New Music Video: Erlend Øye “Rainman”

Erlend Øye has released the last single/ music video before his third full length album, Legao…

It was 2006 when I first saw Simian Mobile Disco perform. They had been booked to open for the noize man himself Alex Ridha aka Boys Noize at the Echoplex. I had brought my girlfriend at the time and we had just gotten into the emerging “electro” scene so both of us were familiar with Boys Noize yet unfamiliar with Simian Mobile Disco. Not knowing what to expect we showed up early and got up front for the mysterious openers. Long story short they blew our minds. They had been promoting their upcoming album Attack Decay Sustain Release  which has now turn into an iconic album for the era. With bangers like “Hustler” mixed in with disco mixed ambient synth songs like “Wooden”, we were in awe of the ability of two guys running around what seemed to be a portable studio and creating such amazing songs.

Fast forward to FYF 2011. The lineup at the time was very punk/indie with headliners like Death From Above 1979, Descendents, and Broken Social Scene. So when I saw Simian Mobile Disco Live on the lineup I was quite surprised. My friend that I brought with me that year was not an EDM fan at the time and was hesitant to  go see Simian. I ended up dragging him along to see what what they had to offer; again, minds blown. Their ability to adapt to the more rock sound that was prevalent at the festival was great. Even though they are by definition EDM they destroyed their set like a rock band would.

In 2013 I brought my younger brother with me to Coachella for his first major music festival. He had always been curious as to why I was so enthralled with Coachella for the past 7 years at the time. Walking around the festival checking out the bands he started to understand Coachella a little better.  By Saturday he was comfortable but still curious as to what really made Coachella an amazing experience for me. During Simian Mobile Disco’s set we were having a great time dancing with most of our closest friends, when my brother taps my shoulder gives me a hug and says, “I get it.”

At the El Rey in Los Angeles last Thursday 9/25, Simian Mobile Disco performed their newest album Whorl  (released by Wichita ) in its entirety. The new album is amazing. Pitchfork writer Larry FItzmaurice said it best in his article describing the new album  “Much of the 64-minute set emphasizes texture over dynamics, content to exist as background music. This, in and of itself, is not the worst thing that could happen.”  (via Pitchfork)  SMD got together with Jack Featherstone & Hans Lo visual artists to built a custom oscilloscope specifically for Whorls live visuals which you can see below in the video. Catch Simian Mobile Disco at their newest residency in London at XOYO

Show Review: Simian Mobile Disco It was 2006 when I first saw Simian Mobile Disco perform. They had been booked to open for the noize man himself Alex Ridha aka Boys Noize at the…

New Music Video: Mutal Benefit “Auburn Epitaphs”

Today, Mutual Benefit shared a new video for “Auburn Epitaphs” from the recently re-issued EP, The Cowboy’s Prayer…

New Album: Slim Twif – A Hound At the Hem

Slim Twig is the name of a man, not of a band. Boasting a catalogue several under-the-radar releases, the Toronto native lays claim to a tremendously original work with his orchestrally-inflected art rock album, …

New Album + Tour: Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire for No Witness Deluxe Edition

Angel Olsen’s Burn Your Fire for No Witness was released this past February to a wealth of praise. 

#Daktyl #TheRoxy #TheDoLab #Goldenvoice

#Daktyl #TheRoxy #TheDoLab #Goldenvoice

The last time I’ve attended a Slow Magic show was at Central SAPC (now closed) in 2012, after was released; though he was a headliner, he was still a small act.  At the time, you could walk through the venue without running into anyone; I even bought my shirt directly from him.  I’ve kept up with Slow Magic, and have noticed his fan base expanding, but I had no idea to what extent.  Fast forward two years; Slow Magic is on an North American tour for his second album How to Run Away, and apparently, creating a sauna at The Roxy.  The crowd was beyond entertained, moving unanimously on Slow Magic’s hits “Girls,” “On Yr Side,” and “Corvette Cassette.”  They recorded video on Vine (or whatever) and danced with what space was available; they knew they experienced something special.   Daktyl and Kodak to Graph opened for Slow Magic; The Do Lab and Goldenvoice did an amazing job with these openers, they encapsulate the experimental electronic quality of Slow Magic, but with their own tweak that made the whole night an enjoyable evolution of the set before.  Everyone was enchanted; walking through the crowd I could perceive the genuine festive nature that encompassed the entire night.  Check out Slow Magic on the rest of his North American tour.

Photo’s by: Alexander Pang

Slow Magic: North American Tour

Tue. Sept. 16 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links (tickets) *

Wed. Sept. 17 – Austin, TX @ Holy Mountain (tickets) *

Thu. Sept. 18 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs (tickets) *

Fri. Sept. 19 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon (tickets) *

Sat. Sept. 20 – Atlanta, GA @ The Basement (tickets) *

Sun. Sept. 21 – Raleigh, NC @ Kings Barcade (tickets) *

Tue. Sept. 23 – Washington, DC @ DC9 (tickets) *

Wed. Sept. 24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle (tickets) *

Thu. Sept. 25 – New York, NY @ Santos Party House (tickets) *

Fri. Sept. 26 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair (tickets) *

Sat. Sept. 27 – Montreal, QC @ Le Belmont (tickets) *

Sun. Sept. 28 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison (tickets) *

Wed. Oct. 1 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig (tickets) *

Thu. Oct. 2 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement (tickets) *

Fri. Oct. 3 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall (tickets)

Sat. Oct. 4 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency (tickets) *

Sun. Oct. 5 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry (tickets) *

Tue. Oct. 7 – Springfield, MO @ College St. Bar and Arcade *

Wed. Oct. 8 – Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck (tickets) *

Thu. Oct. 9 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater (tickets) *

Fri. Oct. 10 – Fort Collins, CO @ Hodi’s Half Note (tickets) *

Sat. Oct. 11 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge (tickets) *

Sun. Oct. 12 – Boise, ID @ The Crux (tickets) *

Wed. Oct. 15 – Portland, OR @ Holocene (tickets) *

Thu. Oct. 16 – Victoria, BC @ Lucky Bar (tickets) *

Fri. Oct. 17 – Vancouver, BC @ Celebrities (tickets) *

Sat. Oct. 18 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos (tickets) *

 * w/ Kodak To Graph

Show Review + Pictures: Slow Magic @ The Roxy The last time I’ve attended a Slow Magic show was at Central SAPC (now closed) in 2012, after…

New Song: Meatbodies “Disorder”

New Song: Meatbodies “Disorder”

Meatbodies

Unabashed, unrestrained, beautiful and strange. Meatbodies, birthed from the mind of Los Angeles bred Chad Ubovich (also guitarist for Mikal Cronin and bassist in FUZZ), are going to dominate your eyes and ears and give you a bang over like you’ve never had before.  Recorded in San Francisco with Eric “King Riff” Bauer, Meatbodies is controlled chaos — unabashed, unrestrained, beautiful and…

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New Song: Greylag “Yours to Shake”

Greylag are excited to share their brand new track, “Yours To Shake,” from their forthcoming self-titled debut album (out Oct.

New Song: Greylag “Yours to Shake”

Greylag are excited to share their brand new track, “Yours To Shake,” from their forthcoming self-titled debut album (out Oct.

New Music Video : Les Sins - “Brother”

les sins

Today Les Sins released a music video for his song “Brother” off his upcoming album Micheal set to release on November 4th via Company Records. Michaelis the debut full-length from Les Sins, the dance project of Toro Y Moi’s Chaz Bundick.” Inspired by cartoon and movie soundtracks, the largely instrumental album explores classic dance and pop music traditions. Catchy, repetitive vocal hooks gel…

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