Newest Love: The Colourist

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The Colourist will unveil their self-titled full-length debut on March 25th in stores and through all digital retailers via Republic Records.  Currently on the road, check them out in a city near you!

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Pre-Order The Colourist here

The Colourist Tour Dates:

  • March 19th – The High Watt – Nashville, TN
  • March 21st – U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC
  • March 22nd – North Star Bar – Philadelphia, PA
  • March 24th – Great Scott – Boston, MA
  • March 25th – Rough Trade – Brooklyn, NY
  • March 26th – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
  • March 28th – The Met – Providence, RI
  • March 30th – Pike Room – Detroit, MI
  • March 31st – The Basement – Columbus, OH
  • April 2nd – Schubas – Chicago, IL
  • April 4th – 7th St. Entry – Minneapolis, MN
  • April 7th – Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
  • April 8th – Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
  • April 9th – Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT
  • April 11th – Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA
  • April 12th – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR
  • April 14th – Harlow’s – Sacramento, CA
  • April 15th – Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco, CA

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Newest Love: SOHN

As the release of his debut album draws nearer, SOHN has taken time out to film a 4AD Session with filmmaker and photographer Andreas Waldschuetz in his adopted Austria. Recorded in the outskirts of Vienna, SOHN – flanked by his live band Albin Janoska (synths) and Stefan Fallmann (bass) – performed four songs from his forthcoming album Tremors. The first of those videos is “Artifice” shown above.

“‘Artifice’ was shot in a wide open studio space outside of Vienna – the biggest soundstage in Austria,” says Austrian filmmaker Andreas Waldschuetz. “I chose a reduced and slick backdrop for the video as I wanted to the overall look to be completely clean and futuristic. I recently rewatched Stanley Kubrick’s Space Odyssey 2001 and was pretty inspired by it. Listening to “Artifice” the first thing that popped into my head were neon tubes – I love neon lights. I love its coldness and sterility, and the graphical element that comes with it. All in all a glitchy piece of art.”

To coincide with the release of Tremors, SOHN will play select dates across North America this May – see full list of dates below. For a full tour schedule head to www.sohnmusic.com/shows

SOHN LIVE DATES

  • Wed May 7 - Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
  • Thu May 8 - Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
  • Fri,May 9 - Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
  • Sat May 10 - Rough Trade – Brooklyn, NY
  • Mon May 12 - The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA
  • Thu May 15 - Crofoot Ballroom (Pike Room) – Pontiac, MI
  • Fri May 16 - Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
  • Sat May 17 - 7th St Entry, Minneapolis, MN
  • Wed May 21 - The Crocodile – Seattle, WA
  • Thu May 22 - Holocene – Portland, OR
  • Sat May 24 - The Independent – San Francisco, CA
  • Sun May 25 - Casbah – San Diego, CA
  • Tue May 27 - Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA

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Video: Night Drive – “After Dark”

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“Rides a nu-wave of fast-tempoed, synth-based electronic sounds driven by rich guitar melodies and arresting vocal hooks.” –Details

”Austin-based duo reach back to 2000s LES-wave, and a little further, forthe mix of disco, post-punk, and electro that drives ‘Position I.’” –Bullett

Night Drive is not a band. It’s a mission. Two secret agents, Rodney Connell and Brandon Duhon, sent to recalibrate the future of electro-pop.

Inspired by dark wave and synthpop alike, and drawing influences from artists such as Brian Eno, The Knife, The Drums, New Order and LCD Soundsystem, the driving beat and dancing synths of Position I makes you want to jet off to some great nightclub in the sky.

Rodney and Brandon began writing together after the tragic death of a young woman they both were dating, unknowingly at the same time. This collaboration left them with the collection of songs from which Night Drive was born.

The duo paired up with Lobo Sucio Creative for “After Dark,” directed Javier Antonio Avellan. “This is our third video with Night Drive,” notes Avellan. “We have explored the realms of experimental and abstract filmmaking in our previous collaborations, so with this video we decided to delve into a fictional world to tell the story of a young girl on a late night adventure.” Check out their previous videos below (I’ve been in love with “Drones” for a few weeks now)!

SXSW 2014 SCHEDULE

March 14: Lose Control @ Krave (9:00 pm)
March 15 The Beautiful Buzzz & The Most Definitely Presents: The Green Room @ Brew Exchange (2:00 pm)
March 15 Bond Music Group Showcase @ The Swan Dive (10:00 pm)

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Newest Love: Best Revenge

After almost 15 years of friendship, guitarist, songwriter and producer Keaton Simons (Gnarls Barkley,Snoop Dogg, Tre Hardson of The Pharcyde) and experimental drummer, songwriter and producer Deantoni Parks (The Mars Volta, Bosnian Rainbows, T-Bone Burnett, John Cale of The Velvet Underground) have finally come together to form their newest project, Best Revenge.

“Brother Blue” kicks off with the peculiar menace of a 80s film score. It soon devolves into a sneering rockabilly track, lacerating the listener with both a swaggering guitar and bold, vocal machismo. The lyrics convey wisdom through hurt, and Parks’ drums throb with the pulse of reckoning. This is an accessible song with an authentic blues rock mentality… You don’t hear a new track like this often. – INDIE SHUFFLE

Best Revenge mixes modern and old school sounds for a down-home dirty, raw rock ‘n roll vibe with a modern, technological spin. Keaton sings and plays guitar (including electric and acoustic guitars, as well as baritone and fretless), and Deantoni plays drums while he simultaneously live samples Keaton’s voice and plays it on the keyboard through a series of computerized effects – note: there are no loops in Best Revenge. The result is thoughtful music that excites and feels damn good. With a massive sound coming from just the two artists, this new project calls upon the adage “seeing is believing.”

Deemed “a triple threat” by his hometown’s Los Angeles Times, Keaton Simons has been captivating audiences for years with his raw, gritty voice, soul-baring songwriting, and incomparable, sought-after electric and acoustic guitar work. He’s been brought on as a guitarist, as well as bassist, singer, writer and musical director for such notable acts as Gnarls Barkley, Snoop Dogg, and Tre Hardson of The Pharcyde. With his own solo project, Keaton has co-produced and released records on major labels, licensed hundreds of songs for TV and film, toured nationally and internationally, and performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Last Call with Carson Daly.

Hailing form Newnan, Georgia, Deantoni Parks is a new wave/avant-garde experimental drummer, songwriter, actor and record producer. He has written, toured and collaborated with T-Bone Burnett, Bosnian Rainbows, The Mars Volta, Meshell Ndegeocello, John Cale of The Velvet Underground, Yoko Ono, Moby, Basement Jaxx, and Cody Chesnutt. Additionally, Deantoni wrote and played drums for the Grand Theft Auto 5 original soundtrack, and is co-founder of Dark Angels alongside producer and keyboardist Nicci Kasper, as well as a member of KUDU.

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Listen: Best Revenge – “Brother Blue”

After meeting almost 15 years ago through jazz/funk trio Soulive, Keaton Simons and Deantoni Parks have not only been close friends, but true admirers of each other’s respective work. Best Revenge is the first of what they hope will be many collaborative projects. Fans will have the opportunity to catch them live in Austin, Texas this week at SXSW. (See schedule below.)

LIVE AT SXSW //

FRI 3/14 @ Austin Ale House - 3PM
301 W 6th Street, All Ages, No Cover

FRI 3/14 @ Listening Room At Winflo – 6:30PM
1315 W 6th Street, All Ages, No Cover

SAT 3/15 @ Quantum Collective Southwest Invasion, Whole Foods Rooftop - 7PM
525 N Lamar Blvd, All Ages, No Cover
http://qc2014.eventbrite.com

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Remix: Duck Sauce – NRG (Skrillex, Kill The Noise, Milo & Otis Remix)

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Listen: Duck Sauce – NRG (Skrillex, Kill The Noise, Milo & Otis Remix)

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Free Download: DWNTWN – “Til Tomorrow”

DWNTWN’s “Til Tomorrow” gets an uniquely refreshing video treatment by animator Courtney Taniguchi. To match the delicate, breezy song, the video plays with pencil sketches and water colors of the band and lyrics.

DWNTWN’s “Til Tomorrow” will be released on the self-titled EP, dropping April 29th on Jullian Records.
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Download: DWNTWN – “Til Tomorrow”

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Download: Hannah Thiem – “Brym Al Mar”

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Hannah Thiem has released “Brym Al Mar,” the first single from her upcoming EP, BRYM. An ambient instrumental track that starts out with a passionate yet restrained and cinematic sound that builds up to an urgent and energetic drop.

“Brym Al Mar” is emblematic of Hannah’s ability to seamlessly blend her gripping work as violinist with her more recent work as an electronic producer.

Hannah is a producer and violinist whose musical stylings are influenced by her nomadic spirit and her deep appreciation for electronic and ambient soundscapes. Hannah’s upcoming album, BRYM, will be her first release as a solo artist, though her previous works and collaborations are diverse and expansive. As the co-founder of the avant rock group, Copal, as well as the ambient electronic project Nyxyss, Hannah has shared the stage with a range of artists as varied and acclaimed as The Rolling Stones, Kanye West, Bassnectar, MOBY, The Human Experience, Quixotic, and Lucent Dossier.

Hannah has also recorded with Beats Antique, Random Rab, The Rising Smoke of the Hobo Kings, Ancient Astronauts, and Edwin Briscoe. Hannah’s sonic foundation stems from her formative experiences with Eastern European, Nordic, and Middle Eastern music and BRYM is the beginning of an all new journey.

Hannah is also a practicing yogi and often performs her original and improvisational scores at numerous yoga studios in the US as well as internationally, often collaborating with such lauded teachers as Elena Brower, Eoin Finn, Schuyler Grant, Aarona Pichinson, Amy Ippoliti, Danielle Mika Nagel, Vanessa Kudrat, and Chanel Luck.

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Listen/download: Hannah Thiem – “Brym Al Mar”

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Download: The Shoe – “Paper Cup”

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Jena Malone and Lem Jay Ignacio, aka The Shoe, first met at a Christmas carol party at the Mandrake in Los Angeles, California in 2008. They ended up playing that night and meeting for the first time on stage. They performed “Walking in a Winter Wonderland” but with Jena singing completely in scat-style gibberish and Lem Jay musically not missing a beat. A unique musical friendship and language was born.

Jena had built an instrument she called “The Shoe” which was simply an old steamer trunk she dollied around with a plethora of electronic instruments inside. She brought it over to Lem Jay’s garage to jam soon after they met. Lem Jay, who is a pianist and music producer said:

“From that night, it seemed like she was always over and we were always free-styling, making up songs, playing abstract piano duets, psychotherapy rants and love spells. We’d stay up all night recording all our jams, sometimes we’d improvise complete songs from start to finish. I think we literally have over a hundred hours of nights like this. Since we did this so much, it was hard to know what it was, whether it was a band or an art project or just two friends constantly making music.”

The band’s first EP, At Lem Jay’s Garage, came out in 2009 under Jena’s label, There Was An Old Woman Records.

The Shoe’s sophomore effort, I’m Okayalso recorded in Lem Jay’s garage, beautifully captures the essence of today’s pop music. Malone, her voice sailing tenderly amongst Ignacio’s poignant arrangements, recites witty lyrics, resembling those of the grand songstresses Joni Mitchell or Rickie Lee Jones. The instrumentation, a Wurlitzer piano, an electric guitar, a bass and percussion, interweaves in the most handsome, yet minimalistic ways, borrowing elements from the fuzzy surf pop of the Beach Boys, the dreamy shoe gaze of Mazzy Star and the catchy melodies of Sara Bareilles’ classic pop songs.

Of this newest effort Jena says “This new record means so much more to me because I actually wanted to write songs. I wanted to craft them more than I had ever done. I love the art of freestyle, for me I always start there as a songwriter, but this record was different. I wanted to tell stories everyone could feel and understand, not just me.“

Jena Malone has been acting for over 19 years in independent and blockbuster films. Most recently seen in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and soon to be seen in Paul Thomas Anderson’s film Inherent Vice. She has been making music for eight years and has self-released two albums as Jena Malone and her Bloodstains.

Lem Jay has made music with many different artists, including Zooey Deschanel and Charlyne Yi. He has composed music for brands such as Pokémon and Converse and for art projects at MOCA, LACMA, and The Hammer Museum.

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Listen/download: The Shoe – “Paper Cup”

 

Also: Check out Jena on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon talking about The Shoe.

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Falls – “Home”

Sydney folk duo Falls, who released their debut EP Into The Fire last month via Universal Music Group’s Verve Records, have unveiled a playful new lyric video for EP single “Home.” The video uses an array of visually striking cut-out images to set a bright and cheerful backdrop for the song.
 
Falls is Melinda Kirwin and Simon Rudston-Brown, whose intertwining vocals perfectly compliment one another to breathe life into their heartfelt lyrics.
Into the Fire is now available via iTunes
 
 

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Newest Love: Adanowsky

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Adan Jodorowsky had led the kind of charmed life that will leave you shaking your head in wonder. As a youngster, he was given his first dance lesson by the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. He got his first guitar lesson from none other than George Harrison. And he was the star of a feature film Santa Sangre, (directed by his father, famed surrealist filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky) by the age of 10.

These days, he is a bona fide rock star in his native France and throughout South America, able to sell out the 10,000-seat National Auditorium in Mexico City and to perform alongside Foo Fighters and MGMT as part of 2012′s Lollapalooza Chile.
Add all that experience and excellence up, and it is long past time for folks in the U.S. and beyond to take notice of this singular talent. And he has just the album to help get the rest of the world to shine the spotlight in his direction.

Recording under the stage name Adanowsky, he has taken a sharp left turn away from the lush folk pop of his 2011 U.S. debut Amador, an album that found him collaborating with Devendra Banhart and exploring the deepest romantic desires and heartbreaks of the titular character (the name translates to “The Lover”).

With his latest full-length ADA, he has put aside the emotion and is purely concentrating on physical pleasures. “I wanted something sweaty and gross,” Adanowsky says. “I wanted to feel the drugs on this album. I’m not a drug addict at all but I wanted people to feel that same kind of high in the music.”

Recorded at Polysound Studios in the suburbs of Paris backed by Vincent and Xavier Polycarpe of the French pop group Gush, ADA is a sexy throwback to the early work of icons like Prince and Michael Jackson replete with shimmy-shake disco rhythms, vintage ’80s R&B pulsations, and a whole lot of glammy attitude.

To aid in their role of creating a record that sounds as luscious as possible, Adanowsky and the Polycarpe brothers played everything live in the studio using equipment made before 1975. That also meant spending a long time poring over mixes with engineer Jack Lahana (Air, Phoenix) to capture that perfect Controversy/Off The Wall spirit.

But as ADA ‘s collection of slinky, party starters proves, all that effort was more than worth it. Just check out the carefree, summery pulse of “Dancing To The Radio,” or the metaphor-free throb of “Sexual Feeling.” These are songs that cut right to the point: shake off your daily frustrations, toss on a favorite frock, and have some fun.

“I want to give hope with this record,” Adanowsky explains. “I want people to have fun listening to it. I want you to wake up in the morning and put this record on, or put it on in their car, and dance and feel the power!”

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Listen: Adanowsky – “Dancing To The Radio”

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