ARTIST / BAND: Glorie
FILE UNDER: Experimental / Rock
LABEL: Makeshift Music
INFO: Instrumental band Glorie was formed in Memphis, TN in the spring of 2009 by Jason Paxton, former frontman of The Satyrs, after an eight-year hiatus from playing music.
Jason was joined by Jonathan Kirkscey (cellist with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra who has composed arrangements for and performed live with Jay Reatard, Cat Power, and Al Green) Andy Saunders, Jeff Hulett (member of Makeshift Music label-mates Snowglobe and Jeffrey James & the Haul) and Rob Brimhall.
ARTIST / BAND: Adebisi Shank
FILE UNDER: dance instrumental punk rock
LABEL: Sargent House
INFO: Imagine it's 1985 and you're making a movie that takes place in 2011. You picture myriad technological devices that simplify our lives -- every mundane activity can be accomplished with the push of a button -- freeing us to travel the globe, living a life of total awesomeness. The anthemic optimism of your era, you assume, will eventually enrich the entire world and create a global new form of music. This Is the Second Album From A Band Called Adebisi Shank is just the type of futuristic-utopian sound of a parallel 2011 universe breaking through the time-space continuum to guide us all to perfection.
ARTIST / BAND: Storms
MP3: Wolves and Bells
ALBUM: Lay Your Sea Coat Aside
FILE UNDER: Experimental / Folk
INFO: Lori Scacco and Eva Puyuelo first met through mutual friend and collaborator Guillermo Scott Herren when Lori was asked to tour as part of the Savath & Savalas live band. Years later as Lori was writing new solo material and Eva was in New York recording with Savath & Savalas, she invited Eva to join her on one song for her new record which, at the time, was intended to be mostly instrumental. They soon discovered that they had a deep-rooted creative connection and a shared love of 70’s psych-folk one-offs, so they made a plan to bring Eva back to the states in the coming months to begin work on a full-length. Lay Your Sea Coat Aside is the result of 5 weeks spent sequestered in New York City, immersed in a wholly collaborative exchange. Inspired by Linda Perhacs, Extradition, Nico, and Elis Regina’s most stripped down collaborations with Milton Nascimento, they poured over a number of guitar pieces Lori had amassed throughout the initial writing stages and developed an explorative practice
ARTIST / BAND: Moving Units
MP3: Until She Says
ALBUM: Tension War EP
FILE UNDER: post punk, inide dance
LABEL: Post Modern Records
INFO: Hailed for pioneering post-punk, indie–dance music – a sound often reflected by today's contemporaries, Los Angeles' Moving Units, now ten years into their career, are set to release their EP, Tension War.Tension War references the existential personal struggles we experience when we attempt to harmonize the dualities in everyday life. From the push and pull that ensues during an unspoken attraction, to the dynamic of living in Los Angeles - a city full of symbolism and paraphernalia of glamour versus the desperation and disillusionment of the people who aspire to such entrapments...tension is everywhere.
ARTIST / BAND: Le Butcherettes
ALBUM: Sin Sin Sin
FILE UNDER: garage punk
LABEL: Rodriguez Lopez Productions
INFO: The garage-punk trio Le Butcherettes are like the brilliant offspring of surrealist Luis Bunuel and intrepid rock icon PJ Harvey. Led by 21-year-old vocalist/guitarist/pianist Teri Gender Bender (a recent transplant to L.A. from Guadalajara, Mexico) Le Butcherettes bring a brazen intensity and playful, hook-laden simplicity that hacks to pieces all forms of pretension and excess.
ARTIST / BAND: Jookabox
ALBUM: The Eyes Of The Fly
FILE UNDER: Indie
LABEL: Asthmatic Kitty
INFO: A band whose imagery echoes ghosts, zombies, decay, and the afterlife, inspired by life in the post-industrial land of white flight, now writes its own epitaph, carves its own headstone, and sings its swan song. May the funky frenetic compositions of Jookabox rest in chaos as beautiful as that which they created.
ARTIST / BAND: Discodeine
FILE UNDER: dance, electronic, pop
LABEL: DFA Records
INFO: DISCODEINE is a french duo born in 2007 from the sick minds of Pilooski and Pentile. They have separatedly released some acclaimed records in the last past years (Pentile was involved in Octet and France Copland, Pilooski has remixed LCD Sound System, Mystery Jets and the infamous Frankie Valli) before finding a mutual ground around their love for sci fi movies, weird club music and south western french cooking style. Discodeine is signed on french imprint DIRTY, home label of the well known "Dirty edits" (a collaborative project between Pilooski and Dirty Sound System) and some other cool and weird compilations projects.
ARTIST / BAND: Jail Weddings
MP3: I Thought You Were Someone I Knew
ALBUM: Love Is Lawless
FILE UNDER: Melodramatic Popular Song / Pop / Soul
LABEL: play white noise
INFO: Love Is Lawless the new album from Jail Weddings that the LA Weekly calls “a big, fine mess of weepy, quavering, hiccupy hurtin’ hurt, plowed through with a way-tough punk-rock theatricality and welcome good humor” is out today! Get it on-sale for only $7.69 (until 11/1) from Insound, with every order receiving a bonus CD containing songs from Jail Weddings first two out-of-print 7″ singles as well as a live cover of The Cramps’ “Beautiful Gardens”.
ARTIST / BAND: La Resistance
FILE UNDER: Rock, Indie, Pop
LABEL: Superphonic Records
INFO: La Resistance is the brainchild of Greg Summerlin, who after releasing several solo albums on Superphonic Records formed the new Birmingham, Alabama band with three friends that have played with him over the past several years. The band's debut album, "Philosophy", will be released through Superphonic Records this February and recalls various musical influences from the last three decades. Greg is joined by Wil Drake on drums (formerly of Moses Mayfield - Columbia Records), Jake Blount on bass and Erin Tumlin on keys and vocals.
ARTIST / BAND: RYAT
ALBUM: Avant Gold
FILE UNDER: Indie / Live Electronics
LABEL: Obvious Bandits
INFO: Ryat is a cutting-edge producer, multi-instrumentalist, singer, who transfers her compositions into an improvisation based live looping project featuring guitarist/composer Tim Conley. Compared to artist like Panda Bear and Bjork, Ryat's multidimensional musical approach is an array of effects processed raw organic pop.
ARTIST / BAND: The Caribbean
ALBUM: Discontinued Perfume
FILE UNDER: Indie
INFO: Quite possibly the best demo we will ever receive came in the mail from our nation's capital thanks to The Caribbean. Originally in D.C. area bands Townies and Smart Went Crazy, the boys followed up their astounding album on Tomlab and Endearing (History's First Know-It-All) by coming to Hometapes and recording the William of Orange EP with studio collaborator Chad Clark (Beauty Pill / Silver Sonya Studios). After a few brief tours on America's coasts they have returned with Plastic Explosives, again recorded with Chad Clark and at their own home studio. They consistently amaze us with their musical knowledge, witty charm, epic email threads, and skill at navigating the murky waters where pop and not-pop collide. They make lovely house guests and would love to play your local venue at the nearest convenience.
ARTIST / BAND: ALSO
ALBUM: Music Belongs In The Background
FILE UNDER: Alternative / Indie / Rock
INFO: Los Angeles natives, ALSO, will release their third full-length Music Belongs In the Background on February 22, 2011.
In many ways, the guys from ALSO are an anti-rock band. Drew Conrad, Scotland Stephenson, and Mark Zelen are all self-proclaimed neat freaks with families and day jobs. They don’t have tattoos. They don’t do drugs. They take naps.
ARTIST / BAND: Snowblink
ALBUM: Long Live
FILE UNDER: folk, pop
LABEL: Fire Records
INFO: Recently back from a six-week US tour opening for Owen Pallett, Snowblink‘s debut album Long Live, is now available on Fire Records, in conjunction with a European tour centered around The Sounds Quixotic festival in Vevey Switzerland.
Currently a Toronto-based duo comprised of Daniela Gesundheit (Bruce Peninsula) and Dan Goldman, the line-up of Snowblink past has been known to expand to include other extended-community members — MGMT, Nat Baldwin (Dirty Projectors), Frank Lyon (Keepaway), Caley Monahon-Ward (Extra Life), and fellow Fire artist Ryan Driver among them.
ARTIST / BAND: SISTER CRAYON
FILE UNDER: Indie
LABEL: Manimal Vinyl
INFO: Something small and quiet at first, Sister Crayon began with vocalist Terra Lopez playing classical guitar and pre-programmed beats on a loop pedal to attentive house crowds. With the addition of members Dani Fernandez (MPC 1000 and Microkorg), Nicholas Suhr (Drums and Percussion) and Jeffrey LaTour (Keyboards, Synths, Guitars, etc.), Sister Crayon has emerged as a four-piece whose emotional live performances along with their styles of ambience, hip-hop, and “hysteria” have created a stir with their EP release, “Enter Into Holy (or)ders”. With their debut LP entitled “Bellow” set to be released February 28th, 2011, Sister Crayon spreading the word of their music any and every way possible.
ARTIST / BAND: Loch Lomond
ALBUM: Little Me Will Start A Storm
FILE UNDER: Experimental / Folk / Pop
LABEL: Tender Loving Empire
INFO: After a string of head-turning, critically acclaimed releases on Hush Records, Portland's Loch Lomond is bringing their unique brand of raw symphonic chamber pop to the growing Portland label/media arts collective/store/gallery, Tender Loving Empire. Responsible for recent releases from the likes of Y La Bamba, Typhoon, Jared Mees & The Grown Children and more, Loch Lomond has slated their much anticipated second full length 'Little Me Will Start A Storm' for release on Tuesday, February 22nd. The album was mixed by Adam Selzer (who has recorded all of M Ward's records), Tucker Martine (Laura Veirs, The Decemberists), and Kevin Robinson (of Viva Voce). The stunning track
ARTIST / BAND: Torpedo
FILE UNDER: krautpop, alternative, electronicWaiting For The Fall [Single Version] by flagstone
INFO: Torpedo play kraut influenced electronic alternative rock/pop. The band call it Krautpop. A Swedish music blog recently described Torpedo as a mix between Miike Snow and The Knife which could be a good description. Torpedo just finished their second album "We", produced by Christoffer Berg, first single "Waiting For The Fall" is released February 14th and album April 29th.
ARTIST / BAND: Giant Sand
MP3s: "Graveyard"(from Ballad Of A Thin Line Man)
"Uneven Light Of Day"(from Storm)
"Valley Of Rain"(from Valley of Rain)
ALBUM: Giant Sand back catalog
FILE UNDER: IAlternative / Americana / Indie
LABEL: fire records
INFO: 2010 marked the 25th anniversary of Valley Of Rain - the debut album by Giant Sand, the ever-shifting alternative rock band overseen by "the Godfather of Alt. Country" Howe Gelb. With that in mind, the band will spend the next year celebrating in the only way they know how: with a flurry of great music! There is a special one-off show at the City Winery in New York City tomorrow, February 1st! The newest Giant Sand album,Blurry Blue Mountain, will be released on vinyl tomorrow, as well.
ARTIST / BAND: Mathew Sawyer And The Ghosts
MP3: "Myna Birds Call"
ALBUM: How Snakes Eat
FILE UNDER: Indie, Pop
LABEL: Fire Records
INFO: If you were to make maps of the human voice, Mathew Sawyer is someone you'd balk at starting with. A vocal cartographer would have an easier ride with an X-Factor pop vocalist. The resultant sketch would be of somewhere abstract, featureless and dull. A moneybound R&B diva might lead to an Ordinance Survey Map of a smooth and well functioning future city with symmetrical civic parks and equidistant train stations. The growl of a death metal bellower would reveal itself in a landscape of Tolkienesque volcanoes, castles and dragons lairs.