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on tour: Cults

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New York-based duo Cults — one of my favorite bands– released Offering B-Sides & Remixes, a companion release to 2017’s LP Offering  that includes three previously unreleased songs  and a new remix of “Recovery” by famed producer John Fryer. The band start a U.S. tour in Washington, DC on November 30. Get ready for some dreaminess.

Offering B-Sides & Remixes Tracklisting:

1.) Not Impossible

2.) Hope You Found What You’ve Been Missing

3.) An Echo

4.) Offering (Mike Simonetti Remix)

5.) I Took Your Picture (Etienne de Crecy Remix)

6.) Recovery (John Fryer Remix)

U.S. TOUR DATES:

11/30/18 – DC9 – Washington, DC

12/1/18 – DC9 – Washington, DC

12/2/18 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA

12/3/18 – Great Scott – Allston, MA

12/8/18 – Baby’s All Right (Early Show) – Brooklyn, NY

12/8/18 – Baby’s All Right (Late Show) – Brooklyn, NY

12/15/18 – Barboza – Seattle, WA

12/16/18 – Barboza – Seattle, WA

12/17/18 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR

12/19/18 – The Chapel – San Francisco, CA

12/20/18 – Gundlach Bunschu Winery – Sonoma, CA

12/22/18 – Echo – Los Angeles, CA

12/23/18 – Echo – Los Angeles, CA

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Dandy Warhols 25th Anniversary TOUR and new album

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It’s The Dandy Warhols’ 25th anniversary and the band will release its 10th studio album Why You So Crazy‘ (Dine Alone Records) and embark on a tour in 2019. A 360° short film for the song ‘Be Alright,’ was done in a single shot and filmed at the band’s space, Odditorium, which includes a bar owned by vocalist/guitarist Taylor-Taylor who has a deep passion for the wine world. Taylor-Taylor also directed the film which stars Jessica Pare (Mad Men).

The Dandy Warhols are:

Courtney Taylor-Taylor (vocals, guitar)

Zia McCabe (keyboards, vocals)

Peter Holmström (guitar)

Brent DeBoer (drums)

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‘WHY YOU SO CRAZY’ tracklisting:

1. Fred N Ginger

2. Terraform

3. Highlife

4. Be Alright

5. Thee Elegant Bum

6. Sins Are Forgiven

7. Next Thing I Know

8. Small Town Girls

9. To The Church

10. Motor City Steel

11. Forever

12. Ondine

U.S. TOUR DATES

May 3 – 5 – Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees Festival (on sale 11.14)

May 6 – Washington, D.C.  – 9.30 Club

May 7 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair

May 8 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel

May 10 – Toronto, ON – CMW

May 11 – Chicago, IL – Metro

May 12 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue

May 14 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre

May 16 – Los Angeles, CA – Theatre at the Ace Hotel

May 17 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory at North Park

May 18 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore

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new music: Phantastic Ferniture

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Phantastic Ferniture, “Gap Year”

heavy indie guitar propels this captivating song with vox that sound like Juliana Hatfield.

Sydney, Australia solo artists Julia Jacklin, Elizabeth Hughes and Ryan Brennan decided it might be fun to form a band while celebrating Jacklin’s 24th birthday.

Jacklin said: “Ryan never played drums in bands, Liz had never been a lead guitarist, Tom didn’t play bass and I’d never just sung before.”

Hughes added: “We wanted a low level of expertise, because a lot of good music comes from people whose passion exceeds their skill.”

Phantastic Ferniture’s self-titled debut album will be out July 27, 2018 on Transgressive.

track listing:
1. Uncomfortable
Teenager
2. Bad Timing
3. Fuckin ‘n’ Rollin
4. Gap Year
5. Take It Off
6. Parks
7. I Need It
8. Dark Corner
Dance Floor
9. Mummy y Papa

 

 

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new music: Isla Craig

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Isla Craig , “Love Song”

–a gorgeous, meditative song with ethereal vocals and varied instrumentation with organ, saxophone, bass and synth. It’s a dreamy eclectic soundscape, a genuine auditory treat. I’m looking forward to hearing the entire album from the Toronto-based multi-dimensional vocalist and songwriter.

The Becoming, the third album from Isla Craig, will be released on June 22, 2018 on Pleasence Records.

Track List:

  1. Intro
  2. The Becoming
  3. Out Of A Dream
  4. Love Song
  5. I’m Lost
  6. Faraway Blue
  7. Who Am I
  8. The Becoming (reprise)
  9. Bird Of Paradise
  10. There Is A Hole
  11. Messages (garden Edition)
  12. Gregory

 

 

 

 

 

 

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new music: Totally Mild

Totally Mild, “Lucky Stars”

such a pretty, heartfelt acoustic song from Totally Mild. It’s vulnerable and melancholic. The theatrical, stark tone makes it particularly powerful and memorable.  The Melbourne, Australia band’s sophomore album, Her [Chapter Records], will be released February 23, 2018. The band has toured with Real Estate, Kurt Vile, Best Coast, DIIV and The Chills and will perform at SXSW in 2018.

Totally Mild is:
Singer/songwriter Elizabeth Mitchell
Zachary Schneider [guitar]
Dylan Young [drums]
Lehmann Smith [bass]

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Her Tracklisting:

1. Sky
2. Pearl
3. Working Like A Crow
4. From One Another
5. Lucky Stars
6. Today Tonight
7. Underwater
8. Take Today
9. More
10. Down Together

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new music: Lean Year; Misty Boyd

“Come and See,” Lean Year

–a meditative and profound song with lilting vocals and a mesmerizing melody. Powerful and elegant. Lean Year is Virginia-based singer Emilie Rex and filmmaker/musician Rick Alverson [The Comedy, Entertainment]. The duo co-wrote the album at home in Virginia and recorded it at the home studio of Chicago musician and engineer Erik Hall [In Tall Buildings, NOMO]. Lean Year’s self-titled album is out now.

“Oh Marie,” Misty Boyce

— This is an aching, sad, beautiful, winding song. The Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter’s full-length album, Get Lost, will be released on February 16, 2018.  As a popular keyboardist, Misty Boyce backed Sting, Ingrid Michaelson, Sara Bareilles and BØRNS. She recently lost her brother to an opioid overdose and her step-father to suicide. The indie-folk artist turned to writing music to work through the varied emotions she felt after these losses and hopes to reduce the stigma associated with drug addiction, mental illness and suicide. Boyce said: “Sometimes, I write to get the things I don’t want to feel out. And then maybe somebody else hears it and feels the same way, and it makes us both feel less alone. I get very frustrated with how disconnected we all are from each other, and how we’ll use whatever we can get our hands on to other people, whether it’s religion or our phones or what you like on Pinterest—anything to make us feel right and prove other people wrong. And then we don’t have to listen anymore. We can just tune out and focus on our own self-obsessed worlds. Nobody’s listening. It’s a scary thing.”

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new music: Tomten; American Opera

Tomten, “Weissnichtwo”

I’ve been listening to the new Ride and Slowdive albums quite a bit lately and this song falls in nicely with its Brit-influenced shoegaze, swirly sound. There’s lots of layers with the opening part establishing a gentle calm while an underlying guttural churning bubbles up to maintain the soothing vibe. The Seattle pop band also mixes in organ, electric piano and analog synthesizers for its electro-folk sound. The artistic, eclectic result works on several levels on the upcoming album—some songs ring a bit clearer than this track, others are much more upbeat and there’s lots of wistfulness. Tomten is: Brian Noyes-Watkins (keys, guitar, vocals); Jake Brady (drums) and Dillon Sturtevant (bass, vocals).  The trio will release its third full-length Cremation Songs [ Plume Records] on July 7th, 2017 on CD, vinyl, and digital formats.

“I first thought of the name Cremation Songs as a bit of a joke to poke fun at our previous record The Farewell Party,” says Brian Noyes-Watkins. “It later dawned on me that it fit the songs well, seeing as most are vaguely about death in some way or another, excluding ‘First Song of Spring’ and ‘Mette’s Tune.’ I just hope our next record doesn’t mark the Born Again / Embracing a Cult phase.”

“I became obsessed with drawing extended arms (usually blue) posing inside of little boxes,” Noyes-Watkins reveals about the cover artwork. “I did a few versions: a hand drowning in the sea, another with a crystal ball, one juggling a rainbow. I settled on the apple/applecore because I liked the idea of having a sunrise/sunset theme on the jacket. I’m hoping to complete a collection of 20 or so to release in a booklet for a limited edition of the record.”

American Opera, “Monsters Among Men”

A beautifully melodic and thoughtful song with powerful vocals and an urgency in its message, reminiscent of Joan Osborne’s “One of Us.”  American Opera is New York singer/songwriter John Bee’s project. He said that  “Monsters Among Men” is: “about getting older while trying to stay true to who you were when you were young. I was raised in the church. Three things happened in my life that made me question everything I ever believed. My friend took his own life, my cousin’s life was taken from him, and the Sandy Hook shooting. I still don’t know what to believe. But I know what I want to believe.”

American Opera’s full-length album Small Victories is out June 30, 2017.

 

 

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