Stream Ariel Pink and Weyes Blood’s “Tears On Fire” from New Collaborative EP

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Marfa Myths, the curated festival in the Texas art town from Mexican Summer founded in 2014 has slowly become a must attend pre-cursor to the chaos of SXSW. the 2017 edition of the event brings the likes of Julia Holter, Purfume Genius, Allah-Las, Cate Le Bon, Weyes Blood and more. Given the eclectic collection of artists, Mexican Summer used it as an opportunity to get two of them together to collaborate on an EP to be given out at the follow year’s event. Last year gave us the interesting combo of Devonté Hynes and Connan Mockasin for Marfa Myths Vol. 1 this year’s is just as compelling. For Marfa Myths Vol. 2 the aforementioned Weyes Blood mixes her charming sunshine-soaked folk with Ariel Pink’s quirky, off-center pop sensibilities for a four-song offering resulting in understated, mystical gems packaged in a dusty coating. Purchase the EP here.

Lydia Ainsworth Announces New Album, Shares First Single “The Road” Via Video

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Toronto’s Lydia Ainsworth has revealed the details for the follow-up to her fantastic 2014 debut Right From Real. The sophomore LP, titled Darling of the Afterglow, is set for release March 31st via Arbutus Records and Bella Union. If the absolutely stunning first track revealed “The Road” is any indication, expect a sophisticated slant of pop music mixing electronic and classical instrumentation in a lusher, more mature form than her previous efforts. The song is just beautiful conveying a delicate strength in a dream-like haze and the video, directed by her sister Abby Ainsworth, only accentuates these elements. Pre-order the album on limited edition white vinyl and other formats here.

1. The Road
2. What Is It?
3. Ricochet
4. Afterglow
5. Open Doors
6. Spinning
7. Into The Blue
8. Wicked Game
9. I Can Feel It All
10. WLCM
11. Nighttime Watching

Today’s MOKB on SIRIUS XMU Blog Radio Playlist : 1/10/17

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.

Brett – Die Young
The Avalanches ft. Freddie Gibbs – Bad Day
Snakehips + MØ – Don’t Leave
Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – Bad and Boujee
Bed. – Girl
Dirty Projectors – Little Bubble (edit)
Lowly – Prepare the Lake
ABRA – Bounty
Tregs – Breathe
Tinashe – Company
Georgia – Feel It
James Lindsey ft. Otis Junior – Wanna Shine
Ace Tee ft. Kwam.e – Bist Du Down
Menace Beach – Give Blood
Mary Bell – I Hate You
Ian Sweet – Slime Time Live
Mellow Fellow & Clairo – How Was Your Day
Wazonek – Christine
Alex Lahey – Let’s Go Out
Megumi Acorda – (unexpectedly)
Cut_ – Undertow
Jens Lekman – What’s That Perfume That You Wear
Martha Rose – Coffee Love
Tea – Ninety-Five
Thelma – Peach
Julie Byrne – I Live Now As A Singer
Orchid Mantis – Reoccurring
Dakota – Icon

Premiere: Stream LUV IN THE RUINS: Part 2 from CARE

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CARE, the musical outlet for Queens-via-Grand Rapids Justin Majetich, releases Part 2 (listen to Part 1) of one of the more ambitious albums tomorrow with his LUV IN THE RUINS album via the excellently curated Bloomington, IN label Winspear. It will also come with a limited edition companion art book featuring annotated album texts with photography courtesy of Chris Cox and Ross Beren’s design work to further flush out the LP available for purchase here. The 70-minute opus covers the comedown of a relationship once filled with euphoria to the time of limbo that occurs inevitably after the breakup to picking up the pieces and moving forward.

It is a highly emotional progression of songs that pulls out feelings reminiscent of the first time we heard The Antlers’ desperate breakthrough album Hospice or Death Cab for Cutie’s plea of a dying love Transatlanticism not necessarily sonically, but due to the vivid storytelling and the cathartic release the songs act as. Nothing comes easy on the release, but you are rewarded in new ways with each listen due to the lush construction of each track showing an expert ability when to show restraint and when to blow it up for maximum effect. This is a album meant to be heard on headphones in isolation to fully absorb it. Listen to the second part of LUV IN THE RUINS below.

Listen to Kaleidico’s “Am·I·King?”

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Last year, we told you that Kaleidico’s mid-year release, Zoetic was one of the best albums you were likely going to miss out on. It has been praised, by the local music critics, as the best album to come out of Louisville in 2015. So, if you missed it, here is your reminder to check it out, but the further good news is you’ll be treated to a new Kaleidico album, Afro·brain on January 26th.

The first single is a very bleak, down-tempo piece of electro-psych-pop with surprisingly snazzy drums. It gives me the vibe of doggedly sludging through an icy, inhospitable land while on some sort of noble quest – Atreyu battling against The Nothing kind of quest music. Totally worth checking out.

Stream Tokyo Producer Bazz’s New Pudding EP

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Tokyo’s Bazz (aka Disco Bazz) just dropped a double-douse of new EPs through digital label Maltine Records, the projects first original solo output. While each are very appealing in their own right, we really have found ourselves coming back to disco-leaning Pudding EP (you can listen to Son of a Gun EP here). The opening track “プリン飲す” (roughly translated as “Pudding Drink”) features smooth vocals from Wata Megumi floating over the airy production, while the second song “Bennu” comes off as more abrasive in its construction. Both new EPs can be found over here.

Today’s MOKB on SIRIUS XMU Blog Radio Playlist : 1/3/17

Tom Tripp – Aurelia (demo)
Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam – In A Black Out
Sharon Van Etten – Every Time The Sun Comes Up
Strand Of Oaks – Radio Kids
Sylvan Esso – Radio
Audio Two – Top Billin’
Run The Jewels ft. Danny Brown – Hey Kids (Bumaye)
Parquet Courts – Berlin Got Blurry
Bon Iver – 33 “GOD”
Liss – Sorry
Yelle – Ici et Maintenant (Here & Now)
Frank Ocean – Pink + White
Noname ft. Cam O’bi & Raury – Diddy Bop
Tennis – In The Morning I’ll Be Better
The xx – Say Something Loving
James Vincent McMorrow – Rising Water
Muuy Biien – Mara
The Ropes – Yucky Duster
Stealing Sheep – Sunk
Childish Gambino – Redbone
The Avalanches ft. Freddie Gibbs – Bad Day
Theophilus London ft. Ariel Pink – Revenge
Bonobo ft. Milosh of Rhye – Break Apart
Harmony Trividad – Russian Roulette
SOHN – Rennen
London Grammar – Rooting For You
Nao – Girlfriend
CHE – Satisfied (produced by Cardo)

Wild Pink Announce Debut Album, Stream “Wizard of Loneliness”

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New York City trio Wild Pink have announced their self-titled debut LP slated to hit on February 10th through Tiny Engines. The release follows an excellent four track EP appropriately titled 4 Songs, which served as an introduction to their earthy, autumnal rock tones that that really feel like they could have came out of the early to mid aughts. “Wizard of Loneliness” is the first taste of the album and can be heard below. The LP can be pre-ordered here.