Brooklyn's Columboid are purveyors of experimental rock and disturbing visions: from their first video "Juicy Mode" that showed a monster wandering the streets of Brooklyn, to their latest video "Gorky" that depicts a woman stumbling through an alternate reality where faces emerge from walls and gravity itself is altered.
(Columbia Records; New York, NY – August 8, 2013) – HAERTS will release their debut EP, Hemiplegia, on September 17 via Columbia Records. The collection, produced by friend and label mate Jean-Philip Grobler of St. Lucia, features breakout tracks “Wings” and “All The Days” in addition to brand new songs “All For You” and the EP’s title track. “Wings” is currently available everywhere digitally.
Julia Holter is set to release Loud City Song, out on Domino on August 20th 2013. ‘Maxim’s I’ is the third glimpse of this record to be shared by the Los Angeles-based artist – following the spectral, stark opening track ‘World’ and the gracefully euphoric lead single ‘In The Green Wild’.
Remembrance is the debut EP from Hayley Coupon, a self-taught New York-based singer and pianist. Inspired by American folk and classic rock, Coupon writes songs that bridge the seemingly impassable divide between vocals-driven pop and acoustic, lyrically lush folk rock. With influences as disparate as Joni Mitchell and Radiohead or Leonard Cohen and Jon Brion, Remembrance reclaims and updates the spirit and tradition of the singer/songwriter art form in its confessional compositions and personal imagery.
For their remarkable third record Off You Go, Boston indie favorites Gladiola turned the focus insular, writing catchy, power pop anthems about, simply, what they know. Lead singer and English teacher Bill Madden-Fuoco took the advice he doles out to his students, “Write what you know” to heart, crafting tunes from classroom experiences and observations of his Boston Public high school students. “Most of the songs are about teenagers, and a lot of the ideas came right from the classroom,” he explains. Evoking the rebellious teenage spirit captured by The Hold Steady, Madden-Fuoco and Co. document these experiences with an electric garage spirit, matching the protagonists and their journeys.
Berlin based electronic music trio, Moderat have just released their meticulous and dynamic sophomore LP, II via Mute. Comprised of Sascha Ring (Apparat), Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary (Modeselektor), Moderat represent the very best in innovative electronic music infused with infectious and poppy vocals. IIhas dialed in the aesthetics of Modeselektor’s throbbing bass and tricky beats while maintaining the delicate vocals we’ve come to love and expect from Apparat. II is the most diverse and complex piece of work released by Moderat to date - confidently and capriciously capturing a broad range of the emotional spectrum.
The Buddhist concept of the ‘hungry ghost’ neatly sums up the urgency, the want, the search of Violent Soho’s music. Amid the riffs, hooks and wail of front man Luke Boerdam is a stark examination of the way we view the world, and the way consumer culture feeds relentlessly on itself and its urges. A fitting theory for an unapologetic, no-bullshit post-grunge cacophony, as laid bare on the Brisbane, Australia four-piece’s second album, "Hungry Ghost".
Effortlessly bridging the unlikely musical gaps between the lush, ethereal, idiosyncratic nature of Kate Bush, the flirtatious punk pop of Bow Wow Wow and the corralling spirit and eclecticism of Roxy Music, Raw Geronimo is led by the industrious and spritely multi-instrumentalist Laena Geronimo. Her pedigree as the progeny of a gifted Romanian singer/songwriter mother and drummer father (Alan Myers of Devo) is undeniable. Here, Geronimo finally sees her writhing brainchild come to its true fruition after years of veteran time spent both in countless DIY punk/experimental groups and holding down bass playing duties for contemporary girl-group darlings The Like. Raw Geronimo is the inevitable result of all the pent-up energy her poised, salivating, tiger-like heart hosted while pent up on the front lines. Fully ripened in this sense, she broke free to put together the ‘raw’ (you can see where this is going) elements of her long burning vision to create the aptly named combo you see before you. Geronimo insists that the sextet, consciously and purposefully comprised of an equal ratio of boys to girls, is very much a collaborative effort – a complete fist rather than a single middle finger.
“Loud Like Love” is the title track from Placebo’s seventh studio album, out on September 17 via Universal Music Enterprises (UMe). The internationally acclaimed rock band just released a lyric video for the song, which is also their current U.S. single
The Silent Comedy is a San Diego-based group of musicians mixing Americana, Folk and Rock n’ Roll into a sound that is best understood by experiencing their live show. Brothers Joshua and Jeremiah Zimmerman started the band to capture the feeling of the bar culture they worked in and the revival meetings they grew up attending. The outcome is an experience that has been described as “a whiskey tent revival.”
Jef Barbara makes his anticipated return from the future with his new single and remix EP entitled, “I Know I’m Late”, the debut track from his forthcoming avant-garde full length, due out worldwide through Club Roll and Tricatel, this autumn. “I Know I’m Late” is a new wave cyborg with the primary directive to groove you, Gary Numan stylee. Jef Barbara blends debonair Roxy Music-like textures and Bowie-esque, diva-discerning glam – revealing his soul generously and candidly – a consummate performer and provocateur. Jef’s new music is at times urgent and compelling, but also lush and hypnotic.
San Francisco's Ash Reiter are back with their second full-length album "HOLA" with ten tracks of instantly catchy, '60s pop inspired tunes. "HOLA" has been a long time in the making. The band began recording the album with engineer Carlos Arredondo at New Improved Recording in Oakland (Tune-yards and Deerhoof) shortly after the release of "Paper Diamonds" in 2010. They gradually added to the album with home studio overdubs, adding as many as one hundred tracks to some songs. This attention to detail and lush production sets "HOLA" apart from your average indie band. The songs are both playful and thought provoking; they stir something in the listener. The lyrics tackle unusual themes; in "Little Sandy" Reiter explores the American pioneer experience. The song "Ishi" uses the troubled life of California's historical figure Ishi: The Last of His Tribe, for subject matter. While "I've Got Something I Can Laugh About" follows themes of embarrassment and Reiter's own struggle with anxiety and panic attacks. Not the stuff of your typical pop song, but perhaps that's what is so appealing about this band—they are familiar but a little weird. And you can expect more weirdness to come with future recordings.
German-born electronic artist Ulrich Schnauss is set to release his long-awaited new album, A Long Way To Fall, February 12, 2013 on Domino in North America and his own Scripted Realities imprint in the rest of the world on January 18, 2013. His fourth album, A Long Way To Fall returns to the punchier rhythms and pronounced lead work of his landmark album, A Strangely Isolated Place, while incorporating some new textures and sounds from his earlier sonic explorations. Schnauss explains:
Hot on the trail of their recent EP release and New York City show dates, The Peach Kings, Texan Paige McClain Wood and Californian Steven Trezevant Dies, just put out this sun-soaked video directed by Paul Trillo. This video for the track "Lonely" off their September EP Handsome Moves features empty bodies filling a single panaromic view of the New York skyline.
Atlas Genius just premiered the official video for their hit single "Trojans," on MTV, MTVu and VH1 and is now up on YouTube for optimal sharing purposes. Watch it and feel free to spread it. The video was directed by Claire Marie Vogel and produced by Dave Szamet.
JAN is the new solo project from Kim Talon, known for being the latter half of art-rock band Eagle and Talon. Produced by John Goodmanson (Blonde Redhead, The Gossip, Sleater-Kinney) at Seattle’s London Bridge Studios, JAN will release her self-titled debut album on November 13th. The record packs a mean punch with riot grrrl-infused vocals, fuzzy guitars, and blissed-out grunge rhythms.
Political. Personal. Poetic. Such is the new album Reckon from one of Canada’s most renowned songwriters, Jason Collett. Recorded at Revolution Recording Studios in Toronto, the album was produced by Howie Beck and includes guest appearances by Afie Jurvanen (Bahamas), Basia Bulat, Kevin Drew & Zeus. An eleven song career-spanning retrospective titled Essential Cuts will be released as a companion to “Reckon” via Arts & Crafts on September 25th. Chosen by Jason himself, Essential Cuts features two previously unreleased b-sides and represents the sense of community that he has always held in such high regard.
Chicago rap label Closed Sessions dropped the next leak off their upcoming compilation that they partnered with MTV 2 Sucka Free for, Closed Sessions Vol. 2. Download it and watch the story behind the track below
For The Orwells, Remember When will be an introduction of sorts-the 12-track rat-race shows the band's repertoire of pranging riffs and sneering, snot-nosed vocals. The tracks are a walloping war-cry from a generation that up until this point has only offered bubblegum pop--thus the animus of The Orwells. It's quite clear early on the in listening to the LP that the band is well aware of the past, the homage rings through the record, using the ghost of punk's past as their musical sprit guide. However, the band straddles the thing line between their influences and their originality, ripping riffs and smashing drums in such a fashion that their age becomes unimportant.
Renowned rapper and producer, Aesop Rock, is preparing to wax poetically to throngs of fans across North America this summer as he makes his way across the continent touring in support of his upcoming release, Skelethon. The New York-bred, San Francisco-based master of all flows atypical is set to kick off his tour, along with Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz, July 13th in Los Angeles and will traverse across the US and Canada through August.
Delta Rae are getting ready to release their debut album, Carry The Fire, on June 19th. They're currently out on the road, touring the country doing what they do best - playing live. Check out the dates below and let me know if you'd like a copy of the album sent your way. You can also download a live album for free on their website in exchange for an email address and watch the band's video for the haunting single "Bottom Of The River" while you're at it.