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Stream The Dead Ships EP

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Last year, I posted a track from LA’s The Dead Ships called “Canyon” which you can check out here. I also have another of their tracks on my SoundCloud “likes” — that song is “Floorboards” which you can check out here. Or, you can just stream the whole EP over at Consequence of Sound here.

The Dead Ships will release EP I next Tuesday, May 5th. The full EP, produced by Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning.

Having racked up praise from local outlets like the LA Times, Buzz Bands LA, DoLA & more for their high-energy live show, The Dead Ships play Chicago’s Empty Bottle tonight before heading to Toronto for Canadian Music Week, sharing stages with acts like King Tuff & Twin Peaks (see below for details.)

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EP I Track Listing:
1. Big Quiet
2. Canyon
3. Floorboards
4. Citycide
5. Seance
6. Tomorrow’s Crashes
7. Canyon (Radio Edit)

Upcoming Shows:
5/1: Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle (w/ R. Ring) – more info
5/7: Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace (w/ King Tuff, Twin Peaks) – 9pm (more info)
5/8: Toronto, ON @ Bovine Sex Club – 10pm (more info)
5/9: Toronto, ON @ Cameron House
5/9: Toronto, ON @ Cherry Cola’s Rock ‘N’ Rolla Cabaret – 12am

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New Music From RATATAT!!!!

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Holy shit!!! I haven’t been this excited in quite some time!!!

On Saturday, April 11 RATATAT (the duo of Mike Stroud and Evan Mast) took to the Coachella stage to perform for the first time in four years. During the duo’s performance they debuted new music from their upcoming fifth studio album, due out this summer on XL Recordings.  Directly following their performance a new song from the set, “Cream On Chrome,” was made available, check it out below!!!!!

RATATAT recently completed a handful of sold-out shows in Tulsa, Denver, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas.  RATATAT will also perform at Governor’s Ball and Capital Hill Block Party music festivals this summer.

RATATAT on tour:

April 15          Pomona, CA                Fox Theatre

April 16          San Diego, CA             House of Blues

April 18          Indio, CA                     Coachella

May 30           Barcelona, Spain        Primavera Sound

May 31           Paris                           We Love Green Festival

June 5             New York, NY             Governor’s Ball

July 24-26      Seattle, WA                 Capital Hill Block Party

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Listen: New Music from MiM0SA

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Today, MiM0SA announces his new album Future Trill Vol 2. and reveals the first track of the album “Boss Shit” ft Bun B from UGK.

“Boss Shit” ft Bun B is for sale on iTunes today HERE and down below you can stream the song via Soundcloud.

Tigran Mimosa is a young voice echoing the generation of youth raised on early hip-hop and Grime.  Born in Armenia and brought to Los Angeles at age three, he was thrown into a survivalist situation facing the harsh realities of a new country. Being an only child to a single mom as well as an immigrant produced an ambitious street kid. At the tender age of seventeen, Tigran went north to the illustrious city of San Francisco. At a time when most kids were getting out of high school he was already knee deep in the epicenter of a vast and eclectic underground music scene. San Francisco, the legendary city of pioneers and innovators, had a quick yet sudden transformational effect – swept up in the chaos, MiM0SA was born.

Working with a myriad of synth lines and harmonic melodies, he carved out a niche by layering these with the signature 808 kick. Ultimately inspired by the west coast patriarch’s of hip-hop from the Bay to LA, his musical creations had the unique voice that only a conglomerate of different influences could create. Embodying the newness of street youth and bay area underground culture, Mimosa immediately caught the ear of a small underground label called Muti Music. To follow was a prolific four EPs and an album between 2008 and 2010, which immediately earned him accolades as a live performer, chalking up early triumphs at the Lightning In A Bottle Festival, Red Rocks and Coachella.

In 2011, MiM0SA started his empire with his personal record label, False Idol Musik.  Through this came the release of his second album, Sanctuary.  His live gigs also traveled east during these few years, attracting thousands of fans and proving West Coast underground could not only resonate, but also was a party staple across the country. In 2012 his performance garnered him amongst the “top ten acts at Bonnaroo” from Spin magazine.

In 2013, MiM0SA came hard with evolution of his sound launching a free concept album entitled Future Trill Vol. 1. He conceptualized the idea of “future trill” as being an umbrella term for the genre of music and the diversified tracks within. Therefore his much-anticipated new album is aptly named Future Trill Vol. 2 and contains a diverse multiform compilation of tracks. Featured on the album is Houston rapper Bun B of UGK with whom MiM0SA admits having, “pursued with a determination to collaborate”. Traveling to Texas with a suitcase of cash and a hard drive full of beats, he sought out and conquered. MiM0SA and the underground rapper went to work and in what would be described as luck or magic a potent musical union was formed.  Within a thirty-minutes the epic single “Boss Shit” was recorded to be released this August 2014 on Future Trill Vol. 2.

Today, MiM0SA resides in Los Angeles, occupying a spacious former Buddhist temple equipped with ample studio set-up. He’s graced the stages of major venues around the world.  Life’s journey from a street rat hood kid to future trill patron instilled an eager sense toward constant evolution and a dedication to the underground. Inspiration and devotion walk hand and hand to solidify the beginning chapter of MiM0SA.

This is a story yet to be told about an artist creating his own revolution with sound.

unnamedListen: MiM0SA – “Boss Shit” ft. Bun B

MiM0SA Shows: 
7/17 – Columbia, SC @ Social Bar and Lounge
7/18 – Louisville, KY @ Belle of Louisville
7/26 – Highlands, TX @ Banana Bend
8/14 – Chicago, IL @ Sound-Bar Nightclub
8/30 – Philadelphia, PA @ Fairmount Park
9/12 – Madison, WI @ Segredo
9/13 – Kansas City, MO @ Richard L Berkley Riverfront
9/26 – Fairburn, GA @ Bouckaert Farm
8/28 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox

MiM0SA – Future Trill Vol. 2 track list:
01- Resurrection
02- Sunshine
03- Boss Shit Ft. Bun B of UGK
04- Hot Boys Ft Taso
05- Crescent Moon
06- Turbo
07- Anubis
08- Underdog
09- Jagged Edge
10- Outer Space

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Video: Ha Ha Tonka – “Dead To The World”

Ha Ha Tonka is an unmistakable indie-meets-Southern rock band. Sitting at the crossroads of Americana and indie – where Alabama meets Arcade Fire – the quartet recently released their fourth full-length album, Lessons, via Bloodshot Records.

Now, the band unveil their striking video for Lessons album opener “Dead To The World.” A simultaneously poignant & bittersweet oeuvre, the video premiered with American Songwriter.

Ha Ha Tonka will be heading to Telluride, CO on Dec. 30th for a FREE show at the Sheridan Opera House, which will serve as the party/announcement of the Austin City Limits 40th Anniversary weekend aka The Ride 2014. In March, they will be touring down to SXSW Music Festival, and will then head to Europe for a run of headline dates in May/June.

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Listen: Gossling – “Never Expire”

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Tastemakers around the US have been buzzing ever since Gossling’s new single, “Never Expire” hit the web in late August, climbing to  #7 on Hype Machine at the same time it hit the Top 20 on Australia’s Triple J.

Plucked harps, guitar climaxes, and retro, European disco. Such is the amalgam of sounds that form the musicianship of Melbourne’s Gossling, also known as singer/songwriter Helen Croome. With sonic inspiration found in records by artists such as Goldfrapp and Metronomy, combined with Gossling’s heartfelt, diverse, and seriously enchanting talent and dreamy, startling voice, her upcoming full-length, Harvest Of Gold (to be released in the US in early 2014), insures that another great Australian talent is about to sweep the globe.

Listen: Gossling – “Never Expire”

“Hopefully with this album the people who’ve only heard my singles will realize the extent of my songwriting,” says Helen, who signed to Dew Process in September 2012 following three acclaimed independent EPs: 2009 debut If You Can’t Whistle, 2010’s Until Then, and 2012’s Intentional Living. “I want listeners to stick with me as an artist, and enjoy the progression I’ve made.”

Gossling has already caught quite a few ears in the US via TV placements in American Horror Story, Gossip Girl, Nashville and Graceland.

October 15 @ Pianos (NYC)
October 18 @ Pete’s Candy Store (NYC)
Oct 19 @ The Delancy (NYC)
Oct 19 @ Arlene’s Grocery (NYC)
Oct 21 @ Bootleg Theater (Los Angeles)

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Check ‘Em Out: Mortar & Pestle

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Oakland, California–based trio Mortar & Pestle is set to release its debut EP on May 7th via the local label Post Primal.  They’re the kind of band that makes the kind of “this reminds me of the summer when…” songs that stick. These are tunes which bring up the feelings that make memories, bridging genres and weaving the past and future into a retrospective ride towards tomorrow. The loss, pain, anger and triumph are heard in Lambert’s soulful voice; a voice that gets right to the heart of the matter, and like a female Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode, her pure emotion sits perfectly complimented by her band’s electronics. The arresting first single “U.V.” recently premiered via SPIN.  “‘U.V. is about the effect love has,” says lead singer Janaysa Lambert. “It’s warm at first, and fills us with expansive joy, but not unlike the rays of the sun, it can age us quickly.”

The sounds of a pinball machine in the opening of the tune might say fun, the same way PartyBingo says fun, but make no mistake; the song gives way to a darkness that is real.  Born on the kitchen piano of a studio apartment, days after Lambert and keyboardist Paul Shinichi first met at a mutual friend’s party, the two were joined within the year by drummer Sean Paul Duke. Tragically, the friend who brought them together met with an untimely death shortly after she gave the band its name.

“She wanted to be the one to name us,” says Shinichi. “We were struggling with a name for months, and then she came up with Mortar & Pestle. I think honoring her life is one reason why we are together. This album is really about her.”  The band is also now completing a music video for “U.V.” that is as moving as the song itself.  And, even with the upcoming release of Mortar & Pestle’s debut, the band is already writing its next release.

Listen/download: Mortar & Pestle – “U.V.”

Mortar & Pestle Live

 05/10 Oakland, CA @ The Uptown Record Release Show

05/12 Portland, OR @ The Lovecraft w/ Not from Brooklyn

05/15 Seattle, WA @ The Redezvous/Jewelbox Theatre w/ Not from Brooklyn

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Track Listing:

01. U.V.

02. Pristine Dream

03. Lady 7

04. Lighthouse

05. Switchblade Bandita

06. Electric Angel

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Listen: MS MR – “Fantasy” (Kele from Bloc Party Remix)

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Earlier this month, MS MR revealed their first official music video for their new track “Fantasy.” The band explained: “Shot on location in Jamaica, Queens with our dear friend and talented director Austin Peters, the video for “Fantasy” stays true to the main themes and questions behind the track: things we imagine or think we understand are not as they appear. This video presents a world filled with fantasies gone wrong where the mundane, the surreal and the supernatural are all intertwined and what is real becomes a matter of perspective.”

The song is off of the band’s debut album Secondhand Rapture out May 14th in the U.S. on Columbia Records.

Also, check out the “Fantasy” remix by Kele Okereke from Bloc Party.

Listen: MS MR – Fantasy (Kele from Bloc Party Remix)

MS MR continues to enthrall fans around the world with their compelling blend of pop.  With “Fantasy” quickly rising to #2 on the Hype Machine ‘Popular’ charts. MS MR is the moniker for Lizzy Plapinger and Max Hershenow.  The duo’s debut Secondhand Rapture is comprised of 12 tracks and was produced by Hershenow, with additional production and mix by Tom Elmhirst.  The duo recently played a handful of new songs during their sold-out stints at NYC’s Mercury Lounge and headline debut at the Echo in Los Angeles.  You can catch the band performing at this year’s SXSW.

MS MR live:
Wed 3/13: C3 – Lamberts, 401 W. 2nd Street. @ 3:30pm
Thu 3/14: Hype Machine – Hype Hotel, 301 Brazos/3rd Street. @ 12am
Fri 3/15: Filter/Columbia – Cedar Street Courtyard, 208 W 4th Street @ 2:30pm
Sat 5/11: Columbia, MD @ Sweetlife Festival
Sat: 5/25: Boston, MA @ Boston Calling
Fri 6/7: New York, NY @ Governors Ball

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Download: Midnight Magic – “Threshold” (B-Side)

 “… this collection of dancefloor-ready electro-soul, funk and disco tracks has been a long time coming.” – WNYC

“Untethered from disco’s four-to-the-floor pulse, the nine-piece New York group of DFA alumnae rides aloft a breezy synthesizer melody and swirls of dub delay”SPIN

“… disco, boogie, and old-school electro sounds for a modern scene.” XLR8R

The psychedelic-soul army Midnight Magic has struck again with their highly anticipated debut full length, Walking The Midnight Streets, out now on their own Midnight Sun Sound. Since bursting onto the scene in 2009 with a series of 12” singles, including the dance floor smash “Beam Me Up,” the band has become revered for their irresistibly catchy hooks and seductive live show. Revered by Lucky, SPIN, RCRD LBL, Interview, XLR8R and more, the new album is a blend of funk, soul, and electro-tinged disco. It is available for purchase on iTunes and all other digital retailers.

Space invader b-side, the band has released “Threshold” as a free MP3. Also, you can hear the full album streaming where it premiered at AOL Spinner through the end of the week.

Listen/download: Midnight Magic – “Threshold” (B-Side)

Midnight Magic LIVE Tour Dates
11/16: Brooklyn, NY @ Cameo Gallery (album release party)
11/24: Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hal w/ Blood Diamonds
12/1: Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary

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Highly Anticipated: The Wallflowers

The Wallflowers have announced they are back in the studio and putting the finishing touches on a long-awaited new studio album that will be released by Columbia Records this fall. Currently recording in Nashville at Dan Auerbach’s (The Black Keys) Easy Eye Sound studio, the new album finds frontman Jakob Dylan joining original band members Greg Richling (bass) and Rami Jaffee (keyboards), with Wallflowers’ longtime guitarist Stuart Mathis and drummer Jack Irons (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam) rounding out the lineup. The album is being produced by Jay Joyce (Emmylou Harris, Cage the Elephant) and mixed by Rich Costey (Bruce Springsteen, The Shins).

The Wallflowers have taken their deep history and defining sound into new territory with the release of their upcoming album. The new record has the band doing what it does best while continuing to find new ground to cover.  “It’s been a while since we’ve felt this energized and creative. We haven’t changed our stripes so much as we’re continuing to redefine the animal,” said Jakob Dylan.

In addition to their new album, The Wallflowers have announced a series of tour dates that will kick off in select U.S. cities in July. On these dates the band expects to give fans a preview of the new material, which finds them rediscovering their sound while reflecting the varied influences they have accumulated over the years.

I’m a sucker for “One Headlight”!!!

Formed in Los Angeles, The Wallflowers rose to fame with their 4x platinum album Bringing Down The Horse, which featured four top charting singles including “6th Avenue Heartache,” “One Headlight,” “The Difference,” and “Three Marlenas.” The two-time Grammy Award winners went on to sell over 7 million records worldwide with a series of critically acclaimed albums before going on hiatus in 2007. During the group’s break from recording, Jakob Dylan released two solo albums, which also garnered significant praise,  2008’s Seeing Things and 2010’s Women and Country.

The Wallflowers Tour Dates

  • 7/20    Firefly Music Festival, Dover, DE
  • 7/24    Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY (on-sale Friday, May 11th)
  • 7/25    The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ (on-sale Friday, May 11th)
  • 7/27    Schubas, Chicago, IL (on-sale Saturday, May 12th)
  • 9/23    De Luna Fest, Pensacola, FL

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New Music: Caveman

After revealing tracks with Fader and Pitchfork, the rising New York band Caveman exclusively premiered two new tracks with Stereogum and Nylon MagazineStereogum calls Caveman’s “Decide”  “breezy, infectious folk-pop / Heavy Rotation” and Nylon Magazine described the luscious “Easy Water” as follows: “newcomers Caveman, the Brooklyn band that’s gaining massive buzz despite the fact that the group is only a little more than a year old. With lullaby vocals and woozy melodies.”

  • Download “Decide” HERE
  • Download “Easy Water” HERE

Mark your calendars for more new track premieres: “A Country’s King of Dreams”via MTV Hive on 8/31 and “My Room” via Rolling Stone on 9/5.

Opening with “A Country’s King of Dreams,” the band explores honey-sweet, country-tinged vocal melodies over tribal drumming. “My Time” is a slow-building pop gem, with lead singer Matthew Iwanusa’s vocals weaving in and out of band’s backing vocals. Caveman’s lush four-part harmonies, spaced-out guitars, and inventive percussion come together perfectly on the tracks “Easy Water” and “My Room.”

The band puts on a must-see live show; as you can read in this amazing Consequence of Sound live review HERE from the Chicago show last week (and I will be going to see on Thursday 9/1). Currently on tour with The War on Drugs, they’ll be back in New York for their digital album release show at the Mercury Lounge on Thursday, September 15th.

In honor of the New York five-piece’s debut release, Pitchfork revealed another stand out track from Caveman’s debut CoCo Beware “Thankful” HERE. The band has already made “Old Friend” (my favorite!) available as a free download, premiering the track with Fader Magazine. Click HERE to hear the track.

Caveman is:
Matthew Iwanusa (lead vocals, guitar, drums)
Jimmy “Cobra” Carbonetti (guitar)
Stefan Marolachakis (drums, vocals)
Sam Hopkins (synthesizer, vocals)
Jeff Berrall (bass, vocals)

Upcoming Caveman Dates:
* w/ The War On Drugs
08/30 – St. Louis, MO @ The Biliken Club *
08/31 – Lexington-Fayette, KY @ Cosmic Charlie’s *
09/01 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe *
09/02 – Washington, DC @ The Red Place *
09/15 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge (Digital Album Release)

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