Alex G has shared a new live video of Beach Music album standout, ‘Bug’. Watch the video ABOVE. The new clip was filmed at drummer Scotty’s house in their native Philadelphia, where the band also practice.
Potential is the new album from Brooklyn, NY-based musician James Hinton, aka The Range, out on Domino Records.
The magic of Potential - his first album for Domino, following 2013’s Nonfiction - is as a document of its time. The Range has made an electronic record inspired by Baltimore club, early ‘00s grime and mid ‘00s electronica, but also as a member of the last generation that will remember going online for the first time.
In addition to the forthcoming album Potential, a documentary titled Superimpose, directed by Daniel Kaufman, out this spring, will look at the human stories behind the unknown artists included on the album. As Hinton states, “I am very conscious that these people who I have sampled elevate what I do, just as much as my record brings their work somewhere else.”
The Last Shadow Puppets have announced a new album, Everything You've Come to Expect, the follow-up to their 2008 debut The Age of the Understatement. Arctic Monkeys singer Alex Turner and Miles Kane, who perform together as the band, have reunited with their regular producer, James Ford, and string arranger Owen Pallett. Mini Mansions' Zachary Dawes joins them on bass. The album was recorded at Shangri La Studio in Malibu.
The High Llamas haven’t released an album since 2011’s Talahomi Way, but last year their long-time label Drag City teased that the band was working on a new “musical narrative” project called Here Comes The Rattling Trees.
The album introduces six characters, some real, some less so, whom Sean has encountered over past years in Peckham. Here Come The Rattling Trees was first performed in the Montpelier Theatre pub in Peckham in June 2014, and in October 2014, it played for a week-long run at the Tristan Bates Theatre in Covent Garden, London.
The band have crafted deft musical sketches with the signature "Llamas" sound that has evolved over ten album releases since 1992. A colorful array of electric, acoustic, and synthetic instruments, alongsideSean O'Hagan's gentled vocals, are deployed to transport the listener to the low-key highs and lows of the British working week - an incisive, sympathetic view to the wonders slipped in between the pages and too often passed over in everyday life.
Check out the first track for the new record below.
The last album by Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band, 2014’s Intensity Ghost, featured riff-heavy instrumentals with an eye toward rock history. Their follow-up, The Rarity of Experience is a double album, and as such gives the group room to stretch their already-expansive approach into a wider sonic range (including the addition of vocals in places).
“High Castle Rock,” though, is as classic rock as it gets—a journey of mountain-climbing riffs and guitar-solo momentum that seems to fly by quickly, given that it lasts over 10 minutes. That’s due to the raw energy the band brings to material that could otherwise be rote jamming. In that sense, the tune evokes Television, who were already a pretty strong touchstone on Intensity Ghost; here it sounds like they’re a guiding light. “High Castle Rock” could easily be an outtake from Marquee Moon, or maybe even worthy of inclusion on that classic, had Tom Verlaine come up with a vocal line that didn’t drown in the Solar Motel Band’s sea of winding, intoxicating licks.
Set to be the songstress of 2016, Rosie Lowe fuses romantic lyricism with a cool modern edge, making the beautifully historic Tate Britain a perfect setting for the perfomance of her latest single 'Woman'.
Her debut album 'Control' is released on the 19th of February via Wolf Tone/Polydor.
Former Woods bassist and the Babies co-founder Kevin Morby has announced his new solo album, Singing Saw. The follow up to 2014's Still Life is due out via Dead Oceans. Check out Singing Saw's official album trailer above.
Morby worked on the album with Sam Cohen (Apollo Sunshine, Yellowbirds), as well as pianist/keyboardist Marco Benevento, plus backing vocalists Hannah Cohen, Lauren Balthrop, and Alecia Chakour, and drummers Nick Kinsey and Justin Sullivan.Oliver Hill and Eliza Bag contributed strings, Alec Spiegelman contributed saxophone and flute, Cole Kamen-Green played trumpet, and John Andrews (Quilt) played singing saw.
Minneapolis band Night Moves are pleased to announce their new album, Pennied Days, due for release on Domino Records. The first single from the forthcoming album, ‘Denise, Don’t Wanna See You Cry’, is released today alongside a music video, directed by Anthony Sylvester (director of Shamir’s ‘In For The Kill’ and ‘On The Regular’ videos) and shot in upstate New York late last year.
Pelant and Micky Alfano. Friends since high school, their bond was solidified when Alfano lent Pelant his copy of George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass, a luminous classic of turn-the-page melancholy that echoes through Pennied Days. Over time, Pelant and Alfano broadened their scope to allow for a wide array of maverick influences, ranging from traditionalist heroes like Leon Russell and The Band to r’n’b originators Curtis Mayfield and Sly Stone to pre-punk experimentalists Suicide. (They also love Joe Walsh, like all free-thinking Americans.)
Taryn Miller, aka Your Friend, will release her debut album, Gumption, on January 29th via Domino. The second single from Gumption, “Come Back From It,” debuts with an accompanying video directed by Christophe Acker / Thatfilm and shot at the end of last year in Paris.
Ty Segall releases his new album, Emotional Mugger, through Drag City.
The 11-track effort follows 2014’s excellent Manipulator and serves as the prolific garage rockers’s eighth studio record under his own name. (Just two months ago, he put out II, the latest record from his FUZZ project.)
This month marks Emotional Mugger’s official release on vinyl/cassette/CD/mp3 formats. Previously it was only available on — wait for it — VHS tapes, which were mailed out by Segall’s label back in November. Those mysterious tapes included screenings of either 1993 film My Life or 1982’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
Watch the trailer above and stream the album below via this NPR music player.
The Big Eyes Family Players are a loose collective based around Sheffield artist James Green. It’s been three years since the last Big Eyes album (‘Folk Songs II’ on Static Caravan) and a whole six years since they released an album of original material (not including 2011’s superb reworked best-of, ’Family Favourites’). The group, who have previously collaborated with the likes of James Yorkston, Alasdair Roberts and Rachel Grimes, are now a slimmed-down 5-piece with a sound that veers closer towards the 60’s psychedelic pop of the likes of United States of America and Broadcast than it does to the instrumentals or folk songs Big Eyes are perhaps best known for.
The album consists mainly of self-penned, vocal-led songs, written by James Green and Heather Ditch with themes ranging from family dysfunction, to hauntings, to fictional historical events. The centrepiece of the album is the dramatic ’Joyce’ which concerns the true story of Joyce Vincent, who was found dead in her flat in London three years after she died, her TV set still on, unopened Christmas presents at her feet, whilst another highlight, the wonderful ’Song For Thirza’ is the only cover on the album - a little-known song by Lal Waterson and a true-story about a girl who lived with the Waterson family, rescued from the workhouse back in the 1950’s.
The Magnetic North – the occasional musical partnership of Erland Cooper, Simon Tong & Hannah Peel – release their second album on Full Time Hobby.
Skelmersdale in West Lancashire was designated a new town in 1961. Part of the UK’s second wave of post-war population redistribution, it was failing within twenty years. In the early ’80s, the town became the official UK home of the Transcendental Meditation movement. Geographically placed somewhere near the centre of the country, the town was deemed the perfect site for the movement to build their ‘ideal maharishi village complete with gold meditation dome’ (the Guardian). The local community was soon augmented by families from across the country looking to live peaceful, peace-promoting lives with an overriding ambition to spread goodwill to the town and beyond.
Inspired by the town and the lives of its inhabitants, the Magnetic North’s Prospect of Skelmersdale sits somewhere between finely tuned kitchen sink drama and urban psychogeography. Inspired as much by the greys and greens of Kes as the soothing, cyclical patterns of meditative ragas, Prospect of Skelmersdale is a collection of musical snapshots of a uniquely British town. Drawing on childhood memories, the urban landscape and the lives of its inhabitants, the album perfectly uncovers the beauty, magic and mythology that can be found in the most unexpected places.
Gathering together archived news stories, dim-lit memories, directions from road signs, local graffiti and tales from the town’s dual modern histories, the Magnetic North beautifully detail a dozen tales of hope and hopelessness.
The lead track from Meatraffle's debut album ‘Hi-fi Classics’ is as anarchic as the band producing it. Refusing to be categorised, the band bring a plethora of influences to the musical feast, and a sizeable dollop of them find their way into ‘Oppenheimer’. The track begins with a suitably moody bass line, a portent of things to come, as the brass section ramp up the doom.
The music often moves into free-fall jazz, with the brass section of the band contributing to the feel of ordered chaos in some of the interludes, but other musical forms also find their way onto the album. ‘Aurora’ has an underlying Jamaican feel, with the dub sound effect making its mark, and ‘The Horseshoe’ has a cool 60’s vibe with an especially funky little intro. The warped love song to both Rosaria, Za Za Sapien’s wife, and hi fi itself, ‘Madam Hi Fi’ is perfect in its messy dub craziness.
‘Hi Fi Classics’ as a whole is an interesting mix and a true representation of the fresh sounds available to those willing to stray from the indie fold. The album shows what can be achieved by striding out and producing music that takes from so many influences and genres, melding them together to form a very special body of work.
The Last Shadow Puppets (Alex Turner and Miles Kane) have shared their video for "Bad Habits," a performance clip directed by Ben Chappell. Watch it above. The band is working on their follow-up to 2008's The Age of the Understatement and the EP My Mistakes Were Made for You.
Animal Collective's 'Painting With 'is out February 19 2016 on Domino Records. The very trippy new music video for the album's lead single, "FloriDada," tells a brightly colored love story between two morphing bodies. (Watch out: it comes with an epilepsy warning.)
It's produced and directed by sometime Adult Swim directors PFFR.
In September 2014, three songwriters met for the first time in a cafe in East Nashville. By the next morning they had put the finishing touches to their first song, ‘Applewood Road’, which they recorded live to tape at Nashville’s all analogue studio, Welcome to 1979. The song’s nostalgic air, along with the clear, sparse arrangement of three vocals accompanied by double bass, drew immediate positive response, and they decided to expand the idea into a full album.
Six months later, they reconvened to write, rehearse and record songs for the self-titled album Applewood Road. The songs were again performed live around a single microphone at Welcome to 1979 and recorded to two-track tape with minimal accompaniment from some of Nashville’s finest session players, including Aaron Lee Tasjan, Josh Day, Fats Kaplin, Jabe Beyer, and Telisha Williams. The tapes were assembled at London’s most exclusive high-end mastering suite, Gearbox Records, mastered through their vintage analogue outboard, and lacquers cut in-house on their own Heaco lathe.
Applewood Road is Emily Barker, Amber Rubarth and Amy Speace.
We're really pleased to welcome Mr. Mitch (please note the "." after Mr) to our roster.
As a co-founder of fast rising record label Gobstopper Records and club-night, now also record label Boxed, he's a curator and auteur at the forefront of forward thinking instrumental grime, ambient and experimental electronic music.
He's currently signed to Planet Mu as a solo artist working on the follow up to his wonderful debut LP 'Parallel Memories'. As a producer/co-writer he has worked with grime stalwarts Skepta, P-Money and more recently with r&b/electronic star Katy B. He is fast becoming a go-to producer/writer outside of the instrumental grime sphere.
Mr. Mitch is a gentle giant, steadily, but forcefully pushing the boundaries of electronic music and pop culture in a way only he does.
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