Month: July 2015

New single from Pure Bathing Culture: “Pray For Rain”

“Pray For Rain” is the title track on Pure Bathing Culture’s newest record which is due out October 23rd on Partisan Records (US)/Memphis Industries (EU). Produced by John Congleton (Google him and you’ll realize how thankful you have been unknowingly for his presence on our Earth), their second full length promised to be a record to remember. According to the band, Congleton “pushed them to not make clichés” and the title track is evidence of this. Listen to “Pray For Rain” below:

Congleton congratulated them in an enigmatic way at the end of the project by confessing that they (Pure Bathing Culture) “were very brave.” Their North American tour starts in mid September in Portland and many dates with Wild Ones.

08/23/15 – Portland, OR – MusicfestNW
09/18/15 – Seattle, WA – Barboza
09/19/15 – Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club
09/22/15 – Fargo, ND – Studio 222 *
09/23/15 – St. Paul, MN – Turf Club *
09/24/15 – Madison, WI – The Frequency *
09/25/15 – Chicago, IL – Schubas *
09/26/15 – Champaign, IL – Pygmalion Music Festival
09/27/15 – Cincinnati, OH – Midpoint Music Festival
09/28/15 – Columbus, OH – The Basement *
09/29/15 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern *
10/01/15 – Toronto, ON – The Drake *
10/02/15 – Montreal, QC – Bar Le Ritz *
10/03/15 – Boston, MA – Middle East Upstairs *
10/04/15 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right *
10/06/15 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle *
10/07/15 – Washington, DC – DC9 *
10/08/15 – Carborro, NC – Cat’s Cradle Back Room *
10/09/15 – Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn *
10/10/15 – Asheville, NC – The Mothlight *
10/12/15 – St. Louis, MO – The Demo *
10/13/15 – Kansas City, MO – Record Bar *
10/29/15 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
11/01/15 – Santa Barbara, CA – SOhO Restaurant and Music Club *
11/02/15 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
11/04/15 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom *
11/07/15 – Dallas, TX – Three Links *
11/08/15 – Norman, OK – The Opolis *
11/09/15 – Omaha, NE – Reverb Lounge *
11/11/15 – Denver, CO – Hi-Dive *
11/12/15 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court *
11/13/15 – Boise, ID – Neurolux *

* = w/ Wild Ones
Photo credit: Parker Fitzgerald

Pickathon 2015 THIS WEEKEND: Livestream Schedule out NOW!

Pickathon 2015 kicks off tomorrow, July 31st at the Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, Oregon. With a mind-blowingly phenomenal line up if you can, GO. However, if you are like me and you cannot attend, thanks to Oregon Public Broadcasting, you can stream what’s happening at all seven stages during the Pickathon weekend. With artists like Vetiver, Broncho, Leon Bridges, Cloud Nothings and many others…it’s is promised to be a weekend that will fulfill your musical fantasies.

Check out the schedule below or download it here:

FRIDAY, JULY 31ST
12:40 – 1:40 pm –  Woods Stage  – Sam Amidon
1:40 – 2:40 pm  –  Mountain Stage  –  Sam Cohen
3:00 – 4:00 pm  – Galaxy Barn  –  Joseph
4:10 –  5:10 pm  – Woods Stage  –  Rodrigo Amarante
5:10 – 6:10 pm  – Lucky Barn  –  Happyness
6:20 – 7:20 pm – Mountain Stage  –  Kamasi Washington
7:30 – 8:30 pm  – Woods Stage  –  Ryley Walker
8:40 –  9:40 pm  –  Mountain Stage  –  Cloud Nothings
9:40 – 10:40 pm  –  Galaxy Barn  –  Meatbodies 
10:50 – 11:50 pm  –  Starlight Stage  –  Hiss Golden Messenger
1:00am – 2:00 am   – Galaxy Barn –  Wolf People

SATURDAY, AUGUST 1ST
11:20am – 12:20 pm  – Woods Stage –  Jessica Pratt
12:20 – 1:20 pm –  Mountain Stage  –  Ex Hex
1:20 – 2:20 pm  –  Galaxy Barn  – Kevin Morby   
2:40 –  3:40 pm  – Wood Stage  –  Mandolin Orange
3:40 – 4:40 pm  – Lucky Barn  –  Dom Flemons
5:00  –  6:00 pm –  Mountain Stage  –  JD McPherson
6:00  –  7:00 pm  –  Woods Stave  –  Broncho
7:20 –  8:30 pm  –  Mountain Stage  –  Turnpike Troubadours
8:40  – 9:40 pm –  Meadow Stage  –  Shabazz Palaces
9:40  –  10:50 pm –  Woods Stage  –  DIIV
11:20 pm  –  12:20 am  – Galaxy Barn  –  Viet Cong
12:30 – 1:30 am   – Starlight Stage  – Tinariwen

SUNDAY, AUGUST 2ND
11:20 am – 12:20pm  –  Mountain Stage  –  Liz Vice
12:30  – 1:30 pm  –  Lucky Barn   –  The Weather Station
1:40 –  2:40 pm –  Mountain Stage  –  Vetiver
2:40 – 3:40 pm  –  Woods Stage  –  Ty Segall
4:00 – 5:00 pm  –  Mountain Stage  –  Freakwater
5:10 – 6:10 pm   –  Meadow Stage  –  BRONCHO
6:30 – 7:30 pm  –  Lucky Barn  –  Ernest Ranglin
7:40 – 8:50 pm – Woods Stage    tUnE-yArDs
8:50 – 10:00 pm  –  Mountain Stage  – Leon Bridges
10:00 – 11:00 pm  –  Starlight Stage  –   King Tuff
11:30 pm – 12:30 am  –  Starlight Stage  –  Thundercat
1:00 – 2:00 am  –  Galaxy Barn  –  Cloud Nothings

For more about Pickathon check out their website here!

Exciting news from Brooklyn-based boys, Small Black!

Small Black is Josh Kolenik, Ryan Heyner, Juan Pieczanski, and Jeff Curtin. They recently announced the release of their third full length record, titled Best Blues. It’s due out October 16th of this year on Jagjaguwar and includes collaborations with Nicholas Vernhes who works with The War on Drugs and Deerhunter, Darbi Cicci of The Antlers on trumpet, and Kaede Forde with additional vocals. Best Blues is a record telling stories of loss both of persons and memories, partially inspired by times singer Kolenik spent sifting through water damaged photos at his family’s home in Long Island that was flooded during Hurrican Sandy. In fact, the album cover is one of these very photos. The first single was released today, “Boys Life.” Listen below:

Small Black’s fall tour starts October 11th in Richmond, VA but you can catch them many places after:

Sun. Oct. 11 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter *
Tue. Oct. 13 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl *
Wed. Oct. 14 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa *
Fri. Oct. 16 – Austin, TX @ Red 7 *
Sat. Oct. 17 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada *
Tue. Oct. 20 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar *
Wed. Oct. 21 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
Fri. Oct. 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
Sat. Oct. 24 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Mon. Oct. 26 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge *
Tue. Oct. 27 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret *
Wed. Oct. 28 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile – Back Bar *
Thu. Oct. 29 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux *
Fri. Oct. 30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge *
Sat. Oct. 31 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge *
Mon. Nov. 2 – Kansas City, MO @ The Tank Room *
Tue. Nov. 3 – Iowa City, IA @ The Mill *
Wed. Nov. 4 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry *
Fri. Nov. 6 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *
Sat. Nov. 7 – Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory *
Sun. Nov. 8 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison *
Tue. Nov. 10 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa *
Wed. Nov. 11 – Burlington, TV @ Signal Kitchen *
Thu. Nov. 12 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
Sat. Nov. 21 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right *

* w/ Painted Palms

New single from Austin based producer, Botany: “Jotu”

Botany is the brain child of Austin, TX’s Spencer Stephenson who has been creating his own music since the age of 15. With a new record due out September 18th on Western Vinyl, titled Dimming Awe,The Light is Raw, Botany just released the first single off of the upcoming record last week. “Jotu” is an short burst of energy infused electronic genius. Listen below:

The record features vocals and production by Matthewdavid of Stones Throw/Leaving Records, additional vocals by RYAT, an artists signed to the label, Brainfeeder and also features the rapper, Milo and a couple tracks.

Top 20 From the Last 9 Weeks!

Hard to believe it’s been 9 weeks since I did the last top 20. SUMMER SLOW DOWN, PLEASE! Pump the breaks on your summer and have a listen:

News from KATIEE in the form of a new single AND video

KATIEE is a new project fronted by Katie Eastburn, originally of the experimental rock band, Young People. Teamed up with Eastburn for KATIEE are Jim McHugh, Jeff Tobias and Jason Rabira all of whom just kicked off their tour yesterday (7/23). Only a few days ago, KATIEE released their next track off of their debut 7″ titled, Passersby which is out August 4th of this year. The new track is called “Atlantic City.” Check it out!

Like the other tracks I’ve listened to by KATIEE, it requires a decent pair of headphones or else some of the subtleties could be missed along with Eastburn’s airy vocals. Every sound should be accounted for so sit down and pay attention to this dreamy track.

In addition to the above track, KATIEE released a video for their track, “Bad & the Beautiful” (I’m In You Remix), directed by Sebastian Ischer. Shrouded in black, Katie, two young boys and another dancer leap, twirl, wield swords and don a Mexican wrestling mask. See for yourself:

Don’t forget, August 4th KATIEE’s debut 7″, Passersby comes out on Selfish Agenda.

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Photo credit: Sabine Rogers (courtesy of Pitch Perfect PR)

Album Review: Jessie Jones’ self-titled debut – Out July 24th (tomorrow!)

This entire record is not sugar coated like the opening track is. “Sugar Coated” may be dripping with catchy pop hooks and Jessie Jones’ sweet, cavity-inducing voice but she calls you out, “yes you” as she says. So, whoever “you” are, you must have messed up royally. She wrote a song about “you” and now it’s time for you “to kiss the ground that she [I] walks on.”

As I mentioned, Jessie Jones’ self-titled debut record isn’t sugar coated. It’s full of surprises. If you think she has the pop thing nailed, just wait until “La Loba.” You don’t really know where it’s going when it starts but I can promise you it doesn’t finish where it starts or where you could predict it to finish. She tells a story alongside a violin or a fiddle, about a woman who is old and covered in dust and cobwebs, powerful, a she-wolf who is a vagabond, playing tricks and seducing anyone in her path. Some 6 minute songs aren’t worth the entire 6 minutes but I promise you, this is.

Is there a hint of 90’s girl rock in this? Yes, I think there is. “Butterfuly Knives” could fit just as well into the movie Clueless as anything else but when you think you’ve married the 90’s sound in this track, she grabs the folk undertones of this song and amplifies them. This is something I really adore about this record. You can’t pin a song based on the first minute. Usually, if I’m not into the first minute, I don’t give the rest of the song a listen but the first minute of this song doesn’t sound anything like its guts. Especially the last few seconds. They fit bizarrely with “Butterfly Knives” but ease seamlessly into the candy track “Make it Spin.”

The changes in tempo, mood, and style are refreshing. The first song I heard was “Sugar Coated” and I’m relieved all of her songs don’t sound exactly like this. I couldn’t handle 10 or 12 sweet, melt in your mouth songs. Instead, she weaves in folk, reggae (sorry, but “Prisoner’s Cinema” is half reggae/half psychedelic) and “Lady La De Da” has a world music flavor. It’s ethnic and feels hippie dippie. She subtly rides out this style through the entire song. It’s just enough. Not too much.

The truly cathartic experience it took to get Jones to where she is now involved the deterioration of Feeding People, a band she was the front woman for, an exodus from society in which she met “three little witchy girls” who begged her to play Katy Perry and Dolly Parton, and a rebirth of Jessie Jones, the way she should be.

“Nightingale” is a show of her dramatic sense, she references “three daughters, they own the water.” Could she be referring to the very same three witchy girls who requested classic pop and country/folk from Jessie Jones on her journey away from society? Is this song a story of her leaving society for three years? I’m not sure if I’ll ever know but I don’t think I need to. Jones has me sold. I appreciate her mystery. It doesn’t leave me frustrated, it leaves me with questions I can ponder not only about her music but about myself.

Post hiatus, Jessie Jones has spanned at least 5 decades of style and musical appreciation. I know I mentioned her 90’s style and some psychedelic hippie dippie sounds, but it doesn’t end there. She reaches back even further into a 60’s and 50’s style for “Twelve Hour Man” which is the concluding track. “Mental Illness” reminds you she’s a human, a human making music.

For her first solo work, she should be proud. Her album is for everyone. Her album is must listen.

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Photo Credit: Abby Banks (courtesy of Pitch Perfect PR)

Jessie Jones is out July 24th on Burger Records.

Hot and Fresh Stream from The Kickdrums: Breath Again EP – Out July 24th

The Kickdrums is a project created by Cleveland-born Alex Fitts who now works out of Brooklyn. Clearly multi-talented, Fitts writes and produces not only his own music but has produced for the likes of Kid Cudi and others. Fitts records his work as The Kickdrums solo but when performing, a full band accompanies him, adding even more life to The Kickdrums already buoyant and infectious sound. With two full lengths out, the Breathe Again EP is a stunning addition to The Kickdrums’ collection. Fortunate for us, a stream of the EP in its entirety was released yesterday. Please enjoy and make it your own this Friday, July 24th where it will be available on iTunes and the title track will be available on limited edition blue variant 7″ vinyl:

Interview: A few words with beachy CA band, Cayucas

Cayucas is irresistible right now. We’re in peak summer season and twin brothers Zach and Ben Yudin have nailed that California sandy summer rock sound. If you haven’t listened yet, before you read on, you should listen up:

“High School Lover” is off of their debut album from 2013, Bigfoot. This past June, they released their newest record, Dancing at the Blue Lagoon which is equally as wonderful but has a more expansive sound. Read below to see what Zach Yudin has to say about the band’s history since they were once Oregon Bike Trails and how Dancing at the Blue Lagoon differed as a recording experience from Bigfoot.

MFL: What has changed since Oregon Bike Trails became Cayucas, if anything (besides the name of course)?

Cayucas (Zach Yudin): Oregon Bike Trails started as a bedroom project as just me (Zach), Ben came in later once a proper studio album was recorded we changed the band name to Cayucas to fit the vibe better.

MFL: It seems like the story of Oregon Bike Trails and Cayucas was a bit of a whirlwind! Were you caught by surprise by how quickly the music community took to your music?

ZY: Yes, especially the blogs, they really took hold of the songs in the early stages and helped give us buzz. It’s all been a nice surprise.

MFL: I’ve gathered that you two are twins. What was growing up with a twin brother like for you two and how did it shape your musical careers?

ZY: Well, we usually did the same stuff, whether it was sports or social activity. We had different music tastes initially, I was more into electronic, Ben more singer/songwriter.

MFL: Who are your top five musical inspirations and why?

 ZY: Beatles, Beach Boys, Beck, Radiohead, Weezer

These are bands that have had big influences on me in different stages, some more than others but all staples in my life.

MFL: What was the song writing experience and recording experience like for Dancing at the Blue Lagoon and how did it compare to your debut full length, Bigfoot?

ZY: Both Ben and I spent 2 years writing demos and constantly editing the songs. More time and energy went into the album. There is more instrumentation more strings, more musicality, and more production. Bigfoot was a quicker more lo-fi process, recorded in only 10 days. But both experiences were very cathartic, and creatively fulfilling.

 

MFL: What are your favorite songs to play live and do they differ from what seem to be the crowd favorites?

ZY: Right now “Dancing at the Blue Lagoon” is fun, also “Hella.” I enjoy playing them all, though. The crowd likes “High School Lover”, which is always fun.

MFL: Your songs are packed full of a huge variety of instruments: flutes, piano, strings, horns some clicky percussion-sounding instruments I can’t pin point…to name a few. Who are some of the musicians behind these instruments and how did you find them?

ZY: Many of them are studio musicians that our producer works with out of Seattle. Also, some of our friends like Mat Santos and Becca Zeller from the band Ra Ra Riot on bass and strings. Our friend Davey on drums who tours with Modest Mouse.

MFL: Finally, where do you see Cayucas in one year?

ZY: Hopefully more people will hear the new album and it will continue to grow. We will probably be touring and starting to write new stuff as well.

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Photo credit: Dusdin Condren (courtesy of Pitch Perfect PR)

Thanks, Zach for taking the time to answer my questions! I already can’t wait to hear what kind of new stuff these guys may have up their sleeves in a year. For more about Cayucas, check out their Facebook page and official website.

New-ish (“ish” because it’s been out for a week) video from British rock brothers, Ded Rabbit

Ded Rabbit is composed of four brothers (Donal, Eugene, Fergus and Eoin Gaine) originally from Yorkshire who started playing together about 10 years ago. With a refreshingly impeccable indie sound, these guys have released three EPs since their start, one in 2014 and two this year including the most recent release, Moving in Slow Motion. Ded Rabbit’s new video for the song “Scarlet Cardigan” is off of Moving in Slow Motion and the track is currently available as a free download on Soundcloud. The music video features a conglomeration of simple home videos from shooting hoops and biking to old videos of the guys playing music together. It pairs perfectly with the track. Check it out: