BABEHOVEN – ” Bad Week “

Posted: May 18, 2021 in MUSIC
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Babehoven toils with grief on “Bad Week,” It’s the duo’s first single ahead of their forthcoming EP “Nastavi, Calliope“. Frontwoman Maya Bon’s guitar and vocals are at front and centre, with drums and a needling, fuzzy synth adding depth and texture to the emotionally raw song. Lyrically, Bon ruminates over the long haul of coping with loss as “bad weeks” keep on piling up. “Though this realization can feel staggering, it can also feel like an honest admission to self: these times are very hard and yet I want to move forward,” said Bon in a statement, “I want to feel, I want to grow. ‘Bad Week’ is my attempt to commit to myself in these feelings.” Loss and family are set to be prevalent themes on Nastavi, Calliope; the title comes from both Bon’s Croatian roots and the name of her beloved childhood dog.

Bad Week” by Babehoven from the upcoming Nastavi, Calliope EP, available July 9, 2021. This song is a hand reached inward to the swelling and amorphous cavities of grief. As time keeps moving forward, I have found that it can feel as if the ‘bad days’ keep going, growing into ‘bad weeks,’ ‘bad years,’ into new levels of struggle that are hard to move through. Though this realization can feel staggering, it can also feel like an honest admission to self: these times are very hard and yet I want to move forward, I want to feel, I want to grow. ‘Bad Week’ is my attempt to commit to myself in these feelings.

PROVOKER – ” Spell Strike “

Posted: May 18, 2021 in MUSIC
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Los Angeles-based Provoker evoke early post-punk and dark wave on their newest single “Spell Strike,” which premiered alongside an unsettling, reality-bending music video. The single accompanied the band’s announcement that they’ve signed with YEAR0001, an independent record label based out of Sweden that is home to the likes of Viagra Boys, Bladee, Ecco2k and Yung Lean. The band is expected to release their debut LP via YEAR0001 sometime this year. “Spell Strike” recontextualizes atmospheric guitars evocative of The Cure and mixes them with modern R&B lyricism for an unnerving juxtaposition that defies time. It is written from the perspective of an RPG character encountering a fairy boss, with the title referring to the boss’ special move. Directed by Actual Objects (Yves Tumor, Young Thug), the accompanying visual is hypnotizing and menacing, with car chases in the forest and a faceless, jointless figure on the hunt. “It’s about falling in love with someone, and you’re not sure if those feelings are reciprocated,” said singer Christian Petty of the band’s new track. “It destroys you trying to figure that out.”

Provoker is a multifaceted band in LA, originally from the Bay Area, rooted in multiple backgrounds of music, including R&B, punk and metal—Jonathan Lopez and vocalist Christian Petty (featuring live members Kristian Moreno and Wilfredo Palacios, on percussion and bass). Finding inspiration in makeshift and unconventional spaces, they relate to their audience by valuing both the analogue and digital past. Praised for their personalized spin on post-punk and dark wave,

Listen to ‘Spell Strike’ out now through YEAR0001

We’re delighted to welcome the Irish 5-piece Just Mustard to the Partisan Records roster. One of the most thrilling new bands around—the group consists of vocalist Katie Ball, guitarists David Noonan (also backing vocals) and Mete Kalyon, bassist Rob Clarke and drummer Shane Maguire. Their brilliant 2018 debut album Wednesday earned acclaim at home and abroad, most notably capturing a Choice Music Prize nomination for Irish Album of the Year.

This Thursday, May 20th, the band will premiere a full-length concert film entitled Live In Dreams. The set will premiere on Youtube and include new songs from the band’s soon-to-be-announced forthcoming sophomore album. 

Boy from Michigan

John Grant has established himself as one of the great musical chroniclers of the American Dream, angled mostly from its flip side – from those who did not thrive. Grant stopped being a boy in Michigan at 12, when he moved to Denver, shifting rust to bible belt, a further vantage point to watch collective dreams unravel. “I quickly learned all about the American caste system and where I fit in. Or didn’t.”

A John Grant album always feels like vignettes divined from a tart book of poetry. “Boy from Michigan” is the author’s shaggy-dog story, a novelistic approach where songs are more like chapters in a leather-bound book bought from a favourite thrift store. “I guess I’m just thinking about where I came from,” he notes, “and what I went into.”

With Cate Le Bon in the production chair, Grant has pared back his zingers, maximizing the emotional impact of the melodies, stripping the noise of vaudeville and mood-enhancing a fruitful, spare, strangely orchestrated new world for him to live in.

Boy from Michigan” will be available from 25th June 2021.

Partisan Records only release John Grant’s music in North America. If you are outside of this area, and would like to purchase Boy from Michigan, please head to Bella Union’s store.

John Grant has shared the final coda from his upcoming album Boy From Michiganout June 25th. On the song, Grant decries the all too prevalent culture of hyper-machismo, one which fashions us all for failure.

He explains, “Billy is a song about how many men destroy themselves trying to live up to stereotypes of masculinity and how this manifests in countless ways.”

Taken from John Grant’s forthcoming album ‘Boy from Michigan’ out June 25th:

Buy Online Pink Floyd - Live In Montreux 1970

Historic Pink Floyd tonight. Recorded at The Old Casino in Montreux on November 21st, 1970 and broadcast by Swiss Radio. The concert comes about a month after the release of “Atom Heart Mother” and was part of a major tour to promote it.

In October 1970, Pink Floyd had released Atom Heart Mother. An early version premièred in France in January, but disagreements over the mix prompted the hiring of Ron Geesin to work out the sound problems. Geesin worked to improve the score, but with little creative input from the band, production was troublesome. Geesin eventually completed the project with the aid of John Alldis, who was the director of the choir hired to perform on the record. Smith earned an executive producer credit, and the album marked his final official contribution to the band’s discography. Dave Gilmour said it was “A neat way of saying that he didn’t … do anything”. Roger Waters was critical of Atom Heart Mother, claiming that he would prefer if it were “thrown into the dustbin and never listened to by anyone ever again”. Gilmour was equally dismissive of the album and once described it as “a load of rubbish”, stating: “I think we were scraping the barrel a bit at that period”. Pink Floyd’s first number 1 album, Atom Heart Mother was hugely successful in Britain, spending 18 weeks on the UK chart. It premièred at the Bath Festival on 27th June 1970.

Pink Floyd toured extensively across America and Europe in 1970. In 1971, Pink Floyd took second place in a reader’s poll, in Melody Maker, and for the first time were making a profit. Mason and Wright became fathers and bought homes in London while Gilmour, still single, moved to a 19th-century farm in Essex. Waters installed a home recording studio at his house in Islington in a converted toolshed at the back of his garden. In January 1971, upon their return from touring Atom Heart Mother, Pink Floyd began working on new material. Lacking a central theme, they attempted several unproductive experiments; engineer John Leckie described the sessions as often beginning in the afternoon and ending early the next morning, “during which time nothing would get [accomplished]. There was no record company contact whatsoever, except when their label manager would show up now and again with a couple of bottles of wine and a couple of joints”. The band spent long periods working on basic sounds, or a guitar riff. They also spent several days at Air Studios, attempting to create music using a variety of household objects, a project which would be revisited between The Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here.

Released in October 1971, “Meddle” not only confirms lead guitarist David Gilmour’s emergence as a real shaping force with the group, it states forcefully and accurately that the group is well into the growth track again”, wrote Jean-Charles Costa of Rolling Stone. NME called Meddle “an exceptionally good album”, singling out “Echoes” as the “Zenith which the Floyd have been striving for”. However, Melody Maker’s Michael Watts found it underwhelming, calling the album “a soundtrack to a non-existent movie”, and shrugging off Pink Floyd as “so much sound and fury, signifying nothing”. Meddle is a transitional album between the Barrett-influenced group of the late 1960s and the emerging Pink Floyd. The LP peaked at number 3, spending 82 weeks on the UK chart.

Here’s a reminder – Pink Floyd devotees have this one, but new fans will find a good discovery. Either way, crank it up and enjoy.

This double vinyl LP contains nine tracks originally broadcast by Swiss Radio in November 1970 in excellent quality. Material is taken from all sections of the Floyd’s output to date with two tracks that do not appear on the band’s official albums. The instrumental interplay between the four members is particularly strong, reflecting the many gigs the band had played together. Comes with full sleeve notes by Lucy Fersam

Pink Floyd – in concert at The Old Casino Montreux – November 21st, 1970

Track Listing:

Side One: 1. Astronomy Domine 2. Fat Old Sun. Side Two: 1. Cymbaline 2. Embryo. Side Three: 1. Green Is The Colour
2. Careful With That Axe, Eugene 3. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun. Side Four: 1. A Saucerful Of Secrets 2. Just Another Twelve Bar

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Steve Miller has again dug deep into his archives and found a never-before-heard-or-seen, full-length concert recording from 1977. Steve Miller Band Live! Breaking Ground: August 3, 1977, featuring such classic rock staples as “The Joker” and “Rock’n Me,” arrived via Sailor/Capitol/UMe released on May 14th, 2021.  Miller now 77 – never got around to digging through his vaults thanks to a constant touring schedule. So when the pandemic forced him off the road in 2020, he finally took the dive into his archives and discovered a hidden gem from Steve Miller Band’s 1977 tour behind the Book of Dreams and Fly Like an Eagle albums.

“All of a sudden… came this jewel of a concert where the band is just at its best,” says Miller of a 1977 show at Landover, Maryland. “The guitar work is spectacular. It’s 1977, people were smoking cigarettes wearing bell-bottom pants and everyone’s got hair down to here, that part is kinda funny, but what’s going on onstage is really inspirational.”

Of the performance, the guitarist, multi-platinum-selling singer-songwriter, bandleader, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and Songwriters Hall of Fame member says, “This show at the Cap Center in Landover, Maryland, captures the band right at the peak after The Joker, and in the middle of Fly Like an Eagle and Book of Dreams, a stream of hit [album]s… We decided to call it Breaking Ground because that’s exactly what we were doing.”

Steve Miller Band Live! Breaking Ground: August 3, 1977 includes original liner notes by music journalist David Fricke who says – “Breaking Ground captures the Steve Miller Band on stage in one of their biggest years, 1977. They were at a perfect crossroads of psychedelic zeal and progressive, popcraft while staying true to Miller’s first love, the blues.”

The recording captures Steve Miller’s legendary 1977 line up at the beginning of the band’s turn from playing ballrooms and theatres to arenas and football stadiums. Previously unreleased historic concert recording from the Steve Miller Band tour in support of albums “Fly Like an Eagle” and “Book of Dreams”

The band members:
Steve Miller – Guitar, Harmonica and Lead Vocals
Norton Buffalo – Harmonica and Background Vocals
Lonnie Turner – Bass
Gary Mallaber – Drums
David Denny – Guitar and Background Vocals
Greg Douglass – Guitar
Byron Allred – Keyboards

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Hulu has announced an original documentary series McCartney 3,2,1, a six-episode “music event” that features “intimate and revealing examinations of musical history from two living legends, Paul McCartney and producer Rick Rubin.” All six episodes will premiere on July 16th, 2021, on Hulu. It comes from Endeavor Content.

“Never before have fans had the opportunity to hear Paul McCartney share, in such expansive, celebratory detail, the experience of creating his life’s work – more than 50 years of culture-defining music,” said Craig Erwich, president, Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment, in the May 17th announcement. “To be an observer as Paul and Rick Rubin deconstruct how some of the biggest hits in music history came to be is truly enlightening. It is an honour that Paul chose to return to Hulu to share this one-of-a-kind series.”

In the series,McCartney sits down for a rare in-depth one-on-one with Rubin to discuss his ground breaking work with The Beatles, the emblematic 1970s arena rock of Wings and his 50-plus years as a solo artist. The series “explores music and creativity in a unique and revelatory manner, and gives a front-row seat to Paul and Rick in an intimate conversation about the song writing, influences, and personal relationships that informed the iconic songs.”

McCartney first teased the series on December. 16th two days before the release of his recent solo album, McCartney III. At that time, McCartney released the trailer on YouTube, then identified as Paul McCartney x Rick Rubin – A Documentary Series Event. McCartney’s website noted, “Keep your eyes peeled in 2021 for more information.”

The roughly one-and-a-half-minute teaser, shot entirely in black-and-white, features the musician and the acclaimed producer discussing a number of Beatles songs, accompanied by archival footage. At various times the sounds of “Lovely Rita,” “Paperback Writer,” “Come Together,” and others, are heard.

“It feels as if the bass is doing what an orchestra would do,” says Rubin in the clip. “You can actually control the band with the bass,” responds McCartney, as he demonstrates his point.

Towards the end, following the sound of the orchestra in “Live and Let Die,” McCartney says “that was one of the greatest music moments of my life,” although it’s not entirely clear from the clip’s editing whether he was, indeed, referring to the 1973 Wings single.

Rubin is an eight-time Grammy Award winner and has produced or collaborated with such acts as Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Johnny Cash, the Beastie Boys, Run-DMC, Mick Jagger, and Adele, among many others.

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WOMBO – ” Keesh Mountain “

Posted: May 17, 2021 in MUSIC

The weird world of Wombo is a kaleidoscopic journey of sharp turns and surprising visions, a melting pot of influences with a cheeky cheshire-cat grin that coalesce into a trippy but infinite universe, a portal into their unique vantage point without limitation. Already committed to living outside the traditionally-heralded country sound of the music scene in their hometown of Louisville Kentucky, Sydney Chadwick (vocals) and Cameron Lowe (guitar) had previously played in punk pop band the Debauchees, and with the addition of Joel Taylor (drums) in 2016 they found a winning combination of more straightforward indie rock combined with Chadwick’s pitched up, oscillating vocals and unpredictable shifts in melody that see the band moving forward at an impressive pace. Their 2018 album “Blossomlooksdownuponus” is a snapshot of Wombo’s wide-ranging aspirations that careen across avant pop, psych and wonky post punk interludes with a sky’s-the-limit approach to translating the mundanity of regular life into their own high-frequency language.

In a generation where pop has come to be defined as anything but, Wombo have spearheaded their own definitive sound that avoids genre classification but is impossible not to tap your foot along to. “Usually if the babies like it, we like it”, admits Chadwick, and it speaks to the band’s bass-driven song structures that pivot through a whirlwind of instrumentation at rapid speeds that they are still able to land on a winning formula that strikes the sweet spot between effervescent overload and razor sharp intention. In 2019, the band toured with White Reaper, Dehd and The Nude Party, bands whose affinity and dedication to strange experimentation have won them fans across a wider audience, and Wombo are poised to follow suit. In a careful balance where no one instrument overwhelms, Chadwick’s vocals are the cherry on top of a decadent dessert that explodes with personality and ingenuity. 

Wombo return with a new track  from the forthcoming debut album out May 14th digitally and July 9th on on cassette or bundled with the freshly re-issued “Blossomlooksdownuponus” Lemon Yellow LP. Wombo rules but you don’t have to just take our work for it!

Releases May 28th, 2021

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Buy Online Chrissie Hynde - Standing in the Doorway: Chrissie Hynde Sings Bob Dylan (Vinyl)

The Pretenders‘ Chrissie Hynde has shared details of a new Bob Dylan covers album that she recorded largely over text. “Standing In The Doorway: Chrissie Hynde Sings Bob Dylan” will comprises nine renditions of Dylan’s songs and it’s due for release on 21st May – a few days before the icon’s 80th birthday.

Hynde made the record “almost entirely by text message” with her Pretenders bandmate James Walbourne who, according to a press release, would record an initial idea on his phone and send it to Hynde to add her vocal before the tracks were mixed by Tchad Blake.

Speaking about how the album came together and its inspiration, Hynde said: “A few weeks into lockdown last year, James sent me the new Dylan track, “Murder Most Foul”. Listening to that song completely changed everything for me. I was lifted out of this morose mood that I’d been in.

“I remember where I was sitting the day that Kennedy was shot – every reference in the song. Whatever Bob does, he still manages somewhere in there to make you laugh because as much as anything, he’s a comedian. He’s always funny and always has something to say. That’s when I called James and said, ‘Let’s do some Dylan covers’ and that’s what started this whole thing.”

Accompanying the release of Hynde’s album is Tomorrow Is A Long Time, a new film that captures the recording process of her Dylan covers. The Michael Nunn and William Trevitt-directed film features exclusive filmed performances of all nine songs. It airs on Sky Arts on May 24th, Dylan’s birthday.

“Standing In The Doorway: Chrissie Hynde Sings Bob Dylan