Archives: May 2018

WATCH — Hurray For Riff Raff’s “Pa’lante”

May 25th, 2018

Hurray For The Riff Raff has returned with a moving short film focused on the aftermath of Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Maria, soundtracked by their powerful protest song “Pa’lante.”

Starring The Florida Project‘s Mela Murder, the video follows the story of a single mom trying to navigate her way through life in a country still struggling to recover from a storm that displaced thousands of Puerto Ricans last year. Interspersed with images of frontwoman Alynda Segarra‘s father and archival footage of the Young Lords, a prominent Puerto Rican civil rights activist group, it’s a poignant film that touches on themes of resilience, strength, and defiance.”

— via Nylon

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WATCH — Nickodemus’ “Caballito De Mar”

May 25th, 2018

Nickodemus released the official music video for A Long Engagement cut “Caballito De Mar” featuring Argentinian artist La Yegros. It’s directed by self-taught animator Emanuele Kabu, the mastermind also behind the videos of Little Dragon, Helios Sequence, Adult Swim, and more, “Caballito De Mar” takes us under the sea into the enigmatic imagination of Kabu who executes his now famous style that utilizes bold colors, geometric shapes, and elaborate patterning. The single also features singer, rapper, and songwriter La Yegros whose sonic fusion of electronic music and folkloric beats has found International acclaim by outlets including NPR, The Guardian, Noisey, FADER, and more. Watch below.

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READ — Jennifer Castle in The Fader

May 25th, 2018

“I turned 40 when I was writing this record,” Jennifer Castle tells me soon after we meet in a Toronto diner about as long, wide, and old as a school bus. “That makes you take stock of stuff.” Castle does not laugh wearily or look at me with a grim plea for sympathy, as some would. Her tone is bird’s eye observational yet appreciative, with a quiet resilience — it’s audible even above the griddle of sizzling bacon two foot away from the counter where we drink our coffees.

Like her speaking voice, Castle’s singing carries the joy of life. It’s what helps keep the artist perched on the vanguard of celestial country and fantastical folk, a title she affirms once again with her fifth album Angels of Death. The project is an exploration of mortality, a subject demanding dimension, and Castle delivers as only she can. On lead single “Crying Shame,” she sings: “It’s such a shame that I thought this river knew my name,” a salutary tribute to the ever-changing cosmic forces that define our lives without knowing one jot about us. The album is never entirely moribund or doleful, even in the face of utter meaninglessness: “Grim Reaper,” neat with fingerpicked notes like falling tears, is a loving testament to the act of writing as a salve against death.

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LISTEN — Goldfrapp’s Updated “Ocean” with Dave Gahan

May 24th, 2018

Goldfrapp have today announced Silver Eye: Deluxe Edition will be released on July 6 via Mute. The set includes a re-recording of the original album’s track “Ocean,” now performed as a duet with Dave Gahan from Depeche Mode.

Speaking on the release of the new track, the band explain: “Working with Dave Gahan on the new version of ‘Ocean’ has been a real honor for us as a band. We’re thrilled to finally share this collaboration with the world.”

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WATCH — Artson’s “Home”

May 24th, 2018

Artson continues to put out meaningful, important music. Following his successes in 2017, which include three Native American Music Award nominations and an award for Best Narrative Music Video, the Long Beach resident is back with a brand new album titled Brave Star.

The standout single and latest video “Home” features fellow Native Americans Wake Self, Def-i and Victor Jimenez. The new visual is intended to give hope and courage to all those who need it. Watch Below.

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READ — Daniel Avery Tour Dates

May 23rd, 2018

Following last week’s surprise release of the Projector EP and his transfixing monochromatic video for “Glass,” British electronic producer Daniel Avery has announced a number of US dates with Nine Inch Nails and Jon Hopkins on their respective tours. See below for a full slate of performances.

Tour Dates:
September 12 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall *
September 14 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall *
September 15 – Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre *
September 18 – Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theatre *
September 20 – San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom *
October 14 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall ^
October 19 – Boston, MA – Boch Center ^
November 27 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at The Toyota Music Factory ^
November 28 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at The Toyota Music Factory ^

* with Jon Hopkins
^ with Nine Inch Nail

WATCH — Aesop Rock’s “Klutz”

May 23rd, 2018

Aesop Rock returns with a brand new single, “Klutz“. Set over a bed of buoyantly ambling drums with a bloated bass line, the tireless wordsmith foregoes traditional approaches, and unleashes a relentless stream of wordplay wizardry from the outset. Watch below.

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