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My Morning Jacket

My Morning Jacket look to return in a big way with new album The Waterfall, which will be released on May 4 via ATO Records/Capitol Records.

Earlier in the month they announced the album and released first single “Big Decisions.” Today they’ve released a special preview video called “Under The Waterfall” giving us some behind the scenes footage of the recording sessions, all set to mini previews of new songs from the album, which include: “Spring (Among the Living)”, “Compound Fracture”, “Believe (Nobody Knows)”, “Get the Point,” as well as “Big Decisions.”

Enjoy the video below.
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Ryley Walker – “Sweet Satisfaction”

By Will Oliver, March 9th 2015

Ryley Walker

The power of Chicago singer-songwriter Ryley Walker can be immediately felt when embarking on one of his songs. Take “Sweet Satisfaction,” the latest track taken from his new album Primrose Green, out via Dead Oceans on March 31.

It’s hard not to get lost in the rawness of his Americana-draw vocal performance on “Sweet Satisfaction,” one that’s very distinctly unique to him. Or the impressive guitar playing that creates a layered dizzying effect, not the sort of thing that normally comes to mind for an artist that most are labeling under the folk-rock genre. At age 25, Ryley Walker has already formed into his own identity, seemingly way beyond his time.

It’s the 2nd track shared from Primrose Green, with the first being the title track, a more lush, springtime-ready affair. If these tracks are any indication, Primrose Green is going to be an album we will be playing all spring.

Find both songs posted below, along with Walker’s upcoming tour dates, some of which also include Kevin Morby (including Baby’s All Right this Sunday, March 15 – tickets are still available)
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Well that was quick. After releasing new album Drop last year, Thee Oh Sees are returning with a new album this year. It’s called Mutilator Defeated At Last and it’s dropping via Castle Face Records on May 18. So much for that “hiatus.” Your move next Ty.

This incarnation of Thee Oh Sees features John Dwyer, Tim Hellman, Nick Murray (both who were the touring band for Drop last year), Chris Woodhouse, and Brigid Dawson.

Along with the announcement came the release of opening track “Web.” It’s a thrilling rocker from the group that combines the dripping psych-rock elements of Drop and combines them with the heavier guitar freakouts that we’ve come to expect from the group. It’s a combination of all of their worlds, and it’s a wonderful journey to take. I can already envision the beer-filled freakouts that this song with garner live.

Stream “Web” below, and find some new SXSW tour dates posted after the album tracklist.
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[new]: Speedy Ortiz – “The Graduates”

By Will Oliver, March 4th 2015

Speedy Ortiz

Massachusetts four-piece Speedy Ortiz will release new album Foil Deer on April 21 via Carpark Records.

They previously shared a track called “Raising The Skate” and yesterday they followed that up with a 90’s slacker anthem that changes up Speedy Ortiz’s formula a bit, with newly infused synths. Still, this is still very much the same Speedy Ortiz, who weave in and out of their melancholic musings with ease.

This track has become even more personal to lead singer Sadie Dupuis, whose father recently passed away. She posted a personal note on the band’s facebook page, explaining that this song was his favorite out of all the songs that she ever wrote.

You can find the touching note posted below along with a stream of “The Graduates” as well as “Raising The Skates.”
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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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My Morning Jacket

On May 4 My Morning Jacket will return with new album The Waterfall via ATO Records/Capitol Records.

It’s their seventh album and their first on Capitol Records. The group began recorded the album in late 2013 at the Panoramic House studio in Stinson Beach, California, with producer Tucker Martine (who co-produced their last album, Circuital).

Frontman Jim James told Rolling Stone that they entered the recording studio with a more spontaneous approach to recording. They ended up with 24 tracks, which they ended up splitting into a pair of albums, with the later set to come out in 2016.

One of those tracks was released today as a part of the album’s announcement, a dreamy psych-folk wonder called “Big Decisions.” It’s a sprawling big cut that calls to mind My Morning Jacket’s earlier days, with some slick modern stylings added for good measure.

They have also announced a set of tour dates that include Governors Ball. After seeing them play an astonishing set at The Capitol Theatre in 2012, I’m impatiently awaiting that performance come June. Find the full list of tour dates posted below, along with the album’s tracklisting and the video stream for “Big Decisions.”
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[new]: Wolf Alice – “Giant Peach”

By Will Oliver, February 27th 2015

Wolf Alice

Hot rising London four-piece Wolf Alice have revealed that their debut album is entitled My Love Is Cool, and will be released on June 23 via Dirty Hit Records/RCA Records.

The announcement came with the release of the hard-hitting first single, a scorcher by name of “Giant Peach.” Naturally we assume its a reference to Roald Dahl’s beloved book, but according ot the band it’s a track about growing up in London. It doesn’t take time for the track to lift off and settle into a comfy groove, but it’s towards the end where it picks up some real steam and lets loose of a lot of aggression.

If you’re in the area, Wolf Alice will play a free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar tomorrow night along with Sunflower Bean (who were saw earlier in the month). For more info on that show head here.

Find “Giant Peach posted below, along with all of Wolf Alice’s upcoming tour dates.
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[new]: Palma Violets – “Danger In The Club”

By Will Oliver, February 24th 2015

Palma Violets

Brit-rockers Palma Violets will return with new album Danger In The Club on May 5 via Rough Trade.

They’ve let go of the first single and title track “Danger In The Club” in the form of a rather epic music video shot showing the band playing in a rowdy pub. This is a rowdy little anthem that quickly builds up steam and lets loose in a big, big, way. I’m already looking forward to hearing this one live when they return to New York for a show at Baby’s All Right, which tickets are still on sale for.

Check out the video below and check out their mini leg of U.S. dates and the album’s tracklisting.

Tracklisting:
1. Sweet Violets
2. Hollywood (I Got It)
3. Girl, you couldn’t do much better (On The Beach)
4. Danger in the Club
5. Coming Over to My Place
6. Secrets of America
7. The Jacket Song
8. Matador
9. Gout! Gang! Go!
10. Walking Home
11. Peter and the Gun
12. No Money Honey
13. English Tongue

Tour Dates:

March 16th – NYC – Baby’s All Right
March 18th-21st – SXSW
March 24th – SF – Rickshaw Stop
March 25th – LA – Echo
March 28th – Burgerama Fest

Sufjan Stevens - No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross

My most anticipated record of the year is Carrie & Lowell, the long-awaited new album from Sufjan Stevens. It’s set for release on March 31 via Asthamatic Kitty Records. He announced the album last month which included a teaser trailer.

Today he’s shared with us the first track from the record: “No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross.” It’s just Sufjan singing while strumming an acoustic guitar, but he’s able to summon so much out of so little. He paints a picture for us with his lyrics, which he whispers just as much as sings.

Pitchfork posted a very informative interview with Sufjan, where it’s learned that childhood trips to Oregon had heavy influence on the album – maybe a loose continuation of the 50 states project if you will (but Sufjan probably won’t like that).

I’ve had “No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross” on repeat all day. I’m itching to hear the full product, one that I’m sure will be one of the best of the year. Stream it below (and find Sufjan’s upcoming tour dates).
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