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FINALLY!!!!!!!!!! The Debut Album From Night Drive Is Heeeeeeeere!

I can’t even tell you how LONG I’ve been waiting for this! It feels like YEARS! Rodney Connell and Brandon Duhon make up the duo that is Night Drive.

Fun Facts:

Both of the guys started as frontmen for the bands MoTel Aviv and Glasnost (!!!YASS! I remember loving Glasnost).

They previously supported acts such as Yelle and Digitalism — again YASSSS!!!!

Night Drive is the type of music you would hear on a car stereo if Giorgio Moroder and Ray Bradbury were driving late at night through a buzzing metropolis. Inspired by the bygone era of glamour and excess, kaleidoscopic neon lights, Studio 54 and Tony Wilson’s Hacienda, the band pulls influence from acts such as Brian Eno, New Order, OMD, The Drums and LCD Soundsystem to name a few. Night Drive rides a nu-wave of fast-tempo, synth-based electronic sounds driven by rich guitar melodies and arresting vocal hooks.

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Unreleased Tracks for Thomas Fekete Benefit Auction

Here's Thom with his dog, Sachi

Earlier this year, Thomas Fekete, Surfer Blood’s guitarist of six years, was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive cancer. Though he has health insurance, which has covered more than six months of chemotherapy, he’s been undergoing an alternative treatment plan that unfortunately is not covered by insurance. Currently unable to tour and make a living, Thomas has relied on the generous donations of fans & friends, via his GoFundMe page and various other fundraisers.

Now, some of Thomas’s favorite artists and closest friends have come together to help raise money, contributing previously-unreleased tracks and autographed items to be put up for auction on eBay. Never-before-heard songs from Yo La Tengo, Guided By Voices, Cults, Real Estate, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Lou Barlow, The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger, Nick Diamonds, Julianna Barwick, Alex Somers,…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, The Drums and Surfer Blood were pressed to hi-fi, stereo lathe-cut vinyl, with only one copy being made of each. Each one is up for auction now, along with autographed items from Sleigh Bells, Yoko Ono & Flaming Lips, Interpol & Shepard Fairey, Sharon Van Etten, and Angel Olsen.

All thirteen unreleased tracks are also available for digital download with a donation of $10 or more to Thomas’s GoFundMe page. See below for a full list of tracks.

Guided By Voices – “Motor Away” (live)
Recorded live 6/24/94 at Threadwaxing Space, New York City on “The Insects of Rock” tour.

Yo La Tengo – “Can’t Forget” (live)
Recorded 8/28/15 at WorldCafe Live, courtesy of WXPN, Philadelphia. Yo La Tengo appears courtesy of Matador Records.

Cults – “Hurting”
An out-take from Cults’ 2013 album Static.

Real Estate – “Talking Backwards” (demo)
This was recorded in Real Estate’s practice space in Bushwick in the summer of 2013.  Courtesy Domino Records.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – “Between These Boys” (demo)

Lou Barlow – “Sunshine / Money / Thirsty”
Three previously-unreleased tracks.

The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger – “Rainbows In Gasoline” (unreleased version)
Recorded in 2009 with early line-up of The GOASTT (Sean Lennon, Charlotte Kemp Muhl, Mark Ronson), recorded & mixed by Mark Ronson.

Nick Diamonds (from Islands) – “Be A Comedian”
Recorded spontaneously on September 2nd, 2015.

Julianna Barwick – “Promise”
Recorded in 2012.

Alex Somers – “Well”
Recorded in Iceland in 2015.

The Drums – “Help Him”
2012 unreleased demo.

…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – “F Train”
Demo version of “Tao of the Dead Part II”.

Surfer Blood – “Tidal Wave” (demo)
Brand new song recorded last week!

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Newest Love: French Horn Rebellion

Watch the video for “Up All Night”

“Next big thing…Electro” New York Times
“Irresistible, panting synth-pop, with fat new wave key tones and ecstatic vocals.” Pitchfork
“A roller-coaster ride of an album that is as uplifting as it is beguiling” Q Magazine
“Warp speed eclectic” Time Out London

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) and play 27 North American live shows supporting French electro pop outfit Yelle starting 17th April. MySpace Music exclusively premieres the band’s debut early, go here to listen to it.

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 and may just turn out to be a contender for this year’s most ambitious, multi-faceted and engaging debut album. 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.

These two unassuming brothers, originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, have already toured and played with the likes of Hot Chip, Sleigh Bells, The Drums and Cut Copy. The band have also remixed the likes of MEN, Two Door Cinema Club, OMD, Young Empires and Alex Winston.

Check out this hilarious video for “Broken Heart”

You can have a listen at the entire new album on MySpace by clicking here.

Download “This Moment” here

Download “Up All Night” (Clubfeet Remix) here

Download “What I Want” (JD Samson’s EVA HESSE remix) here

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Clock Opera – “Belongings”

 

British band on the rise, Clock Opera will release their beautiful new single “Belongings” on May 9th via UK label Moshi Moshi (known for the early championship of acts like Florence and the Machine), as well as making their way across the pond to Austin’s SXSW to showcase their dynamic live show which is garnering them praise and fans in leaps and bounds.
 
Produced by front man Guy Connelly, “Belongings” is already a highlight of their live set; an incredibly beautiful and emotive song, while the b-side is the understated brooding and delicate “Let Go The Lifeboats.”

Click here to listen to “Belongings”
 
They have supported the likes of Yeasayer and Au Revoir Simone on their UK tours and have also delivered inspired remixes for the aforementioned artists as well as reinterpretations of The Drums and The Golden Filter. Clock Opera will be performing at this year’s SXSW festival for the first time, and wrapping up recording their debut album slated to see release later this year.

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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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The Drums and Surfer Blood North American Tour

Rolling Stone recently called The Drums’ debut “one of the best indie pop debuts of the year.”  Their spellbinding sound takes a classic alternative sound and infuses it with a raw energy only they can create. The album and electrifying UK shows have already gained the band an NME cover.  The album is out now digitally in the US and will be available in stores in September.

Tickets for The Drums & Surfer Blood’s North American Tour go on sale on July 30-31 with a band presale at thedrumsandsurferblood.com on July 28.

The Drums/Surfer Blood 2010 North American Tour Dates

9/11 Providence, RI @ Jerky’s Live Music Hall
9/12: Washington, DC @ The 9:30 Club
9/13 Chapel Hill, NC @  Local 506
9/15: Atlanta, GA @ The Loft
9/17: Orlando, FL @ Social
9/18: Miami, FL @ Grand Central
9/19: Tampa, FL @ State Theatre
9/20 Gainesville, FL @ Common Ground Coffeehouse
9/21: Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder
9/23: Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s (The Drums ONLY)
9/24: Dallas, TX @  The Loft (The Drums ONLY)
9/25: Austin, TX @ ND (The Drums ONLY)
9/27: Phoenix, AZ @ Clubhouse
9/28 Pomona, CA @ Glass House
9/29: Los Angeles, CA @ The Music Box
10/01: San Francisco, CA @ The Independent (The Drums ONLY)
10/03: Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
10/04: Seattle, WA @ Neumos (The Drums ONLY)
10/05: Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret
10/07: Boise, ID @ Neurolux
10/08: Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
10/10: Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
10/13: Minneapolis, MN @ The Varsity Theater
10/14: Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
10/16: Toronto, ON @ Mod Club (The Drums ONLY)
10/17: Montreal, QB @ Cabaret du Musee Juste Pour Rire (The Drums ONLY)
10/18: Boston, MA @ Paradise (The Drums ONLY)
10/20: New York, NY @ Webster Hall
10/22: Philadelphia, PA @ Making Time

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Newest Love AND Highly Anticipated: The Drums

First of all, by going to their site you’re immediately hit with a video and if you type in your email address you can get a free mp3 of “It Will All End In Tears” sent to your inbox.

Awwwwweeeeesssssssooooooooommmmmeeeeeee.

The Drums self-titled debut album was released digitally two days ago from Downtown Records. The vinyl will follow on August 10 and the physical CD will hit stores in September. The US version of the CD will contain bonus tracks not found on the UK release.   After the release of their debut EP Summertime! and a string of tour dates in the UK, The Drums were listed at #1 on both Clash and NME’s Top Tips of the Year and #5 on the BBC’s Sound of 2010 poll. Pitchfork’s readers voted the band as ‘Best Hope for 2010’ in their 2009 Readers’ Poll.
You’ve heard the buzz and with the release of the band’s debut album, the songs speak for themselves.

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Newest Love: The Drums


Post punk, indie pop rock band The Drums are catching on EVERYWHERE and I LOVE it!!! Definitely look out for these guys this year!

I can’t get enough…if you love New Order and The Cure, you won’t be able to get enough either!

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