Last night our Canadian heroes, Black Mountain, shook the stage of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, playing the first single off of their upcoming album, Wilderness Heart. Wilderness Heart will be released by Jagjaguwar on September 14th in North America (13th in UK). Pre-orders will still receive a poster of the Wilderness Heart artwork as well as a digital instant gratification download of the entire album. Click here to pre-order!
09/05/10 Birmingham, UK – Hare and Hounds w/ Wolf People
09/08/10 Brighton, UK – Concorde 2 w/ Wolf People
09/09/10 Tourcoing, France – RADAR at Le Grand Mix
09/10/10 Isle of Wight, UK – Bestival
09/11/10 Dorset, UK – End of the Road Festival
09/12/10 Leeds, UK – TJs Woodhouse Club w/ Wolf People
09/14/10 Glasgow, UK – Oran Mor w/ Wolf People
09/15/10 Manchester, UK – Academy 3 w/ Wolf People
09/16/10 Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms w/ Wolf People
09/17/10 Tilburg, Netherlands – Incubate Festival
09/18/10 Groningen, Netherlands – Take Root
09/20/10 Koln, Germany – Gebaeude 9 w/ An Emerald City
09/21/10 Hamburg, Germany – Grünspan w/ An Emerald City
09/22/10 Denmark, Copenhagen – Loppen w/ An Emerald City
09/23/10 Gotenburg, SE – Pustervik w/ Citay
09/24/10 Oslo, Norway – John Dee w/ Morudes
09/27/10 Berlin, Germany – Festsaal Kreuzberg w/ The Morlocks
09/28/10 Munich, Germany – 59:1 w/ The Morlocks
09/29/10 Milan, Italy – Salumeria della Musica w/ The Night Terrors
09/30/10 Ravenna, Italy – Bronson w/ The Night Terrors
10/01/10 Rome, Italy – Circolo degli Artisti w/ The Night Terrors
10/03/10 Lausanne, Switzerland – Le Romandie w/ Tweak Bird
10/04/10 France, Paris – La Maroquinerie w/ Tweak Bird
10/05/10 Brussels, Belgium – Ancienne Belgique w/ Tweak Bird
10/06/10 Amsterdam, Holland – Paradiso w/ Tweak Bird
10/07/10 London, UK – Shepherds Bush Empire w/ The Black Angels
10/30/10 Buffalo, NY – Tralf Music Hall w/ The Black Angels
10/31/10 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre w/ The Black Angels
11/01/10 Montreal, QC – La Tulipe w/ The Black Angels
11/02/10 Boston, MA – Paradise w/ The Black Angels
11/03/10 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom w/ The Black Angels
11/06/10 Philadelpia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts w/ The Black Angels
11/07/10 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club w/ The Black Angels
11/09/10 Louisville, KY – Headliners w/ The Black Angels
11/10/10 Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle w/ The Black Angels
11/11/10 Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge w/ The Black Angels
11/12/10 Atlanta, GA – The Earl w/ The Black Angels
11/13/10 Orlando, FL – The Social w/ The Black Angels
11/15/10 Birmingham, AL – The Bottletree w/ The Black Angels
11/16/10 New Orleans, LA – Tipitina’s w/ The Black Angels
11/17/10 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live w/ The Black Angels
11/19/10 Austin, TX – La Zona Rosa w/ The Black Angels
11/20/10 Dallas, TX – Kessler Theatre w/ The Black Angels
11/24/10 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre w/ The Black Angels
11/26/10 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore w/ The Black Angels
11/28/10 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom w/ The Black Angels
11/29/10 Seattle, WA – The Showbox w/ The Black Angels
11/30/10 Vancouver, BC – The Commodore Ballroom w/ The Black Angels
Welcome to the world of Common Grackle, the collaboration of two Canadian musical wiz kids – indie pop songwriter and mad-cap illustrator, Gregory Pepper and Saskatoon psych hip hop producer Factor. The Great Depression is what happens when Factor’s recognizable banging drums get enveloped in Gregory Pepper’s lush harmonies, hilariously cynical lyrics, and gorgeous instrumentation. The Great Depression blurs all sorts of lines and tears down all sorts of genre definitions and definitely requires your time. Think the somber confessionals of Elliott Smith, re-worked by Dangermouse!!
Check out the first single off The Great Depression, “The Great Depression” ft. Ceschi Ramos right here. Just click below, right click and save as to download:
And for the hip-hop heads out there, check out this banger ft. the Spankmaster, Kool Keith “Thank God It’s Monday” ft. Kool Keith below:
Pierced Arrow, formed from the wreckage of Portland Oregon’s Dead Moon, an underground cult garage rock band from 1987 to 2006, embody a fiercely independent DIY ethos and rock and roll spirit that is unmatched by most musicians today. Band mates Fred Cole and real life sweetheart of 42 years, Toody stubbornly record everything in mono, press their own albums on vintage equipment and live out in the woods in a mansion they build for themselves. Six grandkids later, they still play raw, ragged straightforward rock ‘n’ roll, garage punk that comes from a musical culture spanning 30 years and sounds relevant despite the bands youngest member being 39. These guys are no joke.
The band has announced an upcoming North American tour that begins September 30 at legendary club 7th St. Entry in Minneapolis, MN.The ex-Dead Moon veterans will play 21 dates across the US before closing out the tour in Weed, CA on October 23rd.
The jaunt comes in the wake of Pierced Arrows’ recent split 7″ with label mates Black Lips, released in July via Scion A/V. In keeping with the other releases in the Vice-curated Scion Garage 7″ series, both bands debuted new songs on the single. Pierced Arrows’ offering, “The Doorway”, is a keen demonstration of the raw, unbridled rock that collaborators Fred and Toody Cole have honed over their 30+ year career. Scion A/V also recently released the band’s first proper music video for “This is the Day” from their most recent full length Descending Shadows.
“The Doorway” can be downloaded here:
Watch the video for “This is the Day” here:
Want to see more on Dead Moon, check out Unknown Passage: The Dead Moon Story:
9/30/10 Minneapolis, MN 7th St. Entry
10/1/10 Milwaukee, WI Cactus Club
10/2/10 Chicago, IL Subterranean
10/3/10 Cleveland, OH Beachland Tavern
10/4/10 Rochester, NY The Bug Jar
10/5/10 Albany, NY Valentine’s
10/7/10 Brooklyn, NY Knitting Factory
10/8/10 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
10/9/10 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie
10/10/10 Washington, DC DC9
10/12/10 Baltimore, MD Golden West Cafe
10/13/10 Pittsburgh, PA 31st Street Pub
10/14/10 Columbus, OH The Summit
10/15/10 Bloomington, IN The Video Saloon
10/16/10 Columbia, MO Mojo’s
10/17/10 Lawrence, KS Jackpot
10/19/10 Denver, CO Hi Dive
10/20/10 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
10/21/10 Reno, NV Tonic Lounge
10/22/10 San Francisco, CA Rickshaw Stop
10/23/10 Weed, CA Black Butte Center for Railroad Culture
Here’s a brand new shiny track and video from Does It Offend You, Yeah? titled We Are The Dead. The band tells us they have been writing their new album for nearly two years, while trying to fit in a tour. It’s been one big rollercoaster ride for the band with ups and downs (as well as lefts and rights) and the album has been through more re-writes than the “Ghostbusters 3” script. They are making some serious headway though and are in the final process of putting this beast to bed. As a treat to the fans who’ve supported them at clubs and festivals all over the world they are offering a free track + remix parts. (Just don’t tell their label). Pretty rad. Download it below:
DOES IT OFFEND YOU, YEAH? TOUR DATES OPENING FOR KELE
Sept 2 9:30 Club Washington DC
Sep 3 Mod Club Toronto
Sep 4 Belmont Montreal
Sep 7 Royale Boston, MA
Sep 8 Webster Hall New York, NY
Sep 11 Double Door Chicago, IL
Sep 13 Slowdown Omaha, NE
Sep 14 Summit Music Hall Denver, CO
Sep 16 Chop Suey Seattle, WA
Sep 18 Mezzanine San Francisco, CA
Sep 21 Henry Fonda/Musicbox Los Angeles, CA
Brooklyn’s Sensual Harassment feel you up with their synthy ghostbuster beats and make you feel weird about yourself. Grab one of their newer tracks “Fever” below, or watch the band’s video for the single which features some compilation footage from a live show 11.20.09 at the he Library Is On Fire Headquarters in Brooklyn.
Film School’s new album, Fission will be out Aug 31 on Hi Speed Soul, and their upcoming tour has a bunch of shows with The Depreciation Guild which we have posted the dates for below. Below is a download from the album and some info about the pre-order which is pretty cool.
CD/LP pre-orders will get their copy signed + a digital copy will be emailed to them a week before release date. The LPs are awesome: limited edition clear vinyl w/free MP3 download (only 500 made.) Pre-order here: http://www.hispeedsoul.com
FILM SCHOOL TOUR DATES
Sept 19 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah*
Sept 20 – Tuscon, AZ – Plush
Sept 22 – Dallas, TX – The Nightmare**
Sept 23 – Austin, TX – The Parish** #
Sept 24 – Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon
Sept 25 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
Sept 27 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
Sept 28 – Washington, DC – DC9 (w/ The Depreciation Guild)
Sept 29 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s (w/ The Depreciation Guild)
Sept 30 – Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands (w/ The Depreciation Guild) $
Oct 01 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge (w/ The Depreciation Guild)
Oct 02 – Cambridge, MA – TT The Bears (w/ The Depreciation Guild)
Oct 03 – Montreal, QC, Canada – Pop Montreal at Casa Del Popolo (w/ The Depreciation Guild)
Oct 04 – Toronto, ON, Canada – El Mocambo (w/ The Depreciation Guild)
Oct 06 – St Louis, MO – Firebird (w/ The Depreciation Guild)
Oct 07 – Newport, KY – Southgate House (w/ The Depreciation Guild) @
Oct 08 – Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern (w/ The Depreciation Guild)
Oct 09 – Milwaukee, WI – The Cactus Club (w/ The Depreciation Guild)
Oct 10 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry (w/ The Depreciation Guild)
Oct 11 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room w/ The Depreciation Guild
Oct 12 – Denver, CO – Hi Dive (w/ The Depreciation Guild)
Oct 13 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge (w/ The Depreciation Guild)
Oct 15 – Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern (w/ The Depreciation Guild)
Oct 16 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios (w/ The Depreciation Guild)
Oct 19 – San Fransisco, CA – The Independent^
Oct 20 – Santa Cruz – The Crepe Place^
Oct 21 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo^
* performing with Dream Tiger
** performing with TV Torso
# performing with Monahans
$ performing with Home Video
@ performing with The Harlequins
^ performing with Lovelikefire
Having already received support on Radio One, Radio Two, BBC 6 Music, XFM, Kiss FM and a multitude of blogs, the Diogenes Club return with the Versailles EP. It will be released on September 20, 2010. You can Stream the entire album below:
Brooklyn based band Small Black has a new single out from their first full length album New Chain, which officially hits your eardrums on October 26th. The single “Photojournalist” begins with a lilting sliding beat before dropping into a gorgeous moment of ambient wash. As the lyrics kick in with lead singer Josh Kolenik repeating the refrain “rise up again, like a ghost” the song does just that, growing more concrete in form as Josh’s vocals strengthen, are supported by a chorus, and drums come up in the mix. Layers are added until the song hits maximum velocity only to disappear even quicker than it began. Small Black are feverishly working to make sure your fall is full of surprises. Stay tuned for new songs, remixes, videos and more as well as fall tour dates including an appearance at the CMJ Music Festival in October. In the meantime catch Small Black on their home turf September 17 performing at the Todd P curated show at the Monster Island Basement in Brooklyn. Grab the new single below:
Our friends over at Sickoftheradio.com are proud to present and release their 2nd mixtape entitled “Givmelove” out today 8/24, featuring Sleep Over, COOLRUNNINGS, Kiss Kiss Fantastic, Wonderwheel, Hard Mix, The Enchantments, and a bunch of other obscured yet notable bands from the up and coming label/brotherhood Mindless Vinyls.
Check it out right here: http://sickoftheradio.com/2010/08/sotr-mixtape-download
Download full album zip HERE
“Givemelove” Tracklisting: 13 songs (41:31)
2. COOLRUNNINGS-I am you
3. Arc Light-Smoke rings
4.Sleep Over- Your world is night
5. The Enchantments-Forever juice
6. Dan Plaza- A liter of life
7. DiscJockey JoeBloggs- Dance to the DJ
8. Easy Tom-Youth of our love
9. Hard Mix-Memories
10. Horrigin Shows-Paleobscene I
11. Kiss Kiss Fantastic-Oh Carolina!
12. Paleodd-I’m broken
13. Wonderwheel-Body language
Hurray For The Riff Raff are a New Orleans based, three piece indie-folk/blues rock band. The band started when a teenaged Alynda Lee Segarra began hopping trains, traveling across the country while learning to play banjo. Eventually she settled in New Orleans, and allowed music to take hold of her life. She quickly embraced the city’s community of street musicians, who encouraged her to develop her banjo skills and sing old jazz songs. She was soon performing with traditional jazz bands on the sidewalks of the French Quarter, playing and singing while learning from the music of the city she loves.
They bring delicate wanderings of old souls and spirits from the past into the wide open spaces of consciousness. They are influenced by the sounds of classic country like Hank Williams Sr, 1960’s Rock n Roll, and master singer/songwriters like Townes Van Zandt and Neil Young.
Check out the first single off Young Blood Blues below:
Hurray for the Riff Raff are about to embark on a MASSIVE 40 city tour w/ Sam Doores and the Tumbleweeds
9/2 New Orleans @ Allways Lounge
9/3 Lafayette, LA @ Bourque’s Social Club
9/4 Houston, TX @ Super Happy Fun Land
9/5 Austin, TX @ Hole in the Wall
9/7 Waco, TX @ Beatnix
9/9 Santa Fe, NM @ Cowgirl Bar
9/10 Chama, NM @ High Country Saloon
9/12 Los Angeles, CA @ Redwood Bar
9/14 Oakland, CA @ Actual Cafe
9/15 Berkeley, CA @ TBA
9/16 San Francisco, CA @ Amnesia Bar
9/17 Davis, CA @ Sophia’s Thai Kitchen
9/18 Chico, CA @ Cafe Flo
9/20 Eugene, OR @ Wandering Goat
9/21 Oympia, WA @ The Northern
9/22 Seattle, WA @ Funhouse
9/24 Port Townsend, WA @ Sirens Pub
9/25 Portland, OR @ Slabtown
9/26 Boise, ID @The Cider House
9/27 Provo, UT @ The Compound
9/28 Denver, CO @ Carioca Cafe (Bar Bar)
10/1 Lawrence, KS @ Gaslight Tavern
10/2 Omaha, NE @ The Hole
10/3 Iowa City, IA @ The Mill
10/5 Minneapolis, MN @ Club M
10/7 Madison, WI @ Gates of Heaven Synagogue
10/8 Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
10/9 Chicago, IL @ Reversible Eye Gallery
10/11 Columbus, OH @ Ohio State University
10/12 Oberlin, OH @ Oberlin College
10/15 Brooklyn, NY @ Coco 66
10/16 Boston, MA @ Plough &Stars
10/17 Philadelphia @ Cha Cha Razzi
10/18 Baltimore, MD @ Wind Up Space
10/21 Durham, NC @ The Pinkhook
10/22 Athens, GA @ TBA
10/23 Chattanooga, TN @ JJ’s Bohemia
10/24 Nashville, TN @ The Basement
10/25 Asheville, NC @ Warren Wilson College
10/26 Asheville, NC @ Bobo Gallery
10/27 Huntsville, AL @ Flying Monkey Arts
10/28 Mobile, AL @ TBA
Sickoftheradio.com is proud to release volume 4 of the R. Stevie Moore Tribute box set entitled “Human People Way”. This volume includes tracks from Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Dino Felipe, The Smoots, Gary Schulz, Amsterdam Aunts, Roger Ferguson and Ethos, and a bunch of other cool groups all taking a shot at various RSM songs. The album is available for free download, and all of the tracks on this compilation have been compiled and arranged by R. Stevie the man himself.
GET THE ALBUM HERE:
Release Date: 8/17/10
VOLUME FOUR – “HUMAN PEOPLE WAY” (78:38)
1. Delicate Tension – Claire Welles (2:50)
2. I Hate People – Mark Vidler / Go Home Productions (2:59)
3. I Wish I Could Like to Stay Home and Sing – The Smoots (2:28)
4. Hobbies Galore – Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti (3:59)
5. Funny Child – Old Codger Orch. (2:08)
6. California Rhythm – Roger Ferguson and Ethos (3:23)
7. Misplacement – Gary Schulz (3:47)
8. Human Race – Harvey Gold (4:52)
9. Love Is the Way to My Heart – Dr. Doug (3:10)
10. Fundraiser – Dino Felipe (3:31)
11. Answers – Shafts of Light (4:20)
12. Hey Rachel – Nick Booke (4:45)
13. I Want You In My Life – Pondertone (2:24)
14. Dance Man – Don Campau (3:09)
15. The Residents – Amsterdam Aunts (4:11)
16. No Body – by Nobody (4:16)
17. Do You Feel It – Mike Hopper (5:23)
18. Whatcha Doin – Lucy Collins (2:19)
19. Boy Is Running – 2 Dogs (1:29)
20. Wet Nap – Jeff Eliassen (2:50)
21. Sort Of Way – John Ferguson (2:42)
22. Steve – Tony Brower (4:16)
23. Goodbye Piano – Chris Korzen (3:14)
Discosalt Video of the week 8/15/10: Ultra chilled out Vancouver band Teen Daze are bringing last summers “chillwave” back with their latest video for “Shine On, You Crazy White Cap”. Director ZJ Wong has put together a nostalgic blend of old vacation movies as a fitting backdrop to the bands hazy hypnotic harmonies, bleeding synths and dance conscious pop. Like the tune?, grab an MP3 of the track below:
Bloody Knives, a new visceral shoegaze band with a propensity for all encompassing noise blasts and bleeding textures have announced the release of their first EP, “Burn It All Down”. Preston Maddox’s woozy vocals on the album cut through the rusty storm of guitars, drums, keys, and programming to add contrasting melodic references that will draw you in over and over again. The duo creates a riotous amount of sound, with every nuance carefully placed in the sonic landscape.
In Killredrocketrecords tradition, the downloadable version is, and always will be, free. There is also a limited edition handmade 10 page art book/cd combo available for purchase. Many of these sold on tour and during the pre-order, so if you want one you should get one while they are still available. All of these things are available at the Bloody Knives Bandcamp site.
For more information on the band, you can read the interview with “The Blog That Celebrates Itself” here
Stream the entire album here: http://bloodyknives.bandcamp.com/album/burn-it-all-down
To celebrate their 50th Anniversary Dr. Martens has asked 10 bands to record their version of cult classic tracks that represent the spirit of the brand over the past five decades. N.A.S.A. chose to re-interpret Max Romeo and The Upsetters classic reggae anthem “I Chase the Devil”– a fitting choice for the intergalactic duo.
After hours spent crunching real tape loops and experimenting with the dubbing to get exactly the right “stoned, spacey feel”, the production on the track sparkles. The animated video that accompanies is every inch as virtuoso with humor and imagination in excess. Director Don Letts has broken boundaries left, right and centre in his film work and this video continues that spirit of exploration with extra-powerful visuals.
DOWNLOAD “CHASE THE DEVIL” MP3
Watch the OFFICIAL VIDEO:
Watch BEHIND THE SCENES VIDEO
Released June 30th, N.A.S.A.’s latest The Big Bang features two new tracks and dance floor interpretations of select songs from The Spirit of Apollo–their 2009 debut. A free MP3 of new track “I Wanna Be Your Lover” featuring Maximum Hedrum and Barbie Hatch is available for free download.
DOWNLOAD “I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER” MP3
Becks gone Bowie! Give a listen to Becks new Bowie-esque ballad “Ramona” featured on the new soundtrack for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, which opens this Friday.You can also check out Spinner to stream the full 19-track LP as well, which features tracks from the Pixies’ Frank Black, Broken Social Scene, Blood Red Shoes, Black Lips, and, of course Beck.
(Photo credit: Jennifer McManus)
Leland Sundries is the mostly solo project of New York based Nick Loss-Eaton. He is re-branding Nashville’s original blues Americana with a touch of indie rock sarcasm.
Although he isn’t the first person to use a resonator guitar (see “Bon Iver”), it is a refreshing sound in a landscape of bands utilizing the same 3 piece set over and over. Leland Sundries has also been known to use a 2 string Cigar Box Guitar made in Memphis, giving his New York audiences the chance to experience something that few city kids even realize exists. Loss-Eaton also uses a megaphone-harmonica set up which captures the vintage-recording-scratchy echo that defines the original Americana sound for modern audiences.
For me, the cigar box was a sound that I had heard many times, but could never actually identify. Played with some hefty slide and nice backing guitars by Dan Kaplan, the Cigar Box was definitely my favorite surprise at the show. The stand out Leland Sundries song was “Giving Up Redheads” which according to insider,s might just be Loss-Eaton’s favorite kind of lady. Touching on the classical theme of love-lost man, Leland Sundries takes the twang-y Americana sound and infuses it with a little bit of classic rock styling and extra energy.
Leland Sundries plays both solo and with Dan Kaplan’s back up guitar. I liked a little bit of back up guitar and vocals to both support and define Loss-Eaton’s intended sound. I also saw some of Dan Kaplan’s solo set (with some nice backing by Mr. Nick Loss-Eaton) and was struck by the charming quality to Kaplan’s voice. His acoustic guitar and sweet vocals are certainly a crowd pleaser.
Although I only stayed for a few songs, I felt there was real potential for a bigger collaboration between Loss-Eaton and Kaplan. They have very different sounds and very different strengths. I want some banjo/cigar box twang with Kaplan’s soft strumming and delicate vocals. I want some deep spoken word growls from Loss-Eaton on top of the soft strumming and delicate voice of Kaplan. There is a juxtaposition there that I think could be explored.
Leland Sundries is playing in October, but there are whispers of shows upcoming in the next few weeks, if we hear anything.
-<3 the elephant
If you missed Sharon Van Etten at Union Hall in May (review), you can still support the little lady by grabbing one of her songs “Love More” and spreading the word about her music to your friends. “Love More” is definitely one of my favorite tracks and it just crushes me. When shes not performing on stage with The Antlers or opening for The National, shes been working on a song “I Couldn’t Save You” for the soundtrack of the forthcoming Rick Alverson DVD, The Builder, which you can watch a trailer for below. She also has a new album called Epic, out on October 5th from our friends at Ba Da Bing! and a video of her recording process at Weathervane’s Shaking Through Vol. 1 that you can also check out below. We also think her ex-boyfriend can suck it.
The Builder Trailer:
Check out the new video from Phosphorescent for the southern honky tonk single ” It’s Hard To Be Humble (When You’re From Alabama)” off their most recent album Here’s To Taking It Easy. Director Natalie Johns takes the band to New York and back below the Mason Dixon line for this Ala-f@kin-bama pride video with plenty of uptempo horns, retro southern style and some sweet hogs that make for an equal part homesick /celebratory ode to Matthew Houck’s roots.
Phosphorescent, “It’s Hard To Be Humble (When You’re From Alabama)”
Discosalt Video of the Week 8/1/10: Chromeo has a new video for “Don’t Turn the Lights On”. The 80’s sounding synth pop electro-jam gets an eye popping video treatment here from director Keith Schofield with Dave1 and P-Thugg singing in and out of the dark. The track come from their new album Business Casual which drops September 14th. (Alright)
Grab the MP3 below:
Holy sh*t, i mean Holy Hail this is good. Holy Hail are an electro/indie band out of New York that play dance music for smart people. They have toured with the Rapture, New Young Pony Club, Klaxons, Art Brut and Florence and the Machine. and you can grab a free track for “Riverine” off their most recent album The Dying (After) Party which was released a couple weeks ago. Check them out here:
Soft Landing, the trio comprising Beirut’s Paul Collins & Perrin Cloutier, along with Mike Lawless, are self-described as “a bunch of Jorge Ben wannabees” and are releasing their first album this October. 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.
SOFT LANDING has a couple shows coming up at the end of July.
Sean Moore, best known for his work with Florida dream-pop duo Viernes, has released a lazy summer, late Beach Boys sounding solo chamber-pop cover of “I’ve Begun to Fall in Love”, originally recorded by R. Stevie Moore (no relation). The song is featured on an album you can download called Sick of the Radio, an R. Stevie Moore tribute series that will also feature tracks from Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti. Don’t hurt yourself on this album art.
or grab an MP3 below:
New Jersey born Slow Animal brings the rawness and DIY attitude that makes fuzz-rock so fun to listen to but at the same time makes music that is completely accessible. The new album theFUNsun 7″ is now available on Jax Art but you can also download a digital copy of “theFunsun” + other tracks for free below.
Alt-country favorite Jenny Lewis and actor/musician Johnathan Rice, the real life musical couple have joined songwriting forces on the indie-pop collaboration Jenny and Johnny. The adorably sickening couple have an equally adorably sickening forthcoming album called I’m Having Fun Now, a U.S. tour coming our way and a new website to spur your jealousy for how cute they are together. While you are lamenting, you can check out a free download of their first single”Scissor Runner” and their new second single “Big Wave” below:
“Bhang Bhang, I’m a Burnout” is the second shoegazy single from the California all girl band, Dum Dum Girls featured on their album I will Be . Directed by Christian Turner, the director behind their first video for “Jail La La”, the new video conceptualizes the bands lo-fi sound through a grainy kaleidoscopic haze of bright bleeding colors and wind-swept hair.
This morning, musical collective N.A.S.A. (North America/South America) led by DJ and remixer Squeak E. Clean and Brazilian cutting edge DJ/pro-skateboarder DJ Zegon dropped a new video for “Strange Enough” feat. Ol’ Dirty Bastard (RIP), Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), and Fat Lip (Pharcyde). The video features all original artwork by Calma (aka Stephan Doitschinoff), was produced by Terence Teh and directed by Lorna T & Studio Giblets. Squeak E. Clean (aka Sam Spiegel) says:
“Calma, Terence and Lorna blew our mind with this new video. It’s a Dante’s Inferno of Brazilian art which fits the song perfectly.”
The duo recently released new album The Big Bang (Spectrophonic Sound/DashGo), which features two new tracks and dance floor interpretations of select songs from The Spirit of Apollo–their 2009 debut. A free MP3 of new track “I Wanna Be Your Lover” featuring Max Hedrum and Barbie Hatch is available now.
DOWNLOAD “I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER” MP3
For their first single “Old Fangs” off Black Mountain’s upcoming album Wilderness Heart, director Mike Bruce gives the 70’s throwback rockers everything you would come to expect from the Vancouver band. A retro feeling drug infused road trip with a sweet mustang, strange women, hallucinations, trippy owls, a skull-festooned motel room and plenty of aviator shades. You can download a free MP3 of “Old Fangs” below.
After a long hiatus, Interpol is back with a beautiful and disturbing new video for “Lights”,which the band is currently distributing virally. The carefully choreographed video, directed by Charlie White, plays with timing, construction of movements and some really interesting editing to serve up a brilliantly themed video that leaves quite a bit open to interpretation. Deep within the chamber of the three horned rhinoceros beetle, a closely guarded pheromone harvesting ritual is about to begin. A poor creature is lured to the light by some sexily body painted women, where she is groomed, injected and in her excitement she produces a milky drug that the other creatures want and need. But in the awkwardly abrupt ending, she seems to be disregarded as the others have no need for her. Or maybe as the songs lyrics suggest, the girl has just become lost to the darkness, part of a dark feeding cycle of pleasure addiction.
grab the mp3 from the band below:
Songwriter/guitarist John Harouff and Drummer Neil Campbell are the two heavy-hitting henchmen behind The Cinnamon Band who make one hell of a first impression. Growing up in Staunton, VA and playing in bands together since age twelve, the two first won attention as high school students comprising two-thirds of the shapeshifting noise-pop act The Union of a Man and a Woman, including from Darius Van Arman who signed the group to Jagjauar. Fast forward to 2010, we find the duo have expanded and matured their music pallet, trading angular riffs and odd time signatures for hummable melodies and aural clarity. The Cinnamon Bands is a vehicle that allows Harouff’s refined song crafting to really shine, showcasing his knack for creating succinct pop songs in a rock band context. “It’s the most honest combination of things that we’ve done- for years, we played loud, bombastic ‘experimental’ music and I liked that,” says Harouff. “But I’ve always loved ‘pretty’ music, and was never able to make it myself. Suddenly I started combining the two ends of that spectrum, which isn’t unusual- they work together.”
Harouff’s warm and resonant vocals have often been compared to Bruce Springsteen while the band’s powerful sound, thanks largely to Campbell’s ferocious drumming, have merited a wide range of comparisons from U2 to Mogwai to Wilco. And like Wilco or say, The Walkmen or Band of Horses, The Cinnamon Band mixes up progressive leaning indie rock on one hand with classic arena rock and even country on the other.
After opening for Sub Pop duo Handsome Furs at a local show, they once again made a strong and lasting impression, this time with the Fur’s Dan Boekner (also of Wolf Parade), who invited the band out on a 30 date tour across States. But the good fortune and Canadian hospitality did not end with the tour, as they were then invited up to record at Wolf Parade’s studio Mt. Zoomer in Montreal with Wolf Parade’s Arlen Thompson. The stunning result of the session is their debut EP All Dressed – four tight songs of close harmony vocals and incredibly catchy melody.
Keep an eye out for The Cinnamon Band’s debut EP, All Dressed out August 10th on the Post Modern Recording Co.
Sophomore releases. They used to be a daunting obstacle for a band to overcome. Living up to the first impressions you left on your listeners ears and catching up with all the music that came out during the time that you “took off.” That is unless you are Philadelphia’s Jukebox the Ghost. Armed with their new record Everything Under the Sun produced by Peter Katis (Interpol, The National, Fanfarlo) and set for release on September 7th via Yep Roc the band combines their adept skills as individual musicians, tirelessly energetic live sets and pulsating catchy lyrics. The record’s debut track, “Empire” is best described by vocalist/keyboardist Ben Thornwell as: “ …an extended metaphor of the heart as a castle, A keep is defined as ‘The Stronghold of a Castle’ thus, ‘My heart, is my keep and you are threatening me.’ And the truth is that an empire, as is love, is hard to keep peaceful.“
Since their 2008 debut, Let Live and Let Ghosts, which SPIN called, “a refreshing reminder that the lighthearted electricity of a fantastic pop song is still filled with live wires,” the band has kept themselves busy. After playing over 300 shows with the likes of Ben Folds, Adam Green and Ra Ra Riot the band, which is made up of vocalist/pianist Ben Thornewill, vocalist/guitarist Tommy Siegel and drummer Jesse Kristin spent countless hours constructing and arranging songs until they reached their full potential. Whether they were touring, rehearsing in basements, houses, hotel rooms or hanging out in the studio the creative process never stopped, making Everything Under the Sun a record that not only showcases this band’s songwriting prowess but also their infectious energy.
July 11–Forecastle Festival–Louisville, KY
July 13–92nd Y Tribeca–New York, NY
July 24—FLO Fest–Leesburg, VA
August 6–Lollapalooza–Chicago, IL
Think of Niia as Sade meets Portishead, a mix of of the classical old updated through the use of minimalist down-tempo synth pop, murder guitar and joy divisionesque drums. It makes for a combination that has never failed to impress. Looking like Giselle, Niia’s not exactly hard on the eyes either. Niia garnered a lot of attention early on after meeting Wyclef and appearing on his track “Sweest Girl (Dollar Bill)” which spent several weeks on the Billboard charts. From there, Perez Hilton went on to say she had a “voice as sultry as she looks” for her cover of the Cher classic “Bang Bang”. You’ll hear mostly covers on her MySpace page, but trust me when I say it’s her originals that are going to really draw you to her and you’ll be singing Libertine Hero to yourself for days on end. In the meantime, give “Last Man” a listen below.
Niia’s next show is at Joe’s Pub on July 5th at 9:30 (find tickets)
Cool Runnings, the band out of Knoxville, not the Doug E. Doug vehicle, is the brainchild of Brandon Biondo (Royal Bangs) and Forrest Ferguson: a collaborative project between two front men that benefits from the creative contributions of all eight members of the band. On their new EP, Babes Forever, they drop their southern roots and bring a real west coast vibe with some “tasteful” California alt-nudity cover art. Clinching the lead for best album art of the summer.
Check out a free MP3 below:
or download Cool Runnings’ Babes Forever EP here.
and…if you need to get your mind off that cover art, here ya go. I couldn’t resist:
Dark Night of the Soul, the treatise written by Spanish poet and Roman Catholic Mystic Saint John of the Cross has become an expression used to describe a phase in a person’s spiritual life, a metaphor for a certain loneliness and desolation. The other “Dark Night of the Soul”, the mysterious multi-media project/album involving Danger Mouse , Mark Linkous , and David Lynch has proven just as cryptic. While the unreleased album featuring Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse, the Flaming Lips, Iggy Pop, Frank Black, Julian Casablancas, Jason Lytle, and James Mercer of the Shins, remains on “indefinite hiatus” after a dispute with the record label EMI, the book is available for sale on new interactive website for Dark Night of the Soul along with a blank CD. Its a shame because it’s a great album that everyone should hear. Luckily, it has made its way onto the webs, youtube and some select record shops in New York if you can find it. Check out some videos from tracks on the album below and stream the entire album HERE.
Revenge (feat. Wayne Coyne)
Just War (feat. Gruff Rhys)
Discosalt Video of the Week 20/6/10: Aussie buzz band Tame Impala have released a new stoner friendly video for “Why don’t you make up your mind” off Innerspeaker, out this month. Taking a slightly different visual cue from the cinematic “Solitude is Bliss” video, which featured a post-apocalyptic anti-dog world, the trio perform their warm psychedelic hypno-groove melodic rock in a field of grass, which clearly the band is familiar with.
Next Tuesday, June 22nd, The Chemical Brothers will release their seventh studio album, Further, the culmination of nearly two decades of psychadelic exploration, but starting today, fans can hear the album in its entirety exclusively at NPR’s First Listen!
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Further is the band’s most ambitious project yet, a full-on audio/visual experience with unique cutting edge visuals tailored to each of the album’s eight epic tracks. The full experience will be available on the CD/DVD edition as well as the exclusive iTunes Pass, but fans can preview the astonishing visuals using The Chemical Brothers‘ interactive teaser here:
8/29 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
9/3 Chicago, IL – North Coast Music Festival
9/4 New York, NY – Electric Zoo Festival
Ariel Pink, most know for creating drum sounds using his mouth, and sometimes armpits, plays and produces all his own music. An ultra lo-fi sound that upon first listen could easily be mistaken for a different era of music. Drawing on a grab bag of influences from Gothic rock acts like Christian Death, Bauhaus, The Sisters of Mercy and the Cure to R. Stevie Moore and Michael Jackson, his music is never predictable. He is the quintessential outsider, a strange recluse who obsessively records at home compiling hundreds of songs in the process. “His music could be bizarre and disturbing, with warped voices and dark subject manner evoking loneliness, bad drugs, and alienation; it could also be sweet and even sincere, celebrating the pleasure of a well-rendered verse melody and a good chorus.”[ via Pitchfork]
Check out a free track from the new album below:
Discosalt Video of the Week 13/6/10: This weeks video of the week is a 2fer. Two official videos from blues/rock duo the Black Keys for “Tighten Up” and “Next Girl” of their new sixth album, Brothers. The first single “Tighten Up“, debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 with 73,000 copies sold in the first week, making the band’s highest charting album to date. The Brothers CD features some pretty ingenious packaging; a thin thermal film on the surface which changes colors depending on the heat of it’s surrounding. And the temperature should certainly rise a few degrees after watching the new video for “Next Girl”: raunchy blues, women in bikinis and Frank is back !
watch the video’s below or download a free track from the new album:
Tokyo Police Club’s video for Breakneck Speed from their new album Champ , edited by Mike Juneau. According to singer/bassist Dave Monks, the album will have “… eleven songs, a Disney character, fuzzy bits, Canadian spelling, hockey sound effects, me singing the lowest note in my range, one (1) saxophone note.” Amidst these eleven songs and assorted oddities, is this somewhat misleading song ““Breakneck Speed”; a slow yearning track about the recklessness of youth…or is it? Download the track or watch the video below:
Beach Fossils: Beach Fossils
Label: Captured Tracks
Release Date: May 25, 2010
We can whine about labels all we want but sometimes labels are helpful. They prevent mistakes.
With labels, you’re less likely to mix up the dog’s generic value time peanut butter with the really good organic stuff or mistake the Swedish vampire film Let The Right One In with the latest Katherine Heigl Rom-Com.
Similarly, beachgaze or surfgaze is a pretty accurate descriptor you’re not likely to confuse with psych metal or day-glo hip-hop.
Likewise with beachgaze band d’jour, Beach Fossils.
The most aptly named band ever, the Brooklyn act’s self-titled debut LP is probably the easiest to get into and the hardest to get out of your head.
Cheery bomp-a-bomp drums break high to the beat, muffled bass floats slow and low, and chimy, sea foam surf guitar rings out on an endless blue screen wave of reverb with vintage-sounding boy-girl (boy-boy) vox by way of The Raveonnettes.
One weird but welcome note – the bass curiously contradicts listeners with a muffled but out-in-front sound. At times, it sings more than the lead and remains on equal ground as its more obvious counterpart.
Light but not lite, bright but not blinding, laid back (but not in a surfer-turned-singer-songwriter sort of way) and surprisingly not sun-soaked.
Window View, a towards-the-back sleeper, best embodies the ‘Summer with the shades pulled’ mood most of the album conveys but single, Daydream and Should-be-next-single, Vacation are irony-free, fun-with-the-top-down proof that the band and its listeners both benefit from getting outdoors for some fresh air.
On all accounts, Beach Fossils is proof you don’t have to be a beachcomber, swimmer or surfer to make a great record that captures that summer sound. You don’t even have to be from a sunny climate.
Beach Fossils – Youth
– Casey Bowers
Somewhere in the recesses of your early nineties record memory, you probably remember the Cowboy Junkies cover version of The Velvet Underground’s “Sweet Jane” on the Natural Born Killers soundtrack. Well, the band is still together, and one of the few bands that has lasted so long with their original line-up intact. Fewer, still, have created as consistently satisfying a body of work, since 1985 with some milestone albums in the nineties that chronicle the bands creative path which has remained impervious to trends in popular music.
For the first time, the band is now completely free of any recording contracts and obligation and they have recorded a new album Renmin Park. Inspired by a three-month stay that Michael Timmins of the band spent in China—which he describes as “an other-worldly experience”— Renmin Park is the first of four releases planned over the next 18 months, collectively titled “The Nomad Series.” Renmin Park (translated means,”People’s Park”) is a celebration of the sights, sounds, and characters of Jingjiang, a small town situated on the Yangtze River. Several of the tracks were actually built on loops made from “field recordings” that Michael made in China where he recorded a myriad of sounds from music and conversations—from badminton games to students chanting their lessons. The album also includes covers of songs by two of the country’s most important rock artists.
This album will soon be followed by Demons, on which Cowboy Junkies will cover the songs of their late friend Vic Chesnutt, who passed away in December 2009. “His catalogue is so deep and, for the most part, so overlooked,” says Michael. “It will be a labor of love.” The final two volumes of the Nomad Series will be titled Sing in My Meadow the contents of which are still being discussed and The Wilderness, a full album of new songs. The band’s recently revamped website will play an important role in the Nomad Series by taking fans inside the creative process. Timmins adds that the band will be blogging about the series from the inception to conclusion of each album and will be posting demos, works in progress, rough mixes and the occasional aborted effort. After all four volumes are released, plans call for a book that will delve into the character, nature, and inspiration behind each of the albums. It will be published by Whale and Star, the publishing house of the band’s friend Enrique Martinez Celaya, a Cuban-American artist whose “Nomad” paintings helped inspire the series. Michael sums up the band’s motivation for taking on such a massive project quite simply. “The main reason for wanting to do it,” he says, “is that, as we steam through our twenty-fifth year, we feel that we have the energy and inspiration to pull it off.“
Check out a free MP3 Download from the band below:
Just in case you cant find that mix-tape your girlfriend/boyfriend made for you in junior high, here’s one for old time sake:
Kids Of 88 have teamed up with the Remix Artist Collective to bring you a free download of their “My House” remix. Download the track below:
McCarthy rules vocals, programming and “complaining too much”. While partner-in-heartbreaking Arts, plays synths, programming and “not complaining enough”.
The twosome describe their music as a “whimful combination of dirt spitting kicks and feathering grit. An overdose of nightlife; the lubricated moan of spilt vodka. The hard realization of concrete and the happiness of blurry vision. An alleyway gangbang between Grandmaster Flash and The Knack.” The rest of New Zealand know Kids Of 88 better as architects of the Platinum selling debut single “My House,” and follow up single “Just A Little Bit” which is a top 3 seller at iTunes. And the rest of the world? A UK Ltd Ed 7” of “My House” already released through Dryden Street / East City Records, official remixes for Ke$ha & Cobra Starship , and Zane Lowe recently playing new demo “Ribbons Of Light” on his UK Radio 1 Evening Session have certainly paved the way for arresting first impressions.
Discosalt Video of the Week 5/23/10: This weeks video of the week is Drive-By Truckers new video for “Working this Job” off their eighth studio album The Big To Do. Its a more melodic and rocking sounding track than anything since disc 2 of Southern Rock Opera and the perfect disgruntled working man’s anthem to start your week.
And since we are talking sh*tty jobs, If you are sick and tired of slaving your life for the man, Discosalt made you a mix tape: “Take this Job and Shove it: Disgruntled working man anthems.” So, if you hate your job, put down the TPS reports or the fries basket for a few and enjoy…its almost time to go home…sort of….
Just in time for the weekend we have the perfect video for you to watch while getting ready to head out.
Red Wire Black Wire is a Brooklyn based 6-piece that creates music with the immediacy of a DJ and the subtlety of film score. The band’s recordings combine dense but precise layers of synthesizers, guitars, strings, horns, and pounding drums. Eschewing irony, singer Doug Walters focuses on the melancholy; critics have compared him to Robert Smith, William Burroughs, and Frank Miller. Red Wire Black Wire fuse electronic and organic counterpoint to create catchy, textured, and revealing compositions.
The band formed at Wesleyan University in Connecticut where they fleshed out Walters’ basement laptop compositions. The band self-released the 5 song Compass EP in 2008, which was later re-released by Tough Customer Records in the same year.
In 2009, the band moved to Brooklyn, New York and completed their first full-length album, Robots & Roses. The album’s synthesizer drenched, heavy-hitting, melancholic songs tell the story of Walters’ long New York nights from bars to bedrooms. His lyrics range from dreamlike and surrealistic portraits of city life to direct confrontation of lovers. They are stories of irresponsibility and indignation; love and loathing; sincerity and sarcasm. The album sounds just as great on a lonely subway ride home as it does on booming dance floor speakers.
Before heading out on the road in support of their most recent release, Songs For A Sinking Ship, April Smith and the Great Picture show headlined The Deli Magazine’s Best Of NYC Fest at Brooklyn Bowl. You can watch April’s performance recorded last Friday with the help of our friends over at Livestream.com.
you can watch the show below:
or download a free track from the band:
“MP3: APRIL SMITH AND THE GREAT PICTURE SHOW-“Colors”
NEW TOUR DATES
5/20: Cambridge, MA—————Middle East
5/22: Hoboken, NJ———————-Maxwells
5/25: Cleveland, OH—-Beachland Ballroom
5/26: Chicago, IL————————-Schubas
5/27: St Louis, MO—————–Off Broadway
5/28: Nashville, TN—————The Basement
5/30: Atlanta, GA————————-The Earl
6/1: Arlington, VA————-IOTA Club & Cafe
6/2: Pittsburgh, PA———————-Club Cafe
“It’s possible you haven’t heard much about April Smith but all that is about to change.” –RollingStone.com
“Smith seems to stomp, glare and wail with every single song that she lays on you, reaching for heavenly notes with a devilish grin…” – Daytrotter.com
The Futurebirds are an unruly band of boys from Athens, Georgia–but they might as well have been reared in the backwoods of Woodstock by Levon Helm himself. Reckless with passion and spirit their live show is a force to behold. Their debut release Hampton’s Lullaby is ready to be introduced to the world on July 13th via Autumn Tone Records.
The story of how the band came together goes something like this: Carter King and Dennis Love grew up together in Atlanta. They spent their days putting stink bombs into the portable toilets at the summer Olympics and discovered their ability to work together as a trouble-making team. The years passed and the boys started recording songs together during their breaks from college with Carter on guitar and banjo and Dennis on steel-pedal guitar.
Meanwhile, Daniel Womack was camped out in Waynesboro, Georgia raising stray dogs—and generally raising hell. Carter and Daniel met during their freshman year and have been playing music together ever since. Next to jump into the mix were Thomas Johnson and Brennan Miles who met Carter at Chase Park Transduction where three were honing in on their audio engineering skills. That leaves Payton Bradford. Payton graduated from University of Georgia on the highest academic scholarship and generally knows everyone–everywhere. He is a musical encyclopedia and can play just about anything he gets his hands on which made his destiny to meet the rest of the boys inevitable.
In the Spring of 2009 they started recording their EP and things have been generally peachy every since. Heavily influenced by local artists Drive-By-Truckers, the Star Room Boys, Elephant Six, The Glands and Dead Confederate.
Currently touring with Jessica Lea Mayfield the Futurebirds are: Carter King on guitar, banjo, drums, vocals, Daniel Womack on acoustic guitar, vocals, Payton Bradford on drums, guitar, banjo, vocals, Thomas Johnson on guitar, mandolin, banjo, vocals, Dennis Love on pedal steel and Brannen Miles on bass.
Grab a free download below:
May 13–Kung Fu Necktie w/ Jessica Lea Mayfield–Philadelphia, PA
May 14–Southpaw w/ Jessica Lea Mayfield–Brooklyn, NY
May 15–Mercury Lounge w/ Jessica Lea Mayfield–New York, NY
May 16–TT the Bear’s w/ Jessica Lea Mayfield–Boston, MA
May 18–Thunderbird Cafe w/ Jessica Lea Mayfield–Pittsburgh, PA
May 19–Beachland Ballroom w/ Jessica Lea Mayfield–Cleveland, Ohio
May 20–Schuba’s w/ Jessica Lea Mayfield and Dexateens–Chicago, IL
May 21–Zanzabar w/ Jessica Lea Mayfield and Dexateens–Louisville, KY
May 22–Exit / In w/ Jessica Lea Mayfield and Dexateens–Nashville, TN
June 10–Schroeder’s–Rome, GA June 11–Harvest Moon–Albany, GA
June 18–The Earl–Atlanta, GA June 26–AthFest – Pulaski Stage–Athens, GA
July 3–Gnat’s Landing–St. Simons, GA
July 15–Bottletree w/ Roadside Graves–Birmingham, AL
July 16–One Eyed Jack’s w/ Roadside Graves–New Orleans, LA
July 17–Chelsea’s–Baton Rouge, LA July 18–Emo’s (Inside) Austin, TX