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 Hill and Jarvis spent the past two years withdrawn working on new music.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)

New Album: Dutch Uncles – O Shudder (2015/02/23) [Full Album Stream]

:: I think this is their best LP to date. Absolutely brilliant!


Dutch Uncles are Duncan Wallis [lead vocals/piano], Andy Proudfoot [drums], Robin Richards [bass] and Peter Broadhead [guitar] from Marple, Cheshire (England). The indie-pop outfit has become a four-piece after former guitarist Daniel “Sped” Spedding announced his departure from the band just two days ago – right the day after Dutch Uncles had released their fourth full-length O Shudder.

O Shudder was released in the UK/Europe on February 23, 2015 via Memphis Industries. North American release followed on February 24. The album is available as download, CD and 12″ vinyl LP. You can buy digitally from iTunes or order your physical copy of O Shudder directly from the band’s website.

The album is streaming in its entirety over at The Guardian. O Shudder was recorded in 2014 with longterm collaborator Brendan Williams over three chunks in three different locations: at a studio in the heart of the Welsh valleys, above the Salford pub ‘The Kings Arms’ and in the natural reverb of Salford’s peel hall for the acoustic instruments.

In n Out is the album’s lead single. The official video id directed by Jody Whittle, check it out above. Dutch Uncles are currently touring the UK with more dates to follow in the end of March and early April. Check out the upcoming dates below and listen to the album tracks Decided Knowledge and Be Right Back. The latter can also de downloaded for free from Dutch Uncles’ Soundcloud.

Cover Art:
Dutch Uncles - O Shudder (2015)

01. Babymaking
02. Upsilon
03. Drips
04. Decided Knowledge
05. I Should Have Read
06. In n Out
07. Given Thing
08. Don’t Sit Back (Frankie Said)
09. Accelerate
10. Tidal Weight
11. Be Right Back

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Thu 26 Feb 2015 // Kingston, UK // New Slang
Fri 27 Feb 2015 // Oxford, UK // Truck Records
Sat 28 Feb 2015 // Leeds, UK // Shopkeepers
Sun 01 Mar 2015 // Sunderland, UK // Pop Recs
Thu 26 Mar 2015 // Stoke, UK // Sugarmill
Fri 27 Mar 2015 // Manchester, UK // The Ritz
>> The full touring schedule is available here.

Follow ‘Dutch Uncles’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Youtube

Read more:
Drowned In Sound − Album Review: Dutch Uncles – O Shudder


More ‘Dutch Uncles’ on Music Pickings:
2013, Jan 22 − Fester [Official Video] / New Album ‘Out Of Touch In The Wild’ (2013/01/14)

New Album: Dawa – Psithurisma (2015/02/27) / New Single ‘On the Run’

:: Full support!


The linup: John Dawa, Barbara Wiesinger, Laura Pudelek and Oama Richson.

Cover Art:

Artist: Dawa
Title of album: Psithurisma
Release Date: February 27, 2015
Label: LasVegas Records

01. Psithurisma
02. Dying Star
03. If You Return
04. Slow Down
05. A Journey
06. Saloon
07. Pushed
08. On the Run
09. Unexpectedly
10. Owe You

Upcoming Tour Dates: 
Mar 20 // Salzburg // ARGEkultur (AT)
Mar  21 // Wien // Haus der Musik – VSA Frühlingsfest (AT)
Mar 26 // Krems // Kino im Kesselhaus (AT)
Mar 27 // Graz // PPC (AT)
Mar 28 // Innsbruck // Weekenderclub (AT)
Apr 10 // Dornbirn // Spielboden (AT)
Apr 24 // Neusserling // Noppenair (AT)
Apr 25 // Vöcklabruck // OKH (AT)
May 15 // Zwettl // Syrnau (AT)
May 16 // Linz // Linzfest (AT)

Follow ‘Dawa’ on:
Official website | Facebook


New Album: Sizarr – Nurture (2015/02/27) [Full Album Stream]

:: So great!

Nurture drops officially this Friday (February 27, 2015) via Four Music Productions. The set of ten new Sizarr tracks will be available as digital download, CD and Double 12″ vinyl LP. You can buy digitally from iTunes or order your physical copy of Nurture from Amazon (CD/LP).

The album is now streaming in its entirety over at Germany music mag Intro. Sizarr recorded Nurture with producer Markus Ganter who also had worked with the band on their 2012 debut LP Psycho Happy Boy.

Timesick is the second single taken from Nurture. As for previous single Scooter Accident, the music video for the track is yet again directed by Philipp Kässbohrer and realized by his team at Bildundtonfabrik – watch/listen to both clips above. The album’s teaser single Baggage Man is streaming below. Sizarr are touring Europe from the end of March until early May – check out the upcoming dates below.

Cover Art:
Sizarr - Nurture (2015)

01. Clam
02. I May Have Lied To You
03. Baggage Man
04. Timesick
05. Scooter Accident
06. Untitled
07. Slightly
08. Slender Gender
09. You And I
10. How Much For This


Upcoming Tour Dates:
Thu 26 Mar 2015 // Stuttgart, Germany // Universum
Fri 27 Mar 2015 // Freiburg, Germany // Schmitz Katze
Sat 28 Mar2015 // Zurich, Switzerland // FM4 Music Festival
Mon 30 Mar 2015 // Luxembourg, Luxembourg // Exit 07
Tue 31 Mar 2015 // Paris, France // La Fleche D’Or
Thu 02 Apr 2015 // Milan, Italy // Biko
>> The full touring schedule is available here.

Follow ‘Sizarr’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Youtube


More ‘Sizarr’ on Music Pickings:
2012, Sep 14 − Boarding Time [Official Video] / Debut Album ‘Psycho Boy Happy’ (2012/09/14)

New Album: BADBADNOTGOOD – Sour Soul (2015/02/24) / New Track ‘Ray Gun’

:: Take a dip in this!


The lineup: Alexander Sowinski (drums), Chester Hansen (bass guitar), Matthew Tavares (keyboards and synthesizer)

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Title of album: Sour Soul
Release date: February 23, 2015
Label: Lex Records

1 Mono
2 Sour Soul
3 Six Degrees (feat. Danny Brown)
4 Explicit Gunshowers (feat. Elzhi)
5 Stark’s Reality
6 Tone’s Rap
7 Mind Playing Tricks
8 Street Knowledge (feat. Tree)
9 Ray Gun (feat. DOOM)
10 Nuggets of Wisdom
11 Food
12 Experience

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Apr 14 // Roseland Theater // Portland, OR, US
May 28 // Chabada // Angers, France
May 29 // Paloma // Nîmes, France
May 31 // Paloma // Nîmes, France
Dec 06 // The Bowery Ballroom // New York, NY, US

Official website | Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud


Debut Album: Tuxedo – Tuxedo (2015/03/03) [Full Album Stream]

:: Stay funky!

For his new funk project Tuxedo, Los Angeles-based DJ, producer and singer/songwriter Mayer Hawthorne has teamed up with Seattle boom-bap specialist Jake One. After releasing a three-track EP EP in 2013, the release of the duo’s eponymous debut album is just a few days away – and you can take a full listen now. Tuxedo was mixed by original disco don John Morales at his home studio in South Plainfield, New Jersey.

Tuxedo drops officially on March 03, 2015 via Stones Throw Records. The album of twelve tracks will be available as digital download, CD and 2×12″ Gatefold Vinyl LP (incl. download code). You can buy digitally from iTunes or order your physical copy of Tuxedo directly from Stones Throw.

The album is now streaming in its entirety over at NPR First Listen – check it out before the stream’s been taken down upon album release. Do It was the first single taken from Tuxedo’s debut LP. The official video for the song features Isaac Tualaulelei and was directed by Ross Harris and Henry DeMaio – watch it above. New single and album closing track Number One – featuring a sample for ‘Ain’t No Fun‘ – is streaming below.

Cover Art:
Mayer Hawthorne - Tuxedo (2015)

01. Lost Lover
02. R U Ready
03. Watch the Dance
04. So Good
05. Two Wrongs
06. Tuxedo Groove
07. I Got U
08. The Right Time
09. Roll Along
10. Get U Home
11. Do It
12. Number One


Upcoming Tour Dates:
Wed 25 Feb 2015 // Paris, France // Café A
Fri 27 Feb 2015 // Rotterdam, Netherlands // Bird
Wed 04 Mar 2015 // Los Angeles, CA, USA // The Regent Theater
Thu 05 Mar 2015 // San Francisco, CA, USA // Hawthorn [Disco Funk DJ-Set]
Sat 07 Mar 2015 // Brooklyn, NY, USA // Brooklyn Bowl [Disco Funk DJ-Set]
Wed 11 Mar 2015 // Hollywood, CA, USA // Amoeba Music

Follow ‘Tuxedo’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | TwitterSoundcloud | Youtube


Follow ‘Mayer Hawthorne’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Youtube

More ‘Mayer Hawthorne’ on Music Pickings:
2013, May 16 − New Album: Where Does This Door Go (2013/07/16) / First Single ‘Her Favorite Song’
2011, Dec 24 − Christmas Time Is Here
2011, Dec 13 − Dreaming + N-JOY Soundfiles Live Concert
2011, Oct 08 − New Album: How Do You Do
2011, Sept 04 − The Walk
2011, Aug 29 − A long time
2011, Aug 16 − Mayer Hawthorne and The County LIVE TONIGHT