SOME STUFFS: Mega Bog to start one month tour

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Songwriter Erin Birgy is heading on the road to tour under her musical nom de plume, Mega Bog. It’s on support of her album Gone Banana (Couple Skate) and the tour begins tomorrow in Vancouver, British Columbia and will last for a little over a month, which will lead in and out of SXSW in the middle of the month:

March 3… Vancouver, BC (Red Gate)
March 5… Eugene, OR (Wandering Goat)
March 6… Reno, NV (Loving Cup)
March 7… Oakland, CA (Speakeasy)
March 8… Santa Cruz, CA (Sub Rosa)
March 9… San Luis Obispo, CA (Disco Lemonade)
March 11… Los Angeles, CA (Pehrspace)
March 12… Phoenix, AZ (Funny World)
March 13… Flagstaff, AZ (Flag Brews)
March 17… Las Cruces, NM (Lunchbox)
March 18… Austin, TX (Austin Critter Showcase (SXSW))
March 19… Austin, TX (“You’re Here” Showcase/Nashville Radio Showcase (SXSW))
March 20… Austin, TX (Tom Tom Magazine Showcase/She Shreds (SXSW))
March 21… Austin, TX (Wendy’sdays (SXSW))
March 26… Panama City, FL (Mosey’s)
March 27… St. Augustine, FL (Planet Sarbez)
March 28… Savannah, GA (Hang Fire Bar)
March 30… Athens, GA (Flicker Lounge)
April 1… Atlanta, GA (The Cleaners)
April 2… Birmingham, AL (BELOW at Doghead)
April 3… Memphis, TN (Scottswood)
April 4… Nashville, TN (Queen Ave Arts)
April 5… Athens, GA (The Globe)
April 8… Boone, NC (Espresso News) @
April 10… Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (BARD College) @
April 12… Albany, NY (Tree House) @
April 13… Montreal, QC (Drones) @
April 14… Brooklyn, NY (Shea Stadium)

@ = w/ EZTV

Check out her new video for “Wet Moss”. The vinyl pressing of Gone Banana can be ordered from

AUDIO: Action Bronson featuring Chance The Rapper’s “Baby Blue”

Putting is what Action Bronson makes and eats on a regular basis and he shares the reason why he likes those flavors on a song from his forthcoming Mr. Wonderful album called “Baby Blue”. It is said that the color blue is not appealing to people who want to eat but I say hey, get some food coloring and dye your pudding blue, see what happens. Chance The Rapper wants to slap you alongside Action Bronson so listen and see where the pudding will lie next. The album will be out on the 24th of March.

VIDEO/FREE MP3 DL: Vee Miyagi’s “One”

On the bad side, the song and video for “One” seems too short. On the good side, Vee Miyagi has come up with a rap song in 3/4 time and it sounds great, not only because the waltz tempo is still a rarity in hip-hop, but because it sounds and can feel good, which it does. Then again, you may listen to it in 4/4 as well but with a different accent, something along the lines of what Outkast has done over the years. The video was put together by Rob Sheppard and William Welch King. Download the song for free via Soundcloud, while supplies last.

FREE DL: Sinitus Tempo featuring Valentina CX’s “Maidens Of The Nile”

Vocalist Valentina CX joins Sinitus Tempo for something that souinds like it explored the 101 Strings dollar bin and came out with something not only funky, but beautiful sounding. The song is called “Maidens Of The Nile”, a song that easily welcomes the dawn of spring to come.

AUDIO: Mo Kolours’ “South LDN”

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Mo Kolours will be releasing a new EP next week called How I (Rhythm Love Affair) and you can check out a song which features keyboard whiz Henry Wu playing along with the finely crafted groove. Listen to “South LDN” and imagine yourself with them and/or there. The album is available below for pre-order through Bandcamp.

SOME STUFFS: Superhuman Happiness share new tour dates and single

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Superhuman Happiness are not the same band as Sister Double Happiness, please keep this in mind. Now that you know, we can continue and say that Superhuman Happiness will be releasing an album later this summer but they want to do some shows to get the cobwebs out of the way, so they will begin a west coast this this weekend. You can check out the tour dates below and also listen to their brand new single, “Super 8″, by heading here.

March 6… Los Angeles, CA (Bootleg Theatre) ^^
March 7… San Francisco, CA (Independent) ^^
March 10… Napa, CA (City Winery) ^^
March 13… Portland, OR (Mississippi Studios) ^^
March 14… Seattle, WA (Nectar Lounge) ^^
April 10… Brooklyn, NY (Brooklyn Bowl) #
April 16… Syracuse, NY (Funk N Waffles)
April 17… Buffalo, NY (Nietzsche’s)
June 25-28… Rothbury, MI (Electric Forest Festival)

^^ = w/ Marco Benevento
# = w/ Pimps Of Joytime

REVIEW: Lee Ranaldo And The Dust’s “Acoustic Dust”

Lee Ranaldo And The Dust photo LeeRanaldo_cover_zpses5v8vbb.jpg Now that Sonic Youth is officially over, we’re able to hear material from the other members, perhaps in a slightly different light. For Lee Ranaldo, perhaps it’s another way to hear his music and lyrics in a different way, away from the noise, the heaviness, and the occasionally ugliness although his music has always been very distinct from Thurston Moore’s and Kim Gordon’s. For Acoustic Dust (El Segell Del Primavera), the title basically tells the story, as the album has him playing acoustic guitars while being accompanied primarily by other acoustic instruments. It is his third album with The Dust, and if there’s something that makes these songs unique (if you want to call it that), it’s a distinct and simplified sound. One way to compare it is with the covers that are on here: Neil Young’s “Revolution Blues”, The Monkees’ “You Just May Be The One”, and Sandy Denny’s “Bushes And Briars”. You might expect to hear this at Farm Aid or the Bridge School Benefit, and perhaps jamming with Tom Petty or maybe choosing to do some ki ho’alu. Ranaldo sounds very comfortable in this mode but he has always done well with coverage a wide range of different textures, but it’s his stories that help pull you deeper into these songs and want to hear them over and over, or know that they will be there for you in the future when needed.

REVIEW: Zs’ “Xe”

Xs photo Zs_cover_zpsxt1y2kmx.jpg Zs are a Brooklyn based trio who come off as a group who like to throw in anything into the mix at any given time. There is a bit of spontaneity in what they do but there’s some sonic choreography so people can be sure they are on their mission to go through the music from star to finish. With the use of the saxophone, they may come off like the ghosts of Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band, Smegma, or Hell Cows and while those comparisons are/can be impressive, they show something that opens them up to the possibility of everything, which is what they do on Ze. The guitar work may sound like random doodling in spots while it may find its way to a goal in other portions, but the thing is the listener isn’t sure where things bein, end, or came from somewhere else. Or at least that’s one way of describing what they do. There are times when the rhythms go well beyond the math rock quota but a few seconds later, they may get into experimental mode and it sounds like a sandpaper circle being played at 78rpm.

What I also found impressive is that if you don’t pay attention to when the songs change, you will not know when songs actually begin or end. I would love to see how these guys do it in a live setting for while the noisy parts is what I love, I also really like when there are general melodies, as they do in “Corps” complete with unique rhythms and a twisted sax solo. Hearing this made me want to be deliberately on the edge. We’re just wrapping up month two of 2015 but I have already found one of my favorite albums of the year.