Ahead of the release of Sam Coomes’ first ever solo album Bugger Me – due August 19th on Domino Records - he is pleased to share another cut from the record. Listen above.
Coomes is probably best known as half of the long running underground pop duo Quasi, the other half being Janet Weiss, herself better known as the drummer for Sleater-Kinney. Alongside bandmate Janet Weiss, Quasi have released nine albums over the last two decades and toured all over the world. Concurrently, Sam Coomes has played and recorded with the likes of Built to Spill, Elliott Smith and Jandek, worked as a producer and scored numerous soundtracks for underground films and art installations. In short, he is not a newcomer to the scene.
SUPERIMPOSE explores the making of The Range's new album Potential, which exclusively uses the voices of people who posted videos of themselves on YouTube. The documentary sheds light on the unique and varied human stories of the people featured on the album who were completely unknown to The Range (Brooklyn-based electronic producer James Hinton) when originally selected. The documentary travels to off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods of New York City, NY; Kingston, Jamaica and London, England to tell the stories of a wide range of unique people - from Kai, the shy Brooklyn teenager who loves singing Ariana Grande covers; to Damian “Naturaliss” Gordon, the charismatic Jamaican correctional officer by day, dancehall singer by night; to Ophqi, the determined Brixton rapper and dutiful father with a difficult past who is still waiting for his moment to succeed as a musician; and more. Directed by the gifted young filmmaker Daniel Kaufman whose resume includes short films and music videos for DJ Khaled, Waka Flocka Flame, OT Genasis, The Decemberists, and more.
An early version of the documentary screened this March at YouTube’s SXSW showcase in Austin, and this past weekend’s Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago. Further screenings of the full version of the film have been announced in New York City and London. See a list of screenings and events below.
Two percussionists, Sven Kacirek and Thomas Klein present Rhythmus I-IV. Although the two musicians each speak their own distinct rhythmic language, with only a few data transfers between Hamburg and Düsseldorf they have conjured up four compact tracks, which despite the instrumental limitations, are surprisingly diverse in terms of sound, groove and depth. Each sent the other a sketch for further development and expanded upon these blueprints. In a final meeting, formal decisions and minimal corrections were made. In addition to drums, cymbals, shakers, xylophone and vibraphone sounds, sonic treatments are clearly audible.
The End of Comedyis the debut album by Drugdealer, a new project conceived and conducted by Los Angeles artist Michael Collins (formerly of Run DMT, Salvia Plath) who guides a group of Angelenos including Ariel Pink and Natalie Mering (Weyes Blood) through a whimsical world informed by Jean Baudrillard, social media perception, Sergio Leone’s spaghetti western vistas and Collins’s endless travels.
The End of Comedy - to be released through Weird World - is a collection of vignettes - lucid, lysergic and organic - featuring homespun explorations of Carole King-esque piano ballads, Bacharach-ian orchestration, the psych-folk of Ultimate Spinach and Hendrickson Road House and even New York City subway jazz, all pulled together by Collins’s deft AOR auteurship and keen sense of humour.
The first track to be shared from the album is ‘Suddenly’ featuring Weyes Blood – watch the video above.
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The Magnetic North and RIBA present People and Place – an evening of live music, film, literature and architecture. The one off special event will commence on August 9th with The Magnetic North performing with a full band line up (including strings and woodwind) and the premier screening of their new short film, with very special guests from the architecture and literary world - Amy Liptrot, Laura Barton and John Grindrod.
The band's new album The Prospect Of Skelmersdale explores themes of utopian dreams, architecture, new towns, people and place. In partnership with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and co-curated with @vine_collective/Third Nature the event will complement the themes of the current exhibition At Home in Britain – Designing the House of Tomorrow.
Canadian punk band White Lung has topped numerous “Best Albums So Far” lists this year including Stereogum, Rolling Stone, Consequence of Sound, FACT and NME for Paradise, their fourth and most mature record to date. Now the band – comprised of Mish Barber-Way, Kenneth William and Anne-Marie Vassiliou - have been shortlisted for the Polaris Prize alongside artists including Carly Rae Jepsen, Grimes and Kaytranada.
Today, White Lung has unveiled the music video for ‘Dead Weight’, directed by John Stavas and co-produced by Deap Vally's Lindsey Troy.
Following the release of the first two singles, Wild Beasts have given us even more insight into their forthcoming Boy King, out August 5th on Domino, with ‘Celestial Creatures’ – listen above. Where ‘Get My Bang’ and ‘Big Cat’ showcased a bold new direction, ‘Celestial Creatures’ channels classic Wild Beasts and features Hayden Thorpe’s angelic voice front-and-centre.
Motion Graphics, the solo project of NY based electronic artist Joe Williams, announces its’ debut with a self-titled LP out on Domino. Created over a two year period between NY, LA, & Baltimore, Motion Graphics is a unique and compelling collection of richly detailed widescreen compositions, inspired in part by the ambient sound effects of digital menu systems that decorate today’s auditory landscape. Creating custom randomised software instruments, Williams’ mimics the erraticism of the Twitter timeline and the aggregated news feed, while incorporating elements of techno-pop and jazz, sequenced through the superhuman capabilities of a computer. Motion Graphics is an ambitious debut from an artist adept at manipulating the sounds and digital tools ubiquitous to the everyday. The first single ‘Lense’ is now available, accompanied by a striking animated visual of the album artwork, a video created by CULTURESPORT.
Williams currently serves as a core member of Future Times’ Maxmillion Dunbar’s ongoing Lifted ensemble. Williams’ productions can be heard on Baltimore-based Co La’s Moody Coup LP and on Williams’ original score for 12 O’Clock Boys, a feature-length documentary on the notorious dirt bike riders of Baltimore’s Westside.
Lou Rhodes is in the Live Room with tracks from new album 'theyesandeye'. Having released 6 records as one half of electronic genre-benders Lamb this is her 4th solo LP and is released on Nude Records on 22nd July.
Lou says 'I had a gut feeling I wanted to experiment with a slightly psychedelic feel and, by chance, met up with Simon Byrt (the album's co-producer) in a friend's studio. It turned out that he has a strange passion for vintage spring and tape echoes and, before long, we'd decided to make a record together."
Son Lux began as the solo project of classically trained electro artist Ryan Lott, but it was expanded to a trio for last year’s album Bones. The trio is set to follow up that excellent full-length effort with the Stranger Forms EP this summer.
It opens with winding, wandering, triumphant horns and careens into a marching band feel with the horns coming in huge bursts with big drums. Lott’s soulful vocals come in to signal a switch to a more subdued, jazzy aesthetic and then the two contrasting sounds alternate, wonderfully fluctuating the energy and evolving the sonic for a relentlessly engaging excursion. Hanna Benn joins to punctuate the crescendo as Lott provocatively repeats “You don’t know me/ You don’t know me at all,” evoking the gamut of emotions that come with the realization of someone you care about knowing you less intimately than you thought or would like them to. The tension between the brightness and immensity of the sound and the darkly shaded sentiments makes for a stirring experience.
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