Listen to “Don’t Wanna Hide” from Sleep ∞ Over

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It has been a long minute since we last heard from Sleep ∞ Over, the onetime Austin, TX, now New York-based project of Stefanie Franciotti. Today, she unexpectedly dropped an absolutely gorgeous track on Soundcloud called “Don’t Wanna Hide.” With the song, she also posted the following regarding the track:

“New song but not terribly new. Me and my friend Al Carlson have been playing around recording for years now. Hopefully this is the first step toward me not being a walking, talking ball of insecurity and releasing music again.” – Stefanie Franciotti

We are crossing our fingers that this indeed does lead to more music, however we are just happy to have this new one. Listen below.

Kelela Unveils New Single “LMK”

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After what feels like a long wait, Kelela has finally revealed her proper debut LP, Take Me Apart, is coming October 6th through Warp Records. With that reveal via her Instagram, she also dropped the first single “LMK” and it does not disappoint. Everything about it feels big and should catapult her to next level status in terms of her audience. Pre-order here.

Bully Announce Sophomore LP, Stream New Song “Feel the Same”

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After capturing major attention with their fantastic 2015 debut, Nashville’s Bully have announced their follow-up titled Losing on October 20th. The album, engineered and mixed by lead-singer Alicia Bognanno in Chicago at Electrical Audio, dives into the complexities of getting older. If first single “Feel the Same” is indicative of the rest of the album, the trio still maintains unkempt screeching of their debut. Pre-order it via their new home Sub Pop or Bandcamp.

Tour Dates:
11/02/17- St Louis MO – Off Broadway
11/03/17 – Iowa City IA – The Mill
11/04/17 – Minneapolis MN – Fine Line Music Cafe
11/06/17 – Madison WI – High Noon Saloon
11/07/17 – Chicago IL – Thalia Hall
11/08/17 – Detroit MI – Marble Bar
11/09/17 – Toronto ON – Lee’s Palace
11/10/17 – Montreal QC – Bar le Ritz
11/12/17 – Boston MA – Great Scott
11/13/17 – Brooklyn NY – Music Hall of WIlliamsburg
11/14/17 – Philadelphia PA – First Unitarian Church
11/15/17 – Washington DC – U Street Music Hall
11/17/17 – Charlottesville VA – The Southern
11/18/17 – Durham NC – Motorco Music Hall
11/19/17 – Asheville NC – The Mothlight
12/06/17 – Little Rock AR – Stickyz
12/07/17 – Dallas TX – Club Dada
12/08/17 – Austin TX – Emo’s
12/09/17 – Houston TX – Walter’s
12/10/17 – New Orleans LA – Gasa Gasa
12/12/17 – Birmingham AL – Saturn
12/13/17 – Atlanta GA – Terminal West
12/14/17 – Nashville TN – Mercy Lounge
12/15/17 – Nashville TN – Mercy Lounge

Today’s MOKB on SIRIUS XMU Blog Radio Playlist : 8/1/17

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 Beatles – Why Don’t We Do It In The Road
Wy – What Would I Ever Do
Jessica Lea Mayfield – Sorry Is Gone
Sure Sure – Friends
James Brown – Body Heat
Mura Masa ft. A.K. Paul – Who Is It Gonna B
Alvvays – Dreams Tonite
Discovery – I Want You Back (Jackson 5 cover)
2Pac – Only God Can Judge Me
BOSCO ft. St. Beauty – Castles
Hildur – Full Of You
Blue Hawaii – No One Like You
Rhye – Summer Days
Big Star – Thirteen (1972 Alternate Mix)
Moon King – Ordinary Lover
Austin White – Men Of Power
Beach Fossils – Sugar
The Shangri-Las – Give Him A Great Big Kiss
Someone – Nobody Knows
Anna Of The North – Someone
Shine 2009 – Happy
Pet Shop Boys – It’s A Sin
Patience – White Of An Eye
Dinner – Un-American Woman
Lomboy – Loverboy
Angelo De Augustine – Haze
Kevin Krauter – Barely On My Mind
Sheer Mag – Need To Feel Your Love

Premiere: Louisville’s BRENDA Share Video for “bb’s buttons”

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Currently working on their debut LP, last year, four-piece BRENDA released their sneaky good second EP, NIGHTSCHOOL. The release was an explosion of reverb-filled fun, however their was one outlier on the collection with “bb’s buttons.” While the song cuts loose in moments, there is an consistent sweetness permeating from the lyrics and the layered boy/girl harmonies throughout. The video continues that sweetness visualizing the story of two people coming together. Watch below.

Interview: NE-HI Talk Current State of Chicago DIY

By: Seth Johnson
Photos: Berto Campos

Following their high-energy set at Pitchfork Music Festival 2017, our Seth Johnson caught up with Chicago’s NE-HI for an afternoon chat.

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Seth Johnson: What background did you two have in Chicago’s DIY scene prior to NE-HI? How did your individual paths eventually cross?

Alex Otake (drummer): Me and Jason play in another project called EARRING.

James Weir (bassist): You also have deep history in Chicago with putting on shows.

AO: Yeah. I’ve lived at a bunch of show spaces. Like, I used to live at this place called Treasure Town on the south side (see footage of The Men playing there in 2012 here). That was like a three-times-a-week kind of show house. It was like a three-story warehouse. So we have been deeply rooted in Chicago’s DIY scene, which is now unfortunately very depleted in a big way.

SJ: What has changed about it?

AO: I mean, there are always peaks and valleys when it comes to show spaces and DIY houses in Chicago. But right now, it’s a very deep valley it seems. There are still definitely DIY spaces, but it’s not at all what it was.

JW: I think a lot of the bands we had been playing with were just moving to bigger venues too. There was just so much concentration on that specific scene, and it just kind of outgrew its space.

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SJ: Even though you say its depleted, are there still things that excite you about Chicago’s DIY scene?

AO: When I say depleted, I mean that the spaces aren’t all there. The music is all there 100%, even more so than it has been in the past. The space for having a larger DIY show is just not really there. There’s so much exciting music coming out of Chicago right now.

JW: The spaces might not be there. But as far as the sound of new Chicago bands, it’s even better than I think it was. The boundaries are being pushed more, and there are so many awesome bands out here. It’s not even just bands, but hip-hop and R&B too. From every genre, there’s just good fucking stuff going on right now.

SJ: Who are some people that you guys are personally excited about from Chicago?

JW: Jamila Woods. My cousin used to be a part of this group called Young Chicago Authors, which Saba and Chance the Rapper got their start through. I’ve seen her do poetry for the past five years, and now she’s just putting out amazing music. I think she’s going to be really big, and I really appreciate her message and her music.

AO: And then, we just saw our really good friends Deeper play, and they’re unbelievable.

JW: They feel like a piece of that old Chicago that we came from too. They’re new, and they’re great. We love them.

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SJ: Obviously, you guys aren’t playing DIY shows as much now. What adjustments have you had to make with playing more conventional venues?

AO: For me, the real thing is trying to bring the kind of energy that we were able to create in a small space into a bigger space, which is really hard to do (laughs). The real challenge is trying to bring that kind of energy and trying to get everyone on that energy level with you while you’re playing.

JW: It’s just more preparation and trying to keep the same spirit and energy.

AO: We try not to waiver from the way we perform.

SJ: I know you went through some ups and downs with the making of your latest album, Offers. Can you talk to me a little bit about that?

JW: The process was just putting your whole life into it — not only your time, but also your emotions.

AO: It was very emotionally draining when we were having difficulties with it.

JW: But the beauty is that it’s so emotionally rewarding in that we put everything in, and there’s been some really awesome payback.

AO: As cheesy as fuck as that all sounds (laughs by all). But, it’s real though.

JW: People have been giving us a lot of love, and it’s really cool. At the end of the day, we put out a record that we’re really proud of, and I think we can do even better next time.

SJ: What’s on the horizon for you guys? More touring?

JW: We have some really tight tours coming up. We’re going to be in Indy with The Drums in August (event info here).

AO: We’re rolling with Chad VanGaalen to the West Coast, which I’m really, really excited about. He’s just a total badass, and we’re very excited to go on the road with him.

JW: We’re also touring with our really good buddies Whitney in late November/December.

Dinner Returns with New LP, Shares Video for “Un-American Woman”

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Danish musician Anders Rhedin, known better under his moniker Dinner, has announced a new LP, New Work, slated for release on September 8th via Captured Tracks. The album is was created over a intense period of late-night session with a conscious effort to be more collaborative enlisting assistance from Charlie Hilton and Sean Nicholas Savage. “Un-American Woman” is the first song from the release and, per Rhedin, is “about disillusionment and a fear of being stuck in a certain lifestyle” and a desire to be in “constant movement.” It also draws inspiration from William Blake’s Proverbs of Hell. Sonically, the song vocally is Morrissey meets Nico over sharp, interwoven instrumentation and comes in tow with a visual. The pre-order can be found here, including a limited edition clear vinyl release.

Blue Hawaii Announce New LP, Stream “No One Like You”

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Blue Hawaii, the Montreal pair of Raphaelle ‘Ra’ Standell and Alexander ‘Agor’ Kerby, have announced their first new LP in four-years titled Tenderness. Written over the course of 2016, the album’s inspiration comes from a relationship Ra was having mostly via the internet and the challenges that come from those relationships, whether it be online or in the flesh. The album’s lead single “No One Like You” has an effervescent house and disco feel to it, yet maintaining an intimate warmth throughout. Pre-order is available now via their Bandcamp or Arubutus.