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Stream Porteau’s ‘Penelope’ for Free

Porteau had this to say about ‘Penelope’, the latest single from their album debut Water’s Gate in an e-mail; “’Penelope’, the album’s latest single, was a direct result of this inspiration and draws on this imagery to explore and unearth personal experience. At a time where I felt powerless in certain relationships, ‘Penelope’ was my way of saying that I could unwind myself from the pain and learn to be at peace with the fact that those I am leaving behind may not be okay. ”

The Vancouver duo of Victoria Williams Craig Stevenson drew inspiration for the album from the Gustave Dore painting ‘Andromeda’, wishing to capture its “cold, urgent yet liberating” look in sound.

“A mutual understanding and inspiration was found and became a driving and unifying force,” they said.

Water’s Gate tells the story of one’s path to liberation. The album is bookended by mysticism; starting with the first track ‘Re:Birth’ which alludes to a character being born and rising out of the water. The final track, ‘Moon Maidens”’ sees this character liberated and ascending into the night sky. Everything in between discusses the challenges and complex relationships we face,” they said.

“The album artwork features this character ambiguously between the ocean and the sky, unclear whether they are falling or ascending,” the band added.


Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Christian Loffler’s ‘Like Water’ (Feat. Mohna)

German electronic producer Christian Loffler has shared the animated video for ‘Like Water’, featuring Mohna.

It’s the first single from his forthcoming album Graal (Prologue) out on April 4 on Ki-Records.

The clip features the main character gazing out over the ocean as cathartic emotions emotions emerge as Loffler’s music takes the viewer on a solitary metaphysical journey. The video was directed by Magnus Lenneskog and Tezo Kyungdon Lee. Best known as the founders of he award-winning Tjoff Koong Studios, their work has been featured in the Wes Anderson film Isle of Dogs as well as several Gorillaz videos.

The new album is a reflection of his frustration at the time about not having the mental space at the time to create music. He instead focussed on visual art and the album is a reflection of that. Drawing gave him the chance to create without constraints or as he explained to, “turn off my brain a bit, especially thoughts about what is possible or not.”

Loffler also announced the dates of his upcoming tour;

3/1 Brooklyn, NY – National Sawdust
3/6 London (UK) – Southbank Centre
3/22 Saint-Sebastien (ES) – Dabada
4/3 Utrecht (NL) – Pandora at TivoliVredenburg*
4/4 Poznan (PL) – Tama*
4/5 Warsaw (PL) – Niebo*
4/6 Paris (FR) – Pavillon Cambon*
4/10 Brussels (BE) – Botanique*
4/11 Berlin (DE) – Columbia Theater*
4/12 Vienna (AT) – WUK*
4/13 Prague (CZ) – Cross Club*
*with special guest Janus Rasmussen
1. Ry
2. Running (feat Josephine Philip)
3. Bird
4. Like Water (feat Mohna)
5. Refu
6. Graal

Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Toro y Moi’s ‘Ordinary Pleasure’

The video for Toro y Moi‘s ‘Ordinary Pleasure’ takes the viewer on a tour through the band’s Company Records studio.

The clip introduces the members of the band as they break out into a performance of the track as Chaz Bear dances around the space. It’s taken from their latest release Outer Peace, out now on Carpark Records.

Chaz grew up in a musical household in South Carolina, where it wasn’t uncommon to hear music that varied from Michael Jackson to Elvis Costello to The Specials. He began recording his own music in high school, having 10 releases under his belt as Toro y Moi when he signed to Carpark Records in 2009.

Just before he graduated from the University of South Carolina, he caught the attention of music bloggers everywhere. His bedroom recordings were compiled into his first album for Carpark, Causers of This.

He followed it with 2011’s Underneath the Pine, which saw move away from the sample-based aesthetic of Causers and found him using live instruments. He’s released at least one album a year since then with styles varying from the psych-rock-based What For to the R n’ B of 2018’s Boo Boo.

His latest release represents a homecoming after a short stint spent in Portland. Outer Peace features appearances from friends and is more playful than the sparse Boo Boo, an album he recorded in relative isolation. The album weaves a number of influences that vary from hip-hop to Eurodance to ambient with funk mixed in.

Catch Toro t Moi on the following dates;

2/15 – Miami, FL @ iii Points Festival (DJ SET)
3/1 – Phoenix, AZ @ M3F Festival
3/9 Tampa, FL @ Gasparilla Music Festival
3/20-24 – Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Fest
3/22 – New Orleans, LA @ BUKU Music + Art Project
4/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Good Room (DJ SET)
4/20 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall (DJ SET)
5/22 – Lisbon, Portugal @ Lisboa Ao Vivo
5/23 – Porto, Portugal @ Hard Club
5/24-25 – Madrid, Spain @ Tomavistas Festival
5/26 – London, UK @ All Points East
6/2 – Paris, France @ We Love Green
6/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl (w/ Chromeo, Noname & Ian Isiah)
1. Fading
2. Ordinary Pleasure
3. Laws of the Universe
4. Miss Me (feat. ABRA)
5. New House
6. Baby Drive It Down
7. Freelance
8. Who I Am
9. Monte Carlo (feat. WET)
10. 50-50 (feat. Instupendo)

Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Warbly Jets’ ‘Propaganda’

LA trio Warbly Jets have shared the video for the title track from their latest EP Propaganda.

The band spent the last year opening for Liam Gallagher, criss-crossing the world three times and their track ‘Alive’ was featured in the opening to the PS4 game Marvel’s Spider-Man.

Warbly Jets self-produced the EP at Ultrasound Studios in downtown LA.

“Our culture at large has been weaponized by propaganda. We exist like robots inside of a program we ourselves created The era of real life human interaction is heading for a swift end. We experience life through likes, comments, and products ignoring the chaos and suffering around us,” frontman Samuel Shea explained in an e-mail.

In keeping with their DIY ethos, the band enlisted drummer Saamuel Richard to direct the video for ‘Propaganda’.

“The idea behind the visual direction of this song is to show a side of feeling overwhelmed. There’s lots of fast changes showing pain and over-saturation,” Richard said. “The Propaganda EP is primarily sample based, so the idea was to match the visuals to what the music is also doing. There’s lots of sample footage of propaganda and pain. I also shot super 8 footage of people on the streets of Los Angeles, showing different sides of life. My goal was to shine a light on the extreme suffering and overindulgence.”

The EP finds the band exploring a society where life is increasingly commodified.

‘Propaganda’ is a term as much as it’s a cultural ethos that’s been widely accepted. Anything from advertisement to self-aggrandizement qualifies,” multi-instrumentalist Julien O’neill said. “From social media, push notifications, targeted ads—we’ve openly elected to carry around miniature billboards, playing our part under the promising guise of a sense of ‘connection.’ We feel empty without it.”

After a year of non-stop touring, the band returned to the studio with a new perspective.

“We were getting burnt out and really wanted to shake up our writing process, so we’ve been working much more with samplers and keyboards,” Shea added.

Catch Warbly Jets on the following dates;

2.10 – Boston, MA @ Middle East

2.12 – Montreal, QC @ Quai Des Brumes^

2.13 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake Underground^

2.14 – Detroit, MI @ Third Man Records^

2.15 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas^

2.16 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry^

2.17 – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room

2.19 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake

# w/ Collapsing Scenery

^ w/ Moonwalks

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Videos for a Lazy Sunday: The Sh-Booms’ ‘Audible’

Orlando, Florida’s The Sh-Booms have shared the video for ‘Audible’ from their forthcoming debut album The Blurred Odyssey, out on March 22 via Limited Fanfare Records.

Since coming together in 2011, the band has shared the stage with a number of acts including The Roots, Of Montreal, Talib Kweli, KRS-One, Jacuzzi Boys, Budos Band, Big Freedia, Lee Fields, St. Paul & the Broken Bones and The B-52’s.

The Sh-Booms toured with The B-52s in 2017 and 2018.

Singer Brenda Radney joined the band’s line-up in 2015 after signing to Justin Timberlake’s Tenman record label and appearing on his album the 20/20 Experience Pt.2. She joined The Sh-Booms after she was recording in the same studio as frontman Al Ruiz and clicking with him.

The release of The Blurred Odyssey follows a relentless touring schedule and a 2016 EP titled Usage Fee. The album was produced by Grammy Award-nominee Alan Armitage.

Catch The Sh-Booms on the following dates;

3/15/19 – Voltaire – West Palm Beach, FL

3/16/19 – The Atlantic – Gainesville, FL

3/22/19 – Will’s Pub – Orlando, FL

3/23/19 – Crowbar – Tampa, FL

3/29/19 – Las Rosas – Miami, FL [FREE SHOW]

3/30/19 – Jack Rabbits – Jacksonville, FL

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1. Amidst Chaos

2. Detox to Retox

3. Leon The Hustler

4. Audible

5. Late Night Lover

6. Dry Eyes

7. Walk it Off

8. King & Queen

9. Drop ’em Dead

10. The Final Sleep

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

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


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




24,000 Horses



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

Down Down Down

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