Monthly Archives: February 2015

Hear Ryley Walker’s gauzy folk song “Sweet Satisfaction”

Ryley Walker: "Primrose Green" is out March 31 on Dead Oceans

Ryley Walker: “Primrose Green” is out March 31 on Dead Oceans

Ryley Walker has shared another song, “Sweet Satisfaction,” from his latest album, “Primrose Green,” out March 31 on Dead Oceans.

Walker’s “Sweet Satisfaction” elegantly strikes a pretty balance, walking between folk-pop and the edge of an electric buzz.

via Dead Oceans and Stereogum, Walker says:

“The songs are never “done” or anything, it always expands live. That’s my favorite part about playing music. I’m not much of a ‘sit down, here’s my three verses and a few choruses, song’s done.’ It comes from the jam. Having a song set in stone would drive me crazy.”

Ryley Walker talking with Stereogum

If that doesn’t give you a good intro to Walker’s music, you should also spend time listening to the title track of “Primrose Green,” a sort of 60s throwback solitary sound that’s highly lacking in music today.

Walker’s tour starts next week, playing with acts like Real Estate, Moon Duo, Steve Gunn, Hiss Golden Messenger, Kevin Morby and Heartless Bastards. Walker will also hit the festival circuit, performing at Pitchfork Music Festival, SXSW, NXNE, Levitation and more.

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Get lost in Lapalux’ latest, “Don’t Mean A Thing”

Lapalux: "Lustmore" is out April 7 on Brainfeeder.

Lapalux: “Lustmore” is out April 7 on Brainfeeder.

Lapalux’ new single, “Don’t Mean A Thing,” may seem lengthy by song standards, but its electronic fuzz and sensual flow gives you just enough time to chill out.

“Lustmore” is the second album from Lapalux, also known as Stuart Howard, and according to a press release, the album is meant to conjure a retro-futuristic sound a la “Bladerunner” or “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

“Lustmore,” according to a press release, is based on hypnogogia, that sweet spot between awake and asleep, and Howard says old movie soundtracks formed much of the basis of “Lustmore.”

“Whenever I think about the album I think about the bar scene in The Shining,” Howard says in the press release. “There’’s something about that strange, hallucinatory psychological madness that relates to the music, both in the making of the actual record and the way it sounds.”

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Make sure to listen to “Don’t Mean A Thing,” as well as “Closure (feat. Szjerdene).”

“Lustmore,” is out April 7 on Brainfeeder.

Lustmore Tracklisting

  1. U Never Know (feat. Andreya Triana)
  2. Sum Body
  3. Closure (feat. Szjerdene)
  4. Midnight Peelers
  5. Push N’ Spun
  6. We Lost
  7. Autumn (Tape Interlude)
  8. Puzzle (feat. Andreya Triana)
  9. Bud
  10. Don’t Mean A Thing
  11. 1004
  12. Make Money
  13. Funny Games

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These kids covering Led Zeppelin have no idea how badass they are

LLP-Logo-2004Louisville Leopard Percussionists. Check it.

The Daily Dot has posted a video of this youth collective of musical greats performing this Led Zeppelin monster medley of “Immigrant Song,” “The Ocean” and “Kashmir” during their recent rehearsal. The kids are all between the ages of 7 and 12 and interpret the classic songs through xylophone, marimba and drums. They’re not just performing, but marching and grooving, and probably feeling awesome.

Special props to the drummer for channeling John Bonham so perfectly, right down to the bass drum and cymbal combo. Led Zep guitarist Jimmy Page gave hearty approval on his Facebook page.

led zep the ocean

Coincidence? I think not

The part where Robert Plant sings “la la, la la la la la” on “The Ocean” is the group’s most funky retelling of the song. Make sure you check out the group at rear left who are swinging their arms in unison during this part.

The group’s timing is nearly flawless.

Commence headbanging.

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Turbo Fruits’ latest video doesn’t play fair

Yes we can

Yes we can

Leave your ego at the door, guys.

Turbo Fruits’ video for the love-tinged “The Way I Want You” is mostly about a wrestling match. It’s also mostly about a man getting taken down by a woman who appears to be a much better wrestler than him.

The black-and-white video, interspersed with slow-motion, repeated defeats (or victories, depending on your perspective) and mixed with slow-motion shots of the band playing “The Way I Want You” is shot in typical romantic-rockdom style.

Check out the video for “The Way I Want You” here.

Turbo Fruits’ next album, “No Control,” is out April 20.

Turbo Fruits Art

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Hiatus Kaiyote covers Gorillaz’ “Dare”

Hiatus Kaiyote gives a cover nod to "Dare"

Hiatus Kaiyote gives a cover nod to “Dare”

Melbourne quartet Hiatus Kaiyote gives an update to Gorillaz’ “Dare” in this live studio performance for Australia’s Triple J “Llke A Version” series.

It’s a very hip, very jazzy, eclectic take on “Dare.” It’s also full of synth and soul, making it sound like a perfect fit for “Plastic Beach.” It’s definitely worth a listen. Check it out here.

(FYI: The earrings that singer Nai Palm are wearing are dragging her earlobes down abnormally, but she doesn’t seem too affected by it.)

The band is also readying their new 18-track album, “Choose Your Weapon,” out May 5 on Flying Buddha/Sony Music Masterworks. Their EP “By Fire,” out last December, contains three tracks from “Choose Your Weapon.” Watch a video of Hiatus Kaiyote performing the EP in Paris here.

More info on their SXSW performance and North America tour dates will be forthcoming.

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PC Music about to become more visible with first live event at SXSW

PC Music flier

The ever-elusive PC Music announces an event at SXSW Showcase, March 19, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. This will be the first time the entire PC Music roster are billed in the same lineup.

Set to perform will be artists such as Hannah Diamond and GFOTY, both of whom are expected to drop albums this year. In addition, QT will present her stage show ahead of the release of her single “Hey QT” on XL Recordings. SOPHIE, Felicita and Kane West will also debut new music.

PC Music also released a single to celebrate its upcoming performances. The insanely hyper-drive personality of GFOTY is tempered only slightly as she lends a hand to A.G. Cook’s song “Drop FM” (listen at Soundcloud). Between tweets about shopping for new kicks and plugging the Brit singer’s latest music, GFOTY’s latest tweet read: “TiVo box isn’t working and I’ve eaten all my sweets and I think I might jump out window before sxsw tbh if this carries on”


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Arthur Fowler’s struggles abound in “What’s Keeping Me Going”

Arthur Fowler: What's Keeping Me Going

Arthur Fowler: What’s Keeping Me Going

Singer-songwriter, Milwaukee native and Tokyo transplant Arthur Fowler has culled influences from Jimi Hendrix, Cat Stevens and Carlos Santana to create his own fusion of acid-folk on his debut, “What’s Keeping Me Going.”

Fowler uses other instruments such as harmonica, accordion and fiddle to express his lounge-jazz style and to incorporate flecks of flamenco and psychedelic folk. And sometimes what is revealed is a success.

On the title track, the sound of running water, birds and calm harmonies melt with acoustic finger work and gentle bongo drums to create a sweet and tender love song, while the Caribbean motion of “Love The Music” is delicately played and stays light on its feet — indicative of the overall melodic sway of “What’s Keeping Me Going.”

But his contemporary retelling of Jimi Hendrix’ “Room Full Of Mirrors,” while honest, leaves only the lyrics as a reminder of that cutting song, replacing anguish and lust with busy zydeco and jazz notes. On Neil Young’s “For the Turnstiles,” Fowler stays more faithful to that country-folk classic, but it’s far less memorable. Fowler’s preference for a slower tempo drags things down a bit too much.

The despair in the guitar notes of “Splash” are touching, but when he switches tracks and deadpans “I can’t live without your loving, I can’t live at all,” it clumsily misses the mark. The blues-tinged harmonica and obvious lyrics are misguided, though it’s clear Fowler is trying to express ambivalence and struggle.

Despite a few missteps, at least one shade of Fowler’s eclectic style on “What’s Keeping Me Going” should appeal to those seeking a new take on folk.

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After 12 years, Blur announces “The Magic Whip”

Blur's cover art for "The Magic Whip"

Blur’s cover art for “The Magic Whip,” out April 27

“Parklife,” the third album by Britpop legends Blur, was released more than 20 years ago, but is still memorable as a turning point in the Britpop movement.

Today Blur announced its eighth album, “The Magic Whip,” which will be out April 27. The group also released their Chinese New Year-inspired video for the first single, “Go Out.”

Blur announcement 2-19-15

In a story on Pitchfork, the band (Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree) live-streamed a press conference highlighting details of the album.

"The Magic Whip" tracklist

“The Magic Whip” tracklist

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Listen to the new track from Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Unknown Mortal Orchestra's "Multi-Love" is due for release May 26

Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s “Multi-Love” is due for release May 26

Unknown Mortal Orchestra has announced it’s back, and released details of their new album, “Multi-Love,” due out May 26 on Jagjaguwar.

According to Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s singer, songwriter and guitarist Ruban Nielson in a press release:

“It felt good to be rebelling against the typical view of what an artist is today, a curator,” Nielson says. “It’s more about being someone who makes things happen in concrete ways. Building old synthesizers and bringing them back to life, creating sounds that aren’t quite like anyone else’s. I think that’s much more subversive.”

Check out the title track, “Multi-Love,” at Soundcloud.

1. Multi-Love
2. Like Acid Rain
3. Ur Life One Night
4. Can’t Keep Checking My Phone
5. Extreme Wealth and Casual Cruelty
6. The World Is Crowded
7. Stage or Screen
8. Necessary Evil
9. Puzzles

Their tour begins May 7 in Oregon.

Thu. May 7 – Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
Sat. May 9 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
Sun. May 10 – Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
Wed. May 20 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla
Thu. May 21 – London, UK @ Islington Assembly Hall
Fri. May 22 – Coventry, UK @ Warwick University w/ Django Django
Sat. May 23 – Liverpool, UK @ Liverpool Sound City
Mon. May 25 – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet
Tue. May 26 – Berlin, DE @ Berghain Kantine
Wed. May 27 – Brussels, BE @ AB Club
Thu. May 28 – Paris, FR @ La Flèche d’Or
Fri. May 29 – Sun. May 31 – Nîmes, FR @ This is Not a Love Song Festival
Sat. May 30 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
Tue. June 2 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Wed. June 3 – Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount
Thu. June 4 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
Fri. June 5 – Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room
Sat. June 6 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
Mon. June 8 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
Tue. June 9 – Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
Wed. June 10 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
Thu. June 11 – Sun. June 14 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo
Sat. June 13 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
Sun. June 14 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
Mon. June 15 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
Tue. June 16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
Wed. June 17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
Fri. June 19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw

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Carpark Records to celebrate Sweet Sixteen with basketball disc

Carpark Records is celebrating its Sweet Sixteen with special basketball-themed disc.

Carpark Records is celebrating its Sweet Sixteen with special basketball-themed disc.

Carpark Records is celebrating its 16th year in business with a special, limited-edition 12″ basketball-themed picture disc. The disc features Carpark artists such as TEEN, Toro Y Moi, Speedy Ortiz, Young Magic, Skylar Spence and a boatload more. It will be limited to a 600-unit run. At $16 each, the money goes toward the Little Kids Rock charity.

Listen to one track from the CD, “Practice,” from Skylar Spence (fka St. Pepsi).

Carpark Records is also planning anniversary shows in Brooklyn, Washington, D.C. and at SXSW:

March 6 Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right 

Lexie Mountain Boys

Greg Davis



Ear Pwr

Safety Scissors


Jimmy Whispers

DJs Young Magic & Montag

March 7 Washington DC @ DC9

Lexie Mountain Boys




Jimmy Whispers

March 19 Austin, TX @ Swan Dive (SXSW)

Cloud Nothings

Skylar Spence (fka Saint Pepsi) DJ Set

Dent May



Keath Mead

Average Cock

Side A

  1. Young Magic – NETS
  2. Montag – Drop A Dime
  3. Safety Scissors – Orange Roughy
  4. Jayson Gerycz – Dribble Dribble
  5. Young Magic – All Net (Celebration Dance)
  6. TEEN – Dylan and Chong Playing Basketball
  7. Thomas J Duke – Manute Bol
  8. Jake Mandell – 2008
  9. Signer – Roll, Pick, and Roll Again
  10. Skylar Spence – Turnover
  11. Sadie Dupuis – Theme from Babadook
  12. Montag – Basket Case
  13. Ear Pwr – I Would Rather Be Shopping
  14. Jason Urick – Double Dribble
  15. Memory Tapes – Go Play Outside
  16. LowtIde – Your Turn

Side B

  1. Skylar Spence – Practice
  2. Dan Deacon – 1 Wand from the 9 Piles
  3. So Takahashi – Dribble Commander
  4. Jimmy Whispers – Mugsy Bogus
  5. Chandos – Traveling
  6. GRMLN – Buzzer Beat
  7. Toro Y Moi – Space Jam
  8. Greg Davis – Paxson
  9. Ear Pwr – Beyond the Arc
  10. Dog Bite – Hoops
  11. Adventure – Ewww
  12. Speedy Ortiz – Basketball (Demo)

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