Run the Jewels

Watch: Run The Jewels “Call Ticketron” Video

Dec 15, 2017

Run The Jewels have just released a video for "Call Ticketron,"  from their 2016 album Run The Jewels 3. The entertaining video was directed by Brad Palmer & Brian Palmer of Surround, and "depicts a sold-out show at the Garden in NYC which goes awry when the audience mysteriously disappears. As the guys investigate, matters take an apocalyptic turn, and strangeness ensues." The video also reminds you of the special mic chemistry between Killer Mike and El-P, as they ceaselessly flip verses back and forth. Check it: 

Sharon Van Etten

Listen: Sharon Van Etten Interview for No Effects Podcast

Dec 14, 2017

There's a new music podcast out there and judging by its first round of interviews, it's going to be a good one. No Effects, hosted by Jesse Cohen just posted a deep dive interview with Sharon Van Etten about "her open mic days, 'trying to make people cry,' her first tours, and how motherhood has changed her." Do tell Sharon...

Avey Tare

Watch: Avey Tare Animated “Ms. Secret” Video

Dec 13, 2017

One of the sleeper great albums of 2017 was Avey Tare's Eucalyptus. Animal Collective's wild child went on a solo acoustic hike inspired by his home surroundings in California and trips to Hawaii. He came back with a wistful, misty set of daydreams. "Ms. Secret" has a kineticism and a sea-themed video, which presumably comes from all the time he spent in the ocean during the recording of Eucalyptus

We Are The West

Premiere: We Are The West “Siren” Video

Dec 12, 2017

We Are The West is an experimental folk-rock collective from LA featuring singer/guitarist Brett Hool, stand-up bassist John Kibler and drummer/vocalist Elizabeth Goodfellow (also touring drummer for Iron & Wine). Low Anthem, Led Zeppelin & Moody Blues all come delightfully to mind when you listen. Under the Radar has the premiere of the video for the peaceful lead track “Siren” from their debut album, The Golden Shore due March 30th.

Kibler describes how the idea for the video came to be: "The seed was planted a couple of years ago when we went to see The Low Anthem. They had this Leslie speaker contraption in front of a guitar amp, and I realized we could do the same by taking apart this broken old Lowery organ we kept in the parking garage. We decided to film ourselves disassembling the organ at sunset, and edit the video together in reverse so that it appears we are building it at sunrise."

Says Hool of the song, "The idea of the siren and her song, of course, is an ancient one. It seemed only right to begin 'The Golden Shore' with her call, luring us perhaps to ruin, perhaps to paradise. So we built her an instrument and we tore it apart.”

Here's some background on one of the lifeblood bands of LA's music scene:

We Are The West is a convergence of sound and space. Dedicated song-stylists, the Los Angeles-based group has developed a uniquely immersive approach to performance, playing both concert halls and improvised venues, including their acclaimed underground parking garage concert series.

Brett Hool [voice/guitar] and John Kibler [bass/voice] formed We Are The West in a shipping container on a sheep farm in Holland, and began performing as a duo in an abandoned convent in Brooklyn, before moving back to California.  Originally described as "a two-man orchestra of stunning vocals, meditative guitar, and exploratory double bass" [ABQ Journal], the group now includes an extended family of musicians with Elizabeth Goodfellow [drums/voice], Sylvain Carton [clarinet/saxophone], Ben Tolliday [cello], Joe Kennedy [keys], Paul Cox [organ], and Mathias Künzli [percussion].  Often seeking out nontraditional and acoustically inspirational spaces in which to perform and record, their national tours have included performances in natural desert amphitheaters, mine shafts, tow lots, redwood groves, sunset coves, and Masonic temples, in addition to traditional theaters and festivals.

The LA music scene’s best-kept-secret of the past few years, We Are The West’s underground parking garage concert series presents a recontextualized and genuinely deep musical experience. The Saturday before each full moon, the band transforms an everyday office parking garage into an extraordinary performance space. Different guests open each night, from established artists and acclaimed bands to chamber groups and avant-garde sound experiments.   

We Are The West has released four EPs, each recorded in a different improvised locale: their LA parking garage, a barn in western New York, the high desert of New Mexico, and a ranch in Sebastopol. For their first full-length album, 'The Golden Shore', due out in Spring 2018, the band went to Grammy winning engineer Husky Höskulds in downtown Los Angeles to record live as a trio with their longtime drummer Beth Goodfellow.

 

Tom Rogerson & Brian Eno

Stream: Tom Rogerson with Brian Eno Collaboration Album - Finding Shore

Dec 11, 2017

A record well worth giving a listen surfaced quietly on Friday. Tom Rogerson with Brian Eno’s collaboration album Finding Shore was released on Dead Oceans. The label introduced it this way: "Finding Shore is an immersive, expansive record – truly a world unto itself – born from a simple construct, Tom improvising at the piano and Brian twisting those signals with the Moog Piano Bar (an obscure piece of Moog gear that works by using infrared beams focused on each piano key). We recommend you grab a seat, someplace comfy, and dive in headfirst." Recommendation taken and heeded. Get lost:


Son Lux

Listen: Son Lux “Dream State” Brighter Night Reimagination

Dec 07, 2017

Ahead of their highly anticipated new album Brighter Wounds dropping in February, Son Lux already has a reimagination of the lead single "Dream State". The tidal impact of the album version is toned down into a simply beautiful classical string composition on this Brighter Night version, over which the fragile power of Ryan Lott flutters. Check it out:

 

Total Control

Listen: New Total Control “Laughing At The System, Pt. 1”

Dec 06, 2017

Seemingly out of nowhere, Total Control will be releasing their new album Laughing At The System this Friday on Alter Records. The Melbourne band's last album Typical System was one of the best albums of 2014. Total Control was formed by Eddie Current Suppression Ring's Mikey Young and UV Race's Dan Stewart, other great Aussi punk groups. Today they revealed the first track off the new album, "Laughing At The System, Pt. 1". Listen below.

From total Control's Bandcamp page: Their new 12", 'Laughing At The System,' is a succinct statement, but it feels like the sharpest thing they've ever assembled. Written and recorded over the past couple of years in various lounge rooms, bedrooms, and rehearsal studios, across Melbourne, regional Victoria, and Western Australia, Al Montfort, Daniel Stewart, James Vinciguerra, Mikey Young, and Zephyr Pavey are—for the record—all accounted for in the process. 

Lionlimb

Watch: Lionlimb “Maria” Video

Dec 05, 2017

Lionlimb is comprised of founding members Stewart Bronaugh (formerly of Angel Olsen's band) and Joshua Jaeger (currently of Angel Olsen's band.) Their new album, Tape Recorder, coming out February 23rd on Bayonet follows 2016’s Shoo. With the album announcement, Lionlimb is sharing the video for lead single "Maria". It recalls the bigger songs of Elliot Smith. Check it.

“‘Maria’ addresses Maria Goretti, one of the youngest saints to be canonized,” explains Bronaugh. “Beyond that it’s about feeling a part of something bigger than yourself. It could be a connection you have to someone you’ll never meet. Or, appreciating what another person is going through even if you'll never fully understand it. We all have certain experiences in common, more or less, and music is a universal tool that reflects that. You don’t need any prior skills or knowledge in order to engage with it. ”

Tape Recorder seems like an album to look forward to in the new year: "Tape Recorder is a collection of six tracks written by Bronaugh after Lionlimb’s second European tour in Fall 2016, primarily on piano in Columbia University practice rooms. After having collaborated with a friend who plays cello, Bronaugh began expanding the songs to include violin, cello and bass clarinet. Having been the first time he scored music by hand, Bronaugh looked to ‘70s minimalist composers for research."