Friday, August 16, 2019

Purple Mountains • She’s Making Friends, I’m Turning Stranger • 2019

I want to be tantamount to cordial
Tantamount to good
I want to be a warm and friendly person
But I don't know how to do it
She can't make it to her car
Without making a new friend
She's a small-town superstar
Everybody hollering her name

She's making friends, I'm turning stranger

The people on her end couldn't make it plainer
Sometimes I wish we'd never came here
Seeing as I'm held in such disdain here

She's making friends, I'm turning stranger
I see lots of normal men yearning to obtain her

I'm a loser, she's a gainer
That's one thing of which they're dang sure

She's out with her friends
And really, I can't blame her
'Cause when she's home again
She's always still the same her

God knows I'd never try to change her
She's my friend and I'm her stranger
She's making friends, and I'm turning stranger
She's making friends, and I'm turning stranger

Kitten • Memphis • 2019

As a loping bass groove erupts into wave of violin, shoe gaze-guitars, and dial-up-modems, Chaidez chants her cubist love story with prayer-like intimacy. KITTEN's palette of sounds and influences remains broad, but "Memphis" displays a newfound clarity in the band's production.

Field Mouse • Meaning • 2019

The Hold Steady • You Did Good Kid • 2019

"What does this mean for this band moving forward...especially when you have songs this good."

"A shockingly fun return-to-form collection of sad-sack storytelling."
-Rolling Stone

"The total effect of Thrashing Thru The Passion is that of The Hold Steady at their most casual and confident, tossing off these songs that would be tour de forces for anyone else as if they have a bushelful of them just hanging around the studio."
-American Songwriter

"A loose, welcome return."
-AV Club

"They've never been so streamlined and Craig Finn hasn't been so funny in years."
-Philadelphia Inquirer

"It seems their new approach to band life is yielding some pretty great results...reminds you of the band's glory days...It's the shortest album they've ever written, and it zips by with no filler."
-Brooklyn Vegan

"You don't listen to Hold Steady albums, you live in them. On their seventh album they further cement their punk poet laureate credentials.
-The Guardian (4 stars)

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Annabel Allum • Altar To Alter • 2019

“Raucous, tongue-in-cheek…  filled with grit” - The FADER

"buzzsaw blasts reminiscent of Elastica in their mid-90s heyday" - NME

 “Courtney Barnett on a Kill Bill style vengeance mission” -  DIY
“Her playfully literate lyrical sensibility recalls Courtney Barnett, but with a slightly dreamier sound” - Clash

"Allum's got a bit of a Kurt Cobain/early PJ Harvey thing going on which we love" - The Independent


Ex-membre du groupe de hip hop - RnB “Ideal Black Girls”, la Guinéenne Natu Camara a surpris son public pour son tout premier album solo avec une fusion de soul, afrorock, folk et pop contenant des riches lyriques basé sur ses histoires vécues; utilisant son passé multiculturel et ses expériences de voyages internationaux suivies par une présence scénique puissante et unique accompagné d’une voix dynamique et envoûtante qui donne le frisson.

THE RUN UP • in motion • 2019

“I love punk rock bands like this. Bands that manage to do it right, providing just the right amount of passion and energy to their music to create a spectacle of raw, unbridled emotion. High octane in all the right places, while never unnecessarily overcomplicating proceedings. ”

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Bonnie "Prince" Billy • BPB mix tape volume 4 • 2019


1. Easy Does It / Roughs for Lie Down In The Light
2. We All Us Three Will Ride / Final Mixes 2002 
3. Costa Rica / Will & Matt Sweeney Recorded 10.6.07 by Don Fleming on the Lomax Nagra Upper Mountain Studio, New Jersey
4. Troublesome Houses / 3.5.2012 Sydney Opera House
5. John the Baptist / Bonny Tour 06 Roughs
6. World's Greatest > Rich Wife Full of Happiness / 6.23.2008 Lucerna Music Bar, Prague 
7. Work Hard, Play Hard / All Mix Greatest Palace Music
8. Where Is The Puzzle? / Daytrotter
9. Black Ice Cream / LDIL Demos
10. Brokedown Palace / Pebbles & Ripples 2004
11. Signifying Wolf / Dawn's Tape 

1. My Only Friend /Stroke - Songs for Chris Knox 2009
2. Singer's Grave, A Sea of Sheep/Rec'd @The Beach House, Nashville/ Singer's Grave
3. I See A Darkness /12.13.01 "Totally Wired" 3PBS-FM Melbourne, Australia
4. Madeline Mary / 4.8.01 Club 2 Munich, Germany
5. Death to Everyone / 3.18.2007 Ellokal, Zurich, Switzerland
6. Stable Will / 9.8.94 Kaserne, Basel, Switzerland
7. Antagonism / Practice 2
8. Soul Rebel / Bonny Billy - "Live Raga" Ottobar, Baltimore, Maryland 2.1.01
9. The Way I Am / Ask Forgiveness

Alaskan Tapes • Views From Sixteen Stories • 2019

“Alaskan Tapes fuses ambient elements with gorgeous pieces of songwriting (..) Seemingly one of the final compositions completed for the record, Alaskan Tapes worked ceaselessly, building and shifting elements from different takes to create something startling.”
Clash Magazine

“‘The Times Are Tired’ shows the evocative vibes of electronic textures, with classical connections, minimal guitars line and delicate drums.”
Son Of Marketing

“You know there are going to be moments of arresting beauty and ethereal interludes, but there is a sense of isolation, preoccupation, and distraction present”
Stationary Travels

“Gorgeous, pining, occasionally harrowing and ultimately heart-melting ambient from Alaskan Tapes”
Norman Records

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Galileo's Fan • Arranging Time • 2019

“...the duo has carved out a unique sonic landscape of melodically poignant alternative folk.” 
M Magazine

"...truly sparkles with harmonies and warm melodies."
- The National Student

Scottish duo Galileo’s Fan prepare to release their spellbinding new album, I Won’t Be Found, on 16th September 2019 via GF Records. Ahead of the release, the siblings have now shared their stunning new single Arranging Time, which is out now. Each track combines subtle electronics with poignant harmonies and twinkling melodies to create Galileo’s Fan's signature indie-pop sound. Nods to their traditional folk roots can be found throughout the album, cleverly mixed with modern, celestial soundscapes to make their unique sound truly majestic. Fans of the likes of The Frames and Of Monsters and Men will feel at home here.

Studio Electrophonique • I Don’t Think I Love You Anymore • 2019

Bright eyed, tousle-headed and with a look halfway between penitence and innocence, James Leesley (aka Studio Electrophonique) conjures a sound akin to the dream where Bill Ryder-Jones fronts The Velvet Underground with echoes of Cherry Ghost drifing in there for good measure. Cinematic, melodic, warm - efficient in arrangement yet intricate in detail.

Trying • I Won't Let You Lose the Rhythm • 2019

Simon Joyner & Friends • Low Fidelities & Infidelities (Demos​/​Covers​/​Collaborations) • 2019

All proceeds of digital sales of this album will be donated to abortion access organizations in states that recently passed laws attempting to outlaw or severely restrict abortion access. You can also purchase physical copies of the CD and other Joyner titles by visiting

Lealani • Fantastic Planet • 2019

"A stunning, avant-garde take on pop music from Lealani; 'Fantastic Planet' pairs minimal synth arrangements with haunting vocals for a riveting listen." -Bandcamp

Running from the Dark • 2019

Running from the Dark is an album compiled in honor of mental health awareness month. Each track was graciously donated by the artist and many include personal explorations of mental health. 

All proceeds from this compilation will be donated to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. 

Please donate what you can and make sure and support each of the artists as well! 

Fog Lake 
Field Medic 
Rough Draft Writing 
Blithe Field 
Infinity Crush 
Abbie Gabriel 
Advance Base 
Two Meters 
Ricky Eat Acid 
Gia Margaret 
Joni Void 
M. Sage 

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Je Suis France • House Style • 2019

Long-running Athens quintet Je Suis France are excited to announce their seventh full-length album Back To The Basics Of Love, out November 8, 2019 via Ernest Jenning Record Co. The video for album's first single, "House Style," was premiered by Paste Magazine, who said "The track is led by scuzzy, melodic guitar lines and punctured by caustic percussion, making just enough room for vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Ryan Martin to cryptically and cynically conclude, 'There is never a good time / There is never a good time.'

Remixing the Chaos ... behind the scenes of "beauty re-envisioned"

This film takes you behind the scenes of the making of the new ‘Beauty Re-Envisioned’ album from Beauty in Chaos, curated by guitarist Michael Ciravolo. It explores the 'how and why' of the album through its creators, featuring interviews with Wayne Hussey (The Mission), Ashton Nyte (The Awakening), guitar slayer Zakk Wylde, dUG Pinnick (King’s X), Evi Vine, Tim Palmer, Tish Ciravolo, Paul Wiley (Marilyn Manson),producer Michael Rozonand BIC curator Michael Ciravolo. Rolan Bolanalso provides commentary on his collaboration with BIC and Wayne Hussey to re-create his father’s seminal T. Rex track ‘20th Century Man’.

Florist • Emily Alone • 2019

Written recorded solely by vocalist/guitarist Emily Sprague in L.A., Emily Alone is a collection recorded by a musician separated from her bandmates that comes off nakedly stark and personal, even if you weren't aware of its backstory.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Silver Jews • I Remember Me • 2001

Hand in hand down a waterslide in Chattanooga
They did not hide from love, you see
A winter's plane flight to Aruba
Where he threw a boombox into the sea
One day they were cutting flowers for something to do
On the bank of the road 'neath the cotton woods
And he turned to her to ask if she'd marry him
When a runaway truck hit him where he stood
So I remember you
And I remember you...
A blackhawk nailed to the sky
And the tape is from the trees

Everybody said she needed to move on
That he was all but lost so deep was his coma
When he finally came to the girl he loved was long gone
She'd married a banker and gone to Oklahoma
He bought a little land with the money from the settlement
And even bought the truck that had hit him that day
He touched the part where the metal was bent
And if you were there you wouldn't hear him say...

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Le Big Zero• Don't Know Any • 2019

Ollie Oxen Free has therefore been brewing for decade, though the result is more than worth it. Combining a punk aesthetic with garage rock tones, Le Big Zero work with atypical structures that explore dissonance and harmony, playing with timings not through some sloppy abandon but rather a subversive and experimental spirit. This couples perfectly with Pasuit’s writing style, a voice that utilises irony and cynicism without ever being coy.

i don’t say anything unless i’m spoken to
with that look you say what the hell’s wrong with you?
i gave you bad advice, you crashed your car
guess i don’t know anything

“Don’t Know Any’ blends scuzzy, playful garage rock with the raucous attitude of The Thermals and throws in a little math rock complexity too,” VSF editor Jon Doyle writes, “closing out the blend of wry observation and genuine feelings that marks the Le Big Zero sound.”
Various Small Flames

Lilith • Safer Off • 2019

For Allston power-pop trio Lilith, it proved more revolutionary than routine, as the band’s core lineup—vocalist/guitarist Hannah Liuzzo, vocalist/bassist Kelsey Rose Francis, and drummer Adam Demirjian

RIP David Berman • 1967-2019

There’s a trapdoor in the country where we can disappear.
These giant evergreens are a promise redeemed
Let’s walk down the glassy top of a frozen pasture stream
Our minds can dream like soda machines

“I’m not convinced I have fans. In my whole life, I’ve had maybe 10 people who have told me how much my music means to them.”

We’re gonna take a ride in the dirt, we’re gonna die til it doesn’t hurt, then they can bury us side by side. 
“Room Games & Diamond Rain”

“It’s distressing to do this, but if I’m to grow, I have to do things that I didn’t do a long time ago. I’m tired. I need to take a few risks. I can’t keep living like this.” the ringer

I asked a painter why the roads are coloured black.
He said, “Steve, it’s because people leave
and no highway will bring them back.”
‘Random Rules‘

David Berman talks about the end of Silver Jews, the rise of Purple Mountains, every song on their self-titled debut… July 12th, 2019

Darkness and cold, darkness and cold
Rolled in through the holes in the stories I told
Conditions I'm wishing weren't taking control
Darkness and cold, darkness and cold
"Darkness and Cold"

What’s with all these handsome grandsons in rock band magazines? What have they done with the fat ones, the bald and the goatee’d? 
“Strange Victory, Strange Defeat”

Ten thousand afternoons ago
All my happiness just overflowed
That was life at first and goal to go
Me and you and us and them
And all those people way back when
All our hardships were just yardsticks then, you know

You know

Not the purple hills
It's not the silver lake
It's not the snowcloud shadowed interstates
It's not the icy bike chain rain of Portland, Oregon
Where nothing's wrong and no one's asking
But the fear's so strong it leaves you gasping
No way to last out here like this for long
'Cause everywhere I go, I know
Everywhere I go, I know
"All my happiness is gone"

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Pony in the Pancake • Summer Sun • 2019

The band trades in a lovely warm wash of guitars and verbed-out gang vocals, with the occasional synth to compliment the jangly lead lines, a perfect soundtrack to driving to the beach with the windows down and living up the rest of the summer.

RIYL: The Chills. Velvet Underground. Woods. Burger Records. The Clean. Ariel Pink. Apples in Stereo. Deerhunter. Lou Reed. Woodsist. Tomorrow’s Tulips. Memories. Mac Demarco. Jacco Gardner. Shy Boys. Captured Tracks. Sonny and the Sunsets. Shannon and the Clams. Real Estate. Growlers. Morgan Delt. Mikal Cronin. The Cars. Juan Wauters. Duster. Best Coast. Ultimate Painting. Beach Boys. Jonathan Richman.


The album is said to find Cuming further exploring the "snow-crust" indie rock style he has become synonymous with, featuring "unconventional song structures, counter-intuitive chord shapes, steady rhythms, gloomy basslines, and an unmistakable baritone singing voice."

Theo Bard • Forget • 2019

There's this darkness in the track so we shot performance takes with just one light in a pitch dark room. May rotoscoped from the footage in order to create handmade images of my face, which she could play with and distort.We wanted to capture the idea that the more you try to forget something, the more you think or talk about it, the longer it stays in your memory. So every time I open my mouth, the same head emerges unchanged. That's the memory coming back over and over again, like a ghost that won't stop haunting you. 
As the song progresses, the elements get more and more psychedelic, but still the head returns, a carbon copy of itself.

The Magic E's • Dead Star • 2019

The Magic E's play melodic Rock ‘n’ Roll that delivers “sounds of early Brit-Pop and Mod-Rock through building melodies and wonderfully textured sounds.” (Anthem Review).
Their influences range from bands like The Who, The Clash and The Small Faces via 90’s Indie such as The Stone Roses, Ride and The Charlatans whilst comparisons have often been made to Bruce Springsteen, Teenage Fanclub, The Gaslight Anthem and The Jam.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Lxandra • Swimming Pools • 2019

Youth & Self-Worth has never felt so urgent as it does in Lxandra’s reflective pop masterpiece, Swimming Pools, which gets handfuls of additional magic in a brand new video below. It’s a spirited, 3 minutes feel-good pop masterpiece that is impossible to not feel uplifted from.

Medium Douce • SAMOVAR • Live Session 2019

“...intense and “penetrating” rhythms, refined beats and an evocative subtext.”
Son Of Marketing

“We didn't know that the xylophone could be so groovy”
TRAX Magazine

Oh Sees • Captain Loosely • 2019

"As expected, the fourth single is totally unexpected: a five-minute instrumental cut matching the beauty of the instrumental “Cooling Tower” on 2017’s Orc. “Captain Loosely,” however, is a sound collage mixing ambient electronic bloops with stray saxophone notes—a uniquely somber track from a group known for face-melting riffs and forays into cartoonish vocal performances."

Suns Up • Do What You Feel Like • 2019

 >The 405 “a bright and brilliant piece of indie-pop assured to sound out across the summer months”

> EarMilk "Mixing sugary guitar hooks with summery pop jingles, Suns Up have perfected the indie summer anthem”

Sunday, August 4, 2019

The Bobby Tenderloin Universe • 2019

“Sandpaper One Side, Rubber on the Other” is a gritty, country-inspired track that revolves around slow-moving, almost psychedelic guitar lines; a slow, booming drum beat; and gritty, crooning vocal lines. The accompanying clip sees Tenderloin on an eerie adventure through the forest before he encounters a small dog and a sinkhole that brings him into a psychedelic claymation universe.

Sail By Summer • Low Tide Exit • 2019

Songs about longing, lack of self-confidence, songs about indifference and choice of directions. It could be Big Thief, Charlie Cunningham or Death Cab For Cutie, inspired by the sound of epic bands like The Cure, Pink Floyd and Spiritualized. But first of all, this is Sail By Summer and their long awaited debut album «Casual Heaven»

Membranes • What Nature Gives...Nature Takes Away • 2019

"A quintessential UK post-punk group, making angular, wiry, mutant pop with a wicked sense of humor... this really is as sprawling and ambitious as its subject matter, swinging from the band’s post-punk roots to epic prog and back again, with orchestration, sampled sound bites and more" – Brooklyn Vegan

Friday, August 2, 2019

Young Guv • GUV I • 2019

hazy, dreamy, sweaty Canadian indie rock...