Wolf Parade

Listen to “Valley Boy” from forthcoming Wolf Parade Album

Jul 20, 2017

With a string of reunion shows and an EP last year, Wolf Parade made its rabid fans very happy. Now with the announcement that a new album, Cry Cry Cry, will hit in October, one that came with a taste of what's to come in new song "Valley Boy", there's reason to be ecstatic.

Wolf Parade will release the thunderous Cry Cry Cry, the band’s first new album in seven years (and fourth full-length overall), worldwide from Sub Pop on Friday, October 6th, 2017. The album will be available in Canada from Universal Music.

Co-frontmen Spencer Krug and Dan Boeckner both described the special bond within Wolf Parade that inevitably drew them back together:

“The band itself is almost a fifth member of the band, something more or at least different than the sum of its parts,” says Spencer Krug. “We don't know who or what is responsible for our sound, it's just something that naturally and consistently comes from this particular combo of musicians.”

“Once we got back together, I was playing guitar, writing and singing in a way that I only do while I'm in Wolf Parade,” says Dan Boeckner, who shares primary lyrical and singing duties with Spencer. “It’s just something that I can't access without the other three people in the room.”

Get all the good on the new Wolf Parade album on their Sub Pop page here, and listen to "Valley Boy" below. 

MAIN

Premiere: MAIN - “Only You” Video

Jul 18, 2017

Known for his rhythmic bass handiwork in Frankie Cosmos, multi instrumentalist and producer David Maine has ventured out on a solo mission, leaving the roads of indie rock, wide eyed into the lairs of electronic production. His four track debut Dem EP sees him writing and producing on his own for the first time and he's taken cues from some of his heroes like James Blake, Madlib, and Tycho, while fashioning his own nighttime laptop variations. Press for the Dem EP describes, "The result is a distant relative to the acts and producers that Maine was listening to, but fully reflects the world of sparse home recording his previous projects are known for." 

Under the Radar has the video premiere of EP single "Only You" featuring singer Wujong Farrant, which stylistically represents the decidedly different electronic moods for Maine on MAIN. It also features some dope moves from a dancer who goes by "The Ghost of New York". Director Pierre xoxo colors in his approach to the video through the song:     

"The idea at the start was inspired by the streets of late night Chinatown and the characters that all intersect in those narrow streets. I love the colors of the lights and the architecture down there. Around the same time I was shown some photos of different artists living in the Chelsea hotel in the 60s and 70s. The rooms are filled to the brim with books, magazines, coffee cups, instruments, and tvs all cluttered in this tiny box. It looks like they've been holed up there for months and haven't come out.

When I listen to "Only You" I hear the two singers having a conversation, a sort of intimate back and forth between these characters trying to figure out what their relationship is, wondering, are we more than just friends? It feels like something you'd stay up all night talking about, maybe not leaving your room for days. At some point they go out for a late night bike ride through the city, passing these characters as they go but not even really noticing them.They ride and ride through the cool air of late night NYC until they reach the edge of the city."

It's an interesting new turn for MAIN, from influences that actually began long ago. Check the vibes on the "Only You" video below.


 

Dem EP tracklist:

1. Only You 

2. O M G 

3. DARK (stream) 

4. Waves  

 

Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, and James McAlister

Watch: “Neptune” Video

Jul 17, 2017

One of the best albums of the year so far, the wondrous and imaginative Planetarium, is a collaborative project from friends Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly and James McAlister. Today they shared the video for album opener "Neptune". It's a lyric video overlaid on top of what appears to be an artistic representation of the planet. Check it out below.

"Planetarium, the first collaboration from the four musicians, unites Stevens’ vocals, McAlister’s beats, Dessner’s guitar performance, and Muhly’s instrumental compositions in a far-reaching musical journey: from lush piano ballads to rock anthems, classical cadenzas to electronic beats with Stevens’ distinctive vocals providing a center of gravity. The album revolves around the ideas Stevens’ lyrics explore: mythology, astrology, science, astronomy and the intricacies of human consciousness."

Stevens, Muhly, Dessner and McAlister are in the midst of a limited run of special dates, accompanied onstage by strings and brass. Following a concert at the Philharmonie de Paris, the band will play tomorrow in Brooklyn at the Prospect Park BandshellJuly 20 in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery and July 21 at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA.

 

Pickwick

Premiere: Pickwick “Ascension” Video

Jul 12, 2017

Out of Seattle, WA, Pickwick bring a sound and a swagger that you would be wise to pick up on. John Richards of KEXP has declared them "one of America's best bands" and their new music is persuasive ideed. Following the success of 2013’s self-released Can’t Talk Medicine, their sophomore, though not sophomoric, album LoveJoysarrived last Friday after a period of upheaval and redirection for the band, who turned to producer Erik Blood (Shabazz Palaces, Tacocat and Moondoggies) for guidance on the new record. His expert hand is evident and LoveJoys is a complete and rewarding trip.

Under the Radar has dibs on their video for "Ascension". It's an adventure through VHS era graphics and color, with Pickwick's modern era blues rock strutting along with purpose. Vocalist Galen Disston lauds the new video: "The slowish, prodding build of this song is complimented by the uncertainty and strangeness of Lost Pyramid's video. I love the geometric representation of climax; the song reaches peaks of sound that are visually cast out into oblivion.”

And film maker / designer Joe Rufa describes his enthusiasm for the project: "The guys hit me up last year after seeing some animated composition studies I posted online and asked if I would be interested in using them as a jumping off point for the visuals of their new album. They are some of the friends I miss the most from my Seattle days, so I was immediately in. Then, they sent me ‘LoveJoys’ and I was blown away by their new direction and sound. I took my time creating a headspace for the album, listening to it daily and writing little sci-fi stories and collecting imagery from various creative commons dumps on the internet (as well as a late night shoot for the “Turncoat” video that tried to capture the eerie state of America). Like the band, I was also in the midst of  reinventing my work, moving into filmmaking and animation from a graphic design background."

LoveJoys is out now on Small Press Records. Do yourself a favor and add it to your summer soundtrack.

 

 

Band links:

https://www.pickwickmusic.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pickwickmusic/

 

Zola Jesus

Listen: “Soak”

Jul 11, 2017

Zola Jesus has always had a dramatic bent to her songwriting and production. This intensifies on her new song "Soak", the second song from her forthcoming album Okovi to be released September 8th via Sacred Bones. The press release descibes the new song: "Furthering the intense narrative of Okovi, “Soak” is written through the lens of serial killer’s victim, clinging to life and about to be dumped in the water."

Zola Jesus takes us into the mindstate of a harrowing scene: “I was thinking about this crucial moment inside the victim’s mind, when she knows she’s going to die. She thinks back at her life and the futility of the decisions she made, when in the end her life would be cut short against her will,” says Zola Jesus of the track.“What’s the point of trying to navigate life if you don’t even get to choose how it ends? Instead of letting her fate be determined by someone else, she takes back control and turns it around, so instead, in her mind, she is choosing to die. She lets the killer assist her in suicide, as she gets tossed into the water and slowly drowns. Through writing this song the story evolved within me, and I saw how it mirrored my own feelings inside.”

Here is Zola Jesus' statement about the new album:

"Last year, I moved back to the woods in Wisconsin where I was raised. I built a little house just steps away from where my dilapidated childhood tree fort is slowly recombining into earth.  Okovi was fed by this return to roots and several very personal traumas. While writing Okovi, I endured people very close to me trying to die, and others trying desperately not to. Meanwhile, I was fighting through a haze so thick I wasn’t sure I’d find my way to the other side. Death, in all of its masks, has been encircling everyone I love, and with it the questions of legacy, worth, and will.

Okovi is a Slavic word for shackles. We’re all shackled to something—to life, to death, to bodies, to minds, to illness, to people, to birthright, to duty. Each of us born with a unique debt, and we have until we die to pay it back.  Without this cost, what gives us the right to live? And moreover, what gives us the right to die? Are we really even free to choose?

This album is a deeply personal snapshot of loss, reconciliation, and a sympathy for the chains that keep us all grounded to the unforgiving laws of nature. To bring it to life, I decided to enlist the help of Alex DeGroot, who has been the only constant in my live band and helped mix the Stridulum EP back in 2010. It will be released on Sacred Bones, the closest group of people I’ll ever have to blood-bound family."

Judging from "Soak", Zola Jesus' new album will be a dark and exciting ride. "With Okovi, Zola Jesus has crafted a profound meditation on loss and reconciliation that stands tall alongside the major works of its genre. The album speaks of tragedy with great wisdom and clarity. Its songs plumb dark depths, but they reflect light as well". Listen to "Soak" below and check out the dates for her national tour.

 

 

ZOLA JESUS TOUR DATES:

09/16 - Hudson, NY - Basilica Soundscape

09/21 - San Diego, CA - Casbah

09/22 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar

09/23 – Santa Fe, NM - Meow Wolf

09/25 - Dallas, TX - Kessler Theater

09/26 - Austin, TX - North Door

09/27 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia

09/28 - Atlanta, GA - Aisle 5

09/29 - Asheville, NC - The Mothlight

09/30 - Washington, DC - U Street

10/01 - Boston, MA - ICA Boston

10/03 - Philadelphia, PA – PhilaMOCA

10/04 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade

10/06 - Toronto, ON - Longboat Hall

10/07 - Detroit, MI - Assemble Sound Church

10/08 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall

10/09 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre

10/10 - St. Paul, MN - Amsterdam Bar & Hall

10/11 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room

10/14 - Salt Lake City, UT - Amsterdam Bar & Hall

10/16 - Oakland, CA - Starline Social Club

10/17 - San Francisco, CA – Independent

10/19 - Seattle, WA – Crocodile

10/20 - Portland, OR - The Old Church

10/21 - Vancouver, BC - Venue

10/24 - Malmo, SE - Ikonst

10/25 - Gothenburg, SE - Nefertiti

10/26 - Copenhagen, DK - Jazzhouse

10/28 - Cologne, DE - Luxor

10/29 - Brighton, UK - The Haunt

10/31 - Glasgow, UK - St. Luke’s

11/01 - Manchester, UK - Band on the Wall

11/02 - Leeds, UK - Belgrave Music Hall

11/03 - Norwich, UK - Arts Centre

11/04 - Liverpool, UK - Stanley Theatre

11/06 - Dublin, IE - Whelan’s

11/07 - London, UK - Village Underground

11/08 - Paris, FR - Le Point Ephémère

11/12 - Geneva, CH - La Gravière

11/14 - Roma, IT - Monk

11/15 - Bologna, IT -  Locomotiv

11/16 - Bern, CH - Dampfzentrale

11/17 - Milan, IT - Magnolia

11/18 - Zagreb, HR - Mocvara

11/20 - Nuremburg, DE -  Z-Bau

11/21 - Vienna, AT - Fluc

11/22 - Berlin, DE - SO36

11/23 - Leipzig, DE - UT Connewitz

11/25 - Frankfurt, DE - Mousonturm

11/27 - Brussels, BE - Beursschouwburg

11/28 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso

11/29 - Hamburg, DE - Uebel & Gefahrlich


OKOVI TRACK LIST:

1. Doma

2. Exhumed

3. Soak

4. Ash to Bone

5. Witness

6. Siphon

7. Veka

8. Wiseblood

9. NMO

10. Remains

11. Half Life

 

http://zolajesus.com

https://twitter.com/zolajesus

https://www.facebook.com/zolajesusofficial/

https://www.instagram.com/zolajesus/

 

 

 

 


 

Twinsmith

Premiere: Stream Twinsmith’s New Album - “Stay Cool”

Jul 10, 2017

Longtime friends Jordan Smith and Matt Regner from Omaha, Nebraska began their band Twinsmith as DIY tinkerers, writing a pair of records starting with 2013’s self-titled debut and then 2015’s Alligator Years before recruiting bassist Bill Sharp and others to reinforce their live performance.

Now, Twinsmith is returning with their third album, Stay Cool, out this Friday via Saddle CreekThe title offers instruction that its songs carry out. The new album delivers the clean, sparkling refinement of their new sound, as clear as day and with an immediacy that is completely catching. Honed with the assistance of friend and Omaha neighbor, producer Graham Ulicny (Reptar, The Faint), the emphasis this time around was to simplify things by stripping away the excess, allowing the essential parts to come forward. 

The retooled sound of Stay Cool was actually found through a rediscovery of their original approach. “When we first started the band, Matt and I used an 8-track recorder and made all our demos in the basement of my parents’ house" recalls Smith. "For this new one we drew back a lot (from the first two albums). We recorded it like when we first started— (this time) in the dining room at our house, with old synths and ’80s drum machines. We wanted to drop back and do what was comfortable.."

"The main goal was to make something a bit more personal to us." continues Smith. "The last album was kind of in-your-face pop music and that’s why we made this so short and sweet; we wanted listeners to hear the small, distinct sounds we were working on. Because there were only a few people involved, we could make our decisions more directly." 

Stay Cool sees Twinsmith's sound evolving from hazy surf rock to a fuller, more dynamic guitar-and-keys pop appeal. The fresh, slick new direction produces results that will have you bopping, hopping and electric sliding with glee. Clear out some space in your basement, dining room or wherever and get ready to feel good. Stream Stay Cool below.

 

 

Here is the link to the pre-order of Stay Cool: https://twinsmith.lnk.to/StayCool

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Broken Social Scene

Listen: “Protest Song”

Jul 07, 2017

The return of alt rock luminaries Broken Social Scene is cause for celebration. The Canadian collective's fifth full-length, and first in seven years, Hug of Thunder, is out today and is fantastic. It's certainly one of the best albums of the year so far. It's hard to choose a song to lead into the glorious sound still intact, but "Protest Song" is as good as any. Check it out below and do yourself a favor - keep diving in. The water is both exhilarating and warm and after a while, you don't want to get out.

Leif Erikson

Listen: Leif Erikson - “Concrete & Steel”

Jul 06, 2017

London five-piece band Leif Erikson have shared the new single from their forthcoming self-titled, debut mini-album out August 25th via Arts & Crafts. The gently propulsive track feels like the wind at your back, while incongruently, lead singer and guitarist Sam Johnston's lyrics grapple with inner city disaffection. Check it out below. You can also catch them touring the UK in November.

For those unfamiliar, the press release describes the band: "Leif Erikson are a London-based five-piece who craft quietly emotive, effortlessly explorative transatlantic pop: five unique life journeys brought together under the namesake of a little-known Icelandic explorer, believed by many to have been the first Westerner to reach the shores of America. And at a time when an increasing number of new bands see depth and substance as a potential commercial risk, lead singer and guitarist Sam Johnston's socially conscious lyrics project a disarming honesty. Here are songs which offer the kind of thoughtful interiority that, while grounded in intimate observation, feel instantly relatable to anybody struggling to find meaning and comfort amidst the hectic concerns of inner city living."

Concrete and Steel by Leif Erikson on VEVO.

Fall Tour Dates:
Sept 7th - Oslo, London (Headline)
Nov 2nd - Deaf Institute, Manchester (w/Island)
Nov 3rd - Think Tank, Newcastle (w/Island)
Nov 4th - La Belle Angele, Edinburgh (w/Island)
Nov 6th - Brudenell Games Room, Leeds (w/Island)
Nov 7th - Bodega, Nottingham (w/Island)
Nov 8th - Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham (w/Island)
Nov 9th - The Cookie, Leicester (w/Island)
Nov 10th - Lousiana, Bristol (w/Island)
Nov 11th - The Hope & Run, Brighton (w/Island)