Monday, December 9, 2013
Certainly one of the more exciting St. Vincent tracks in recent memory - even if it lacks a crisp hook. Can't say that David Byrne wasn't an influence on the groove (purveyed by Homer of Dap Kings fame) - it's skittering and jarring, and truly the focus of the track. All in all a great start from a much anticipated album campaign. St. Vincent's self titled record comes out 2/25 on new label home Republic/Loma Vista. Sad to see her leave 4AD - but so it goes.
Friday, December 6, 2013
English Oceans: March 4th via ATO. We named them band of the decade.
...an elegantly balanced and deeply engaged new effort that finds the group refreshed and firing on all cylinders. “It can go from this chainsaw rock ‘n’ roll to this very delicate, pretty-sounding stuff,” says Mike Cooley.
English Oceans was recorded over 13 days at Chase Park Transduction Studios in Athens, GA with their longtime producer, David Barbe. Cooley fans will be happy that he brought six new songs to the sessions and this record marks the first time that Cooley sings a song penned by Patterson Hood on “Til He’s Dead or Rises.”
After the truly saddening loss of a great American songwriter in Jason Molina, former members of his projects Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Company in conjunction with Hiss Golden Messenger (who's new album is a 2014 standout) - will play a series of tribute shows to the late songwriter. Molina's best work, the outstanding The Magnolia Electric Co. album got the 10 year anniversary treatment to outstanding reviews.
"Songs: Molina - A Memorial Electric Co" will find its way to Durham, NC, Asheville, NC, Indianapolis, IN, and finally to Chicago, IL. Jason Molina's voice stands out as one of the most unique, urgent, and beautiful of songwriters from the last twenty years, and while it cannot be replaced, "Songs: Molina - A Memorial Electric Co" will attempt to pay tribute to it and help coax it out of the amazing songs that Jason left with us.
Friday, November 15, 2013
Certainly a far cry from her often hushed and lovely debut LP Halfway Home, which got Angel Olsen signed to new label home Jagjaguar... Her bold new album Burn Your Fire for No Witness, comes out February 18th.
One of our CMJ favorites who has proven to have some staying power is BK-based Spires. Channeling neo-psych standouts like Tame Impala and Jaguar Ma - Spires have the potential to rise above the blog-core with one sharply crafted hit. Not sure if Candy Flip is exactly that tune, but it's certainly enough to turn some heads.
"From Nothing" - the new single from Wild Ones is a charming slice of West Coast indie-pop (via Portland). Recalling elements of Au Revoir Simone and their Portland counterparts Pure Bathing Culture - Wild Ones' debut record Keep It Safe should serve as a launching point for a new voice with 'band to watch' status. Check them out in Times' "14 Musical Acts To Watch in 2014".
Monday, November 11, 2013
Longtime Stark vet Marissa Nadler has settled into a new label home with Sacred Bones (and their awesome album covers). After several self released efforts and a time spent with Kemado, we're excited to hear Nadler's new direction - check out the first new song "Dead City Emily" below.