LA native Mara Connor is excited to share her newest single, a lovelorn duet with Langhorne Slim titled "Someone New." The single, the second from Mara's as-yet-unannounced debut album, marks the debut release for Side Hustle Records -- hear "Someone New" via all DSPs HERE. The track and its accompanying video debuted via Consequence of Sound, who said, "Connor and Langhorne take opposite perspectives in the melancholy duet. Where Connor’s character is wrestling with her heartbreak... Langhorne’s is sorrowfully wishing she can find a way to move on." Those in New York City and Los Angeles will be able to catch Mara on June 8 at The Mercury Lounge(supporting The Pierces) and on August 29 at The Moroccan Lounge, respectively.
"The track features a galloping drum line that maintains the pulse under a layer of cleanly distorted guitars and richly melodic bass. The track merges its influences into a unique hybrid consisting of power-pop bravado à la The Breeders with a surf rock motion to the rhythm."
TBTCI ends here and now, and our last adventure simply doesn´t need presentations, after all Disintegration is a masterpiece in block letters. For many, The Cure´s the best record, but it doesn´t matter, what really matters is that we all love it unconditionally, and that is enough.
I need a cigarette
Those fuckers talked over my whole set
But I don't have any time to reflect
I gotta sell some shirts to try and make the rent
I think I'm sick of transit
My anxiety is spinning on a compass
I used to be a romantic
Now I'm a dude in a laminate
I can't see shit, I'm blinded by the light
I swore that I'd quit but I need a drink tonight
I'm on the road with no one I love in sight
I swore that I'd quit but I need a drink tonight
And make that drink stiff
I gotta drown out this emptiness
I'm tired of playing all my old hits
But my new songs are too depressing
I'm hungover in a hotel bed
I'm gonna hop in a big red van
Go to some city, do it all again
I hope tonight it turns out different
KEØMA is a collaborative project between Sydney-born, Berlin-based multi-instrumentalist and producer Kat Frankie and Cologne-based singer-songwriter Chris Klopfer. Kat Frankie is a well-known character in the German music landscape via her soulful indie pop, dynamic live shows and collaborations with top-tier German acts (Clueso, Olli Schulz, Casper & Materia). Chris Klopfer hails from the indie rock world, writing in both English and German and duetting with some of Germany’s finest singer-songwriters (Gisbert zu Knyphausen, Moritz Krämer).
“Staring the forgotten, hidden things in the face” and shining a light in the deep, dark corners of the soul is a favorite pastime for lyricist, poet, and musician, Stevie Kin. And blossoming from the fertile ground of her self-exploration is her debut ep, ‘Petalsʼ— a collection of indie-pop-folk songs, buried in layers of dreamy synths and textures.
"Young Guns" was recorded to tape by Simon Palombi of the Woolly Bushmen in Orlando, FL. It features Kasey Maloney on vocals and guitar, Dane Giordano on vocals and bass, Samantha Loder on vocals and drums, and features additional guitar and tambourine from Dennis Martinelli. About the track, Fever Beam says “Young Guns - a hellfire built on the barebones of lonesome nights and honey biscuits. And a sick VHS collection.”
We wanted to create a video that poked fun at the hilarity and absurdity of human nature; taking TGIF imagery and juxtaposing it with scenarios inspired by real life events. Unbelievable occurrences that feel more at home in the plot of a sitcom than they do on a BREAKING NEWS channel.
Toronto indie duo YSSY formed when singer-songwriter/producer Elliot Caroll and multi-instrumentalist/producer Simeon Abbott met on a first date and immediately bonded over a shared love of modern pop sounds and classic songcraft.
"Veteran Minneapolis indie rock band Porcupine now includes mustachioed chef and onetime Hüsker Dü bass-player Greg Norton."
"an EP filled with dreamy melodies riding over pounding drums and fuzzed-out guitar... While his work with Porcupine is distinct from Norton’s previous power trio, they pay homage to Norton’s Hüsker Dü past."
"Minneapolis band Porcupine features Greg Norton of legendary punk band Hüsker Dü. What You’ve Heard Isn’t Real even includes a cover of a Grant Hart written Husker song, “Standing By The Sea.”
-New Noise Magazine
"the Minneapolis-based trio effectively channels a variety of ’80s alt-rock genres, primarily post-punk and new wave, with a few ’70s-inspired riffs interspersed here and there to increase the record’s catchiness."
REF-100 is a milestone I didn't think we'd ever reach with this little label. When I started "Reflective Tapes" I figured I'd just create an identity for all of my little one-offs and bands and stuff. Didn't expect to release a substantial amount of music, especially not bands I'm not in, but here we are! It's been a wonderful experience interacting with some of my best friends and favorite DIY bands/musicians in this context
"Clyde Petersen is a Seattle treasure. Over the course of 20 years, nine albums, and countless shows and films, Clyde has earned the title of Indie Folk Hero. I’m pretty sure the mission statement on his resume is: Be awesome, all the time. He takes DIY to a whole other level by not only creating and inspiring others with his art, but by crafting a welcoming, all-inclusive scene which helps others thrive in Seattle."
"A hallucinatory trip down memory lane" -FLAUNT "A kaleidoscopic treat of cosmic proportions" -EARMILK "A fine blend of creative, perception-altering music and the fun, easiness of pop writing" -ATWOOD MAGAZINE
5/03 - Radio Social - Rochester, NY
5/04 - Knight Club at Alfred University - Alfred, NY
5/07 - The Basement - Columbus, OH
5/08 - Tonic Room - Chicago, IL
5/09 - Motr Pub - Cincinnati, OH
5/11 & 5/12 - Virginia Ave Music Festival - Indianapolis, IN
5/13 - The East Room - Nashville, TN
5/27 - Levitt Pavilion Steelstacks - Bethlehem, PA
Growing up in a family of musicians in the small village of Johannishus, Sweden, Höglind has gone from gigging in local clubs she was too young to be in at 15, to playing some of the biggest festivals in Sweden. In her new single, her aching, melancholic vocals float over the top of a cavernous backdrop of thunderous bass synths as drum samples tremor and oscillate.
David J (Bauhaus/Love & Rockets), who has spent the last 8 months touring the world with Peter Murphy on the Ruby Rising 40 Years Of Bauhaus Tour, releases a digital only single as a taster for his new solo album, featuring actress Rose McGowan.
British trip-hop pioneers Morcheeba are releasing a remix of their song “Free of Debris” from French DJ/Producer Folamour. Folamour’s remix trades in the eeriness and brevity of the original for a jazzy aesthetic bringing together live instrumentation, atmospheric electronics, and soothing synth motifs to create something truly special. This remix, along with 11 other remixes of songs off of the group’s 2018 album Blaze Away, will be featured on the Blaze Away Deluxe Edition out May 31st via Fly Agaric Records.
"This is how music was meant to sound: A wash of warmth; an instrumental flurry; a buoyant groove; and a vibey, pulsing solo. Foxtrails’ new song “Gemini” is a celestial kaleidoscope of funky psych-folk heat ready to envelop you in a cinematic dream." Atwood Magazine
For the uninitiated, Mammoth Penguins are a 3-piece indie pop powerhouse, showcasing the songwriting and vocal talents of Emma Kupa (Standard Fare, The Hayman Kupa Band) backed up by the noisiest rhythm section in indie pop.
Potatohead People (Nick Wisdom & AstroLogical) are a Canadian hiphop/electronic production duo. Called a "formidable tandem" by OkayPlayer.com their sounds have been championed early on by the likes of Kaytranada, Soulection, Nightmares on Wax, Pomo, Exmag, Big Boi, and Phife Dawg.
"Got a brand-new track ('Friends & Lovers') from Michigan jangle-pop trio Blue Jeans and its swimming in allusions to the golden years of the twee end of the spectrum. Shades of classic Slumberland, Cloudberry, Flying Nun, and Subway abound, and with good reason. The band boasts a trio of music writers, alongside Saturday Looks Good To Me’s Fred Thomas, at their core. The band leaves influences draped all over their sleeves and the joy they get from dipping into the fray is palpable. The song itself celebrates making records, listening to records, and loving records with the kind of anguish that makes one stay awake late at night playing a song over and over into the headphones until the dark finally wins the fight. They’ve captured the long sigh of indie-pop with the attention to detail of listeners who’ve made it their duty to absorb every last lingering lilt.
‘Terrible Secrets’ is about those in power who divide us to maintain their privilege and how our inaction gives voice to “terrible secrets”. Benus reveals, "I’ve given up counting the number of mornings that I’ve read the news and come away feeling helpless. I had no plans to write a political song, but I knew I had to do something to engage in the conversation and be a voice for those who don't have one. This song is about those in power who divide us to maintain their privilege, and how our inaction gives voice to 'Terrible Secrets’”. Produced by Owen Biddle along with Josh Kaler [Butch Walker] ‘Terrible Secrets’ features powerful lyrics, melancholy instrumentation and soaring ethereal harmonies, creating a deeply thought-provoking release.
Malik Djoudi makes music that is both enigmatic and intimate: it is the sound of a ghost whispering their thoughts to you, disappearing just as you grasped what is being said. After releasing acclaimed sophomore record ‘Tempéraments’ He’s now returning with the evocative track and video for album highlight ‘Epouser La Nuit’ (‘Marry The Night’).
Ceschi’s left-field hip hop, folk punk and indie rock has created a devoted cult following in the indie rap/D.I.Y. scene over the last decade as he's worked relentlessly to form the backbone of his Fake Four Inc. record label. ‘Sad, Fat Luck’ is his most innovative, expansive work yet. Self described as his "pop/rap album", 'Sad, Fat Luck' is part eulogy to many lost friends, part breakup album, part US-born-Latino analysis of Trump’s America, and part ode to aging.
"Recalls Four Non-Blondes, Sheryl Crow and No Doubt. With a voice similar to Karin Elisabeth Dreijer of The Knife and a full band indie rock sound to accompany, this band has found their true formula for success" – The Spill Magazine
"The kind of dreamy indie pop that becomes the soundtrack of your life... radiates pure vitality. Karlsson’s sun-kissed vocals call to mind Tracey Thorn (Everything But the Girl) while their overall sound has a ’90s cosmopolitan pop sound" – The Revue
"Dramatic structure... moves from quiet and meditative to powerful and emotionally wrenching. Carries the listener on complex but never overwhelming journeys" – PopMatters
“Fast-rising indie-pop from Stockholm” – CelebMix
"Conceptual and epic.. will leave you aching for more glossy ballads from Tiny Fighter... some of the most exciting new talent out of Sweden" – Hhhhappy Magazine
“Soft and dreamy, yet jubilant and upbeat!” – Swede & Sour
'Dreams of Iceland' follows previous releases for SWANES on Kitsuné (Parcels, Hot Chip, Simian Mobile Disco) - it cuts a similar downtempo groove, meshing kicked-back rhythms with butter smooth choruses, this time taking influence from ancient Nordic song forms. With 'Dreams of Iceland', primary songwriter, Michael Bildy, took inspiration from turbulent personal relationships - a notion cut in-line with the track’s glistening, icy soundscapes.
“You’ve probably already seen SWANES on all the trendy Spotify indie playlists, the dreaded algorithm knows: they’re worth a listen” - The 405
“SWANES merge hypnotising synths with their dreamy vocals” - The Line Of Best Fit
“A chilled out, laid back vibe lends itself to those looking to take it easy in the extreme heat” - EARMILK
"SWANES employs aqueous electronics and vulnerable, soulful vocals to speak candidly of personal struggles" - Bandcamp Daily
Of the track, Jason Loewenstein stated, "Wouldn't it be great if a big raging river came through here and washed away all the assholes?"
Act Surprised continues the soulful collaboration that's defined the band since 1991's Sebadoh III and 1994's Bakesale. The new batch of songs reaffirms how vital the creative partnership is between members Lou Barlow, Loewenstein, and Bob D'Amico.
When Barlow recently moved back to his home state of Massachusetts following a series of personal changes, he pressed the restart button and, in time, felt the incentive to reach out to Jason and Bob again to reunite and start work on a new album. The trio convened and began recording in their original stomping grounds in western Massachusetts where they first formed back in 1988. Along with producer/sound engineer Justin Pizzoferrato, Sebadoh have delivered one of the best records of their career. Act Surprised is a 15-song collection that's as dynamic and visceral as anything the band has ever committed to tape.
"Candy is a song that highlights the battle between life and love. It’s a cry for help for anyone to experience and work towards a free spirited life with me. A life free of worry and doubt built together by two congruent halves. Life can be tough but love can be as well, and it is important to be open to and experience it all with your significant other, which candy is trying to communicate."
Comprised of two husband and wife teams, Blushing is an Austin TX based dream pop / shoegaze quartet that originated in the summer of 2015 after Michelle Soto (guitar, vocals) shared her songs with long-time friend and classically trained vocalist Christina Carmona (vocals, bass). Picking up the bass, Carmona helped to fully flesh out tracks and the two incorporated their spouses Jake Soto (drums) and Noe Carmona (guitar).
Their debut EP "Tether" was self-released in 2017, followed by their EP "Weak" on Austin Town Hall Records in January of 2018. Gaining infectious momentum, Blushing have since been asked to play official SXSW showcases in 2018 and 2019, Athens Pop Fest and have shared stages with the likes of La Luz, Snail Mail, Sunﬂower Bean, BRONCHO and many more. They were recently picked by SXSW to be one of the featured artist in the 2019 SXSW Music Preview guide.
They released the single "The Truth" (b/w “Sunshine”) on October 26th both digitally and on 7" pink vinyl via The Nothing Song Records. Recorded, mixed and produced by Elliott Frazier of Ringo Deathstarr both "The Truth" and "Sunshine" showcase a growth in the band's expansive, cascading sound laden with ethereal vocals and fervent guitar, simultaneously capable of reining in with emotional and melodic space. Sunshine was also selected by KEXP as Song of the Day for January 3rd 2019.
Their newest single “Dream Merchants” is scheduled for release April 12th and comes ahead of their debut full length slated to be released Summer 2019. The quartet will be hitting the road this summer to embark on their first west coast tour.