Monthly Archives: January 2015

Take a rich slice of GFOTY’s “Cake Mix”

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GFOTY (Girlfriend Of The Year) latest song, “Cake Mix,” like her other music, sounds like it’s been created on a tiny little synthesizer at a huge sweaty rave. Envision one of those video games that people are addicted to — Candy Crush Saga comes to mind– then add sound effects like the game “Asteroids” and the accent of a cheeky British woman (putting it mildly) and that’s GFOTY.

But it’s still hard to really describe her style. Maybe dance-synth?

Noisy Music has called GFOTY (who says her name is Hannah Diamond) “post-ringtone music”: read that story here.

She’s also author of tender lines like “I want you to like me”; “Bad things happen/not to me though”; and “Drown her in my tits,” all set to a hyper mini-synth parade.

GFOTY, from London, explained how “Cake Mix” was cooked up.

“Basically C ake Mix was created after I got with this really hot guy who had a GF – I mean, I thought he was hot at the time but in reality he looks like that really weird bloated face when your making a Mii character on your Wii – you know the one yeah? It’s kinda just about me stealing people’s boyfriends and being abnormally huge. This one guy on Twitter said he saw me out once and I was way smaller then he imagined and to ‘never meet your heroes’ or something like that and I mean like I’m 169cms (5’5”) and I wear high shoes all the time too so like HOW TALL DID HE WANT ME TO BE? So I guess – yeah it’s kinda inspired by that guy on Twitter primarily. So I guess cake has nothing to do with the mix apart from me making cakes and stuff.”

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Stream GFOTY’s “Cake Mix” on Soundcloud.

Girlfriend Of The Year is with PC Music — a fairly new label that’s been flying under the radar for some time, but not everyone’s gotten the memo– read more on PC Music on Pitchfork.

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Let Panda Bear warm up your Snowmageddon with his live show at Warsaw

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To fit in with the snowy, dune-like world the Northeast will find itself in Tuesday morning, settle in tonight with an equally foreign, yet inviting piece of music, courtesy of Panda Bear.

RBMA Radio has released the live audio of Panda Bear’s show at Warsaw in Brooklyn as part of Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York 2014.

At times futuristic and progressive, and other times droning and mesmerizing, the show is a continuous stream of Panda Bear’s wandering thought, which keeps morphing sound until you find yourself in new, uncharted landscapes with no clue as to how you got there.

Panda Bear, also known as Noah Lennox, also known as part of Animal Collective, also recently released his Fireside Chat on RBMA Radio: Listen to that here.  Check out Warsaw for upcoming shows.

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Duologue announces free UK show Feb. 25

Duologue, through their fan site, has announced they’ll be playing a free show Feb. 25 at The Waiting Room, Stoke Newington, UK.

The electro-pop band also says they’ll be recording the show to use in a live EP from the Never Get Lost shows.

Visit TicketArena to grab a ticket. Visit www.duologuemusic.com for more, and listen to Duologue’s mesmerizing and dreamy “Forests.”

Duologue releases another single from "Never Get Lost," called "Drag and Drop."

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Hear newcomer Sarah Bethe Nelson’s breakup ode “Paying”

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Sarah Bethe Nelson by Colette Levesque

Sarah Bethe Nelson worked as a bartender in the San Francisco area for several years, gathering stories gleaned from nightly fights and makeout sessions.

Her first song from her debut, “Fast-Moving Clouds,” is reminiscent of that rich, laden landscape and a great breakup song.

“Paying” brings back that slow, ghostly sadcore sound a band like Red House Painters mastered in the 90s. Nelson also knows how to deftly make even her vocal melodies sound lonely, adding another layer of pensiveness.

Listen to “Paying” on Soundcloud.

Her debut, “Fast-Moving Clouds” is out March 10 on Burger Records.

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FAST-MOVING CLOUDS TRACKLISTING
1. Start Somewhere
2. Impossible Love
3. Black Telephone
4. Snake Shake
5. Paying
6. Fast-Moving Clouds
7. Soft Eyes
8. Uneasy
9. Every Other Sunday
10. We’re Not Dead

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Listen to “The Airport,” a new song from The Twilight Sad

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Still riding the wave of critical acclaim of “Nobody Wants To Be Here & Nobody Wants To Leave,” The Twilight Sad will be releasing an AA-side vinyl (a 7″ picture disc) of “I Could Give You All That You Don’t Want” in the UK on Feb. 9.

The disc also contains a new song, “The Airport,” which you can hear at The Line Of Best Fit.

North American fans can also get a hold of the picture disc at their upcoming shows in the U.S. and Canada.

Also check out “I Could Give You All That You Don’t Want” on Soundcloud.

“Nobody Wants To Be Here & Nobody Wants To Leave” is out on Fat Cat Records.

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Felix the Cat takes a bender in BC Camplight’s new video

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BC Camplight gives Felix the Cat a psychedelic makeover in his new video for “You Should’ve Gone To School.”

The animated video blends the cartoon character from the silent-film age with modern quotes like “Yo Cuz! Let’s go to town!” and “Why’s everyone always jamming me up?”  Fits and starts of psychedelic color creep in more and more toward the end of the video as Felix slowly gets trashed.

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The repeated phrase “You Fool!” with its disco flourish, is euphoric and uplifting, while serving up a harsh lesson for the perils of cutting out of school/chores/piano practice. But it sure makes skipping school sound like a hell of a lot of fun.

BC Camplight’s “How To Die In the North” is out now on Bella Union.

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Sleater-Kinney’s “No Cities To Love” heralds riot-grrrl greatness

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Sleater-Kinney: No Cities To Love

The band that kept the heart of the riot-grrrl movement alive and beating is back, in a wicked way.

Sleater-Kinney’s “No Cities To Love” burns bright and flames out fast, blazing a trail for other punk outfits to embrace. The album marks the band’s first release since “The Woods” in 2005.

The mood on “No Cities” races from ebullience to negativity to unity to all-out rockfest, as on the victorious “A New Wave” and the rabble-rousing “Surface Envy.”

“No Cities” opens with “Price Tag,” a dark take on the economy’s bruising effect on the lower class.

“With the good jobs gone/ it’s gonna be raw,” guitarist and vocalist Carrie Brownstein wails.

Sleater-Kinney’s explosive dynamics, forged by Brownstein and guitarist/vocalist Corin Tucker, are in turn fueled by Janet Weiss’ drumwork, which shoves the energy forward.

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The chorus of “Hey Darling” honors Lita Ford’s glam-metal love song “Kiss Me Deadly,” with vocals seething with sexuality.

“Bury Our Friends” is sonically strong as it laments a life of dread in a “Gilded Age.”

“We’re wild and weary but we won’t give in,” they sing, as they flaunt the scars to prove it.

With “No Cities To Love,” the members of Sleater-Kinney find themselves on the edge as they craft molten rock riffs, brick by brick, molding punk anthems packed with rage and deep-set frustration.

Then they tear it all down.

As the nihilistic “Fade” closes the album, all that’s left standing is the band’s grit, and the dust left by a few withering notes.

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BC Camplight’s “How To Die In The North” streaming now

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BC Camplight’s new album, “How To Die In The North,” is streaming now and already gaining momentum ahead of its release.

BC Camplight (songwriter Brian Christinzio) originally hails from New Jersey. After moving to Philadelphia, he signed a deal with One Little Indian and released “Hide, Run Away” and “Blink of a Nihilist” in 2005 and 2007, respectively. In 2011, he moved to Manchester, England. Christinzio has played with The War On Drugs and on Sharon Van Etten’s 2011 “Epic.”

Just by listening to the first few notes of “Just Because I Love You,” you might be struck by its easygoing dream-pop style, which puts you in good hands. He has a penchant for blending that romance with blindingly honest bitterness, and it catches you off-guard.

“I stuffed her with my heart but the bitch bled me dry,” he pleads on “Just Because I Love You.”

Also check out the link to his song, “You Should’ve Gone To School.”

“How To Die In The North” will be out Tuesday on Bella Union.

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Watch Flying Lotus’ video for “Coronus, The Terminator”

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Flying Lotus’ latest work is controversial and vivid, as are so many of his videos. The video, “Coronus, The Terminator,” builds slowly and centers around a dying man and the afterlife that comes for him.

But “Coronus” also features a soulful, gorgeous and haunting chorus. “The days of men are coming to an end,” they sing.

“Coronus” is one of Flying Lotus’ most powerful songs to date.

A message from Flying Lotus:

““For me, Coronus is one of the most important moments on ‘You’re Dead!’ and holds ideas im planning to explore in my future work. I’m happy that the visual encapsulates the meaning of the record and this ambition,” he says in a press release.

Flying Lotus just started a BBC Radio 1 residency on Jan. 15, which continues the second Thursday of each month through June. He’s on sometime between 10 p.m. and midnight.

Flying Lotus will be heading to Coachella 2015 and Governors Ball, as well as Bonnaroo. He’s also going to headline a show at Brixton Academy in London.

“See more of his videos at flying-lotus.com.

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FLYING LOTUS LIVE

January 26th – St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Auckland, New Zealand

January 28th – The Powerstation, Auckland, New Zealand

January 29th – Shed 6, Wellington, New Zealand

January 30th – 170 Russell, Melbourne, Australia

January 31st – St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Brisbane, Australia

February 1st – St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Brisbane, Australia

February 3rd – Opera House, Sydney, Australia

February 6th – St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Brisbane, Australia

February 7th – St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Brisbane, Australia

February 8th – St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Brisbane, Australia
April 10th – Coachella Festival, USA

April 17th – Coachella Festival, USA

April 25th – Le Trianon, Paris, France

April 26th – Cirque Royal, Brussels, Belgium

April 29th – Vicar Street, Dublin, Ireland

April 30th – Manchester Academy, Manchester, UK

May 1st – O2 Brixton Academy, London, UK

June 7th– Governor’s Ball, New York, NY

June 12th – Bonaroo Music Festival, Manchester, TN

August 12th –Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark

August 13th – Oya Festival, Norway

August 14th – Way Out West, Gothenburg, Sweden

August 16th – Flow Festival, Helsinki, Finland

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In Tall Buildings release another song off “Driver”

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Photo of Erik Hall by Caleb Condit

In Tall Buildings (Erik Hall’s project) has released another song off his upcoming album “Driver.”

“Unmistakable” is cut from the same cloth as the first single, “Flare Gun.” It puts forth the same yearning and honesty, with crisp acoustic notes supporting Hall’s vocals. The song ends in a burst of drums and guitar.

Listen to “Unmistakable,” and compare it with the slightly softer “Flare Gun.”

Check out the dream-pop of the City Center remix of “Flare Gun,” which features Dina Bankole.

“Driver” is out Feb. 17 on Western Vinyl.

In Tall Buildings - "Driver" out Feb. 17 on Western  Vinyl.

In Tall Buildings – “Driver” out Feb. 17 on Western Vinyl.

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