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NVDES Release Vol. 2

Photo Credit: Neil Favila

In the midst of a national co-headline tour with Pierce Fulton, Los Angeles-based creative collective NVDES release their Vol. 2 EP today. Highlighted by the work of de-facto frontman Josh Ocean, the six-track collection is brimming with his signature energy-packed influence. Fusing pulsing electronics, hard-hitting beats, and ethereal vocals, the EP includes “Everyday,” featured in Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist this week, and “D.Y.T (Do Your Thing)” feat. REMMI which set the internet ablaze upon its release last month.

Earlier this year, NVDES released his La NVDITÉ, Vol. 1 EP which included the infectious single “Turning Heads,” recently selected to feature in Apple’s iPhone X ad campaign. In 2017 alone, NVDES’ music can be heard in over 15 shows and commercials for the likes of Victoria’s Secret, T-Mobile, CW’s Dynasty, and more. To date, NVDES has garnered over 12 million streams across platforms, charted on Spotify’s Global and US Viral Charts, and earned acclaim from the likes of FADER and NYLON.

NVDES Tour Dates w/ Pierce Fulton
12/12: San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall
12/13: Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
12/16: San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar

Vol. 2 EP Tracklisting
1. This High
2. D.Y.T (Do Your Thing) feat. REMMI
3. Everyday
4. Amsterdam In My Mind
5. Walls
6. Where Is Your Mind


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Video: Dave Monks – “Gasoline”


All Signs Point To Yes​ is the first solo release from Tokyo Police Club bandleader Dave Monks. Made up of six songs, including the lead single “Gasoline,” the EP was released on Tuesday, June 16 via Dine Alone Records.

Dave has now shared his first music video from the EP for the lead single “Gasoline.” Premiering on BlackBook, the video is simple and clean, with the camera trained on Dave as he performs his single with just an acoustic guitar. It was directed by Chris Schoonover and features camera work by Tyler Kufs, Stephanie Dimiskovski, and Jonathan Schoonover.

All Signs Point To Yes was written and completed ​over the latter half of 2013, while Monks was falling in love with a new person and a new place. Inspired by that romantic relationship and a move from Toronto to Brooklyn, Monks sought to hone in on the honesty in his songwriting, stripping away other sounds in order to focus the spotlight on his voice and acoustic guitar. The result is an EP of fully formed, earnest, and insightful songs that serve as both a natural evolution and familiar embrace of Monks’ music.

Removing the other instruments also revealed a creative freedom for Monks, inspiring a simplicity and directness to which all songwriters aspire. “As I was writing these songs I just thought, ‘What if this i​s​ the song, what if it just starts with me and I don’t have to add anything else and I can embrace all the things that come most naturally to me?’ There’s definitely less stuff to hide behind.”

Settled in his new place in Bushwick, Monks embraced the collaborative spirit and structure of New York City, adding a new bass player and drummer to the project while sharing songs constantly with his girlfriend and other musician friends. “It’s definitely honest,” he says of his voice on the EP, which he recorded himself in his apartment before handing over to be mixed by Rob Schnapf. “It could be too honest for some people but I’m in a really good spot and wrote a bunch of sweet songs. I appreciate the connection that comes from sharing something that somebody might not have seen, that’s not visible to the naked eye. People do relate to it, and I find that super rewarding; that drives me in a lot of ways. I’m trying to understand what people really want to get out of music.”

Despite all its sincerity and intimacy, A​ll Signs Points To Yes s​till manages to avoid being too wistful or overly serious while still giving us a very real look into the life of its singer. It i​s a small record with a big heart, a snapshot of a man in a new time and new place who is learning to expand his reach, all while stripping away the superfluous and concentrating on connecting through trust, humor, and sincerity.

All Signs Point To Yes Tracklisting

The Rules
Miss You
Heartbeat Blues
Summer Dream

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Newest Love: Ashtar Command

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1. Let the Sunshine In

2. The Breakup Song (ft. Priscilla Ahn)

3. Save Me (ft. Alex Ebert)

4. (Walking On) Landmines

5. China

6.Mark IV (ft. Joshua Radin)

7. Rosa (ft. Priscilla Ahn)

8. Gravity (ft. Z Berg)

9. Requiem For Love

10. Hello

11. Salvation

12. That’s How it Is (ft. Har Mar Superstar)

13. Blister of the Spotlight (ft. Rachael Yamagata)

14. All the Stars in Heaven (ft. Priscilla Ahn)

15. Don’t Destroy Us

16. Holding Out For Love

American Sunshine, Ashtar Command’s debut album, evolved organically, a labor of love from veteran musicians Chris Holmes and Brian Liesegang,  American Sunshine is an expansive and coherent album that defies being reduced to a single genre. It is a FANTASTIC album. I knew the band’s name had sounded familiar and once I heard “China” I knew for sure that I’ve heard these guys before. In fact, I heard “China” years ago, so it must have taken a while for the duo to perfect their debut. American Sunshine includes songs of exquisite beauty and ones that unabashedly rock.

The project features a remarkable group of guest artists. Working in identical studios in Los Angeles and Chicago respectively, the duo sent songs back and forth thereby growing fleeting ideas into full-fledged songs. The group enlisted musicians that seemed to suit the individual songs – people they had worked with or been friends with for years.

They were joined by guest vocalists Joshua Radin on “Mark IV,” Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros (“Save Me”), Har Mar Superstar (“That’s How It Is”) and Rachel Yamagata (“Blister of the Spotlight”). The dreamy “Rosa,” already in heavy rotation at Los Angeles’ KCRW, is one of two tracks featuring Priscilla Ahn, while Z Berg’s crystal clear vocals provide a stunning counterpoint to the throbbing groove on “Gravity.”

Other guest artists include: Matt Walker (Filter, The Smashing Pumpkins) on drums, Solomon Walker (Morrissey) on bass, Mike Garson (David Bowie) playing piano, drummer Joey Waronker (Beck, R.E.M.), Oliver Kraus (Beth Orton) on cello, Stewart Cole (Edward Sharpe) on horns.


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Check ‘Em Out: White Wives (Pittsburgh Natives!)

In anticipation of their forthcoming debut LP Happeners, due June 28 on Adeline Records, White Wives have premiered “Indian Summer, Indian Summer” on their website. Their tour kicks off tomorrow with their record release party here in their hometown of Pittsburgh!

This quartet brings together Western Pennsylvanian natives Anti-Flag’s Chris “#2” Barker and Chris Head, Roger Harvey of Dandelion Snow and Tyler Kweder of American Armada. While they share a hometown, they have as many creative and ideological similarities as they do differences. “I think our varying influences are what helps create the sound and aesthetic of White Wives,” offers “2”. “I grew up listening to a lot of music from the mid nineties: Nirvana, Pixies.” Harvey, on the other hand, cites traditional literary songwriters: “Neil Young, Townes Van Zandt, Gram Parsons. Of course Dylan and Woody Guthrie.” The diversity of inspiration speaks volumes about their creative origins, and serves as a reminder to set pre-conceived notions aside and allow the music to be the voice. The collection of 11 tracks range from high-gain electric rock n’ roll, to punk/indie rock, to carefully orchestrated acoustic songs.

White Wives is not, nor was ever intended as a side project. “I think that anyone who goes into listening to our record believing that it is an Anti-Flag ‘side project’ is going to be surprised and to be honest, perhaps a bit shocked,” affirms #2. The band will tour in support of the release, beginning in June, alongside quintet Touche Amore and Balance & Composure. They promise to bring a raucous live show – the stage is left in disarray after every set.

Happeners Track List

1. Indian Summer, Indian Summer

2. Sky Started Crying

3. Hungry Ghosts

4. Spinning Wheels

5. Paper Chaser

6. Another City For A New Weekend

7. Hallelujah, I’m Mourning

8. Grow So Wild & Free

9. The Devil’s Alibi

10. Let It Go

11. Like A Runaway Slave


June 24 – Pittsburgh, PA – 222 Ormsby/record release show*

June 26 – Altoona, PA – The Archway Center

June 27 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s

June 28 – Toledo, OH – Frankies

June 29 – Grand Rapids, MI – Pyramid Scheme

June 30 – DeKalb, IL – House Café

July 1 – Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews

July 2 – Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club

July 3 – Milwaukee, WI – The Project Lodge

July 5 – Toronto, ON, CANADA – The Horseshoe Tavern*

July 6 – Ottawa, ON, CANADA – Mavericks

July 7 – Quebec City, QC, CANADA – Café L’ Agitee

July 8 – Montreal, QC, CANADA – Divan Orange^

July 9 – Albany, NY – TBA^

July 10 – Brooklyn, NY – The Party Expo^

* without Touche Amore

^ White Wives only

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NEW: Noah & The Whale

The album isn’t officially released until next Tuesday, but you can stream it now over at NME (click image above). I’m digging the opening track and am happy with it’s placement. “Tonight’s The Kind Of Night” reminds me of classic 80s rock, listen to the guitar riff in the chorus, you’ll hear it. “L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.” has a cool Tom Petty vibe. “Wild Thing” continues the similarity to Tom Petty; only this time throwing in a tiny bit of Springsteen. I like the new album, though I gotta say it’s not what I expected. “Give It All Back” is one of those “looking back” kind of songs. Though, I guess if you think about it, they all are; the album is called Last Night on Earth. “Just Me Before We Met” jumps out at me; it is so beautiful (with out being slow and sappy, of course). The violin used in the track just adds another layer of character that makes this song probably my favorite from the album. “Paradise Stars” is a sweet little instrumental interlude before the winding down with the last three songs. The final track, “Old Joy” is a bit too morose for my taste, but I guess it’s a good way to end the album…the “last night on Earth.”

1. Life Is Life
2. Tonight’s The Kind Of Night
3. L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N
4. Wild Thing
5. Give It All Back
6. Just Me Before We Met
7. Paradise Stars
8. Waiting For My Chance To Come
9. The Line
10. Old Joy

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New Download: Cut Copy Remix

Zonoscope will be released February 8th, 2011!

The iTunes pre-order for Zonoscope (both regular and deluxe versions) starts today and people who pre-order will receive a previously unreleased mix of “Take Me Over.”
Zonoscope Tracklisting:
1. Need You Now
2. Take Me Over
3. Where I’m Going
4. Pharaohs & Pyramids
5. Blink and You’ll Miss a Revolution
6. Strange Nostalgia for the Future
7. This is All We’ve Got
8. Alisa
9. Hanging Onto Every Heartbeat
10. Corner of the Sky
11. Sun God
To celebrate, the band and Modular are giving away the blistering “Take Me Over” Three Loving Hand remix (a/k/a Tim Goldsworthy, producer of the band’s last album “In Ghost Colours”) remix MP3. As the band says, this mix was “designed for a new futuristic main room that fits over the top of the old main room.”  Check it out on Pitchfork where it premiered and/or download it HERE.

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