Alex Feder is not afraid to order a Shirley temple from the cute, female bartender, as he proudly proclaims in his new song, “Alcohol.” Today, Feder is happy to premiere the new track, along with an accompanying video, illustrated by Evelyn Chang, via Consequence of Sound.
“Alcohol” is a modern pop anthem for struggling romantics hiding in plain sight. In a style reminiscent of The Talking Head’s classic “Once in a Lifetime,” Feder laments the seemingly unreachable expectations that come with young adulthood. With biting spoken lyrics and a melodic, synth filled chorus, Feder declares “We can’t go on like this!” The solution to his current plot in life? Alcohol – 14 shots to be exact.
Alex Feder used to be in a rock band in Brooklyn called The XYZ Affair. After they broke up, he moved to Los Angeles and found himself playing guitar in pop backing bands as a hired gun, playing music that was not his on tours that were not his.
Feder wrote the songs on this EP over the course of several Not-My-Tours, feeling frustrated and voiceless and lonely and often very drunk. The verses to "Whatever Forever" were written on a plane ride from New York to Los Angeles. He scrawled the first words to "Alcohol" on a hotel pad in Mexico City. He wrote the melody to "+1" in the only empty room he could find backstage at an arena in Lithuania. Feder says, “These songs have helped me make sense of a period that has felt senseless and disjointed.”
Soldiers Of Fortune began as an anti-band and since their creation have grown into one of the most recognized indie superbands around, combining members of powerhouses likeOneida, Chavez, and Interpol. On November 6 their debut full-length album Early Riserswill be released via Mexican Summer and is available for pre-order now (links below). Today the band has shared the album’s newest single “Old Roman Wall” featuring Cass McCombson Stereogum. The track is available to listen and share on YouTube and as an instant download with a pre-order of the album on iTunes or Amazon.
In the beginning, SOF’s only goal was to play a rare show every now and then that they could assault, terrorize, and shred, relying only on instinct, intuition and the chemistry of the band of brothers (bros if you will) in the moment of battle (show) - it was either sink or swim, or death before glory. However, after meeting with Keith Abrahamsson and learning what his label Mexican Summer was all about SOF conceded and signed a deal. Months later, in August, they were in an unfinished Gary’s Electric studio on the hottest three days of 2010, and somehow walked out of the studio with a 12” called Ball Strength.
Now here we are, another five years, very few shows, or LPs sold, later: in 2013 we got bamboozled by Keith into a SECOND recording sesh (WTF!?!), but this time we were offered "undisclosed" amounts of studio time alongside the usual "carte blanche". After three weeks we aborted EVERYTHING, took a six-month hiatus to get over our collective S.E.N.D. (Sophomore Effort Narcissism Disease), fell back in the studio, and recorded a dozen embryonic 'song ideas', rather than jams, over an afternoon. We then called up friends who know how to sing and finished up the damn thing in like three days.
The result is an LP we like to call EARLY RISERS, and beyond the core troupe consisting of Brad Truax (so many bands, but dude, Interpol?), Kid Millions (Man Forever, Oneida), Barry London (fuck yeah Oneida), Matt Sweeney (Chavez being his LEAST well-known operation should tell you something), Jesper Eklow (Meandering Tedium, sorry, Endless Boogie), Mike Bones already, and the elusive Papa Crazee (heavy early riser in team Oneida) we abused the superior vocal stylings of our Healer, Shaman and Answer CLARK "YEREMIAS" BRONSON, STEPHEN MALKMUS, CASS MCCOMBS, DAN MELCHIOR,ETHAN MILLER and MATT MCAULEY. This is the sound of utter confusion and unfocused tender hatred in song form. We have no idea if we even like it, but we definitely have no shame so here you are, crack Early Risers wide open and make up your own mind. We have no interest in knowing your opinion however, so keep it to yourself. Thank You.
For more than two decades, Lettuce have brought a new vitality to classic funk, matching their smooth and soulful grooves with a hip-hop-inspired urgency and mastery of beat. Now, on their fourth studio album Crush, drummer Adam Deitch, guitarists Adam Smirnoff and Eric Krasno, bassist Erick “Jesus” Coomes, keyboardist Neal Evans, saxophonist Ryan Zoidis, and trumpet players Eric Bloom and Rashawn Ross deepen that sound by channeling the sonic freedom and infectious energy of their incendiary live show. The band has now shared their first single from the record, “Phyllis” which premiered on Consequence of Sound and is available to hear and share via SoundCloud.
Produced by Lettuce and recorded/mixed by Joel Hamilton at Brooklyn’s Studio G, Crush first came to life on the road, with the band developing new material and testing it out live as they toured. As they pushed into new sonic territory throughout the making of Crush, Lettuce drew on a natural musicality that each member has sharpened through an impressive string of outside projects: Smirnoff has toured with Lady Gaga, Deitch also drums and produces for artists like Pretty Lights and Talib Kweli, Krasno has played on Grammy Award-winning albums from the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Ross is a full-time member of the Dave Matthews Band, and the most recent of Coomes’s bass credits include Dr. Dre’s Compton.
The follow-up to 2012’s Fly, Crush finds Lettuce brilliantly infusing their psychedelic and hip-hop sensibilities into bass-heavy funk. Featuring guest vocalists Alecia Chakour andNigel Hall, the record is an exploration of boundaries within the genre. With its spidery guitar work and hypnotic beats, “Phyllis” is a delicately sprawling epic that embodies what Deitch refers to as “a chill-hop vibe that’s kind of the flip-side of all that powerful uptempo funk that people might expect from us.” On “Get Greasy,” Lettuce give a nod to the groove-fueled EDM subgenre known as future funk, building off its highly danceable rhythm with a blissfully loose and horn-laced arrangement.
According to Lettuce, that sense of unity and togetherness has much to do with a camaraderie that’s only intensified over the lifespan of the band. Formed in 1992, when several band members attended a summer program at Boston’s Berklee College of Music as teenagers, Lettuce was founded on a shared love of legendary funk artists like Earth, Wind & Fire and Tower of Power. After returning to Berklee as undergrads in 1994, Lettuce started playing in local clubs and steadily built up a following that soon extended to cities across the country and then throughout the world. Releasing their studio debut Outta Herein 2002 and its follow-up album Rage! in 2009, the band dedicated the coming years to balancing their frequent touring with involvement in a host of other musical endeavors (including Evans and Krasno’s role as founding members of acclaimed soul/jazz trio Soulive).
In recent years, Lettuce have watched their fanbase expand as they’ve hit bigger and bigger stages and earned their name as a can’t-miss festival act. And in making Crush, the band had no trouble harnessing the spirit of their explosive live show. So while Crush offers everything from all-out party jams to headphone-ready journeys into space funk, each track was born from an unabashed joy and love of live performance. “That energy we get when it’s prime time and we’re about to go onstage and we’re just excited beyond belief—that all came out on this new album,” says Deitch. “There’s a feeling that the band is rising, and it’s a really beautiful thing.”
10/14 at Newport Music Hall in Columbus, OH
10/15 at Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee, WI
10/16 at The Pageant in St. Louis, MO
10/17 at Hillberry 2: Harvest Moon Festival in Eureka Springs, AR
10/18 at The Blue Note in Columbia, MO
10/20 at Slowdown in Omaha, NE
10/21 at Liberty Hall in Lawrence, KS
10/23 at Art Outside in Rockdale, TX
10/24 at Hangtown Halloween Ball in Placerville, CA
10/27 at Intersection in Grand Rapids, MI
10/28 at The Vogue Theatre in Indianapolis, IN
10/29 at Headliners Music Hall in Louisville, KY
10/30 at WorkPlay Theatre in Birmingham, AL
10/31 at Voodoo Music and Arts Experience in New Orleans, LA
11/1 at Suwannee Hulaween in Live Oak, FL
11/3 at The Chop Shop in Charlotte, NC
11/4 at Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, NC
11/5 at The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC
11/6 at Buckhead in Atlanta, GA
11/7 at War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, TN
11/8 at Track 29 in Chattanooga, TN
11/10 ay Rex Theater in Pittsburgh, PA
11/11 at Tralf Music Hall in Buffalo, NY
11/12 at State Theatre in State College, PA
11/13 at PlayStation Theater in New York, NY
11/14 at PlayStation Theater in New York, NY
12/3-12/6 at Dominican Holidaze in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
12/31 at Riviera Theatre in Chicago, IL
1/6-1/10 at Jam Cruise 14
2/12-2/14 at Gem and Jam Festival in Tucson, AZ
SOLDIERS OF FORTUNE started back in August 2004 as an ANTI-BAND! The idea was - instigated by Brad Truax - to put together a cracked mercenary “dirty dozen” type of outfit, who were never gonna write songs, never gonna practice, never gonna record music, never make any product for public consumption or ever hit the road!
Although Soldiers Of Fortune’s musical philosophy has stayed intact, they have strayed the path a bit with live shows and releases. On November 6 their newest full-length, Early Risers, will be released via Mexican Summer. Today the band has shared the album’s lead single “Nails” on Pitchfork. The track is now available to listen and share on YouTube.
In the beginning, SOF’s only goal was to play a rare show every now and then that they could assault, terrorize, and shred, relying only on instinct, intuition and the chemistry of the band of brothers (bros if you will) in the moment of battle (show) - it was either sink or swim, or death before glory.
After meeting with Keith Abrahamsson and learning what his label Mexican Summer was all about SOF conceded and signed a deal. With limited pressings, an eclectic roster, HEAVY VINYL, the obscure re-issues, Mexican Summer sounded like the ANTI-LABEL, a perfect fit. Months later, in August, they were in an unfinished Gary’s Electric studio on the hottest three days of 2010, and somehow walked out of the studio with a 12” called Ball Strenth.
Now here we are, another five years, very few shows, or LPs sold, later: in 2013 we got bamboozled by Keith into a SECOND recording sesh (WTF!?!), but this time we were offered "undisclosed" amounts of studio time alongside the usual "carte blanche". This of course meant string sections were hired, arrangers and composers enlisted, backup singers hit on, music biz lawyers attending mixing sessions, blowouts between the band and food delivery men, coffee pouring into the bass amp etc. After three weeks of this we aborted EVERYTHING, took a six-month hiatus to get over our collective S.E.N.D., Sophomore Effort Narcissism Disease, fell back in the studio and recorded a dozen embryonic 'song ideas', rather than jams, over an afternoon. We then called up friends who know how to sing and finished up the damn thing in like three days.
The result is an LP we like to call EARLY RISERS, and beyond the core troupe consisting of Brad Truax (Home, Spiritualized, Interpol), Kid Millions (Man Forever, Oneida), Barry London (fuck yeah Oneida), Matt Sweeney (Chavez being his LEAST well-known operation should tell you something), Jesper Eklow (Meandering Tedium, sorry, Endless Boogie), Mike Bones already, and the elusive Papa Crazee (heavy early riser in team Oneida) we abused the superior vocal stylings of our Healer, Shaman and Answer CLARK "YEREMIAS" BRONSON, STEPHEN MALKMUS, CASS MCCOMBS, DAN MELCHIOR, ETHAN MILLER and MATT MCAULEY. This is the sound of utter confusion and unfocused tender hatred in song form. We have no idea if we even like it, but we definitely have no shame so here you are, crack Early Risers wide open and make up your own mind. We have no interest in knowing your opinion however, so keep it to yourself. Thank You.
01. Nails (ft. Kid Millions)
02. Cinnamon Man (ft. Kid Millions)
03. Campus Swagger (ft. Stephen Malkmus)
04. Old Roman Wall (ft. Cass McCombs)
05. Dog Tooth Down (ft. Ethan Miller)
06. Pure Shame (ft. Dan Melchior)
07. Santa Monica (ft. Mike Bones)
08. Fatigues (ft. Crazee)
09. Kall Mi Kaos (ft. Matt McAuley)
10. Which (ft. Clark "Yeremias" Bronson)
A classically trained multi-instrumentalist weaned on jazz, blues, and soul, Vermont native Ryan Cavanagh – known to fans as Slow Hands – has built quite a following since signing to Brooklyn-based boutique label Wolf + Lamb.
Releasing a handful of singles, remixes, and a well-received EP (2014’s Everything We Are), Cavanagh established a reputation as an up-an-coming deep house producer, remixer, and DJ known for his soulful grooves and deft touch on the dance floor.
All of which makes his debut album, I’ll Find Me—and its sharp right into a genre-morphing frontier of atmospheric guitars and whispery vocals—both an unexpected sonic shift and a return to his songwriting roots.
Out November 6th, I’ll Find Me—its name a nod to the re-exploration of his classical background—is driven by storytelling. Recorded in an old renovated maple-sugar house in the expanse of a verdant Vermont forest, the album retains elements of the lush soulful grooves for which Slow Hands is known, but the focus has expanded.
“As a DJ, you’re mixing another person’s songs together; as a musician, you’re exposing every possible failure in yourself,” explains Cavanagh of the artistic fatigue that inspired this change of course.
The groove/dream state of “Phonograph Love” – premiering today via Wall Street Journal– explores this dilemma. At face value, it’s a snarky reflection on “DJ groupies, who are everywhere, throwing themselves at any dude with a flash drive,” he says. But at heart, it’s an admission of the isolation he feels from superstar-DJ culture.
Slow Hands is not through DJing—that will always be a part of him. But matching beats is now extracurricular to his day job: a musician who crafts albums, instead of just making tracks.
Philadelphia’s Hop Along reveal their exclusive Ace Hotel '5 at 5' performance with A.V. Club today. Featuring a spellbinding and strikingly raw version of “I Saw My Twin” from the band’s critically praised Painted Shut, the video was filmed in Downtown Los Angeles just days before they hit the stage at FYF Fest. Hop Along is set to kick off a national fall tour with Modest Mouse this week that will be followed by a series of UK/EU dates in November!
Painted Shut released May 5th via Saddle Creek and saw the band featured as a staple on the mid-year “Best of 2015” lists, including Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, SPIN, NPR, Alternative Press, Stereogum, Paste, and VICE’s Noisey. The record is available at theSaddle Creek Online Store, iTunes, Amazon and independent record stores across the globe.
Revered for their electrifying live energy, be sure to catch Hop Along on tour with Modest Mouse in a city near you!
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Hop Along UK/EU Tour Dates
10/31: Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast
11/1: Leeds, UK @ Headrow House
11/2: Birmingham, UK @ Sunflower Lounge
11/3: London, UK @ Garage
11/5: Paris, France @ Le Klub
11/7: Torino, Italy @ Sano
11/8: Milan, Italy @ Il Maglio
11/10: Graz, Austria @ Sub
11/12: Elmo Delmo, Zurich, Switzerland
11/13: Offenbach, Germany @ Offenbach
11/14: Berlin, Germany @ Marie Antointe
11/15: Hamburg, Germany @ Hafenklamg
11/16: Malmo, Sweden @ Folk and Rock
11/17: Stockholm, Sweden @ Strand,
11/18: Oslo, Norway @ Bla
11/20: Utrecht, Holland @ Le Guess Who Festival
11/21: Zoersel, Belgium @ Jh JoeNiz
Today sees the release of Slow Hands “I’ll Find Me” (Remixes) via Wolf+Lamb featuring a selection of musical reworks that run the gamut from tribal house to a live bluegrass version of the track recorded in a converted Vermont maple sugarhouse with the members of the bluegrass band Gold Town.
“That was an experiment: making an electronic track an organic bluegrass song,” explains Slow Hands aka Ryan Cavanaugh who originally wrote the track – which is also the title of his forthcoming debut album– on a guitar before making it an electronic song, then tip-toed out of his comfort zone to do a country take on it. “We drank a lot and threw down and did it Vermont-style.”
The breadth of genres featured on the remix package speaks to the scope of Cavanaugh’s background: a classically trained multi-instrumentalist weaned on jazz, blues, and soul who rose to notoriety as an electronica producer and DJ. He’s compiled these influences into a cohesive sound that can be heard on the upcoming debut album I’ll Find Me out November 6th on Wolf + Lamb.
The newly revealed “I’ll Find Me” remixes – which have seen support from such wide-ranging outlets asDancing Astronaut and The Bluegrass Situation – follow “Phonograph Love,” the first track revealed from the album via Wall Street Journal exclusive.
I’ll Find Me Debut Album Out Nov 6th
Justin Bieber has been surprisingly welcomed back into the music world with the perfectly catchy pop banger “What Do You Mean?”, and a pop hit isn’t solidified without a Karmin cover. The pop duo is releasing a strikingly simplistic video to accompany their uniquely blues-rock take on Bieber.
While holding the status of pop powerhouse, Karmin try something a little different with “What Do You Mean?” with Jeff "Gitty" Gitelman laying down some guitar licks and Amy Heideman’s signature strong vocals with a side of lilting falsetto. Sans Amy’s instantly recognizable voice, the cover could have easily been mistaken for a rock band out of Nashville. Using Justin Bieber, the poster child for pop in its purest form, Amy and Nick instead take the chance to show their versatility and ability to think outside the box. The video strongly focuses on Amy’s face, giving the audience doubting looks as she begs the title question, while shots of various instruments (no synths here!) add to their new rock-infused flavor. Surely more new sides of Karmin are to be revealed with the 2016 release of their second LP Leo Rising.
“What Do You Mean?” can be viewed here, and watch the wild-west themed video for their latest original single “Didn’t Know You” here.
Nicole Atkins Tours Europe w/ Mercury Rev in November
+ Solo Show in Amsterdam
Internationally acclaimed American musician Nicole Atkins is pleased to announce she will be touring Europe with Mercury Rev in November.
Nov-5 Amsterdam, Netherlands Melkweg Theater (HEADLINE)
Nov-6 Copenhagen, Denmark DR Studio 2 Koncerthuset w/ Mercury Rev
Nov-7 Wangels, Germany Rolling Stone Weekender (solo/ACOUSTIC)
Nov-8 Brussels, Belgium BOTANIQUE w/ Mercury Rev
Nov-9 Koln, Germany Studio 672 w/ Mercury Rev
Nov-11 Berlin, Germany Berlin Postbahnhof w/ Mercury Rev
Nov-13 Zagreb, Croatia Lauaba w/ Mercury Rev
Nov-14 Ravenna, Italy Bronson w/ Mercury Rev
Nov-15 Munich, Germany Kranhalle at Feierwerk w/ Mercury Rev
Nov-16 Paris, France Alhambra w/ Mercury Rev
Nov-17 Brighton, United Kingdom Komedia w/ Mercury Rev
Nov-19 Gateshead, United Kingdom The Sage w/ Mercury Rev
Nov-20 Glasgow, United Kingdom The Art School Union w/ Mercury Rev
Nov-22 Dublin, Ireland The Button Factory w/ Mercury Rev
Nov-23 Manchester, United Kingdom RNCM Concert Hall w/ Mercury Rev
Nov-24 London, United Kingdom Oval Space w/ Mercury Rev