Preoccupations

Watch: Preoccupations “Compliance” Video

Jan 28, 2019

Calgary's Preoccupations has just released another spooky video. This one's for "Compliance", the closing instrumental on last year's album New Material. There's a tonal consistency to the bands' videos for sure. Watch this haunt below.

On the video, Preoccupations say:

"Compliance - The final track off Preoccupations third studio album New Material is a fresh and stark departure for the band: a climactic wall of all-encompassing noise and awe as two tones rise above the waves of sound and reach towards the cosmos, to eternity. This video directed by Nicholas Brown and Evan Henderson explores a post-apocalyptic universe featuring an enigmatic forest spirit named "Mariah".
 
Mariah has awakened from eons of slumber to a world that has long been abandoned by humans and heavily mutated by their waste and consumption. As Mariah struggles to make sense of this new world, she grieves for the one she has lost forever. The Mariah creature was painstakingly designed and constructed by Brown, portrayed by Henderson, and captured by the haunting and beautiful cinematography of Adam Stewart. Compliance brings a close to this chapter of the band as we look towards the future and marvel at the new heights their music will take.”

PREOCCUPATIONS EU TOUR DATES:
Wed, JAN 30 - Dabadaba, San Sebastián, Spain
Thu, JAN 31 - Sala La 2 de Apolo, Barcelona, Spain
Fri, FEB 01- Loco Club, València, Spain
Sat, FEB 02 - sala Changó, Madrid, Spain
Sun, FEB 03 - Sala X, Sevilla, Spain
Tue, FEB 05 - Rock School Barbey, Bordeaux, France
Wed, FEB 06 - Rockstore, Montpellier, France
Thu, FEB 07 - Spazio 211, Torino, Italy
Fri, FEB 08 - MONK - Circolo Arci, Roma, Italy
Sat, FEB 09 - Covo Club, Bologna, Italy
Sun, FEB 10 - Argo16, Venezia, Italy
Tue, FEB 12 - Kulturhaus Karlstorbahnhof, Heidelberg, Germany
Wed, FEB 13 - Gaswerk Kulturzentrum,Winterthur, Switzerland
Thu, FEB 14 - La Romandie, Lausanne, Switzerland
Fri, FEB 15 - Sommercasino, Basel, Switzerland
Sat, FEB 16 - six d.o.g.s, Athina, Greece
Thu, MAR 14 - Le Romandie, Lausanne, Switzerland

Sharon Van Etten

Watch: Sharon Van Etten Perform “Jupiter 4” on KCRW

Jan 25, 2019

The beautiful in every sense of the meaning Sharon Van Etten has just released an uppercut knockout of an album Remind Me Tomorrow and the track "Jupiter 4" is the body blow. She performed the track live for KCRW and you can watch it below. I can't stop listening to this song, or thiis album. If your interest takes you further, and it ought to, she breaks down the album track by track on a new NPR All Songs Considered podcast.

Hand Habits

Watch: Hand Habits “can’t calm down” Video

Jan 24, 2019

Hand Habits is the latest band signed by Saddle Creek, a label that seems to have an especially keen sense for good artists. Fronted by Meg Duffy, a long-time member of Kevin Morby's touring band, Hand Habits will release their sophomore album, 'placeholder,' on March 1st from their new home. The video for second single "can't calm down", directed and by Vanessa Haddad, was just shared. 


Stephen Malkmus

Watch: Stephen Malkmus “Viktor Borgia” Video

Jan 22, 2019

Stephen Malkmus is really going for the '80s goth-synth-pop thing on this one, and hey, why not? Check out the new video for "Viktor Borgia", directed by Jan Lankisch, from Malkmus's new album Groove Denied out March 15.


Amp

Listen: Amp “Drone in A (Yellow on Blue No. 1)”

Jan 21, 2019

Stumbled upon this long ambient piece from Amp, which feels right along with the 7 degree temperature in New York today. Here's some background from Amp's bandcamp page:

Amp is an electronic post rock band (from London) formed by Richard F. Walker (aka Richard Amp) in 1992, after a 2 year hiatus Ampr esurfaced with French vocalist Karine Charff, and a succession of floating collaborators. MC Strong:"Occupying musical territory somewhere between shoegazing and the Bristol 'Trip Hop' sound, AMP had created a work of sweeping soundscapes, echoing ambience and waves of feedback."

"Drone in A", is as the name suggests a drone based track, it is part of a collection that Amp is currently working on as an adjunct to their on going new studio album......the tracks as and when they are ready will be released as singles. 

 

Ex:Re

Watch: Elena Tonra (Ex:Re/Daughter) Perform “Romance” at BBC 6 Live Room

Jan 16, 2019

Elena Tonra of Daughter recently released her debut solo album under the name Ex:Re and "Romance" is one beautiful cut. Tonra and her band performed the first single live for Mary Anne Hobbs in the BBC 6 Music Live Room. Watch it below.

Some songs in composition and thought come straight from the heart and shoot straight into it. This is one of them.


Mike Edel

Premiere: Mike Edel “Houdini” From Forthcoming Album “Thresholds”

Jan 15, 2019

Pacific Northwest artist Mike Edel is releasing his "big & beautiful" new record Thresholds on March 1st, and if the single "Houdini" is any indication, his third full length will blast some fresh airwaves into the new year. Produced by Chris Walla, Thresholds looks to update the energy of turn of the century radio rock in uplifting fashion. Under the Radar has the premiere of "Houdini" and you can take it for a spin below.

No offense to Death Cab for Cutie, but it becomes pretty clear what they have been missing since Chris Walla's departure when you hear the sunblast of "Houdini"

Of the track, Edel glows, “I blew out my vocal chords within 15 minutes each day that I tracked vocals for the song. It’s one of my proudest moments as an artist because ‘letting go,’ (co-writing plus Walla’s heavy-handed production) resulted in a song that sounds new and really stretched me to cross my own sonic thresholds.”  

 

THRESHOLDS pre-order:
GERMANY TOUR DATES
3/21 - Hamburg - Astra Stube 
3/22 - Buxtehude – The Rebel’s Choice
3/23 – Künzelsau – Kokolores
3/24 - Offenbach - Hafen 2
3/25 – Bamberg – Live Club
3/27 - Lübeck - Tonfink 
3/29 - Cologne - die Wohngemeinschaft
3/30 - Berlin - Culture Container
NORTH AMERICA TOUR DATES
2/14 – Montreal, QC - Folk Alliance 
2/14 – Montreal, QC - Folk Alliance 
2/17 – Winnipeg, MB – Festival Du Voyageur
2/18 – Regina, SK – The Artesian
2/19 – Saskatoon, SK – The Black Cat Tavern
2/23 – Victoria, BC – Alix Goolden Hall
4/3 – Hamilton, ON | Mills Hardware
4/4 – London, ON | The London Music Club
4/6 – Ottawa, ON | Cafe Deckuf 
4/7 – Burlington, VT | The Light Club Lamp Shop
4/8 – Boston, MA | Sofar Sounds
4/9 – Asbury Park, NJ | The Saint
4/10 – New York, NY | The Rockwood
4/11 – Washington, DC | Songbyrd DC
4/12 – Philadelphia, PA | The Barbary
4/14 – Pittsburgh, PA | Howlers
4/15 – Cleveland, OH | Wilberts
4/17 – Milwaukee, WI | Shank Hall
4/18 – Minneapolis, MN | Nomad World Pub
4/19 – Burlington, WI | Coffeehouse on Chestnut and Pine
4/20 – Chicago, IL | Uncommon Ground (Edgewater)
5/5 – Los Angeles, CA | Hotel Cafe
5/9 – Seattle, WA | The Sunset
5/10 – Bellingham, WA | The Firefly
5/14 – Rossland, BC | Flying Steamshovel
5/15 – Red Deer, AB | Red Hart Brewing
5/16 – Edmonton, AB | The Buckingham
5/17 – Calgary, AB | The Ironwood
5/18 – Calgary, AB | The Ironwood
5/21 – Lethbridge, AB | The Slice
5/22 – Kelowna, BC | Fernando’s
**Additional dates TBA
Tickets and Info @ www.mikeedel.com/tour

Broken Social Scene

Watch: Broken Social Scene Intimate Set at House of Strombo

Jan 14, 2019

Hey how about a Broken Social Scene live set to start out the week? The Canadian legends played an intimate set, including a couple of premieres, for The Strombo Show, a Canadian radio show hosted by George Stroumboulopoulos, which has aired since 2005. Stroumboulopoulos hosts a concert series called House of Strombo that he hosts from his downtown Toronto home.

Here's Broken Social Scene playing: 0:20 Cause = Time, 7:41 Can't Find My Heart (Premiere,) 12:44 1972 (Premiere), 18:28 I'll Bring The Sun, 22:24 TBT, 28:38 Lover's Spit (with Feist), and 39:18 Ibi Dreams Of Pavement.