Monthly Archives: October 2017

Stream EERA’s ‘Reflection of Youth’ for Free

EERA had this to say about the title track from her album Reflection of Youth; “It’s about desperately wanting someone to love you, and be intimate with you” Anna Lena Bruland, A.K.A. EERA, said in a statement “And getting frustrated by the fact the person doesn’t understand you should be together.”

She’s offering a free stream of the track ahead of its November 3 release date on Big Dada.

She also shared free streams of ‘Living’ and ‘Christine’ as well as the video for ‘I Wanna Dance’;

Catch EERA on the following dates;

02/11/2017 – Junction 1, Cambridge
03/11/2017 – Academy 2, Oxford
04/11/2017 – The Booking Hall, Dover
06/11/2017 – Academy 3, Leicester
07/11/2017 – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
08/11/2017 – Concorde2, Brighton
09/11/2017 – Roundhouse, London /
11/11/2017 – Academy 2 Manchester
12/11/2017 – Arts Centre, Norwich
13/11/2017 – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
14/11/2017 – Marble Factory, Bristol
18/11/2017 – EERA Rough Trade East instore

 


Stream Young Father’s ‘LORD’ for Free

In addition to sharing a free stream of ‘LORD’, Young Fathers also unveiled the dates of their 2018 tour of the UK;

20/03/18 – O2 Institute 2, Birmingham
21/03/18 – Roundhouse, London
22/03/18 – Trinity Centre, Bristol
23/03/18 – O2 Ritz, Manchester
24/03/18 – Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow


Stream Sammy Bananas’ ‘Glitcha Glitcha’ (Featuring BOSCO & LaDonnis) for Free

Sammy Bananas has offered a free stream of ‘Glitcha Glitcha’, featuring BOSCO and LaDonnis.

The track follows Sammy producing ‘Castles’ from BOSCO’s b. project. It finds him taking things down a notch following his last single ’21’.


Stream The Holy Gasp’s ‘Beat Wave’ for Free

The Holy Gasp have shared a free stream of ‘Beat Wave’ from their forthcoming album, due out in early 2018, title and release date TBA.

The track features 17 notable Toronto musicians including  Karen Ng (Andy Shauf), Jessica Upton-Crowe (Beliefs), Nixon Boyd (Hollerado).

It’s the first song from the new album as well as the first that frontman Benjamin Hackman wrote after his divorce.

Hackman had this to say in an e-mail;

When my wife and I split up, I needed to make an extreme lifestyle change. I moved out to Toronto Island and started work on a new record. I started with ‘Beat Wave’. I was real depressed at the time. And real lonely, too. Most days I couldn’t get out of bed. I’d lay there on my stinked-up sheets, weeping… wishing for my old life back… They were dark days indeed. I needed to write it out, to laugh at myself, and to take the edge off and find a way to cheer myself up. Divorce shocks the system bad, you know. It makes you ask a whole lotta questions about how you’re gonna live your life and who you’re gonna be in your post-married world. You set out to build a future with someone, and when you call it quits on a marriage, you call it quits on that future too. So you gotta rewrite yourself entirely. Sebastian was real supportive. He just kept saying, “Write it out… make it as big as you need to… I’ll figure out how to arrange it.” I don’t know if he realized how big I was actually gonna make it when I finally sang him Beat Wave, but he was true to his word. He found a place and a reason for every instrument on the track, and somehow got a giant chambre ensemble to play punk rock. That’s real funny when you stop and think about it–like Bugs-Bunny-in-tails kinda funny. In the great tradition of The Holy Gasp, no one can ever agree on what to call what we’ve created. I’ve been calling it big band punk. But orchestral hardcore might be more accurate. I don’t really know. Word on the street is if you play the track in reverse it gives you step by step instructions on how to brew your own kombucha. That may or may not be true.

Stream Locust Toybox’s ‘Saptiro’ for Free

Locust Toybox, aka David Firth, best known for his work on the animated Web series Salad Fingers, has shared a free stream of ‘Saptiro’ from his album Dreamscapes, out now on Brainfeeder.

Firth is a friend of label founder Flying Lotus and shared his works ‘Cream’ and ‘Umbilical World’ via Brainfeeder Films. He also worked with Flying Lotus on his feature film Kuso.

 “I really wanted the misty bleakness of Northern England to come across”, he said in a statement. “It’s an exploration of spacious areas, of descending into comforting madness, of being submerged under miles of water, surprised you are still able to breathe”.

“I think almost every track has been used in my cartoons and videos somewhere”, he added. “It isn’t a soundtrack album, it’s more of a best of the last 3 years of my atmospheric output.”

“I incorporated a lot of field recordings that I made in my local surroundings,” he continued. “I live on quite a noisy street so sometimes I just hang a mic out of the window and record the youths and drug dealers. I sometimes worry they’ll see the mic and think I’m gathering evidence.”


Stream Jade the Moon’s ‘Hotels’ for Free

Jade the Moon drew equal inspiration from life on the road and the Quentin Tarantino movie 4 Rooms for the track ‘Hotels’.

The band had the movie playing silently in the studio while they were recording the track.

They’ve offered a free stream of the track ahead of the release of their album 11:11, out in early 2018, date TBA. Jade the Moon described the album as being “musical photographs.”

“A moment in time turned dance party, true story turned love song, a daydream turned erie alt pop lullaby. We hope to take the audience on an emotional roller coaster, these new songs truly reflect our stories. Although very personal and coming from very different places, our collective experiences feel somewhat universal,” the band said in a statement.

Catch Jade the Moon in Toronto on November 15 with Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker at The Mod Club.

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Stream S U R V I V E’s ‘Other'(Justin K Broadrick as JK FLESH Remix) for Free

Austin synth-pop quartet S U R V I V E have shared Justin Broadrick‘s (Godflesh, Jesu, Techno Animal) remix of their track ‘Other’.

It’s taken from their forthcoming four-track EP RR7387, out on November 3 on Relapse Records. The band also shared a free stream of Lena Willikens‘ remix of the track;


Stream David Versis’ ‘Well Wishes’ for Free

David Versis had this to say about his track ‘Well Wishes’, which he’s offering a free stream of, in a statement; “I want listeners to feel hype as fuck right when the song hits, and then suck the air out of the room when the chorus comes in. It’s a real up-and-down type record, which is something that seems to be constant in my music.”

He’s best known for his work alongside Wiz Khalifa, Yo Gotti, T.I. He scored a Grammy nomination for his work on Wiz Khalifa’s ‘Blacc Hollywood’.


Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Longface’s ‘Deep Fried American Dreams’

Chicago’s Longface turned to Flint, Michigan multimedia artist, musician, and tinkerer Ryan Gregory to direct the video for ‘Deep Fried American Dreams’, the new single from their latest album Hillbilly Wit.

For the album, the band looked to create a melting pot of sorts where beer-drinking bumpkins, urban hipsters, and starving artists combine to create an uneasy sideshow of Americana. In its more serious moments, Hillbilly Wit explores moments of social isolation, substance abuse, and economic stagnation. But it’s not without its lighter moments that radiate a folksy playfulness and whimsical storytelling.

Catch Longface on the following dates;

10/16 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
11/02 – Kalamazoo, MI – Shakespeare’s Pub
11/03 – Saginaw, MI – Counter Culture
11/04 – Cleveland, OH – The Happy Dog

11/14 – Washington, DC – TBA
11/15 – Morganstown, WV – TBA
11/16 – Cincinnati, OH – The Comet
11/18 – Champaign, IL – The Cowboy Monkey
11/27 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle#
11/29 – Milwaukee, WI – Cactus Club

+ w/ Bad History Month
^ w/ Pile and Bad History Month
# = Longface Record Release Show w/ Monobody and Date Stuff

1. Crescent Moon
2. Deep Fried American Dreams
3. Candy Store Robbers
4. Crime Jazz
5. Hillbilly Wit
6. Ozone
7. Howdy
8. Pace
9. Heart Of Mold
10. Hornswoggled

Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Tanis’ ‘Okay’

‘Okay’ is New York City-based singer/songwriter Tanis’ ode to picking yourself up back again after life beats you down and being OK with it.

She wrote and recorded the song herself with engineer Sean Kelly.

Her music shows everything that she picked up living around the world from China to the Bahamas, the UK and Switzerland. Along the way, she studied at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Music and released her EP Blackout in 2016.

While she was living in China at age 12, she received her first camera and created a photo essay book titled The Shui about China’s 55 minority groups. She self-published the book and the proceeds went to a healing home called the Bluesky Healing Home that helps children with debilitating medical conditions. Additionally she also staged a photography show at ArtLondon that raised further funds for the home. She also published a photography book on Indonesian street children that raised funds for Wadah Foundation Indonesia.

Tanis’ photography can be viewed here.

She also a slalom skier, competitive swimmer and a trained scuba diver. She ran in the NYC Marathon and raised money for Project Aware and Ocean Conservancy.

She was also featured on the cover Elle Singapore in April 2017.