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A small cellar in a smart building. A carefully curated collection of analogic synthesizers. A pot of Brylcreem on a table. ZZ Top and Muddy Waters vinyl sitting in a corner in front of a gleaming guitar and an old amplifier. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Arnaud Rebotini’s lair in Montmartre, Paris.
 
A hulk of a man, Rebotini may look physically impressive but inside he’s really a big softy who loves singing the blues and has an almost carnal attachment to his keyboards and vintage drum machines. His musical career is now divided between two projects: one uses his own name, Arnaud Rebotini, releasing instrumental electronic albums, both nostalgic and futurist, that he plays live on stage - alone - surrounded by his favourite machines. The other is Black Strobe, where he sings and plays a steamy mix of rock and electronic music heavily influenced by blues and country ‘n’ western. The project comes to life fully on stage with the energy of a four-person group.
 
In September 2014, Black Strobe will release his second album, Godforsaken Roads. The record confirms Rebotini’s rock sensibility and debt to the great American tradition of songwriting, with songs touching on the classic themes of the blues - the randomness of life, the very weight of existence and the strong emotions that run just below the surface (love, lust, loneliness…). He plunges into this world of the bayou, prison and the devil with real passion and the voice of crooner often compared to Iggy Pop or Nick Cave.
 
Godforsaken Roads contains ten new tracks, including the latest singles Going Back Homeand Broken Phone Blues. The digital edition adds Boogie In Zero Gravity and The Girl From The Bayou released as singles in 2012. On the album, Rebotini also reappropriates Folsom Prison Blues, a Johnny Cash classic, once again with the aim of keeping the blues/country ‘n’ western flame alive (the group’s first album already contained a cover version of Bo Diddley’s famous track I’m A Man). This new version, entirely synth-led with not a guitar in sight, transports the song to another space-time continuum with swathes of keyboard worthy of Tangerine Dream, perfectly resuming the spirit of Black Strobe in 2014.
 
However, don’t think that Godforsaken Roads is all retro - in fact it’s bang up to date, using electronics, sometimes even of a disco slant, to give Black Strobe its futurist dimension. The album allows Arnaud Rebotini to capture the spirit of America’s cowboy era and transport it to the present day with resolutely modern production, much like the spirit of the blues that seeps from the music of electro-pop idols Depeche Mode.
 
This contemporary western feel, both melancholic and polished, came to the notice of Quentin Tarantino – who used Black Strobe’s cover version of I’m A Man for the trailer ofDjango Unchained – and Dior, who chose the same track to advertise their perfume Eau Sauvage. By creating a link between the past, present and future, the group’s music has also appealed to Martin Scorsese (the trailer of The Wolf of Wall Street), Guy Ritchie (the soundtrack to RocknRolla) and the creators of the videogame Grand Theft Auto V (GTA).
 
Although plaudits are now coming from all quarters, Black Strobe has been around for a while. Founded in 1997, the group has released one album (Burn Your Own Church, produced by Paul Epworth) and more than a dozen singles on labels such as Kitsuné, Output, Crosstown Rebels, Supersoul Recordings and Source. As Black Strobe, Arnaud Rebotini has done more than forty remixes for groups such as Rammstein, Depeche Mode, The Rapture, Bloc Party, Fischerspooner, The Hacker and Dave Clarke.
 
The group is also used to touring in the USA, South America, Japan, Australia and Europe, playing both indoor venues and the world’s biggest festivals (Reading/Leeds, Sónar, Primavera, Pukkelpop, Dour, Transmusicales).
 
With Rebotini on keyboards and vocals, his current companions are Mathieu Zub (guitar), Benjamin Beaulieu (bass/keyboards) and Mathys Dubois (drums). These three musicians accompany the founder of Black Strobe both in the studio and on stage, and participated in the recording sessions for the album Godforsaken Roads, conducted entirely in Paris at Red Bull Studios, Studios Soyuz and using Rebotini’s home set-up.
 
With this new album, layered and feverish, the group is back with renewed faith in the power of the blues and a passion for motivating beats.


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Brooklyn-based, New Zealanders’ Streets of Laredo have announced their first full-length album, Volume I & II on Dine Alone Records, out October 7th.  Destined to be a soundtrack for all things Fall, this album is a sing-a-long collision of jangling harmonies, stomping percussion, horns and guitars.  Take a listen to their debut track “Slow Train” courtesy of AV Club.  The band also premiered a teaser trailer documenting life on the road; check it outhere.
Founded by close-knit family members Daniel, Dave and Sarahjane Gibson and inspired by the fervour and madness of the 70’s folk-rock circuit, Streets of Laredo was born out of trying to escape the mundane everyday working life. Older brother Dave tells the story, “Both Dan and I had done the hard yards in bands in New Zealand but we were worn out and a little lost by it all. And broke. I was running this t-shirt company and Dan walks in one day to tell me that he’s finished with music and he’s gonna go get a real job. All of a sudden my ‘big brother’ instinct kicks in and rather than see this young songwriter throw it all away, I gave him a job doing t-shirt orders, and we started working on demos and writing songs together, pretty much day and night from then on in.”
Refining their sound and songs one holiday weekend at a beach house on the New Zealand coast, the Gibsons started to fashion a sound that was equal parts folk storytelling and psychedelic madness.  With just one home-town show under their belt, a handful of demos and a whole lot of hope, they took the plunge and decided to move halfway around the world. Fast forward to the summer of 2012 and Streets of Laredo in a rehearsal space in Brooklyn NY with a guitar, a drum-machine and no money, trying to figure out what comes next. 
 
Quickly adding fellow countryman Thom Darlow and local Brooklynites Sean McMahon and Andrew McGovern to the mix, this now rambling, multi-instrumental, seven-piece started to craft a dance-inducing mix of vocal hooks, beats and wild sounds that saw the New York music scene embrace them as their own - building a firm reputation in the music halls of Brooklyn and the Lower East Side for playing danceable, crazy songs that kept fans coming back for more - not to mention seeing the band feted as a must-see act at both CMJ and SXSW.
A quick trip back to New Zealand saw the band record the bones of ‘Volume I & II’ - ten songs inspired by their old life in NZ and their new life in NYC - in an old converted Auckland theatre where, courtesy of friendships and favors, they locked down that distinctive Streets of Laredo sound.
Like Bob Dylan running late to a Ramones concert or Paul Simon getting blind drunk with Grizzly Bear, however you describe them the resulting songs and sound have had an instant effect on fans and critics alike.  Stay tuned for an upcoming US tour announcement!
 
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https://www.facebook.com/streetsoflaredo
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Volume I & II Track List:
1. Everything To Everyone
2. Lonsdale Line
3. Girlfriend
4. Need A Little Help
5. Homeless
6. Hey Rose
7. Slow Train
8. Laredo
9. Dear Leron
10. I’m Living

For More Information on Streets of Laredo Please Contact:
Pam Nashel Leto @ Girlie Action (212) 989-2222 x 111 Pam@Girlie.com
Alexandra Daley @ Girlie Action (212) 989-2222 x 125 Alex@Girlie.com


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Introspective “God Bless America” Released as Free MP3 to Celebrate
 
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 on Rough 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 GuardianMojo & 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 October 7, 2014.


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The new solo project High Ends from Yukon Blonde frontman Jeffrey Innes is titled Super Class and will be released October 7th via Dine Alone Records. Having previously revealed lush album cut “The Weight” and the psych-rock single “Intoxicated,” NYLON has revealed the video for infectious album track “Downtowntoday. Filled with irresistible, ‘80s-inspired analogue synths & an infectious refrain, the video is an artistic interpretation about relationships and detachment in the modern age.  Watch the “Downtown” video HERE and we encourage you to post & share.

 Innes explains, "Downtown" is a song I wrote about internet dating. It's actually more about a conversation I had with a friend regarding dating in general. She was finding internet dating hard to escape because less and less people try to meet people the old way now. She explained that in the old days she felt like a club was like a jungle and people behaved like animals. She used to hate being gawked at and treated like an object, but the internet thing doesn't feel like anything at all. I feel like the video interpretation that Sabre has made for the song somewhat fits the modern feel of what it's like to be single and detached from the new way of dating. The girl goes Downtown and still ends up by herself. It looks like she has a clear mind though, which is always nice.

Click Here To Watch “Downtown” Video

The ten-song LP was recorded with producer Colin Stewart (Dan Mangan, The New Pornographers) at his Vancouver Island facility. During the sessions, Gold & Youth drummer Jeff Mitchelmore handled percussion, Louise Burns and The New Pornographers' Kathryn Calder contributed backing vocals, and Ladyhawk's Darcy Hancock laid down guitar. Fan not able to wait until album release can grab the 2-track single featuring “Downtown” and “Intoxicated” available now.

 

 


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Edmonton multi-instrumentalist, producer and former member of Canadian darlings Faunts, Rob Batke strikes out on his own as Artisan Loyalist. His debut full length Lonely Ghost is a lush and gazing wave of beats, synths and melodic vocals.

Joining on with brothers Tim and Steven in Faunts in 2006, Rob entered the fray just in time for the band's breakthrough EP M4. After extensive touring and song uses in the video game Mass Effect, Faunts followed up with the widely successful LP Feel.Love.Thinking.Of. More touring, TV placements and video game scores ensued. During this time while quietly honing his own skills a solo electronic producer, Batke amassed a selection of tracks that he aimed to ultimately become his solo debut. During breaks from Faunts, Rob played a handful of shows under his new moniker, Artisan Loyalist. The experience and audience response was overwhelmingly positive and further empowered Batke to keep writing.

After promoting Feel.Love.Thinking.Of., Faunts decided to take a meaningful break from its touring and recording schedule.  Not willing to sit idle, Rob took on opportunities to turn out remixes for Swedens’ MF/MB, Denmark’s Treefight For Sunlight, and Sky Council label mate André Obin. This organic circulation of the Artisan Loyalist name only further added momentum Rob’s solo pursuits.

In 2012 the unimaginable happened when Batke’s Laptop containing the bulk of his new material was destroyed.  After a brief period of devastation, Batke took his feelings of loss, sadness and isolation and poured them into a musical rebirth.  Allowing fresh influences both musical and personal to enter his creative process, Batke entered a pivotal and productive writing journey and emerged with the EP You’re Glory. The track “The Awakening” was featured in the film Things I Cannot Tell.

With all pistons now clicking, Batke entered the studio to finally complete the album he had envisioned so far earlier.  A unique homage to 1980’s synth pop with modern day textures, Lonely Ghost deliverers on the emotions built up through the prior years events. The music evokes the failure, sadness, isolation and ultimately triumph. The album is an expansive and beautiful tour of grooves, synth waves and dreamy pop melodies. Lonely Ghost is likely to resonate deeply with fans eagerly awaiting its arrival on February 24, 2015. As a lead in, a four-song offering titled The Ace EP will land in stores October 21, 2014. The release will contain two songs from Lonely Ghost accompanied by remixes from Sky Council label mate T.H. White and fellow Edmonton artist Khotin.  The Ace EP arrives just in time to coincide with Batke’s US debut at CMJ 2014.  Artisan Loyalist has been selected as an official featured artist.

 


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09/30/2014, High Ends Announce National Fall Tour, Debut Album Streaming w/ Paste Magazine
09/30/201409/30/2014, High Ends Announce National Fall Tour, Debut Album Streaming w/ Paste Magazine
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High Ends is taking his psychedelic, synth-soaked jams to stages across America this Fall. With his debut album Super Class being released October 7th via Dine Alone Records, Canada’s Jeffrey Innes is thrilled to get out on the road to share his infectious 80’s-inspired new record with new fans. MORE» More»

High Ends is taking his psychedelic, synth-soaked jams to stages across America this Fall, making stops in NYC, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco and more. With his debut album Super Class being released October 7th via Dine Alone Records, Canada’s Jeffrey Innes is thrilled to get out on the road to share his infectious 80’s-inspired new record with new fans.

Innes has leaked a handful of songs off the 10-song record to massive critical acclaim. Today fans can hear the entire album streaming in full, a week ahead of release, at Paste Magazine. Click HERE to hear the full Super Class album stream, and we encourage you to post and share!

The ten-song LP was recorded with producer Colin Stewart (Dan Mangan, The New Pornographers) at his Vancouver Island facility. During the sessions, Gold & Youth drummer Jeff Mitchelmore handled percussion, Louise Burns and The New Pornographers' Kathryn Calder contributed backing vocals, and Ladyhawk's Darcy Hancock laid down guitar.

The Super Class pre-order has launched physically and digitally. Stay tuned for news of a full North American tour, coming soon!

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09/30/2014, New York Times Streams Streets of Laredo’s New Album Volume I & II
09/30/201409/30/2014, New York Times Streams Streets of Laredo’s New Album Volume I & II
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We are elated to share the New York Times’ full album stream of Brooklyn-based New Zealander’s Streets of Laredo upcoming album Volume I & II. This debut album will be out October 7, via Dine Alone Records. Watch and share their new video for their track “Slow Train” and see them live this fall. MORE» More»

We are elated to share the New York Times’ full album stream of Brooklyn-based New Zealander’s Streets of Laredo upcoming album Volume I & IIThis debut album will be out October 7, via Dine Alone Records.  Watch and share their new video for their track “Slow Train” and see them live this fall. 

Founded by close-knit family members Daniel, Dave and Sarahjane Gibson and inspired by the fervour and madness of the 70’s folk-rock circuit, Streets of Laredo was born out of trying to escape the mundane everyday working life.

Refining their sound and songs one holiday weekend at a beach house on the New Zealand coast, the Gibsons started to fashion a sound that was equal parts folk storytelling and psychedelic madness.  With just one home-town show under their belt, a handful of demos and a whole lot of hope, they took the plunge and decided to move halfway around the world. Fast-forward to the summer of 2012 and Streets of Laredo in a rehearsal space in Brooklyn NY with a guitar, a drum-machine and no money, trying to figure out what comes next. 

Quickly adding fellow countryman Thom Darlow and local Brooklynites Sean McMahon and Andrew McGovern to the mix, this now rambling, multi-instrumental, seven-piece started to craft a dance-inducing mix of vocal hooks, beats and wild sounds that saw the New York music scene embrace them as their own.

A quick trip back to New Zealand saw the band record the bones of ‘Volume I & II’ - ten songs inspired by their old life in NZ and their new life in NYC - in an old converted Auckland theatre where, courtesy of friendships and favors, they locked down that distinctive Streets of Laredo sound.

Catch the band live, this fall!  Dates are below.

Streets of Laredo Fall Tour Dates

Oct 1, 2014 — The Bowery Ballroom — New York, NY w/ Delta Spirit (SOLD OUT)
Oct 26, 2014 — Boot & Saddle — Philadelphia, PA
Oct 27, 2014 — Smiling Moose — Pittsburgh, PA
Oct 28, 2014 – T.T. The Bears – Boston, MA
Oct 29, 2014 — Mercury Lounge — New York, NY
Oct 30, 2014 – La Vitrola – Montreal, QB
Nov 01, 2014 — The Drake — Toronto, ON
Nov 04, 2014 — Schubas Tavern — Chicago, IL
Nov 05, 2014 —7th Street Entry — Minneapolis, MN
Nov 06, 2014 — The Record Bar — Kansas City, MO
Nov 07, 2014 — Larimer Lounge — Denver, CO
Nov 08, 2014 — Urban Lounge — Salt Lake City, UT
Nov 10, 2014 — Electric Owl — Vancouver, BC
Nov 11, 2014 — Doug Fir Lounge — Portland, OR
Nov 12, 2014 — Barboza — Seattle, WA
Nov 15, 2014 — Neck of The Woods — San Francisco, CA
Nov 17, 2014 — Casbah — San Diego, CA
Nov 18, 2014 — The Satellite — Los Angeles, CA
Nov 20, 2014 — Stubbs Jr — Austin, TX
Nov 21, 2014 — The Beatnik — New Orleans, LA
Nov 22, 2014 — The High Watt — Nashville, TN
Nov 24, 2014 — DC9 — Washington, DC

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09/30/2014, Mirah Drops "Turned The Heat Off" (The Blow Mix), Nat'l Fall Tour Continues
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Mirah’s seductively intoxicating voice takes listeners on a journey on her recently released fifth solo album, Changing Light. She revealed her new track “Turned The Heat Off” with Stereogum. Mirah will embark on a full North American tour this fall in support of her new, critically acclaimed record. MORE» More»

Mirah’s seductively intoxicating voice takes listeners on a journey on her recently released fifth solo album, Changing Light. The Blow put their unique and playful touch on new album track “Turned The Heat Off”, revealed today with Stereogum. “Turned The Heat Off” (The Blow Mix) is available to post & share HERE.

On Changing Light Mirah shines her mirror of experience into the depths, joined by a slew of friends and collaborators including Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Mary Timony, Emily Wells, and Heather McEntire (Mount Moriah), Jherek Bischoff and her sister Emily Zeitlyn (Divers). With powerful lyrics intricately intertwined in cinematic orchestral arrangements, a variety of influences from folk to punk to R&B, and almost 20 years of songwriting under her belt, Mirah has set herself apart in the realm of exceptional female indie-pop artists. She explains, “Some big losses inspired many of the songs, but ultimately, it’s a story of transfiguring anger into something beautiful, about how to find home again.” Changing Light is the debut release on her new imprint Absolute Magnitude Recordings.

Excited to have friends, collaborators and heroes as support in different cities, Mirah will embark on a full North American tour this fall in support of her new, critically acclaimed record.

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09/30/2014, Lucius Reveal "Wonderful" (My Morning Jacket Cover) w/ Stereogum, 'Wildewoman' Deluxe Edition + Headlining Terminal 5
09/30/201409/30/2014, Lucius Reveal "Wonderful" (My Morning Jacket Cover) w/ Stereogum, 'Wildewoman' Deluxe Edition + Headlining Terminal 5
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In celebration of the Wildewoman Deluxe Edition announcement, the band shares their cover of My Morning Jacket’s “Wonderful” which was revealed with Stereogum. “Wonderful” (My Morning Jacket cover) is available to post and share HERE and will be available for download immediately upon pre-order of the Wildewoman Deluxe Edition. MORE» More»

How far we’ve come. Since the release of Lucius’ debut album Wildewoman nearly 1 year ago, the band has toured the world several times over, making new friends and collaborating with their musical heroes. With gratitude to all of these people, the quintet will release the Wildewoman Deluxe Edition, which features a collection of covers, sessions and remixes from the last year. The physical and digital Wildewoman Deluxe Edition pre-order is available now at iTunes, Amazon + Lucius’ webstore. Also out today is a limited edition pink Wildewoman vinyl in collaboration with "Ten Bands One Cause" Breast Cancer Awareness.

In celebration of the Wildewoman Deluxe Edition announcement, the band shares their cover of My Morning Jacket’s “Wonderful” which was revealed with Stereogum. “Wonderful” (My Morning Jacket cover) is available to post and share HERE and will be available for download immediately upon pre-order of the Wildewoman Deluxe Edition

Last week saw the ladies of Lucius grace The Colbert Report stage, lending their discernible harmonies to Tweedy, the new project from Jeff Tweedy and son. This guest appearance marks a continuing relationship between the two groups, with the girls having contributed to numerous tracks on Tweedy’s new album Sukierae, in addition to previous on-stage collaborations at Newport Folk Festival, and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Lucius will continue to tour throughout the fall and winter, including a stop at Austin City Limits Music Festival and culminating with a headlining hometown show at Terminal 5. For a taste of the band’s mesmerizing, sincere live performance, watch them play “It Doesn't Matter Anymore” + “Go Home” for The Wild Honey Pie Session, filmed at Newport Folk Fest on a boat! A complete list of tour dates follows.

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09/30/2014, Saskwatch Unveil "Otherwordly" New Video + Announce Fall US Tour Dates!
09/30/201409/30/2014, Saskwatch Unveil "Otherwordly" New Video + Announce Fall US Tour Dates!
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Saskwatch is the Australian nine-piece eclectic soul band that has quickly become renowned for its signature ecstatic horns, tight rhythms & soaring vocals- capable of breaking hearts one minute & eliciting frenzied dancing the next. Catch them on tour this fall! MORE» More»

Saskwatch is the Australian nine-piece eclectic soul band that has quickly become renowned for its signature ecstatic horns, tight rhythms & soaring vocals- capable of breaking hearts one minute & eliciting frenzied dancing the next. Hot on the heels of their much buzzed-about sophomore full-length album, Nose Dive, the band will bring their incredible live show to stages across the US this fall!

Nose Dive album cut “Call Your Name” is a strikingly soulful oeuvre complete with fuzzy guitar & bass, poignant lyrics & an undeniably catchy refrain. The mesmerizing accompanying video, featuring enthralling animations created by Jason Garlea, premiered today with Bullett and is available to post & share HERE!

Every band has a story to tell about how they started out, but few can say that they have gone from busking on the street to gracing the stage at Glastonbury & playing alongside the likes of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings & Earth, Wind & Fire in just four years! Drawing upon a diverse range of influences, ranging from Dr. Dog to Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Nose Dive saw the band branching out from the retro-goodtime feel of their debut full-length album, 2012’s Leave It All Behind, into something even more altogether unique.

Stay tuned for more news from Saskwatch coming soon, and be sure to catch this break-out sensation when they head to a city near you next month!

 

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