Thursday, December 14, 2017

Best of 2017: Yung Lean - Stranger

Four years after shrugging his way into the hip-hop conversation with the gauzy Unknown Death 2002, Jonatan Leandoer Håstad might be the most unsung young influencer in all of contemporary hip-hop. Though the connecting lines are arguably more dotted and circuitous than solid and straight, the emo wave of SoundCloud rap that brought us the likes of Lil Peep and Trippie Redd owes a certain spiritual debt to the Sad Boys movement. While Yung Lean and his like-minded cabal never quite blew up on Billboard, the miasmatic spread of this current, oft-Floridian sound into the charting mainstream nonetheless smells of his groundwork if not his actual handiwork. CoS

Best of 2017: Aldous Harding & Waxahatchee

Out in the Storm, Katie Crutchfield’s fourth album as Waxahatchee and the follow-up to her Merge debut Ivy Tripp, is the blazing result of a woman reawakened. Her most autobiographical and honest album to date, Out in the Storm is a self-reflective anchor in the story of both her songwriting and her life.


Comprising a formidable clutch of songs, 2017’s Party sees Harding shape-shift through a raft of roles: chanteuse, folk singer and balladeer - all executed with her twisted touch of humour, hubris and quiet horror. In other words, she’s having a good time. Stretching her limbs with playful cunning and steely fervor; every note, word and arrangement posed with intellect and inventiveness

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Best of 2017: Tellin' Lies from After The Party by The Menzingers

Oh getting old sucks!

Oh yeah, everything is terrible when buying marijuana makes you feel like a criminal / When your new friends take a joke too literal, making you feel like the bad guy / Oh, where are we gonna go now that our twenties are over? / Oh yeah, all hope abandoned not young enough to be your companion / Not old enough to be your guide, what a cliche time to try / Oh, where are we gonna go now that our twenties are over?/ Where are we gonna go now that our twenties are over? / Everyone's asking me over and over. / The decade taken hostage by my own guilty conscience / When you gonna quit this nonsense, everyone's asking me over and over / But I don’t mind tellin’ lies. / So oh yeah, let's go to Vegas, put it all on black and get married by Elvis / If we wake up broke we’ll be fine, we’ll get rich in another lifetime. / Like tension you can cut with a knife, like a wedding ring that never fit right / Like a car alarm that won’t stop howling, a decade lost in the motions / To romance and cheap whiskey, the subtle sound of a fleeting feeling / Like four chords that don’t love you no more, in a motel room / In a sleeping bag on the floor, is it wrong to say that things can change?

Deer Scout - Synesthesia

Deer Scout performs on Live From Studio B on WOBC 91.5 FM

One of my favourite songs from 2016… Simply beautiful.


Dominique Powell Bleeder's has an electric yet joyful energy. Lyrics that can tap into any woman's rage alongside a killer persona and presence by the lead singer paired with a large and unique soundscape made an unforgettable show

Now, Now on Audiotree Live

Kid Trails - Kid Trails Rising - 2016

WELFARE - "Silent Other" EP - 2017

“Gorgeous, slow-burning songs" ROUGH TRADE

"Absolutely beautiful" BBC 6 MUSIC's GIDEON COE

”Another rare gem from the supremely talented singer-songwriter” THE LINE OF BEST FIT

Brenda - Creeper - 2017

Friday, December 8, 2017

wiaiwya​-​7777777 - 2017


"Fast paced, hard driven seventies inspired Swedish goodness. Powerful poppy and full of glee! Yes, this comes straight from the Sunshine Factory! A good way to start a new week!"
- Stoner Hive

Jengyz - 'Remember Me' - 2017

Bolstering a bag of repertoire, Jengyz recorded his debut EP The Healers Call at the Skelletone Productions studio. He has received positive reviews for the EP all-round. “Wow, cool guitar work. The vocal is great and I love how it’s on top. The theme is great. Great job!”

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Men I Trust - I hope to be around - 2017

I hope to be around 
The day we grasp in truth 
The nature of mind 
Befriending time, in truth 

In a midway I stand where many stood 
Only to come home again 
Walking through these streets I know too well 
But my thoughts stray away 

I dream of my future 
Remote from time bounds 
Becoming myself 
Without any end 

Sufjan Stevens - Tonya Harding - 2017

by Sufjan Stevens 
I’ve been trying to write a Tonya Harding song since I first saw her skate at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in 1991. She’s a complicated subject for a song partly because the hard facts of her life are so strange, disputable, heroic, unprecedented, and indelibly American. She was one of the greatest figure skaters of her time, and the first American woman to perform a triple axle in an international competition.

Loch Lomond - Legs & Antlers - 2017

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Hold Steady - Entitlement Crew b​/​w A Snake In The Shower - 2017

We recorded these in Brooklyn just this month. We hope to play them at the shows, so we thought we’d share them in case you want to sing along. 

Big Scary Monsters - 2017 Sampler - 2017

That's nearly it for 2017, so we put together a sampler for you, featuring a track from each of our releases over the past 12 months. We've released a ton of new music for you in 2017, with something for everyone to get their teeth into. Did you miss anything? 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Friendship - Shock Out of Season - 2017

Wriggins’ lyrics reflect conversation, humor, and calamity. They stress his characters’ unmediated involvement in each other’s lives, which transcends and is frustrated by their failed communications. These tensions are expanded by the band’s twisted articulation of Americana - waves of ambient pedal steel, droning synthesizers and drum machines, vibraphone, electric piano, and percussion surge and fall alongside minimal guitar and bass patterns.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Breeders - Wait in the Car - 2017

The Last Splash crew return with “Wait in the Car,” the Breeders’ first song since 2009, and the original lineup’s first new offering since 1993. 

VACATIONS - Moving Out - 2017

Jason Bajada – Loveshit II (Blondie And The Backstabberz) - 2017

Jason Bajada's song lyrics are all written in invisible ink and appear only to unicorn eyes. He lives in Montreal and his favourite colour is pink (although it used to be blue for many years). Inspired by The Smiths and the sound of of cats purring, his acoustic song musings will pull onto your heart strings and pinball their way into your soul.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Rachel Sermanni - Lay My Heart - 2017

Half of all proceeds will go to the BIGproject. A charity dedicated to empowering children and young people to build a BIG future, whatever their background or circumstances. 

Patetico Recordings - Rock Back: Stronger than the storm - 2017

"Rock Back: Stronger than the storm" a compilation in support of victims of Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria. 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

fuvk - something deliberate / almost tuesday - 2017

werido How wonderful it is!I will listen to you forever.I would lost way,I would lost my heart,but I will never lost such wonderful music!

Tyler Burkhart - New start (The secret) - 2017

With just one word it started 
and marked a lonely path 
Through a field to the ocean 
where they told you to turn back 

When the waves bent to touch you 
the water, fog, and wind 
broke apart every memory 
and covered all your limbs 

If I told you the secret 
while you were asleep 
Do you think it could reach you 
somehow in your dreams? 

Cause I been holding your memory 
for far too long it seems 
When just a new start and a song in my heart 
is all I really need

Future Teens - Hard Feelings - 2017

future teens is amy, doo and dyl. they are a bummer pop band from boston.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Drew Danburry - Pallid Boy & Spindling Girl - 2017

No Vacation - Intermission - 2017

After a year long hiatus, No Vacation has re-emerged from hibernation. As they quietly work on their next album and transition out of San Francisco, No Vacation will bring their novice sounds to New York City. The majority of the still untitled album was written during No Vacation’s break up and expresses the feelings of belongingness, regret, and struggles of resilience. 

Golden Teacher - No Luscious Life - 2017

Mixing raw-edged house, leftfield disco, syncopated percussion, and odd-ball experimentalism with a serious party attitude, Golden Teacher have made their mark as one of the most exciting groups to emerge from the Scottish underground. The sprawling six-piece has released acclaimed records on Optimo Music, Sounds Of The Universe, and Rough Trade.

Camp Cope - The Opener - 2017

Thursday, November 16, 2017

american poetry club - you have nothing to fear from your friends back home! - 2017

track 1 - new! 
track 2 - "2018" 
track 3 - outtake 1 
track 4 - beaches are for people who like the beach and i do not like the beach 
tracks 5 - 7 - telling you how i feel from the safety of my home 
tracks 8 - 11 - not the best but not because we didn't try 
tracks 12 - 16 - glad to be here, etcetera

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Inspiraling - The Wrong Places - 2017

shoegaze project of gil israel out of brooklyn, ny 

Wharf Car Records - Singles 2017

1. wall - river mansion - 6:22 
2. honey - dream come now - 3:07 
3. coca leaf - new soft dawn - 7.00 
4. the county liners - love letter - 4:10 
5. palberta - she feels that way (electric) - 1:03 
6. profligate - enlist - 4:24 
7. horoscope - misogyny stone - 6:02 
8. wet hair - dear danae - 4:54 
9. urochromes - confront ya - 1:41 
10. snakehole - bum song - 2:12 
11. palberta - why didn't i? 1:59 
12. holy motors - sleeprydr - 5:44 
13. big french - hey grandma - 3:02 
14. joey agresta - i feel like shit and i want to die - 2:28 
15. wall - high ratings - 1:25 
16. tropical skin byrds - venus in fury - 1:53 
17. carson cox, sam york & austin brown - rene - 4:08

Wharf Cat Records out of Greenpoint Brooklyn like this - Urochromes, The County Liners, Palberta, The Ukiah Drag, Macula Dog, Posse, Soaker, Cottaging, The Sediment Club, WALL, Snakehole, Bichkraft, Boulders, Dads (FL), Big French, J. Zagers, Parquet Courts, Joey Pizza Slice, La Peste, Tropical Skin Byrds

Monday, November 13, 2017

Deli Cat Records - Summer Snacks - 2017

Deli Cat Records is a label dedicated to the celebration of woman/girls and non-binary folk, with a seasonal compilation of songs crafted entirely through the artists own discourse As a label we aspire to amplify female identifying artists /non-binary voices in order to build lines of communication and combat forms of cis-male oppression in the music industry. 

Rainwater - Place - 2017

Full of radiant guitars, shuffling drumwork, and wide spaces, they glide like American roadside. As hushed and quietly beautiful as their debut, the serene atmosphere belies the anxieties in the lyrics. Like a diary written in the backseat, songwriter Blake Luley looks back at the places in the rearview and wonders about all the uncertainties waiting at his destination. 

Beachglass - Clouding - 2017

Beachglass is the project of multi-instrumentalist Andrea Cormier, guitarist Adam Nicoll and drummer Kevin Smith, that blends soft psychedelia and rock with subtle folky undertones.

Friendship - F​/​V Hope - 2017

trashton - blankets - 2017

"big thanks to ztapes for giving me this opportunity, it is by far the best thing anyone has ever done for me." - trashton 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Gordon Downie - Wolf's Home (2017)

Hey kids wolf's home
He drops into his easy chair
Stares up out blank
Then bids his family come and gather' round his chair
Then clears his throat
No one knows quite what to expect
Says 'Man's a god'
When he dreams and a beggar when he reflects

My life of get and get
Got more than most and yet

I didn't run
I didn't vanish when I was afraid
I never asked
How many out there
I only asked where are they

My life of get and get
I've got more than most and yet

I got great touch
I learnt to vanish when I was afraid
I don't know much
I don't try not to try
I don't do what I hate

My life of get and get
I've got more than most and yet

Throw the heart in targets
steady I got started
All the broken-hearted
All i want is the dearly departed
All the hurts I started
Young and old fool-hearted
All I want is all I've been afforded
My life, my love restored it
It's its own reward but

All i want is you
All I want is you
All i want is you
All I want is you...

Dream Giant - Every Song EP - 2017

Dreamy psych pop beamed straight from Harry's brain to your ears.

Candace - Horizons - 2017

"If the sweeping landscapes and the sun drenched meadows displayed in Candace's new music video for the song "Horizons," premiering exclusively today on BUST, won't be enough to bring you out of your November-grey gloom, the romantic and dreamy vocals (with the suitably, yet contrasting, darkly cool lyrics) definitely will. Or, if not completely bring you out of it, it will at least help to bring you into a well-deserved, temporary summer haze: something we all are in deep need of right now."

Kid Trails - My Own Place - 2017

“My Own Place” is driven by a strong country-influenced bassline, twangy guitar leads and mesmerizing acoustic guitar strumming. As it opens, the guitar lead is pure honky-tonk, the perfect lead-in to what turns into a catchy little psych-folk number. The vocal harmonies recall pop experts like The Kinks or The Beatles – in fact the verse has strong parallels to latter band’s Revolver standout “I’m Only Sleeping.”

Brad San Martin - Shoot Tomorrow / Learn Tonight - 2017

Just over two years after his debut, "Tell Someone" (also on Jigsaw), we're happy to present you with Brad San Martin's second solo album! You may know Brad from his previous classic indiepop band, One Happy Island (with releases on Wee Pop! and Odd Box Records), but with his solo work, he branches out into more AM-friendly soft-pop territory, a la Harry Nilsson or Van Dyke Parks

Monoganon - Killmens - 2017

Killmens is the incredible new album by Monoganon, AKA Malmö, Sweden based Scottish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist John B. McKenna and friends.