Q: Can you choose which songs make the new Devo album?
A: This is the Future! Click HERE
While they may have released their biggest hit in 1980, the iconic new wave/post-punk/art rock band, DEVO, are still getting at it, still rocking energy domes and surprisingly still relevant. In addition to gearing up for Lollapalooza and Coachella, DEVO is readying their new album for release this June, and as usual, they’re doing things a little differently. If you saw the DEVO Color Study or caught “DEVO, The Internet & You” at SXSW, you know what I’m talking about. Starting today, DEVO fans will be able to choose which songs make the final album.
In an effort to comply with the growing need for appealing sonic products in the mass market, the band has officially launched the “Devo Song Study” to collect data regarding which of their current roster of recorded material is most appealing to you, the general public. Currently the band has created 16 new songs, which, at the request of corporate leadership, must be narrowed down to 12 for the official album release. This interactive test will gauge your exact opinion on matters of musical taste and is the latest technological wrinkle in facilitating DEVO’s ongoing mission to appeal to everybody. They need you, the harrowed content consumer, to determine these final 12 songs. Please participate in the “Devo Song Study” by going online to:
You can also check out two full song streams from DEVO below:
While you are here, you need to watch “DEVO, The Internet & You”. This is The Internet, This is You, This is DEVO, Together. This is the Future. This is seriously hilarious.
Athens, Georgia band Twin Tigers have been creating a serious buzz down south. Their self-released EP, Curious Faces Violet Future is a dark collection of neo-psychedelic songs with plenty of distortion in the vein of Jesus and Mary Chain, Sonic Youth, and The Black Angels. They are, according to Future Sounds, “the kind of band that could dismantle SilverSun Pickups from their perch on top of the Smashing Pumpkins/Primal Scream/Sonic Youth post.” They play really raw noisy tunes with plenty of guitar feed back and reverb to create trance-like layers to the melodies hidden beneath. The band is currently on tour with the Hold Steady, touching down in New York on May 3rd at Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn and Pianos on May 4th.
You can also download the track “Passive Idol”, or watch the bands trippy new video for “Red Fox Run”, directed by Robert U. Thomason.
TWIN TIGERS ON TOUR–Select Dates with The Hold Steady*
April 17–Give It Up State! Festival–Clemson, SC
April 20–Tin Roof–Charleston, SC
April 29–Neighborhood Theatre–Charlotte, NC
April 30–Nightlight–Chapel Hill, NC
May 1–The Fire–Philadelphia, PA
May 3–Cameo Gallery–Brooklyn, NY
May 4–Pianos–New York, NY
May 6–Garfield Artworks–Pittsburg, PA
May 7–The Red and Black Room–Washington, DC **
May 22 & May 23–The Social–Orlando, FL** **
May 25–Live Wire Music Hall–Savannah, GA** **
May 26–40 Watt Club–Athens, GA** **
May 27–Variety Playhouse–Atlanta, GA**
Soft Landing began as a recording project by Paul Collins. Between finishing school and touring the world with Beirut, he never really had time to focus on his project. After a month long tour in Brazil, Beirut took a break. It was then that he grabbed Perrin Cloutier (Beirut) and Michael Lawless (Paul’s college friend). Soft Landing, the band, was born. Knowing that free time like this never lasts, the band would practice almost everyday. In January, they drove out to Chicago, and recorded their debut record with Griffin Rodriguez (Icy Demons). The record is currently being mixed, and will be out soon. All of Paul’s songs seem to pull together multiple influences. From Jorge Ben to Arthur Russell, it’s all in there. The beats are huge, the electric guitar is liquid, and the acoustic relentlessly propels the rhythm. Yet, the bands ultimate goal is to make honest music that suits the players playing it. Channeling the crazy without getting math-y.
Their record isn’t done yet, but you can check out some frees unmastered tracks, courtesy of the band and Discosalt below:
The new Django Django single “Skies Over Cairo” is now available for free download, and can be found lurking on the B-side of their new single “WOR”. The UK quartet, who has been described by NME as sounding like Hot Chip crossed with Neil Young /Devo with Arthur Russell/ Meat Beat Manifesto with Moondog, is resting their mantra of “Booze, broads and barbershop chords” and embarking instead upon an instrumental Saharan sojourn that takes in snake-charmer synths and the same polyrhythms that weave through the music of The Beta Band, whose John Maclean is the brother of Django man Dave, not incidentally. “Wor” is out now through The Bonjour Branch.
Django Django’s new album cover art, below, reminds us of the Black Crowes Amorica art
crossed with the poster art of Albert Exergian.
Neon Indian‘s “Psychic Chasms” has been remixed by producer BRAHMS and you can check it out here. Neon Indian has a busy spring/summer tour ahead; opening twice for Massive Attack at NYC’s Terminal 5 on May 11 and 12th and then headlining a show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 17th in Brooklyn.
Neon Indian Upcoming Tour Dates:
05/11 New York, NY – Terminal 5 with Massive Attack
05/12 New York, NY – Terminal 5 with Massive Attack
05/13 Boston, MA – House of Blues with Massive Attack
05/29 Calgary, AB – Hi Fi Club
05/31 George, WA – Sasquatch
06/02 San Diego, CA – Casbah
06/03 Costa Mesa, CA – Detroit Bar
06/04 Los Angeles, CA – Natural History Museum / First Fridays
06/05 Corvalis, OR – Flat Tall Music Festival
06/07 Austin, TX – Emo’s 06/09 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
06/10 Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo
06/11 Cincinnati, OH – Fountain Square
06/12 Pittsburgh, PA – Brillobox
06/13 Baltimore, MD – Sonar
06/17 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
06/19 Denver, CO – Westword Music Showcase
07/17 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom
The Black Keys are back and plan on releasing their next album, Brothers, on May 18th. To tie you off until then, they made this promo video for their new single “Tighten Up” which was produced by Danger Mouse and stars “Frank” a funkasaurus rex with some tite dance moves. Check it out.
We don’t normally post about Country music here, but, I’m a sucker for country women. South Carolina crooner Cary Ann Hearst is no exception. She has a big mouth, a sparkle in her eye and a simple sense of melody and primeval sense of guitar rhythm that is a direct result of her Nashville upbringing. She cried when she woke up in Jackson, MS on her first tour bus ride with Butch Walker because she wanted to see her Grandfather’s grave. She is a small and powerful piece of artillery and she sings like Jesus’ little probate. Those who hate country music hate her especially for forcing them to like country music, but she doesn’t give a shit about what people like! Cary plays lo-fi, no frills barebone guitar, and with raw lyrics about theives, priests and prostitutes like “fucked to bits/all ass and tits”, her music never pretends to hide behind anything. This is music that harks back to the golden era of country music and sounds even better out in the backwoods, laying on the hood of a car, drinking whiskey, smoking cigs and telling ghost stories. If you are a fan of Lucinda Williams, Holly Golightly, Neko Case, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn or The White Stripes, you should check out some free MP3 downloads of of Cary’s music below:
Her EP Are You Ready To Die is also out now, via FILTER US Recordings.
Oh Mercy is an indie band out of Melbourne, Australia you will probably be hearing a lot more about this year. The band, originally formed back in 2006, is made up of Alexander Gow on vocals and guitar; Thomas Savage on piano, guitar and vocals; Eliza Lam on bass and vocals and Rohan Sforcinaon on drums and carriage robbery. Oh Mercy is the kind of indie rock band that flirts with your emotions; one minute their songs are jovial, full of rhythm and layers of pop friendly lyrics—and the next they are edged with salty salutations and moody stoicism. Adept and sincere this foursome harmonizes into one and is both bold and memorable. Before you know it you will find yourself hearing the bass line to “Lay Everything On Me” before you have opened your eyes in the morning until you lay down at night. There is a reason Ben Folds HAND PICKED this band to perform at the Sydney Opera House.
With Privileged Woes, their DEBUT album, Oh Mercy steps out of Melbourne’s spotlight and into the global musical arena. Mixed by Matt Voigt (Cat Power, The Dirty Three, Paul Kelly) and Mastered by Steve Fallone (TV on The Radio, The Strokes) at Sterling Sound in New York City the album, Privileged Woes is out everywhere NOW.
MP3: OH MERCY– “LAY EVERYTHING ON ME”
Teengirl Fantasy is the dreamy electronic love child of two Oberlin College students, Logan Takahashi and Nick Weiss. The duo create electro clicks and beeps with some Booty-Pop drone that is danceable… in slow motion, for the indie rocker dance challenged (think Fuck Buttons, Neon Indian, Beach Fossils). They have had a few small releases in the past year, including a Telepathe remix, the single “Hollywood Hills” , a digital download TGIF EP and, “Portofino”. They recently signed onto True Panther records with the plan to release a full LP this year. Check out the video for “Portofino” or download some tracks below:
The Cloud I’m Under started his musical journey when he got his first guitar at the age of 6. He spent his teen years using cheap samplers, guitars, and whatever noisemakers he could get his hands on to record bedroom 4 track experiments. Now full grown and residing in NY, he takes influences from 80’s Synth Pop, 90’s Power Pop, and Low era Bowie to create ecstatic synth driven Robo -Pop, symphonic beats and lofi acoustic numbers.
You can check out his next batch of free music right here on Discosalt. This time around he’s bringing you 3 new songs jam packed with Werewolf beats and righteous licks.
All Previous Released Music is available at
A Place to Bury Strangers:
Brooklyn’s volume knob maximalist trio A Place to Bury Strangers is an experience in noise. They played Webster Hall last night, March 30th and made me believe the hype that they are New York City’s “loudest band.”
The Big Pink:
Mp3: THE BIG PINK: VELVET
The Inevitable Backlash are back with a new video, that well, ahem, speaks for itself. After 2009’s My Two Brookes record was released, the band embarked on a cross-country tour to Maine and Back where they were robbed in New York, stayed with nudists in Brooklyn, and drove through a tornado in Texas. Now, the West coast DIY indie band recorded a noise-infused-guitarfucking cover of The All American Rejects single “Gives you Hell”. While not a fan of The Rejects, The Inevitable Backlash put a pretty decent spin on this tune, aided by the beats of Beastie Boys percussionist Alfredo Ortiz to help out on percussion and tracked with Albini-trained Manny Nieto in his all analog digs in East LA. The music video shot by director Carmelo Lopez stars adult film actress Sammie Rhodes and needs little introduction or commentary. Porn stars and gorillas on trampolines. Enjoy.
Australia’s intimate folksy indie band The Middle East have kept a mysterious low profile since the release of their 2008 album, The Recordings Of The Middle East. Rumors circulated over a year ago that the band broke up, but with such little information about the band on the web (even their Myspace page said “not finished” for a while), they have remained somewhat in anonymity. Finally, we have some news: On April 15th the band will be opening for Pavement in Panoma, California at the Fox Theater with a tour to follow. Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning.
If you aren’t familiar with the band, they play really lush folk-rock with ambient flourishes. Fragile, light and mellow but not without intensity. They have a trick to create really gorgeous gently musically layered songs that are so pure, their heart and complexity is sometimes piercing. The bands poetry creeps in without warning, bringing you into stunning moments where someone is collapsing on a floor holding a portrait, or tearing down a fence, which fills another person with love. Songs of Love lost, love found. Spend some time with the Middle East and download some tracks below:
The Middle East Tour Dates:
Apr 9–Larimer Lounge–Denver, Colorado
Apr 13–Cellar Door–Visalia, California
Apr 15–The Fox Theater–Ponoma, California
Apr 16–Soho Restaurant and Music Club–Santa Barbara, California
Apr 18–Coachella–Indio, California
May 13–Cabaret du Musee Juste Pour Rire–Montreal, Quebec*
May 15–Middle East–Cambridge, Massachusetts*
May 16–Theatre of the Living Arts–Philadelphia, Pennsylvania*
May 17–Music Hall of Williamsburg–::SOLD OUT::–Brooklyn, New York*
May 18–Webster Hall–::SOLD OUT:–New York, New York*
May 20–9:30 Club–Washington DC, Washington DC*
May 21–Beachland Ballroom–Cleveland, Ohio*
May 22–Wexner Center–Columbus, Ohio*
May 24–Lincoln Hall–Chicago, Illinois*
May 25–Varsity Theater–Minneapolis, Minnesota*
May 29–Sasquatch Music Festival–George, Washington*
May 30–560 Club–Vancouver, British Columbia*
May 31–Aladdin Theater–Portland, Oregon*
Jun 2–Slim’s–San Francisco, California*
Jun 7–Rhythm Room–Phoenix, Arizona*
Jun 9–Antone’s–Austin, Texas*
Jun 10–House of Blues Cambridge Room–Dallas, Texas *
Jul 10–T in the Park–Balado, Scotland
Jul 11–Punchestown Racecourse–Naas, Northern Ireland
Jul 15–Slottsfjell Festival–Tonsberg
* Tour Dates with Mumford and Sons
Lissy Trullie has become the rocker du jour for fashionistas and hipsters throughout New York. She oozes hipness. With her 60’s mod warhol haircut, dangerously high mini skirt, and sexy pouty stage persona, there is no question, Lissy is interesting to look at. But its not all style over substance. Her set on Friday showed she can be interesting to listen to as well. Working through a mix of noisy garage pop rock hits with Strokes-like riffs, along side some more poppy Blondiesc tunes, and a surprisingly good cover of Hot Chips “Ready for the Floor”, she managed to grab my full attention and leave me wanting [to hear] more…and I swear it wasn’t just the mini skirt… I think.
Lissy Trullie – “Self-Taught Learner (TMDP Remix)” | download