Iron & Wine releases new EP // First single: What Hurts Worse

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Well, here is something new (literally and a bit sarcastically): The first single, “What Hurts Worse“, from Sam Beam (Iron & Wine)’s new EP, is a beautifully lush, full-bodied, piece of finger-picking folk-pop excellence. Surprise on the EP and no surprise at all on the single’s greatness, is all I mean. The EP is called Weed Garden, and it will be released through Subpop on 8/31, but these aren’t the leftover weeds from last year’s Beast Epic, these are songs that Beam simply didn’t have time to finish as he was putting last year’s album together.

Pre-order Weed Garden here.

Stream NAO’s New Remix EP

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East London vocalist NAO’s debut album For All We Know has been given the remix treatment. The new EP features remixes from Mura Masa, LOXE, Sam Gellaitry, SBTRKT, and Kaytranada, which you can stream below. We’ll be playing Kaytranada’s bouncy new tropical reimagining of “Get to Know Ya” on SIRIUS XMU Blog Radio tomorrow, so tune in!

Listen to “Can You Deal?” by Bleached

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Last year’s Welcome The Worms release by Los Angeles garage-punk band Bleached contained a couple of my favorite songs of the year (“Sour Candy” and “Wednesday Night Melody“), so I’m thrilled to hear they are so quickly following it up with a new EP, entitled Can You Deal?.

The EP will be accompanied by a zine with the same name. The zine will contain essays, art, and poetry from all sorts of amazing female artists and musicians, and all proceeds from the zine will go to Planned Parenthood. Full list of contributors after the jump.

Can You Deal? will be released on March 3rd through Dead Oceans, but you can pre-order it now.

Can You Deal? Tracklist:
1. Can You Deal?
2. Flipside
3. Turn to Rage
4. Dear Trouble

Bleached Tour Dates and Zine Contributors: (more…)

Premiere: Stream Machines EP from LA’s BOYO

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BOYO, the project of Robert Tilden born out of the dissolution of Bobby T. and the Slackers, dropped one of the more compelling under-the-radar gems a few months back with his debut album Control. The album pushed him to the forefront to those cultivating a new generation of pyschedelic-tinged garage and lo-fi rock in a similar vein to maybe Alex G. New EP Machines was born out of the making of the LP. According to Tilden, the three songs that comprise the release “were from earlier in those sessions and were a little scarier and needed to be together, separate from the rest.” The tracks have a subtle patina and emotional separation that differentiate them from the tracks heard on the debut, but also serve as a nice companion piece to compliment those as well. The EP in physical form for purchase here.

Discover Bloomington’s Groutfit and Her Seasonally Appropriate Facing Myself EP

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Groutfit is the moniker of Bloomington, IN”s Juliet Johnson. The name comes from the term to describe two or more gray articles of clothing to make and outfit blending together gray and outfit. The term applies very well to the dark ambient moods flushed out through a hypnotic mix of samples, beats, unrecognizable sounds. Her latest offering is the five-song Facing Myself EP. Clocking in a just under five minute, it, without a doubt, feels more like sketches, but the remarkably bewitching beauty exudes an emotional depth that many full-length albums do not come close to approaching. Not to mention, combine this release along with her previous material (find those here) and put it on loop, you have a pretty good mix of effects to blast on the speakers this upcoming Halloween.

Listen to “Electricity” by Dream Chief

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Indianapolis cousins, Luke and John Tuttle are a great, new electro-dance-pop duo that is starting to ignite the cornfields, clubs, and warehouse parties of the midwest. The cousins aim to spread love and energy to all humans through a dreamy 80’s synth-pop sound that is riddled with catchy guitar leads and layered synthesizers. Dream Chief has recently self-released their EP, Movement – a five-song effort that you can download at CD Baby.

Listen to more at Dream Chief’s Soundcloud, Spotify, or on iTunes.

Stream : Yuko Yuko : Babes EP

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One of the most exciting releases for us this year comes from Holland’s Elias Elgersma and his project Yuko Yuko. He has made a name for himself over the last few years with an expansive selection of material via his Bandcamp, but Babes is by far his best and most compelling effort to date.

With eight tracks clocking in just under 30-minutes, the EP mixes ’80s laced guitar lines and groggy off-center harmonies. Think a rawer version of Wild Nothing trapped in a room of smoky haze. The EP was just released today, but you can find the full stream of it below and purchase here.