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Mac DeMarco – “The Way You’d Love Her”

By Will Oliver, May 13th 2015

Mac DeMarco

The always hard working Mac DeMarco will release his new mini-LP Another One on August 7 via Captured Tracks.

He recently let go of opening track “The Way You’d Love Her,” a track that wastes no time establishing itself into his world which is becoming a genre of its own. It features some trippy guitar effects, with a very Mac solo to boot. It’s a groovy cut, that certainly stays true to the albums promise to have a “bittersweet, romantic sensibility.”

Mac has never let us down, doesn’t look like he plans to start now.

Stream “The Way You’d Love Her” below, and find all of Mac’s upcoming tour dates below.
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[music video]: Chastity Belt – “Joke”

By Will Oliver, May 13th 2015

Chastity Belt

Chastity Belt will be playing alongside Courtney Barnett next week for three sold out shows at Bowery Ballroom, along with a show of their own at Rough Trade. The shows are in support of their new album Time To Go Home, which is out now via Hardly Art.

The group recently released their music video for album track “Joke,” using footage they took of themselves out on the road for their recent spring tour across the country. Shake weights are involved. It’s great.

Catch the video posted below, along with the rest of their U.S. tour dates.
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All Boy:All Girl - Lion

In March, New York septet All Boy/All Girl released a limited edition EP entitled Trophy via Grind Select Records (stream it on bandcamp), full of chamber pop songs that experiment with folk, avant-garde jazz and orchestral indie rock.

One of these songs is called “Lion,” a beautiful song about “a pursuit of greatness, and how that pursuit can be alienating. The lion stands in as a metaphor for the power hungry politician or the greedy wall street banker, who finds that the view from the top is a lonely one.” It’s a haunting track that lingers with you during and long after your listen.

Today we have the honor of premiering their brand new music video for “Lion” with you guys exclusively. Shot in black and white by director Sara Montironi, it’s a wonderful accompaniment for the song, with some of the best cinematography you’ll find from a music video all year.

Enjoy the “Lion” music video. which you can find posted below, along with the band’s upcoming tour dates:
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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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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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