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

Today’s MOKB on SIRIUS XMU Blog Radio Playlist : 1/30/18

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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.

Durand Jones & The Indication – Smile
TEES – Let Beauty Be
Echo Ladies – Nothing Ever Lasts
Hovvdy – In The Sun
Bonny Doon – I Am Here (I Am Alive)
James Blake – If The Car Besides You Moves Ahead
Leven Kali ft. Syd – Do U Wrong
Hibou – Fall Into
Ravyn Lenae – Sticky
Palm – Composite
Tei Shi – Justify
Mt. Si – 911
Pageants – Musings Of The Tide
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – American Guilt
Night Flowers – Losing The Light
Triathalon – Butter
Quiet Friend – Breathplay
Charlotte Day Wilson – Nothing New
BOYO – A Social Death by Proximity (Los Feliz)
Gwenno – Tir Ha Mor
Phoebe Bridgers – Demi Moore
Wooing – In Colour
Loma – Joy
The Orielles – Blue Suitcase (Disco Wrist)
Sniffle Party – All The Snow Is Gone
Ty Segall – Every 1s A Winner

Photo Recap: Tennis and Overcoats at The Hi-Fi

On a cold January night Tennis played to a sold-out crowd at The Hi-Fi. Although Aliana Moore had been under the weather, she and Patrick Riley performed their coastal tinted pop to a delighted audience especially excited to hear songs from the duo’s latest release, Yours Conditionally. Moore smooth vocals balanced with Riley’s glistening guitar seemed to melt the chill outside the club and filled the room with a cheerful warmth, not to mention the heat generated from the dancing that immediately broke out upon their set’s first song.

Opening for Tennis was Overcoats, an electro-pop group featuring the hypnotic vocals of Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell. Seeing them on stage is seeing two best friends in velvet jumpsuits make irresistibly danceable music in between bouts of smiling and hugging each other; it’s hard to imagine these two aren’t living their best lives. Be sure to check out their first full-length release, Young, when you have a chance.






Photos by Doug Fellegy (via Flickr)

Major Murphy Announce Debut LP, Stream New Track “No. 1”

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After honing their craft on a couple of excellent EPs, Grand Rapids trio Major Murphy have announced their debut long-play aptly named No. 1 slated to drop on March 30th via our homies at Winspear. The collection if full of lighter tendencies recalling the ’70s soft-rock heard from the back of our parent’s car, however with sensibilities aligned with current guitar-driven trends offering a familiar comfort when listening. In addition to the previously heard “Mary,” the band has offered up the title track to the release available for streaming below. The album is available for pre-order now on all formats, including a very attractive limited edition pink vinyl, here or via the band’s Bandcamp.

For those in and around the Bloomington, IN area, you catch the band along with many other talented artists as a part of their label Winspear’s review this Thursday along with several other upcoming dates. Current itinerary is below.

Tour Dates:
1/25/18 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
2/17/18 – Traverse City, MI @ The Little Fleet
3/13-3/18/18 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
4/09/18 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
4/12/18 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Grand Rapids Public Museum
4/15/18 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
4/18/18 – Montreal, QC @ La Vitrola
4/21/18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bazaar
4/28/18 – Toledo, OH @ Pau Hana

Today’s MOKB on SIRIUS XMU Blog Radio Playlist : 1/23/18

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.

Moon King – I’ve Stopped Believing
Benjamin Schoos ft. Dent May – All Night Every Night
Ron Gallo – All The Punks Are Domesticated
Preoccupations – Espionage
Ariel Pink – Feels Like Heaven
The Orielles – Blue Suitcase (Disco Wrist)
Barbagallo – L’echappee
Frenzied Milk – Summer Glaze
Rejjie Snow ft. Amine & Dana Williams – Egyptian Luvr
St. Vincent – New York (Kelly Lee Owens remix)
Look Vibrant – My Nerves
SiR – D’Evils (November)
HALO MAUD – Du Pouvoir
Kendrick Lamar – Be Humble (Llorcas Old School Joint)
LIZ – Queen Of Me
Amen Dunes – Miki Dora
Caroline Rose – Soul No. 5
Russ – Flip
Helena Deland – There Are A Thousand
Porches – Now The Water
Nap Eyes – Every Time The Feeling
Current Joys – Fear
Okay Kaya – IUD
Sitcom – Still Life
Juliana Hatfield – A Little More Love (Olivia Newton-John cover)
Dreezy & 2Chains – 2nd To None
Beth Ditto – I’m Alive
Hot Snakes – Six Wave Hold-Down

Today’s MOKB on SIRIUS XMU Blog Radio Playlist : 1/16/18

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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.

Men I Trust – Lauren
Charli XCX ft. Carly Rae Jepsen – Backseat
Aly & AJ – Promises
David Byrne – Everybody’s Coming To My House
Superorganism – Everybody Wants To Be Famous
Jay Som – Pirouette
Sonny Smith ft. Angel Olsen – Burnin Up
Frankie Cosmos – Jesse
Starcrawler – I Love LA
Kali Uchis ft. Tyler, The Creator and Bootsy Collins – After The Storm
Sunflower Bean – Crisis Fest
U.S. Girls ft. James Baley – Pearly Gates
Ourselves The Elves – Okay Okay I’m Sorry I’m Wrong
Kevin Krauter – Diamonds
Sniffle Party – All The Snow Is Gone
HDBeenDope – Double Up
Kendrick Lamar ft. SZA – All The Stars
yaeji – raingurl
Lou Rebecca – Tonight
Rhye – Taste
Yumi Zouma – A Memory
Charlotte Gainsbourg – I’m A Lie
Katie Schecter – Wet Cold Chain
Destroyer – Stay Lost
Siouxsie And The Banshees – Cities In Dust
The Shacks – Follow Me
The Radio Dept. – Your True Name
The Green Child – Her Majesty II

Premiere: Watch the Atmospheric Video for New Economy’s “Felt by Way of (An Emotionally Charged Aldous Huxley)”

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New Economy is the project of Indianapolis actuary-by-day Gena Watson. Her latest output, Birth of Ergonomics, is slated to drop on February 2nd via Warm Ratio (Hoops, Sleeping Bag, Vadaat Charigam, Kevin Krauter). “Felt by Way of (An Emotionally Charged Aldous Huxley)” acts as the first taste from the collection of meditative gems and comes in tow with an hypnotic visual directed by Jakob Bergman to compliment. The track is an emotionally cathartic experience slowly building layered instrumentation into pulsating light of sound over its 12 plus minutes in duration. No matter what we were doing at a given moment, the song seemed to pull out an added depth that wouldn’t have otherwise existed when it was playing in the backdrop and was magical when playing with snow falling outside our window. The video can be found below and pre-order for the cassette is available here.

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