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INHALT – Part Time Punks Sessions (Cleopatra Records 14 April 2017)

Dark electronic trio INHALT announce ‘Part Time Punks Sessions’, unveil first single ‘Walking On Glass’

On April 14, dark electronic / minimal synth outfit INHALT will be releasing their new album ‘Part Time Punks Sessions’ via Cleopatra Records, who are giving a taste of the album by presenting the lead single ‘Walking on Glass’. Hard-driving, up-tempo, and propelled by German vocals, this and the other tracks offered on this release are sleek, chic and cold, formidably capturing the INHALT sound and ethos.

The video for ‘Walking On Glass’ was shot, edited, and directed byDmitry Semenov, one of the main visual collaborators for Recoil (Alan Wilder/ Depeche Mode).
The ‘Part Time Punks Sessions’ LP features the best of the band’s signature synth-driven dark analog pop. This is both a live and a studio album, having been recorded in real time in collaboration with the Part Time Punks radio show in Los Angeles. This is the band’s fourth significant release and final album to be recorded at the band’s homebuilt studio, affectionately called “The Bunker”.
INHALT is German for “content”. This San Francisco-based trio is comprised of Philip Winiger, Matia Simovich, and Steven Campodonico. Winiger, born in Switzerland, visited San Francisco for a year long sabbatical but ended up forming the band with Simovich in 2009. They immediately recognized their mutual philosophy of sonic fidelity and creative integrity, rather than nostalgia.
For some INHALT will already be known, having released their first three releases on notable record labels. Their split 12” with London’s seminal World Unknown Records happened in 2011, followed by their “Vehicle” and “Occupations” EPs for San Francisco’s cult powerhouse Dark Entries Records. These waves of dark energy-filled output firmly established INHALT’s sound. What emerged was a well-defined pop sensibility informed by European Minimalism and a sincere, yet playfully cynical sense of humor. As much Kraftwerk as John Carpenter but with a pronounced drive of Moroder disco, INHALT’s sound has found home in both studious personal listening and the crowded dance floor.

“If we’ve been accused of putting too much time in the production process, PTP Sessions would be our antithesis; Done quickly, direct to multitrack analog tape, in a single take, capturing our live show, as it is, warts and all. We took inspiration from the John Peel sessions of days past, and worked in the spirit of that body of work from the performance, straight to the final mix down,” explains Matia Simovich. “It was a great privilege to be asked to do this by Michael Stock (who runs Part Time Punks), and we delivered something that we feel matches the essence of PTP: raw, honest, and on the border between the past and the present.”
Hot on the heels of the “Simulacra” remix EP for London’s Emotional Especial, INHALT not only ravaged the dance-centric anglo beat (fueled by remixes from heavyweights Timothy J. Fairplay and Black Merlin), but also found themselves in their ideal creative intersection: the road between the lyrical response to a challenging world, a sublime and elegant production technique, and the never ending pulse of the transistor rhythm machine.
On the concert circuit, INHALT have a reputation for bringing a tour de force wall of sound with an energetic stage presence. They have played concerts with peers old and new, including Front 242, Clock DVA, Martial Canterel, and High Functioning Flesh. They’ve condensed this raw concert experience into the John Peel-esque Part Time Punks Sessions, to be made available on April 14, both digitally and on CD, via Cleopatra Records with the vinyl release to follow.
On March 17, INHALT will deliver a specially curated DJ set in Austin atSXSW as part of the event ‘AFS and Holodeck Present: Kwaidan Rescored 2017 SXSW Official’. This event, which takes place at The Hideout Theater beginning at 7pm local time, was organized by Holodeck Records in partnership with the Austin Film Society.

CREDITS

All songs written, sequenced & performed by INHALT.
Recorded in collaboration with Part Time Punks radio show in Los Angeles
Mixed & produced on a Solid State Logic 4000E at Studio A, Different Fur Studios, San Francisco, California by Matia Simovich, Philip Winiger & Steven Campodonico.
Mastered by Paul Lavigne at Contrast Mastering, London England.

Graphic design (logo and packaging) by Leo Merz in Stuttgart, Germany
Video for ‘Walking On Glass’ was shot, edited, and directed by Dmitry Semenov.
Video for ‘Vehicle’ directed by Logan Owlbeemoth, founder of the analog engineering outfit TACHYONS+, using many custom built analog video processors.

TRACK LIST
1. Aphonia
2. Panopticon
3. Black Sun
4. Noise
5. Walking On Glass
6. Programming
7. Vehicle
8. Occupations

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Posted by on March 18, 2017 in New Wave / Dark Wave

 

Holy Monitor – s/t (February 2017)

Greek five piece psychedelic band Holy Monitor return with their debut album “Holy Monitor”

After releasing last year the “Golden Light/Aeolus” EP through American label Ongakubaka Records the band returns with a full length album of 10 psych/kraut diamonds.

Available in two limited editions of 200 copies (clear-copper & blue-white marbled vinyl) or digital download on their Bandcamp page.

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2017 in Psychedelic

 

The Eden House – Songs For The Broken Ones – Album Preview

A preview of the new album “Songs For The Broken Ones” from The Eden House.
The album will be released 16th June 2017 on CD/LP/Digital through Jungle Records. Cover Image by Dracorubio.

Tracklist:
Verdades (I Have Chosen You)
One Heart
Misery
12th Night
The Ghost Of You
Ours Again
It’s Just a Death
Words and Deeds
Let Me In
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Second Skin
The Ardent Tide

Running Time: 68’47”

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2017 in Goth

 

The History of Colour TV – Something Like Eternity (Cranes Records 17 March 2017)

The History of Colour TV Reveal Second Single From ‘Something Like Eternity’ LP

Berlin-based trio The History of Colour TV presents ‘As Gray As Park Can Be’, the second single from their forthcoming third LP ‘Something Like Eternity’, which is slated for release on March 17 via France’s Crane Records.
The back story to this album is inspired by the band’s desire to work with notable producer Peter Deimel (The Wedding Present, Shellac, The Ex), for which they traveled to France in the spring of 2016 to record with him at the legendary Black Box Recording Studio. Days of making music in the French countryside, close to the Loire Valley, saw them depart from their previous sound, instead bringing a raw, minimalist aesthetic to the new release.
This new track follows the first single ‘Wreck’ from this album. Stylistically, these are both dynamic and open live recordings with minimal overdubs and, in this respect, they represent a snapshot of the album as a whole. Based on narrative themes, these songs blend melodic sensibilities with ragged guitar textures. The first track builds nicely on melancholic arpeggio patterns.
British artist Jaike Stambach founded The History Of Colour TV in 2010. Initially conceived as a solo multimedia project involving noisy hypnotic output through audio, video and soundtrack offerings, he was eventually joined byt Markus Mocydlarz and Janek Sprachta. Over the course of two albums and multiple EPs, released through Bruit Blanc and Saint Marie Records, the band has been unabashedly diverse in their approach, exploring harsh noise, sound collages and reverb-saturated dreampop, to the stripped-down rock of their more recent offerings. They also toured extensively while establishing a remarkable presence on the Berlin music scene.
The more organic approach taken for the band’s second widely acclaimed album ‘Shapes of Spilt Blood Spelt Love’ was stripped of the electronic attributes of the band’s debut album ‘Emerald Cures Chic Ills’ to present a spacious mix of strategically sparse layers of guitars, minimalist rhythmic patterns and bass-heavy riffs. In contrast, ‘Something Like Eternity’ is an album of sparse, immediate performances captured live in studio. The room seemingly reverberates to a wide dynamic range of sonic tapestries ranging from fleeting moments of near-silence to elongated passages of guitar meltdowns, loaded with emotion.
‘Something Like Eternity’ will be released on March 17, both digitally and on vinyl, via French label Cranes Records and the band’s own imprint Weird Books. Band member Janek Sprachta has also just released ‘Grow’, his second solo album via Midira Records, which is also worth exploring for a brief journey through ambient, modern classic and post rock.
TRACKLIST
1. Granite Verge Of Tears
2. Broken Trip
3. Days Numbered
4. Wreck
5. Everything That Stood Still
6. Overcast Half
7. As Gray as Park Can Be
8. Even Rain
9. Wait
10. Flame
11. Pattern
CREDITS
Recorded by Peter Deimel at Black Box Recording Studio
Mastered by Peter Deimel and David Odlum
August Twenty First recorded & mastered by E_S_D
All music and lyrics by The History of Colour TV
Photography by Jaike
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Posted by on March 8, 2017 in Alternative

 

Phantogram and The Veldt Spring Eastern U.S. Tour, March 11-17 11 March 2017

Phantogram and The Veldt to Embark on East Coast Tour, March 11-17

Alternative pop icons Phantogram and shoegaze alternative soul pioneers The Veldt have announced they will play six exclusive U.S. East Coast cities before the former departs for their European tour. The duo will again return to the U.S.A. in mid-April for two separate appearances at Coachella.

Phantogram is touring in support of their recently released their third studio album ‘Three’ (Republic Records). Consisting of Josh Carter (guitars) and Sarah Barthel (keyboards), the duo formed in 2007. On ‘Three’, they take their sound in an enthralling, darker direction, adding new textures to their signature style. This album represents a new creative peak they’ve been building towards for nearly a decade. The latest chapter in the duo’s impressive ascent to the forefront of alternative pop, this iridescent record glows with warmth even as it explores the desolation of personal pain. This is also proof that nothing, at this point, can hold them back.

This six-date joint tour kicks off on Saturday, March 11 at Chicago’s Riviera Theatre, followed by dates in St. Paul, MN (Palace Theatre), Madison, WI (Orpheum Theater), Urbana, IL (Canopy Club), Cincinnati, OH (Bogart’s), and Atlanta, GA (The Tabernacle).

The Veldt are touring in support of their EP ‘The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation’ the band’s first new recording in fifteen years, which will be released worldwide on June 2 via Schoolkids Records, home to artists such as Adam Franklin & Swervedriver, Tommy Keene and Bettie Serveert with a history of collaboration with artists such as New Model Army, Daniel Lanois and Emm Gryner.

The Veldt formed in the late 80’s in Raleigh amongst the royalty of the legendary North Carolina music scene, including bands such as Superchunk, Archers of Loaf, The Connells, Dillon Fence, The dBs, Squirrel Nut Zippers, and Ryan Adams. Pitchfork recently included their album ‘Afrodisiac’ in the top 50 shoegaze albums eve released. Today their musical output is in the same ballpark as A.R.Kane, Cocteau Twins, Massive Attack, and Jesus & Mary Chain.

Signed to Capitol Records in 1989 and eventually Mercury Records, The Veldt embarked on a musical journey that changed their lives. The soon found themselves in the studio with dream-gaze guru Robin Guthrie, touring America with Cocteau Twins and the UK with The Jesus and Mary Chain and working with leading producers Lincoln Fong of Moose on their debut album ‘Marigolds’ and Ray Schulman (Bjork, Sugarcubes, The Sundays) on ‘Afrodisiac’. The Veldt were a sensation from the start and part of a movement of innovators, who came of musical age at a time when rhythmic rebels were reflective, gritty and wild. Their sound inspired future generations of alternative artists, including TV On the Radio.

The Veldt have collaborated with TV On The Radio, Mos Def, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Lady Miss Kier (Deee-Lite), and most recently with A.R.Kane, and have shared the stage with the likes of The Pixies, Throwing Muses, Echo & The Bunnymen, Cocteau Twins, Manic Street Preachers, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Oasis and Living Colour.

The band reformed in 2016 and their new EP started to make the rounds with a 2016 vinyl release via Manchester’s Leonard Skully Records. Their return was met with incredible enthusiasm and significant press attention, including from The Guardian (UK), who say “the new songs invite paradoxical praise: serenely assaultive and vertiginously soothing.” In the past year, the band did a mini-tour with The Brian Jonestown Massacre, embarked on two Canadian tours, toured and played multiple festivals across Europe.

TOUR DATES
Saturday, March 11:  Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
Sunday, March 12:  St Paul, MN – Palace Theatre
Monday, March 13:  Madison, WI – Orpheum Theatre
Tuesday, March 14:  Urbana, IL – Canopy Club
Thursday, March 16:  Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
Friday, March 17:  Atlanta GA – The Tabernacle

 

A Tree Grows – A Tree Grows LP (Rufftone Records – 17 March 2017)

NYC Jazz Outfit A Tree Grows Presents ‘Future Calculations’ Ahead of Debut Album

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Following up their recent single ‘Wau Wau Water‘, Brooklyn-based A Tree Grows present the second single from their self-titled debut album, set for release on March 17 through Rufftone Records. ‘Future Calculations’ is based on an exercise by the jazz pianist Walter Bishop Jr., who played in Charlie Parker‘s band.

The accompanying video was created by acclaimed videographer Hideki Shiota, recipient of the Best Cinematography Award at the Asian American International Film Festival, and inspired by the need for a new generation of environmentalism, imagining the thought process and the level of determination that will be necessary.

Future generations will feel the need to rise to the ecological challenges they inherit, and this story tells one imaginary angle of this tale: A young girl makes it her mission to grow a plant. She is undeterred by what is happening around her and calmly works towards her modest yet spiritual goal…  The blues inspired saxophone that Tivon Penicott plays is a perfect metaphor for our humanity and spiritualism, which can make plants grow – and in the end can possibly even heal nature.

“We came up with this idea and decided to make the video with the backdrop of New York City, using some weird locations in Queens that we have been exploring,” explains Emanuel Ruffler.  “I finally managed to convince my daughter Kokoro to act in the video and our friend Naoko Kitano agreed to do the styling. The clothes are very important for the direction of the story. The unusual kimono creates a sense of futurism, and it make the character really float above and stand out from the New York City street scenes.”

In the composition ‘Future Calculations’, the progression is in fourths, which Walter Bishop Jr. wrote a whole book about. It’s somewhere between a 12-tone algorithm and the blues –  a perfect fit for this subject matter.

Involving some of the most talented musicians on the New York scene, they create a unique stew with jazz at its core, blended with afrobeat, rock and experimental sounds. Tastefully crossing stylistic barriers, this unique collaboration involves two brothers – Rashaan Carter and Russell Carter – and German-born electronic musician Emanuel Ruffler. Together, they create sonic textures, over which Tivon Pennicott and Duane Eubanks stretch a layer of raw, emotional jazz lines. Not afraid to defy expectations of style, instrumentation and expression, the unique style of each member of A Tree Grows makes for a potent sonic concoction that is refreshing, insightful, and deliciously exciting.

At the top of today’s young saxophone world, Tivon Pennicott brings fantastic rhythm, tasteful melodic lines and the deeply important groove. A two-time Grammy winner and runner-up in the prestigious Thelonius Monk Competition, he is also a prominent part of the Gregory Porter Band, a recent recipient of a 2017 Grammy Award for the album ‘Take Me To The Alley’. Arguably one of the decade’s most celebrated and genre-crossing artists, Gregory Porter performances have featured Tivon Pennicott on countless live and TV appearances across the globe. Hailing from Georgia, Tivon began playing with guitar legend Kenny Burrell while still in college, performing at many world-class venues alongside the likes of Stevie Wonder and Wynton Marsalis. Since moving to New York in 2009, he has collaborated with numerous artists, appeared on Esperanza Spalding’s crossover success ‘Radio Music Society’, and toured with master drummer Al Foster, best known for his long-term collaboration with Miles Davis.

Emanuel Ruffler, a New York resident of more than 20 years, also comes with a colorful musical pedigree. After taking grand prize in the Thelonious Monk Competition, he has achieved songwriting credit on Me’shell Ndegocello’s ‘Aquarium’ and also collaborated with world-famous designer Emanuel Ungaro, which ultimately led to Ruffler soundtracking an ad for an Ungaro-produced perfume.

Rashaan and Russell Carter‘s love of music fostered by their saxophonist father and mother, a radio programmer. The bass ultimately became the voice for Rashaan’s musical expression with Russell on drums. They cut their teeth on the local Washington, D.C. scene with artists such as as Gary Thomas and after Rashaan moved to New York City to attend the New School University, he quickly began working with many faculty members, including percussionist and composer Joe Chambers. Rashaan met future bandmate Emanuel Ruffler at that time.

Trumpeter Duane Eubanks has performed everywhere from the Hollywood Bowl to Carnegie Hall to the Kennedy Center, in addition to Europe and Japan.  He is a member of Dave Holland’s two time Grammy Award winning big band and the late Mulgrew Miller’s band, Wingspan. Having played with dozens of renowned figures in the jazz world, he has crossed over into other genres, recording and touring with The Temptations, Alicia Keys, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Wu Tang Clan, Freedom Williams, Kirk Franklin, and Defunkt.

CREDITS:

Emanuel Ruffler – keyboards

Tivon Pennicott – saxophone

Rashaan Carter – bass

Russell Carter – drums

Duane Eubanks – trumpet

 

Produced and composed by Emanuel Ruffler, in memory of Walter Bishop Jr.

Published by Emudrum Music (BMI).

Actress: Kokoro

Hair and Kimono styling by Naoko Kitano

Filmed and Edited by Hideki Shiota

 

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Posted by on March 6, 2017 in Jazz

 

anarchistwood – The Nasty Album

The following is a message from English band anarchistwood regarding their new release, The Nasty Album.

Howdy out there in LaLa Land where everyone is a winner!

A quick missive to tell ye faith about our exciting news – the actual bona fide vinyl release of anarchistwood‘s long awaited The Nasty Album. It has been a supremely long time in the making, but you can now purchase a piece of history in the form of dead prehistoric sea creatures squeezed and pressurised and fashioned into a long playing record.

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A little background, this album is number THREE in a series of EIGHT. So with the digital release of Sine On, Mr Lovely, that means we are now half way though this anarchistwood project. The two albums make up parts one and two of A Tale of Sex and Death, which some may say are regular motifs in their output. The main body of work was recorded at The Brook Wallington by master controller Andy Brook, who engineered, mixed and mastered both albums.We heartily recommend the services, and you can get excellent food whilst you wait. It has lots chamomile tea on hand for tempestuous moments too. Additional tampering on both albums was squeezed in by the ghost of Erreth Sondabeng at The Labiatory, Tyburn on his way past from jet skiing with Lord Lucan.

anarchistwood on these occasions comprised of Acid Panda on drums & percussion, Campo on bass & Vox, Candiflip Blackwood guitar, bass, percussion, keys, samples, frilly bits & vox, CJ on vox, Kris Caprini – drums, Dr M / Dave Gee on drums, David “the wasp” Kahl on guitar, Diane Goldie singer/songwriter of her own track “something’s rotten”, funkcutter – vox & twat on trumpet, Jenny Runacre vox, Johnny Deluxe vox, Pussy Deadleg on bass, Scarlet Carsen on Drums & Vox, Sexton Ming vox, Sobriety Twist operatic vox, Stanley Bad on fiddle, Tim Bowen on cello.

For those of you who have ordered The Nasty Album online you should also get a download. Please get in touch if this has not worked as there does seem to be a slight problem with the otherwise fabulous bandzoogle platform that we are using. Write back to me, funkcutter, at this address.

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You will also note that The Nasty Album is being supplied to you with hand finished art covers which are being released in multiple series of 23. We are now onto the Carmenta Series aka C23, having sold out almost immediately of the random Test Pressings series – TP23. The artwork in question is from our very own freak-about-town punkvert mash-meister Candiflip Blackwood and a worthy contribution to this art and, in particular one centre, is from Evil Curt Nuttenshaver – our artist pal over the ocean in Grate Amurica. Dog Bless them All.

Psychedelic Felicitations,

funkcutter

 
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Posted by on March 2, 2017 in punk rock