The psych-pop girls of Snow Angel have announced the release of their debut 7” So Sick So Cool out 4/22. Doused with hard-hitting drums, recorders, omnichord, guitar, keys and electric sitar turned all the way up to 11, they will rock the emotional dust off your musical shelf.
Snow Angel’s creative force, Gabby La La, made a major splash with her Les Claypoolproduced solo album, "Be Careful What You Wish For". Touring internationally as a member of Claypool’s band, Gabby became known for her virtuosity on the sitar and penetrating stage presence. She created her second album, "I Know You Know I Know" using a Nintendo DS Lite overdubbed with sitar, ukulele, and theremin.
"So Sick So Cool" is the first release from Snow Angel. The title track features the drumming of Ian Vanek from Brooklyn art-punk duo Japanther. The B side, "We Are Stars" is produced by Boots Riley of The Coup. Tied together with an addictive dose of electric sitar, recorders, and girl power, this double A-side single is sure to put Snow Angel on the musical map.
“So Sick So Cool” track premiered with Pure Volume and we encourage you to post and share!
Both songs on this double A-side single are also represented in video form. "So Sick So Cool" is a rainbow, patty cake, cheer party of awesome-ness. The video was directed by Kung Fu comedy action genius, Pete Lee. The cinematography was done by or Mark Kohr, who is best known for his directing work with Green Day, Primus and Alanis Morrisette. The video for "We Are Stars" was directed by Nanako Fukui. These visual representations will give the world their first glimpse into the world of Snow Angel.
A twelve year veteran of the Ali Akbar College of Music, Gabby La La graduated from Cal Arts, and was one of the founding members of Dakah Hip Hop Orchestra. Since then she has collaborated with Les Claypool, Bob Weir, Snoop Dogg, Macy Gray, The Coup, Grace Potter, Bernie Worrell, Prince Paul and P-Funk, among many others. Snow Angel is the newest adventure on her journey.
Chui Wan (吹万) is a four-piece experimental psychedelic rock band from Beijing, China. They get their name from Daoist philosopher Zhuangzi's Qi Wu Lun (齐物论), a mystical work on inner sageliness and outer kingliness. Zhuangzi writes: "谓风吹万窍，发出各种音响" - "When the wind blows, every sound may be heard therein."
Inspired by this concept of seeking the infinite from the mundane, the core of Chui Wan's sound is formed by the improvisational compositions of multi-instrumentalist Yan Yulongand guitarist Liu Xinyu. Their lush arrangements for guitar, keyboard, viola, other assorted instruments, and random sound samples often eschew reliable melodies and vocal harmonies in favor of occasional passages of minimal drone or maximal sonic layerings. Bassist Wu Qiong and drummer Li Zichao provide a stable ground floor from which the band can continually float away, like a sound half-heard and soon gone on a gust of wind.
In 2012, Chui Wan released their debut album, White Night, on Maybe Mars, China’s top indie label. White Night was an instant critical success, and gained Chui Wan recognition and a rabid following throughout the China. Lauded as an “impressive, strikingly original debut” by Time Out Beijing and a “sterling effort” by China’s Global Times,White Night was released on a tour with New York kindred spirits Psychic Ills (Sacred Bones Records), which launched Chui Wan into the national spotlight, placing them on stage in front of packed houses in Beijing, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Kunshan, Shanghai, Wuhan, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, and Macau.
Soon after its release, MTV Iggy touted Chui Wan's debut album as a “psychedelic masterpiece” and declared that “the world needs to hear this noise now.” Indeed, foreign interest in the the band started grow. In March 2013, they were invited to perform at Helsinki’s NiuBi Festival, accompanied by shows across Scandinavia and France.
When they weren’t performing as Chui Wan, the members kept busy with solo performances and side projects. Chui Wan's core members have always been central members of Beijing's dynamic experimental music scene, leading the band to be named by Time Out Beijing as “the hardest working band in psychedelia.” In 2014, that same publication dubbed frontman Yan Yulong among the “ten Beijingers making a mark in the city” and called him “one of the leading lights of Beijing’s experimental music scene."
In October 2014, Chui Wan returned to Scandinavia for a second appearance at Helsinki’s NiuBi Festival — where they played to excited crowds from the pervious year — and added new fans to their base with additional stops in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and Talin. Upon returning to cold Beijing, they hunkered down in the studio to record their sophomore, self-titled release with respected Beijing producer Yang Fan. SmartBeijing.com, after an early listening, called Chui Wan "a more lush, dense, musical offering than their 2012 debut."
Ahead of the projected album release date of May 1, Chui Wan is gearing up for Spring tours across North America and Asia, and a third Europe in the Fall. Dates below.
5/1: Berkeley, CA @ Starry Plough
5/2: Los Angeles, CA @ HM157
5/3: Long Beach, CA @ Alex's Bar
5/4: Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
5/5: Salt Lake City, UT @ Diabolical Records
5/6: Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
5/9: Austin, TX @ Elevation Ampitheatre (River Stage)
5/10: Tulsa, OK @ The Fur Shop
5/11: St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
5/12: Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness
5/13: Philadelphia, PA @ Ortlieb's
5/14: Boston, MA @ Club Bohemia
5/15: New York, NY @ Baby's Alright
5/16: Cleveland, OH @ Mahall's
5/17: Chicago, IL @ Burlington Bar
5/18: Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club
5/19: Winnipeg @ West End Cultural Center
5/22: Saskatoon @ Vangelis
5/23: Calgary @ National Music Center
5/24: Edmonton @ Wunderbar
5/26: Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret (Tame Impala After Party)
5/27: Seattle, WA @ Lo-Fi
5/28: Portland, OR @ Foggy Notion
5/29: Nevada City, CA @ Cooper's
5/30: Los Angeles, CA @ Cafe Nela
5/31: Los Angeles, CA @ Chinatown Human Resources Center
6/1: San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar
On May 4th, 2015 My Morning Jacket are set to return with their seventh full-length album,The Waterfall via ATO Records/Capitol Records. This release will mark the band’s first on Capitol Records. Recorded in Stinson Beach CA, The Waterfall is the follow-up to the GRAMMY®-nominated Circuital, which was ranked among 2011’s best albums by publications such as Rolling Stone, Paste, MOJO, and Uncut.
Today, the Louisville quintet reveal the new album’s cover art, full track list, and the lead single, “Big Decisions”, as well as launch a pre-order for the new album via its official website, iTunes and Amazon. Fans who preorder The Waterfall will receive an instant download of "Big Decisions,” which is available for streaming today via VEVO, Spotify, and all other digital services.
My Morning Jacket also announce an extensive United States tour in support of the new album, which will see them headline Governors Ball and Bonnaroo before embarking on a nationwide headlining tour in mid-May, followed by dates in Europe. Fan club pre-sale will be going live on March 9 and the tickets will be available for general sale on March 13. (See full list of tour dates below).
My Morning Jacket arrived at Northern California’s Stinson Beach in late 2013 thinking only about making an album. The band was not prepared to be seduced. But within a couple of days, Jim James, Tom Blankenship, Patrick Hallahan, Carl Broemel and Bo Kosterwere in love with Panoramic House, a studio perched on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The natural beauty of the surrounding landscape, located only about a half hour north of the Golden Gate Bridge, combined with the almost mystical serenity flooded them with a charged sense of possibilities.
“For me, every record has the spirit of where we made it,” explains singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter Jim James. “Stinson Beach was so psychedelic and focused. It was almost like we lived on our own little moon out there. It feels like you’re up in the sky.”
On the new release there are moments that reach back to early albums such as 2001’s At Dawn and 2003’s It Still Moves, the record that gave the band a much broader audience. But the experimentation that marked 2004’s Z, 2008’s Evil Urges and James’ 2013 solo album, Regions of Light and Sound of God is clearly in effect.
The Waterfall sounds like history and decades colliding, like a record made by fervent music fans in search of that tingle up the spine. Inveterate music geeks will hear echoes of vintage rock and pop as MMJ continues to honor its influences without aping any of them;The Waterfall sounds like nothing else but also warmly familiar.
“That’s kind of the sound of this record, and my life, the sound of the page turning and not being sure what’s coming next,” said James.
“The freedom we went into this record with took a lot of the pressure off, as far as what to do and how to do it,” Hallahan added. “The mantra was anything goes, no stone unturned, it’ll be done when it’s done.”
The band recorded The Waterfall by teaming up again with producer/engineer Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Modest Mouse, Neko Case), who also worked with My Morning Jacket on Circuital. In addition to the Stinson Beach sessions, they recorded at Martine’s Portland, OR studio Flora and at Ratterman’s La La Land studio in Louisville.
But in the end, it all circled back to Stinson Beach.
“Out of all the places we’ve recorded, I think that place might have informed the record on a spiritual level more than any other,” adds Koster. “If you listen to ‘Like A River,’ it just sounds like Stinson Beach.”
The Waterfall is the latest in a career-spanning string of success beginning with the band’s 1999 debut album The Tennessee Fire and including 2008's Evil Urges and 2011's Circuitalwhich each received GRAMMY ® nominations - the latter debuting at #5 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Known for their enigmatic indie-pop meets growling guitar grunge, Philadelphia’s Hop Along return with their sophomore full-length album Painted Shut, slated for release May 5th on Saddle Creek. Following the release of the band’s debut Get Disowned LP,Frances Quinlan has emerged as one of music’s most unique songwriters. Recorded and mixed by John Agnello (Kurt Vile, Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth) in Philadelphia and Brooklyn, Frances is joined by Mark Quinlan (drums), Tyler Long (bass) and Joe Reinhart (guitar) on Painted Shut. The album + 300 limited edition 180g white and pink haze vinyl are now available for pre-order at the Saddle Creek Online Store.
Painted Shut is a record of lush compositions, fuzzed-out guitar riffs and captivating vignettes that tell vivid stories of desperation and weary awakening. It pays homage to post-punk luminaries, while simultaneously driving home a sound that is contemporary, emotive and challenging to define. Frances’ raw, spellbinding vocals cut through distorted guitars and playful percussion on lead single “Waitress”. “Texas Funeral” is a propulsive pop anti-anthem, which builds as the track ascends to its roaring peak. Swelling guitars drive “Powerful Man” and an instantly catchy melody keep listeners hooked.
“Waitress” premiered with VICE’s Noisey today - please post and share!
Often depicted on Painted Shut are the two lives of legendary (though generally unknown) musicians Buddy Bolden and Jackson C. Frank, who were plagued with mental illness until their penniless deaths. It touches upon accounts of poverty, abuse, greed; and banal, sub-par behavior. The songs present themselves unencumbered despite the difficult subject matter, at times both jubilant and irreverent. Revered for their electrifying live show, Hop Along will kick off a national tour with The War on Drugs this month – be sure to catch them in a city near you!
3/28: Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa (w/ The War on Drugs)
3/29: Richmond, VA @ The National (w/ The War on Drugs)
3/31: Knoxville, TN @ Bijou Theatre (w/ The War on Drugs)
4/1: Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29 (w/ The War on Drugs)
4/2: Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre (w/ The War on Drugs)
4/3: Birmingham, AL @ Iron City (w/ The War on Drugs)
4/4: Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall (w/ The War on Drugs)
4/5: Tulsa, OK @ Cain's Ballroom (w/ The War on Drugs)
4/7: Albequerque, NM @ The Historic El Rey Theatre (w/ The War on Drugs)
4/8: El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls (w/ The War on Drugs)
4/9: Phoenix, AZ @ The Pressroom (w/ The War on Drugs)
4/11: Wichita, KS @ Lucky's Everyday
4/12: Champaign, IL @ Mike n Molly's
4/13: Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness
5/5: Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
5/6: Hamden, CT @ The Space
5/7: Portland, ME @ SPACE Gallery
5/8: Allston, MA @ Great Scott
5/9: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
5/10: Brooklyn, NY @ Baby's All Right
5/13: Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstage
5/15: Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight
5/16: Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
5/18: Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
5/19: Austin, TX @ The Mohawk- Inside
5/22: Tucson, AZ @ The Flycatcher
5/23: Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
5/26: San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
5/28: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
5/29: Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
5/30: Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
6/1: Boise, ID @ Neurolux
6/2: Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
6/3: Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
6/4: Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
6/5: Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
6/6: Pittsburgh, PA @ Cattivo
6/7: Toronto, ON @ The CAVE at Lee's Palace
1. The Knock
2. Buddy in the Parade
3. Horseshoe Crabs
5. Happy To See Me
6. Texas Funeral
7. Powerful Man
8. I Saw My Twin
10. Sister Cities
Brooklyn-based electronic duo Holy Ghost! announce Work For Hire, a collection of the band’s favorite remixes from it’s extensive catalogue out May 5h (self released).
Known for their high profile remix work as well as original recordings, Work For Hire traces the Holy Ghost! legacy from the early DFA days through to today, showcasing the band’s (aka Alex Frankel & Nick Millhiser) sonic evolution, penchant for cross-genre collaboration, and studio-prowess. It also makes for a darn good playlist from start to finish.
“Letting our remixes go has always been kind of hard,” explains Alex. “We labor over them for weeks, often reproducing every element of the song from drums to vocals, and really try to give them as much life and love as we would an original song.
To see them all here, done over so many years but now in one comprehensive collection, side by side, is amazing. It's also kind of like looking at our own musical timeline. You can hear us developing as producers, having fun, experimenting, and - above all else - working. This album is a scrapbook of our work and time together.”
Featuring quintessential remixes from the band’s catalogue in sequential order from 2007 – present, Work For Hire includes standout Holy Ghost! remixes for MGMT, Cut Copy, Moby, Phoenix, LCD Soundsystem, & RAC among many more. Three brand new remixes complete the package – a new remix for Hannie El Khatib’s “Two Brothers” is revealed today (listen/share) plus new remixes for Katy Perry’s “Unconditionally” and Jose Gonzales’ “Let It Carry You” close out the stellar collection of mixes. (Full tracklist below)
To support the release the band will also head out on a series of North American DJ dates, which will see them spinning ALL VINYL.
Holy Ghost! is Brooklyn-based electronic music duo Alex Frankel and Nick Millhiser. In addition to its extensive remix work, the duo has released two original albums; the self-titled debut album (2011) and its sophomore follow-up Dynamics (2013).
New York City’s Annabelle Cazes’ eccentric sound stems from a combination of inspiration and circumstance. Born to Francophone parents, Cazes received an education both stateside and in France, creating the ability to sing in both French and English. After being introduced to the sound and styling of the Casio VL-Tones by a neighbor in Paris, Cazes’ began blending her classical piano techniques with modern synth-pop sounds resulting in beautiful mixture of rhythm and tone.
This new sound lead Glockabelle to a 2008 tour with Fiery Furnaces, landing her a set at Bonnaroo Music Festival. In 2010, Glockabelle composed an original piece for the Paris Cinema Festival which broadcasted in both French Cinemas and on national television. She has appeared on the Chris Gethard Show, the BJ Rubin Show, WFMU, performed at Art Basel Miami, opened for James Chance and Marnie Stern and performed with Shy Child at the Montreux Jazz Festival. She opened for Jack White's Raconteurs while touring as a member of the Fiery Furnaces. The New York Times said of her performance on this tour, “Technique in action: The glockenspiel has a new heyday in indie-rock, following a lineage from Phil Spector through the E Street Band through U2’s first album to the Arcade Fire. But I haven’t seen one played the way the Fiery Furnaces did: not with mallets, but with thimbles on fingertips. That can make for more simultaneous notes, more busy metallic pling.”
In 2015, Glockabelle was a featured vocalist on the Go! Team album The Scene Betweenwith the song "Catch Me on the Rebound."
Wolf BBQ EP is a collection of mostly unreleased tracks. The result is a collection of equally playful and technically complex tracks filled with surf and punk tendencies, all brought together with her intricate synths and controlled madness. Check out the self-titled track HERE
Catch her undeniable energy on live!
May 21, 2015 - Rough Trade w/Kaki King (Brooklyn, NY)
HUMANS' single “Watusi” is remixed by fellow Canadian electronic music group A Tribe Called Red that “just amped up the energy on the tribal dance track”. It’s the perfect transformation of HUMANs' dreamy winter Watusi into A Tribe Called Red’s bangin summer block party remix.
“Watusi” was featured on their most recent triumph, Noontide LP, released in February on Hybridity.
Situated at the East end of Vancouver, Robbie Slade and Peter Ricq have been crafting music together since 2010. By blending each of their specific musical influences, HUMANS create indie-electronic music that also possesses a distinct darkness to it. Focusing on the performance ideals of modern greats like LCD Soundsystem or Jamie XX, HUMANS are able to impress audiophiles with their technical skills while still stirring up action on the dancefloor.
The duo recently put out Noontide LP accompanied by a North America tour.
Surfer Blood Facebook Post/Band Statement:
Thomas has been playing guitar in Surfer Blood for nearly 6 years, but since December has been sidelined by treatment for cancer. We miss him everyday on the road but we know he is incredibly strong and we have faith in him, and in his doctors. We hope you can help with a donation of any size, and help spread the word by sharing on social media. Thank you so much for the support!
From Thomas Fekete (Surfer Blood guitarist):
A few months back I had a major surgery to remove a large tumor from my abdomen. I was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive cancer (a sarcoma), which unfortunately has moved. A few days ago, my doctors informed me that it had spread to my lungs and my spine.
The lesion on my lower spine will be treated with radiation, and I’ll also start chemotherapy this week. Because my cancer is so rare, there is very little research on it (cancer treatment is a business after all), so going to a typical doctor and getting loaded with all types of drugs would probably kill me. However, I found a doctor who is on the cutting edge of cancer treatments, and we have assembled a team of brilliant doctors who all seem to be extremely confident in an alternative treatment plan, to complement the chemotherapy. Because these doctors are doing things a bit differently, insurance will only cover a portion of my treatment. I never in my life thought that I would be asking for money publicly, but the universe works in funny ways.
Any bit of help would be massive for me, as I'm no longer able to tour and make a living, and my wonderful wife/best friend whom I just married in November will now be leaving work to help me throughout my treatment. If you can't help, no worries whatsoever, all I ask is that you spread the word. Any extra funds collected when this is all said and done will be donated to further my doctor's alternative cancer research. I not only feel great, but I am in great spirits, and I know this will soon be over like a bad dream. Please take care of yourselves, enjoy every single day. Life is beautiful. Love and light always.
1) Thomas on tour with Surfer Blood (credit Photo courtesy Zane Roessell / Buzzbands.la)
2) Thomas at home in Florida with his dog Sachi
In his triumphant return to the Coachella stage, Porter Robinson – who previously DJed Coachella in 2012 – rocked The Sahara tent both festival weekends with his incredibleWorlds live show.
Robinson’s Weekend 1 set trended worldwide on Twitter when he reveled a brand new remix for Nero’s The Thrill – his first remix since 2011 – igniting a firestorm of online praise for the track, which has since been streamed more than 1M times on Soundcloud andYouTube combined.
The visionary producer and electronic artist will continue to bring his revolutionary live show to festivals across the globe including this weekend’s goHard festival in Tacoma, WA plus upcoming appearances at Mysterland (NY), HARD Red Rocks (Denver), Splendour In The Grass (Australia), Sonicmania (Japan), Belgium’s Pukkelpop, and Reading and Leeds Festivals in the UK among many more (see below for tour dates).
The initial run of headline Worlds live dates – his first ever tour as a live performer instead of as a DJ – sold more than 100K tickets worldwide in 2015 selling out such venerable theaters as NYCs Terminal 5 (two nights), LA’s Shrine Theater, and London’s Koko.
Designed in collaboration with music technologist and artist Laura Escudé aka Alluxe (Kanye, Jay Z, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Drake) and controlled by Robinson with Ableton Live and interactive MIDI controllers, the Worlds live show is as ambitious as his debut album itself. It’s a hyperreal, video-game fuelled dream come-to-life with Porter at the helm.
4/25 – Tacoma, WA – goHard Tour 2015 (Live)
5/15 – Las Vegas, NV –Marquee Nightclub (DJ set)
5/22 – Las Vegas, NV – Marquee Nightclub (DJ set)
5/23 – Bethel, NY – Mysteryland (Live)
5/24 – Tampa, FL – Sunset Music Festival (Live)
5/30 – Las Vegas, NV –Marquee Nightclub (DJ set)
6/12 – Seoul, South Korea – Ultra Korea (Live
6/13 – Macau, China – Ultra (DJ set)
7/11 – Ottawa, ON – Bluesfest (Live)
7/24 – Byron Bay, Australia – Splendour In The Grass (Live)
7/30 – Denver, CO – HARD Red Rocks (Live)
8/7 – San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands (Live)
8/8 – Squamish, BC, Canada – Squamish Music Fest (Live)
8/14 – Tokyo, Japan – Sonicmania (Live)
8/20 – Polten, Austria – FM4 Frequency Festival (Live)
8/21 – Hasselt, Belgium – Pukkelpop (Live)
8/28 – Reading, UK – Reading Festival (Live)
8/29 – Leeds, UK – Leeds Festival (Live)
8/30 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Mysteryland (Live)
9/6 – Depew, OK – Backwoods Music Festival (Live)
9/13 – Kasas City, MO – Dancetopia Music Festival (Live)