[new]: Tame Impala – “‘Cause I’m A Man”

By Will Oliver, April 5th 2015

Tame Impala - Currents

It was three weeks ago that Tame Impala released the epic 7-minute track “Let It Happen,” that will open their upcoming new album. Today they’ve announced that the new album is titled Currents. With that, they’ve shared it’s first proper single, the ultimately sexy and dreamy “Cause I’m A Man.”

Kevin Parker cuts loose and finds a bit of an soul/r&b influence (a little bit of Michael in there?) to go with his psychedelic drip. It’s clear from “Cause I’m A Man” and “Let It Happen” that Tame Impala are headed into a new direction with Currents. Different, but still very exciting, and still a Tame Impala track.

Stream “Cause I’m A Man” below.
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[music video]: Oscar – “Daffodil Days”

By Will Oliver, March 27th 2015


Oscar’s “Daffodil Days” is one of first best songs that 2015 has graced us with. It’s the way a good pop tune should be, capturing your attention right away and never letting go. It’s been on repeat ever since it’s been released.

Yesterday he let go of it’s official music video and it’s wonderful. The video was directed by Laurie Lynch and features actress Sabrina Barlett. It features a story of young love and heartbreak, and even an Oscar appearance here and there. It’s a short film in its own way.

Be sure to purchase “Daffodil Days” from iTunes, or you can by the physical 7″ from Wichita Recordings.

Enjoy the video below.
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Brandon Flowers at Webster Hall (March 24, 2015)

By Will Oliver, March 26th 2015

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Earlier in the week The Killers’ frontman Brandon Flowers returned in a big way with new solo single “Can’t Deny My Love.” It marked a step into a world of big glossy 80s synth-pop, more aligned with The Killers’ Hot Fuss than his debut solo offering Flamingo. “Can’t Deny My Love” is on his new album The Desired Effect, which Island Records will release on May 18. On Tuesday night Flowers played an intimate show at Webster Hall to share some songs, both new and old.
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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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The Tins Launch Kickstarter For New Album and Documentary

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

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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.

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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.

The Airborne Toxic Event

Tomorrow night The Airborne Toxic Event return to New York City for a smaller performance at Brooklyn venue Warsaw. The show is a part of a set of intimate-tour dates that the group are playing in support of their two new albums, Dope Machines and the online-only acousic album Songs of God and Whisky.

Tickets for the show at Warsaw tomorrow night are still on sale, but I got a pair of tickets to give away to one of you guys right now. To win, email me at with “The Airborne Toxic Event Contest” as the subject. I’ll pick a winner tomorrow and notify them around 3 p.m.

Good luck!
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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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Color Collage – 2048

By Will Oliver, March 4th 2015

Color Collage

You may remember an artist by the name of Lean Grimes who we posted around here a couple of years ago. The project was initially based on sampling mp3’s of brand new indie music that Conerty found on blogs and making his own unique remixes through them. Well the project is now known as Color Collage and has shifted gears into something much more.

He’s released a new single called “2048” that has garned titled such as “electronic doo wop.” It features a beachy old-school sound, blended tightly with electronic elements that create a wonderful new world. It instantly works its magic on you, sounding embedded in the past, but also focused on the future. It will be included on Shane’s debut album as Color Collage Pieced Together which will be released via Paper Garden Records.

He’s released a video for “2048” which has plenty to say about the effects of technology on our society, including at shows. Find that posted below along with the regular stream.

“2048” Music Video:

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]: Harriet – “Irish Margaritas”

By Will Oliver, March 3rd 2015

Harriet EP

Los Angeles band Harriet have been a band we’ve been watching for some time on this blog. So we are proud to learn, and announce, that the group has signed to Harvest Records, who released their new self-titled EP today.

In celebration of the release of the EP, and the signing, the group have released the official music video for single “Irish Margaritas.” It was directed by the band’s singer Alex Casnoff and premiered earlier today over at The Fader. Here’s what the band had to say about the video:

The LIME, our video’s hero, is the mascot for our drink sponsor (our “beats pill” if you will). Irish Margaritas // A video about object glorification and rampant/overbearing product placement–trying to give some sort of spiritual importance to a meaningless thing: LIME WORSHIP. The LIME is benevolent. The LIME tastes good. The LIME welcomes you. Heed its call.

As for the track itself, it’s got a bouncy synth-beat, along with a big folk-rooted chorus that creates a scattered electronic-rock jam that sort of sits in its own genre completely. Harriet always have had a knack of creating songs that sound huge, and Irish Margarita” is no different.

Enjoy the video below (if you have Epilepsy, you probably shouldn’t watch) and head to iTunes now to pick up the EP.
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