Month: March 2013

New EP: The 1975 – Chocolate (2013/03/04)

:: Addictated to this song!


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Bildschirmfoto 2013-03-29 um 09.21.31

Artist: The 1975
Title Of EP: Chocolate
Release Date: March 04, 2013
Label: Dirty Hit Records

01 Anobrain
02 Chocolate
03 Hnscc
04 Heads.Cars.Bending
05 Me

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More ‘The 1975′ on Music Pickings:
2012, Nov 24 – Hackman Remix: The 1975 – Sex [Free Download]
2012, Nov 11 – The 1975 – Sex


Telekinesis – Ghosts and Creatures [Official Video] / New Album ‘Dormarion’ (2013/04/02) [Full Album Stream]

:: A solid indie record to enjoy!


Ghosts and Creatures is the first single off of the new album by Seattle’s indie-rock singer and songwriter Michael Benjamin Lerner, better known under the name of his musical project Telekinesis. Lerner plays drums, acoustic guitar and sings – and he is joined by live musicians when touring. His third full-length offering is entitled ‘Dormarion’ and will be released on April 02, 2013 via Merge Records. Head over to to have a full listen, the record’s streaming there entirely. The pretty funny official video for Ghosts and Creatures is shot, edited and directed by Arman Bohn. Lerner himself plays a guy who falls in love with a computer girl and whose love gets threatened by a bad guy, watch it above. Telekinesis is currently on the road touring the US, check out the upcoming dates below.

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Telekinesis - Dormarion (2013)

01. Power Lines
02. Empathetic People
03. Ghosts and Creatures
04. Wires
05. Lean On Me
06. Symphony
07. Dark to Hill
08. Little Hill
09. Ever True
10. Island #4
11. Laissez-Faire
12. You take It Slowly
13. Towns Chapel [Bonus Track]
14. Colony Collapse [Bonus Track]

Upcoming US Tour Dates:
Thu 04 Apr 2013 // Atlanta, GA // The Drunken Unicorn *
Sun 21 Apr 2013 // Portland, OR // Doug Fir Lounge ^
Mon 22 Apr 2013 // Sacramento, CA // Blue Lamp ^
Wed 24 Apr 2013 // San Francisco, CA // Bottom of the Hill ^
Thu 25 Apr 2013 // Los Angeles, CA // The Echo ^
Sat 27 Apr 2013 // San Diego, CA // The Casbah ^
* w/ Deep Sea Diver // ^ w/ Mount Moriah
>> The full touring schedule is available here.

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The Line of Best Fit – Telekinesis – Dormarion

Full Album Stream: Bonobo – The North Borders (2013/04/01)

:: This album is fantastic!! I’ve had it on repeat for about a month now and I never get tired of any of the songs.


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Artist: Bonobo
Title Of Album: The North Borders
Release Date: April 01, 2013
Label: Ninja Tune

1. First Fires (Featuring Grey Reverend)
2. Emkay
3. Cirrus
4. Heaven For The Sinner (Featuring Erykah Badu)
5. Sapphire
6. Jets
7. Towers (Featuring Szjerdene)
8. Don’t Wait
9. Know You
10. Antenna
11. Ten Tigers
12. Transits (Featuring Szjerdene)
13.  Pieces (Featuring Cornelia)

Upcoming World Tour:
April10 // Black Cat // Washington, United States
April11 // Theatre Of The Living Arts // Philadelphia, United States
April12 // Webster Hall // New York, United States
April13 // Paradise Rock Club // Boston, United States
April 14 // Higher Ground // Burlington, United States
>> The full touring schedule is available here

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More ‘Bonobo’ on Music Pickings:
2013, Jan 26 – New Album: The North Borders (2013/04/01) / First Single: Cirrus [Official Video / Free Download]
2011, Nov 26 – Bonobo – The Keeper (feat. Andreya Triana)

Heterotic – Blue Lights (feat. Gravenhurst) [Official Video] / Debut Album ‘Love & Devotion’ (2013/03/25)

:: In love. I think I found my summer record, no matter that it’s still snowing outside…


Heterotic is the new electronic pop and dance project of Planet Mu label owner Mike Paradinas (also known as producer  µ-Ziq) and his wife Lara Rix-Martin. On four of eight tracks featured on their debut album, they have collaborated with alternative-folk musician Nick Talbot aka Gravenhurst who appears courtesy of Warp Records. They were brought together by a mutual friend who released their joint creative potential. The debut record is entitled ‘Love & Devotion’ and was released on March 25, 2013 via Planet Mu. Watch above the official video for the first single Blue Lights (feat. Gravenhurst). The song is written and produced by Paradinas, Rix-Martzin and Talbot. The video was shot and produced by Rand Rosenberg with Prismaview Productions. The Gravenhurst footage was shot by Sam Wisternoff. Read below an interview Paradinas did with Self-Titled Magazine on occasion of the video release a couple of days ago, and listen to the fabulous album opener Bliss.

Cover Art:
Heterotic - Love & Devotion (2013)

01. Bliss
02. Blue Lights (ft. Gravenhurst)
03. Wartime (ft. Gravenhurst)
04. Robo Corp
05. Devotion (ft. Gravenhurst)
06. Knell
07. Slumber (ft. Gravenhurst)
08. Fanfare

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Read more:
The Quietus − Reviews: Heterotic – Love & Devotion
Self-Titled Mag − Video Premiere: Heterotic + Gravenhurst, “Blue Lights”

New Album: Young Galaxy – Ultramarine (2013/04/23) / New Singles ‘Fall For You’ and ‘Pretty Boy’

:: Pop Pop Pop Music Pop Pop Pop Music Pop…


Ultramarine is the name and colour of Young Galaxy‘s fourth LP, the first album they have made away from Montreal, across the sea, all together. Like 2011’s ShapeshiftingUltramarine was made with electronic producer Dan Lissvik (Studio); but this time it was made in GothenburgSweden, at Lissvik’s studio; this time five musicians stood in a room with Lissvik, playing their instruments; this time every song was sung by co-founder Catherine McCandless. [Press-release]

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Artist: Young Galaxy
Title Of Album: Ultramarine
Release Date: April 23, 2013
Label: Paper Bag Records

01 Pretty Boy
02 Fall For You
03 New Summer
04 Fever
05 Hard To Tell
06 What We Want
07 Out the Gate Backwards
08 In Fire
09 Privileged Poor
10 Sleepwalk With Me

Upcoming Tour Dates: 
May 10th, 2013 // Paris, France // Escape
May 11th, 2013 // Cologne, Germany // Gebäude 9
May 12th, 2013 // Munich, Germany // Ampere
May 14th, 2013 // Hamburg, Germany // Uebel & Gefährlich
May 15th, 2013 // Berlin, Germany // Lido
May 16th, 2013 // Frankfurt, Germany // Zoom
>> The full touring schedule is available here

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Merchandise – Anxiety’s Door / New EP ‘Totale Nite’ (2013/04/02)

:: I instantly knew this one simply would have to be on my playlist of 2013 favourites when I heard it for the very first time!


Merchandise is a post-punk four-piece from Tampa, Florida. The band comprised of multiinstrumentalists Carson Cox [vocals] and David Vassalotti [guitar/synths] is completed by Patrick Brady [bass] and their new full-time band member Elsner Niño [drums]. Not even a year ago, Merchandise released their sophomore album ‘Children of Desire’ to critical acclaim – as free download. Back in January the band dropped the brilliant Anxiety’s Door as first taste to the upcoming short release, listen to it above. The EP is entitled ‘Totale Nite’ and will be released on April 02, 2013 via Night-People Records. On occasion of its release, Merchandise have readied all their previous releases (including live material) as free download on their website – a little gift to their fans. Cox and his bandmates are currently touring North America, check out the remaining dates below, and listen to the EP track Who Are You?.

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Merchandise - Total Nite EP (2013)

01. Who Are You?
02. Anxiety’s Door
03. I’ll Be Gone
04. Totale Nite
05. Winter’s Dream


Upcoming US Tour Dates:
Fri 29 Mar 2013 // Vancouver, BC, Canada // Media Club *
Sat 30 Mar 2013 // Seattle, WA, US // Barboza *
Sun 31 Apr 2013 // Olympia, WA, US // The Northern *
Tue 02 Apr 2013 // Boise, ID, US // Neurolux *
Wed 03 Apr 2013 // Salt Lake City, UT, US // Kilby *
Thu 04 Apr 2013 // Denver, CO // The Marquis Theater ^
Sat 06 Apr 2013 // Norman, OK, US // Opolis °
* w/ Wet Hair // ^ w/ Iceage/Wet Hair // ° w/ Mister Lies
>> The full touring schedule is available here.

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Read more:
NME – Radar band Of The Week – No. 111: Merchandise

New Single: Jessie Ware – Imagine It Was Us (2013/05/15)

:: A beautiful voice and a lot of talent!

‘Imagine It Was Us’ features on the Gold edition of ‘Devotion’, released 15th April 2013.

Jessie Ware

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Mar 28 // Melkweg Oude Zaal // Amsterdam
Mar 30 // Ancienne Belgique // Brussels
Apr 03 // Music Hall Of Williamsburg // Brooklyn
Apr 05 // Webster Hall // New York
Apr 06 // The Opera House // Toronto
Apr 08 // Commodore Ballroom // Vancouver
>> The full touring schedule is available here

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More ‘Jessie Ware’ on Music Pickings:
2012, Aug 19 − Debut Album: Devotion (2012/08/20)
2012, Jul 11 − New Single: Wildest Moments [Official Video]
2012, Feb 26 − New Single: Running [Official Video]