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.


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:
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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



Listen: The Dip – Ain’t Necessary (The Prince)

:: Very nice indeed!


The lineup: Tom Eddy (Vocals, Guitar), Jarred Katz (Drums), Mark Hunter (Bass Guitar), Jacob Lundgren (Guitar), Brennan Carter (Trumpet), Levi Gillis (Tenor Saxophone) and Evan Smith (Baritone Saxophone)

The Dip is an electrifying nine-piece soul band from Seattle, Washington. Featuring three members of Beat Connection, the band toes the line between crooning soul and hard-driving funk. Featuring crunchy lines from the Honeynut Horns, The Dip is a throwback groove that is sure to get you movin’.

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Artist: The Dip
Title of Album: The Dip
Release Date: April 14, 2015

1. Ain’t Necessary (The Prince) 03:27
2. Don’t Make Me Wait 03:42
3. Candice (In The Morning) 03:54
4. State Line 02:52 5. O. P. Jebediah 04:02
6. The Dip (Parts I & II) 02:07 7. Working Man 04:09
8. Tryin’ 02:58
9. Solstice 02:18
10. I’m Lonely 03:38
11. Ready To Go 03:05

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New EP: Ryan Hemsworth & Lucas – Taking Flight / Track ‘Angel’

:: Here we go!


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Artist: Ryan Hemsworth
Title of EP: Alone for the First Time
Release Date: October 9, 2015
Label: Secret Songs

1. Angel
2. Long Time
3. From Grace
4. White Light
5. Cherished
6. U Remain

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More ‘Ryan Hemsworth’ on Music Pickings:
2014, Nov 14 – New Album: Alone for the First Time (2014/11/04) / First Single ‘Snow In Newark’
2014, Jun 22 – New Track: Every Square Inch [Free Download]
2013, Oct 5 – Debut Album: Guilt Trips (2013/10/22) / New Video ‘Against A Wall’
2013, May 25 – New EP: Still Awake [Full Album Stream / Free Download]
2013, Jan 14 – Colour & Movement [Official Video] / Full EP Stream: Last Words

New Album: Perfume Genius – Too Bright (2014/09/22) [Full Album Stream] / New Single ‘Grid’ [Official Video]

:: An exquisitely crafted album!


Nearly three years have passed since Mike Hadreas aka Perfume Genius released his sophomore LP Put Your Back N 2 ItBut the waiting’s over now, the Seattle based singer/songwriter is about to release his third album Too Bright next week, but you can listen to the entire thing already now.

Too Bright drops officially in the UK/Europe on September 22, 2014 via Matador Records. North America sees release of the album the day after (September 23). The LP will be available as download, CD and 12″ signes gold vinyl LP. You can buy digitally from iTunes or order your physical copy of Too Bright directly from Recordstore.

The album is streaming in its entirety above (via the Perfume Genius Soundcloud). Perfume Genius recorded the set of eleven songs in Bristol together with Adrian Utley of Portishead and engineer/producer Ali Chant. NPR premiered the album stream for the US a few days ago, you can learn more about Too Bright in accompanying feature.

Grid is the second single taken from Too Bright. The song comes with an excellent music video directed by Charlotte Rutherford, watch it above. The video fits in the thematic pattern of the album on which Hadreas recently commented in a press release to be the following: “A lot of these songs are me trying to claim some power in situations that would typically depress or alienate or victimize me.  Also, no matter how good I feel there is a darkness hanging, which I don’t agree with – giving it a voice is an attempt at freeing it so it can potentially dissipate.”

Perfume Genius is touring the US in September/October (including one show in Toronto, Canada) and Europe in November. You can check out the upcoming dates below and watch the official video for the album’s first single Queen. The clip is directed by Cody Critcheloe aka SSION.

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Perfume Genius - Too Bright (2014)

1. I Decline
2. Queen
3. Fool
4. No Good
5. My Body
6. Don’t Let Them In
7. Grid
8. Longpig
9. I’m a Mother
10. Too Bright
11. All Along

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Fri 26 Sep 2014 // Salt Lake City, UT, USA // Urban Lounge
Sat 27 Sep 2014 // Denver, CO, USA // Hi-Drive
Mon 29 Sep 2014 // Kansas City, MO, USA // The Riot Room
Tue 30 Sep 2014 // Minneapolis, MN, USA // Triple Rock Social Club
Wed 01 Oct 2014 // Chicago, IL, USA // Lincoln Hall
Thu 02 Oct 2014 // Detroit, MI, USA // Magic Stick
>> The full touring schedule is available here.

Follow ‘Perfume Genius’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Youtube

Read more:
music OMH − Perfume Genius – Too Bright [Review]
NPR − First Listen: Perfume Genius, ‘Too Bright’


More ‘Perfume Genius’ on Music Pickings:
2011, Dec 17 − All Waters / New Album ‘Put Yout Back N 2 It’

New Album: Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways (2014/11/10)

:: Number 8 is on the way!


The linup: Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Chris Shiflett, Nate Mendel,Pat Smear, Franz Stahl and William Goldsmith

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Sonic Highways Foo Fighters

Artist: Foo Fighters
Title of Album: Sonic Highways
Release Date: November 10, 2014
Label: RCA

01. Something From Nothing
02. The Feast and The Famine
03. Congregation
04. What Did I Do?/God As My Witness
05. Outside 06. In The Clear
07. Subterranean
08. I Am A River


HBO series: Sonic Highways
In this new series, Foo Fighters commemorate their 20th anniversary by documenting the eight-city recording odyssey that produced their latest, and eighth, studio album.Premieres October 17 at 11PM! Watch the tease.

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New EP: Lusine – Arterial (2014/08/05) [Full EP Stream] / New Official Video for ‘Arterial’

:: Just returned from a fabulous weekend of electronic music with my friends and this music perfectly encapsulates the feel of it!


Seattle-based electronic producer Jeff McIlwain has been releasing music under his Lusine guise for more than ten years now. In February 2013, he submitted his third full-length for Ghostly International, The Waiting Room, directly followed by the Lucky EP the same year. Now, McIlwain puts out the Arterial EP, his fourth extended play for Ghostly.

Arterial was released in The UK/Europe on August 04, 2014 via Ghostly International (Germany August 01). North America sees release of McIlwain’s new effort today (August 05). The set of four tracks is available as digital download and 10″ vinyl (incl. mp3 download). You can digitally from Beatport or order physical copy directly from the Ghostly Store.

The title track comes with fabulous music video created, filmed and produced by Christophe Thockler, watch the stop/motion clip below.

Update (Aug 05): As of today, the Arterial EP is streaming in its entirety via Ghostly’s Soundcloud. Check out all four songs above.

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Lusine - Arterial (2014)

01. Arterial
02. Eyes Give In
03. Quiet Day
04. Forks

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Sat 04 Sep 2014 // Montreal, QC, Canada // Salon Daome
Fri 24 Sep 2014 // Seattle, WA, USA // Decibel Festival Opening Gala

Follow ‘Lusine’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Soundcloud | Ghostly Website

New Album: Say Hi – Endless Wonder (2014/06/16) [Full Album Stream] / New Single ‘Hurt In The Morning’ [Free Download]

:: Most literally a wonderful album!


Seattle-based singer/songwriter Eric Elbogen has with returned Endless Wonder, the eighth studio album of one-man indie-rock band Say Hi (formerly known as Say Hi to Your Mom). The follow-up to his 2011 LP Um, Uh Oh and the 2013 score of the motion picture Free Samples is entirely written by Elbogen and he yet again played all the instrumentation himself.

Endless Wonder was released internationally on June 17, 2014 via Barsuk Records. The album is available as digital download (mp3/flac), CD and 12″ vinyl LP (incl. mp3 download). You can buy/order your copy of Endless Wonder directly from the Barsuk Store.

The album is streaming in its entirety over at The A.V. Club. The label press release claims Endless Wonder to be an album about the presence and absence of love. Hurt In The Morning is the second track taken from Endless Wonder, listen to it above and download it completely for free from Say Hi’s Soundcloud. Previous single Such A Drag is streaming below and can be downloaded for free from Barsuk Records (right-click the download arrow to save the mp3).

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Say Hi - Endless Wonder (2014)

01. Hurt In The Morning
02. Such A Drag
03. Critters
04. When I Think About You
05. Like Apples Like Pears
06. Figure It Out
07. Clicks & Bangs
08. Sweat Like The Dew
09. Love Love Love
10. The Trouble With Youth


Follow ‘Say Hi’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Youtube

Read more:
Violent Success − Say Hi: Endless Wonder [Review]