Album News

Craft Spells - Nausea

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Justin Vellesteros and his band Craft Spells. Even longer since their last full-length album. Well thankfully they have announced a new one. It’s called Nausea and it’s out June 10 via Captured Tracks.

Nausea was recorded in Seattle, recorded/engineered by Dylan Wall and produced by Vallesteros himself. Vallestteros experienced artistic and personal growth during his hiatus away from the band, discovering a new version of himself when compared to the one that released 2010′s Idle Labor. He trained himself properly on piano, as it’s instrument from which all the tracks for Nausea were written. So clearly this new album is a new direction for the band.

The first taste of the album is single “Breaking The Angle Against The Tide.” Craft Spells have treated us with a free mp3 download of the song, and what a gift it is. Those wicked guitar lines are still there, but this time they are guiding by sweeping strings that add a whole different layer to their sound. It’s sounding sort of like the direction Wild Nothing took mixed in with the earnest nature of The Drums.

It’s an impressive comeback song. Grab your free download below.
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Peter Matthew Bauer (of The Walkmen) - Latin American Ficciones

The Walkmen weren’t kidding about wanting to work on their own solo records. First we got a news of a solo album from Walter Martin as well as a song called “Sing To Me” featuring Karen O. Then Hamilton Leithauser announced his solo album and gave us a video for his first single, “Alexandra.” Now we get to add Peter Matthew Bauer to the mix.

His album is titled Liberation! and will come out on June 24 via Mexican Summer. He’s released his first single, “Latin American Ficciones.” I hate to say it, but it’s a very Walkmen-esque track with their signature guitar tone, and some vocals that actually fit their mold quite well. Don’t take that the wrong way, this is a very impressive solo debut for Bauer, and I’m excited to see how his album pans out.

Looks like The Walkmen’s (former) member will be competing for the best solo record of 2014. Who will win? Read the rest of this entry »

tUnE-yArDs Announces New Album: Nikki Nack

By Will Oliver, March 5th 2014 — with 1 comment


2014 keeps rolling in some big new album announcements, with the latest coming from tUnE-yArDs.

The album’s titled Nikki Nack, and it comes out May 6 via 4AD. She’s released a video featuring a megamix of track snippets, giving us a hectic little preview of the album. Find the megamix posted below. After that, you can find some new tour dates that she has announced, including a stop at Brooklyn’s Rough Trade NYC on May 7.

Tour Dates:

May 5th – Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever, Los Angeles, CA
May 7th – Rough Trade, Brooklyn, NY
May 12th – Village Underground, London
May 14th – Berghain, Berlin
May 15th – Nochtspeicher, Hamburg
May 16th – Les Nuits-Cirque Royal, Brussels
May 18th – Bitterzoet, Amsterdam
May 19th – Café de La Danse, Paris
May 23rd – Les Schwab Ampitheater, Bend, OR (w/ The National)
May 23rd – 25th – Sasquatch Festival, George, WA
May 31st – June 1st – Free Press Summerfest, Houston, TX
June 18th – 22nd – NXNE, Massey Hall, Toronto, ON
June 19th – 22nd – Firefly Festival, Dover, DE
July 19th – Pitchfork Festival, Chicago, IL

[new] Coldplay – Magic | Announce New Album: Ghost Stories

By Will Oliver, March 5th 2014 — with 1 comment

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Last week Coldplay returned with a new song called “Midnight” of nowhere (and they are playing at SXSW during a show iTunes is controversially putting on).

It turns out this is all leading up to the release of a brand new album. The album is titled Ghost Stories, and comes out May 9 via Parlophone/Atlantic.

The announcement came with the release of the album’s first single, a track called “Magic.” While “Midnight” was a stray from their more usual sound, “Magic” is a more a return to form for Coldplay. It’s indeed a magical little track from the band that starts off calm and slowly blossoms into something a big bigger. Fans who weren’t pulled in as much with “Midnight” should be much fonder of “Magic.”

Find “Magic” posted below. The tracklist for Ghost Stories is posted below that. Read the rest of this entry »

Duck Sauce Announce Debut Album: Quack

By Will Oliver, March 4th 2014

Duck Sauce - Quack

It’s about time.

Duck Sauce, the electronic dance tag team duo of DJ’s A-Trak and Armand Van Helden, have finally announced their debut record. It’s appropriately titled Quack and will come out April 15 via Fool’s Gold. That’s the album art posted above.

Believe it or not, after all these years, previous singles “Barbra Streisand”, “aNYway”, and “It’s You” will be included on the album (interestingly no “Big Bad Wolf”) , along with nine other new tracks.

They announced the album with a very clever and hilarious teaser video that should set the standard for how album’s are released from now on. Find the video below along with the album tracklist.
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Hamilton Leithauser – Alexandra

By Will Oliver, February 26th 2014 — with 2 comments

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The first taste of Hamilton Leithauser’s work as a solo artist has arrived. It’s a track called “Alexandra” and it’s off his debut solo album Black Hours and it’s out via Ribbon Music on May 6. I’ve shared the album art below.

Hamilton Leithauser - Black Hours

He’s shared the music video for “Alexandra” which also serves as our first listen. It’s a quick paced track that has the familiar vocal draw of Leithauser with some light Americana influences sprinkled throughout. There are naturally going to be some reminders of The Walkmen found, but it’s clear that Leithauser is very much doing his own thing with his solo work.

In the video you’ll notice a familiar face on bass: Vampire Weekened’s Rostam Batmanglij who actually helped co-write the track, as well as produce/mix it.

Check out the clip for “Alexandra” below. Hamilton is making his live debut in NYC on April 15 & 16 with an early and late show. Tickets for those go on sale tomorrow. He will also release an exclusive 7″ of the single on Record Store Day (with a b-side titled “In The Shallows.”). I’ve also shared the Black Hours tracklist.
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The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart will return with new album Days Of Abandon on April 22 via Yebo Music.

It’s the band’s third album and it was recorded at House Under Magic, a new studio in Greenpoint. Andy Savours produced the album which is someting a bit more personal from the band. Even though the subjects may be dark, the songs were made in a joyful way.

A trailer for the album has been released, featuring the album’s opening cut “Art Smock.” Check it out below along with the trackist and some upcoming tour dates.
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King Of Prussia

(Photo Credit: Cory Moore Smith)

After a trip to Barcelona, King Of Prussia’s Brandon Hanick returned as a new man of sorts. The time he spent there resulted in 20 songs that the band turned into a double album that is titled Zonian Girls…And The Echoes That Surround Us All. The album comes out April 8th and will be the band’s first release on Minty Fresh.

The album has binding elements at work, with half the album’s songs representing the lighter side of the human psyche (love, joy..) with the other half representing the darker elements (the loss of love). Each light song is complimented by its own darker take, going as far as being bound together by related arrangements and melodies.

Recording began in Barcelona late in 2012, continued on in France, and finished in their native Athens, Georgia. The album features contributions from over 20 musicians, including Patrick Burke and members of The B-52s and Elf Power.

Today, along with the album announcement, we have the honor of premiering the album’s first single “Actuary.” One listen and the delightful tracks swarms you with lovely harmonies and kind vocals that are sure to make your day that much better. It’s a stunner and it’s available to listen for the first time right here.

The band also have a east coast tour lined up for March/April, beginning in Athens March 27 and ending in Atlanta April 19th. Find those dates shared below after the stream of “Actuary.”

Tour Dates:

March 27, 2014 – Athens, GA – Flicker Theatre & Bar
March 28, 2014 – Charlotte, NC – The Evening Muse
March 29, 2014 – Myrtle Beach, SC – Rockin’ Hard Saloon
March 30, 2014 – Chapel Hill, NC – Chapel Hill Underground
March 31, 2014 – Raleigh, NC – Slim’s Downtown
April 1, 2014 – Richmond, VA – The Camel
April 2, 2014 – Washington D.C. – The Velvet Lounge
April 3, 2014 – Baltimore, MD – The Sidebar
April 4, 2014 – New York, NY – PIANOS
April 5, 2014 – Brooklyn, NY – House Show
April 6, 2014 – Harrisburg, PA – Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center Stage on Herr
April 7, 2014 – Philadelphia, PA – TBA
April 8, 2014 – PIttsburgh, PA – Howlers Coyote Cafe
April 9, 2014 – Cleveland, OH – Wilbert’s
April 10, 2014 – Toledo, OH – Frankies Inner City
April 11, 2014 – Ann Arbor, MI – The Yellow Barn
April 12, 2014 – Chicago, IL – Hideout Inn
April 13, 2014 – Davenport, IA – Daytrotter
April 14, 2014 – Springfield, IL – Black Sheep Cafe
April 15, 2014 – St. Louis, MO – Foam
April 16, 2014 – Nashville, TN – Springwater Supper Club
April 17, 2014 – Knoxville, TN – The Pilot Light
April 18, 2014 – Asheville, NC – Emerald Lounge
April 19, 2014 – Atlanta, GA – TBA

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