MOKB Premiere : Seagulls : “You and Me”

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The sound that really started rock and roll back in the ’50s will always have a place in contemporary music no matter how much trends change. “You and Me” from Philadelphia five-piece Seagulls matriculates in similar territory with simple guitar arrangements and folk elements blended with soulful vocals that border on southern in delivery. The song is quite the unassuming track that will have you coming back to it without thought, sort of like a bag of chips. It appears on the band’s debut LP, Great Pine, slated to drop sometime in the first half of 2015 via Frostburg, MD label Yellow K Records. Give it a spin below.

Today’s MOKB on SIRIUS XMU Blog Radio Playlist : 11/18/14

Here’s the playlist from today’s My Old Kentucky Blog Radio on SIRIUS XMU, Channel 35! Also, available via On Demand.

Bully – Brainfreeze
Elderbrook – Could
LOLAWOLF – Calm Down
Kero Kero Bonito – Build It Up
TĀLĀ – Unfinished Business
IO Echo x TOKiMONSTA – Heartbreaker (Mariah Carey Cover)
The Very Best – Hear Me
Little Boots – Taste It
Azealia Banks – Ice Princess
Max Frost – Paranoia
Chromatics – Shadow (8 Track version)
.JONES. – You
MOTHXR – Stranger
Denitia and Sene – side fx (Ellie Herring Remix)
Ekkah – Holiday Blues (DEMO)
Hideous Towns – Undone
Anna Of The North – Sway (et aliae Remix)
School ‘94 – Like You
Stranger Cat – Sirens
Cotillion – Before
Marika Hackman – ‘81 (Joanna Newsom cover)
Curtis Harding – Heaven’s On The Other Side
Johnny Lloyd – Pilgrims
Mothica – Starchild (prod. by Melodrama)
George Maple – Vacant Space
Mirror Kisses – Did I Flounder
Solomon Grey – Miradors
MOURN – Otitis

Video : LOLAWOLF : “Calm Down”

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LOLAWOLF, the Brooklyn-based trio fronted by Zoe Kravitz and rounded out with Jimmy Giannopoulos and James Levy dropped their new album, Calm Down, last month. Today, they revealed the video for the title track from the LP and probably our favorite from it. Directed by Jon Hoeg, the video carries some elements of the classic video for Busta Rhymes’ “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See” and was shot over a three day period along with the videos for “Jimmy Franco” and “Stay With Me” in a studio in Bushwick. Watch below.

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Song : IO Echo x TOKiMONSTA : “Heartbreaker” (Mariah Carey Cover)

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You are lying to yourself if you grew up in the ’90s and didn’t enjoy some of Mariah Carey’s output. At the very least, you have to appreciate her vocal abilities. LA’s IO Echo hook up with producer TOKiMONSTA to take her song “Heartbreaker” somewhere completely unexpected and new. Their interpretation brings the mood more inline with the title bringing more drama to the fold than the radio-friendly original. It will appear on their upcoming mixtape of collaborations titled I’ve Been Vaping Your Tears out on Wednesday. Stream the cover below.

Video : The Very Best : “Hear Me”

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It has been a while since we heard from Singer Esau Mwamwaya and producer Johan Hugo, better known as The Very Best. Today, they have announced plans to release an as-yet-to-be-named follow-up to 2012’s MTMTMK and have a new video for new song “Hear Me” featuring Vampire Weekend’s Chris Baio on bass. Directed by Johan Hug, you will see a time-lapse of M’dala Chikowa. The song was written days before the Malawi general elections and on the 50th anniversary for Malawi independence with the vocals and some instrumentation recorded on a beach. Watch and listen below.

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Song : Denitia and Sene : “side fx” (Ellie Herring Remix)

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The always on point Ellie Herring has reimagined Brooklyn’s Denitia and Sene. She takes their recent song “side fx” and turns it into a crazy fever dream bringing in new elements that are both in and out of place. Stream and download it below.

Video : Bully : “Brainfreeze”

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Strand of Oaks will play at MOKB’s concert venue in January of 2015, but we were pretty excited when we got the news that Bully will open the show. Bully is the project of Nashville’s Alicia Bognanno, and here is their new David Kleiler-directed video for the raucous, retro-mid-90’s throwback single, “Brainfreeze.” You can find the song on their new self-titled EP available now.

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Video : Arca : “Xen”

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Producer Arca connects with his frequent collaborator Jesse Kanda once again for the title track to his recently released debut LP out via Mute. On it, you will see some the ghoulish, shape-shifting imagery connected to the album artwork. It might be possibly not safe for work, but find it below.