Entrance

Entrance: Protest Video: “Not Gonna Say Your Name”

Jan 20, 2017

Keep those protest songs comin'. The day before the inauguration day that nobody wanted to face, Los Angeles based musician Guy Blakeslee (aka ENTRANCE), released a new track, "Not Gonna Say Your Name" and a video of inspiring fan submitted footage from protests that have taken place all over the country since the November election. Watching it gives you the warm feeling of collectve dissent and makes you want to hit the streets tomorrow. 

“Not Gonna Say Your Name” is now availablevia Thrill Jockey on participating DSPs, with all proceeds from song purchases and streams going directly to Planned Parenthood, an organization that Blakeslee holds near and dear to his heart.  “I decided to use the song to benefit PP because one of the things that is so shocking about the election result is that it sends such a negative message to women and girls,” he says.  “It's the least I could do - for all of the women in the world, in my life, and especially for my mother - to fight back and make a clear statement that we will not accept this backwards agenda.” 

Entrance is also honored to announce that he will be performing at a Planned Parenthood Benefit taking place in Los Angeles at the Teragram Ballroom this Valentine’s Day alongside artists including Ty SegallKevin Morby, and King Tuff

Entrance's first album in over a decade Book of Changes is due out February 24th via Thrill Jockey.

Count me as one of many who are looking forward to the new Cloud Nothings album, Life Without Sound, set to be released next Friday, January 27th via Carpark Records. Today, the band shared on emore new track from the forthcoming album, "Enter Entirely". Do you ever feel like listening to Pavement without actually listening to Pavement? Here's an opportunity. "Enter Entirely" follows last week's release of the video for "Internal World", the lead single from the new album which you can also watch below. All of this is to rev you up for the next chapter for Cloud Nothings.

In a press release, Life Without sound is described as, "the radiant, far-far-better-than-okay fourth full-length the rock outfit has recorded since (Frontman Dylan Baldi) began writing and releasing songs on his own under the Cloud Nothings alias in 2008. While its highly acclaimed predecessor - 2014's Here and Nowhere Else - came together spontaneously, in the little time that touring allowed, Life Without Sound took shape under far less frenetic circumstances." John Goodmanson (Sleater Kinney, Death Cab for Cutie) came on board to produce the album. 

In addition to the new single, Cloud Nothings will embark on a lengthy tour next week that will see them hit North America in January and February before heading to Europe in March.

Up and coming London producer/vocalist Kelly Lee Owens announced her self-titled debut album today, due March 24th via Smalltown Supersound and shared the lead single, “Anxi” featuring Jenny Hval.

Hval murmurs and swoons into into the minimalist, syncopated pulse-wave submerged in tension. Owens says of working with her cohort in disquieted plunging, “It has been my most freeing and open collaboration so far, and my first time working with a female..It was a very powerful experience for me, I felt she brought something strange and quite beautiful.”

The debut album follows the release of her Oleic EP this past fall. Owens produced the album herself, taking inspiration from Daniel Avery, who’s 2013 densely motorized Drone Logic, features Owens’ vocals. In the press release the album is described as one, “that bridges the gaps between cavernous techno, spectral pop, and Krautrock’s mechanical pulse” Together, Kelly Lee Owens and Jenny Hval tap something absorbing.

 

Surfer Blood's fourth studio album, Snowdonia, is due out February 3 via Joyful Noise Recordings and Under the Radar has the premiere of new song "Frozen." The band leaps back to the fold in familiar fashion with jaunty guitar phrasing and zeal that makes you think of The Vaselines with a big grin on your face. Check it out below, followed by the band's upcoming tour dates.

A lot has happened in the lives of these South Florida rockers in the past couple of years and the substance of their new songs reflects the growth from their experience. Snowdonia is the band's first album since the death of guitarist Thomas Fekete, who passed away last May after a hard fought battle with cancer. Understandably, the band now has a new lineup, with frontman John Paul Pitts and drummer Tyler Schwarz remaining and being joined by their high school friends Michael McCleary on guitar and Lindsey Mills on bass. Former bassist Kevin Williams previously left the band in October 2015. Pitts has assumed sole writing and mixing duties for the first time since 2010's Astro Coast, while the dextrous guitar of McCleary and precious background vocals of Mills find prominence. A press statement from the label describes the new dimension: "Much of Snowdonia finds the band tackling heavy themes like mortality and aging through longer, more complex songs and also features the most narrative and autobiographical material lead singer John Paul Pitts has written." Surfer Blood are one resilient band and after well more than their fair share of tragedy and misfortune, they keep forging ahead and are positively welcome back.

Previously they shared the album's first single, "Six Flags in F or G," as well as a video for "Matter of Time." You can preorder the album here.

Surfer Blood Tour Dates:

1/27: Tallahassee, FL @ The Wilbury
1/28: Mobile, AL @ The Merry Widow
1/29: Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
1/30: Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall (upstairs) 
2/1: Austin, TX @ The Parish
2/3: Tucson, AZ @ Flycatcher
2/4: Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriet's
2/6: San Luis Obispo, CA @ SLO Brewing Company
2/7: San Francisco, CA @  The Chapel
2/9: Portland, OR @ Holocene
2/10: Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
2/11: Seattle, WA @ Barboza
2/12: Seattle, WA @ Barboza
2/14: Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium 
2/16: Las Vegas, NV @ The Bunkhouse Saloon
2/17: Los Angeles, CS @ Teragram Ballroom
2/18: San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
2/19: Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
2/21: Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
4/14: Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
4/15: West Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
4/16: Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
4/18: Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's 
4/19: Allston, MA @ Great Scott
4/20: Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg
4/21: Washington, DC @ DC9
4/22: Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern
4/23: Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant Street 
4/24: Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar
4/25: Knoxville, TN @ The Concourse @ The International
4/26: Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre
4/28: Miami, FL @ Gramps
4/29: West Palm Beach, FL @ Respectable Street Block Party

 

Vienna born and Los Angeles bred Marlon Rabenreither writes and sings the material for his main project Gold Star. Just signed to Autumn Tone Records, his sophomore album Big Blue, was announced today and its first single "Sonny's Blues" was shared. His weary drifter, country tinged rock has been aptly described as "stark guitar-noir Americana" and on "Sonny's Blues" his influences and comparisons to the likes of Townes Van Zandt, Wilco, and Cass McCombs bear out. There's some of the feeling of Red House Painters too. Lucinda Williams and Ryan Bingham approve, as both have expressly asked Gold Star to open for their shows. So kick up your boots and have a listen. Big Blue is due out March 24h.

Through his electro-ambience, British Columbia's Jamison Isaak has had a penchant for production that reaches and feels for the skies. Under his recording name Teen Daze, his fifth LP, Themes For Dying Earth is is due February 10 and will be the the first to be released through his new label, FLORA. Today, Teen Daze shared the second track, "First Rain". It features Bon Iver band memberS. Carey, as well as a sublime backing track of rain fall that whisks you away to the mountains of B.C. In a press release, Isaak puts this in context:"First Rain was the first song I wrote for the new LP, and the first to be written in my newest home studio. We had just moved into this new place, which is much more secluded and quiet, and I started recording almost immediately. The sound of the rain you can hear at the start and end were done on that first day of recording, right outside our front door. As the song progressed, and I tracked more instruments, having vocals lead the song felt more and more necessary... It was around this time that I contacted Sean about possibly helping co-produce a song, or to collaborate in some way. He's quite a busy guy, and involved in more than enough projects, so when he was eager to contribute I was so ecstatic. I'm such a huge fan of his, and having him want to be involved was a dream. When he sent me back what he recorded, it was so immediately perfect for the song. In an email exchange we had after everything was finished, he noted that it felt like we're both appealing to the best versions of ourselves, and I couldn't agree more." Isaak's synth keys have recalled scores to 80's romantic dramas and comedies like The Secret of My Success and "First Rain" is no different, if not more spacial and subdued. Close your eyes and take it in:

 

Austra

Austra: “Utopia (Jana Hunter Remix)” and “Utopia” Video

Jan 11, 2017

Toronto based Austra’s third album, Future Politics, is due out on January 20th and it's first single, "Utopia" already has a sick, slick remix from Jana Hunter. Future Politics pushes Austra's modus of uptempo mystic darkwave permeated by airy goth song and this take on "Utopia" is the perfect primer for what you'll hear on the new record. Hunter employs the dark bassline groove suggestive of Lower Dens as it carries the announcement of Katie Stelmanis' return. The video for "Utopia" lies beneath. Check it:

Cate Le Bon

Cate Le Bon: “Rock Pool” Video

Jan 10, 2017

Cate Le Bon satisfies that urge to connect to that retro bohemian artist vibe we associate with the 60's, channeling Nico and The Velvet Underground. Hers is the kind of gentle, low-fi art rock that somehow fits with drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes on a rainy day. Following up her 2016 precious stone of an album, Crab Day, Le Bon will release the four song, 12 inch EP Rock Pool on January 27th, via Drag City. The video for the title song was just released. Directed by Casey Raymond, "Rock Pool" finds the lovely Le Bon in a technicolor zone of impressionism, cryptic and abstract. It's another good example of pleasurable art with ambiguous meaning. Le Bon will be touring North America with Tim Presley in January and February, beginning in Los Angeles at the Highland Park Ebell on Thursday night. Here's a peek at what's in store: