Wednesday, February 29, 2012

School of Seven Bells - Lafaye VIDEO

School of Seven Bells newest album Ghostory is available now and features the powerful single 'Lafaye'. Check out the video for Lafaye below which was directed by David Lowery. According to Alejandra (Alley), “The setting for “Lafaye“ was shot in a beautiful old house in South Dallas. The house itself seems to be trapped in the time it was built, while completely thrown to the mercy of the elements. The spookiness and trapped, pacing energy of that setting was huge in expressing the words and music of the song."

Gorillaz (Feat. Andre 3000 & James Murphy) - DoYaThing

Here is the official video for 'DoYaThing' the collaboration of Gorillaz/Andre 3000/James Murphy. The video was directed by Jamie Hewellet and shows off some classic Gorillaz animation mixed with some real life footage. Gorillaz always bring out the kid in you with their fun to watch videos.

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Shoot A Hole Into The Sun

Shoot A Hole Into The Sun is the first music available from Noel's collaboration with Amorphous Androgynous and the B-side to the new single 'Dream On'. The single will be released March 11th on digital and March 12th on Limited Edition Numbered 12" vinyl and CD.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Drums - I Don't Want To Go Alone (B-Side)

The Drums new single 'Days was released today and is the third single taken from the Portamento album. The single comes with the B-Side 'I Don't Want To Go Alone', which you can listen to below. The single was released on 7" and digitally.

PS I Love You - Sentimental Dishes

The Kingston, Ontario music outfit, PS I Love You, have their proper sophomore album Death Dreams set to release on May 8th via Pager Bag Records. Death Dreams is the follow-up to 2010's debut Meet Me At The Muster Station. Today the band has made the track 'Sentimental Dishes' available for streaming and a download. The track is heavy loaded with some sweet guitar noise-pop and is one of the better tracks from 2012 so far.

Radiohead - 'Identikit' & 'Cut A Hole' NEW SONGS

Radiohead kicked off their 2012 World Tour last night in Miami, Florida in grande fashion as they played 2 brand new songs 'Identikit' and 'Cut A Hole'. Check out both songs below for the very first time.


Cut A Hole

Meeting In The Aisle

Monday, February 27, 2012

Regina Spektor - New Song - "All the Rowboats"

Regina Spektor has finally graced the world with a listen to a new song entitled "All the Rowboats." This track is a sneak peak at what's to come on her soon to be released next album, What We Saw From the Cheap Seats.

While the new album is only listed as "Coming Soon," it is still exciting to be able to listen to at least one new song.

"All the Rowboats" has a different vibe then her previous stuff, which is good, because I've liked the way she has evolved with each album. She does a good job of changing things up while still managing to hold onto the special quality that we all fell in love with in the first place. Regina has created a fun and catchy tune here that feels more produced than past songs but still holds true to her style.

Certainly looking forward to hearing more from Regina. Until then, listen to this great song now.


Radiohead - Miami (2/27/2012) SETLIST

Radiohead kicked off their World Tour tonight at American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL.  Check out the Setlist from the show and look for live updates throughout the night.  The band premiered two brand new songs 'Identikit' and 'Cut A Hole' which I am sure will be all over the internet tomorrow morning.  Also the band played “Meeting in the Aisle” for the first time ever live. 

Take a look at the Setlist, and dream up your own Dream setlist for your city on the tour.

Miami 2/27/2012 SETLIST:
01. Bloom
02. The Daily Mail
03. Morning Mr Magpie
04. Staircase
05. The National Anthem
06. Meeting In The Aisle
07. Kid A
08. The Gloaming
09. Codex
10. You And Whose Army?
11. Nude
12. Identikit    NEW SONG
13. Lotus Flower
14. There There
15. Feral
16. Idioteque
17. Separator
18. Airbag
19. Bodysnatchers
20. Cut A Hole    NEW SONG
21. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
22. Give Up The Ghost
23. Reckoner
24. Karma Police

Here are both of the new songs in full

1. Bloom

2. The Daily Mail

3. Morning Mr. Magpie

4. Staircase

5. The National Anthem

6. Meeting in the Aisle (Live Debut)

7. Kid A

8. The Gloaming

9. Codex

10. You And Whose Army

11. Nude

12. Identikit (NEW SONG)

13. Lotus Flower

14. There There

15. Feral

16. Idioteque

17. Separator

18. Airbag

19. Bodysnatchers

20. Cut A Hole (NEW SONG)

21. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi

22. Give Up The Ghost

23. Reckoner

24. Karma Police

Bon Iver - Towers VIDEO

Bon Iver just premiered the newest video 'Towers' from the self-titled album Bon Iver. Nabil Elderkin was the filmmaker responsible for the epic 'Holocene' video and returned again to direct the video for 'Towers'.

"When Justin sent me a breakdown of what certain parts/lines of the song meant to him I did my best to decode it and curate into something simple, and hopefully the viewer can take from it their own feeling of what the towers represent. It was shot up in Washington state, mostly on Indian-preserved land, and our actor's name was Mystic. He seemed to be very tuned into the land, and when he said he was also willing to fall into the freezing cold ocean up there (seems a bit sharky too), I knew he was my guy."

'Towers' 12" and digital single will be available for purchase on March 6th, and it includes a John Prine cover 'Bruised Orange (Chain of Sorrow)' as the B-Side.

Bon Iver - Towers (Official Music Video) from Bon Iver on Vimeo.

Play It Forward: 2:54

The band 2:54 are two sisters out of London who play shoegaze, drone, indie, garage rock to a whole new level. Their band name comes from a moment in a Melvins track ('A History Of Bad Men'). "We were always massive punk fans," explains Colette “It segued into other stuff – metal, then the Melvins and starting a life-long love of Queens Of The Stone Age, and from that we found Yawning Man and the whole family tree.”   When comparing their music to others it may be safe to file them right beside Warpaint, Esben & The Witch, and even a little bit of The xx. Check out the video for 'Scarlet' and you get a little sense of what 2:54 try to capture in their music. The track has a haze about it that captivates your mind and the mystery and intrigue of the band only further develop.


Getting To Know 2:54:

Band Members:
Colette Thurlow
Hannah Thurlow
Alex Robins
Joel Porter

Craft Spells - Gallery EP

Craft Spells are set to release a new 6-Track EP 'Gallery' which will be released on May 15th via Captured Tracks. We get our first glimpse of the EP with hearing the first track 'Still Left With Me' which is nothing short of fantastic. It is a gigantic 80's synth pop jam that keeps you on edge and wanting more.

Gallery EP Tracklist:
1. Still Left With Me
2. Warmth
3. Burst
4. Leave My Shadow
5. Sun Trails
6. Gallery

Girls - My Ma VIDEO

'My Ma' is the third single taken from Girls latest album release, Father, Son, Holy Ghost. It is a stay at home song that is very consistent in its somber tone and message. Girls are performing on Conan March 22nd which is the same day they will release 'My Ma' on 7" vinyl. The 7" will also include the song 'Love Live'. The band are also set to go on tour the first of March with Unknown Mortal Orchestra supporting.

Girls 2012 Tour Dates:
03/01 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Coconut Grove *
03/02 – San Diego, CA @ Birch North Park Theatre *
03/03 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom *
03/05 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad *
03/07 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit *
03/08 – Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa *
03/09 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theatre *
03/12 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks *
03/13 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s *
03/16 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre *
03/17 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue *
03/18 – Reno, NV @ Cargo *
04/13 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
04/20 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
05/30-06/03 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound

Arctic Monkeys - R U Mine?

Arctic Monkeys just released a brand new song/video titled 'R U Mine?'. The song has a great throwback Monkeys sound to it and is a classic in your face rock n' roll tune.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

We Are Augustines - Chapel Song (Live on Letterman)

We Are Augustines performed 'Chapel Song' live on David Letterman, February 24th. The track comes from the bands debut album Rise Ye Sunken Ships and the live performance gives a good look at what to expect from seeing the band live, just a lot of pure musical energy.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Play It Forward: S.C.U.M

S.C.U.M are a 5 member band out of London, that have a rather large cult-like following in their homeland and are flying under the radar here in the USA. Their debut album, Again Into Eyes was released back in October of last year to rave reviews and the praise is only continuing. Bandmates Cohen and Baker met back in 2008 and called themselves the Society for Cutting Up Men, and they went on to add 3 additional members, Kilcoyne, Webb and Rigby, to the band. Their sound is a very unique one that is full of buzz and energy, as the young band demonstrate that they are not afraid to take chances musically. They are signed to the great label of Mute and have had quite the journey since Cohen and Baker's meeting back in 2008. Baker gives an accurate description of the bands progression...
"If you were to listen to our releases up to this point, they form a complete document of how we've developed"

The band have some early Joy Division tendencies with a modern day Horrors sound to them. Their music is fresh, new and most of all it is a mystery to the listener and can be listened to exactly that way.  The track 'Whitechapel' is a perfect example of the bands enormous talent.  There is no right or wrong way of how to classify S.C.U.M or how to listen to their music, you just have to sit back and experience your own personal S.C.U.M musical journey.


Getting To Know S.C.U.M:

Band Members:
Thomas Cohen: vocals, sampler
Bradley Baker: machines
Samuel Kilcoyne: ivory
Huw Webb: bass
Melissa Rigby: drums

Again Into Eyes Tracklisting:
01.Faith Unfolds
02.Days Untrue
03.Cast Into Seasons
04.Amber Hands
05.Summon The Sound
06.Sentinal Bloom

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Acid Reflex EP

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have announced details of a remix EP that they will make available for Record Store Day. The EP will be released on Play It Again Sam and will be on a limited edition colored vinyl. The remixes are from the bands 2011 album Belong and feature 4 songs/remixes. Twin Shadow, Washed Out, Saint Etienne, and Violens all contribute with the remixes and the full tracklisting and EP stream is below.

EP Track listing:
1. Heart In Your Heartbreak (Twin Shadow Remix)
2. The Body (Violens Remix)
3. Too Tough (Saint Etienne Remix)
4. My Terrible Friend (Washed Out Remix)

Real Estate - Exactly Nothing

Real Estate dropped by Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show to perform their new song, 'Exactly Nothing'. The track is a B-Side to the latest single off of Days, 'Easy'. The song has a very upbeat opening to it and the vibe continues throughout the song.

The Shins - Simple Song VIDEO

The Shins offered their video for 'Simple Song' as a free download this week on itunes. Now the video is available everywhere and gets you all set up for the release of the Port of Morrow album. The video was directed by Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan.

Thursday, February 23, 2012


I recently had the privilege of talking to both Kacey Underwood and Alice Costelloe, the duo behind the American/Brit band, Big Deal . We chatted about their journey in forming as a band, their scheduled SXSW performance, the debut album 'Lights Out',  the Breaking Up and Falling In Love feel to the album, and the bands new found love for Ikea.

They also offered some advice to fellow musicians and continued to give us a little insight on a few bands to keep an eye on.

JB: What is the story behind the creation of Big Deal? Coming from two different parts of the world how did you meet?
ALICE: Kc came over to England to study and so naturally ended up being in a band. I was in a band too, and the deterioration of both our bands happened to coincide as we were becoming friends. That makes it sound like our friendship is really destructive, it's not really.. we'd both just been struggling with the other bands for a while. We'd started sharing song ideas with each other which one day turned into writing a song together, which sounded ok so we decided to carry on and had a very stressful time making sure Kc was actually allowed to stay in the U.K so that we could continue what we'd started.

JB: Your debut album ‘Lights Out’ has a certain connection or intimacy feel to it. How do you describe the albums feel?
KACEY: I think that isn't necessarily a result of the instrumentation, though it certainly forces you forward in the sense you have no where else to go but use the songs melody and meaning. We wanted to keep it like our bedroom demos but with a better sonic quality.

JB: I almost get the feeling that ‘Lights Out’ is the perfect breakup album, but then I take another listen and think it is the perfect falling in love album. Any insight on which would be correct?
ALICE: Maybe it's the perfect album for falling in love whilst breaking up at the same time ? That's pretty painful. I don't think there's one set way to hear it. Hopefully, it means something different to everyone, so they hear it the way they want, that's relevant to them.

JB: What was the album’s recording sessions like?
KACEY: They were really focused. We were still balancing jobs and school so we knew we couldn't mess around too much, though there was a bit of that too as we we recorded it with our friend Dean Reid. It was fun and scary at the same time but mostly a big relief to get our songs out for real.

JB: The single ‘Chair’ offers some sincere lyrics, was there anyone in mind while writing this song?
ALICE: Yes definitely. We were thinking of ways to make some money and thought....'chairs'....'beds'.... let's get ourselves a deal with Ikea! The song will feature in adverts for their spring chairs and outdoor furniture campaign, we're really happy to be part of such a renowned establishment.

JB: You are set with a date for SXSW in March, How does your live sound differ from that of the studio?
KACEY: Not very much at all, as when we recorded we wanted to be able to achieve the same result playing live without having a computer or other musicians onstage. I think the way it feels is very different though but a lot of that depends on the crowd.

JB: With music overload on the internet these days - what type of advice do you have for other bands trying to make it?
ALICE: Play live lots. Out of the million bands on the internet, playing a good live show separates the great from the mediocre. There are plenty of kids who can make a decent song on their laptops, but whether they can convey it well live is a whole different ball game. So if new bands can learnt to do both then they should start to get some well deserved attention.

JB: We run a feature on Fake Plastic Tunes titled “Play It Forward” where we try to share new music with others. Any new, under the radar bands that you would like to share and others should be on the lookout for?
KACEY: We end up listening to a lot of bands we play with or tour with. SCUM, Weird Dreams, Paws come to mind. Milk Music who we haven't played with but I like them.

Play It Forward: Pandercakes

Pandercakes are a 4-piece band out of Columbia, South Carolina and peg themselves on their Facebook page to be in the Fogpop genre.  They are signed to the artsy, Post-Echo label and have been picking up some nice compliments of late from fellow SC musician Toro Y Moi who recently blogged about them.  The band have put together a fresh, down to earth indie sound that is only continuing to evolve with each new song. 

Their newest song 'Paint By Numbers' has a very fun and unique sound to it.  It has the resemblance of four friends in a band that just love to create something new and are proud of their finished product.  You can hear in this song that each of the band members help in the finished process in putting their talents together to create music that they believe in.  Pandercakes like to mix it up with different instruments, ideas, and take some additional chances that help set them apart. Others may shy away from taking the same musical chances but for Pandercakes it helps in their intrigue factor, which in turn gives them an edge that is so critical in the music world.


Getting To Know Pandercakes:

Band Members:
Joel B. Floyd Jr.
Logan Goldstein
Desirée Richardson
Phillip Soellner

Grimes - Angel (Bonus Track)

2012 is set up nicely for Grimes to have a huge year. The release of her new album Visions has all the music critics swarming to praise her and rightfully so. Visions was just released this week via her 4AD label, and offers a short and sweet bonus song 'Angel' that will have you gasping for more.

Check out FPT's Fr. Jones 2 part interview with Claire Boucher below:

Beirut - Vagabond VIDEO

Beirut has just released a new video 'Vagabond' that was taken from their 2011 album The Rip Tide. The video, shot at the Greenpoint, Brooklyn hall Warsaw, pictures a group of soldiers and sailors "flirting with nurses and hard-living local girls at a dance," the directors said. It was inspired by the aesthetic of Milos Forman films from the 1960s. The directors added, "With all the smoking, drinking, and advanced pregnancy, the video will probably be banned from MTV, so we hope lots of people enjoy it on the internet."

Robin Pecknold - Olivia, In A Separate Bed

Yesterday, Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold posted a new solo demo track 'Olivia, In A Separate Bed' over on Fleet Foxes Facebook page. The song is a very somber tune that shows off Pecknold's golden indie voice. The song was written in a "sadsack mode," Pecknold notes, adding that it "will probably change."

Willis Earl Beal - Evening's Kiss VIDEO

Willis Earl Beal is one that I have followed his story and have become even more attached to his music. Check out his video for 'Evening's Kiss' and you will see all of Beal's artsy talents at work in a single 3:21 glimpse. The video is completely hand drawn from his own drawings which makes the video and song even that much more creative and good. This is one of my favorite tunes of 2012 so far, it just offers a perfect connection with the listener no matter who you are.

Looks for Beal's debut album Acousmatic Sorcery on April 3rd via Hot Charity.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Reptar - Sebastian

Reptar has just announced that their debut full-length album, Body Faucet, will be released May 1st via Vagrant. Body Faucet is the follow up to the bands highly acclaimed debut EP Oblangle Fizz Y'all. The album was produced by Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Washed Out) and is the perfect follow-up to the bands EP. 'Sebastian' is a great first listen, as it is very upbeat and has a great mix of funky vocals and psychedelic vibes. Stream the track below and for a free download just sign up for their mailing list.

Body Faucet Track Listing:
01. Sebastian
02. Please Don’t Kill Me
03. Isoprene Bath

04. Orifice Origami

05. Houseboat Babies
06. Natural Bridge

07. Ghost Bike
08. New House
09. Thank You Gliese 370 b
10. Sweet Sipping Soda
11. Three Shining Suns
12. Water Runs

The N'ere Dowells - In the Morning

The N'ere Dowells kicked off my first ever posting of the "Play It Forward" feature on FPT's which you can check out here. They have recently came out with an additional song titled 'In The Morning', which is a little more polished then the previous demos. It is a good sounding tune that brings a muturity to their raw surf pop sound.  They are currently in the process of finishing up their debut LP, which is sure to feature all the song demos in a finished product. 

Crystal Castles - Suffocation VIDEO

'Suffocation' is a track from Crystal Castles 2010 self-titled album, and today we get the official video for the track. Better late then never I suppose. The video features a collaboration with Vs. Magazine and Crystal Castles as they present the first ever fashion shoot featuring singer Alice Glass.

Blur - Live at The Brit Awards 2012

Blur are on a bit of a roll the past few days with the announcement of performing at the closing ceremony concert for the 2012 Olympics, debuting a brand new song last week and now putting on a 5 song set for the Brit Awards. Blur also took home the award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. Check out the five-song greatest hits set, which includes 'Tender', 'Girls & Boys', 'Song 2', 'Parklife' and 'This Is A Low'.

First Aid Kit - Emmylou

First Aid Kit are two Swedish sisters, Johanna and Klara Söderberg. They just put out their sophomore album titled The Lion's Roar via Wichita Recordings. 'Emmylou' is the second single off of the album and offers up some outstanding folk driven harmonies that are well worth a listen.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Nada Surf on KEXP

Nada Surf recently unplugged, as they often do, to perform an exclusive live set on KEXP at The Triple Door.

Play It Forward: Sharks

Sharks are a band that are very much on the rise in their native homeland of the UK. They have their debut album, No Gods, set up for a March 20th release date on Rise Records. The debut album is set to have 11 tracks full of bliss British punk/indie rock anthems. Sharks sound brings some nice melodies with chanting lyrics. They have toured with the likes of Babyshambles, Tribes, The Gaslight Anthem and Gallows. They have also toured the USA while living out of their van and supporting Social Distortion. They went on to play the entire Vans Warped Tour and the Fall Alternative Press Tour building fans along the way.

Sharks bring with them a high energy sound that never shys away from its initial purpose. Take a listen to 'Arcane Effigies' from the upcoming album and you get a sense of the bands youthful, punk style energy.


Getting To Know Sharks:

Band Members:
James Mattock (Vocals)
Andrew Bayliss (Guitar)
Sam Lister (Drums)
Tony Corrales (Bass)

No Gods Tracklisting:
01. ‘Til The Wonders Rise
02. Arcane Effigies
03. Able Moving Hearts
04. On A Clear Day You Can See Yourself
05. Matthew’s Baby
06. Patient Spider
07. Turn To You
08. Dawn Soft Light
09. What Entails
10. Luck
11. No Gods

The Kills - Pale Blue Eyes (The Velvet Underground COVER)

The Velvet Underground have always been a favorite of mine, and any chance I get to revisit their music is always a good one. The Kills latest single release 'The Last Goodbye' featured a cover version of The Velvet Underground's 'Pale Blue Eyes'. The Kills really gave the song justice and it had that nice raw VU feel to it. Stream the song below, and look for the single over at Domino now.

The Last Goodbye Tracklist:
Side A
01. The Last Goodbye
02. Pale Blue Eyes
Side B
03. One Silver Dollar
04. Crazy

Santigold - Disparate Youth

Santigold's new album, Master of My Make Believe is just around the corner, and she has graced us with her second cut from the album titled 'Disparate Youth'. The song showcases Santigold's bold new direction as it has a funky new reggae sound to it.

Blur - Under The Westway (Live)

As a fan of Brit Pop, Blur has always been on top of the genre. They just debuted a beautiful new song titled 'Under The Westway' at the War Child Charity gig on February 19th. Check out the live video below as you get to see Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon perform a new song for the first time since 2009. Also just announced is the band will perform the 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony Celebration Concert at London's Hyde Park on August 12th, 2012. It is good to see the band back and set up for a triumphant 2012 return.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Breathe Owl Breathe and Laura Gibson Live Review (Kilby Court)

I've been thinking about how I am going to write this review and honestly I am not sure. I don't think anyone really knew what they were in for with Breathe Owl Breathe, especially after the local more mellow coffee shop kind of act and I don't mean that in a bad way because he was very good.

Breathe Owl Breathe is a very unique band with a unique sound, which can be described as folk music, but at times is often more pop like and at times eccentric. It is actually fairly experimental, which I like. Anyways, the three members of Breathe Owl Breathe (Micah Middaugh, Trevor Hobbs, Andrea Moreno Beals) took the stage and from the start were very energetic. Middaugh paused in-between songs to narrate the show, telling the crowd to imagine "hearts made of paper-mache", "dragons with good penmanship," "and pen pals." He was often jumping around and trying to play the role of two characters while singing. I often caught Moreno-Beals (on cello) often smiling or even chuckling at his actions.

Before I write anymore, I should describe their album "The Listeners: The Mole & The Ostrich" briefly. Middaugh created a book, which is illustrated, carved, and printed himself. Im the Middle of the book is where you will find the vinyl. Apparently the idea was to have something you could read or look at while listening to the album. It really is one of the most creative albums I have ever seen. So, with that being said, watching the show was very similar to this concept. Aside from the imagery, the band was in incredibly good spirits often thanking the crowd. The sound was very on point with Middaugh on guitar, keys, and a few other instruments unknown to me. Beals played cello and at times banjo, which she claimed not to be that good at even though it sounded great along with her beautiful voice. And of course, the drums played by Hobbs brought it all together. I would highly recommend seeing them live at the next opportunity or at least give their albums a listen.

Laura Gibson

Breathe Owl Breathe did a nice job setting the mood for Laura Gibson, who is on tour for her critically acclaimed new album La Grande. With plenty of charm, Laura Gibson took the stage, accompanied by three other who made up her backing band. The band consisted of bass, drums, keys, and of course Gibson on lead vocals and guitar.

She opened with her hit single "La Grande," which immediately drew the crowd in. Although, it wasn't until the more upbeat "Skin, Warming Skin" that I noticed audience was really into it. I couldn't stop thinking about how on point everything was, from the instruments to vocals. The vocals were nothing shy of amazing. Gibson often spoke to the crowd, at one
point apologizing that it was taking her so long to tune her acoustic guitar. She played a few songs solo before the band returned to finish the set. A few times she asked if the fire was still going outside, which it was. For the last song she asked everyone to meet her outside for one more and around the fire, sang "The Rushing Dark," with help from the audience to end the show. From a personal standpoint, this was another one of those shows I went into with little expectation and walked away with something.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Strangers Are Strange

Unknown Mortal Orchestra premieres the "Strangers Are Strange" video today, directed by Sam Kristofski. The band has a few headlining shows starting this week in California, then they will hit the road in support of Girls for the majority of the month of March. They'll also appear at this year's SXSW. Look for them to hit SLC, UT on March 17th in support of Girls at In The Venue.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Chairlift- Something REVIEW

So much works about Chairlift’s new album, Something, that the occasional grandiose misstep feels like an expected formality. The retro synthpop duo first tasted notoriety with their 2008 single “Bruises” from Does You Inspire You, a tune that achieved universal ubiquity after Apple licensed it for an iPod nano commercial. Does You Inspire You was a pretty fun time- fluffy, inconsistent, but nice to have around if your mood aligned itself with the sound. Something, however, represents a quasi-evolutionary leap forward for Chairlift and seemingly without compromising any of the infectious sugary angst that “Bruises” so brazenly represented. Sounding simultaneously relevant and nostalgically indebted, Something is at it’s best when channeling the stylish edge of Eurythmics, Toto and (bless their hearts) Cocteau Twins. Chairlift continues to produce music that is a licenser’s dream- but few tracks here would fit in on something as thematically weightless as an iPod commercial.

Working as a duo for the first time following the departure of Aaron Pfenning, Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly seem to have compensated by taking their sound in a slightly darker, more haunting direction. To clarify, Something is about the farthest thing from a somber, morose collection of music, but there is an often-bitter inflection in both Polachek’s vocals and Wimberly’s warbly chord progressions that suggests a firmly planted chip on the shoulder. This newfound edge in Chairlift’s music creates a strong nocturnal feel to the majority of Something. The album’s best tracks echo subterranean themes of urban nightlife as well as subtle doses of sleazy homage. The rapid-fire grittiness of “Sidewalk Safari” and the effervescent “Take It Out on Me” best exhibit this grimy, sinewy, but still playful direction. As enjoyable as Something can often be, the main flaws though lie in its tonal inconsistencies. The slower tracks, such as “Frigid Spring” and “Turning” stand out as independently interesting pieces of music that fail to coalesce with the bounciness of the rest of the album. They work far better on their own as tightly crafted and often beautiful ballads set aside from the pizazz that dominates this new album. These minor faults aside, Chairlift have returned with an alarming sense of gravity. Whereas Does You Inspire You threatened to float away if distanced too far from the listener’s memory, Something sticks with you. At least for the majority of the running time, it’s largely inescapable.

- Fr. Jones

Sleigh Bells - 'Comeback Kid' & 'End Of The Line' (Live on SNL)

The Brooklyn duo, Sleigh Bells played both 'Comeback Kid' and 'End Of The Line' on Saturday Night Live last night. Both songs will appear on their sophomore album, Reign Of Terror, which is due out this Tuesday via Mom+Pop. You can stream the album a few days early over at The New York Times.

Reign of Terror Tracklist:
01. True Shred Guitar
02. Born to Lose
03. Crush
04. End of the Line
05. Leader of the Pack
06. Comeback Kid
07. Demons
08. Road to Hell
09. You Lost Me
10. Never Say Die
11. D.O.A.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

The Civil Wars - Barton Hollow VIDEO

Last week The Civil Wars collected two Grammy's for Best Country Duo/Group Performance and Best Folk Album. The duo of, John Paul White and Joy Williams are finally getting the recognition they deserve from their standout record Barton Hollow.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Breathe Owl Breathe Kilby Court 02/18/12 Preview

"In the days when winter was for sledding, summer was for swimming, bedtime was for stories and sleeping was for dreaming" is where you will find Breathe Owl Breathe.

Originating from Northern Michigan, Breathe Owl Breathe is Micah Middaugh, Trevor Hobbs, and Andrea Moreno-Beals. Their music can be described as "contemporary folk, eschewing freakiness in favor of charm," which can be heard throughout their latest effort "Magic Central."

The project (Magic Central) took nearly 3 years to complete within the confines of Middaugh's studio in Northern Michigan. From the tracks I have listened to I am very excited for this show, partially because I had spent the better part of my early 20s in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The songs do have that contemporary folk sound, but are carefully crafted with whimsical lyrics.

This nice excerpt says it all, "The overall goal was to create something that looked timeless, felt satisfying to the touch, and appealed to any and all ages. Micah believes that it matters how a thing is made - if it pleases the hands, eyes, and ears. These sensibilities, alongside letter press printing techniques, inform every detail of The Listeners/These Train Tracks. Hold it, open it, and listen to what's inside."

Well done guys, I couldn't agree more. Come out to Kilby Court tomorrow night, February 18th, to see them perform with Laura Gibson, this is a show you won't want to miss!

Alabama Shakes - 'Heavy Chevy' & 'You Ain't Alone'

Alabama Shakes continue to light it up with their booming Rock N Roll sound and soaring vocals. Here are two songs 'Heavy Chevy' & 'You Ain't Alone' that were recorded live at Stubb's BBQ in Austin, Texas. The videos were Produced & Directed by Jeff Roe at Outlaw Laboratories.

Alabama Shakes debut album Boys & Girls will be released on April 10th, via ATO Recordings - be sure to mark your calendars.

Alabama Shakes - "Heavy Chevy" from Outlaw Laboratories on Vimeo.

Alabama Shakes - "You Ain't Alone" from Outlaw Laboratories on Vimeo.

The Drums - Days VIDEO

'Days' is a beauty of a song from The Drums, who just recently played the same tune on Fallon a couple of days ago. The song has a strong momentum building from start to finish and has some enormous catchy harmonies in between. Here is the official video for the song, which was directed by Patrick Roberts.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Play It Forward: Dog Is Dead

Dog Is Dead is a 5-piece band out of Nottingham that are picking up some very good speed in the year 2012. The band formed in 2008 and went on to self release a trilogy of singles, 'Young', 'Glockenspiel Song' and 'River Jordan'. They have since recorded 3 EP's 'Dog Is Dead', 'Your Childhood' and 'Confessions' and now have a a brand new single 'Two Devils' which is set to be released on March 4th. They have gained some exposure by appearing as themselves in the British TV series Skins. The closing scene of the fifth series featured the band in a marquee playing "Glockenspiel Song", with most of the series' characters singing along: "We are a mess. We are failures and we love it".

Dog Is Dead started out playing live gigs in their parents gardens and have moved on as a headline act and as a supporting act for Bombay Bicycle Club, Tribes and Viva Brother, and performing at a handful of festivals. They also recently signed to music monster Atlantic Records, only further raising the excitement for the band. Frontman Rob Milton said it best: "It's been a really weird and strange ride as well as being everything we wanted to be doing."

The song that really got me hooked on these guys is 'Young'. That song can be put on repeat as it has anthem qualities, and can be enjoyed over and over again. The harmonies in this song are just perfect, and it helps to create a monster chorus that is magic to the ears. Dog Is Dead are set up nicely to take 2012 by storm and really break out.


Getting To Know Dog Is Dead:

Band Members:
Robert Milton (lead vocals + guitar/bass)
Joss Van Wilder (keyboard)
Trev (bass/sax)
Paul Roberts (guitar)
Daniel Harvey (drums)

The Drums - Days (Live on Fallon)

The Drums performed 'Days' from their sophomore album Portamento last night on Jimmy Fallon. This was a solid live performance of the song as frontman Jonathan Pierce built up steam as the song moved along. Check out the video below which is courtesy of The Audio Perv.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Reptar Announce Release Date of Debut Album

A little late for Valentines Day, but Reptar gave us all a gift today by announcing the release date for their debut full length LP, Body Faucet, scheduled for release on May 1.

Check out the nifty announcement video below, which includes tour dates for the band's Spring 2012 tour.

Official video for Reptar's "Context Clues" off of their energetic EP "Oblangle Fizz Y'All"

The Heartbreaks - Funtimes ALBUM PREVIEW

The Heartbreaks are a band that I have had my eye on for awhile now and I have been hoping to get the announcement of a full album. Well, the time has come and they are all set to release their debut album titled "Funtimes" on May 7th. They just previewed their brand new beat 'Winter Gardens' which will be featured on the debut album. Also the first proper single 'Delay, Delay' will be released on April 30th.

The tracklisting for the album is not set just yet, the band admit its been difficult deciding what to include, as some songs have been around for a couple of years...
“We’ve narrowed it down to about ten or eleven songs now, but there’s a new one we’ve just written called ‘Bittersweet’ which might just make it onto the album so things might change again,” declares Kondras. “I believe an album should be a snapshot of a moment but there’s one or two of our older songs like ‘Liar My Dear’ and ‘Jealous Don’t You Know’. I guess in the grand scheme of things, not that many people have heard us so I suppose the early singles deserve to be on there. At the same time I’m looking forward to drawing a line under them.”

Play It Forward: Indian Rebound

Indian Rebound are a very young 3-piece band, from the heart of the USA garage rock scene, New York. For being 17 years old, their sound is much more mature, as they offer up some big time choruses and some fantastic lyrics from front man, Levenson. They just released a new single 'The Wooden Ones' which is available for a free download (below). It has a great sound to it as they guitars, drums and vocals all work so well together. 'The Wooden Ones' is the first of three new tracks and was recorded with Ted Young (Kurt Vile, Sonic Youth, Male Bonding) over at Headgear Recording in Brooklyn, NY.

Indian Rebound have created a classic Brit Pop sound that is layered with some raw garage New York noise. That is the type of sound I have come to love over the years. It is a refreshing return to rock sound that has the guitars, drums and vocals all hitting in stride. You might want to file Indian Rebound just under the likes of Howler, as their sounds are very similar and with a little push they might have the same opportunity in the near future.


Getting To Know Indian Rebound:

Band Members:
Ethan Levenson
Gianni de Falco
Devan Davies-Wood

Tennis - Origins

Rolling Stone just premiered the new Tennis video 'Origins'. 'Origins' is featured on the new album Young And Old which is out now on Fat Possum.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Cribs - In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull ALBUM PREVIEW

The Cribs have announced album details for their upcoming fifth studio album. The album will be titled "In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull" and will be released on May 7th. The album was recorded in New York with MGMT and Flaming Lips producer David Fridmann at Tarbox Road studio. There were also additional sessions at Abbey Road in London and with Steve Albini (Nirvana, Pixies)in Chicago.

In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull is the follow-up to 2009's 'Ignore The Ignorant' and first since the departure of Johnny Marr. The band is back to being just the three brothers and are excited about the new album...
"We’ve been jamming in Gary’s basement and [drummer] Ross’ garage like when we first started, so it’s got an immediacy that the last record might not have had. It’s the one I’ve connected with most since our debut, but it’s all consuming and has had a detrimental effect on every other aspect of our lives. "

"I liked the last record and it was a progression, but there was something lost in translation. It was something indefinable – but it's back."

Check out 'Chi-Town' along with the tracklisting and a live cut of the album song 'Anna' below.

In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull:
01. Glitters Like Gold
02. Come On Be A No-One
03. Jaded Youth
04. Anna
05. Confident Men
06. Uptight
07. Chi-Town
08. Pure O
09. Back To The Bolthole
10. I Should Have Helped
11. Stalagmites
12. Like A Gift Giver
13. Butterflies
14. Arena Rock Encore With Full Cast

Play It Forward: Clock Opera

The London, 4-piece, Clock Opera are set to release their debut album 'Ways To Forget' on April 9th, on Moshi Moshi/Island Records. Their sound is a more of the relaxing avant, indie pop variety and it may have been mis-labeled as "Pop-Chop".  I hear hints of Keane and Elbow as lead man, Guy Connelly excels in his vocals and then as the rest of the music melodies flow there are hints of Panda Bear and Animal Collective.

Clock Opera have been around a few years releasing singles and various videos but they haven't had a proper album released. The debut album 'Ways To Forget' is set to feature 10 very strong and polished tunes from the band and help bring them to the forefront in the music world. The melodies in their songs have a lingering affect, making you want to continue to listen and discover their music again and again. The band is honest and real, as they play to their strengths and never try to be anything different. 


Getting To Know Clock Opera:

Band Members:
Guy Connelly
Andy West
Che Albrighton
Dan Armstrong

Ways to Forget Tracklisting:
01. Once and for All
02. Lesson No. 7
03. 11th Hour
04. Man Made
05. Belongings
06. White Noise
07. A Piece of String
08. The Lost Buoys
09. Move to the Mountains
10. Fail Better

Jack White - Love Interruption VIDEO

Jack White's lead solo-single 'Love Interruption' now has a video to go along with it. Perfect timing for the video to hit online just in time for Valentine's Day. The video features back up singer Ruby Amanfu, clarinet player Emily Bowland, and Brooke Waggoner on the electric piano. White's solo album Blunderbuss is out April 24th via Third Man Records.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Play It Forward: JAWS

I was tipped off about the Birmingham band, JAWS from fellow Birmingham band Peace who I did a Play It Forward feature on last week. So in reality this actually could be the first True "Play It Forward" feature that FPT has produced. Digging for any info on JAWS online is going to be like pulling teeth. The band is rather new and the only music that I could track down was the fantastic Demo titled 'Cameron'. The song is a beautiful indie shoegaze anthem, that puts the mind at ease and into a day dream effect.

The one place online that you can stay up to date with the band is on their Facebook Page. It looks like they created their Facebook page on February 9th and only 5 days later they are up to 150+ likes. For a band not having any identity just yet and word of mouth (or as I like to call it... Play it Forward) pushing their music to others, that is pretty impressive.  Take a listen to the Demo 'Cameron' and follow the band as they have promised more songs in the near future.  For me it was impossible to listen to 'Cameron' just once, and not want to hit the replay button over and over again.  The song has a perfect chilled out melody, and begs the listener to want to hear more.


Getting To Know JAWS:

Band Members:
Connor: singing/guitar/keyboards
Andy: singing/guitar
Reece: Guitar
Alex: Bass
Eddy: Drums

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Stream the new Burial EP, KINDRED

If you're a fan of Burial, be sure to check out the brand new EP, Kindred- streaming in full over at Hyperdub's website. One thing's for sure when it comes to Burial- while he rarely reinvents his own wheel, he somehow maintains fresh and exciting with each new release. Kindred is no different.

- Fr. Jones

The Maccabees - Feel To Follow

'Feel To Follow' is taken from The Maccabees great new album, Given To The Wild. For me it is going to be hard to find a much better album then Given To The Wild in 2012.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

The Black Keys - Gold On The Ceiling

Here is the official video for "Gold On The Ceiling" from The Black Keys newest album, El Camino. They have took over nicely in the world with no new White Stripes.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Play It Forward: Electric Guest

Electric Guest are a duo out of Los Angeles that have been picking up some buzz heading into their SXSW appearance. They also have a bunch of other tour dates set up along with an appearance at the Sasquatch Music Festival. The band is managed by Monotone Inc (Vampire Weekend, Jack White, The Shins) and their music is produced by Brian Burton (AKA Danger Mouse). With those big names in the music industry in mind, it is only fitting that they are pegged as one of the 2012 new bands that will break through. Asa Taccone explains the bands name...
“When I got kicked out of high school in Berkeley, I started hanging out at a donut shop. An older woman who worked there was a weirdo like me, into a lot of new age-y, metaphysical shit and before I left she told me to always remember that I was ‘an electric guest of the universe.’ For some reason it stuck with me.”

Electric Guest have their debut album 'Mondo' set for release on April 24th via Downtown Records. The creation of the album 'Mondo' was quite the process for lead-man Asa, as he made music nonstop, writing over a hundred songs, while living in LA. Out of all those songs they worked it down to a total of 10 songs that will find the finished album.  The two tracks (below) 'This Head I Hold' and 'American Daydream' are a glimpse at what the polished results gave us.  Electric Guest sound is a combination of Electronic music meets Pop Rock with hints of early day Garage Rock.  It is a recipe for something new, something bold and something worth checking out.


Getting To Know Electric Guest:

Band Members:
Asa Taccone
Matthew Compton

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Dr Dog Live Review (Urban Lounge)

Pennsylvania based band, Dr. Dog is currently on tour in support of their new album "Be the Void," having played Urban Lounge (Salt Lake City) Saturday, February 4th. Wearing their own retro Dr. Dog hats, the six members took the stage to a sold out crowd. Seeming energetic, they didn't waste much time by diving into "That Old Black Hole," off their new album. The spirited crowd immediately began dancing and singing, which stayed consistant throughout the night.

The band played a welcomed lengthy set, mostly songs from "Be the Void" and "Shame, Shame." However, they did throw some older songs in the mix like "The Beach" from the album "Fate" with Leaman's powerful vocals enough to send chills down your spine. Also, playing new slower songs such as "Do the Trick" sung by McMicken and more fast paced songs such as "Lonesome" again sung by Leaman. They also played classics like "Stranger," "Shadow People," "Mirror Mirror," and others from "Shame, Shame." After easily playing for over an hour, they left the stage only for a few minutes, coming back for the encore eventually closing with a spectacular performance of "Jackie Wants a Black Eye."

From a personal standpoint, Urban Lounge can be a tricky place to play. Being a smaller club, sometimes it is hard to get the sound just right. But with that being said, Dr. Dog nailed it. One thing about playing smaller clubs like Urban is you really have the opportunity for a more intimate show.

I've been a longtime fan of Dr. Dog for many reasons. One of those reasons is that I can listen to any of their albums from front to back over and over again. They played literally every song I wanted to hear. "Jackie Wants a Black Eye" couldn't have been a more perfect way to end the night. The whole set was dead on, the sound was great, the crowd was great, the night was perfect. The band was incredibly energetic, sincere, and genuinely seemed like that really wanted to be there. Biased as I may be, I truthfully recommend attending one of their live shows when the opportunity presents itself.

To read FPT's review of "Be the Void" visit the link below:

To view the full set of photos, visit FPT's facebook page.