Julien Baker Announces New Album, Stream “Appointments”

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Having slowly built her profile after the release of her great debut album Sprained Ankle, Julien Baker has announced the follow-up, Turn Out the Lights, scheduled for released on October 27th via Matador Records. Recorded at Ardent Studios in her hometown of Memphis, the LP “embraces the grays and complex truths of humanity and mental health,” according to the press release. “Appointments” is the first unveiled track from the album and it is an absolute stunner without hyperbole. It is a next level track that is certain to further expand her continually growing audience.

Premiere: Stockholm’s Grapell Announce Debut LP, Stream “We Can Only Blame Ourselves”

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Over four years since their music appeared online and two EPs later, Swedish duo Emil Erstrand and Nils Nygårdh aka Grapell are readying the release of their debut long-play titled Crier on November 3rd via Roll Call Records (album artwork below). As one could possibly take from the album’s name, it draws from themes of love and heartbreak with compositions so thought out unmet deadlines and delays became a standard part of the recording process done their rehersal space and Erstrand’s house. “We Can Only Blame Ourselves” is the first single and characterized by Erstrand a “reminder to all the lovers out there” full of delicate, unabashed soul carried by rhythmic piano and covered in a coppery sheen that hits just before sundown. Simple sophistication comes to mind when describing their music and this track is no different. It sounds like song that could have been created at any point over the last 40 years making it timeless, yet refreshingly organic and nuanced in a time laptop producers get most of the attention. Listen to the song below.

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Today’s MOKB on SIRIUS XMU Blog Radio Playlist : 8/15/17

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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.

Leroi Conroy – Tiger Trot
Durand Jones & The Indications – Is It Any Wonder
Skull Snaps – It’s A New Day
Lafayette Afro Rock Band – Hihache
Beyonce – Hold Up
Janko Nilovic – Drug Song
Smallteeth – Personal Skinhead (Kanye West – Black Skinhead + Depeche Mode – Personal Jesus mashup)
Lafayette Afro Rock Band – Darkest Light
Smoove – I’m A Man
Glen Campbell – Southern Nights
MF DOOM – Beef Rapp
Kendrick Lamar – Rigamortis
Eric B. & Rakim – Eric B. Is President (Original 12″ version)
Madvillain – All Caps
Blackstar (Talib Kweli & Mos Def) – Re:Definition
Wu-Tang Clan – Gravel Pit
HEALTH – Blue Monday (New Order cover)
Ghetto Brothers – Ghetto Brothers Power
Run The Jewels – A Report To The Shareholders/Kill Your Masters
Lera Lynn – The Only Thing Worth Fighting For
The War On Drugs – Pain
Bully – Feel The Same
Lee Fields – Precious Love
Martha and the Vandellas – Nowhere To Run
Daft Punk & Pharrell – Lose Yourself To Dance
M83 – Teen Angst

Five Moments We’ll Never Forget from Pitchfork Music Festival 2017

By: Seth Johnson | Photos: Berto Campos

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A Tribe Called Quest

It’s a mild summer night in Chicago, and a beautifully diverse crowd of music fans stands attentively, clinging onto each and every syllable from A Tribe Called Quest. After sprinting through an award tour of hits, both old and new, the legendary hip-hop group is nearing the end of their time at Pitchfork Music Festival 2017. But you better believe Q-Tip is not going to let the curtain drop without one more unified chant for equality.

“Say, ‘We the people, we are equal,’” Q-Tip urges, emphatically. “Say, ‘Resist, resist.’”

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A Tribe Called Quest

The crowd complies, continuing to follow the emcee’s lead as the chant repeats several times before finally ceasing. This moment of solidarity is what ends Tribe’s performance, leaving a mark on each and every person who stuck around until the end of their headlining set.

A Tribe Called Quest’s call for equality is just one of the many memorable moments from Pitchfork Music Festival 2017. Below are some more that stood out to us, along with photos from the festival taken by Roberto Campos.

Danny Brown and Vince Staples Thump and Bump

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Vince Staples

Pitchfork’s Friday schedule offered up a dynamic pairing of hip-hop performances, with Vince Staples kicking off the thump and bump. Performing several songs from his phenomenal new album, Big Fish Theory, the Sprite King brought the heat on hard-hitting songs like “745,” “Big Fish” and “Yeah Right”. Following Staples on the same stage, a newly afro-less Danny Brown continued the strong display of icky thick beats, performing several selections from his Warp Records debut, Atrocity Exhibition.

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Angel Olsen

Ladies Reign Supreme on Saturday

Female artists wowed throughout the weekend at Pitchfork Music Festival 2017, but no day was more packed with badass ladies than Saturday. The festivities started off with Cherry Glazerr, as Clementine Creevy and company tore through songs from their 2017 Secretly Canadian release, Apocalipstick. Mitski followed with a stellar set of her own, which was perfectly capped by the Puberty 2 song “My Body’s Made of Crushed Little Stars”. Next up, Angel Olsen took the audience on a genuinely emotional ride, complete with roaring highs and flooring lows, then giving way to the esteemed PJ Harvey, who did not disappoint.

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Cherry Glazerr

Nicolas Jaar Rattles Brains on Sunday

Although his set happened while the sun was still out, Nicolas Jaar gave off all kinds of Day for Night vibes on Sunday at Pitchfork, with a set that was equal parts dance-inducing and thought-provoking. One half of the duo Darkside, the Chilean-American artist proved why he is one of modern electronic music’s most compelling artists.

LCD Soundsystem Brings New Songs to Life

Just a few years ago, LCD Soundsystem lie dormant, as James Murphy pursued a myriad of other projects. Since reuniting last year, however, the influential New York band has returned to full force, electrifying crowds with classics like “All My Friends,” “Dance Yrself Clean,” “Tribulations” and more. In addition to these selections, LCD showed off their two newest songs (“Call the Police” and “American Dream”) at Pitchfork. And much to the delight of fans, both fit right in with the rest of the band’s epic set of hits.

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Cherry Glazerr

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Thurston Moore

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Today’s MOKB on SIRIUS XMU Blog Radio Playlist : 8/8/17

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.

The War On Drugs – Pain
Bully – Feel The Same
L.A. Witch – Baby in Blue Jeans
Trailer Trash Tracys – Siebenkas
White Poppy – Hypnotized
Ducktails – Map To The Stars
Faith Healer – Sterling Silver
D33J – Black Ice
Kelela – LMK
Brockhampton – Gummy
King Henry ft. Rhye – Moment
Clairo – Pretty Girl
Samantha Urbani – Hints & Implications
Estere – Pro Bono Techno Zone
Sleep ∞ Over – Don’t Wanna Hide
Lehans – Amparo
Jay Z – The Story of O.J.
Sunny & Gabe – Vacay
Vince Staples ft. Kendrick Lamar – Yeah Right
Slow Pulp – Preoccupied
Her’s – What Once Was
Yellow Days – That Easy
Misty Coast – Trash Talk Smile
High Bloom – Laundry
Alex Cameron ft. Angel Olsen – Stranger’s Kiss
Claudia Ferme – I Think I’ll Pass Today
Black Sea – Apprehension Review
Hazel English – That Thing

Listen to “Don’t Wanna Hide” from Sleep ∞ Over

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It has been a long minute since we last heard from Sleep ∞ Over, the onetime Austin, TX, now New York-based project of Stefanie Franciotti. Today, she unexpectedly dropped an absolutely gorgeous track on Soundcloud called “Don’t Wanna Hide.” With the song, she also posted the following regarding the track:

“New song but not terribly new. Me and my friend Al Carlson have been playing around recording for years now. Hopefully this is the first step toward me not being a walking, talking ball of insecurity and releasing music again.” – Stefanie Franciotti

We are crossing our fingers that this indeed does lead to more music, however we are just happy to have this new one. Listen below.

Kelela Unveils New Single “LMK”

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After what feels like a long wait, Kelela has finally revealed her proper debut LP, Take Me Apart, is coming October 6th through Warp Records. With that reveal via her Instagram, she also dropped the first single “LMK” and it does not disappoint. Everything about it feels big and should catapult her to next level status in terms of her audience. Pre-order here.

Bully Announce Sophomore LP, Stream New Song “Feel the Same”

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After capturing major attention with their fantastic 2015 debut, Nashville’s Bully have announced their follow-up titled Losing on October 20th. The album, engineered and mixed by lead-singer Alicia Bognanno in Chicago at Electrical Audio, dives into the complexities of getting older. If first single “Feel the Same” is indicative of the rest of the album, the trio still maintains unkempt screeching of their debut. Pre-order it via their new home Sub Pop or Bandcamp.

Tour Dates:
11/02/17- St Louis MO – Off Broadway
11/03/17 – Iowa City IA – The Mill
11/04/17 – Minneapolis MN – Fine Line Music Cafe
11/06/17 – Madison WI – High Noon Saloon
11/07/17 – Chicago IL – Thalia Hall
11/08/17 – Detroit MI – Marble Bar
11/09/17 – Toronto ON – Lee’s Palace
11/10/17 – Montreal QC – Bar le Ritz
11/12/17 – Boston MA – Great Scott
11/13/17 – Brooklyn NY – Music Hall of WIlliamsburg
11/14/17 – Philadelphia PA – First Unitarian Church
11/15/17 – Washington DC – U Street Music Hall
11/17/17 – Charlottesville VA – The Southern
11/18/17 – Durham NC – Motorco Music Hall
11/19/17 – Asheville NC – The Mothlight
12/06/17 – Little Rock AR – Stickyz
12/07/17 – Dallas TX – Club Dada
12/08/17 – Austin TX – Emo’s
12/09/17 – Houston TX – Walter’s
12/10/17 – New Orleans LA – Gasa Gasa
12/12/17 – Birmingham AL – Saturn
12/13/17 – Atlanta GA – Terminal West
12/14/17 – Nashville TN – Mercy Lounge
12/15/17 – Nashville TN – Mercy Lounge