New EP : The Babies : Cry Along with the Babies

There’s lo-fi, and then there’s lo-lo-fi. The Babies are bottom-of-the-well-fi, combined with buried-in-the-grass-tech. In other words, their Cry Along with the Babies EP sounds rather like the experiments my ex and I did in our attic, in the ‘90s – you could hear some great song ideas; and it felt real, and sincere. Occasionally we hit sonic pay dirt, but we were unpredictable; inconsistent.  On the other hand, we didn’t finish the first track on our demo with a major-to-minor guitar stroke (one of the Beatles’ early signatures).  I don’t know if we left our listeners wanting more.

Cassie Ramone and Kevin Morby, a/k/a The Babies, leave me wanting more. So after the track that ends with the major-to-minor guitar strum (“Big Mercedes”), I let “Trouble” rip. There’s no change in either fidelity or technical ability. Still, I find myself kinda lovin’ it. If you’re into Daniel Johnston, the Beatles’ early demos, the Modern Lovers, and (especially) the Shaggs, you might just find yourself kinda lovin’ the Babies too. Oh, and their sound is more consistent than that of my ex and me, which is probably at least part of why we’re now ex’s.

Cry Along with the Babies will be available digitally January 10th and physically January 24th through New Images. You can order the album here.

The Babies – Trouble

-Post by Mary Leary

Yuck cover “Natsu Nandesu” by Happy End + release 6 B-Sides on Deluxe Edition

Yuck have released a stream their cover of Happy End’s “Natsu Nandesu” – one of bassist Mariko Doi’s favorite bands. This track has been included on the Japanese-only edition of their debut LP, released last month through Pachinko Records. This cover is also the first time Mariko Doi sings lead vocals for the band.

Natsu Nandesu

The band has also released their deluxe 2-disc edition of Yuck, which included six b-sides, through Fat Possum. Hear “Soothe Me” below…

Soothe Me

YUCK on Tour:
11/12 – LEEDS, Constellations Festival
11/13 – BIRMINGHAM, HMV Institute*
11/14 – NOTTINGHAM, Rescue Rooms* (sold out)
11/15 – MANCHESTER, Academy 3*^ (sold out)
11/16 – SHEFFIELD, Leadmill*^
11/18 – NEWCASTLE, Academy 2*^
11/19 – EDINBURGH, Cabaret Voltaire*^ (sold out)
11/20 – GLASGOW, King Tuts*^ (sold out)
11/21 – PRESTON, 53Degrees*^
11/22 – PORTSMOUTH, Wedgewood Rooms*^
11/23 – NORWICH, Waterfront*^
11/24 – LONDON, Electric Ballroom*~ (sold out)
11/26 – DUBLIN, The Button Factory
11/27 – BELFAST, Speakeasy Bar
1/19 – 1/23 – MIAMI, FL – THE WEEZER CRUISE
1/28 – RISBANE, Australia Laneway Festival
1/30 – AUCKLAND, New Zealand Laneway Festival
2/04 – MELBOURNE, Australia Laneway Festival
2/05 – SYDNEY, Australia Laneway Festival
2/10 – ADELAIDE, Australia Laneway Festival
2/11 – PERTH, Australia Laneway Festival
2/12 – SINGAPORE, Laneway Festival

* with Fanzine
^ with Gross Magic
~ with Old Forest

Cheyenne Marie Mize to release “We Don’t Need” through Yep Roc & Roaring Colonel

Recently, you probably remember us announcing We Don’t Need, the new EP from Louisville’s own Cheyenne Marie Mize coming out on our Roaring Colonel (MOKB) label. You ALSO hopefully remember that she is amazing and that back in 2009 she teamed up with Will Oldham/Bonnie Prince Billy for their EP Among the Gold. Well, now there’s more news on the Cheyenne front. We’ve now teamed up with Yep Roc Records on this project and they’ll be releasing the digital EP on January 24th. The 10″ vinyl version will be out on the same date, still on Roaring Colonel. Check out “Wishing Well” from We Don’t Need

MP3 : Cheyenne Marie Mize – Wishing Well

Julianna Barwick : The Matrimony Remixes

On her Asthmatic Kitty debut, The Magic Place, Julianna Barwick took church choir music to a new level. Her enchantingly angelic voice — looped, layered and quivering in reverb — soared throughout the record like beautiful poetry.

Barwick’s latest EP (via Asthmatic Kitty), The Matrimony Remixes, features tracks “Vow” and “Prizewinning” from The Magical Place, and new versions that have undergone some major tinkering in the hands of folks like Diplo, Prince Rama and Helado Negro.

Post by Michelle Geslani

OUT TODAY : Dreamers Of The Ghetto : “Enemy/Lover” LP + “Tether”/”Heavy Love” 7″

Central Indiana has been coming on strong in 2011. Dreamers Of The Ghetto release their debut album, Enemy/Lover today via Temporary Residence Ltd Records. You know we’ve been talking about them forevs, but others having been getting in the act as well:

You can stream the new album in it’s entirety at Spinner.com this week. Consequence of Sound debut the latest single, “State Of A Dream“, and NPR named the band one of their World Café Next 20.

DotG have a sound that was recently described as both timeless and nostalgic. They artfully blend the past and now. What is most refreshing is that frontman, Luke Jones, is actually a really great singer. RIYL: The xx, early U2, Depeche Mode

Today, you can purchase the Enemy/Lover LP from TR Ltd Records or the new 7″ vinyl release of “Tether” / “Heavy Love” right here from MOKB’s own Roaring Colonel Records.

TONIGHT AT LUNA MUSIC MIDTOWN: Come out before (7pm) the Foster The People / Cults show at The Vogue and catch an in-store performance by Dreamers Of The Ghetto. Pick up the new LP and 7″ while you’re there!

MP3 : Dreamers Of The Ghetto – State Of A Dream
MP3 : Dreamers Of The Ghetto – Tether (extended version)

Tether” / “Heavy Love” 7″:

BUY IT!

Buying Locations

Dreamers Of The Ghetto Tour Dates:
10/04 – Indianapolis, IN – Luna (in-store performance)

10/07 – Nashville, TN – Grimey’s (in-store performance)
10/08 – Louisville, KY – Ear-X-Tacy
(in-store performance)
10/13 – Chicago, IL – Transistor
(in-store performance)
10/22 – Russian Recording
- Bloomington, IN
10/25 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie

10/26 – Boston, MA – T.T. the Bears

10/27 – Montreal, QC – Belmont

10/28 – Toronto, ON – Drake Hotel

10/29 – Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen

11/03 – Muncie, IN – Be Here Now

Upcoming: Blakroc 2

While the Black Keys were on hiatus a few years back, and Dan Auerbach was pursuing his solo project, drummer Patrick Carney was touring with the Ohio band Drummer. MOKB Presents hosted that band at Radio Radio. Carney walked in and told us he had something fresh to play during the warm-ups and intermissions. When Ludacris + Ol’ Dirty Bastard + The Black Keys kicked off the opening of the doors that evening, we all stood shell-shoc’ed. That night, I got Blackroc’d.

Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney recently recorded the the next Black Keys record, this time entirely produced by Danger Mouse (“Tighten Up” from Brothers was produced by the Mouse last album.). As soon as they wrapped, they headed back in to record Blakroc 2. This second go-round features Talib Kweli, U-God, Jay Electronica, OC, Curren$y, Wiz Khalifa, Jim Jones, Sean Price & The Cool Kids.

New Video : Ghostpoet : Liiines

Not the first time we’ve covered Ghostpoet in this space, but the first mention since his undeniably great Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. Liiines is the record’s third single, and the official release (which you can get in your hot little hands come September 5th) includes remixes from Manchester producer xxxy and Berlin-based Lando Kal, or as you might know him. one-half of Lazer Sword.

Premiere : Blind Pilot : We Are The Tide : Album Preview Video + MOKB Presents

After relentlessly touring in support of their critically lauded album 2008s 3 rounds and a Sound, Portland band Blind Pilot are gearing to release their sophomore album We Are The Tide, via Expunged Records on September 13th. You can expect the same earnest, heartfelt lyrics that made the first album such a great listen. They provided us with a video preview of the album below. Be sure to add this to your shopping list for the already loaded list of artists set to release their album on September 13th.


filmed and directed by Ben Moon

After you purchase their album, be sure to check out Blind Pilot live, as MOKB Presents are happy to be bringing the band back to Indianapolis on November 12th at The Earth House. The band brought a great live show to Radio Radio last year, so much so we had to upgrade the size of the venue this go around. Tickets are $13 advance/$15 day of show, but I would not be surprised to see this one sell-out, so better to be safe than sorry and get your tickets today. Also, be sure to get your Facebook RSVP on.