Friday, November 27, 2020

Cool Sounds • Hula Hoop Group • 2019


Yo La Tengo • NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert From The Archives • 2013




We've been filming Tiny Desk concerts for more than 10 years. While revisiting our archives, we discovered that some of our earliest concerts never made it to YouTube! 
Watch Yo La Tengo’s Tiny Desk concert from 2013 

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Andrew Bird • Night's Falling • 2020



Watch “Night’s Falling,” created and animated by Katherine Freer and inspired by Beth Bird, whose ​HARK! ​artwork comes to life in a vivid scene of seasonal soul-searching


Talkboy • Sky Is Falling • 2020


“An exciting new indie proposition, placing jangling melodies alongside joyful harmonies to beautifully playful effect” The Line Of Best Fit


“Harmony-laden indie-pop” Dork

“A woozy guitar pop ear-worm” Clash

“Talkboy are riding a wave of adulation at the moment…it’s time to start believing the hype” Gigwise

“Stringy guitars, kick drums and dominant vocals” Earmilk

 

Sunday, November 22, 2020

October and The Eyes • Dark Dog • 2020




New Zealand-born, London-based singer/songwriter and producer October and The Eyes has shared her new single “Dark Dog,” alongside its music video. It’s the first track she wrote for her forthcoming debut EP, Dogs and Gods, out now through KRO Records. “Dark Dog” follows two previously released singles, “Playing God” and “All My Love.” October and The Eyes says of the new song, “It’s about the uneasy feeling of being watched, that at any moment something bad could happen. There’s an anecdotal malformed dog who’s always near—limping, snarling, growling and drooling. It’s one you feel equally sorry for as you do fear it. You cannot outrun this dark dog, so you decide to make peace.” —Paris Rosenthal

Friday, November 20, 2020

Anna McClellan • I saw first light • 2020


Anna McClellan began performing original songs in her hometown of Omaha, NE at the age of seventeen and has been actively recording and touring ever since. Her debut, Fire Flames, earned her an opening slot on a Frankie Cosmos tour. Through the doors that tour opened, McClellan eventually met Father/Daughter Records which led to the release of her second full-length record, Yes and No, in 2018. After a stint in NYC, several subsequent tours and meandering, Anna returned to Omaha and recorded I saw first light, her latest effort for Father/Daughter. 

The album was recorded over two weeks with a multitude of local cohorts, and it documents Anna’s journey from the Midwest to the east coast and back again, probing both the roots of her creative impetus and her ongoing commitment to social issues. The process of composing and recording I saw first light has both reformed and renewed her dedication to exploration, be it inward or external, and to her own boundless creative energy.


"...her most personal work to date." The FADER
"...the record stays with you, popping into the subconscious throughout the day. Anna’s lyrics are there with a knowing smirk." Raven Sings The Blues
"McClellan’s songs have a woozy and whimsical swing to them that’s distinctly her own." Consequence of Sound
"I saw first light continues her experimentation within the contexts of lo-fi bedroom recordings and folk rock..." FLOOD Magazine
"Anna McClellan’s music feels immediately sprightly, grounded, frankly ruminative, and playful all at once..." London in Stereo

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Gold Connections • New Religion • 2018




Gold Connections is Charlottesville-based musician Will Marsh, a new Fat Possum signee with a self-titled EP on the way this spring. The record was actually recorded back in 2014 when Marsh was an undergrad at William & Mary, with help from Marsh’s classmate: Car Seat Headrest mastermind Will Toledo, who produced, engineered, and mixed it in addition to contributing drums, electric guitar, bass, and backing vocals. Marsh briefly played guitar in Car Seat Headrest, and Toledo spent time drumming for Gold Connections. Their history with each other runs deep; in an excerpt below, Toledo cites Marsh’s influence on his own music. But “New Religion,” the Gold Connections track we’re premiering today, is an animal of its own. Languid atmospherics give birth to howlingly aggressive rock ‘n’ roll that ultimately builds to a richly arranged climax. SG

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Tomberlin • Projections • 2020


Tomberlin's new Projections EP (co-produced by Alex G and his bandmate Sam Acchione) continues the arc of her critically acclaimed 2018 debut At Weddings, weaving new collaborators and new techniques into her signature dusky milieu. 

A Choir of Ghosts • Skin & Bones • 2020




„The song is about the realization that you can’t always “fix it” for the people you love. Sometimes they have to solve it themselves, and you can’t do anything but watch and hope for the best. In order for things to grow to it’s full potential, you sometimes have to let go. - James Auger

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Porridge Radio • Who By Fire • 2020



Brighton, U.K., rock quartet Porridge Radio have shared an impassioned Leonard Cohen cover that is certain to send you reeling into the weekend. Dana Margolin and company performed “Who by Fire” at St. Giles’ Church, Camberwell, in London, as captured by director El Hardwick. There’s a certain hushed emptiness to the venue that only adds to the performance’s poignance: Porridge Radio are seen socially distant and alone in the expansive space of St. Giles, fighting to fill it with the sheer emotion of their music. paste

Teenage Fanclub • Home • 2020




Saturday, November 14, 2020

Edith Whiskers • Stop Stealing The Covers! • 2020


***MY COVERS ALBUMS IS OUT NOW!*** 

Listen here : https://smarturl.it/EdithWhiskersAlbum

Hope you enjoy!! 

Tom/Edith

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Teenage Fanclub • Home • 2020

Teenage Fanclub

Scottish guitar-pop greats Teenage Fanclub will return next year with a new album called Endless Arcade, their first since 2016’s Here. Its opening track “Home” does indeed feel endless in a good way. Soft but incessant and as deftly catchy as ever, the songs sprawls to seven minutes on the album, a journey worthy of a refrain like “I sometimes wonder if I’ll ever be home again/ I just don’t know when I’ll open that door again.” The single edit out today runs just short of four minutes, but it’s good too.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Moullinex • Ven • 2020


'Ven' is the second preview of Moullinex's new record coming early next year. Warm synths and syncopated rhythms from the instrumental lay the foundation for the seductive vocals by Dominican-born, LA-based Ekstra Bonus, whose delicate tone feels like it's being whispered right next to your ears, ASMR style, resulting in a sexy, intimate song that begs to be shared.

Stream and buy ‘Ven’ here, and check out some stunning visuals for it. Can an artificial intelligence dream of intimacy? After training a machine learning model with under-lit erotic photography, these are the recordings of the dreams she’s been having.


Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Jacob Faurholt • Wake Me Up • 2020



Musically Wake Me Up is more than “a man with a guitar album”. After the basic songs were recorded live, Faurholt started fooling around with his Microkorg keyboard, adding spacey textures to the songs. He also got tracks sent to him by email from Daniel Crowell, a California based musician, who did his parts while quarantined in his home due to COVID19. The albums piano pieces were recorded in Switzerland by the classically trained Samuel Gray, who years back, released an album as Sam Gray Singing on Faurholt’s label Raw Onion Records. Faurholt’s wife Nadia and his daughter also added vocals to the album. Faurholt mixed the record himself and it was mastered by Canadian producer Andy Magoffin (Great Lake Swimmers). 
 

Billow • III • 2020



Although their DIY philosophy hasn't changed, there is an apparent shift in sound on their new record 'III'. While the fragile lo-fi debut 'Maps' aimed to reveal as little as possible and the following album 'Seascape' was carried on the wave of lo-fi indie rock, on its third album Billow become more open to pop music, though the overall mood of the album remains dark. 

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Matilda Mann • Japan • 2020

Sam Burton • I Can Go With You • 2020


Tompkins Square is the early label home of such talents as William Tyler, Ryley Walker, Hiss Golden Messenger, Brigid Mae Power, Gwenifer Raymond and many more. Joining the stable is Sam Burton, from Salt Lake City, now based in Los Angeles. After several years circulating homemade cassettes on labels like Chthonic and embraced by blogs like Cassette Gods, Sam has recorded his first proper debut album with producer Jarvis Taveniere (Purple Mountains, Woods).

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

POPULATION II • À la Ô Terre • 2020


The first album by Montreal psychedelic explorers Population II sounds like transmissions from various locales in outer space, the trio recording and transmitting the drifting nothingness of endless expanses punctuated by the impact of comets, the blinding flash of exploding stars, and the beauty of distant galaxies. Singing drummer Pierre-Luc Gratton, guitarist/organist Tristan Lacombe, and bassist Sébastien Provençal are well versed in all forms of psychedelia, and it wouldn’t be surprising to find out they had impressive collections of jazz and prog records at home too. 
 

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Tindersticks • Here • 2020



I was dressed for success,
But success it never comes
And I'm the only one who laughs
At your jokes when they are so bad
And your jokes are always bad,
but they're not as bad as this.
 
Come join us in a prayer
We'll be waiting, waiting where
Everything's ending here.

Sunday, November 1, 2020

The Shilohs • Nod • 2020




"This album is almost five years in the making, but it spent three of those years sitting on a shelf waiting to be heard. Usually, when one is so far removed from a project it loses its luster, but we never stopped loving this record. It is our best."

-The Shilohs

Friday, October 30, 2020

REYNA • 7'11 • 2020



As for the music video, she stated that the "visual is heavily inspired by the film 'A Ghost Story' which haunted me for weeks after watching & I couldn’t get the characters and their stories out of my head... The ghost and human couple in this video don’t stand a chance as they’re not even a part of the same world, but I thought after this crazy year we’ve all experienced, this silly little love story deserved a happy ending."

Analog Dog • Cat's Out of the Bag • 2020



'Cat’s Out of the Bag' is our meditation on the ever-shifting dualities of modern living. A musical journey borrowing from traditions of the past and embracing the sounds of the future, the six songs on this debut EP draw a thread through multiple genres and moods. Amidst the opposing forces of work and play, oppression and love, anxiety and optimism, these are the sounds of what exists in between. 
 

ROSIER • PONTOISE • 2020




Reclaiming and interpreting the romantic traditions of Québécois folk, the bilingual band was born from a place of living heritage which created a unique bond unlike any other; the quintet evolved together musically and individually, immersed in generations of story and song yet influenced by the world around them. Today they share the charming "Pontoise" video...

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Adrianne Lenker and Buck Meek • Portland, ME • 5/9/14



Monday, October 26, 2020

VILLAGE OF LOVE Planned Parenthood Benefit • 2020



Now is a really crucial time where Planned Parenthood really needs our support more than ever. As we face an election that will determine the future of access to sexual and reproductive health care it is vital that Planned Parenthood has the resources to continue providing care and expanding their advocacy efforts, including crucial outreach to get out the vote.


Sunday, October 25, 2020

Stranded • Post Meridian • 2020



“Post Meridian” thrives on ’80s British post-punk guitars, disco-meets-house beats and unassuming yet melodious vocals. It also dips its toes into dance-punk and techno, making for an exuberant swath of danceable sounds. Its thrumming, neon-colored spirit is contagious. —Lizzie Manno

Julien Baker • "Faith Healer" • 2020




“Put most simply, I think that “Faith Healer” is a song about vices, both the obvious and the more insidious ways that they show up in the human experience,” Baker says. —Paris Rosenthal

Laura Lucas • Big Questions • 2020




Backed by piano and the subtle sadness of distant horns, Laura tells a story about coming out on the other side of a toxic relationship and the relief that comes with letting go of what no longer serves you. Somewhat of a departure from her previous airy, acoustic folk tunes, “Fault Line” takes on a melancholic mood while being raw and honest.
 
Laura is a 22-year-old singer-songwriter and poet from Winnipeg, Canada. After gaining over 40,000 Spotify streams on her first three singles produced by Garrett Kato in Byron Bay, Australia, Laura has returned home with an eagerness to continue writing and has been focusing on local collaborations as the COVID-19 pandemic keeps us all close to home. As a poet herself, Laura is inspired by thoughtful lyricists and cites Leonard Cohen and Lana Del Rey as major influences.

Bendrix Littleton • Deep Dark South • 2020


Formerly one half of the “NyQuil-Pop” duo Bent Denim (dissolved in the summer of 2018), Littlejohn sought a fresh outlet that was more individual and freed from any preconceived artistic notions. During this time Littlejohn began taking on significantly more studio work, including production credits on Hovvdy’s Heavy Lifter (out now on Double Double Whammy), new material from Katy Kirby (out on Keeled Scales), and forthcoming work from Sinai Vessel. While production on this music was deeply rewarding, it was nonetheless work that was beholden to someone else’s vision. And it was out of this craving for artistic autonomy that Bendrix Littleton was born. Deep Dark South has provided a space for Littlejohn to experiment, collage, write, and record in a completely independent manner—a long-awaited and welcome zone of unfettered creation.  

Cool Sounds • Sleeper • 2019


Friday, October 23, 2020

Bright Eyes • Miracle of Life • 2020



Wrapped herself around him like a tourniquet 
Cold October nights she’d wear his leather jacket 
Ahhh now she’s scared of taking a piss 
Can’t be sure she’s positive 
Made her an appointment she was two months late 
The car they borrowed broke before they got out of state 
Towed back into town what a drag 
She’s feeling sick he’s feeling bad 
Such is the miracle of life

Penelope Trappes • Eel Drip • 2020



“‘Eel Drip’ Is about honouring the dead, the passing of lives within you and beyond you” Trappes explains. “It’s about physical or emotional change, acknowledging fears, and being true to yourself… reaching your full potential.” 

Eel Drip sees fragile arpeggiated electronics and hazy vocals swell to a celestial hallow. It sets a delicate, unhurried sense of peace that flows throughout the EP’s four tracks - both sparse and gentle, yet rushing with light and emotion. 

The accompanying video was directed by Agnes Haus and inspired by artist Francesca Woodman’s 1970s series of nude self-portraits with Eels. 

Of the video, Penelope comments: “In the process of changing and shedding past notions of myself, there is another world between the past and the future. An eternal state, unknown, warped, slippery, free. Submitting to change, dying… being reborn.” 

Thursday, October 22, 2020

The Besnard Lakes • Raindrops • 2020





The Besnard Lakes Are The Last of the Great Thunderstorm Warnings is a double LP. "Near Death" is the title of the first side. "Death," "After Death," and "Life" follow next. It's a  journey into (and back from) the brink: the story of The Besnard Lakes' own odyssey but also a remembrance of others', especially the death of Lasek's father in 2019. Being on your deathbed is perhaps the most psychedelic trip you can go on: in Lasek's father's case, he surfaced from a morphine dream to talk about a 'window' on his blanket, with a 'carpenter inside, making intricate objects.' That experience pervades the album.
 
In late 2020, as the world burns, there might be nothing less trendy than an hour-long psych-rock epic by a band of Canadian grandmasters. Then again, there might be nothing we need more.  

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Haunted Mansions • Rebel News • 2020



Norwegian newcomers Haunted Mansions bring psychedelic warmth and understated confidence to their hiphop-inspired indie weirdness. Haunted Mansions namecheck Portugal The Man, The Shins, Danger Mouse and Gorillaz when asked to describe their music and while those artists have inspired Haunted Mansions it's clear to all that they bring their own flavour to the music as well. The band combines old-school hiphop beats, almost shimmering acoustic guitars, textured synths and weird, smoky and infectious vocals to perfection. The songs are seductive in all their gloom, mildly psychedelic and strongly melodic, but most of all just really great.
 

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Scott Garett • Dementia/Blue • 2020




As a board-certified music therapist working in mental health for over 15 years, Garred has served in state psychiatric facilities, private hospitals, memory care, and prisons; as the frontman for bands Super XX Man and Silver Scooter, and a musician for nearly 30 years, he’s written about thoughts or feelings on a more personal level. 

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Milky Wimpshake • Confessions Of An English Marxist • 2020

 


“A slow birth! At least one song on this album was written when ‘Dave’ Cameron (remember him?) was prime minister, hence a nod to bestiality on one track. Oh yeah, and then bloody Brexit happened, blimey, that didn’t escape anyone’s attention did it? And now this album finalised at a time of global pandemic, ha! This predicament meant that a working title of ‘The Wimps are Alright’ had to be abandoned (possibly to be revived later). There’s a few confessions on this album, but not enough confessions of guilt perhaps – I’ll get there.” - Pete Dale about ‘Confessions Of An English Marxist’

Rosie Carney • Bones • 2020



Helena Deland • Truth Nugget • 2020


 

We had the pleasure of seeing Montréal’s Helena Deland open for Connan Mockasin at the 2019 Montréal Jazz Festival, where Deland’s deft lyricism and sonic edge left a lasting mark. For her debut album, she’s signed to Chris Cantallini’s (of timeless indie blog Gorilla vs. Bear) Luminelle Records, and her dreamy sound slots nicely next to label mates like Anemone, Hana Vu and Jackie Mendoza. On songs like “Someone New” and the spectacular “Truth Nugget,” Deland expands on themes of interpersonal dynamics and identity in powerful ways. She is undoubtedly one of the best new talents to emerge from the robust Montréal indie scene. —Adrian Spinelli

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Max Gomez • He Was a Friend of Mine • 2020




Today, the Taos New Mexico-based musician Max Gomez has shared his new single "He Was A Friend of Mine." A traditional folk song first recorded in the 1930s by ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax, the song has been covered by many legendary artists, including Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, and The Byrds. Gomez's interpretation revises the lyrics as a lament for the life of George Floyd and other icons of the civil rights and Black Lives Matter movement, providing a solemn reflection on historical and contemporary racial and social injustice.

Lauren Aquilina • Swap Places • 2020



‘Swap Places’ is a song about insecurity, but mostly it’s a song about wanting to be nicer to yourself,” Lauren previously explained. “I find that when I get into that dark hole of comparing myself to other people, it’s usually not because I actually would rather be someone else, but more that I just wish I had the confidence to be the best version of myself all the time. It’s a lyric that resonates a lot with me but also the most upbeat pop song I’ve put out for a while, so I’m excited for people to hear it.”