Thom Yorke

Watch: Thom Yorke perform acoustic “Open Again” From Susperia Soundtrack

Dec 04, 2018

Thom Yorke has been busy away from Radiohead lately. His wonderful score for the horror classic remake Susperia just came out and he has been playing songs from it on the tour of his solo electronic albums. Today we see an acoustic performance of the Susperia track "Open Again"

The Beths

Watch: The Beths KEXP Live Session

Dec 03, 2018

I knew I really liked the Beths 2018 debut album Future Me Hates Me, but realized just how much when this posted. The New Zealand indie power-pop band stopped through KEXP for a live session in October, playing Future Me Hates Me, Uptown Girl, Little Death, and Happy Unhappy. Cheryl Waters hosts.

Nils Frahm

Listen: Nils Frahm “Spells”

Dec 01, 2018

Synth-piano composer extraordinaire Nils Frahm is releasing an EP as an extension of his album this year All Melody. Encores 2 is out January 25th, 2019 and is the second in a series of EPs accompanying the beautifully tense All Melody. Here's the 12-minute ambient odyssey "Spells".

And here's a bit more from the press release, plus upcoming tour dates:
 
While Encores 1 focused on an acoustic pallet of sounds with just a solo piano and harmonium, Encores 2 explores a more ambient landscape from the All Melody sessions, the pinnacle of which is the astral 12-minute showpiece "Spells". Recorded through an amplified stone well Frahm found on Mallorca, Encores 2 is at once unique but familiar; orbiting the universe of All Melody while inhabiting its own world. 
"The idea behind Encores is one we had from before All Melody;" says Frahm "To separate releases each with their own distinct musical style and theme, perhaps even as a triple album. But All Melody became larger than itself and took over any initial concepts. I think the idea of Encores is like musical islands that compliment All Melody"



Nils Frahm Tour

March 11

Orpheum Theatre - Vancouver BC

March 12

Moore Theatre - Seattle WA

March 13

Roseland Theater - Portland OR

March 15

The Warfield - San Fransisco CA

March 16

Walt Disney Concert Hall - Los Angeles CA

March 17

The Van Buren - Phoenix AZ

March 19

Emo's - Austin TX

March 20

Texas Theater - Dallas TX

March 22

Carolina Theatre - Durham NC

March 23

Big Ears Festival - Knoxville TN

March 24

9:30 Club - Washington DC

March 25

Mr. Smalls Theatre - Pittsburgh PA

March 26

Union Transfer - Philadelphia PA

March 27

The Wilbur Theatre - Boston MA

March 29

Brooklyn Steel - New York NY

March 30

Brooklyn Steel - New York NY

March 31

State Theatre - Portland ME

April 1

Higher Ground Ballroom - South Burlington VT

April 2

Palace des arts Wilfrid Pelletier - Montreal QC

April 3

Danforth Music Hall - Toronto ON

April 4

Majestic Theatre - Detroit MI

April 5

Symphony Center - Chicago IL



Adrianne Lenker

Watch: Adrianne Lenker “symbol” Video

Nov 29, 2018

Adrianne Lenker of Big Thief gifted us with undoubtedly one of the best, and most personally resonant albums of the year in abysskiss. Today she shared the video for "symbol". Here's a bit about from the press release:

Directed by Adam Gundersheimer and V Haddad, it features Adrianne exploring Coney Island, meeting and connecting with different people she encounters. "The sincerity and intimacy of symbol inspired us to take a documentary approach to the music video," say the directors. "The project is a sort of tribute and love letter to New York City, Coney Island, and all of the people who make those places so special. We spent a couple of days walking the boardwalk and taking video portraits of people we met. We documented whatever they felt like sharing. It was such a warm experience – each person was so giving." 

If you haven't listened to abysskiss yet, do yourself a kindness, find a quiet place, and do.

 

Be Forest

Watch: Be Forest Returns with “Atto I” Video

Nov 28, 2018

Ahh, where have you been? Those muffled Echo and The Bunnymen sounding post-punk guitars and cavernous drums never get old. I had forgotten what they sounded like for a second, then listened to this throwback instrumental by Be Forest. The acclaimed Italian shoegaze/post-punk trio posted video titled “Atto I”. It’s been over four years since the release of their last album Earthbeat. Welcome back.

Ex:Re

Watch: Ex:Re (Elena Tonra of Daughter) “Romance” Video From Forthcoming Solo Album

Nov 26, 2018

Elena Tonra of Daughter is releasing a solo album under the name Ex:Re. She just shared the video for the first single "Romance", taken from the self-titled debut album to be released on 4AD & Glassnote Records on November 30th. The video, directed by Antonia Luxem, finds Tonra dancing alone to the upbeat ambient track in a nightclub setting. Hey, I'd dance with her.

LUMP

Watch: LUMP “May I Be The Light” Video

Nov 23, 2018

LUMP is the vocals of Laura Marling blended with the minimal and floral electronic folk production of Mike Lindsay (Tunng, Throws) The two apparently met at a Niel Young concert and admired one another's work, so they got together and produced one of the better albums this year. They just shared the animated video for "May I Be The Light" from LUMP's self-titled album.

Oneohtrix Point Never

Listen: Oneohtrix Point Never “Last Known Image Of A Song” Ryuichi Sakamoto Rework

Nov 20, 2018

Today Oneohtrix Point Never, oka Daniel Lopatin, shared the Ryuichi Sakamoto rework of "Last Known Image Of A Song", the last track on his last album Age Of. The track shares the low vibration quality of some of Sakamoto's recordings. One master composer reinterpreting another. A sign of admiration returned by Sakamoto after OPN previously reworked Sakamoto's "andata," the opening song off his 2017 album, asyncLopatin is releasing a new EP, Love In The Time Of Lexapro, this Friday, November 23rd via Warp Records.