New Album: Slow Magic – How To Run Away (2014/09/09) / New Singles ‘Hold Still + Girls’

23 Jul

:: Tick Tock, Tick Tock…


Cover Art:
Slow Magic How To Run Away

Artist: Slow Magic
Title Of Single: How To Run Away
Release Date: September 9, 2014
Label: Downtown Records

1 Still Life
2 Girls
3 Waited 4 U
4 Hold Still
5 Youth Group
6 Let U Go
7 Manhattan
8 On Yr Side
9 Bear Dance
10 Closer


Upcoming Tour Dates:
Jul 27 // Seattle, WA // Capitol Hill Block Party
Aug 1 // Salzburg, AT // Stuck! Festival
Aug 2 // Dublin, IE // Whelans
Aug 5 // Edinburgh, UK // Edinburgh Festival
Aug 6 // London, UK // Brooklyn Bowl
Aug 7 // Moscow, RU // Manifest
Aug 8 // St. Petersburg, RU // Club Zai

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More ‘Slow Magic’ on Music Pickings:
2012, Sep 14 - New Single: On Yr Side


New Album: Bear In Heaven – Time Is Over One Day Old (2014/08/04) [Full Album Stream]

23 Jul

:: So so great.

Brooklyn’s psychedelic/synth-rock outfit Bear In Heaven comprises founder/vocalist Jon Philpot, bassist Jason Nazary and new drummer Adam Wills. The trio will release their fourth full-length Time Is Over One Day Old only in two weeks, but you can stream the follow-up to 2012′s I Love You, It’s Cool already now via NPR.

Time Is Over One Day Old drops in the UK/Europe on August , 2014 via Dead Oceans/Hometapes. The album will be available as download, CD and 12″ vinyl LP (standard black and limited edition colored, the latter is selling out fast). You can buy/pre-order the digital album from iTunes or order your physical copy of Time Is Over One Day Old from the band’s shop.

The album of ten songs is streaming in its entirety over at NPR.orgTime Is Over One Day Old is entirely written, composed and produced by Jon Philpot and multi-instrumentalist Adam Wills.

Autumn is the second single and opening track taken from Time Is Over One Day Old, listen to the fabulous track above. Bear In Heaven are touring North America in August/September and they’ll be heading over to Europe for 14 shows in October. You can check out the upcoming dates below and listen to the album’s first single Time Between.

Cover Art:
Bear In Heaven - Time Is Over One Day Old (2014)

01. Autumn
02. Time Between
03. If I Were To Lie
04. They Dream
05. The Sun And The Moon And The Stars
06. Memory Heart
07. Demon
08. Way Off
09. Dissolve The Walls
10. You Don’t Need The World


Upcoming Tour Dates:
Mon 04 Aug 2014 // Brooklyn, NY, USA // Rough Trade
Wed 20 Aug 2014 // Philadelphia, PA, USA // Johnny Brendas
Thu 21 Aug 2014 // Cambridge, MA, USA // Sinclair
Fri 22 Aug 2014 // Washington, DC, USA // Rock’N’Roll Hotel
Sat 23 Aug 2014 // Carrboro, NC, USA // Cat Cradle Back Room
Sun 24 Aug 2014 // Atlanta, GA, USA // Terminal West
>> The full touring schedule is available here.

Follow ‘Bear In Heaven’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Youtube | Instagram

Read more:
The 405 − Review: Bear In Heaven – Time Is Over One Day Old

New Album: Common – Nobody’s Smiling (2014/07/22) / Track ‘Kingdom (feat. Vince Staples)’

22 Jul

:: Stay tuned for more!


Cover Art:
Common - Nobodys Smiling

Artist: Common
Title of Album: Nobody’s Smiling
Release Date: July 22, 2014
Label: ARTium/Def Jam

1 The Neighborhood (feat. Lil Herb & Cocaine 80s)
2 No Fear
3 Diamonds (feat. Big Sean)
4 Blak Majik (feat. Jhene Aiko)
5 Speak My Piece
6 Hustle Harder (feat. Snoh Aalegra & Dreezy)
7 Nobody’s Smiling (feat. Malik Yusef)
8 Real (feat. Elijah Blake)
9 Kingdom (feat. Vince Staples)
10 Rewind That
11 Out On Bond (feat. Vince Staples)
12 7 Deadly Sins
13 Young Hearts Run Free (feat. Cocaine 80s)

Follow ‘Common’ on:
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More of ‘Common’ on Music Pickings:
2012, Jan 16 – Lovin’ I Lost / “The Dreamer / The Believer”
2011, Nov 02 - Common – Blue Sky (Official Video)
2011, Sep 16 - Common to release autobiography


New Album: Zulu Winter – Stutter (2014/07/21) / New Video for ‘Heavy Rain’ / New Single ‘Feel Love’

22 Jul

:: Some really great songs on this collection. Good luck for the future guys!


Zulu Winter are Will Daunt [vox/guitar], Henry Walton [guitar], Iain Lock [bass/vox], Dom Millard [keys] and Guy Henderson [drums]. The London-based alternative pop outfit released their wonderful debut album Language in 2012, and now they’ve put out a sophomore album of a different kind. Entitled Stutter, the set is a collection of (partly older) studio and home recordings which haven’t seen release before.

Stutter was released digitally and worldwide yesterday (July 22, 2014) via Fierce Panda Record. You can buy your copy of the album from iTunes.

The album is streaming in its entirety over at Spotify. Five of the songs on Stutter are fully completed studio recordings, the other five have not stepped beyond demo stage and were self-produced by Zulu Winter. On June 05, the band announced via their Facebook that after 15 years of playing together, it would be time to try out new ways and leave Zulu Winter behind, at least for now. The members continue writing music together and they may return together in the future. Stutter is to be understood as a parting gift by Zulu Winter to their fans who have supported them over the years.

Heavy Rain was the first track unveiled off Stutter. The amazing song comes with a music video directed by David Higgs, check it out above. Second single Feel Love is streaming below (via the band’s Soundcloud).

Cover Art:
Zulu Winter - Stutter (2014)

01. Trigger
02. Games
03. Heavy Rain
04. Feel Love
05. Other Man
06. Need You Onside
07. Silence Is Golden
08. The Drift
09. Let Sleep Close Your Eyes
10. Bodies


Follow ‘Zulu Winter’ on:
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Read more:
There Goes The Fear − Album Review: Zulu Winter – Stutter

New Album: Erlend Øye – Legao (2014/10/03) / Official Video ‘Garota’

21 Jul

:: Great news!


Cover Art:

Artist: Erlend Øye
Title of Album: Legao
Release Date: October 03 , 2014
Label: Bubbles Records

1 Fence Me In
2 Garota
3 Say Goodbye
4 Peng Pong
5 Bad Guy Now
6 Who Do You Report To
7 Whistler
8 Save Some Loving
9 Rainman
10 Lies Become Part of Who You Are


Upcoming Tour Dates:
07.10.14 // Zürich // Kaufleuten
08.10.14 // Munic // Alte Kongresshalle
10.10.14 // Düsseldorf // New Fall Festival
11.10.14 // Berlin // Astra
12.10.14 // Hamburg // Kampnagel

Follow ‘Erlend Øye’ on:
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New Single: Bear’s Dean – Elysium [Official Video] (2014/07/21)

21 Jul

:: The new single is finally here and I’m totally in love with it!

Elysium drops officially today (July 21, 2014) via Communion Records/Caroline International. You can buy the digital EP from iTunes or order your physical copy (10″ vinyl EP + mp3 download code) directly from the Bear’s Den Shop.

The single comes with an exceptional music video directed by the band’s friend and filmmaker James Marcus Haney and produced by Alex Gao (both also photography). Asked by the band to do the video for Elysium, Haney decided to film his younger brother with his friends celebrating end of term at Seattle Pacific University from June 5th to June 8th. During the making, a gunman opened fire in the middle of campus, injuring two and killing one student. The friends decided to finish the video in honour of the deceased Paul Lee.

On NPR, Haney said of the video: “Elysium’ became very personal to me very quickly. It made me think about my younger brothers and their transition from kids to adulthood. I wanted to document the actions and emotions of people at this age… I wanted to freeze the last remnants of youth still left in my brother… Soon after I arrived in Seattle, an armed man walked onto campus and shot four students. One of them died. That weekend, my brother and his friends wanted to finish the video, in honour of Paul (Lee, the victim of the gunman’s attack). The end result is a video that depicts real friends, real teenagers, experiencing something far too real.

The Elysium release also features live versions of the previous Bear’s Den tracks Don’t Let The Sun Steal You Away, Sophie and Isaac, recorded on May 13, 2014 at London’s Brixton Electric. The band has a string of US shows and festival dates coming up from next Friday. You can check out the dates below and listen to the live version of Sophie. The track can also be downloaded for free from the band’s website in return for your email.

Cover Art:
Bear's Den - Elysium (2014)

01. Elysium
02. Don’t Let The Sun Steal You Away (Live At Brixton Electric, London, UK / 2014)
03. Sophie (Live At Brixton Electric, London, UK / 2014)
04. Isaac (Live At Brixton Electric, London, UK / 2014)

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Fri 25 July 2014 // Newport, USA // Newport Folk Festival
Sun 27 July 2014 // Philadelphia, USA // XPoNential Fest
Tue 29 July 2014 // Washington, DC, USA // Black Cat
Thu 31 July 2014 // New York, USA // Bowery Ballroom
Fri 01 Aug 2014 // Pittsburgh, USA // Club Cafe
Sat 02 Aug 2014 // Toronto, Canada // Mod Club
Mon 04 Aug 2014 // Minneapolis, USA // Triple Rock
Wed 06 Aug 2014 // Boulder, USA // AAA Conf
Sat 09 Aug 2014 // Edmonton, Canada // Edmonton Folk Festival

Follow ‘Bear’s Den’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Youtube


More ‘Bear’s Den’ on Music Pickings:
2013, Oct 28 − New EP: Without/Within (2013/10/28) / New Song ‘Sophie’
2013, Oct 04 − Debut EP: Agape (2013/03/18) [Full Stream]

New EP: Astronomyy – There For U (2014/07/28) / New Track ‘U Make Me Feel Good’

20 Jul

:: U Make Me Feel Good


Cover Art:
 astronomyy - U Make Me Feel Good

Artist: Astronomyy
Title of EP: There For U
Release Date: July 28, 2014
Label: Lunar Surf


Follow ‘Astronomyy’ on:
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