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new music: Chastity Belt

Chastity Belt

“Ann’s Jam” is the pretty, subdued new single from Seattle’s Chastity Belt. The band’s self-titled album will be released on September 20, 2019. It is the band’s fourth album and the first new music released since 2017. Of the band’s hiatus, guitarist Lydia Lund said: “So much of the break was reminding ourselves to stay present, and giving ourselves permission to stop without saying when were gonna meet up again. It was so important to have that—not saying, ‘we’re gonna get back together at this point,’ but really just open it up so we could get back to our present connection.”

Chastity Belt is:

Julia Shapiro (vocals, guitar, drums)
Lydia Lund (vocals, guitar)
Gretchen Grimm (drums, vocals, guitar)
Annie Truscott (bass)

track listing for Chastity Belt:

01. Ann’s Jam
02. Elena
03. Effort
04. Rav-4
05. It Takes Time
06. Apart
07. Half-Hearted
08. Split
09. Drown
10. Pissed Pants

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new music: Chelsea Wolfe

singer-songwriter Chelsea Wolfe says that her new song “American Darkness” is an “expression of freedom and beautiful humans being themselves.” She explains: “It began as a sort of homage to a scene in the Paul Thomas Anderson film Magnolia, where the characters are singing along to the Aimee Mann song “Wise Up,” but I wanted our version to be explored through the lens of The Tarot. I’ve been reading tarot cards for myself for many years, and researching the symbolic expressions of the cards for this video made me want to dive even deeper. To represent that, I played both The Fool and The High Priestess cards in the video, to embody both the beginning of the journey, and the realization that the sacred knowledge I was seeking was inside me all along. We cast friends to play a few other tarot archetypes, and Karlos’ idea was to bring the symbols and signifiers into the contemporary; deconstructed, and made everyday – “the magical and the unexceptional.” I loved that. At the same time, we really wanted to challenge the binary of the traditional tarot cards, and give them more diversity, which is something important that many cool artists and witches are doing. I’m such a fan of Karlos Rene Ayala as a writer, director, documentarian and friend, and have looked forward to making a video with him for a long time.”

Wolfe’s new album, Birth of Violence, will be released on September 13, 2019.

discography: The Grime and the Glow (2010); Apokalypsis (2011); Pain is Beauty (2013); Abyss (2015) and Hiss Spun (2017).

“American Darkness” lyrics:

when you come dead last

in battles long past

intended to rip my heart out

oracle of your secrets

your eye was trained on me

as i stood before you, unbuttoning

kiss me as the bell tolls

swiftly, as the horses ride

won’t you dance

won’t you dance

won’t you dance

won’t you dance

damn my dreams, the tormentors

last night your mouth was on my skin

and the poppies were like fire on the mountain

i took your hand and led you home

all my old ways have started kickin in

and my bad days are comin round again

left here in American darkness

river on fire and sun eclipsed

won’t you dance

won’t you dance

won’t you dance

won’t you dance

(cause i’m comin)

when you come

when you come

when you come

when you come back to me

Chelsea Wolfe Acoustic Tour:

10/18: San Diego, CA – Observatory North Park

10/19: Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom

10/21: Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall

10/22: Estes Park, CO – Stanley Hotel

10/24: Chicago, IL – Metro

10/25: Detroit, MI – Senate Theater

10/26: Toronto, ONT – Queen Elizabeth Theatre

10/27: Montreal, QC – Le National

10/29: Boston, MA – Royale

10/31: Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer

11/01: New York, NY – Brooklyn Steel

11/03: Washington, DC – 9:30 Club

11/04: Charlotte, NC – McGlohon Theater

11/05: Atlanta, GA – Terminal West

11/06: Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge

11/08: Dallas, TX – Texas Theatre

11/09: Austin, TX – Levitation

11/10: Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall

11/12: Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf

11/13: Tucson, AZ – Club Congress

11/15: Los Angeles, CA – The Palace Theatre

11/16: San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom

11/18: Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom

11/20: Seattle, WA – The Showbox

11/21: Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre

 

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new music: Lloyd Cole

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here’s a new video for the single “Violins” from Lloyd Cole’s upcoming album Guesswork, out July 26, 2019. When he was looking for ideas for a video, Lloyd Cole found The End of Civilisation by Douglas Gordon. Lloyd says: “It’s perfect for the song. What could be worse than burning a grand piano and filming it?.” Lloyd said: “One of the glorious things about pop is that you have this wonderful uplifting noise which can actually address some fairly challenging issues and sometimes can do so quite elegantly.” He continues, “You realize over time that however much you second-guess yourself or try and pull yourself in whatever direction, it’s still you. If you have a voice, you can’t un-voice yourself.”

“I might just stop breathing
I might just stop keeping time
With the violins
Or I might come out swinging
And what if I sang out of key
With the violins?”
Violins by Lloyd Cole

 

predominantly an electronic album and recorded mostly in his studio in Massachusetts, Lloyd collaborated with three other musicians on Guesswork, including his two former Commotions’ bandmates – guitarist Neil Clark and keyboard player Blair Cowan.

Lloyd Cole discography: ‘Lloyd Cole’ (’90), ‘Don’t Get Weird On Me Babe’ (’91), ‘Bad Vibes’ (’93), ‘Love Story’ (95), ‘Plastic Wood’ (’01), ‘Music In A Foreign Language’ (’03), ‘Anti Depressant’ (’06), ‘Broken Record’ (’10), ‘Standards’ (’13)

 

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new album and tour dates: Chelsea Wolfe

Chelsea Wolfe will release a new album Birth of Violence on September 13, 2019. She’s one of favorite musicians. She writes amazingly beautiful, meaningful, dark and gorgeous songs. She recorded the album in solitude at her home in Northern California. The singer-songwriter said: “I’ve been in a state of constant motion for the past eight years or so; touring, moving, playing new stages, exploring new places and meeting new people-an incredible time of learning and growing as a musician and performer. But after awhile, I was beginning to lose a part of myself. I needed to take some time away from the road to get my head straight, to learn to take better care of myself, and to write and record as much as I can while I have ‘Mercury in my hands,’ as a wise friend put it.”

Catch Chelsea Wolfe on her acoustic tour this fall in support of the album. Dates listed below.

album track listing:
1 – The Mother Road
2 – American Darkness
3 – Birth of Violence
4 – Deranged for Rock & Roll
5 – Be All Things
6 – Erde
7 – When Anger Turns to Honey
8 – Dirt Universe
9 – Little Grave
10 – Preface to a Dream Play
11 – Highway

Chelsea Wolfe Acoustic Tour:

08/31: Pasadena, CA – Pasadena Daydream Festival * (Non Acoustic Set)
10/18: San Diego, CA – Observatory North Park
10/19: Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
10/21: Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
10/22: Estes Park, CO – Stanley Hotel
10/24: Chicago, IL – Metro
10/25: Detroit, MI – Senate Theater
10/26: Toronto, ONT – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
10/27: Montreal, QC – Le National
10/29: Boston, MA – Royale
10/31: Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
11/01: New York, NY – Brooklyn Steel
11/03: Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
11/04: Charlotte, NC – McGlohon Theater
11/05: Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
11/06: Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
11/08: Dallas, TX – Texas Theatre
11/09: Austin, TX – Levitation
11/10: Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
11/12: Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf
11/13: Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
11/15: Los Angeles, CA – The Palace Theatre
11/16: San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
11/18: Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
11/20: Seattle, WA – The Showbox
11/21: Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre

* All dates with special guest Ioanna Gika except 8/31

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new music: Underworld

credit: Rob Baker Ashton

“Border Country” is the second collaboration with friend of Underworld and DRIFT community member Ø [Phase]. It’s the final part of DRIFT Episode 4 and will be available on all DSPs July 4. Their upcoming album Drift Songs will be out October 25, 2019. It will be Underworld’s first album release since 2016’s Grammy nominated LP Barbara, Barbara we face a shining future.

Rick Smith said: “My relationship with Ashley a.k.a Ø [PHASE] began in Autumn 2017 when I first heard his Submerged Metropolitan release.. it’s not an exaggeration to say I immediately fell in love with his music. There was a sense of journey and mystery and magic to what I heard. Having worked with him for a little while we know he brings that same magic to the table every time, informed by his deep passion and understanding of the lineage of Techno and a thirst to learn and grow. A lovely talented man.” 

 

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new music and tour dates: K. Flay

Grammy-nominated K. Flay released a new single– “Sister”– with a dark driving beat and uplifting lyrics. It’s from her upcoming album Solutions which is out July 12, 2019. Her music combines analog synths with live bass and guitar, infusing pop, rock, hip-hop, and electronica.

Here’s what the Illinois native had to say about sisterhood: “Being a sister isn’t about gender or DNA. It’s about unselfconscious love. About saying I’M HERE, I LOVE YOU, IT’S OK TO BE YOURSELF, and hearing those words echoed back. Not because you asked for them, but because they’re true. Girls are sisters and boys are sisters. Dads are sisters to their sons. Mothers sisters to their mothers too. I’ve come to understand that family is created. Family is a verb. It’s something you build day by day, sometimes in the hot sun and sometimes when everything is going wrong.”

 

About the album title, Flay said: “The solution to almost every problem is usually really simple. For me, it’s so basic: staying connected to the people I love, taking care of myself the way I’d want my friends to take care of themselves, and doing things I know are going to make me happy – not what social media or strangers or society tells me. So many of my past records were about problems. Right now I’m in a place where I’m looking for some light. Balance is important. Life doesn’t have to be chaotic in order to be meaningful.”

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
6/7 – Las Vegas, NV – The Cosmopolitan
6/10 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
6/12 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
6/14 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
6/15 – New Orleans, LA – Howlin’ Wolf
6/16 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
6/29 – West Valley City, UT – LOVELOUD Festival
8/2 – West Allis, WI – Wisconsin State Fair
8/3 – Long Beach, CA – Alt 98.7 Summer Camp
8/24 – Cheyenne, WY – Edge Fest
9/3 – Phoenix, AZ – Marquee
9/5 – San Diego, CA – Observatory North Park
9/7 – Oakland, CA – The Fox
9/9 – Vancouver, BC – The Commodore
9/11 – Seattle, WA – SODO
9/13 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
9/14 – Missoula, MT – The Wilma
9/17 – Minneapolis, MN – First Ave
9/19 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theatre
9/20 – Detroit, MI – The Crofoot
9/21 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
9/22 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix
9/24 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
9/25 – Boston, MA – Royale
9/26 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA
9/29 – Washington, DC – 930 Club
9/30 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
10/2 – Nashville, TN – Marathon
10/4-6 – Austin City Limits
10/11-13 – Austin City Limits
10/12 – Denver, CO – The Fillmore

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new music: Mae Muller

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North London singer-songwriter Mae Muller reminds me of Lily Allen. She’s edgy and has that speak-sing going on. This new song “Anticlimax” has a grooving beat and a sunny, confident vibes.

Muller said: “Anticlimax is a feel-good song about a not so good situation. I wanted to capture that feeling of disappointment when you’ve liked someone for ages and then you finally end up giving it a go and it’s nothing like what you thought it would be! It all works out in the end though because it made me realise my worth and that I don’t have time for a time waster!”

The 21-year-old gained attention when she posted Rihanna and Frank Ocean covers on Instagram. She’s released two EPs-After Hours and Frankly.

Mae describes music as her weapon: “I won’t write a sad song, I’ll write a bad bitch thing like ‘I’m going to fuck your life up’. It’s my way of feeling strong.”  Very cool.

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