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Harriet Releases Debut Album ‘American Appetite’

By Will Oliver, February 2nd 2016

Harriet - American Appetite

We’re only 33 days into 2016, but we’ve already been graced with some awesome albums. This includes American Appetite, the debut album from Los Angeles band Harriet, a release four years in the making.

You see, I first posted about Harriet late in 2011, after becoming fascinate with their debut single “I Slept With All Your Mothers.” It was included on their debut EP, and had me readily waiting to see what they had up their sleeves for their debut.

Only, aside from founder Alex Casnoff (who formerly played piano with Dawes and Papa) and drummer Henry Kwapis, the lineup kept changing and time went on and the wait for the album continued. This wasn’t a bad thing, as Casnoff and the rest of the group smartly took their time with the release, carefully putting together all the right ingredients and pieces, releasing songs and videos one by one, and signing to the small but impressive roster of Harvest Records. Ultimately this helped them to prepare for the release of American Appetite, doing it their own way.

I got to watch the band grow in real time, so it’s almost hard for me to believe that their album is actually here. But it is indeed a real thing, and as great of a first document of the band as I could’ve hoped. At their core, Harriet is built around the songwriting prowess of Casnoff. But they’re far from folk or an americana rock band, even if those elements are found throughout the 12 songs that make up American Appetite. As the years passed, they evolved as a band, showing an ability to take these songs and add a shiny pop or even dance guise, as evident on “Ten Steps” the unshakeable second track on the album.

All in all, the debut offering from Harriet feels far too polished and readymade to be a debut. They group have managed to do the unthinkable and deliver a first time release that seems like it has come from seasoned veterans. It may have been a long time coming, but American Appetite was well worth the wait, and is proof that Harriet are very much a band to watch in the future. Big things are on the way.

Today they released a brand new video for ““Inheritance,” which serves as a short heist-film with some messages about the music industry that are pretty clear. Check it out via Billboard.

American Appetite is available to purchase right here.

[music video]: Bitter’s Kiss – “No One Will”

By Will Oliver, January 29th 2016

bitter's kiss promo

Last year up-and-coming New Jersey singer-songwriter Chloe Baker released her self-titled debut album as Bitter’s Kiss, gaining many news fans along the way. We were one of them, sharing the albums stunning single “The Rope” last summer.

She kicked off the new year with a brand new video for the equally impressive “No One Will.” Showing off her impressive vocals, she gives off a Regina Spektor vibe and a feeling of positivity and elegance. The video was shot in Cork, Ireland and produced by EPIC Productions Ireland.

Enjoy the video below.
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Introducing: LNZNDRF

By Will Oliver, January 13th 2016

LNZNDRF

At first glance LNZNDRF may look like a jumble of letters, but fans of The National and Beirut should immediately take note. It’s the new project of Scott and Bryan Devendorf of The National, and Ben Lanz of Beirut (he also plays with The National live). Together, the trio form LNZNDRF and like Matt Berninger did last year, they look to make a name for themselves in 2016.

The group will release their self-titled debut album via 4AD on February 19. It was recorded over two and a half days at a Cincinnati church, with songs improvised from the old spirit that made them want to make music in the first place,

They’ve given us a preview of what is to come with a set of three live songs from the album (it looks like they’re joined by Beirut’s Aaron Arntz live), and the results are rather stunning. “Beneath The Black Sea” sounds like it could have come from New Order or Joy Division, they dive into dream-laden psych territory that reminds of My Bloody Valentine at times with “Mt. Storm,” and the experimental “King Things” has a experimental world-influence that isn’t easy to pin down to just one idea or genre. It’s safe to say that LNZNDRF isn’t just a one-off solo project, but a fully formed idea ready to take over our minds.

Enjoy all three of the live performances posted below. The album is available to pre-order now, with a limited clear vinyl pressing still available. The band will make their NYC live debut at the Mercury Lounge on Saturday, March 5, with an early and late show.
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R.I.P. David Bowie

By Will Oliver, January 11th 2016

Legendary artist David Bowie has passed away, losing an 18-month battle with cancer. He was 69. This sad news comes just days after Bowie’s 69th birthday on Friday, which also saw the release of his fantastic new, and now final album, Blackstar.

The shocking news was revealed today through his facebook page:

January 10 2016 – David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with…

Posted by David Bowie on Sunday, January 10, 2016



In all honestly, there’s not much I can say to truly capture the essence of what Bowie meant to so many people. He wasn’t just one of the greatest musicians of all time, but one of the great visionaries and artists in so many different fields and mediums.

He will truly be missed. Blast Bowie loud and proud today.

R.I.P. David Bowie

[new]: The Last Shadow Puppets – “Bad Habits”

By Will Oliver, January 10th 2016 — with 1 comment

The Last Shadow Puppets - Bad Habits

This year brings the long-awaited reunion of The Last Shadow Puppets, the glorious team-up between Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner and their unofficial 5th member, Miles Kane. Their only release was their 2008 debut The Age of the Understatement, so fans have been eagerly awaiting their return for some time.

They’ve been hinting at a new record for months now, releasing short teaser videos as well as an inclusion on this year’s Coachella lineup. Tonight they took a big step towards the new album with a surprise release of a new song by the name of “Bad Habits.” No one was expecting to hear a new song so soon, let alone late on a Sunday night, but new music from these guys is certainly most welcome.

A few early spins to “Bad Habits” and I wasn’t quite sure how I felt. It seemed more of a Miles Kane solo song with The Last Shadow Puppets orchestrated string-section. It’s a dark and gritty track that digs a little bit deeper under the fingernails, really letting Miles Kane shine. At first I didn’t quite love it as much as I expected, but it seems like with every listen it’s starting to have its way with me. It may be a bit of a future grower that may work a lot better under the context of the rest of the eventual sophomore release. But one things for sure, this one is going to kick a lot of ass live.

Stream “Bad Habits” below with it’s official music video, which was directed by Ben Chappell.
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Premiere: Sam Seeger – “Empty Mind Man” Music Video

By Will Oliver, January 4th 2016 — with 1 comment

Sam Seeger - Empty Mind Man Video

Today I have the honor of having the exclusive premiere of Sam Seeger’s new music video for “Empty Mind Man.” The thunderous cut of garage rock is taken from Seeger’s debut solo EP Coffin Fashion, which we shared with you guys in the introducing feature on Sam that we posted last month.

The crafty and stylish video features Seeger along with drummer Rosie Slater (of New Myths) and was directed by Seeger, allowing him to perfectly capture the dirty, gritty feel of the song. Seeger swiftly proves that not only is he a talent behind the guitar, but also behind the lens (along with his brother Ben Seeger). As the director and artist himself, he’s able to capture and fine tune his aesthetic as an artist, building something memorable along the way.

Enjoy the music video below, and be sure to catch his upcoming free performance at Pete’s Candy Store next Saturday, January 16 at 8 pm and find his EP available for purchase on iTunes.
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Preview: Barbez Tonight At Joe’s Pub

By Will Oliver, January 2nd 2016

Barbez
Welcome to 2016. Need a last minute plan to kick off your show-going habit for the new year?

We got one for you. Tonight Brooklyn-based ensemble Barbez will be playing at Joe’s Pub, performing new pieces from their new album White Phosphorous, a new album that ruminates on the wars at uprisings in the Middle East post-9/11.

Tickets for the show are still on sale ahead of the show tonight, and some will still be available at the door. Grab a taste of their 2013 track “Bella Ciao” with it’s video, which is posted below.
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[music video]: Sunflower Bean – “Wall Watcher”

By Will Oliver, December 15th 2015

Sunflower Bean - Wall Watcher

2016 is right around the corner. As scary as that is, it helps knowing that a few great records are already waiting for us. One of these is Human Ceremony, the debut record from New York trio Sunflower Bean. It will be released on February 5 via Fat Possum Records. Today they shared the music video for the records first single “Wall Watcher,” which premiered via Noisey.

The video was shot with Roger Sargent during a rare day off on tour in London an old buckle factory. The clock concept from the album cover comes into play during the video. It’s well shot, and fits the vibe of the song all too well.

Tickets are still on sale for their homecoming show at Bowery Ballroom on February 25. Find their full list of tour dates posted after the video as well.

Tour Dates:

2/2/16 Bristol, UK @ Louisiana
2/3/16 Birmingham, UK @ Hare & Hounds
2/6/16 Paris, FR @ Le Pop Up Du Label
2/8/16 Copenhagen, DK @ Ideal Bar
2/9/16 Berlin, GR @ Berghain Kantine
2/10/16 Hamburg, GR @ Molotov Bar
2/12/16 Brussels, BE @ Botanique
2/13/16 Lille, GR @ LA Peniche
2/15/16 Edinburgh, UK @ Sneaky Pete’s
2/16/16 Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
2/18/16 London, UK @ The Dome
2/19/16 Brighton, UK @ Bleach
2/25/16 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
2/26/16 Hanover, NH @ Bones Gate Fraternity
2/27/16 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Club Upstairs
2/28/16 Montreal, QC @ Quasi Des Brumes
3/1/16 Toronto, ON @ Smiling Buddha
3/2/16 Detroit, MI @ Majestic Café +
3/3/16 Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern +
3/4/16 Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s 20 Lanes +
3/6/16 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie +
3/10/16 Washington D.C. @ Black Cat *
3/15-3/20/16 Austin, TX @ SXSW 2016
* w/ Mass Gothic
+ w/ Honduras

[music video]: Day Wave – Come Home Now

By Will Oliver, December 10th 2015

Day Wave

Day Wave continues his wonderful year with a brand new music video for his current single “Come Home Now.”

The home-movie style video features footage from their fall tour through the U.S. as well as in the U.K. and Europe. The single is out now via House Arrest Records. The physical 7″ is sold out, but is currently on sale at their shows.

Enjoy the video for “Come Home Now” posted below.
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Felice Brothers - Felice Navidad

Are you feeling the Christmas spirit yet? You better hurry up, the holiday season is already here, and Christmas is just around the corner. Even if you’re not feeling the spirit, maybe The Felice Brothers can help you out with that. In late November the group release the appropriately titled Felice Navidad EP, featuring five brand new Christmas-themed songs.

Best of all, the proceeds made from the EP (priced at $5.00) will all be donated to the Food Bank of The Hudson Valley. Some Holiday songs for a good cause. What’s not to love?

Get a taste of the EP via EP cut “Country Ham” and it’s music video which urges us all to give back in anyway that we can this Holiday season. Not a bad message, and song. Find it posted below.
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