Photo Recap: Japanese Breakfast and Ought at The Bishop

Touring their widely beloved latest album, Soft Sounds from Another Planet, Japanese Breakfast played to a sold out crowd at The Bishop last Thursday night. Michelle Zauner and company radiated on stage, causing the already toasty room to get even hotter as the crowd  jumped and danced along throughout the evening. Zauner’s vocals have a wry, smoky confidence that soar through a room and meld perfectly with the funky lo-fi pop music she and her bandmates create. With such a strong discography under their belts and an incredibly fun stage presence, Japanese Breakfast make the kind of music that’s even better in person.

Opening the evening was Ought, a post-punk band whose latest album presents a more streamlined version of the careening strut of their earlier work. Their performance featured new music from Room Inside the World that filled the venue with haunting lyrics and driving arrangements helmed by lead singer Tim Darcy’s half-croon/half-yawp. The band had a vibrancy that set the tone for the evening, one that Japanese Breakfast would double-down on an hour later: we’re all a part of this and complacency isn’t an option.

 

Japanese Breakfast

 

Ought

Photos by Doug Fellegy

Premiere: Surf Rock is Dead Stream “Away Message” Ahead of Upcoming Debut LP

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Brooklyn outfit Surf Rock is Dead has slowly been perfecting their craft over the last several years recently reaching a high point with last year’s We Have No Friends? EP. While specifics are still a bit scarce at the moment, the pair of Kevin Pariso and Joel Witenberg are inching closer to another milestone with their debut LP expected to come in the coming months via The Native Sound. “Away Message” is the first confirmed cut from the release coming in at just over three satisfying minutes.

Soothing vocals are bleached out by a sparkling guitars and a non-stop wall of drums pulling in elements of dream-pop and shoegaze. It arrives just in time to provide tribute and a proper send-off the fading summer, while also indicating they have still not reached their apex as a band.

Check out the track below right now and find it here for download and streaming through other providers.

Margo Price Releases “Leftovers” for Amazon Music’s New “Produced By” Series

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Amazon Music’s new “Produced By” series spotlights today’s talented, underrepresented producers. Along with Margo Price’s “Leftovers,” Memphis-based Matt Ross-Spang produced songs for John Prine, Al Green, and William Bell for his “Produced By” feature.

Margo said:

“I wrote ‘Leftovers’ based on the kinds of people that don’t have any original ideas of their own. It could be anything from stealing a song idea, to copying someone else’s style, or dating an ex of a good friend….I also really just wanted to rhyme ‘asshole’ with ‘casserole’ and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. Matt Ross-Spang is a legendary producer and engineer in the making, who puts his blood, sweat and tears into making some of the best sounding records of our decade. We always have a lot of fun in the studio.”

Today’s MOKB on SIRIUS XMU Blog Radio Playlist : 9/11/18

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Tonight at 10pm ET / 7pm PT, My Old Kentucky Blog on SIRIUS XMU’s Blog Radio! Here’s the playlist!

Billie Marten – Mice
Sylvan Esso ft. Collections Of Colonies Of Bees – Funeral Singers (Califone cover)
AlunaGeorge ft. Cautious Clay – Superior Emotion
Value Void – Teen For Him
Blood Orange ft. Puff Daddy & Tei Shi – Hope
Roosevelt – Getaway
Parcels – Lightenup
Reignwolf – Wanna Don’t Wanna
Tobacco – Hungry Eyes (Eric Carmen cover)
How To Dress Well – Nonkilling 6 | Hunger
Men I Trust – Seven
Broncho – Boys Got To Go
Wild Nothing – Wheel Of Misfortune
Mountain Man – Rang Tang Ring Toon
The Watson Twins – Hustle and Shake
Phoebe Bridgers – Scott Street
A$AP Rocky – Tony Tone
Amber Mark ft. DRAM – Put You On
Triathalon – Distant
Claudia Vega – Cheek To Cheek
Isabella – Three
Lala Lala – Dove
Laura Jean Anderson – Thinkin Bout You
Clairo – Heaven
FADE – Changing
Ian Sweet – Hiding
The Radio Dept – Going Down Swinging
Part-Time – So Far Away

Reignwolf releases new song “Wanna Don’t Wanna”

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📷: @dhallphoto for @coslive

Back in 2013, we asked Reignwolf to headline Day Two of our unofficial SXSW party, Vaya Con Tacos. It was one of the LOUDEST, most raucous shows we’ve ever hosted – Just awesome.

For nearly the last four years, Jordan Cook has been back in the studio, meticulously perfecting new songs, and we MIGHT just finally get a debut album in 2018. He’s back with a driving new single, “Wanna Don’t Wanna.” The band is also about to embark on a huge fall tour with festival dates at Riot Fest, ACL, and the Bourbon & Beyond Festival in Louisville, Ky.

Reignwolf Tour Dates after the jump: (more…)

The Watson Twins release “Hustle and Shake,” first single from new album DUO

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The Watson Twins, Chandra and Leigh, are fellow University of Evansville graduates. Leigh and I took printmaking class together. One time in Nashville, after they performed with Jenny Lewis, she invited me back to the Kings Of Leon’s house for a party. I declined because, at the time and for no real good reason, something about hanging out and drinking with the Kings of Leon guys gave me a lot of anxiety. I’ve think always regretted not going. Our grandmothers even played in a weekly card game together. Anyway, that’s all just to disclose that at one time, we had a friendly, personal relationship.

The twins will release their sixth and latest album, DUO, on October 12th, and the first single, “Hustle and Shake,” is a beauty. The two expertly showcase their years of harmonizing and creating compelling folk music together. The sister co-write all songs and sing all parts together throughout the album. The album was produced by Russ Pollard (Everest, Sebadoh) and also features guest musicians Carl Broemel and Bo Koster (My Morning Jacket), Vanessa Carlton, Mickey Raphael and The Cactus Blossoms.

Tracklist:
1. Hustle and Shake
2. Cry Baby
3. Rolling Thunder
4. Lucky Star
5. Down In The Valley
6. Call To You (feat. The Cactus Blossoms)
7. Blue Tonight
8. Playing Hearts

The Watson Twins On Tour:
September 11-16—Nashville, TN—AmericanaFest
September 20-23—Marfa, TX—Trans-Pecos Festival at El Cosmico
October 13—Nashville, TN—The Basement
October 19—Atlanta, GA—City Winery*
October 20—Carrboro, NC—Cat’s Cradle*
October 22—Richmond, VA—The Black Iris
October 23—Washington, D.C.—City Winery*
October 24—Annapolis, MD—Rams Head On Stage*
October 26—Holyoke, MA—Gateway City Arts*
October 27—Boston, MA—City Winery*
October 28—New York, NY—City Winery*
*supporting Pokey LaFarge

Hinterland Festival 2018 : Photo Recap

It was a first-time journey for me to St. Charles, located in NE Iowa. I was joined by the wife and my two daughters. We packed up our camper and made the 8-hour drive from Indianapolis to the Hinterland Music Festival. It was an epic sojourn, well worth the effort.

Hinterland sets up in a huge, perfect bowl shaped field, funnelling down to the grand stage. It affords excellent views from all angles. The crowd is relaxed and friendly. There is only the slightest bit of countrified, Midwestern festival-goer irony. It’s the polite kind. One showgoer explained his “Fight Farmers Fight” vintage cap to me, “It’s funny because you could read it two ways! Right?!” I recently read that if the nearby Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago was the cool, city mouse fest, then Hinterland sets up perfectly as it’s country mouse cousin. I liked that. It’s a good analogy for the fest, but don’t mistake that to mean that there is anything amateur or backwoods about it. It is a fully professional, perfectly laid out and executed music festival.

The lineup, as I’ve heard it was in years past, was expertly curated. I thought CHRVCHES would be the oddball in a mostly americana-filled card, but they worked in just fine and the crowd responded to them with every bit of enthusiasm as they did for Sturgill Simpson. Rightfully so, to both, as they both put on amazing performances.

Many of the artists could be found roaming the crowd. From a media perspective, the Hinterland PR team was above and beyond accommodating. Artist roamed past the media trailer, and if you were brave enough, you could grab them pretty easily. I made the mistake of scheduling interviews, sadly to have many cancel, and one miss their flight and not make the fest. Still, J Roddy Walston and I had a great sit-down, and Sean Moeller, founder of Daytrotter.com, and I spent some quality time reminiscing about the good ol’ blog heyday of the mid-2000s.

Camping festivals are often fraught with layout and logistical pitfall: Over-crowded camping areas, muddy/dirty pits and walking areas, long lines in and for restrooms…you know the typical problems…but Hinterland was logistically easy, very clean, and worked by willingly helpful and overly polite staff, volunteers and security.

I’m excited for the 2019 lineup announcement, as I hope to make this one an end-of-summer break family tradition. Enjoy my amateur-ish photos below, but first: A major highlight was Sturgill Simpson and Wheeler Walker Jr. joining Tyler Childers on stage…

Sturgill Simpson

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Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses

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Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

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Nathaniel Rateliff

Margo Price

Margo Price

Margo Price

Scottish electro-pop trio CHVRCHES

CHVRCHES

CHVRCHES

CHVRCHES

CHVRCHES

CHVRCHES

CHVRCHES

CHVRCHES

CHVRCHES

Tyler Childers

CHVRCHES

J Roddy Walston & The Business

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Anderson East

Anderson East

Anderson East

Anderson East

Tash Sultana

Tash Sultana

Ancient Posse

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