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Are You In or Are You Out? Of Course You’re In

“…like what might happen if Beck produced a track for LCD Soundsystem.” – Stereogum

“Think of this new track as the nonchalant older kid that just embodies cool. It doesn’t have to try very hard… Try to get this one out of your head.” – Earmilk

Black Kids, who have announced their new track “Obligatory Drugs”, have released the first of some new music since their 2008 debut album Partie Traumatic. The single appears on their forthcoming sophomore album Rookie, out September 15.

 

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Listen: Jenny Lewis – “Just One Of The Guys”

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Hooray! Jenny Lewis is back!!! Ohhhh, how I miss Rilo Kiley.

Celebrated California singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis has debuted her new single, “Just One Of The Guys,” taken from her forthcoming album The Voyager, which will be released by Warner Bros. Records on July 29th. The album is now available for pre-order today from all participating digital retailers. Those who pre-order will receive an instant download of “Just One Of The Guys.”

“Just One Of The Guys” was produced by Beck, who also contributes backing vocals. “It was one of the tunes I’d tried a few different ways before I finally recorded it with Beck at his home studio in Malibu,” Lewis says. “The whole experience was super laid-back – walking on the beach, talking about movies, the Rolling Stones, and French pop music. It was just very mellow and lovely.”

Beck is one of several artists Lewis chose to produce tracks on The Voyager, which also features production from Ryan Adams, alongside Mike Viola, as well as her longtime collaborator, Johnathan Rice. The Voyager is the former Rilo Kiley frontwoman’s third solo album and first in six years, following 2006’s Rabbit Fur Coat (with The Watson Twins) and 2008’s Acid Tongue. It finds the always relatable songwriter at her sharp-witted best, singing about her recent experiences with honesty and incisiveness.

The Voyager is Lewis’s most deeply personal album to date, documenting her struggle to cope following the death of her estranged father in 2010 and the subsequent break-up of Rilo Kiley. The Voyager‘s rootsy, golden glow comes courtesy of Lewis and the artists she chose to produce various tracks, including Ryan Adams (who, alongside Mike Viola, produced all but three of the tracks), Beck, and Lewis’ longtime collaborator Johnathan Rice. The Voyager finds the always relatable songwriter at her sharp-witted best, singing about her recent experiences with honesty and incisiveness.

“Making The Voyager got me through one of the most difficult periods of my life,” she says. “After Rilo Kiley broke up and a few really intense personal things happened, I completely melted down. It nearly destroyed me. I had such severe insomnia that, at one point, I didn’t sleep for five straight nights. Many of the songs on The Voyager came out of the need to occupy my mind in the moments when I just couldn’t shut down.”

After several years of writing new material, Lewis took 2013 off to tour with The Postal Service. Sharing the spotlight was a freeing experience, providing the realization that she needed to give up control in order to move forward. While on the road, she reached out to Ryan Adams to record at his newly built studio, Pax Am, at Sunset Sound.  Her first day back from tour, she went into the studio with Adams and his partner Mike Viola, and found the creative collaboration she was missing.

“Ryan and I didn’t know each other very well before this album — we had hardly even listened to one another’s music, to be honest. But I trusted the vision, and Ryan ended up being the person to get me over the fear of finishing something I’d been working on for so long.  This record was the hardest one I ever made,” she says. “The Voyager tells that story: the longest night of my life and the journey to finally getting some rest.”

In other Jenny Lewis news, the sometimes actress also appears in the June 5th episode of IFC’s Comedy Bang Bang as a musical co-host filling in for Reggie Watts and singing a duet with Zach Galifianakis. She is on tour throughout the summer, including several dates with Ray LaMontagne, as well as appearances at Lollapalooza and the Outside Lands Festival. Lewis will also perform a hometown show at The Wiltern in Los Angeles on August 9th. See below for all tour dates.

  • June 4 Portland, ME         State Theatre w/ Kurt Vile
  • June 6 New York, NY        Governor’s Ball (Randall’s Island)
  • June 7 Washington DC     9:30 Club SOLD OUT
  • July 6   Toronto, ON         Urban Roots Festival
  • July 8   Ottawa, ON          Ottawa Blues Fest
  • July 10 Clearwater, FL      Ruth Eckerd Hall w/ Ray LaMontagne
  • July 11 Orlando, FL          Bob Carr Performing Arts Center w/ Ray LaMontagne
  • July 12 Miami, FL             The Fillmore w/ Ray LaMontagne
  • July 15 Jacksonville, FL     Florida Theatre w/ Ray LaMontagne
  • July 16 Charleston, SC      North Charleston PAC w/ Ray LaMontagne
  • July 18 Alpharetta, GA      Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre w/ Ray LaMontagne
  • July 19 Birmingham, AL    BJCC Concert Hall w/ Ray LaMontagne
  • July 20 Louisville, KY        Forecastle Festival
  • July 22 Interlochen, MI     Kresge Auditorium w/ Ray LaMontagne
  • July 23 Grand Rapids, MI  Meijer Gardens w/ Ray LaMontagne
  • July 25 Newport, RI          Newport Folk Festival
  • July 26 Camden, NJ          XpoNential Music Festival w/Ryan Adams
  • July 27 Pittsburgh, PA       Mr. Smalls
  • July 31 Indianapolis, IN     Deluxe at Old National Centre
  • Aug 2 Chicago, IL              Lollapalooza SOLD OUT
  • Aug 3 Minneapolis, MN       First Avenue
  • Aug 9 Los Angeles, CA       The Wiltern
  • Aug 10 San Francisco, CA   Outside Lands Festival SOLD OUT
  • Oct 3-5 Austin, TX             Austin City Limits
  • Oct 10-12 Austin, TX         Austin City Limits

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Wack Wednesdays

Yeah, I know — I shoulda posted this yesterday…woopsies.

Anyways, The Lonely Island is coming out with a new album and they have an announcement to make. See below.

The Lonely Island, the comedic rap trio comprised of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone, will release the highly anticipated The Wack Album on Tuesday, June 11th. The group’s third studio effort on Republic Records will include new songs featuring Pharrell Williams, T-Pain, Billie Joe Armstrong, Solange, and other special guests to be revealed. These artists join previously announced collaborators Adam Levine, Kendrick Lamar, Justin Timberlake, and Lady Gaga.

Beginning, well, yesterday – the group is kicking off “Wack Wednesdays” on their YouTube channel. Every Wednesday leading up to the release of The Wack Album, they will debut new content including music videos, exclusive announcements, and world premieres of tracks. These videos will also be distributed on twitter via @thelonelyisland with #wackwednesdays.

Here’s the first video of The Wack Wednesdays Series:

The Lonely Island recently released The Wack Album’s lead single, “YOLO” (feat. Adam Levine and Kendrick Lamar), which has garnered over 40 million views on YouTube in only three months. The trio also boasts a staggering 1.2 billion overall views on their YouTube channel. Their 2011 album Turtleneck & Chain, which debuted at #3 on Billboard, was nominated for a Grammy® in the category of “Best Comedy Album” and featured such talents as Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Snoop Dogg, Santigold, and Beck. The album’s first smash single “I Just Had Sex” (feat. Akon) was certified platinum. The second single, “The Creep” (feat. Nicki Minaj and John Waters) has over 74 million YouTube views. Additional singles, “Jack Sparrow” (feat. Michael Bolton) has 105 million views and “Threw It On The Ground” has 52 million views on YouTube.

Their 2009 debut album, Incredibad, included Emmy® winning sensation “D*** In A Box,” featuring Justin Timberlake. The album also featured the follow-up gold records “J**z In My Pants” and “Like a Boss” which have over 234 million views combined on YouTube. The Grammy® nominated third single “I’m On A Boat” (feat. T-Pain) went platinum and catapulted the album into over 430,000 copies sold making it the #1 selling comedy album in 2009 and 2010. The trio established themselves with the enormously popular series of corresponding Digital Shorts for their singles, which were frequently featured on Saturday Night Live beginning with the debut of the pop culture sensation “Lazy Sunday” in 2005.

Originally from Berkeley, California, the group splits their time between Los Angeles and New York City. To learn more about The Lonely Island, visit www.thelonelyisland.comhttps://twitter.com/thelonelyisland andwww.youtube.com/thelonelyisland

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Chappo Tour Dates

Photo Credit: Drew Reynolds

Photo Credit: Drew Reynolds

CHAPPO is pleased to announce a headline coast to coast tour of the United States this April. They are fresh off a busy 2012, which saw the release of their debut album Moonwater on Majordomo Records. They toured alongside indie luminaries Of Montreal, and played major festivals including Bonnaroo, Osheaga, Summerfest and Bunbury. Moonwater received notable praise from Pitchfork, “an excellently overstuffed garage-psych sound.” SPIN noted “nods to classic indie (Pixies, a dash of Grandaddy); with just enough psych-swirls to stay groovy.” “Come Home” maintained a spot on Sirius XM – Alt Nation’s top 18 for over 20 weeks.

The band recently released their new covers EP, Nothin’ To Sell You, reinterpreting songs by Jefferson Airplane, Beck, Kenny Rogers, and Caveman. The EP comes with a limited edition poster of original artwork by lead singer Alex Chappo. The illustration includes references to 5 famous paintings (try to guess which ones.)

Album Artwork Credit: Alex Chappo

Album Artwork Credit: Alex Chappo

STREAM Nothin’ to Sell You HERE.

CHAPPO – SPRING US TOUR 2013

  • March 30 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory
  • April 11 – Washington, DC – Black Cat**
  • April 13 – Charlotte, NC – Evening Muse**
  • April 15 – Atlanta, GA – Vinyl**
  • April 16 – Athens, GA – New Earth (FREE)**
  • April 17 – Birmingham, AL – Bottletree*
  • April 18 – New Orleans, LA – Howlin Wolf*
  • April 19 – Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon*
  • April 20 – Austin, TX – The Parish
  • April 24 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
  • April 25 – Pioneertown, CA – Pappy & Harriet’s (FREE)
  • April 26 – Los Angeles, CA – The Satellite
  • April 27 – San Francisco, CA – Elbo Room
  • April 28 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios (FREE)
  • April 29 – Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern
  • May 3 – Chicago, IL – Schubas
  • May 4 – Indianapolis, IN – Do317 Lounge
  • May 5 – Cincinnati, OH – MOTR Pub (FREE)
  • May 6 – Pittsburgh, PA – 6119
  • May 7 – Buffalo, NY – Tralf Music Hall
    **with Dynasty Electric *with Prom Date

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Interview: Heavy Glow

Who is Heavy Glow, and why are you guys the next big thing in rock?
Heavy Glow is a rock AND roll band. Plain and simple. We’re about being loud and soft. We’re about being heavy and loud but with a sensual swagger. It’s primitive swagger. We’re Heavy and we’re glow…
I think there’s a great future for us because we’re real. We put out music that moves us first. If it doesn’t move us then we assume it won’t move anyone else. Every song means something to us. There’s no gimmicks really. It’s a group of guys playing raw, honest music with substance. Hopefully it’s fun for everyone along the way.

What made you decide to play 70’s style rock and roll?
I don’t think there was ever a conscious decision to play any particular style of music. We play what moves us. Rock moves us and the best rock tends to come from artists with a 60s and 70s flair. To me it’s about using the language of rock music and making your own sound…which is what we’re looking to do.

Any albums/projects on the horizon?
Absolutely! We’ll be releasing our follow-up album early next year. No title as of yet. We spent the summer working with Michael Patterson and Nic Jodoin couped up in an L.A. studio. Michael is pretty well-known and has worked with Beck on “Midnite Vultures,” Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Trent Reznor etc. Nic is a recording genius. He’s currently working on the new Black Rebel Motorcycle Club album. Super excited. 10 new songs. They have an air of very confident energy…It was a very emotive and physically demanding album to record.

Any tours/shows we should be on the lookout for?
Yes we’ll be doing a West Coast Tour from L.A. to Seattle and back in January. We’ll be hitting up as many cities along the way as possible. Putting out a single on vinyl…probably 10″ so we’ll be promoting that on the tour. It’s really a “buy it at the show only” kinda thing.

Got any shout outs? Where can we find you?
Hi Mom. Just joking…Come say hi on our facebook. facebook.com/heavyglowband
Fun to chat with fans all over the world on that there Internet.
If we’re not there we’re probably watching B movies and thinking of Jameson…sometimes at the same time:)

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Setting Sun

Setting Sun released their newest masterpiece, Fantasurreal, through Young Love Records yesterday. 

This is the fourth release from Setting Sun, and definitely the most sonically ambitious. Over the course of six months, the record just flowed. “This was the easiest record I’ve ever made,” says Levitt. “It felt natural to come home to my studio and let these songs pour out while embracing some solitude that is so hard to find on tour. It was a big relief and a great way to ease back into my life.” The end result was energetic indie folk textured with percussion, swirling electronics, trumpets and strings creating a record that exists somewhere between Beck’s most insular moments and the giddy excitement of MGMT, simultaneously undercutting the vitality with raw, emotive vocals and lyrics that channel Bright Eyes or Elliott Smith. Buoyant pop songs like “Driving” share space with introspective indie folk tunes like “Don’t Grow Up”. Add in booming floor stomps like “Make You Feel” and Fantasurreal becomes Levitt’s most diverse work to date.

Here are my 2 favorites from the album:

Download “Make You Feel”

Download “Driving”

This record marks Setting Sun as a mainstay of the indie scene, as songwriter Gary Levitt further carves a niche writing and producing another soaring batch of sweepingly beautiful indie pop songs.

Download “Sacrifice”

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