Sep 30, 2013

Arcade Fire - Here Comes The Night - 2013

Directed by Roman Coppola the rather comedic video sees the band perform Here Comes The Night Time, We Exist, and Normal Person all sounding magnificent. This might just be my favourite album marketing campaign ever. The new album is released October 29th.
Oh did I mention it has cameos from Ben Stiller, Bono, James Franco and Michael Cera.

Sep 29, 2013

Forced Random - It's not your fault, I don't blame you - 2013

A recent submission is a perfect Sunday soundtrack. 
It seems that Sunday has been coined "the day of rest" for many of us, which I am glad for. However finding an accompanying musical backdrop is always a challenge - not too fast, not too slow, not too emotional; rather reflective. Forced Random do just that, making music that won't put you to sleep but providing just the right amount of introspectiveness that the listener needs, to rejuvenate before the rat race once again kicks in! Simple plucking of electric strings vibrate over a steady beating of the drum, as waves of vocals wash over the textures. 
Excellent release; go over to bandcamp and spoil yourself this Sunday!

Sep 28, 2013

March of the Real Fly - Angel In The Snow EP - 2013

Beautiful rich female vocals intermingle with a folk punk backdrop making this second release a real pleasure for repeat listening.

Davy & Amelia's New EP - Norah June - 2013

Thank you for the submission; pretty good harmonies layered with a folk sensibility. Enjoy!

BIO: With their upcoming debut EP, “Norah June,” available October 24th,  Davy & Amelia capture the aspects of life that so many of us spend a lifetime trying to describe. The 4 track EP takes you through the adventures of growing into adulthood, falling in love, and the joys of living in the south. With their first child on the way, they decided to name the project after their soon to be daughter, “Norah June.” The songs are rich with anthemic chants, permeated with thought provoking metaphors, and layered with musical taste that has been compared to Johnny Cash’s “driving train” and the harmonic value of Joni Mitchell’s “simple but beautiful” melodies.

ballboy - Past Lovers ep - 2013

Been a fan of this clean guitar driven music with a voice that never lets up.

Sep 25, 2013

Filipe Alvim - Zero EP (Pug Records, 2013)

Recommended... Thanks for an excellent submission. 

Beat Per Minute: "A collection of reverb and acid-pop drenched songs (...) exploring various aspects of teenage angst through churning ballads and jangly pop rhythms - drawing apt comparisons to artists such as Jackson Scott and Mac DeMarco."

In Your Speakers: "Filipe Alvim's new song "Domingo" can be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of the fact that it's sung entirely in Portuguese. Filled with catchy guitar riffs and warm melodies, Zero is a must-have for anyone with an optimistic outlook on life."

Cold Country - Missing the Muse - 2013

IRC ~ ... Cold Country’s songs, even though his a big city fella, capture a sense of time and place, weave bluesy harmonica with dreamy guitar playing and just the right touch of percussion. We always thought that audio engineers make great musicians, and Cold Country is a good example of that. The second song, “Carried By The Wind,” is also a fitting track on a road trip mixtape although it is a bit more energetic – a song more compatible with exiting the Great Plains and heading into the heart of the Mississippi River delta. There is no traveler from the West heading to the eastern United States that doesn’t cross the Mississippi River in some form or fashion on their journey across the United States...

A subtle lo-fi undertone mixes so wonderfully with the smooth folk harmony on Cold Country's latest outing, Missing the Muse
Excellent release, want to listen to it all night. Get yourself a free copy over at the camp!

Sep 22, 2013

Night Panther - Fever - 2013

"Sex Pop" with a groove that never lets up... Outstanding!

RY X - Berlin EP - 2013

Berlin EP with RY X was released last week.

Magnus Bohman has started a new label alongside Imperial Recordings (José González original label home). The name of the label is Dumont Dumont and the first artist to be released on the label is RY X from Australia (now living in LA).

"intelligent and intuitive beyond anything we’ve heard done in acoustic circles for a long while" 
The Line of Best Fit (UK)

"It’s almost painful it’s so damn good."
The Music Ninja (US)

"his upcoming release is stunning"
Pigeons and Planes (US)

"We at Rough Trade shops predict a big future for this special talent" 
Rough Trade Shops (UK)

“Want to listen to something quite beautiful? Well you should get a load of RY X and the track
‘Berlin’ which will ripple across you like a hybrid Bon Iver & Matt Corby track. It’s not just good.
It’s exquisite audio silk. Get it into your ears now.”
Your Music Radar (Australia)

Leonard Cohen: Bird on a Wire - 2010

Leonard Cohen: Bird on a Wire
Tony Palmer's 1972 Documentary On Rock's Foremost Poet Finally Sees the Light of Day

Thirty-eight years after it was completed, a 1972 documentary following Leonard Cohen—the enormously influential poet, folk musician and, since 2008, member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame—on tour in Europe finally has its moment. Originally made as a promotional film for the artist, whose record sales were meager at the time, Bird on a Wire was produced and edited by Tony Palmer, then famed for his seminal 1968 documentary All My Loving, an eye-opening dissection of rock n' roll that featured, among others, the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Donovan. In Bird on a Wire, Palmer neatly captured the tour itself––threadbare, fraught with technical difficulties and emotional upheavals––but on first viewing, Cohen balked at the bare bones honesty of the film and demanded a complete re-edit from another source. The result was so disastrous that the film opened and closed on the same day, was forgotten about, then lost. In 2009, 294 cans of celluloid labeled “Bird an a Wire” were found locked in a Hollywood warehouse and immediately shipped to Palmer, who set about re-creating the original film he made all those years ago. The work is a visual poem—Palmer’s camera followed Cohen without judgment, opening the floor to the man as well as the artist. Today’s exclusive clip shows the music legend during an abortive attempt to ask a young German fan out on a date.

Sep 19, 2013

Scott Orr - A Long Life - 2013

In the 3 years between records I had a child, moved to a new house, changed careers, and turned 30. The impact of those life-changes is written all over this record. The concept of ‘A Long Life’ highlights how neither the good nor the bad sticks around, we are constantly moving away from something and moving towards something else” explains Orr.


Sep 18, 2013

shimmering stars - violent hearts - 2013

All the music is completely self-produced, and the song features the London Youth Gospel Choir, as well as our friend Phil Renna on guitar, who has played with Keane, Mumford and Sons, and many more.
We’re fans of bands like Depeche Mode, Hurts, as well Sigur Ros and even black metal music, and the music hopefully shows those influences.

gente joven - Gente Joven (2013, Demo II)

Great melodies on this mini ep release from Spain's Gentle Joven. The lo-fi quality to this recording is perfect, it fits so well with the accompanying music... Good BC find!

Dormancy - Inner Thoughts Of Those Silent [EP]

Words spoken over some pretty intense tunes... Much emotion from these guys.

Sep 15, 2013

Nathaniel Rateliff - 2013

The brilliantly talented Nathaniel Rateliff recently visited Colorado’s OpenAir Public Radio for a quick chat and a couple of performances
And we’re pleased to say that all three of these fantastic performances were new tracks, from his upcoming album Falling Faster Than You Can Run.
To hear Nathaniel play Three Fingers In, Right On and When Do You See…click HERE

Nathaniel Rateliff Exclusive

High Highs - A Real hero - 2013


New York’s High Highs are one of the most underrated bands of the year, but that’s hopefully set to change – their debut record Open Season is now out, but that didn’t stop them from recording this cover of College’s “A Real Hero,” which you may recognize from the Drive soundtrack. We think you’ve still got enough time left of summer to put this on the next time you’re feeling like driving around in the sun (whether you’re doing your best Ryan Gosling impersonation or not) – check it out.

Sep 14, 2013

Wise Girl - You'll Just Have to Wait - 2013

Los Angeles, CA- Fresh off the success of their 3-song EP in 2012, the pop/rock ensemble, Wise Girl is transcending with their debut full length album, You’ll Just Have to Wait. Complete with rock and roll beats, spunky pop melodies and Weitz’s classic bold voice, You’ll Just Have to Wait has something for everyone. Last month, the band teased their album by releasing the first single “Stuck in This” via social networking properties, receiving an overwhelming response and praise from fans. “Stuck in This” was merely the tip of the iceberg for this emerging band, as they unleash their best work to date with the release of You’ll Just Have to Wait, now available on iTunes. 

Sep 13, 2013

Valeska Gavotte - I Remember Orleanne Garren (Single, 2013)

“The work of Valeska Gavotte, aka 23 year old Kevin Leahy, is one of my favourite Bandcamp discoveries in a long time. Leahy’s compositions show incredible elegance, particularly considering he plays everything himself in a stunning mixture of violin, guitar, banjo, piano, mandolin and countless other instruments; it’s undeniably impressive. His sound is the kind without immediately obvious points of reference, but there’s definitely strong similarities with Sufjan Stevens instrumentally, while the feathered production recalls Efterklang and his voice could easily be a less burdened Zach Condon.”
- Sonic Reverie
“…a great record.”

-The Waiting Room
“I listen to it often, with great pleasure…An amazing talent, in one so young. I’m sure he’ll go on to great heights…”

- Jonathan Coe, Author/Journalist

thanks sensi

Sep 12, 2013

Jim Strange with The Proud and The Damned - Pox Americana - 2013

"A nihilist descendant of Johnny Cash and Nick Cave Jim Strange is not afraid to write about the darker side of life. After years of playing in metal bands that went nowhere 2008 Jim decided to take the bull by the horns and start his own project. His new band wThe Proud and the Damned would be based around American Roots music but with the bombast of heavy metal and gloomy atmoshphere and low vocals of gothic rock. Guitarist Kyle Faircloth joined soon after and brought a flashy lead guitar element to the sound." - Aiden-Midnight Calling Ezine

"Inspired by sludgy Doom Metal and Country Western storytellers alike, it’s the mythology and lore of the darker side of religion and humanity that inspires him to put pen to paper and with that, he takes a match to it with sonic fury. His contempt for the dregs of humanity is made as obvious as a heinous blister on his guitar finger while he strums furiously away." - Hunter Gatherer-Oregon Music News

Sep 10, 2013

Friends of Brent Puls Fund - 2013

Our friend Brent Puls-- songwriter, painter, nerd, one-time rapper(?!), and "sexy-sax" man-- 
has had some medical issues of late.

Basically, a childhood gut problem got seriously out of whack and it almost killed him. 
He's doing okay now, but that's only after a lot of $urgery.

Brent's friends in the music world donated these songs to help him out with that debt. 
Please give as much as you can.

Popular Culture - Dandelion (single, 2013)

From the press release:
"Popular Culture creates a contemporary outlook on archaic ideas. Young eyes on an old world."
Popular Culture is the innovative project of young artist, Henry Mowgli. The music is a unique combination of bleak and danceable. After two years of on and off sessions with producer Kyle Ellison (Butthole Surfers, Meat Puppets, Pariah) in a tucked away home studio in Austin, Texas, Popular Culture's debut album Episode was recorded and mastered by Bob Ludwig (David Bowie, Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix, Radiohead).

Each song is a pure embrace and reflection of what ails and intrigues the human spirit. The combination of high and low end equipment used in recording creates a soundscape to mirror the balance needed to stay afloat in a young man's mind. "I don't sleep much, I get restless." Both organic and synthesized sounds fill his songs with a sense of diversity and an aspect of mystery. Pulling from influences such as Bauhaus and The Jesus and Mary Chain to Talking Heads and New Order. 

Sep 8, 2013

Johnny Cash and Friends - MOJO - 2013

The latest issue of MOJO magazine celebrates the life and times of the great Johnny Cash, ten years after his sad passing. The free CD, Johnny Cash… And Friends, shares the genius of The Man In Black on tracks by Jerry Lee Lewis, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Willie Nelson, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Townes Van Zandt and many more. Also in the issue: Janelle Monae’s sci-fi R&B revolution; Roy Harper on madness, rebellion and cricket; The Smiths Unseen. PLUS! Charles Bradley, Wilko Johnson, an audience with Amy Winehouse’s amazing vintage jukebox and albums from Arctic Monkeys, Bill Callahan, Haim, Manic Street Preachers, Elton John and more.

Sep 5, 2013

Golf Champ

Seb won the Cowansville Golf Club Championship!

Ryan Hamilton - Medicine (single, 2013)

Since Dallas musician Ryan Hamilton stopped producing music for local band Smile Smile, he's turned to an eponymous solo project and a side project called People on Vacation with Jaret Reddick of Bowling for Soup. Seems some of Reddick's poppy, simple lyrics have rubbed off on Hamilton a bit, as you'll notice in the brand-new single from his solo project debuting exclusively on Pegasus News.

According to Ryan Hamilton, "Medicine" is "about being afraid to let your guard down. Then, when you finally do and that person gets a little closer, they think that something is wrong with you."
The catchy song is called "Medicine" -- sing it with me! M-E-D-I-C-I-N-E, medicine. It's Hamilton's fourth single of the year, all of which will potentially be part of a full-length album that will have hints of country, '60s and pop/rock, Hamilton says.

Sep 3, 2013

Emerald Park - Things EP - 2013

Emerald Park are an indie-pop outfit from Malmo, Sweden. For Tomorrow, their second album, is full of bright, catchy songs and refreshingly free of artifice. The album doesn’t come with a built-in gimmick or a breathless press release proclaiming the band’s indie credibility. Instead, the band simply delivers 45-plus minutes of well-written, likable songs...Grade 7/10"

Sep 2, 2013

Dunbar Hunter - For Liv - 2013

Dunbar Hunter knows how to orchestrate outstanding melodies. This single is a masterpiece in creating a subtle build with simple textures that overwhelm the senses over and over!
Recommended | Thanks for the submission...

Cabana - Eli - 2013

Just two tunes, but wow these are two stoner anthems for the 21st century.

With a Light Heart - Lost at Sea - EP - 2013

These four songs were recorded in July 2012 on a loft and in a church in Bua, a small village on the west coast of Sweden. 
All songs written by Eric Ragnarsson and performed by him and his crew Linnéa Ljungblad, Viktor Eriksson and Hugo Widmark.