New Album: Patrick Watson – Love Songs For Robots (2015/05/12)

:: Such a great track!


“I started thinking about things in a very mechanical way. I found it interesting how we would use our senses to come up with an emotional reaction. As I get older you get to know yourself better and I realized that a lot of my emotional reactions were mechanical responses and that was hugely influential. I didn’t want to be a robot. But the reason why we are superior to computers is that we have emotions and I realized that emotions are mechanical so the only thing left between us and robots is curiosity and inspiration – and I don’t think you can program that into a computer.”

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Artist: Patrick Watson
Title of album: Love Songs For Robots
Release date: May 12, 2015
Label: Domino and Secret City Records

01. Love Songs for Robots
02. Good Morning Mr. Wolf
03. Bollywood
04. Hearts
05. Grace
06. In Circles
07. Turn Into the Noise
08. Alone in This World
09. Know That You Know
10. Places You Will Go

Upcoming Tour Dates:
May 08 // Melkweg Oude Zaal // Amsterdam, Netherlands
May 11 // Bush Hall // London, UK
May 27 // 9:30 Club // Washington, DC, US
May 28 // Music Hall of Williamsburg // Brooklyn, NY, US
May 30 // The Sinclair // Cambridge, MA, US

Follow ‘Patrick Watson’ on:
Official WebsiteFacebook | Twitter | SoundCloud


New Single: Silent Noise Parade – Sirens (2015/01/23) [Official Video]

:: Check this out!

Silent Noise Parade are an Irish alternative indie/electro five-piece. The band comprises Owen Geaney, Joseph Geaney, Gary Sherlock, Liam Hayes and Kevin Gubbins. They released their debut LP Electric Lives And The Nightmare That Follows in 2013, followed by 2014 single Fears. Now, Silent Noise Parade are back with fantastic new single Sirens.

Sirens dropped on January 23, 2015 as self-release. The track is available as digital single on iTunes and the Silent Noise Parade Bandcamp.

The music video for Sirens is created by Avalanche Multi Media Studios, check it out above. The track is produced, mixed and recorded by Ciaran O Shea and it was mastered by Fergal Davis.

Cover Art:
Silent Noise Parade - Sirens (2015)

Follow ‘Silent Noise Parade’ on:
BandcampFacebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Youtube

March 2015: Upcoming Concerts and Festivals

Sunday 01

  • A Winged Victory For The Sullen  at Volksbühne, Berlin
  • Anna F. at Grüner Salon in der Volksbühne, Berlin
  • Charlie Cunningham at Privatclub, Berlin
  • Idlewild at Lido, Berlin

Monday 02

  • Kodaline at Postbahnhof, Berlin
  • José González at Heimathafen Neukölln, Berlin (Special Guest Olöf Arnalds)

Tuesday 03

  • José González at Heimathafen Neukölln, Berlin (Special Guest Olöf Arnalds)

Thursday 05

  • Emiliana Torrini + Ensemble X at Neue Heimat, Berlin

Friday 06

  • FKA Twigs at Astra Kulturhaus, Berlin

Saturday 07

  • Father John Misty at Heimathafen Neukölln, Berlin

Tuesday 10

  • Guster at Privatclub, Berlin
  • Zola Jesus at Schwuz, Berlin
  • Certain People: Panda Bear and others at Berghain, Berlin

Thursday 12

  • Caribou at Columbiahalle, Berlin
  • Rumer at Privatclub, Berlin

Friday 13

  • Hanni El Khatib at Frannz Club, Berlin

Saturday 14

  • Selah Sue at Astra Kulturhaus, Berlin

Sunday 15

  • Mick Flannery at Privatclub, Berlin

Monday 16

  • Mick Flannery at Nochtspeicher, Hamburg
  • Noel Gallagher at Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin
  • Jungle at Heimthafen Neukölln, Berlin

Tuesday 17

  • Susanne Sundfør at Berghain Kantine, Berlin

Monday 23

  • Scott Matthew at Bar Jeder Vernunft, Berlin

Tuesday 24

  • Archive at Columbiahalle, Berlin

Thursday 26

  • Mister & Mississippi at Privatclub, Berlin
  • Glass Animals at Bang Bang Club, Berlin

Friday 27

  • To Kill A King at Postbahnhof, Berlin

Saturday 28

  • Raz Ohara (Solo) & Owen Roberts at Roter Salon in der Volksbühne, Berlin

Sunday 29

  • San Cisco at Privatclub, Berlin

Monday 30

  • Hannah Cohen at Privatclub, Berlin

Tuesday 31

  • Jessica Pratt at Grüner Salon in der Volksbühne
  • Toro Y Moi at Lido, Berlin


New Single: Theme Park – Something Good (2015/02/17) [Official Video]

:: This is something really good!

London-based alternative/indie-poppers Theme Park are back with new single Something Good which literally is a great treat for your ears. It’s the first new music by the trio of Miles Haughton [vocals/guitar], Marcus Haughton [vocals/guitar] and Oscar Manthorpe [guitar] since their self-titled 2012 debut album.

Something Good dropped on February 17, 2015 as self-release. The track is available as digital single on iTunes.

The new single is also the first offering from Theme Park’s yet untitled sophomore album which is due later this year. Accompanying live gigs will be announced soon, so stay tuned for news.

Cover Art:
Theme Park - Something Good (2015)

Follow ‘Theme Park’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Youtube | Instagram


More ‘Theme Park’ on Music Pickings:
2012, Feb 15 − Tonight [Official Video] / Debut Album ‘Theme Park’ (2013/02/25)
2012, Jan 09 − Milk

New Album: Death Cab for Cutie – Kintsugi (2015/03/30) / First Track ‘Black Sun’

:: Great!


The linup: Ben Gibbard (vocals, guitar, piano), Nick Harmer (bass) and Jason McGerr (drums).

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Artist: Death Cab for Cutie
Title of album: Kintsugi
Release date: March 30, 2015
Label: Atlantic

1. No Room in Frame
2. Black Sun
3. The Ghosts of Beverly Drive
4. Little Wanderer
5. You’ve Haunted Me All My Life
6. Hold No Guns
7. Everything’s a Ceiling
8. Good Help (Is So Hard to Find)
9. El Dorado
10. Ingénue
11. Binary Sea

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Apr 23 // Arvest Bank Theater // Kansas City, MO, US
Apr 45 // Brady Theater // Tulsa, OK, US
Apr 25 // Toyota Stadium // Frisco, TX, US
Apr 27 // Fox Theatre // Atlanta, GA, US
Apr 29 // Ryman Auditorium // Nashville, TN, US
Apr 30 // Chicago Theatre // Chicago, IL, US
May 01 // Chicago Theatre // Chicago, IL, US
>> The full touring schedule is available here.

Follow ‘Death Cab for Cutie’ on:
Official websiteFacebook | Twitter | Soundcloud


More ‘Death Cab for Cutie’ on Music Pickings:
2013, Sep 17 – New Album: Transatlanticism – Tenth Anniversary Edition (2013/10/29)


New Album: Echo Lake – Era (2015/03/02) [Full Album Stream]

:: Another LP you definitely shouldn’t miss!

Echo Lake are London-based songwriters Thom Hill [guitar] and Linda Jarvis [vocals/keys] together with their band Will Young [bass] and Dayo James [drums]. The alternative rock outfit released their debut LP Wild Piece in 2012, overshadowed by the death of original drummer Peter James. Hill and Jarvis spent the past two years withdrawn working on new music. The results will be out only next week in shape of the band’s sophomore LP Era, but you can take a full listen right now.

Era drops officially in the UK/Europe next Monday (March 02, 2015) via No Pain In Pop. The set of seven tracks will be available as download, CD and 12″ vinyl LP. You can buy digitally from iTunes or order your physical copy of Era directly from No Pain In Pop.

The album of (unfortunately only) seven tracks is streaming in full over at the band’s Soundcloud. Echo Lake recorded Era over the past two years together with producer Misha Herring at his Holy Mountain Studios in Hackney. It was the first time for Echo Lake to wortk with an outside producer. The album was mixed by Timothy Stollenwerk at Stereophonic Mastering in Portland, Oregon.

Waves is the album’s lead single, the music video for the song is directed by Rob Heppell, watch it above. Echo Lake have only a handful of UK live shows coming up, check out the dates below.

Cover Art:
Echo Lake - Era (2015)

01. Light Sleeper
02. Waves
03. Era
04. Dröm
05. Sun
06. Nothing Lasts
07. Heavy Dreaming

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Thu 12 Mar 2015 // London, UK // Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
Mon 16 Mar 2015 // Birmingham, UK // Hare & Hounds
Sat 25 Apr 2015 // Brighton, UK // The Hope & Ruin

Follow ‘Echo Lake’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud

Read more:
Drowned In Sound − Album Review: Echo Lake – Era


More ‘Echo Lake’ on Music Pickings:
2012, Jun 25 – Debut Album: Wild Peace (2012/06/25)