NY/LA genre-hopping duo Javelin have announced the release of their second full-length Hi Beams, out March 5 with Luaka Bop. Stream the first single ‘Nnormal’ below or download for free in exchange of an email here.
Javelin (cousins George Langford and Tom Van Buskirk) recorded and mixed Hi Beams at Machine With Magnets (Pawtucket, RI) using proper microphones, a vintage mixing desk, an array of amplifiers, real plate reverb – in the traditional sense a “studio album.” Previous work had been cobbled together in home studios and mixed on computer. On this record, Javelin aimed for a sound they could not have achieved by themselves. Hi Beams represents a more holistic approach to writing and recording than previously attempted by the band. The lyrics and vocal harmonies for the first time are foregrounded in decidedly songlike forms. The songs were made to be performed in concert rather than as a patchwork of fragmented glittery shards. They cover a broad range of territories: homage to the strangeness of being a performer; encountering beauty and the void in the natural world; light, sky, stars, moon; gravity, delivered with levity…
We are keeping our mix-giving tradition alive this year with volume 3 of the Discosalt Holiday Mix. Volume 3 is loaded up with new indie holiday tracks and old classics from artists like Paranthetical Girls, Chuck Berry, Deanna Kirk, Flowman, The Maytals, 44.1K and Postcode. Happy Holidays from Discosalt! and feel free to re-gift this link to your friends.
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The aptly retitled ‘Feels Like We Only Go Bachwards’ is a sweetly harmonic tribute to composer Johan Sebastian Bach.
The ‘Feels Like We Only Go Backwards’ single package, with reworks by Young Dreams and Memory Tapes, will be available December 14th (AUS) / 17th (UK/EU) / 18th (USA).
Tamaryn delivers on all of the promise of their debut LP The Waves and then some on their excellent new full-length Tender New Signs, a moving, achingly gorgeous widescreen evolution of the duo’s “sky-gazing” dream pop. Listen to the the track “I’m Gone” below. Tender New Signs is out on clear vinyl via Mexican Summer.
ANR has just released TOBE HOOPER, a full-length Halloween album heavily dosed with wolves, zombies, serial killers and all sorts of eeriness to keep you up at night. It’s perfect for any and all Halloween parties / nights at home alone carving pumpkins in a leatherface mask.
Among the best moments of the 14-track album are:
“Waking The Dead“, the zombie’s national anthem,
“Monster Mash feat. Jillian Mayer” a cover of the classic featuring emerging Miami star Jillian Mayer,
“Chainsaw” a perfectly Halloween Ramones cover,
“MS MR – Bones (ANR Version)” an electro remix that pushes the song to its scariest potential,
& “Willowy Eye” a beautifully dark, tragic love song
TOBE HOOPER is the bands tribute to a man of the same name, the director behind Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It goes without saying that ANR are huge horror nerds, and it shows in the dedicated approach they’ve taken to the album. Defying genre, they take wiz from Punk Rock to Future RnB, Hip-Hop to Musical Theater, Electro to Bluegrass and back again. TOBE HOOPER comes on the heels of PAT RILEY, a mixtape/album released in September, and the band is currently working on an LP due out 2013.
Here’s a special Halloween treat from the dreary duo Von Haze. Download and stream their new track “Mother Mountain” – a dark and hazy cut of minimal electro and creepy vocals, taken from their album Kar Dee Akk Ake which drops today on iTunes with physical due out 11/6 via Pendu Sound.
Had enough Lo-Fi ? Young and indecisive, Brooklyn-based Happy Lives have your antidote- tizzying up bounce friendly Garage Rock that sounds like an oddly amazing marriage between Nirvana and James Blake. With already 43 shows under their belt since their start in February, the band takes stage at CMJ 2012 at Muchmore’s on October 20th at 9pm. Don’t miss them live!
Dead Horse One is a French eclectic musical group that spans multiple genres including Shoegaze and psychedelia. Their avowed aim is to be a ”Heavenly choir of jet engines”, filling the sound-scape of the world with an endless extended note, wistful and melancholic….macabre and beautiful…from which will emerge pop songs…
M83’s third single “Steve McQueen”, from the critically acclaimed Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming – will be released with diverse and epic remixes from Alluxe, BeatauCue, MAPS and SALM, alongside the new video [ chosen shortly from submissions to the Genero.tv competition ] on November 27th.
The track continues the legacy of M83’s dazzling cosmic-pop, with exploding guitar riffs and driving drum beats, the listener is sure to be carried away.
Watch all 126 competing music video submissions HERE.
Also, be sure to take a listen to NPR’s stunning recording of their performance at the historic 9:30 Club from earlier this year. Listen here!
The guys dropped off a brand new video this week for their most recent single, Schizophrenic DJ, shot by Pier Pictures.
ROOM8 “Transduction” is a crossroads on the electronic highway. An audio film that takes place in a musical past, present, and future. The brain child of Ezra Reich and Nic Johns, “Transduction” features Electric Youth (from the neon noir hit “Drive”), Martha Davis (leader of classic New Wave icons, The Motels), the sax work of Ian Young from M83, guitar work from Giorgio Moroder’s arranger and guitar player and famed producer, Richie Zito, mixed with Gavin Mackillop (Human League, General Public, Heaven 17). With artwork by the legendary art collective, The Zonders.
Get a sneak peak and listen to the first single, “Visions of You (feat. Electric Youth)” and B side “Neon and Dice” below.
alt-J (∆)’s name takes a little explaining. Pronounced “alt-J”, the delta sign is created when you hold down the alt key on your computer keyboard and punch ‘J’ on a Mac computer. The symbol has a deeper meaning for the band, as guitarist/bassist Gwil Sainsbury notes, “in mathematical equations it’s used to show change,” and the band’s relatively new name came at a turning point in their lives.
If you like the XX, you might want to check out the self entitled EP by Miami based quartet KODIAK FUR. Kodiak Fur consists of singer-songwriter/bassist Albert Vargas, producer/guitarist ZuesLve, as well as Steve Sanz and Chris Thomas, 2/3’s of the Mr. Familiar production team. Mr. Familiar has worked with Yelawolf, Steven A. Clark, Solange, Nipsey Hussle, J.Nics, Homeboy Sandman, as well as others.
Twin Shadow has announced a second NYC Ton Up Tour show on Friday September 28th, 2012 at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Get tickets HERE.
Grab some MP3’s and stream Twin Shadow’s new album below:
Download the debut EP from DIY band a dark horse – FREE HERE. Formed in Dublin in the winter of 2010, Hugh Rodgers and James Parker came together to create a band unlike anything either had been in before – making music that is more cinematic than sound or song alone. With the help of some trusted friends and accomplices, a dark horse record and produce their music, make their own music videos and design their own artwork.
Nite Jewel’s out-of-print debut LP Good Evening is finally getting the reissue treatment (including vinyl) this fall via Secretly Canadian. Expect two bonus tracks including “What Did He Say” plus a cover of the Inner Space classic “Kamera Song“. Listen below:
BBC Radio 1 has another great mix out, this time from L.A. producer – Shlohmo. Exploring Future Beats, features unreleased material, including “Out of Hand” + remixes of Just Friends (Nico Jaar + Sasha Spielberg), Ryan Hemsworth, Carly Rae Jepsen, and more:
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti has another track to share from Mature Themes, out in August on 4AD:
John Maus is set to release a collection fo rare and previously unreleased material creatively called A Collection of Rarities and Previously Unreleased Material. You can purchase the album on translucent pink vinyl from Ribbon Music here, or download one of the stranger obsessive “love songs” from the album below
Dent May’s Do Things is out now on Paw Tracks.
Das Racist teamed up with fellow Brooklynite Talib Kweli on the gritty banger “The Actual”. The track is produced by Amaze 88 for Eastern District’s Mosholu mixtape, which also features the likes of Spank Rock and Machine Gun Kelly. Grab the track below:
MP3 Download: Das Racist + Talib Kweli: The Actual
alt-j have a new video for “Tessellate”. Directed by Alex Southam, the video is a twist on Italian Renaissance painter Raphael’s “The School of Athens,” seen through a modern day lens that Raphael may not have had in mind. “Tessellate” will appear on alt-J’s debut album, An Awesome Wave, to be released September 18th via Canvasback.
Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio has also lended his remixing hand to alt-J’s lead single, “Fitzpleasure.” Emphasizing the melodic swells while highlighting a tribal-meets-industrial beat, Sitek’s mix showcases an entirely new feel for the song while maintaining the core to alt-J’s sound which the BBC describes as “strong, addictive and enthralling, the perfect accompaniment to any mood, any moment, anywhere.”
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MP3 Download – Taken By Trees : Dreams
Best new Summer Sounds – Download the new track “Apocalypse Dreams” from Tame Impala’s new album, Lonerism, coming October 2012 on Modular Recordings.
New Zealand duo KIDSOF88 have released a new remix of their official single, “TUCAN,” from the forthcoming album MODERN LOVE, expected in summer 2012 via Dryden Street. On the original version of “TUCAN“, Sam McCarthy and Jordan Arts are joined by Alisa Xayalith of The Naked And Famous, uncovering a soaring sense of yearning previously unseen within KidsOf88’s oeuvre.
KIDSOF88 : “TUCAN” L-O-L-O Remix
Hollywood, Florida is not your typical beach town. The buildings, diners, and of course the beach appear frozen in the 1950’s. Probably a result of the town’s population boom happening in that era, a current drive down the streets feels like your moving through an R. Crumb drawing.
Things seem exaggerated and a bit odd. The now mature population seems a caricature of their former selves. It is this strange place, lovingly dubbed Hollyweird, Florida, that the trio Beach Day calls home. Their sound is heavily influenced by their surroundings. They make new music, but it is definitely old at heart. And it’s definitely sunny, but not without some murkiness.
Watch the Bowerbirds brand new video for “Sweet Moment“, off The Clearing.
You can also grab some MP3’s and watch the mini-documentary about the Bowerbirds’ The Clearing after the jump.
MP3 – Bowerbirds : In The Yard
Longtime Miami indie Goddess Chan Marshall is back with a short, cropped, breakup haircut and the first Cat Power album of original material in over six years! Was it worth the wait? Check out the first single “Ruin” from the new album Sun – performed and produced entirely by Chan in various locations including a studio she built in Malibu. Sounds pretty awesome. The album drops September 4.
Chan introduces “Ruin” via this clip below directed by Austin Conroy.
FIDLAR are known as much for their noisy, infectious West Coast punk as for their insane ability to rile crowds. The band hits Terminal 5 on Friday, June 22nd, joining The Hives on the East Coast leg of their tour. Click Here To Listen To Daytrotter Session or Grab some MP3’s after the jump:
MP3 – FIDLAR : Got No Money
David Byrne & St. Vincent team up on the new jazzy collaborative album Love This Giant. Grab it below:
Secret Seven Records folluw last year’s San Francisco-centric compilation, In a Cloud , with 13 previously unreleased tracks from some of the Bay City’s finest. Expect new, blistering tracks from Vetiver, Papercuts, Sonny & the Sunsets and tons of other artists. For a preiview, listed to the swagged out Ty Segall track and the sweet Grass Widow lullaby – “Hannah Lew”, streaming below. The In A Cloud II compilation is out July 17. Pre-order the album here.
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01 Taken By Trees x TTA :: taken too young
02 Glass Candy :: rolling down the hills (spring demo)
03 Twin Sister :: meet the frownies
04 Chromatics :: in the city (demo)
05 Games :: strawberry skies (feat. Laurel Halo)
06 Laurel Halo :: thaw
07 Glass Candy :: halloween
08 A.Dd+ :: can’t come down
09 Chromatics :: running up that hill
10 Taken By Trees :: anna (feat. Panda Bear) (CFCF remix)
11 Twin Sister :: kimmi in a ricefield (balam acab remix)
12 Taken By Trees :: the sweetness of air france
13 Twin Sister :: all around and away we go
14 A.Dd+ :: i’m so dallas (DJ Sober mix)
15 Glass Candy :: geto boys (demo)
16 Twin Sister :: lady daydream (Jóvenes y Sexys remix)
17 King Felix (Laurel Halo) :: SPRING 01
18 Chromatics :: into the black (drumless version)
19 Chromatics :: kill for love
We have firsties on Yeasayers new track “Henrietta” for you this week. The band recently snail mailed 200 random people on their mailing list a compact disc of their new song but we wanted to make sure you had a link to get a high quality version of “Henrietta:”
MP3 Download: http://yeasayer.net/
Called a “soft launch” in the industry, the release of “Henrietta” initializes the beginning of Phase 3, as in full length #3.
We were then given Sennheisner headphones, motioned into the theater and seated in tiny “space pods” – [ side note: I probably should have worn sweatpants and not the skinniest pair of jeans I own, but I digress]. Kid Koala took the stage, accompanied by his daughter, Maple, sitting contently in the chair beside him. Then, with a giant smile, Kid Koala proceeded to blow every mind in the crowd, as he performed a magic show on his turntables that would make David Copperfield green. It is incredibly rare for a musician to give so much of themselves to the audience. While most Dj’s and musicians stand on stage trying to act as cool as humanly possible, Kid Koala appeared with no pretense; more like a friend – sitting in his living room – doing what he enjoys doing most. This was what made the show such an awesome experience.
I talked to Kid Koala a.k.a Eric San after the show and he let me in on some details for the upcoming Deltron 3030 Event II – the sequel to the legendary Deltron 3030 album- which will be released in July, as well as, 12 Bit Blues another album coming out on Ninja Tune in the fall.
Here is a song called “3 Bit Blues” which appears on the upcoming album 12 Bit Blues.
You can also listen to a couple songs off the Space-Cadet album below [disclaimer: the tracks on this album are so relaxing, I haven’t been able to make it through the album’s entirety without being lulled to sleep].
If you have the opportunity to check out Kid Koala’s “Space-Cadet Headphone Experience” show, you should not think twice. I left the show feeling so inspired, that I immediately went home and turned on my MPC [MIDI Production Center]. After a 2 month creative drought, I quickly chopped up some samples, remembering how good it feels to create music you can call your own.