For those reading the title of Xiu Xiu's latest record and wondering, "They're kidding, right?" the answer is: probably. Because despite packing the group's last six albums with some of the most serious heart-on-sleeve lyrics ever heard in indie rock, frontman Jamie Stewart actually has quite a sense of humor—and it seems like it's finally beginning to surface. At the very least, Dear God, I Hate Myself marks a new level of maturity and self-awareness for the band. Read more »
Brooklyn's Light Asylum just might be one of the biggest secrets in electronic music right now, but that is going to change soon. With an unstoppable sound that is as post-punk as it is synth-wave and a fierce live show fronted by !!!-collaborator Shannon Funchess, the duo is set to take the world by storm. With its punk beat, confrontational yet somehow romantic vocals, and crackling synth flourishes, "Knights and Week-ends" sounds like Alan Vega and Martin Rev taking over Joy Division. Playing this slice at a party will definitely get everyone out on the floor, shimmying and stomping like the world is about to end.
The man behind the epic proto-techno jams of Black Meteoric Star, DFA bad-boy Gavin Russom, returned home after spending over a month on tour in Brazil with a new set of musical inspirations that have come together to form his latest project, The Crystal Ark. Under this moniker, Russom, along with vocalist Viva Ruiz, has written a new single, a 12-minute slow-burning number called "The City Never Sleeps," for release on the prolific DFA label. Read more »
Taken from Daedelus' upcoming album, Righteous Fists of Harmony, "Order of the Golden Dawn" is a lovely slice of lounge-y music, featuring bossa nova instrumentation over a chunky hip-hop beat. Featuring the sublimely pure vocals of his wife Laura Darling, the track is perfect for intimate gatherings or a round of passionate afternoon sex, or as the ever-romantic Daedelus might prefer, lovemaking.
Within a week-long period in March, two festivals of epic proportions will be taking place in Mexico's lovely city of Monterrey (pictured above). Read more »
The Seven Fields of Aphelion has crafted a perfect album for ambient daydreaming with Periphery, and "Grown" is no exception: it expresses an intense wistfulness, opening with piano lines on top of drones and building to a swirl of piano-synth harmonies. High-frequency sine-wave dapplings and a healthy amount of delay round out the track's gorgeous ache. Though she's a member of Black Moth Super Rainbow, the simple grace of the Seven Fields of Aphelion's music is a most unexpected and welcome reprieve from the sensory overload often caused by that group's aural antics.
As owner of Bristol's Rooted Records shop and founder of the Punch Drunk label, Tom Ford (a.k.a. Peverelist) doesn't have trouble staying current. But the dubstep producer's full-length debut, named after the inventor of the artificial heart valve, incorporates futurist techno vibes into his dub vibrations and low-end rhythms. Boasting seven new tracks, along with previous singles "Infinity Is Now" and "Clunk Click Every Trip," Jarvik Mindstate showcases his tight style, crisp rhythms, and junglist roots. Read more »
East coast duo Kon & Amir are set to bring forth the third installment of their Off Track mix series April 26 via BBE. We talked to the crate digging beat-heads a couple years back while they scoured NY's Lower East Side for their fix of rare 45s and long forgotten beats, and now they're switching boroughs with Off Track Vol. III: Brooklyn. Read more »
Seaside Getaway: With a New Home on Sub Pop, Baltimore's Beach House Scales Up Their Trademark Sound
Things that immediately establish a certain mood: dead body, Labrador puppy, thunder, Inland Empire, the band Beach House. Even among three divergent albums, Baltimore's Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally remain masters of bringing listeners to their very specific place.
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