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Debut Album: Nick Hakim – Green Twins (2017/05/19) / New Track ‘Bet She Looks Like You ‘

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Nick Hakim will release his debut full-length album Green Twins via ATO Records on May 19, and the release will be preceded by a North American & European tour. The anticipated album follows his breakthrough Where Will We Go, Pt. I & II EPs that were self-released on his Earseed Records and praised by the New York Times, NPR Music and more. Green Twins is an experimental step forward with emotional heft gleaned from his experiences in the years since. Intimate first single, “Bet She Looks Like You,” was recorded mostly in the New York-based singer-songwriter’s home bedroom, and was one of the first songs that saw Hakim embrace his new experimental way of songwriting and recording.

Each track on the album peels back a particular aspect of his life. He notes that, “a lot of it is what I was thinking in the moment, very specific songs… many of them are like self-portraits.“ He says of Green Twins, “I also felt the need to push my creativity in a different way than I had on the EPs.” The record draws from influences spanning Robert Wyatt, Marvin Gaye and Shuggie Otis to My Bloody Valentine. “We wanted to imagine what it would have sounded like if RZA had produced a Portishead album. We experimented with engineering techniques from Phil Spector and Al Green’s Back Up Train, drum programming from RZA and Outkast, and were listening to a lot of The Impressions, John Lennon, Wu-Tang, Madlib, and Screaming Jay Hawkins.”

The story of Green Twins truly began when, armed with the masters for his EPs, Hakim moved from Boston to Brooklyn, spending his time fleshing out unfinished ideas in his bedroom. He came up with lyrics on the spot, recording sketches and lyrics on voice memos and a four-track cassette recorder. From there, Green Twins came about as a sum of its parts: Hakim took the demo recordings to studios in New York City, Philadelphia and London, and built on them with engineers including Andrew Sarlo (bass, engineering, production), keeping the original essence of the songs intact. Sarlo notes that, “for other artists, a demo serves as a potential shape the song could form into. But for Nick, demos are more like creating a temple: a sanctuary that now we have to go into and somehow clean, furnish, and get ready for other people to experience the sermon in.”

Hakim’s debut comes as the culmination of years chiseling his skills as a musician. Hailing from Washington, D.C., he grew up in a musical household—his older brother introduced him to bands like Bad Brains and Nirvana, and his parents exposed him to Nueva canción—while he set out on his own to discover the DC music scene. He didn’t take an interest in learning an instrument until high school, when he taught himself to play the keys. After graduation, he moved to Boston to continue his study of music. In the time since moving to Brooklyn and setting to work for three years on Green Twins, he embraced the live circuit, both as a solo musician and with his band, whom he’s brought together from within his community in Boston and New York.

With Green Twins, Hakim plans to tour through the beginning of the year (see tour dates below), and hopes that folks will connect with the songs he’s written. “I think everybody feels insecure about certain things and everybody has lost people dear to them. I think I’m writing about common things that people feel,” he says. “I think I’m very grateful for anybody that’s listening or wants to be a part of my little world that I’ve created through song.” [Press Release via Bandcamp]

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Artist: Nick Hakim
Title of Debut Album: Green Twins
Release Date: May 19, 2017
Label: ATO Records

Track Listing:
1. Green Twins
2. Bet She Looks Like You
3. Roller Skates
4. Needy Bees
5. TYAF
6. Cuffed
7. Miss Chew (feat. Jesse & Forever)
8. Farmissplease
9. Those Days (feat. Onyx Collective)
10. Slowly
11. The Want
12. JP

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Apr 19 The Dome – London, UK (Sold Out)
Apr 20 Le Pop Up du Label – Paris, FR
Apr 21 Brussels, BE – Chez PIAS
Apr 22 Studio 672 – Cologne, DE
Apr 23 Bitterzoet – Amsterdam, NL
Apr 25 Berghain Kantine – Berlin, DE
May 11 The Drake Hotel – Toronto, ON
May 12 Bar Le Ritz PBD – Montréal, QC
May 13 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
May 14 Iron Horse Music Hall – Northampton, MA
May 17 Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
May 20 Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
Nov 7 The Lantern – Bristol
Nov 8 KOKO – London, UK
Nov 9 The Deaf Institute – Manchester, UK
Nov 10 King Tut’s – Glasgow, UK
Nov 11 Brudenell Social Club – Leeds, UK

Follow ‘Nick Hakim’ on:
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More ‘Nick Hakim’ on Music Pickings:
2014, Oct 27 – Listen: Where Will We Go, Pt. 1 + Pt. 2 [Full Album Streams]

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New Track: Mount Kimbie – We Go Home Together ft. James Blake

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Artist: Mount Kimbie
Title of Single: We Go Home Together
Release Date: April 04, 2017
Label: Warp Records

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Jul 01 // Pitch Festival // Amsterdam
Jul 06 // Feel Festival // Bergheider See
Jul 07 // Zoom // Frankfurt
Jul 08 // Open Source Festival // Düsseldorf
Aug 12 // Sur Le Lac // St Gallen
Aug 18 // Pukkelpop // Hasselt
Aug 19 // Dockville // Hamburg

Follow ‘Mount Kimbie’ on:
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More ‘Mount Kimbie’ on Music Pickings:
2013, Oct 29 – New EP: CSFLY Remixes (2013/10/28) / Track ‘Made To Stray’ (DJ Koze Remix)
2013, July 28 – Made To Stray [Free Download]
2013, April 28 – New Single: Blood and Form / New Album ‘Cold Spring Fault Less Youth’ (2013/05/27)
2013, Mar 27 – New Album: Cold Spring Fault Less Youth (2013/05/27) / Track ‘Made To Stray’
2011, Sep 14 – Carbonated [Official Video]

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Follow ‘James Blake’ on:
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More ‘James Blake’ on Music Pickings:
2016, May 07 – New Album: The Colour in Anything (2016/05/05) / New Track ‘Timeless’
2016, Feb 13, – New Single: Modern Soul
2014, Oct 19 – New Song: Building It Still
2014, Aug 28 – New Track: 200 Press
2013, Apr 08 – New Songs: Feat. RZA – Take a Fall For Me (feat. RZA) / – Every Day I Ran
2013, Feb 09 – New Album: Overgrown (2013/04/08) / First Single ‘Retrograde’
2012, Feb 15 – New Album: Live Album [Free Download]
2011, Dec 29 − At Birth / “Love What Happened Here” EP
2011, Dec 21 − A Case of You [Official Video]
2011, Nov 03 − Measurements
2011, Aug 25 − James Blake & Bon Iver – Fall Creek Boys Choir

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Debut Album: Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2 – Star Stuff (2017/03/31) / New Track ‘Star Stuff’

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Chaz Bundick meets The Mattson 2 “Star Stuff” is the kind of record that only comes about every once in a blue moon. It slips into existence by the merest margins at the very edge of universal consciousness and then expands to fill a vacuum that we didn’t know needed filling until it appeared full right before us.

The unspoken brotherly bond of the Mattson 2 and the incredibly refined and aesthetic genius of Chaz Bundick (playing both the role of musician and producer) combined to invoke this album from the ether. The Mattsons’ brotherly forgetfulness acted as a catalyst for this most spectacular of collaborations: Jared Mattson (Guitar/bass/extra dimensional texture) forgot to pack a drum stool for Jonathan (Drums/Intra dimensional rythmality) for a show in Oakland in late 2014.

A mutual friend, photographer Andrew Paynter, said he knew someone nearby who might have one, that someone was Chaz Bundick. Chaz stayed to watch their show, and over the following few months they recorded with no set schedule, no set plan, no rules and no limits.

“We all got together after that first encounter, meeting at Chaz’s home studio in Berkeley. We had no set musical ideas because we wanted this to be fresh and pure and 100% collaborative… The songs started morphing and the camaraderie got so strong, inspired, and positive that it was absolutely exhilarating working together! We had the utmost trust in one another. It naturally became a joint record so it became fitting to call it a “meets” project.” – Jared Mattson [Press Release via Bandcamp]

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Artist: Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2
Title of Album: Star Stuff
Release Date: March 31, 2017
Label: Company Records

Track Listing:
1. Sonmoi
2. A Search
3. JBS
4. Star Stuff
5. Steve Pink
6. Disco Kid
7. Don’t Blame Yourself
8. Cascade


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Upcoming Tour Dates:

11/07: Neptune – Seattle, WA
11/09: Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR
11/10: The UC Theatre – Berkeley, CA
11/11: SLO Brew – San Luis Obispo, CA
11/12: Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival – Los Angeles, CA
11/14: Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
11/15: Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
11/16: Meow Wolf – Santa Fe, NM
11/17: Fox Theatre – Boulder, CO
11/18: Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
11/19: Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
11/20: The Badlander – Missoula, MT

Follow ‘Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2’ on:
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New Album: Elbow – Little Fictions (2017/02/03) / Track ‘All Disco’

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Artist: Elbow
Title of Album: Little Fictions
Release Date: February 03, 2017
Label: Polydor

Track Listing:
1. Magnificent (She Says)
2. Gentle Storm
3. Trust the Sun
4. All Disco
5. Head for Supplies
6. Firebrand & Angel
7. K2
8. Montparnasse
9. Little Fictions
10. Kindling


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Upcoming Tour Dates:

>> The full touring schedule is available here.

Follow ‘Elbow’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Youtube

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More ‘Elbow’ on Music Pickings:
2014, Mar 11 – New Album: The Take Off And Landing Of Everything
2012, Sep 09 − New Album: Dead In the Boot [Full Album Stream]
2011, Nov 07 − On European Tour: Elbow

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Debut Album: Cancer – Totem / New Track ‘Die One More Time’

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Cancer is a new duo consisting of When Saints Go Machine lead singer and producer Nikolaj Manuel Vonsild and Chorus Grant lead singer and guitarist Kristian Finne Kristensen. The two songwriters and friends have been working on creating a new and unique musical universe for several years. The band is preparing an international release of the beautiful minialbum Ragazzi later this year.

”Same Color as Digital Photography” is the first single from the band. Nikolaj Manuel Vonsild is known for his distinctive, beautiful and soulful vocals from Danish electronic outfit When Saints Go Machine. Kristian Finne Kristensen is known for his warm vocals and analogue sound from guitars, bass and drums in Chorus Grant. With Cancer both musicians show yet another side of their talent. The songs on Ragazzi are both radical and beautiful future ballads oozing with presence, a restless calm and out-of-this-world melodiousness which cuts through the gamut of emotions with a deeply melancholic undercurrent.

Ragazzi consists of 6 songs lasting well over 30 minutes. Nis Bysted, who has also worked with bands like, Iceage, Choir of Young Believers & his own band Thulebasen, produced the record alongside Nikolaj & Kristian. The richness of sound found in Ragazzi arises from the energy and subtle ferocity created in recording live instruments, as well as a great wealth of detail and poetic meticulousness in the lyrics. Nikolaj & Kristian have written 6 songs that lyrically take place in the mind’s peripheral areas; where everything is at stake. The phonetics of the lyrics have shaped the music just as much as the other way around. Cancer played their first concert on the prestigious Danish film festival cph:dox in November 2012 and have since played only a handful of carefully chosen shows – each time leaving the audience out of breath with excitement. When playing live Cancer is a 4-man band (vocals, guitar, bass, drums and samples). In their first live outing of 2014, Cancer will be playing at Roskilde Festival in July, performing the entirety of Ragazzi as well as a selection of new material. [Press release via Cancer]

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Artist: Cancer
Title of Album: Totem
Release Date: January 27, 2017
Label: Tambourhinoceros

Track Listing:
1 Esca
2 Explicit Die One More Time
3 Honey
4 Testa Nera Prima
5 Errors
6 Tears
7 Mr. Exorcist
8 Tak for Nu
9 Savage
10 Animals
11 This Is Where It Hurts

Follow ‘Cancer’ on:
Official Website | FacebookSoundCloud

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New Track: Father John Misty – Ballad of the Dying Man / New Album ‘Pure Comedy’

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Artist: Father John Misty
Title of Album: Pure Comedy
Release Date: April 07, 2017
Label: Sub Pop Records

Track Listing:
1 Pure Comedy
2 Total Entertainment Forever
3 Things It Would Have Been Helpful to Know Before the Revolution
4 Ballad of the Dying Man
5 Birdie
6 Leaving LA
7 A Bigger Paper Bag
8 When the God of Love Returns There’ll Be Hell to Pay
9 Smoochie
10 Two Wildly Different Perspectives
11 The Memo
12 So I’m Growing Old on Magic Mountain
13 In Twenty Years or So


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More ‘Father John Misty’ on Music Pickings:
2015, Apr 18 – New Song: I Loved You, Honeybee
2014, Nov 05 – New Album: I Love You, Honeybear (2015/02/09) / New Track ‘Bored in the USA’
2013, Jun 07 – New Video: Funtimes In Babylon [Official Video]
2012, May 01 – Debut Album: Fear Fun (2012/05/01)
2012, Mar 22 – Nancy From Now On [Official Video]
2012, Feb 02 – Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings [Official Video]

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Debut Album: Charlie Cunningham – Lines (2017/01/27) / New Track ‘Minimum’

:: I adore his sound!


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Artist: Charlie Cunningham
Title of Album: Lines
Release Date: January 27, 2017
Label: Dumont Dumont

Track Listing:
1 An Opening
2 I Can Be
3 Born
4 Lines
5 Lights Off
6 Minimum
7 Answers
8 How Much
9 Breather
10 Molino
11 You Sigh
12 While You Are Young

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Feb 07 // Sneaky Pete’s. // Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Feb 10 // Woodlands Centre // Isle Of Lewis, United Kingdom
Feb 11 // The Tooth and Claw // Inverness, United Kingdom
Feb 13 // The Tunnels // Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Feb 15 // CATHEDRALE SAINT JEAN // Besancon, France
Feb 23 // Union Chapel // London, United Kingdom
Mar 22 // Trois Baudets // Paris, France
Mar 24 // Schloss Landestrost // Neustadt Am Rübenberge, Germany
Mar 25 // Konzerthaus Dortmund // Dortmund, Germany
Mar 26 // Kampnagel // Hamburg, Germany
>> The full touring schedule is available here

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More ‘Charlie Cunningham’ on Music Pickings:
2015, May 11 – New EP: Breather (2015/03/09) [Full EP Stream]
2014, Nov 18 − Debut EP: Outside Things (2014/11/17) [Full EP Stream]

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