Notable tracks on “Hard 2 B Fresh” include “No Selfie Control” – a song Cazwell wanted to dedicate to narcissists like himself and anyone who has been guilty of taking more than 4 selfies in a day, “Dance Like You Got Good Credit” featuring Cherie Lily, which tackles the U.S. debt crisis – a situation Cazwell finds amusing because “we go broke trying to make ourselves look rich”, “Unzip Me” with Peaches – a track picked by the revered “Fuck The Pain Away” singer about getting a handjob at the club and “Guess What?” - the gnarly, horn-ridden electro collaboration with British pop star Luciana (Tiësto, Hardwell), that became a top 15 Billboard Club Play hit in the USA and UK.
Don’t get it twisted, the Massachusetts-born Cazwell has proven himself a hard worker for sure. He tours the world every year playing to enthusiastic crowds and festivals, has had over 10 million combined video views on Vevo / You Tube and has managed over 1 Million download / streams of his independently-released music. Earlier this year, he co-wrote the hardstyle anthem collaboration “This Is Your Life” for Dutch duo Psyko Punkz, David Guetta’s divo Chris Willis and the legendary MC Lyte. Additionally, of note, Cazwell’s “Get My Money Back” (from his debut full length, Watch My Mouth) was recently used for an HBO’s ad campaign for Eastbound and Down.
Cazwell – Hard 2 B Fresh – Track list:
01. “Hard 2 B Fresh” Feat. Cherie Lily
02. “The Biscuit” With Naaldekoker
03. “Dance Like You Got Good Credit” Feat. Cherie Lily
04. “Don’t Get It Twisted” Feat. Nicky Da B and Dai Burger
05. “No Selfie Control”
06. “I Blocked Your Number”
07. “Unzip Me” With Peaches
08. “¡SPICY!” featuring Cherie Lily
09. “Rice and Beans”
11. “Catz N Dogs”
14. “Helen Keller” With Manila Luzon Feat. Richie Beretta and Roxy
15. “Get It In”
16. “Guess What?” With Luciana
17. “What’s the T?” Feat. Cherie Lily, Craig C. and Guest Starring Alyssa Edwards
Free Download: CAZWELL: “Do The Right Thing” MID-SUMMER MIXTAPE
Sneakout’s Robert Fleming crafts upbeat, electro-tinged indie-pop with a fun and mischievous vibe, so it’s only fitting that his new video for “The Art Of Hanging On” would feature drinking, partying, and general rowdiness. The twist is in the crew of characters he’s cast: a grandfather and his buddies, eager to teach one lucky grandson how to have a good time. Directed by Andrew Hines, who’s shot videos for A$AP Ferg & The Head and The Heart.
Shedding his previous moniker Victory — whose tracks were featured in national ad campaigns for Cadillac and iPhone & Burberry, as well as HBO’s Girls– Fleming chose to call his new project Sneakout, a name that embodies his values of living in the moment and not taking life too seriously. As an introduction to Sneakout, he put together the Letting Go Mixtape, which features brand new tracks alongside reworkings of some old Victory favorites. You can stream the full mixtape via Soundcloud.
Listen: Letting Go Mixtape
Letting Go Mixtape Track Listing:
2. Thought I Had It All
3. West Coast (Lana Del Rey cover)
4. Soothing Me So (acoustic)
5. Play It (acoustic)
6. The Art of Hanging On (acoustic)
7. The Art of Hanging On (Enso remix)
“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 soundtrackto the segue from day to night.” – Esquire
“ …sounds even better in 85-degree weather.” – USA Today
New Orleans’ Generationals have released their highly anticipated fourth studio album Alix via Polyvinyl Records! Comprised of band members Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer and produced by Richard Swift (The Black Keys, The Shins, Foxygen), the new album has revealed itself as perhaps the band’s most confident record yet.
The album is an immediate classic, giving a tangible feeling of history which is no surprise as the duo have been friends since high school and Generationals co-captains since 2008. Built up with layers of rhythm, computer noises, RZA beats and poppy vocals, Alix is a good-smelling, subtly sexy, catchy-or-die blend of time-warp senselessness. It is an album lightly peppered with that signature Swiftian element but undeniably Generationals in taste.
Generationals recently announced a headlining North American tour in support of the release of Alix. Support on the run will be provided by Arum Rae and Springtime Carnivor + additional dates announced with Lowell.
(My favorites: “Black Lemon”, “It Took a Minute” and “Reading Signs”)
Generationals Headlining National Tour Dates
* = w/ Arum Rae
& = w/ Springtime Carnivore
% = w/ Lowell
10/7: Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs *
10/8: Dallas, TX @ Prophet Bar *
10/9: Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon *
10/10: Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn *
10/11: Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall *
10/12: Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
10/15: Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree *
10/16: Hattiesburg, MS @ Thirsty Hippo *
10/17: New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks *
10/28: Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
10/29: Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
10/30: Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
11/1: Madison, WI @ Freakfest
11/2: Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
11/12: Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour &
11/13: San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel &
11/15: Seattle, WA @ Crocodile &
11/16: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge (early show/all ages) &
11/16: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge (late show) &
11/17: Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret &
12/2: Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 %
12/3: Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s %
12/5: Toronto, ON @ The Garrison %
12/6: Montreal, QC @ Il Motore %
12/7: Allston, MA @ Great Scott %
12/9: Columbus, OH @ The Basement %
12/10: Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight %
12/11: Athens, GA @ Caledonia Lounge
“An ode to the Long Island town, “Islip” starts off with heavy-sounding bass before morphing into an upbeat, jangling number with hooky guitars and rolling drums. There’s a fuzzed-out Kiwipop surf vibe to it all as well, with just a hint of darkened eyeliner.” – Exclaim
Lazyeyes is a three-piece shoegaze / dream-pop band from Brooklyn, New York formed in the summer of 2012. The band released their debut self-titled EP the following January 2013 which was immediately heralded by The Deli Magazine as “Best Psych / Shoegaze band in New York”. After a sold-out record release show at legendary Williamsburg venue Glasslands, the Lazyeyes EP garnered widespread acclaim from numerous underground music bloggers. Best New Bands described their single “Wait” as, “an excellent example of the group’s ability to erupt at an expansive, pyrotechnic level all the while sharply delivering pop-laden hooks.” Purple Sneakers called the EP “a moody and anthemic record, equal parts shoegaze and dream pop.” Soon after, tracks from the EP were featured on BBC Radio, XM Radio & various other FM stations worldwide. The band was founded by guitarist / vocalist Jason Abrishami (The Twees), who was joined by Paul Volpe (Triple Cobra) on bass and Jeremy Sampson (Eastern Hollows) on drums. The band plans to tour behind their up & coming EP which they just releases the first track, “Islip” from. The band will be playing at Rough Trade in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Friday September 26th.
Listen: Lazyeyes – “Islip”
Colorado based indie pop band Hillary Hand & The Roseliers announce the release of their new music video for “Run Like A Rabbit.” The video premiered exclusively on CREEM Magazine. This past year, MileHIMusic chose them as one of the “Standout CO Artists from SxSW 2014,” where they raved, “Hillary’s soaring vocals are reminiscent of Adele’s 21 album, with traces of Fiona Apple.”
Frontwoman Hillary Hand has been trained in classical piano since the age of 6, and performs as a solo artist as well as with her five piece band from Colorado Springs. She recorded her first EP Paper Doll, in 2012 where the single “Domino” was heard on MTV’s “Awkward.” Since her first EP, she has recorded a few standalone singles, including “Tameless Tongues” which was featured on ABC’s new hit drama “Black Box.” The band has performed at venues across the Colorado Springs and Denver area, including the UMS Denver Summit Music Festival. Currently, the band is recording and self-producing their next album, set to release in the beginning of 2015.
Pop Vulture raves, “With lyrics that suggest a maturity usually reserved for those far older than Hillary, and arrangements that captivate, you can expect nothing short of brilliance from this artist in the years to come.”
Canada’s acclaimed pop multi-instrumentalist Lights has collaborated with The New York Times to offer an exclusive first listen to her third studio album, Little Machines, out on September 23rd via Warner Brothers Records.
Lights has been perfecting her own unique brand of synth pop since she was 14. With a couple of Junos and Gold records under her belt, she’s amassed a dedicated ‘Lights Army’ over the years (1.2 million Facebook fans, over half a million Twitter fans), including self-professed fans Miley Cyrus, John Mayer, and K’Naan among others. She’s also collaborated with Kaskade and Deadmau5. Little Machines was produced and engineered by Drew Pearson, with key songs/singles mixed by Mark “Spike” Stent (Madonna, U2, Beyonce). The anthemic single, “Up We Go,” deemed “perhaps [Lights'] biggest banger to date,” by Noisey, follows intro track ‘Portal,’ which Refinery29 called “the wanderlust song of the summer.”
Album Stream: Lights – Little Machines
Lights Fall 2014 US Tour Dates:
9/30 New York, NY – Hard Rock Times Square [Pinktober Event]
10/24 Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall
10/25 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
10/29 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
10/31 Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony
11/01 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live!
11/02 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of the Living Arts
11/04 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
11/05 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
11/07 Denver, CO – The Summit Music Hall
11/08 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
11/11 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre
11/13 San Francisco, CA – Grand Ballroom at Regency Center
11/14 Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater
11/15 Seattle, WA – Showbox At The Market
Little Machines Track Listing:
3. Up We Go
4. Same Sea
6. Muscle Memory
7. Oil And Water
8. Slow Down
10. How We Do It
11. Don’t Go Home Without Me
“There’s something about his diverse past that’s met by his music – a hybrid of disco, electro, pop, and soul (to name a few)…” -SPIN
“He sings, he DJs, he produces, he stuns…Tantalizing disco-inspired harmonies will no-doubt get you dancing.” - VIBE
Hailing from Dallas by way of South America, Mystery Skulls has a knack for creating insatiable pop anthems, which blend hints of 70s and 80s pop and dance music with futuristic elements. He has also already captured the attention of legendary figures such as Nile Rodgers and Brandy, of which will be featured on his forthcoming debut album, Forever.
Earlier this year, I posted these videos — but here they are again, as a little reminder of the awesomeness that is Mystery Skulls:
The new solo project High Ends from Yukon Blonde frontman Jeffrey Innes is titled Super Class and will be released October 7th via Dine Alone Records. Started as an adventurous new songwriting outlet, the 10-song album takes listeners on an 80s-inspired, synth soaked & often psychedelic journey.
Having previously revealed LP cut, “Intoxicated,” an anthem to inebriated love with an impossibly addicting melody, High Ends have unveiled CSS’ take on the song. An unexpected reggae-tinged beat powers up the tracks bouncy synths, keeping all the infectiousness of the original.
The ten-song LP was recorded with producer Colin Stewart (Dan Mangan, The New Pornographers) at his Vancouver Island facility. During the sessions, Gold & Youth drummer Jeff Mitchelmore handled percussion, Louise Burns and The New Pornographers’ Kathryn Calder contributed backing vocals, and Ladyhawk’s Darcy Hancock laid down guitar.
Eclectic NYC musician Rene Lopez has just announced his new EP, Love Has No Mercy - set for release October 21st via Liberation Label. Whilst Rene’s earlier records have flirted with every genre from salsa to soul, the seven tracks on Love Has No Mercy are a decidedly more dance-friendly affair. The record, which incorporates the sanguine Latin influences of his previous albums & interjects them with healthy doses of disco & funk, seems tailor-made for both impromptu house parties & late nights at the club.
Love Has No Mercy’s title track, which features vocals from NYC powerhouse Carol C, is equal parts Chic & Giorgio Moroder: a siren song of synthed-out futuristic disco that swings with a certain effortlessness that brings to mind nu-disco hits as much as old-school Donna Summer.
Listen: Rene Lopez – “Love Has No Mercy”
Clocking in at just under 30 minutes, Love Has No Mercy is a remarkably slick statement of intent. Tracks like “Lovegod” & “City Streets are Dead Tonight” pulse with the same kind of subdued electro-funk that made early Prince & Rick James tracks so eternally irresistible. For Rene, the tracks represent a natural musical evolution- a move from the sweaty rock & Latin grooves of his previous albums to a place located firmly on the dancefloor.
A native New Yorker (and the son of renowned salsa musician Rene Lopez, Sr.), Rene grew up absorbing the non-stop musical melting pot that the city had to offer, eventually channeling those influences into his own music. A jazz-trained drummer & multi-instrumentalist, he recorded with a variety of band projects (The Authority, Extra Virgin) before taking wing as a solo artist, eventually perfecting a style that he came to refer to as E.L.S. (Electric Latin Soul).