Check out Anika’s new “industrial disco” single – a cover of The Chromatics’ “In the City.”
Perfecting the blend of glitter and grime that earned Bare Wires a soft spot in the hearts of the bubblegum-popping, foot-stomping masses, Matthew Melton joins with bassist Chase Oren, guitarist Rob Good, and drummer Ian McBrayer as Warm Soda.
LISTEN – Warm Soda : Waiting For Your Call
Caveman—a five-man vibe collective from NYC—released their first album in 2011. As first albums go, CoCo Beware was something akin to a moody statement of intent, a blueprint for a band quickly learning how to create horizon-wide rock songs that were equal parts intimate and expansive.
On their self-titled sophomore album Caveman stretch their legs in a number of different, albeit cohesive, directions.
Listen to the first single “In The City” on Soundcloud below:
The Echo and the Sound are a two piece guitar and drums, rock band from Los Angeles. Sounds like: “If Bob Dylan and Sam Shepard got into a fist fight while drinking in a desert cantina.”
Eliza Hull started singing at five and never stopped. Her ethereal, dreamy and heart-felt sounds with progressive beats, inspired by The xx, Sia and Lamb, compel the listener to enter her world. Eliza’s 2012 debut EP, Dawn demonstrated her eclectic approach to sound. Her latest offering, single Echoes,supports the intensity, emotion, and lyrical story telling which characterises her music.
Weepikes is a pronk/alternative rock band from Helsinki, Finland. The first incarnation of the band was active only for a short period of 3 years from 1994 to 1997, when they released ep’s on Finnish indie labels like Trash Can Records and Bad Vugum. Since 2010, after 13 years of hiatus Weepikes is back and working on new songs.
Below is a digital release of “we are weepikes”, which will be released on cd 02/15/2013.
Stockholm’s Nervous Nellie make their American debut with the infectious indie romp “Gloves”. The Gloves EP which showcases four indie pop gems, plus a remix by The Shout Out Louds’ Adam Olenius, will be released on February 12th.
“The idea for the song came after hearing an old Tom Petty drum pattern on an oldies station when out driving one day. After building the beat at the breakfast table the following morning the rest just came naturally. For every writing & recording process there is always that one defining song that helps decide the overall direction & vibe of the final body of work, this is that song for us now. We wanted to do something different from what we’ve done before & we are confident we have succeeded. The fact that Henriks wife finds the verses of “Gloves” to somehow be a little “icky-sounding” tells us that.
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.
Play Volume 1 and 2 :
Play Volume 3:
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!
Band of Horses has launched a new BOH website with the release of Mirage Rock, the follow-up to 2010’s Infinite Arms. Both the album and the website features the photography of Christopher Wilson throughout. Check out www.bandofhorses.com for all the latest news, tour dates, videos and more and stream the new album in its entirety below, via the band’s website.
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.
Listen to two new tracks from instrumental, progressive, indie, mathpop, rock group – These Kings – from Birmingham, UK.
From the ashes of The Twees, comes Brooklyn band – Lazyeyes. Former Twee front man Jason Abrishami, with members Alex Taraka and Paul Frank Volpe have forged a new Dream-Pop band with the environmental footprint of Surf-Pop; a sound they call – “surfgaze”. The band is planning to record their debut EP this year, but For now, you can listen to the track “Nostalgia” on Bandcamp.
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:
Tame Impala‘s rumbling epic ‘Elephant‘ gets the remix treatment from legendary rock experimentalist Todd Rundgren. It went live a day ago with Rolling Stone but just like Jack Bauer, it took 24 hours for it to save the world and come home.
‘Elephant‘ is taken off of Lonerism, out Oct 5th (AUS), Oct 8th (UK/EU), Oct 9th (USA) on Modular Recordings. Pre-order it from your choice of a veritable online cornucopia of links:
Listen on Soundcloud:
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.
Trophies” is 16 tracks of mass appeal set in motion by two different eras of hip hop’s elite. Detroit based hip hop producer Apollo Brown lays the foundation, and the legendary OC constructs the vocals. Arguably, their best album respectively, “Trophies” is straight to the point hip hop; no frills, no preservatives, not even a single feature. Just OC at his finest and Apollo once again commanding no disappointments.
Check out our interview with the beastly beat maker – Apollo Brown HERE
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:
Ohio based trio Buffalo Killers‘ are streaming their fourth full-length effort – Dig. Sow. Love. Grow. Stampeding with the ferocity of their first two albums (the Dan Auerbach-produced Let It Ride from 2008 and their self-titled debut from two years prior), Dig. Sow. Love. Grow incorporates much of the loose, organic nature from last year’s highly-praised album 3 with some late ’60s psychedelia, blues, Americana, garage rock and the folk-rock sounds that rolled out of Laurel Canyon in the early ’70s like a sweet cloud of Acapulco Gold.
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:
‘Elephant’ is the beastly first single proper from Tame Impala‘s forthcoming sophomore effort, ‘Lonerism’, to be released this coming Oct 5 (AUS) / Oct 8 (UK) / Oct 9 (USA). A swaggering glam strut about a cocky jock playing the jerk, ‘Elephant’ is Tame Impala at their confident (and of course cosmic) best. It’s a wild space rock safari and the lift off point to planet Lonerism.
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.