Month: January 2016

Stream Cross Record’s new record NOW

Emily Cross, brain child, nurturer and creative force behind the musical project, Cross Record, is letting the public’s ears enjoy her sophomore record from start to finish right now. Everyone can have and hold Wabi-Sabi this Friday, January 29th as its’ due out officially on Ba Da Bing Records.

Wabi-Sabi is a record of complexity, encompassing every topic from parenting to the peace of waking up to the thick fog that surrounded her and her husband’s ranch home in Dripping Springs, TX.

For an appetizer, enjoy the newly released music video for her eerie track, “Basket.”


Stream below via Line of Best Fit:


Your Friend’s new album, “Gumption”, available for stream

Your Friend is the welcoming musical project of Taryn Miller. After the release of her two singles, “Heathering” and “Come Back From It”, she is now releasing her album in its entirety for streaming until its official release Friday, January 29th on Domino Records.

Gumption was born in Lawrence, KS after Miller finished her 2014 tour with Courtney Barnett. In conjunction with songwriting, she purchased a field recorder that she carried around with her to places like her family’s farm in Winfield, KS, adding a level of nostalgia deeper than meets the ear.

Stream Gumption below:


You can catch Your Friend touring with Porches and Alex G, also of Domino Records:

Wed. Mar. 9 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
Thu. Mar. 10 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Fri. Mar. 11 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle – Backroom
Sat. Mar. 12 – Savannah, GA @ Savannah Stopover Festival
Sun. Mar. 13 – Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
Mon. Mar. 14 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder
Sat. Mar. 19 – Dallas, TX @ Spillover Music Fest
Mon. Mar. 21 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
Tue. Mar. 22 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Wed. Mar. 23 – Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Fest
Thu. Mar. 24 – Portland, OR @ Analog Cafe
Fri. Mar. 25 – Seattle, WA @ Vera Project
Sat. Mar. 26 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
Mon. Mar. 28 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
Tue. Mar. 29 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Thu. Mar. 31 – Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory – Constellation Room
Fri. Apr. 1 – San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe
Sat. Apr. 2 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
Sun. Apr. 3 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Co-Op
Tue. Apr. 5 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
Wed. Apr. 6 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry
Thu. Apr. 7 – Madison, WI @ UW Student Union
Fri. Apr. 8 – Grinnell, IA @ Grinnell College – Gardner Lounge
Sat. Apr. 9 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
Sun. Apr. 10 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Cafe
Mon. Apr. 11 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
Tue. Apr. 12 – Boston, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
Wed. Apr. 13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Thu. Apr. 14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Fri. Apr. 15 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom


New EP from twin sisters, The Frisbys

Coming out this Friday, January 29th is the newest EP, The Cause, from the band fronted by twin sisters, Helen and Nicola Frisby. Helen and Nicola have been playing music together since the moment they learned they could. The Frisbys full band includes Marc Robinson (piano, guitar), Sam Keer (acoustic/electric/slide guitar), Will Cattermole (bass) and Tom Finigan (drums).

The Cause is comprised of six warm tracks as sweet as honey. The opening cut, “Give Into the Dark” is the perfect example of how warm and sweet their music is. It’s a gentle lullaby mixed with melancholic strings and the girls’ incredible harmonies. Absolutely lovely.

The following track, “Born And Raised” packs a bit more of a punch. The gals describe it as “a countrified of ‘No Scrubs’ by TLC.” See for yourself:


“The Waves” is a lovely piano ballad, showcasing The Frisbys’ diversity in songwriting and the closing title track wraps the EP up perfectly. “The Cause” summarizes the band’s ability to create something bigger, more different and truly unique with every track. It begins like a whisper but gains power, momentum and force finding itself among thumping drums and driving piano rhythms. Altogether, The Cause is a gorgeous set of individual pieces that are thoughtfully tied together with gorgeous harmonies, stunning instrumentals and the girls’ obvious passion for music.

You can enjoy the EP in its entirety January 29th when it comes out on Dantobaccus Records.

Mysterious album trailer for Kevin Morby’s newest record, “Singing Saw”

Kevin Morby joined the incredible roster of the Dead Oceans (which includes Strand of Oaks, Marlon Williams, Phosphorescent and others) label for his third full length, Singing Saw.  Fascinatingly, the record was grown from the most organic of origins, a deserted piano left behind by the previous owners of Morby’s current home in LA. Along with the piano was left some old sheet music with instructions on how to master some basic chords on the piano.

Previous to the writing and recording of Singing Saw, Morby was part of The Complete Last Waltz, a reincarnation and reenactment of the Band’s final performance. Before he knew it, Morby was recording Singing Saw at Isokon Studios in Woodstock, NY. The record was inspired by and manifests the concept of “duality.” The duality of LA, the duality of his life, the duality of existence. Enjoy the mysterious trailer to Singing Saw below:



Toronto psychedelic R&B artist, Ursa Major releases debut single: “Dusk”

Ursa Major is the project of a 19 year old based out of Toronto who has worked to fuse psychedelic rock wit R&B and explored the frontier of music that lies between “the sounds of the past and the production of the future.”

Ursa Major’s music has been created, composed and cut in dorm rooms, basements and bedrooms and was produced and engineered by Montreal’s Cavewerk and Noah Barer.

“Dusk” is a dark, muddy and seductive track that straddles the fence between R&B and electronic music. It incorporates sounds both strange and familiar, the perfect balance for fans of the quickly evolving musical world of R&B.


Lionlimb announces debut album and sheds a single: “Domino”

Lionlimb is the project of songwriter, Stewart Bronaugh and drummer, Joshua Jaeger. Somewhere between psychedelic rock, jazz, and soul lies a world in which Lionlimb lives and creates music, freely. The two returned from touring Australia playing guitar and drums for the incredibly talented Angel Olsen and immediately began recording their debut record, Shoo, which is due out March 4th on Bayonet Records.

Their single, “Domino”, was released last week. This is a track that is a celebration of music and having the absolute power as a musician to be free and creative. The saxophone melts perfectly into the whimsical organ and wispy vocals. It’s truly fantastic. Please enjoy:


Top 5 albums of 2015 from Top 3 Sources

I don’t know if the three of us are the top 3 sources but it sounded good as a title. You all can be the judge! Mark Levy the drummer for the Bozeman musical project, Ranges and a dear friend of mine who works as a pharmacist in Alaska, Brian Haviland and myself picked our top 5 albums of 2015. To be more accurate, Mark picked 6. Amazingly but not surprisingly, we all picked 5 different records. Keep in mind, we did not order our records numerically by awesomeness. They are all tied for the best of 2015. Please let Music For Lunch know your thoughts and feel free to tell the three “sources” they’re idiots and they missed all the great music of 2015. Email me your top 5 and I’lll share them on MFL’s Facebook!


Mark’s top 6 picks of 2015:

  1. Telekinesis – Ad Infinitum 

“Perfect synth pop.”


2. Vince Staples – Summertime ’06

“Minimalist, eerie beats with great lyrical flow.”


3. Motorhead – Bad Magic

“Excellent Motorhead Rock and Roll. Lemmy is a true original. I will miss him.”


4. Beach Slang – The Things We Do To Find People Like Us

“Powerful tunes with hooks all over.”


5. Swervedriver – I Wasn’t Born To Lose You

“Sounding like a great continuation from Raise and Mescal Head.”


6. Iron Maiden – The Book Of Souls

“On par with some of their greatest work. Props to Bruce Dickinson for laying down fantastic vocals AFTER being diagnosed with throat cancer. He has made a full recovery and they will tour. I will go.”





Brian’s top 5 picks

MFL’s top 5 picks of 2015:


New record from Black Mountain due out April 1st!

Vancouver-original space age straight up rock n’ roll band, Black Mountain just announced the release of their latest full length, IV, which we can expect out the 1st of April of 2016.

The band has fused acid rock, psychedelia, a hint of funk  n’ blues and whatever else seems to fit their musical mood to form a truly unique rock sound sure to suit a large crowd. To give fans new and old a taste of what’s to come, the band has released four ridiculously short teasers that somehow put together, give you an awesome taste of what’s to come. You have to listen to all four and in the right order. Each one kind of bleeds into the next:

Teaser 1
Teaser 2
Teaser 3
Teaser 4


You can pre-order IV on iTunes now and it will be out officially April 1st on Jagjaguwar.

Catch Black Mountain touring to support IV starting this March:

3/19/16 – Azores, PT @ Tremor Festival
3/26/16 – Porto, PT @ Hard Club
3/28/16 – Lisbon, PT @ Musicbox
3/29/16 – Lisbon, PT @ Musicbox
3/31/16 – Madrid, SP @ Sala Arena
4/1/16 – Barcelona, SP @ Bikini
4/2/16 – Bilbao, SP @ Kafe Antzoki
4/4/16 – Turin, IT @ Spazio 211
4/5/16 – Bologna, IT @ Lokomotiv
4/6/16 – Zurich, CH @ Bogen F
4/7/16 – Geneva, CH @ PTR Usine
4/8/16 – Paris, FR @ La Fleche D’Or
4/9/16 – Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2
4/10/16 – Leeds @ Brudenell Social CLub
4/12/16 – London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
4/13/16 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique
4/14/16 – Tilburg, NL @ Roadburn Festival
4/15/16 – Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg Oud Zaal
4/16/16 – Berlin, DE @ Lido
4/21/16 – Bellingham, WA @ The Shakedown
4/22/16 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
4/23/16 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
4/25/16 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
4/26/16 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
4/27/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
4/28/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
4/29/16 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
4/29/16 – 5/01/16 – Austin, TX @ Levitation
5/03/16 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
5/04/16 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
5/5/16 – Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
5/6/16 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
5/7/16 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
5/10/16 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
5/11/16 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
5/12/16 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
5/13/16 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
5/14/16 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
5/15/16 – Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret
5/17/16 – Saskatoon, SK @ Amigos
5/18/16 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
5/19/16 – Calgary, AB @ Marquee Beer Market + Stage
5/21/16 – Vancouver, BC @ The Commodore Ballroom

Modeselektor + Apparat = Moderat: announce new album!

Moderat is the joint creative forces of  duo Gernot Bronsert, Sebastian Szary (Modeselektor) and Sascha Ring (Apparat). Together they’ve already released the first two of their trilogy and now have announced the release of the third and final installment. III will be out April 1st on Mute/Monkeytown and to satiate fans, they’ve released an album trailer:



III is an introspective collection of electronic pieces that spotlights Apparat’s lyrical abilities, offering listeners an intimate look into Sascha Ring. The scaffolding is the complex rhythms and sounds created by beatmakers, Modeselektor. This is the final chapter of Moderat’s trilogy, harnessing the work, creativity and experience of the trio’s time together which began years ago in Berlin. You can now pre-order III on iTunes.

A few days before release, the trio will begin their album tour:


Mon. March 28 – Paris, FR @ L’Olympia
Tue. March 29 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
Wed. March 30 – Leipzig, DE @ Werk 2
Thu. March 31 – Munich, DE @ Muffathalle
Fri. April 1 – Wiesbaden, DE @ Schlachthof
Sat. April 2 – London, UK @ St John of Hackney
Sun. April 3 – Bristol, UK @ Marble Factory
Tue. April 5 – Glasgow, UK @ ABC
Wed. April 6 – Dublin, IE @ Victar Street
Thu. April 7 – Brighton, UK @ Corn Exchange
Fri. April 8 – Brussels, BE @ Cirque Royale
Sat. April 9 – Hamburg, DE @ Docks
Sun. April 10 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
Thu. April 21 – Poznan, PL @ Hala 2 MTP
Fri. April 22 – Warsaw, PL @ Progresja
Sat. April 23 – Wroclaw, PL @ Eter
Sun. April 24 – Budapest, HU @ TBA
Tue. April 26 – Graz, AT @ Orpheum
Wed. April 27 – Zurich, CH @ X-TRA
Thu. April 28 – Milan, IT @ Alcatraz
Fri. April 29 – Rome, IT @ Spazio900
Sat. April 30 – Marseille, FR @ Cabaret Aléatoire
Sun. May 1 – Toulouse, FR @ Le Bikini
Mon. May 2 – Bordeaux, FR @ Le Rocher Palmer
Tue. May 3 – Nantes, FR @ Stereolux
Thu. May 5 – Lausanne, CH @ LesDocks
Sat. May 7 – Basel, CH @ Volkshaus
Sun. May 8 – Stuttgart, DE @ LKA Longhorn
Fri. May 19 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Sat. May 20 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
Sun. May 21 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
Mon. May 23 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
Tue. May 24 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
Thu. May 26 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
Fri. May 27 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
Sat. May 28 – Bradley, CA @ Lightning in a Bottle Festival
Sun. June 5 – Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle
Sat. August 13 – Bochum, DE @ Jahrhunderthalle Ritournelle



A tease from Quilt: new single, “Roller”

Neo-psychedelic folk band, Quilt announced the release of their third full length, Plaza, back in November which is due out February 26th on Mexican Summer. Prior to release they’ve shared two singles, “Eliot St.” and now “Roller.” Whereas “Eliot St.” is more like most of Quilt’s music, “Roller” is no doubt, on the poppier and more upbeat side. In fact, “Roller” was one of the last track written for Plaza. According to the song’s vocalist, Anna Fox Rochinski, the song’s namesake, “roller”, describes:

“a sensation that lies somewhere between claiming strength for yourself but also hiding to protect yourself from the human bullsh*t of the world. Ultimately, it’s a rumination on seeking peace through isolation.”


Upon the release of the album, the group has an extensive spring tour planned.


Feb 26 – Boston, MA @ Museum of Fine Arts^
Mar 2 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right^
Mar 4 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
Mar 5 – Washington, DC @ DC9
Mar 6 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
Mar 8 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Mar 12 – Marfa, TX @ Marfa Myths
Mar 19 – San Diego, CA @ The Hideout
Mar 22 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Mar 23 – San Fransisco, CA @ The Independent
Mar 25 – Portland, OR @  Mississippi Studios
Mar 26 – Seattle, WA @ The Sunset
Mar 27 – Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Fest
Mar 29 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
Mar 31 – Omaha, NE @ Reverb
Apr 1 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Apr 2 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency
Apr 5 – Iowa City, IA @ Mission Creek Festival
Apr 6 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
Apr 7 – Lakewood, OH @  Mahall’s 20 Lanes
Apr 8 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel
Apr 9 – Montreal, QC @ Divian Orange

^ Record release show