The Putbacks

Stream: The Putbacks Debut S/T Album

Nov 08, 2018

What do we have here? The Putbacks (love it) out of Melbourne, Australia have just put out a dope record with an old house, breakbeat feel. This a funky fun one that should shake things up a bit. Here's some more background from the band's Bandcamp page:

The Putbacks - Melbourne’s dirtiest, darkest and heaviest funk rhythm section - bring you an album of crunchy post-soul post-jazz mystery-cinema instrumentals for your turntable and your sampler. Produced by Paul Bender (Hiatus Kaiyote) and featuring collaborations with luminaries such as Bilal and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, this record is a hard-hitting, abstract journey into an alternate reality where The Meters specialised in Sci-Fi soundtrack art and Dick Dale played guitar on Madlib records. Known for their instrumental 7inch funk cuts and their collaboration with Emma Donovan, this self-titled LP is the first full-length release to the band’s name and is well worth the wait. 

The Putbacks take their cues from the great house bands of the 60s and 70s soul studios - The MGs, The Meters and The Wrecking Crew, as well as film composers from David Axelrod and Lalo Schifrin to Adrian Younge and contemporary instrumental groups like BADBADNOTGOOD and Khruangbin.

Elijah Wolf

Premiere: Elijah Wolf “Far From Heaven” B-side From Debut Album

Nov 07, 2018

Elijah Wolf hails from The Catskills mountains in New York and his debut album refers to where he grew up there. On The Mtn Laurel Rd. came out back in September and it's a listen well worth your while. Under the Radar now has the premiere of b-side "Far From Heaven", produced by Simone Felice of the Felice Brothers. You can feel the Woodstock woodlands of his origins pervading through this uplifting song. 

"'Far From Heaven' was written while spending a week in the Catskill Mountains with producer & songwriter Simone Felice," recalls Wolf "It felt fitting as we were both born in those Mountains. We spent the first bit of these sessions in his own studio, listening to music, throwing ideas back & forth, playing around on guitar/drums, talking about life. Once we had the songs figured out we joined David Baron in his Sun Mountain Studio, deeper out in the Catskills, & began recording. All three of us played the instruments & found our way to this song, 'Far From Heaven;' a song about understanding the changes around you as you grow older. "

On The Mtn Laurel Rd. is a culmination of a year of familial upheaval for Wolf and its meaning translates throughout. Building from influences like Built to Spill and Modest Mouse, Wolf's tangible folk-tinged music authentically addresses the grappling we all must encounter at one point or another.





Watch: Mastersystem “Old Team” Video

Nov 05, 2018

For any fan of Scott Hutchison and Frightened Rabbit, the just shared "Old Team" video from Mastersystem, Hutchison's group with Justin and James Lockey and his brother Grant, could be painful to watch. But it's important. The really fantastic Mastersystem album Dance Music was released last spring and the final single "Old Team will be released November 30th. All proceeds will be going to the Scott Hutchison foundation.

The footage of the video was shot during the first, and last Mastersystem tour. Here's what the band had to say about it: 

“This footage was shot during the first and last Mastersystem tour. The great thing about it is it just shows a bunch of fellas, having the best time, ripping the piss out of each other, laughing and doing some shows. There’s something fucking brilliant about this…something free of the pressure that bands can turn into…That’s what Mastersystem was about, just a record, a band built from going back to how we all started, throwing riffs and cords around until it sounds something like a tune. No fuss. 

 This was Scott’s favourite tune on the record, and the spark that lit the paper that led to the whole Mastersystem album. It was always in our plans to be THE single off the record. 

 We’re very fucking proud of it, which is why we’re honouring our original plans to put it out. It will not be a thing to propel Mastersystem forward into new places, but serve as a monument to all involved and to all that listened….That we made a class record we all believe in.

 Cheers for listening. Justin, Grant, James and Nick.”



Watch: Hammock “Cliffside (Moving Photograph)” Video

Nov 02, 2018

Ambient/post-rock duo Hammock from Nashville, Tennessee is coming out with a new album Universalis, to be self-released December 7th and just shared the video for the second single "Cliffside (Moving Photograph)." Hammock makes some of the most gently moving, sweeping ambient rock today. Have a listen:


Listen: Thundercat “King of the Hill” Featuring Flying Lotus and Bad Bad Not Good

Oct 31, 2018

The LA label Brainfeeder, started by Flying Lotus, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month with a 36 track compilation, Brainfeeder X. Ahead of this greatly anticipated release, they've shared a new track. Bass virtuoso Thundercat gets together with BADBADNOTGOOD on “King of the Hill”, produced by Flying Lotus. It's everything you would expect in a joint effort of these great talents and revs you up for the forthcoming release. Check it:

Full compilation tracklisting:

Various Artists - “Brainfeeder X”

Vol. 1

01. Teebs - Why Like This?

02. Jeremiah Jae - $easons

03. Lapalux - Without You (feat. Kerry Leatham)

04. Iglooghost - Bug Thief

05. TOKiMONSTA - Fallen Arches

06. Miguel Baptista Benedict - Phemy

07. Matthewdavid - Group Tea (feat. Flying Lotus)

08. Martyn - Masks

09. Mr. Oizo - Ham

10. Daedelus - Order Of The Golden Dawn

11. Jameszoo - Flake

12. Taylor McFerrin - Place In My Heart (feat. RYAT)

13. MONO/POLY - Needs Deodorant

14. Thundercat - Them Changes

15. DJ Paypal - Slim Trak VIP

16. Thundercat - Friend Zone (Ross from Friends Remix)

17. Brandon Coleman - Walk Free (Flying Lotus Remix)

Vol. 2

01. Thundercat - King of the Hill (feat. BADBADNOTGOOD)

02. Lapalux - Opilio

03. Ross from Friends - Squaz

04. Georgia Anne Muldrow - Myrrh Song

05. Dorian Concept - Eigendynamik

06. Louis Cole - Thinking

07. Iglooghost - Yellow Gum

08. WOKE - The Lavishments of Light Looking (feat. George Clinton)

09. PBDY - Bring Me Down (feat. Salami Rose Joe Louis)

10. Jeremiah Jae - Black Salt

11. Flying Lotus - Ain't No Coming Back (feat. BUSDRIVER)

12. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson - Kazaru

13. Taylor Graves - Goku

14. Little Snake - Delusions

15. Strangeloop - Beautiful Undertow

16. MONO/POLY - Funkzilla (feat. Seven Davis Jr)

17. Teebs - Birthday Beat

18. Moiré - Lisbon

19. Locust Toybox - Otravine

Wye Oak

Watch: Wye Oak “The Instrument” Live Video

Oct 29, 2018

Wye Oak just shared a live video of "The Instrument" a song from their latest album The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs. It was shot very simply by Remedy Co in the North Carolina woods, the perfect setting for the live version of this beautiful song. Two other live videos will be shared this week. "The Instrument," “It Was Not Natural,” and the album’s title track all received reimagined treatments in these clips, which will be released throughout this week via the Merge Records YouTube channel.


Afterschool Rerun

Stream: Afterschool Rerun Self-Titled Album

Oct 27, 2018

Let's go with something previously unknown. Afterschool Rerun - love the name - is from Philadelphia and apart from that, there isn't much information out there. Whoever it is (I couldn't even find the name of the artist behind it) just released a self-titled album and it's pretty good. The Lou Reed-like "Eavesdropping" stands out and the rough, lo-fi recording of the rest is always welcome when done well. Check it out: 

Protomartyr & Preoccupations

Listen: Protomartyr Covers Preoccupations’ “Forbidden”

Oct 24, 2018

Preoccupations and Prtotomartyr, friends and future tourmates, have been up to something. The bands are releasing a split 7” Telemetry at Howe Bridge, out November 16 on Domino. This rad Protomartyr cover of Preoccupations' "Forbidden" is taken from it and Preoccupations covers "Pontiac '87" in turn. 

Here's some cool info about the connection between the bands from the announcement:

Protomartyr's singer Joe Casey had this to say of the band's cover: "There's an old adage that goes something like, 'if you're going to cover a song by a beloved Canadian band, it's best to pick the second shortest one.' So, 'Forbidden' it is. We all really liked the outro part and had the brilliant idea to extend it. And that, my friends, is how you make musical history."
For those who find this sonic pairing palatable to the ear, the two bands will join up for a co-headlining tour in late November, almost exactly one month from now and shortly after the release of the 7". Additionally, Protomartyr have just been announced as the "special guest" for the anticipated grand reopening of Detroit's UFO Factory, a much beloved venue that was damaged by developers one year ago.



Fri. Oct. 26 - Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory w/ Deadbeat Beat, Double Winter
Fri. Nov. 23 - Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace * ^
Sat. Nov. 24 - Ottawa, ON @ 27 Club * ^
Mon. Nov. 26 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall * ^
Wed. Nov. 28 - Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw * ^
Thu. Nov. 29 - Washington, DC @ Union Stage * ^
Fri. Nov. 30 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry * ^
Sat. Dec. 01 - Columbus, OH @ The Basement * ^
Mon. Dec. 03 - Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place * ^
Tue. Dec. 04 - Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig * ^
Thu. Dec. 06 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall * ^
Fri. Dec. 07 - Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room * ^
Sat. Dec. 08 - Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar * ^
Mon. Dec. 10 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird * 
Wed. Dec. 12 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall *&
Thu. Dec. 13 - Boise, ID @ Olympic *&
Fri. Dec. 14 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios *&
Sat. Dec. 15 - Vancouver, BC @ Venue *&
Sun. Dec. 16 - Seattle, WA @ Crocodile *&
Tue. Dec. 18 - San Francisco, CA @ Independent *&
Wed. Dec. 19 - Los Angeles, CA @ Regent *&

* = w/ Preoccupations
^ = w/ Rattle

& = w/ Hurry Up