what I've been listening to: the invisible cities' houses shine like teeth

Indie rock fans, gather round. San Francisco-based band The Invisible Cities have released their second album, Houses Shine Like Teeth. I've had it on heavy rotation the last couple of days, and it's making me happy.

I've been a fan of these folks for quite some time -- they were awarded "Best Indie Pop Band" in the 2005 San Francisco Bay Guardian's Reader Poll -- and this new album doesn't disappoint, with their signature dreamy, infectious Bay Area indie pop/rock sound. You should hear it too.

You've got a couple of options to get your hands on the new album. It comes in two formats: the physical CD, and the downloadable mp3 version.

Of course, they'd prefer it if you bought the CD, with its superior sound and lovely packaging. Buy it here. When you buy the CD, you'll also get the mp3s for immediate download so you can listen to the album while waiting for the mail to show up.

You can also just download the mp3s. To celebrate the release of the record, The Invisible Cities are offering the digital version for free to the first 500 downloaders. To download the album, go here. You'll need the special code: PARADE.

But that's not all! Whichever format you choose, The Invisible Cities are also giving you a super-rad, specially-curated mp3 mixtape, featuring the music of their friendly fellow musicians like Alex Caton, The Rhombus, The Matinees, Goh Nakamura, School for the Dead, Pancho-san, Nuclear Waste Management Club, Sonny & the Sunsets, Love is Chemicals, Terese Taylor, The Nightland, and Scrabbel.

The Invisible Cities are an unsigned, totally indie, completely do-it-yourself rock band, so they're counting on friends and fans to help get the word out. to learn more about the band, go to their website, MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter. To get your hands on Houses Shine Like Teeth, go here.

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