We're here to present you with 'Sesame,' the first single from Brooklyn experimental-pop group Tiny Hazard's debut, Greyland (out 2/24 on Ba Da Bing). This is a band whose live performances have kept us rapt and whose first album makes a strong, confident statement. So yeah, we're psyched.
Most importantly, listen to 'Sesame' now:
"Byrne is one of the finest contemporary examples of an artist who can do so much for the soul by lending you some of hers."
Stereogum sat down with Julie Byrne to discuss the impetus behind her forthcoming LP Not Even Happiness, as well as premiere the single "Follow My Voice."
New Zealand's most goth atmospheric rockers are currently touring the US in support of a few excellent releases - namely this year's In The Sodium Light. They've also announced a reissue of their 1998 classic A Dream of the Sea, coming at you for the first time on LP.
You can read more and check out their recent music video for "Seaworthy" via Impose Magazine.
In celebration of all things harrowing yet beautiful, why not check them out in a city near you?
Holy shit! We are so excited to share that The Dead C’s new double record, Trouble, is soon to be released on August 12th before playing a Fall US tour. The band's visceral strength is so strong on Trouble that it will knock you off of whatever chair you’re sitting in. Don’t miss out, click on the image to pre-order it now! As it has been sorely needed in the universe, The Dead C sharpies and mugs are now available in addition to t-shirts, CDs and LPs. Here’s a track you can listen to in the meantime!
Tue-Sep-20 BROOKLYN, NY @ First Unitarian Congregational Society
Wed-Sep-21 PHILADELPHIA, PA @ Johnny Brenda's
Sept 23 - 24 LOUISVILLE, KY @ Cropped Out Festival (American Turners Club)*
Sun-Sep-25 LOS ANGELES, CA @ The Echo
*w/ Bill Callahan, Pissed Jeans, Kool Keith, Bitchin' Bajas & Bonnie Prince Billy and more
On April 7, the new video for Katie Von Schleicher's song "Baby Don't Go" off her debut Bleaksploitation premiered on Stereogum. They describe the song as "a slow-chugging, tender plea with jagged edges." The video is campy, spooky, and just awesome overall.
Pre-order the reissue of Bleaksploitation here.
On May 6th we're releasing the collaboration between poet/songwriter Claire Cronin and guitarist John Dieterich of Deerhoof. The first single is streaming now at Tiny Mix Tapes, check it out here.
The follow-up to Over And Through, Came Down A Storm is expansive, gothic folk.
The unrelentingly cataclysmic hypnotism of Cross Record's Wabi-Sabi is going as planned. Today they release a video for 'Lemon' via Spin, which you can check out here.
Also announced is a spate of tour dates through April & May:
April 26 – Lawrence, KS @ Love Garden Records
April 27 – St. Louis, MO @ Heavy Anchor w/ Baby Baby Dance With Me and Accelerando
April 30 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas
May 2 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry
May 3 – Iowa City, IA @ Trumpet Blossom
May 5 – Omaha, NE @ O’Leavers w/ Simon Joyner and David Nance
May 7 – Fort Collins, CO @ The Wolverine Farms Letterpress and Publick House
May 10 – Portland, OR @ Analog Cafe
May 11 – Seattle, WA @ Vera Project
May 13 – San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern
May 15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg w/Eagle Rock Gospel Singers
May 18 – Albuquerque, NM @ Ocotillo Room
May 20 – 3TEN ACL Live
We're excited to announce that Cross Record's first release with us, Be Good, has been repressed on LP and is back in stock in the web store. Check it out here, and see how we first fell in love with this duo from Dripping Springs.
We're psyched about this release of rapid-fire fuzz pop tunes, it might just get you through your February. Keep your eyes peeled for a 2016 US tour!
Our favorite Bay Area psychsanity rockers are back on vinyl! Comets On Fire's newly re-mastered Field Recordings From the Sun LP is now available for pre-order here, so you can drop the needle and enjoy their breakthrough sophomore album on-demand. May all oscillators rejoice!
Our very own Renderers scored their first feature film, notes to eternity, a documentary on the Israel-Palestine conflict. Their stark music fits the soundscape of the lives and ideas of four renowned critics of Israel: Noam Chomsky, Sara Roy, Norman Finkelstein and Robert Fisk, sharpening perspective on the nature of the issue that transcends historical and cultural lines. The film was screened in last year's New Zealand International Film Festival. Critics described notes to eternity as "an impressive and affecting film, an inspired and inspiring example of world class craft." Director Sarah Cordery and her team have started an IndieGoGo campaign to raise funds for post-production. You can watch the trailer for the film and support their campaign here.
"Steady Waves" off the upcoming Cross Record finds Emily and Dan in good company on The Guardian's indie playlist with Savages, Field Music and Pumarosa. Harriet Gibsone called their single poised and intimate, traveling "through all manner of moods in its five minutes, from the delicate introspection mirrored by her acoustic guitar, to the heavy layers of guitar-grind that give an ominous undertone to an otherwise still and sensitive song". Clash referred to the track as "gloriously intense" in their premiere, while Stereogum said "it's the kind of song that makes you want to hear a lot more from a band".
Afghan Wings' Greg Dulli announced his tour and upcoming album earlier this morning with a cover of Sharon's "A Crime" off her album Epic, released in 2010 on Ba Da Bing! Records. Accompanied by Ani DiFranco on vocals, his soulful rendition delightfully re-accesses the track . Listen to the original song here.
Two of our artists - Colossal Yes and Earth Jerks - are releasing cassettes October 8th. They'll also team up to play a show in San Francisco on Friday, Oct. 9th, to celebrate. RSVP here.
Colossal Yes will also be opening for Lee Ranaldo at the Swedish American Hall on Nov. 6th. Get tickets for that show here.
Taking a moment away from her incredible painting career, Maryrose Crook and her husband Brian are setting out on a rare tour of the US. We're lucky they have decamped from their home in Christchurch, New Zealand, and, at least for the moment, have been living in the deserts of California. This means more chances to see them play, not to mention some exciting new record news we will be announcing soon!
9/29 Omaha, NE O'Leaver's Pub (w/The Subtropics, Vegetable Deluxe)
9/30 Iowa City, IA The Mill (w/Besnard Lakes)
10/2 Milwaukee, WI Company Brewing (w/WORK and Pink Trilliums)
10/3 Minneapolis, MN [AFTERNOON SHOW] Grumpy's Northeast (w/Part of Love Chimes w/Michael Chapman, Pigeons, Nathan Bowles, and Matthew De Gennaro)
10/3 Minneapolis, MN [NIGHT SHOW] St Peter (w/Good Night, Gold Dust)
10/4 The Owl Chicago, IL (w/Sir Richard Bishop and Rob Mazurek)
We're excited to announce Terror’s Horns, a new album from french favorites National Snow Buildings. It's now available for pre-order. Click on the image to get your copy today.