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…
Django Django has partnered up with Bafta Award winning director John Maclean, the brother of Django drummer/producer Dave Maclean, for the “Hand of Man” video. They are excited to present this beautifully shot, monochromatic masterpiece, premiered this morning on Nowness. John expands on the film:
“Filmed on black and white super-8 stock. The end of great things. The party was the last day in our friend’s building which will inevitably be knocked down to make way for more dodgy flats with tiny triangle balconies – art, film and music studios destroyed to make way for fast-buck housing developers pricing the working classes and the artists out of central London. The end of film developers and Kodak film stock. And the beginning of great things, Django Django, the spirit of youth, integrity finding a way to live forever, and fresh bread.”
Just now Alexander Spit dropped a cold piece from his forthcoming album on Decon, A Breathtaking Trip To That Otherside dropping January 29th. The start-stop drums might break your neck. Hi Fi Collective did the clip.
Recent Domino signing Night Moves are the best local act to emerge from the Twin Cities since Howler and the first noteworthy band of 2013. The Minneapolis-based, classic-rock inspired trio sound like a cross between Gram Parsons, Supertramp and MGMT…with some falsetto Mick Jagger sweet talk mixed in. Named “Best New Band” by Minneapolis City pages, Night Moves are receiving due praise for their debut album Colored Emotions – a sleepy, electr0-psychedelic-country treasure trove of twangy, retro, guitar licks, lush instrumentation and hypnotic harmonies.
Jan 16 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall (Tomorrow Never Knows Fest)
Jan 17 Cleveland, OH – Happy Dog
Jan 18 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
Jan 19 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
Jan 20 Allston, MA – Great Scott
Jan 22 Pittsburgh, PA – Shadow Lounge
Jan 23 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick Lounge
Jan 24 Madison, WI – FRZN Fest
Jan 26 Minneapolis, MN – Icehouse
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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NOOKA x SYNTH RECORDS x DISCOSALT MAGAZINE Present:
“NOOZIK” Album Release Party 12/20/12 at Bowery Electric
LIVE MUSIC: Brothertiger / TEEEL / Jacob 2-2 / Crozet / AIMES
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New music is essential to the creative minds at the NOOKA Lab, so it is no surprise that our techno-progressivist designs are popular with musicians in the pop, dance, and electronic music space. NOOKA has teamed up with Synth Records to produce a music compilation of 14 original tracks from exciting up-and-coming artists. This is NOOZIK—the soundtrack for your future. Join us in celebrating our official album release with DISCOSALT MAGAZINE in New York City at the Bowery Electric on 12/20/12.
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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).
Writer/Director, Michael Lawrence has created this intense and surreal short film for Levek’s “Black Mold Grow,”inspired by images of a “gauzy, transcendental view on a young woman’s struggle with her psyche.”
Warm Myth (Kieran Adams and Casey Mecija) and director Jesse Yules present the new experimental video for “Working”. Yules skillfully animates the seductive rhythms and tempting lyrics of Warm Myth’s song with paint, origami and mirrors to create a visual collage.
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.
The hyper-political R.A.P. Music track gets a hyper-political animated video.
Sean Pecknold directs this strange and beautifully shot video for Pure Bathing Culture’s “Ivory Coast,” with a heartbroken Sarah Versprille, hologram sharks and a creepy little blue smurf baby. Pure Bathing Culture’s lovely 12″ EP is out now via our friends at Father/Daughter Records.
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.
Best Halloween costume of the week goes to the thirsty gentleman rocking the mullet in the official clip for Das Racist’s “Girl” produced by Blood Diamonds. Check below and spread around.
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.
M83 recently announce the release of their next single, “Steve McQueen”, on November 27th. Celebrating this exhilarating track the band decided to draw from their biggest inspiration and support system-the fans themselves. Partnering with Genero.tv, Anthony Gonzalez selected French Director Balthazar Auxietre and Animator Sylvain Derosne’s (who has also collaborated with Spike Jonze) unique vision of a world honoring the “power of childhood, an eagerness for life, and the kind of paradoxical energy you have when you grow up.”
Auxietre describes M83’s overall body of work as “…a sound of his own, made with a kind of “epic fragility”, something very visual, very atmospheric, which can bring powerful images and energy as a filmmaker.”
Self-proclaimed as “doom soul”, the music of Cold Specks draws on folk and gospel elements, with a strong personal interpretation. At times it can be heavy and bleak, but the willful, raspy vocals of Al Spx offer an element of brightness. The weight of each track grows slowly and as her velvetly vocals hit your ears, you will instantly feel swathed in this warm blanket-like familiarity.
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!