Premiere: Stream the Timeless Sounds of Brooklyn’s New Rose Debut LP Morning Haze

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Americana and folk is one of the most faked aesthetics in music, often lumped in with country and littered with cliché foot stomping and the infamous millennial whoop. However, when it is done in earnest, the sound can bring perspective to some of the most intimate emotions felt as humans. Morning Haze, the debut album from Brooklyn quartet New Rose, is one that falls in the latter.

Saturated in earthy hues and golden light, the album has revealed itself as an ideal companion on a road trip or while lounging around on a lazy Sunday, while triggering flashbacks to the pedal steel heavy, deep-rooted country music that was always present at the dancehalls to the local tavern’s jukebox of our youth in small town USA. Expert musicianship and honest lyrics fit like that favorite pair of broken in jeans falling somewhere between Willie Nelson, Whiskeytown, and even ever-so-subtly hints of The War on Drugs (see standout track “Waiting On Me”), if you are looking for touchstones. Whatever the description, this is just well-crafted music existing not just as a representation of 2017, but of decades gone by and those that lie ahead certain to stay in the rotation beyond its release date.

Morning Haze is out this Friday, June 30th. Grab a physical copy courtesy of Broken Circles.

Today’s MOKB on SIRIUS XMU Blog Radio Playlist : 6/27/17

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.

Chad VanGaalen – Old Heads
Frankie Rose – Trouble
Beach Fossils – Sugar
Lo Tom – Covered Wagon
Poolside – Strange Overtones
Rosemary Fairweather – You Talk Too Much
Petite League – Sun Dogs
Grizzly Bear – Four Cypresses
Mellow Fellow – Dancing
Theo Verney – Letter Down
SZA – Drew Barrymore
Vince Staples ft. Kendrick Lamar – Yeah Right
Kintaro – Mk
Glitter Veils – Soft Touch
Swim Mountain – Wait For Me
Kedr Livanskiy – Ariadna
DJDS ft. Amber Mark – Trees On Fire
Young Ejecta – Build A Fire
In Mirrors – Escape From Berlin
Rose Hotel – Honestly
Clairo – Flamin’ Hot Cheetos
Tristen ft. Jenny Lewis – Glass Jar
Major Murphy – Oceans
Tearjerker – Flipped
Culte – It’s Too Cold To Be Spring
Men I Trust – You Deserve This
Vivienxo – TTYN
Martha and the Vandellas – Nowhere To Run

Listen to Two New Songs by Tyler Childers

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Tyler Childers, who recently wowed crowds here in Indianapolis at the Sun King Brewery 8th Anniversary party, and whose “Honky Tonk Flame” session performance we recently premiered, released a couple new songs late last week.

“Lady May and “Whitehouse Road” are both from Childers’ debut album, Purgatory, about which Childers states, “It’s not about rock, or grass, or country…it’s just hollerin’ in the mountains and stirring shit up!”. Purgatory will be released on August 4th and was produced by Sturgill Simpson and David Ferguson.

Stream Poolside’s Perfect-For-Summer New LP Heat

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California duo Filip Nikolic and Jeffrey Paradise, aka Poolside, entire catalog is filled with jams best heard when the temperatures are hot and sun is shining. We couldn’t be more stoked they are back just as we enter the summer solstice with a new album Heat. Get comfortable on your favorite float in the pool or outside lounge chair and drift off to this one. We are thoroughly enjoying this and it is providing some much needed mental relaxation. No word on a physical release, but we are crossing our fingers.

Premiere: Bloomington’s Sleeping Bag Reveal New Song “Doin’ It Alone” Off Upcoming LP

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Sleeping Bag, the Bloomington, Indiana project spearheaded by Dave Segedy along with live members Nick Harley and Peter Doyle, have a fourth long-play, Wet, arriving on August 11th via Warm Ratio. Tracking for the record started early last year with Segedy’s friend, Tyler Smith, on a Yamaha four track in the Secretly Canadian Distribution warehouse where they both used to work. Recording guru Paul Mahern if Zero Boys mastered it thereafter. The record is full of loose, heady rock tracks varying in intensity, but always laced with an underlying grit to keep it genuine. “Doin’ It Alone” is the first cut from the release might be the most accessible. Clocking in just under a couple of minutes, the no-nonsense song is instantly relatable conveying those moments when you just want someone to share the load and are cracking under the weight. The stream can be found below with some upcoming tour dates around the Midwest. The album is available for pre-order here.

Tour Dates:
7/07 – Columbus, OH @ Strong Water
7/08 – Fort Wayne, IN @ The Brass Rail
7/09 – Indianapolis, IN @ State Street Pub
7/13 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
9/02 – Bloomington, IN @ Blockhouse
9/08 – Hamtramck, MI @ Ant Hall
9/10 – Cleveland, OH @ Happy Dog
9/16 – Fort Wayne, IN @ Middle Waves Fest

Photo by Anna Powell Teeter

Premiere: Keep Shelly in Athens Return with New Album, Stream “Leave in Silence”

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Tracklist:
1. Leave In Silence
2. Marionette
3. Game Over (Daniel’s Scene)
4. Seattle
5. Philokalia
6. We Want More
7. Dark Light
8. Believe

Toro y Moi Announces New LP, Unveils Video for “Girl Like You”

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One of the hardest workers and true chameleons in the game, Chaz Bear (fka Bundick) releasing his fifth studio, named Boo Boo, album under the Toro y Moi moniker on July 7th via Carpark Records. The album was recorded over the last year in Portland, Oregon during a trying time for the multi-talented artist. The following is a personal statement from the man himself about the LP:

After 7 years of touring and recording, I found myself becoming self conscious about my position in life as a “famous” person, or at least my version of whatever that is. My dreams had become my reality, yet I was somehow unable to accept this new environment. I couldn’t help but fall into what might be described as an identity crisis. A feedback loop of fearful thoughts left me feeling confused. I felt as though I no longer knew what it was that I actually wanted and needed in and out of life, and at times I felt unable to even tell what was real.

During this time of personal turmoil, I turned to music as a form of therapy, and it helped me cope with the pain that I was feeling. I’d listen to the same ambient song over and over again, trying to insulate myself from reality. I fell in love with space again.

By the time I felt ready to begin working on a new record, I knew that this idea of space within music would be something that propelled my new work forward. The artists that were influencing what I was making included everyone from Travis Scott to Daft Punk, Frank Ocean to Oneohtrix Point Never, Kashif and Gigi Masin. I recognized that the common thread between these artists was their attention to a feeling of space, or lack thereof. I decided that I wanted to make a Pop record with these ideas in mind. That idea for a record is what eventually became Boo Boo.

Below is a visual for the melodic first single “Girl Like You.” Pre-order the release on all formats here.