Bitchin Bajas are a group who make records released by Drag City. Bonnie "Prince" Billy, aka Will Oldham, also makes records released by Drag City. 'Epic Jammers and Fortunate Little Ditties' is an album by both Bitchin Bajas and Bonnie "Prince" Billy, and it's released.... via Drag City.
Animal Collective have shared “Hounds of Bairro,” a track from their Gnip Gnop / Hounds of Bairro 7” available on the deluxe physical edition of their recent tenth studio album Painting With, which was released February 19 2016 on Domino. Listen to the song above.
Dean Blunt’s group Babyfather have shared a new video for “Shook/Motivation” off of their forthcoming LP, BBF Hosted by DJ Escrow, out via Hyperdub. Over a trippy, skipping dub bass line, the trio (along with DJ Escrow and Gassman D) light up joints in a smoke-filled room and hang out in a car while sirens wail in the background — until the track transitions into its more melodic second half, back within the same four walls. Watch the clip above.
Arbor Labor Union was born from a peach tree in Georgia in the American south. They play psychedelic, repetitious, and joyful rock and roll music. In 2014 they released the album Sings for You Now under the name Pinecones. In 2016 they decided to change their name in order to form a more perfect union. A union of sound and vision. With this, they had a new album, a masterpiece of modern guitar music entitled simply I Hear You. I Hear You was crafted through the ancient process of collaboration. All four members brought their love to one another and turned it into song. The album plays like a freedom chant. You can hear laughter in their music. You can see the joy among them. In every known photo of the band they appear to be smiling. All that is left to do is listen. Listen to this album dedicated to listeners. And, should your response also be “I hear you,” the band replies, “affirmative, loud and clear.”
I Hear You was recorded and produced by Randall Dunn (Earth, Sunn0))), Thurston Moore, Black Mountain) and Arbor Labor Union in the fall of 2015 at Avast Studio in Seattle, WA. The album was mastered by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering.
On May 27th, Gold Panda returns with Good Luck and Do Your Best, his first album in about three years. Due out through City Slang, it serves as his third full-length following his well-received Half of Where You Live. That’s the artwork above.
The 11-track effort was recorded in the producer’s home in Chelmsford, UK. A press release notes it was influenced by two trips to Japan, where he’d traveled with photographer Laura Lewis in hopes of making a “sight and sound documentary.” The title itself comes from a cab driver who Gold Panda encountered while on his trip: “…As we got out, the Japanese taxi driver’s parting words to us as we left, were ‘good luck and do your best.’”
Steve Gunn is following up 2014's Way Out Weather with Eyes on the Lines. His first album on Matador Records is out May 20. Gunn has released a video for the first single, "Conditions Wild," which is directed by Brandon Herman. The video features Gunn traveling through the pages of a book about wildlife and losing an arm wrestling match to a bear cutout. Later, he chills by a campfire with the bear. Watch the video above.
Kevin Morby has shared a new song called "Dorothy." Named for his guitar (which got its name from his grandmother), it's an ode to the guitar and all that it represents after accompanying him on his career thus far. It's the latest single from the singer/songwriter's forthcoming album Singing Saw, which is out April 15 on Dead Oceans. Check out the surreal video above.
The Black Tambourines make music grounded in the ethos of D.I.Y production and scuzzy, distorted garage-rock, but with ragged grooves and a sun-kissed haze. Their music has been described as “surf-punk that buzzes with urgency” – NME, “blissfully hazy garage-punk”- Clash and “scuzzy rip-roaring indie-rock” – BEAT.
Over the last year The Black Tambourines have performed at Glastonbury, Isle of Wight festival, The Great Escape (unofficially, playing a guerrilla gig from the back of their van) and Manchester’s Psych Fest; they’ve toured Europe and the UK and supported The Jesus and Mary Chain (among many other shows). This summer, the band are booked to play End of the Road and Nozstock – The Hidden Valley festivals.
The Black Tambourines released their eponymous debut on vinyl in Sept 2013, than on CD via new label Easy Action on July 2015. For this year’s Record Store Day they released 7” of No Action (new album track) which sold out immediately. The second album 'Freedom' was released on the label Easy Action.
Berlin-via-Bulgaria's DENA continues being immensely endearing on 'Bad Timing' he lead single of her debut album, Flash, was released via Normal Surround and !K7. After featuring on both The Whitest Boy Alive records and since moving to Berlin in 2005, DENA has spent time honing her self-composed beats and finding hersignature sound, before stepping into the limelight and gaining internationa recognition for her unique and fresh flavour. Support slots for the likes of Das Racist, Icona Pop, The Whitest Boy Alive and LCMDF and a jam packed schedule at SXSW earlier this year have seen her live show grow from strength to strength and led to a notable nomination by leading German media Spiegel as one of the Top 10 international Pop-acts to rise in 2013.
Watch the video for 'Cash, Diamond Rings, Swimming Pools' above and listen to the lead single 'Bad Timing' below.
Glasgow’s Spinning Coin have shared the video for new single ‘Albany’ – watch it above. ‘Albany’ will be released through Domino's Geographic Music imprint on April 15th.
'Albany' was filmed in Glasgow on 8mm by Roxanne Clifford from Veronica Falls. The idea was to keep things simple and document the group in their own environment - drummer, Chris White's old flat, a show at Stereo, and the same bridge that The Pastels used in their Crawl Babies video way back in the 1980s.
Montreal fuzz-rockers Solids have announced the follow-up to their much lauded debut studio album, Blame Confusion. The new EP, titled ELSE, will be released through Dine Alone in Canada.
The new EP sees the band checking in after a year of near-constant touring. Having played more than 200 shows in 2014-2015 with the likes of Metz, PUP, Nothing, Single Mothers, Pity Sex and Makthaverskan, the EP reflects that road weariness within a group of songs that vibrate at a lower frequency, documenting the waiting, the bleary-eyed confusion and the blur of days that come with life on the road. The EP serves as a snapshot of a band that’s traveled 5000 miles in 19 minutes; a band that’s chained itself to the road in search of inspiration.
The Last Shadow Puppets have launched the video for their new single ‘Aviation’. The video for ‘Aviation’ was created by Saam Farahmand with Black Sheep Studios. Watch above.
‘Aviation’ and recent single ‘Bad Habits’ feature on the band’s second album ‘Everything You’ve Come To Expect’ which will be released on Friday 1st April. The album finds Alex Turner and Miles Kane reunited with James Ford (production and drums) and Owen Pallett (string arrangements) and joined by Zachary Dawes (Mini Mansions) on bass, recording the follow up to 2008’s ‘The Age Of The Understatement’ at Shangri La Studio in Malibu.
Throws’ Icelandic heritage is dusted all over their debut track. ’The Harbour’’s suitably shivery opening is just the tip of the iceberg, too - from the topsy-turvy, snowy accompanying video to the stabs of wobbly bass that puncture its shimmering pop oddness, there’s an ice-cold cool to every element of this this first step.
An album is due out later this year on Full Time Hobby.
'Distance Inbetween' is The Coral’s eighth studio record and their first of original material since 2010 release 'Butterfly House'. Last year saw the band release "lost album" 'The Curse of Love'. The album was recorded at Liverpool’s Parr Street Studio with co-producer Richard Turvey.
The album is dedicated to Alan Wills, The Coral’s early mentor and Deltasonic label boss who died in 2014.
"Before we started making the album we had discussed that we wanted it to be more minimal and rhythmical,” frontman James Skelly says in a statement. “We thought ‘if you've got a rhythm section that’s been playing together for almost twenty years, why not make that the centre of the songs?’"
Paul Molloy, formerly of The Zutons, has joined the band on guitar with Ian Skelly, Nick Power and Paul Duffy rounding off the current line-up of the band. Watch the video for the single 'Miss Fortune' above.
Charles Moothart has been a major part of the Bay Area garage noise revival over the last few years. He’s been at Ty Segall’s side from Perverts through the Ty Segall Band, Fuzz, and GØGGS. Moothart and Mikal Cronin launched Moonhearts together, and the former played on both of the latter’s most recent albums. Now, he’s taking his name solo as he’s launched the new project CFM.
CFM’s debut LP is entitled Still Life of Citrus and Slime and is due out via the In the Red label. The album was written during two months of deliberate isolation brought on by “a brief and impermanent” separation from his longtime girlfriend and bandmate. Now that those wounds are healed, Moothart is ready to share the grimy, acidic fruits of his labor, beginning with lead single “Lunar Heroine”. Take a listen below.
US audio-visual artist Luke Wyatt has announced details of his second album as Torn Hawk, Union and Return.
The 11-track album was inspired by the idealised landscapes of painters like Karl Friedrich Schinkel and Caspar David Friedrich, which led Wyatt to incorporate themes of 19th century Romanticism in his music.
Union and Return ditches the irony, distortion and electronic collage of his previous records and replaces them with “lush and ornate” compositions.
The album is Wyatt’s second for Mexican Summer after 2014’s Let’s Cry and Do Pushups at the Same Time, through which he explored machismo and vulnerability, and follows a string of 12″s for L.I.E.S. and his own Valcrond Video label. Listen to 'Feeling Is Law' above.
Brooklyn’s Big Thief will release thier debut album Masterpiece via Saddle Creek. The LP finds the rising outfit specifically capturing “the process of harnessing pain, loss, and love, while simultaneously letting them go, looking into your own eyes through someone else’s, and being okay with the inevitability of death,” says the band’s main songwriter Adrianne Lenker.
Case in point - Big Thief’s latest single 'Real Love', though it starts quietly, the folk-tinged number mirrors its tempestuous lyrics, eventually blooming into a wild little rocker.
Watch the video for 'Masterpiece' above and stream 'Real Love' below.
Alex G is pleased to share the video for ‘Mud’, taken from last year’s stunning Beach Music. Shot in his hometown of Philadelphia, and featuring Alex and a cast of his friends - including Emily Yacina, the other vocalist on the track - the video is a sweet glimpse into the charmingly low-key life G inhabits.
Philadelphia trio Nothing have confirmed plans to release their new album ‘Tired of Tomorrow’ later this year.
The three-piece will follow up their 2014 debut ‘Guilty of Everything’ with the new ten-track full-length on 13th May. The record, which was recorded over a month in Studio 4 with Will Yip - the man behind albums from the likes of La Dispute and Title Fight - will be released through Relapse Records.
The band have also shared the official album trailer which can be seen above.
Ty Segall and his band the Muggers (King Tuff, Mikal Cronin, and more) performed on the WGN Morning News program in Chicago today. Clad in a rubber baby mask, Segall lead the band in a rendition of "Squealer," from the recent album Emotional Mugger.
Click on the photo above to watch the performance in full via the WGN website.
Frightened Rabbit have shared the video for "Get Out," a new track from their upcoming album Painting of a Panic Attack. Directed by Greg Davenport, the video shows a couple navigating the violence of a passionate relationship. Watch it above.
Painting of a Panic Attack is out April 8 on Canvasback/Atlantic.
Experimental pop duo Young Magic are thrilled to announce their new full-length Still Life, set for release on Carpark Records. Singer Melati Melay grew up in Jakarta before relocating to New York ten years ago, and Still Life is an exquisite homage to her home country of Indonesia.
Born in Dundee, Billy Mackenzie formed the legendary band The Associates with Alan Rankine in 1979. Their biggest hits included "Party Fears Two" and "Club Country". Post Rankine’s departure from the band in ’82, Mackenzie continued working under the same name until the 1990s when he began to use his own name. His debut album ‘Outernational’ was released in 1992. Struggling with depression and the death of his mother, Mackenzie sadly took his own life on the 22nd January 1997.
The album 'Beyond The Sun' was released by Nude Records a few months after his death in January 1997 and includes some of his most melancholic material (much of it co-written with Steve Aungle) perhaps illustrated best by the track "Winter Academy" (from 'Beyond The Sun'). Four albums in total were released posthumously, showcasing Billy's influence to constantly push boundaries and produce beautifully crafted, heartfelt music. The last of these albums ‘Transmission Impossible’ was released in 2005. In June 2009, a play was staged in Dundee about Mackenzie’s life. We are extremely proud to represent Billy's music and have him part of the Domino Publishing family.
Bill Ryder-Jones has shared a barand new track titled 'Out of The Dark' which is one of two new tracks taken from a new digital bonus edition of the album 'West Kirby County Primary' that was released in November, 2015 on Domino.
Rootsy Toronto band The Strumbellas gained widespread recognition with their sophomore album, 2013's We Still Move on Dance Floors, which earned them a Juno win and worldwide distribution. Now, they've announced the follow-up. Hope will be out on Glassnote Records.
The band recorded it at Toronto's Lincoln County Social Club with producer Dave Schiffman (Weezer, HAIM, Sky Ferreira). There were three studio sessions, all in the first half of 2015. The pop-friendly recent single "Spirits" will be included. Watch the video above.
Glasgow’s Spinning Coin are to release new single ‘Albany’ through The Pastels’ Geographic Music imprint. Listen to ‘Albany’ BELOW. Spinning Coin are a fiercely independent rock group from Glasgow, something you could probably guess by listening to any of their songs.
Their roots are all over the place but a simple love of playing together in their rehearsal space, and almost never turning down shows, has seen them coalesce a winning group sound in almost no time at all, becoming an important part of the UK’s always interesting DIY live music scene. Drummer Chris White is part of the Winning Sperm Party collective, who document of a world of shadowy Glasgow music running all the way from the Glasgow Music Collective to Fuzzkill Records today. All the other members of Spinning Coin – Sean Armstrong, Cal Donnelly and Jack Mellin see themselves as primarily coming from this scene.
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