Week two of May brings some much-anticipated releases. Info and links for the ones you want to know about most below, plus some other ones you may not have heard of (but should know), with audio & video for your listening and viewing pleasure. Click here to check out releases that dropped over the past few months.
American Fangs, American Fangs (In De Goot Recordings/Sony/RED)
Anamanaguchi, Endless Fantasy (dream.hax)
The self-styled hacker boyband (chiptune) producers make loud music with a retro (1985-era) NES game system and are currently raising funds to deliver a multi-media experience with the physical copy of the album. This is the official digital release date for all donors; read more about that here.
Bibio, Silver Wilkinson (Warp)
Big Eyes, Almost Famous (Grave Mistake Records)
The Blank Tapes, Vacation (Antenna Farm)
The Boxer Rebellion, Promises (Absentee Recordings)
London's indie rock quartet present an uplifting and cinematic follow-up to 2011's critically-acclaimed The Cold Still, their fourth overall. Video for new single "Diamonds" was shot by British directorial duo Justin and James Lockey (aka Hand.Held.Cine.Club), and finds lead singer Nathan Nicholson in a dead-end job and escaping via free-fall air fantasies. Apparently, the film team built an office space inside an empty building, worked with free-base skydivers in sub-zero temperatures and dove into ice cold waters to capture the footage. Watch after the jump, along with the rest of this week's new releases...
Some shots from Sunday's close of the inaugural rides-and-music-filled Funshine Festival at Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa.
May gets off to a rousing start with a host of new music! Info and links for the ones you want to know about most below, plus some other ones you may not have heard of (but should know), with audio & video for your listening and viewing pleasure. Click here to check out releases that dropped over the past few months.
Austin Lounge Lizards, Home and Deranged (Blue Corn Music)
AM & Shawn Lee, La Musique Numérique (Park the Van)
The sophomore LP from the twosome is described as "a sun-filled, space-funk masterwork that blends early digital technology with decade-blurring songwriting, transporting listeners deeper into the sonic crates from which the music was born ... Taking fans in and out of faded memories of disco, funk, soul and reggae but never colonizing one style." Check out their spacey rendition of Joe Jackson's 1982 hit "Steppin' Out" off the album after the jump and check out the rest of this week's new releases ...
April ends with a giant blast of releases. Info and links for the ones you want to know about most below, plus some other ones you may not have heard of (but should know), with audio & video for your listening and viewing pleasure. Click here to check out releases that dropped over the past few months.
Adventure, Weird Work (Carpark)
The Airborne Toxic Event, Such Hot Blood (Island)
Akron/Family, Sub Verses (Dead Oceans)
The experimental folk music outfit just keeps getting more out there with each album. Need to spin this a few more times, but as far as I can tell, Sub Verses continues in Akroon's 'WTF?' direction of screaming prog rock marked by drawn-out instrumentals, heady lyrics and tribal-flavored experimentalism along with the usual all-to-brief melodic interludes. Listen to the extended cut, "No-Room" after the jump along with the rest of this week's new releases...
Find out what the CL Music Team is jamming to rocket launch the work week. Click here to check out previous entries.
April continues a big seven days of music, with a big Record Store Day weekend followed by some more new music out this Tuesday. Info and links for the ones you want to know about most below, plus some other ones you may not have heard of (but should know), with audio & video for your listening and viewing pleasure. Click here to check out releases that dropped over the past few months.
The Appleseed Cast, Illumination Ritual (Graveface)
Brass Bed, The Secret Will Keep You (Crossbill Records/Off The Air Recordings)
Michael Bublé, To Be Loved (Warner Bros/Reprise)
Celestial Shore, 10x (Local Singles)
Brooklyn-based math rock/psych pop three-piece Celestial Shore present their full-length debut, mixed by Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), issued on Brad Oberhofer's newly-launched label, and featuring vocals by Lorely Rodriguez (Empress Of). First single "Valerie" finds pretty vocal melodies drifting over warped-watery, wobbling-lurchin instrumentals with spazzed-out time signatures and things-falling-apart breakdowns. Listen after the jump, and check out the rest of this week's new releases...
Local emcee and hip hop artist Infinite Skillz has a thing for cider and beer. He loves it so much, he wrote a song about it.
The new video "Started Sipping Cider" from Infinite Skillz chronicles his journey beginning with Woodchuck Amber cider and Strongbow to a full on crush with craft brews.
"Strongbow and Woodchuck were my first...Nowadays it's a Pilsner when I quench my thirst."
You'll hear and see a few familiar local beer haunts (like Cigar City Brewing) featured in the video and lyrics.
There's little that gets my beer-drinking motor running hotter than a collaboration between a beloved band and brewer. So you'll understand the excitement when I got an email announcing Cigar City Brewing and Rock Brothers Brewing's collaboration on a brew for Have Gun Will Travel called High Road Ale.
The 2013 first-weekend of Coachella is in the books, and like its predecessors, there were certainly enough magical moments to make it worth all the walking and standing and suffering through enduring heat and even a major dust storm on its final night. (Also, in my case, moments that made it worth the three separate flights it took to get from West Central Florida to Palm Springs.)
It shouldn't come as a surprise that the first awesome moments of the festival for me and all others gathered inside the Mohave Stage came Friday afternoon around 4:20 p.m., when Johnny Marr launched into the opening chords of The Smiths' "Stop Me if You Think That You've Heard This Before."
The 49-year-old has spent most of his post-Smiths career (which ended in 1987) playing with a variety of bands, with the exception of his own group, Johnny Marr and the Healers, in 2000. But he has a strong new solo release out now called The Messenger, and those songs went over very well with those in attendance. But it was his three Smiths songs that blew everyone away. He also performed "There is a Light That Never Goes Out, and absolutely melted down the audience in the Mohave stage with the epic, "How Soon is Now?"
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Another big wave of new music in April, first releases out on April 16, then the big indie store celebration with Record Store Day on April 20. But first, today’s releases; stay tuned for details about noteworthy RSD releases at cltampa.com/music... Info and links for the ones you want to know about most below, plus some other ones you may not have heard of (but should know), with audio & video for your listening and viewing pleasure. Click here to check out releases that dropped over the past few months.
Art Brut, Top of the Pops (The End Reords)
The quirky Berlin-based English/German indie rock band presents a double album compilation. (FYI, Art Brut has decided henceforth to classify itself as a 'classic rock band.') Here's how they describe it: "CD1 contains the best and most popular songs from our career in chronological order. So you can see clearly that we have followed the CLASSIC ROCK blueprint exactly - Album One, Excited; Album Two, Confused; Album Three, Angry; Album Four, Experimental. Plus, two brand new tracks. They’re about enjoying natural disasters and making pop music. Optimistic rebirth. This is textbook CLASSIC ROCK BAND stuff ... CD2 contains rare songs that Freddy Feedback rescued from our vaults including live songs, covers we finally got round to asking for permission to release, hard to acquire b-sides and unreleased demos from our recording sessions for ‘Its A Bit Complicated’ that took place with Pulp's Russel Senior (who is not mad, I promise)."
Born Ruffians, Birthmarks (Yep Roc)
Stephen Brodsky, Hit or Mystery (Little Black Cloud Records)
Charli XCX, True Romance (IAMSOUND)
Coma, In Technicolor (Kompakt)
Damon & Naomi, The Wondrous World of Damon & Naomi: Bootleg Edition (20/20/20)
Dead Can Dance, In Concert (PIAS Recordings)
Disappears, Kone EP (Kranky)
Steve Earle & The Dukes (& Duchesses), The Low Highway (New West)
Electric iLL, Twisted Light EP (Amore!Phonics)
The debut recording from Viva Voce's Kevin Robinson aka Kaylee Rob, with Ragen Fykes to create an 'Illumination of Electric'-themed music, which mixes hip-swinging electro funk and twangy rock n' roll with acid-sci fi electronics and vocals effected to robotic proportions, or rising in simple boy-girl harmony. Listen to "" below.
Eyeconoclast, Drones of the Awakening (Prosthetic Records)
Farewell 2 Fear, New Blood (Silent Majority Group)
The Flaming Lips, The Terror (Warner Bros.)
Finally, a follow-up to Embryonic that doesn't call on a large cast of guests nor cover an album in its entirety. The psych-experimental behemoth's first album of new material since 2009 and their 13th overall was produced by long-time collaborator Dave Fridmann and is described as a "bleak, disturbing record" by frontman Wayne Coyne. It is. Not sure if I like it yet; the dreariness isn't too pleasant. Check out a medley for the album after the jump and judge for yourself... then see what else is out this week.