Panda Bear Reveals New Album Details & EP, Shares New Song/Video for “Mr Noah”

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Noah Lennox, aka Panda Bear, has revealed all the of the details for his new LP, Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper, scheduled to drop on January 13th (pre-order it here). In addition, to keep people calm in the meantime, he has surprised everyone with the Mr Noah EP and a video for the the album’s first single and EP title track. The EP will also include three non-album b-sides and can be downloaded here. Listen to and watch the video for “Mr Noah” below and check out some pretty creepy and mesmerizing visuals (screenshot below) by Danny Perez here.

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Stream : Night Park : Locura Bravura EP

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This popped in our inbox last night and we have been listening to it over and over again. Locura Bravura is the new EP from Memphis producer Night Park out as of yesterday via Rare Nudes. He describes it as a “J Dilla/Boards of Canada lovechild; a hip-hop soundtrack to Breaking Bad; riding a bald eagle through rings of fire hovering above the Grand Canyon.” While that description might be a little over the top, it is a quick blast of nice production that clocking in around 12 minutes. Stream it below.

Stream : TOPS : ‘Picture You Staring’ LP

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Next week on September 2nd, Montreal’s TOPS will release their sophomore LP, Picture You Staring, via Arbutus. The album is a flawless blend of past and contemporary musical styles equating to one of the better releases you will hear this year. Don’t take our opinion though, listen to it in full below ahead of next week’s release and drift away to the romantic, lomographic soundscapes painted throughout.

Also, those in and around Indianapolis, be sure to catch them live with the equally compelling Wampire as MOKB Presents brings them to The Hi-Fi on October 9th. You can find the full details here. This is a double header that is sure not to be missed.

MOKB Premiere : Sleeping Bag : ‘Deep Sleep’ LP

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Indiana has a treasure trove of fantastic music and labels that goes largely unknown. Every year, the music scene and community get better and better. Both Secretly Canadian (along with their sub-labels Dead Oceans & Jagjaguwar) and Jurassic Pop in Bloomington and Lafayette respectively along with Asthmatic Kitty and the rising Joyful Noise in Indianapolis are all putting out strong music on any given month. The latter of those labels mentioned has another solid release coming out next week on August 19th from Bloomington, IN three-piece Sleeping Bag.

Titled Deep Sleep, the band has an interesting dynamic that you don’t see a lot of with drummer Dave Segedy both writing and singing the songs alongside both guitarist Tyler Smith and bassist Glenn Meyers to round out the lineup. While this may invoke thoughts of Phil Collins and the second incarnation of Genesis, Sleeping Bag create music that references rock of the late ’80s and early ’90s such as subdued slacker vocals, masculine bass lines, and swirling yet melodic guitar structures while incorporating both garage and surf. You might even hear a little Blue Album-era in the second half of the LP. But don’t take our word for it, listen to an advance of the entire album below and, if you like what you hear, purchase the album here. We recommend grabbing the limited edition of 500 hand-numbered vinyl on marbled Kelly Green & Aqua Blue vinyl. It is quite nice looking.

Stream : Clint Breeze : ‘Evolve’ LP

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Clint Breeze is the stage name of Indianapolis’ Carrington Clinton. His first contribution to the music world with the help of his friends is the LP, Evolve. He created the under the idea to make something for young people “who are looking for a route for contentment and happiness” at a point in time where he felt his life had no direction. As he puts it, “The only thing I could revert to is what I knew how to do best, and that was music.”

The result is an eclectic blend of a variety of genres and eras that somehow are patch-worked together creating a cohesive sound. You even will hear interview samples from fellow Indianapolis native Kurt Vonnegut and the legendary Gil Scott Heron, among others. While the album should be listened to in its entirety, “Twenty Two” and “Stimulation” might be a good place to start for those limited on time.

Stream : King avriel : ‘Thesis’ LP

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Former model, dancer, and actor Avriel Epps, better known as King avriel, appears to have found her calling and focus with debut album Thesis. The LP showcases her willowy delivery, thought-provoking lyrics, and production that accentuates both using electronic and traditional R&B elements. To sum it all up, the girl is the entire package being just one radio-friendly song away from major mainstream attention. Stream the entire album below and find the accompanying booklet to “deepin the thesis experience”.

Stream : La Hell Gang : ‘Thru Me Again’ LP

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Thru Me Again is the sophomore LP from Chilean trio La Hell Gang released this week via Mexican Summer. On the album, they combine psychedelia of the late ’60s along with the grittier leanings of early ’90s grunge creating desolate, heavy-reverbed recondite rock. It screams to be heard on a pair of headphones while spacing out in your den or getting wasted by fire in the nighttime. Regardless of your listening choices, this has been one of the more unexpected releases to be on massive rotation for us. Give it a spin below and purchase it here.