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Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Cloud Nothings’ ‘Up to the Surface’

Cloud Nothings enlisted multimedia artist AUJIK to create the video for ‘Up to the Surface’ from their latest release Life Without Sound.

“I really liked AUJIK’s previous work (especially the Spatial Bodies videos he has on his Vimeo), so got in touch and asked him to make something along those lines for “Up To The Surface.” He agreed way more heartily than I thought he would and decided to make a sort of continuation of that Spatial Bodies series, but this time with more focus on the hobbies of little blocky computer people. I think they’re cute, even though they inhabit some kind of desolate future void world,” frontman Dylan Baldi said in a statement

AUJIK added that the video depicts, “a Brutalist version of Kyoto and its suburbs from the perspective of a Japanese giant hornet. It sweeps through convenience stores, classrooms, Shinto temples, zen gardens and humongous Brutalist structures; witnessing all sorts of human behaviors before it reach its hive.

Its a comment on the absurdity of modern life seen in a future nostalgic context.
Influenced by South Korean Brutalist architect Lee Guō and Italian futurist Antonio Sant’Elia.”
“A thing I like to do with all of my records is drive around with them,” Baldi said. “In high school, I would listen to music for hours like that: just driving through the suburbs of Cleveland. And if it sounds good to me in that context and I can think of high school me listening to it and saying, ‘That’s okay,’ I feel good about the record. This is the one that’s felt best.”
Life Without Sound is the band’s fourth effort and the follow-up to 2014’s Here and Nowhere Else. The new album was recorded under less stressful circumstances with the Baldi taking a year to write and flesh out the songs. They recorded the album’s nine tracks over three weeks in 2016 at Sonic Ranch in El Paso Texas with producer John Goodmanson (Sleater Kinney, Death Cab for Cutie).
“Generally, it seems like my work has been about finding my place in the world,” Baldi said. “But there was a point in which I realized that you can be missing something important in your life, a part you didn’t realize you were missing until it’s there-hence the title. This record is like my version of new age music,” he adds. “It’s supposed to be inspiring.”
Catch Cloud Nothings on the following dates;
8/25 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Schenley Plaza
9/8 – Butte, MT @ The Original Mine Yard
9/9 – San Bernardino, CA @ High & Low Festival
9/10 – Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Music Festival
10/13 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall*
10/14 – Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall*
10/16 – Saskatoon, SK @ O’Brian’s Event Centre*
10/17 – Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick Centre*
10/21 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre*
10/22 – Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Centre*
10/24 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall*
10/26 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel*
10/28 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theatre*
10/30 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live*
10/31 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE*
11/2 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre*
11/4 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre*
11/6 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall*
11/7 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom*
11/8 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club*
11/10 – New Orleans, LA @ Republic*

11/11 – McDade, TX @ Sound On Sound Festival

11/15 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)*
1. Up To The Surface
2. Things Are Right With You
3. Internal World
4. Darkened Rings
5. Enter Entirely
6. Modern Act
7. Sight Unseen
8. Strange Year
9. Realize My Fate
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Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Freddie Gibbs’ ‘Crushed Glass’

The Eric Nelson-directed video for Freddie Gibbs‘ ‘Crushed Glass’ finds the rapper wandering the desert and contemplating everything that has transpired in his life.

The Teddy Walton & Aaron Bow-produced single, featuring additional vocals from Brittany B and additional production from Sid “Speakerbomb” Miller, is taken from Gibbs’ forthcoming album You Only Live 2wice, out on March 31 via ESGN Records.

1. 20 Karat Jesus
2. Alexys
3. Crushed Glass
4. Dear Maria
5. Amnesia
6. Andrea
7. Phone Lit
8. Homesick


Danny Michel Announces Journeys to the Arctic for New Album

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Danny Michel on the deck of Kaptain Khlebnikov.

When Danny Michel was presented with the opportunity of a lifetime; the chance to join Generator Arctic, a mission traversing the Arctic Ocean with famed Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, scientists, photographers, writers, videographers aboard the Russian icebreaker Kaptain Khlebnikov, he jumped at the opportunity.

Michel’s goal was to record an album in a makeshift studio in his cabin using what he could scrounge together including camera tripods, hair ties, and gaffing tape. The result is Khlebnikov, out on January 20, 2017.

It may just earn the Guinness World Record for the northernmost album ever recorded!

He shared a free stream of ‘24,000 Horses’ from the album;

“One evening at 4:00am I woke to massive muffled booms and thuds of the Khlebnikov lurching through the Arctic ice,” Michel recalled in a statement. ”Too curious to sleep I put on all of my gear and went outside to see what was happening. There alone, at the bow I witnessed one of the most glorious moments of my life. Under an endless sky and midnight sun, I watched pieces of ice the size of tennis courts break, flip, and bounce around like bowling pins under the hull of the mighty Khlebnikov. Later that day I wrote ‘24,000 Horses'”

During his 18 days aboard the ship, he was joined by Hadfield, who sings in Russian and the dishwasher from the ship’s kitchen. Once Michel returned home, he collaborated with bandmate and award-winning composer Rob Carli.

Michel captured the trip as part of his Dan’s Space Van Web series;

Catch Danny Michel on the following dates;

Dec 01 Winnipeg Manitoba, West End Cultural Centre

Dec 02 Edmonton, Alberta, St. Basil’s Cultural Centre SOLD OUT

Dec 04 Lethbridge, Alberta, Geomatic Attic SOLD OUT

Dec 05 Canmore, Alberta, Communitea

Dec 06 Rossland, British Columbia, Flying Steam shovel

Dec 08 Vancouver, British Columbia, St. James Hall

Dec 09 Errington, British Columbia, Errington Hall

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Inlet

Khlebnikov

24,000 Horses

Homeless
Lifeboat

Qilakitsoq

Fall (feat. Chris Hadfield)
The Dishwasher’s Dream

Down Down Down
Outlet


Youth Code Announce New Album, Share Free Streaming MP3

Hardcore-inspired EBM duo Youth Code have announced that they will release their new album Commitment to Complications on April 8 via Dais Records.

The band has shared a free stream of ‘Transitions’ from the album;

Youth Code recorded the songs with Rhys Fulber of Front Line Assembly following a tour of Europe then dates in North America with Skinny Puppy. They were influenced by the time they spent with other electronic acts and they take a more aggressive approach on the new album.

Ben Falgoust (Goatwhore) and Todd Jones(Nails) guested on Commitment to Complications.

1. (Armed)
2. Transitions
3. Commitment to Complications
4. The Dust of Fallen Rome
5. Anagnorisis
6. Doghead
7. Glass Spitter
8. Lacerate Wildly
9. Avengement
10. Shift of Dismay
11. Lost at Sea


Videos for a Lazy Sunday: ‘Phoenix’ featuring Roxiny & Tunde Adebimpe

The video for ‘Phoenix’, featuring Roxiny and Tunde Adebimpe, was directed by Rubble Kings director Shan Nicholson.

‘Phoenix’ is the last track on the OST for the documentary. Rubble Kings chronicles gangs in NYC from 1968 to 1975.

1. War
2. Savage Habits feat. Bun B, Killer Mike & Cuz Lightyear
3. Warrior Thing feat. eXquire
4. Bouncy 3 feat. King Mono
5. The Revolution Might Be Televised
6. Delaney Card feat. Ka
7. Edge of the Edge (Instrumental)
8. Rubble Kings Theme (Dynamite) feat. Run The Jewels
9. Partytime (Jitter Buggin)
10. Comes With The Territory
11. Same Damn Thang feat. Ghostface Killah, Boldy James & eXquire
12. The Piano District (Gentrification Boogie)
13. Phoenix feat. Roxiny & Tunde Adebimpe


Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Julia Brown’s ‘Snow Day’

Julia Brown have announced that they will release their first and only album, An Abundance of Strawberries, on vinyl via Joy Void Recordings on January 15, 2015.

The album was recorded after the band broke up but songwriter Sam Ray and violinist and singer Caroline White decided to finish recording the album with a rotating cast of musicians rather than scrapping the material.

Instead of traditional instruments, they turned to drum machines, samplers and synthesizers, before adding more traditional instruments such as piano, horns and strings.

An Abundance of Strawberries was initially offered as a free release via social media. In addition to the vinyl release, Julia Brown will also release the album on cassette, CD and a formal digital release.

01) An Abundance of Strawberries
02) Snow Day
03) All Alone In Bed
04) 25 Days (May 15)
05) Without You (full)
06) Abby’s Song
07) You Can Always Hear Birds
08) The Way You Want
09) Loved
10) The Body Descends
11) Possession (full)
12) Closing (On A Roof)
13) Bloom