Los Angeles' quartet Smallpools will release their debut album LOVETAP! on March 24th through RCA Records. “Karaoke”, the first single off the album is currently available at all digital retails and streaming providers. “Karaoke” was produced by Ricky Reed and John Ryan, listen HERE.
Press is already praising “Karaoke” with Hilly Dilly saying ““Karaoke” follows up some of the best new pop we’ve heard in a while, and the band has really hit the nail on the head when it comes to the song’s actual sound. Baeble Music noted “The energetic new track is lighthearted, lots of fun, and makes you want to grab a mic and sing along”. Earmilk said “Like a breath of fresh air, Smallpools build on their style with the momentum behind "Karaoke".
After bursting onto the scene with their 4 song self-titled EP, Smallpools has toured to all corners of North America opening for WALK THE MOON, Neon Trees, Grouplove, MS MR, Twenty One Pilots, and Two Door Cinema Club, played Lollapalooza and Firefly Festivals, and closed the year with a sold out Live Nation “Ones To Watch '14” headline tour.
The release of their self-titled debut EP gained them critical acclaim and brought them their national TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live, performing their debut single "Dreaming" which was produced by Captain Cuts. You can hear “Dreaming” HERE and see the video HERE, which has 4.5 million views.
Supporters like Vogue, Interview Magazine, Idolator, BuzzFeed etc all praised the band’s catchy songs and invigoration live shows. Neon Gold called “Mason Jar” “a sepia splash of power-pop that crystallizes into a starscraping smash before the verse even kicks in, as stadium-sized Of Monsters And Men gang vocals ride high on the buoyant flair of Smallpools' youthful, Two Door-esque ebullience.” In addition, NYLON Magazine premiered the Charli XCX vs Twin Idol Remix of “Dreaming”. Check out more from their Billboard interview.
Smallpools consists of Sean (vocals/keys), Mike (guitar), Joe (bass) and Beau (drums).
LOVETAP! track list (out 3/24 on RCA Records):
01. American Love
02. Killer Whales
05. Street Fight
06. Mason Jar
07. Over and Over
09. What's A Picture Of?
10. Dyin' to Live
11. Admission To Your Party
12. 9 to 5
13. No Story Time
Canadian indie rockers Mother Mother have signed to Def Jam Recordings in the states and will release the new album Very Good Bad Thing April 7th.
Following a massively successful album launch at home in Canada (which sees the band/album nominated for three 2015 Junos including Group Of The Year, and resulted in the band becoming one of the most played acts on Canadian alternative radio), Mother Mother’s latest studio effort is an edgy, synth-heavy, club-driven alt record filled with massive hooks and undeniable energy.
The follow-up to 2012’s Juno-nominated album The Sticks, Very Good Bad Thing sees Mother Mother expanding its sonic palate to integrate electronic and rock elements while delving deep into the complexities of the human condition in all its tragic, conflicting nature.
Behind the gauzy male-female vocal harmonies, angular guitar lines and infectious rhythms lies something deeper and darker, as is the band’s trademark.
“It’s the person, the humanoid…that’s the very good bad thing,” explains vocalist/guitarist Ryan Guldemond.
Recorded with Juno-winning producer Gavin Brown (Metric, Billy Talent, Three Days Grace) at his Noble Street studio in Toronto, Very Good Bad Thing is the next logical step in Mother Mother’s sonic evolution.
Check out the delightfully macabre video for lead single “Monkey Tree” here and get ready for Mother Mother to bring its show stateside with confirmed festival appearances including Sasquatch, Bottle Rocket, and Firefly and additional US headline dates TBA.
Surfer Blood are back with a new album and new label: 1000 Palms out May 12, 2015 on Joyful Noise.
The band’s third full-length and first release with the acclaimed indie imprint, 1000 Palmsmarks a return to the band’s DIY ethos. Abandoning the big time studio, the band decided to head back home to self-record and self-produce their third album. Free of major-label-influence, Surfer Blood has delivered a uniquely compelling album, unlike anything in their catalog.
Earlier this week the band treated fans to a preview of the album’s opening track Grand Inquisitor.
Today Surfer Blood reveals a second – and seminal – track from the record Dorian.
Frontman John Paul Pitts describes Dorian as the album’s central point, saying “This song has everything from classic 80's synth patches to fucked-up vocoder sound collages, embracing a series of left-turns that make it one of the most unique songs in our catalogue.It makes use of almost every sonic element we had available, and embraces the anything goes spirit this record represents.”
The story of 1000 Palms began on January 1st 2014, after playing a New Year’s show in Portland, OR, the band decided to stick around for the rest of the month, renting a practice space and sorting through a backlog of ideas. By February, as their lease ran out, Surfer Blood had recorded demos for most of the tracks that now feature on their third LP.
After a frustrating time at previous home Warner Brothers, the quartet were beyond ready to return to a more DIY recording process, completely void of the middlemen scrutinizing every bar of previous LP Pythons. With the band self-recording, it was in the glamourous setting of an attic studio above a doctor’s office where drums were committed to tape. Of the work, frontman John Paul Pitts states “fortunately none of us are strangers to DIY recording, so it was a challenge well-suited to our band”.
The making of 1000 Palms also owes a lot to the kindness of friends and family, with the remaining instrument sessions taking place at the home of drummer Tyler Schwartz’s parents while they were on vacation. Following a few days of very little sleep and after the band pooled resources and called in favors, the band had managed to craft everything you now hear on the upcoming record.
One of the most successful and influential artists of her generation, Tori Amos is as much a force to be reckoned with today as when she released her first solo album Little Earthquakes over 2 decades ago. Eschewing the trends of the time, the prodigious chanteuse touched millions deeply with her arresting melodies, riveting stage presence and personal & honest lyrics. Today, Amos announces 2-CD deluxe editions of her debut and sophomore solo albums, Little Earthquakes and Under The Pink, each newly re-mastered and paired with an entire disc of rare B-sides and bonus tracks. The b-side from the “Winter” single, “Take To The Sky”, was revealed today and is available to post & share HERE.
In the original assembly of Little Earthquakes, difficult choices had to be made to ensure the album’s balance and flow. Fortunately, songs that didn’t make the record itself were able to see the light of day as a copious stream of single
b-sides released in the US and UK for both Little Earthquakes and Under The Pink. Often these tracks were intertwined with album cuts, for example “Pretty Good Year” becomes an extension of “Ode To The Banana King (Part One)” which itself was b-side to “Silent All These Years”. They also showcased Amos’ innate ability to reinvent popular songs, perhaps the most notable being Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” a masterpiece study in understatement.
Now, these rarities and live versions will be available worldwide on April 14 from Rhino.The remastered versions of both original albums will also be released on 180-gram vinyl on the same date, marking the FIRST time both albums will be available on vinyl in the US.
Originally released in 1992 and 1994 respectively, the songs of Little Earthquakes andUnder The Pink continue to live and thrive to this day. As Amos tells it, “Little Earthquakeswas an acknowledgement of things that I hadn’t looked at in 15 years, in some cases… After you acknowledge something, you tell everybody, and other people say, ‘I know what that’s like, too.’ There’s this energy charge you get, and liberation from doing that.” She continues to find that the audience response to “Silent All These Years” remains deep and immediate nearly a quarter century later, counting it as her most requested song and one that walks with her every day. It will continue to do so as long as she is playing music.
Tori Amos has sold over 12 million albums, has played over a thousand shows and has had multiple Grammy nominations. A pioneer across multiple platforms, she was the first major label artist to offer a single for download, has had her songs turned into graphic novels a successful musical, and has produced pioneering videos throughout her career. She is renowned for her passionate and broad fan-base, her critically and commercially successful tours, and her ever evolving live show. Ms. Amos is also a noted humanitarian and co-founder of RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network), which is the United States’ largest anti-sexual assault organization.
Meet The von Trapps, the next generation. Siblings Sofia (26), Melanie (24), Amanda (23) and August (20), the great-grandchildren of the Captain and Maria von Trapp, are reinventing the legacy of their birthright for the modern age. Dancing in Gold, the first of three EPs of entirely original material that The von Trapps plan to send out into the world over the next two years, is due out April 14 via Heinz Records.
The first single from their EP is the title track “Dancing in Gold” which premiered on Rolling Stone. Inspired by the work of artists such as Fleet Foxes, Beach House, Sufjan Stevens, Françoise Hardy, and the Beach Boys, the harmonic folk-pop that sings out of “Dancing in Gold” is 21st-century von Trapp, inventive, earnest and exquisite. Be sure to listen and share the track on Soundcloud.
For their first foray into the studio in their new incarnation, the siblings sought out a kindred spirit, approaching Israel Nebeker, the lead singer and songwriter of Blind Pilot, to produce the album. Nebeker gets right to the heart and soul of the matter: “Their sound is an open collage, unafraid of combining disparate style and sentiment. Most importantly to me, it communicates honestly and is sung from the heart.”
The von Trapps' musical journey began as a fluke and a brainstorm in 2001. During summer visits to their Montana home, their grandfather Werner von Trapp taught them the Austrian folk songs he loved as a child. When he became too ill to travel, they crafted a homemade recording to cheer him up, never expecting it would inspire a career in music. The von Trapps have been on stage together ever since. Their performances make room for melodicas and ukuleles, lyrics that can unspool in ten languages, twinges of Appalachia and Portlandia, some shout-outs to the Mamas & Papas, all filtered through the DNA of the most beloved musical ever, The Sound of Music. They have toured extensively, from Beijing’s Forbidden City to the Sydney Opera House, performed with major symphonies across the country, appeared on Oprah, and recorded with artists such as Wayne Newtonand Rufus Wainwright.
For the past few years, The von Trapps have been frequent guest performers with Pink Martini, the globetrotting pop sensation. The two groups collaborated on Pink Martini’s eighth studio album, Dream a Little Dream, released in March 2014, which has sold over 20,000 copies in the US alone, and was featured on NPR's Weekend Edition.
Emboldened by that collaboration, flourishing in the rich creative world of their adopted hometown of Portland, Oregon and burgeoning with new ideas, The von Trapps cast off on their own to trail blaze a new musical path.
As the von Trapps tell Rolling Stone – “This new chapter in our career feels very electric; I think our current sound is super fresh, personal, and fun. Fourteen years of touring the world together has given each of us a well of inspiration, and we are at a point where all of that energy is overflowing. How each of us blend our styles together is both a challenge and a thrilling discovery for us, yet this first creation, Dancing in Gold, found a wonderfully surprising and compelling place. We're eager to see how our music manifests itself moving forward.”
March 28 in Denver, CO at Daniels Hall
March 29 in Lincoln, NE at Vega
March 31 in Evanston, IL at SPACE
April 1 in St. Paul, MN at Amsterdam Bar and Hall
April 4 in Spokane, WA at The Big Dipper
April 6 in Vancouver, Canada at The Rio Theater
April 19 in Portland, OR at Revolution Hall (Album Release Show)
It’s been 10 years since the very first record released on Boysnoize Records saw the light of day, and through your ongoing support it has continued to shine, gaining world-wide recognition as a premiere DIY collective, nurturing talent and allowing it’s artists to escape cramped genre pigeonholes. This year, Alex Ridha AKA Boys Noize celebrates the success of his non-conformist brigade, Boysnoize Records (BNR). Alex founded BNR in 2005 to retain full artistic freedom under Boys Noize and his different monikers, while releasing the music of like-minded and genre-transcending artists including Spank Rock, SCNTST, Djedjotronic, Strip Steve, Peaches, PILO and many more.
The celebration kicked off last month with an exclusive free BitTorrent bundle featuring unreleased music, live mixes and other BNR content. The bundle consists of over five hours of music, including two new tracks from Boys Noize ("Brain Frequent" and "Dawnload"), a liveBoys Noize set from Tokyo, a live Dog Blood set from Monegros Festival, an unreleased Boys Noize remix of Jackson and his Computerband’s track, “Arp #1,” two unreleased SCNTST tracks (“Punk01” and “Beat03”), and a curated selection of 25 songs, the best of BNR classics. Visual assets include a Dog Blood drawing, a collage of BNR album artwork from the past 10 years, and the BNR10YR logo designed by BNR's long-time designer, Paul Snowden.Click here to stream the #BNR10YR Raw & Jackin’ mix by Boys Noize
Next comes a series of parties around the world, the first dates of which we can announce today. With the whole Boys Noize crew in tow, Alex has also invited a stellar line-up of friends to join the party. Tiga, Modeselektor, Busy P, A-Trak and Peaches are amongst those hitching a ride on the BNR Express, kicking off on March 28th in Miami before heading to Europe to continue the celebrations. See the attached poster for further info.See you on the dance floor!BNR10YR LIVE:
Sat-Mar-28 @ Gramps, Miami, USAThu-Apr-2 @ Electron, Geneva, Switzerland
Thu-Apr-30 @ IPSE, Berlin, Germany
Fri-May-1 @ Fuse, Brussels, Belgium
Sat-May-2 @ Electric, Paris, France
Sun-May-3 @ Heaven, London, UK
Wed-May-13 @ MMA, Munich, Germany
Thu-Jun-4 @ TBA, Copenhagen, Denmark
SoCal based soulful indie band, Beware of Darkness, releases cathartically reflective track "A Stranger Saved My Life" off of Sanctuary Season mixtape via Bright Antenna Records on American Songwriter today. Often compared to Jack White and theBlack Keys while maintaining an old school blues guitar edge similar to Junior Kimbrough, the Cali band has been wildly welcomed to the music scene via Rolling Stone, SPIN, and Conan O’ Brien. Sanctuary Season mixtape is available to fans for free via Soundcloud. However, if fans want to further support the BoD then they can also get it on iTunes.
"A Stranger Saved My Life" nostalgically captures frontman Kyle Nicolaides as a young boy sporting a superman costume back in grade school. As lyrics question what to say, what to do, and how to handle a difficult crossroad in life, the home-like video reminds us that we can be our own superhero when faced with life's "kryptonite". Beware of Darkness puts away the Howlin' Wolf-like blues guitar riffs for a moment to pair a beautifully simplistic melody with a clear focus on how we are the ones in charge of our own destiny.
"There are events and moments in your life that will be tragic, but so unbelievably freeing, and sweet at the same time. And it's strange and uncomfortable, but it just comes as part of being a human."
Beware of Darkness made their debut in 2012 when they were asked to open for Tegan and Sara, Stone Temple Pilots, Bush, and Deftones. In May 2013, Beware of Darkness released their first full-length album Orthodox in. Comprised of bassist Daniel Curcio, drummer Tony Cupito, and front man Kyle Nicolaide's, the band has toured the UK and played across the USA and Europe as main support for Smashing Pumpkins as well as Jane’s Addiction at Uproar Festival.
Moodoïd is the ambitious creation of Parisian multi-instrumentalist Pablo Padovani, Melody's Echo Chamber guitarist and son of cult jazz musician Jean-Marc Padovani. Padovani’s psychedelic terrain and wild arrangements are rife with exuberant flair, risk-taking and adventuresome but never self-indulgent.
Premiering today via Brooklyn Vegan, “Le Lac d’Or” (“The Golden Lake”) is the latest offering from the avant artist, whose globally-tinged psych pop knows no borders in time or geography. The new single features Melody’s Echo Chamber vocalist Melody Prochet and will be available digitally March 16th.
The track will also see two physical releases; it appears on the new limited edition vinyl repressing of Moodoïd‘s debut album Le Monde Möö (produced by Nicolas Vernes: Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors, Dearhunter, etc) and on an upcoming Burger Records tape (release date TBA) featuring “Le Lac d’Or” plus four tracks from Moodoid’s 2013 self-titled debut EP (mixed by Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker). Both the album and the EP are available – sans “Le Lac d'Or” – now in digital format.
Pablo will be joining Melody's Echo Chamber on a series of US dates in May and available for promo/sessions while in market.
Melody’s Echo Chamber Upcoming US Dates:
May 10th Austin - Levitation Psych Fest
May 12th New York - Music Wall of Williamsburg
May 14th LA - The Roxy