Premiere: Courtney Barnett – “An Illustration of Loneliness (Sleepless in NY)” Moshcam Video
Jul 03, 2015
Back on May 15 Courtney Barnett played a hometown show at the Forum Theatre in Melbourne, Australia. The good folks over at Moshcam filmed the whole show. Today we're premiering video of one song from the show, "An Illustration of Loneliness (Sleepless in NY)." The whole show goes live on Monday, July 6, at Moshcam.com.
"An Illustration of Loneliness (Sleepless in NY)" can be found on Barnett's debut full-length album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, which is out now via Milk! and Mom + Pop. Barnett has some upcoming tour dates, including a few U.S. ones, and you can check out her full schedule over at her website. Moshcam have filmed more than 1,000 shows over the last few years at venues around the world. Some of the artists they've filmed include PJ Harvey, Hot Chip, Best Coast, Jarvis Cocker, Anna Calvi, Fuck Buttons, Dan Deacon, and many others. Check out their extensive archive of concerts over at Moshcam.com.
Premiere: The Dumplings Mixtape (Open’er Festival Edition)
Jul 03, 2015
Open’er Festival kicks off tomorrow in Gdynia, Poland. The four-day event includes sets from Under the Radar favorites St. Vincent, alt-j, and Father John Misty. There’s also an impressive slate of Polish artists taking the stage. We’re using our mixtape series to introduce you to a few of our favorite native acts. The next mix comes from electro pop duo The Dumplings (who you might remember from the mix they made for us last year).
Listen to the tape below. If you’re joining us in Poland, head over to Open’er’s official website for the full lowdown on lineup and tickets. You can also revisit the previous tapes in our series from Oxford Drama and Patrick the Pan.
U.S. Girls is the project of Toronto-based artist Meg Remy. Earlier this week it was announced that her debut for 4AD, Half Free, will be released on September 25. Below is the video for single "Woman's Work." It was directed by Remy herself and stars her mother-in-law and sister-in-law. U.S. Girls have some tour dates in the works, including some opening for Peaches. Visit yousgirls.blogspot.co.uk and 4AD for more info on U.S. Girls.
The Death of Pop
Premiere: “Headaches” MP3 Stream
Jun 30, 2015
Lots of bands in the last decade or so have tried to recapture the glorious sounds of the early '90s shoegazing movement, but few have been so convincing in the last couple of years at both channeling the shoegazing vibe and making it their own as London four-piece The Death of Pop. Last year we did a Pleased to Meet You feature on the band and now we're happy to premiere their new song "Headaches." Contrary to its title, the gorgeous track has a swirling mix to get lost in, rather than pop Aspirins to.
The song is taken from the band's new EP, Bubble Bath, due out July 10 via Label Fandango. It's the follow-up to last year's Fifths EP, released on Art Is Hard.
The Death of Pop's guitarist/vocalist/keyboardist Angus James told us about the origins of the song. "'Headaches' started out as a very slow sleepy instrumental demo recorded in the early hours of the morning and we gradually built the song up from that," he explained. "When we recorded the song for this EP we weren't happy with it until we added the Mellotron parts and then it had this late '60s psych sound to it that we really liked. It's a slight departure from our normal sound but we hope people enjoy it. It follows on from our song 'Circles' from our last EP."
Previously the band had shared Bubble Bath track "Rayban Party." The Death of Pop are scheduled to play FIB Benicàssim festival in Spain on July 18. Back in April they also released a very limited edition CD compilation (only 100 copies) called Runts on the Spanish label Discos De Kirlian. In October they will be releasing a 7-inch single on Too Pure and they have an album in the works for 2016.
Premiere: Patrick the Pan Mixtape (Open’er Festival Edition)
Jun 30, 2015
Only a few short days until Open’er Festival kicks off in Gdynia, Poland. The four day event includes sets from Under the Radar favorites St. Vincent, alt-j, and Father John Misty. But we’re using our mixtape series to introduce you to a few of the Polish artists playing that you might not already be familiar with.
The next mix comes from Patrick the Pan, who included cuts from the likes of Lana Del Rey, My Brightest Diamond, and Everything Everything. Listen to the tape below. If you’re joining us in Poland, head over to Open’er’s official website for the full lowdown on lineup and tickets. You can also revisit the previous tape in our series from Oxford Drama.
1. Chet Baker: You're Mine, You - Muddy jazz guitars has always been my my little fetish. I also love this old school mix style, with vocal on left side and guitar on right side. Oh, Chet... You're Mine, You (genius).
2. Kamasi Washington: Miss Understanding - Speaking of jazz. On latest Kendrick Lamar album “For Free – Interlude” was one of my favorite songs due to the excellent jazz in the back. This guy took a serious part in those recordings, so when he released a debut album it quickly became my looped everyday music. I also love how Kamasi doesn’t give a f**k about the fact that EPs and singles seems to dethrone long albums, and he released an almost 3 hours long album, which simply couldn't have a better title: The Epic.
3. Lana Del Ray: West Coast - This is pure sex and heat and I love it.
4. Lower Dens: I Get Nervous - This song is my little reminder, that sometimes easy moves are the best moves...
5. Sufjan Stevens: You Are the Blood - ...while this one is my little reminder that sometimes You need to think a bit harder in music...
6. Hiatus Kayote: Shaolin Monk Motherfunk - ...like Hiatus Kayote, who do so a lot a still I don't have a feeling it's overcomplicated.
7. Coldplay: Careful Where You Stand - And this one is my little reminder to always remember where did I come from.
8. Everything Everything: Two For Nero - I always put harpsichord in one row with bagpipe, children choirs and other banjos as sounds that just can't make a good music. This piece showed that I was right...on the beginning. But later, on 2:10, when the bass and drums show up, I start to drift and melt, completely forgetting how hypocrite I'm becoming in this moment.
9. My Brightest Diamond: To Pluto's Moon - Sarah Worden a.k.a. My Brightest Diamond is one of my TOP 5 most important artists EVER. Her first two albums had an enormous influence on me and on my way of thinking in music. If there is a playlist to be made My Brightest Diamond has to be mentioned there.
10. Patrick the Pan: The Ballad of an Elephant (Sambor Remix) - And here's a little surprise. This is one of my songs remixed by a very creative polish artist - Sambor. This is the first time ever someone remixed me and this whole playlist is a first time ever this song is showed to the world, so... enjoy it!
Premiere: Oxford Drama Mixtape (Open’er Festival Edition)
Jun 29, 2015
Festival season is in full swing here in Europe. The next on our list is Open’er in Gdynia, Poland, a four day festival that includes sets from Under the Radar Favorites St. Vincent, alt-j, and Father John Misty. (We went last year and had a lot of fun.)
Ahead of the event, we asked a few bands performing that you might not be quite so familiar with, to make us mixtapes. The first one in the series comes from Oxford Drama. The Polish electro pop proved their fine taste by including cuts from Yumi Zouma, Braids, and Jamie xx among others.
“We wanted to share with you the mood that accompanies us while we work on our debut LP,” says the band of their mix. “Some time ago, we created a world of our own that is being filled with sketches of new songs, our favorite music and the idea of how we want to preserve on our album this summer calmness and happiness we feel. Although you still have to wait for something new from us (don't worry, it is coming really soon!), we can pass on this mixtape which is a sample of this world. Creating this for you guys was another step for us in realizing that we're doing what we love, but also that some day, in more or less distant future, we will be spinning records on a dancefloor as legitimate DJs, so thanks for the opportunity.”
Listen to the mix below. If you’re joining us in Poland, head over to Open’er’s official website for the full lowdown on lineup and tickets.
Kisses’ new single delivers exactly what it promises—a groove. Just try and now get down to the classy dance track’s infectious bassline. Listen below. The duo’s third album streets this October on Hit City U.S.A.
“Everybody Here Wants You” (Jeff Buckley Cover) MP3 Stream
Jun 23, 2015
Brooklyn-based band HAERTS have covered Jeff Buckley's "Everybody Here Wants You." The original appeared on the late Buckely's posthumously released collection Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk, which collected material recorded in 1996 and 1997 and was released in 1998. HAERTS' version turns it into a smooth '80s pop ballad. It's been released as a single and is available to download on iTunes. HAERTS' self-titled debut album came out last year. Check out their cover below, followed by Buckley's original. And read our 2013 interview with HAERTS.