Durand Jones & The Indications // March Tour & Full Album Stream

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The death of Sharon Jones left a gaping hole in the retro-soul/funk scene, but I’m hoping Durand Jones & The Indications might be one of the acts to step up and help fill it.

Durand Jones was raised in Hillaryville, Louisiana, where he sang traditional gospel in the choir at the local Baptist church, studied classical music, and played saxophone in his high school jazz band. He came to Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and met his now bandmates Aaron Frazer (drums, vocals), Blake Rhein (guitars), Kyle Houpt (bass), and Justin Hubler who were then members of the promising project, Charlie Patton’s War.

Intrigued by Jones, Rhein convinced him to front Charlie Patton’s War for a basement show. It was a grand success and Durand Jones & The Indications were born.

The band’s self-titled debut was released mid-last year, and it spans the gauntlet of Southern soul and Delta blues. You can expect grit and grooves, heartache and disappointment, funky and hard driving, and raw vocals that showcase range and emotion.

The band is touring throughout March, with dates in Chicago, Daytrotter Downs Festival, Bloomington and SXSW, so if you’re nearby, you should make seeing them a priority.

Durand Jones & The Indications full album stream:

1. Make A Change (0:00)
2. Smile (3:29)
3. Can’t Keep My Cool (7:18)
4. Groovy Babe (11:37)
5. Giving Up (14:50)
6. Is It Any Wonder? (19:58)
7. Now I’m Gone (24:35)
8. Tuck ‘n’ Roll (30:13)

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Coins releases Beastie Boys x Daft Punk mash-up album, Daft Science

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This past week, it started to creep in. I maintain a pretty positive outlook. I’m really #blessed in this life, and I know, appreciate it, and work hard to maintain it. But, the post-election reality has been setting in – the disappointment, the anxiety, the confusion about who we are as a people. And then Sharon Jones died. Ugh..seriously? Last night, I went and watched The Edge of Seventeen, and there is a scene where puberty-laden Hailee Steinfeld looks up to the heavens and asks, “Are you even up there?!” It’s been that kind of year.

Enter Coins to save, at least, the day. The Canadian producer has been releasing Daft Punk/Beastie Boys mashup tracks since 2014, but he’s now assembled eight fantastic mashups into a new album called Daft Science. Coins combines classics like ‘Ch-Check It Out’ with ‘Around The World’ and ‘Root Down’ over ‘Robot Rock’, and they are all sure to help you end this week on a high note!

Premiere: Stream the Making a Fool of Myself Mini-Album from Rubber Band Gun

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“A crude awakening. A hard hitting, six A.M, smack down with that dang alarm clock, kind of morning. Eggs, bacon, the whole tomato for your inner ear. Follow our favorite weatherman, Horace A. Hobart, through his final day at “Channel 17 Local News” where if we listen closely, we can hear the soft, gentle snap of mental stability. Can a vandalized picture cause a train wreck? Can a man earn respect through malice? All this, and more, brought to you by the force of local access television, through the lens of Rubber Band Gun.”

The above quote lays out the concept around the new mini-album (or EP, if you like), Making a Fool of Myself, from Queens, NY musician/songwriter Kevin Basko, who records under the name Rubber Band Gun. Fresh off of playing guitar for Foxygen during their possible final tour for the last year and a half, the release continues the conceptualized, abstract manner Basko approaches creating and follows last year’s brilliantly underrated 21-song sci-fi opera Horror Sounds in Stereo. Below you can hear the collection weaving retro-fitted sonics into a compelling story that feels much longer than five-songs upon listening. It will be available this Friday via Winspear Records on a limited-edition tape release and digitally here.

MOKB Album Premiere : MiWi La Lupa : New Way Home

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Buffalo native and current New York City resident MiWi La Lupa will be releasing, next Tuesday, his debut album, New Way Home, via the fine folks at Team Love Records. After his move to NYC in 2005, he found himself performing alongside a diverse array of talents such as Les McCann, David Byrne, Bill Frisell, Femi Kuti, Charlie Hunter, and El-P. This diversity and his blue-collar roots help shape what was to become New Way Home.

Spanning just eight songs, La Lupa was able to explore and examine the emotions of frustration, grief, and forgiveness we all experience over the course of our lives. Talented friends Joanna Warren, Conor Elmes, Curtis Fowlkes, Rob Jost, Mara Kaye, Natalie John, Timothy Allen, Bill Frisell, and Conor Oberst. The result is a satisfying listen that offers several seamless twists and turns from one genre to the next covering blues, country, folk, and rock.

Give it a spin below a week in advance and, if you like what you hear, purchase the album here. La Lupa will immediately will be heading out on the road in support of the release starting next week, so be sure to check out the first string of dates below.

Tour Dates:
01.21.14 – Manhattan, NY @ Bowery Electric (Album Release Party With Last Good Tooth)
01.25.14 – Buffalo NY @ DBGB
01.26.14 – Buffalo NY @ Milkies
01.28.14 – Detroit, MI @ Lager House
01.29.14 – Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness
01.30.14 – Rock Island, IL @ Daytrotter
01.31.14 – Omaha, NE @ O’Leaver’s Bar

Album Stream : Eli Mardock : Everything Happens for the First Time

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Coming on the heels of two EP’s (2013’s Hamburg and 2012’s NE Sorrow is Born), former Eagle Seagull frontman Eli Mardock will be releasing his full-length debut, Everything Happens for the First Time, today via Paper Garden Records. The album takes its title from a poem by 20th Century Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges and finds Mardock exploring the darker hues of life, as he explains, “I think the things that are good in us and the things that are dark are what makes us whole. Creating music that is always uplifting is boring in the same way that creating music that is always dark is boring. Life isn’t like that, it is more complicated.”

It is fitting that most of the songs on the LP began when Eagle Seagull were having major label issues. Unlike the previous two solo EPs of Mardock, this album is a Eagle Seagull reunion of sorts with former Eagle Seagull drummer Andrew Tyler and former Eagle Seagull keyboardist/violinist (as well as Mardock’s wife) Carrie Butler being enlisted to assist. From a career perspective, Mardock seems to have come full-circle right down to returning to the label he started off from and in many ways he helped build. Find a stream of Everything Happens for the First Time below and order it on the various formats here.

Album Stream : Kanye West : Yeezus

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Love him or hate him, you can’t deny the talent that is Kanye West. While his lyrics are sometimes suspect, the production is always on point. After non-traditional methods of marketing his latest collection of material, Yeezus, it has finally leaked in all of its glory. If the name of the album did not give it away, humble is not a word to describe the content on this one as he is doing his best to lay claim to being one of the greatest. After a couple of listens, the hype just might fall in line with the quality, although it peaks in the middle songs of the LP. Yeezus offiically comes out June 18th via Def Jam. Head over to FistintheAir.com to see if the hype was worth the wait. Please note, they are receiving massive traffic, so it does not load at first, just refresh the page.

Album : Case Studies : This Is Another Life

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Case Studies, a project-minded coterie conceived by Seattle’s Jesse Lortz, releases This Is Another Life, sophomore LP steeped in the style of raw, confessional songs we’ve come to expect from this alt-folk singer-songwriter. Laden with didactic, piano-based balladry in the vein of such luminaries as Leonard Cohen and Harry Nilsson, Lortz has lightened up a bit this time around, allowing a sliver of hope to shimmer through as opposed to his eminently dark 2011 LP The World Is Just A Shape To Fill The Night. Though still deeply immersed in tales of heartbreak, longing, loss and regret, This Is Another Life also allows for a wry sense of sentimentality, a playful tickling of the ivories and a tortured soul who dares to come up for a breath now and then; not so far gone as to seek a bit of comfort. This Is Another Life is both produced and engineered by Greg Ashley of Gris Gris who also pitches in on percussion, organ, vocals and guitar. Lortz is also helped out by Jon Parker, Oscar Michel, Joe Haener, Carey Lamprecht, Shawn Alplay and Marissa Nadler as a guest vocalist. The album drops June 11th on Sacred Bones. You can find a stream of it in its entirety below.

-Post by Miss Dolly Mod