Samuel Proffitt – “In Flames”

By Will Oliver, January 27th 2015

Samuel Proffitt - Blue Notebook No 10

Today Samuel Proffitt released his debut EP, Blue Notebook No. 10. With the snow that New York City received, it seemed to be a good day to release the EP, considering that his facebook page lists his location as “winter.” It’s currently available to stream in full over at Noisey.

We previously shared with you a track off the EP named “Sirens.” To celebrate the release of the EP, Proffitt has decided to let go of another cut from the EP. This time it’s “In Flames” which sees Proffitt useing Bon Iver-esque vocal effects to enhance the emotional intensity of his vocals. It’s uses to haunting effect, presenting a lingering sadness that hovers like a shadow.”In Flames” was made in collaboration with producer Crywolf, and is a beauty.

Stream “In Flames” below.
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[new]: Operators – “Ecstasy In My House”

By Will Oliver, January 26th 2015

Operators - Ecstasy In My House

Operators haven’t even been officially around for more than a year, yet they’ve made quite a name for themselves, releasing their debut EP and touring pretty much non-stop in support of bands such as Spoon and Future Islands.

Today they returned with a new single called “Ecstasy In My House,” a track that leans more favorably towards synth-led dance territories, while still giving Dan Boeckner’s vocals plenty of room to do his thing. It’s a banger alright, as if you expected anything less?

Stream “Ecstasy In My House” below, and be sure to purchase it when it’s officially released tomorrow.

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Sylvan Esso, the North Carolina based duo comprised of Amelia Meath (of Mountain Man) and Nick Sanborn (of Megafaun), are quite the success story. 2014 saw them release their self-titled debut, an album that was adored by fans and critics alike. Since their formation two years ago, they have gone from playing small rooms like Mercury Lounge and Bowery Ballroom to selling out Terminal 5 last Friday night.
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The Districts – “Peaches”

By Will Oliver, January 22nd 2015

The Districts

Young Philadelphia rockers The Districts are one of the most exciting young bands in rock and roll, ready to make their mark on the music world. Anyone whose caught them live can attest to this notion. Their performance opening for Dr. Dog at MHOW earlier this month was enough of a reminder for me.

They’re set to release their debut album A Flourish and a Spoil on February 10 via Fat Possum. The recently released album cut “Peaches” wastes no time establishing itself as an urgent, thunderous rocker that deserves to be played as the loudest volume possible. These guys can rock.

Stream “Peaches” below.

The Dodos – “Retriever”

By Will Oliver, January 21st 2015

The Dodos

It’s always great to have a new album from San Francisco duo The Dodos, so it excites me that they will be releasing their new album Individ next week (January 27 out via Polyvinyl Records ).

The latest track shared from the album is “Retriever.” It’s a very Dodos-esque cut, a combination of fuzzy guitars, the hazy vocals of Meric Long, and the frantic percussion of Logan Kroeber. It’s a relentless, smokey rocker, that doesn’t let up at any point, keeping you locked in to their seductive groove until the very end.

You can stream “Retriever” below, or head to Pitchfork Advance to get an early listen of the record. I’ve also shared their upcoming tour dates, which include a stop at MHOW w/ Springtime Carnivore next month.
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Natalie Prass – “My Baby Don’t Understand Me”

By Will Oliver, January 21st 2015

Natalie Prass

Nashville singer/songwriter Natalie Prass is gearing up for a big 2015, and chances are you may be more familiar with her than you realize. If you caught Jenny Lewis on her recent tour for The Voyager (we saw them at Terminal 5), you may recognize Prass as a member of her backing band.

Prass will release her self-titled debut album on January 27 via Spacebomb Records. Ahead of the album’s release she let go of a personal track called “My Baby Don’t Understand Me.”

It starts solemnly, until it gradually builds up its presence with vital horn arrangements that only add to the already evident emotional weight. In a conversation with Vogue, Prass revealed that she tearfukky wrote the song on her boyfriend’s piano right after they had a fight. She later emailed it to her boyfriend, which resulted in their breakup. It may have caused and end to their relationship, but it has resulted in a breathtaking song that adds a bit of warmth to this cold, cold, winter.

Stream “My Baby Don’t Understand Me” below. And if you’re digging it as much as I know you will, head over to Pitchfork Advance, where the album is currently streaming in full.
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The Mountain Goats - Beat The Champ

The Mountain Goats have announced their new album Beat The Champ, which will be released on April 7 via Merge Records.

As you can gather from the title, the album is dedicated to the sport of professional wrestling. The same goes for the title of first single “The Legend of Chavo Guerrero.” It’s dedicated to wrestler Chavo Guerrero Sr., and features that signature John Darnielle-led Mountain Goats sound. Though Chavo over Eddie Guerreo (R.I.P.), John? I don’t know about that one.

John took to his tumblr to discuss the album, as well as offer some insight about the album and the song. Find excerpts from the post below

All that glory. All that shine. Nameless bodies in unremembered rooms. Some people might be thinking to themselves, JD, wrestling, I don’t know, I’ve never really been into wrestling, but did I steer you wrong with the Bible album, even though you may not have been super-into the Bible? Fear not. In a world of false promises and hollow gimmicks, please rest assured that the old maxim still holds true, whether scrawled on the back of a claim check or carved into a bench in an abandoned locker room: you can’t trust much, but you can trust the Mountain Goats.


Tour dates are over here. A song about my childhood hero, Chavo Guerrero, may he live a thousand years and all his days be filled with joy, is streaming here: enjoy! We will see you in the spring!

Enjoy “The Legend of Chavo Guerrero” below. Spring tour dates are posted as well.
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