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Empress Of Shares Video for ‘I Don’t Even Smoke Weed’ & Tour Dates

LA-based artist Empress Of, aka Lorely Rodriguez,  has shared the self-directed visuals for ‘I Don’t Even Smoke Weed’ from her latest release Us, out now on Terrible Records.

The video finds her performing in front of crowd at a warehouse party with her own distinctive dance moves and vocals.

The new album finds Rodriguez shifting her focus outwards and building a sense of community with listeners as well as collaborating with other artists such as Blood Orange and DJDS.

She recorded Us all over Southern California. From a studio with no windows to one in her home of Highland Park, it also included a studio with, “A really loud cricket. He was there, like, all month,” Rodriguez said in a statement. “And I was trying to track vocal tracks and he’d be like, CHIRP, CHIRP!”

It marked the first time she recorded an album in isolation. She would later invite collaborators Blood Orange, DJDS and Spanish electronic producer Pional. Us remains a showcase for Rodriguez as a producer and lyricist, though she remains modest.

“Lorely plays every instrument half-assed,” she said, “Put that in the bio.”

She also remains coy about her songwriting process as well; “I don’t write out chords for my songs. Everything is intuitive in production. I don’t have one piece of sheet music for my songs,” Rodriguez said.

Though she received help from her friends, she estimates she produced 70 per cent of the album. Rodriguez also feels frustrated that the media fixates on her jazz music education since she feels that singing to Celine Dion and Mariah Carey in her living room were far more formative. She also lists her mother as another influence.

Her debut album’s title, Me, was deeply personal, so much so that she admitted that performing the songs live was difficult.

“It was, like, every day, just giving myself to the audience,” she said.

Rodriguez aims to shift this dynamic on the new album, creating an equal exchange of energy between her and the listener.

“It’s not just love songs. It’s about different experiences of the heart,” she said. “I want it to be like a mirror, and [the audience] sees a little bit of themselves in every song.”

Empress Of also announced the dates of her North American and European tour;

1. Everything To Me
2. Just The Same
3. Trust Me Baby
4. Love For Me
5. I Don’t Even Smoke Weed
6. Timberlands
7. I’ve Got Love
8. All For Nothing
9. When I’m With Him
10. Again

Stream Royal Canoe’s ‘Peep This’ for Free

Royal Canoe frontman/multi-instrumentalist Matt Peters had this to say about their latest single ‘Peep This’ in a press release;

“’Peep This’ is a song about going through a process of re-evaluation in a relationship. As the years go by, you’ve both clearly grown as people, but how has that impacted your partnership?  The more you look outward though, the turbulent uncertainty overwhelms and you can’t imagine letting go. You find yourself awash in desperate energy as you realize how much you depend on each other to stay afloat – how could you make it alone?

One of my favourite, serendipitous moments from the recording of Waver comes from this song… at some point while we were working on the session in ProTools the acoustic drums accidentally got nudged backward a tiny amount relative to everything else for a portion of the song (definitely some sloppy mouse-clicking in-play). All of the electronic drums, keys, bass were still ‘in time’ which created this great grinding sensation where the drums feel like their tripping off the back end of the pocket. It’s a subtle shift and only occurs at the end of the 2nd and 3rd chorus’, but it makes me feel like the floor is tilting.”

The band has offered a free stream of the track. This follows the release of the first single ‘RAYZ’ from their forthcoming album Waver, due out on January 19, 2019 on Paper Bag Records;

The new album found the band entering new territory, following the seed of inspiration for each song through completion then deconstructing and rebuilding each track.

Sonically, Waver is influenced by pop, rock, R&B and hip-hop. The instruments on the new album are centered around the vocals.

“As we continued to peel back the layers, the lyrics struck a more personal tone, but the things we found ourselves reacting to were less nostalgic than on previous records,” Peters said.

Royal Canoe also announced the dates of their winter tour of Europe, North American dates will be announced soon;

01/25 – Baden, CH @ Werkk Kulturlokal
01/26 – Bulle, CH @ Ebullition
01/29 – Prague, CZ @ Roxy
01/30 – Berlin, DE @ Kantine am Berghain
01/31 – Hamburg, DE @ Nochtwache
02/01 – Copenhagen, DK @ Lille Vega
02/05 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Upstairs
02/06 – London, UK @ Thousand Island
02/08 – Paris, FR @ Le Pop-Up du Label

Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Get Married’s ‘Living Room’

LA six-piece Get Married have shared the video for ‘Living Room’ from their album Songs for the Sleepless, due out on August 17 via Asian Man and Wiretap Records.

It’s the follow-up to their 2016 EP Into the Cosmos 7″.

Catch the band on the following dates;

get married tiny stills tour poster

Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Ross From Friends’ ‘Pale Blue Dot’

The video for Ross From Friends‘ ‘Pale Blue Dot’ captures footage from when his father decided to take his sound system on a tour of Europe after playing around London

The video was shot by the lady who would go on to become his mother in exchange for a seat on the tour bus, bringing their love of HI-NRG, Italo Disco and proto-techno to everything from spontaneous parties to whatever venue they could set up in.

The track can be found on Ross From Friends’ debut album Family Tree, out on July 27 via Brainfeeder.

He’s also heading out on the road in support of the release as well;

09 Aug – (DJ) Cakeshop, Seoul, KR
10 Aug – (DJ) Kontra, Seoul, KR
17 Aug – Sonicmania, Tokyo, JP
19 Aug – MS Dockville, Hamburg, DE
24 Aug – Lost Village Festival, UK

Family Portrait – Album Live Tour
15 Sep – The Liquid Room, Edinburgh, UK
21 Sep – Button Factory, Dublin, IE
22 Sep – Scopitone Festival, Nantes, FR
26 Sep – Village Underground, London, UK
27 Sep – Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds, UK
28 Sep – Hope Works, Sheffield, UK
29 Sep – roBOt Festival, Bologna, IT
02 Oct – Thekla, Bristol, UK
03 Oct – Gorilla, Manchester, UK
05 Oct – Melkweg, Amsterdam, NL
06 Oct – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, BE
11 Oct – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham, UK
13 Oct – Berghain Kantine, Berlin, DE
20 Oct – Smolna, Warsaw, PL
25 Oct – Zoo, Geneva, CH
26 Oct – Razzmatazz, Barcelona, ES
27 Oct – Jaeger, Oslo, NO
02 Nov – Velvet Underground, Toronto, CN
03 Nov – Phi Center, Montreal, CN
08 Nov – Union Stage, Washington DC, US
09 Nov – Good Room, New York, US
10 Nov – Sleeping Village, Chicago, US
14 Nov – Barboza, Seattle, US
15 Nov – 1015 Folsom, San Francisco, US
17 Nov – (Dis)order, Los Angeles, US

Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Conner Youngblood’s ‘Los Angeles’

Conner Youngblood had this to say about the video for ‘Los Angeles’ in an e-mail; “The idea of the video came about as Johannes and I were discussing the lyrics of the song and sending pictures back and forth to each other. We both gravitated towards pictures of soviet-style architecture as well as of concept photos of refractions through crystal. There was never any treatment written for it, but once we decided on the tone, we both decided that Armenia was the perfect place to film. The story is Johannes’ interpretation of my lyrics, which deal with a fleeting, yet peaceful relationship I once had.”

The release of the video follows ‘Birds of Finland’ from his forthcoming debut Cheyenne, out on August 17 via Counter Records. Both videos were directed by Johannes Greve Muskat.

Cheyenne is the culmination of two years of extensive travelling. Youngblood describes the album as “musical ADHD”. And this is fitting since there are no less than 30 instruments including a harp, a bass clarinet, a tabla, and more, all of which he plays.

He’s heading to Europe in the fall in support of the new album;

9/27 – Brighton, UK @ Green Door Store
9/28 – Bristol, UK @ The Louisiana
9/30 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Community Room
10/1 – Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
10/2 – Manchester, UK @ Now Wave Venue
10/3 – London, UK @ Oslo
10/8 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
10/9 – Hamburg, Germany @ Molotow
10/10 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Vega Small Hall
10/12 – Oslo, Norway @ Cafe Mono
10/14 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Obaren
10/15 – Gothenberg, Sweden @ Oceanen
10/17 – Berlin, Germany @ Privatclub
10/18 – Poznan, Poland @ Spot
10/19 – Warsaw, Poland @ Bardzo Bardzo
10/20 – Wroclaw, Poland @ Akademia
10/22 – Vienna, Austria @ Rhiz
10/24 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Exil
10/25 – Nyon, Switzerland @ La Parenthèse
10/26 – Paris, France @ Le Pop Up du Label
10/27 – Brussels, Belgium @ Witloofbar
10/29 – Barcelona, Spain @ Sidecar
10/30 – Madrid, Spain @ Costello Club

1. Cheyenne
2. Los Angeles
3. Lemonade
4. The Birds of Finland
5. Stockholm
6. vp (an interlude)
7. 12 lbs
8. Red.23
9. My Brother’s Brother
10. Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge
11. Sulphur Springs
12. Pizza Body
13. Yellowknife

Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Calva Louise’s ‘Outrageous’

Calva Louise have unveiled the raucous visuals for their track ‘Outrageous’.

“The video for ‘Outrageous’ shows (sort of) what it’s like to be in a band for us,” the band said in an e-mail. “As a band with no money but with a lot of willpower, we’d go on adventures in our tiny old car, going from London to Berlin to Glasgow, facing, at first, a lot of struggles but always having the maddest adventures and all kind of challenges. In the end, nothing really gets easier, but it does get funnier to experience!”

Calva Louise honed their sound as part of London’s punk scene and they’ve played gigs with Spring King and Anteros. They’ve also received praise for their live shows from BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music airplay.

Catch Calva Louise on the following dates;

28 July – Wonkfest, London
04 Aug – Humber Street Sesh Festival, Hull
31 Aug – Electric Fields, Dumfries & Galloway
14 Sept – Electric Ballroom, London (supporting Albert Hammond Jr)

Stream Jane’s Party’s ‘Acknowledgements’ for Free

Toronto’s Jane’s Party have shared a free stream of their track ‘Acknowledgements’.

The band wanted to push the boundaries of what they have done in the past and explore new aspects of their musical relationship.

The biggest change is that there are no drums on the song.

“We knew that such a fundamental decision would force us all to get out of our old habits and comfort zones – “shuffle the deck” in a way. With David Spekter’s work on the vocal harmony arrangement, ‘Acknowledgements’ ebbs and flows beautifully, with the lyrics always at the forefront,” the band said in an e-mail.

“Coming up in music as jazz students, we’ve always played and listened to instrumental music yet have somehow never made any of our own. The concept was a 60’s style approach to recording ‘Surfing on a Sinewave’ – a one-day studio session with all four of us jamming together in a single room,” the band said.  “Who better to inspire us and guide us through the process than Leland Whitty of Badbadnotgood? His production work in the studio and throughout the mixing process made for an incredible learning experience.”

Jane’s Party also offered a free stream of ‘Surfing on a Sinewave’;

Catch the band on the following dates;

July 6 – 7 @ Northern Lights Festival, Sudbury, ON

July 26 – 28 @ Beaches International Jazz Festival, Toronto, ON

August 18 @ Village Vibe Festival, Blue Mountain Resort, Collingwood, ON
August 18 @ Crowbar, Collingwood, ON