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New Album: Patrick Cowley – Muscle Up (2015/10/19) / Track ‘Somebody To Love Tonight’ [Free Download]

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Dark Entries and Honey Soundsystem Records have teamed up again to release another volume of gay porn soundtracks by San Francisco-based musician and producer, Patrick Cowley. Perhaps one of the most revolutionary and influential people in the canon of disco music, Cowley created his own brand of Hi-NRG dance music, “The San Francisco Sound.” Born in Buffalo, NY on October 19, 1950, Patrick moved to San Francisco at the age of 21. He studied at the City College of San Francisco where he founded the Electronic Music Lab. During this time, Patrick, along with his classmates Maurice Tani and Art Adcock, would create radio jingles and electronic pieces using the school’s equipment: first a Putney, then an E-MU System, and finally a Serge synthesizer. He would make experimental soundtracks by blending various types of music and adapting them to the synthesizer.

By the mid-70′s, Patrick’s synthesizer skills landed him a job composing and producing songs for disco superstar Sylvester, including hits like “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)”, “Dance Disco Heat” and “Stars.” This helped Patrick obtain more work as a remixer and producer. His 18-minute long remix of Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love” and his production work with edgy New Wave band Indoor Life were both of particular note. By 1981, Patrick had released a string of dance 12″ singles, like “Menergy” and “Megatron Man”. He also had founded Megatone Records and released his debut album, “Menergy”. Around this time Patrick was hospitalized and diagnosed with a then-unknown illness: that which would later be called AIDS. Throughout 1982, he recorded two more Hi-NRG hits, “Do You Wanna Funk” for Sylvester, and “Right On Target” for Paul Parker, as well as a second solo album “Mind Warp”. On November 12, 1982, he passed away.

In 1979 Patrick was contacted by John Coletti, owner of famed gay pornc ompany Fox Studio in Los Angeles. Patrick jumped on this offer and sent reels of his college compositions from the 70s to John in LA. Coletti then used a variable speed oscillator to adjust the pitch and speed of Patrick’s songs in-sync with the film scene. “Muscle Up” is a collection of Cowley’s instrumental songs recorded between 1973 and 1980 found in the Fox Studio vaults. This compilation also includes bonus compositions found in the basement of Megatone Records owner John Hedges and the attic of former bandmate Maurice Tani. Influenced by Tomita, Wendy Carlos, and Giorgio Moroder, Patrick crafted an electronic sound from his collection of synthesizers, percussion, modified guitars, and hand-built equipment. The listener enters a world of forbidden vices evocative of Patrick’s time spent in the bathhouses of San Francisco. The songs on “Muscle Up” are divided into four sides, each showcasing a different facet of Cowley’s work. Side one opens with an ambient journey through the Amazon. Tension builds on side two, with the instrumental demo version of the slow-chugging masterpiece “I Need Somebody To Love Tonight”. On sides three and four things go interstellar with ecstatic space-funk and galactic workouts.

Featuring 75 minutes of music, this compilation contains soundtrack music from two Fox Studio films, “Muscle Up” and “School Daze”, plus additional songs from the same era, never before released on vinyl. The tapes were restored and transferred using the same speed and pitch settings, then remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA. The vinyl comes housed in a extra wide spine jacket and giant fold-out poster featuring a handmade collage using photography and xerox graphics of classic gay porn imagery from the Fox Studio vaults by Berlin-based artist Gwenael Rattke. Each double album also contains a 8×11 glossy promotional “Muscle Up” replica poster with original VHS artwork plus an essay from Maurice Tani. For Patrick’s 65th birthday, Dark Entries and Honey Soundsystem Records present a glimpse into the futuristic world of a young genius. These recordings shine a new light on the experimental side of a disco legend who was taken too soon. [Press Release]

Cover Art:
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Artist: Patrick Cowley
Title of Album: Muscle Up
Release Date: October 19, 2015
Label: Dark Entries

Tracklist:
01 Cat’s Eye
02 The Jungle Dream
03 Deep Inside You
04 Somebody To Love Tonight
05 Pigfoot
06 5oz Of Funk
07 Don’t Ask
08 Uhura
09 Timelink
10 Mockingbird Dream 2

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New Single: ON AN ON – Drifting [Free Download + Official Video]

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Drifting was released on March 10, 2015 via Roll Call Records. The track is available as digital single from iTunes, but you can also download in completely for free in return for email from the band’s website.

It’s the first single taken from ON AN ON’s upcoming sophomore LP which is released this summer. Further details on the Joe Chiccarelli (Spoon, White Stripes, The Shins, My Morning Jacket) produced album will follow soon.

The music video for Drifting premiered a few days ago. It’s directed by Kyle Gibby and Nick Rush – watch and listen above.

Cover Art:
On An On - Drifting (2015)

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Debut Album: Black Atlass – Jade (2015/04/01) [Full Album Stream + Free Download]

:: Wow. Amazing songs most suitable for a nighttime listen.

 

Jade was self-released on April 01, 2015. The best thing is, you can download the entire album completely for free from Black Atlass’ website. Following several EP’s and singles, it’s the first full-length release by the Montreal r&b recording artist Alex Fleming aka Black Atlass. The digital release will be followed by a physical deluxe version soon.

As of today, the album is streaming in its entirety below (via Soundcloud). Take a listen and enjoy! All songs are written, recorded, produced and engineered by Alexander Fleming. The video clip Black Atlass used for the album announcement is directed by Cameron Morse – watch and listen below.

And here’s what Black Atlass says of his new album: “Jade is the story of finding love and uncovering a hidden beauty in the universe. In order for the message of this project to remain purely authentic, I wanted to share it wth my fans for free and have it influence their lives in a way similar to how we’re influenced by the natural beauty of the world. Our generation is taking part in a cultural movement of returning art back to an accessible part of life and truly making it something everyone can be involved in. Let’s use our creative power to define our generation and inspire the world.

Cover Art:
Black Atlass - Jade (2015)

Tracklist:
01. Temple
02. No Infinity
03. Young West Coast
04. My Body
05. Blonde
06. Summertime (Interlude)
07. Nights Like This
08. Geneviève
09. Forever
10. Valentine

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More ‘Black Atlass’ on Music Pickings:
2014, Feb 17 – New EP: Young Bloods (2014/02/18) / New Single ‘Blossom’ [Official Video]

New Album: This Is The Kit – Bashed Out (2015/04/06) [Full Album Stream]

:: Have been waiting for this for so long. And now it’s here: Kate Stables’ new LP. Absolutely brilliant, just as her live performances are!

 

This Is The Kit is musical venture of England-born and Paris-based singer/songwriter Kate Stables [vocals/banjo/guitar]. On tour, she is supported by Jesse D Vernon [bass/guitar/violin], Jamie Whitby-Coles [drums], Rozi Plain [vocals/guitar], Neil Smith [guitar] and Philip Sirop [batterie]. Five years after her sophomore album Wriggle Out The Restless was first released, This Is The Kit finally returns next week with new album Bashed Out and you can take a full listen now.

Bashed Out is officially released in the UK/Europe on April 06, 2015 via Brassland. North American release follows on April 07. The album will be available as digital download (in any possible format), CD and 12″ vinyl LP. You can buy/pre-order your copy of Bashed Out directly from This Is The Kit’s Bandcamp. The digital album is also available from iTunes and Amazon.

The album is now streaming in its entirety over at The Line Of Best Fit. The ten songs of Bashed Out are produced by The National‘s Aaron Brooking Dessner (Sharon Van Etten, Local Natives). The Brooklyn-based indie rock outfit is a big fan of Kate Stables, they previously invited her to open for The National during their last world tour. The album also features key instrumental contributions by a number of session players from Brooklyn’s music scene: Bryce Dessner, Thomas Bartlett (Doveman, The Gloaming), Matt Barrick (The Walkmen) and Ben Lanz (Beirut, The National).

Listen above to the incredibly beautiful second single Silver John. The official video for title track Bashed Out – directed by Sam Weller – is streaming below where you can also check out This Is The Kit’s upcoming summer festival and tour dates. You can also download the album track Misunderstanding for free here.

Cover Art:
This Is The Kit - Bashed Out (2015)

Tracklist:
01. Misunderstanding
02. Silver John
03. Spores All Settling
04. Magic Spell
05. Bashed Out
06. All In Cahoots
07. Nits
08. Vitamins
09. We Are In
10. Cold and Got Colder

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Thu 04 Jun 2015 // Hamburg, Germany // Aalhaus
Sat 05 Jun 2015 // Dresden, Germany // discorporate Festival
Fri 24 Jul 2015 // Clitheroe, UK // Stephen Park
Thu 20 Aug 2015 // Powys/Abergavenny, UK // Green Man Festival 2015
Fri 04 Sep 2015 // Salisbury, UK // End of the Road Festival 2015
Thu 24 Nov 2015 // Brighton, UK // The Haunt
>> The full touring schedule is available here.

Follow ‘This Is The Kit’ on:
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Read more:
The Line Of Best Fit − This Is The Kit – Bashed Out [Review]

New Single: Outfit – Genderless [Free Download]

:: Fantastic. Outfit are back!

 

Outfit’s debut LP Performance surely is one of my most heard, most liked records of 2013. In early June, the Liverpool art rock five-piece returns with its sophomore LP Slowness which already is exciting enough, but with Genderless we can also listen to the first cut from the album.

Genderless was unveiled on March 05, 2015 via the band’s Soundcloud. You can download the track in return for our email from Outfit’s website, but Genderless is also available to buy as digital single from iTunes.

Slowness drops officially on June 15, 2015 via Memphis Industries. The LP will be available as digital download (mp3/flac), CD and Gatefold blue/swirl colour LP (incl. download code). You can pre-order digitally from iTunes or in all formats from Outfit’s website.

Cover Art (artwork by Lucy Hardcastle):
Outfir - Genderless (2015)

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Wed 13 May 2015 // London, UK // The Lexington
Thu 18 Jun 2015 // Liverpool, UK // The Kazimier

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More ‘Outfit’ on Music Pickings:
2013, Aug 14 − Debut Album: Performance (2013/08/12) [Full Album Stream]

Debut Album: Aero Flynn – Aero Flynn (2015/03/10) [Full Album Stream]

:: Not getting enough of this LP!


Aero Flynn is the new band of singer/songwriter Josh Scott, the outfit further comprises Adam Hurlburt, Mike Noyce, Dave Power and Ben Lester. Scott’s old band Amateur Love shared members with Justin Vernon’s old band, DeYarmond Edison, more than a decade ago and before the latter wrote his masterpiece with his following band Bon Iver. The rest of backstory is told by Field Music/DeYarmond Edison member and Scott’s friend Chris Porterfield in a lengthy post on Aero Flynn’s website. Check it out, it’s an interesting read.

Aero Flynn drops officially in North America today (March 10, 2015) via Ooh La La Records. The album is available as digital download and 12″ vinyl LP. You can buy digitally from iTunes or order your physical copy of Aero Flynn from Amazon. European release of the album is scheduled for June 29 via Memphis Industries (Germany on June 26).

The album is streaming in its entirety over at The Current. The set of nine songs is produced by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. Listen above the album tracks Twist and Dk/Pi and stream the recently shared Crisp below. Aero Flynn are touring the US in April and May, check out the upcoming dates below. Dk/Pi can be downloaded in return for your email from Aero Flynn’s website.

Cover Art:
Aero Flynn - Aero Flynn (2015)

Tracklist:
01. Plates2
02. Twist
03. Dk/Pi
04. Crisp
05. Tree
06. Floating
07. Maker
08. Brand New
09. Moonbeams

 

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Fri 03 Apr 2015 // Minneapolis, MN, USA // 7th Street Entry
Sat 04 Apr 2015 // Eau Claire, WI, USA // House of Rock
Wed 06 May 2015 // Nashville, TN, USA // The Stone Fox
Thu 07 – Fri 08 May 2015 // Dallas, TX, USA // Club Dada
Sat 09 May 2015 // Austin, TX, USA // The Mohawk
Mon 11 May 2015 // Scottsdale, AZ, USA // Pub Rock
>> The full touring schedule is available here.

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Debut Album: The Slow Show – White Water (2015/03/02) [Full Album Stream] / New Single ‘Bloodline’ [Official Video + Free Download]

:: The entire album a must-listen!

The Slow Show are Rob Goodwin [vocals/guitar], Fred Kindt [keys], Joel Byrne McCullough [guitar], Chris Hough [drums] and James Longden [bass]. The five Manchester guys are making music together already since 2010 and they’ve took their time to create their first album. As of today, you can listen to the entire LP and decide whether it’s been worth the wait.

White Water drops officially in the UK / Europe next Monday (March 09, 2015) via Haldern Pop Recordings. Germany and some other European countries already see release of the album today (March 06). White Water will be available as digital download as well as limited edition signed CD and 12″ vinyl. You can buy digitally from iTunes/Amazon or order your physical copy of White Water from Recordstore.co.uk or Amazon (Germany/UK).

The album is streaming in its entirety over at Germany music blog Oh Fancy (via Muzu.tv).

Bloodline is the second single taken from White Water. The song comes with a wonderful music video directed by David Sutton & Gareth Birkett. The story of A Tide Film is created by The Slow Show – watch and listen above. Bloodline can be downloaded for free from the band’s Soundcloud.

The Slow Show are touring the UK / Europe in May and June and tonight, they’re playing the album release show at London Oslo. Check out the upcoming dates below and listen to the album’s first single Dresden. The music video is directed by Christoph Steinau with a story created by the band.

Cover Art:
The Slow Show - White Water (2015)

Tracklist:
01. Dresden
02. Long Way Home
03. Bloodline
04. Testing
05. Brother
06. Bad Day
07. Augustine
08. Paint You Like A Rose
09. Flowers To Burn
10. Lucky Me, Lucky You
11. God Only Knows

Upcoming Tour Dates:

Fri 06 Mar 2015 // London, UK // Oslo

Fri 24 Apr 2015 // Amsterdam, Netherlands // Paradiso (London Calling Festival)

Tue 19 May 2015 // Leuven, Belgium // Depot

Wed 20 May 2015 // Nijmwegen, Netherlands // Merlyn

Thu 21 May 2015 // Cologne, Germany // Luxor

Fri 22 May 2015 // Haldern, Germany // Haldern Pop Bar

>> The full touring schedule is available here.

 

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