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New Album: Ariel Pink – Dedicated to Bobby Jameson (2017/09/15)

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Los Angeles’s prodigal songwriting son Ariel Pink shares his eleventh studio album, Dedicated to Bobby Jameson, September 15.

The album’s title makes a direct and heartfelt reference to a real-life L.A. musician, long presumed dead, who resurfaced online in 2007 after 35 reclusive years to pen his autobiography and tragic life story in a series of blogs and YouTube tirades. “His book and life resonated with me to such a degree,” Pink states, “that I felt a need to dedicate my latest record to him.”

Dedicated to Bobby Jameson begins at the end and ends at the beginning. “We follow the protagonist through a battery of tests and milestones, the first of which sees him reborn into life out of death,” Pink explains, referencing the opening track “Time To Meet Your God.” “From there, he seesaws his way between the innocent love and the rock-solid edifice of childhood-worn trauma that together constitute his lifelong initiation into the realm of artifice and theatrical disposability.” [Press release by Bandcamp]

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Artist: Ariel Pink
Title of Album: Dedicated to Bobby Jameson
Release Date: September 15, 2017
Label: Mexican Summer

Tracklist:
1. Time To Meet Your God
2. Feels Like Heaven
3. Death Patrol
4. Santa’s In The Closet
5. Dedicated To Bobby Jameson
6. Time To Live
7. Another Weekend
8. I Wanna Be Young
9. Bubblegum Dreams
10. Dreamdate Narcissist
11. Kitchen Witch
12. Do Yourself A Favor
13. Acting (feat. DāM-Funk)

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Oct 12 // The Institute of Mentalphysics Joshua Tree, CA
Oct 13 // Desert Daze Festival // Palm Springs, CA
Oct 14 // The Chapel // San Francisco, CA
Oct 15 // The Chapel // San Francisco, CA
Oct 16 // The Chapel // San Francisco, CA
Oct 19 // Revolution Hall // Portland, OR
Oct 20 // Venue // Vancouver, BC
Oct 21 // Neumo’s // Seattle, WA
Oct 23 // Metro Music Hall // Salt Lake City, UT
>> The full touring schedule is available here

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Debut Album: Harriet Brown – Contact

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Ascending from Los Angeles by way of the Bay Area, artist, writer and producer Harriet Brown is back to deliver his debut album, Contact, the follow-up to his 2014 EP, New Era. Composed, arranged, co-produced and performed by your very own himself, Contact is a concept album about communication and the contact we purposely, accidentally and inherently struggle to make between friends, lovers and strangers, be them human or otherwise. And when it comes to the live show, Harriet Brown will stun you. It’s an all-in-one package deal with sensual vocals, live loops, groovin’ drum machines, manic guitar lines and thick synths, all at the hands of one being. It’s no secret that this multi-instrumentalist and producer is influenced sonically and ethically by The Artist himself. And If Prince is his king, Sade is his queen, as they reside over an ever expanding court of every genre that falls in between. Harriet Brown’s sound is not what you’d expect from a one man band – sexual and sensitive, ambiguous and androgynous, prepare to be paralyzed by the sounds of Harriet Brown.

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Artist: Harriet Brown
Title of Album: Contact
Release Date: April 21, 2017
Label: Innovative Leisure

Track Listing:
1 Intro
2 ESP
3 Paralyzed
4 Cybernetiplegia
5 Contact
6 Mother
7 Obsession
8 Cryptid
9 Atlantis
10 Outro (Athanasi)
11 In My Head

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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]

Cover Art:
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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: NxWorries – Yes Lawd (2016/10/21) / New Song ‘Lyk Dis’

:: Bumpin on repeaaaat!


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The linup: Anderson.Paak and Knxlwledge

Cover Art:
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Artist: NxWorries
Title of Album: Yes Lawd
Release Date: October 21, 2016
Label: Stones Throw

Tracklist:
01 Intro
02 Livvin
03 Wngs
04 Best One
05 What More Can I Say
06 Kutless
07 Lyk Dis
08 Can’t Stop
09 Get Bigger / Do U Luv
10 Khadija
11 H.A.N.
12 Scared Money
13 Suede
14 Starlite
15 Sidepiece
16 Jodi
17 Link Up
18 Another Time
19 Fkku


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Listen: Monophonics – Promises / New Album ‘Sound of Sinning’

:: Promise. A killer single!


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The lineup: Austin Bohlman (Drums), Myles O’Mahony (Bass/Background Vocals), Ian McDonald (Guitar/Background Vocals), Ryan Scott (Trumpet/Background Vocals/Percussion) & Kelly Finnigan (Keys/Lead Vocals) along with a rotating 2nd horn usually filled by Nadav Nirenberg (Trombone) from Ikebe Shakedown and Breakdown Brass.

Cover Art:
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Artist: Monophonics
Title of Album: Sound of Sinning
Release Date: May 15, 2015
Label: Transistor Sound

Tracklist: 
1 Lying Eyes
2 Sound of Sinning
3 La la la Love Me
4 Promises
5 Falling Apart
6 Hanging On
7 Strange Love
Find My Way Back Home
9 Holding Back Your Love
10 Too Long
11 Everyone’s Got…

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Jun 16 // The Jazz Cafe // London, UK
Jun 18 // Bi Nuu // Berlin, Germany
Jun 20 // Mojo Club // Hamburg, Germany
Jun 26 // A38 Ship // Budapest, Hungary
>> The full touring schedule is available here

Follow ‘Monophonics’ on:
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New Single: Trails and Ways – Say You Will / New Album ‘Pathology’ (2015/06/02)

:: Fingers crossed there’s more to come!


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Second single off their debut album ‘Pathology’.

The linup: Emma Oppen (Bass, Vocals), Keith Brower Brown (Vocals, Rhythm guitar, Keyboards), Ian Quirk (Drums), Hannah Van Loon (Lead guitar, Keyboards)

 

Cover Art:
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Artist: Trails and Ways
Title of Album: Pathology
Release Date: June 02, 2015
Label: Barsuk Records

Tracklist:
1 Skeletons
2 Say You Will
3 Mtn Tune
4 Jacaranda
5 Heavy Sleeper
6 Nunca
7 Downright
8 Defined
9 Terezinha
10 Dream About Me
11 Vines


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Upcoming Tour Dates:
Jun 5 // San Francisco, CA // The Independent
Jun 6 // Los Angeles, CA // The Bootleg HiFi
Jun 7 // Phoenix, AZ // Valley Bar
Jun 9 // Austin, TX // Red 7
Jun 10 // Dallas, TX // Club Dada
Jun 12 // Atlanta, GA // 529
Jun 13 // Chapel Hill, NC // Local 506
Jun 14 // Washington, DC // DC9
Jun 16 // Philadelphia, PA // Kung Fu Necktie
Jun 18 // New York, NY // Mercury Lounge
Jun 19 //Boston, MA // Red Room @ Café 939
>> The full touring schedule is available here

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2012, Oct 10 – Nunca / – Mtn Tune [Free Download]

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New Album: Lord Huron – Strange Tails (2015/04/07) [Full Album Stream]

:: A must-listen from first song to last.

L.A.-based indie-folk outfit Lord Huron once started as a solo project by Michigan-born Ben Schneider [guitar/vocals] quickly grew into a full band which today also comprises Mark Barry [percussion/vocals], Miguel Briseño [bass/keys/percussion] and Tom Renaud [guitar/vocals]. Following 2012’s full-length debut Lonesome Dreams, the band is now about to release their sophomore LP Strange Tails. The album won’t be out before next Tuesday, but you can dig your ears into it right now.

Strange Tails drops officially on April 07, 2015 via IAMSOUND Records / Play It Again Sam. UK/European release on April 06. The set of fourteen tracks will be available as digital download, CD and 12″ vinyl LP. You can buy digitally from iTunes or order your physical copy of Strange Tails from Amazon.

The album is now streaming in its entirety over at Gigwise. Strange Tails was recorded at the band’s own Whispering Pines studios in downtown L.A.

The World Ender is the latest track unveiled from Strange Tails, and it’s an absolute must-listen – check it out above. Lord Huron are touring North America all April and May and they’re also playing four European shows in early June. Check out the upcoming dates below and listen to the album track Fool for Love.

Cover Art:
Lord Huron - Strange Tails (2015)

Tracklist:
01. Love Like Ghosts
02. Until the Night Turns
03. Dead Man’s Hand
04. Hurricane (Johnnie’s Theme
05. La Belle Fleur Sauvage
06. Fool for Love
07. The World Ender
08. Meet Me in the Woods
09. The Yawning Grave
10. Frozen Pines
11. Cursed
12. Way Out There
13. Louisa
14. The Night We Met

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Mon 13 Apr 2015 // Santa Barbara, CA, US // Lobero Theatre
Tue 14 Apr 2015 // Santa Cruz, CA, USA // Cocoanut Grove Historic Ballroom
Thu 16 Apr 2015 // Portland, OR, US // Crystal Ballroom
Fri 17 Apr 2015 // Vancouver, Canada // The Vogue Theatre
Sat 18 Apr 2015 // Seattle, WA, US // The Showbox
Mon 20 Apr 2015 // Salt lake City, UT, US // The Depot
>> The full touring schedule is available here.

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Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Youtube | Instagram

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More ‘Lord Huron’ on Music Pickings:
2012, Oct 11 − Debut Album: Lonesome Dreams (2012/10/09) [Full Album Stream]