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Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Dirty Machine’s ‘Self Made Hero’

David Leach, the frontman for LA alternative metal band Dirty Machine, had this to say about the video for ‘Self Made Hero’ in a statement;

“We chose to release ‘Self Made Hero’ as our next single, simply because of the current state of the world. Everyone is angry, everyone is divided and “Self Made Hero” is a song that completely contradicts that. It’s about paving your own way and writing your own story. Regardless of what the media, politicians or celebrities want you to feel. The middle class has always been kicked around. More now than ever before. This is their anthem.”

The clip was directed by Ron Thunderwood from 9Electric, whose previous credits include videos from Hollywood Undead, Combi Christ and Stitched up Heart.

The track is taken from their latest release, Discord, out now on Zombie Shark Records. It was produced by the band and Ben Jovi at Left Coast Label Studios. They already have a healthy following in Kansas City after their music was picked up by local station 98.9 The Rock as well as sharing the stage with P.O.D., Adema, Ghost, Sixx AM, Disturbed, Trivium, Hell Yeah, Alien Ant Farm, Otep, Metalachi, Orgy and many more at Kansas City Rockfest.

1. Discord
2. Seeds
3. Self Made Hero
4. Social Recoil
5. Ecusa’s Nightmare
6. Built
7. C4
8. Wonka
9. Refuse To Follow (Bonus Track)
10. Victory (Bonus Track)
11. J-Dead (Bonus Track)

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Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Yung Lean’s ‘Metallic Intuition’

The video for Swedish producer Yung Lean‘s ‘Metallic Intuition’ has a Spaghetti Western feel that finds him cast in the part of The Wanted Man.

The video serves as a prequel to Stranger, the title of the short film he released last week as well as the title of his new album.

French duo Suzie and Leo directed the video for ‘Metallic Intuition’.

Catch him on the following dates;

11/26 – Krakow @ Kwadrat
11/27 – Munich @ Theaterfabrik
11/29 – Prague @ Lucerna Velký sál
11/30 – Warsaw @ Progresja Music Zone
12/2 – Berlin @ Astra Kulturhaus
12/3 – Amsterdam @ Melkweg
12/5 – Cologne @ Live Music Hall
12/6 – Hamburg @ Docks
12/8 – Paris @ Elysee Montmartre
12/9- Frankfurt @ Batschkapp
12/10 – Antwerp @ Trix

12/12 – London, UK @ The Roundhouse, London
12/13 – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall

12/16 – Stockholm @ Nobelberget

1/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theatre
1/17 – San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park
1/18 – Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory
1/21 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
1/23 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
1/24 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
1/26 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
1/27 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
1/28 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
1/31 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
2/1 – Detroit, MI @ El Club
2/2 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
2/3 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
2/6 – Boston, MA @ Royale
2/7 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
2/8 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry
2/9 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
2/10 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Spirit Hall
1. Muddy Sea
2. Red Bottom Sea
3. Skimask
4. Silver Arrows
5. Metallic Intuition
6. Push / Lost Weekend
7. Salute / Pacman
8. Drop It / Scooter
9. Hunting My Own Skin
10. Iceman
11. Snakeskin / Bullets
12. Fallen Demon
13. Agony
14. Yellowman

Stream Glassjaw’s ‘shira’ for Free

Glassjaw have shared a free stream of ‘shira’ from their forthcoming album Material Control, out on December 1.

It’s the follow-up to their 2002 effort Worship and Tribute. The band teased the album’s release with a brief pre-order on Amazon, fueling speculation across social media and music blogs. Fans then began receiving postcards thanking them for their patience in waiting for Glassjaw’s third album.


Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Meyhem Lauren & DJ Muggs’ ‘Street Religion’ (Featuring Roc Marciano)

The video for Meyhem Lauren‘s ‘Street Religion’ finds him and his crew politicking on the street with old footage spliced in, in an illuminated cityscape.

The track is taken from his DJ Muggs-produced album Gems from the Equinox, out on October 27 via Soul Assassins Records / Kobalt Music Recordings.


Stream The Paranoid Style’s ‘Dominoes in Drag’ for Free

The Paranoid Style have shared a free stream of ‘Dominoes in Drag’ from their Underworld USA EP, out on October 27 via Bar/None.

It’s the follow-up to their 2015 release Rolling Disclosure.

“The title comes from this Van Morrison song ‘Madame George’ that I like a lot,” singer Elizabeth Nelson said in a statement. “I pretty much like all of Van Morrison’s stuff, but ‘Madame George’ is particularly poignant to me. Madame George is a drug addict and an outcast, but I always think she seems very beautiful to me and sometimes I have felt like maybe we could relate to each other. My song is more of a glam song though. I wrote it on the piano and I thought it’d be cool to have someone do like a rollicking Nicky Hopkins-style part, so I asked (bandmate) Peter Holsapple to play on it and he just killed it. We cut it live in maybe three or four takes. The lyrics are kind of about the days before I had a band or met my husband. I was a labor organizer, and that was and is a passion of mine. I traveled around a lot, saw so much of the country. I also got into a lot of mischief, a lot of late nights. I saw some stuff and did some stuff. I had so much energy. I was remembering that. And I was thinking to about how important the labor movement is and how much we’ve lost by betraying it. You know, it’s all bundled up in there. It’s a Paranoid Style song.”

The EP also explores the meaningless positive affirmations.

“Our country has a weird fetish for upbeat maxims that mean literally nothing. I first noticed this growing up in the 80’s where there was this bizarre, very artificial Reagan-era positivism that felt incredibly stage managed, and seemed to be barely masking a profound cultural despair. And that sense has only deepened and become almost omnipresent in our political culture. Trump is really kind of the apotheosis of this – having run an historically successful campaign that literally consisted of nothing other than vague slogans,” Nelson said.

“Some people thought Rolling Disclosure was too cynical, but I didn’t mean it to be cynical. I meant it to be alarming. I keep hearing about how we need all these punk rock albums now that Trump is in power. Talk about closing the barn gate after the cows are out! I mean, sure, we still need protest music. But where were these people before? Coachella?” she added.

The EP is an angry condemnation of the people Nelson feels are threatening America.

Underworld U.S.A. has two connotations,” she said. “One is the corporate criminal cabal of monsters and mobsters like Trump and the Wall Street hucksters and the pharaohs building up the temples on the backs of the people. And then the second meaning is a positive connotation: the underground of artists and freedom fighters and working people and lowdowns on the social hierarchy that ultimately invest our world with so much meaning. Some songs are about the former and some are about the latter. That’s what Underworld U.S.A. is about.”

01.  Underworld U.S.A.
02.  Dominoes in Drag
03.  Hawk vs. Prez
04.  I Believe You Believe You Can Fly
05.  Dedicated Glare
06.  Revision of Love


Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Tusks’ ‘Dissolve’

Tusks, aka Emily Underhill, had this to say about the video for for the title track from her debut album Dissolve, due out on September 13 via One Little Indian;

“As soon as I wrote Dissolve, I had a really strong vision for the video of two people fighting on a dimly lit London street at night. We were so lucky with the amazing actors and production team that brought it to life and added in the ideas of shooting the whole thing in reverse in one shot with the changing lights – it adds such a dreamy quality to it,” Underhill said in a statement.

Dissolve follows her Ink and False EPs. She worked alongside long-time producer Brett Cox on the album.

“I’m a very visual person, I love being outdoors and surrounded by nature. I grew up by the sea and I’ve always tried to spend as much time outside and travel as much as possible – I think perhaps subconsciously that all influences how cinematic some of my music can be and why I love creating the artwork to go with it,” she said.

“I can have something going in in my life and listen to a song and totally relate that song to me – it’s like that artist is sharing that experience with me and creating a soundtrack to my life. I take a lot of inspiration from more cinematic music in the creation and production of my music and maybe that’s why that idea sits with me more – it creates a closer connection between the listener and the record,” Underhill added.

Catch Tusks on the following dates;

09 September, OnBlackheath Festival, London
15 September, Kamio at Red Gallery, London

For You
False
Last
Dissolve
1807
Paris
Ivy
Toronto
My Love
London Thunder


Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Hundred Waters’ ‘Fingers’

Hundred Waters have shared the Allie Avital-directed video for ‘Fingers’ from their forthcoming album Communicating, out on September 14 via OWSLA.

The visuals complement the track’s hushed tones. They also shared a free stream of ‘Blanket Me’ from the album;

The vinyl version of Communicating will come bundled with their Currency EP.

“From a broad lens,” vocalist/songwriter Nicole Miglis said in a statement “The album is a breakup. It starts with a need for independence and it ends with an ‘all better,’ like we did it: we learned, we loved, we separated, and now it’s time for the next chapter.”

Catch Hundred Waters on the following dates;

9/23 – San Diego @ The Casbah *
9/24 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom *
9/26 – Salt Lake City @ Kilby Court *
9/27 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird *
9/28 – Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar *
9/29 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry *
9/30 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle *
10/2 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe
10/3 – Montreal, QC @ SAT +
10/5 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall +
10/6 – Washington D.C. @ U Street Music Hall +
10/7 – New York, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg +
10/8 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts +
10/10 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl +
10/12 – Orlando, FL @ The Social +
10/13 – Miami, FL @ iii points festival
10/23 – Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
10/24 – London, UK – Village Underground
10/26 – Brighton, UK – The Haunt
10/27 – Brussels, BE – Autumn Falls @ Botanique
10/28 – Namur, BE – Autumn Falls @ Beautes Soniques
10/30 – Amsterdam, NE – Paradiso
11/1 – Paris, FR – Pitchfork Avant Garde @ Badaboum
11/3 – Zurich, CH – Rote Fabrik
11/4 – Lugano, CH @ Studio Foce
11/5 – Luzern, CH @ Sederl
11/8 – Hamburg, DE @ Haekken
12/2 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
12/7 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
12/8 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
12/9 – Vancouver, BC – Fox Cabaret
* w/ Lafawndah
+ w/ Kelsey Lu
1. Particle
2. Wave To Anchor
3. Prison Guard
4. Parade
5. At Home and In My Head
6. Firelight
7. Re
8. Fingers
9. Communicating
10. Blanket Me
11. Better