Monday, April 30, 2012

Wavves with Mishka and Vice "Weed Demon" (video game)

Wavves teamed up Vice and Mishka to bring you "Weed Demon" a new video game. Nathan from Waves had this to say about the creation "It's like Paper Boy but you deliver drugs and you feed a monster meth at the end. I've been recording. Having fun with this kind of stuff on the side. Thanks to Mishka, Vice, and everyone helping me do random shit like this. Hope we can turn weed demon into an app someday." Give it a play here while you jam out to Anamanaguchi's cover of "So Bored". Getting stoned is also encouraged.

Portasound "Messerschmitt" (video)

London synth rockers Portasound are set to release their debut EP 'The Second Renaissance' on May 14th via Blood and Biscuits. The second single from the forthcoming album is "Messerschmitt" and has been given the video treatment by fellow Londoners Cochrane and Cochrane. We've been playing this EP quite a bit around here, in fact, we're jacked on Portasound and coffee right now! GO!

Friday, April 27, 2012

The Toxic Avenger "Never Stop" (new track)

On May 29th Simon Delacroix AKA The Toxic Avenger is set to release his debut full length 'ANGST' via Little Owl Recordings. Check out the first single "Never Stop" from the forthcoming album (below) for a taste of things to come.

The Toxic Avenger "Never Stop"

Ty Segall Band "Wave Goodbye" (new track)

Ty Segall has a band. They are called the Ty Segall Band. On June 26th the band will release their debut album (as a band) 'Slaughterhouse' via In The Red. Say hello to the band's first single from the forthcoming album  "Wave Goodbye" (below). Catch the band live at Vancouver's Waldorf Hotel on May 4th or wherever you might find them (all dates below).


05/02 San Francisco, CA Independent *% 
05/03 Portland, OR Star Theater %
05/04 Vancouver, BC Waldorf Hotel %
05/05 Seattle, WA Chop Suey %
05/06 Missoula, MT The Palace %
05/08 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry %
05/09 Madison, WI High Horse Saloon %
05/10 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall !%
05/11 Detroit, MI Lager House !%
05/12 Toronto, ON Horseshoe Tavern !%
05/13 Montreal, QC Il Motore !%
05/14 Portland, ME Space Gallery !%
05/16 New York, NY Webster Hall $%
05/18 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda's %
05/19 Raleigh, NC King's Barcade %
05/20 Atlanta, GA Earl %
05/21 Nashville, TN The End %
05/22 Memphis, TN Hi Tone %
05/23 Little Rock, AR Whitewater Tavern %
05/24 Houston, TX Walter's %
05/25 Austin, TX Mohawk (outside) %
07/15 Chicago, IL Pitchfork Festival

! = w/ The Strange Boys
$ = w/ The Men
% = w/ White Fence
* = w/ Shannon and the Clams, The Mallard

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Christopher Paul Stelling "Writhing In Shambles" (new track)

Christopher Paul Stellings debut LP 'Songs Of Praise & Scorn' dropped earlier this year to critical acclaim. Only a few months and 60 shows later CPS is already showcasing new material via an unprecedented 10 track Daytrotter Session. The session included "Writhing In Shambles"(posted below) a new track further proving his songwriting prowess.

Christopher Paul Stelling "Writhing In Shambles"

Ravens & Chimes "Hearts Of Palm" (new track)

NYC's Ravens & Chimes are one to watch. Since the release of their sophomore album 'Holiday Life' (out now via Better Looking Records) the five piece has been steadily increasing their profile. Check out "Hearts Of Palm" (below) (which is also available as a free download via Baeble Music) and hear what all the fuss is about.

Ravens & Chimes "Hearts Of Palm"

Joshua Hyslop "Do Not Let Me Go" (acoustic performance)

Vancouver's Joshua Hyslop is set to release his debut album 'Where The Mountain Meets The Valley' on July 3rd via Nettwerk Records. The album is available for pre-order here. The above video for "Do Not Let Me Go" kicks off with a chilling tale of the inspiration for the song before a beautiful performance.

Cold Specks "Blank Maps" (video)

'I Predict A Graceful Expulsion', the debut album from Cold Specks, drops May 22nd via Arts & Crafts.  Today the video for "Blank Maps" (above) makes it's debut. The video was directed by Olivier Groulx. Do yourself a favour and pre-order this album now and save yourself the embarrassment later. Catch her on tour with Great Lake Swimmers (dates below).

Cold Specks Canadian Tour Dates supporting Great Lake Swimmers

May 4 - Winnipeg, MB @ West End Cultural Centre
May 6 - Edmonton, AB @ McDougall United Church
May 7 - Calgary, AB @ Central United Church
May 11 - Vancouver, BC @ The Commodore Ballroom
May 12 - Victoria, BC @ Alix Goolden Hall
June 2 - Toronto, ON @ The Music Hall (formerly Danforth Music Hall)

Kwes "bashful" (video)

'meantime', the forthcoming EP from Kwes is out May 1st via Warp Records. The video for "bashful" (above) was directed by Ian Pons Jewel. If you haven't already, you'll likely be hearing a lot about Kwes very soon.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Band Of Skulls at the Commodore April 10, 2012

Band Of Skulls played Vancouver's famous Commodore Ballroom on April 10th to a packed house. The band kicked things off with an enthusiastic version of "Sweet Sour" and played a well crafted set  of old (including "Hollywood Bowl") and new. A particular crowd pleaser was an epic (I hate that word but it's appropriate here) version of "Cold Flame". When lead man Russell Marsden wasn't rocking a guitar solo he was trading off vocals with bass player/vocalist Emma Richardson and Matt Hayward was an absolute machine on the drums. It was an excellent rock and roll show all around. Check the photos above (click a photo to open a gallery view).

The Dudes "American Girl" (new track)

Calgary's The Dudes self-released 'Barbers, Thieves, and Bartenders' earlier this month. The album was recorded in Vancouver by Jeff Dawson at Mushroom Studios and The Den. Check out the first single "American Girl" (below) and catch them on tour now including a date at Vancouver's Vogue Theatre on May 12th.

April 13 Whistler, BC TWSSF
April 14 Kelowna, BC Habitiat
April 19 Edmonton, AB Starlight Room
April 20 Regina, SK O'Hanlon's
April 24 Montreal, QC Petit Campus
April 25 Ottawa, ON Cafe Dekuf
April 27 Waterloo, ON Maxwell's
April 28 Toronto, ON Horseshoe Tavern
April 29 Peterborough, ON Red Dog Tavern
May 1 Sault St. Marie, ON Loplops
May 2 Thunder Bay, ON  Crock's Pub
May 3 Winnipeg, MB The Lo Pub
May 5 Calgary, AB Wyckham House
May 9 Nanaimo, BC Queens Hotel
May 10 Victoria, BC Club9One9
May 11 Tofino, BC Legion
May 12 Vancouver, BC Vogue Theatre
July 6 Kelowna, BC  Waterfront Park

Hypocrite In A Hippy Crypt "Bits" (new track)

Hypocrite In A Hippy Crypt has just release a collection of demos and b-sides on tape 'All I Ask Ya, Alaska' via the relatively new label Already Dead Tapes and Records. Check out the first single "Bits" (below) off the new album (available for free download from Bandcamp). You can purchase the entire cassette here for $5.

AU "OJ" (video)

Japanese director Takafumi Tsuchiya put the above video together for AU's "OJ" from their latest album 'Both Lights' (out now via Hometapes). AU is currently on tour in Europe (dates below) in support of the new release. We've had this album on a lot around here and really dig it.

04/24/12 - Manchester, UK @ The Castle Hotel
04/25/12 - London, UK @ The Shacklewell Arms
04/26/12 - Brighton, UK @ Sticky Mike's Frog Bar
04/27/12 - Paris, FR @ Keep Portland Weird Festival
04/28/12 - Bergen, Norway @ Bergen Kjøtt
04/29/12 - Oslo, Norway @ Revolver
04/30/12 - Gothenberg, Sweden @ Valborgskalas
05/02/12 - Stockhom, Sweden @ Frit's Corner @ Lilla Hotelbaren
05/03/12 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Huset i Magstrræde
05/04/12 - Haldern, Germany @ Haldern Pop Bar
05/05/12 - Luxembourg @ EXIT07

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Ty Segall & White Fence "Time" (at Room 205)

Check out the final instalment from Ty Segall & White Fence's Room 205 sessions (above) with "Time" from their forthcoming album 'Hair' out soon via Drag City. Ty Segall & White Fence have teamed up for a saweeet garage rock album  and Incase has teamed up with Room 205 to bring you three tracks from the album on video ahead of the release. Go!

This Many Boyfriends "(I Should Be A) Communist" (video)

Leeds indie-pop band This Many Boyfriends have a new 7" "(I Should Be A) Communist" available now via Angular Records. The track was produced by The Cribs' frontman Ryan Jarman and has already been given the video treatment by Nik Vestberg. The band wants you to know the following “We say it's a pop song about big stuff, the big stuff being buying superfluous, dumb things when you have no money. And we should make it clear from the off that's it's not really an academic study about the merits of Communism, it's a silly song with a guitar solo. Karl Marx, avert your ears!”

Monday, April 23, 2012

Blue Foundation "Just A Hand" (video)

Brooklyn's Blue Foundation released a video for "Just A Hand" today (which premiered over at Noisey (Vice's new music channel)). The track is from the band's forthcoming album 'In My Mind I Am Free' which drops May 22nd via their own imprint Dead People's Choice Records. The video was directed by Simon Weyhe and features producer/singer Tobias Wilner's skateboarding.

Cloud Nothings "Stay Useless" (video)

Cloud Nothings released 'Attack On Memory' earlier this year on Carpark Records (Wichita Recordings in Europe) to high praise. If you don't have this album yet, get it. The band has now released a video, animated by Jack Kubizne, for "Stay Useless" (above). Catch them live next month on the European leg of their tour (dates below).

4 -- FZW, Dortmund, Germany
5 -- Luxor, Colgone, Germany
6 -- 59:1, Munich, Germany
7 -- Magnet Club, Berlin, Germany
9 -- Cargo, London
10 -- The Great Escape, Brighton
11 -- Les 3 Elephants, Laval, France
12 -- Festival La Plaça Odissea, Barcelona
13 -- exit07, Luxembourg
14 -- Molotow, Hamburg, Germany  
16 -- Revolver, Oslo, Norway
17 -- Pusterviksbaren, Goteborg, Sweden
18 -- Pop Revo Festival, Arhus, Denmark
19 -- Fotografiska, Stockholm, Sweden
21 -- Tavastia, Helsinki, Finland
22 -- Chocolaterie, Brussel, Belgium
23 -- Charlatan, Ghent, Belgium
25 -- Vera, Groningen, Netherlands
26 -- Le Guess Who? Festival, Utrecht, Netherlands
27 -- Effenaar, Eindhoven, Netherlands
28 -- Pfingst Open Air Festival, Werden, Germany
29 -- Mascotte, Zurich, Switzerland
30 -- Locomovtive, Bologna, Italy

1 -- Shepherds Bush Empire, London (supporting Bob Mould)
5 -- Captain's Rest, Glasgow
6 -- Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
8 -- Le Point Ephemere, Paris, France

Friday, April 20, 2012

Ex Cops "You Are a Lion, I Am a Lamb" (new track)

Brooklyn's Ex Cops are set to release their first single "You Are a Lion, I Am a Lamb" b/w "The Millionaire" via Other Music Recording Co. The single is also Other Music's debut release. The New York City record store has teamed up with Fat Possum to release a broad catalogue of artists. Check out "You Are a Lion, I Am a Lamb" (below) and watch for a full length from Ex Cops to drop in August on Other Music recording Co.

Phèdre "Aphrodite" (new track)

Phèdre released their self-titled album last month via Daps Records. Check out "Aphrodite" the latest release from the album below.

Doldrums "Egypt" (new track)

Montreal's Doldrums is 22 year old producer Airick Woodhead. Doldrums are set to release a new 3 song EP via his new label Souterrain Transmissions. Check out "Egypt" (below) for a taste of things to come. If you don't like the groove wait 10 seconds.

Ben Browning "I Can't Stay" (video)

Cut Copy's Ben Browning just released his debut solo EP 'Lover Motion' via the band's imprint Cutters Records. Check out the video for "I Can't Stay" now.

Royal Canoe "Hold On To the Metal" (video)

Winnipeg's Royal Canoe release 'Extended Play' earlier this year to quite a buzz. Check out the wild new video for "Hold On To Metal" (above) directed by Mike Maryniuk. Be sure to catch their live show as it rolls across the continent next month (dates below) including a stop at Vancouver's Waldorf on May 22nd.

Royal Canoe’s “Extended Play” Tour Dates

4/30 Chicago, IL - Double Door
5/1 Hamilton, ON - The Casbah
5/2 Toronto, ON - The Garrison
5/3 Ottawa, ON - Raw Sugar
5/4 Montreal, QC - Le Divan Orange
5/9 New York, NY - Pianos
5/10 Washington, DC - The Velvet Lounge
5/12 Detroit, MI - Garden Bowl
5/13 Chicago, IL - Township
5/18 Regina, SK - O'Hanlon's
5/19 Saskatoon, SK - Amigo's
5/22 Vancouver, BC - The Waldorf
5/23 Kelowna, BC - Habitat
5/25 Calgary, AB - Palomino Social Club
5/26 Edmonton, AB - Pawn Shop
6/16 Winnipeg, MB - Old Market Square (Winnipeg International Jazzfest)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Exray's "Ancient Thing" (new track)

On June 26th Exray's are set to release 'Trust A Robot' via Howell's Transmitter. We have a taste of the forthcoming album by way of the first single "Ancient Thing" posted below. You know what to do.

The Hundred In The Hands "Keep It Low" (new track)

The Hundred In The Hands is preparing for the release of their new album 'Red Night' on Vice Records. "Keep It Low" (above) is the latest single to be released from the forthcoming album and drops officially on May 28th b/w "Mountains" and several remixes.

Kindness "House" (new track)

Kindness is set for his debut American release 'World, You Need A Change Of Mind' on May 8th via Casablanca/Terrible Records. Check out "House" (below) the latest single from the forthcoming album.

Dan Mangan "In The Car With" (mini documentary)

Vancouver's own Dan Mangan is captured in his home town by Annikki Heinemann in this mini documentary title "In A Car With". The video also includes a few performances including one with Jessie Zubot on violin.

Fixers "Crystals" (video)

We are super stoked for the Fixers to release their debut EP 'Pop Meat/Your Corruptor' on April 24th via Dolphin Love Records. We've had this EP on around here on the regular for a little while now. Check out the latest "Crystals" from the forthcoming EP which has been given a rather psychedelic video treatment (above).

Jesca Hoop "Born To" (new track)

Jesca Hoop is preparing to release 'The House That Jack Built' on June 26th via Bella Union. The album is a follow up to 2010's highly acclaimed 'Hunting My Dress' and was co-produced by Tony Berg, Shawn Everett, and Blake Mills. Check out the first single "Born To" below.

Jesca Hoop "Born To"

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Dana Buoy "So Lucky" (new track)

Akron/Family's percussionist Dana Buoy will release his debut album 'Summer Bodies' this May via Lefse Records. Check out the latest release "So Lucky" from the forthcoming album (below). Catch DB on tour with Gauntlet Hair including a stop at Vancouver's Waldorf on May 5th (all dates below).

5/03 Portland, OR Rotture #
5/04 Bellingham, WA Shakedown #
5/05 Vancouver, BC Waldorf #
5/06 Seattle, WA Barboza (Neumos Jr) #
5/08 Sacramento, CA Blue Lamp #
5/09 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill #
5/11 Los Angeles, CA Satellite #
5/13 San Diego, CA Soda Bar #

# = w/ Gauntlet Hair

Cinderpop "Florentine" (new track)

Vancouver quintet Cinderpop is back after a four year hiatus and preparing for the release of 'Manic Sparkles' on June 5th via Popoganda Records. Check out the new single "Florentine" (below) available today b/w "Priscilla".

North Atlantic Oscillation "Soft Coda" (video)

North Atlantic Oscillation are preparing to release a new album 'Fog Electric' on April 30th via Kscope. Check out the above video for the album's lead single "Soft Coda" directed by Paul Bloomfield and Tadashi Abe at Ploomers. NAO's forthcoming sophomore album was produced by Tony Doogan (Super Furry Animals, Belle & Sebastian, Mogwai, Teenage Fanclub).

Devin "I Don't Think I" (studio footage)

Brooklyn's Devin is set to release his debut album 'Romancing' on April 30th via No Evil. Today Devin gives us a look behind the scenes with album track "I Don't Think I" set to some footage from the studio (above) captured by Adam Hall.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Soso "Happy People (Everything Was Beautiful And Nothing Hurt)" (video)

Sweden's Soso wrote, recorded, and produced each track on 'The Time I Dug So Deep I Ended Up In China' to be officially released on May 1st but available now for free via Pirate Bay. The above video for "Happy People (Everything Beautiful And Nothing Hurt)" was directed and edited by Do It Yourself Bitch Productions (AKA Soso). So DIY, so indie, so Soso.

Wymond Miles "Pale Moon" (new track)

Wymond Miles is preparing to release his first solo long player 'Under The Pale Moon' on June 12th via Sacred Bones Records. Check out the first single "Pale Moon" (below) from the Fresh & Onlys lead guitarist. Miles' EP 'Earth Has Doors' earlier this year to rave reviews and this debut album is off to a strong start.

Ty Segall & White Fence "I Am Not A Game" (at Room 205)

Ty Segall & White Fence are set to release 'Hair' on April 24th via Drag City (pre-order here). The band recently did a few tracks for Incase's Room 205 series including "I Am Not A Game" (above). The video was run through an old analog mixer for an effective gritty look that complements the track nicely. Catch the pair live at Vancouver's Waldorf on May 4th.

Lambchop "2B2" (video)

'Mr. M' is Lambchop's eleventh studio album and one of his best. "2B2" is Lambchop's second video from this album and only the second video ever to feature the band. The video was captured by Zach Spiger during a recent European tour.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Diamond Rugs "Country Mile" (new track)

New super-group Diamond Rugs are set to release their debut self-titled album on April 24th via Partisan Records. Fresh off a few shows at SXSW the band premiered a new track "Country Mile" (below) over at Rolling Stone today. The track features Dead Confederate's Hardy Morris on lead vocals. For more info and another track from the band check out an earlier post. To pre-order the album go here. Now hit play already.

Diamond Rugs "Country Mile"

Deer Tick "Born At Zero" (new track)

Vote Deer Tick 2012. Yep, these bad boys are hitting the "campaign trail" in support of 'Divine Providence' and the more recent 'Tim' EP (dates below) complete with yard signs (available here). Check out "Born At Zero" (below) the latest release off of 'Tim' which premiered over at Spin. Deer Tick will be at Vancouver's legendary Commodore Ballroom on May 30th.

Deer Tick "Born At Zero"

Tour Dates

Thu-Apr-19 - Springfield, MA - John Boyle O'Reilly Club
Fri-Apr-20 - Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony*
Sun-Apr-22 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer*
Mon-Apr-23 - Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theatre*
Tue-Apr-24 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge*
Fri-Apr-27 - Oxford, MS - Double Decker Festival
Sat-Apr-28 - Dallas, TX - The Loft*
Sun-Apr-29 - Austin, TX - Antones*
Mon-Apr-30 - San Antonio, TX - Korova*
Tue-May-01 - Laredo, TX - Old No. 2*
Wed-May-02 - El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Palace*
Thu-May-03 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom*
Fri-May-04 - San Diego, CA - Casbah*
Sat-May-05 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey*
Sun-May-06 - Santa Ana, CA - Yost Theater*
Tue-May-08 - Las Vegas, NV - Aruba*
Wed-May-09 - Reno, NV - Cargo CommRow*
Thu-May-10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge*
Fri-May-11 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up Tavern*
Sun-May-13 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theatre*
Tue-May-15 - Lawrence, KS - Granada*
Wed-May-16 - St Louis, MO - Firebird*
Fri-May-18 - Iowa City, IA - Blue Moose*
Sat-May-19 - Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews*
Sun-May-20 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room*
Mon-May-21 - Rapid City, SD - Crystal Cave*
Tue-May-22 - Billings, MT - Manny's*
Wed-May-23 - Missoula, MT - Top Hat*
Fri-May-25 - Portland, OR - Mission Theatre*
Sun-May-27 - George, WA - Sasquatch Festival
Tue-May-29 - Bellingham, WA - Wild Buffalo*
Wed-May-30 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore*
Wed-Jun-06 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium*
Thu-Jun-07 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave*
Fri-Jun-08 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theater*
Sat-Jun-09 - Chicago, IL - Metro*
Sun-Jun-10 - Detroit, MI - Magic Bag*
Mon-Jun-11 - Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace*
Tue-Jun-12 - Ottawa, ON - Mavericks*
Wed-Jun-13 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa*
Thu-Jun-14 - Windham, VT - The Friendly Gathering
Fri-Jun-15 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club*
Sun-Jun-17 - Croton Park, NY - Clearwater Music Festival
Sun-Jul-15 - Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival
Sat-Jul-28 - Newport, RI - Newport Folk Festival

* Denotes Turbo Fruits opening

Air Traffic Controller "Blame" (new track)

Boston six piece Air Traffic Controller is set to release their sophomore album 'Nordo' on June 26th via Sugarpop Records. Led by Dave Munro an ex-Navy, you guessed it, actual air traffic controller, ATC has just released a new track "Blame" from the forthcoming album. Check it out below.

Squarepusher "Dark Steering" (new track)

Squarepusher is set to release 'Ufabulum' on May 14th/15th via Warp Records. Tom Jenkinson has added his own LED visuals to his music captured above by Carl Burke and Rollo Jackson in a video for "Dark Steering" from the forthcoming album.  He's back. Pre-order the album via Bleep. Go!

Yuck "Chew" (new track)

Yuck sure created a lot of buzz last year with their self-titled debut album and now they are back with a new track "Chew" (below). This band is keeping their buzz!

Crocodiles "Sunday (Psychic Conversation #9)" (video)

San Diego's Crocodiles release their third album 'Endless Flowers' on June 4th via Souterrain Transmissions. The band now has a video for "Sunday (Psychic Conversation #9)" (directed by Sam Macon) from the forthcoming album. Crocodiles frontman Brandon Welchez made this comparison between the two previous albums and the new one "I Think those two albums, while I love them, were somewhat monochrome. This one is full of colour." We can't wait to hear more.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Caveman Tiny Desk Concert

New York's Caveman is on tour now and to get you all psyched for the upcoming Vancouver date (or wherever you might find them) here's a Tiny Desk Concert courtesy of NPR. Caveman will be headlining at the always great Biltmore Cabaret on April 20th (all dates below). The Vancouver/Brooklyn based band The Albertans will be opening and releasing their new EP at the show. Caveman's debut 'CoCo Beware' is out now on Fat Possum. Be there or Beware CoCo.

Caveman Tour Dates:
3/29: Syracuse, NY @ Syracuse University

3/30: Bethlehem, PA @ Nowadays Festival

4/9: Washington, D.C. @ Red Palace

4/10: Columbus, OH @ The Basement

4/11: Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig

4/12: Chicago, IL @ Schubas

4/13: Madison, WI @ UW Madison
4/14: Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry

4/16: Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room

4/17: Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge

4/18: Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge

4/20: Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore

4/21: Seattle, WA @ Barboza (Neumos)

4/22: Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios

4/24: San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar

4/25: Los Angeles, CA @ Echo

4/27: San Diego, CA @ Casbah

4/28: Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress

5/1: Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar
5/2: Columbia, MO @ Mojos
5/3: Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub
5/4: Philadelphia, PA @ MilkBoy
5/5: Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) w/ Beirut

Tu Fawning "Anchor" (video)

Portland's Tu Fawning are preparing for the May 7th release of their sophomore album 'A Monument' (via City Slang) with a video for their latest single "Anchor" (above) from the forthcoming album.

Friends "Mind Control" (new track)

Brooklyn's Friends will release their debut long player 'Manifest!' on June 4th via Lucky Number Music. For a taste of things to come check out the band's next single "Mind Control" (above) from the forthcoming album.

Kwes "Igoyh" (newtrack)

On May 1st London's Kwes will release a new EP titled 'Meantime' via Warp Records. The 24 year old is now sharing "Igoyh" (above) from the forthcoming EP.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Black Lips "Dance With You" (unreleased track)

Punk rockers the Black Lips dropped a couple of previously unreleased tracks today. "Sick Of You" is available exclusively on iTunes and "Dance With You" premiered over at Spin (we now have it below). Catch the four piece this summer at a festival near you (dates below).

Black Lips "Dance With You"

Festival Tour Dates
April 14 & 21 Indio, California @ Coachella (SOLD OUT)
April 27-29 Austin, TX @ Austin Pysch Fest
June 7-10 Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo
June 8 Porto, PT @ Primavera Sound Festival
August 3-5 Montreal, QC @ Osheaga  Music Festival

A Place To Bury Strangers "Burning Plastic" (new track)

Famous Class Records is kicking off their Less Artists More Condos 7" split series today with A Place To Bury Strangers/Ceremony split. All the proceeds go to Famous Class label partner Ariel Panero's  Memorial Fund. Famous Class ask one of their favourite bands for an unreleased A-side and that band's favourite emerging artist provide the B-side. "Burning Plastic" is A Place To Bury Strangers very cool contribution to the project, check it out below. There will be six of these splits before the year's end with the next one coming in July and featuring Future Islands & Ed Schrader's Music Beat.

First Person Shootr "Punch-Struck" (video)

First Person Shootr AKA Fred Warmsley released his debut EP 'Mobility For Gods' in February via Lefse Records. The lead track "Punch-Struck" now has a wonderfully creepy video (above) directed by

Monday, April 9, 2012

Zulu Winter "Silver Tongue" (new track)

England's Zulu Winter are releasing their debut album 'Language' on June 19th via Arts & Crafts. Today the band takes "Silver Tongue" (from the forthcoming debut) public (check it out below).

Zulu Winter "Silver Tongue"

Ty Segall & White Fence "Scissor People" (Room 205 video)

'Hair' the forthcoming album from Ty Segall & White Fence is a psych-garage freak-out of high quality (from Drag City Records). The pair recently headed over to the Incase sponsored Room 205 to have a live performance of the new track "Scissor People" committed to video.

MV & EE "Too Far To See" (new track)

On May 15th MV & EE are to release 'Space Homestead' via Woodsist. Check out "Too Far To See" (below) from the forthcoming album. Another great fit for the Woodsist imprint.

MV & EE "Too Far To See"

Led Er Est "Kaiyo Maru" (new track)

Led Er Est have scheduled the release of their new album 'The Diver' for May 8th via Sacred Bones. Below is "Kaiyo Maru" a new track from the forthcoming album. The band recently wrapped up a tour with The Soft Moon before playing at SXSW.

Dive "How Long Have You Known" (new track)

Brooklyn's Dive are to release their debut album 'Oshin' on June 26th via Captured Tracks. The four piece, fronted by Z. Cole Smith, have a released "How Long Have You Known" from the forthcoming album (posted below). The band has already hit the road in advance of the release and will be at Vancouver's Biltmore on April 24th (all dates below).

Tour Dates

4/05/12 @ Northstar Bar- Philadelphia, PA  
4/06/12 @ Le Poisson Rouge- New York, NY 
4/07/12 @ Golden West Cafe- Baltimore, MD 
4/08/12 @ Strange Matter- Richmond, VA 
4/09/12 @ Local 506- Chapel Hill, NC 
4/10/12 @ 529 Club- Atlanta, GA 
4/11/12 @ Cats Purring Dude Ranch- Oxford, MS 
4/13/12 @ Club Dada- Dallas, TX 
4/14/12 @ Red 7- Austin, TX 
4/16/12 @ Rhythm Room- Phoenix, AZ 
4/18/12 @ Soda Bar- San Diego, CA 
4/19/12 @ The Satellite- Los Angeles, CA 
4/20/12 @ The Crepe Place- Santa Cruz, CA 
4/21/12 @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall- San Francisco, CA 
4/23/12 @ East End- Portland, OR 
4/24/12 @ Biltmore Cabaret- Vancouver, BC 
4/25/12 @ Barboza- Seattle, WA 
4/26/12 @ The Palace- Missoula, MT 
4/28/12 @ The Aquarium (Dempsey's Upstairs)- Fargo, ND 
4/29/12 @ 7th Street Entry- Minneapolis, MN 
4/30/12 @ Township- Chicago, IL 
5/01/12 @ Magic Stick- Detroit, MI 
5/02/12 @ The Shop Under Parts and Labor- Toronto, ON 
5/03/12 @ Valentine's- Albany, NY 
5/05/12 @ Mercury Lounge- New York, NY

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs "Tapes & Money" (video)

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs will release their debut album 'Trouble' via Casablanca Records on June 12th. Above is the video "Tapes & Money" the latest single from the forthcoming album. Go!

Wintersleep "Resuscitate" (new track)

Canada's Wintersleep are set to release 'Hello Hum' on June 12th via Roll Call Records/ILG. The new album was co-produced and mixed by Dave Fridmann (MGMT, The Flaming Lips) and Tony Doogan (Belle & Sebastian, Mogwai). Check out "Resuscitate" (below) for a taste of the forthcoming album.

Clark "Black Stone" (video)

Clark released his new album 'Iradelphic' this week via Warp Records (buy it here). To help celebrate the release comes a stunning short film from The Vikings accompanied by Clark's track "Black Stone" (which premiered over at NPR) off the new album. Be patient, it's worth it.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Royal Canoe "Bathtubs" (performance video)

Winnipeg's Royal Canoe released their EP titled 'Extended Play' (I see what they did there) on February 21st and has been touring quite a bit since including a stop at SXSW. The above video for "Bathtubs" was captured at SXSW by the Kiyanna Project. The six piece is currently working on a long player (I wonder if that's what they'll call it) whenever they have time. The band heads back out on the road at the end of the month including  a stop at Vancouver's Waldorf on May 22nd (all dates below). I'll see you at the show.

Royal Canoe’s Extended Play Tour Dates
April 30 - Chicago @ Double Door
May 2 - Toronto @ The Garrison
May 4 - Montreal @ Le Divan Orange
May 9 - New York @ Pianos
May 10 - Washington DC @ The Velvet Lounge
May 12 - Detroit @ Garden Bowl
May 13 - Chicago @ Township
May 18 - Regina @ O'Hanlon's
May 19 - Saskatoon @ Amigo's
May 22 - Vancouver @ The Waldorf
May 23 - Kelowna @ Habitat
May 25 - Calgary @ Palomino Social Club
May 26 - Edmonton @ Pawn Shop

Two Wounded Birds

UK rockers Two Wounded Birds released a couple of well received singles last year which earned them supporting spots with The Black Lips and The Drums (check out a sampling of those tracks below). On June 4th the band is set to release their highly anticipated self-titled debut album via the Holiday Recording Friends imprint. TWB is on the road in the UK right now with Glasvegas.

Emily Wells "Passenger" (video)

Composer, performer, producer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Emily Wells can now add video director to her long list of skills. Check out the new self-directed video for "Passenger" (which debuted over at IFC) from Wells' forthcoming sophomore album 'Mama' which drops April 10th via Partisan Records.

Lucius "Go Home" (live studio performance)

Brooklyn's Lucius released their self-titled debut EP last month via Wildewoman Music. The band recently performed "Go Home" at Indaba's Suite 268 where it was captured on video (above). "Go Home" is sort of like if Feist met Grizzly Bear at Bonnaroo. A very strong debut and we look forward to more from Lucius.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Prinzhorn Dance School "I Want You" (video)

Tobin Prinz and Suzi Horn are Prinzhorn Dance School. The band released it's latest album 'Clay Class' earlier this year and are set to release a digital EP for the album single "I Want You" including four new b-sides on April 10th via DFA. Check out the video for "I Want You" above featuring Prinz and Horn but very little dancing or school.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Bass Drum of Death "I Wanna Be Forgotten" (new track)

Mississippi duo Bass Drum of Death have a couple of new releases pending. A 7" of their own as well as a split with DZ Deathrays who they will be touring with this summer. "I Wanna Be Forgotten" (below) is Bass Drum of Death's half of the split with their own 7" sporting two more new tracks. The tour will find them at Vancouver's Biltmore on June 29th (all dates below).


6/6 Birmingham, Al - Bottle Tree
6/7 Atlanta, GA - 529
6/8 Raleigh, NC - King's Barcade
6/9 Washington, DC - Red Palace
6/10 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
6/12 Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands
6/13 Boston, MA - Great Scott
6/14 Montreal, QC - Quai Des Brumes
6/15 Toronto, ON - Wrongbar
6/16 Pittsburgh, PA - Shadow Lounge
6/18 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick Lounge
6/19 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern
6/21 Bloomington, IN - The Bishop
6/22 Chicago, IL - Schubas
6/23 St. Louis, MO - Old Rock House
6/24 Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club
6/25 Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
6/28 Seattle, WA - Sunset
6/29 Vancouver, BC - Biltmore
6/30 Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
7/2 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
7/6 Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
7/7 San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
7/8 Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
7/10 Austin, TX - Mohawk (Small Room)
7/11 Dallas, TX - Club Dada
7/12 Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's Downstairs
7/13 New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
7/14 Oxford, MS - Proud Larry's