Archives: July 2016

LISTEN — Fudge (Prefuse 73 & Michael Christmas) “In My Shoes (ft. Alex Mali)”

July 27th, 2016


“Veteran experimental hip-hop producer Prefuse 73 and bubbling Boston rapper Michael Christmas have combined their distinct styles to form Fudge. [Recently] the duo dropped their first track, “In My Shoes (feat. Alex Mali).” Christmas snaps with some interplanetary bars over Prefuse 73’s fuzzy, spacey production. Christmas being “the best rapper on both globes.” The pair will be releasing a full-length later this year on Lex Records.” — via The FADER

Listen to “In My Shoes” below!

LISTEN – iLe Interview w/ NPR’s Alt.Latino

July 26th, 2016


“A common complaint of bands playing Latin Alternative music is that it’s almost impossible to be included in the lineups of the big multi-day summer music festivals that take place across the country. With very few exceptions, mega-fests like Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and Coachella ignore the music and its fans. Latin Alternative enthusiasts often go to those festivals anyway, of course, because we don’t just listen to one kind of music and are fans of the bands, big and small, who play those events. Fortunately, though, there are now summer music festivals that feature bands from Latin America, Spain and the U.S. that play rock, hip-hop, noise, pop, trap and just about any other form of contemporary Latin music. That’s the good news. The bad news: Most of them happen on the same weekend. Which creates a challenge for us at Alt.Latino to get out and visit with the musicians and fans who attend those festivals. But, as they say in The Godfather Part II, it’s “difficult, not impossible.” So, with a little help from our friends, we bring you four festivals in three cities, all taking place within 48 hours of each other: Nuevo Fest in Philadelphia, Ruido Fest in Chicago, and the Afro Latino Fest in New York City — the last of which is coupled with the Latin Alternative Music Conference, an annual gathering of Latin Alternative musicians and fans that’s been going for 17 years now.” — via NPR

Check out the interview with iLe starting at the 1:49 mark below!

LISTEN — Young Gun Silver Fox “You Can Feel It”

July 25th, 2016


West Coast End picks up where Daft Punk’s “Fragments of Time” left off—with a modern reimagining of the classic West Coast AOR studio sound of the mid- to late ’70s, when soulful and slick soft rock ruled the FM airwaves. This peak era of sophisticated analog production and stellar musicianship and songwriting produced iconic vibes from artists like Loggins & Messina, Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan, the Doobie Brothers, Hall & Oates, Carly Simon, Ambrosia, America, and more. Young Gun Silver fox is made up of singer-songwriter Andy Platts of U.K. soul-rock band Mamas Gun and multi-instrumentalist producer Shawn Lee, an American expat who has made a name for himself in the group AM & Shawn Lee, as well as his solo outfit, Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra (see the massively popular and often-licensed “Kiss the Sky” featuring Nino Moschella). With West Coast End, the duo has created a wholly authentic homage to the golden age of California pop—written and recorded in cloudy London.” — via Wax Poetics

Check out “You Can Feel It” below, or click HERE for an entire stream of the album on Spotify.

WATCH — Black Atlass “Blonde”

July 25th, 2016


Singer/songwriter/producer Black Atlass teams up once again with fashion photographer Kenneth Cappello for the stark and bewitching “Blonde” music video. As BA croons (“Your lips take me to California…”) over his own minimal, hypnotic piano loops, lingering shots of Los Angeles at sunrise build to a fiery climax. “Blonde” immortalizes the pull of this city’s dark side so powerfully-it’s unclear who is seducing who, but we’ll let the love burn either way. Haunted Paradise, Black Atlass’ debut album on Fool’s Gold, is filled with even more snapshots of attraction and temptation.

Watch the video for “Blonde” below!

WATCH — Infinity Ink “Full Capacity”

July 24th, 2016


Full Capacity” is a wonky house bomb and a unique moment from the Infinity Ink duo of Ali Love and Luca Cazal. Mixed by long-term collaborator Mark Ralph (Years and Years, Hot Chip), the wonderfully weird “Full Capacity” now comes with a suitably surreal video featuring a troupe of clubland’s lovable rogues & bouncers as you’ve never seen them before. The video has been directed by critically acclaimed Ben Reed, whose previous work includes promos for Blur, George Ezra, Joan As Police Woman and many others.

Watch “Full Capacity” below!

LISTEN — Flock Of Dimes “Semaphore” + Tour Dates

July 23rd, 2016


Flock Of Dimes, aka Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak, Dungeonesse), has shared the first track, “Semaphore,” off her debut full-length album If You See Me, Say Yes coming out September 23rd on Partisan Records. This track is the first glimpse of a record that is the culmination of Wasner’s many years of work crafting her distinct blend of electro-acoustic pop music – forward thinking, emotionally resonant, and stylistically unparalleled. Across all of her projects Jenn balances experimentation with craft, unafraid to be vulnerable– from 10+ years co-creating the novel, guitar-driven Wye Oak repertoire (including last month’s surprise-released Tween), to purposefully putting out several 2-at-a-time 7 inches as Flock Of Dimes, or exploring electronic textures as Dungeonesse. Wasner wrote, performed, and self-produced the record, with help from frequent collaborators Mickey Freeland in Baltimore and Aaron Roche in NYC. It was mixed in Dallas by John Congleton (St. Vincent, Angel Olsen).

Listen to “Semaphore” while you peruse the tour dates below!

10/14 – Meow Wolf – Santa Fe, NM
10/15 – 191 Toole – Tucson, AZ
10/16 – Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
10/17 – Bootleg Theater – Los Angeles, CA
10/18 – Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco, CA
10/20 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
10/21 – The Cobalt – Vancouver, BC
10/22 – Barboza – Seattle, WA
10/25 – 7th St. Entry – Minneapolis, MN
10/26 – Schubas – Chicago, IL
10/28 – The Drake – Toronto, ON
10/29 – Bar Le Ritz PDB – Montreal, QC
10/30 – Great Scott – Allston, MA
11/1 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
11/2 – Rough Trade NYC – Brooklyn, NY
11/4 – U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC
11/5 – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC
11/6 – The Mothlight – Asheville, NC
11/8 – The High Watt – Nashville, TN
11/9 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA
11/11 – Three Links – Dallas, TX
11/12 – 3TEN ACL Live – Austin, TX

LISTEN — Owen “Burning Soul” + Q&A w/ DIY

July 22nd, 2016


Owen is set to release his new solo album ‘The King Of Whys’ later this month, and we have the first play of its next single and standout track, ‘A Burning Soul’. The track, which follows ‘Settled Down’ in previewing his Wichita debut, deals with Mike Kinsella’s father’s drinking problem, looking back from a new, more secure place. ‘A Burning Soul’ is refreshingly frank, and sees Kinsella growing even more confident, twenty years into his career.” — via DIY

Listen to “Burning Soul” below, and read the full interview with Mike Kinsella HERE.