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San Francisco’s Quiet Domino Delivers Electro Pop Bliss in Debut ‘Metropelium’ Single

San Francisco’s Quiet Domino Delivers Electro Pop Bliss in Debut ‘Metropelium’ Single

Quiet Domino is a new indietronica hubbub and freak-pop expression, whose debut single ‘Metropelium’ drew its inspiration from new musings on a hometown city. Founded in San Francisco, this is the new project of singer-songwriter-reckoner Mark Nelsen… a new persona… a trial… a groovy menace tucked within his Saturn return. Filmed in downtown Los Angeles, the accompanying video, which is directed by Andrew Herwitz and produced by Onema Pictures, stars LA-based model and musician Victoria Murdok, who became friends with Nelsen at a show he played in LA.
Mark Nelsen’s unpredictable live shows and knack for writing and producing genre-blending songs led him to create his debut single as Quiet Domino. Over the past few years, he has become known as a solo acoustic performer of expressive folk-pop and also as a member of several Bay Area psychedelic rock bands, namely Dooms Virginia and Annie Girl & The Flight.
This soulful tune ‘Metropelium’ – pronounced ‘Meh-trHop-Eh-Lee-Um’ – is a word he made up, combining ’Metropolis’ and ‘Mausoleum’ to describe the modern city experience. The narrator wonders what the city’s dreams have manifested in this modern age – an age where we are all dancing while simultaneously on our phones; comfortably disengaging from each other while yearning for true connection. Plug in or unplug? Stay or go? The city moves with you.
“The internet has become our Mausoleum of recycled Metropolitan culture. Our experience is ‘Metropelium’,” says Mark Nelsen. “Why do we continue to dance atop a cultural veneer?”

The track’s realization had to await its synths, electronic beats and studio matrimony with keyboardist / producer Devin Farney. Inspired by the likes of LCD Soundsystem, MGMT, Washed Out, Black Moth Super Rainbow and Foster The People, the result is a sonically lush hybrid cocktail with illustrious hints of Moby, Black Keys, Flaming Lips and Thom Yorke.

This experimentation eventually gave birth to the project and a fresh live set. Quiet Domino currently performs as a one-man band with synth, vocal loops, guitar, and a drum machine – occasionally joined by a few backing players.

Quiet Domino will be playing San Francisco’s Swedish American Hall on April 26, supporting Porcelain Raft. Doors open at 7:00 PM and the show starts at 8:00 PM.

LYRICS
Meet me south of the city
I’ll be ready
You and, me and, your maybes

Can’t believe the time that it took for you to get over certain things
Thought I was the one who was misunderstood for a crook – you always had the looks

In the Metropelium, temperature rising temperature fallin’
Sentimental weather will never render the scene
Its a digital dream

Emperor Norton is cashing in

Might I say? Might I do?
Might I stay here with you?
There’s a thought of my own, of my own
Just one of my own

Can’t believe the number of people all plugged in
And I am one of them

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Posted by on April 29, 2017 in Alternative

 

New Zero God, Rumors, and Nochnoy Dozor – Live @ Embros Theatre, 5 May

On Friday 5 May, a rock concert will take place at Embros Self-Managed Theatre (Riga Palamidi 2, Psirri, Athens – Greece) with free entrance.
These three bands are: New Zero God, Rumors, and Nochnoy Dozor.


New Zero God was formed in 2006 in Athens by Mike Pougounas, former singer of the Greek band The Flowers of Romance.

From the onset, they seamlessly mixed punk rock, post punk, and goth which carried over onto their debut album “Fun Is A Four Letter Word” eventually ending up in the top ten of Terrorizer Magazine [UK] for two months in 2011.

Their mini album “Club Bizarre” followed, released by UK label Secret Sin Records and on January 2013 the same label put out New Zero God’s album “MMXIII”.

The band returned in 2016 with the album “Short Tales & Tall Shadows”, listed by many international media as one of the best releases for 2016.

Other New Zero God releases included two 7” singles “Destination Unknown / Forever Today” (Surgut Resort Records – 2013) and the split single “Redemption / Madhouse Magical” (New Savage Records UK – 2016), which shared sides with Scottish band Savage Cut on the other side.

On the band’s Bandcamp page one can download for free the mini album “Zona Pericolosa” recorded live in Italy.

The band also released two charity digital singles. The track “The Night Calls Your Name” with all artist proceeds going directly to the UK’s “Sophie Lancaster Foundation”, which deals with hate crimes. The track “Second Chance” has all artist proceeds going directly to the U.S. foundation HAWC, which provides aid to those suffering from domestic and child abuse.

In 2014, New Zero God brought together five Greek bands, putting together a festival to raise money for medicines to the Hellinikon Medical Center.

The band will perform with the following line up:
Mike Pougounas – Vocals
Akis Nikolaidis – Guitar
John Psimopoulos – Drums
Mike Semertzoglou – Bass

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Five piece Alternative Post Rock band Rumors formed in Athens in 2009.
They split up three years ago but now they are back with gigs around Greece.

Their new EP is titled “Time of the Cherries” and will be available at Embros Theatre on 5th of May.

 

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Nochnoy Dozor was formed on December 2015.
They are a five piece Athenian band which puts together different music influences creating an atmospheric sound on rock music forms.

Although the band members are also playing with other bands (Universe217, Mapplerun, Blame Canada, One Man Drop) the idea of Nochnoy Dozor’s project is different.

The band is now on their first recording steps while playing live in Athens.

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Clustersun – Surfacing To Breathe (Seahorse Recordings 19 May 2017)

Psych-Gaze Outfit Clustersun Announces Sophomore Album, Previews First Single ‘Raw Nerve’

Clustersun has announced the forthcoming release of their sophomore album ‘Surfacing To Breathe’ via Seahorse Recordings, but are already wetting appetites for psychedelic shoegaze offerings with their first single ‘Raw Nerve’. This first single shall be released on April 14with the full album following on May 19.

Three years after their debut album ‘Out Of Your Ego’, this 4-piece outfit from Catania (Siciliy) have raised the sonic bar, delivering a more complex and layered mixture of gazey reverberations, a massive walls of sound, psychedelic soundscapes and dreamy melodies.

Formed in 2013, Clustersun is Marco Chisari (vocals & bass), Mario Lo Faro (guitars), Piergiorgio Campione (synthesizers, keyboards & backing vocals), and Andrea Conti (drums).

Featuring eight tracks, ‘Surfacing to Breathe’ was produced by Clustersun and Alessio Pindinelli (La Casa Al Mare). Combining shoegaze, psychedelia, post-punk and dreampop, the band’s signature cosmic/spacey dark vibe is still intact with lyrics invoking a dreamlike sense of melancholy and emotional fragility.

“The sophomore album is a very tough step for every band, especially if it comes after a strong debut, as our ‘Out of Your Ego’ was,” says Marco Chisari. “We are so much happy and proud of how ‘Surfacing to Breathe’ came out, mainly because we’ve managed to capture how the band sounds live.”

These new offerings are influenced by shoegaze giants Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, Ride, The Jesus And Mary Chain, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Spiritualized, as well as Ringo Deathstarr, A Place To Bury Strangers, Cheatahs, Minor Victories, and Flyying Colours.

“This album is way fuzzier, more powerful, dynamic, edgy than the debut. Sounds were layered to build a dense, but articulated, sonic wall,” explains Mario Lo Faro. “Also we recorded the songs from ‘Surfacing to Breathe’ while we were touring so they retain that “live” vibe and power, while ‘Out of Your Ego’ had more ethereal and “light” tracks.

Clustersun released their first single ‘Be Vegetal’ on US indie label Custom Made Music and Italian indie label Seahorse Recordings, who released the band’s debut album ‘Out of Your Ego’. The band toured the Eastern USA in support of that album. They have contributed to compilations released via Patetico Records (USA), Raphalite Records UK), Gerpfast Kolektif (Indonesia), Shoegazin’ Your Waves (Italy), and most recently participated in Slowdive and Echo & The Bunnymen tributes issued by The Blog That Celebrates Itself.

Having been awarded the GLOBUS prize for Sicilian artistic excellence, Clustersun has established themselves as one of the most promising acts in the new international shoegaze scene.

“This is an honor and a responsibility, as Italy is delivering some of the most interesting music in the shoegaze-psych-dreampop-postpunk-wave sphere,” Piergiorgio Campione. “Being cited alongside bands that we love and admire is great motivation to constantly push forward our limits,” Andrea Conti.

The ‘Surfacing To Breathe’ LP releases on May 19 via Seahorse Recordings and will be available on vinyl, as well as CD and digital formats.

CREDITS
Marco Chisari (Vocals & Bass)
Mario Lo Faro (Guitars)
Piergiorgio Campione (Synthesizers, Keyboards & Backing Vocals)
Andrea Conti (Drums)
Produced by Clustersun and Alessio Pindinelli (La Casa Al Mare)
Recorded by Piergiorgio Campione at Studio12 in Catania
Mixed by Alessio Pindinelli and Fabio Galeone at Wax Recording Studio in Rome
Mastered by Carl Saff in Chicago
Artwork by Ilaria Facci in London
‘Raw Nerve’ video directed and edited by Visualazer
Actress: Mariaurelia Viscuso

TRACKLIST
1. Raw Nerve
2. Antagonize Me
3. Lonely Moon
4. The Whirling Dervish
5. Don’t Let The Weigh of Your Soul Drag You Down
6. Surfacing To Breathe
7. Emotional Painkiller
8. Event Horizon

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Posted by on April 6, 2017 in Alternative, Shoegaze

 

Lunar Twin – Night Tides (Moon Sounds Records 17 March 2017)

Dream wave duo Lunar Twin release new ‘Night Tides’ EP via Moon Sounds Records 

After much excitement following the release of their single ‘Waves’, Lunar Twin are releasing their new ‘Night Tides’ EP through iconic Texas-based dreampop-shoegaze label Moon Sounds Records. This release is sure to appeal to fans of Nick Cave, Mark Lanegan, David Sylvian, and Massive Attack.

This is the band’s third significant release, following their debut ‘Lunar Twin EP’ (2014) on Lunar Industry Records, the duo’s own imprint, and ‘Champagne Remixes’ (2015) through German boutique label Emerald & Doreen Records.

The EP literally flows from beginning to end, taking listeners on a journey through lush downtempo, synth and chill wave, and ultimately to the ocean at night. Tracks ‘Waves’, ‘Coral Sea’ and ‘Blood Moon’ seamlessly blend indie electronica and tropical noir, while synth and chill-wave are at their best on ‘Prayers of Smoke’, ‘Birds of Paradise’, and ‘Night Tides’.

A few years after a chance meeting at the Denver Underground Music festival, Bryce Boudreau and Chris Murphy started working under the Lunar Twin moniker in 2013.  They derived the band’s name from a theory about earth having possibly had a twin moon. Inspired by space and time, as well as nature and culture.

Boudreau, vocalist and songwriter and also a Los Angeles native, currently resides in Hawaii, while multi-instrumentalist producer Chris Murphy lives in Salt Lake City. In recent years, he has shared the stage with numerous renowned artists, such as Grimes, Bonnie Prince Billy, and Peaches, through other projects he’s involved with.

“We both live thousands miles apart separated by the Pacific Ocean and miles of mountains and desert.  These totally different places of isolation are the nexus of our songwriting”, states Chris Murphy from his home in downtown Salt Lake. “The ocean plays a big part in this album. The ebb and flow of the tide and the effect the moon has on it.”

“For this EP, we wanted to to channel the spirit of the primordial world and a lost island in the equatorial night feeling. The dense warm air smelling of flowers beneath a canopy of banyan trees,” says Bryce Boudreau. “’Waves’ is about drifting between two worlds – the primeval and the technological, and between Earth and Water spirits.”

‘Night Tides’ will be offered on limited edition lathe-cut vinyl via Lunar Industry Records, the duo’s own imprint. The vinyl pre-order is up now via Bandcamp, where the album is also available digitally. Already a very limited run of cassettes is available through Moon Sounds Records.

TRACKLIST:
1) Waves
2) Blood Moon
3) Coral Sea
4) Birds of Paradise
5) Prayers of Smoke
6) Night Tides
CREDITS

Recorded at Ohia Studios (Wailea, Hawaii) and Desert Heat (Salt Lake City)
Cover art by and photo credit: Sarah Rae Higgins and Justin Miyamoto
Mastering by Scott Selfridge
Video shot on location in Hilo, Hawaii
Lunar Twin photo credit: Waruni Herath, Desert Heat Studios
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Posted by on April 5, 2017 in Alternative

 

Micah Gaugh – Stars Are A Harem (Sê-lo Net Label 12 May 2017)

NYC Avant-Pop Artist Micah Gaugh Announces New Album, Presents Jazz-Infused ‘Remembering’ Single

NYC-based avant-pop artist Micah Gaugh has announced that he will be releasing a new album ‘Stars Are a Harem’ on May 12. Ahead of that, he presents the first single from this album. ‘Remembering’ is a minimalistic, tranquil and spacious ballad resting on an underlying bed of jazz.
‘Stars are a Harem’ is a modern day response to Miles Davis ‘Kind of Blue’, where the music is steeped in the avant-garde tradition while being accessible to the public ear thanks to “pop” recording techniques and a softening of the harsh sounds associated with the 1960s avant-garde amidst American jazz music. In 1994, Micah Gaugh coined the phrase “avant-pop” to refer to music that sounds quite like pop music, but the underlying creation of the music, chords, rhythms, words, etc. are more complex than the normal methods used to create popular music.

The result is that listeners are virtually transported to the “cool jazz” of the 1950s, but a deeper listen shows the words are a modern version of Cole Porter’s witty romance writing or songs popularized by Billy Holiday and Betty Carter. Inspired by Debussy, Micah Gaugh understands that the subtleties of improvised music can make as strong an impact as the frenetic tones of the avant-garde. The songs on this album are portraits about women – while not completely romantic, each composition is the soundtrack to a mind-painting focused on an experience with an individual woman.

This 13-song collection was recorded in Harlem. This process is very singular for each musician. This intimacy can be heard with each player having a different and isolated relationship to the sounds. Simplicity and sincerity, heartfelt and distinctive, with delightfully crafted lyrics. The album’s hallmark is meditative ballads and fragile intimate ruminations. Rhizomatic, dendritic, reaching for new ways of listening to the familiar, always open. Then there is the extreme, noisy, double-sax dissonance, alternative intonations. This is an inside/outside sound of dissidence or even rebellion, in its soft and inviting beauty, the “power of love overcoming the love of power”.

Born in Panama, Micah Gaugh spent most of his adult life in the East Village, New York, leading him to many adventures through music and visual art. Other members of Micah Gaugh’s band are Kevin Shea, Henry Schroy and Leon Gruenbaum.

Micah Gaugh has collaborated, live and in studio, with dozens of renowned musicians, including Lady Miss Kier of Dee-lite, John Zorn, Cecil Taylor, Bootsy Collins, Meshell Ndegeocello, Burnt Sugar, DJ Logic, Thurston Moore, Lauryn Hill, The Roots, DJ Spooky, Vernon Reid of Living Colour. He also participated in remixes by James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins) for The Sounds, Ladytron, and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, as well as being a member of groundbreaking alternative rock band Apollo Heights (now The Veldt).

Micah acted in the season five premiere of ‘Sex in the City’ and the play ‘American Book of the Dead’. He also composed the score for the ballet ‘Highrise’ and for the musical version of ‘Sweet Sweetbacks Badass Song’ with Melvin Van Peebles.

His previous albums include ‘Everything’ (2006), ‘The Blue Fairy Mermaid Princess’ (2013), and ‘Pessego do Verao’ (2016). He has written two operas: ‘Dr. Faustus Lights the Lights’ and a piece for the artist Rirkrit Taravanija featured in ‘il Postino di Tiempo’. He composed the music for and acted in the Matthew Barney film ‘Di Lama Lamina’ and engaged in the ‘Noise Mass’ choral work, commissioned by the Chiesa Rosa in Milan.

Micah also paints and writes novels. His artwork has been exhibited in galleries across the USA and as far away as Brazil, France, Japan and the UK.

‘Stars Are a Harem’ is available for pre-order on Sê-lo Records’ Bandcamp, where ‘Remembering’ is already streaming. The album includes a 14-page music booklet “13 piano pieces for children – Stars Are a Harem (Micah Gaugh)”, as well as a 13 piano song suite midi file for those wishing to remix, sample and loop.

On the evening of May 12 (at 9:00pm), the band will be putting on a release show in New York at NUBLU (62 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009. Phone 212-979-9925).

ALBUM CREDITS

Micah Gaugh – composer, piano, voice, sax
Kevin Shea – drums
Henry Schroy – bass, recording engineer (bass) (ChezSophia, Rio de Janeiro)
Hayato Nakao – recording engineer (drums) (Long Island City)
Luqman Brown – recording engineer (voice, piano, sax) (Buddha Bug Recording Studios, Harlem)
Mixed by Henry Schroy and Chad Zuchegno at The Vibe Recording (Fort Myers, FL)
Mastered by Emily Lazar at The Lodge assisted by Chris Allgood (New York City)
Produced by Henry Schroy and Micah Gaugh
Photo credit: Matthew Heyner (front) and Byron Dean (back)
VIDEO CREDITS
Daniel McKleinfeld – video animations
Tono Radvanay – video photography
Nucomme – actress
Henry Schroy – video editor
Joaquim Castro (Canal Canal) – sax videoclip
Lucas Freire – technician

LYRICS
It’s so easy to sleep
as the flower falls from the tree
you’re so lovely
and the breeze from the sea as the lake
flows by gently awe inspiring
you told me that I would be your Prince
that is left to happenstance
the fire that burned could be seen from across the street
we were camping slightly the moon
in your eyes disappears with the rain
I can’t complain
in the tent we were ghost with a glow so absurd
my word graceful songbird
tried and true what were we supposed to do
what could we do with our time

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Posted by on April 1, 2017 in Alternative, Jazz

 

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Jesus Hooligan – Stripped Bare Naked

I copied the following from PUNKVERT.TV

Jesus Hooligan started out when Steve Brunton the singer out of the hardcore punk band Gout/Lager Louts became ill with throat problems and had to stop singing live.

During that time Steve started making his own music from sounds he liked, tractors, angle grinders, drills and anything you can hit like barrels, buckets, scaffold tubes and diesel tanks.

He went under the name Jesus Hooligan, a play on words from two bands he’d been involved with, 1.Godshatter = Jesus, 2.The Lager Louts = Hooligan.

When Steve’s voice improved, he set about starting up a live band, turning his music, recordings and written material into songs that can be performed live. He was joined by guitarist Jason Sanders from the punk band Drink Problem and then a short while later by didgeridoo player Dave Croughan, which made the live line up a bunch of old boys hitting things and making a racket with barrels, guitars, digderidoos, chains, gas canisters plus anything else they liked the sound of.

The end result was a mix of hoe down punk crossed with industrial folk blues that shouldn’t work but somehow does.

Here is a video about the Album STRIPPED BARE NAKED by JESUS HOOLIGAN, you can download it on CD BABY, or physical CDs directly from here by paypal on jesushooligan@yahoo.co.uk or through Ex Gratia Recordings for £4 plus postage…

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2017 in Alternative

 

Bettie Serveert / The Veldt – Damaged Good / Symmetry (Schoolkids Records 22 April 2017)

Schoolkids announces two Record Store Day releases!

Bettie Serveert “Damaged Good” Colored LP, Gatefold with CD insert
The Veldt “Symmetry / Slow Grind” 7” Single
North Carolina based indie retail store and label Schoolkids Records have announced that two exclusive limited-edition vinyl titles will be released as part of the Tenth Annual Record Store Day event, to be held on April 22nd, 2017.Dutch indie legends Bettie Serveert return on their 25th Anniversary with their 11th Studio Album “Damaged Good”. This limited edition exclusive transparent magenta Vinyl LP (with beautiful gatefold packaging) will include a digital download and full CD. This is the only version of the LP or CD available in North America. This is one of ‘The Betties’ most diverse albums so far, including songs ranging from 60 seconds to an 8 min epos and everything in between.

This LP experience is intense, raw and tender, but it is also passionate and fierce. Some songs will definitely remind people of their classic ‘Palomine’, the debut album that started everything 25 years ago. The album is recorded and mixed with Jesse Beuker, with whom Canadian-born vocalist Carol van Dyk and lead guitarist Peter Visser have worked before on their Australian project ‘Me & Stupid’. This collection of 11 tracks also includes the rock duet ‘Love Sick’ with Peter te Bos, vocalist from the famous Dutch band Claw Boys Claw.

Legendary North Carolina band The Veldt return with a new single“Symmetry”, available exclusively as a 7” single for Record Store Day 2017.  The lead track and its b-side counterpart “Slow Grind” are two of the best songs released in the band’s 28-year history.  Often compared to the Cocteau Twins, Ride and Lush, this is a must-have for any shoegaze aficionado.  http://secondmotionrecords.com/artists/the-veldt.htmlThe 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 ever released.

The band has just finished up a US tour with Phantogram, playing sold-out shows every night and winning over tons of new fans in each city.  They will soon be heading out on a string of East Coast dates with their pals (and seminal 4AD band) Modern English, as well with a new EP ‘The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation’, which is slated for worldwide release in June 2017. Neither ‘Symmetry” nor ‘Slow Grind’ are on the forthcoming EP, so they can only be obtained on this 7” exclusive single.

These titles are very limited and will only be available at your local independent record store nationwide.  For a list of participating stores and a list of all 2017 Record Store Day releases for the US, please visit http://www.recordstoreday.com and please call your local record shop to find out more details!
Label Contact: Stephen Judge schoolkidsrecordsnc@gmail.com
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Posted by on March 23, 2017 in Alternative