frank Infatuation"
Dripping Wet - "Everything Dies"
Free Cake For Every Creature - "The Day to Day"
Expert Alterations - "Dear Thomas"
Eternal Summers - "Gold and Stone"
Hurry - "Shake It Off"
Pale Lights - "Another Broken Heart"
SNEAKS - "X.T.Y."
WALL - "Cuban Cigars"
EZTV - "Bury Your Heart"
A Sunny Day in Glasgow - "Hey, You're Mine"
Future Punx - "Post-Wave"
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - "Ballad of the Band"
The Hairs - "BEEF"
Cold Beat - "Broken Lines"
Makthaverskan - "Witness"
Martha - "Chekhov's Hangnail"
Romantic States - "Museum"
Big Quiet - "Maura & Dana"
Post Pink - "Crampy"
Shopping - "Straight Lines"
Dear Tracks - "Connectivity (Demo)"
Knife Pleats - "Terrible"
The Pretty Greens "First Time"
Diet Cig - "Scene Sick"
The City & I - "Geordie"
Escape-ism - "If I Had a Hammer"
Home Blitz - "Seven Thirty"
PILL - "T.V. Wedding"
Myrrias - "All Alone"
Roman a Clef - "PSBTV"
Wallflower - "You'll Be"
Polio Club - "Ubiquity"
Flowers - "Ego Loss"

Mercury Girls - 2015 Tour Dates
12/18 - NYC - Alphaville (w/Expert Alterations, Gingerlys, Big Quiet, DJ Kip Berman of Pains of Being Pure at Heart)
12/19 - NYC - Cake Shop (w/EZTV, Expert Alterations, DJ Drew Citron of Beverly)
12/20 - Live on WFMU (w/Expert Alterations)
12/31 - Philadelphia - Johnny Brenda's (w/A Sunny Day in Glasgow, DJ Jeff Zeigler)