The Naked and Famous
New Zealand quintet The Naked and Famous are pleased to announce the release of their sophomore album, In Rolling Waves, via Republic on September 17th, 2013. Pre-order the album here. Returning to the airwaves, lead single ‘Hearts Like Ours,’ featured as Zane Lowe’s “Hottest Record in the World Today” on BBC Radio 1, is now available to stream via Soundcloud.
In Rolling Waves follows the band’s widely lauded debut Passive Me, Aggressive You. With global sales of over 500,000, the album spawned a US Gold single, ‘Young Blood,’ and took the band’s YouTube and Vevo views beyond 25 million. Praised by the NME, it was “A classic case of lovely and beautiful: TNAF’s passive melodicism and aggressive innovation clash in a dazzling blaze of psych/sonic fireworks” and Rolling Stone magazine described ‘Young Blood’ as one of the year’s “best singles.”
Fronted by Alisa Xayalith (vocals/keyboards) and Thom Powers (guitar/vocals), The Naked and Famous lit a fire under an online fan base, with a video subculture built through YouTube and into radio. M83 invited TNAF to remix a single and a Tiesto remix transformed ‘Young Blood’ into a club smash. Agencies fell into The Naked and Famous slipstream, and theirs became the go-to soundtrack for gaming, Hollywood and TV shows mining a zeitgeist of young and interesting. Twelve months previously, the band, including David Beadle (bass guitar), Jesse Wood (drums) and Aaron Short (keyboards), had been writing and recording songs in bedrooms on Auckland’s North Shore.
By June 2012, The Naked and Famous had played to more than 600,000 people in 24 countries, but the band chose to hit pause and embark on a second album. After two years of near-constant touring, the New Zealand five-piece set up home in Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles to begin work on the twelve track album. The resulting album, In Rolling Waves, produced by Powers and Short, along with Justin Meldal-Johnsen (M83, Beck and NIN) with co-production on two tracks, delivers darkly nuanced, intricately rocking electro gems once again born in bedroom studio sessions, then demoed in studios in Wales and Australia ahead of recording at Sunset Sound in Hollywood.
In 2013, The Naked And Famous are matured and determined to deliver new music to their fans as soon as possible. The band will commence a North American tour in late September before heading to Europe and arriving in the UK late November. Dates below.
In Rolling Waves Track listing:
1. A Stillness
2. Hearts Like Ours
4. Rolling Waves
5. The Mess
6. Grow Old
7. Golden Girl
8.I Kill Giants
9. What We Want
10. We Are Leaving
11. To Move With Purpose
12. A Small Reunion
The Naked and Famous North American Tour:
Sep 25 – San Diego CA, House of Blues
Sep 27 – Los Angeles CA, Wiltern
Sep 29 – Tucson AZ, Rialto Theater
Oct 1 – Dallas TX, House of Blues
Oct 2 – Austin TX, Stubbs
Oct 3 – Houston TX, House of Blues
Oct 5 – Atlanta GA, The Tabernacle
Oct 6 – Washington DC, 9:30 Club
Oct 8 – Philadelphia PA, Electric Factory
Oct 10 – New York NY, Terminal 5
Oct 12 – Boston MA, House of Blues
Oct 14 – Toronto ON, Sound Academy
Oct 16 – Chicago IL, Riviera Theater
Oct 18 – Denver CO, Fillmore Auditorium
Oct 20 – Vancouver BC, Orpheum Theatre
Oct 21 – Seattle WA, Showbox Sodo
Oct 22 – Portland OR, Roseland Theater
Oct 24 – Las Vegas NV, The Cosmopolitan
Oct 25 – Oakland CA, Fox Theater
Oct 26 – Pomona CA, Fox Theater
Check it out
The Civil Wars
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah are releasing Little Moments, a new EP featuring four tracks recorded in frontman and primary songwriter Alec Ounsworth’s home studio. The EP is currently available for stream, download and pre-order of a limited edition run of 500 signed and numbered 10-inch vinyl copies. Purchase Little Moments HERE.
The band recently finished tracking a new full-length album, which will be mixed by Dave Fridmann in September for a January 2014 release. It is available for pre-order HERE. Additionally, the band is heading out on a fall tour, full tour dates are below.
8/1/2013 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
9/24/2013 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
9/26/2013 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland w/ Stars
9/27/2013 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
9/28/2013 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s
9/29/2013 – Montreal, ON – Cabaret Mile-End
10/1/2013 – Boston, MA – Middle East
10/2/2013 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
10/5/2013 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Portland, Oregon-based pianist/singer-songwriter Sara Jackson-Holman’s “Freight Train,” the third single from her sophomore full-length, Cardiology (Expunged Records), and “For Albert,” the album’s first single, both saw placements in July. “For Albert” was featured on the July 11th release of Orange Is the New Black, a Neflix original. “Freight Train” was placed in ABC Family’s The Fosters on July 15th and last night on ABC Family’s Pretty LIttle Liars.
Sara Jackson-Holman has also had previous placements on Grey’s Anatomy, Strange Brew, Castle, MTV’s Chelsea Settles, CW’s Ringer, and Switched at Birth.
Where the songs on Jackson-Holman’s debut, When You Dream (Expunged Records) were intended to be universal and interpreted by the listener, her latest release Cardiology expresses a very personal journey, specific to the study of her own heart this past year. “This album centers around themes of love and loss and my experiences with each over the course of this last year. Some songs, like “Do I Make It Look Easy” and “For Albert” are about moving on from situations – realizing and accepting that you can’t change people, which is challenging, but at the same time empowering, because that understanding ultimately provides you with a sense of peace. I also wrote songs to sort through what it means to lose someone you love, and what you do with that feeling of loss.”
You can view her debut single, “Come By Fire,” and the accompanying music video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4T-hQmnk-I
Co-produced by Jackson-Holman, Keith Schreiner (Auditory Sculpture, Dahlia), one of Portland’s best known composers and performers who programmed synths and beats, and Skyler Norwood (producer of Blind Pilot, Horse Feathers, and Jackson-Holman’s When You Dream) at Miracle Lake Studios, where tracking of organic elements and mixing took place, Jackson-Holman delivers a stunning follow-up with Cardiology. Featuring contributions by Skyler Norwood (Point Juncture, WA) on drums and bass, Jack Norwood on bass, Jessie Dettwiler (Alameda) on cello, and Basho Parks (Jenn Rawling & Basho Parks) on violin, Jackson-Holman’s songs are fleshed out by a cast of strong supporters.
For her sophomore album, Jackson-Holman took a much different approach to her songwriting and production process.
“Recording my first album was about learning the process; it was extremely informative. I had never been in a studio, so to see the inner-workings of production firsthand changed my entire perspective. For Cardiology, I actually produced full, 30-track demo versions at home for several of the songs on Garageband before bringing the tracks to the studio for final beats, synth sounds, and additional production. I wrote the songs in varied ways – some originated from sitting at the piano, others from humming a melody, and still more from writing a beat first then crafting the rest of the song around it. From my first day in the studio to my last, the recording process spanned seven months.”
Best known as frontman for Southern psych-rockers Dead Confederate as well as a member of the collaborative supergroup Diamond Rugs (with members of Deer Tick, Black Lips, Los Lobos), T. Hardy Morris’ debut solo album Audition Tapes is set for release on July 30th on Dangerbird.
Over the last few months, T. Hardy Morris traveled to historic sites in Georgia threatened by demolition and neglect to film live performance videos of each song on the album. The locations are all considered “Places In Peril” by The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. 10% of all proceeds from the Audition Tapes preorder will be donated to The Georgia Trust. Hardy will be playing some dates with Deer Tick, Jason Isbell, and Drive-By Truckers this summer… dates are below.
w/ Roadkill Ghost Choir
July 24 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
w/ Drive-By Truckers
August 1 – Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
w/ Roadkill Ghost Choir
August 15 – Macon, GA @ The Hummingbird Stage & Taproom
Brandywine Folk Festival w/ Good Old War, and more
August 23-25 – Kennett Square, PA @ Brandywine Folk Festival
w/ Jason Isbell
September 4 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre
September 5 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room
September 6 – Jackson, WY @ Town Square Tavern
September 7 – Big Sky, MT @ Music In The Mountains
September 8 – Missoula, MT @ Top Hat Lounge
w/ Deer Tick
September 14 – Pawtucket, RI @ The Met
September 15 – Springfield, MA @ John Boyle O’Reilly Club
The painful process of grief and the grace of organ donation punctuate the latest music video “Organs” by duo The Uncluded (Aesop Rock & Kimya Dawson). Produced at Bent Image Lab and directed by Rob Shaw, the video weaves together a dark tale of loss and love as performed by whimsical stop motion insects. Set as a children’s stage play, a grasshopper and a cicada (anthropomorphic versions of Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson respectively) sway, strum, and sing about “the importance of giving away your pieces” as the tale of a grieving mother beetle and other ill-fated bugs unfolds around them. Check out the video below and feel free to share it with your readers.
Watch “Organs” on Youtube:
The Uncluded are rapper Aesop Rock and singer-songwriter Kimya Dawson, and Hokey Fright is the duo’s first collaboration album; all 16 tracks were written, performed, and recorded entirely by Aesop and Kimya, except for one guest drum appearance by James McNew of Yo La Tengo on “Delicate Cycle.” Purchase the album via the links below:
Fifth Element: http://bit.ly/hokeyfrightFE
Google Play: http://bit.ly/hokeyfrightgp
The duo are currently on the third leg of their North American tour to support the release of Hokey Fright; see the complete itinerary below.
THE UNCLUDED ON TOUR
7/25 Los Angeles, CA @ First Unitarian Church
7/26 San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
7/29 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
7/30 Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
7/31 Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club
8/02 Missoula, MT @ The Palace
8/03 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
(Columbia Records; New York, NY – July 25, 2013) – On October 15, Columbia Records will release Static, the highly anticipated follow-up to Cults’ critically adorned 2010 self-titled, debut release. Written and recorded over the course of 2012 in the band’s home base of New York City, Static is produced by Cults with support from Shane Stoneback (Sleigh Bells, Vampire Weekend) and Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Washed Out). Today the band shares a self-directed album teaser which features tracks “We’ve Got It” and “So Far” from Static:
Cults’ is the genesis of Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion, who mysteriously appeared in the spring of 2010 with their viral single “Go Outside.” Acclaimed for what the New York Times describes as an “entrancing and intuitive strain of indie rock indebted to clean-cut ‘50’s rock with flashes of ’60’s haze,” Cults were additionally praised by NPR, Pitchfork, Los Angeles Times, and Spin for their outstanding debut album that includes their other notable tracks “Abducted,” “You Know What I Mean,” and their Adult Swim single “Oh My God.”
Earlier this year Cults opened for Passion Pit on a handful of east coast dates leading into their performance at Bonnaroo. Previously the band joined Foster The People for a massive 2011 North American tour. In the beginning 2012 Cults played an extensive headlining tour before they retreated to NYC to record Static. The Washington Post noted that “less than two years later the mystique has disappeared, but a standout pop band has emerged.”