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Why Sit Down When You Wanna Dance?

Check out this catchy little diddy from a group named thanks. The duo is Steve Pagano and Mario Borgatta and together they combine psychedelic pop, cinematic vibes and electronically influenced beats and melodies.

The duo emerged after meeting at Berklee College of Music in 2009. It was then that Pagano and Borgatta realized they shared the same sentiment for music and how aligned their goal really was. Together they have accomplished this goal in crafting a sound which is simultaneously unique and accessible to the masses. They set out with the intent to express their story through an artistic portrayal of music and lyrics and prevailed in culminating a winning formula which can resonate with their audiences.

Their highly anticipated debut album Colfax, named after the location of their recording studio and where the majority of the album was conceived, is the result of the pair uniting and a culmination of their mutual thoughts and beliefs. Colfax depicts the duo’s endeavor in stepping away from the grasp of musical elitism and producing material which is true to not only themselves but to the world around them. The importance of making a record which was relatable to different people was crucial. “Whatever the theme is, we do our best to keep it transparent so it can be interpreted in different ways”, admits Borgatta. thanks. pride themselves on being people who are in touch with the universe and the people who occupy it. This assimilation with the people can be felt in their music and there is no mistake, it’s genuine.

Lead single “Your World” consists of catchy psych-pop melodies, climactic choruses and upbeat funk rhythms, reminiscent of early MGMT. Enriched with an array of textures and vintage synths it is the ultimate summer anthem. Despite “Your World” having an optimistic, summery feel the song admittedly delivers a powerful message, with the lyrics being in reference to an idea of a present-day society where lives are governed by a political agenda we may or may not agree with. Borgatta reveals, “the idea was inspired by George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four” and though our lyrics aren’t meant to express any opinion towards a specific political idea or belief, we hope to motivate people to take action in what they believe in”.

“Annabelle” highlights the band’s diversity with a more 60’s psych influence, combining acid-folk and a hint of stoner power-pop. Borgatta admits how they were listening to The Beatles “Across The Universe” during their time spent in the studio and “Annabelle” is a clear indication of this inspiration.

Pagano and Borgatta have seen previous success with numerous TV placements on major networks including MTV, ABC and Netflix, as well as having engineered on records from world renown, critically acclaimed artists such as Muse, Death Cab For Cutie, Foster The People and many more.

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Newest Love: Sleep Party People

“(The Sun Will Open Its Core) marries the psychedelic weirdness of MGMT with the Euro-y sonic tenets of early 80s Mitteleuropa synth-pop. It’s both grandiose and intimate, eerie but inviting. It also has a point to make.” – BlackBook

“‘Lingering’, which will be released on June 2nd through Joyful Noise Recordings, is poised to be one of the year’s best records. With a deft and intoxicating brand of dreamy pop, as well as collaborations from the likes of Peter Silberman from The Antlers and Beth Hirsch (best known for providing vocals on Air’s masterpiece Moon Safari), Lingering has all the ingredients to be a smash success.” – The 405

BlackBook has shared Sleep Party People’s “The Sun Will Open Its Core”, the third single from the forthcoming album Lingering. “The Sun Will Open…” follows two previously released singles, “Fainting Spell” & “The Missing Steps”. Written, recorded, produced and performed entirely by Danish multi-instrumentalist Brian Batz, Lingering – featuring collaborations with The Antlers’ Peter Silberman & Air vocalist Beth Hirsch – is Sleep Party People’s fourth studio album and the first release since 2014’s Floating. Watch the video for “The Missing Steps” here. Lingering is due out June 2nd, 2017 via Joyful Noise Recordings.

When talking about the track Batz says, “I got really frustrated and emotionally upset when the whole refugee debate in Denmark was at its highest. I felt extremely indignant in terms of how society dealt with this problem. Normally I don’t go into politics, especially not in my music, but this was kind of inevitable.”

“I don’t get how people can reject human beings, who are fleeing from their destroyed homes and cities. What if it happened to us? Wouldn’t we do the same and ask for help and do whatever we felt necessary? We should be able to help each other even if we don’t agree on religion, politics or what we eat and wear. It puzzles me that some people out there can’t see the reason in helping. I had to write a song about this. Period.”

Though Copenhagen-based Batz & his 5-piece live band have become synonymous with the rabbit masks they wear during Sleep Party People live performances, Lingering finds Batz shedding his guard to create some of the most personal and accessible material of his career. Whilst “The Missing Steps” and other moments on Lingering engage demonstrably with bliss (also the woozy, unhurried not-quite title track, “Lingering Eyes”), it is nonetheless a record also concerned with anxiety and doubt, and the ways in which we cope with those insecurities that can persist through adulthood.

A personal high-water mark for Batz from Lingering is the appearance of Air-collaborator Beth Hirsch, who guests on “We Are There Together”. A longstanding fan of classic album Moon Safari, he was left tongue-tied when Hirsch contacted him out of the blue, seeking out a collaboration. Whilst Lingering is enriched by several such artistic collaborations – with The Antlers’ Peter Silberman also providing choir arrangements on “Dissensions” – it is equally shaped by Batz’s famously eccentric collection of instruments. “Salix And His Soil” came about when Batz bought an old organ; “When I turned the organ on for the first time, it started playing this crazy fast Super Mario Brothers-ish beat and loop by itself. I got hooked straight away and started jamming along”.  Elsewhere, “Fainting Spell” rests entirely on a piano loop played out on the snapped wires of his battered old studio piano.

On Lingering’s album-closer “Vivid Dream”, Batz sings of ‘Beating down my own door. Aiming to be flawless and without any mistakes’. Flawed or otherwise, in Lingering, he has unmistakably created a thing of stark beauty.

Tracklisting:

1. Figures
2. The Missing Steps
3. Fainting Spell
4. Salix And His Soil
5. Lingering Eyes
6. Dissensions (Feat. Luster)
7. Limitations
8. The Sound Of His Daughter
9. The Sun Will Open Its Core
10. We Are There Together (Feat. Beth Hirsch)
11. Odd Forms
12. Vivid Dream

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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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Download: French Horn Rebellion – “Swing Into It” (feat. HAERTS)

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Photo credit: Haley Ballard

Late nights in the big city always bring out the swingers. Hipsters in zoot suits in dark alley-ways; beat-boxers playing New Jack Swing on street corners; and French Horn Rebellion’s Next Jack Swing dance floor full of Band Geeks Gone Wild. In “Swing Into It” let Nini Fabi who, before forming HAERTS sang with French Horn Rebellion, lure you into a swinging night: dark, buzzing with energy and just a little bit of intrigue. French Horn Rebellion’s new Swing Into It EP will come out on 3/25 and you can hear the title track featuring New York’s HAERTS now.

The duo has traveled 5 continents with French horn slung over their back, doing shows with MGMT, Yelle, Cut Copy, and others along the way. Also, they’ve pioneered a new genre called ‘Next Jack Swing,’ like New Jack, but with heavy beats and funkier bass lines. Their latest EPs, Poster Girl (with Database), Girls (ft JD Samson and Fat Tony) and Love is Dangerous (ft J Pat from The Knocks), Dancing Out (ft Jody Watley), Friday Nights (with Viceroy), Caaalifornia (ft Bebe Panthere and Ghost Beach) and The Fire (ft Savoir Adore) are out now.

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Download: French Horn Rebellion – “Swing Into It” (feat. HAERTS)

French Horn Rebellion – Swing Into It EP (out 3/25)
1. Swing Into It feat. HAERTS
2. You’re All Right feat St. Lucia
3. Swing Into It (Chordashian Remix)
4. Swing Into It (Ghosts of Venice Remix)

French Horn Rebellion Live Shows:
3/6 – Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands Gallery
3/12 – Austin, TX @ The Firehouse (SexPop Showcase)
3/12 – Austin, TX @ Majestic Music Hall (Official BOND MUSIC GROUP showcase) 1am
3/13 – Austin, TX @ Hyde Park Bar & Grill (SET.FM showcase)
3/13 – Austin, TX @ Green Room at Brew Exchange (Beautiful Buzzz & The Most Definitely) 5pm
3/13 – Austin, TX @ La Barbeque (WIND UP Records showcase)
3/15 – Punta Cana, DR @ Juanillo Beach Club
3/17 – Nashville, TN @ The Greenhouse Bar
5/1 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
5/2 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
5/3 – Milwaukee, WI @ Mad Planet
5/4 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas
5/8 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott
5/9 – West Haven, CT @ RVP Studio: The Cave
5/10  New York, NY @ Webster Hall Marlin Room
5/13 – Washington, DC @ Tropicalia
5/14 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Brillobox
5/16 – Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR
5/17 – Columbus, OH @ A and R Music Bar
5/18 – Louisville, KY @ The New Vintage
5/19 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
5/22 – Austin, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
5/24 – Dallas, TX @ The Foundry
5/25 – El Paso, TX @ Neon Desert Festival
5/26 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
5/28 – San Diego, CA @ Ux31
5/29 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
5/30 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
6/2 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
6/4 – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
6/6 – Springfield, MO @ College Street Barcade
6/7 – Indianapolis, IN @ White Rabbit Cabaret

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New Music: Wintersleep

“broods, billows and stalks the listener with soaring vocals, punching drums and waves of guitars.” —Wall Street Journal

“Wintersleep have a tendency to cut straight for the gold with infectious guitar lines and persuasive, high-energy choruses.” —Pitchfork

Wintersleep produces music that has the ability to grab listeners with  its pop charm and keep them captivated with its subtle complexities. The band is gearing up to release Hello Hum, a collection of diverse tracks full of resonant harmonies, rich layers of elaborate instrumentation and ear-catching melodies. Co-produced and mixed by Dave Fridmann (MGMT, The Flaming Lips) and Tony Doogan (Belle & Sebastian, Mogwai) and inspired by the members’ collective experiences, waking dreams, and musical experimentations, Hello Hum will be released June 12th via Roll Call Records/ILG.

Download: Wintersleep – “Resuscitate”

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Video: Miike Snow – “The Wave”

Check out this new chill-inducing video for Miike Snow’s “The Wave.”

The video is a continuation of a thread which began in their last video for “Paddling Out.” In that video, a group of unfortunates were abducted to space in an experiment to create a perfect human named Jean Noel. Following some pretty brutal chainsaw surgery, the video ended with Jean crashing to earth in a spaceship seemingly manned by classical-era twins.

Both videos were directed by Swedish Director Andreas Nillson, who’s work includes MGMT and Fever Ray. Rumours the entire plot was cooked up after a real life after hours chain saw massacre are currently unconfirmed.

Click here to see the video for “Paddling Out” (the first video of the series), if you haven’t yet.

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Newest Love: French Horn Rebellion

French Horn Rebellion (Robert and David Perlick-Molinari) kick off 2011 by announcing the US self-release of their debut album The Infinite Music of French Horn Rebellion on April 19th digitally and May 24th physically (Once Upon A Time Records). They’re also appearing at Austin’s SXSW, stopping for an Asian date with MGMT and embarking on a 27 date North American tour supporting French electro pop outfit Yelle starting 17th April.
 
Written, produced and mixed by Robert and David,The Infinite Music…’ is a debut album that warps the fabric of dance, electro, rock and funk. Crucially, the album also follows an intergalactic narrative that tracks the physical and emotional journey of an unknown French Horn player. “There is a story running through the album, it’s about the Universe. We’re pretty clear on what the story is, but what you take away from it may be something entirely different,” says David.
  
On the back of just three EP’s to date, these two unassuming brothers, originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, have already toured and played with the likes of Hot Chip, Sleigh Bells, The Drums, Cut Copy and SebastiAn. 

The Brooklyn-based duo already had an illustrious pedigree; David produced MGMT’s indie release, Time to Pretend EP for New York indie Cantora Records. The band have also remixed the likes of MEN, Two Door Cinema Club, OMD and Alex Winston. Following packed out NYC performances at CMJ, the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival and in support to MNDR at the launch of new Neon Gold / Popjustice party POPSHOP, FHR will visit Europe in March for a handful of shows before heading home to play SXSW and then on to Asia for shows in Hong Kong (w/ MGMT), China, Korea and Japan. Their 27 date North American tour supporting Yelle kicks off in Phoenix on April 17th.

Check out “This Moment” by clicking here.

Download French Horn Rebellion’s album sampler for free here (tracks include “Brasilia Girl,” “Body Electric,” and “Broken Heart.”

The full track listing for The Infinite Music of French Horn Rebellion (USA version) is:
 
1. Up All Night
2. This Moment
3. Last Summer
4. Geomancer’s Compass and Other Quasi-Scientific Findings
5. Running Through The Wild
6. The Cantor Meets the Alien
7. What I Want
8. The Void and Fancy Free
9. The Body Electric
10. Broken Heart
11. New Florida
12. Brasilia Girl
13. Mawson’s Peak
14. Antarctica / The Decision
 
 The full dates are as follows:
  
MARCH
Fri 11th – Madrid, Spain @ Pop & Dance
Sat 12th – Barcelona, Spain @ Razzmatazz
Wed 16th – Sat 19th Austin, TX @ SXSW
Fri 18th – Austin, TX @ Windish House SXSW – 11pm
Wed 30th – Hong Kong, KITEC Star Hall w/ MGMT
 
APRIL
Fri 8th – Shanghai, China, Mao Livehouse
Sat 9th – Beijing, China, Yugongyishan
 
Further Asian dates to be announced shortly

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR w/ YELLE
 
APRIL
Sun 17th – Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room
Mon 18th – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
Tues 19th – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
Thurs 21st – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
Fri 22nd – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
Sat 23rd – Houston, TX @ Fitzgeralds
Sun 24th – Mobile, AL @ Alabama Music Box (FHR show)
Mon 25th – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade (Hell Stage)
Tues 26th – Carrboro, NC @ Cats Cradle
Weds 27th – Washington DC @ 9:30 Club
Fri 29th – Boston MA @ Royale Nightclub
Sat 30th – New York, NY @ The Fillmore New York at Irving
 
MAY
Mon 2nd – Quebec City, QC @ Le Circle
Tues 3rd – Montreal, QC @ Le National
Weds 4th – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Thurs 5th – Toledo, OH @ Frankie’s (FHR Show)
Fri 6th – Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge
Sat 7th – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Sun 8th – Madison WI @ Majestic Theatre
Tues 10th – Denver CO @ Bluebird Theatre
Weds 11th – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Fri 13th – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
Sat 14th – Seattle WA @ Neumos
Sun 15th – Portland OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Tues 17th – Reno, NV @ Tonic Lounge
Weds 18th – Santa Cruz, CA @ Rio Theatre
Thurs 19th –  San Francisco, CA @The Grand Ballroom @ Regency
Fri 20th –  San Diego, CA @ Casbah
Sat 21st – Los Angeles, CA @ Music Box at The Henry Fonda

 

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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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Holy Freaking Crap!: Listen to new MGMT album now!

Go to MGMT’s website where you can have a listen to Congratulations, the entire new album (via streaming). ALREADY! As in…NOW!!!

(Still can’t physically have it until April 13th, though.)

What do you think of it?!?!

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Highly Anticipated: New MGMT single released

We still have a few weeks to wait for MGMT’s new album Congratulations to hypnotize our ears, BUT Spinner has put up a stream of their first single “Flash Delirium.” Click here to get there and listen! Hurry!

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