Newest Love: Max & The Electric

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After endless discussions throughout 2013 and 2014 between duo James Stefanuto and Tom O’Reilly over whether Rick James or Neil Young would be better member of The Beach Boys – Max and The Electric was born.

Recorded and produced by Sam Ford (Abbe May, The Silents) at Tone City Studio in hometown Perth, the upcoming EP Lecteur Éponyme is a tribute to pop music, love songs, and the humble melody.

A beat-driven dancefloor-filling feast with a Moloko-inspired electro battleground of Fender vs Strat, debut single “City Lover” mixes a late Fleetwood Mac-style rhythmic verse with a driving groove-laden pop chorus. All this coming to your ears with a thematic purpose: their affection for love songs and their disdain for the fruitless flavour of lacklustre modern pop.

James Stefanuto (Max & The Electric): “When we sat down with the director (Robert W. Livings), we decided we wanted the video to encompass everything that has been popularised as “indie” in recent times and just mix that up with a bit of Tim & Eric style comedy strangeness and a Wes Anderson style and feel to the colours and frames. The video was shot over a Friday night through toSaturday afternoon with a budget of 400 dollars. $320 of which went on the slow motion camera. Do not try to make sense of the video otherwise your head will start to hurt. I’m pretty sure the cactus I ate for one of the shots was poisonous because my tongue felt really strange for the rest of the night. For the most part we hope that Lisa Curry doesn’t have to ever see this. Rob the director has been collecting VHS tapes nearly his whole life and needless to say ‘Lisa Curry’s Pregnancy Workout’ VHS wasn’t on the top of his list of videos to keep in the collection. Sorry Lisa Curry.”

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Video: Elephant Stone – “Knock You From Yr Mountain”

“Knock You From Yr Mountain” is from Elephant Stone’s new LP, Three Poisons out now via Hidden Pony Records.

Check out their website for more information (and to listen to their album)!

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Generationals Tour Dates

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Photo Credit: Arkasha Rabut

 

“It looks at life’s ties that bind and searches for ways to chill and not fight every battle.” NPR

“a compendium of sparky, falsetto and synth-driven indie-pop […] Like MGMT before they fell down a psych-K-hole” VICE’s Noisey

“Think of it as an ambient electro soundtrack to the segue from day to night.” – Esquire

In the midst of an already massive North American tour, New Orleans’ Generationals announce the addition of live dates through January and February of next year. Hitting Nashville, San Diego, Austin and many more, the indie-pop wizards continue their quest to leave no city unturned by their impossibly catchy melodies, synth hooks and unassuming talent.

Built up with layers of rhythm, computer noises, RZA beats and poppy vocals, the Generationals’ 4th LP Alix, released this fall, is a good-smelling, subtly sexy blend of time-warp senselessness. In keeping with the distinct spirit of the record, the band previously released their mini-film take on Alix track “Gold Silver Diamond,” and today, to share a sense of the electric atmosphere and life their tunes take on live, they share the live video for “Would You Want Me,” recorded in their hometown of New Orleans.

Comprised of band members and friends since high school Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer and produced by Richard Swift (The Black Keys, The Shins, Foxygen), Generationals fourth studio album Alix, (out now via Polyvinyl Records) gives a tangible sense of the co-captains’ history, revealing itself as perhaps the band’s most confident record yet.

Generationals Headlining National Tour Dates

% = w/ Lowell
^ = w/ ELEL

12/2: Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 %
12/3: Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s %
12/5: Toronto, ON @ The Garrison %
12/6: Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz PDB%
12/7: Allston, MA @ Great Scott %
12/9: Columbus, OH @ The Basement %
12/10: Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight %
12/11: Athens, GA @ Caledonia Lounge %
1/13: Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone ^
1/14: Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall (Tomorrow Never Knows Festival)
1/15: St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House ^
1/16: Champaign, IL @ Mike N Molly’s ^
1/17: Kalamazoo, MI @ Bell’s Eccentric Café ^
1/18: Newport, KY @ Southgate House Revival ^
1/19: Nashville, TN @ High Watt ^
2/4: Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
2/5: Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriet’s
2/6: San Diego, CA @ Casbah
2/7: Santa Barbara, CA @ SoHo Music Club
2/10: San Antonio, TX @ Limelight
2/11: Austin, TX @ The Parish

 

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Free Download: cln – “Satifsy” (ft. Lou Millar)

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Listen/download: cln – “Satisfy” (ft. Lou Millar)

Today we are treated to the mesmerizing sounds of “Satisfy,” the brand new single by the 19 year old future-beat producer from Brisbane called cln, featuring the gorgeous vocals of Lou Millar; one-half of Sydney’s Twin Caverns.
Written in the wee hours of the morning during a time of procrastination, “Satisfy” is a hypnotic moody-blend of infectious keys, pulsing beats and spine-tingling vocal samples, all interlaced by cln’s impeccable production.

“Some of my best song ideas come to me at about 3am when I’m in a semi-comatose state. ‘Satisfy’ began as one of these ideas, and it basically reflects the mellow mood I was in at the time. I had an assignment due the very next day, I was barely awake, but I was content making music and decided everything else could wait” – cln (Callan Alexander)

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Free Download: Night Drive – “Young Rivals” (Off Da Clock Remix)

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Listen/download: Night Drive – “Young Rivals” (Off Da Clock Remix)

“Off Da Clock puts a dancier spin on the original in the style of Bit Funk and Treasure Fingers.” – Discobelle
As 2014 comes to a close, freshly minted label, Sound Control Records, wraps up it’s release cycle for “Young Rivals,” the latest single from Austin/Houston based synth duo, Night Drive. The pair, Rodney Connell and Brandon Duhon, reached new heights with their latest offering, securing premieres on Noisey, Idolator and tapping New York sweethearts, ASTR, for the official remix and teaming up with Austin’s Lobo Sucio Creative and Mark Roethke for a Kubrick 2001 meets Barbarella esque video.

Now, Night Drive and Sound Control Records are excited to present the latest remix of “Young Rivals” from burgeoning, Austin based producer, Off Da Clock. Taking steady aim at the club, Off Da Clock (nee` Chris Cortinas) injects some serious, pumping drums, jaunty guitar riffs and euphoric arpeggios to create a blissful rework poised to damage many a dance floor.

Listen to more Young Rivals
Night Drive – Young Rivals (Original Mix)
Night Drive – Young Rivals (ASTR Remix)
Night Drive – Young Rivals (Official Video)

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Newest Love: A-Trak – “Push” (The Chainsmokers Remix)

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Listen: A-Trak – “Push” ft. Andrew Wyatt (The Chainsmokers Remix)

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Listen: Tesla Boy – “Keyboards & Synths”

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Listen: Tesla Boy – “Keyboards & Synths”

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Download: Dimond Saints – “Apex”

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Listen/download: Dimond Saints – “Apex”

Here’s another track for ya from the Hunters Moon EP from Dimond Saints. This time, Dimond Saints take their craft to a whole new level on “Apex”.

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Listen: Busy Living – “Let You Down”

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Listen: Busy Living – “Let You Down”

Crafting artful, arena sized indie-pop set against the beat of a post-punk backdrop, LA’s Busy Living are back with new singles produced by Spoon’s Jim Eno that take cues from the likes of Weezer and The Pixies, creating a seamless fusion of futuristic dance elements with pop-centric rock. Their songs are cinematic, landing them several syncs on popular television shows including NCIS, Hawaii 5-0, and Beauty and The Beast.
Comprised of Mike Moonves (lead vocals, guitar), Tim Hutton (bass, vocals), and Matt Leddy (keys, vocals), the Los Angeles based three-piece return with a staggering collection of indie-pop, set to be released later in 2014. Busy Living were recently hand picked to tour with Communion, a multi-city showcase founded by Mumford & Son’s Ben Lovett.

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New Album From Theophilus London!

Theophilus London returns after a two-year hiatus (finally!) with his new album Vibes. To celebrate the release, Theophilus debuts his new video for “Tribe” which will be performed live for the first time tomorrow night on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Executive produced by Kanye West and adorned with cover art by Karl Lagerfeld, Vibes is a collage of “experimental pop, gallant R&B and ’80s new wave inflection[,] most striking in its mix of top-of-the-charts pop intuition, leftfield sensibility, and artful, giddy experimentation” (The FADER).   The title of the album is a reflection of the driftless spirit of collaboration that permeates the record. “The album is called Vibes because everything that happened creatively and spiritually just all vibed together,” explains London. “Everyone who worked on it with me did it on a family level. We all vibed together. You couldn’t even plan it. It was all vibes.”
Yesterday, the New York native stopped by HOT 97 to detail his work with Kanye West, his penchant for big hats, upcoming projects and more with Ebro and Peter Rosenberg.  Check out the interview below:

The 12-song LP took nearly two-years to create following Theophilus’ relocation to the deserts of Palm Springs to join his inspiration and Motown-legend Leon Ware to serve as creative producer on the album.  London had long admired the work of Ware — who has worked with the likes of The Isley Brothers, Ike and Tina, Diana Ross, Quincy Jones, Minnie Riperton and Maxwell, as well as great moments in soul music such as Marvin Gaye’s classic “I Want You” and Michael Jackson’s first gold record “I Wanna Be Where You Are” — and had even reimagined the album cover of Ware’s eponymous 1982 album for his major label debut album, 2011’s Timez Are Weird These Days.

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Tracklisting for Vibes is as follows:

1. Water Me (feat. Leon Ware)
2. Neu Law
3. Take And Look
4. Can’t Stop My Love (feat. Kanye West)
5. Get Me Right
6. Heartbreaker
7. Do Girls

8. Tribe (feat. Jesse Boykins III)

9. Smoke (Interlude) (feat. Soko)
10. Smoke Dancehall
11. Need Somebody (feat. Leon Ware)
12. Figure It Out (feat. Devonte Hynes)

Theophilus will be spreading the good vibes with his Soho House release party tour:

  • THU Nov 6th – New York, NY w/ Nianga
  • SAT Nov 15th – Chicago, IL w/ Flat White
  • SUN Nov 16th – Toronto, ONT w/ Theophilus London
  • FRI Nov 21st – Miami, FL w/ Juske

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