Posts Tagged ‘Brooklyn’

Since debuting in 2008, Titus Andronicus has been conditioning faithful listeners to always expect only the unexpected, consistently zigging where others would zag and maintaining a steadfast dedication to fearless ambition.

Earlier this week, TITUS ANDRONICUS surprised fans with the digital release of MRG666, a.k.a. their Home Alone on Halloween EP. It features three tracks recorded concurrently with A Productive Cough, the group’s most recent full-length.  Today, you can find the pumpkin-orange 12-inch version at your neighborhood record store available through Merge Records .Celebrate the spookiest of the seasons by staring into the abyss and confronting the bone-chilling terror which lies at the haunted heart of our human experience.

http://

Personnel: 
Liam Betson: electric guitar
R.J. Gordon: the bass guitar, vocals
Cary Kehayan: vocals
Kevin S. McMahon: vocals
Matt “Money” Miller: lead vocals [“Home Alone (On Halloween)”]
Alexander Molini: piano, organ
Jane Scarpantoni: cello
Rick Steff: Hammond B-3 organ
Patrick Stickles: lead vocals, electric guitar, harmonica, percussion
Chris Wilson: drum set

released October 1st, 2018

Written, directed, and edited by Patrick Stickles*

Advertisements

Premiere: Mail The Horse “Throw Shade”

Garage country band Mail the Horse recently raised funds through a Pledge campaign to record their new album. The sessions were mixed by Drew Vanderberg (Futurebirds, Mothers, Drive By Truckers) and mastered by John Baldwin (Benjamin Booker, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Diamond Rugs). This is follow-up to the group’s Magnolia EP and will be released in early 2019.

The band have released “Throw Shade” from the forthcoming record. The band say that the song “is a love letter to rock and roll. Its important to our band to be stewards of the genre while pushing it forward at the same time. We came back to the city after a long tour of ours all hyped on what we were doing out on the road and got back into the swing of seeing local shows in New York, and were shocked to find that sometime in the summer of 2016, rock music in this town had just died somehow. No one was playing loud anymore, no one was playing from the heart, everyone was just staying out of each other’s way. That’s where “Throw Shade” came from. It’s a call for someone to play me a frigging rock song that makes me sweat – something that I can talk about with my friends after the show.”

http://

Band Members
Donny Amidon
Michael Hesslein
Chris May
Brendan Smith
Andrew Weaver

Mail the Horse have described themselves as “a country clunker of a five-piece careening down a highway laid to waste with Stones psychedelia and heartbroken hymnals, What’s not to love?

Image may contain: 1 person, standing, wedding, outdoor and nature

King Princess who is signed to Mark Ronson’s label Zelig Records to find out some interesting facts about her.

The singer-songwriter, who grew up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, shares that “aesthetically,” her biggest musical inspirations include Cher, Tina Turner, Perfume Genius and The Beatles and her favorite album is Physical Graffiti by Led Zeppelin. Asked who she would love to one day collaborate with, the “1950” singer says that it would be a tie between Nicki Minaj and Jack White. Noting that she’d be open to one collaboration with both of them.

Speaking of her music-making process, King Princess calls it “messy and scattered,” adding that a lot of it is “really independent” and that “about half of it is extremely collaborative, so it’s this weird mixture of me being alone and doing shit, and trusting the people I love, and asking their opinion and advice.”

King Princess also opens up about the meaning behind her song “1950,” The inspiration behind ‘1950’ was… gay history,” she states, “And the way that our people had to hide in public, and how that affected the way that we love each other now.”

Taken from the ‘Make My Bed’ EP available now

King Princess performs 1950 on Later… with Jools Holland on BBC Two (25th September 2018).

Lightning and thunder are so common that it’s easy to take for granted their dramatic majesty—the way the former crackles against a purple sky, or how the latter can sound like the house is coming down around you. On Thunder Follows the Light, Brooklyn’s Jordan Lee, aka Mutual Benefit, takes a decidedly softer turn, using those elements of weather as bookends for songs about reaching for love and comfort. Rather than offering flash-bang pyrotechnics, Lee and his band deliver an earthy, slow-burning LP with a cozy, comforting terroir all its own. 

Lee chronicles his travails in nature with a light, reedy tenor that floats atop his lush arrangements. With its folk-pop core—typically adorned in tasteful layers of strings and saxophone—Thunder Follows the Light strongly recalls Sufjan Stevens’s classic Illinois,if Stevens had chosen to hike the Appalachian Trail rather than study the Prairie State. Indeed, two of Lee’s tracks are Appalachian-adjacent; the sparkling “Mountain’s Shadow” was inspired by North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Parkway, while the gentle, folksier “New History” explores his parents’ roots in Appalachian Ohio.

Throughout the record, Lee connects the need to find internal solace examinations of the natural world around him. He opens “Storm Cellar Heart” with lyrics about waking up early enough to see morning glory flowers bloom because a neighbor told him “that it helps to notice the small things.” Later in the track, he nods to a simple gesture that holds a universal appeal: “When you hold me, it’s so much better / It’s enough to drown out the thunder,” he murmurs.

Lee closes the record with “Thunder Follows,” which rolls along to rhythms that recall the distant rumble of a faraway storm. “Peace is more than just a season coming around again,” he sings, fingerpicked guitar and faint banjo plinks spiraling down around him in a delicate cascade. It’s a reminder that, though finding peace may not be as effortless as the passing of seasons, it can be a lasting presence. You just have to find your own version of it.

http://

released September 21, 2018

Written by Jordan Lee 
With writing contributions from
Mike Clifford, Jake Falby, and Dillon Zahner

“Thunder Follows The Light” contemplates the ongoing destruction of the outer world and how it shapes the storms of our inner ones. There are meditations on the environment, collective struggle, death, rebirth, reasons to believe it’s worth the fight.
For nearly a decade, Jordan Lee has crafted pop experiments blending orchestral instrumentation and ambient electronic sounds. “Thunder Follows the Light” is a testament to the power of music as a space for collective processing and emotional response. Like his other releases, it is a highly collaborative document. Its sprawling chamber folk features many returning collaborators—violinist Jake Falby, guitarist Mike Clifford, percussionist Dillon Zahner—as well as first-time players—vocalist Johanne Swanson (of Yohuna), drummer Felix Walworth (of Told Slant), saxophonist Gabriel Birnbaum (of Wilder Maker). Jordan can honestly do no wrong. He is absolutely growing and maturing musically before our very ears, and I for one am honored to be a part of it. Finishing an album is such a huge endeavor that I always feel like it leaves a permanent mark on me. I’m glad for what this process has taught me and am excited to live in this little universe for a while and play these songs around the world!

Lee’s aggressive pursuit of art-making for himself is empathetic and outward-facing, looking both to the past and the future with warmth and hopefulness. “Peace is more than just a season coming ‘round again,” he sings on two different songs—and the emphasis seems intentional: suggesting that harmony of the mind and the heart do not just transpire but must be worked for, growing from deep-rooted foundations. In the world that birthed Thunder Follows the Light, it feels like medicine.
Released September 21st, 2018
Written by Jordan Lee 
With writing contributions from
Mike Clifford, Jake Falby, and Dillon Zahner 

‘Come To Pass’ appears on the album ‘Thunder Follows The Light’ out 21 September 2018 through Transgressive Records

Moon 2

On Moon 2 Ava Luna’s de facto band leader Carlos Hernandez steps back, leaving space for the rest of the band members to step up and step into roles they hadn’t occupied on previous albums.

Felicia Douglass (now a touring member of Dirty Projectors) worked with percussion and sampler, Julian Fader experimented with synths, nearly every band member ran the computer during recording sessions, and Becca Kauffman (aka performance artist Jennifer Vanilla) composed her first song for the group “On Its Side the Fallen Fire,” a deeply layered orchestral piece of kate bush grandeur meets julia holter reverie. compared with previous Ava Luna albums, Moon 2 has fewer sharp turns into dissonance, fewer celebratory guitar parts, none of Hernandez’s signature screams. nevertheless, the infectious buoyancy of “Deli run” and “Walking with an Enemy,” are warm and bright, and songs like “Centerline” and “Phoebe (set it off)” venture confidently into pop territory. the title track, paint ing the elation and tumult of a crush, is set against a swaggering reggae bassline and warbling kraftwerk synths. “it’s like, every sci-fi movie has a nightclub,” says Kauffman.

http://

We are happy to share some nice news with you. Adrianne Lenker of Big Thief has made a stunning new solo album and Saddle Creek Reords are proud to be releasing it. A songwriter who has undoubtedly made an impact on many lives, Lenker set out to make an intimate and immediate document of a particular time in her life after 2 years on the road with Big Thief. ‘Abysskiss’ is the result it is out on October 5th.

Adrianne Lenker, is the lead singer of Brooklyn based rock band Big Thief,  To coincide with the news, Lenker has also shared the single from the forthcoming album, it is called ‘Cradle’. “I want to archive these songs in their original forms every few years,” Lenker said in a statement.

“My first solo record I made was Hours Were the Bird. I had just turned 21 and moved to New York City where I was sleeping in a warehouse, working in a restaurant and photographing pigeons. Now five years later, another skin is being shed.”

Adrianne LenkerCradle From the album Abysskiss – Out 10/5/18

Mutual Benefit shares new couplet of tracks, “Shedding Skin” and “Come To Pass”

Multi-instrumentalist Jordan Lee, aka Mutual Benefit, has shared another duo of tracks that follow from the first couplet “New History”, and “Storm Cellar Heart”.

Having announced his forthcoming album at the same time as the first two tracks, today Lee shares the second wave of singles, “Shedding Skin” and “Come To Pass”.

His forthcoming album Thunder Follows The Light will consist of tracks accumulated over the past two years and will hold both returning and new collaborators.

On the first of two, “Come To Pass”, Lee states, “These songs came about at the same time on a busted 5 string guitar when I shut off my phone and declared my bedroom a makeshift, artist residency for a week. I had just returned from a tour that did a lot of meandering around the Appalachian Mountain region right as the “Make America Great Again” signs started popping up more and more. “Come to Pass” is a refutation of the idea that there was ever a golden age to return back to. Both personally and politically I’m afraid of this sort of constructed nostalgia that keeps us looking backwards instead of a having a powerful enough imagination to see the hard truths of the present but work towards a better future.”

http://

On the second track “Shedding Skin”, Lee explains, “I kept thinking about a town where I saw hundreds of these translucent cicada bodies from where they had clung to a tree, hardened, and then burst out of their own shell. This ghostly sight made me pay more attention to how things naturally regenerate, how loss is part of the fuel of growth. It became a powerful reminder that things shouldn’t stay the same, including parts of ourselves.”
Thunder Follows The Light is due out 21st September via Transgressive on all platforms, including a special edition vinyl. Mutual Benefit has announced a UK and US tour that sees him play London’s Oslo on 30 October.

Bambara is a grimy noise-rock band whose recent release “Shadow on Everything” is a cinematic achievement. The loose concept record mashes cowboy jangle with aggressive post-punk to form a scummy, empty landscape for characters to inhabit. Laced throughout is a winding, poetic tale of relationship strife and vignettes from the character’s hometown.

These guys are killing it and are unmatched in their intensity when it comes to live performances.

http://

Band Members:
Reid Bateh – Vocals
Blaze Bateh – Drums
William Brookshire – Bass
Bryan Keller Jr. – Guitar
Sammy Zalta – Guitar
Released July 19th, 2018

Cut Worms is the nom de plume of songwriter Max Clarke, whose debut LP will seduce you right off the bat with its sparkling opening track, “How It Can Be.” With his intimate indie voice and facility for instantly memorable melodies and guitar lines, Clarke conjures a kind of garage-tested Everly Brothers, reminiscent of early Shins, with breezy pop ballads just tart enough to soundtrack lonesome summer days. Hollow Ground was recorded in the L.A. home studio of Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado, and in New York with Jason Finkel at Gary’s Electric. Check out the animated video for “Don’t Want To Say Good-bye,” and prepare to hum it for the rest of the day.

“Don’t Want To Say Good-bye” from debut LP “Hollow Ground” out May 4th on Jagjaguwar

Tons of Everly Brothers and Buddy Holly in Hollow Ground, which flies in the face of present day music. What’s wrong with this one man band Max Clarke and his compulsion of a bygone era? Who cares, when it sounds this good.

http://

“Cash For Gold” from debut LP “Hollow Ground” out May 4th on Jagjaguwar Records