Month: February 2014

New EP: Destroyer – Five Spanish Songs [Full Album Stream]

:: Applause


Cover Art:
Destroyer - Five Spanish Songs

Artist: Destroyer
Title of EP: Five Spanish Songs
Release Date: December 2, 2013
Label: Dead Oceans

1 Maria De Las Nieves
2 Del Monton
3 El Rito
4 Babieca
5 Bye Bye

Upcoming Tour Dates:
12-03 // Copenhagen // Denmark – Jazzhouse
12-04 // Warsaw // Poland – Swker
12-05 // Berlin // Germany – Hau 1
12-06 // Lisbon // Portugal – Musicbox
12-07 // Guimaraes // Portugal – Centro Cultural Vila Flor
12-09 // Barcelona // Spain – Sala Apolo
12-10 // San Sebastián // Spain – Gazteszena

Follow ‘Destroyer’ on:
Official Website | FacebookMyspace


More ‘Destroyer’ on Music Pickings:
2011, Dec 10 – Kaputt [Official Video]
2011, Sep 28 – Kaputt



Paul Thomas Saunders – Good Women [Official Video] / EP ‘Good Women’ (2014/01/13)

:: Yesterday, I had the pleasure of hearing Paul Thomas Saunders play an acoustic set and it was absolutely brilliant.

Paul Thomas Saunders is already around in UK music scene for quite a few years although he’s only in his early twenties. With two extended plays to his record so far, Saunders recently relocated to Brighton after he had spent the fast five years in Leeds where he also wrote his upcoming debut album. It’s entitled Beautiful Desolation and will drop on March 31, 2014 via Warner Music UK. The set of ten tracks is available for pre-order (digital/physical) now.

Good Woman is the title of Saunders’ recent single. It was released on the Good Woman EP on January 13, 2014 via Warner Music UK. The release contains a remix of the title track Lanterns On The Lake and another two songs that won’t be found on the album. Buy the digital EP via iTunes.

Watch above the official video for Good Women. Paul Thomas Saunders is currently touring Europe in support for The Head and the Heart, in April he will be solo-touring the UK. Check out the upcoming dates below and listen to the entire Good Women EP (via Saunders’ Soundcloud).

Cover Art:
Paul Thomas Saunders - Good Women EP (2014)

01. Good Women
02. Good Women [Lanterns On The Lake Remix]
03. Mutually Assured Destruction
04. Under Atacama Stars


Upcoming Tour Dates:
Fri 28 Feb 2014 // Cologne, Germany // Kulturkirche
Sun 02 Mar 2014 // Manchester, UK // Gorilla
Mon 03 Mar 2014 // Glasgow, UK // Òran Mór
Tue 04 Mar 2014 // Dublin, Ireland // Whelan’s
Thu 06 Mar 2014 // London, UK // Scala
Fri 07 Mar 2014 // Amsterdam, Netherlands // Bitterzoet
>> The full touring schedule is available here.

Follow ‘Paul Thomas Saunderson’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Youtube | Instagram

Read more:
Contact Music – Interview With Paul Thomas Saunders, January 2014

New EP: Thief – Closer (2014/05/12) / Track ‘Closer’ [Free Download]

:: I especially liked  the title track ‘Closer’. Enjoy it and stay tuned.


Thief is the new electronic pop project of PJ Wolf. A previous winner of the Triple J Unearthed Top Song competition and recipient of the Foundation for Young Australians Buzz Grant, PJ was recently shortlisted for the prestigious Vanda and Young songwriting competition for his track Closer.

Thief was born when PJ traded in his guitars for synthesizers, crafting a fresh minimalist sound that would embrace the aesthetic of contemporaries such as Metronomy, Frank Ocean and N.E.R.D.

Tapping the talent of producer Matt Redlich (Emma Louise, Hungry Kids Of Hungary, Yes You) to help out with production and mixing he is now ready to share with the world his debut single Broken Boy on September 6th, 2013. [Press release]

Cover Art:

Thief Closer

Artist: Thief
Title of EP: Closer
Release Date: May 12, 2014
Label: Rabble Records

01 Closer
02 Broken Boy
03 Don’t Believe You
04 Cold


Follow ‘Thief’ on:
Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud


Debut Album: Run River North – Run River North (2014/02/25) [Full Album Stream]

:: Wonderful LP! Strongly recommended to listen to it as a whole.


Run River North is Alex Hwang [vocals/acoustic guitar], Daniel Chae [electric guitar/violin], Jennifer Rim [violin], Joseph Chun [bass], John Chong [drums] and Sally Kang [vocals/keys]. The indie-folk six-piece from California’s San Fernando Valley formed in 2011 and was formerly known as Monsters Calling Home.

The band’s self-titled debut album was released in North America on February 25, 2014 via Nettwerk Records. The UK and Europe have to wait a little longer since the album release is scheduled here only for May 02. Run River North is available as download, CD and 12″ vinyl LP. You can buy digitally via iTunes or order your physical copy via Amazon.

Listen to Run River North in its entirety above (via the band’s Soundcloud). The band recorded the set of eleven original songs last summer in Seattle together with renowned record producer Phil Ek (Band Of Horses, Fleet Foxes, The Shins, Sea Wolf, The Walkmen, Father John Misty).

Run River North are touring the US in March and April, most shows  supporting Goo Goo Doll. Check out the dates below and watch the official music video for the current single Fight To Keep, directed by Zak Stoltz.

Cover Art:
Run River North - Run River North (2014)

01. Monsters Calling Home
02. Beetle
03. Lying Beast
04. Run River Run
05. Growing Up
06. Fight to Keep
07. In the Water
08. Somewhere
09. Foxbeard
10. Excuses
11. Banner

Upcoming US Tour Dates:
Mon 03 Mar 2014 // Los Angeles, CA // Troubadour (Album Release Show)
Thu 06 Mar 2014 // Hollywood, CA // In-Store performance at Amoeba Music
Sat 05 Apr 2014 // Brooklyn, NY // Pandora at Brooklyn Night Bazaar °
Mon 07 Apr 2014 // Syracuse, NY // The Carrier Theatre *
Tue 08 Apr 2014 // Ridgefield, CT // The Ridgefield Playhouse *
Wed 09 Apr 2014 // Albany, NY // Swyer Theatre *
° w/Ash, Golden Suits, Drop Electric, Storm // * w/Goo Goo Dolls
>> The full touring schedule is available here.

Follow ‘Run River North’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Youtube | Instagram

New Single: Jake Bugg – A Song About Love

:: Watch the video for Jake´s new single, taken from ‘Shangri La’.


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Artist: Jake Bugg
Title of Album: Shangri La
Release Date: November 18, 2013
Label: Virgin EMI

1. There’s a Beast and We All Feed It
2. Slumville Sunrise
3. What Doesn’t Kill You
4. Me and You
5. Messed Up Kids
6. A Song About Love
7. All Your Reasons
8. Kingpin
9. Kitchen Table
10. Pine Trees
11. Simple Pleasures
12. Storm Passes Away

Upcoming Tour Dates:
March 26 // Vive Cuervo Salón // Mexico City, Mexico
March 28 // Onaciu Bar // Santiago, Chile
April 10 // Auckland Town Hall // Auckland, New Zealand
April 17 // Palace Theatre // Melbourne, VIC, Australia
>> The full touring schedule is available here

Follow ‘Jake Bugg’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Myspace


More ‘Jake Bugg’ on Music Pickings:
2013, Nov 14 – New Album: Shangri La (2013/11/18) / First Single ‘What Doesn’t Kill You’
2012, Nov 12 – Debut Album: Jake Bugg
2012, Feb 23  – Trouble Town [Free Download]

New Album: We Are Scientists – TV en Français (2014/03/04) [Full Album Stream]

:: Yes, it’s here. The new We Are Scientists record. In full. Enjoy!


Still a week to go till Brooklyn’s We Are Scientists are releasing their new LP, but you can already listen to it in full by now. The album is entitled TV en Français, it hits the shelves in the UK/Europe on March 03, 2014 via 100% Records/Dine Alone Records/Masterswan Recordings. US release follows on March 04. It’s the fifth studio album by the indie-rock duo Keith Murray and Chris Cain, and the second full-length since former Razorlight drummer and singer/songwriter Andy Burrows joined in 2009. Last October, We Are Scientists released Business Casualan EP of five songs of which Dumb Luck and Return The Favor are now re-featured on the album as well.

TV en Français is now streaming in its entirety over at the We Are Scientists website. The set of ten songs was recorded in New York City in the course of the past year, it’s produced and mixed by Chris Coady (Beach House, Blonde Redhead) who previously worked with the band as engineer on 2008’s Brain Thrust Mastery. Vocalist/guitarist Murray explains: “Yeah, working for the first time with Chris Coady as producer had a huge effect – he has such a distinct and well-developed sense of what’s cool and what sounds good, but he’s also emphatic about keeping the rawness of the performances in there.

The new album is released as download, CD and 12″ vinyl LP. You can buy digitally via iTunes or order your physical copy here.

We Are Scientists will start touring right after the album release. They start in Europe with a London show at Rough Trade East on March 05, and the tour will also take them to North America and Australia until the end of May. Check out the upcoming dates below and watch the official video for the previously released Return The Favor, directed by Dan Monick.

Cover Art:
We Are Scientists - TV en Français (2014)

01. What You Do Best
02. Dumb Luck
03. Make It Easy
04. Sprinkles
05. Courage
06. Overreacting
07. Return The Favor
08. Slow Down
09. Don’t Blow It
10. Take An Arrow

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Wed 05 Mar 2014 // London, UK // Rough Trade East
Thu 06 Mar 2014 // Oxford, UK // O2 Academy
Fri 07 Mar 2014 Cambridge, UK // Junction
Sat 08 Mar 2014 // Leeds, UK // Stylus
Sun 09 Mar 2014 // Manchester, UK // Ritz
Tue 11 Mar 2014 // Newcastle, UK // Academy
Wed 12 Mar 2014 // Glasgow, UK // O2 ABC
>> The full touring schedule is available here.

Follow ‘We Are Scientists’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Youtube


More ‘We Are Scientists’ on Music Pickings:
2013, Oct 17 − New EP: Business Casual (2013/10/14) [Full EP Stream]

New Album: Moodymann – Moodymann

:: Great new record!


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Artist: Moodymann
Title of Album: Moodymann
Release Date: Januar 20, 2014
Label: KDJ Records

01 Jimmy D…Nickle
02 Hold It Down
03 Never Quite The Same
04 Desire
05 You’re 2 Moody
06 Lyk U Use 2 (feat. Andres)
07 No
08 I Got Werk
09 Max Julien Jacket
10 IGuessuneverbeenlonely
11 U Don’t Even Lyk This Song
12 Come 2 Me
13 Ulooklykicecreaminthesummertyme (feat. Nikki O)
14 How do U Get 2 Detroit
15 Radio
16 Yet Unknown
17 Born 2 Die
18 The Most Fearful
19 I Still Don’t Know Yo Name
20 Watchin U
21 PonyDownCrew
22 Got Dem Freaks Wit Me
23 Freeki Muthafucka
24 Sunday Hotel
25 Girl
26 Sloppy Cosmic
27 Heaven

Follow ‘Moodymann’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Soundcloud


More ‘Moodymann’ on Music Pickings:
2012, Aug 05 –  Hold It Down [Official Video, Free Album Download]
2012, 31 Juli – Without U & Give You Something / EP ‘JMFG Edits’ 1 & 2
2012, Apr 12 − Basement Party / Audio Collection: Picture This [Free Download]