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Stream "Mannequin" from Sun & Sail Club exclusively @ SPIN.com here!
"If Queens of the Stone Age called themselves "robot rock," then Vocoder-saturated bandroids Sun and Sail Club are rebooting the '80s-era Transformers cartoon — bright, colorful, heavy as anything. More than meets the eye, this crew — former Kyuss/Obsessed bassist Scott Thomas Reeder and current Fu Manchu members Bob Balch and Scott Reeder — shoots the sludge-bubblegum stoner pop of contemporary bands into the center of Bambaataa's Planet Rock." - SPIN
In support of their upcoming debut album, titled "Mannequin" out November 19th on the band's own Satin Records Recordings, hard rock super-group SUN AND SAIL CLUB have premiered a full stream of their upcoming release exclusively at SPIN.com.
Featuring members Bob Balch of Fu Manchu (guitar / vocoder vocals), Scott Thomas Reeder of Kyuss / The Obsessed (production / bass) and Fu Manchu drummer Scott Reeder, the band describes their sound as being inspired by DEVO, VOIVOD, KRAFTWERK, TORCHE and SLAYER, as much as it’s inspired by ASWAD, JOE PASS and WES MONTGOMERY." Adds frontman Balch, "The riffs are heavy and the vocoder vocals are full of harmonies. I wanted a super heavy groove that would support angelic vocal harmonies. I think we have achieved that."
"Blectum shaves beats so razor thin that they lose their bass-ness and become another light, feathery wafer to stack and arrange. She's clinical in her song-making: Every sound, from fuzzy poofs of static to 8-bit bleeps to the reversed violin (Blectum is classically trained), gets examined under her microscope. Each instrument resides in its own glass case, ready for inspection." - Pitchfork
Bevin Kelley/ Blevin Blectum is an electronic music / multimedia composer, performer and sound designer, violinist and veterinary nurse. Her work can be heard in radio plays, electronic toys, theater spaces, film and television scores, advertisements, clubs, concert halls, headphones, and art spaces. Working solo and in collaboration (with Kristin Grace Erickson as Blectum from Blechdom), she has released a dozen or so records since 1998, on labels such as Tigerbeat6, Orthlorng, Phthalo, and Aagoo. Her fifth solo album (as Blevin Blectum) will be released December 7th 2013, on the Aagoo label. She plans to complete her Ph.D in MEME / Computer Music and Multimedia from Brown University in May of 2014.
Blevin Blectum is a wordless sonic-world-builder, a sound designer situated precariously on a scaffolding of loosely precise and drastically personal time and structure - a creature of speculative sonic fictions. She has performed 7 / multimedia worldwide since 1998. She also tours and records with her better Blectal half, Kevin Blechdom. Together they form the doubly-troubled entity BLECTUM FROM BLECHDOM. They tied for second prize in 2001, bagging the Ars Electronica Award of Distinction in Digital Musics (Linz, Austria) for their first full-length album The Messy Jesse Fiesta. Blevin Blectum's most recent collaboration is with her brother Kelley Polar, co-producing live radio play science fiction for violin, viola, electronics, voices, and theatrical objects.
Her fifth solo album, EMBLEM ALBUM, released on the effervescent and always- spot-on AAGOO label on December 7th 2013, picks up where her critically acclaimed 2008 release GULAR FLUTTER left off. The Wire magazine (UK) tapped GULAR FLUTTER as one of its top 15 Electronic records of 2008.
"Emblem Album" Track List:
1. Cromis Part 1
2. Cromis Part 2
5. Basically Chunnelled
6. Wrapped in Aw
8. Goth Botch
10. Sycamore Scarab
Blevin Blectum Live!
Thursday 12/5 @ Granoff Center for the Arts / Brown University (live performance + artist talk)
Saturday 12/7 @ Columbus Theatre / Providence, RI (official release party feat. Blevin Blectum and Blectum from Blechdom sets)
+ More dates coming soon!
Stream Nothington's New "Lost Along The Way" LP Exclusively @ Noisey.com here!
Red Scare and Nothington both came outta the SF punk scene at about the same time, so it's extra keen that we get to bring you their 16-song collection album, "Lost Along The Way". This thing has it all: B-sides, rarities, some funny audio, a taste of their live show, and even a One Man Army cover! Nothington's dueling vocals and gritty singalong melodies have taken these boys all over the world, and this release is essential for devoted fans of the band, but also makes an excellent gateway for the uninitiated.
"Lost Along The Way" Track List:
01. Solid Ground
02. Save This
04. All The Way
05. Not Looking Down (acoustic)
06. Tired Hearts
07. More Than Obvious (acoustic)
08. In Flames (acoustic)
09. End Of The Day (acoustic)
10. Down The Road (acoustic)
11. Rob The Band
12. Long Way Back
13. Far To Go (live in Germany)
14. A Mistake (live in Germany)
15. The Escapist (live in Germany)
16. The Last Time (live in Germany)
"Call it kosmische, call it a collective, call it sonic space exploration, unrestrained by gravity, led by Dungen’s Mattias Gustavsson with the assistance of some very talented friends – call it whatever you want, but you can be sure the sounds of Our Solar System will call out back to you, in an endless, radical, reverberating transmission.” - Ryan Muldoon, Revolt of the Apes
The idea was born in a lunch room during the recording of Lisa o Piu’s debut album in summer 2009 when Hr M, who had been called as a producer, dreamed away in a poster of the solar system. "Our Solar System! Imagine what a great band that would be!" The idea slowly grew among the friends. The concept was obvious, but how would it be expressed? Then one day in the spring of 2012 Hr M was to play at a festival with his band but decided that now was the time! The idea was ripe! He asked if any others wanted to join him and perform Our Solar System, and quickly there were ten musicians ready.
Each musician would represent a planet, including the asteroid belt and Pluto, and together would illustrate a journey from the Sun past each of the planets along our path through the solar system out into space. Each planet was described in a few keywords, a fusion of our mutual associations based on emotion and poetry rather than science. A glass bead game for the mad! These keywords became the score they've been working on since. Our solar System aims to reflect the innermost human in the planets’ whirling dance with the Sun through the universe. Interplay and chaos, joy and insecurity, rhythm and ambiance and so on.
Our Solar System designs costumes adorned with the planetary symbols to highlight the concept's power over the individual. While in agreement that each session is a ritual in which they strive, through the mirroring of Our Solar System, to manifest the utopian desire, the perfect interplay and ego dissolution, but by the end re-emerge as more genuine individuals rooted in solidarity with both chaos and cosmos . A synergistic way to catharsis!
Our Solar System Live is an evolving collective, as long as they are ten planets they play. The involved to date also plays in bands such as Dungen, Life on Earth!, The Amazing, Promise And The Monster, Lisa o Piu, Me and My Kites, Siri Karlsson, AnnaMy, Vox Vulgaris and others.
This album was recorded live one hot summer afternoon in the amphitheater at Raven mountain in Vårberg, and one cold November night at a magical party in an old movie theater in Kärrtorp. For those who want to compare this work with other musical journeys, one can draw parallels to Alice Coltrane, Pärsson Sound, Sigur Rós, Can and early Pink Floyd.
Our Solar System is a community without a leader, a floating crowd of people, where everyone who wants to be part of creating within these cosmic frames are welcome. The dream is to one day see representatives of Our Solar System around the world, illustrating the concept in all the arts in all kinds of contexts for all kinds of audiences. Only your imagination sets the limits!
"Vårt Solsystem" Track List:
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"Modern dream pop in its latest form, best describes the mellow and floaty sounds created by Distant Correspondent... Indulge in their summery midday dream, “Badlands”— the B-side to their new 7" Shatter." - MTV Iggy
As a precursor to their upcoming debut self-titled LP due out October 22nd on Hot Congress / Old Flame Records, trans-continental indie-rock super-group Distant Correspondent have premiered the B-Side to their upcoming "Shatter" 7" due out this August on Static Caravan Records in the UK.
Titled "Badlands," the song features core members David Obuchowski (Goes Cube), Emily Gray (Meanwhile Back in Communist Russia), Michael Lengel (drums / bass), and special guest vocalist, acclaimed Drag City artist Edith Frost, and can be streamed exclusively at MTVIggy.com.
About Distant Correspondent:
It started in secret. Distant Correspondent was not a band, but one person: David Obuchowski, guitar player/singer for critically acclaimed metal band, Goes Cube. Obuchowski had moved from New York to Colorado, and decided to give a name to the non-metal songs he was writing and recording in his basement. With 2000 miles between him and his old home, he sent them to his friends back in New York under the name "Distant Correspondent."
Everything changed when he met Michael Lengel in Denver. A multi-instrumentalist, Lengel had been recording his own music for years, but never released the songs publicly. With no discussion of what it should sound like, what genre it should be, they collaborated; working separately, Obuchowski handled all guitar and vocal parts, and Lengel covered all of the drums and bass parts. "I thought I would have a somewhat shapeless and atmospheric song, and then Michael would totally transform it into a tight, driving, and dynamic song," Obuchowski recalls when they first started writing together. The pair quickly recorded well over an album's worth of music in a matter of a few short months.
With these songs, David reached out to a mysterious woman whose music he'd been listening to obsessively for the last dozen years, but who he'd never met, and knew nothing about: Emily Gray, the vocalist of John Peel-mainstays, Meanwhile Back In Communist Russia. After finally reaching her and sending her the music, she agreed to join the fold, and lend her haunting and moving monologues to the music, all the way from Oxford, UK.
The lineup in place, the band set to work on writing more songs for a proper album. For this, they tapped influential Drag City solo artist, Edith Frost, who became a significant contributor, and took on the role as lead vocalist alongside David Obuchowski, singing on songs the band had previously completed, and helping to create new ones.
With the songs complete, Distant Correspondent would quickly cease to be a secret: Maura Magazine wrote about the band and premiered the song "Merge," calling it "moody, pulsing" and a "a lovely showcase for the vocal interplay between Obuchowski and Frost." A music video for their song "Summit" was premiered on Vice's NOISEY, where they said award-winning director, Heather Crank, "took the band’s sorrowful four and a half minutes of aching wistfulness and turned it into a gorgeous desert Noir film." A third song, "Listen," was then premiered by Aquarium Drunkard who described the song as "a wintery delight." And while the band had yet to play a show, the premiere live music website Oh My Rockness profiled the band, saying they "makes sparse, well-crafted dream-ish pop that slowly taps and swirls its way toward melodies of the haunting sublime."
Following the warm critical reception, Distant Correspondent signed to Denver-based indie upstart Hot Congress Records who is co-releasing the band's first full-length (digital and vinyl formats) with the established NYC indie, Old Flame Records (Dead Confederate, Cloud Nothings, Twin Tigers, and more). Word had also spread to the UK, and the Manchester-based indie Static Caravan Recordings (Tuung, Hannah Peel, Laura Martin, and others) will be releasing a limited-edition 7" single for their song "Shatter," a gorgeous, and brooding track that shows Frost at her vocal best, and the full impact of Emily Gray's powerful narration.
Bassist Tyler Wilcox was officially added, and the band will be playing the Denver area this summer, then touring in support of the album this coming fall.
"Distant Correspondent" Track List:
"Shatter" Track List:
Side A. Shatter
Side B. Badlands
Watch the video for "Summit" exclusively @ Vice's Noisey.com here!
DISTANT CORRESPONDENT is...
David Obuchowski: Guitar, vocals
Emily Gray: Vocals
Michael Lengel: Drums, bass (on recordings)
Tyler Wilcox: Bass (added post-recording)
Edith Frost: vocals, keyboards, SoundPrism
Distant Correspondent Live!
August 9th @ The Bluebird Theater Denver, CO w/ Princess Music
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LIL DAGGERS was originally conceived as a home recording project involving close friends in the summer of 2008. After only a few short years, this Miami, FL 5-piece has built itself in to a strong collective with a knack for pumping out psych-rock jams that are equal parts powerful, succinct and sprawling. NYLON Magazine said of Lil Daggers, "[We've] become addicted to their brand of '60s tinged, drawling garage rock." So have lots of others...that is why Lil Daggers have stayed so busy since their inception.
Drawing from their mutual love for early Rock & Roll, Doo-Wop, R&B, Soul, and Punk Rock music, Lil Daggers' debut, the "Stragglers" EP, was released as a limited edition tour only 10" on the heels of their showcase at 2009's SXSW Festival -- the record sold out within a few weeks. The Daggers (as their friends call them) have made a habit of being out on the road -- while also remaining very active in the studio, releasing three 7" records (2010's Split with Satan's Youth Ministers, their Livid Records "King Corpse" EP and the ultra-limited "Slave Exchange" 7" released on Discosoma Records as part of Record Store Day 2011).
In April 2011, limited|fanfare records released Lil Daggers' debut Self-Titled LP produced by Ryan Haft (Capsule, Torche). Being based in a place where sun, sand and tourists are the norm, Lil Daggers offered a distinctly alternative view of the city in which they live and love, Miami. Taking a trip through the album's 11 tracks you'll encouter reverb-drenched vocals, classic fuzz tones, sweeping organ and sonic landscapes that make the album much more than your typical garage band knocking out 2 minute songs.
Supported by dates with Swans and more recently The Growlers and Royal Baths, the band reentered Haft's "The Dungeon" recording studio to record No Pizza No Peace for new label Beyond Beyond is Beyond. Says Daggers' guitarist Jacob Israel of the signing, "We felt like we wanted to really hone in our style and sound with our new members and wrote an albums worth of material before we started playing out again. We kept writing and started playing again and linked up with the great people from Beyond Beyond is Beyond, now releasing the No Pizza No Peace EP."
Lil Daggers are:
Johnny Saraiva - Vocals
Andres Bedoya - Drums
Michael Ruiz-Unger - Organ
Andreas Wong Chong - Bass
Jacob Israel - Guitar
* Pre-Order "No Pizza No Peace" here!
"No Pizza No Peace" Track List:
1. After The Flood
3. Ulcer on My Skull
4. Jazz Tom
5. Stray Chank
Lil Daggers Live!
August 2nd @ Legion Bar Brooklyn, NY
August 3rd @ The Knitting Factory Brooklyn, NY
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