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.

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Album Stream : Houndmouth : From The Hills Below The City

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In what seems like has been forever in the making, Kentuckiana recession rockers Houndmouth will be releasing their full-length debut, From The Hills Below The City, next week via Rough Trade. We have already heard the cut “On The Road” (see video below), now listen to the album in its entirety a week in advance over at the Team Coco site. If you were in the middle on the band, the release should more than confirm they are more than worthy of all of the accolades and attention.

In support of the album, the band will be embarking on an extensive tour this summer, including dates at Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits Festivals. MOKB Presents will be bringing the band to Indianapolis in support of Dr. Dog on August 1st at the Rathskeller in Indianapolis. Full show details and ticket information can be found here.

Tour Dates:
6/06 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bardot [free w/ RSVP]
6/13-14 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
6/18 – Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion *
6/19 – Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theater *
6/20 – Toronto, ON @ Echo Beach *
6/21 – Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt
6/22 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl #
6/23 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theater *
6/24 – New York, NY @ Hill Country Live (Private WFUV Members Concert)
6/25 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott
6/26 – Burlington, VT @ Signal Kitchen
6/27 – Montreal, QB @ Divan Orange
6/28 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
6/29 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
7/05-06 – Quincy, CA @ High Sierra Music Festival
7/12 – Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
7/26-28 – Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival
8/01 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Rathskeller &
8/2-4 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
8/11 – San Francisco @ Outside Lands Festival
10/4 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival

* w/ Alabama Shakes and Jonny Fritz
# w/ White Denim
& w/ Dr. Dog

Free Digital Album : The Rosebuds : LOVE DELUXE (The Rosebuds perform Sade)

The Rosebuds released a free digital album featuring covers of Sade’s Love Deluxe. The release of covers coincides with the 20th anniversary of what was Sade’s fourth studio album released in 1992. From the band:

Love Deluxe, Sade’s fourth album, was released 20 years ago this week. To say this album is a constant influence to The Rosebuds and the records we’ve made over the years would be an understatement. We’ve always been fans. Ivan’s been covering Sade songs since I’ve known him–he sings them in the house, he sings them while driving, he sings them with or without a guitar in hand, he sings them when he doesn’t even realize he’s singing aloud. It’s the language he hears music in. Ivan spent some time on the North Carolina coast where he set up a small apartment–a surf camp and home studio. He’d gone to the beach to enjoy the off-season isolation, to surf, and to work on some new Rosebuds demos we have. I was delighted when he came back to Brooklyn and presented me with his own fully-tracked version of Love Deluxe. It’s only elements are the instruments Ivan drove down with, and the friends who stopped by to contribute–Rob Lackey, drums; Matt Douglas, Saxophone; Jonathan Yu, keyboards. We set about mixing it right away.

Upon first listen to Ivan’s version of Love Deluxe, I was struck by how organic it is. Where many of the electronic elements of the original had been beautiful to me, to listen to this new live-instrument sound Ivan had quick-captured is to listen directly to his evolving relationship with the music. It’s a documentation of a living connection. Please download and share this tribute recording of a record that means so much to us.

You can find the stream and download from their Bandcamp below.

Album Stream : Sufjan Stevens : Silver & Gold: Songs For Christmas

Silver & Gold: Songs For Christmas, Sufjan Steven’s latest Christmas themed EP box set was released today via Asthmatic Kitty. The set is a limited edition of 2000 that includes Christmas stickers, Temporary tattoos, a paper ornament, 40-page Christmas songbook with vocal and piano reductions, a Christmas coloring book, hullucinogenic photographs and psychedelic graphics designed by Stevens, and extensive liner notes. Over the last several weeks, Stevens has put out a couple of bizarre and funny videos, along with a more sentimental clip to promote the release. Today, we get the full stream of the collection from his bandcamp to put you in the holiday spirit. You can find it belew along with the visuals.

Just a reminder, MOKB presents The Surfjohn Stevens Christmas Sing-A-Long Seasonal Affective Disorder Yuletide Disaster Pageant On Ice at Deluxe at Old National Centre in Indianapolis on December 14th is sold out, just in case some of you were still planning on grabbing some tickets. So you don’t miss out on other great shows, be sure to check out the upcoming list of shows here.

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