Thursday, May 21, 2020

Neil Young • Barnyard Edition • 2020

It took four Fireside Sessions, but Neil Young has apparently grown tired of every fire pit and fireplace in his Colorado home. For the latest entry in his quarantine performance series, Old Shakey took the show down the road — or at least, to the other side of the estate — for a special Barnyard Edition.

Once again directed by his wife, actress Daryl Hannah, the performance is largely delivered to a bunch of chickens and — if you keep an eye out — at least one mallard. The set opens with Young playing “Tumbleweed” from 2014’s Storytone on ukulele while a lama named Lazlo and a horse mosey around their pen. He then moves over to the coop to strum out “Homegrown”, the title track from his long-unreleased 1975 album Homegrown, finally due for release on June 19th. CoS

Monday, May 18, 2020

Lucy & La Mer • TOGETHER • 2020

The songwriter shares, “I wanted to create something that would help us uplift and encourage each other. There’s a tremendous amount of good happening in the world right now. In the midst of the intense losses and surreal new normal, I think continuing to share our stories will alleviate the loneliness that many individuals are feeling at home. For me, my mental health struggled tremendously during the first few weeks of the stay-at-home regulation. By connecting with fans and friends to create this video, I felt more normal and less anxious. We’re all doing this together.”

The video features cameos from social media influencers Jessie Paege, Gaby Dunn, and Amber Whittington (Amber’s Closet). As well as TikTok stars Matt Stauffer, Jason “TikTok Doc” Campbell, Haley Faulkner, and Twitch artist Raquel Lily.

Alex Nicol • Two Times A Charm • 2020

Canadian alt-rock singer/songwriter and Hoan frontman Alex Nicol has released a new album All For Nada — and single “Two Times A Charm” — via Anniversary and Michel Records. 

Directed and edited by Alexander Maxim Seltzer, and produced by Nada Termerinski and AMS Films, the video for “Two Times A Charm” serves as a lushly fevered, retro-drenched dream into the prickly and uncomfortable deception of understanding. 

“We know that we don’t control the flow of our ideas, and that they are, by nature, difficult to understand,” Nicol expands. “And sometimes, even if we like to think we have ‘overcome’ feelings, thoughts or behaviours from the past, we are actually deceived by a false sense of self-awareness. 

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Flower Face • Ain't No Sunshine • 2020

by Bill Withers

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Phoebe Bridgers • 'Girls' • 2020

Bridgers delivered a haunting, stripped-back rendition of the track that carried us through our teen years and unfortunate tattoo choker phases. The performance truly feels like a marriage between the past and present versions of oneself.

Here, Phoebe Bridgers – who appears on four songs from The 1975’s new album ‘Notes on a Conditional Form’ –  performs their song ‘Girls’. 

Waxahatchee • Lilacs • 2020

I wake up feeling nothing
Camouflage the wavering sky
I sit at my piano, wander the wild whereby
And the lilacs drank the water
And the lilacs die
And the lilacs drank the water
Marking in the slow, slow, slow passing of time
I get so angry, baby
At something you might say
I dream about an awful stranger
Work my way through the day
I run it like a silent movie
I run it like a violent song
I run it like a voice compelling
So right it can't be wrong

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Think About Things • Daði Freyr (Daði & Gagnamagnið) • 2020

Adorned with an infectious chorus and a modern disco flare, Hot Chip cranks up the synths and adds extra punch to give “Think About Things” a dancefloor ready spin. “Think About Things” is funky, cool and nostalgic, with Daði Freyr’s hollow voice giving the single its subdued charm. The track flourishes as Daði Freyr builds stacked harmonies and Hot Chip captivates listeners with a brilliant guitar line that bursts into an all out electronic tune.

Clem Snide & Scott Avett • "The Ballad of Eef Barzelay" • 2020

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Honey Lung • Big • 2020

 “An exciting glimpse of what’s to come…scuzzy shoegazey bop” DIY

“Clattering guitars and clamouring hearts…quintessential indie-pop” The Line Of Best Fit

“Amplifies their early promise…a brutally blunt, engaging and completely catchy return” Clash

“Grunge infected, scuzzy garage rock” Gigwise

“Honey Lung are back with more hazy, scuzzy fun” Dork

“Hyper-melodic rock with heart and bite” Paste

ISTA • Spell It • 2020

"ISTA has returned with a new music video for “Spell It,” a complete visual delight of colorful, often trippy animation that fits perfectly with catchy song that strongly resembles to many of the bands of the early 00s such as JET and The Hives."

-Vents Magazine

The Rentals • INFORMATION (And The Island In The Sky) • 2020

“INFORMATION” starts with an ethereal exploration of our incessant connectivity and the stress that technological anxiety induces on modern human society. Then, the song unexpectedly shifts gears, exploding into a visceral snarl, bellowing out a primal desire to take refuge in another star system’s faraway sanctuary.

Dancing On Tables • Losing It • 2020

When ‘Losing It’ was written, we wrote lyrics that centered around ‘‘going off the rails’’ post-relationship. Now, in an unprecedented time with couples, families and friends spending who knows how long apart, the track has found an unexpected new context - ‘’Me losing you has got me, got me losing it’’. Although you can’t physically be with all of your loved ones in this ever-changing situation, this track says that although we are all ‘’Losing It’’ in lockdown, we are all in this together.