Real Estate Announce New Album, Share Video for New Song “Darling”

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After teasing their new album a couple of weeks back via their Instagram, Real Estate have announced their fourth album, titled In Mind, slated to drop on March 17th via Domino Records. Their first LP since 2014’s Atlas sees Grammy-winning producer Cole M.G.N. at the helm handling production duties that push the 11 songs that make up the release into a new direction for the band sonically, while maintaining their focus on the intricacies of the compositions, according to a press release. The first taste “Darling” comes with a visual directed by Weird Days (Drew Blatman, Alex Goldberg, and Ben Schechter) showing the band playing in front of a clean white backdrop, while a horse makes his/her presence felt. Pre-order the album on limited color heavyweight vinyl here.

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In Mind Tracklisting:
1. Darling
2. Serve The Song
3. Stained Glass
4. After The Moon
5. Two Arrows
6. White Light
7. Holding Pattern
8. Time
9. Diamond Eyes
10. Same Sun
11. Saturday

Houston’s Day for Night Expands Horizons of the Modern Day Music Festival

By: Seth Johnson
Photos: Berto Campos

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Man, oh man, was 2016 a big year for fantastic releases. And with those releases came a slew of acts hitting the road too — many of whom I was lucky enough to catch in concert. Despite a year packed full of show going, however (see Seth’s roundups of Pitchfork Music Festival and Lollapalooza), nothing compared to my time at Day for Night 2016.

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Aphex Twin

Only in its second year, the festival boasted an impressive lineup of acts, including the likes of Aphex Twin (first U.S. show in eight years), Bjork, Run the Jewels, Blood Orange, Travis Scott and more. And while this is certainly what caught my eye, I eventually became more intrigued upon learning that the fest would also feature several immersive art installations curated by artists from all over the world.

Held in and around a different abandoned warehouse in Houston each year, Day for Night 2016 was held at a huge abandoned post office building, with three outdoor stages, one indoor stage, and art installations scattered throughout the vicinity. With so much art in one place, there was never a dull moment, as the stimulating instillations allowed festivalgoers to explore visual art when they weren’t catching their favorite musical acts. Ultimately, this aspect of the festival was incredibly refreshing and gave Day for Night its own one-of-a-kind charm.

Before I jump into the music portion of my roundup, I think it’s only appropriate that I give the booking team behind Day for Night proper praise. Unlike many major festivals in the modern age, Day for Night seemed absent of outside influences such as massive media companies. Nevertheless, they managed to bring together a very unique lineup of acts that featured a little bit of something for everyone, while still showing love to Houston with several featured local artists too. In a nutshell, the whole thing just felt genuine.

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DJ Windows 98 (aka Win Butler)

After attending the Day for Night pre-party on Friday with excellent DJ sets from Bjork and DJ Windows 98 (a.k.a. Win Butler of Arcade Fire), I wandered back over to Day for Night’s opening day on Saturday, where I was “welcomed to Houston” by a collective of notable Houston rappers (Z-Ro, Bun B, Mike Jones, Paul Wall and more) all performing on stage as one beautiful H-Town family. After catching a bit of this set, I quickly began darting around from stage to stage, catching bits of magic from Tobacco, Thundercat, Clams Casino, Oneohtrix Point Never and The Jesus and Mary Chain. As one might expect, though, the festival truly transformed into another world after the sun went down and the lights made their emergence.

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Oneohtrix Point Never

Night one of Day for Night was certainly one for the ages, with stellar performances from Blood Orange, Run the Jewels and Aphex Twin. I was so happy to catch the large majority of all three sets, especially considering the releases of Aphex’s mysterious 12” that day and Run the Jewels’ RTJ3 the following week. As any music lover might expect, this triple play of sets was filled with nonstop greatness, leaving my cheeks sore from all the smiling I had done.

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Day two, I was back at it once again, running frantically around the abandoned warehouse to catch as much music as possible. On Sunday, my path took me from SURVIVE to Ariel Pink to Lightning Bolt, and then from Mykki Blanco to Kamasi Washington to RZA. In the later hours, I was sucked into the festival’s playground of lights once again, revisiting some of my favorite installations before heading back to the tunes. After this short hiatus, I entered the home stretch, catching high-powered sets from Squarepusher, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Butthole Surfers and Travis Scott, before capping my weekend off with an appropriately scintillating set from Arca.

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Blood Orange

I look forward to seeing you next year, Day for Night. You truly did change my perception of what a music festival can and should be.

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Travis Scott

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Butthole Surfers

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra

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Ariel Pink

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Blood Orange

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Blood Orange

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Jesus and Mary Chain

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Clams Casino

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Stream a Killer New Demo from Hoops’ Drew Auscherman Titled “Company”

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Bloomington, Indiana’s Hoops are hard at work putting the finishing touches on the debut long-play due out the latter part of spring, but that hasn’t stopped member Drew Auscherman from making music for other potential outlets and influences. “Company” is a new demo straight from his Soundcloud and it is a fucking jam. You get some of the feathery guitars you can come to expect from Hoops, but presented in more of a retro ’80s dance-pop/funk vibe. We love it and can stop repressing play. Our only complaint is that it clocks in just under 2-minutes. Give it a spin below.

Premiere: Stream “Omaha” from New York City’s Junius Karr

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“Omaha” is the first single NYC-based Junius Karr’s debut EP, The Late Great Junius Karr, set for release in March. The song is a showcases a variety of genres such lo-fi rock, folk, and even a bit of traditional country twang creating what he cheekily calls Songer/Singwriter. Just as you expect of a talented artist starting at the beginning of his arc, Karr is free with his emotions laced with an underlying, yet earnest angst that is delivered in a manner far more mature than his age of 20 would suggest. To fully bring out the lushness in the instrumentation, Karr enlisted help from contemporaries and friends Michael Wuerth, Noah Champ, and Murphy Stereosystem. While it is always difficult to make a judgment based on one song, we can confidently say he has our attention. Spin the track below.

Today’s MOKB on SIRIUS XMU Blog Radio Playlist : 1/17/17

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.

Sinkane – Telephone
Chelou – Halfway to Nowhere
Diet Cig – Tummy Ache
Noble Oak – Another Way
Buscabulla ft. Helado Negro – Fria
BOYO – Good As Gone
Aaliyah – One In A Million
Spissy – Say Hello
Sun Airway – Foam
Syd – All About Me
Neon Bunny – All I Want Is You
Half Waif – Severed Logic
Sampha – (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano
Men I Trust – Lauren
B.Miles – Running
Maria Minerva – Immune To My Charms
These Sticky Fingers – Lovesong (The Cure cover)
ACES – Just Cut It Out
Marian Hill – Down
Freedom Fry – Awake
Julie Byrne – I Live Now As A Singer
Fog Lake & Home Alone – Push
Teen Daze ft. S.Carey – First Rain
Lydia Ainsworth – The Road
Hand Habits – Sun Beholds Me
Cellars – Do You Miss Me
Run The Jewels – Oh Mama

Newly Minted Turkish Label Drug Boulevard Announces Compilation, Stream ACES Lead Single From It

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Drug Boulevard is the newly minted Istanbul-based dream pop label from the founders of the celebrated Turkish progressive/trance label, Blue Soho. As an introduction, the label is releasing a compilation, named DRUB BLVD after the label, on February 17th nearly two years in the making due to logistics and geopolitical occurrences during that time in Turkey. Mastered by renowned engineer Barry Grint of Alchemy UK, the collection features new and exclusive songs from artists spanning the globe, including ACES, Astronautica, FMLYBND, DAUNT, Leo Kalyan, SRNO (feat. MOONZz), Mammals) and GOSTO. The artists were selected, according to founder Kubilay, for “doing something brilliant and inspiring,” while “doing everything they do for all the right reasons.”

The first reveal comes from rising Brooklyn singer ACES, who has slowly been gaining traction over the last year with her downtempo slant of pop music in singles “I’m Already Gone” and “If I Could Be Your Girl”.” “Just Cut It Out” is effervescent track blending hazing vocals with romantic synths and delicately crafted production stirring emotions, while soothing at same time.

Listen to Hand Habits’ Latest Song “Sun Beholds Me”

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February 10th will see the release of Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void), the intimate debut collection of bedroom lullabies from Meg Duffy, aka Hand Habits. “Sun Beholds Me” is the third reveal from the album following the lovely “Flower Glass” and “All the While.” This is an album you want playing in the background while sitting near a cracking fire, while sipping a bourbon with a cigarette in hand and blanket draped around you. Pre-order it here.

Tour Dates:
01/18 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg *
02/10 Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right #
02/11 Philadelphia, PA – Everybody Hits #
02/12 Cambridge, MA – Lily Pad #
02/13 Portland, ME – Apohadian Theatre #
02/14 Winooski, VT – The Monkey House #
02/15 Montreal, QC – La Vitrola #
02/16 Albany, NY – House Show #
02/18 Washington DC – Songbyrd DC #
02/19 Asheville, NC – The Mothlight #
02/20 Louisville, KY – Zanzabar #
02/21 Chicago, IL – Schuba’s #
02/22 Columbus, OH – Rumba Cafe #
03/14 – 03/18 Austin, TX – SXSW

* = ACLU / PP Benefit show w/ Kevin Morby, Sharon Van Etten, Beirut, Daniel Rossen
# = w/ John Andrews & The Yawns