ABRA Announces New EP, Streams “Crybaby”

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After dropping a teaser clip featuring the song “Come 4 Me” last month, the Darkwave Duchess, ABRA, has officially announced her latest EP, titled Princess, and scheduled for release on July 15th via True Panther Sounds/Awful Records. Each track on the EP was written, recorded, and produced by ABRA mostly in the comfort of her bedroom closet. “Crybaby” is the first official single from the collection and it is a bonafide banger with influences from ’80s pop, dance, and r&b. Spin it below.

The Lemon Twigs Release a Punch of Retro Psych Rock with “As Long As We’re Together”

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Big thanks to our boy, Ben Wittkugel, for giving us the heads up on this excellent retro-psych-glam rock track “As Long As We’re Together” from Hicksville, New York’s The Lemon Twigs and produced by Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado. Ben actually runs the fantastic boutique Bloomington, Indiana cassette label Winspear, who put out the band’s debut, What We Know, last year, which unfortunately is now sold out. Expect a new album out from The Lemon Twigs sometime later this year. Expect to see us at one of their shows next month here in the Midwest.

Tour Dates:
July 5 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
July 6 – Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch
July 9 – Chicago, IL @ Hideout
July 11 – Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub

Watch Nashville Duo Kudlow’s New Video for “The Professional”

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Kudlow, the duo comprised of Michelle Parish and Mathew Settle of Nashville, have been making some compelling electronic-based pop music for a bit now with their debut album looking to see the light of day sometime before the end of this year. “The Professional” is one of their more accomplished songs to date telling, according to Parish, “the story of when a passionate love suddenly becomes unrequited due to the other person’s fear- when they realize that you’ve become too close for comfort for them.”

The visual for the song is a collaboration with Brooklyn’s Dreambear Productions and director Casey Stein. The concept for the clip, Parish explains, is “the literal and metaphoric stripping of one’s self in such a public setting as Times Square” bringing full circle the inspiration of the song by portraying “the vulnerability felt in a one-sided relationship- knowing you’ve given every part of yourself to someone, knowing you’ve done all that you possibly could, even if it still wasn’t enough.” View the video below and check out some of their other track via Soundcloud.

Today’s MOKB on SIRIUS XMU Blog Radio Playlist : 6/7/16

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.

Bibio – Puffer
Drew Auscherman of HOOPS – Worry
Jim-E Stack – Forgotten
Liss – Miles Apart
Miss Red – Fever
BADBADNOTGOOD – Confessions Pt. II (ft. Colin Stetson)
Ekkah x DaM-FunK – What’s Up
Teenage Granny – Would You Do The Same For Me
The Pills – Sanctuary
Jay Som – I Think You’re Alright
Whitney – On My Own
Jerry Paper – Comma For Cow
Cerise – Smoke Screen Dreams
Ladywolf – At The Movies
Cass McCombs ft. Angel Olsen – Opposite House
Angel Olsen – Intern
Crater – No Paradise
Spartan Jet-Plex – Given
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – First World Problem
TV Girl – (Do The) Act Like You Never Met Me
Phoria – Loss
Sur Back – Trophy Daughter
School ’94 – Bound
Girl Friend – Tragic On The Dancefloor (Louis La Roche remix)
The Gentleman Losers – Laureline
Krrum – Hard On You
Pastel – Touched
Andy Shauf – To You

Crater Offer Tribute to The Cranberries in “Ladder Song”

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After releasing their strong debut full-length, Talk to Me so I Can Fall Asleep, Seattle duo Crater continue their excellent output with a new two-song single. “No Paradise” was shared last week as an ode to the anime film Akira from 1988 the fantastic worlds Katsuhiro Otomo created. Today, we have the backing track , “Ladder Song,” for your consumption framed as a nod to The Cranberries, pulling out cerebral experience fueled by saccharine-heavy vocals complimented by floating guitars, ’90s-indebted drum beat, and samples of orgasms blended within. While they stand quite well on their own, both tracks serve as a compelling argument to check out their recent debut, if haven’t already, and revisit it if you already have.

School ’94 Shred on New Song “Bound”

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After announcing a new EP packaged with the reveal of track “Common Sense” a few weeks back, Gotheburg’s School ’94 sizzle in the heavy new cut and title track to the EP, “Bound.” Quite honestly, this is completely left-field from the Smiths-esque moody romanticism in their previous output, which tended to jangle more than cut sharply with the guitar-work, and it is completely great. Dare we say we might here a little Def Leppard (not sure if we have ever used that as a comparison) intertwined with it. Regardless, we are pleased to see guitar-heavy pop songs that were common in the ’80s (see the recently departed Prince or Janet Jackson’s “Black Cat” to a lesser degree) starting to surface in today’s musical tastes. You can pre-order the EP on limited edition vinyl via their Bandcamp.

EKKAH Unleash the DāM-FunK-produced “What’s Up”

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We have been waiting too long for UK duo EKKAH to capture the sparkle and carefree mood of their early demo’s, singles, and Last Chance to Dance EP from back in 2014 and they have finally accomplished just that. “What’s Up” is their latest single to surface this year (following “Small Talk”) with DāM-FunK putting his magical touch on the glittery jam highlighted by Rebekah Pennington’s sax work and an overall composition that could easily be mistaken for a Parliament-Funkadelic track. As of now, it is slated as a part of a double A-side single backed by “Space Between Us,” but expect this to also show up on their long-in-the-works debut LP expected sometime early next year.

Photo Recap: Damien Jurado & The Heavy Light @ The Hi-Fi

Visions of Us on the Land, the latest release from Damien Jurado, provides those familiar with the long running catalog of the singer-songwriter plenty to sink into. Jurado’s soulful, plaintive vocals nestle in wonderfully with the album’s instrumental arrangements, alternating between reserved hush and a layered, expansive wildness.

The crowd at The Hi-Fi packed in to the venue to see Jurado & The Heavy Light fill the space with walls of sound, each one culminating in rapturous applause. Labelmate Ben Abraham opened the evening with an intimate set, performing songs off of his debut record Sirens.

 

Damien Jurado & The Heavy Light

 

Ben Abraham

 

Photos and words by Doug Fellegy (via Flickr)