Month: July 2017

SoundCloud Playlist: More Summer Sounds

I’m unleashing what’s been tied down in my inbox for many hot summer months. Enjoy.


Beautiful oddity from Midnight Sister: Video for “Blue Cigar”

I’m not entirely sure what is going on during this video but I can’t manage to pull my eyes away from the odd movements, bizarre costumes and bright colors. Set in a small blue room, the video features Harlequin-esque characters, mimes and a somewhat headless being in a strange dress with some excellent dance moves. Midnight Sister is LA duo’s, Juliana Giraffe and Ari Balouzian, first shot and sharing their wildly creative musical intentions with the rest of us. Their debut record titled Saturn Over Sunset comes out September 8th via Jagjaguwar and features their first release, “Blue Cigar.” Check it out:


Follow Midnight Sister on Facebook and Bandcamp and catch them on tour with D.D. Dumbo this September!

9/8 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom (w/ D.D Dumbo)
9/9 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah (w/ D.D Dumbo)
9/11 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Atrium at The Catalyst (w/ D.D Dumbo)
9/12 – San Francisco, CA @ Independent (w/ D.D Dumbo)
9/14 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir (w/ D.D Dumbo)
9/15 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza (w/ D.D Dumbo)
9/16 – Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret (w/ D.D Dumbo)
9/19 – St Paul, MN @ Turf Club (w/ D.D Dumbo)
9/20 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas (w/ D.D Dumbo)
9/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brendas (w/ D.D Dumbo)
9/23 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom (w/ D.D Dumbo)





New track from Protomartyr: “A Private Understanding”

Protomartyr always surprises me. Their sound is unexpected and unique, their rhythms and melodies are dissonant but harmonious. Despite lead singer, Joe Casey’s, almost lackadaisical vocals at times, he sings with unmistakable passion. The lyrics are thought-provoking and raw, matching the jagged instrumentals. With three albums under their belts, the guys (Joe Casey – Vocals, Greg Ahee – Guitar, Alex Leonard – Drums, and Scott Davidson – bass) are set to release their 4th full length, Relatives in Descent, on September 29th of this year. The record hones in on truth and our unfortunate familiarity with the fact that truth isn’t always truth. In Joe Casey’s words:

“I used to think that truth was something that existed, that there were certain shared truths, like beauty. Now that’s being eroded. People have never been more skeptical, and there’s no shared reality. Maybe there never was.”

The first release, “A Private Understanding”, sets the tone for the album. It begins quietly and builds unexpectedly: