12/12/2017

Johanna Warren Shares "Here To Tell" Video, New Album "Gemini II" Out February 16

JOHANNA WARREN SHARES "HERE TO TELL" VIDEO

NEW ALBUM GEMINI II OUT FEBRUARY 16

Photo credit: Marlee Meghan Banta


Johanna Warren shared the video for her new single "Here To Tell" today. The video depicts the Portland songwriter's lyrics, which she describes as "the story of an interdimensional being who visits a young man in his sleep and takes him on a journey through the history of life on Earth, bestowing him with wisdom to help save humanity."Uproxx, who premiered the clip, say, "In the clip, a wild cast of characters float in and out of a dream world that seems to be accessed Narnia-style through a magic mirror."

"Here To Tell" will appear on Johanna Warren's new album Gemini II, which is due out February 16 on her own Spirit House Records. NPR praised "Here To Tell" for "captur[ing] the spirit that animates much of Warren's music and philosophy - an enduring belief that we can be better, despite the hurt and despair we put each other and ourselves through.Stereogum named it their #1 Best Song of the Week, saying, "'Here To Tell' starts melancholic but winds up being transportive. Initially, it sounds haunting. But by the end, you feel cleansed."

Gemini II will be released on vinyl as a double LP with Warren's 2016 record Gemini I. The LP is available for pre-order here

 
Johanna Warren - Gemini II
Spirit House - February 16
1. Hopelessness Has Done Nothing For Me
2. Say You Do
4. Cause Or Effect
5. inreverse
6. Boundaries
7. Cleansed By Fire
8. Mine To Take
9. Was It Heaven

When asked what motivates her to make music, Johanna Warren responds immediately: "Music is vibration; it's a direct way to affect matter. A song is a way to journey into places of discord and then resolve back into harmony." The Portland songwriter/multi-instrumentalist constructs complex, gossamer folk compositions that draw from the richness of the human experience and her own unique flavor of mysticism. Her 2015 sophomore album, numun, found its way on to several notable year end lists and ledRolling Stone to name her a "Songwriter You Need to Know." In 2016 she founded Spirit House Records, a radically artist-friendly label for witches, healers and free spirits.

Last year, Warren also released Gemini I, the first of a pair of conceptually connected albums written and recorded in the throes of a rocky romantic relationship with another artist. "All the songs on both records are about a complicated three-year relationship with a Gemini man," she says. "It was very much a 'twin flame' situation. We were working with bright light and intense shadow." As a way to process this emotional chaos, Warren began to write in earnest as a form of self-therapy. Eschewing the more abstract lyricism of her earlier work, she began to create a suite of confessional songs about the blessing and the curse of romantic love.

The albums that resulted, Gemini I and Gemini II, are moody, bewitching records packed with layers of occult symbolism and personal mythology. Every song on Gemini I has a corresponding "twin" on II, linked by melodic motifs, lyrical content or production choices. Rather than the DIY recording setups that Warren and engineer/producer Bella Blasko had used previously, the Geminis were tracked at Dreamland studios in upstate New York. There, equipped with a sudden wealth of instruments and more sophisticated technology, Warren who arranges and play nearly everything on her records, felt free to explore. This spirit of experimentation is evident on the records. The songs retain the hushed warmth of previous releases Fates and numun, while expanding Warren's sonic landscape in all directions.


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MGMT Release Video For New Album Track "When You Die"

MGMT logo 

MGMT RELEASE VIDEO FOR NEW ALBUM TRACK
"WHEN YOU DIE"

VIDEO FEATURES GLOOBY: AN INNOVATIVE AI TECHNOLOGY

Track and Video out Today, December 12th

Directed by: Mike Burakoff and Hallie Cooper-Novack
Full Credits Below

MGMT have released "When You Die," the second song from the forthcoming Little Dark Age, due out in 2018. The song was released alongside a video starring actor Alex Karpovsky.  The video premiered via New Yorker, who described it as "mystical and dreamlike, a slice of life as it unravels." Watch the video HERE.

Directed by Mike Burakoff and Hallie Cooper-Novack, the video takes a darkly humorous and ultimately horrifying approach to the question of life after life. Famed French singer, S├ębastien Tellier, lends his silky smooth laugh to the track, as Karpovsky moves through cycles of life, death and rebirth, and the story starts feeding back onto itself. Emotions and memories smear both forward and backwards, as pieces of the scenery of his final moments of life become the textures of his forever-looped eternity.

The video utilizes an amalgamation of AI Style Transfer technology techniques, making use of artificial neural networks to impose the stylistic qualities of an image onto video footage.  The end result is an eerily familiar, dreamlike interpretation. The effect can appear beautiful at some times and horrific at others.Mike Burakoff and collaborator Jamie Dutcher (collectively known as King Drippa) developed their own software, nicknamed Glooby, to harness the power of Style Transfer for the production pipeline.  

Earlier this year, MGMT released the title track for their upcoming album with the single "Little Dark Age" accompanied by a shadowy, cinematic music video featuring sinister and surreal vignettes of members Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser dressed in flamboyant gothic attire, stalked by the figure of Death. Watch HERE.

The group's fourth album is due to be released in early 2018 and was produced by MGMT, Patrick Wimberly (Chairlift, Kelela, Blood Orange), and long-time collaborator Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Spoon, Tame Impala). Earlier this year the band announced via Twitter their new album would be titled Little Dark Age, later releasing in-studio visuals and snippets of music via Instagram. MGMT has incorporated songs from the upcoming release into their live show at festivals across North America throughout 2017.

Formed in 2002, MGMT released their influential, Grammy-nominated, debut album Oracular Spectacular in 2007. This was followed by 2010's Congratulations and 2013's self-titled albumMGMT


The group's fourth album is due to be released in early 2018 and was produced by MGMT, Patrick Wimberly (Chairlift, Kelela, Blood Orange), and long-time collaborator Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Spoon, Tame Impala). Earlier this year the band announced via Twitter their new album would be titled Little Dark Age, later releasing in-studio visuals and snippets of music via Instagram. MGMT has incorporated songs from the upcoming release into their live show at festivals across North America throughout 2017.

Formed in 2002, MGMT released their influential, Grammy-nominated, debut album Oracular Spectacular in 2007. This was followed by 2010's Congratulations and 2013's self-titled albumMGMT.

Photo: Brad Elterman / Glooby: Jamie Dutcher

Video Credits:
Directors: Mike Burakoff & Hallie Cooper-Novack
VFX Supervisor: Jamie Dutcher
Starring: Alex Karpovsky & Lucy Kaminsky
Producers: Lucia Pier & Jamie Dutcher
Executive Producers: Adam Kurland & Matt Wyatt
DP: Steven Breckon
Editor: Max Goldblatt
Logo Design: Benjy Brooke
Production Companies: King Drippa + Daughter & Sons

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Screaming Females Debuts Marissa Paternoster and Laura Veirs “Deeply” Video w/ She Shreds + Nat'l Tour + LP Out 2/23

Screaming Females

She Shreds Debuts Intimate “Deeply” Video
Performed By Marissa Paternoster and Laura Veirs,
Recorded w/ The Thermals’ Hutch Harris

Spring 2018 Tour Dates 

Seventh Studio Album All At Once 
Out February 23 on Don Giovanni Records



Photo Credit: Grace Winter

“Singer-guitarist Marissa Paternoster [punctuates] the New Jersey trio's Sabbath-style thunder with lightning-quick solos that Eddie Van Halen wouldn't be mad at.” – Rolling Stone

“..for all its DIY roots, every minute feels huge. This is basement punk writ arena-sized.” – NPR, First Listen

"Screaming Females have carved out their own corner in this century's take on guitar rock." Pitchfork

“How a bunch of Jersey punks spent a decade becoming indie rock's last guitar heroes.” – SPIN, Cover Story

“Screaming Females are almost the Wes Anderson of rock at this point.” – AV Club

 
New Jersey DIY-punk luminaries Screaming Females will release their blistering seventh studio album All At OnceFebruary 23, 2018 on Don Giovanni Records. The band recently shared album cut “Deeply” with a lyric video that showcased a glimpse into front person Marissa Paternoster’s artistic prowess. Marissa and Laura Veirs recently came together at the home studio of The Thermals’ Hutch Harris to collaborate and record the new “Deeply” live video which premiered with She Shreds today. Marissa Paternoster and Laura Veirs “Deeply” Video is available to post/share HERE.
 

The band announced All At Once with Rolling Stone, who also debuted the video for album cut “Glass House” directed by Kate Sweeney. The expectations that surround being in a band have changed a lot since Screaming Females started up in 2005. All At Once is a reminder there's a hopeful and joyful energy to underground music-making. The band collaborated with producer Matt Bayles (Pearl Jam, Mastodon), setting out to make an album in the spirit of a salon-style gallery show, where larger pieces provide an eye-level focal point to a galaxy of smaller works. Concision took a back-seat to experimentation, with arrangements meant to evoke the energy and spontaneity of their live performances.

All At Once release will be made available in various formats including Digital, CD, Double-LP vinyl with a Limited Edition 7” and a Deluxe Limited Edition LPx3 with the 7” and an exclusive bonus LP of album demos. The three-piece has a slew of Spring 2018 tour dates. See full list of here or below & be sure to catch them live in a city near you!

All At Once Is Available For Pre-Order HERE

Screaming Females Tour Dates 

2/22/18: Jersey City, NJ @ Monty Hall (w/ Teenage Halloween)
2/23/18: Jersey City, NJ @ Monty Hall (w/ Snakeskin)
2/24/18: Jersey City, NJ @ Monty Hall (w/ Spowder)
3/2/18:  Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
3/3/18:  Durham, NC @ The Pinhook
3/4/18: Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant St 
3/5/18: Cincinnati, OH @ Northside Yacht Club
3/6/18: Nashville, TN @ The End
3/7/18: Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
3/8/18: Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
3/9/18:  St Paul, MN @ Turf Club
3/10/18: Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
3/11/18: Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
3/12/18: Pittsburgh, PA @ Roboto Project
3/13/18:Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk
3/14/18:  Toronto, ON @ Smiling Buddha
3/15/18: Montreal, QC @ La Vitrola
3/16/18: Winooski, VT @ Monkey House
4/4/18: Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel *%
4/5/18: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer  *%
4/6/18:  Brooklyn, NY @ Market Hotel *%
4/7/18: Hamden, CT @ The Space *%
4/8/18: Providence, RI  @ AS220  *%
4/9/18: Rollinsford, NH @ Sue's  *%
4/10/18: Portland, ME @ SPACE - *%
4/11/18: Easthampton, MA  @ Flywheel *%
4/12/18:  Ithaca, NY@ The Haunt *%
4/13/18: Detroit, MI @ El Club *%
4/14/18: Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop *%
4/15/18: Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight *%
4/16/18: Masquerade - Atlanta, GA *%
4/17/18: Gainesville, FL @ The Wooly *%
4/18/18: Tallahassee, FL @ TBA %
4/19/18: Pensacola, FL @ City Arts Center %
4/20/18: New Orleans, LA @ TBA %
4/21/18: Austin, TX @ Barracuda %
4/22/18: Dallas, TX @ Club Dada %
4/23/18: Oxford, MS @ Proud Larry's
4/24/18: Chattanooga, TN @ Sluggos

* = w/ Thou
% = w/ HIRS

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Xenia Rubinos Releases New Track with Sammus & Olga Bell

XENIA RUBINOS
RELEASES COLLAB TRACK WITH SAMMUS & OLGA BELL
Touring With Tune-Yards
Photo Credit: Max Schiano
In their most recent review of singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Xenia Rubinos, Pitchfork called the genre blending Brooklynite “a unique presence with a sharp ability to make pressing issues about identity and society into funky, exhilarating music.”

Now Rubinos is flexing her studio muscles in a brand new collaborative track. Spurred by an invitation from Tune-yards’ Merrill Garbus to collaborate with other female artists for Garbus’ Red Bull radio show C.L.A.W, a monthly guide to new music by female-identifying artists. 

“Levitating” is the first work from the almost unfairly gifted trio of Xenia Rubinos, Olga Bell and Sammus. Over a sultry Olga Bell instrumental, MC Sammus reflects on the privileges and responsibilities that come with being part of a progressive movement before the beat switches up mid-track and Xenia responds bilingually with her own rhyme. The joy is palpable. 

Check out “Levitating" featuring Xenia Rubinos, Olga Bell and Sammus here.

And catch Xenia Rubinos live this Spring supporting Tune-Yards on tour!

“Once Xenia Rubinos begins to sing, nothing else matters” - DIY
 
LIVE DATES
1/27           New York, NY        Ecstatic Music Fest
3/6             Toronto, ON          Danforth Music Hall*
3/7             Montreal, QC         Corona Theatre*
3/8             Boston, MA            Royale*
3/9             New York, NY        Brooklyn Steel*
*supporting Tune-Yards

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Jack White presents "Servings And Portions From My Boarding House Reach"

JACK WHITE PRESENTS 
"SERVINGS AND PORTIONS FROM MY BOARDING HOUSE REACH"

Directed by Jack White III
Filmed and Edited by Brad Holland
Additional Artwork by Tristan McNatt

Watch the video HERE and stream the audio HERE.

Photo credit: David James Swanson

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Stonefield Signs to Flightless Records, Shares New Single "Delusion" & 2018 Tour Dates

Australia's Stonefield Signs to Flightless Records 

Stream New Single "Delusion,"
Playing Levitation & LA Residency in April

Australian psych band Stonefield -- made up of sisters Amy, Hannah, Sarah, and Holly Findlay -- have announced their signing to Flightless Records (King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, The Babe Rainbow.) Their first release for Flightless is new single "Delusion," which comes as a follow-up to their sophomore LP, As Above, So Below. 

"Delusion" marks a shift from the hardened psych-pop of the band's earlier records towards a more prog and metal-leaning sound, with heavy waves of operatic synth and tubular bells ringing below guitars and sinister mellotron lines. Inspired by the "overwhelming feeling of knowing you are a speck in the universe, getting lost in your own mind," the song finds Stonefield venturing away from classic song structure in favor of creating more of a hypnotic journey. "Delusion" premiered on triple j's Drive, and it's now available to stream on YouTube
Stonefield have been rendering their powerful mosaic of proto-psych since they were only as tall as the smallest of the strange stone formations that surround their hometown of Victoria, Australia. For over a decade, the Findlay sisters have seemingly existed within their own stellar nebula; unaffected by fleeting modern musical trends, their sound is an homage to the prog, metal and psych powerhouses of the '70s whilst remaining completely their own. As Above, So Below laid a Sabbath-strata from which they’ve launched a legion of dedicated followers and attracted bookings for festival dates and tours with everyone from Meat Puppets to Fleetwood Mac.  

Stonefield will kick off 2018 with select shows in Sydney and Melbourne before heading to the US for a residency at LA's Bootleg Theater and a performance at Austin's Levitation. See below for all upcoming dates. 



Stonefield on Tour:
February 2: Sydney @ The Lansdowne
February 3: Melbourne @ The Curtin
April 2: Los Angeles, CA @ The Bootleg Theater
April 9: Los Angeles, CA @ The Bootleg Theater
April 16: Los Angeles, CA @ The Bootleg Theater
April 23: Los Angeles, CA @ The Bootleg Theater
April 27: Austin, TX @ Levitation Festival
April 30: Los Angeles, CA @ The Bootleg Theater

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The Cold Equations: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Announced, Out 2/1, Feat. Mems of Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, TV on the Radio

The Cold Equations: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Announced, Out February 1



Listen to Track "He Meant It The Way It Sounded"

The Cold Equations features Stuart Bogie (TV on the Radio), Sarah Neufeld (Arcade Fire), Colin Stetson (Bon Iver), David Cook (Taylor Swift) and more.

 
The release of the Morricone-esque soundtrack to an imaginary film The Cold Equations, has been announced today. Composed by Josh Urist and co-produced/arranged by Stuart Bogie (Superhuman Happiness, Antibalas, Arcade Fire, Iron and Wine, TV on the Radio), the album will be available on 180g vinyl and digital download on February 1, 2018 on Yeggs Records.  Inspired by a 1954 science fiction short story by Tom Godwin, this story follows a worker drone on a distant planet who hunts down the corrupt officials responsible for the death of his little sister. The music is emotional, evocative, and riveting—the movie, however, is fake. Listen and share the track “He Meant It The Way It Sounded” here and pre-order the record here.
 
Composer Josh Urist isn’t the first musician to use the soundtrack-to-an-imaginary-film conceit, but he and his close-knit crew of musicians breathe new life into the idea. For his goal isn’t kitsch or homage, but instead, the soundtrack concept gives the music an emotional tug that is as real as the film is fake.
 
Working with co-producer Stuart Bogie, Urist uses the visual language of film music to conjure moments with visceral impact. A Morricone-esque standoff; a frenetic Quincy Jones-style chase scene; cosmic soul in the vein of Air. While analog synths and drum machines give you the interstellar textures, the acoustic guitars and wind instruments provide the warmth and humor of a human heart beating in the airless vacuum of a distant galaxy.
 
Urist assembled a team of crack studio musicians to perform, many of them old friends from Urist’s time as a music student in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Contributors include regular Urist collaborator and fellow Masters of Reality performer John Leamy (Masters of Reality, Surgery) drums; Colin Stetson (Ex Eye, Bon Iver) saxophones and french horn;David Cook (Taylor Swift, Lizz Wright, Alan Ferber, Jennifer Hudson) organ and pianos;Adam Roberts, bass; Jeff Plankenhorn, weissenborn guitar; Sarah Neufeld (Arcade Fire, Bell Orchestre) violin; and Rachel Webster (Bernie Worrell) vocals. Urist plays guitars, bass, pianos, vocals, banjo, jaw harp, trumpet, and the Roland GR-500 guitar synthesizer. Bogie plays saxophones, clarinets, drum machines, bass, piano, flute, harmonicas, jaw harps, and drums. Album art and design by John Leamy.
 
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12/11/2017

Facebook Live w/ Kevin Haskins (Bauhaus, Poptone) on Tue. Dec. 12th @ 11am PST

 
 
Facebook Live w/ Kevin Haskins
 
Tue. Dec. 12th @ 11am PST
 
 
 
 
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Live Bauhaus Book Signing!

 
Tuesday, December 12th at 11am PST., original Bauhaus band member and author Kevin Haskins will be having a Facebook Live Chat with fans as he signs copies of his new book "Bauhaus - Undead - The Visual History and Legacy of Bauhaus."

Kevin will be answering your questions so be sure to Follow Us on Facebook so you don't miss it!

Click Here to order your copy of the New Book!

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Bauhaus Undead’s aesthetic reflects the band’s art school origins to create an elegant and tasteful art book. This deluxe coffee table book is a fitting tribute and celebration of the legacy created by this groundbreaking band.

Carefully curated from a largely unseen collection of ephemera and combined with personal recollections by original member and author Kevin Haskins, this beautiful coffee table book will take the viewer on a visual journey from the bands inception in 1979 thru their very successful reformation in 1998, and on to their legendary performance at The Coachella Music Festival in 2005.
 
 
 
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BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA Returns To Los Angeles on 12/16 for 14th Annual "Christmas Rocks!" Performance at Dolby Theatre

 
 
THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA'S
14TH ANNUAL "CHRISTMAS ROCKS! TOUR"
RETURNS TO LOS ANGELES
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16
AT DOLBY THEATRE
 
The BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA is returning to Los Angeles for a stop on their 14th annual "Christmas Rocks!" Tour--presented for the second consecutive year by SiriusXM--at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood onSaturday, December 16.
 
Might you have interest in arranging a preview of the show and/or coming out to review?
 
The iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and three-time Grammy-Award winner BRIAN SETZER and his 19-piece THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA will perform music off their latest Christmas album, ROCKIN' RUDOLPH (available now as a limited edition box set, CD, vinyl or download), plus music off their three previous best-selling holiday albums and original material from BRIAN SETZER.View the Christmas sizzle reel here:https://vimeo.com/185244567.
 
2017 is a big year for THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA, who just celebrated their 25th anniversary in style with an exclusive landmark show at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on August 2. Under the stars at the legendary venue, where they've performed on four previous occasions, SETZER's trademark guitar work and vocal stylings were matched with his 19-piece orchestra's rockin' big-band horn arrangements, making for a reliably unbeatable combination.  
 
BRIAN SETZER belongs to an elite group of artists who've had four super successful phases of his career, from the Stray Cats, to solo albums, The Rockabilly Riot to BSO. The BSO show seamlessly encompasses music from all these phases. "The music I play in the big band is rock n' roll with a jazz influence," says SETZER. "What keeps it fresh is the quality of the players in the band. Also a big part of keeping the big band fresh is the arrangements; writing the arrangement for 18-19 people is like writing a song within a song.  It makes the song you might have heard many times sound new again."
 
 
About BRIAN SETZER:
Iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and 3-time Grammy-award-winner BRIAN SETZER is a "Musician's Musician" credited with continually taking chances with innovative and daring musical styles.  Setzer is widely credited for taking two forgotten genres, rockabilly and swing, adding his own blend of gunpowder and rockin style, and completely reinventing and single-handedly resurrecting them in the process.  Along the way, he has scored chart-topping hitssold 13 million records and received the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award throughout his decorated career as founder/leader of the Stray Catshis 19-piece Brian Setzer Orchestra, and as a solo artist. He is consistently cited as one of the world's greatest living guitarists, and has a best-selling, extensive line of elite Gretsch signature model guitars bearing his name. BRIAN appeared in the 1987 film, La Bamba, portraying rockabilly pioneer Eddie Cochran. In 2002BRIAN earned the privilege of being one of the few musicians to be animated in an episode of "The Simpsons." That same year, SETZER was personally requested to induct Chet Atkins into the 17th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  SETZER had the honor of being invited in 2006 to perform at the White House for the President of the United States. In 2014, SETZER received the distinct honor of being asked by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. to donate a replica of his original 1959 Gretsch 6120 "Stray Cat" guitar, joining an elite collection of iconic treasures at the museum. 
 
For more information on BRIAN SETZER, visit:

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