The album, appropriately named Question Bedtime, is made up entirely of songs based on fairy tales. Some of them will be familiar and some of them more obscure, since the stories hail from all over the globe. This release sees Front heading in an all-new direction, since it is an album meant for the entire family. The songs are clever and catchy enough that the whole family will be rapping along.
About the album, MC Frontalot muses, “Will this album succeed in becoming, eventually, the sentimental claptrap recalled dearly by the generation at hand? I’ve tried to record something that would fascinate the 11-year-old me. I hope that I would have recognized the clues in the narratives and labored to follow them, looked up the difficult words and annoyed adults by attempting them in my vocabulary. I think I would have looked back on the album over the course of my schooling, and discovered that I understood more and more of it, the way I did with Alice In Wonderland’s puzzle poems or The Muppet Show’s more mature jokes."
He continues, "Maybe this is in some way a nerdcore record, because it was seeded by my time reading fairy tales in my middle school library. Maybe because we still read similar stories aloud to children, it is in some way a children’s record. But it is definitely a record aimed at a certain kind of inquisitive and enchantable mind, regardless of age or identity. I hope it finds them and connects with them."
“Much Chubbier,” is based on the Three Billy Goats Gruff and featuring Open Mike Eagle. The song is still being finalized, but a sneak peak premiered on AV Club.
MC Frontalot will be premiering more songs from Question Bedtime at the Fourth Annual Comic-Con Nerd-A-Thon which will be at The Merrow in San Diego, California on Friday July 25th. He will also be in attendance at San Diego Comic-Con at the Dumbrella booth on the convention floor.
Portland beat based trio Hustle and Drone have recently announced the release of their debut full-length album, HOLYLAND- set to drop September 2nd via Red Bull Sound Select (and now available for preorder via iTunes). To tide fans over in the meantime, they’ve also just dropped album single “The Glow,” an anthemic summer jam with plentiful synths & an incredibly catchy chorus- perfect for a day at the beach or a late night out. For a taste of what to expect from the upcoming record, you can give “The Glow” a spin HEREwhere it’s available to post & share!
The trio will take to the road this summer, playing a hometown throwdown in Portland, followed by a string of Arizona shows as part of the Red Bull Sound Select Comes to Arizona tour, alongside Classixx, Superhumanoids & The Flavr Blue!
Hustle and Drone was established in February 2012, when keyboardist Ryan Neighbors leftPortugal. the Man to pursue his own songwriting. He teamed up with longtime friend Kirk Ohnstad, and the two immediately began recording & writing. Hustle and Drone released its debut, self-titled EP in July of that year. The band decided to record with producer Sonny DiPerri, which marked the beginning of HOLYLAND- spending time at beach houses & their basement in Portland in order to perfectly craft the record. In the summer of 2013, Kirk made his departure from the group- bringing in bassist Andy Black & Ryan Moore.
Stay tuned for more news from Hustle and Drone coming soon!
5. Night Light
6. Holdin’ On To It
7. The Glow
8. I Just Need Some Money
9. The Husband
Kris Menace is well known for being an in-demand producer and remixer working with the likes of Depeche Mode, LCD Soundsystem, Royksopp, Lana Del Rey amongst others, while his musical partner, Simon Lord, has a resume just as impressive. Simon was a member of Simian, with whom he won Best Music Video at the MTV European VMAs, Black Ghosts, and provided the vocals for the incredibly famous “We Are Your Friends,” which Justice remixed.
Now the two masterminds have teamed up for a brand new musical project, simply dubbed Menace & Lord, bringing together Kris's unique flair for electronic production and Simon's individual voice and knack for a pop hook, making a feel good album with panoramic scope.
The pair first started working together on a collaboration for Kris' 'Features' album. The resulting track was something special and seemed like the first step on an exciting new path. The music kept flowing and after bonding over late studio nights, the pair decided to become
'Menace & Lord'.
Menace & Lord will release their debut album on 15th of September 2014. Entitled "Sun, Moon and Stars", it will be followed up with artistic and beautiful music videos.
Their first single, the album’s title track, is available now as an instant grat download to anyone pre-ordering on iTunes, with an absolutely stunning music video to follow soon. In the meantime, you can hear the song at http://smarturl.it/smspt1sndcld
The song links the city streets to the stars above, and the feelings which take us between the two.
Listen + Share: First Single “My Club”
Danish pop powerhouse The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, consisting of Lars Iversen & Mette Lindberg, have recently announced the release of their highly anticipated third studio album, Bring Us Together- set to drop September 16th via Hot Bus/Rough Trade! Having won audiences across the world over with their unique brand of deliciously fun & edgy pop, the Copenhagen duo will deliver eager fans & new listeners alike ten tracks of pure audio bliss.
Bring Us Together first single “My Club” is an instantly catchy pop masterpiece with a psychedelic vibe punctuated by pulsing club beats. Biting lyrics like “tonight, I’ll be the bullet in your gun” are laid atop smooth, melodic horn samples & killer percussion. For a taste of what to expect from the upcoming record, you can give “My Club” a spin HERE where it’s available to post & share!
Heavily inspired by the two years of non-stop promotional & touring madness (and subsequent sense of isolation) following their previous album, Bring Us Together finds the duo’s desire to explore new musical avenues greater than ever before. As Iversen elaborates,“We wanted to create a heavier and slightly darker atmosphere for this album. The sound is more processed, and less “manual” than before- with more weighting on repetitive beats, bass grooves, chopped-up loops, and a more laidback vocal style.” The result is a sound collage & pop symphony created from equal parts of chopped-up danceable beats, spaced-out synths & bright neon green pop hooks.
Immersed within the Copenhagen music scene, producer & multi-instrumentalist Iversen met Lindberg in 2007. The two would go on to record a debut EP (Around The Bend) & two studio albums, 2009’s Fruit & 2012’s follow-up Out of Frequency. They’ve quickly become one of Denmark’s most prominent musical success stories, selling out venues around the globe & acquiring fans worldwide in the process.
Stay tuned for more news from The Asteroids Galaxy Tour coming soon!
Bring Us Together tracklist:
1. Bring Us Together
3. My Club
4. Get Connected
5. Choke It
7. Rock The Ride
8. I Am The Mountain
Introspective “God Bless America” Released as Free MP3 to Celebrate
‘Lush without being pompous, subtle without being obtuse, and really rather lovely’
- The Guardian
‘…like a modern day The The’ - Mojo
‘He has the knack of turning what are no doubt everyday trials into songs with an epic thrust’ - Clash Magazine
‘A surprising discovery, Satellites’ second record is stuffed with complex motifs and effects, cleverly deployed with a rich vocal for an invigorating, expansive listen.’
– Vinyl Today
In the summer of 2012, a completely unknown band called Satellites released an elaborately packaged, “limited edition” (only 500 copies) album simply entitled Satellites 01. The album, available only in the UK, garnered rave reviews, winding up #16 on Rough Trade’s “Best Albums of 2012” that year.
Satellites 02 followed soon after, again released only in the UK, with gorgeous “bring back the beauty of the album” packaging, and again the critically acclaimed album wound up onRough Trade’s “Best Albums of 2013” charts.
Satellites is actually writer, singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Johnny Vic, an Englishman living in Copenhagen, who has spent most of his professional life touring the world as a band member and musical director for other more famous artists.
Since their initial release both 01 and 02 have gained momentum. They became blogger gold in the UK, word of mouth successes that received write-ups from The Guardian, Mojo & Clash. This summer Vic is finally making his long-awaited jump across the pond, releasing 02 for an American audience. The American release will be available as a “producer’s cut,”featuring four more tracks than its UK counterpart.
To celebrate the release of Satellites 02 in the U.S., Vic is giving away “God Bless America,”his own introspective homage to our fine land. The song is written from the perspective of a foreigner spending a two-year stint living in the States. “I wrote the song one sleepless night in a hotel room somewhere in middle America,” he says. “I was channel hopping and the song is literally about what was on TV. Only in America would you see a guy selling a piece of cloth that he said had been blessed by Jesus and that, if purchased and kept about one’s person, would scare off the devil! Then there was a news article about some lonely kid who had gone on a gun rampage. It’s not an anti-American song by any means. It’s more a song about how crazy the place is for someone coming from outside.“
Look for 02, out in the US, on September 25, 2014.
A follow up to the critically acclaimed II, Brooklyn’s Nude Beach will release their third full-length album, 77, October 21 on Don Giovanni Records. The album pre-order is now available and fans can order the album and double-vinyl at the Don Giovanni label store. Known for their 70s flecked bangers and epic guitar riffs, Nude Beach evoke summertime basement party euphoria.
Call their brand of rock ‘n’ roll whatever you like, but it’s nothing short of eloquent, ingeniously performed and classically constructed. Lead by driving percussion and bouncing guitar licks, “For You” is an irresistibly catchy track perfect for driving with the windows down on a warm summer day. “For You” premiered with VICE’s Noisey and is available to post & share HERE.
Nude Beach has shared stages with The Men, Dinosaur Jr., Mac DeMarco, Speedy Ortiz and many more. Dominating any room with their electrifying live show, the trio will take their irresistible blazers on a national fall tour that kicks off in Chicago on August 31st. Stay tuned for more touring news coming soon!
8/31: Chicago, IL @ Remix Chicago Festival
9/20: New Brunswick, NJ @ Boyd Park
10/3: Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool w/ Juniper Rising
10/21-25: New York, NY @ CMJ Festival
10/26: Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
10/27: Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
10/28: Minneapolis, MN @ Hexagon
11/5: New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
11/22: Toronto, ON @ Not Dead Yet Fest
Combining thumping beats, religious imagery, and one very talented dancer, BLKHRTS set the stage for what is sure to be one of the most interesting and different music videos that you’ll see from a rap group this year.
Today Wondering Sound premieres the visuals for the BLKHRTS single “Wrath of God”. They write, “Before “Wrath of God” from Denver group BLKHRTS is even one minute old, we’ve already seen blood on reefer, mushroom clouds and Hiroshima. That dark imagery is a good indication of the group’s aesthetic: ice-cold electronics that plunge like icycles and crash against booming, depth-charge percussion.”
BLKHRTS are a force of nature. Their live show is like a hurricane slamming into a shoreline at a thousand miles an hour or an avalanche triggered by barbaric yawp. King Foe, one third of the Velociraptor-voiced Denver rap trio, describes them as the “breath that you take the moment after the bungee cord is extended to its fullest extent jumping into the Grand Canyon.”
“There’s a grand and emotive romanticism and fatalism to our sound, but we layer it over hard beats,” says Yonnas, the group’s producer. “It’s that dichotomy of being the most hard and soft thing in the room.”
A nationally recognized, critically hailed rap crew had never emerged from Denver until BLKHRTS (Yorrissey, King F.O.E., Karma) burst onto the scene in 2011. The local alt-weekly,Westword, named them “Best New Band” and raved about their “unique and progressive” rock-rap hybrid…with “an unbridled energy as ferocious as Onyx, as primal as Body Count and as frenzied and unhinged as Bad Brains.”
Pitchfork named their debut BLK S BTFL one of the year’s best over-looked mixtapes. The review celebrated the group’s eclectic sample choices (Joy Division, Eraserhead, Gravediggaz) and described their sound as "riding a roller coaster in the dark: violent, dramatic, and with many unexpected turns.”
BLKHRTS recently released the mixtape Death, Romance and The Color BLK, which precedes the Love is Thicker Than Blood EP due out in the first quarter of 2015. Before the release of the EP, BLKHRTS are releasing two bonus songs on black heart shaped vinyl called DeadDrop, as part of a series of random releases. The first of these will be released in the fourth quarter of 2014.
“We’re really confident in our grasp of rock music and the way to interpolate that with hip-hop,” Yonnas says. “We’re not making rap-rock. We’re making hard-core rap music that uses textures and the loud/soft dynamic and the textual element of rock and guitars. We’re the best guitar players in rap.”
Lowell’s refreshingly rebellious approach is what stands her unique brand of sophisticated synth-infused pop apart from the rest. Today, she has revealed the high-spirited pop ballad “Summertime,” an irresistible warm weather anthem that commands you to move. Just one track amongst a brilliant blend of deliriously catchy melodies and feminist punk gender politics, the track premiered with SPIN Magazine and you can post & share“Summertime” HERE. Lowell’s debut full-length record We Loved Her Dearly, is available for pre-order and is set for release September 16 via Arts & Crafts!
Lowell is like dynamite: ferocious, unrelenting, and determined – but not only when it comes to her music. Her songs are written to empower not only herself, but also her listeners -- to challenge gender conventions and inspire freedom from social limitations. Taking a cue from her feminist-punk contemporaries, Lowell’s brand of pop conveys the urgency of her subject matter, but her melodies keep songs accessible, optimistic and fun. Be sure to catch her energized live show as she kicks off a short stint of east coast dates and stay tuned for more tour details coming soon!
When MC Frontalot sat down to begin work on his upcoming release, Question Bedtime, he looked for inspiration from his past. This isn’t too much of a surprise since each song on the new album is based on a fairy tale of longstanding tradition, including several that listeners have been familiar with their whole lives.
“Start Over,” the opening track, began as a challenge from the amateur songwriting competition Song Fight nearly a decade ago. Front says of the title, “It suggested kids at bedtime, clamoring to hear a story over and over. I decided Little Red Riding Hood was the focus of their demand. So the song is a brand new recording of a much older lyric, and that sort of makes ‘Start Over’ the source song for the whole record.”
As the genesis of Question Bedtime, “Start Over” is a perfect window into the creativity, wit, and downright fun that a listener can expect from the rest of the tracks on the full length. The single premiered on USA Today, where Whitney describes the release saying, “It may sound like a kids' record (and is indeed suitable for family car rides), but Frontalot doesn't dilute his lyrics or his approach.”
Question Bedtime will be released on August 26th via Level Up. Each of its ten songs explores a different fairy tale. Some will seem familiar and others obscure, as they hail from all over the globe. This release sees Front aiming, for the first time, to create an entertainment appropriate for the entire family. He tells USA Today that he hopes it reaches people of all ages: “I of course hope that kids are able to enjoy this album along with folks who are more advanced in years. If they become fans afterward, all the better. Young people care about music more than We, The Olds Of The World.”
Be sure to catch MC Frontalot when he hits up your city in the next few weeks. He is on tour with Corn Mo and Dr. Awkward.
Release New Video For “Sykia”
Young Buffalo reveal a modern pop-indie twist to a classic Brian Eno track. Listen to the band cover “Burning Airlines Gives You So Much More” HERE, and courtesy of Consequence of Sound, who described Young Buffalo’s interpretation of the track as “… retains the obscurity of Eno’s original, but with even more reckless abandon”. The band is releasing the track as a 10-inch, Brain One, on September 30th. Young Buffalo also just debuted a new video for their single, “Sykia” off their upcoming February 2015 album on Votiv. Watch and share here.
There's nothing typical about the Oxford, Mississippi-based rock act Young Buffalo. Although the group's songwriters Ben Yarbrough and Jim Barrett didn't begin playing under the Young Buffalo moniker until 2009, they started writing music together as teenagers and never ceased evolving. The band—which now also features drummer Tim Burkhead, bassist Andrew Guinn and keyboardist Will Eubanks.
Young Buffalo rides a line between straight ahead pop music and tasteful indie rock. They fill out the instrumentation with singing synth lines and unique syncopation. The song is off their 11- track album produced by Dave Schiffman (Haim, Weezer), out early next year. This new record establishes the five-piece act as a band that’s as unique as the town where they were conceived.
“Oxford has been a literary town basically since William Faulkner was around. Authors like Larry Brown, Barry Hannah, Tom Franklin, Jack Pendarvis, and a slew of other literary greats called or still call Oxford home. With the writing comes painting, and then hand in hand-- the music,“ Barrett explains.
With the good fortune of these five gentlemen being birthed in such a fantastically diverse city, both artistically and culturally, we are just thankful they decided to follow their musical hearts and form Young Buffalo. They are no doubt on their way to establishing themselves as one of indie rock's brightest hopes.
For more information on Young Buffalo please contact:
Pam Nashel Leto @ Girlie Action (212) 989-2222 x 111 Pam@Girlie.com
Alex Daley @ Girlie Action (212) 989-2222 x 123 Alex@Girlie.com