Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros have just posted Teen Daze’s beautiful new remix of their song “Life Is Hard”. The Canadian producer gives the track an ambient and spacey makeover that sounds pretty far from the original. Enjoy!
A six-piece ensemble from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Royal Canoe give you everything, but on their own maniacally hybrid terms. It’s one thing to reference a particular style, or even a range of styles. It’s another thing entirely to grab huge handfuls of sounds from pretty much anywhere, throw them all together and come up with something both cohesive and totally distinctive—something that also happens to ripple and crack with energy. This is what Royal Canoe does best.
Below is their video for “Bathtubs” and I must say this is one to watch and stick with the entire 4:54 min. Directed by Nathan Booey, each second brings something different and visually twisted in the greatest way. The avant-garde rockers are touring in support of their debut LP Today We’re Believers out now on Roll Call Records. You can watch the video for the “Bathtubs” single from the LP below and check out their tour dates (Psstt..October 8th at First Avenue with Tricky)
09.25 – Guelph, ON – University Centre Courtyard
09.26 – Peterborough, ON – The Red Dog
09.28 – Montreal, QC – POP MONTREAL – Petit Campus
10.01 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer^
10.02 – New York, NY – Webster Hall^
10.03 – Boston, MA – Royale^
10.05 – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall^
10.06 – Toronto, ON – Virgin Mobile Mod Club^
10.08 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue^
10.09 – Chicago, IL – Metro^
10.10 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom^
10.12 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues^
10.13 – Houston, TX – House of Blues^
10.14 – Austin, TX – Emo’s^
10.16 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theatre^
10.17 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre^
10.22 – Ottawa, ON – National Arts Centre
10.23 – Quebec City, QC – L’Agitee
10.24 – Fredericton, NB – The Capital
10.25 – Halifax, NS – HALIFAX POP EXPLOSION – The Seahorse Tavern
10.30-11.03 – Reykjavik, IS – ICELAND AIRWAVES
&With We Are the City
Brooklyn-based synth-pop outfit St. Lucia has released the music video for their song “Elevate,” featured on their forthcoming full-length debut When The Night.
Recorded entirely in and around the band’s Brooklyn studio, the Norton-directed video features local residents from the neighborhood and captures a real-life party the band threw on the roof of their studio. The old warehouse building that houses the band’s studio will soon be turned into condominiums, and all residents’ units—including studios of fellow musicians Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and HAERTS—are currently in the process of being evicted. The rooftop performance scene features appearances by the band’s friends, including members of the Dap Kings, Savoir Adore and Avan Lava.
How I wish I could have been there.
St. Lucia will join Two Door Cinema Club on tour this fall, with dates kicking off October 2 at Philadelphia’s Tower Theatre and continuing through mid-November (see itinerary below).North American Tour Dates: 10/2 Philadelphia, PA Tower Theatre ** 10/4 Washington DC DAR Constitution Hall ** 10/5 Boston, MA Royale ** SOLD OUT 10/6 Boston, MA Royale ** SOLD OUT 10/9 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom ** 10/10 New York, NY Hammerstein Ballroom ** 10/11 New York, NY Hammerstein Ballroom ** SOLD OUT 10/12 Rochester, NY Water Street Music Hall ** 10/15 Toronto, ON Danforth Music Hall ** 10/16 Cleveland, OH House of Blues ** 10/18 Detroit, MI Crofoot Ballroom ** SOLD OUT 10/19 Chicago, IL Riviera Theater ** SOLD OUT 10/21 Denver, CO Ogden Theater ** 10/23 Calgary, AB MacEwan Hall ** 10/25 Vancouver, BC Orpheum Theatre** 10/26 Seattle, WA Neptune Theatre ** SOLD OUT 10/29 Oakland, CA Fox Theater** 10/31 San Diego, CA Humphrey’s Amphitheatre ** SOLD OUT 11/2 Los Angeles, CA The Greek Theatre ** 11/5 Houston, TX Bayou Music Center ** 11/6 New Orleans, LA House of Blues** 11/8 St. Augustine, FL St. Augustine Amphitheater ^^ 11/9 Tampa, FL Coastline Festival ^^ 11/10 West Palm Beach, FL Coastline Festival ^^ 11/11 Atlanta, GA Buckhead Theatre ** 11/12 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works ** ** w/ Two Door Cinema Club ^^ w/ Passion Pit, Two Door Cinema Club and The Joy Formidable
The track is the first single from the Brooklyn based indie group Toy Cities debut EP: Setting Son. Toy Cities began making their brand of 80′s post-punk and 90′s dream pop in December of 2012. In late spring 2013, Toy Cities teamed up with producer Chris Moore (The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio) to head into a Brooklyn studio to make their first recordings. The session resulted in their debut EP to be released this fall.
NYC heart-on-his-sleeve folkie Matthew Daniel Siskin will release his first full-length album TRUST under the Gambles moniker on October 1 via Secretly Canadian, and he’s just shared a very personal video for the track “So I Cry Out.”
Directed by Joe Wehner, the video tells the story of a girl that Siskin had planned to marry and how the miscarriage of their child caused the relationship to fade and eventually end. Gambles and his current girlfriend Britany Nola star in the video, and at times it’s difficult to tell if the two of them are acting at all, or if the tragic story is being played out before our eyes.
Watch the video for “So I Cry Out” below:
Bassnectar has released a new song, “Take You Down,” an electronic song he calls “a summertime jam,” along with five other songs to feature on the single.
“I started it while I was on vacation, and the general theme is basically falling in love and that slow-motion feeling you get when you plunge backwards into something overwhelming, but never hit the ground,” Bassnectar said on his website.
“Take You Down” is considered a “sonic follow-up” to “Timestretch” and is being released alongside a remix from West Coast Lo Fi and a few previously unreleased songs, including live anthem “Expanded.” It will be released September 24 and is available for preorder now, including packages with exclusive gear.
There is no question that RJD2 (aka Ramble Krohn) has had a very impressive fifteen year career. From his very first producer credit on the MHz 12″ “Rocket Science” to the critical and commercial success of debut album Deadringer to birthing ”A Beautiful Mine” (aka the theme song to AMC’s “Mad Men”), Released on his own RJ’s Electrical Connections, his forthcoming and fifth full-length LP, More Is Than Isn’t, expands on RJD2′s already wide sonic palette.
Throughout, he continues to focus on the basic idea that has consistently driven him through his years as a producer and composer – creating soulful, beat-oriented, melodic music. In typical RJ fashion, he showcases new production techniques and approaches through mostly instrumental music, at times remindful of the ethereal, beat driven vibes of his debut album, and a dynamic range not heard before on an RJD2 album, from bombastic club music to subdued jazz-tinged pieces with much funk in between. Though More Is Than Isn’t is mostly an instrumental affair, it does feature several vocalists, and today, after sharing with you one of the album’s standout instrumental tracks, “Her Majesty’s Socialist Request,” I am excited to present the rich, soulful vibes of ”Temperamental” feat. Phonte Coleman (Little Brother, Foreign Exchange).
More Is Than Isn’t is out October 8th on RJ’s Electrical Connections and available for pre-order. The iTunes pre-order includes an instant grat of “Temperamental.”RJD2 TOUR DATES: Fri. Sep. 28 - Norridgewock, ME @ Great North Music and Arts Festival – Last Breath Farm Fri. Oct. 4 - New York, NY @ Terminal 5 [Hard NYC] Fri. Oct. 11 - Adams, TN @ Fly Free Fest Fri. Oct. 18 - Pontiac, MI @ Elektricity Nightclub Fri. Nov. 8 – Sun. Nov. 10 - Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Fest Fri. Nov. 15 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot Fri. Nov. 22 - Toronto, ON @ The Hoxton Fri. Dec. 13 - San Francisco, CA @ 1015 Folsom Fri. Jan. 31 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
Daft Punk have released the full-length video for “Lose Yourself To Dance,” the second single from their new album Random Access Memories. Since “Get Lucky” didn’t have a proper video — just a commercial that aired at Coachella — that means this is the group’s first full-length video in years. If you saw that preview, though, nothing about this one should surprise you. It’s just Daft Punk, with guests Pharrell and Nile Rodgers, performing for photogenic disco dancers in a lit-up retro-futuristic pleasuredome. The video is a bit stationary and uneventful — especially when you compare it to, say, the “Around The World” video — but its old-school Soul Train vibes are still fun, and all the musicians glow beautifully. Watch the video below.
Last week’s New York Fashion Week featured a mix of unreleased music from Atoms For Peace.
The 11 minute “collage of unreleased beats and such” features Mauro, from Atoms for Peace, and John Greenwood. “You Wouldn’t Like Me When I’m Angry Mush Mix” is now available to stream.
Active Child has just posted his new single ‘Subtle’ featuring Mikky Ekko on SoundCloud! The song appears on his forthcoming Rapor EP out October 22nd . In contrast to the previously released instrumental “She Cut Me“, this track is much more upbeat than what you might expect from Pat Grossi. Some serious Michael Jackson vibes start happening with Mikky’s verse around the 2 minute mark. I hope you dig it!
Quickly rising Australian artist, Harley Streten, has the music world at his fingertips. His biggest fans come in the form of other major electronic superstars like Skrillex and Steve Aoki. Known as Flume, this 21 year old and has been selling out all of this North American shows and leaving people buzzing with energy about what’s on the horizon for him.
I had the opportunity to check in on him before his first show at First Avenue Mainroom this past week. With all of his success, he was still soft-spoken and a little nervous before going on stage. And what he delivered in the next couple of hours was something to be remembered for the EDM fans of Minneapolis.
Looks like you’re working on some new songs, what else is it you do to get ready before a show?
Um, probably have a beer or two, that’s always good to calm my nerves. Now that we have the bus, I can just write music and hang out while the other acts are on. I don’t really have a ritual. But, about 5 minutes or ten minutes before, I always like to be in my own head. I walk off and wander around.
I haven’t had one. Should I? We got one and it had bacon on it. I don’t mind donuts.
Personally I think you should, but you may need to wait until after your show. Do you have pre/post show food?
I don’t like to eat before shows. I usually just have a few drinks or water. I eat after the show, not before. I don’t want to feel sick. If I get nervous and I just ate, that’s not a good combination.
Music started for you at a pretty early age, do you have any music in your family? Did your parents have any influence?
Definitely in the music they played, they’re not very musical really. They like music, but they don’t play instruments. I would say the most influential is that they used to play a lot of Van Morrison, soulful stuff. They played Satana which I hated. I fucking hated those records. They would play on long car rides. I tried, but I fucking hated it. I never got it. I did get Beat Forest, which they played. It was kind of world music stuff. Back in the early 90’s, but that was cool. They did have an influence that way.
There’s still no word on when TV on the Radio will release their forthcoming LP, but their track “Mercy” just got a stellar new video.
Surfacing last month, “Mercy” is the group’s first release in over two years. The stop-motion video for the single presents a renegade piece of Saturn’s ring that relocates to Earth, freaking out the general public. The video is part of a Myspace series that includes TV on the Radio’s recent video for “Million Miles.” Watch the video for “Mercy” below:
Well….Sleigh Bells made another fucking record. And now Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller have unveiled the full song and its Creators Project music video, which they directed. Watch below.
Mark those damn calendars too.
10/04 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
10/10 Vancouver, British Columbia @ Commodore *
10/11 Portland, OR @ Roseland *
10/12 Seattle, WA @ Showbox at Market *
10/15 Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory *
10/18 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey *
10/20 San Francisco, CA @ Treasure Island Music Festival
10/22 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Grand *
10/23 Denver, CO @ Bluebird *
10/25 Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom *
10/26 Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater *
10/27 Austin, TX @ Stubb’s *
10/29 Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage *
10/30 Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live *
11/01 St. Petesburg, FL @ State Theatre *
11/02 Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room *
11/04 Orlando, FL @ Firestone *
11/05 Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre
11/06 Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre *
11/08 Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works *
11/09 Columbus, OH @ Newport *
11/10 Chicago, IL @ Metro *
11/12 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews *
11/13 Toronto, Ontario @ Phoenix *
11/14 Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom *
11/16 Boston, MA @ Royale *
11/17 Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall *
11/19 Washington, DC @ Upstate Concert Hall *
11/20 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *
11/22 New York, NY @ Terminal 5 +
* w/ Doldrums
+ w/ Danny Brown
At a mere 23 years old, Detroit native Grant Kwiecinski (aka GRiZ) is an amalgam of talents that go beyond a simple description. A producer, DJ, and classically-trained saxophone player, GRiZ is bending and re-shaping electronic music with his funky, sax-infused sounds that find heart and soul within the beat of the dancefloor. In celebration of his sophomore album Rebel Era due out this fall, GRiZ just unleashed his very first official music video “Smash The Funk.”
Grant says of the video, ”This video is a look into my brief voyage as an artist and also behind the scenes of 3 sold out Colorado shows (Boulder, Denver, and Red Rocks). I also wanted to do something completely different and have fun with the video so I took some old gear that had seen its day and retired it to the shooting range (it looks pretty badass in slow motion). I also talk a bit about what music means to me and where I have come from. Nearing the first anniversary of my debut album ‘Mad Liberation’ I wanted to release this video that has been a journey itself to create.”
Enjoy below and if you’re in the Minneapolis area October 23rd, he will be performing at Epic Event Center. Grab tickets here
AND Download Mad Liberation FOR FREE!
The Detroit-based indie band shares an unreleased song off its upcoming album, The Speed of Things (out October 8). Singer Josh Epstein was inspired by the book Present Shock, by Douglas Rushkoff, and the disconnectedness that results from being way too attached to the now.
This does more than excited me for their album release. Good things from these gentleman. Make sure you see them live September 26th at Varsity Theater with Atlas Genius. You can purchase tickets here.