Nir Felder “Lover” Video Revealed w/ NPR’s WNYC

“Lover” Live Video Revealed w/ NPR’s WNYC

Performing LIVE In NYC!

3/10: New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge, 10pm

Debut Album Golden Age Out Now via OKeh

“virtuoso young jazz guitarist with a deep, developed tone and a silvery technical command.”
– The New York Times

” …off-center chords and steady beat of opener “Lights” could make you think of Sonic Youth in a quieter moment.”
– The Boston Globe 

“…tangled corners that recall the jazzier tributaries of ‘90s post-rock.” 
– The Los Angeles Times

“…the next big jazz guitarist.” 
– NPR
Guitarist Nir Felder’s debut album Golden Age was released January 21st via OKeh.Golden Age puts Nir’s skills as a composer and songwriter at the forefront of his creative design, supported by virtuosic technique. To experience Nir Felder’s live performance is at once both technically fascinating and charming. With rave reviews across the board for the record, today we share a live video of album track “Lover” which premiered withNPR’s WNYC. Watch the “Lover” live video HERE, and we encourage you to post & share!

Though not a concept album, the title Golden Age provides a unifying sentiment- one of ambiguity & duality. As Nir explains, “it’s more of a question than a statement. We’ve seen a lot of change in recent years- in the music industry, in music technology, in our world, our country, and our city, New York.” The album deals with “nostalgia for the 1980s and early ‘90s, when times were rough and unsafe but art and culture were flourishing. Was that a ‘golden age’? Is this one? Has there really ever been one?The question is always, according to whom? So, there is a lack of clarity about whether things are going great or they’re really bad, and the music reflects that.”

Nir recruited pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Matt Penman & drummer Nate Smith to help bring his unique musical vision to life. To augment the band’s instrumental take on those questions, he studied dozens of legendary speeches by politicians, civil rights leaders & cultural heroes, and mixed spoken-word samples from Barbara JordanJesse Jackson,Hilary ClintonMalcolm XRichard Nixon & others into the new tracks. The results aresweeping, cinematic impressions of history brought into the present moment.

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Bleeding Rainbow Announces Tour With Cave Singers

Philadelphia based rock quartet Bleeding Rainbow just released their third LP “Yeah Right” on Kanine Records. Bleeding Rainbow says their sounds was directly influenced by bands from their teenage-hood such as Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, and Yo La Tengo to name a few. Mixing hints of Greg Sage’s anthemic, anxiety-ridden punk riffs, with equal parts drone and noise swells reminiscent of Kevin Shields at his most inventive, with an overlaying of boy-girl harmonies, Bleeding Rainbow channels the Mamas and the Papas as if backed by early Smashing Pumpkins.

Previously Bleeding Rainbow has released a 7 inch singles series including “Pink Ruff”, “Drift Away” and “Waking Dream” – also available digitally with exclusive b sides. Fans of the band now include Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl.

Tour Dates

03/31/13 Chicago IL – Empty Bottle *
04/01/13 St Louis MO – Old Rock House *
04/02/13 Louisville KY – Zanzabar *
04/03/13 Columbus OH – The Basement *
04/04/13 Philadelphia PA – Johnny Brendas *
04/06/13 Brooklyn NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg *
04/07/13 Boston MA – Brighton Music Hall *
04/09/13 Washington DC – Rock & Roll Hotel *
04/10/13 Chapel Hill NC – Local 506 *
04/11/13 Asheville NC – Emerald Lounge *
04/12/13 Atlanta GA – The EARL *
04/13/13 St. Augustine FL – Cafe Eleven *
04/14/13 Tampa FL- Crowbar *
04/15/13 Orlando FL – Will’s Pub *
04/17/13 Baton Rouge LA – Spanish Moon *
04/18/13 Dallas TX – Club Dada *
04/19/13 Houston TX – Fitzgeralds *
04/20/13 Austin TX – Red 7 *
04/22/13 Phoenix AZ – Rhythm Room *
04/23/13 Tucson AZ – Solar Culture *
04/24/13 San Diego CA – Casbah *
04/26/13 Los Angeles CA – Bootleg Theatre *
04/27/13 Santa Cruz CA – Crepe Place *
04/28/13 San Francisco CA – Great American Music Hall *
04/29/13 Eugene OR – Cozmic Pizza *
05/02/13 Vancouver BC – Commodore Ballroom *
05/03/13 Portland OR – Wonder Ballroom *
05/04/13 Seattle WA – The Showbox *

* – w/ Cave Singers

Carmen Villain Shares “Lifeissin” (Prins Thomas Remix) Off Debut Album, Sleeper

Carmen Villain (aka Carmen Hillestad) was born in the USA, lives in London, and is half-Norwegian, half-Mexican – a cocktail of ice and fire that can be heard throughout Sleeper’s tempestuous, dreamlike music. Throughout this debut album, lyrics are plastered over loose, abrasive instrumental tracks, on which Carmen plays guitars, bass, drum machines, keyboards and percussion. Sleeper’s distinctive production was halved between herself and Emil Nikolaisen (Serena-Maneesh), who also played drums and keyboards; and she also collaborated and co-produced one track with Prins Thomas, who sequenced the album. Most of the songs are about escaping an unsatisfying world, with references to sleeping, displacement, anxiety, feeling trapped, but longing for something more. Carmen draws on a lineage of sprawling, taboo-busting lo-fi rock: Sun City Girls, Sonic Youth, Royal Trux, Broadcast, Bikini Kill and The Stooges, and equally admires This Heat and the cut ‘n’ paste productions of J Dilla and Wu-Tang Clan.

We’ve already shared first single, “Lifeissin,” produced by Emil Nikolaisen. Now, we offer up the remix by Norwegian disco mastermind, Prins Thomas, premiered via The FADER. Prins Thomas takes Carmen Villain’s seductive psychedelics and turns them into an epic disco stomper. Both will be released together as a 12″ next month, and digitally on Feb. 5. Sleeper follows on March 12th.

“Prins Thomas, a leader in the field, puts his magic touch to new, weird rocker Carmen Villain . . . The ‘Lifeissin’ remix is fairly spaced out, taking a break a few minutes in for something resembling psychedelic rock, but its strongest when it rides into the clouds. The original is melancholy and beautiful . . .” – The FADER

“The former Vogue cover star, who used to go by the name of Carmen Hillestad, has switched paths from beautiful face to beautiful voice with her debut LP, Sleeper. The first single is a shakily emotional track countered by buzzing guitar squalls and stadium-sized drums. . . The track paints its own picture, and Carmen Villain reinvents herself – no camera crew required.” – Refinery 29

“[‘Lifeissin’] beckons like an intimate conversation half-heard through a wall . . . The longer you listen, the less sense it makes. And then, at the end, the song begins to erase itself, with a cold jet of synth eating away everything in sight.” – Pitchfork

“Carmen Villain has one of those voices that somehow gains strength from fragility. On ‘Lifeissin,’ she uses a simple, windy guitar vamp and reactionary drums to create a swirling piece of psychedelic pop that feels futuristic enough but could also sit nicely on the shelf with ’90s Matador mainstays like Cat Power.” – RCRD LBL

Carmen Villain Sleeper and “Lifeissin” 12″ pre-order: http://bit.ly/U3IVWt

SF Weekly Premieres Maus Haus Track “Hey Jean”

Listen to “Hey Jean” Via SF Weekly

San Francisco’s Maus Haus have just released their new EP ‘Light Noise’. Released on new imprint Lavish Habits, the EP perfectly captures the band’s electrifying live energy.

Maus Haus’ sound is a concoction of Kraftwerk, the Beach Boys, and Sonic Youth steeped in a solution of glitchy noise, dirty drums, and buzzy synthesizers. Through this heady mix, the band is still eminently approachable, with catchy vocals, and moving rhythms. The resulting sound is patently unique, yet strangely familiar.

Since the release of 2009’s sprawling Lark Marvels, the band has progressed from a stage-filling 7-person ensemble to a powerful 4-piece with each member attending to multiple instruments, recalling the frenetic live performances of Battles.

Maus Haus has supported Crystal Castles, Dengue Fever, Autolux, Black Moth Super Rainbow, !!!, Javelin, School of Seven Bells, on both coasts and between. The band was awarded “Best New Synth Rockers” from SF Weekly, and “Band of the Year” from the Deli Magazine. In 2010, the band shared San Francisco’s Treasure Island Music Festival main stage with artists such as LCD Soundsystem, Die Antwoord, and Holy Fuck.

Parquet Courts Share “Borrowed Time” And Announce Winter Tour/Pittsburgh 1/8/13

LISTEN TO “BORROWED TIME”

“This record is for the over-socialized victims of the 1990’s ‘you can be anything you want’, Nickelodeon-induced lethargy that ran away from home not out of any wide-eyed big city daydream, but just out of a subconscious return to America’s scandalous origin,” writes Parquet Courts’ songwriter A. Savage in Light Up Gold’s scratched-out liner notes.

The band’s first proper LP is a dynamic and diverse foray into the back alleys of the American DIY underground. Bright guitars swirl serpentine over looping, groovy post-punk bass lines and drums that border on robotic precision. Primary wordsmiths Savage and Austin Brown combine for a dynamic lyrical experience, one part an erudite overflow of ideas, the other an exercise in laid-back observation. Recorded over a few days in an ice-box practice space, Light Up Gold is equally indebted to Krautrock, The Fall, and a slew of contemporaries like Tyvek and Eddy Current Suppression Ring.

Though made up of Texan transplants, Parquet Courts are a New York band. Throw out the countless shallow Brooklyn bands of the blasé 2000’s: Light Up Gold is a conscious effort to draw from the rich culture of the city – the bands like Sonic Youth, Bob Dylan, and the Velvet Underground that are not from New York, but of it. A panoramic landscape of dilapidated corner-stores and crowded apartments is superimposed over bare-bones Americana, leaving little room for romance or sentiment. It’s punk, it’s American, it’s New York… it’s the color of something you were looking for. Light Up Gold is out now on Dull Tools.

“‘Borrowed Time’ is a huge highlight led by a propulsive earworm guitar hook and quick-paced, no frills percussion loaded with momentum.” – Pitchfork

PARQUET COURTS TOUR DATES:
Thurs., Oct. 25 – Stony Brook, NY @ Stony Brook College
Sat., Oct. 27 – Storrs-Mansfield, CT @ UCONN w/ Lightning Bolt, Lemonade
Wed., Dec. 26th – Detroit, MI @ Jumbo’s w/ Protomartyr
Thurs., Dec. 27 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
Fri., Dec. 28 – Omaha, NE @ The Middle House
Sat., Dec. 29 – Kansas City, MO @ TBD
Sun., Dec. 30 Oklahoma City, OK @ Bad Granny’s
Mon., Dec. 31 – Denton, TX @ RGRS w/ Wiccans
Wed., Jan. 2 – Austin, TX @ Beerland
Thurs., Jan. 3 – Beaumont, TX @ Victoria House
Fri., Jan. 4 – Memphis, TN/Oxford, MS @ TBD
Sat., Jan. 5 – Nashville, TN @ TBD
Sun., Jan. 6 – Murray, KY @ Terrapin Station
Mon., Jan. 7 – Columbus, OH @ Café Bourbon St.
Tues., Jan. 8 – Pittsburgh, PA @ TBD
Wed., Jan. 9 – Washington, DC @ TBD
Thurs., Jan. 10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie w/ Priests

Freshkills Announce Fall Tour

Tour Dates

09.19 – Glasslands Gallery – Brooklyn, New York
09.28 – Union Pool – Brooklyn, New York
10.05 – Beachland Ball Room – Cleveland, OH
10.06 – Double Happiness – Columbus, Ohio
10.07 – Venue TBD – Detroit, MI
10.08 – The Burlington – Chicago, IL
10.09 – Glasslands Gallery – Brooklyn, New York
10.10 – Mojo Main – Newark, DE*
10.11 – The Fire – Philadelphia, PA*
10.12 – Asbury Lanes – Asbury Park, NJ*
10.13 – Rocks Off Cruise – New York, NY*
10.14 – PA’s Lounge – Somerville, MA*

*w/ Riverboat Gamblers & Cobra Skulls

For their latest offering, Raise Up The Sheets, Freshkills tapped ‘elegant degenerate’ Jim Sclavunos, the No Wave icon who performed with Sonic Youth, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, and the Cramps before hopping behind the Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ drum kit. Sclavunos: “Freshkills inhabit a dark but thrilling underworld in which relentless machine-like rhythmic intensity hammers ear-anvils at the bidding of wryly louche after-hours philosophy. They’re the visceral embodiment of power and poetry.”

Raise Up The Sheets attacks on every front like a pandemic. The songs are prettier, darker, more concise and more expansive. Lipez is wounded and acerbic, the rhythm section both tight and monstrous with military precision and vulgar swing, the twin guitars frantic, chaotic and dangerous as a sharpened screwdriver. The whole band sounds like they’ve been cornered and will have to fight their way out. It’s anyone’s guess who will win, but either way, it’ll be worth watching.

Freshkills has toured the US and UK, sharing the stage with acts like Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sleigh Bells, TV On The Radio, …Trail of Dead and Mission of Burma.

Maus Haus Sign To Lavish Habits

DOWNLOAD “NO MORE GIRLS” HERE!

San Francisco’s Maus Haus is a concoction of Kraftwerk, the Beach Boys, and Sonic Youth steeped in a solution of glitchy noise, dirty drums, and buzzy synthesizers. Through this heady mix, the band is still eminently approachable, with catchy vocals, and moving rhythms. The resulting sound is patently unique, yet strangely familiar.

Since the release of 2009’s sprawling Lark Marvels, the band has progressed from a stage-filling 7-person ensemble to a powerful 4-piece with each member attending to multiple instruments, recalling the frenetic live performances of Battles. The upcoming seven-track Light Noise EP is slated for digital release October 2, and physical release October 23 by new imprint Lavish Habits.

Maus Haus has supported Crystal Castles, Dengue Fever, Autolux, Black Moth Super Rainbow, !!!, Javelin, School of Seven Bells, on both coasts and between. The band was awarded “Best New Synth Rockers” from SF Weekly, and “Band of the Year” from the Deli Magazine. In 2010, the band shared San Francisco’s Treasure Island Music Festival main stage with artists such as LCD Soundsystem, Die Antwoord, and Holy Fuck.

Cymbals Eat Guitars Premieres “Hawk Highway” on Pitchfork

Masters From Their Day is an on-going series of short documentaries focusing on artists making records. Each episode chronicles the efforts of a band and a record-producer as they attempt to record a new single in one day. The viewer experiences the real-time creative contemplations that go into the records being made by today’s luminaries. Legendary alt-rock producer John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dino Jr, Kurt Vile) who had just produced the most recent Cymbals Eat Guitars album, ‘Lenses Alien’, collaborated with the band again for this project.

Available at iTunes now and all other digital retailers shortly.

Click Here To Listen To “Hawk Highway” On Pitchfork

Tour Dates With Bob Mould

9/7 – Willamsburg Waterfront – Brooklyn, NY
9/10 – The Paradise – Boston, MA
9/11 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA

Press
“Old-school indie purists could use a modern hero, and while it may be unfair to peg Cymbals Eat Guitars as ’90s revivalists, their second album will speak to fans of Built to Spill’s squall, Superchunk’s chug, and Modest Mouse’s string-bending strangeness.” – SPIN

“(D’Agostino’s)… designs are musically shifty, producing songs that slacken and snap back, or swerve around unexpected corners.” – New York Times

“… Cymbals has its own calibration of the beautiful and the grinding, one that leaves room for plenty of tunefulness amid the yowls. Over the past two years, the mix has vaulted the group to a rank among the city’s most celebrated young bands.”
– New York Daily News

“Joseph D’Agostino takes an enormous leap of faith by doubling down on his brick-thick verbiage during a lyrics-first record that puts more confidence in the listener’s attention span than pretty much anything else I’ve heard this year.” – Pitchfork

“Despite the fact that they’re really young, Staten Island indie rockers Cymbals Eat Guitars are already the masters of grandiose, guitar-driven rock. On their new LP, Lenses Alien, they push it a little further into a bigger, bolder direction.” – Stereogum