Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Parquet Courts Offer Stream of New LP, "Sunbathing Animal"

Photo by Ben Rayner

Memorial Day marks the beginning of the summer season, and since that's now behind us, it's time to start that search for that one summer album you cling to for the coming months. With this in mind, Parquet Courts offers you an advance stream of their latest album, Sunbathing Animal.


I've already listened (twice), and I can tell you, it's amazing; destined to be near the top of year-end lists throughout the music world. Much like their live show, the album begs you to move, with rhythms that punctuate and lyrics that resonate within you, this album holds a punch that few pure rock acts can only beg to dabble with.

Head over to NPR or CBC music now, to stream Sunbathing Animal, and pick it up at your local record shop next Tuesday, June 3.

NPR Stream

CBC Music Stream

Friday, May 23, 2014

Papercuts - Life Among The Savages

Life Among The Savages will mark Papercuts 5th studio release and it has been in the makings for the past two years.  Papercuts is the moniker of San Francisco singer/songwriter/producer Jason Quever, and on the latest album Quever showcases his excellent story telling skills through his lyrics. Take a listen to the title track below and you will gain an appreciation for Quever's extraordinary song writing skills.

Life Among the Savages Tracklisting:
1. Still Knocking At The Door
2. New Body
3. Life Among The Savages
4. Staring At The Bright Lights
5. Family Portrait
6. Easter Morning
7. Psychic Friends
8. Afterlife Blues
9. Tourist

Sunday, May 18, 2014

St. Vincent Performs on SNL

St. Vincent was featured as the musical guest on last night's season finale of Saturday Night Live where she performed dynamite versions of "Digital Witness" and "Birth in Reverse" off this year's St. Vincent album. Check them out below and read our review of St. Vincent here.


Monday, May 12, 2014

Twin Peaks Announce Album, "Wild Onion"



Garage-pop quartet Twin Peaks have announced a new album Wild Onion, which will be released on August 5 via Grand Jury. The lead single, "Flavor" can be found below and is damn good.

The influences can be heard immediately, mixing the modern sounds of lo-fi found in Ty Segall, The Black Lips and Thee Oh Sees. But Twin Peaks seem to have the desire to make a lasting impression, and Wild Onion will be their best shot to prove the believers correct.

The guys head out on a nationwide tour, opening up for Eagulls, and the tour also includes a spot in the heavily stacked Pitchfork Music Fest lineup.



TWIN PEAKS TOUR DATES:
Tues May 13: New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge % - SOLD OUT
Wed May 14: Washington, DC  @ Rock N Roll Hotel %
Thurs May 15: Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 %
Fri May 16: Atlanta, GA @ The Earl %
Sat May 17: Birmingham, AL @ Bottle Tree %
Mon May 19: Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge %
Tues May 20: St Louis, MO @ Firebird %
Wed May 21: Norman, OK @ Opolis %
Thurs May 22: Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's %
Fri May 23: Dallas, TX @ Three Links %
Sat May 24: Austin, TX @ Red 7 %
Tues May 27: Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom %
Wed May 28: San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar %
Fri May 30: Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite %
Sat May 31: San Francisco, CA @ The Bottom of the Hill %
Mon June 2: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir %
Tues June 3: Vancouver, BC @ The Media Club %
Sat July 5: Columbus, OH @ 4th & 4th Festival at Seventh Son Brewery
Sat July 19: Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival
Sat Aug 9: Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
Tues Aug 12: Allston, MA @ Great Scott
Wed Aug 13: New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
Thurs Aug 14: Brooklyn, NY @ Baby's All Right

% - Supporting Eagulls

Monday, May 5, 2014

INTERVIEW: The Faint

In late April, The Faint embarked on their first US Tour in over 3 years. Making stops in clubs and venues throughout the nation, bringing their notoriously raucous live show back to the public after their hiatus.

Fresh off the release of their sixth studio LP, Doom Abuse, which is their first since 2008's Fasciination and also their first on their new label SQE. It provides just as much nefarious electronic melodies as their previous works, highlighted within tracks like "Evil Voices" which repeats a chorus of 'Evil voices lie when they say you're alone'.

The group consists of Todd Fink (Vocals, Keyboard), Jacob Thiele (keyboards, backup vocals), Dapose (Guitars), and Clark Baechle (Percussion); in anticipation of their US Tour this Spring, FPT asked members of The Faint some questions.

When you took the break/hiatus, did you expect that you'd be making music as a collective again?  

TODD: I always thought the band would go on forever, then we got sick of it and stopped for three years. I don't know what I thought about our future during that time. All of the sudden we cared again... we just went after it - no end in sight.

How does it feel to be "back" and what did you miss the most?

TODD: I love the process of making music: all of the steps. But what I really missed during the break was playing live: building that energy in the room; living in the music; with lights flashing in your face, drunk, dripping sweat and pulling fog deep into your lungs... you know, living in the moment!

What kept you guys busy during the hiatus; and what inspired you to reconvene and continue making music as The Faint?

CLARK: Todd, Jacob and I started an electronic project called Depressed Buttons. We had fun diving into the electronic world and experimenting with sounds and DJing. Dapose put out a rad noise record called "Positive Feedback". I also toured drumming for Bright Eyes for most of 2011. We kept busy but when we all ended up back in Omaha at the same time, it just sounded like fun to make some new Faint songs. 

What was the creative process like when creating Doom Abuse compared to creating previous albums? What do you hope to accomplish with this album?

DAP: The creative process was all about having fun making this record. The last two albums were too labor intensive and that killed the freshness of our band and made the end result a bit stale. We always got such great complements about our live show and how much more energy people got out of the shows than the albums. So we set up for more live recording on this record. Incorporated first-takes on synth parts and guitar tones and shit. There's a lot of feedback and mistakes that could have been edited out but we didn't want a clean record. 

What do you hope will bring people out to the shows on this tour? What should fans expect?

JACOB: We just love to perform and I think people recognize that. We are always trying to make the lights, video, and sound come together to make it a memorable and inspiring experience. We want to do more than just get up there and play our songs. People should expect a lot of dancing and loss of inhibitions!

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The Faint will make a stop at Metro in Chicago later this month on May 23rd, and have announced Reptar as support for a leg of the tour. Based on The Faint's reputation of a fierce and unyielding live show, it is one you won't want to miss, and fans who thought they'd never see another show from the band, are surely to revel in the opportunity and go absolutely ape shit. Tickets for that show are available here, and the rest of the dates are listed below.

THE FAINT SPRING TOUR DATES

May 6 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @ The Culture Room
May 7 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
May 9 - Jacksonville Beach, FL @ Freebird Live
May 10 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade - Heaven
May 13 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero Theatre
May 14 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Willamsburg
May 16 - Boston, MA @ Royale NightClub
May 17 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
May 19 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
May 20 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
May 22 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
May 23 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
May 24 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music CafĂ©
May 27 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
May 28 - Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
May 30 - Seattle, WA @ Neptune
May 31 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
June 1 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
June 2 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent 
June 5 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
June 6 - Los Angeles,, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
June 7 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
June 8 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre 
June 11 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
June 12 - Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
June 13 - Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium

The Antlers Stream "Hotel"

The Antlers return on June 17 with Familiars, their full-length follow-up to 2011's Burst Apart and 2012's Underwater EP. The band has already streamed the album's first single, the elegiac "Palace". Now you can listen to the hypnotic and somber "Hotel". And if these two delicately mournful tracks are any indication, this won't be the feel-good summertime release from The Antlers that none of us were expecting.

Stream "Hotel" now via SPIN.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Baths- "Fade White" SINGLE

From the upcoming Ocean Death EP, Baths has shared "Fade White"- streaming below. Ocean Death is the follow-up to last year's Obsidian and if "Fade White" is any indication, we're all in for a treat when it drops May 6 via Anticon.