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GRiZ – “A New Day” (ft. Matisyahu)

Check out the next single “A New Day (feat. Matisyahu),” from GRiZ’s new upcoming album Ride Waves. The song was written days after last year’s tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL and aims to spread a message of peace, positivity, and love while sparking inspiration for change.

“Matisyahu’s voice speaks volumes to so many people. He has this unique ‘way’ of speaking and I am infinitely humbled that we were able to link up an idea that I think is very necessary today.” – GRiZ

“The song kind of wrote itself and came at a time when this was obviously what was going on around us and in our consciousness. When we walked into the studio we knew we wanted to make a meaningful song but we didn’t walk in there with this specific intention (addressing gun violence). But that’s what ended up coming out. When we came into that artistic place where we were like “let’s open up and figure out what is going on inside of us’, this is what rose to the top.” – Matisyahu

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East Forest & Ram Dass To Release Collaborative Album + Song ft. Krishna Das

Acclaimed electronic artist East Forest (aka Trevor Oswalt) has released his collaborative song with legendary spiritual teacher Ram Dass,  “I Am Loving Awareness (Feat. Krishna Das)” via Paste Music. The track is featured on East Forest’s new album East Forest x Ram Dass, which will be released in four chapters throughout 2019, with Chapter 1 out January 25 via Aquilo Records. The album features East Forest’s music accompanied by new teachings from the author of Be Here Now, Ram Dass. Listen and share “I Am Loving Awareness (Feat. Krishna Das)” here. Pre-order Chapter 1 here.

In June 2018, East Forest was invited to Ram Dass’ home in Maui to join in conversation and record brand new teachings from the legendary teacher. After capturing these words of wisdom, East Forest returned to his studio in the high desert of Southern Utah to compose the soundtrack to beautifully support each songs’ subject. In these new recordings, Ram Dass’ words speak masterfully to the modern challenges that so many face with technology, dark thoughts, the nature of the soul and so much more. The new East Forest record also features guest appearances from the likes of Trevor Hall and Grammy nominated artist, Krishna Das, all framing Ram Dass’ teachings with contemporary voices and cementing the 87-year-old spiritual teacher into an echelon of relevancy and immediacy — offering a direct antidote for a highly polarized nation that is deeply in need of a universal voice of wisdom, connection and unconditional love.

“Music is a language that all souls understand. I’m honored that my teachings have been paired with a musician like, East Forest, who has crafted an album with so much love.” – Ram Dass

“We forget that we are nature. We feel so much separation in our modern life, inundated with so much information; I believe our solutions will come from the inside out. They’re already here, we’re just uncovering them. It’s all a process of discovery. We need to give space for that which wants to emerge — making this music is my way of creating some space, and inside I hope we can hear an answer.” — East Forest

Ram Dass & East Forest

East Forest has been the leader of underground ‘sound healing’ ceremonies around the world since 2008. Using music as a tool, he has trailblazed the field of organic tech, building bridges between the digital and natural world. Being fully independent and playing in the private shadows allowed the sound of East Forest to emerge: an emotional and spacious musical lexicon with a sound that took shape out of a practical need to play solo for five to six hours while guiding a room full of listeners in deep meditation. Live looping and layered keyboard melodies filled the musical space while angelic vocals and original field recordings floated above.

Word organically spread and a devoted community shared East Forest’s early albums, many of which were live recordings captured directly from his sound healing performances.

Moving into festivals, theaters, and clubs, electronic beats and diverse live instrumentation eventually joined in, from strings and analogue synthesizers to african kora. East Forest’s electro-acoustic ethereal sound continued to evolve and he found himself performing in a diverse range of settings from SXSW, Google, Mysteryland, to Grace Cathedral, Summit at Sea, as well as his own TEDx talk.

More than a dozen albums later, East Forest continues to explore a path of emotionally driven music that pulls from ambient, classical, electronic and indie-pop genres.

Ram Dass made his mark on the world by teaching the path of the heart and promoting service in the areas of social consciousness and care for the dying. When Ram Dass first went to India in 1967, he was still Dr. Richard Alpert, an eminent Harvard psychologist and psychedelic pioneer with Dr. Timothy Leary. In India, he met his guru, Neem Karoli Baba, affectionately known as ‘Maharajji’, who gave Ram Dass his name, which means “servant of God.”

On his return from India Ram Dass became a pivotal influence in our culture with the publication of “Be Here Now”. In fact, those words have become a catch phrase in people’s lives for the last 40 years. With the publication in 2011 of “Be Love Now” Ram Dass completed his trilogy that began with “Be Here Now” in 1970 and continued with “Still Here” in 2004. He released “Polishing The Mirror: How to Live From Your Spiritual Heart” in 2013 and released his most recent book, “Walking Each Other Home: Conversations on Love and Dying” with co-author Mirabai Bush in 2018.

Ram Dass now makes his home in Maui and teaches world wide through his website RamDass.org and continues the work of Neem Karoli Baba through the Love Serve Remember Foundation.

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DATAROCK – Back After 9 Years!

“…this band can nail any song they want, cheekiness be damned” – Pitchfork
“A note-perfect tale of nerd love from two Norwegian dance rockers” – Rolling Stone
“…a frothy elixir out of 1980s synth-pop, art-rock and new wave” – The New York Times
“Don’t be fooled by the tracksuits and ironic facial hair – these wacky Norwegian ‘new rave’ dudes actually write ace songs” – SPIN
“[Datarock] delivers another set of kitschy…songs…very catchy” – BrooklynVegan

The return of DATAROCK is finally upon us: the Norwegian tracksuited synth-stars have finally released their long-awaited third album Face the Brutality. After a nine-year absence, the new album still checks off every spot on the DATAROCK checklist: infuriatingly catchy, impeccably produced, with an undertone of lighthearted goofiness. Make sure not to miss the action-packed video for “Laugh in the Face of Darkness.”

DATAROCK’s playful brand of indie-dance crossover music has been featured everywhere from Workaholics to Vampire Diaries, to more than ten major EA games to various ad campaigns including Apple and Google — take one listen to the opening bassline of “Fa Fa Fa” and you’ll instantly recognize it. American fans have been able to catch sight of the signature red tracksuits at festivals such as Coachella and Lollapalooza and late night TV programs like Jimmy Kimmel. Face the Brutality will be the synth-rockers’ first LP since 2009 and first output since their musical, The Musical, in 2015. Years in the making, Face the Brutality is an album for the bored and bitter survivors of 2017, an upbeat escape with substance.

FACE THE BRUTALITY Tracklist:
  1. BMX
  2. Ruffle Shuffle
  3. Sense of Reason
  4. Laugh in the Face of Darkness
  5. Everything
  6. Feathers & Wax
  7. Beautiful Monster
  8. Invitation to Love
  9. Outta Here
  10. Darkness at the Edge of the Pit

 

 

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Tycho and Portugal. The Man Live in the Moment

Ghostly International recording group Tycho has united with Portugal. The Man for two extraordinary remixes of the GRAMMY Award-winning group’s current smash single, “Live In The Moment.” Tycho has crafted a pair of distinct new musical visions – “Live In The Moment (Sunrise)” and “Live For The Moment (Sunset)” – that both showcase the acclaimed Portland rockers original song while pushing it forward via the GRAMMY® Award-nominated dance/electronic project’s own distinctive approach.

“Live In The Moment (Sunrise)” and “Live For The Moment (Sunset)” are available today at The Ghostly Store as well as all digital music retailers and streaming services.

“As a producer and musician who primarily creates instrumental songs I jumped at the chance to work with Portugal. The Man’s unique vocal style,” says Scott Hansen, Tycho’s primary composer, songwriter, and producer. “I try to approach remixes in a way that casts the original song in a new light while staying true to its core elements.  Getting to explore totally different spaces with these two versions, it allowed me to better express my take on the song. I wanted to create a lighter, more energetic version (Sunrise) and darker, more introspective one (Sunset) to highlight and contrast the parts of the original song that most inspired me.”

“Live In The Moment” — featured on Portugal. The Man’s eighth studio album WOODSTOCK — is the follow up to the album’s lead single “Feel It Still,” which was undoubtedly one of the biggest songs of 2017. “Live In The Moment” is currently shaping up to be a multi-format chart smash, which includes a top 5 spot at Alternative radio and #1 at Triple A.

Tycho will celebrate the “Live In The Moment” remixes — as well as 2016’s chart-topping album, EPOCH — with a wide ranging U.S. tour, highlighted by headline dates, DJ sets, festival performances, and multi-artist tours alongside Phantogram, Emmit Fenn, and Poolside. For complete details and ticket availability, please see tychomusic.com/#tour.

TYCHO U.S. TOUR 2018
MARCH
1 – Miami Beach, FL – The Fillmore #
2 – Okeechobee, FL – Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival
3 – Dallas, TX – Stereo Live Dallas *
4 – Houston, TX – Stereo Live Houston *
7 – Boston, MA – Icon *
8 – Brooklyn, NY – Output *
10 – Washington, DC – Flash *
MAY
16 – Eugene, OR – McDonald Theater ##
17 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory ##
18 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory ##
19 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex ##
21 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre **
22 – Albuquerque, NM – Villa Hispana %
23 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren %
24 – San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre **

* DJ Set
** w/ Phantogram & Poolside
# w/Poolside
## w/Emmit Fenn
% w/Phantogram

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New Video From YACHT – “Shame”

Los Angeles’ YACHT have released their video for the song “Shame.” The song appears on their latest EP Strawberry Moon, out now.  YACHT has begun their winter tour, see below for full tour dates.

A Message from YACHT:

This is “too close for comfort cosplay,” like nobody noticing you parted your hair on the wrong side. The world of wellness and social media lifestyle brands (#vanlife) is our generation’s back to the land movement, a fantasy of escape from the rat race and from the darkness of our millennial prospects.

We want to highlight how much thought and work goes into the appearance of effortlessness. Kibu (pronounced key-boo) is our lifestyle brand. Kibu is Ubik backwards. Ubik is a novel by Philip K. Dick about a spray that holds reality in place. Kibu is a real product. Kibu is a real brand. Kibu Mist is coming soon, in an exclusive collaboration with P.F. Candle Company. Learn more about Kibu here. 

A quote from director Kailee McGee:

“Everyone is faking it to an extent, especially in Los Angeles. We carefully mold our social media personas and frequently value posting evidence of a good experience more than the actual experience. I wanted to make a funny and subversive video about the pressure we feel to keep up a veil of effortless and abundant perfection.”

YACHT 2018 TOUR DATES

01-19 Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
02-03 Seattle, WA – Baboza *
02-05 Vancouver, BC – Fox Cabaret *
02-06 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios *
02-07 San Francisco, CA – The Independent *
02-09 Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room *
02-10 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom *

*  with French Vanilla

Strawberry Moon is out now on SpotifyApple MusicSoundCloudBandcampfree download, and cassette on Gnar Tapes.

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Jack White’s “We’re Going To Be Friends” Children’s Book Available

More than 15 years after the release of the White Stripes’s White Blood Cells,
one of the most enduring songs from the album gets a quirky adaptation… Blake includes
appealing retro flourishes throughout, including a Tenniel White Rabbit, a Betty Boop pocket watch, and a drawing style that evokes early Disney cartoons. – Publishers Weekly 
Jack has written a perfect story and Elinor’s art is enchanting. – John Kricfalusi, The Ren and Stimpy Show 
Elinor Blake creates an enchanted vision for Jack White’s
gentle story of new friendship. – Nina Crews, The Neighborhood Mother Goose 
Possibly the greatest-ever song about childhood BFFs. – Entertainment Weekly

Twelve-time Grammy winner and lead singer of multi-platinum selling group The White Stripes, Jack White, released his first children’s book today titled WE’RE GOING TO BE FRIENDS. Based on lyrics from one of The Whites Stripes’ most enduring and loved songs-and releasing just a few months after the group’s 20th anniversary (July 14, 2017), the perennial favorite feels right at home on the page as a children’s book. Get your copy of the book here: http://smarturl.it/WGTBFbook

Beautifully illustrated by Elinor Blake, animator on Ren & Stimpy and Pee-wee’s Playhouse, in the signature colors of The White Stripes — red, white, and black — WE’RE GOING TO BE FRIENDS follows the adventures of the song’s protagonist, Suzy Lee, as she goes to school with her books and pens, looks for bugs, shows and tells, and finds a friend. Fans of The White Stripes will delight in this new way of experiencing the song and sharing it with their children-while a new generation of music and book lovers will be introduced to the beloved song and its whimsical evocation of the simplicity and nostalgia of childhood, for the first time.

Every copy of WE’RE GOING TO BE FRIENDS also includes a download of the original White Stripes song and new versions by singer/songwriter, April March (also known as Elinor Blake), and The Woodstation Elementary School Singers.

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Amazon Original Playlist: Indie for the Holidays

 

Beginning today, one of the most popular Amazon Original holiday playlists will premiere brand new tracks to help listeners get into the festive spirit. From artists including Best Coast, Albert Hammond Jr., Matt Costa, and Jessica Lea Mayfield, “Indie for the Holidays” offers an incredible range of artists covering holiday classics and contributing new original songs. All songs are available exclusively for streaming today on Amazon Music through Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music.

On the list is Best Coast covering The Beach Boys’ “Little Saint Nick.” “Being from California and being heavily influenced by The Beach Boys we felt like we had to cover this one!,” said Best Coast’s Bethany Consentino. “Also always fun for me to cover a song with a wall of harmonies and background vocals because it’s my favorite part of recording vocals.”

The popular “Indie for the Holidays” playlist adds 18 new songs this holiday season, including tracks from some of the genre’s most acclaimed stars. Kevin Morby wraps up a banner year that saw the release of his widely lauded breakthrough City Music, by contributing a moody, crooning take on “Blue Christmas.” Charly Bliss, whose debut album Guppy has likewise seen widespread praise in 2017, offer a driving and delightful version of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” DJ Camilo Lara’s Mexican Institute of Sound and indie rock mainstays Best Coast, Eisley, Albert Hammond Jr, and Dean & Britta also join the playlist for the first time this year.

Additionally, Matt Costa recorded his own track, “Anything Helps,” for individuals who are less fortunate around the holidays. Costa says, “I recently saw a friend who fell to a dark place and was too embarrassed to ask for help. People joined funds together to get him back on his feet and into a warm bed with shelter. ‘Anything Helps’ is dedicated to those who have donated time and money to help people in a crisis. It tears me up to see people suffer. But it is encouraging to see extra strong people lift the burden of others. I put heavy consideration into the title so the song did not have a negative feeling, but would inspire people to look at these problems and think of positive ways to help.”

Stream the album below:

Amazon Original Holiday Playlist – Indie for the Holidays

New tracks on “Indie for the Holidays” include:
1.   “Blue Christmas,” Kevin Morby
2.   “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” Charly Bliss
3.   “Coventry Carol,” Lemon Twigs
4.   “Little Saint Nick,” Best Coast
5.   “Oh Winter,” Eisley
6.   “(There Won’t Be) One More Christmas,” Coco Hames
7.   “Merry Christmas Baby,” Blond Ambition
8.   “Brighid’s Flame,” Jeff The Brotherhood
9.   “Anything Helps,” Matt Costa
10.  “Christmas with Bandini,” Korey Dane
11.  “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” Great Grandpa
12.  “The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot,” Albert Hammond, Jr.
13.  “Little Altar Boy,” Dean & Britta (with Sonic Boom)
14.  “When The Snowflakes Fall,” Freedom Fry
15.  “To Heck With Ole Santa Claus,” Jessica Lea Mayfield
16.  “Feliz Navidad,” SUSTO
17.  “Christmas in Latinoamerica,” Mexican Institute of Sound
18.  “Wonderful Christmastime,” Slow Dancer

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New Music From NVDES – “D.Y.T. (Do Your Thing)”

“Trippy” – NYLON

“Juicy pop banger” – FADER

“A dope punk-infused electropop track” – Milk.xyz

“Infectious and bursting with brazen energy” – Indie Shuffle

LA-based creative collective NVDES announce the Vol. 2 EP and share the 1st single “D.Y.T (Do Your Thing)” feat. REMMI.

On the heels of their La NVDITÉ, Vol. 1 EP released earlier this year, the Vol. 2 EP is the next sequence of their evolution. The 6-track collection is slated for release on December 8th and is highlighted by the work of de-facto frontman Josh Ocean. Brimming with his signature energy-packed influence, Vol. 2 is highlighted by pulsing electronics, hard-hitting beats, and ethereal vocals.

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Check Her Out: Alissia

Multi-disciplinary musician Alissia is making her debut from behind the boards as a producer. The funk and R&B-tinged “Get Away” video is out now — with the full support of Alissia’s number one fan, the inimitable Bootsy Collins, who raves, “I’m digging Alissia’s new song because it makes me want to pull up a chair and sit with you, baba!”

This young woman has enough talent to have been called to produce, play bass, write and arrange on Bootsy Collins’ upcoming album World Wide Funk, also featuring the likes of Kali Uchis, Bernie Worrell, Big Daddy Kane, Doug E Fresh and Musiq Soulchild. “Working with Bootsy has been an incredible journey and definitely a challenge to push myself harder everyday. Definitely one of the most inspiring projects I have worked on. ‘You got to keep it funky at all times Baba!’”

In addition, Alissia has also been in collaboration with Khalid, Q-Tip, Anderson Paak, Havoc, and more. Given the company she keeps at her Soho-based studio dubbed “The Spaceship,” it’s certain that this young bass prodigy-turned-producer is primed to begin the next chapter in her musical career.

Her latest track “Get Away” carries listeners from hip-hop to disco to funk and beyond. The mood is chill and the groove is locked. Expect more from Alissia this year; whether solo, collaborating with the greats, or teaming up with new talent, she consistently proves that whatever music she creates just feels right.

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Check Out the Homoground Podcast

Homoground is a queer (identified & allied) podcast focusing on bands, events, and organizations that often get overlooked by mainstream publications and platforms. Run by Lynn Casper, and based out of Brooklyn, the podcast’s first episode aired in January 2011 and has quickly become a favorite of the queer community.

Casper, who was born in the Philippines, and grew up in North Carolina, became inspired to start the podcast as an outlet for a part of them that had been kept repressed, and as a way to connect with others who were in similar situations. They used the podcast to talk about music they’d discovered and to draw attention to bands that were touring in the area – always making sure to focus on artists who didn’t have easy access to a broad range of exposure otherwise.

“We aren’t blindly picking songs out of a catalog,” Casper says, “Bands seek us out and oftentimes confess their biggest challenges and successes to us. And this shit is real, people dealing with real struggles; with their music, their personal life, their identity/sexuality, mental health. The honesty of the music we feature is incredibly powerful.”

By being accessible online, Homoground is able to reach so many people all over the globe, which is super important. Homoground provides a way for people living in remote areas to feel connected. Casper recently launched a Patreon to help keep Homoground running, which is essential since it’s mostly funded out of pocket, with the help of occasional sponsors. With more funding, they’re looking to bring on more producers & hosts to create consistently better content along the lines of interviews and video series.

“The dream is to become the Queer version of MTV,” Casper says.

The motivation to continue doing Homoground is not only to provide a platform for musicians to get their music out there but to eventually be able to provide financial opportunities to artists and musicians because it’s hard for queers to make a buck these days!

Check out the website here

Listen to the podcast on iTunes here

 

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