Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Kevin Morby - I Have Been To The Mountain - Official Video - 2016

Kevin Morby doesn't have Dr. King's serenity or hope when he returns from his proverbial mountain trip. Like so many others, Morby was hit hard by the death of Eric Garner and the subsequent judicial injustice. And in a press release, he said "I Have Been to the Mountain" is "dedicated to and inspired by" Garner's death. The song finds Morby reflecting on Garner as a real person, someone who walked among us and no longer can: "That man lived in this town/ 'Til that pig took him down." He's haunted by Garner's final words, "the sound of a man stop breathing, pleading." Morby asks us to "destroy the destroyer." Pf

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Los Campesinos! - A Good Night For A Fistfight (Live At Islington Assembly Hall) - 2015

On December 15th, 2012 at Islington Assembly Hall, London, we played a 21-song set in front of a sold-out crowd of 800 people to both celebrate our time with and mourn the depar- ture of Ellen Campesinos! as a member of Los Campesinos!. It also marked the first time we were joined onstage by Aleks Campesinos! since her departure from the band, to return to her studies, 3 years ago. 

This was a once in a lifetime LC! gig. One which we enjoyed playing immensely and are delighted to be able to share with you in the form of this live album. We hope that you enjoy listening to it and that if you were there on the evening it brings back floods of good memo- ries. If you weren't, I hope it hits you with pangs of jealousy, and that we will see you front and centre at a show in the not too distant future.

a certain smile - Hold​/​Hush - 2016

Raised on a steady diet of sarah records singles, slumberland noise pop, and creation era shoegaze, Portland's a certain smile work hard to find that balance between the sweet twee, the fuzzy gaze, and punky pop. Having spent years bubbling over in Philadelphia, a certain smile has taken to it's new Pacific Northwest home with aplomb and are now ready to start bringing their noize to the kids!

Golden Groves - IDEAS - 2016

Based out of Kansas City, the Golden Groves are defining how rock ought to be played. The energy, melody, and efficiency in conveying real, musical message is worth every second spent with them - in person or in stereo. Only 1 year old and releasing their first EP, IDEAS, there is so much more in store for the boys of Golden Groves

Great Thunder & Radiator Hospital - The Great Thunder Radiator Hospital Wedding Album - 2016

One album made by 2 bands in holy matrimony. Old songs, new songs, borrowed songs, and blue songs, recorded at home and presented here for your listening pleasure. Available on vinyl from Stupid Bag Records:

The Second Hand Marching Band & Benni Hemm Hemm - Faults - 2016

Collaboration between the Scottish Second Hand Marching Band and the Icelandic Benni Hemm Hemm.

Shakey Graves - Live at Levon's - 2016

This is a live experiment, testing out a few new songs in their baby form and playing others in a different arrangement or manner. 

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Nap Eyes - Thought Rock Fish Scale - 2016

+ RIYL The Only Ones/England’s Glory, The Modern Lovers, The Clean, The Verlaines, The Go-Betweens, Nikki Sudden, Bedhead, and all things Lou Reed 

Snail Mail - Sticki EP - 2015

Listen to a 16 yr old kid pour emotion into a hand-full of minimal songs… Very impressive start to a songwriting career.

Sea Ghost - SG - 2016

The young Georgia rock band Sea Ghost first caught our attention when they teamed up with DIY weirdo-turnt-OVO cult hero iLoveMakonnen on last year’s tremendous single “Running Away.” We posted the video for their equally impressive “Cave Song” about a year ago, but other than May’s Majical Cloudz-reminiscent one-off “BBQ,” all has been quiet on the Sea Ghost front since then. Not anymore! The band is releasing their new album SG later this month — that’s the cover art by Reginald Levy above — and today we’re sharing opening track “Cowboy Hat.” It’s exuberant yet melancholy indie-pop that reminds me of the Unicorns and the K Records catalog among other charmingly slapdash reference points. “I’ve wanted this since we were kids,” goes the lyric, Carter Sutherland’s trembling voice overflowing with the excitement and terror of dreams coming true.  SG