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American Anymen – Start My Center

American Anymen releases ‘Start My Center’ LP and ‘Selectively Stupid’ Video.

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American Anymen is an Antifolk band, created by Brett Sullivan in 1999 in NYC’s Lower East Side. With an unconventional approach to guitar, their sound is an eclectic mix of folk punk with indie rock and old school hip-hop.

With singer/songwriter and guitarist Brett Sullivan as its core, American Anymen’s current lineup also includes Tracy Brooks (Herman Dune, Team B/ Bright Moments) on drums, and Harlem-based 20-year-old Nova Luz (The Amputees) on bass. All members share vocal duties. Past members include James Levy, Aaron Wilkinson, and LISE.

Unique to American Anymen is the band’s strong politics and ethical importance placed on the creative process over lavish equipment. “How you create is as important as what you create,” says Brett Sullivan.

Having shared the stage with the likes of Paleface, The Moldy Peaches, and Jeffrey Lewis, some highlights of American Anymen’s shows include (le) Poisson Rouge, Palisades, Hammerstein Ballroom, and Helsinki’s National Theatre.

American Anymen is trying to destroy the idea that you have to be a professional to make art and give all people access to representing culture through art. Art and culture shape the way we view things and if the ruling class requires you to spend 60 thousand a year on a liberal/art education, and this education is required for you to produce art, then the ruling class have a lock on how we view things though art,” explains Brett Sullivan. With reference to cliché ideas and political misrepresentation of people’s best interests, their lyrics hit the spot as they sing “Your smart, but acting selectively stupid“.

The debut performance in support of the ‘Start My Center‘ album took place on July 16th at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City, along with performances by former Capital/Universal recording artist The Veldt and A Deer A Horse.

TRACKLIST
1. Selectively Stupid
2. Beach and The Sun
3. Paper Tiger
4. Counterculture
5. Money Art
6. Sanitize
7. Start My Center

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Posted by on July 30, 2016 in Alternative

 

Hologram Teen – ‘Marsangst’ EP (Happy Robots Records 2016)

New 4-track digital EP from long-term Stereolab keyboardist Morgane Lhote

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Following on from her limited 7” single on Happy Robots Records, Hologram Teen brings us the extended four track digital ‘Marsangst‘ EP version including two previously unreleased tracks.

Hologram Teen is the solo electronic motorik disco project of Morgane Lhote, known to many for her work as long-term keyboard player in the seminal indie kosmische act Stereolab. Morgane recorded and performed with the band during their imperial phase between 1995 and 2001, when they released a series of career defining albums including ‘Emperor Tomato Ketchup’. She followed her time in Stereolab with a stint in The Projects and, from 2005, played in Garden with members of Simian Mobile Disco before starting the Hologram Teen project. Having lived in Paris, NYC she has since settled in LA, where she produces her current project.

Although Hologram Teen embraces electronica and pop, she does so in a way that is more evocative of a prog rock disco horror soundtrack than the soulless EDM that fills the pop charts. “It’s like Fabio Frizzi meets Grandmaster Flash ,” says Morgane Lhote. Her debut sold-out single ‘Post-Apocalypteacakes‘ was released on London’s Deep Distance label and mixed creepy vintage library effects with bouncy dancehall synths and disco beats. Following its release, Pulp‘s Jarvis Cocker came to be among her many newfound fans.

The new ‘Marsangst’ EP, which will be released by London-based Happy Robots Records, pushes Morgane’s electronic horror movie sound in a new direction, almost inventing a whole genre – ‘techno-Krautrock’. Sounding like the best of seminal French house pioneer Étienne de Crécy condensed down to five minutes and remixed by Stripe from Gremlins.

On Marsangst, I wanted to experiment with a more techno feel and style of production such as side-chain compression, which helped me create a more propulsive response between the kick drum and bass tracks,” says Morgane Lhote. ‘Hex These Rules’ was influenced by the tongue-in-cheek Balearic feel-good dance anthems of the Spanish label Suara, while ‘Scratches en Série’ is a playful homage to early hip-hop and bands such as The Sugar Hill Gang. ‘Franmaster Glash’ has a special place in my heart as it’s the first Hologram Teen track I’ve ever written, and again it’s strongly influenced by early 1980s NYC Electro if you couldn’t already tell by the name.”

Her influences and tastes are super eclectic, citing Yellow Magic Orchestra, Chagrin d’Amour, NehruvianDoom, Maria Bethânia, The Salsoul Orchestra, Acid Washed, Jean Claude Vannier, Chicago, Del The Funky Homosapien, Silver Apples, Steely Dan, Don Armando’s Second Avenue Rhumba Band, Nancy Leticia, Riz Ortolani, and Siouxsie & The Banshees.

The four-track digital EP is available from August 5, 2016 on all major digital stores and streaming services. The 7” single is limited to 300 copies and is distributed worldwide by Cargo Records. It is also available from www.happyrobots.co.uk.

TRACKLIST
1. Marsangst
2. Hex These Rules
3. Scratches en Série
4. Franmaster Glash

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Pic by Shanna Fisher

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Posted by on July 29, 2016 in Alternative

 

Portland Psych Festival July 29-30

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In good tradition with psych fests everywhere, the Portland Psych Movement is presenting the Second Annual Portland Psych Fest, for those who remember last year’s Fest, those who were there and can’t remember anything, and also those who will be embarking on this special trip for the first time.

Sponsored by Sizzle Pie and and XRAY.FM, this year’s lineup features bands from Chicago, Mexico, and Idaho to San Francisco and L.A., fearlessing riding the path blazed in the sixties and representing the most nascent and newly-borne sounds conjured Stateside. AudioGlobe will be there filming the whole festival. The poster art is by Noritsugu Lockhart, who will be on hand selling screen prints.

The fun kicks off on Friday, July 29th and runs till late on Saturday, July 30th. All performances will take place at the Star Theater in Portland. Tickets for the July 29-30 events can be found at http://www.pdxpsychfest.com. The Psych Fest AfterParty will happen on August 1 at Valentine’s, featuring Hollow Sidewalks and a Super Secret Psych Fest artist (to be annouced the final day).

DAY ONE
7:30pm Howler (Los Angeles)
8:30pm Zozma (Portland)
9:30pm Plastic crimewave Syndicate (Chicago)
10:30pm Hi Hazel (Idaho)
11:30pm The Young Elders (San Francisco)
12:30am Jackson Boone (Portland)

DAY TWO
1:30pm San dbabes (Los Angeles)
2:15pm Down Dirty Shake (San Francisco)
3pm mosquito (Los Angeles)
4pm Lemat (Mexico)
5pm Zodiac Death Valley (San Francisco)
6pm Hawkeye (Portland)
7pm The Spiral Electric (San Francisco)
8pm Cambrian Explosion (Portland)
10pm LSD &The Search for God (San Francisco)
11pm The Asteroid #4 (San Francisco)
12:30 Spindrift (Los Angeles)

ALSO FEATURING
DJ Day 1: Paul Dillon
DJs Day 2: Malty Stag & Stonebunny

* Portland’s own Bacchus’ Boogiers dance troupe, dancing non-stop to each of the bands performing…

* Lightshows by Trey Schultz

* A vintage clothes pop-up shop

* On the patio, the divinatory avenues of local Tarot artist Holly Cole of Crystal Seed Tarot, who will be issuing readings throughout the weekend on a donation basis.

TICKET SALES
http://www.pdxpsychfest.com
$20 each day/$35 weekend pass. No weekend pass available on days of event

Day 1: www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?eventId=6772705&pl=dantes&dispatch=loadSelectionData
Day 2: www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?eventId=6772765&pl=dantes&dispatch=loadSelectionData

 

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2016 in Psychedelic

 

S T F U – What We Want (ELaB Records 2016)

Dean Garcia (Curve, SPC ECO) and Preston Maddox (Bloody Knives) launch S T F U Project

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Alternative electronic maverick producer Dean Garcia, the musical mastermind behind seminal alternative rock band Curve and electronic dream pop duo SPC ECO, has joined forces with Preston Maddox of post-punk noise-rock band Bloody Knives in a new project, called S T F U.

Their debut LP ‘What We Want’, slated for release on July 29, is laced with unfolding hypnotic loops that gradually progress to uptempo electronics, trip-hop laden beats, lush noise entwined with shimmering synths, and Maddox’s hazy trance-like vocals.

The title track ‘What We Want’ is also the first single. “My favorite thing about this track is it has a filthy quality to it that is essential, like being immersed in the pollution of our dystopian future where everything is covered in layers and layers of filth,” says Preston Maddox.

W W W took about three months from beginning to end to conceive and record. Without a doubt, this is the most painless and connected record I have made outside of my close family. A surprising inspiring and joyful set of events and recordings,” explains Dean Garcia. “It kind of made itself as in there was never any doubt or soul searching as to what it should could or want to be. It just was its own self from start to finish, we just made it happen.”

Apart from his nearly 15-year history with Curve and his decade long project SPC ECO with daughter Rose Berlin, Dean Garcia has also toured the world several times and recorded multiple albums with such established artists as Eurythmics, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, Bryan Ferry, Sinead O’Connor and Ian Dury. Apart from Preston Maddox’s involvement in Bloody Knives and S T F U, he will also be playing bass with UK punk band Conflict on their upcoming US tour.

While their many commonalities and common circle of friends are what originally brought these two artists together, the debut S T F U album came to life in two separate studios. London is now home for Dean Garcia, while Preston Maddox is based in Austin, Texas.

There is an advantage to being able to do what you want on your own musically. It puts you in the position to always work with someone because you want to, not because you have to, and I’m very fortunate to have that,” explains Preston Maddox. “Making cool music is the most important thing, and when you are working with the right people its the easiest thing to do too.”

‘What We Want’ is being made available via the S T F U Bandcamp. It also features a free hidden gem, called ‘Paralyzed‘, which was recorded around the same time as the other songs on this album (and features separately on the M A D album ‘Slow Mo‘ with Steve Monti (Curve, Jesus & Mary Chain), which you can find at http://mad-hq.bandcamp.com).

TRACKLIST
1. Secret – 04:48
2. Second Time – 03:58
3. Do It Now – 05:01
4. Dead Right – 05:48
5. New Shadows – 05:59
6. Deeper – 05:03
7. What We Want – 04:34
8. A Thousand Cuts – 03:35
9. Trickery – 05:15
10. Slow – 03:19
11. Promise – 05:31
12. Paralyzed – 05:35 (hidden track)

CREDITS
Produced and Mixed by Dean Garcia
Recorded by Dean Garcia and Preston Maddox
Recorded in London, UK – Texas, USA
All songs written by Preston Maddox and Dean Garcia
Preston Maddox – Vocals and Lyrics
Dean Garcia – Bass, Drums, Guitars. Keyboards, Programming

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Posted by on July 28, 2016 in Alternative

 

The Swagger – ‘The Swagger’ EP (2016)

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The Swagger, an original London grit-rock band, has announced their forthcoming debut EP, which was produced by Graham Bonnar (Swervedriver / The Brian Jonestown Massacre) and recorded at the renowned Konk Studios (founded by Ray and Dave Davies of The Kinks) in North London.

Released on CD on July 22, this EP features four tracks from the arsenal of songs they’ve been performing around the UK. They’ve picked these particular tracks from an archive of about 100 they’ve written to date.

With The Beatles, The Kinks, The Who, The Jam, Ocean Colour Scene, and Stereophonics numbering among their influences, their songs are very catchy yet gritty with a melodic punk-rock alternative sound. This EP cumulatively offers a wild hybrid of Brit pop-rock and punk rock with elements of their output reminiscent of the Sex Pistols, Nirvana, Oasis and Neil Young or a fusion thereof.

Hailing from Hornsey, North London, The Swagger originally formed in March 2012. The band is now made up of two brothers – Lee Stevens (lead vocals, rhythm guitar) and Paul Stevens (lead guitar, back vocals), along with mates Will O’Connell (bass guitar) and Roger Malaquias (drums).

The band recorded the demos at Tigersonic Studios (Holloway, North London) in late 2015 with co-producer Felix Macintosh, and pretty soon found their way to Konk Studios in Hornsey, North London to record with engineer Josh Green and guitar tech Brendan Quinn. Both The Swagger and The Kinks are local to this area.

The Swagger are among the few bands privileged enough to record at Konk Studios with bands like The Stone Roses, The Kooks, Blur, Franz Ferdinand, Bombay Bicycle Club, Elvis Costello, Steve Winwood, and the Bee Gees having recorded here over the years. The Swagger’s debut EP was mixed and mastered by Pat Collier (Vibrators) at Perry Vale Studios in South London. Neil Barrie designed the EP artwork, website and logo.

I saw The Swagger in a local bar near Turnpike Lane. They came on and blew my head off. Live they have the same energy as the early punk bands,” explains Graham Bonnar. “Lee has written over a hundred songs and they all could be singles, so I offered to produce their debut EP. We got Pat Collier from Vibrators fame to mix. Pat did a stellar job. We go way back as he also did Swervedriver’s first single “Son of Mustang Ford. I also brought in Brendan Quinn of Divisionist, who I played some shows with last year in Europe with Rosco and Pete Bassman from Spacemen 3“.

We met up with Graham in a bar in Hornsey. We went back to his flat and played him a 2-hour set on acoustic guitar. Graham decided he would help us progress,” says The Swagger’s Lee Stevens. “This record means so much to us because we have been through so much to get where we are and we finally made a decent record and that is something to proud of”.

The Swagger will be heading back into the studio at the end of 2016 to start work on their debut album, which is planned for release in 2017. In the meantime, they will be playing various gigs, including the Musicians Against Homelessness concert being organized by legendary Creation Records’ boss Alan Mcgee.

TRACKLIST
1. She Gonna Blow My Mind 02:47
2. Stoned 03:50
3. Keep On Fighting 05:10
4. Ride 04:50

LIVE DATES
August 27 – The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle Street, Angel, London
October 1 – Musicians Against Homelessness, organized by Alan Mcgee @ T.Chances, Tottenham High Road, London

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Posted by on July 27, 2016 in Alternative

 

50FOOTWAVE – Bath White (Happy Happy Birthday To Me Records – 2016)

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50FOOTWAVE released their ‘Bath White’ EP via HHBTM Records on 27 May. This is their sixth mini-album since forming in 2004 and their first release since 2012’s ‘With Love From The Men’s Room’. Once again, they dish up addictive power chords, sublime hard rock riffs and complex structures that fuel raw emotion.

Packing an album’s worth of ideas into six songs, ‘Bath White’ is loud and highly dynamic, with change-ups and massive drive, delivering some of the band’s most powerful material to date.

The EP was produced by Los Angeles producer Mudrock, best known for his work with Godsmack. As Mudrock states, “These are the best musicians I’ve ever worked with, easily the most facile…they’re pros and they’re good people. 50FOOTWAVE is why I do what I do.”

Comprised of Kristin Hersh and Bernard Georges of Throwing Muses, and monster drummer Rob Ahlers, this LA-based power trio is known for pioneering the name-your-own-price movement, which began with their 2005 release “Free Music”.

Named after the lowest note audible to human ears, 50FOOTWAVE was intended as an outlet for the noise/math rock pieces that didn’t fit the aesthetic of Throwing Muses or Kristin Hersh’s solo work. Their most successful and influential release, 2009’s Power + Light, is thirty minutes of non-stop music, a barrage of free-form sound that found the band challenging its own complex song structure.

50FOOTWAVE’s early releases are available for download free of charge here and licensed for sharing via Creative Commons. In this relation, Kristin co-founded the non-profit Coalition of Artists and Stake-Holders (CASH Music) in 2007. Over the past few years, CASH has not only completely funded Kristin’s own output, but has also powered dozens of other artist and label projects and has grown into a widely-recognized powerhouse of technical tools that enable commerce, communication and sustainability for artists.

‘Bath White’ is available on CD and vinyl through HHBTM Records or via digital download from Bandcamp . Deluxe 12” color vinyl packages also include full-size artwork, a screen-printed tote bag and a limited edition button.

TRACKLIST

  1. Bath White
  2. God’s Not A Dick
  3. Human
  4. Ratted Out
  5. St. Christopher
  6. Sun Salute

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Posted by on July 26, 2016 in Alternative

 

Rude Audio – Rudest EP (Zirkus Records – 2016)

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Rude Audio released their newest Rudest EP, on June 7 through Zirkus Records. Featuring four tracks, this new release sees the band refining their trademark sound, and fusing their love of woozy dub with throbbing electronics.

Crystal Pylon demonstrates Rude Audio’s ability to weave the kind of hypnotic, Balaeric spell that merges an early 90s sensibility with something shiny and new. Knockemdub takes their Radio 6 championed tune Knockemdead, which featured the dulcet tones and melodic sound of rising star Eucalypta LV and rams it through the dubby, smoke filled orgone accumulator that comprises the collective’s hidden studio basement in the backstreets of south east London, to produce a mutant dub monster with half an eye on the appalling political melee that is Britain in 2016. Half Moon Lane Glitter reflects the band’s love of short and sweet stompathons – pulsating electronics meet staccato piano, uptown. User taps into their oldest love, crunchy, chugging, dubby analogue sounds, to create something that operates in the hinterland between melodic and relentless.

This DJ and production collective range in age from 19-53 with origins rooted in the gutters of south London and north east England. Historically, they have put on brilliant underground parties, created critically acclaimed electronic music, engineered for top artists and generally popped up at events with an open-minded underground ethos.

To date Rude Audio have three distinctly dubby and balaeric releases, which have garnered radio play and support from the likes of Don Letts, Tom Robinson, Gideon Coe and Nemone on Radio 6, Max Reinhardt on Radio 3, Rob Da Bank on Radio 1 and John Kennedy on XFM.  They have also recently remixed the single Off The Drop for Bedford Falls Players, which is set for release this summer, and have produced music for End Recordings.

Rude Audio have also previously released music as part of Unusual & Electric, where they were championed by Coldcut, Laurent Garnier, Kris Needs, received support from BBC Radio DJs Nemone, Rob da Bank and Gideon Coe, as well as Drowned In Sound and Clash Music.

Rude Audio includes Mark Ratcliff (arrangement, production and keyboards), Amanda Greatorex (vocals and lyrics), Eucalypta LV (guest vocals), Lamis Harper (piano and keys), Tony Shea (guitar and ostrich guitar), and Owain Lloyd (mixing desk and lyrics), who just finished up a tour with Paul Weller and began a new one with Stereophonics.

TRACKLIST

  1. Crystal Pylon
  2. Knockemdub
  3. Half Moon Lane Glitter
  4. User

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Posted by on July 25, 2016 in Alternative

 

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