May 18, 2011


Shabazz Palaces - An Echo From The Hosts That Profess Infinitum 

                     

I have been slacking off lately on my postings, and for that, I apologize in full! Kicking things back up again with a track from Seattle hip hop outfit Shabazz Palaces' upcoming Sub Pop release, Black Up. The June 28 release will mark the first hip hop album in Sub Pop history!

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September 13, 2011


Nurses - Fever Dreams

Words cannot express how excited I am to hear Dracula Nurses' followup to their wonderful 2009 release, Apple’s Acre. The album is set for a September 20 release date, and this eerie, archaic, psychedelic video for “Fever Dreams” is a sneak peek of what to expect from the Portland-based avant-pop trio this time around. 

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December 7, 2011


Tennis - Origins

Los Angeles friends, join me tonight at The Satellite to hear the wonderful dream pop sounds of Colorado’s most adorable husband/wife duo Tennis. “Origins” is the twosome’s latest whimsical single, which you can buy on 7” here. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for Young and Old, the band’s follow-up to its acclaimed debut, Cape Dory. The sophomore album is slated for a February release via Fat Possum Records. Tonight’s show starts at 9 pm. $12. 21+. Hope to see you there!

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January 3, 2012


Busdriver - Bon Bon Fire

Happy 2012, everybody! I hope you all had safe and pleasant holidays, now back to the music! I am completely obsessed with this new track, “Bon Bon Fire” off experimental indie rapper Busdriver's forthcoming release Beaus$Eros, which is slated for a February 14 release date (how romantic). Though you may not have heard of the Los Angeles-based rapper, he has been in the game for ten years, collaborating with the likes of The Roots, CocoRosie, Aesop Rock, The Glitch Mob, and Deerhoof, as well as releasing six albums to date. Stay tuned for 2012 tour dates!

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January 26, 2012


Porcelain Raft -“Unless You Speak From Your Heart” (Video)

Mauro Remiddi is a multi-talented musician who creates fluid, elegant pop gems under the moniker Porcelain Raft. The Brooklyn-based producer recently directed a video for “Unless You Speak From Your Heart,” the second single off his debut LP, Strange Weekend, which was released this week via Secretly Canadian.

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February 7, 2012


Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros Announce New Album


So happy to hear that Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros announced that the band is currently recording a follow-up album to its critically acclaimed 2009 debut LP, Up From Below.  Although the psychedelic folk troupe has not released a record title yet, Alex Ebert and company have been recording in their own studio in Ojai, California, and plan on releasing their self-produced sophomore effort on May 29 via Community Music / Vagrant Records.

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February 16, 2012


New Tunes From Spencer Krug’s Moonface

I am a tremendously huge Spencer Krug fan. Wolf Parade released one of my favorite albums of all time (Apologies to the Queen Mary) and Sunset Rubdown’s quirky brand of pop is unforgettable, so when news surfaced that these bands were no longer, I was heartbroken. That is, until I found out Krug had created a solo project under the moniker Moonface

The multi-talented songwriter has since released two albums as “Moonface,” each comprising differing sounds and influences but both leaning toward the “experimental” genre. This is all good and fine—I think it’s amazing when an artist is able to express his true feelings and influences—but the selfish side of me yearned to hear Krug produce another pop gem.

He must have overheard my thoughts, because for his forthcoming album, Moonface has collaborated with Siinai, a progressive kraut rock band hailing from Helsinki that, coincidentally, did not have a vocalist. Krug offered the Finnish outfit his vocal expertise (as well as some keyboard riffs) in return for instrumentation. The result: With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery. The album is slated for an April 17 release via Jagjaguwar, and its first single, “Teary Eyes and Bloody Lips,” is that pop gem I was waiting for. 

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March 6, 2012


Terry Malts - “I Do” (Video)

Sometimes you need to listen to raw, loud, fast, rock. Today was one of those days for me, and Terry Malts' debut LP Killing Time has been stuck on repeat. The San Francisco-based trio has a knack for disguising infectious pop hooks as head-banging rock ‘n’ roll riffs, making its music edgy, accessible, and incredibly catchy. You can get a taste of the band’s debut through its first single, “I Do,” and its quirky visual counter-piece. Killing Time was released on February 21 via Slumberland Records. Check out Terry Malts on tour. Dates can be found here.

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March 20, 2012


Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - “Hysterical” (Video)

After a two year break, the wonderful freak-indie troupe Clap Your Hands Say Yeah decided to give the whole band thing another go, which resulted in the 2011 release of the group’s third LP, Hystarical. The quintet recently released a colorful video (its first official music video EVER!) for the album’s title track, and will be spending the spring on the road. You can find a full list of tour dates here.

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March 26, 2012


Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Announce Second Album in 2012

Although Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros released its debut album four years ago, the psychedelic folk troupe has been busy touring and writing its upcoming release, Here (album art above), which is slated for a May 29 release. But allowing a few years for writing, Alex Ebert’s group garnered enough material for a double album, and the nine-piece recently announced that it will release a second album to correspond with Here before the year’s end. 

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