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LISTEN! Fela Kuti & Ginger Baker’s Legendary Performance!

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Fela Kuti is a legend and I don’t think I’ll be able to do him the justice he deserves in a short blog post. Fela Kuti is one of those guys you need to spend a lot of time with. He has an endless amount of music material that would take days, weeks, months even, to spend the kind of quality time needed to truly understand his music and the incredible path he paved. In the admittedly short period of time I’ve spent listening to him, just barely scratching the surface, I came across one album that stood out and seems like a good entry point for those unfamiliar with him. It’s a live album recorded with Ginger Baker (Drummer from Cream). Part of what may be contributing to this album’s appeal for me is that some of Ginger Baker’s time with Fela Kuti was featured in the epic documentary about Ginger Baker’s life called, Beware of Mr. Baker.

Listen to ‘Let’s Start’…

Listen and stream the full album, Fela Kuti with Ginger Baker Live!

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LISTEN! William Onyeabor’s Obscure Nigerian Psych Rock!

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William Onyeabor is a super interesting and talented character who wrote, recorded, performed and produced all, or most, of all the songs under his name. I recently discovered William Onyeabor while getting lost in a “Related Artist” wormhole on Spotify. I’ve spent a lot of time listening to English, American and European psychedelic rock and knew there was a whole new spectrum of more obscure psychedelic rock classics elsewhere in the world. So I was intrigued when I came across the album cover for World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? I was hooked as soon as I clicked play. One song in particular stuck out to me called, ‘Atomic Bomb’.

Turns out a record label called Luaka Bop, whom THE David Byrne created, re-released a bunch of William Onyeabor’s albums, as well as the compilation, World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor?. We’ll definitely be spending a lot more time exploring all the world music David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label is putting out.

Listen to ‘Atomic Bomb’…

Listen and stream the full album, World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor?

Tracklist for World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor?

1. Body and Soul
2. Atomic Bomb
3. Good Name
4. Something You’ll Never Forget
5. Why Go To War
6. Love Is Blind
7. Heaven and Hell
8. Let’s Fall In Love
9. Fantastic Man

More about William Onyeabor via wikipedia.com

William Onyeabor is a funk musician from Nigeria, born in 1945 or 1946.
Onyeabor’s songs are often heavily rhythmic and synthesized, occasionally epic in scope, with lyrics decrying war and sung by both Onyeabor himself and female backing vocalists. In recent years a number of his songs have appeared on various compilations, most often his biggest hit, “Better Change Your Mind”, which has appeared on Africa 100, World Psychedelic Classics 3: Love’s a Real Thing – The Funky Fuzzy Sounds of West Africa, and Nigeria 70: The Definitive Story of 1970’s Funky Lagos, through labels such as Luaka Bop.

Some biographies claim that he studied cinematography in Russia, returning to Nigeria in the 1970s to start his own Wilfilms music label and to set up a recording and production studio. He was later crowned a High Chief in Enugu, where he still lives as a businessman working on government contracts and running his own flour mill. According to the Luaka Bop record label, Onyeabor “self-released eight albums between 1977 and 1985 and then became a born-again Christian, refusing to ever speak about himself or his music again.” The label reports that through attempting to speak with Onyeabor himself, and by talking to people who seem to have firsthand knowledge, it has been trying to construct an accurate biography of him for the past 18 months, without success.

In 2014, the music website Noisey, affiliated to Vice magazine, released a 31-minute documentary entitled Fantastic Man that documents Onyeabor’s history and legacy as well as Noisey’s attempt to track him down for an interview. 2014 also saw a touring supergroup called the Atomic Bomb! Band come together to play Onyeabor’s music at a series of concerts and festivals around the world. The group includes David Byrne (of Talking Heads) and Money Mark (of the Beastie Boys).

In December 2014, William Onyeabor made his first radio appearance on the Lauren Laverne Show on BBC 6 Music, where he stated “I only create music that will help the world,” whilst also admitting that he has never played live, and announcing that he had plans to release new material.

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LISTEN! Neon Indian Releases New Single ‘Slumlord’!

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Neon Indian, aka Alan Paloma, released the second single called, ‘Slumlord’, off his upcoming album, VEGA INTL. Night School. VEGA INTL. Night School is being released on October 18th by Mom + Pop/Transgressive. The album was recorded over the course of four years in various places including a cabin, a cruise ship, DFA’s New York Plantain Studios, and Pure X’s Austin practice space. In a press release explaining the album’s title Alan says, “Most of what I’ve learned about human nature in my twenties has happened after dark,” He goes on to say, “People are just kind of more honest then. More deliberate. I like to call the places I go to Night Schools.” Judging by the extremely high caliber of ‘Annie’ and ‘Slumlord’ the new album should be amazing.

Listen to ’Slumlord’…

Listen to ’Annie’…

Track List for VEGA INTL. Night School

1. Hit Parade
2. Annie
3. Street Level
4. Smut!
5. Bozo
6. The Glitzy Hive
7. Dear Skorpio Magazine
8. Slumlord
9. Slumlord Re-Release
10. Techno Clique
11. Baby’s Eyes
12. C’est La Vie (say the casualties!)
13. 61 Cygni Ave
14. News From The Sun (live bootleg)

More about Neon Indian via wikipedia.com

Palomo was born in Monterrey, Mexico, and later moved to San Antonio, Texas at the age of five, relocating to Denton, Texas for college at the University of North Texas. As he grew through much of his high school years, he had already been writing and performing music before the inception of Neon Indian, in his projects Ghosthustler and VEGA. Shortly before the release of Psychic Chasms, Palomo said he planned on releasing another album as VEGA, although this has not yet happened, and it is unclear if it ever will. In an interview, Palomo cites his father as a musical influence, “just because that’s how he makes his living—he had a brief stint in the late 70s and early 80s as a Mexican pop star.” Palomo also shared that he sampled some of his father’s material in his work with Neon Indian.

The name Neon Indian was conceived by an ex-girlfriend of Palomo’s, Alicia Scardetta, who was also the subject of their song “Should Have Taken Acid with You”. The song was originally presented as a musical apology for a missed acid date. Her positive reaction to the song spurred Palomo to continue writing more songs as Neon Indian.

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Find out more about Neon Indian here.

Upcoming Tour Dates…

09/12 – El Paso, TX @ Mother of Pearl Block Party
09/17 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
09/18 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune
09/19 – Victoria, BC @ Rifflandia Festival
09/20 – Vancouver, BC @ Imperial
09/22 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Social Hall
09/23 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Social Hall
09/29 – Manor, TX @ J Lorrain Ghost Town
09/30 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
10/01 – Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory
10/02 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
10/13 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
10/14 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
10/16 – Detroit, MI @ Populux
10/17 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
10/20 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
10/21 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
10/22 – Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Bar
10/23 – Buffalo, NY @ Tralf Music Hall
11/07 – Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/08 – New Orleans, LA @ Republic
11/10 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
11/11 – Saxapahaw, NC @ Haw River Ballroom
11/15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

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LISTEN! Deerhunter Shares Fantastic New Single ‘Snakeskin’!

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Deerhunter just put out the first single called ‘Snakeskin’ off their upcoming record, Fading Frontier, which will be released on October 16th. According to the 4AD press release, Fading Frontier shifts “towards something strikingly balanced, focused on melody and texture. The songs are brighter; if not in content, then in the album’s production. Starkness plays against clutter in what is the band’s most complex yet accessible work to date.” ‘Snakeskin’ is the first example of what we can expect off Fading Frontier and it sounds very different from Deerhunter’s last record, Monomania. It’s full of groove, confidence and sex appeal. If this is the first taste of what Fading Frontier has in store for us, it could shake out to be one of the releases this year.

Listen to ’Snakeskin’…

More about Fading Frontier via 4ad.com

The record was made by founding members Bradford Cox, Lockett Pundt, Moses Archuleta, and bassist Josh McKay. Written in their hometown of Atlanta, GA, production duties were shared by the band and Ben H. Allen III, continuing a collaboration that began with 2010’s Halcyon Digest.

Fading Frontier shows that a decade in, Deerhunter has lost none of its intensity. As the group matures, so they have grown into the most consistent purveyors of art-rock of their generation.

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Upcoming Tour Dates…

10-29 Paris, France – Pitchfork Music Festival Paris
10-30 Brighton, England – All Saints Church
10-31 Liverpool, England – Liverpool Music Week
11-01 Dublin, Ireland – Button Factory D
11-03 Glasgow, Scotland – SWG3
11-04 Leeds, England – Brudenell
11-06 Manchester, England – Gorilla
11-07 London, England – Shepherds Bush Empire
11-09 Tourcoing, France – La Mix
11-10 Reims, France – La Cartonerrie
11-11 Nimes, France – Paloma
11-12 Milan, Italy – Magnolia
11-13 Bologna Italy – Bronson
11-14 Geneva, Switzerland – L’usine
11-15 Zurich, Switzerland – Rote Fabrik
11-16 Heidelberg, Germany – Kulturhaus Karlstorbahnhof
11-18 Berlin, Germany – Lido
11-19 Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
11-21 Brussels, Belgium – Botanique Orangerie
11-22 Utrecht, The Netherlands – Le Guess Who Festival

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LISTEN! Kurt Cobain’s Pre-Nirvana Fecal Matter Demo Tape!

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Before Kurt Cobain formed Nirvana, he formed a band called Fecal Matter, which featured members of the Melvins. I won’t pretend I know anything more than that about Fecal Matter. What I do know is you can stream the full demo tape, Illiteracy Will Prevail, now via YouTube. I’d get on this as soon as you can because I wouldn’t be surprised if it was pulled down soon. Enjoy!

Listen and stream the full album, Illiteracy Will Prevail

More About Fecal Matter via wikipedia.com

Fecal Matter was a short-lived punk rock band from Aberdeen, Washington. The group was formed in 1985 by Kurt Cobain, the future front man of the grunge band Nirvana, along with Dale Crover of The Melvins and drummer Greg Hokanson. Melvins members Buzz Osborne (also known as “King Buzzo”) and Mike Dillard appeared in a later version of the band during rehearsals the following year.

Songs from group’s sole recording session were issued as the Illiteracy Will Prevail demo tape. With the exception of the song “Spank Thru”, the tracks from this session remain unreleased officially. The recording marks the earliest documentation of Cobain’s songwriting in circulation, and helped Cobain to establish himself as a composer and performer among his peers in the underground rock scene in Washington state.

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LISTEN! Massage Your Eardrums With the July Mixtape!

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July was another stellar month for new music. We got new music from almost every one of our favorite artists. Nicolas Godin of Air put out an amazing single with a super cool music video of zombies surfing in Africa. Kurt Vile put out a new single that is one of my favorite tracks he’s released to date. Mac DeMarco put out not one, but TWO albums that were recorded in a couple of weeks in between tours. And let’s not forget about the incredible record released by Tame Impala this month!

Check out the mixtape for July below…

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LISTEN! Fuzz Pollinates Your Ears With Two New Songs!

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So Fuzz just put out two songs from their second LP appropriately called, II. The record comes out October 23rd on In The Red Records. Both songs are heavy, wild and awesome. ‘Pollinate’, is especially incredible. Have a listen below!

Listen to ‘Rat Race’…

Listen to ‘Pollinate’…

More About Fuzz via intheredrecords.com

Fuzz is Ty Segall (drums/vocals), Charlie Moothart (guitar/vocals), and Chad Ubovich (bass).
Theyíre heavy-rock lifers ñ three California-bred dudes who have been refining their riffs and getting weird together since high school which wasn’t that long ago, actually).

Fuzz was formed in/around 2011 as a collaboration between Segall and Moothart, but its only within the last year that the pair had sufficient time to guide the band out of side-project limbo and into a recording studio. Since then, they have released two singles, “This Time I Got a Reason” (Trouble In Mind) and “Sleigh Ride” (In the Red). Around the time of the second single, Cosio joined on bass.

They are not dabblers or dilettantes. Fuzz have flipped through used bins, hard drives, and record collections of the world, seeking out the finest weirdo cuts. The bandís self-titled debut LP, which was recorded by Chris Woodhouse (Thee Oh Sees, The Intelligence), dives deep, drawing inspiration from the more esoteric reaches of heavy metal pre-history. There are Sabbath and Hendrix nods, obviously, but on “Sleigh Bells” you might also catch a whiff of UK progressive blues business like The Groundhogs, particularly when the song quits its 10/4-time intro and reboots into full bore choogle. Maybe youíll even glimpse the ghost of Australian guitar-legend/sharpie guru Lobby Lloyde sniffing around “Raise.”

The mood is not light. The songs project a state of perpetual paranoia and eroding mental health.

And as it should be, you know? It’s a record for the burners.

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Upcoming Tour Dates…

08-12 Berlin, Germany – Binuu
08-13 Hasselt, Belgium – Muzikodroom
08-14 St. Malo, France – La Route Du Rock
08-16 Sardinia, Italy – Fordongianus The Frame
08-18 Ravenna, Italy – Hanab
08-20 Charleville, France – Mezieres Cabaret Vert Festival
08-21 Biddinghuizen, Netherlands – Low Land Festival
08-22 Paredes de Coura, Portugal – Paredes De Coura Festival
08-24 Madrid, Spain – But
08-25 Bilbao, Spain – Café Antxokia
08-26 Bordeaux, France – Rocher De Palmer
08-27 Toulouse, France – Le Bikini
08-28 La Tour De Peilz, Switzerland – Nox Orae
08-29 Gigor, France – Freak Show
08-30 Paris, France – Rock en Seine
09-01 Manchester, England – Gorilla
09-02 Dublin, Ireland – Whelans
09-03 Leeds, England – Brudennel Social Club
09-04 London, England – Heaven
09-05 Dorset, England – End Of The Road Festival
10-16 Sonoma, CA – Gundlach Bundschu Winery
10-17 Crystal Bay, NV – Crystal Bay Casino
10-18-19 San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
10-20 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent
11-03 Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
11-04 Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
11-05 El Paso, TX – Lowbrow Palace
11-06-07 Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest
11-08 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jack’s
11-09 Memphis, TN – Hi Tone
11-10 Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
11-11 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
11-12 Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall
11-13 Washington, DC – Black Cat
11-14 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
11-15 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
11-16 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
11-17 Montreal, Quebec – Le National
11-18 Toronto, Ontario – The Hoxton
11-19 Detroit, MI – PJ’s Lager House
11-20 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
11-21 Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
11-22 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
11-23 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge

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WATCH! Kurt Vile Shares New Video for Incredible ‘Pretty Pimpin’

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Kurt Vile just put out the first video and single called, ‘Pretty Pimpin’, off his sixth LP, b’lieve i’m goin down…, which will be released on September 25th. ‘Pretty Pimpin’ is an amazing song that demonstrates just how masterful Kurt Vile’s songwriting is. Kurt writes the type of songs that you never want to end. He’s the kind of guy who can write a nine minute song that never gets old. His songs are hypnotic and cathartic. They suck you in and before you know it an hour has gone by and you’re left with an overwhelming feeling of tranquility.

Kurt Vile recorded the record at multiple locations across the United States. Part of the album was recorded at the Rancho De La Luna studio in Joshua Tree, which is the stomping ground of Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal and Desert Sessions. Of his time there, Kurt says, “I flew out to Rancho just to jam, then my family met me out there and it was like…suddenly my head was just clear. It was really spiritual. That’s when I decided to book some studio time for myself.”

In an interview with Spin Magazine, Kurt also had this to say about the making of the album and one song in particular…

At first there were definitely challenges because you want to play live but there’s only this one backroom and everything bleeds into everything else, so essentially I was just playing in this little closet room, but I recorded one of my favorite songs ever. Everybody went to bed and I couldn’t sleep. I kept listening and then the sun came up and all of a sudden I just looked around me and I could see everything for miles and I was like, “Man, I just recorded my best song ever and I’m here in the middle of nowhere in the most beautiful, mystical, magical desert.”

Kim Gordon also had this to say about the album…

Kurt does his own myth making; a boy/man with an old soul voice in the age of digital everything becoming something else, which is why this focused, brilliantly clear and seemingly candid record is a breath of fresh air. Recorded and mixed in a number of locations, including Los Angeles and Joshua Tree, b’lieve i’m goin down… is a handshake across the country, east to west coast, thru the dustbowl history (“valley of ashes”) of woody honest strait forward talk guthrie, and a cali canyon dead still nite floating in a nearly waterless landscape. The record is all air, weightless, bodyless, but grounded in convincing authenticity, in the best version of singer songwriter upcycling.

Listen to ‘Pretty Pimpin’…

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Upcoming Tour Dates…

10-02 Boston, MA @ The Paradise
10-03 Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
10-04 Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
10-07 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
10-08 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
10-09 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
10-10 Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
10-11 Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
10-14 Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theater
10-16 San Francisco, CA @ Filmore
10-17 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
10-18 Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
10-21 Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
10-23 Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
10-24 Detroit, MI @ THE MAJESTIC
10-25 Toronto, Canada @ Phoenix Theatre
10-29 Paris, France @ Grande Halle de la Villette
10-30 Paris, France @ Pitchfork Festival
10-31 Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
11-01 Brussel, Belgium @ AB-Box
11-03 Hamburg, Germany @ Uebel & Gefahrlich
11-04 Aarhus, Denmark @ Voxhall
11-05 Oslo, Norway @ Rockefeller
11-06 Stockholm, Sweden @ Munchenbryggeriet
11-07 Copenhagen, Denmark @ Amerbio
11-09 Belin, Germany @ Postbahnhof
11-10 Koln, Germany @ Gebaeude 9
11-11 Brighton, United Kingdom @ Concorde 2
11-12 London, United Kingdom @ Electric Ballroom
11-13 Bristol, United Kingdom @ Motion
11-15 Dublin, Ireland @ Vicar Street
11-16 Glasgow, United Kingdom @ ABC1
11-17 Leeds, United Kingdom @ Leeds Uni Stylus
11-18 Manchester, United Kingdom @ The Ritz
11-20 Luzern, Switzerland @ Sudpol
11-21 Lyon, France @ Epicerie Moderne
11-22 Barcelona, Spain @ Apolo
11-23 Madrid, Spain @ Penelope
11-24 Lisbon, Portugal @ Armazem F

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LISTEN! Tame Impala’s Divisive New Album Currents

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Currents, for existing Tame Impala fans, will be the proverbial line drawn in the sand. Cross the line and follow Kevin on his journey into new sonic territory or stay on the other side of the line and let Tame Impala, as you knew it, go on without you. Before that decision is made give the album a few listens with an open mind and forget almost everything you knew about Tame Impala. Understand that most artists need to explore and break new grounds. They hate being pigeon holed and one trick ponies, and who can blame them?

Looking back, Lonerism was the first hint that Kevin Parker wanted more out of the Tame Impala sound he so carefully crafted. It had just enough psych rock from Innerspeaker mixed with newer elements of psych pop and electronic dance music to act as a stepping stone for what would come next. Few could have predicted just how far that next step was going to be, which is why Currents will be a significant turning point for Tame Impala and fans.

To help understand and gain a better perspective on why the shift in sound is so great, there are a couple of articles by Stereogum (here and here) and a brief interview/piece from The Guardian that I recommend reading before you make any rash decisions. One particularly entertaining part from the Guardian interview is where Kevin explains a profound emotional experience he had listening to the The Bee Gees while he was being driven around LA on mushrooms and coke.

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“I was in LA a few years ago and for some reason we’d taken mushrooms, it must have been the end of our tour,” he recalls. “I was coked up as well, and a friend was driving us around LA in this old sedan. He was playing the Bee Gees and it had the most profound emotional effect. I’m getting butterflies just thinking about it. I was listening to Staying Alive, a song I’ve heard all my life. At that moment it had this really emotive, melancholy feel to it. The beat felt overwhelmingly strong and, at that moment, it sounded pretty psychedelic. It moved me, and that’s what I always want out of psych music. I want it to transport me.”

Take that experience, combine it with his breakup with Melody Prochet of Melody’s Echo Chamber and everything else that comes with going from relative obscurity to indie music blog superhero and you start to understand how and why Kevin Parker wanted Tame Impala to evolve into what became Currents. He, himself, is growing, evolving and learning as he makes his way through life. His music will reflect that, it has to.

As a result, Kevin Parker has delivered one of the most impressive albums that I’ve heard in a long time. More than anything, this record will leaves you anxiously waiting to hear what Kevin Parker will come up with next. The anticipation of what would follow Lonerism is doubled with what will follow Currents. He’s less predictable than ever before and has proven he’s capable of almost completely changing his sound to produce amazing results.

Steam the full album before it’s release…

Watch behind the scenes footage of the making of Currents

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Find out more about band here.

Upcoming Tour Dates…

07-24 Byron Bay Nsw, Australia @ Splendour In The Grass
07-26 Byron Bay, Australia @ North Byron Parklands
08-01 Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
08-04 San Diego, CA @ The North Park Theatre
08-06 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery
08-07 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery
08-08 San Francisco, CA @ Golden Gate Park Outside Lands
08-20 Viana Do Castelo, Portugal @ Paredes de Coura
08-22 Hasselt, Belgium @ Pukklelpop
08-23 Biddinghuizen, Netherlands @ Lowlands Festival 2015
08-25 Sestri Levante, Italy @ Ex Convento dell’ Annunziata
08-26 Rome Rm, Italy @ Ippodromo delle Capannelle
08-28 Boulogne Billancourt, France @ Rock En Seine
08-29 Zurich, Switzerland @ Zurich Openair Festival
08-30 Paris, France @ Rock En Seine
09-05 Gardenstown, United Kingdom @ End of the Road Festival
09-06 Dublin, Ireland @ Electric Picnic
09-08 Glasgow, United Kingdom @ Barrowland
09-09 Liverpool, United Kingdom @ Liverpool Olympia
09-11 Downend, United Kingdom @ Bestival
09-12 Berlin, Germany @ Lollapalooza
10-02 Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
10-05 Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre
10-06 New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
10-07 New York, NY @ Terminal 5
10-09 Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits

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LISTEN! Mac DeMarco Set to Release Two Impressive LPs

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Mac DeMarco is releasing a mini-LP on August 7th called Another One. When I first heard about the album I got the sense that it would be a collection of B-Sides and demos that didn’t make it on Salad Days and not necessarily anything to get too excited about. That assumption couldn’t have been further from the truth. While Mac did record the songs in a short period of time in between tours, the songs are fully realized and don’t sound like a half-assed effort by any means. Perhaps a bit more time would have led to a natural evolution and expansion of some songs, but I think they’re great as is. There’s also an accompanying and, aptly named, instrumental album called Some Other Ones that you can stream in it’s entirety below.

Listen to ‘Another One’…

Listen and stream the full album, Some Other Ones

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WATCH! Zombie Surfers in New Nicolas Godin Video

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Nicolas Godin, of Air, just released an incredible new single and video for, ‘Widerstehe Doch Der Sünde’, off his upcoming, debut, solo album, Contrepoint. The video is pretty awesome, featuring Zombie surfers at epic surf break in South Africa. Contrepoint is scheduled to be released on September 18th. So far, two singles have been released, ‘Orca’ and ‘Widerstehe Doch Der Sünde’, and both are amazing. Can’t wait to hear the rest of the album when it’s released.

For fans of Air, The Soundcarriers, and The Clientele.

Listen to ‘Widerstehe Doch Der Sünde’…

Listen to ‘Orca’…

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LISTEN! Wand Shares New Psychedelic Single, ‘Stolen Footsteps’

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Today, Wand released the first single, ‘Stolen Footsteps’, off their third record, 1000 Days, which is expected to be released this Fall. It’s a mellow psychedelic song drawing similarities to the softer side of Thee Oh Sees and even White Fence. I wonder if this is any indication of the direction we should expect from the third album. Will the next Wand album take the listener on a journey through space and land somewhere near Hawkwind?

For fans of Ty Segall, Fuzz, Pentagram

Listen to ’Stolen Footsteps’…

More About Wand via intheredrecords.com

September 2013, Wand was quietly dismembered and ritually eaten in the hills near Dodger Stadium. Wand reborn as “Wand”— an obese organ falsely organized as 4 overjoyous nerds. Four flesh balloons betting on a few aging amplifiers. I hear they listen to Here Come the Warm Jets on loop all day and plot mail fraud. I hear they stole Dale Crover’s car and sacrificed it to the weather near the Los Angeles County Line. Some few things, at least, are certain: Wand hears ghosts. Wand prefers serpents. The Sun is the mother of every fiction. All phenomena will be consumed in alphabetical order, but desire will recirculate ad infinitum. If all else fails, Wand will just devour more hands.

Find out more about Wand here.

Upcoming Tour Dates…

08/21/15 Charleville Meziere, FR @ Cabaret Vert Festival
08/22/15 Trondheim, NO @ Pstereo
08/28/15 Paris, FR @ Rock en Seine Fest
09/04/15 – 09/06/15 Dorset, UK @ End of the Road Fest
09/14/15 Tilburg, NL @ Incubate Festival

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LISTEN! Ty Segall Forms New Band Broken Bat

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The interwebs are lighting up with news that Ty Segall, Steven McDonald (OFF! and Redd Kross) and Dale Crover (Melvins) have formed a new band called Broken Bat. At this point nothing has been confirmed so we might all be getting one put over on us, but it sure sounds like Ty. So far a 53 second snippet of a song called ‘Take My Medicine’ has been posted to Bandcamp listing Ty Segall, Steven McDonald and Dale Crover as members. Hopefully there’s more to follow soon!

Listen to the sneak peak of ‘Take My Medicine’…

June Mix

Get Up and Get Down With the June Mixtape!

Mixtapes

We’re halfway through this amazing year of music and June was no slouch. The legendary band Dungen put out a single off their first new album in five years. Eagles of Death Metal also made headlines announcing their first new record, Zipper Down, in seven years. And Kody Nielson came out of nowhere with an incredible sounding project called Silicon. Hope you enjoy the mixtape for June!

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Kody Nielson Premieres New Project Called Silicon

New Music

Silicon is the latest project from Kody Nielson. For those not familiar with the name, Kody is Ruban Nielson’s, of Unknown Mortal Orchestra, brother and also part of another very cool band called Opossom (which you should totally check out). So far he’s put out two tracks off the upcoming album, Personal Computer, which is expected to be released later this year. Both tracks twist and warp pop sensibilities into something beautiful, unique and with just enough weird.

For fans of Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Opossom, Toro Y Moi.

Listen to ‘Burning Sugar’…

Listen to the first Single released, ‘God Emoji’…

More About Silicon via Facebook

This is Silicon. Sit back. Are you comfortable? This is Silicon. Far beyond anything you could ever have imagined, there’s an overwhelming reliance on the plastic in your palm. The Sistine Chapel of circuit boards. Lurking amidst Auckland’s tranquil waters, bold mountains and dormant volcanoes; insomniac Kody Nielson composes shiny and gorgeous pop-aspersions that loiter in the silence. Eyes never blinking, information never ceasing, it is seduction. Don’t stop.

Silicon implores you. The inherent isolation of archipelago existence lingers in Nielson’s music. Whilst he, as a Hawaiian-New Zealander, has always been separate from the mainland – when it comes to soil and mud – cables and satellites pass on information and feeling. Having resided in Portland previously, he finds himself crippled by timezones and the shrinking world. More and more connections being established, reasons to record oneself and be remembered.

At the heart of Nielson’s noir-electronica is a questioning of how the physical can ever again match the arousing constellation of the blissful synthetic. This is it. Here you are. Bombastic and gripping, yet consistently sterile. Not quite there. Not quite there, yet. Kody Nielson’s main-frame psychedelia collates the fragments of himself and sticks them back together diligently on his debut ‘Personal Computer’. But there’s a darkness in this dance. Close the window, draw the curtains.

Stay up to date with Silicon on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Find out more about Silicon here.

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LISTEN to Cineplexx’s Tranquil Beach Vibrations

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Cineplexx is the music project of Sebastian Litmanovich who hails from Argentina. In 2009, he released Nuevahola, which is full of airy, dreamy and lush arrangements. Nuevahola is the perfect soundtrack for a lazy day at the beach or a relaxing daydream in a hammock. If both of those activities are out of reach, grab a pair of ear buds, get horizontal and let Cineplexx stimulate your dream waves and transform your into a state of full tranquility.

For fans of Buscabulla, Air and Toro Y Moi.

Listen to ‘Hermosa Espera’…

Listen and stream the full album, Nuevahola

More About Cineplexx via cineplexx.net

Cineplexx is the brainchild of Sebastian Litmanovich – born 1973 in Argentina, musician-remixer-producer-visual artist that lives now in London. Growing up at a time when the sounds of punk clashed with the short-lived wave of disco and the singer-songwriter was contrasted by the album-centric epics of bands like Pink Floyd, Sebastian found himself somewhere in the middle. “The Velvet Underground were the first band that really blew my mind… and I’ve been a fan of ABBA ever since I was four,” he admits.

For Sebastian, his life and career have been as varied and exciting as his musical influences, some of them are: Velvet Underground, BMX Bandits, Flaming Lips, The Ronnettes, Beach Boys, Melero, Cerati, Tanguito, all Tropicalia music, Joe Meek, The Pastels, The Vaselines, Teenage Fanclub, Magnetic Fields, Belle & Sebastian, Lemans and others.

Stay up to date with Cineplexx on Facebook and Twitter.
Find out more about Cineplexx here.

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Photo by Ana Montiel

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STREAM Impressive New Dungen Single, ‘Akt Dit’!

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Dungen is back and set to release their first album in five years called, Allas Sak, on September 25th. They’ve just released, ‘Akt Dit’, which is the first single released off Allas Sak. ‘Akt Dit’ is impressive to say the least and sits near the top of the best songs put out this year. The track’s infectious groove oozes from bassist Mattias Gustavsson and drummer Johan Holmegard and the Saxophone solo at the end is absolutely killer. The production also sounds a bit tighter, which is thanks to Mattias Glavå. Gustav Ejstes, Dungen’s mastermind and main songwriter, says, “Mattias is a true wizard of analog sound engineering, but he’s more than a technique nerd…He’s the ultimate hand between my vision of a sound and reality.” Judging by ‘Akt Dit’, the five years in between albums, will be worth the wait.

For fans of Tame Impala, Pond, and Air.

Listen to ‘Akt Dit’…

More About Dungen via dungen-music.com

In what feels like a very short decade, Sweden’s Dungen has mutated at a furious pace. Main man/ producer/ arranger/ singer/ golden child Gustav Ejstes’s lone constant has been change. Take the leap from Dungen’s self-titled 2001 debut, featuring long psilocybic exploratory tracks of aural tomfoolery, to next year’s Stadsvandringar, which found Ejstes coming to grips with the language of rock. It all converged with the zeitgeist that is Dungen’s third album, Ta Det Lugnt, an album that ignited the blogosphere so that it glowed like the aurora borealis. Not content to revel in such accolades, Tio Bitar flashed the band’s pop smarts as well as their incandescent freakouts while 4 put the band’s cohesiveness on display, at once gorgeous and biting. The last album Skit I Allt about which title Gustav says; “For me, it means ‘Don’t give a shit, forget about it, just go ahead and do it,” laughs Ejstes. “Skit I Allt is about a certain feeling: you’re with your friends and mates, all hanging out till 6 in the morning. You’re the last one left at the party and you call this person that you want to be with. They’re asleep, but they still say, ‘Ah, fuck it, come over.’ It’s that feeling.” Just don’t think that with Skit I Allt the band is reducible to any one feeling. Or musical genre. At ease with effervescent pop, third-eye popping psychedelia, heavy rock, spider-web folk and breezy jazz, Dungen’s dynamism astounds throughout. Rather than remain only Ejstes’ studio vision, Dungen is a muscular full band now. Guitarist Reine Fiske, bassist Mattias Gustavsson, and drummer Johan Holmegard are fully integrated into Ejstes’ vision of Dungen: “Whether you perceive Dungen as a band or as me and my songs and my productions, the band is something totally free. They take the songs somewhere else. Skit I Allt follows world tours and enthusiastic responses from the press and public, and answers the praise with yet another set of cohesive, adventurous songs that can’t sit still, yet possess the vision and focus to distance itself from distraction and obvious influences.

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Find out more about Dungen here.

Upcoming Tour Dates…

08-20 Stockholm, SE @ Trädgården
10-12 Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s
10-14 Boston, MA @ Great Scott (w/ Quilt)
10-15 Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right (w/ Quilt)
10-16 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle (w/ Quilt)
10-17 Washington, DC @ DC 9 (w/ Quilt)
10-20 Seattle, WA @ Barboza
10-21 Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar
10-23 San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
10-25 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
11-7 Trondheim, NO @ Byscenen
11-8 Bergen, NO @ Ole Bull Scene
11-9 Stravanger, NO @ Folken
11-11 Helsinki, FI @ Tavastia
11-12 Oslo, NO @ Blaa
11-13 Gothenburg, SE @ Storan
11-14 Gävle, SE @ Konserthuset
11-15 Stockholm, SE @ Södra teatern
11-18 Århus, DK @ Atlas
11-19 Copenhagen, DK @ Lille Vega
11-20 Malmö, SE @ Victoriateatern
11-21 Malmö, SE @ Victoriateatern
11-27 Uppsala, SE @ Katalin

If you plan on purchasing the album, please do so via one of the options below. It helps keep the lights on. Thanks!

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TRIP OUT to the Sounds of Mondo Drag!

Song of the Day

Mondo Drag formed in Davenport, Iowa and relocated to Oakland, California. This year they released their second full length, self titled, album. Mondo Drag is a masterful blend of psychedelic and prog rock that trips you out just as hard as it rocks. The opening organ on ‘Zephyr’ immediately made me think Highway Star from Deep Purple and that’s only a good thing. You don’t hear too many psychedelic revival bands incorporating the organ these days. It’s a nice touch and nod to their predecessors.

For fans of Dead Meadow, Graveyard, Captain Beyond.

Listen to ‘Zephyr’…

Listen and stream the full album, Mondo Drag

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STREAM New Eagles of Death Metal Single, ‘Complexity’!

New Music

We’ve been waiting for this day for several years. Eagles of Death Metal have finally put out a new single called, ‘Complexity’, which is the first song they’ve released off their upcoming album, Zipper Down. ‘Complexity’ captures everything you love about Eagles of Death Metal and then turns it up to eleven. It’s fast, fun and will make you boogie. It may be the best song Eagles of Death Metal have put out so far.

For fans of King Khan, Black Lips, T. Rex.

Listen to ‘Complexity’…

More About Eagles of Death Metal via eaglesofdeathmetal.com.

Eagles of Death Metal is an American rock band from Palm Desert, California, formed in 1998 by best friends Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme. Despite their band name, Eagles of Death Metal is not a death metal band. The story goes that a friend was introducing Josh Homme to the death metal genre. When he played a song by the Polish band Vader and made a claim that the song was within the death metal genre, Homme then referred to Vader as “The Eagles of Death Metal”. After hearing this phrase, he wondered what a cross between the Eagles and a death metal band would sound like. With that, the band was born.

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Find out more about Eagles of Death Metal here.

Upcoming Tour Dates…

06-16 Glasgow, Scotland – The Garage
06-17 London, England – KOKO
06-19 Mérignac, France – Krakatoa
06-20 Vitoria, Spain – Azkena Rock Festival
06-22 Bologna, Italy – Botanique
06-23 Zagreb, Croatia – INmusic Festival
06-25 Werchter, Belgium – Rock Werchter
06-27 Norrköping, Sweden – Bravålla Festival
06-28 Odense, Denmark – Tinderbox Festival
06-29 Berlin, German – Huxleys
06-30 Prague, Czech Republic – Lucerna Music Bar
07-02 Gdynia, Poland – Open’er Festival
07-04 Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Rock A Field
07-05 Belfort, France – Eurockéennes
07-06 Milan, Italy – Carroponte
07-07 Dornbirn, Austria – Conrad Sohm
07-09 Novi Sad, Serbia – Exit Festival
07-10 Trencin, Slovakia – Pohoda Festival
07-12 Tel Aviv, Israel – Barby
07-14 Athens, Greece – Fuzz Club
07-16 Hegyalja, Hungary – Kingdom of Hegylja Festival
08-27 Albuquerque, New Mexico – Launchpad
08-28 Denver, CO – Riot Fest
09-01 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
09-02 Seattle, WA – The Showbox
09-03 Vancouver, British Columbia – Commodore Ballroom
09-08 Winnipeg, Manitoba – Pyramid Cabaret
09-09 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
09-11 Chicago, IL – Riot Fest
09-12 Detroit, MI – The Underground Arts
09-15 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
09-19 Toronto, Ontario – Riot Fest
10-24 Sacramento, CA – Aftershock Festival
10-31 Leeds, England – Beckett University
11-01 Norwich, England – Norwich UEA LCR
11-02 Bristol, England – O2 Academy Bristol
11-04 Southampton, England – Engine Rooms
11-05 London, England – The Forum
11-06 Birmingham, England – The Institute
11-07 Manchester, England – The Ritz
11-09 Newcastle Upon Tyne, England – O2 Academy Newcastle
11-11 Glasgow, Scotland – O2 ABC
11-13 Paris, France – Le Bataclan
11-14 Tourcouing, France – Le Grand Mix
11-17 Cologne, Germany – Essigfabrik
11-18 Zürich, Switzerland – Komplex Klub
11-19 Munich, Germany – Kesselhaus
11-22 Bremen, Germany – Aladin
11-30 Vienna, Austria – Arena
12-07 Nimes, France – La Paloma

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STREAM Diane Coffee’s New Single ‘Everyday’!

New Music

I first discovered Diane Coffee by accident, getting lost in Spotify’s endless Related Artist clicking. I had no idea who he was and was also unsure about Diane’s gender. I assumed, because of the name, Diane was a woman. Quickly, I realized my mistake. I learned Diane Coffee was a side project for Foxygen’s drummer Shaun Fleming. Diane Coffee has a lot of soul and there’s a lot of emotion behind his vocals that’s reminiscent of the soul and R & B of the past. At times, he can even sound a lot like Michael Jackson. On September 4th, Diane Coffee’s second album, Everybody’s a Good Dog, will be released on Western Vinyl. He’s released the first single, ‘Everyday’.

For fans of Foxygen, Ariel Pink, David Bowie

Listen to ‘Everyday’…

More About Diane Coffee and Everybody’s A Good Dog via westernvinyl.com.

Everybody’s A Good Dog is the first true realization of Shaun Fleming’s Little Shop of Horrors -meets-Aladdin Sane vision, recorded in a proper studio with an assortment of guest artists, horn section, and string ensemble (all firsts for Fleming). The resulting 11 tracks are a sky-scraping sound kaleidoscope, touched with euphoric instrumentation and dark lyricism.
Just as Diane Coffee’s debut LP, 2013’s ‘My Friend Fish,’ was inspired by Fleming’s move from sunny California to New York City, Everybody’s A Good Dog took shape after this former Disney child actor and current drummer for Foxygen uprooted again from NYC to the much smaller town of Bloomington, IN – “spontaneous moves have always helped to inspire my writing” he explains. This downsizing provided Fleming with a blank slate to create – “I missed the quiet. I missed having a fire. I missed the color green.”
The songs on Everybody’s A Good Dog capture this sense of clarity, channeling the New York Dolls or T-Rex at their strutting-est and Meatloaf at his most theatrical, with shades of Motown-worthy soul. The gentle psychedellia on opener “Spring Breathes” gives way to a pounding prog breakdown, “Mayflower” leads with a monster funk-fueled horn riff, while on “Tams Up” Fleming fronts his own one-man doo-wop group.

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Find out more about Diane Coffee here.

Upcoming Tour Dates…

Sep 04     Turf Club     St Paul, MN
Sep 15     Baby’s All Right     Brooklyn, NY
Sep 17     Happy Dog     Cleveland, OH
Sep 18     Rumba Cafe     Columbus, OH
Sep 19     Dayton Music Fest     Dayton, OH
Sep 26     The Bishop     Bloomington, IA
Sep 27     Pygmalion Festival     Champaign, IL
Oct 03     Terminal West     Atlanta, GA
Oct 05     Trocadero     Philadelphia, PA
Oct 06     9:30 Club     Washington, DC
Oct 07     Bowery Ballroom     New York, NY
Oct 21     Mercy Lounge     Nashville, TN
Oct 22     Deluxe, Old National Centre     Indianapolis, IN
Oct 23     Bell’s Eccentric Cafe     Kalamazoo, MI
Oct 24     Wooly’s     Des Moines, IA
Oct 25     Majestic Theater     Madison, WI
Oct 26     The Waiting Room Lounge     Omaha, NE
Oct 27     The Record Bar     Kansas City, MO
Oct 28     Bluebird Theater     Denver, CO
Oct 29     The Pub Station     Billings, MT
Oct 30     Stage 112     Missoula, MT
Oct 31     Neptune Theatre     Seattle, WA
Nov 01     Wonder Ballroom     Portland, OR
Nov 02     Great American Music Hall     San Francisco, CA
Nov 03     The Catalyst     Santa Cruz, CA
Nov 04     Regent Theatre     Los Angeles, CA
Nov 05     Irenic     San Diego, CA
Nov 06     The Crescent Ballroom     Phoenix, AZ
Nov 07     Night of the Living Fest     Tucson, AZ
Nov 08     Tricky Falls     El Paso, TX
Nov 09     Paper Tiger     San Antonio, TX
Nov 10     Mohawk     Austin, TX
Nov 11     The Howlin’ Wolf     New Orleans, LA

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