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Caught a Ghost is a new project from LA-based songwriter and producer Jesse Nolan, features a classic Motown and Stax sensibility mixed with modern samples, synths and beats. In its live incarnation, Caught A Ghost features an 8-piece band including a 3-piece horn section and visual projections tailor-made for each song.
Jesse describes the name of his band as referring to the sensation of being filled with the spirit of the past. “It’s an old expression” he says, “musicians used to say you caught a ghost if you gave a good performance. Like you were possessed.” It is this sort reverence for the music of bygone eras combined with his musical dexterity that makes Caught A Ghost so intriguing.
On and off the stage, Caught A Ghost is quickly gaining new fans. “Connected” recently premiered on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and My Old Kentucky Blog. “Time Go” was featured on the NBC show SUITS and by Paste Magazine. And “Hold Out” was praised by Rolling Stone and it’s music video by NYLON.
Nightworks, the debut EP from Caught A Ghost, will be released via +1 Records on February 12th, 2013.
Listen: Caught a Ghost – “Time Go”
Listen: Caught a Ghost – “Connected”
Last month I posted about my newest love, Eyes Lips Eyes. Now, they’ve partnered with music aggregation site We Are Hunted to launch a free download of their hit-song “Tickle.” The song is the lead track from their forthcoming EP What You Want (If You Want) due out August 21 via Roll Call Records/ILG. The newcomers have already earned praise from MTV, who declares it “A wild indie rock dance party…It’s kinda nice to hear an indie act that trades in too-cool-for-school seriousness for hand claps and a sick bass line.”
This Fall, Eyes Lips Eyes will crisscross the nation on an extensive tour that includes stops in Los Angeles, Austin, New Orleans, Atlanta, New York and Boston. See below for details!
EYES LIPS EYES TOUR DATES:
- 08/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Bar
- 08/14 – Costa Mesa, CA @ Detroit Bar
- 09/06 – Provo, UT @ Velour
- 09/08 – Logan, UT @ The Big Agg: Utah State University
- 10/03 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Bar
- 10/04 – San Diego, CA @ The Griffin
- 10/09 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
- 10/10 – Austin, TX @ Gypsy Lounge
- 10/11 – Denton, TX @ Dan’s Silver Leaf
- 10/12 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s
- 10/13 – New Orleans, LA @ Howlin’ Wolf
- 10/14 – Mobile, AL @ Alabama Music Box
- 10/16 – Tallahassee, FL @ Retrofit Records
- 10/17 – Jacksonville, FL @ Burro Bar
- 10/18 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Respectable Street
- 10/19 – Miami, FL @ Bardot
- 10/20 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
- 10/21 – Tampa, FL @ New World Brewery
- 10/23 – Greensville, SC @ Radio Room
- 10/24 – Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre Rooftop
- 10/25 – Atlanta, GA @ The EARL (with Poor Moon)
- 10/27 – Pawley’s Island, SC @ Islander
- 10/28 – Wilmington, NC @ The Whiskey
- 10/29 – Charlottesville, VA @ The Box
- 10/31 – Annapolis, MD @ Metropolitan
- 11/01 – New York, NY @ Pianos
- 11/02 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall 11/03 – Brooklyn, NY @ Cameo Gallery
- Newest Love: Eyes Lips Eyes (musicallyamusing.com)
OMG, you need to listen to this right now. I love it…and not just because of the use of the cowbell, either.
The foursome Eyes Lips Eyes are gearing up for the arrival of their EP, What You Want (If You Want) due out August 21 via Roll Call Records/ILG. Listen to the new song “Don’t Blow It,” streaming now at Spinner, who proclaims, “Eyes Lips Eyes are going to make your day. It’s like LCD Soundsystem and Talking Heads had a baby.”
Co-produced by the band alongside John Goodmanson (Death Cab for Cutie, Nada Surf) and mixed by Mike Roskelly (Kaskade), the 4-song release features upbeat, hook-laden songs that recall late seventies post-punk mixed with the unbridled night out energy of The Strokes. A full-length album is in the works for release early next year.
Eyes Lips Eyes has been building a steady following since their debut project Blue Red – an ambitious year-long project that saw them self-releasing one song and a correlating video every month for 12 months. The release earned them acclaim from the likes of FILTER, Buzzbands.LA, and CNN, with the latter naming them one of their “Artists to Watch” at this year’s SXSW.
Eyes Lips Eyes was originally forged in the midst of Provo’s (Utah) dance party scene, which shaped their live show into the high-energy, garbage can-banging performances they have become known for. In a few short years, they have performed all over the country, sharing the stage with acts like Modest Mouse, Spoon, The Raconteurs and more.
In 2010 the foursome, consisting of Tony Hello (vocals), Spencer Petersen (guitar, vocals), Aaron Hatch (bass, vocals) and Thomas Carroll (drums), relocated to a warehouse in Downtown Los Angeles. Nicknamed “The Cube,” the band lives, rehearses, and records much of their work here, in true DIY fashion.
Go here for a download of Passion Pit – “Take a Walk” (The M Machine Remix)
North Carolina’s Flagship is poised to break out with the release of their debut EP blackbush. The 5-song EP is out now via Bright Antenna/ILG, and can be heard at Baeble Music, who declare the band “matches the emotional and nearly spiritual alternative rock of U2 circa Achtung Baby, with the deep-throated baritone delivery of lead singer Drake Margolnick ala Ian Curtis from Joy Division and some of the seething anger and rawness of We Are Augustines.” The release comes in advance of an anticipated full-length debut expected this fall.
Helmed by the talented singer/song writer/guitarist Drake Margolnick, Flagship just wrapped a cross-country tour supporting label mates The Wombats, where they performed in front of sold out crowds in New York, Washington, D.C., Boston, Chicago, Salt Lake City and more. With Drake on lead vocals, his lyrics come to life with the help of lead guitarist Matt Padgett, keyboardist Grant Harding, drummer Michael Finster, and bassist Preston Hayden. The 5-piece band is the newest addition to Bright Antenna, home to such artists as OMD, The Wombats, Magic Wands, Middle Class Rut, Beware of Darkness and more.
“Beating Lana Del Rey’s record for “1990s influenced Tumblr photos per minute” with the video for their debut single “Hurricane”" – Pitchfork“…feels big, the vibe feels grand – the pop-allure is definitely present.” – Disco Naivete
- Brand New: MS MR – “Hurricane” (musicallyamusing.com)
Have you ever looked through those funhouse mirrors that show copies of your reflection continuing infinitely? Imagine seeing that, but in a strobe-lit room with mirrors all around you. Then imagine you’re tripping on LSD.” – Consequence of Sound
“Stepdad’s debut EP is an excellent one and enough to hype their upcoming full-length Wildlife Pop. If you love electro-pop music, you will want to add this band to your rotation.” – Earbuddy.net
“About the only way I can think of to describe them is that it’s like laying in the warm sunshine on a lazy summer afternoon. You just have to relax and smile.” – Revival Magazine
“If Passion Pit and The Postal Service got drunk one night and had a kid out of wedlock, the result would be Stepdad.” – Blogcritics
Stepdad have unleashed unto the world a brand new track from their upcoming debut LP Wildlife Pop, due out June 12th on Black Bell Records.
The Grand Rapids foursome are also excited to announce that they will be joining the Warped Tour this summer. The tour includes over 40 dates and the likes of Rise Against, Taking Back Sunday and many more. Get more info here.
Stepdad was forged in an unrelenting bath of summer heat on Chicago’s south side in 2009 by songwriters/producers/college dropouts/solid bros Ryan McCarthy and ultramark on the foundation of their joint worship of Roland Orzabal and Brian Wilson. After a few quick months, the still nameless duo was sitting on a small mountain of songs. The name Stepdad was arrived upon by a random phrase generator and adopted without regard for the impending banality of rehashing that story during interviews.
Swiftly deciding that a low cost of living heavily outweighed the benefits of Chicago, Stepdad relocated to Grand Rapids (because it’s not Detroit) in their home state of Michigan and self-released their debut EP Ordinaire. Alex Fives and Jeremy Malvin were then added to the lineup on bass and drums respectively. This incarnation carried them through tours with Fitz and the Tantrums, Passion Pit, and Rubblebucket.
The success of infectious and heavily layered pop behemoths like “My Leather, My Fur, My Nails” and “Jungles” helped Stepdad gain the attention of producer Chris Zane (Passion Pit, Asobi Seksu, The Walkmen, Les Savy Fav) and in the summer of 2011, Stepdad readily shacked up with friends and bedbugs in New York City to record their debut LP Wildlife Pop, out June 12th on Black Bell Records.
Wildlife Pop presents a creative leap forward for Stepdad, expanding their already massive pop sound. “Will I Ever Dance Again” and “Must Land Running” successfully transplant their aptitude for unforgettable choruses into a larger sound bed while the galactic rainforest sensations of “Treasure Hugs”, “Exploring”, and “Starfriends on Earth” create the cathartic urge to sprint barefoot through a gauntlet of scorpions on a municipal trail paved with searing drywall screws (fortunately for listeners everywhere, this compelling inclination would be devilishly hard to act upon).
Listen: Stepdad – “Must Land Running”
Must Land Running
Show Me Your Blood
Mystery in the Faking
Will I Ever Dance Again
My Leather, My Fur, My Nails
Pick & Choose
Starfriends on Earth
Warrior (Jungles Part 2)
In the spirit of all things amorous, cynical Texan artist, The Wealthy West, aka Brandon Kinder of indie rock band The Rocketboys, is offering a free download of “Love Is Not Enough” from his Volume 1 EP.
The Wealthy West will perform at Swan Dive in Austin, TX on March 30th. Brandon is also in the studio with his band The Rocketboys who are working on their next studio album, due out later this year.
Download: The Wealthy West – “Love Is Not Enough”
I am IN LOVE with this track from Eat More Cake’s Climb The Ladder, Live The Dream