Saturday, April 19, 2014

Mazzy Star- "I'm Less Here" MUSIC VIDEO

In honor of Record Store Day, Mazzy Star have shared a music video for new single, "I'm Less Here". Never before released, "I'm Less Here" has been a part of the band's live set for years. Watch the video below:

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Parquet Courts - "Sunbathing Animal" Video

One of our favorite punk outfits Parquet Courts shared their first video and title track from their much-anticipated follow-up to Light Up Gold. The video features frontman Andrew Savage's cat Frida getting stoned on a normal afternoon. Don't worry though, as director Andy Capper explains below, no cats were given harmful chemicals during the shoot.

Every afternoon [Frida] takes a nap in that spot, but that afternoon she knew she was being observed. So I created a special tea that I found on a cat lady website that was full of herbs that could allegedly make a cat sleepy. You got some valerian root, some poppy seed extract, skullflower caps, chamomile.... I gave that to her and she was kinda being a bit more chill but she was still moving around a bit too much. And I guess we basically made the sofa area of my apartment into a cat paradise in order to get her to perform. We had bird songs playing on the iPhone, the window was open for bird noises outside. We put some food on the couch and then finally some cat nip."

The LP, Sunbathing Animal, is due out on June 3rd, 2014.

The Felice Brothers premiere "Cherry Licorice"

Earlier this year the Felice Brothers shared with us the Favorite Waitress album teaser, shedding much excitement and light on their new, much anticipated followup to 2011’s Celebration Florida. The album is the “product of the Felice Brothers as a live touring band” and also features more collaboration than heard on previous albums. Nonetheless the Felice Brothers live performance is something that captivated myself and many others at 2010’s Newport Folk Festival and had introduced me to a unique sounding band that seems to draw influences from a variety of americana/folk acts, but is certainly not limited to. As briefly heard on the album teaser, “Cherry Licroice,” the albums first single can be heard below.

Favorite Waitress is set for a June 17th release date, check for upcoming tour dates!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Liars- Mess REVIEW

Less a mess than a direct sonic pummeling, one's enjoyment of Mess will most likely correlate to how one prefers their Liars. When we last checked in with Liars, it was on 2012's WIXIW- an occasionally frustrating puzzle of dark, electronic wandering fully committed to distancing itself from the garage noise which had characterized the band's output to that point. WIXIW was a byzantine effort- no doubt intentional- that seemed to demand further context. With Mess, the intricacies of its predecessor have not been abandoned, only delivered more accessibly- which results in an album every bit as dynamic and grandiose but with none of WIXIW's intermittent pomp.

The precedent for Mess is unmistakably set with album opener “Mask Maker”, where the warped vocals of Angus Andrews beg to be at-first depantsed (that’s right) before they ultimately demand the listener’s face (again, that’s right) all while set against a thunderous 4x4 beat. The song does everything but froth at the mouth. Then seemingly without pause, we are thrust into the pulsating cacophony that is “Vox Turned D.E.D.” (come to think of it, you could just lump these two together into one big, off-the wall, bonkers electro-floorstomper). Suffice to say, Liars have always straddled the line of novelty; yet the self-awareness of Mess plays to their strengths more so than any album in the band’s growing catalogue. Calling to mind the Knife's early-era goth-camp (think: their self-titled debut LP and Deep Cuts), Mess is unabashedly goofy in all the ways that WIXIW was obtuse- while still maintaing the band's darker, more experimental core (see: “Can’t Hear Well”, the Thom Yorkian “Darkslide” and the devilish “Perpetual Village”). Even if Mess threatens to recklessly derail itself from one moment to the next, the album boasts an unbridled clarity absent from earlier Liars offerings; the band has never sounded this confident before on record. Tracks like “Pro Anti Anti” and the explosive highlight “Mess on a Mission” expertly create a happy medium of tasteful adrenaline-junkie pop that distract from the rare moments of overblown indulgence, such as the endless album closer "Left Speaker Blown". Far from an elegant affair, Mess finds Liars deeply embedded in their own breakneck comfort zone- not only an exciting place to be, but one worth returning to as well.

Lana Del Rey- "West Coast" SINGLE

Lana Del Rey returns later this year with Ultraviolence, the followup to 2012's Born to Die. Now you can hear "West Coast", the first single from the highly anticipated upcoming album. From the sounds of it, Ultraviolence will follow in its predecessor's sultry, melancholy footsteps. Listen below:

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks "Little Fang" VIDEO

Animal Collective's Avey Tare released Enter the Slasher House this week, the full-length debut of Tare's current side project, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks. Experience what Enter the Slasher House has to offer with the music video for lead single "Little Fang"- a dizzying puppet-laden tumble down a psychedelic rabbit hole. It's also pretty awesome.