Officially, my website was in “maintenance mode”. To make a long story short, after eight years, I decided to find a new place to host the website, which coincided with the renewal of the domain. Finding a new place to host was the easy part, transferring the files was another story. Moving the files was easy but in the background, there needed to be a bit of “reconfiguring”. Nonethelesss, you are reading this, and that means the website is up and running. In the words of Chip Monck from Woodstock, “after a short intermission, we’ll continue.”
It’s nice when a young or upcoming artist doesn’t be too boastful in their press release, I don’t want to read something that overdoes it. The press release for Kat Quinn calls her an “indie pop songstress”, which for me is direct and to the point, and also honest. It’s not a celebration, it’s just saying “this is Kat Quinn, this is what she plans, this is what she’s about.” I do remember her when she appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon as part of a segment called “Battle of The Instant Songwriters”, where a number of singers had to write a song in a short amount of time before performing it for Fallon’s studio audience and TV viewers. Now that Fallon has moved on to The Tonight Show, it’s possible that Quinn can make a bold appearance there. Listen to “Phoenix” and see how her acoustic folk vibe will be able to capture audiences.
The almighty Bass Drum Of Death are just around the corner from releasing a brand new album on Innovative Leisure called Rip This, and these juicers are ready to rock and split you open enough to create a new video for a song you will find yourself getting ticklish with on the new album. Watch “Left For Dead” and watch for internal destruction.
The band are on tour for the next three months, including a visit to Europe in November, so if you can head out, head out. If you no can head out, then no can head out.
October 1… St. Louis, MO (The Demo) *
October 2… Chicago, IL (Subterranean) *
October 3… Toronto, ON (Horseshoe Tavern) *
October 4… Ithatca, NY (The Haunt) *
October 5… Burlington, VT (Signal Kitchen) *
October 6… Cambridge, MA (Middle East) *
October 8… New York, NY (Santos Party House) *
October 9… Philadelphia, PA (The Barbary) *
October 11… Washington, DC (Comet Ping Pong) *
October 12… Asheville, NC (The Grey Eagle) *
October 13… Atlanta, GA (529) *
October 19… Los Angeles, CA (Echo)
October 20… San Francisco, CA (Great American Music Hall)
October 23… Oxford, MS (Proud Larry’s)
November 11… Amsterdam, Netherlands (Paradiso)
November 12… London, UK (Birthdays)
November 14… Manchester, UK (The Roadhouse)
November 16… Brussels, Belgium (Magasin 4)
November 18… Hasselt, Belgium (Muzikodroom)
November 19… Tilburg, Netherlands (013)
November 21… Malmo, Sweden (Babel)
November 22… Stockholm, Sweden (Debaser)
November 23… Copenhagen, Denmark (Loppen)
November 24… Berlin, Germany (Bang Bang Club)
November 25… Dresden, Germany (Groovestation)
November 27… Dudingen, Switzerland (Bad Bonn)
November 28… Bologna, Italy (Covo Club)
November 29… Rosà, Italy (Vincenza) (Vinile)
November 30… Torino, Italy (Astoria)
December 2… Lyon, France (Ayers Rock Boat)
December 3… Paris, France (Bus Palladium)
* = w/ People’s Temple
Rip This will be out on October 7th.
You may not know the name Angelo De Augustine but if you’re someone who enjoys the inner depths of pop, you may appreciate him once taking a listen. This Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter/musician has been making music for a few years and he’s about to release his debut album in November called Spirals Of Silence. The album will coincide with his 23rd birthday, which will be a day before the album release so if there’s anyone who should be celebrating on that day, it will definitely be him. Now he can do so with a song or 12 in his heart.
Fort Lowell Records had been one of my favorite labels out of Tucson, Arizona and it came to my surprise that they relocated to Raleigh, North Carolina. I guess I wasn’t paying attention but fortunately it was a successful move and the music is continuing on. In fact, they just released a new album yesterday by The Good Graces called Close To The Sun, which has received some favoritism from a small number of website. Now it’s your turn to find out why. The album will be released on vonyl on October 28th so if you do not do the digital thing and prefer to wait until you can hear it on record, wait for four more weeks. You may stream the album in full by heading to Independend Clauses or if you’d like to sample one song from the bunch, listen to “Standing In Line” below.
Going to be honest: I didn’t get into the song until the beat kicked in, that’s when it became interesting. Chynna collaborated with Hudson Mohawke to create a song where they both do not give two fucks about it. Chynna gets all of Phildelphia flying, and that’s freedom. Unfortunately, the song is just a little over two minutes, I would’ve loved at least another verse. Maybe next episode…
You may already be familiar of rapper Mic Audio, and now he wants you to get to know more about producer Matcy P in a project they collaborated on, an EP called Hometown Advantage, representing both Chicago and Detroit. The EP was released yesterday so the music here is fresh and for the listening.
The Rolling Stones once did a song called “2000 Light Years From Home” and almost a decade later, Kiss offered “100,000 Years”. Orchestra Of Spheres have not been the only band to cover a song with a timely theme but they’ve done so with “2,000,000 Years”, which is an intense amount of time to fear with.
They will be able to talk about time and other topics when they head on tour later this month:
October 18… Pomona, CA (Moon Block Party)
October 19… Los Angeles, CA (The Mint)
October 21… New York, NY (CMJ: Studio at Webster Hall)
October 25… New York, NY (CMJ: Pianos for BirdDog promo)
October 27… Chicago, IL (Beat Kitchen)
October 29… New Haven, CT (BAR)
October 30… Philadelphia, PA (North Star Bar)
October 31… Washington, DC (Fire30: Comet Ping Pong)
November 7… Reykjavík, Iceland (Airwaves Festival)
You ever listened to Bonobo’s song “Antenna” and said “man, I wish someone would build a rap track over it? It has been done, and it has been done by Relself, who created “Robust” and made it such. Someone in the comments at Soundcloud said it reminded them a bit of Andre 3000.
“New Day” is the new single from Brooklyn rapper Josh Jacobs, who some of you may have known as J.Kidd. Now with a new moniker, he is ready to get himself out to the public to let people know who he is and what he’s ab out. The song, produced by Treblemakerz, feaetures Maiya helping out. This is the radio edit, so make the mixes that you can to include him in it in order to win it.
Venture (Agonia) is the new album by Stench and after posting a number of previews of what’s to come, the band and Agonia Records have made the album available as a stream. You can head to Decibel Magazine to hear it in full. Venture was released in Europe last week Friday, while it will make its presence known in North American on October 7th.