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[music video]: HEALTH – “New Coke”

By Will Oliver, April 24th 2015 — with 1 comment

HEALTH - New Coke

L.A.’s HEALTH haven’t released an album since 2009’s Get Color, making a new album from them long overdue. This makes the announcement of a brand new album exciting. It’s entitled Death Magic, and it will be released on August 7 via Loma Vista Recordings.

With the announcement comes a rather interesting music video for the album’s first single “New Coke.” The song is a mesmerizing display of dark synth’s that start off in Crystal Castles (now former member Alice Glass actually cameos in the video) territory, before coming harder with a bit of a heavy crunch. There’s a lot of slow-motion vomit that is apparently real, album details are shared, and the video ends with a phone number attached to a message that states “if you need to talk.”

According to fans, including a friend, if you call the number the bands very own John Famiglietti (who directed the video) will answer and talk to you. Apparently we can expect a small one-off show in NYC soon and some more proper tour dates this fall that should be announced soon. If you’re brave enough, you can try for yourself. The number is 213-259-3841.

Enjoy the song and music video posted below, along with the Death Magic tracklist.
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Mac DeMarco - Another One

Mac DeMarco has had quite a year. With the release of the highly acclaimed Salad Days last year, his popularity surged and seems to have no limit. He’s got no plans to slow down, but instead has announced a brand new mini album called Another One, and will be released on August 7 via Captured Tracks. That’s the album art posted above. The announcement comes almost a year to the day that Salad Days was announced.

The eight-track mini-LP was recorded entirely by himself at his home in Queens somewhere in between his hectic touring schedule. It’s being described as having a “bittersweet, romantic sensibility, haunting and warm” with an overall feeling of “lost love, or perhaps love never found.”
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Wavves Cloud Nothings

Wavves and Cloud Nothings have collaborated together on an album called No Life For Me. It will be released sometime this year via Williams’ own label, Ghost Ramp.

It was recorded and produced at Joel Williams house (Nathan’s brother, a.k.a. Sweet Valley) from March 16 to March 24 of last year. The whole album was co written by Wavves’ Nathan Williams and Cloud Nothings’ Dylan Baldi, except for one song (“Such A Drag”) which Williams wrote himself. Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend played guitar on a song called “I Find,” and there are contributions from Wavves’ other members Stephen Pope and Brian Hill.

The idea of Wavves and Cloud Nothings’ worlds collided musically is very exciting and could be one of the best guitar rock records of the year. Many of us will turn to this album when we need to let loose of some steam. There has been no talk of a tour, but imagine how insane these shows would be?

Bloc Party Begin Work On New Album

By Will Oliver, March 18th 2015

Bloc Party

Bloc Party have ended their hiatus and begun work on their new album (their fifth). Frontman Kele Okereke confirmed this in an interview with Australian radio station Triple J, where he also shared a brand new song called “Exes,” which may ned up on the album.

He said that the album sounds like nothing that they’ve done before, and are in the writing and recording phrase. Here are some quotes taken from the interview:

I guess it’s the first time that I have talked about it but we are making a record at the moment. It’s sounding like nothing that we’ve done before but that’s what everyone always says. We’re at the writing/recording phase. We’ve started recording. I think we have about 18 songs ideas and we’re going to lay them down properly in the next few months.

We’ve always had very disparate elements to our music… this record feels like an evolution of where we were. So far there’s nothing that I can compare it to really in terms of other musicians, whereas in the past I always could — we were always trying to reference something else. I feel that this is very much our own record. I’m very excited by it.

This would be the band’s first album without drummer Matt Tong, who left the band on less than good terms during their last tour, and doesn’t seem to have any plans of returning. Which would be a huge loss for the group, but we’ll see what ends up happening. At least we’re getting new Bloc Party.

Find a stream of Kele’s performance of “Exes” posted below.
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Kendrick Lamar

In the wee hours of midnight Monday morning, Kendrick Lamar released his brand new album To Pimp A Butterfly onto iTunes. At first only the clean version was released, but eventually the regular “explicit” version followed, and is also streaming on Spotify.

The album was released ahead of its original release date, and was taken off iTunes for brief moment around noon on Monday, but was soon put back up. The 16-track album features “Hood Politics” a song that samples Sufjan Stevens’ “All For Myself.” Album opener “Wesley’s Theory” also features a beat made by Flying Lotus.

The amount of great music we’ve gotten in the first quarter of 2015 has been, for the lack of a better word, insane. And now Kendrick has only added to that.

Find the tracklist posted below and read a great feature on the album that the New York Times recently published.

To Pimp A Butterfly:

1. “Wesley’s Theory” (Feat. George Clinton & Thundercat)
2. “For Free? (Interlude)”
3. “King Kunta”
4. “Institutionalized” (Feat. Bilal, Anna Wise & Snoop Dogg)
5. “These Walls”
6. “U”
7. “Alright”
8. “For Sale? (Interlude)”
9. “Momma”
10. “Hood Politics”
11. “How Much A Dollar Cost” (Feat. James Fauntleroy & Ronald Isley)
12. “Complexion (A Zulu Love)” (Feat. Rapsody)
13. “The Blacker The Berry”
14. “You Ain’t Gotta Lie (Momma Said)”
15. “i”
16. “Mortal Man”

The Tins 1

The Tins are longtime favorites of ours here. We’ve been following the progression of their career for years now, and every new move and journey excites us even more than the last. We’re excited to learn that they are in the midst of creating their brand new album along with an accompanying documentary film. Only, they need a little help to get it finished.

They’ve launched a kickstarter campaign to help them get the two projects to completion at the best of their ability. The songs are mostly written, but they need some help covering the remaining studio time, filming budget, as well as the costs of final mixing and mastering. The album is being produced by Robby Takac, of a little band called the Goo Goo Dolls. You may have heard of them.

The Tins 2

Here’s the band’s description of the new album:

The new songs share themes of inner questioning. What is real? How have our expectations changed over time and how do they effect our reality? On the one hand, there is a romantic idea built up around an experience. On the other hand, there is the actuality of that experience. We often find ourselves stuck between both worlds as we long for the mythology that precedes the reality.

And a little bit about the documentary:

Our talented film crew, Jesse Deganis Librera and Thomas Etu, will be working on the documentary. They will be devoting an ungodly amount of time and energy towards shadowing this band for many months…. from the studio, to the tours, to the songwriting, to the everyday.. up until the release of this bad boy (the album). Easier said than done.

The filmmakers want to capture the reality of the band, and to show what is at stake when pursuing one’s passion. The film also plans to showcase Buffalo’s thriving music and arts community. The documentary will be submitted to film festivals worldwide.

You can read some more about the kickstarter at the campaign page, and by checking out the kickstarter video that they’ve shared (with some footage from their show at The Rock Shop last summer), which I’ve embedded below for you. If you’re feeling generous and want to support good honest independent music, head to the page and donate as much as you can.

Chromatics

Any year that we get a new album from Chromatics is a sign that it’s going to be a great year for music. Thankfully for us Johnny Jewel and company are returning with new album Dear Tommy which will be released via Italians Do It Better later this year.

Today they’ve let go of a Dear Tommy offering called “I Can Never Be Myself When You’re Around,” a beautiful exploration of synth-rock and disco, perfect for late-night listening as every Chromatics track is. It features vocals from Megan Louise of Desire.

You can stream it below, and grab a free mp3 download at the soundcloud page. I’ve also posted “Just Like You,” the first single released from the album.
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[new]: Tanlines – “Slipping Away”

By Will Oliver, March 4th 2015

Tanlines

Tanlines, the New York dance-rock duo of Jesse Cohen and Eric Emm, will return with new album Highlights on May 19 via True Panther Sounds.

To celebrate today’s announcement, the band also let go of the bouncy first single “Slipping Away.” The band have more of a full-band indie-rock sound, with dance-elements pushed somewhat to the side. It reminds me a bit of The Drums, in a glamorous 80s way. It’s pleasant as all hell, and going right on the eventual summer 2015 playlist. (Last summer we saw them play at Governors Ball).

Head right here to trade your email for a free download mp3 download of “Slipping Away” or just stream it below.


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Best Coast - California Nights

Best Coast have announced that they will release new album California Nights on May 5 via Harvest Records. The duo (Bethany Cosentino + Bobb Bruno) recorded the album at WAX LTD in Hollywood, California, working with producer Wally Gagel. It’s described a “brighter, more sparkly, more sophisticated, more psychedelic Best Coast album across the board, embodying the rich lightness and stinging darkness of a California state of mind.”

Here’s what Cosentino said about the album:

If you have ever lived in California, you know what nighttime here feels like. You know what the sky looks like when those epic sunsets begin, and you understand that feeling and the way things change when the sun finally sets. In LA, or maybe just personally to me, when the sun sets – I feel like there is a large sense of calmness in the air, and I feel like everything that happened to me prior in the day, whether crappy experiences or good ones, at night, it all goes away and I sink deep into this different kind of ‘world.’

It also ties in with the idea that, in LA, there’s a real darkness that you don’t see unless you know where to look. That’s a theme we very consciously decided to explore and play with when making this record. We related to the idea that things may LOOK or SOUND fun and upbeat, but they may not actually always BE that way – much like our songs. A lot of the writing for this record consisted of me getting to know myself again and remembering where Bethany ended and Best Coast began. I took a much needed step back and I was able to breathe deep for a moment and really focus on what I was doing. The end result of all of that, is California Nights. It’s about a journey, accepting the things you have no control over; it’s about dealing with life like an adult, and at the end of the day, reminding yourself that there really is no reason to be sad, and you have every right to feel okay.

Based on first single and title track “California Nights” the album will be their biggest yet. It captures something personal, yet you feel like you’re hit with this giant wave of melancholy. It reminds me a great deal of Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You,” another California band. I mean that as a compliment, of course.

I’ve fully embraced this version of Best Coast, and this song is currently paying off dividends.

Listen to “California Nights” below by watching it’s very California music video, directed by Adam Harding.
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The Tallest Man On Earth – “Sagres”

By Will Oliver, March 4th 2015

The Tallest Man On Earth - Dark Bird Is Home

It’s been three years since the last record from Kristian Matsson, aka The Tallest Man On Earth. This year he’ll correct that with a new album called Dark Bird Is Home, out May 12 via Dead Oceans.

Early last month he released a brief album trailer, and last week he shared the album’s first single, “Sagres.” While The Tallest Man On Earth is previously known for his raw, sparse acoustic sound, he changes things up on “Sagres,” jumping into something much, much, more. There’s a lot more going on here than listeners are used to, with percussion and lush string and horn arrangements. I couldn’t help but notice it called to mind elements of Beirut and War On Drugs.

It’s different, but it’s quite a beauty. Artists need to progress, and Matsson has done a great job with it here. The spirit of “Sagres” is warm and uplifting, a perfect combatant for this icy winter.

Enjoy it below, where you can also find the album trailer, tracklist and his upcoming tour dates, which includes a show at The Beacon Theatre.
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