Twin Peaks Announce New LP, Stream New Song “Walk To The One You Love”

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Wild Onion, the 2014 sophomore effort from Chicago’s Twin Peaks is still one of our go to albums to cut loose and get a little crazy, so it goes without saying we are extremely amped at the announcement of new LP, Down in Heaven, slated for release on May 13th via Grand Jury/Communion. According to the press release, the new batch of songs “beg the listener to sway slowly, bang their head wildly and question what they were doing wasting emotional time on anything less.” The first reveal from it “Walk To The One You Love” probably falls more in the former category with a more relaxed, less-raucous vibe maintained throughout, but not a bad backdrop for a summertime backyard bbq with booze. You can listen to that track below and pre-order the album here.

Tour Dates:
Feb. 24 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency
Feb. 25 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
Feb. 26 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Total Drag [two shows]
Feb. 27 – Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose Tap House
Mar. 9 – Champaign, IL @ The Accord
Mar. 10 – Nashville, TN @ Exit In
Mar. 11 – Columbia, MO @ Cafe Berlin
Mar. 12 – Bloomington, IN @ Blockhouse
Apr. 15 – Sheffield, UK @ Picture House Social Club
Apr. 16 – Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
Apr. 17 – Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute
Apr. 19 – London, UK @ Camden Barfly
Apr. 21 – Paris, FR @ La Mécanique Ondulatoire
Apr. 22 – Évreux, FR @ L’abordage
Apr. 23 – Reze, FR @ Festival L’Ere de Rien
Apr. 29 – Austin, TX @ Levitation
May 13 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
Jun 9 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival

Premiere: Stream Sophomore Album Raise from Italy’s Brothers In Law

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“We wanted to make room for a more aware approach and attitude, as we’ve learned to accept that we have grown. We, in a way, began to understand that life is difficult, but we are the ones who can try to improve it.”

“Try to imagine Raise as if it were a hotel where different souls were staying. All of them have something to say: some whisper, some scream notes they can hardly control. On the other hand, each song has its own life and something to tell, and we had to listen because each emerged from an urge; a necessary impulse from inside of us.” – Giacomo Stolzini on the LP and growth of the band

Quartet Brothers In Law is band presiding from Pesaro, Italy founded by real-life brothers-in-law (not just a clever name) Giacomo Stolzini and Be Forest’s Nicola Lampredi rounded out by drummer Andrea Guagneli and bassist Lorenzo Musto. After 2013’s debut Hard Times for Dreamers, the band has returned with follow-up Raise out at the end of this week via San Francisco-by-way-of-Italy collective We Were Never Being Boring. The album creates an blurred line between dream-pop and garage rock leaving feelings of nostalgic yearnings and fearless in their sincerity. Ahead of its release, we have the full stream below. You an pre-order the album here.

Download Goon Des Garcons’ FORTHETIMEBEING EP

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Little Rock, Arkansas is not the most obvious place to expect possibly the next big thing in hip-hop, but that is exactly where self-anointed “black trash rockstar” aka Goon Des Garcons hails from. Having slowly gained notoriety over the last couple of years, his newest EP, FORTHETIMEBEING, is sure to speed up attention being given. The five songs total in just under 20-minutes, but packs a punch with its helter-skelter production and lyrical delivery full of passion and grit. Listen and download below.


Bibio Announces New Album, Shares Video for New Song “Feelings”

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We are pretty stoked about the just announced seventh Bibio album, A Mineral Love, due out on April 1st through Warp Records. Late last year, he revealed the fragile track “Petals” and now, along with the LP details, has offered up a video for soft-funk jam “Feelings” sure to get some involuntary body movements happening for you. Find both below along with Stephen Wilkinson aka Bibio below regarding the concept of the album.

“This album celebrates the sacred and precious struggles of human insecurities through many windows of familiar musical forms. It’s also a celebration of my love of the craft of record making, drawing influences from many sources across all decades from the late sixties to the present. All these referential forms have a twist, some are more full on cocktails.

The album as a whole is an unashamed expression of my fondness of, and need for, variety. The juxtapositions between tracks are well considered and I’m comfortable with them – this is how I enjoy music. This is not a purist record, it is not trying to authentically recreate a specific time or genre but rather use familiar forms as a common language to communicate new ideas and new messages. I want to sing about struggle and tragedy with warmth, sympathy and respect. I want sadness to have bittersweet hope.

The whole album was made from scratch with no samples from other records. I partly want it to sound like sampled records but by crafting every single detail myself and colouring it to have familiar textures that resonates people’s forgotten memories. I enjoy the challenge of writing songs that reference the unique qualities and colours of music from different eras. It’s all guesswork though, I have no real reliable knowledge of why certain records sound the way they do, I taught myself how to play instruments, write music and produce. This album is my personal, filtered take on those forms and qualities. Some tracks are influenced by records I listen to often and some from ghosts of memories of things I heard while growing up, like 70s/80s American TV themes or 90s dance. Sometimes a filtered and tinted memory of a period is a more exciting source of inspiration than close study and mimicry.

I feel this album is built more from those memories and an exposure to music of many styles rather than close analytical study of any particular one. I think that’s why it all sounds like me, regardless of the deliberate references and nods to artists and records of the past. It is after all just a view through my stained-glass telescope.” – Stephen Wilkinson (Bibio)


Collaborative Project Mt. Si Announces EP, Streams New Song “Either / Or”

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“We’re all friends who originally got together to work on songs for the first Classixx album. Mike and I wrote a track that I was supposed to sing, but Sarah came in and stole the show. From there we realized that we had good chemistry as a trio, writing and producing in a subtle, refined way. We’ve been slowly chipping away at songs for almost four years now. A relaxed and loose approach to the project, never settling until we have a great track has been one of the guiding principles.” – Jesse Kivel

Mt. Si is the LA-based pop project from Michael David of Classixx, Sarah Chernoff of Superhumanoids, and Jesse Kivel of Kisses. You might recall their songs “Oh” and “True” a while back>The trio originally became friends while working together for the first Classixx LP, 2013’s Hanging Gardens. They further grew closer over their ties to Israel, which connects with the artwork of a mountain range outside of Tel Aviv produced by photographer David Kitz (seen above). On February 5th, they will be unveiling their debut EP titled Limits (via Cascine) totaling in four tracks of ruminating, palatable pop with a lomographic sheen. With the announcement, we have the “Either / Or” from the release available for pre-order on vinyl here or iTunes.

Stream the Debut Album from Charlie Hilton

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Palana, the debut solo album from Blouse lead singer Charlie Hilton officially is out at the end of the week via Captured Tracks. Hype Machine is offering up a first listen of the album in full for those that like to hear the entire product before purchasing (we recommend the special vinyl edition on colored vinyl found here). We are certain you will love the diverse collection of sounds as much as we do.

Bleached Announce New Album, Share Video for New Song “Keep On Keepin’ On”

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On April 1st, LA’s Bleached will be releasing their sophomore LP, titled Welcome the Worms, via Bloomington, IN’s Dead Oceans. Created in the chaos of an eviction and broken relationship, the band feel more confident and in control that anytime before, if first reveal “Keep On Keepin’ On” is any indication. The song has a left-coast Ramones aesthetic to it and a appropriate message of perseverance given the personal challenges previously mentioned. You can pre-order the album here and watch the visual for the single below.

Tour Dates:
Mar. 15 – Sat. March 19 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
Mar. 29 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones
Mar. 30 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
Apr. 2 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
Apr. 4 – Austin, TX @ Sidewinder
Apr. 5 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s
Apr. 6 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links
Apr. 8 – Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
Apr. 9 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
Apr. 11 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Apr. 13 – Washington, DC @ DC9
Apr. 15 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
Apr. 16 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz POB
Apr. 17 – Toronto, ON @ Garrison
Apr. 20 – Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness
Apr. 21 – Ferndale, MI @ Loving Touch
Apr. 22 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
Apr. 23 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Apr. 25 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
Apr. 26 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Apr. 28 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
Apr. 29 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
Apr. 30 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
May 2 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
May 4 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
May 5 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
May 17 – Manchester, UK @ Gulivers
May 18 – London, UK @ Moth Club
May 19 – Brighton, UK @ The Great Escape Festival @ Horatios
May 20 – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet
May 21 – Eindhoven, NL @ Stroomhuis