We are pretty hung up on a recently released EP, Pile, courtesy of Denver newcomers Panther Martin (yes, named after the fishing lure company). Comprised of Davey Weaver, David Pierpoint, Evan McCandless, and Dan Bombard, they take various incarnations of rock over the past decades and mold it into a no-nonsense sound that they have described as “precise and careless at the same time.” Their 4-song proper debut EP (previous release was a split) offers just enough to leave you feeling satisfied, yet hungry for more from a band you should probably keep an eye on. Give it a listen below.
“I desperately wanted for this to be the kind of record that would displace me. I’m terrified by the idea of being any one thing, or being of any one genre. And whether or not I accomplish that, I know that my only hope of getting there is to constantly reinvent. That reinvention doesn’t need to be drastic, but every new record has to have it’s own identity, and it has to have a separate set of goals from what came before.” – Jack Tatum
Life of Pause, the third LP from Jake Tatum aka Wild Nothing is set for release on February 19th via Captured Tracks. The album was recorded over several weeks in Stockholm and Los Angeles with producer Thom Monahan. With the announcement, he has given us something to be thankful for going into Thanksgiving revealing two tracks titled “To Know You” and “TV Queen”.
Porches, the outlet of Aaron Maine, has announced his long-awaited debut titled Pool and set for release on February 5th via Domino Records. Sharp in production, it was almost written completely in his Manhattan apartment he shares with another favorite of ours, Greta Kline aka Frankie Cosmos. To go along with the announcement, Maine has also shared a video for previously released track “Hour” directed by Alan Del Rio Ortiz and starring both him and Kline and described as a “hallucinogenic montage dealing with a love affair that no longer exists but would never vanish.” Find the clip below along with tour dates starting in March with label-mates Alex G and Your Friend.
Mar 9 || Washington, DC || Rock & Roll Hotel
Mar 10 || Richmond, VA || Strange Matter
Mar 11 || Chapel Hill, NC || Cat’s Cradle Backroom
Mar 12 || Savannah, GA || Savannah Stopover Festival
Mar 13 || Orlando, FL || Backbooth
Mar 14 || Tallahassee, FL || Club Downunder
Mar 16 || Houston, TX || Walters
Mar 19 || Dallas, TX || Spillover Music Fest
Mar 21 || Denver, CO || Lost Lake
Mar 22 || Salt Lake City, UT || Kilby Court
Mar 23 || Boise, ID || Treefort Music Fest
Mar 24 || Portland, OR || Analog Café
Mar 25 || Seattle, WA || Vera Project
Mar 26 || Vancouver, BC || The Cobalt
Mar 28 || San Francisco, CA || Rickshaw Stop
Mar 29 || Los Angeles, CA || The Echo
Mar 31 || Santa Ana, CA || The Observatory – Constellation Room
Apr 1 || San Diego, CA || Che Café
Apr 2 || Phoenix, AZ || Rebel Lounge
Apr 3 || Albuquerque, NM || The Co-Op
Apr 5 || Omaha, NE || Slowdown
Apr 6 || Minneapolis, MN || 7th St Entry
Apr 7 || Madison, WI || UW Student Union
Apr 8 || Grinnell, IA || Grinnell College – Gardner Lounge
Apr 9 || Chicago, IL || Bottom Lounge
Apr 10 || Detroit, MI || Majestic Café
Apr 11 || Toronto, ON || Horseshoe Tavern
Apr 12 || Boston, MA || Middle East Downstairs
Apr 13 || Brooklyn, NY || Music Hall of Williamsburg
Apr 14 || Philadelphia, PA || Union Transfer
Apr 15 || New York, NY || Bowery Ballroom
Over the last couple of days, we have revealed a couple of tracks off a new remix EP from Carpark Record’s artist Bevan Smith aka Introverted Dancefloor featuring reworkings from his self-titled debut under that moniker release earlier this year (purchase here). Bevin previously recorded solo under the names Signer and Aspen along with being a member of The Ruby Suns (Sub Pop, Lil’ Chief Records, Memphis Industries). In addition to contributions from Simon Flower and Boycrush (found here and here), James Duncan, Instant Fantasy, and Will Slugger round out the all-New Zealand affair giving new life and differing perspectives to the tracks “Happiness is Such a Mess”, “Giving Up On Summer”, and “Tiger Bones”. You can now stream the surprisingly cohesive set in its entirety below, wind down your work week, and transition into the weekend.
Charlie Hilton, lead singer of Portland’s Blouse, is heading out on her own with Palana, her debut solo LP out on January 22nd via Captured Tracks. The album, titled after her Sanskrit name, was produced by Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Jacob Portrait (and one track by Woods’ Jarvis Taveniere) and features Mac DeMarco doing backing instrumentation and vocals. Hilton says of release, “The music on this record is diverse, but so is the inside of a person. I feel like I’m many people.” With the announcement, we have been given lead single “Pony” featuring synth-accentuated retro-instrumentation and softly-delivery strutting in the vocals letting everyone know Hilton is “not your pony.” Listen below.
Your Friend, the musical outlet of Taryn Miller, turned a lot of heads with the release of her self-recorded debut EP Jekyll/Hyde last year. Today, she has announced her debut full-length and follow-up titled Gumption slated to hit shelves on January 29th via Domino Records. Recorded in Brooklyn with producer Nicolas Vernhes, the album takes her natural sound to “marry it with a more sonically meditative landscape.” This can be heard in the slow-burning, haunting first reveal “Heathering”. The track is a raw, but elegant in its delivery and ideal for gray, cold-weather months. Listen below.
Low-key in aesthetic and sound, Boston four-piece Quilt have quietly become one of the best, most consistent bands going today. So you can imagine we are pretty stoked with the announcement of new album and third in total, Plaza, due out on February 26th via Mexican Summer. “Eliot St.” is the first song from it mixing fully-realized retro soundscapes you have come to expect from them with a very much a distinct British feel. We have probably listened to it a half-dozen times since getting it and will probably continue to rack up more plays. You can currently catch them live during some upcoming dates with Widowspeak.
11-7 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Crepe Place (w/ Widowspeak)
11-8 San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel (w/ Widowspeak)
11-9 Santa Ana, CA @ The Constellation Room (w/ Widowspeak)
11-10 San Diego, CA @ The Hideout (w/ Widowspeak)
11-11 Los Angeles , CA @ Bootleg Bar (w/ Widowspeak)
11-13 Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar (w/ Widowspeak)
11-14 Vancouver, BC, Canada @ The Fox Cabaret (w/ Widowspeak)
11-15 Seattle, WA @ The Sunset (w/ Widowspeak)
3-12 Marfa, TX @ Marfa Myths (w/ Parquet Courts, No Age, Emitt Rhodes, Quilt & Sheer Mag)