City Slang

Official Video: Roosevelt – Moving On (2017/03/07)

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Artist: Roosevelt
Title of Track: Moving On
Release Date: March 07, 2017
Label: Greco-Roman / City Slang

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More ‘Roosevelt’ on Music Pickings:
2013, Sep 13 – Debut EP: Elliot (2013/10/07) [Greco-Roman]

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New Album: Sinkane – Life & Livin’ It (2017/02/17)

:: You know what time it is? Disco time!


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Sinkane music — every note of it — comes straight out of a generosity of spirit. Never has that spirit been on more vivid display than on the uplifting new album Life & Livin’ It. This is feel-good music for trying times, celebrating what makes life good without ignoring what makes it hard.

By the time they finished touring for their acclaimed Mean Love album in late 2015, Ahmed Gallab and the band had spread the gospel of Sinkane to the world, playing 166 shows in 20 countries. During the same period, he had also led The Atomic Bomb Band — the highly celebrated 15-piece outfit that played the music of elusive Nigerian electro-funk maestro William Onyeabor. The band included David Byrne, Damon Albarn, members of Hot Chip, LCD Soundsystem, The Rapture, Jamie Lidell and legendary jazz musicians Pharoah Sanders and Charles Lloyd, and they played all over the planet, including making their TV debut on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. “Those 14 months really changed my life,” Ahmed says. “Not only did I learn how to put on a bigger show, but all that touring brought Sinkane closer as a band.”

As Ahmed got into writing Life & Livin’ It, he had a clear goal; to conjure the ups and downs of a universal experience, and have fun while doing it. “I would listen to my favorite records, like Funkadelic’s America Eats Its Young, and realize how great they made me feel. That carefree, light and fun feeling I was getting while writing this record is what I want everyone to feel when they listen to it.”

Ahmed soon brought the band in to help with the material, testing the songs at a four-show residency of sold-out shows at Union Pool in Brooklyn where the audience’s reception fed the creative process. They toured throughout the summer before setting up shop at Sonic Ranch Studios in El Paso, Texas. Once again produced by Ahmed with lyrics and help from longtime collaborator Greg Lofaro, the album draws from the best elements of Sinkane’s previous records: the slinky funk and soul grooves are there, so are the sparkling melodies with roots in sub-Saharan Africa. With basic tracking played together live, the fun and immediacy of Sinkane’s live show is a central feeling of the recordings. The four members of Sinkane – bassist Ish Montgomery, drummer Jason Trammell, guitarist Jonny Lam and Ahmed – sang and played additional parts on every song, with Trammell contributing lyrics to “Theme from Life & Livin’ It,” and Lam helping with arrangements. Jas Walton and Jordan MacLean of Daptone recording artists Antibalas contributed horns.

Ahmed’s primary intention was to make music that is joyous, but also socially conscious when you scratch beneath the surface. The songs “U’Huh” and “Theme from Life & Livin’ It” conjure up the simple pleasures of hanging with friends, but there are heavier vibes in there. Ahmed says, “I remember listening to Bob Marley as a child. Dancing with my family in our living room and then my mother telling me what issues he was addressing, and that it was important to remember those things while listening. It made the music even better because it became about something more.”

“Favorite Song” came about from Ahmed’s experiences DJ’ing in New York. “As a DJ you’re always paying attention to the collective energy in the club. When you play a song that everyone knows, everybody is connected, lost in the music.” That song, along with “U’Huh”, has lyrics sung in Arabic, Ahmed’s native tongue. “Kulu shi tamaam!” means “everything is great!” while “ya zol ya zain!” is a Sudanese term of endearment meaning “my beautiful friend.” “It’s really easy to understand the tone of those words,” Ahmed adds. “They just feel good, you don’t have to know what they mean. It’s kind of like listening to Caetano Veloso or Jorge Ben — you don’t have to know Portuguese to feel what they’re saying.”

True to its name, Life & Livin’ It is an album about all kinds of experiences. When Ahmed Gallab sings, he sounds unafraid yet vulnerable. But while he once sang of feeling like he was on the planet Mars, Ahmed is now firmly grounded on Earth. He’s no longer searching for his home — he has created a home for himself. There’s a party there, and Life & Livin’ It is playing on the stereo. You are invited. [Press release by ]

Cover Art:
Life & Livin' It - SINKANE

Artist: Sinkane
Title of Album: Life & Livin’ It
Release Date: February 10, 2017
Label: City Slang

Track Listing:
1. Deadweight
2. U’Huh
3. Favorite Song
4. Fire 5. Telephone
6. Passenger
7. Theme From Life & Livin’ It
8. Won’t Follow
9. The Way

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Feb 15 // Space Gallery // Portland, ME, US
Feb 16 // Great Scott // Allston, MA, US
Feb 17 // The Bowery Ballroom // New York, NY, US
Feb 18 // Black Cat // Washington, DC, US
>> The full touring schedule is available here

Follow ‘Sinkane’ on:
Official Website | FacebookBandcamp

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New Album: Tindersticks – The Waiting Room

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‘The Waiting Room’ features guest appearances by Jehnny Beth of Savages and a particularly poignant duet with dear lost friend of Stuart Staples, Lhasa De Sela. Its brass arrangements are by the great Julian Siegel and it comes dressed in a sleeve by legendary french photographer Richard Dumas.

Cover Art:
Tindersticks_The_Waiting_Room

Artist: Tindersticks
Title of Album: The Waiting Room
Release Date: January 22, 2016
Label: City Slang

Tracklist:
01. Follow Me
02. Second Chance Man
03. Were We Once Lovers?
04. Help Youself
05. Hey Lucinda
06. This Fear Of Emptiness
07. How He Entered
08. The Waiting Room
09. Planting Holes
10. We Are Dreamers!
11. Like Only Lovers Can

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Feb 24, 2016 // FR Dijon // Grand Théatre
Feb 25, 2016 // FR Annemasse // Château Rouge
Feb 26, 2016 // FR Reims // La Cartonnerie
Feb 27, 2016 // FR Arras // Théâtre d’Arras
Feb 28, 2016 // NL Rotterdam // De Doelen
Feb 29, 2016 // NL Amsterdam // Koninklijk Theater Carre
Mar 2, 2016 // FR Rouen // 106 Club
Mar 3, 2016 // FR Cenon // Rocher de Palmer
Mar 4, 2016 // FR Tarbes // Le Parvis
Mar 5, 2016 // FR Nîmes // Paloma
>> The full touring schedule is available here

Follow ‘Tindersticks’ on:
Official website | Facebook

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More ‘Tindersticks’ on Music Pickings:
2012, Feb 20 – Medicine [Official Video] / New Album ‘The Something Rain’

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New Album: Gold Panda – Good Luck And Do Your Best (2016/05/27) / New Track ‘Time Eater’

:: Watch the official video below!


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Artist: Gold Panda
Title of Album: Good Luck And Do Your Best
Release Date: May 27, 2016
Label: City Slang

Tracklist:
01 Metal Bird
02 In My Car
03 Chiba Nights
04 Pink And Green
05 Song For A Dead Friend
06 I Am Real Punk
07 Autumn Fall
08 Halyards
09 Time Eater
10 Unthank
11 Your Good Times Are Just Beginning

Upcoming Tour Dates:
May 29 //Tufnell Park Dome // London
Jun 02 // Echoplex // L.A.

Follow ‘Gold Panda’ on:
Official WebsiteFacebook | Twitter | SoundCloud

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More ‘Gold Panda’ on Music Pickings:
2014, Aug 13 – New: Clarke’s Dream [Free Download]
2013, Jun 10 – We Work Nights / New Album ‘Half Of Where You Live’ (2013/06/10) [Full Album Stream]

 

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Listen: Sinkane – How We Be

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Cover Art:
Sinkane_How_We_Be

Artist: Sinkane
Title of Album: Mean Love
Release Date: 29 August, 2014
Label: City Slang (Universal Music)

Tracklist:
1 How We Be 4:15
2 New Name 3:03
3 Yacha 3:41
4 Young Trouble 3:39
5 Moonstruck 3:03
6 Mean Love 3:38
7 Hold Tight 3:17
8 Galley Boys 3:46
9 Son 3:45
10 Omdurman

Follow ‘Sinkane’ at:
Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud

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New Album: Dan Mangan + Blacksmith – Club Meds (2015/01/13) [Full Album Stream]

:: First highlight in music of 2015 comes very early. Excellent album, take a listen!

 

Still more than two weeks to go till Canadian singer/songwriter Dan Mangan releases his fourth studio album Club Meds under the moniker Dan Mangan + Blacksmith, but as of yesterday, you can already take a listen to the whole thing in an exclusive stream. Club Meds is the follow-up to Mangan’s critically acclaimed and Juno award-winning 2011 LP Oh Fortune. Blacksmith is Kenton Loewen [drums], Gordon Grdina [guitar], John Walsh [bass] and often JP Carter [trumpet|, Jesse Zubot [violin] and Tyson Naylor [keys]. Mangan continues his musical career together with these longstanding members of his ensemble, all from his hometown Vancouver’s experimental music scene.

Club Meds drops in the UK/Europe on January 12, 2015 via City Slang. North America sees release of the album on January 13 via Arts & Crafts, Australia and New Zealand on January 16. The LP will be available as digital download, CD and 12″ vinyl LP. You can pre-order the album digitally from iTunes and both digitally and physically from Arts & Crafts.

The album is now streaming in its entirety for a limited time over at Arts & Crafts. You’ll unlock the stream by a tweet or share. Club Meds is produced by Colin Stewart (Ladyhawk, Black Mountain) and Dan Mangan. The set of eleven tracks features excellent single Vessel and the previously shared album tracks Mouthpiece and Kitsch.

In the record’s liner notes, Mangan writes on Club Meds: “Sedation is massive. It surrounds us like a thick wet blanket. To be numb is to allow others to control your reality. It makes some people feel better, to know that you suffer also, that their numbness is shared like a virus. But unity in numbness is a façade, and not nearly as magical as a unity born of awakeness. Club Meds is about sedation. Sedation can be chemical, but not exclusively so. There is a great vacation from actuality going on. Maybe it’s always been there. It seems like everybody else is already at the party and that life is somehow easier or more fun under the fog. But instead, it only makes people feel more alone, more dangerous, more desperate. It’s okay, though. We’re all just particles.

Dan Mangan + Blacksmith are touring Canada in February/March 2015 and Europe all April. Check out the upcoming dates below and watch the official video for Vessel. The clip is directed, animated and illustrated by Ben Clarkson. Mouthpiece is streaming above.

Cover Art:
Dan Mangan + Blacksmith - Club Meds (2015)

Tracklist:
01. Offred
02. Vessel
03. Mouthpiece
04. A Doll’s House / Pavlovia
05. Kitsch
06. XVI
07. War Spoils
08. Forgetery
09. Club Meds
10. Pretty Good Joke
11. New Skies

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Mon 05 Jan 2015 // Bellingham, WA, USA // The Roost
Fri 30 Jan 2015 // Whitehorse, YT, Canada // Yukon Arts Centre
Wed 18 Feb 2014 // Halifax, NS, Canada // Rebecca Cohn Auditorium
Thu 19 Feb 2014 // Fredericton, NB, Canada // The Fredericton Playhouse
Fri 20 Feb 2014 // Quebec City, QC, Canada // Imperial Theatre
Sat 21 Feb 2014 // Montreal, QC, Canada // Theatre Corona
Tue 24 Feb 2014 // Kingston, ON, Canada // The Grand Theatre
>> The full touring schedule is available here.

Follow ‘Dan Mangan’ on:
Official website | Facebook | Twitter | SoundcloudYoutube

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More ‘Dan Mangan’ on Music Pickings:
2014, Dec 04 − New: Dan Mangan + Blacksmith – Kitsch (2014/12/01)
2014, Sep 18 − New Single: Dan Mangan + Blacksmith – Vessel / Wants (2014/09/09)
2012, Nov 01 − We Wanted To Be Pleasantly Surprised Not Expectedly Let Down / New EP ‘Radicals’ (2012/10/16)
2012, Jan 05 − BTR Live Studio #78
2011, Dec 20 − Dan Mangan – Oh Fortune [Live in Studio Q]
2011, Dec 05 − Leaves, Trees, Forest / Album “Oh Fortune”
2011, Nov 20− Post-War Blues

New: Dan Mangan + Blacksmith – Kitsch (2014/12/01)

:: Incredibly good. Can’t wait for this album!

Canadian singer/songwriter Dan Mangan continues his musical career as Dan Mangan + Blacksmith together with his longstanding band members. His fourth studio album Club Meds will be out in January and you can now listen to another new song off the LP. Kitsch was shared three days ago and follows the fantastic previous single Vessel and the previously shared, equally brilliant album track Mouthpiece. Check out Kitsch above.

Club Meds will be released in Europe on January 12, 2015 via City Slang and in North America on January 13 via Arts & Crafts. The album will be available as digital download, CD and 12″ vinyl LP. You can pre-order the album digitally from iTunes and both digitally and physically from Arts & Crafts.

Dan Mangan + Blacksmith are touring Canada in February/March 2015 and Europe all April. Check out the upcoming dates below and listen to Mouthpiece.

Cover Art (photo credit by Norman Wong):
Dan Mangan + Blacksmith

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Mon 15 Dec 2014 // Toronto, ON, Canada // The Mod Club
Wed 18 Feb 2014 // Halifax, NS, Canada // Rebecca Cohn Auditorium
Thu 19 Feb 2014 // Fredericton, NB, Canada // The Fredericton Playhouse
Fri 20 Feb 2014 // Quebec City, QC, Canada // Imperial Theatre
Sat 21 Feb 2014 // Montreal, QC, Canada // Theatre Corona
Tue 24 Feb 2014 // Kingston, ON, Canada // The Grand Theatre
>> The full touring schedule is available here.

 

Follow ‘Dan Mangan’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Youtube

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More ‘Dan Mangan’ on Music Pickings:
2014, Sep 18 − New Single: Dan Mangan + Blacksmith – Vessel / Wants (2014/09/09)
2012, Nov 01 − We Wanted To Be Pleasantly Surprised Not Expectedly Let Down / New EP ‘Radicals’
2012, Jan 05 − BTR Live Studio #78
2011, Dec 20 − Dan Mangan – Oh Fortune [Live in Studio Q]
2011, Dec 05 − Leaves, Trees, Forest / Album “Oh Fortune”
2011, Nov 20− Post-War Blues