Archives: May 2016

LISTEN — The Amazing “Ambulance”

May 31st, 2016


“Swedish indie quintet The Amazing offered one of 2015’s most gorgeous rock records with the hushed, autumnal sweep of Picture You — the rare album to make intimacy sound grandiose, and vice versa. The band picks up where they left off with “Ambulance,” title track to their upcoming fourth LP, which returns the echoing harmonies, endlessly ringing guitars, and pillowy-but-sturdy drums of their last effort, while throwing in some weeping mellotron to the mix for extra heartstring-pulling. The song’s italia-meds is incredible, as gently overwhelming as a pit of quicksand.” — via Spin

Listen to “Ambulance” below!

LISTEN — Elohim ‘Elohim’

May 30th, 2016


“The LA-based synth-pop artist Elohim will put out a double-sided EP [May 20], which will include the last single we wrote about, “Pigments.” The self-titled release boasts ten songs, several of which we’ve heard over the course of the past year, including the stand-out songs “Xanax” and “She Talks Too Much.” Elohim begins with Elohim’s most recent single “Sensations,” a spit-fire dance track that a press release calls an “ode to sex, love, and vulnerability.”” — via Stereogum

Click HERE to listen to ‘Elohim’ in full, or check out “Sensations” below!

WATCH — Classixx “Whatever I Want (ft. T-Pain)”

May 29th, 2016


“The video for Classixx‘s “Whatever I Want,” a sort of astral disco track featuring a blissfully irreverent T-Pain, is a shot-for-shot remake of The Smith‘s “Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before,” restaged nearly 30 years later in East L.A. and captured on a GoPro camera by director Daniel Pappas.” — via The Fader

Watch the video for “Whatever I Want” below!

WATCH — Allen Stone Performs “American Privilege” Live @ The House of Blues + Tour Dates

May 28th, 2016


“On his third full-length album, soul artist Allen Stone proves himself deeply devoted to making uncompromisingly soulful music that transcends all pop convention. Made in collaboration with Swedish soul singer/songwriter/phenom Magnus Tingsek, Radius captures the warm energy of that creative connection and transports the listener to a higher and more exalted plane… The New York Times said the Chewelah, Washington-bred 28-year-old’s lyrics on Radius “promise honest sentiments, grooves built with physical instruments and a gospel-rooted determination to uplift … glimmers of Al Green, Bill Withers, Curtis Mayfield, George Clinton, Prince and a bit of Sting.” Tearing through nearly 600 shows in just two years – including sold out performances at LA’s Ace Hotel and NYC’s Apollo Theater – Allen Stone is determined to make 2016 yet another impactful year of writing and performance. “I absolutely believe that if you’re going to stand at a microphone and say something, you need to recognize that as a privilege,” Stone said. “You’ve got to be incredibly careful about it, and really put all your heart into the message that you’re sending out into the world.”” — via Yahoo!

Watch Allen Stone perform the track “American Privilege” below, and click HERE to see more.

5/14 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
5/15 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
5/17 – Nashville, TN – 3rd and Lindsley
5/18 – Richmond, VA – Broadberry
5/19 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theater
5/20 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater
5/21 – Virginia Beach, VA – Chic’s Beach Festival
5/27 – 5/29 – George, WA – Sasquatch!
6/2 – Black Mountain, NC – Pisgah Brewery
6/3 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
6/4 – Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap
6/5 – Houston, TX – Free Press Summer Festival
6/7 – Jackson, MS – Duling Hall
6/8 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
6/10 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music Festival
6/12 – Fort Collins, CO – Taste of Fort Collins
6/22 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live
6/23 – Boston, MA – Royale
6/24 – New York, NY – SOB’s Cruise
6/25 – Pawling, NY – Daryl’s House Club
6/26 – Toronto, ON – Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival
6/30 – Rohnert Park, CA – Somo Village
7/2 – Jacksonville, OR – Britt Pavilion
7/14 – 7/17 – Pemberton, BC – Pemberton Music Festival
7/30 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Vinyl
8/5 – Mammoth Lakes, CA – Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza

WATCH — Nite Jewel “Kiss The Screen”

May 27th, 2016


“Electro-pop singer-songwriter Ramona Gonzalez, better known as Nite Jewel, has proven to be quite versatile. She kicked off 2016 with her AMTHST project’s excellent Euphoria album, singing over rapper/producer’s Droop E’s synth-dipped, Hyphy-tinged, heavy slapping beats. She announced her new Nite Jewel album, Liquid Cool, then shared wonderfully varied singles in “Boo Hoo,” “Kiss The Screen,” and the Rexy cover “Don’t Turn Me Away.” Today she offers a visual accompaniment to “Kiss The Screen,” directed by Delaney Bishop. The clip finds Gonzalez playing the role of a bakery employee, crushing on a man who comes into her place of business. He stares at his phone the entire time he’s in the store, only glancing up to place pastries on a platter. As a he leaves, a quick cut shifts the aesthetic to a muted, gloomy darkness with the singer on stilts in a black-and-white, geometric-patterned outfit trying to get his attention. She hits choreographed dances, peers at him an inch away from the top of his head on the stilts, and even circles him while he sits in a chair, but he never looks up from his phone. She imagines them in a room together, staring at each other face-to-face, but she quickly returns to reality and the bakery, making her way back to the counter to daydream some more. It’s a nice bit of commentary on how preoccupied we can be with our phones.” — via Stereogum

Watch “Kiss The Screen” below!

WATCH — Yeasayer “Silly Me” + Tour Dates

May 26th, 2016


“New York psych-rock travelers Yeasayer released their Amen & Goodbye album last month, and they’ve just shared the second video for one of its songs. The new one is for the rippling “Silly Me,” and the band has billed it as a sequel for their deeply trippy “I Am Chemistry” clip. The new one is, if anything, even trippier. It shows us two people, who look a whole lot like abstract sculptures, wandering a surreal landscape full of dancing giants and fearsome anthropomorphic beasts. Mike Anderson directs; check it out below.” — via Stereogum

Check out the video and some US tour dates below!

May 24: Minneapolis, MN: First Avenue
May 27: George, WA: Sasquatch Music Festival
May 28: Canada: Vancouver, BC: Imperial Vancouver
May 29: Portland, OR: Wonder Ballroom
May 31: San Francisco, CA: The Fillmore
June 1: Los Angeles, CA: The Fonda Theatre
June 2: San Diego, CA: The Observatory North Park
June 3: Santa Ana, CA: The Observatory
June 5: Dallas, TX: Bulladora Music Festival

WATCH — The Making of J Dilla’s ‘The Diary’

May 25th, 2016


““This is the last piece of the puzzle,” says DJ House Shoes of long-time collaborator J Dilla’s The Diary. Rumored since 2002, Dilla’s unreleased rap album — featuring the prolific producer on the mic rather than behind the boards — had tantalized die-hard fans. A short EP released back in 2014 wasn’t enough. A few months ago, our own Mass Appeal Records put out the full version of The Diary, and the puzzle was complete. When Dave Cooley found the drives that Dilla had recorded his long-rumored rap album, featuring his own lyrics over others’ instrumentals, it seemed all hope was lost: the drives were locked. Even when opened, there came a second challenge of posthumous art: piecing through the many studio takes and mixes, trying to channel Dilla’s intentions for the project. We put together a short doc on how The Diary came together, catching up with producers who worked on the album such as Hi-Tek and Nottz, as well as musicians like Snoop Dogg and Bilal. J Dilla will probably remain an enigma forever, but The Diary and this short doc gives insight into what may be the last full project we get out of his catalog.” — via Mass Appeal

Watch the mini-doc below!

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