Release

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

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More ‘Feist’ on Music Pickings:
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 Track: Howling – Phases (2017/03/08)

:: On repeat.

The linup: Frank Wiedemann & Ry Cuming Howling

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Artist: Howling
Title of Track: Phases
Release Date: March 08, 2017
Label: Counter Records

Track Listing:
01 Phases
02 Phases – Club Edit
03 Phases – Radio Edit

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Apr 15 // Village Underground // London, United Kingdom
Apr 16 // DGTL // Amsterdam, Netherlands

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More ‘Howling’ on Music Pickings:
2015, April 3 – New Album: Sacred Ground (2015/05/04) / First Single ‘Stole The Night’
2013, Jul 02 – New EP: Shortline (2013/06/24)

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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

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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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Cover Art:
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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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New Album: Valerie June – The Order Of Time (2017/03/10)

:: Fantastic.


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Cover Art:
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Artist: Valerie June
Title of Album: The Order Of Time
Release Date: March 10, 2017
Label: Caroline (Universal Music)

Tracklist:
1 Long Lonely Road
2 Love You Once Made
3 Shakedown
4 If And
5 Man Done Wrong
6 The Front Door
7 Astral Plane
8 Just In Time
9 With You With You
10 Slip Slide On By
11 Two Hearts
12 Got Soul

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Feb 24 // The Waiting Room // Omaha, NE
Feb 25 // Knuckleheads Saloon // Kansas City, MO
Feb 27 // Granada Theater // Dallas, TX
Feb 28 // The Paramount Theatre // Austin, TX
Mar 01 // The Heights Theater // Houston, TX
Mar 02 // The Republic // New Orleans, LA
Mar 03 // Saturn // Birmingham, AL
Mar 04 // The Loft // Atlanta, GA
Mar 05 // Charleston Music Hall // Charleston, SC
Mar 06 // Orange Peel // Asheville, NC
>> The full touring schedule is available here

Follow ‘Valerie June’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud

More ‘Valerie June’ on Music Pickings:
2014, Jan 27 – Listen: Pushin’ Against a Stone / Track ‘Workin’ Woman Blues’

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New Track: Flume – Skin Companion EP II (Full Album Stream)

:: Hottttt!


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Cover Art:
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Artist: Flume
Title of EP: Skin Companion EP II
Release Date: February 17, 2017
Label: Mom+Pop Under Exclusive License from Future Classic

Track Listing:
1. Enough feat. Pusha T
2. Weekend feat. Moses Sumney
3. Depth Charge
4. Fantastic feat. Dave Glass Animals


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Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud

Read more: Behind the Beat interview with HNHH

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More ‘Flume’ on Music Pickings:
2016, Sep 07 – New EP: Flume – Skin Companion
2016, Feb 05 –  New Album: Skin (2016/02/05) / Track ‘Smoke And Retribution feat. Vince Staples & Kučka’
2015, May 29 – New Track: Some Minds [Official Music Video]
2014, Mar 22 – Listen: Flume & Chet Faker – What About Us
2013, Nov 27 – New Single: Flume & Chet Faker – Lockjaw
2013, Jan 21 – New Single: Left Alone ft. Chet Faker [Official Video]
2012, Dec 14 – What You Need

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New Album: Marker Starling – I’m Willing (2017/01/13)

:: Last night I fell in love with this album… thank you, Kai!


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“I guess I’ll never learn… I can’t begin to know the meaning of love,” once sang New York jazz piano innovator Steve Kuhn atop a swirl of lush cello and skittering drums, on 1971 track The Meaning Of Love. Those same words might sound strange to hear tumbling from the husky vocal of Toronto troubadour Marker Starling on his new covers album I’m Willing – the latest chapter in the career of a Canadian avant-pop charmer whose music has, after all, long basked in the mysteries and meaning of romance. “I’m very much a romantic in real life,” smiles Marker, real name Chris A. Cummings. “There are love songs – then there are also love-of-life songs.” Both kinds are reinterpreted on the remarkable I’m Willing – an album that strips back the huge orchestral bloom of tracks by John Cale, Bobby Cole, Sergio Mendes and more to their raw, minimalist, emotional bare bones – just breezy bossa nova drum machine clicks, lilting Yamaha CP-70 electric piano melodies and one unmistakable voice.

Arriving hot on the heels of his March 2015 album Rozy Maze – a sanguine dream of McCartney pop, 1960s movie soundtrack sparkle with stoned Beach Boys melodies, released on Tin Angel Records – I’m Willing sees Marker move further away from his previous guise, Mantler, under which he released four cult acclaimed albums on German imprint Tomlab. “I wanted to make an album that would contrast strongly with my previous one,” explains Marker, who grew up listening to Miles Davis between episodes of Sesame Street. “It was my first time making a record outside of Toronto, and without any of my usual collaborators.” The opportunity had come up to make a record in a small studio on the fringes of Paris with Laetitia Sadier producer Emmanuel Mario (aka Astrobal), “so naturally I wanted to make that happen! But I only had two months before the session, and I quickly had the idea to make an all-covers record, which had been a long-simmering idea of mine.”

The result is a tender patchwork essay on the nature of love that, across 10 spell-binding covers, adventures through ecstatic proto-disco (‘For Real’, originally by Flowers), Brazilian Tropicalia (Caetano Veloso’s ‘Lost In The Paradise’), spiritual jazz (Doug Hammond’s ‘Moves’) and other eclectic sounds, put together in 5am writing sessions last winter, as the frost-covered rest of the city was just stirring into life, in his house – a 100-year- old building nestled between 1970s builds in east Toronto’s remote inner-suburbs. Stereolab’s Sadier turns up on a rendition of Bobby Cole’s ‘Perfect Day’ that dials down the scatty fervour of the original in favour of something more svelte. “I was overawed, since she has been someone I’ve admired and looked up to for years and years,” says Marker.

Marker found songs took on different meanings from the romance of the originals, shaped by events in his life. “Every time you walk my way, I know love is only moments away,” he sings on ‘For Real’, but he may also be singing about his infant child. “Rosy Maze was written before my daughter was born. Since that time, she’s grown from an infant to a baby to a toddler to a real, full blown, very articulate child, with her own thoughts and opinions, so living through all those phases of her life, and all the phases of fatherhood that went along with them – some of them exhilarating, some of them exhausting– was a new thing for me, a new chapter in my life. And really, the making of music was just a sidebar to that,” he says. “When your emotions are running high, which is often the case when there is a crying, laughing, jumping, running, emotional child in the house, different feelings can come up in the music that maybe weren’t there before.”

“Most of these songs are over 35 years old. I tried to make a unified album out of other people’s songs,” explains Marker. “I have a tendency towards schmaltzy 1960s pop with slightly over-egged arrangements, done right of course, and unjustly maligned forms of music such as 1970s jazz funk and so-called smooth jazz” – genres, he says, have been written off, but deserve critical and cultural renaissances. “Romance is writ large in jazz!”

“Let’s forget all our troubles and sorrows,” sings Marker on the album’s defiantly upbeat closing track, a cover of Brazilian MPB mainstay Ivan Lins. “This is the smiling hour.” Warm, wise and wonderful, the beautiful I’m Willing will put a grin on your face that long outlasts 60 minutes. [Press release via Tin Angel Records]

Cover Art:
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Artist: Marker Starling
Title of Album: I’m Willing
Release Date: January 13,  2017
Label: Tin Angel Records

Track Listing:
1. Stormy
2. Perfect Day
3. I’m Willing
4. For Real
5. Amsterdam
6. Lost In The Paradise
7. The Meaning Of Love
8. Would You Believe In Me
9. Moves
10. The Smiling Hour (Abre Alas)

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