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LA hip-hop group OverDoz have signed to Polo Grounds Music/RCA.
“OverDoz. and their team are fearless, creative and represent everything that’s bright about where rap music is headed,” Bryan Leach, President of Polo Grounds Music, Inc. said in a statement.
The band is just wrapping up their tour in support of their BOOM mixtape, available for free stream/download here.
1. Underground ft. Pimp C (Produced by THC)
2. These Niggas ft. Nipsey Hussle (Produced by THC)
3. F$WSAD ft. Problem (Produced by THC)
4. Lauren London (Produced by Iman Omari)
5. Desto’s Don’t Stress Hoes (Produced by THC)
6. Killer Tofu (Produced by THC)
7. Lap Dance ft. Juicy J (Produced by The Futuristiks)
8. De$tabil (Produced by THC)
9. Tongue Ring ft. Cheetah Boyz & DJ Drama (Produced by Traxamillion)
10. Barbary Coast (Produced by THC)
11. When I Woke Up (Produced by THC)
12. Thinkin’ (Produced by THC)
13. Lois Lane (Produced by THC)
14. Last Love Song (Produced by Brooke D’leau)
15. Inside ft. Gwen Bunn (Produced by Gwen Bunn)
16. Baby Steps (Produced by Iman Omari)
17. Hiroshima (Produced by Iman Omari)
Considering that Faith Coloccia and Alex Barnet are separated by 2000 miles, the title of the first single from their forthcoming EP Retrieval is fitting; ‘So How Much Do You Know About Me?’
Barnett + Coloccia‘s Retrieval is out on December 2 on Blackest Ever Black.
Despite the distance, the pair did meet in person, recording the bulk of the seven tracks over the course of three days at Otic Sound in Vancouver using a combination of Coloccia’s treated vocals, tape-manipulated acoustic recordings and AM radio sounds with Barnet adding synths to create additional loops, beats and rhythmic elements. They got together again for the final mixing and editing session at AVAST! Studio in Seattle with engineer/producer Randall Dunn.
The result is a collection of songs that’s introspective in nature but cosmic in scope.
A1. Harbor (4:04)
A2. Switch (5:53)
A3. So, How Much Do You Know About Me? (3:03)
A4. Hallway (8:17)
B1. Repeating Pit (5:43)
B2. Retrieval (4:47)
B3. Birds Eye (6:50)
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Mark Pritchard has announced that he will release his Ghosts EP digitally on June 25 and on vinyl on July 23 on Warp Records/Fontana North.
It’s the first of three EPs he’s slated to release ahead of his debut album, release dates TBA.
He’s shares the title track from the EP as well as a free stream of his 30 minute mix for Kode9’s Rinse Radio Show.
Tracklisting and album artwork are below;
1. Manabadman feat. Spikey Tee
4. Get Wyld
5. Manabadman (Instrumental)
A1 Manabadman feat Spikey Tee
B2 Get Wyld
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Brooklyn, NY artist Waxahatchee (aka Katie Crutchfield) has announced that she’s hitting the road with Tegan and Sara for a tour of Europe this summer.
Crutchfield also announced that UK-based label Wichita Recordings will be re-issuing her debut album Cerulean Salt in England on July 1. This is the second solo album from the former P.S. Eliot singer, the first being last year’s American Weekend. The new album finds Crutchfield balancing the acoustic sound of her previous outing with a plugged-in, full band sound.
To preview the album, stream the track ‘Brother Bryan’ below;
Album artwork, tracklisting and tour dates are below;
1. Hollow Bedroom
2. Dixie Cups and Jars
3. Lips and Limbs
4. Blue Pt. II
5. Brother Bryan
6. Coast to Coast
7. Tangled Envisioning
8. Misery Over Dispute
11. Swan Dive
12. Peace and Quiet
13. You’re Damaged
06/8 @ Ritz – Manchester, UK !
06/9 @ ABC – Glasgow, SCT !
06/11 @ The Troxy – London, UK !
06/12 @ The Institute, Birmingham !
06/13 @ Shacklewell Arms – London, UK !
06/17 @ Capitol – Offenbach, DE !
06/18 @ Huxleys – Berlin, DE !
06/20 @ E-Werk – Cologne, IT !
06/25 @ Le Trianon Hall – Paris, FR !
06/26 @ Paradiso – Amsertdam, NL !
06/27 @ AB Club – Brussels, BE !
! = w/ Tegan & Sara
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LA trio Western Lows have announced that they will released their debut album Glacial on Jaxart Records on June 4.
Like the slow moving masses of ice they took the title of the record from, the band formed over the course of a year when frontman Jack Burnside traveled to Athens, Georgia to work producer Andy LeMaster. Western Lows is now a trio with Julien Bellin and Michael Orendy.
The band is offering a free stream of the track ‘Icicles’, see below;
And check out Western Lows on the following dates;
4/15/13 @ The Satellite – Los Angeles, CA w/ Chief, Samantha Ronson
5/15/13 @ The Redbury – Los Angeles, CA w/ Hunter Hunted
6/8/13 @ Jubilee Festival – Los Angeles, CA
And keep scrolling for the album cover artwork and tracklisting;
2. Last Known Rivers
3. Swan Fields
4. I Will
7. Gave Away
8. Tall Glass Church
Tricky shared this video from his forthcoming album False Idols, out on May 28 on his new label of the same name.
The vid sees him reciting the lyrics while footage of war is interspersed. He said the lyrics were influences by the abundance of, “violence [I’ve seen] since I was six or seven years of age.”
He’s also offering a free stream/download of the track ‘Nothing’s Changed’.
Album artwork and tracklisting is below;
1. Somebody’s Sins
2. Nothing Matters
4. Bonnie & Clyde
6. Nothing’s Changed
7. If Only I Knew
8. Is That Your Life
9. Tribal Drums
10. We Don’t Die
11. Chinese Interlude
12. Does It
13. I’m Ready
14. Hey Love
15. Passion Of The Christ
Brooklyn-via-San Francisco duo Shellshag offer a glimpse at what goes on before their rambunctious live shows.
The band is streaming the track ‘Face To Face’ for free. Both tracks are from their forthcoming album Shellshag Forever, out on April 16 via Don Giovanni Records. Tracklisting and cover artwork are below;
1. Face To Face
2. Sweet Hoodie
3. Come Down
5. Driving Song
6. Wasted Imagination
8. I Love You Anyway
9. Destroy Me I’m Yours
10. Dots In Rhyme
They also unveiled their spring tour;
4/13 Brooklyn, NY – Union Pool *
4/19 Hoboken, NJ – Maxwells !
5/9 Boston, MA – Middle East ! @
5/10 Brooklyn, NY – Death By Audio @ $
5/18 Manhattan, NY – Mercury Lounge #
5/25 Brooklyn, NY – Party Expo &
6/5 Brooklyn, NY – Death By Audio ^
6/8 Kingston, NY – BSP Lounge ^
6/21-23 Chattanooga, TN – Do Ya Hear We Fest
* = w/ RVIVR
! = w/ Screaming Females
@ = w/ Black Wine
$ = w/ Swearin’ & comedians Dave Hill and Chris Gethard
# = w/ JEFF The Brotherhood and Hunters
^ = w/ Apogee Sound Club
& = w/ Moira Scara
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Dutch band Var have announced that they will release their debut album No One Dances Quite Like My Brothers on Sacred Bones on May 14.
Co-founder/bandleader Loke Rahbek said the album is, “a European record, recorded in America or an American record, recorded by Europeans. Either way, it is the first full length by Vår, written and recorded over a week, on borrowed equipment in Heaven Street Studios in Brooklyn, summer 2012.”
He also offered the following explanation for the album’s cover artwork; “The cover is a mirror and thus changes with whoever is holding it. Looking at it, you are the cover. It’s music to remind you to be as pretty as possible.”
The four-piece used everything from coustic guitar, power electronics, bass, trumpet, multi-tracked vocals, and various percussive instruments, to broken glass & sheet metal samples to explore themes of love, loss, vanity, hope, fear, sexuality and friendship as well as taking a literary bent to their lyrics.
Album cover artwork and tracklisting is below;
1. Begin To Remember
2. The World Fell
3. No One Dances Quite Like My Brothers
4. Motionless Duties
5. Hair Like Feathers
6. Pictures of Today / Victorial
8. Into Distance
Vancouver’s The Belle Game has released their new 7″ single ‘Wait Up For You’ along with the accompanying video.
The track will also appear on their upcoming album Ritual Tradition Habit, out on April 16 on Boompa. The band worked with John Raham on the 12-track effort.
The video tells the tale of two girls attempt to escape a failing cult in the 1960’s.
“The band was very encouraging with the technical approach we wanted to take with the video. With this in mind, I got to do a lot of things I’ve been itching to try for a while now, like long tracking shots, slow zooms and carefully composed static shots [all shot on 16 mm]. The intention was to not take any music video short cuts for cheap effect, and to instead implore a more patient approach… till shit falls apart at the end, of course,” director Kheaven Lewandowski explained in a statement.
The band also unveiled their SxSW dates;
03/14 – Austin, TX @ Brass House (12am)
03/16 – Austin, TX @ Friends Bar (5pm)
Album artwork and tracklisting for Ritual Tradition Habit are below;
3. Wait Up For You
4. In Secrets
5. Wasted Light
7. Bruises To Ash
8. Blame Fiction
9. Salt + Water
10. Keeps Me Up At Night
11. Little Wars (Causing Your Trouble)
Brian Eno has announced that he will release his new album LUX on Warp Records/Fontana North on November 13.
It’s Eno’s first solo effort for Warp, he released two other collaborative efforts, and the first new music from the legendary and influential artist since 2005’s Another Day On Earth. The album finds him exploring the themes and sounds that were present on the albums such as Music For Films, Music For Airports and Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks. He views it as a continuation of his “Music For Thinking” project that includes albums such as 1975’s Discreet Music and 1993’s Neroli.
Clocking in at 76 minutes and divided into 12 sections, it’s Eno’s most ambitious album to date. It evolved from a work currently housed in in the Great Gallery of the Palace of Venaria in Turin, Italy.
Album artwork and tracklisting is below.
LUX tracklist (and track times in brackets):
1. LUX 1 (19:22)
2. LUX 2 (18:14)
3. LUX 3 (19:19)
4. LUX 4 (18:28)