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LISTEN — Unloved “Guilty Of Love”

September 2nd, 2015

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“As a trailer for Unloved, the Guilty Of Love EP is a breathlessly evocative roll of the title sequence, a glimpse behind the cinema curtain, a run through the rushes of their musical ‘film noire’. Released on October 16th on Unloved Records, the EP precedes the full Unloved album due in the new year. Spearheaded by David Holmes, in collaboration with film and TV composer Keefus Ciancia (True Detective), and songwriter-vocalist Jade Vincent (The Jade Vincent Experiment), Unloved are born of 60’s girl groups, influenced by the great George ‘Shadow’ Morton, Jack Nitzsche, the soundtracks of Morricone, Nino Rota and the electronic sounds of Raymond Scott.”

READ — Chicago Duo Altered Tapes Talks Crates and Breaks (via Mass Appeal)

September 1st, 2015

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“DJs Trew and Maker comprise Chicago-based production/DJ unit Altered Tapes. If you’re a true-school crate digger, enormous music fanatic, or just someone who appreciates tracks that have a great backstory that open the portal to 10 other great musical tales, you’re in luck. Ever wanted to hear what would happen if you took the samples that comprised your favorite rap or soul track and refit the verses of the song around different melodic sections of the original source material? That’s what Altered Tapes specialize in as a tandem, and from The Beatnuts’ “Watch Out Now” to a grip of Notorious B.I.G.’s biggest tunes, they’ve excelled.” — via Mass Appeal

Read the entire interview HERE, and check out an Altered Tapes rework of a Jamie xx track below!

WATCH — Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats “Howling at Nothing”

September 1st, 2015

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“Nathaniel Rateliff’s new soul band the Night Sweats has drawn glowing reviews for a self-titled debut album that came out last week, and turned Jimmy Fallon into a gibbering fan boy after their performance of “S.O.B.” on “The Tonight Show” earlier this month. Now the Denver singer and his band premiere a new live video for “Howling at Nothing” today on Speakeasy. Rateliff wrote the song, a languid soul-shouter number, with Howlin’ Wolf’s version of “Wang Dang Doodle” in mind. “He paints this picture of a party that’s going to happen, and I kind of wanted to do something similar to that, but mine had a bit of a love song element to it, too,” he says.” — via The Wall Street Journal

Check out “Howling at Nothing” below!

WATCH — The Souljazz Orchestra “Courage”

August 31st, 2015

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Canada’s powerhouse Afro / Latin / Tropical collective, The Souljazz Orchestra, surface with a hard-hitting new album for Autumn 2015, Resistance, resuming their link-up with Strut Records. In keeping with the band’s previous work, the band keep powerful lyrics at the heart of their music, delivering some biting social commentaries alongside messages of hope. Storming opening track ‘Greet The Dawn’ heralds a better way of life for the downtrodden while the manic ‘Shock And Awe’ celebrates people power with a wry reference to Bush-era military tactics.

Watch the video for “Courage” below!

WATCH — Sun Club “Tropicoller Lease”

August 31st, 2015

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The members of Sun Club became a band as childhood friends over ten years ago and with the release of a well-received 7″ and EP have toured endlessly ever since, moving from basement gigs to bars to opening up shows for the likes of Alvvays, FIDLAR, and Fat White Family. The Baltimore band then set about recording The Dongo Durango using an old warehouse space just outside of their hometown as a makeshift studio. They recorded the album live, all the better to capture the raw and raucous energy of their concerts. There they channeled influences of fellow Baltimore greats from Future Islands to Dan Deacon, as well as drawing from their own musical libraries that include DEVO, The Beach Boys, and The White Stripes.

Watch “Tropicoller Lease” below and scroll down for tour dates!

TOUR DATES

8/24 – Palisades – Brooklyn, NY
9/22 – Baby’s All Right – Brooklyn, NY
9/26 – The Haunt – Ithaca, NY#
9/28 – Higher Ground Showcase Lounge – South Burlington, VT#
9/29 – La Sala Rossa – Montreal, Canada#
9/30 – Lee’s Palace – Toronto, Canada#
10/2 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH#
10/3 – Metro – Chicago, IL#
10/4 – Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN#
10/5 – Turner Hall Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI#
10/7 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO#
10/9 – Top Hat – Missoula, MT#
10/10 – Neurolux – Boise, ID#
10/11 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR#
10/12 – Neumos – Seattle, WA#
10/14 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA#
10/16 – The Irenic – San Diego, CA#
10/17 – Teragram Ballroom – Los Angeles, CA#
10/20 – The Parish – Austin, TX#
10/21 – Club Dada – Dallas, TX#
10/22 – Studio at Warehouse Live – Houston, TX#
10/23 – Hi-Hi Lounge – New Orleans, LA#
10/24 – Hi-Tone Cafe – Memphis, TN#
10/26 – Terminal West – Atlanta, GA#
10/27 – The High Watt – Nashville, TN#
10/28 – Zanzabar – Louisville, KY#
10/29 – Cosmic Charlie’s – Lexington, KY#
10/31 – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC#$
11/2 – 9:30 Club – Washington DC#$
11/3 – The Sinclair – Boston, MA#$
11/4 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY#$
11/5 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY#$

# = The Districts
$ = Lady Lamb

LISTEN — Gavin Turek & TOKiMONSTA “Surrender”

August 30th, 2015

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On “Surrender,” TOKiMONSTA masterfully layers a myriad of synths and percussion, while Gavin tucks her gorgeous harmonies into open spaces, demanding the object of her affection let down their guard before it’s too late. “You know the door’s about to close / Don’t make me pry apart your ego / I know your love can’t be controlled / You better realize what’s coming…for you,” Gavin sings, “I wanted to imagine how it feels to be the one unconditionally giving, hoping the other will believe their affections are genuine.” What’s more impressive is that “Surrender” is one of a number of great songs on the EP, behind tracks like the tranquil “Never Alone” and the bouncy, up-tempo “Grace.” — via NPR

LISTEN — Mild High Club “Undeniable”

August 30th, 2015

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“If you haven’t heard the name Alexander Brettin aka Mild High Club before, you’ll be hearing it a lot soon. He’s toured with Wire, Mac DeMarco, Mikal Cronin, and Ariel Pink. The shaggy-haired Los Angeles transplant’s debut album, Timeline, will be released through a new offshoot of Stones Throw Records, Circle Star Records. While making the album, Brettin collaborated with Ariel Pink, and Pink’s influence is evident on Mild High Club’s first psychedelic single, “Undeniable.” It feels like a lost ’60s tune, each note sustained with a twirl of vibrato creating an elongated nonchalant West Coast vibe. Perhaps it’s the electronic organ, but the song has a pleasant, almost childlike simplicity. “Undeniable” manages to be upbeat despite its slow tempo. It’s sweet, in all senses of the word.” — via Stereogum

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