Frank Ocean dropped his first new song since his Endless and Blonde video/album releases on his Beats 1 radio show, Blonded, late last night. The track is called “Chanel,” and you can read the lyrics and listen to it here.
Ocean played the song on repeat for an hour on Beats 1, also spinning a different remix version, featuring an A$AP Rocky verse…
Montreal band TOPS will return with their new album, Sugar at the Gate, on June 2nd to be released through Arbutus Records. The first single is the relaxed-yet-funky “Petals.”
Sugar at the Gate, which was recorded in LA at Glamdale,” a mini-mansion and former brothel out in Glendale. Jane Penny talked about posting up in LA to make the album:
“Living in LA was living out a teenage fantasy, living with your band and practicing in the garage. It was also the first time we’ve ever had that much space to make music. I took the experience of living LA as a challenge to make music that I know is real to me, in the sense of it feeling true and containing true feelings, but also recordings of great songs, the real thing.”
Mid-last year, Philly band Quiet Life released a great album called Foggy which was produced by Dr. Dog’s Scott McMicken. During some downtime in Ft. Collins, Colorado, the band filmed this studio session while rehearsing the album cut “Waitin’ On The G Train.” The video was created by E.Ryan McMackin.
Here’s the playlist from today’s My Old Kentucky Blog Radio on SIRIUS XMU, Channel 35! Also, available anytime via OnDemand online and via the app.
The Orwells – They Put A Body In The Bayou
Sharon Van Etten – The End Of The World
Spoon – Can I Sit Next To You
Bleached – Flipside
Father John Misty – Total Entertainment Forever
Superorganism – Something For Your M.I.N.D.
Amber Arcades – It Changes
Alex G – Bobby
Hoops – Rules
Sylvan Esso – Die Young
Homeshake – Every Single Thing
Jakob Ogawa – Let It Pass
Beach Fossils – This Year
Haerts – Your Love
Niki & The Dove – Sushi King
A$AP Rocky – Fashion Killa
Dutch Uncles – Oh Yeah
El Michels Affair – Iron Man
Thundercat – Tokyo
Rudie Edwards – Lover Like You
Broen – < 3
Future - Mask Off
Thunder Dreamer - Capture
Charly Bliss - Percolator
She-Devils - The World Laughs
Rheya ft. YOUTHCULT - Chihiro
You'll Never Get To Heaven - Beyond The Clouds
Porter Ray - Lightro Looking for the Light (feat. Alana Belle, Stas Thee Boss of THEESatisfaction)
BCS - Lacking
Ellie Bleach - I Want You So Bad (Honey You Have No Idea)
Spacer - Object
Back in 2009, El Michels Affair, an NYC instrumental/soul project featuring members of The Dap-Kings, The Menahan Street Band, and The Budos Band released a somewhat underground classic, a Wu-Tang Clan cover album entitled Enter the 37th Chamber. They apparently didn’t scratch that itch because they’re coming back with another one on April 14th. Return To The 37th Chamber will be the follow-up, and it is stacked with added talent. Lee Fields provides guest vocals on “Snakes” and “Tearz,” the latter of which also features Shannon Wise of The Shacks. Lady Wray also appears on the project’s version of Method Man’s “All I Need.”
Producer and bandleader Leon Michels recorded the album completely analog, sometimes hitting 6 generations of tape before it was ready for mixing, giving the Return to The 37th Chamber it’s own hazy sound. He’s also laced the album with many “psychedelic flourishes” – “John Carpenter” synths, heavy metal guitars, triumphant horns, and traditional Chinese instruments. You can order the album through Big Crown Records.
Montreal duo She-Devils are the latest signees to Bloomington, Indiana based label Secretly Canadian. Audrey Ann Boucher and Kyle Jukka create an exotic brand of dream pop and list a multitude of influences, from Iggy Pop to Madonna to T-Rex as well as a deep love of 1960’s Yé-yé. Furthermore, Boucher has no formal musical training and tries to approach her music from an artist’s perspective. She explains,
“I’ve always seen music from the perspective of an artist or music lover rather than that of a musician,” she explains. “When I sing over a loop, I don’t feel like I’m in control of what I do, or that I am cerebrally engaged with making music, it’s more like my subconscious is completely taking over my mind and it just comes out of my dreams.”
Jordan Corso leads the Burger Records + Modern Sky Entertainment signed Cotillon, and he will release his sophomore LP, The Afternoons, this April 21st. This new album was written in Corso’s small apartment in NYC and he says that is draws influence from big city culture, French new wave, Japanese literature, uppers, downers, and a romantic relationship. The Afternoons was co-produced by Al Carlson (St. Vincent, Wild Nothing, Ariel Pink) and Shane Butler (Quilt). This new single is an upbeat fuzz rocker with pop accessibility.
If you enjoyed this, you can also listen to album track “Black Sea“…