Archives for January 2014

Stream Big Ups debut Album now

BIG UPS STREAM ENTIRE DEBUT ALBUM ON NOISEY EIGHTEEN HOURS OF STATIC DUE OUT JANUARY 14TH   Stream "Eighteen Hours Of Static" Courtesy Of Noisey Pre-Order The "Eighteen Hours Of Static" LP HERE Watch The "Goes Black" Video HERE Big Ups are very pleased to finally unveil their entire debut album in advance of its release on January 14 via … [Read more...]

Hospitality – Trouble

Although charming enough, Hospitality's eponymous debut LP from early-2012 lacked the distinctiveness that a hotly-tipped act should have presented, being too wedded to a Sundays-meets-The Feelies jangle-rock shtick.   However, the trio fronted by the honeyed-toned Amber Papini soon revealed more promise via a divine double-AA-side single - “The … [Read more...]

American folklorist Alan Lomax documents Upper Midwestern U.S. music

Alan Lomax's work documenting the music and lore of the rural American South is well-known, but few are familiar with the folklife survey he made in the Upper Midwest in 1938. Under the auspices of the Library of Congress, he traveled in Michigan and Wisconsin for three months, recording (on 250 acetate discs and eight reels of film) a staggering … [Read more...]

Kings Of Leon – Mechanical Bull

The Nashville rockers are back, and it is about time! Kings of Leon have yet again blessed us with a beauty of an album. As the release count for the band of brothers reaches an almighty six, the pressure was high, but obviously the Kings didn’t leave us disappointed. The sweet, wild lifestyle of the past slowly disappears for the band as they … [Read more...]

Kurt Vile and the Violators – It’s a Big World Out There (and I Am Scared) EP

Culled from last year's Wakin’ on a Pretty Daze recording sessions, Kurt Vile’s follow-on Big World EP offers an additional seven tracks of his trademark psych-Americana, employing equal parts Neil Young-inspired songwriting and J Mascis-esque vocal drawl. Lyrically, Kurt continues to hone his wry witticisms that sometimes hint at an indiscernible … [Read more...]

New Video and Album from popsters Mount Pressmore

Mount Pressmore makes pop with chops on “Enjoy,” its technically masterful, instantly catchy debut album.  See the “Trampoline” video now. Led by Thomas Shaw, son of 14-time Grammy-winning conductor, Austin-based band has been compared to Zappa, Steely Dan, Talking Heads. +++ Mount Pressmore (L-R): Kris Studebaker, Danny Anderson, Thomas Shaw, … [Read more...]

Robin Saville – Public Flowers

Since forming ISAN with Antony Ryan in 1996, Robin Saville has forged a esoteric path in European electronica that has embraced technology - both retro and modern - to deliver an extensive body of work that is notable for its intimacy, intelligence, invention and playfulness.  With 2008’s debut solo album Peasgood Nonsuch - on the loveable Static … [Read more...]

Interview with D E N A

Hiya D E N A!  I’m so excited to have this chance to touch base with you.  You super-catchy song “Cash, Diamond Rings, Swimming Pools" made big waves around the world this summer.  You’ve also released a run of other infectious singles this past year, the latest being “Bad Timing”.  How did 2013 go for you?  Will you be dropping your debut album … [Read more...]

Short Takes on 3 Albums

Tropic Of Cancer – Restless Idylls This much-anticipated debut album from Tropic Of Cancer (AKA Camella Lobo) was released in September on the Blackest Ever Black record label.  Camella’s occasionally compelling mix of the coldwave and goth genres, however, doesn’t quite gel on this album.  The problem is two-fold and involves the instrumental … [Read more...]

New video from shoegazer rock band Wry Climate

It's imaginative indie rock and shoegaze that reminds one of Deerhunter, Dirty Projectors, Sonic Youth, Lotus Plaza, and Pavement, over the course of five great tracks: "Low Tide" music video filmed in Brooklyn:   … [Read more...]