Month: September 2015

Steven A. Clark’s debut record, “The Lonely Roller” is out NOW!

The Lonely Roller is en epic record of cinematic proportions. I say cinematic because listening to this record from start to finish tricks you into believing you are living inside a movie. You experience the highs and lows of the characters Clark sing about, the building and destruction of lust and love. With the storytelling, scenario-building and sensualism of Frank Ocean and hip hop, infectious beats of Kid Cudi, Lonely Roller has it all.

The single, “Can’t Have” was released earlier this summer and is an perfect example of the stories Clark is capable of telling, blending pop, R&B and electronic music. The music video captures this exceedingly well:

The opening cut and title track gives your auditory senses everything they need in addition to showcasing Steven A. Clark’s natural storytelling ability.

It’s difficult to find a favorite on this record, for me personally. I spent an entire evening driving around listening to it, song by song and I felt like a character in a movie. Clark takes you by the ear and makes you feel like every character he features in every story he tells. Each song is a story. The track “Bounty” has a down beat, R&B feel that sticks with you.

As I mentioned above, Clark’s sound harks back to Frank Ocean and like-sounding artists. “Floral Print” and the following track “Part Two” are proof. “Floral Print” is a song about every memory this character has about a woman he loved who left. Her floral print dress, the smell of her perfume, all lingering desperately in his mind, terrorizing him.

The Lonely Roller is an incredible step for Clark and phenomenal debut.

New Zealand’s Marlon Williams joins Dead Oceans roster!

With a voice of velvet and true eccentricity in both his storytelling and lyricism, 24-year old Marlon Williams is on his way to taking blues, folk and country to a new level. Below is a music video for the song “Strange Things”, a tragic song with a maniacal story of a man who’s lost his mind over losing his lover:

Williams started making music as a teenager thanks to his father back in Christchurch, NZ and quickly gained momentum. Fast forward to 2014 when he released his incredibly well received debut EP. Now, Williams has been nabbed up be record label, Dead Oceans and will be releasing his sophomore record in 2016.

Need more convincing? Watch this video of him performing “Portrait of a Man” live:

You can find Marlon Williams making his debut appearance in North America at CMJ this October or at any of the other locations he’ll be playing this fall:

Marlon William Tour Dates:
(North America shows in bold)
Wed. Oct. 1 – Napier, NZ @ St. John’s Cathedral
Fri. Oct. 2 – Tauranga, NZ @ Holy Trinity Anglican Church
Sat. Oct. 3 – Auckland, NZ @ Holy Trinity
Sun. Oct. 4 – Auckland, NZ @ St. Mary’s at Holy Trinity
Mon. Oct. 5 – Wellington, NZ @ Old St. Paul’s
Tue. Oct. 6 – Wellington, NZ @ Old St. Paul’s
Thu. Oct. 8 – Christchurch, NZ @ St. Michael All Angels
Fri. Oct. 9 – Christchurch, NZ @ The Cardboard Cathedral
Sat. Oct. 10 – Dunedin, UK @ Knox Church
Mon. Oct. 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bardot [School Night]
Tue. Oct. 13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right [NZ Music Commission, 7pm]
Tue. Oct. 13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rockwood Stage 2 [Communion, 9pm]
Wed. Oct. 14 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge [CAA, 7pm]
Thu. Oct. 15 – New York, NY @ Pianos [Atypical Beasts, 12:30pm]
Thu. Oct. 15 – New York, NY @ Living Room [School Night, 6:15pm]
Thu. Oct. 15 – New York, NY @ Productive Studios [Sofar, 9:15pm]
Fri. Oct. 16 – New York, NY @ Elvis Guesthouse [Secretly Group Showcase, 8:15pm]
Mon. Oct. 19 – London, UK @ The Lexington
Tue. Oct. 20 – Bristol, UK @ The Gallimaufry
Wed. Oct. 21 – Manchester, UK @ Eagle Inn
Fri. Oct. 23 – Dublin, IE @ Academy 2
Sat. Oct. 24 – Belfast, IE @ McHugh’s Bar
Sun. Oct. 25 – Edinburgh, UK @ Sneaky Pete’s
Mon. Oct. 26 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Wed. Oct. 28 – Paris, FR @ La Mecanique Ondulatoire
Thu. Oct. 29 – Gent, BE @ Trefpunt
Fri. Oct. 30 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso – London Calling Festival
Sat. Oct. 31 – Hamburg, DE @ Mojo Jazz Café
Sun. Nov. 1 – Berlin, DE @ Gruener Salon
Thu. Nov. 5 – Perth, AU @ Four 5 Nine
Fri. Nov. 6 – Bunbury, AU @ Prince of Wales
Sat. Nov. 7 – Fremantle, AU @ Fly By Night
Sat. Nov. 8 – Dunsborough, AU @ Clancy’s Fish Pub
Thu. Nov. 12 – Maroochydore, AU @ Sol Bar
Fri. Nov. 13 – Currumbin, AU @ Solid Lounge
Sat. Nov. 14 – Brisbane, AU @ Woolly Mammoth
Sun. Nov. 15 – Byron Bay, AU @ Byron Theare
Mon. Nov. 16 – Bellingen, AU @ St Margaret’s Hall
Fri. Nov. 20 – Newcastle, AU @ The Small Ballroom
Sat. Nov. 21 – Sydney, AU @ Oxford Arts Factory
Sun. Nov. 22 – Milton, New South Wales @ Milton Theatre
Tue. Nov. 24 – Wollongong, New South Wales @ Rad Bar
Wed. Nov. 25 – Canberra, AU @ Transit Bar
Fri. Nov. 27 – Melbourne, AU @ Prince Bandroom
Sat. Nov. 28 – Hunter Valley, New South Wales @ A Day on the Green, Hunter Valley NSW #
Sun. Nov. 29 – Mount Cotton, Queensland @ A Day on the Green #
Thu. Dec. 3 – Adelaide, AU @ The Gov
Fri. Dec. 4 – Darwin, AU @ Railway Club
Sun. Dec. 6 – Yarra Valley, VIC @ A Day on the Green #
Thu. Dec. 10 – Geelong, VIC @ The Workers Club
Fri. Dec. 11 – Newport, VIC @ The Substation
Sat. Dec. 12 – Barossa Valley, AU @ A Day on the Green #
Sun. Dec. 13 – Kings Park, AU @ A Day on the Green #

# w/ Paul Kelly, Lucinda Williams + Kasey Chambers

On Top of It

This week’s playlist is one day late but includes 10 songs for last week and 10 for this week…I’m on top of it! I may or may not be in “playlist-making service” this weekend so I thought I’d get a bigger playlist out there. I’m psyched about this one. Excellent opening and closing tracks with a killer filling.

New single from Americana/Country group, Ted Z and The Wranglers: “Go Find Your Heaven”

Ted Z and The Wranglers is an Americana/country/rock group based out of Southern California that has mastered the perfect balance between country, blues and Americana in their first ever single on their new record label, Rip Cat Records. This single, “Go Find Your Heaven”, is warm and welcoming with just enough strings, organ and twang to give non-country attuned ears like mine a tiny taste of country vibes without overwhelming. Check it out:

Ted Z and The Wranglers is Dan Mages (bass), Mike Myers (drums, vocals), and Jackson Leverone (lead and slide guitar, vocals). Their debut record, Ghost Train, was recorded in Yellow Dog Studios with Monty Byron in Wimberley, TX and will be out on Rip Cat Records October 16th of this year.

Remix of Steven A. Clark’s “Can’t Have” by Ape Drums

Need a twist on the already perfect single, “Can’t Have?” Here you go:

Though I’m perfectly satisfied with “Can’t Have” just the way it is, there is something to be said about giving it a second shot, a reincarnation or new “outfit.” Just recently, Ape Drums took “Can’t Have” and reworked the beat and mood of the song while leaving Clark’s vocals intact, creating an almost “club” version of the track.

Ape Drums said this about remixing “Can’t Have”:

“I loved working on this remix,” Ape Drums notes, “I had a lot of room for creativity as the original melody of the vocals were already amazing. I took my time, changed ideas completely and am very satisfied with the outcome.”

Catch Steven A. Clark’s tour for his debut record, The Lonely Roller, (which is out now) with Sinkane this fall:

Tue. Oct. 13-Sat. Oct. 17 – New York, NY @ CMJ
Mon. Nov. 2 – London, UK @ The Waiting Room
Fri. Nov. 6 – Cologne, DE @ Gebaude 9 (Cardinal Sessions Festival)
Sat. Nov. 7 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotow (Cardinal Sessions Festival)
Sun. Nov. 8 – Berlin, DE @ Musik & Friden
Tue. Nov. 10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s (tickets) *
Wed. Nov. 11 – New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge (tickets) *
Thu. Nov. 12 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott (tickets) *
Fri. Nov. 13 – Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Art Space (tickets) *
Sat. Nov. 14 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground (tickets) *
Sun. Nov. 15 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz (tickets) *
Wed. Nov. 18 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake Underground (tickets) *
*Fri. Nov. 20 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Café (tickets) *
Sat. Nov. 21 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas (tickets) *
Sun. Nov. 22 – Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub (tickets) *
Tue. Nov. 24 – Columbus, OH @ Skully’s (tickets) *
Wed. Nov. 25 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat (tickets) *

* w/ Sinkane

New single from Norwegian POP group, Catching Cooper

Sugary sweet straight up POP. Catching Cooper is a Norwegian pop/rock group based out of Trondheim, Norway composed of Kristian Dahl Bergsland, Jo Tran, Robin Araya and Sigurd Nermoen. This group recently released the single, “Radio” and just got back from a three week tour around Norway in celebration of the single. A an explosive and catchy chorus gives these easy-on-the-ears track, the pop-rock touch. Check out the music video below:

For more about Catching Cooper, check out their Facebook page and Soundcloud!

Another prime single from CLAVVS: “Sit You Down”

Earlier this summer I went through a minor obsession with the track “Shut Up” by ATL, Georgia power duo, CLAVVS. I got on the CLAVVS train a bit late but at least I didn’t miss it. They’re high up on my radar now and boy do they love their fans, so if you dig what they do, let them know. I’ve been bumping the EP CD they sent me in thanks for my support on Music For Lunch in my car since the day I got it in the mail from them.

OK, there is a real reason why I’m posting about CLAVVS besides the fact that I just like their music. They dropped a new single recently and it’s equally as delicious as “Shut Up.” Lead vocalist Amber Renee’s velvet voice and hypnotic lyrics slide effortlessy over producer and sound engineer Graham Marsh’s flawless beats. Listen:

Free download from Living Dead Girl: “Simulation”

A little dark of a track for the start of the day but the beautiful thing about this piece is it lives two separate lives. Though it starts out eerie, creepy and dissonant, the mood changes later on. Not dramatically but enough to instill a bit of hope and relief from the darkness for the listener. In that latter part of the  track, “Stimulation” takes on a more basic indie rock sound. Listen up and feel free to help yourself to the free download offered by the band, Living Dead girl:

Living Dead Girl is a duo composed of Jonno Lloyd (guitar, bass, synth, programming, backing vocals) and Jessica English (lead vocals, synth, piano, programming) who are from different musical backgrounds but have found a commonality, they can create dark goth-pop together and are the perfect team.

Keep your ears peeled for more from Living Dead Girl! They’ll be releasing a new single called “Skylines” October 16th via LDG Records.

News from Sylvan Esso: Video for Moog Sound Lab Session

Sylvan Esso in space? Sylvan Esso visiting us from the future? Sylvan Esso remixed? Sylvan ESso in the Moog Sound Lab:

This is just Sylvan Esso just being the incredible musicians we have all come to know and love them as. As many of you know I’m sure, Sylvan Esso is the extensively innovative duo consisting of Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn. Not much in terms of new music has been released to for the public’s enjoyment (unless you seem the live and they treat you with some new tunes) since the drop of their debut record back in 2014. However, they teamed up with the folks at the Moog Music factory in Asheville, North Carolina to put together an even more multi-dimensional version of their song “H.S.K.T.” For you big time music engineering/production nerds out there, Moog said this about how the song was performed:

Using Ableton Live to route MIDI messages to an array of analog synthesizers, Nick Sanborn controls his Minitaur for basslines as well as a tower of Minimoog Voyager Rack Mount Editions to produce H.S.K.T.’s percussive track. Ableton’s master MIDI clock locks the arpeggiator tempo of a Moog Sub 37, which all ran through an MF-104M Analog Delay. Vocalist Amelia Meath played a Werkstatt running through the Minifooger Delay, and sang through another MF-104M Analog Delay. Nick then sequenced the whole thing with his Akai APC40. The only prerecorded sound was a loop of of Amelia singing “wanna get” from the original track.

If you missed Sylvan Esso this year, they still have a few more tour dates! I highly recommend seeing them live. Just watching their Moog Sound Lab Session stirred up the goosebumps that set in when I had the pleasure of seeing them live in Portland earlier this year. Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn have crafted something extremely special and they genuinely love sharing it with their fans. Check ’em out:

Friday, Sept. 25th – Grand Rapids, MI @ Calvin College Covenant Fine Arts Center
Saturday, Sept. 26 – Cincinnati, OH @ Midpoint Music Festival
Sunday, Sept. 27 – Champaign, IL @ Pygmallion Music Festival
Monday, Sept. 28 – Asheville, NC @ Highland Brewing Company
Sunday, Oct. 4 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival
Thursday, Oct 8 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
Sunday, Oct. 11 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival
Tuesday, Nov. 3 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theater (Red Bull Sound Select)

Music video from Small Black for their track, “Boys Life”

The newly released music video for Small Black’s single, “Boys Life” is a peek into the mind of a young woman, sorting through the memories of lovers and friends past and present. Each memory has a specific date and time, among other details. The emotions are left for you to read on the characters’ faces. The main female character, carries a camera around with her, capturing many of these moments while the chorus sings, “Pictures of you.” One of my favorite details of this video is that the last scene has no expiration date, it will never be dated. The screen says, “This morning 8:59 am.” It leaves it up to the viewer to decide when.

About the music video and the director, Nick Bentgen, lead singer Josh Kolenik says:

“He functions almost as a fifth band member, assigning images to the sounds that come out of our heads, populating them with sprawling casts and endless locales, yet never missing the quiet moment.  With ‘Boys Life,’ he’s getting at a simple reflection on being young, and the many identities we all try out on our paths to figuring out how we might be. Falling through the city on the way to our lives.”

Best Blues comes out on Jagjaguwar on October 16th and you can catch Small Black on their fall tour, starting October 11th:

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 *
Sun. Oct. 18 – San Antonio, TX @ 502 Bar *
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