Stream NAO’s New Remix EP

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East London vocalist NAO’s debut album For All We Know has been given the remix treatment. The new EP features remixes from Mura Masa, LOXE, Sam Gellaitry, SBTRKT, and Kaytranada, which you can stream below. We’ll be playing Kaytranada’s bouncy new tropical reimagining of “Get to Know Ya” on SIRIUS XMU Blog Radio tomorrow, so tune in!

Fog Lake Shares “Breaking Over Branches”

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Fog Lake, the solo outlet of Newfoundland’s Aaron Powell, has pushed the release of his new album, Dragonchaser, back a week to February 17th out through Orchid Tapes, but decided to let go of another track from it to satisfy those of us who are waiting. “Breaking Over Branches” is the fourth reveal from the LP and it is a painful track about looking back at unrealized love and self-doubt.

The Return of Annie Hardy

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Eleven (11) years ago, I wrote about Giant Drag’s Hearts and Unicorns album, and Annie Hardy appeared to be on top of the world. She would soon be playing Coachella as well as the Reading and Leeds festivals, while also being named one of the Top 50 Coolest People of the Year by NME. But then she just dropped out.

Hardy recently told LA Weekly, “Whatever your name is — whether it’s a band or a business — it always takes on the energetic frequency of the name. Giant Drag was always these huge bummers.”

Hardy farted around with a project or two but eventually fell out of music. She got a bad boyfriend, ditched him, found love, and became a mother, but tragically for only 17 days. Hardy lost her son, Silvio, to SIDS. After her son’s death, Hardy refound music and says that writing songs helped her with the grief, say goodbye, and ultimately saved her life.

The new album, Rules, will be released on April 7th, and the first single, “Want” features Don Bolles from The Germs on drums and Stephen McBean from Pink Mountaintops and Black Mountain on guitar.

Premiere: Citris cover Courtney Barnett’s “Pedestrian At Best”

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Last week we featured “Little Scars” from NYC band Citris, and they stay top-of-mind this week with a new cover of “Pedestrian At Best” from our favorite Australian moper, Courtney Barnett. The cover stays pretty true to the original but has a little more howl and punch with the lead/backup vocal interplay.

Citris will release their debut, Panic in Hampton Bays, as a reissue on February 24th through New Professor Music. The band has a February residency at Arlene’s Grocery and a few other tour dates in nearby areas.

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Listen to “Care” by David Bazan

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A couple weeks ago, we emailed David Bazan to find out more about his cover of “The Commander Thinks Aloud” from the Barsuk Records ACLU benefit album, but he was unavailable and deep in studio work, finishing up this new album.

Care is an album that was written during the second half of 2016, and is a response to both political and personal crises, seeking ways forward in each. The album, Bazan’s third in less than a year, was produced, recorded, and mixed by Bazan and legendary producer Richard Swift, and will be released on March 7th via Undertow. Below is the slow-burning title track….

Listen to “Sisters” by NE-HI

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Chicago band, NE-HI has released their new single, “Sisters,” from their upcoming album Offers, to be released on February 24th through Grand Jury Music. It’s an energetic, jangly guitar-driven garage rock jam with some enjoyable sing-shout group vocals.

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Today’s MOKB on SIRIUS XMU Blog Radio Playlist : 2/7/17

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.

White Reaper – Judy French
Run The Jewels ft. BOOTS – 2100
CUZ ft. Killer Mike – Pots N Pans
Raekwon – This Is What It Comes Too
Bleached – Can You Deal?
Mac DeMarco – This Old Dog
Snail Mail – Thinning
Cherry Glazerr – Told You I’d Be With The Guys
Beach Slang – Sometimes Always (The Jesus and Mary Chain cover)
Half Waif – Severed Logic
The Courtneys – Minnesota
Molly Burch – Wrong For You
Durand Jones & The Indications – Smile
Bowerbirds – Sweet Hereafter
Helado Negro – Levantar Las Piernas (2012 demo)
Toro Y Moi – Omaha
Rogue Wave – Let My Love Open The Door (Pete Townshend cover)
Future Islands – Ran
Tei Shi – Keep Running
Middle Children – Fish
Blanck Mass – Silent Treatment
ANOHNI – Paradise
Okkervil River – You Don’t Love Me Yet (Roky Erikson cover)
Cherry Glazerr – Nuclear Bomb
Mac DeMarco – My Old Man
Tennis – Modern Woman
Caddywhompus – Decent
Shadow Band – Daylight

Lydia Ainsworth Unveils Video for “Afterglow”

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Toronto artist, singer, producer Lydia Ainsworth shared another offering from her upcoming album, Darling of the Afterglow, out on March 31st via Arbutus Records/Bella Union. “Afterglow” follows the first single “The Road” and just like that song, it comes along with a visual accompaniment conceptualized by Ainsworth with her sister Abby Ainsworth. The song has sort of a baroque electronic pop feel Wiccan aesthetic.