Archives: October 2016

LISTEN — TOY ‘Clear Shot’

October 21st, 2016


“Altered consciousness, dreamy detachment and a healthy streak of escapism have long been hallmarks of psychedelic music. TOY is well aware of this — but at the same time, the British band is savvy enough to know just how far a pop song can be pushed, pulled and stretched… After a three-year break from studio albums, TOY is releasing its third full-length, Clear Shot, and it’s even further proof of just how vivid and inviting psychedelia can be in the 21st century. Dougall — along with guitarist Dominic O’Dair, keyboardist-guitarist Max Oscarnold, bassist Maxim Barron and drummer Charlie Salvidge — infuses songs like “Another Dimension” and “Clouds That Cover The Sun” with the wide-eyed enchantment of a kids’ magic show. “Time runs free / Stretches and it squeezes / Everything and anyone it sees,” Dougall coos at the start of “Another Dimension,” marveling at the elasticity of space-time before the song erupts into a serotonin-triggering chorus. Despite its title, “Clouds That Cover The Sun” is just as euphoric, even as its melancholy undertow pulses along at the speed of Oscarnold’s gently burbling keys.” — via NPR

Listen to ‘Clear Shot’ courtesy of NPR below!

READ — Roosevelt Is “Breaking Big” According To EW

October 19th, 2016


From Entertainment Weekly:

Who: Berlin-based Marius Lauber started out playing drums in rock bands before writing and recording his own stylish brand of electronic music with a psychedelic bent. His stunning debut, Roosevelt, builds upon that sound with big pop hooks and Lauber’s impossibly cool lead vocals. Achieving such a heavenly vibe was grueling for Lauber: “I built my own studio in Cologne to record most of the record and it was quite an intense working progress,” he says. As for the meaning behind his moniker, he admits there isn’t one: “I just stumbled upon it and went with it.”

Claim to Fame: Roosevelt was tapped by Hot Chip member Joel Goddard’s label Greco-Roman—and Lauber, along with a back-up band, just finished his biggest tour of the U.S. yet. “It’s been a brutal schedule, 11 shows in 11 days,” he says. “The audiences here are amazing though — it felt great to do our first proper tour over here.”

What’s Next: He’s already working on new music and he hopes to travel the world more to work on it. “I’m thinking of going to different places,” he says. “I have a strong idea of how the second album should sound already — I can’t wait to start writing and recording it.”

Key Track: The blissed-out gem “Fever.”

Haven’t listened for yourself yet? Why not start with EW’s key track, “Fever,” below!

LISTEN — Wax Tailor “Back On Wax (ft. Token, A-F-R-O & R.A The Rugged Man)” + Tour Dates

October 18th, 2016


Wax Tailor‘s fifth studio album “By Any Beats Necessary” is out now! The title references the Malcolm X phrase “By Any Means Necessary”, which was in turn inspired by Sartre’s play “Dirty Hands”.

“Without going too deep into poilitics, the album’s title reflects my determination to use all kinds of sounds and textures to get to something musical,” says JC Le Saout, the man behind Wax Tailor. “The word ‘Beat’ also draws a line towards the Beat Generation, Kerouac’s famous novel On The Road, and the quest for a better place. And so, in this time when each of us needs a little escape, I conceptualized this album as the soundtrack to a better elsewhere that I imagined to be the south western part of the USA”.

This new take on the western frontier leads us on a fabled road where blues, psychedelic rock, soul, funk and hip-hop collide.

Joining him on this ride are guests such as Ghostface Killah from the Wu Tang Clan, R.A. The Rugged Man, who crosses mics with up and comers A-F-R-O & Token, in a showdown for the ages. The album also features Tricky in a very personal duet with Charlotte Savary, Lee Fields, the godfather of the retro soul scene, Sara Genn, Mattic and Raashan Ahmad and newcomer Idil.

Check out the track “Back On Wax (ft. Token, A-F-R-O & R.A The Rugged Man)” below!


1/17/17 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
1/18/17 Washington, DC 9:30 Tickets at Box Office
1/19/17 New York, NY Webster Hall
1/20/17 Boston, MA Royale
1/21/17 Montreal, QC Metropolis
1/22/17 Quebec, QC Imperial Bell
1/24/17 Toronto, ON Adelaide Hall
1/25/17 Detroit, MI The Crofoot Ballroom
1/26/17 Chicago, IL Thalia Hall
1/27/17 Madison, WI Majestic Theatre
1/28/17 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line Music Café
1/31/17 Denver, C0 Gothic Theatre
2/01/17 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
2/03/17 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
2/04/17 Seattle, WA The Showbox
2/07/17 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theatre
2/09/17 San Francisco, CA Regency Ballroom
2/10/17 Los Angeles, CA Fonda Theatre
2/11/17 San Diego, CA Music Box
2/13/17 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom
2/15/17 Austin, TX Empire Garage
2/16/17 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
2/17/17 Atlanta, GA Terminal West
2/18/17 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel

LISTEN — Weyes Blood ‘Front Row Seat To Earth’

October 17th, 2016


“Five years ago, Drake captured the millennial mood with a track abounding in bulletproof swagger and boasts of unconstrained indulgence. “You only live once,” he luxuriated. “That’s the motto.” That was then; this is now. As Ann Powers has written, youthful pop has veered toward more disquieted territory in recent years. To hear the once-ubiquitous motto “YOLO” chanted as if by an Auto-Tuned monastic choir in “Generation Why” — a new song by Weyes Blood, the performing moniker of twentysomething singer, songwriter and producer Natalie Mering — is a jarring experience, and deliberately so. Elongating her phrasing, she contemplates the four-letter acronym like it’s an alien artifact unearthed from another time. Then she intones over arpeggiated fingerpicking, “It’s not the past that scares me / Now what a great future this is gonna be.” That song appears midway through Weyes Blood’s Front Row Seat To Earth and reflects the album’s carefully calibrated mood of dystopian serenity.” — via NPR

Listen to ‘Front Row Seat To Earth’ below!

WATCH — Pill “Dead Boys”

October 16th, 2016


Pill dropped their excellent album Convenience a couple months ago. It’s an artfully angry and astute collection of avant garde punk, frontwoman Veronica Torres tackling any social issue you can imagine as the soundscapes morph with her every move. Today, they give one of the more subdued, jazz-tinged tracks, “Dead Boys,” the visual treatment. The self-directed and shot clip fittingly has lots of washed-out ’90s technicolor imagery of the band wandering a cemetery in Queens and laying flowers on Houdini’s tomb on a literal level, but paired with Torres’ mission to assert that she’s a “girl’s girl” in a world of men “constructing history and constructing empires” it makes for subtle put sharp commentary.” — via Stereogum

Watch “Dead Boys” below!

WATCH — Aesop Rock “Shrunk” + Tour Dates

October 15th, 2016


Aesop Rock just hit us with a new video for one of The Impossible Kid‘s standout tracks, “Shrunk”. Directed by Rob Shaw, the video manages to enhance the song’s already-darkly humorous lyrics about seeking therapy, by re-contextualizing the narrative as an arcade video game. Along with the video, Aesop also just announced the Hey Kirby Tour – a new run of tour dates across North America, including dates in both the United States and Canada! Joining Aesop on tour, once again, will be his Hail Mary Mallon counterpart, Rob Sonic, as well as the talented DJ Zone. In addition, he’ll also be bringing Stones Throw wordsmith, Homeboy Sandman, with whom Aesop recently collaborated on the newly released free EP, Lice 2: Still Buggin’.

Watch “Shrunk” below!

11.05.16 McDade, TX Sherwood Forest Faire
11.25.16 Eugene, OR WOW Hall
11.26.16 Bend, OR Domino Room
11.27.16 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
11.29.16 Salt Lake City, UT Metro Bar
12.01.16 Sacramento, CA Harlow’s
12.02.16 Chico, CA Senator Theatre
12.03.16 Pomona, CA The Glass House
12.05.16 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre
12.06.16 Mesa, AZ Club Red
12.07.16 Flagstaff, AZ Green Room
12.09.16 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre
12.10.16 Fort Collins, CO Aggie Theatre
12.12.16 Billings, MT Pub Station
12.13.16 Missoula, MT Monk’s
12.16.16 Edmonton, AB Starlite Room
12.17.16 Calgary, AB The Gateway
12.19.16 Vancouver, BC Fortune Sound Club
12.20.16 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
01.06.17 Fargo, ND The Sanctuary
01.07.17 Sioux Falls, SD Icon Lounge
01.09.17 Iowa City, IA Blue Moose Tap House
01.10.17 St. Louis, MO Delmar Hall
01.11.17 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue
01.13.17 Cincinnati, OH 20th Century Theatre
01.14.17 Louisville, KY Mercury Ballroom
01.16.17 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel
01.17.17 Charleston, SC Music Farm
01.19.17 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Soundstage
01.20.17 Brooklyn, NY Warsaw
01.21.17 Huntington, NY The Paramount
01.23.17 New Haven, CT Toad’s Place
01.24.17 Pawtucket, RI The Met
01.25.17 Northampton, MA Pearl Street
01.27.17 South Burlington, VT Higher Ground
01.28.17 Montreal, QB L’astr’al
01.29.17 Toronto, ON Mod Club

WATCH — Jeff Rosenstock “The Making of WORRY”

October 14th, 2016


“Jack Shirley recorded [WORRY] in April and May of 2016, mostly at a beautiful house in the mountains of Stinson Beach, California. We’d all wake up in the morning, cook breakfast, pick up our instruments and smash everything out in a room together with no headphones on, get frustrated with ourselves, smash it out again, finish up, cook some dinner, drink some wine, talk shit and go to bed. I’d never made a record like this, and upon walking into the house I felt like we were doing some real fancy rock band shit. Really we were just making a mess like always. Then we finished it all up at Atomic Garden recording studio. Without going too crazy explaining everything, I went into this record trying to write something about love, something less negative than usual ha. I got married while writing this record, so it seemed natural. However, it was admittedly difficult. All day every day I felt overwhelmed by tragedy (small and large) around me. Love can be something you share with a life partner, love can be something you feel for your family, your friends, your fellow human being, animals, nature, and on and on. A lot of this record is based around the question of whether or not any kind of love can survive in an environment of competition, greed and hatred – and the resulting exhaustion and complacency.” — via Jeff Rosenstock

Check out “The Making of WORRY” below!