Archives: November 2017

READ — Nicole Atkins in Rolling Stone

November 9th, 2017

Nicole Atkins recently talked with Rolling Stone about quiting drinking and discovering her inner soul singer. They also go on to talk about Atkin’s latest album, Goodnight Rhonda Lee, in which they say, “Atkins’ breadth – both vocally and musically – on the album is astounding, with the buoyant pop of “Listen Up” and brash, Dap-King–assisted funk of “Brokedown Luck” melding with the mournful nostalgia of “I Love Living Here (Even When I Don’t)” and rootsy country vibe of the title track.”



WATCH — La Bouquet’s “Kiss Me Kill Me”

November 2nd, 2017

La Bouquet is the new project of ex-Neighbourhood drummer Bryan Sammis, whose collaboration with longtime friend Jake Lopez sees the songwriter traveling back in time, favoring dreary ’80s post-punk over his former band’s modern sounds. On last year’s debut single, “Loveless,” the duo introduced themselves in a post-breakup daze, paving the way for the lovesick lyrics and moody guitars of their latest track, “Kiss Me Kill Me,” lending the title to their forthcoming debut EP Heavy Sunshine.

With the visual complement of a video by Bradley Bischoff, “Kiss Me Kill Me” plays like a slick fusion of contemporary pop punk and ’80s aesthetics in which Sammis’s vocals power through a wall of Joshua Tree guitar. Shot in both HD and analog video, the subject is treated like the taboo wedding toast that it is.”

— via Flood



WATCH — Gracie and Rachel’ Tiny Desk Concert

November 1st, 2017

“On first hearing the Gracie And Rachel song “Only a Child,” I was struck by the tension and the mystery, both musically and lyrically: “I’m moving my mouth but I don’t say a word/My ears are open but nothing is heard/I’m only a child, only a child.”

Gracie Coates, the primary singer and keyboard player, wrote and told me, “It was this notion of going in circles, trying to move forward but constantly feeling like I was right back where I’d started.” Along with Rachel Ruggles on a violin processed through various pedals, the two Berkeley California high school friends – now New York loft-mates – have made one of my favorite albums of 2017. Together with percussionist Richard Watts, a huge bass drum, and electronic drum pads, the group mixes classical training with pop hooks, and curiosity with uncertainty.

The complex tunes they beautifully reproduced in this thrilling Tiny Desk performance are from the group’s debut, self-titled album released back in June of this year.”

Set List

“Only A Child”
“Don’t Know”

— via NPR


WATCH — Aesop Rock’s “Hot Dog”

November 1st, 2017

Hot Dogs” is an audio/video project celebrating the tangents of a delirious brain over the course of a late-night skate to the store. The song was written and produced by Aesop Rock. The video was shot and edited by Kurt Hayashi, and features the skateboarding of Jake Gascoyne. The three of us collaborated conceptually to bring “Hot Dogs” to the screen.

100% of the proceeds from “Hot Dogs” digital sales and streaming and all vinyl pre-orders, now thru Nov 23rd, will all be donated to Grind For Life, Inc. – a charity started by skateboarder Mike Rogers after his second battle with sarcoma cancer. The organization’s mission is to provide financial support to patients and families when traveling long distances to doctors and hospitals. More info can be found on their website:


DOWNLOAD — Knox Fortune’s “Lil Thing” + Tour Dates

November 1st, 2017

This week’s download comes from Chicago singer/producer Knox Fortune. You have seven days to download his new song, “Lil Thing.”

Chicago indie artist/producer/Grammy Award winner Knox Fortune released his debut project Paradise on September 22nd as an independent release. Known to most for his collaborations with Chance the Rapper (featured on the hook of “All Night”) and production for Joey Purp’s iiiDrops, KAMI’s Just Like The Movies, as well as work with Vic Mensa, Towkio and more the 24-year-old, has stepped into new territory within the established Chicago music scene.

Coming in at 11 tracks with features from old friends Joey Purp and KAMI with instrumental contributions from Whitney’s Will Miller, Twin Peaks’ Colin Croom and Cadien Lake w/ additional work from Lido and Nico Segal, Knox has honed and developed his production and vocal skills to create a project that straddles indie, electronica, and new wave. A visual artist in his own right, Knox also created the album art + all the single art we’ve seen thus far.



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