The Knife have invited Planningtorock to reinterpret “Full of Fire”, the first single to be taken from the album Shaking The Habitual. Using the “Full of Fire” lyric, Planningtorock went about creating a brand new track:
UK artist and producer Until The Ribbon Breaks today released his debut EP ‘A Taste Of Silver’ (Republic Records) and also revealed his new official video for the lead single taken from the EP titled ‘Pressure’.
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.
Ellenwood-EP.com recently caught up with Mother Falcon, an exceptional group of musicians from the beautiful city of Austin, Texas. We caught up with them upon their first few days of residency in Los Angeles, California and to say Mother Falcon is unique is an absolute understatement. Here is a group of classically trained musicians, pushing the envelope and absorbing and then interpreting modern/alternative rock n' roll through traditional woodwind, brass and stringed instruments. Their energy is nothing short of amazing…with at least fourteen musicians onstage collaborating is a phenomenon to watch (and in my case, interview)….they dress alike and when on tour they live together – this makes the whole musical experience almost sublime. Their most recent album, “You Knew” is brilliant. If you get to see them live ….you will be absolutely stunned. There are no words to describe their musical talent.
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.
Dave Stewart is a 21st Century Renaissance Man...when he's not collaborating on a documentary with Stevie Nicks, he's working on a graphic novel and after that he's developing an animated feature film to coincide with the release of his album, "Lucky Numbers" this fall. Oh-wait, we're not done. There's a Broadway show being developed and he recently produced Orianthi's latest album, "Heaven In This Hell". At the end of the day he relaxes and meets up with his friends for dinner. They just happen to be Paul McCartney and Ringo Star and he still finds time to go check out clubs in fashionable Silverlake where his friends, the Rolling Stones are playing and happen to be doing a warm up gig for their 50 and Counting tour.
LIGHTS ON at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. Lights played her acoustic album Siberia to a sold out crowd and there's no doubt she brought her best game to the city of Angels. In my mind, Lights can do it all. She has the talent and the patience to take an album full of synths and dubstep and weave it into an acoustic force majeure.
Ellenwood caught up with Australian Emma Louise before she kicked off her US tour at Hotel Café last Friday night. We talked about her new debut album "Head vs Heart" (which will be released in the USA on May 21st, 2013) and her song writing process and inspirations.
Fans lined up in front of the Fonda Theater at 8am in the morning on Sunday October 28th , 2012. And it wasn't to get tickets to see her — they already had them. They wanted to make sure they were in the front row. At about 2:00pm in the afternoon, Lights showed up in the tour bus and spent about an hour in the front of the theater, signing autographs and talking to her loyal fans. They appreciated it and when she took to the stage at a little after 9pm that evening, she didn't disappoint. According to those fans who waited 12 hours to see her perform up close and personal -- it was all worth it. Lights' voice was solid all through the night and her energy and enthusiasm got everyone in the room dancing and singing.
Hemmingway's latest featured artist completed week two of their month long residency this past Tuesday night. Los Angeles based rock group 'Falling Still' took advantage of the intimate location by adding cube lights and multi-colored strobes, blending well with their modern yet contagious sound.
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
Greta Morgan, the lead singer of Gold Motel and also plays keyboards sat down with Ellenwood and had lunch at Tony's Mexican Grill in North Hollywood to talk about the bands new album and their East coast tour. On July 3, 2012 Gold Motel releases their second self-titled album, "Gold Motel". Greta will head back to Chicago (the bands hometown) where Gold Motel will do an in-store performance at Saki then go on tour where they'll be playing everywhere from St. Louis to New York City.
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.
Rise Records and Poison the Well are proud to announce the re-release of The Opposite of December and Tear From The Red. These 2 classic albums (19 songs total) have been out of print for years and will finally get a proper re-release this summer which will include limited edition double 12”gatefold vinyl, deluxe CD and low-priced digital album. Both albums will be re-mastered as well.
Romantic song-slingers PAPA are pleased to unveil their take on legendary songwriter Nick Lowe's perennial classic "I Love The Sound of Breaking Glass" blissfully displayed in their sun-lit, black & white video filmed by Little Video. Contrary to their intense live show, in the video PAPA is taking it easy, effortlessly performing for each-other and the camera, and now you are invited to peak in on the session.
Brooklyn's The Hairs are pleased to unveil the video for "Satan Says" which comes off their I've Been Working Out 7", available on WeePOP! Records with a limited run of 300 bright red vinyl copies. The stop-motion video depicts the eccentric personalities of the band playing with plastic toy animals and writing death-notes amongst kaleidoscopic pastels configurations.
Synth-pop twosome, New Look, boldly forge new aural landscapes imbued with hues of sultry 80s pop on their upcoming self-titled and self-released debut album, coming June 5th. For nearly five years, the Canadian duo made up of real life couple Sarah Ruba and Adam Pavao, have made music by combining sexy siren-esque vocals with manipulated analog instrumentation, bubbling bass and sparse house snyth dripping in rich reverb. New Look's unparalleled sound seems to be plucked from a time period yet to be experienced; perfectly suited for the delightfully paradoxical breezy bedrooms and intimate spaces of a highly mechanized future. The album includes the critically acclaimed single "Nap on the Bow" which The Guardian lauded as "the perfect blend of crispness and melodic concision."
AU is premiering a colorful, dazzling music video for "OJ" today by Japanese director Takafumi Tsuchiya. He was also the creative visionary behind AU's 2010 music video for "Ida Walked Away". The band continues their tour in Europe in support of their new album, Both Lights, which is out now on Hometapes.
Fontaine is one of YACHT's longtime favorite artists. Her singing style, her ability to blend humor and major gravitas, her seeming flippancy about life and death, and her willingness to take on serious issues: these are all huge inspirations for YACHT. So is her path of unswerving weirdness.
LAZYgunsBRISKY is an all-girl hard rock quartet from Tokyo. Comprising members Lucy (vocals), izumi (guitar), azu (bass, vocals), and Moe (drums). The band draws influence from 60s - 80s rock and roll, great songs full of fat guitars and sludgy basses. Often described as an updated Guns N’ Roses and Aerosmith, while some of the older songs possess the brutish simplicity of The Stooges, the band delivers straight ahead rock n roll with a sassy Japanese twist.
Los Angeles-based Alekesam (aka Selema Masekela) is pleased to announce the release of his debut LP The Sound of Alekesam. Available on May 13 via iTunes on Shoveling Sunshine, the highly personal record blends r & b, jazz, and hip hop. In addition to the release of the record, Alekesam will premiere Alekesam, a short film about Hugh Masekela and his connection through music with his son Selema, at this week's Tribeca Film Festival.
Delta Rae are one of the first signings in quite a while by the legendary Seymour Stein himself, who is renowned for having a keen eye for new talent and had a hand in the careers of such iconic artists as the Ramones, Talking Heads, the Pretenders, Madonna, and The Smiths. Stein called the band "an important addition to our overall roster. Their music, all original, is a mix of blues, country and gospel with a strong rock and roll influence. I hate labels, but if forced I would have to call their music 'Original Americana,' not unlike what the English are sending over via Mumford & Sons and others. I'm very proud to welcome Delta Rae to Sire. I know you will love Delta Rae and their music as much as I do."
Fixers is releasing their first US EP, Pop Meat/Your Corruptor, on April 24th via Dolphin Love Records. In celebration of the release, they’re giving away “Crystals” as a free MP3, and sharing its kaleidoscopic/mind-bending video along with it. The band is also in New York City for three shows this week, don’t miss them while they’re here for these rare US shows!