Premiere: Stream New Single “Sports” from Athens’ Art Contest

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Originally slated for release in 2015, Two Songs, the long-awaited sophomore LP from Athen’s math rock, psych duo Art Contest will be out on June 2nd via Post-Echo. The delay was caused mainly by a home theft that saw equipment and original recordings disappear, but also due to, according to guitarist Cole Monroe, the “most unique production” the pair have worked on to date. Rarely do you see a couple of years pass between singles off an album, but “Sports” is the latest single following the previously released “Wall Ball” and “Tokyo Megaplex” from revealed back in 2015. The track is a dizzying display precision using changing tempos from frentetic at one moment to calm the next creating anticipation on where the song will turn next, while still somehow coming off appropriate for an active day at the beach. Animal Collective, Battles, or even Devo could have served as inspiration for elements of the track.

Two Songs Tracklist:
01. Chico
02. Lentemen
03. Art Project
04. Sports
05. Ready Play
06. Wall Ball
07. Trophy Wife
08. RGB
09. Horror
10. Scissorkick
11. Tokyo Megaplex
12. Breather
13. Seadoo
14. Two Songs
15. No More Thinking!!
16. Mortal Grind
17. Mixtape

Today’s MOKB on SIRIUS XMU Blog Radio Playlist : 4/18/17

Here’s the playlist from today’s My Old Kentucky Blog Radio on SIRIUS XMU, Channel 35! Also, available anytime via OnDemand online and via the app.

Mac DeMarco – On The Level
Beach Fossils – Saint Ivy
Hello Paris – We Used To Ride
Hoops – On Letting Go
Shay Roselip – Sweet Salutation
Geoffroy ft. Men I Trust – Thirsty
Little Dragon – Celebrate
Brothertiger – Everybody Wants To Rule The World (Tears For Fears cover)
Lia Lia – Olymp
Ozmosis – Dope
Shelf Life – Risk Return Spectrum
NxWorries – Scared Money
Peaking Lights – Everytime I See The Light
Hazel English – More Like You
Destiny – Orange Blossom
Lou Phelps ft. KALLITECHNIS – Average
Spissy – Cruising Paradise
Charlotte Dos Santos – Red Clay
Earth Girl Helen – Set The Woods On Fire
Reptaliens – Prequel
Thunder Dreamer – You Know Me
Sachi – Football Star
Austin White – Easy 2 Please
Old Man Saxon – Sunday Saxon
Echo Ladies – Nothing Ever Lasts
ANAMAI – Crossing
Wy – Bathrooms
Snakeskin – Sitcom Girl

Premiere: Stream First Single “Great At Parties” from Cool American’s New Record

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Like many projects, Portland’s Cool American started off as the solo outlet of Nathan Tucker only to manifest itself over time into a full-fledged band. In a little over two years, the project has shown itself to be quite prolific, releasing and album, EP, a couple of b-side and demo compilations, among more. Their follow-up to last year’s sneaky good debut LP You Can Win A Few is out on June 2nd via Good Cheer Records. Titled Infinite Hiatus, the new album explores the complications of being a creative in a capitalistic society discussed over explosive power-pop hooks in a Weakerthan meet Eliot Smith’s Heatmiser vein. “Great At Parties” is the first reveal off the upcoming release. Find the stream below along with a Tucker’s motivation for the LP, available now for pre-order via their Bandcamp.

“Infinite Hiatus is basically about learning how to carve out a meaningful space for yourself and your friends in a world that doesn’t seem to value the same things that you value. Lately for me the key has been trying to focus on process as much as end goals, something that is as cliché as it is difficult. The current social and political climate (economic growth propped up by venture capital while the NEA loses funding, etc, etc) kind of necessitates this approach; at this point artists have to take whatever satisfaction they can get.

I wanted to make an album that felt optimistic about the possibilities for art and art communities in a society that can seem designed specifically to suffocate the spirit of creative people, and since i make rock music, the best way to do that seemed to be making a big dumb rock record. But “big dumb rock record” is a goal, not a process, which is why we sprinkled the record with interludes comprised of demos, found sounds, and me messing around with a four track–things that hopefully sound less polished.” – Nathan Tucker

Listen to Hoops’ New Track “On Letting Go”

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Hoops are slowly inching closer to the release of the debut LP, Routines, on May 5th via Fat Possum (pre-order here). “On Letting Go” is the latest track reveal from it showcasing Keagan Beresford’s writing chops (Drew Auscherman penned “Rules” and Kevin Krauter “On Top”). The “longing” song was written about “somebody I met and hung out with briefly and then never really saw again,” per Beresford. Spin the track below along with checking out their long itinerary of upcoming tour dates to catch them live.

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Watch Hazel English’s Video for “More Like You”

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Oakland-based Hazel English will be releasing her double EP Just Give In / Never Going Home on May 12th via Polyvinyl/Marathon Artists. “More Like You” is the latest nostalgia trip from her and it comes with a road trip home video exploring coast of northern California filmed by Ian Tulud & David Vieira. Pre-order for the release can be found here, including lovely early-bird colored vinyl options.

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Premiere: Stream EP Title Track “True Cinnamon” from Seattle’s Bod

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Bod is the Seattle quartet of current and former members of Oberhofer, EZTV, Telekinesis, Sloucher, Crater, and Boat or Jonathan Angle, Zach Dimmick, Lance Umble, and Ben Roth to be more specific. This Friday, they will unload their second EP, True Cinnamon, and first release their 2014 debut Party Drug EP. The collection definitely has one foot planted deeply in ’90s and this is most evident on the title track.

Crunchy guitars mixed with frenetic lead guitar could reference a majority of the bands and albums in my CD collection during our formative years. The true payoff of the track happens around the 3:15 mark with an cathartic release of sound and singer Ben Roth screaming the end is all that counts. We are confident the track would have received heavy airplay during the peak years of alternative radio, although it still fits in quite nicely into today’s slowly resurging rock band landscape. Stream the track below and pre-order the EP on limited edition 7″ vinyl via their Bandcamp.

Today’s MOKB on SIRIUS XMU Blog Radio Playlist : 4/4/17

Here’s the playlist from today’s My Old Kentucky Blog Radio on SIRIUS XMU, Channel 35! Also, available anytime via OnDemand online and via the app.

Vagabon – Cold Apartment
Gorillaz ft. D.R.A.M. – Andromeda
Lou Phelps ft. CJ Flemings – My Forte (prod. by Kaytranada)
TOPS – Petals
Mura Masa & Charli XCX – 1 Night
Goldlink ft. Steve Lacy – Some Girl
Kendrick Lamar – Humble
FAZERDAZE – Take It Slow
Hoops – On Top
Mountain Man – Love Hurts (Nazareth cover)
Real Estate – Saturday
Amber Coffman – No Coffee
Land of Talk – This Time
Rosemary Fairweather – Good News (LA version)
Allie X – Casanova
Pacific Coliseum – Beach Runner
Rina Sawayama – Cyber Stockholm Syndrome
Kendrick Lamar – The Heart Part 4
Ohyeahsumi – Hey
Girl Ray – Stupid Things
Whitney – You’ve Got A Woman (Lion cover)
Kane Strang – Full Moon, Hungry Sun
Luke Reed – General Health
Tiny Fireflies – Melody
Hazel English – Fix
Kevin Krauter – Reckless
Slowdive – Sugar for the Pill
Sticks Evans – You Are My Sunshine