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The Rose Gardener, Bellows’ fourth full-length album and the project’s first for Topshelf Records, is a four-part journey through the uncanny valley of deep psychological disorder and pain. Self-recorded over the course of a single winter while Oliver Kalb was living in Woodstock, NY, The Rose Gardener invokes a bright and pastoral landscape of Americana and folk, with lyrics influenced by a strange pairing of Romantic Poetry and deeply modern interrogations of internet pop-culture discourse. The uncanniness of The Rose Gardener comes from the odd pairing of this bright Americana musical foundation with the album’s dark, bubbling substructure of noise, synthesizers, sampling and vocal manipulation that together create a feeling of paranoia and danger around every corner; as if the album’s narrator cannot escape his plummeting into the dark however much its songs push to remain in the bright rose garden of beauty and creation.

This time around, rather than present great coloured skies and vistas, The Rose Gardener feels more pin-pointed, an exploration of what’s directly around us; a world within a world (the proverbial garden), but also lingering dark corners, the parts of our brain we don’t often find ourselves in.

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Musically, The Rose Gardener finds Kalb and co. in similarly stylistic mood to what’s come before, this aforementioned world brought into life through a series of skewed, odd-pop signatures, both light and dark, shaped by the manipulated vocals and the playful and plentiful rhythmic instrumentals that burst into bloom with the most graceful of touches.

The kind of record that feels tenderly consuming when you’re inside of it, and strangely dream-like when you’re not, the new album is another adventurous and emotive collection of songs, earthy and raw but idiosyncratic too; a maze-like allegory of pop songs, full of twists and turns you can’t explain. 

The Rose Gardener is released on Friday, via Topshelf Records

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Give me a minute or three to extol the virtues of The Gotobeds, the modern rock-and-roll sensation that has always sounded like they love to play. Never maligned by having the world’s weight on their backs,

On May 31st, The Gotobeds – Cary, TFP, Eli and Gavin – return to the fray with their third full length album release, “Debt Begins at 30”. The spirit anxiety-free joy that permeates their other LPs and EPs remains intact. The octane is high-test, the engine still has knocks and pings and the battery is overcharged. The Gotobeds – as Pittsburgh as it gets, the folk music of the Steel City – have more tar for us to swallow. Debt Begins at 30 is an old-fashioned blast furnace and the liquid iron flows freely.

The album’s first single, “Calquer the Hound,” features guest performances by Kim Phuc singer Rob Henry, and Evan Richards of The City Buses. (The album has guests on all eleven tracks) The song has euphony, a sly bridge, plenty of bash, and a spacey outro.

‘Debt Begins at 30’ (Release date: May 31st, 2019)

Amyl & The Sniffers have just made huge impact at the Austin Texas based SXSW Festival, confirming their status as one of the most talked-about bands of the festival, barrelling their way towards the release of their debut album with intoxicating energy, all channelled through the relentless, scrappy charm of Amy Taylor.

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Proudly reviving a Seventies punk they’re far too young to have experienced, Amyl & the Sniffers move at a breakneck speed. Pounding through tunes so quickly, it seems that they’re indifferent to hooks. But they’re not; rather, they’re just impatient to get to the next one. While the Sniffers seem on the verge of falling apart, Amyl prowls the stage, and her restlessness lends the band a coiled energy. At their best, Amyl & the Sniffers sound like Blondie deciding they’d be better off as a dirtbag bar band who dabbled in hardcore. It’s a combination that results in some glorious noise.

Releases September 21st, 2018

Some Mutts (Can’t Be Muzzled) and Cup of Destiny by Amyl and the Sniffers.
7” available through Flightless in Aus and Flightless via ATO in America. Limted to 1000.
Drums- Bryce Wilson, Bass – Gus Romer, Vocals Lyrics- Amy Taylor. Guitar- Dec Martens.

Brothers of Destruction

The Lemon Twigs album “Brothers of Destruction”, is a six-track EP of previously unreleased material.

Released 22nd September, Brothers of Destruction was written and recorded by the D’Addario brothers – Brian (20) and Michael (18) – on their 8-track at home in New York during 2015, not long after recording their debut album, Do Hollywood.  The half dozen songs, most of which already feature in The Lemon Twigs’ searing live shows, will be made available digitally and as a 12” vinyl.

“In the beginning of 2015 we had songs left over from the Do Hollywood sessions, so we decided to record them at home in New York on our 8-track.  Many of you will recognize some of the songs from our live shows.  They’ve changed a lot over the past year, but these are the original versions.  We consider the EP the last chapter of the Do Hollywood era of our group. So enjoy!”

'Pacer'

Released in the immediate aftermath of the runaway success of The Breeders’ platinum-selling second album,Last Splash, and the Pixies calling it a day the first time round, The Amps are an important part of the Kim Deal canon.

First intended as a solo project, The Amps instead grew into a fully-fledged band with Jim MacPherson from The Breeders joining on drums and Dayton, OH musicians Luis Lerma and Nate Farley on bass and guitar respectively.  Releasing just one album, “Pacer”, in 1995, and after a whirlwind of touring with the likes of Foo Fighters, Guided By Voices and Sonic Youth, Kim returned them to the shelf, leaving behind one of her most intriguing chapters.

With the first vinyl repress on 4AD Records “Pacer” is finally getting the reappraisal it richly deserves.

The Amps released just the one album ‘Pacer’ back in 1995 – featuring Kim Deal, Jim MacPherson, Nate Farley and Luis Lerma. You’ll often hear a couple of Amps tracks when The Breeders play live

After a landmark 12 months for Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, who released their debut album Hope Downs to worldwide critical acclaim in June 2018 – Sub Pop Records is excited to reveal new music from the Melbourne band in the form of single, “In the Capital.” The track will also feature on a limited edition 7-inch alongside a B-side titled “Read My Mind.” The vinyl will be released on Friday, April 26th and is available from Sub Pop Records.

Rolling Blackouts C.F.’s Fran Keaney describes how “In the Capital” came together: “I first had the idea for the melody and some of the lyrics when I was swimming. It’s taken a while to finish the song, to make it feel like the initial feeling. I can’t neatly describe it, but something like connection despite distance. I was thinking about transience and water and death and big cities and fishing towns and moon river.”

“In the Capital”‘ (Release Day: April 26th, 2019)

Back in January, Beach Slang shared his rendition of Bob Mould’s “I Hate Alternative Rock,” the first track off a two-song covers EP titled MLPS (Minneapolis). Today, the project can be heard in full, including a cover of Paul Westerberg’s “AAA” (which Paul originally released under his Grandpaboy moniker). This cover stays pretty faithful to the original, albeit slightly sped up.

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Since 2014 Beach Slang’s brand of punk tinged rock & roll has catapulted them into being one of the most recognizable and exciting names in underground music today. With a string of albums on beloved emo/indie institution Polyvinyl and even more EPs under their belt, Beach Slang are ready to unleash their next EP, ‘MPLS’ via Quiet Panic / Bridge Nine. Dubbed as a ‘thank you’ to Minneapolis, the EP was produced by Goo Goo Dolls bassist Robby Takac and features Beach Slang’s take on Bob Mould and Paul Westerberg songs, respectively. ‘MPLS’ is officially out on March 15th.

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The singer and songwriter artist Vilma Flood from the steel town of Avesta in Sweden started her career in the blues world and appeared around many of Stockholm’s and Dalarna’s blues scenes. but Vilma found her greatest source of inspiration in the folk / indie genre through artists like Melanie, Alela Diane, Buffy Saint-Marie, Leonard Cohen and Ane Brun. She has since created her very own mix of blues, folk and pop together with fellow musicians Lars Knutas and Pontus Lundin.

Vilma has shared a new track called “Green Eyed Moron” with her powerful, dark and vibrating voice, combined with big marching drums, acoustic guitars and slide guitar  to deliver a really compelling and intoxicating slab of melancholic, bluesy Americana. It reminds us of Jolie Holland or Gretchen Peters no less.

Her next single is released this Friday! Vilma and Pontus Lundin wrote the song sitting cross legged on a carpet in a big unfurnished room .

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Her first album ‘Before Sunrise’ was released in 2016 and received a very nice reception by both the audience and the media and it has taken her on both big and small gigs around the country. Now Vilma is up to date with the second album ‘Moodswinger’, which will be released on April 26th, The pillars are pedal steel, slide guitar, big drums,plus Vilma’s vibrant, directly recognizable powerful voice

Band: Pontus Lundin, Lars Knutas and Roger Gustafsson

Sometimes you do dumb stuff like send your email without testing it and it’s completely black. Bad day at work here in Cataldo HQ. Sending again because I want you to know I made my best record yet and it’s finally time to start sharing it! It’s called “Literally Main Street”. And it’s a new album from Cataldo coming to you soon. The record comes out in the fall and we’re touring all over the place but I couldn’t resist giving everyone a sneak peek before the summer hits. To that end we’re playing one show at the Sunset with a dream bill of: Kyle Morton of Typhoon, Whitney Ballen, and their bands.

A little behind the scenes making this next record at Tiny Telephone from our pal Rachel Demy.

Without getting into too much inside baseball this is a big show for us–I’d be honored if you joined us! We’ll be playing lots of tunes from Keepers and Gilded Oldies alongside some new jams from the forthcoming record. I’m unbelievably proud of these new songs

From the album “Keepers”