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The Tins

Buffalo rock trio The Tins are in the midst of making their second studio album. To help fund it, as well as an accompanying documentary film, they launched a kickstarter with variety of cool rewards for fans that donate at a certain level.

It’s the last hour, with about 12 hours to go, and I’m proud to announce that The Tins have successfully reached their kickstarter goal. But even so, every little bit will still help them out with the recording and documentary, as well as future tours and the like. It’s also the last chance to snag any of the rewards.

You only have 12 hours, so if you want to help The Tins and support a hard working independant band, head to their kickstarter page and help send The Tins on their way. We can’t wait to hear what they share with us on this new record.
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Landmark Music Festival Announces Inaugural Lineup

By Will Oliver, April 28th 2015

Landmark Music Festival

The Landmark Music Festival is a new festival that will take place at West Potomac Park in Washington, DC on the weekend of September 26 and 27. The festival will have 40 plus artists over five stages.

The lineup boasts a rock solid lineup that includes: The Strokes, Alt-J, Drake, The War On Drugs, Band Of Horses, Chromeo, CHVRCHES, Ben Howard, The Kills, Twin Shadow, Lord Huron, Albert Hammond Jr., Ex Hex, Houndmouth, Dan Deacon, The Joy Formidable, Daughter, Hiss Golden Messenger, and many more.

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Blur Playing Music Hall of Williamsburg On Friday

By Will Oliver, April 28th 2015

Blur

That’s right, you read that correctly. The legendary Brit rockers Blur are playing a live show in New York. Not only will it be at the very tiny Music Hall of Williamsburg, but it’s a free show put on by Converse Rubber Tracks. The show comes as promotion for their new album The Magic Whip, which was released today.

This is their first show in New York City with the original lineup featuring Graham Coxon since 2000 (they did play shows here without him in 2003). They will play most, if not all, of The Magic Whip, and hopefully save room for some classic tracks.

The free tickets go “on sale” here tomorrow at noon. For more information on the show, head to the official Converse page for the show. Brooklyn’s very own Honduras will open the show (who we just saw open for Sunflower Bean at Baby’s All Right a few weeks ago).

Tickets will be tough to grab, as this is surely going to be one of the hottest shows of the year. Good luck to everyone!

[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 Launch Kickstarter For New Album and Documentary

By Will Oliver, March 11th 2015 — with 1 comment

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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