Wednesday, September 29, 2021

The Felice Brothers • "Jazz on the Autobahn" • 2021




The sheriff disappeared
He drove in a doomed Corvette
Helen was in the passenger seat eating melon and spitting out the seeds
Feeling happy to be alone but still turning a saxophone 
As cold as stone kinda like

She said this is what the apocalypse will look like
A tornado with human eyes
Poisoned birdbaths and torrents of chemical rain
Like the heads of state hyperventilating in clouds of methane
Sundown on the human heart

And this is what the apocalypse will sound like
But it will be loud as a mushroom cloud
It'll sound like Final Jeopardy
But somehow be ghostly like a glockenspiel
Like the testing of bombs or the tapping of stiletto heels

It'll sound like jazz
Jazz, jazz, jazz
Jazz on the Autobahn

Monday, September 27, 2021

Cedric Noel • Allies • 2021


The newest longplayer from Montreal staple Cedric Noel lands with a stunning sense of surety and self. Hang Time stands as a high water mark for a songwriter who's spent the past decade quietly expanding the borders of his music. Longtime fans will recognize the fluid elements of the album’s open-ended rock formations: reflective strumming, soaring choruses, searing guitar lines, subtle bass grooves; all occasionally dissolving into pools of pure ambience. New listeners will find surprises throughout: threads of folk pop, ambient and sound collage fasten the foundations of this expressive whole. However, what’s most striking on his eighth album is Noel’s newfound sense of voice, both literal and metaphorical.



Sunday, September 26, 2021

Ryan Bourne • "Wasted World" • 2021




The chaos and overwhelm of being lovesick is intoxicating.
 
"Wasted World," the second single from my upcoming album, Plant City, is about being sick in love – the illusion in it; the huge feelings churning and dopamine rushing.
 
Groaning synths off the top embody the anticipation of excitement to the point of nausea; bleak lyrics are juxtaposed with thumping toms and power chords because let's face it, it can also be fun as f*ck.

Clarke and the Himselfs • Weighted Down • 2021




Penned during the dying days of the Trump administration, when the president’s potential impeachment was far bigger news than reports of a new virus in China beginning to spread through the populus, “Weighted Down” is in many ways a relic from a different era. Consumed with thoughts of US politics to the misdemeanors of the FBI and CIA to the readily presented exposure to real-life violence on youtube, “Weighted Down” is the sound of the American mind running at 100mph and struggling to process the million different issues thrown at it from the endless stream of rolling media.

Friday, September 24, 2021

Courtney Barnett • Before You Gotta Go • 2021



This video was filmed in Titirangi, Tatarata, Taiorahi and Waitakere in Tamaki Makaurau, Aotearoa (New Zealand) and at various locations on the beautiful lands of the Wathaurong/Wadawurrung, Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin nation around Victoria, Australia. I would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands and pay respect to Elders past and present.

French For Rabbits • The Outsider • 2021



On writing ‘The Outsider’ Brooke Singer said, “In 2019 I visited LA for the first time to do some co-writing with a few different producers and songwriters ahead of a French for Rabbits tour - it was an exciting, dizzying experience - all the palm trees and heat. One balmy day, I had a session with Marc Orrell and Brooke Johnson and we ended up writing my favourite song on this new record - an introvert’s anthem that finds joy in the act of being alone. The song distils the feeling of being an awkward introvert at a party - staring at your phone on the edges of a crowd”.

Andy Shauf • "Jaywalker" • 2021




All of your friends started wondering why you were choking back tears at an easy goodbye. Everything started feeling urgent today, when you open your mouth you have nothing to say. Jaywalker with your head hung low, you never saw it coming.
 
Moving your lips like you’re wanting to smile, everything that you love always goes out of style. Took a good chance on a triumph or two, hangin’ around town never looked good on you. Jaywalker with your head hung low, you never saw it coming.
 
It’s been a few years, you can barely recall why the things that you said have you feeling so small. Thirty-one years, now you’re up on your feet, staring down and your shoes as you’re crossing the street. Jaywalker with your head hung low, you never saw it coming.
 
Woke up confused in a hospital gown with your arm in a sling and nobody around. Dreamed about Judy, she was driving a car. You were crossing the street, didn’t get very far. Jaywalker with your head hung low, you never saw it coming.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Destroy Boys • All This Love • 2021




Open Mouth, Open Heart as a whole shows immense growth in the band both as musicians and people. Outspoken advocates for a myriad of social justice issues, especially when it comes to racial equality, LGBTQA+ rights, and inclusion for all, these themes are prevalent in their music, their actions, and how they use their platform. The 13 track album tackles themes of abuse, bullying, insecurity, as well as deeper familial forces and sees the band stepping into, and owning their power - and truly finding their voices.

Letting Up Despite Great Faults • Gemini • 2021


Letting Up Despite Great Faults is back with Mike Lee on vocals, guitars, and programming, Kent Zambrana on bass, Annah Fisette on vocals and guitars, and Daniel Schmidt on drums. IV is the first full length in 8 years and is pouring with stories of growth, nurture, loss, and regret. With all the fuzzed and dreamy instruments and the album even mastered by Simon Scott of Slowdive, it’s hard not to label it shoegaze. But from deep storytelling to catchy pop melodies, it really is so much more. Letting Up Despite Great Faults shows their full maturation and patience on IV. 


"A backdrop of swoony synths that perfectly emulate the moody haze of being in the thick of devotion to another human beingz'
KEXP

""Sonically, “Gemini” is a cosmic daydream, with the resonate and melancholy bliss of all the classic, beautiful noises shimmering from every footstep that emanates from a pedalboard."
– Post-Punk

"terrific new single...shimmering, hazy, and very melodic style still in fine form."
Brooklyn Vegan

"a stellar way to make a return to the fray"
Austin Town Hall

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Ultraviolet Communication • Moon Man • 2021



Ultraviolet Communication are an Alternative Psych Rock trio based out of Phoenix, Arizona. The band formed in 2018 through responses to craigslist ads seeking other musicians to jam with. Their unique sound fuses hard-hitting, melodic guitar riffs and a soulful yet commanding lead vocal with tight, high energy live performances that are sure to leave you wanting more. 

KID DAD • As Soon As America • 2021




"Guitar-driven anthems that could fill arenas" (5/5) -NARC. Magazine

"Kid Dad's debut is bursting to kick down doors and be heard by the wider world" (4/5) -Kerrang!!

Friday, September 17, 2021

Tom Rosenthal • I Went To Bed and I Loved You • 2021




THANK YOU SO MUCH  to everyone who sent in clips of their lost loved ones. I saw and loved them all and I wish we could have put them all in the final video but sadly there just wasn't enough space! 

Oh, life's a killer
We're all the blade
Pretend we're not with our different names
Swimming lonely in this almighty stew

The magic of the everyday
We miss it all but that's the game
And now you're gone I see so much more of you

So universe
Do your worst
Throw it all at me
I'll take your blows
For all I know
They're magic destinies

And I went to bed and I loved you
In the morning I loved you too
In the morning I loved you too

10 000 Russos • Station Europa • 2021





The inertia of the album’s title, they say, is one deeply-rooted in the Western condition – in which ‘common sense’ masquerades political impotence, culture is largely dominated by pastiche and nostalgia and life itself is reduced to an endless cycle of work-consume-repeat. Although, for all that ‘Superinertia’ might take aim at a world without motion, the same cannot be said of 10 000 Russos themselves. On the one hand, since their 2013 debut LP and the three that have followed on Fuzz Club since (2015’s self-titled, 2017’s ‘Distress Distress’ and ‘Kompromat’), 10 000 Russos’ music has always been about as kinetic as it gets: a truly unrelenting, motorik sonic force.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Tom Rosenthal • Uncontrollably • 2021




We tried to close your mouth when you died
We thought it looked undignified
We could not close it

I went to tell the nurse you had died
She looked like she did not really mind
I could not blame her

Then I took myself outside
I felt that you were more out there
If that makes sense

Then I started to cry
Uncontrollably
Man came up to me
Said, "Can I help?"
I said, "You know what? I don't think you can"
"But thanks"

Sun was so bright on the drive back
So much so for a moment I believed
In some kind of sun God
I slept surprisingly well that night
But I woke up early like I'm used to

Like you used to
Then I stared to cry
Uncontrollably
Time came up to me
No more help
Life in front of me
Life in front of me
Life in front of me
Life in front of me
Life in front of me (whoa)

Friday, September 10, 2021

Mort Rose • Je dois savoir • 2021


Mort Rose is a Montreal based rock band founded in 2016. They rapidly made a name for themselves in the Montreal underground with their critically acclaimed debut “Nés pour aimer”. The result is a timely offering that perfectly reflects the urgency and the tension of our generation.


Much darker and more personal than its predecessor, "Au revoir cowboys" is also full of spontaneity and authenticity. The songs on the album feel deconstructed and unfinished, yet are filled with great melodies, energetic rhythms and meticulous arrangements. 

The album, which was recorded in an immersive creative bubble, represents a total rebirth for the band. The record is psychedelic yet accessible, old-school yet fresh. It is set for release on September 10th 2021.

Iggy Pop & Matt Sweeney • European Son • 2021



European Son” reimagined by Iggy Pop and Matt Sweeney for I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to the Velvet Underground & Nico, is out today; stream/share HERE. The record, executive produced by the late Hal Willner, is due September 24 via Verve Records, the Velvet Underground’s original label home; pre-order/pre-save HERE. Limited autographed items including vinyl and vinyl test pressings signed by Kurt Vile and other featured artists will be available HERE.

I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to the Velvet Underground & Nico
  1. Sunday Morning – Michael Stipe (3:50)
  2. I’m Waiting For The Man – Matt Berninger (3:44)
  3. Femme Fatale – Sharon Van Etten (w/ Angel Olsen on backing vocals) (4:43)
  4. Venus In Furs – Andrew Bird & Lucius (6:55)
  5. Run Run Run – Kurt Vile & The Violators (6:59)
  6. All Tomorrow’s Parties – St. Vincent & Thomas Bartlett (4:52)
  7. Heroin – Thurston Moore feat. Bobby Gillespie (7:24)
  8. There She Goes Again – King Princess (3:29)
  9. I’ll Be Your Mirror – Courtney Barnett (2:27)
  10. The Black Angel’s Death Song – Fontaines D.C. (3:12)11. European Son – Iggy Pop & Matt Sweeney (7:45)

Thursday, September 9, 2021

illuminati hotties • Threatening Each Other Re: Capitalism • 2021




"As Illuminati Hotties, Sarah Tudzin has been rolling out deliriously catchy, high-octane summer jams for the past few months... the versatile Tudzin is proving there’s no genre she can’t make her own." - New York Times

"Sarah Tudzin can do it all. As a producer, mixer and engineer, her resume is proof positive... Like the very best of ih's previous projects, "u v v p" isn't afraid to showcase the sensitive side of the story; between big laughs and even bigger riffs, there's lightness matched with self-reflection." - NPR Music

PLASTIC MERMAIDS • DISCO WINGS • 2021




‘Disco Wings’ sees the band justifying the hype of their debut album, which drew comparisons with the likes of LCD Soundsystem and Animal Collective at the time. The new material has been self-produced once again, however, technical wizard and multi-instrumentalist Jamie Richards was stretched for mixing time, building his Neon Egg pedals for the likes of Bon Iver, Kurt Vile & Hot Chip. The brothers decided to look beyond the band and recruited Ant Whiting (MIA, Lana De Ray) for a fresh take at the mix.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Hannes • Sugar (Live on the roof) • 2021



I don’t know a lot
Itchy, itchy burden
I have done some hurting 
But I know I want you

I can’t reach your phone 
Glitchy, glitchy burner 
I know I have to earn her 
But I don’t know how to


“Sugar is a song about the tribes and tribulations at the beginning of a new relationship and all that comes with it,” Hannes tells Atwood Magazine. “Living together in a studio apartment, eating too much candy, smoking too much and catching late night Uber’s in Stockholm with my new girlfriend. I wrote it with my friend and producer Marcus White who I always work with. The song felt really dull until Marcus found this banjo loop that fitted perfectly in the chorus. Now it’s not dull anymore. I mean, how can something be dull with a fire banjo loop like that.”

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Cinerama • Still At The Edge Of The Sofa • Live Session, 2021



As part of our virtual festival this year, Cinerama performed a 30 minute stripped back set, with songs requested in advance by viewers.

Saturday, September 4, 2021

The Killers • "Quiet Town" • 2021



Las Vegas-based band The Killers burst onto the music scene in 2004 and have since become one of the biggest bands in the world. Their new album "Pressure Machine" is No. 1 on Billboard's top rock and Americana charts, and it's their seventh straight album to hit No. 1 in the U.K. The Killers perform "Quiet Town" from "Pressure Machine."

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah • "Over and Over Again" • 2014



There are a lot of different ways to approach a career in music, but the general rule is to be appreciative of your audience. If you can organize and are motivated, you should approach them directly.

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Clem Snide • "Forever Just Beyond" • 2021



Stream 'Beyond Forever Just Beyond', the extended edition of the latest Clem Snide album produced by Scott Avett: https://orcd.co/beyondforever

M Field • Ten is A Number • 2021




“The verse of Ten is a Number began as a voice note that was half-forgotten, returned to and developed as a pitch for a movie. It was not chosen, but I liked it and so I added a chorus to it. When I wrote the chorus I felt like it perfectly embodied the way life felt at the time, which is a rare thing I think. I had met some new people and felt a kind of sheltered youthful optimism I hadn’t felt for a while,” Field explains.