S.M. Wolf // Bad Ocean

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Indianapolis-based psych/power-pop band S.M. Wolf have recently released their sophomore album Bad Ocean through PIAPTK Records. The band, led by elementary school teacher Adam Gross, has been impressing midwest audiences since 2015 and create an updated sound comparable to many mid-to-late-90s alt-rockers, like Weezer, Ozma, and Nada Surf. You can check the album’s lead single, “The Station” below, and stream all of Bad Ocean on Spotify.

Today’s MOKB on SIRIUS XMU Blog Radio Playlist : 6/5/18

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Tonight at 10pm ET / 7pm PT, My Old Kentucky Blog on SIRIUS XMU’s Blog Radio! Here’s the playlist!

Jenn Champion – Time To Regulate
Lily Allen – Lost My Mind
Two People – I’m Tied, To You
Charli XCX – 5 In The Morning
Pusha T – Story Of Adidon
Gorillaz – Humility
Jerry Paper – Your Cocoon
Okzharp & Manthe Ribane – Kubona
Lykke Li – Sex Money Feelings Die
Haiku Hands – Not About You
Buzzy Lee – Walk Away
Pamcy ft. Olympia – No Way
Sam Evian – You, Forever
Odetta Hartman – Misery
Surf Rock Is Dead – Fitting The Mold
Barrie – Tal Uno
Chromatics – Black Walls
TV Girl – Drift Down
Kedr Livanskiy – There Was A Time
Alpha Maid – So Pretend
Family Reunion – Zoned Out
Blushh – Do I Look Tired
Jim James – Throwback
SALES – White Jeans
Meernaa – Good Luck
Sorry – Showgirl
Kevin Krauter – Suddenly
Illuminati Hotties – Cuff

Jim James (of My Morning Jacket) // Throwback

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My Morning Jacket’s Jim James will release his latest solo album “Uniform Distortion” on June 29th. Yesterday, James released the second single from the album, “Throwback“. It follows “Just A Fool“. “Throwback” is a track that MMJ has actually been playing, as a band, here and there for a couple years, so it is interesting to see it released as a solo work. In an Instagram post, James wrote:

i wrote this song doing pretty much what you are probably doing right at this very second: scrolling thru social media. it struck me as SO wild- how, as you scroll back in time thru someone’s account you watch their face grow younger…but as you do this REAL TIME IS RUNNING OUT!!!! the clock is ticking…instead of doing good work or creating love or taking a walk in nature i am here STARING AT MY FUCKING PHONE!!!! ha ha ha. don’t get me wrong- social media is an amazing tool…but i think we should look at it more like a tool, like a hammer you pick up for a little while to do a job, and then you PUT IT DOWN. you don’t sit there and keep hammering away or else pretty soon your entire world would be destroyed and fall apart! and i feel like that is exactly what is happening right before our very eyes to this precious real beautiful human-filled earth. so lets WAKE EACH OTHER UP PEOPLE! lets stand up against injustice and use this tool of social media to fight for peace and love and equality! let’s throwback for a minute but try and live in the NOW for a better future.

“Just A Fool”

Today’s MOKB on SIRIUS XMU Blog Radio Playlist : 5/22/18

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Tonight at 10pm ET / 7pm PT, My Old Kentucky Blog on SIRIUS XMU’s Blog Radio! Here’s the playlist!

Lord Huron ft. Phoebe Bridgers – The Night We Met
Disclosure ft. Fatoumata Diawara – Ultimatum
Killer Mike & 2 Chainz – White Powder/Black Power
Prefuse 73 – The World Is Bigger
Devendra Banhart – Shown and Told (Joan of Arc cover)
Phantogram – Saturday (Sparklehorse cover)
Weaves – Neighborhood 3 (Power Out) [Arcade Fire cover]
Mac DeMarco (Met Gala) – Fuck The Toronto Raptors
Christine and The Queens – Girlfriend
Mitski – Geyser
Uffie – Drugs
Tunng – ABOP
Nine Inch Nails – God Break Down The Door
Kero Kero Bonito – Time Today
Anderson .Paak – Bubblin
SALES – White Jeans
Andre 3000 – Me&My (To Bury Your Parents)
Trevor Powers – Playwright
Snail Mail – Let’s Find An Out
Lord Huron – Wait By The River
Collections Of Colonies Of Bees – Ruins
Phoebe Bridgers – Motion Sickness
Phantogram – Someday
T.I. ft. Rapsody – Care To Say About It
Oh Sees – Overthrown
Ryley Walker – Spoil With The Rest
Wet – Lately
LUMP – Late To The Flight

Sam Evian // You, Forever

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Sam Owens, the New York-based musician, songwriter, and producer that records music under the moniker Sam Evian will release his new album You, Forever this coming June 1st through Saddle Creek Records. We recently featured the album track “IDGAF” on our SIRIUS XMU show, and now Sam is back with two new preview tracks to keep our excitement high. I’m really loving the slacker meander of “You, Forever.” Sam says…

“A few years back, I had a prolific week of writing after I fell on some icy concrete and smacked my head on a steel grate. I’m sure I sustained some sort of concussion, which left me feeling pretty lucid. I had been thinking about Bowie a lot, and decided to try and write something with a ‘Rock and Roll Suicide’ kinda vibe. ‘You, Forever’ just tumbled out of my head, lyrics, melody and all. It was kind of stream of consciousness, which is rare for me. I shelved the song and forgot about it, but dug it out when I was preparing to make this record. It was exciting to sing the words again. They felt more potent than I remembered, but still had the charm of a nice head injury. ‘If you’re anxious, If you’re worn, if you’re keeping to yourself on the telephone’ …who isn’t?”

You, Forever

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Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood // Save Me

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It was a sweet little surprise when Mark Lanegan popped back up on the radar, last week, guesting on Neko Case’s new “Curse Of The I-5 Corridor” track. Now, the former Screaming Trees frontman gifts us with a new one featuring regular collaborator Duke Garwood. Garwood and Lanegan will release a new album, With Animals on August 24th through Heavenly Recordings.

Garwood commented on the new album’s creation…

Over the years, we’ve recorded together and apart. This time, I started this record alone, with many animals as company. It flowed, I set to work and out it came. Our music is instinct, there is not much talking about it, just creating. I think that if you are at peace with your work, and feeling it right, it flows, and can feel “easy.” Music isn’t meant to be hard. Though sometimes it can burn you to ashes. Making music for a singer, so they can inhabit it with a song means hitting the right soul buttons. There is no hit without a miss. It is a healing record, for us the makers, and for the listeners. It grows natural. We are gardeners of sonic feelings.

Matthew Sweet // New Album + Show at HiFi

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After taking six years off, Matthew Sweet has kicked it into gear. Last year, he released a 17-song double album titled Tomorrow Forever via his own Honeycomb Hideout label, and followed it with a large tour, skipping Indianpolis. He returns, this year, with a new album titled Tomorrow’s Daughter, and an extensive tour, this time including Indy and a date at our venue, the HiFi.

Sweet believes he is in the midst of a musical and career renaissance…

When I was young, the artists that I really admired were the ones who always found a way to keep making music and expressing themselves. To me, those guys were the real artists, and I’ve tried to hold on to that attitude in my own work. This feels like a really good time for me, and I feel lucky and grateful to still be doing what I love to do. When I meet young people and they ask for advice about a career in music, I always say, ‘Do music because it’s what you love to do, and because you’d do it no matter what happens.’I’ve tried to keep that attitude about it, because that’s always worked for me. I just try to keep doing my thing and keep believing.

MATTHEW SWEET ON TOUR
5/23: Atlanta, GA at Terminal West
5/24: Chattanooga, TN at JJ’s Bohemia
5/25: Charlotte, NC at Visulite Theatre
5/26: Winston-Salem, NC at Gears & Guitars Fest
6/13 Alexandria, VA at Birchmere
6/14: Annapolis, MD at Ram’s Head
6/15: Fairfield, CT at FTC Stage 1
6/16: Bay Shore, NY at YMCA Boulton Center
6/17: Boston, MA at Brighton Music Hall
6/19: Dewey Beach, DE at Bottle & Cork
6/20: New York, NY at Le Poisson Rouge
6/21: Philadelphia, PA at World Cafe Live
6/22: Cleveland, OH at Beachland Ballroom
6/23: Ann Arbor, MI at The Ark
6/24: Indianapolis, IN at Hi-Fi
6/27: Des Moines, IA at Wooly’s
6/28: Milwaukee, WI at Summerfest
6/29: Minneapolis, MN at Turf Club
6/30: Lincoln, NE at the Bourbon Theater
7/10: Kansas City, MO at Knuckleheads
7/11: Bloomington, IL at Castle Theatre
7/12: Evanston, IL at SPACE
7/13: Chicago, IL at Square Roots Festival
7/14: St. Louis, MO at Delmar Hall
7/15: Nashville, TN at City Winery

Trevor Powers // Playwright

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Trevor Powers sunset his Youth Lagoon project back in 2016 and, upon conclusion of his tour that year, dropped out. He has now resurfaced, ready for a fresh start, under his born name with a new song and video and the announcement of the launch of his own label, Baby Halo. Powers also shared the above note, further explaining his retirement from Youth Lagoon.

This new song, “Playwright,” is a beauty, as is the video. The song floats along with brief moments of intensity featuring Trevor’s vocals above asian-inflected orchestration and electronic sonic alterations.

The video, featuring famed synchronized swimming outfit the Aqualillies and directed by Dan Opsal, showcases the mysteriously masked, billowy figures intertwining, trapped in a deep blue underwater setting, and seems to visually articulate Powers’ views on this former project.

“I ended Youth Lagoon because it became a mental dungeon, & I was its captive,” Powers explains. “My intention was never to keep it going — only to serve as a nod to the blooming years. It’s been said the worst prisons are the ones we build for ourselves / the barriers, rules, & regulations that we choose to live by out of fear of the unknown or because we think it’s what we’re supposed to do. But I now feel freed. This project is the beginning of something new; not the continuation of something old.”