The Shacks Share Visual for “Follow Me”

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We couldn’t be more excited to see the profile of The Shacks, the Queens duo of Shannon Wise and Max Shrager, grow exponentially after their appearance in a iPhone commercial last fall with their version of the Dave Berry single “The Strange Effect” written by Ray Davies of The Kinks off their underrated debut EP from 2016. On March 30th, they will release their debut long-play, Haze, via Big Crown Records produced by label co-founder Leon Michels. “Follow Me” is the excellent lead single and we now have a visual accompaniment directed by Catherine Orchard. Pre-order the LP here.

Premiere: Get a Taste of Heaven Honey with New Single “Been Anybody”

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Photo by: Jamie Alexander
Artwork by: CJ Lamborn

After the dissolution of the extremely promising Her Again, Bloomington, IN singer-songwriter Jordan Gomes-Kuehner is ready to set out on her own under the moniker Heaven Honey. The talented multi-instrumentalist is very much a chameleon musically presenting a sonic aesthetic falls somewhere in the middle of PJ Harvey or Angel Olsen blended with a little bit of haziness of Ariel Pink.

While not her only output to date, “Been Anybody” represents her first formal single to be released this Friday, February 16th, via new label 1212 Records and serves as the first track from her debut EP due out sometime later this spring. On the song, Gomes-Kuehner’s voice flutters over worn in guitar work manifesting into a brooding soundscape displaying an underlying strength in vulnerability. As her evolution as an artist continues, we only expect her to get better and better. Listen below.

Today’s MOKB on SIRIUS XMU Blog Radio Playlist : 2/13/18

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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.

The Decemberists – Severed
The Weeknd ft. Kendrick Lamar – Pray For Me
Czarface & MF Doom – Nautical Depth
William Onyeabor vs. Hot Chip – Atomic Bomb
POLIÇA & s t a r g a z e – Agree
Blackstar ft. Common – Respiration
Ought – Desire
FIDLAR – Frances Farmer will have her revenge on Seattle (Nirvana cover)
Say Sue Me – Old Town
King Tuff – Psycho Star
2 Chainz ft. YG & Offset – Proud
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Black Tongue (4-track demo)
Aimee Mann – Drive (The Cars cover)
Car Seat Headrest – My Boy (Twin Fantasy)
Franz Ferdinand – Shut Up & Kiss Me (Angel Olsen cover on SIRIUS XMU Sessions)
Van William – Before I Found You
Itasca – Morning Flower
Burnt Ones – Gonna Listen To T.Rex (All Night Long)
Beach Fossils – Agony (Yung Lean cover)
Danny L Harle ft. Clairo – Blue Angel
Hot Chip – Thieves In The Night
Blackstar – Re:definition
Bat Fangs – Rock The Reaper
Frankie Cosmos – Being Alive
Screaming Females – No More I Love You’s (Annie Lennox cover)
Animal Collective – Bleak Midwinter (James Taylor cover)
Frightened Rabbit – No Real Life
EELS – The Deconstruction

Photo Recap: Jens Lekman and Peter Oren at The Bishop

Word by Seth Johnson
Photos by Doug Fellegy

As giant snowflakes fell outside of the Bishop in Bloomington on Feb. 5, a sold-out, Monday night crowd was treated to phenomenal sets by two outstanding songwriters—one more established and the other on the rise.

A Columbus, Indiana native, Peter Oren kicked off the night with his bellowing, Bill Callahan-esque voice. Managed by the fine folks of Winspear, Oren recently released an excellent album on Western Vinyl titled Anthropocene. Much like Jens Lekman, Oren had a way with telling stories in between songs, giving the audience an intimate glimpse into the small-town Indiana contexts that inspire his songs. From the set, “Falling Water” and “Throw Down” were two Anthropocene selections that particularly grabbed my ears.

After hearing so much about Jens Lekman’s brilliant live performances, I was quite excited to experience one for myself for the first time. As expected, the Swedish songwriter did not disappoint, pulling me in immediately with his irresistible storytelling. Although playing solo, Lekman demanded attention from the audience from the first strum on his guitar, weaving humor in and out of his genuinely stunning set.

To kick things off, Lekman opened with a cover of The Lovin’ Spoonful’s classic “Do You Believe in Magic?” This was followed by “Hotwire the Ferris Wheel,” which gave the audience a first taste of Lekman’s charm simply as a human being. This led into several more songs from Lekman’s 2017 album, Life Will See You Now. After starting off the set with just an acoustic guitar, Lekman unveiled his accompanying backing track setup for “To Know Your Mission,” showing that he could be DJ Jens while also being Songwriter Jens and Storyteller Jens.

For the remainder of his set, Lekman touched on tracks from throughout his catalog, including many selections from much-loved 2007 release Night Falls Over Kortedala. Time and time again, he interacted with the audience in an endearing way, making the show feel more like a private party than a concert. Fittingly enough, his birthday was at midnight following his performance, making for an even grander occasion.

After closing out his first set with Kortedala track “The Opposite of Hallelujah,” Lekman returned to the stage for a four-song encore. This started out with “Maples Leaves” and “I Want a Pair of Cowboy Boots,” before leading into the crowd-selected “The Cold Swedish Winter.” Lekman then closed out the night with the classic “A Postcard to Nina,” before retreating back to his merch booth. There, I met him and wished him happy birthday just after midnight. The guy truly is a gem of a person.


Jens Lekman


Peter Oren

Today’s MOKB on SIRIUS XMU Blog Radio Playlist : 2/6/18

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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.

Lucius – Neighbors
Cat Power – Wonderwall (Oasis cover / Peel Session)
Rhye – Feel Your Weight
MorMor – Heaven’s Only Wishful
Jay Som – O.K., Meet Me Underwater
Dryspell – Can’t Wait
Very Yes – Collide
Kevin Krauter – Pretty Boy
Aly & AJ – Promises
Dream Wife – Hey Heartbreaker
Let’s Eat Grandma – Hot Pink
Grace Vonderkuhn – Cellophane
Pinky Pinky – Robber
Ruru – Lil Lonely
Rae Morris – Do It
Rejjie Snow – Rainbows
Slow Pulp – Preoccupied
Pascale Project – Dancing On The Highway
The Skull Eclipse – Pillars
Ultimate Painting – No Gonna Burn Myself Anymore
Luke Reed – I’m Dreaming
Cut Worms – Till Tomorrow Goes Away
Soccer Mommy – Cool
Girlpool – Picturesong
Rose Droll – You Have A Way
Launder – Fade
Benjamin Schoos & Dent May – All Night Every Night
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – American Guilt
SiR – D’Evils

Stream Pinky Pinky’s New Song “Robber”

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There is something about warmer weather that always makes us gravitate dirty, garage rock, especially when it comes with strut like LA trio Pinky Pinky. Bursting on the scene last year with two of its members still in high school, they unloaded their all killer, no filler debut self-titled EP and now are working their way towards the release of a follow-up EP, Hot Tears, slated for release on Valentine’s Day through Innovative Leisure. While the title track for the release showed off their ability to turn the volume down, “Robber” lulls the listener in, only to cut their throats before song’s end. It is a rowdy track ripe to played on a day of cutting loose and not giving a fuck. Pre-order the EP here.

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Discover The Hidden Shelf and New EP Cut It Short a Year Ago

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The reason behind the name is because I have yet to share my work so far with most of my close friends. I don’t care if they manage to find them at one point, but when they do, I hope for the experience to feel like they’ve found, at the least, an okay book or an artwork or what have you from a “hidden shelf” in a corner. – Minji Kong

Not everything with social media is bad. This past weekend, we happened to be directed to Philadelphia project The Hidden Shelf, the moniker of singer/songwriter Minji Kong, through Tyler Andre. To say we instantly connected would be an understatement, as we haven’t stopped spinning it since. The three tracks that comprise Cut It Short a Year Ago could easily stand on their own individual merit, but collectively showcase an artist slowly coming to her own identity on top of an already robust catalog of music that spans only to the middle of last year. The songs are subtle in delivery, but nuanced in their construction as small notes of sound are precisely woven together creating a bubble of emotion and introspection. It goes without saying, we can’t wait to hear more.

Stream New Single “Canyons” from New York City’s Barrie

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We immediately fell hard for NYC-based quintet Barrie last year with some loose tracks they had circulating on Soundcloud. The very-hard-to-google collective takes their namesake from lead songwriter Barrie Lindsay with their lineup rounded out by Dom, Noah, Sabine, and Spurge who hail from a variety of spots in Baltimore, Boston, São Paulo, London, and Upstate New York. “Canyons” is their first formal introduction to the world and instantly will capture fans who prefer their pop laced with smoky undertones combined breezy, nostalgic vibes. For those going to SXSW this year, be sure to add them to your itinerary of can’t miss bands to check out. Expect to hear more from them in 2018 through Indiana homies at Winspear. In the meantime, give the track a spin through your preferred method of streaming below.

Live Dates:
2/08 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right w/ NADINE & Lexie
3/13 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/14 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/15 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/16 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/20 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop