Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Monolord premiere video for "Lord of Suffering" at Metal Injection

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"Monolord is on the rise in the realm of metal, and for damn good reason - the band knows how to do doom metal right." -- Metal Injection

Swedish trio Monolord premiere the first video from their new 10" EP today via Metal Injection. The 12-minute video is culled from footage shot throughout the band's extensive US and EU touring last summer. Watch and share "Lord of Suffering" HERE. (Direct YouTube.)

Hear and share the entire Lord of Suffering / Die in Haze EP by the band Noisey calls "universally beloved" and "Swedish doom royalty" HERE. (Direct Soundcloud). Monolord's full discography is available on RidingEasy Records

Metal Sucks hailed Monolord's Vænir as, "far and away one of my favorite doom releases of 2015 so far, possibly even of the past few years. There's just something about the way these guys construct riffs that sets them apart from the pack, and the production style they've chosen -- clear and concise, but still massively powerful and raw in tone -- perfectly underscores what they're doing."

Noisey calls it, "a sludge-doom offering with guitars like chainsaws, bringing to mind Matt Pike's epic tone on The Art of Self-Defense. The massive, ten-ton brick of a record relies on a blues groove though, and not long-stroke, droning nonsense. Heavily treated melodic vocals bring to mind Ozzy during 'Planet Caravan,' and add to the mysticism and darkness surrounding the release. This is one massive record."

"Typical of Monolord," says Consequence of Sound, "the vocals are dreamy and ethereal, only here they're placed up front, with the chorus even touting a catchy melodic hook. It's a truly modern sound: recognizably doom, but with the glistening production values of Sigur Ros and adventurous songcraft of Rush."

Artist: Monolord
Album: Lord of Suffering / Die in Haze 10"
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: August 12, 2016

01. Lord of Suffering (STREAM)
02. Die in Haze (STREAM)

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Evil Triplet premiere first song from debut, heavy psych by Austin punk pioneer ex-Terminal Mind w/ mbrs of My Education, Cinders

Austin trio Evil Triplet premiere the first track from their forthcoming double LP debut album Otherworld today via Echoes & Dust. The album track "Pyramids" is available to hear and share HERE. Direct Soundcloud HERE.)

Evil Triplet is a heavy psych trio from Austin, TX. The space rock behemoth is comprised of Steve Marsh (guitar and vocals), Kirk Laktas (drums), and Joe Volpi (bass).

Marsh traces back to Terminal Mind, a seminal band in the Austin punk scene of the late 70s that spawned The Big Boys and The Dicks (Super Secret offshoot Sonic Surgery Records will be reissuing Terminal Mind's original recorded output, plus unreleased studio and live tracks, later in 2017). He then led Miracle Room, a psychedelic industrial hoedown that shared stages with Snakefinger, Butthole Surfers, Scratch Acid, Negativland, and Sonny Sharrock, among others, and morphed into Wisdom Tooth, which released a CD on Knitting Factory's imprint.

Kirk is the keyboard wizard in post-rock bands My Education and Cinders, and was an early member of Stars Of The Lid. He has worked sessions with Acid Mothers Temple, Shearwater, Pauline Oliveros and ST37.

Mr Volpi toured and recorded with Primordial Undermind, as well as lending his chops to countless other Austin bands, including The Flood and Reverend Glasseye. He also performs a dark acoustic song cycle solo as Kaiser Soze, and plays standup bass in Cinders.

Evil Triplet recorded their debut opus at Sonic Ranch Studios, in the desert outside El Paso, TX. The sound is lush, lysergic and overpowering. In addition to the solid foundation of classic heavy guitar rock, there are multiple points of experimentation, with Marsh attacking the electric guitar with vibrator, drill, electric razor and music box. There are also underlying synth loops, piano and organ, all in service to the tripped-out material, with lyrics covering such topics as space, mushrooms, human consciousness as alien possession, and a plea from Lucifer to his minions to stay in school.

The record will be distributed by Revolver USA and available in 180g vinyl and CD at record stores and by mail order from Super Secret Records. The band will be touring to support the record release this Spring, so get ready to be absorbed into Evil Triplet's Otherworld!

Otherworld will be available on LP, CD and download on February 10th, 2017 via Super Secret Records

02/10 Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas (album release show)

Artist: Evil Triplet
Album: Otherworld
Label: Super Secret Records
Release date: February 10th, 2017

01) Star Ladder
02) Fungus
03) Get a Job
04) Planet I'm On
05) Post Group Date Scene
06) Pyramids
07) We Are The Aliens
08) Worship Satin
09) Road Trips

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Stereogum premieres Dan Deacon track from forthcoming experimental instruments compilation

I Said No Doctors! 2xLP features Dan Deacon, David Grubbs (Gastr del Sol, Bastro), Oval, Jad Fair, String Noise, et al. 

"At two LPs deep, it is a highly stacked tour of musicians discovering all sorts of ways to contribute to (or rip up) the legacy of instrumentation." -- Tiny Mix Tapes

NYC label Dymaxion Groove premieres a new track today from the forthcoming double-LP compilation of artists working with experimental instrumentation to create new and unique sounds. I Said No Doctors! features such legends as Silver Apples, David Grubbs, Oval, Dan Deacon, Jad Fair and more. Stereogum shares Dan Deacon's "Opal Toad Segment" today, available to hear and share HERE. (Direct Soundcloud HERE.)

Silver Apples recently shared a video for their compilation track via Tiny Mix Tapes. The video for "The Mist" (along with an insightful interview) is available to watch and share HERE. (Direct YouTube.)

I Said No Doctors! double-LP is a compilation of the most groundbreaking artists of current and past decades who have redefined sound by creating and destroying musical instruments to fit a specific sonic character and method of music-making. 

During this audio journey we hear Silver Apples’ Simeon Coxe combining bench oscillators, sound filters, telegraph keys and radio parts into one of the first electronic instruments. David Grubbs (Gastr del Sol, Bastro, Squirrel Bait, The Red Crayola) plays an alligator-clip prepared guitar. Markus Popp’s composition features his Oval Process software. Indonesian noise band Senyawa plays a modified Javanese farm plough. Dan Deacon generates an atonal barrage of MIDI-triggered pin-point notes from an acoustic grand piano. Jad Fair’s custom guitar, in which the neck attaches to the body using a system of rubber bands, allows dramatic bends. Bismuth, featuring Yuri Landman (who has built guitars for Thurston Moore and Lee Renaldo of Sonic Youth) performs on prepared guitars and other instruments created by his Hypercustom Guitars. Ciat Lonbarde’s Peter B plays the Deerhorn synthesizer.

The compilation is curated by Dymaxion Groove founder Tom Tolleson, who plays a modified Fender Jazzmaster with a ¾ ratio of separate playable strings over two pickups on the album as well.

I Said No Doctors! is a celebration of sound and artistry beyond the range provided by standard musical instruments.This double-LP is available in two variants, colored and black vinyl, both 180-gram, each with a digital download card.

I Said No Doctors! will be available on 2xLP and download on January 18th, 2017. Pre-orders (with immediate download of the Silver Apples track) are available HERE

Artist: Various Artists

Album: I Said No Doctors! 
Record Label: Dymaxion Groove
Release Date: January 18th, 2017

01. Silver Apples “The Mist”
02. Dan Deacon “Opal Toad Segment”
03. Tom Tolleson “Kosciuszko”
04. Jason Willett “And I Mean It”
05. Bismuth “Cola Kid”
06. Senyawa “Anak Kijang”
07. David Grubbs “Awkward Silences I Have Known”
08. GOTHgsb “The Interconvertible Three”
09. String Noise “Parallel Noise Construction”
10. Jad Fair “Big Boots”
11. Oval “ISND”
12. Neil Feather “Ride of the Popcorn Valkyries”
13. Slumberland “Hunting Hunting”
14. Peter B “Deer Biphenyl”

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Night Club premiere video for "Dear Enemy" at Yahoo Music, release 'Nerdland' soundtrack

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"Brooks and Kavanaugh wisely decide to focus on catchiness above all else, which pays huge dividends. These are monster hooks that are designed to invade brains and stay inside for a long time." -- Pop Matters  

"Catchy as Hell." -- Impose Magazine

L.A. duo Night Club premiere the video for "Dear Enemy" single from their new full length Requiem for Romance via Yahoo Music. Watch and share the sinister video HERE and on YouTube (cleared for posting.)

Hear and share Night Club's entire new album Requiem For Romance HERE

Requiem for Romance was the #2 Most Added and hit #7 on CMJ's RPM chart, remaining on the chart for over 10 weeks now. The album is a top 15 electropop best-seller on Bandcamp and the UK electronic music site Electricity Club named album track "Pray" in their Top 30 Songs of 2016

The band's score for the newly released feature film Nerdland, starring Paul Rudd and Patton Oswalt was also just released December 6th via iTunes

Following quickly on the heels of their official soundtrack release to Comedy Central's Moonbeam City (Milan Records), Night Club returned October 7th with their debut full length LP Requiem for Romance. The album sees the band moving toward a louder, more bombastic electronic sound. 

"It's been a pretty rough year for us personally, so making this record was our only form of therapy," says singer Emily Kavanaugh. "It's the angriest, most introspective music that we've ever made, while still being 'pop' at the same time." 

Night Club previously released three EPs: Night Club (2012), Love Casualty (2013) and Black Leather Heart (2014). Requiem for Romance is available on iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, Google Play, Apple Music and Spotify as of Friday, October 7th through Gato Blanco


12/31 Las Vegas, NV @ Velveteen Rabbit -- DJ set only

Artist: Night Club
Album: Requiem for Romance
Label: Gato Blanco
Release Date: October 7, 2016

01) Requiem
02) Bad Girl
03) Show It 2 Me
04) Dear Enemy
05) Psychosuperlover
06) Freak Like Me
07) Magnetic
08) Dangerous Heart
09) Pray
10) Little Token

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Radar Eyes premiere video from acclaimed new album 'Radiant Remains', announce L.A. show

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"Radar Eyes have left their garagey beginnings behind them in favor of a chiming, dark romantic sound that, with the addition of a paisley shirt and a bolo tie, would fit right in with mid-'80s acts like The Mighty Lemon Drops, Wire Train, or The Lucy Show." -- Brooklyn Vegan

"Radar Eyes combine the fanged severity of death rock with a newfound sense of tunefulness and dynamics. The album’s overriding mood may be despair, but rarely has a band sounded so energized reveling in it." Album of The Day -- Bandcamp Daily

Chicago quartet Radar Eyes premiere the first video from their masterwork new album Radiant Remains today via Impose Magazine. Watch and share the clip for lead single "Community" HERE. (Direct YouTube HERE). 

Radiant Remains is available to hear and share via Bandcamp and Soundcloud

Radar Eyes debut a new Los Angeles based lineup playing a benefit for the Los Angeles LGBTQ Center presented by Defend LA at Resident on January 25th, 2017. Tickets and info HERE.

The album's dark, fuzzy post-punk merged with chiming 12-string guitar pop hooks brings to mind everything from Echo & The Bunnymen, The PonysJoy Division, 80s Paisley UndergroundThe Cure, The Church and more. But it's the band's brilliant songcraft that elevates Radiant Remains to a would-be, should-be classic. 

Radiant Remains is an excellent jump forward from the band's fuzzy garage beginnings, and what was originally to serve as Radar Eyes's swan song now becomes the signal of a striking rebirth with vocalist/guitarist Anthony Cozzi's recent relocation to Los Angeles in 2016. 

Released via new Chicago label Under Road Records, Radiant Remains was engineered by Gregoire Yeche at Electrical Audio and mixed by Adam Stilson. It features an impressive cast of friends filling in on guest spots, including Outer Minds vocalist and organist Mary McKane, saxophonist Bob Johnson, and Touched by Ghoul frontwoman Angela Mullenhour -- who performs a brilliantly theatrical, over-the-top duet with Radar Eyes singer Anthony Cozzi on "A Daughter's Hymn," the album's centerpiece and highlight.

Radiant Remains is available on LP, CD and download as of September 2nd, 2016 via Under Road Records

01/25/17 Los Angeles, CA @ Resident

Artist: Radar Eyes
Album: Radiant Remains
Label: Under Road Records
Release date: September 2nd, 2016

01) Dreaming of Giants 
02) Community
03) Between Two Worlds 
04) Deser Shore
05) Hungry Ghost
06) A Daughter's Hymn 
07) Midnight Drive
08) Calling Cassandra 
09) Fall Into Place
10) Positive Feedback 

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Irish dark folk/slowcore artist Katie Kim premieres video from critically-praised new album at Tiny Mix Tapes

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"A work of staggeringly intense beauty... Cinematic in scope and tectonic in delivery, Salt is a richly rewarding and profoundly intense listening experience." 4/4 stars -- The Skinny

"Salt is intriguing, sharp and bold, and where you could be forgiven thinking Katie Kim already had a solid mastery of inventive songwriting, this is a fairly staggering leap forward." -- Thumped

"An outstanding achievement...Somehow, simply saying that Salt is one of my Records of the Year barely does it justice." -- Echoes & Dust

Dublin, Ireland based Waterford singer Katie Kim premieres the first video from her critically-praised new album Salt today via Tiny Mix Tapes. Watch and share the clip for "Ghosts" HERE. (Direct YouTube.)

Salt is available to hear and share via Bandcamp and iTunes

Katie Kim is the pseudonym of Irish singer Katie Sullivan, who performs slowcore, ethereal, ambient folk/pop. Her third full length album entitled Salt was released on November 11th, 2016. 

Salt was recorded in a self-built recording and artist space in Dublin called Guerrilla Studios which has become an integral part of the Independent Irish music scene. Guerrilla has hosted live performance video collective the Practice Tapes as well as being the studio where releases by The Jimmy Cake, Hilary Woods and much more have been recorded.

Salt is a departure from Katie's previous albums and delves further into the drone side of her other releases with textured production added by producer John "Spud" Murphy, who is central to the album's sonic feel. Salt comes four years after Katie's previous album, the critically acclaimed Cover and Flood and it shows an evolution musically. 

Since Cover and Flood Katie has toured the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium playing mostly sold out venues. She has also played Union Chapel in London and played shows in New York and Canada. 

Katie joined The Waterboys, singing the parts of the dark fairy queen and playing guitar and bass on their WB Yeats tour which lead to a performance on the legendary Later with Jools Holland TV show. 

Salt is available on LP, CD and download. 

Artist: Katie Kim
Album: Salt
Label: self-released
Release date: November 11th, 2016

01. Ghosts
02. Day is Coming 
03. Someday
04. Body Break
05. I Make Sparks
06. Life or Living
07. Beautiful Human
08. Thieves
09. Wide Hand

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Halycine premiere new video directed by singer/guitarist Chloe Raynes

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"A a hazy and dreamy ballad, which sounds a bit like a torch song fed through a Kevin Shields filter, or some of the more darkly romantic material from Dum Dum Girls." -- Treble

"Spontaneously calling to mind both Bethany Cosentino and Jenny Lewis... comes to life through gutsy guitar lines and soothing vocal harmonies." -- Impose Magazine

NYC band Halycine premiere a new video for the song "Elixir" from their debut release today via TrebleZine. The clip, directed by singer/guitarist Chloe Raynes, is available to watch and share HERE. (Direct Vimeo and YouTube.)

Impose Magazine recently premiered the video for the dark David Lynch style tale of frenemies, hatred and deceit in "One More Try". Watch and share HERE. (Direct Vimeo & YouTube). 

Halycine released their debut, In The Salt in August and it's available to hear and share on Soundcloud and Bandcamp

Halycine, the moniker for the solo project of singer/guitarist Chloe Raynes, is a fresh new voice in indie rock. Her debut EP, In The Salt, is a collection of 5 songs that she wrote and produced, and 3 videos that she directed. 

Chloe previously co-fronted NYC's rock outfit Blue & Gold before embarking on the new project that would become Halycine. In The Salt is a luscious blend of reverberating guitars and spacious vocals. It's a sonically imaginative and and lyrically vivid collection of deeply affecting songs. The EP was tracked and mixed at The End in Greenpoint, Brooklyn with GG Gonzalez on drums and Derek Cabrera on bass. 

After hearing Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" for the first time at 10-years-old, she decided that she had no choice but to pick up the guitar and begin shredding. Her life was forever changed, and she's been playing and writing songs ever since.  

Chloe studied music composition at the arctic campus of Bates College in Maine. She managed to get through the long winters with a soundtrack of Liz Phair, Sleater-Kinney, and Sublime. She moved to NYC shortly after graduation, absorbing the sights and sounds that would eventually shape her musical sensibilities. Other musical influences include Dum Dum Girls, St. Vincent, and Jenny Lewis.

Artist: Halycine
Album: In the Salt
Record label: Halycine Music
Release date: August 12th, 2016

01. Circles
02. Elixir
03. One More Try
04. Woman, You Better Run
05. Silver Moon

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