New Album

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

:: Whoop Whoop!


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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:
Facebook | Soundcloud | TwitterBandcamp

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 Album: Arca – Arca / New Track ‘Desafío’

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Artist: Arca
Title of Album: Arca
Release Date: April 07, 2017
Label: XL Recordings

Track Listing:
1 Piel
2 Anoche
3 Saunter
4 Urchin
5 Reverie
6 Castration
7 Sin Rumbo
8 Coraje
9 Whip
10 Desafío
11 Fugaces
12 Miel
13 Child

Follow ‘Arca’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud

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Low Roar – Give Me An Answer / New Album ‘Once In A Long, Long While…’

:: Absolutely in love with this awesome music!

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Artist: Low Roar
Title of Album: Once In A Long, Long While…
Release Date: April 14, 2017
Label: Nevado Music

Track Listing:
1. Don’t Be So Serious
2. Bones (feat. Jófriður)
3. St. Eriksplan
4. Give Me An Answer
5. Waiting (10 Years)
6. Without You
7. Gosia
8. Once In A Long, Long While
9. Crawl Back 10. Poznan’
11. Miserably
12. 13
13. I Won’t Be Long

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Apr 20 // Biltmore Cabaret // Vancouver, BC, Canada
Apr 21 // The Crocodile // Seattle, WA, US
Apr 22 // Doug Fir Lounge // Portland, OR, US
Apr 24 // The Independent // San Francisco, CA, US
Apr 25 // The Independent // San Francisco, CA, US
Apr 26 // The Roxy Theatre // West Hollywood, CA, US
Apr 27 // The Casbah // San Diego, CA, US
Apr 28 // Valley Bar // Phoenix AZ, US
Apr 29 // Lowbrow Palace//  El Paso TX, US

Follow ‘Low Roar’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter

Follow ‘Low Roar’ on Music Pickings:
2014, Jul 13 – New Album: 0 (2014/07/08) [Full Album Stream] / New Track ‘Vampire On My Fridge’

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New Album: Gorillaz – Humanz (2017/04/28)

:: Gorillaz are back!

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Artist: Gorillaz
Title of Album: Humanz
Release Date: April 28, 2017
Label: Warner Music

Tracklist:
01. Ascension feat. Vince Staples
02. Strobelite feat. Peven Everett
03. Saturnz Barz feat. Popcaan
04. Momentz feat. De La Soul
05. Submission feat. Danny Brown and Kelela
06. Charger feat. Grace Jones
07. Andromeda feat. D.R.A.M.
08. Busted and Blue
09. Carnival feat. Anthony Hamilton
10. Let Me Out feat. Mavis Staples and Pusha T
11. Sex Murder Party feat. Jamie Principle and Zebra Katz
12. She’s My Collar feat. Kali Uchis
13. Hallelujah Money feat. Benjamin Clementine
14. We Got The Power feat. Jehnny Beth
15. The Apprentice feat. Rag’n’ Bone Man, Zebra Katz & RAY BLK
16. Halfway To The Halfway House feat. Peven Everett
17. Out Of Body feat. Kilo Kish, Zebra Katz & Imani Vonshà
18. Ticker Tape feat. Carly Simon & Kali Uchis
19. Circle Of Friendz feat. Brandon Markell Holmes

Follow ‘Gorillaz’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter

More ‘Gorillaz’ on Music Pickings
2012, Mar 05 – Gorillaz feat. Andre 3000 and James Murphy – DoYaThing [Official Video]
2011, Oct 07 – 10 years of Gorillaz!

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New Album: Feist – Pleasure (2017/04/28)

:: Welcome back Feist!

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Artist: Feist
Title of Album: Pleasure
Release Date: April 28, 2017
Label: Universal Music

Track Listing:
01 Pleasure
02 I Wish I Didn’t Miss You
03 Get Not High, Get Not Low
04 Lost Dreams
05 Any Party
06 A Man Is Not His Song
07 The Wind
08 Century
09 Baby Be Simple
10 I’m Not Running Away
11 Young Up

Follow ‘Feist’ on:
Official WebsiteFacebook | Twitter

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2011, Dec 16  – How Come You Never Go There (Beck Remix)
2011, Oct 22 – Feist LIVE
2011, Sep 07 – Feist presents new songs

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New Album: Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up (2017/06/16) / New Track ‘Third of May / Ōdaigahara’

:: Long-awaited and highly anticipated! So good to hear them back with Third of May.

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Fleet Foxes will release Crack-Up, its long-awaited and highly anticipated third album, June 16 on Nonesuch Records. Crack-Up comes six years after the 2011 release of Helplessness Blues and nearly a decade since the band’s 2008 self-titled debut. Fleet Foxes has released the album track “Third of May / Ōdaigahara,” a nearly nine-minute epic powered by piano and electric twelve-string guitar, string quartet, and the group’s trademark sparkling harmonies. In addition, the band has announced new tour dates, including their first North American shows since October 2011; see below for details. Crack-Up pre-orders are available now from iTunes and in the Nonesuch Store, where “Third of May / Ōdaigahara” may be downloaded instantly; you can watch the lyric video for the track, created by Sean Pecknold and Adi Goodrich, below. Nonesuch Store pre-orders of the album also include an exclusive, limited-edition print featuring artwork by Hiroshi Hamaya.

All eleven of the songs on Crack-Up were written by Robin Pecknold. The album was co-produced by Pecknold and Skyler Skjelset, his longtime bandmate, collaborator, and childhood friend. Crack-Up was recorded at various locations across the United States between July 2016 and January 2017: at Electric Lady Studios, Sear Sound, The Void, Rare Book Room, Avast, and The Unknown. Phil Ek mixed the album, at Sear Sound, and it was mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound. Fleet Foxes is Robin Pecknold (vocals, multi-instrumentalist), Skyler Skjelset (multi-instrumentalist, vocals), Casey Wescott (multi-instrumentalist, vocals), Christian Wargo (multi-instrumentalist, vocals), and Morgan Henderson (multi-instrumentalist).

Fleet Foxes’ self-titled debut made a profound impact on the international musical landscape, earning them Uncut‘s first ever Music Award Prize, and topping numerous “Best of ” lists, including Rolling Stone‘s 100 Best Albums of the 2000’s and Pitchfork‘s 50 Best Albums of 2008. Fleet Foxes is certified Gold in North America and Platinum in both the UK and Australia. The follow-up album Helplessness Blues was met with the same critical praise as its predecessor (MOJO five stars, Rolling Stone four stars, Pitchfork Best New Music); that album debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200, went Gold in the UK, and earned the band a Grammy nomination. [Press Release by Nonesuch Records]

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Artist: Fleet Foxes
Title of Album: Crack-Up
Release Date: June 16, 2017
Label: Nonesuch Records

Track Listing:
01 I Am All That I Need / Arroyo Seco / Thumbprint Scar
02 Cassius, –
03 – Naiads, Cassadies
04 Kept Woman
05 Third of May / Ōdaigahara
06 If You Need To, Keep Time on Me
07 Mearcstapa
08 On Another Ocean (January / June)
09 Fool’s Errand
10 I Should See Memphis
11 Crack-Up

Upcoming Tour Dates:
May 26-29  // Sydney Opera House // Sydney, Australia
Jul 01 // Vida Festival // Vilanova I La Geltru, Spain
Jul 03 // Piazza Castello // Ferrara, Italy
July 6-8 // Bilboa BBK Live // Bilboa, Spain
Jul 13 // Iveagh Gardens // Dublin, Ireland
Jul 14 // Iveagh Gardens // Dublin, Ireland
Jul 16 // Latitude Festival // Suffolk, United Kingdom
Jul 27 // Thompson’s Point // Portland, ME
>> The full touring schedule is available here

Follow ‘Fleet Foxes’ on:
Official Website | Facebook

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More ‘Fleet Foxes’ on Music Pickings:
2012, Jan 15 – Fleet Foxes – Mykonos
2011, Nov 13 – Sun Giant / Sun It Rises live In The Basement

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New Album: Alt-J – Relaxer (2017/06/09) / New Track ‘3WW’

:: I can´t wait!

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Artist: Alt-J
Title of Album: Relaxer
Release Date: June 09, 2017
Label: Canvasback Music

Tracklist:
01 3WW
02 In Cold Blood
03 House of the Rising Sun
04 Hit Me Like That Snare
05 Deadcrush
06 Adeline
07 Last Year
08 Pleader

Upcoming Tour Dates:
20 Jun // INmusic festival 2017 // Zagreb, Croatia
23 – 25 Jun // Hurricane Festival 2017 // Scheessel, Germany
23 – 25 Jun // Southside Festival 2017 // Tuttlingen, Germany
28 Jun // Ferrara Sotto Le Stelle Festival // Ferrara, Italy
28 Jun // Bands Apart / Ferrara Sotto le Stelle 2017 // Ferrara, Italy
29 Jun – 2 Jul OpenAir 2017 // St. Gallen, Switzerland
>> The full touring schedule is available here

Follow ‘Alt-J’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud

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More ‘Alt-J’ on Music Pickings:
2014, Oct 25 – Listen: Every Other Freckle / New Album ‘This Is All Yours’
2014, Jun 20 – New Album: Alt-J – This Is All Yours (2014/09/19)
2012, Jul 17 – New Single: Tessellate [Official Video]
2012, Jun 29 – Something Good
2012, May 31 – Debut Album: Alt-J (∆) – An Awesome Wave (2012/05/28)
2012, Feb 10 – Alt-J (∆) – Fitzpleasure

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