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The rad dudes of Psychemagik collaborated with video artist Ari Russo for a one-off, live improvised performance at The Ace Hotel’s Miranda Bar in Shoreditch, called “Cosmic Code.”
Diving into their unbelievably deep stacks of records and VHS tapes and laserdiscs, Psychemagik mined thousands of sources for tracks, clips and samples to create a unique soundtrack which they played over a gnarly collection of found footage, manipulated by Russo.
The result by all accounts was a decidely …
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Dutch Uncles – “In N Out” (Memphis Industries)
UK quintet Dutch Uncles have quickly become a favorite of mine with their dynamic sound which recalls both the best of 70s progressive rock and 80s new wave.
Their latest single (from a forthcoming album due in Feb ’15) might have an extra unintended meaning for fans of a certain West Coast burger chain…
Reigning Sound – Shattered (Merge)
Toronto’s Slim Twig is literally an art brat.
Born Max Trumbull, Twig’s parents are filmmakers and quite obviously made him feel comfortable acting, performing and trying on different masks from a seemingly early age.
Still in his early 20s, he’s been in films with Ellen Page, done some film scoring and aside from releasing his own work as Slim Twig, has done production on albums by U.S. Girls and (Toronto band) Tropics.
His self-released 2012 album …
Urban Cone – “Sadness Disease”
Workouts are a great time to listen to new music and a little Swedish pop goes a long way, especially when you’re repeatedly running up and down flights of stairs.
This high energy track is super infectious and is all the motivation you’ll need to do just about anything.
The quintet is composed of Rasmus Flyckt, Magnus Folkö, Tim Formgren, Emil Gustafsson, …
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Misun – Superstitions
It’s no secret that Misun is one of my favorite bands.
The LA-via-DC group first caught my attention through their consistently great stream of free releases on Soundcloud, each one wildly different from the last, but always super catchy.
This week they released their first full length, “Superstitions“.
It finds Misun gliding between rock, pop, and electronic sounds. Powerhouse lead singer (and group namesake) Misun …
Travis Bretzer — “Promises”
There is a sweet simplicity to this song that I love – and the fact that it will be included on an album called “Waxing Romantic” pretty much tells you everything you need to know. It’s got a breezy 70’s vibe as he ruminates on his relationship.
It will be on the debut full length from Canadian artist Travis Bretzer (out February …
If you’re a fan of the Alabama Shakes and have been anticipating the release of their new album, I have a delicious garage rock treat out of Nashville you might like in the meantime: Fly Golden Eagle
They band formed about five years ago, starting as a solo project from Ben Trimble, who came from a religious family “steeped in gospel choirs and honky-tonk keys”.
As best I can gather, Philadelphia based band Literature began releasing music in 2010 in the form of a 7” titled “Cincinnati.”
How in the name of all that is pure and holy had no other indiepop band named themselves Literature by 2010?
No matter, this Literature is clearly the one true Literature.
Their first LP “Arab Spring” was released in 2012 as free download on Bandcamp, …
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Lots of folks can articulately argue that time is a loop.
Often times, the people who tend to have sorted it out are people deep in the throes of a psychedelic experience. I don’t think I’m one of those people, but…
Take for example this scenario: In actuality it begins over 40 years ago, but let’s start about 15 years ago when Swedish psych-rockers Dungen start mining their country’s INSANE legacy of 70s super fuzzed out, …
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Denitia & Sene – “Side FX” (single)
Keeping in an 80′s vein, this duo return with a super-catchy, sexy throb of a song, making me excited to hear more from their forthcoming EP.
Bonus: Download here!
Simple Minds – “Big Music” (Caroline)
This legendary 80s band’s “Sparkle in the Rain” album is one of my top 10 all-time favorites, so I was eager to hear their new one, …