Track Listing

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

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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: Little Dragon – Season High // New Track ‘Sweet’

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Artist: Little Dragon
Title of Album: Season High
Release Date: April 14, 2017
Label: Loma Vista

Track Listing:
1 Celebrate (feat. Agge)
2 High
3 The Pop Life
4 Sweet
5 Butterflies
6 Should I Little
7 Don’t Cry
8 Strobe Light
9 Push
10 Gravity

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Apr 14 // Coachella // Indio, CA
Apr 16 // The Observatory North Park // San Diego, CA
Apr 18 // The Observatory (w/Goldlink) // Santa Ana, CA
Apr 20 // The Roxy Theatre // West Hollywood, CA
Apr 21 // Coachella Indio, CA Tickets & More
Apr 22 // Santa Barbara Bowl (w/Glass Animals) Santa Barbara, CA
Apr 23 // Livewire // Scottsdale, AZ
Apr 25 // Majestic Theatre (w/Goldlink) // Dallas, TX
Apr 26 // Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater (w/Goldlink) // Austin, TX
Apr 27 // White Oak Music Hall (w/Goldlink) // Houston, TX
Apr 29 // Granada Theatre // Lawrence, KS
Apr 30 // The Pageant (w/Goldlink) // Saint Louis, MO
May 02 // Newport Music Hall (w/Goldlink) // Columbus, OH
>> The full touring schedule is available here

Follow ‘Little Dragon’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud

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More ‘Little Dragon’ on Music Pickings:
2014, May 13 – New Track: Paris / New Album ‘Nabuma Rubberband’
2014, Feb 15– New Album: Nabuma Rubberband (2014/05/13) / First Single ‘Klapp Klapp’
2012, Jul 05 – New Single: Sunshine
2011, Sep 19 – Little Dragon European tour dates
2011, Sep 09 – Seconds (Syd the Kyd Remix)

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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

Follow ‘Howling’ on:
Official WebsiteFacebook | Twitter | SoundCloud

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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

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

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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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Follow ‘Flume’ on:
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: Jonwayne – Rap Album Two (2017/02/17)

:: I can’t wait to see you in Hamburg, counting the minutes.


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Cover Art:
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Artist: Jonwayne
Title of Album: Rap Album Two
Release Date: February 17, 2017
Label: Authors / The Order Label

Track Listing:
01. TED Talk
02. LIVE From The Fuck You
03. Human Condition
04. Out Of Sight
05. The Single
06. Paper“ (feat. Shango)
07. City Lights
08. Rainbow“ (feat. Danny Watts)
09. Afraid Of Us“ (feat. Zeroh)
10. Blue Green“ (feat. Low Leaf)
11. Hills“ (feat. Zeroh)
12. These Words Are Everything

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Mar 3 // Bitterzoet // Amsterdam, NLD
Mar 5 // Lefto & Red Bull Elektropedia present: Jonwayne // Vooruit Gent, BEL
Mar 7 // Molotow // Hamburg, DEU
Mar 8 // Musik & Frieden // Berlin, DEU
Mar 10 // Muffathalle // Munich, DEU
Mar 15 // Soundcrash Presents: JONWAYNE Jazz Cafe // Camden Town, GBR
Mar 16 // Jazz Cafe // Camden Town, GBR
Mar 17 // Headrow House // Leeds, GBR

Follow ‘Jonwayne’ on:
Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud

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More ‘Jonwayne’ on Music Pickings:
2015, Apr 22 – New EP: Jonwayne Is Retired (2015/04/28) / Video ‘Minerals & Gems’

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New Single: Fink – Cold Feet / New Album ‘Fink´s Sunday Night Blues Club, Vol. 1’ (2017/03/10)

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Cover Art:
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Artist: Fink
Title of Album: Fink´s Sunday Night Blues Club, Vol. 1
Release Date: March 10, 2017
Label: R’COUP’D

Track Listing:
1. Cold Feet
2. She Was Right
3. Little Bump
4. Boneyard
5. Hard To See You Happy
6. Keep Myself Alone Now
7. Hour Golden
8. Black Curls

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Nov 6 // Ahoi! Festival // Linz, Austria
Oct 30 // Tavastia // Helsinki, Finland
Oct 28 // Klubben // Stockholm, Sweden
Oct 27 // Rockefeller // Oslo, Norway
Oct 19 // De La Warr Pavilion // Bexhill, United Kingdom
Oct 17 // Academy2 // Manchester, United Kingdom
Oct 16 // The Forum // London, United Kingdom
Oct 15 // Anson Rooms // Bristol, United Kingdom
Nov 27 // KOKO London London, United Kingdom

Follow ‘Fink’ on:
Official Website | Facebook |Twitter | Soundcloud 

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More ‘Fink’ on Music Pickings:
2015, Mar  03− New EP: Pilgrim
2014, Oct 15 − New EP: Shakespeare (Remixes) 
2014, Jul 11− New Album: Hard Believer (2014/07/11) / Track ‘Hard Believer’ [Free Download]
2014, May 14− First Single: Looking Too Closely / New Album ‘Fink – Hard Believer’ (2014/07/11)
2013, Mar 20 – New Song: Hard Believer [Free Download]
2013, Aug 23 − New Album: RCO (2013/10/14)
2013, Mar 14− New EP: Warm Shadow (2013/03/10)
2012, Sep 04 – Debut Live Album: Wheels Turn Beneath My Feet / Upcoming European Tour Dates [Free Download]
2012, Jan 14 – In Bloom (Nirvana cover)
2011, Dec 23 – “Best of the Given” Mixtape
2011, Oct 13 – LIVE TONIGHT
2011, Sep 19 – Autumn tour dates + new single “Perfect Darkness / Berlin Sunrise “
2011, Aug 31 – Perfect Darkness / Q&A

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