Tag Archives: video

Jack White’s “We’re Going To Be Friends” Children’s Book Available

More than 15 years after the release of the White Stripes’s White Blood Cells,
one of the most enduring songs from the album gets a quirky adaptation… Blake includes
appealing retro flourishes throughout, including a Tenniel White Rabbit, a Betty Boop pocket watch, and a drawing style that evokes early Disney cartoons. – Publishers Weekly 
Jack has written a perfect story and Elinor’s art is enchanting. – John Kricfalusi, The Ren and Stimpy Show 
Elinor Blake creates an enchanted vision for Jack White’s
gentle story of new friendship. – Nina Crews, The Neighborhood Mother Goose 
Possibly the greatest-ever song about childhood BFFs. – Entertainment Weekly

Twelve-time Grammy winner and lead singer of multi-platinum selling group The White Stripes, Jack White, released his first children’s book today titled WE’RE GOING TO BE FRIENDS. Based on lyrics from one of The Whites Stripes’ most enduring and loved songs-and releasing just a few months after the group’s 20th anniversary (July 14, 2017), the perennial favorite feels right at home on the page as a children’s book. Get your copy of the book here: http://smarturl.it/WGTBFbook

Beautifully illustrated by Elinor Blake, animator on Ren & Stimpy and Pee-wee’s Playhouse, in the signature colors of The White Stripes — red, white, and black — WE’RE GOING TO BE FRIENDS follows the adventures of the song’s protagonist, Suzy Lee, as she goes to school with her books and pens, looks for bugs, shows and tells, and finds a friend. Fans of The White Stripes will delight in this new way of experiencing the song and sharing it with their children-while a new generation of music and book lovers will be introduced to the beloved song and its whimsical evocation of the simplicity and nostalgia of childhood, for the first time.

Every copy of WE’RE GOING TO BE FRIENDS also includes a download of the original White Stripes song and new versions by singer/songwriter, April March (also known as Elinor Blake), and The Woodstation Elementary School Singers.

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Awesome, Whoa!

Video: Koda – “Curse”

Photo Credit: Jack McKain

Koda shares his latest video for new single “Curse”. The track is from his forthcoming album I Hope This Makes Us Better, which is due out spring 2018. Stay tuned for more new music and details on the new album coming soon.

The grandson of a famous Haitian singer, alternative artist/producer Jordan Sudak (aka Koda) spent the first half of his life as an army brat, being yanked from city to city across the globe. Living in three countries by the age of 15, Jordan watched as his free-spirited parents turned to a radical form of born-again Protestantism, banning contemporary art and burning his Harry Potter books in the process.

After finally settling in Columbia, South Carolina, Jordan’s family values took a bizarre turn as his father’s close call with a heart attack triggered an 180 degree flip on religion for the entire household. His parents eventually opened for an experimental rock band called The Radar Cinema. His mom claimed Jordan to be a family cousin, and he then became the band’s frontman.

Between rehearsals, Jordan would get together with the band’s keyboardist to listen to doom metal and sludge records while “circuit-bending,” the art of making new instruments through soldering circuit boards from toys like Furbies and Speak ‘N’ Spells. From there, Jordan made the deep dive into ambient and experimental music, teaching himself QBASE, a popular production software for electronic artists.

Initially crafting side-project Koda — a nickname he received due to his obsession with photography — in the world of ambient dream pop and Nordic folk, Jordan quickly saw the project see success to the tune of 20M+ streams and calls from music supervisors for scores featuring his vocals, which bared a welcome resemblance to that of Jonsí (Sigur Rós) and Thom Yorke (Radiohead).

This success led to the one-way ticket from Columbia to Los Angeles, where Koda would spend the next few years buried in the studio, writing 100s of songs as he developed what would eventually become his debut LP, I Hope This Makes Us Better. The project marks a return to his rock roots, a Radiohead-esque blend of vocals-driven neue-gaze, post-rock, and alternative electronica.

Leave a comment

Filed under new albums, video

Listen: New EP From BANNERS

Prolific Liverpool UK native BANNERS, whose career-propelling “Start A Riot” has generated over 50 million Global Spotify streams, releases his highly anticipated second EP, “Empires On Fire” via Island Records.  To celebrate the release, BANNERS has also dropped his new music video for single “Someone To You” today.  Watch the video below. The “Someone To You” video was shot on site in New York and directed by duo SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT (consisting of Charlotte Fassler and Dani Girdwood).

“Firefly”, current single “Someone To You” and previously unreleased track “Empires on Fire” are featured on BANNERS’ new EP. Full tracklist below:



“Empires On Fire” Tracklist:

Someone To You
Empires On Fire
Firefly
Into The Storm
Holy Ground

Listen to the EP HERE via Spotify!

After signing to Island Records in 2015, BANNERS first connected with audiences on his debut single “Ghosts” which rose to #2 at Hype Machine.  “Shine A Light”, which has been certified gold for track sales in Canada, is the official trailer for EA’s blockbuster game, FIFA 16 Ultimate Team Legends and appeared in spots on NBC, ESPN, E!, and FOX.  “Start A Riot” continued the momentum, featured in an episode of E! channel’s UK-centric The Royals.  In 2016, BANNERS joined the SiriusXM Presents Alt Nation Advanced Placement Tour throughout the US and Canada along with major North America festivals including Lollapalooza, Forecastle, Way Home, Osheaga, and Sloss. Along the way, he was chosen as one of Spotify’s ‘Spotlight’ artists and made his late-night debut on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!
 
Fascinated by dreams, life, death, hope, and despair, BANNERS grew up singing in the Liver­pool Anglican Cathedral Choir and the Liverpool Kop.  Influenced by artists ranging from Jeff Buckley to Arcade Fire, BANNERS’ music is at once haunting and hopeful, as it resonates with audiences across space and age.

Leave a comment

Filed under Awesome, listen, Lists, video

Check ‘Em Out: SQRD – “Would Run Wild”

Having spent the last few years developing and evolving his unique sound, Swedish born and based producer SQRD returns with a new video to his single “Would Run Wild”, out now via Swedish Tastemaker label Sommarhjärta.

After the release of his critically-acclaimed Gold EP in 2016, which saw the producer master his blend of lo-fi electronics and rich, textured compositions, “Would Run Wild” video aims to create an atmospheric backdrop that highlights the quintessential essence of SQRD’s music to date.

With strong and understandable comparisons to the likes of James Blake, SBTRKT and The xx, the producer’s latest material bridges the gap between niche appreciation and contemporary appeal. “Would Run Wild” is a nostalgic piece with a captivating and alluring set of skillfully filmed images accompanying the track.

Leave a comment

Filed under Check 'em Out!, listen, video

Video: Milky Chance – “Bad Things” feat. Izzy Bizu

Photo credit: Jeff Hahn

The multiplatinum-certified German duo Milky Chance teamed up with British singer Izzy Bizu for their latest single “Bad Things” which comes complete with a clever new music video. “The inspiration for ‘Bad Things’ came from a feeling of finding yourself repeatedly stuck in the same kind of situation.” explains Clemens, continuing “It’s a tiring, going-around-in-circles-tragedy. In the end, it‘s always up to you to find the way out, but this song is a shout out to that person who’s always there whilst you work it out.”

“Bad Things” is quintessential Milky Chance. The track showcases the band’s talent for combining catchy as hell analogue folk with contemporary electronic production to create real earworms. The message is simple – very good things can happen when you team up with someone else to tackle the difficult stuff life throws at us. Trouble never sounded this good.

LISTEN TO MILKY CHANCE’S SOPHOMORE ALBUM BLOSSOM HERE

CHECK OUT THEIR INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY “BLOSSOMENTARY” HERE

Milky Chance’s sophomore album Blossom – the follow-up to their international hit debut Sadnecessary – has amassed over 160 Million streams since its release earlier this year and the album’s lead single “Cocoon” has graduated to Gold and/or platinum status in countries including Australia, Canada and the band’s native Germany. The band are now midway through their Blossom World Tour and have played over 90 concerts to date and with 80 more shows that incorporate a South American tour scheduled through the summer of 2018. A full list of upcoming North American dates is below.

THE BLOSSOM TOUR NORTH AMERICAN DATES 2018:
01/07 – House Of Blues – Anaheim, CA
01/08 – House Of Blues – San Diego, CA
01/09 – The Van Buren – Phoenix, AZ
01/11 – House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
01/12 – House Of Blues – Houston, TX
01/13 – Emo’s – Austin, TX
01/14 – Joy Theater – New Orleans, LA
01/16 – Buckhead Theater – Atlanta, GA
01/17 – Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN
01/19 – Hammerstein Ballroom – New York, NY
01/20 – The Fillmore – Washington, DC
01/21 – College Street Music Hall – New Haven, CT
01/22 – The Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA
01/23 – House Of Blues – Boston, MA
01/24 – Metropolis – – Montreal, QC SOLD OUT
01/26 – Riviera – Chicago, IL
01/27 – The Truman – Kansas City, MO
01/28 – The District – Sioux Falls, SD
01/29 – Burton Cummings Theatre – Winnipeg, MB
01/30 – O’Brians Event Centre – Saskatoon, SK
01/31 – Winspear Centre – Edmonton, AB
02/01 – MacEwan Hall – Calgary, AB
02/03 – The Commodore – Vancouver, BC SOLD OUT
02/04 – The Commodore – Vancouver, BC SOLD OUT

Leave a comment

Filed under Shows, video

Check Her Out: Alissia

Multi-disciplinary musician Alissia is making her debut from behind the boards as a producer. The funk and R&B-tinged “Get Away” video is out now — with the full support of Alissia’s number one fan, the inimitable Bootsy Collins, who raves, “I’m digging Alissia’s new song because it makes me want to pull up a chair and sit with you, baba!”

This young woman has enough talent to have been called to produce, play bass, write and arrange on Bootsy Collins’ upcoming album World Wide Funk, also featuring the likes of Kali Uchis, Bernie Worrell, Big Daddy Kane, Doug E Fresh and Musiq Soulchild. “Working with Bootsy has been an incredible journey and definitely a challenge to push myself harder everyday. Definitely one of the most inspiring projects I have worked on. ‘You got to keep it funky at all times Baba!’”

In addition, Alissia has also been in collaboration with Khalid, Q-Tip, Anderson Paak, Havoc, and more. Given the company she keeps at her Soho-based studio dubbed “The Spaceship,” it’s certain that this young bass prodigy-turned-producer is primed to begin the next chapter in her musical career.

Her latest track “Get Away” carries listeners from hip-hop to disco to funk and beyond. The mood is chill and the groove is locked. Expect more from Alissia this year; whether solo, collaborating with the greats, or teaming up with new talent, she consistently proves that whatever music she creates just feels right.

Leave a comment

Filed under Awesome, Check 'em Out!, video, Whoa!

Newest Love: Palm Springsteen

LA-based Palm Springsteen shares their latest video “She’s Got Claws”. The band explains that it’s about the “macabre sensation of someone metaphorically digging their claws into your love life”. Palm Springsteen is gearing up to release their debut LP, Trouble in Paradise, stay tuned for more details coming soon.

Palm Springsteen is a band, a moniker, a portmanteau, a person, a place, a thing, and Bez from Happy Mondays. It’s interchangeable with the word “grease”, from the song Grease, from the movie Grease. It’s Blow Pop in Space. It’s Alan Vega screaming at Peter Hook to turn up that Jesus and Mary Chain record. It’s a feeling; a combination of ethereal synth, raw guitar, and driving rhythms for an explosive aural experience.

Born in the professional hedonism of Los Angeles, Palm Springsteen draws from elements of new wave, post-punk, synth pop and, ahem, “blow pop” to create something that even E.T. would phone home about.

Ever since that sick eclipse that only looked good in Idaho and Wyoming, 2017 finds Palm Springsteen releasing two new singles, “Sister Sister” and “Hey There Cowgirl,” while working on their upcoming LP, Trouble In Paradise.

Leave a comment

Filed under Awesome, Check 'em Out!, listen, Newest Love, obsessed, video

Obsessed: Tourist’s Newest EP, Wash

UK-based producer and composer Tourist has released his latest Wash EP, as well as the visuals for featured track “Sleepwalking” (feat. Swim Mountain & Esther Joy). Last month Tourist revealed a collection of “We Stayed Up All Night” remixes, including versions from Tom Demac and Matthew Dear on Beatport here, offering new takes on his EP’s lead single. Tourist recently wrapped a string of US tour dates supporting Bonobo and Bob Moses, his first shows in the states since his stellar Coachella performance earlier this year.

The GRAMMY-winning songwriter and electronic musician William Phillips aka Tourist had this to say:

With this new music I wanted to make something that was more reflective of who I am now and how my life has changed over the past year. I moved out of my windowless studio and started writing from home again. I think subconsciously I’ve started writing more joyous, colorful music and I’ve loved being more collaborative once again. These tracks are my favorite music I’ve produced so far, Tourist will always change with each release and I’ve loved pushing the sound into a new place.

Tourist makes yearning, bittersweet dance tracks. He’s considered an “artist’s artist”, with fans such as Flume and Porter Robinson supporting his releases. After the self-titled debut EP (2012), Tonight EP (2013), and Patterns EP (2014) featuring guest appearances by Lianne La Havas and Will Heard, as well as high-profile remixes for Chvrches, Haim, Christine and the Queens under his belt, Tourist went on to win the GRAMMY for co-writing the Sam Smith hit “Stay With Me”, and he released his debut album U (2016) to critical acclaim and support from outlets like Vice, Billboard and Rolling Stone Australia.

The single, “Run” landed with #1 spots on BBC Radio 1 dance charts and Hype Machine. This was soon followed by a string of sold-out shows as a live favorite across the United States, Europe and Australia, including major festival appearances at Glastonbury, Coachella (twice) and Bestival.

Tourist – Wash EP 
01. We Stayed Up All Night (feat. Ardyn)
02. Apart (feat. JONES)
03. Sleepwalking (feat. Swim Mountain & Esther Joy)
04. Hush

Check out the EP here

Tourist live:
Tue 11/21 – London, UK @ Corsica Studios
Wed 11/22 – London, UK @ Corsica Studios (SOLD OUT)
Thu 11/23 – London, UK @ Corsica Studios (SOLD OUT)
Sat 12/30 – NSW, Australia @ Lost Paradise
Sun 12/31 – Perth, Australia @ Origin NYE
Fri 1/05 – Auckland, NZ @ The Power Station (w Kaytranada)
Sat 1/06 – Brisbane, Australia @ FOMO Festival
Sun 1/07 – Adelaide, Australia @ FOMO Festival
Sat 1/13 – Sydney, Australia @ FOMO Festival

Leave a comment

Filed under Lists, obsessed, Shows, video

New EP from Metacara Released Today

Kyla Rae and Vince Nania are Pittsburgh based duo Metacara and today they’ve released their 2nd EP, Car Talks. I can’t really nail down a genre for them because they incorporate many. But, if you’re a fan of Phantogram, Purity Ring, and Wolf Alice (I’m thinking the Blush EP), you will definitely enjoy Metacara. In comparison to their first release in 2015, Stone Love, they feel like Car Talks is more mature. The name of the band itself means, “Many Faces,” which is super cool and appropriate for a group that feels their music is growing as they grow themselves.

When I hung out with Kyla and Vince recently, they told me this EP was inspired by the kinds of talks that you have in the car. You know, like when you’re going on a road trip — you’re in the car for a long period of time, why not talk about something deep that’s been on your mind? And bonus: your travel mate can’t escape you, mwaahahaha.

Check out the video for one of the new tracks, “Pilsen” below:

After you’ve watched that, check out the rest of the EP below via Soundcloud:

When you listen to the title track, make sure you pay attention at the 1:48 mark where the song changes it up a little bit. I love when one song almost sounds like two different songs AND IT WORKS. That’s what happens here. Magical.

“Over the Edge” has a little bit of a darker feel, which I especially appreciate at this time of year. The air is crisp and fall has arrived, Halloween is coming, and I usually feel a teeny bit bitter that the bitter, cold weather is approaching. Sometimes that’s what puts me “over the edge,” not sure about you. Juuuuuuust kidding. Sort of. Anyway, all of the tracks flow very nicely with each other and the EP ends with “Ceilings.” At 1:38, this song brings another beat that I’ve fallen in love with. The sound is blues-y and adds another level of anticipation followed by a rock vibe that carries out the rest of the song. After checking out Car Talks, you’ll see what I mean about nailing down a genre. Maybe I’ll make one up just for them.

The Car Talks EP is available on all major music platforms, so go grab it on whichever one strikes your fancy!

AND if you’re in the Pittsburgh area this Saturday, go check them out for their release party at James Street Gastropub!

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Check 'em Out!, Events, listen, video

Newest Love: Motherfolk

Cincinnati’s alt-folk favorites Motherfolk have just announced that they will be re-releasing their sophomore album Fold, clocking in with four new tracks, unreleased videos, and behind-the-scenes photos. Describing their sound as “indie rock with a twinge of modern folk”, Fold ranges from introspective jaunts to anthemic rock’n’roll. With tireless touring and energetic live shows that draw in the audience, Motherfolk has established themselves as one of the Midwest’s most exciting upcoming acts. Today, the band is also debuting the visuals for “Ryder Robinson”. The deluxe edition of Fold will be available October 13, right before a string of tour dates with Sherwood (info below).

Preorder Fold (Deluxe Edition) via Pledge Music

In a contemporary independent music scene inundated with up and coming bands, it takes a unique outfit to break through that noise. A truly exceptional group must exhibit authenticity, raw talent, and electrifying chemistry. This, of course, means there are very few of them. Motherfolk, formed in 2013, is certainly one of those most unique and dynamic acts.

Motherfolk began as a collaborative effort between Nathan Dickerson and Bobby Paver, two college friends with a penchant for writing songs with one another. In the first year of the project, the two songwriters made frequent trips to Nashville to record their first endeavor. In 2014, their eponymous debut album showcased the duo’s musical prowess through a genre-bending collection of elegantly crafted songs.

Since then, Joel Call, Ethan Wescott, Karlie Dickerson, and Clayton Allender have joined Motherfolk’s ranks, and the band has made a name for themselves touring all across the nation. The outfit’s high-energy live performances have won over audiences from coast to coast, and their infectious musical persona has become one of the most exciting rising success stories in the indie scene.

In 2016, Motherfolk released their highly anticipated sophomore effort, Fold. Clocking in with eleven compelling tracks, the album further defines the band as an act that effortlessly melds a slew of influences together to manifest their sound into a splendidly cohesive, original pursuit. From surreal, introspective jaunts to foot-stomping, anthemic rock and roll, Fold stands tall as one of the most exciting records of 2016.

Building on the strength of the original release, Motherfolk will release a deluxe edition of Fold this October. With five unreleased tracks, three new music videos, and exclusive behind-the-scenes photos, fans can get a satisfying deeper look into the compelling story of Fold. The band will continue their extensive touring throughout the remainder of 2017, building momentum for what’s to come, and they’re inviting all of their fans, old and new, along for the ride.

Tracklist:

  1. Fold I
  2. Stone Against Stone
  3. Control
  4. Interlude
  5. Wreck of a Man
  6. Something Good
  7. Fold II
  8. Give My Heart Away
  9. Ryder Robinson
  10. The Only Fire
  11. Fold III
  12. You (Bonus Track)
  13. All That’s Left (Bonus Track)
  14. Wreck of a Man (Alternate Version)
  15. Control (Alternate Version)

Catch Motherfolk Live:

9/16 – Oaktoberfest – Oak Park, IL
10/12 – The Hall @ Stonehill College – North Easton, MA
10/18 – The End – Nashville, TN *
10/19 – Firebird – St. Louis, MO *
10/20 – 88th St. Collective – Oklahoma City, OK *
10/21 – Jackpot Music Hall – Lawrence, KS *
10/22 – Elbo Room – Chicago, IL *
10/23 – The Loving Touch – Detroit, MI *
10/24 – Musica – Akron, OH *
10/25 – Mad Frog – Cincinatti, OH *
*= with Sherwood

Leave a comment

Filed under Awesome, Check 'em Out!, Lists, new albums, Newest Love, Shows, video