Friday, June 13, 2014

Download Seatraffic "Precious Stones"

San Francisco post-punk duo Seatraffic return this week with new single "Precious Stones" as the first sampling from their forthcoming full length debut Beauty in the Night set for late summer 2014 release. The new collection of sweeping, synth heavy tracks were recorded in fall 2013 at Different Fur Studios with Nic Pope (STS9, Bob Mould, The Morning Benders), the same fantastic team behind the project's beloved 2012 Crimes 7".

Seatraffic formed in 2011 when Mark Zannad added drummer Brandon Harrison to his then fledging solo project based in San Francisco. Together the duo wrote and recorded their self-titled EP merging together synth minded, layered pop with Harrison's background in northern California hardcore.

Following the initial EP the duo began recording at Different Fur Studios with Nic Pope in 2012 and released a string of singles as well as their Crimes 7" which included a handful of solid remixes.

As the project began to gain momentum Zannad headed out to Seal Rock, Oregon in the summer of 2013 and set up shop for 6 weeks writing and arranging tracks that would eventually become material for their forthcoming full length debut Beauty in the Night. Returning to Different Fur Studios that fall the duo incorporated elements of synthesizer drone, 80s post-punk and dreamy soundscapes to the new collection of tracks.

Keep an eye out for Beauty in the Night due out late summer 2014.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Papertwin "Arco"

Brooklyn synth-pop trio share new single "Arco" from their forthcoming Vox Humana EP. Stream the track over at Refinery29, or on SoundCloud.

Papertwin has been playing music together since 2009, formed by Max Decker after narrowly escaping a lucrative career as a landscape painter. After two homespun EPs, the band is set to release their first studio collaboration, Vox Humana, on June 17.

Recorded under the guidance of producer Abe Seiferth (Yeasayer, Eleanor Friedberger, Turing Machine, DFA's Plantain Studios), and mastered by Joe Laporta (Vampire Weekend, Beach House), Vox Humana escalates the band's unique brand of synth-pop to new heights. Dreamy, dark, and nostalgically sci-fi, the EP features analog synthesizers, driving percussion, and reflective vocals. Drawing on influences from The Cure to Gillian Welch, Vox Humana builds upon the band's previous recordings Porcelain (2011) and Peru (2012).

Papertwin is comprised of Max Decker (vocals, guitar, synth), Francis Cardinale (drums, programming) and Nick Shopa (synth). They are friends, and have been for a while. Before forming Papertwin they were valet car parkers, land surveyors, piano tuners, landscape painters, denim tailors, movie popcorn poppers...and sometimes still are.

Beta Frontiers "Undone Things"

Toronto producer Beta Frontiers shares his latest offering, "Undone Things." The synth-heavy dance track is complimented by a color-washed video that compiles footage from 80s aerobic exercise videos. Check out the video for "Undone Things" over at SPIN, and stream the track on SoundCloud. The track is available for download on via iTunes/Bandcamp.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Watch Glass Animals Video "Pools"

Fantastic track from Glass Animals. I love the delightfully creepy yet gorgeous claymation creations of directror Rafael Bonilla. Debut album ZABA out June 10th on Harvest Records.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Stream Parquet Courts "Instant Disassembly"

Parquet Courts Sunbathing Animal out June 3 on What's Your Rupture?/Mom+Pop (US), June 2 on Rough Trade (UK/EU).

Friday, May 16, 2014

Arcade Fire - We Exist Video!

Really wonderful video from Arcade Fire for the track "We Exist." Touching look at gender identity and the struggles of LGBT youth. Starring Andrew Garfield.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Ludwig Persik - Willow Video!

Psych-pop act Ludwig Persik premieres "Willow", a self-released atmospheric track produced by Warp's Jamie Lidell and taken from his forthcoming debut EP. The track is a sweeping of playful choruses blended with industrial instrumentation creating something ultra-modern. The electronically-tinged cut also comes along with a wistful yet experimental video, mirroring exactly what Persik symbolizes with a sonic palette.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Pains of Being Pure At Heart "Until the Sun Explodes" Shazam Experiment!

Straight out of a dream and onto the screen... The Pains of Being Pure at Heart share a Jem and The Holograms inspired anime style music video today for "Until The Sun Explodes" which you can watch exclusively via Shazam.  Here's how it works:  play this 15 second video clip, and then using your mobile device, tag it using the Shazam app and it will unlock the full-length video.

Days of Abandon is out now via Yebo in North America and via Fierce Panda in the UK/EU on June 2. The band is currently on tour and will wrap its North American run of shows with a homecoming gig at Bowery Ballroom. In case you missed it, check out the video for the album's first single, "Simple and Sure."

The album was recorded at new Greenpoint studio House Under Magic which is owned by longtime Pains cohort Danny Taylor (ZaZa). Produced by Andy Savours (My Bloody Valentine, Patrick Wolf, Cloud Boat) and mixed by Charlie Hugall at  London's Engine Room (Swim Deep, Florence And the Machine), The new record is the band's most musically sophisticated to date, channeling the gilded pop optimism of bands like Aztec Camera, The House of Love and The Lightning Seeds, while maintaining The Pains' penchant for earworm melodies and emotional candor.

"This album was a chance to push beyond Belong's universal style of songwriting into something that was far more personal and true to my ideals," says Kip Berman. "I wanted the music to be joyful, lush and full of possibility, even if the subjects were often more painful to confront."

The album artwork prominently features the work of newly celebrated South Korean artist Lee Jinju's work The Material of Mind.

Stream Gold-Bears - "Yeah, Tonight"

Gold-Bears' second full-length, "Dalliance," is a record about regret. It reminds you of that time you lied to your friend when you said you were too busy to hang out, but instead went to the bar alone. Or when you sent that really shitty email to your brother about something that really has no bearing anymore, because you were too caught up in the moment to think clearly. It also reminds you of the time you got divorced... from whatever or whomever.

In the past two years since Gold-Bears released their debut album "Are You Falling in Love?," main Bear Jeremy Underwood gathered a new crop of friends to carry out his fuzz-filled visions. "Dalliance" is more focused and abrasive than that 2011 debut, combining their noise-pop influences from forebears like Boyracer and The Wedding Present with shades of the post-hardcore, emo and post-punk on which the band all cut their musical teeth. This is not to say that Gold-Bears gave up impossibly catchy song-writing, just that their signature indie punk anthems are now even sharper, the guitars even more slashing, and the songs even more harrowing and heartfelt than ever.

"Dalliance" opens with the anthemic "Yeah, Tonight," a proper pop song featuring a duet between Underwood and Emma Kupa (of the defunct London indiepop band Standard Fare) that sets the agenda right away — sharp melodies and even sharper guitars, all whizzing by in less than three minutes. “Chest” rushes in almost immediately after, barely two and a half minutes of punk energy and fizzing feedback.

The stomping "From Gainesville to Tallahassee" features a gnarly feedback guitar solo and backing vocals from Black Tambourine's Pam Berry. “Punk Song No. 15” is as described, a blazing flash that condenses the history of UK noisy pop into just over one minute. “I Hope They’re Right” and the lovely, jangling “Hey, Sophie” show how much the band have expand their range, slowing the pace, turning up the jangle and taking on the big subjects.

Gold-Bears cover a lot of territory, musical and lyrical, in "Dalliance"’s 32 minutes and by the time that we reach the miniature epic of closer “Fathers And Daughters” we realize that we’re watching a band and a song-writer hit their stride, turning in an album that’s exciting, thoughtful and infectious.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Carsick Cars - 15 Minutes Older - Free Track Download!

Carsick Cars is one of the most established indie rock bands in China. Their much anticipated third studio album 3, produced by Sonic Boom of Spacemen 3 and Hamish Kilgour of The Clean, in New York, is set to be released on February 28th, on Maybe Mars.

Y . O . U - Heavy Crown

'Heavy Crown' is the first official release from Manchester based Y.O.U (Your Own Universe) out via Tigersushi this spring.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Notwist - Kong Video!

Close To The Glass is out 2/25 on SubPop.

T.W.i.N.S. - Republic Of Banana - Free Track Download

New EP 'T.W.i.N.S' our March 3rd via Split Records.

Papercuts - Still Knocking At The Door

Life Among The Savages due out 5/6 on Easy Sound Recording Co.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

WOODS - Moving To The Left

From the upcoming Woods album, "With Light And With Love" out April 15th on Woodsist Records.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Owls - Ancient Stars Seed...

From the 2nd Owls album, Two, out 3/25/14 on Polyvinyl!

Gentle Friendly - 'Rrides' EP - Free Download!

Courtesy of Fat Cat! Looks for a new album in 2014!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Pink Mountaintops - North Hollywood Microwaves

Pink Mountaintops new album Get Back out April 29, 2014 on Jagjaguwar.

Eternal Summers - Gouge Video!

The Drop Beneath due out 3/4 via Kanine Records.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Tomas Barfod - Pulsing (feat. Nina K) Video!

Pulsing EP available February 18, 2014 on Secretly Canadian.

Odonis Odonis - New Obsession Video!

Hard Boiled Soft Boiled, out April 15, 2014 via Buzz Records.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Friday, January 31, 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Weeknight - Dark Light Video!

Debut album Post-Everything out March 4 on Artificial Records (a division of Hand Drawn Dracula).

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Future Islands - Seasons (Waiting On You) Video!

Singles, Future Islands' debut 4AD album, is out March 25.

Of Montreal - She Ain't Speaking Now Video!

Off Lousy with Sylvianbriar! See below for new tour dates!!

02/03 Honolulu, HI @ Republik
03/22 Natchitoches, LA @ DemonFest @ Northwestern State University
03/27 Mexico City, MX @ Vive Latino Festival
03/29 Athens, GA @ Velena's Birthday Party @ The 40 Watt Club
03/31 Greensboro, NC @ The Blind Tiger
04/01 Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlie's
04/02 St Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
04/03 Iowa City, IA @ Mission Creek Festival @ The Blue Moose Tap House
04/04 Wichita, KS @ The Crown Uptown
04/06 Memphis, TN @ The Hi Tone
05/02 Little Rock, AR @ Revolution Music Room
05/03 Austin, TX @ Austin Psych Fest
05/04 Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
05/05 Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
05/06 St Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
05/07 Miami, FL @ Grand Central
05/08 Orlando, FL @ The Social
05/09 Charlotte, NC @ Chop Shop
05/10 Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar
05/11 New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
05/12 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
05/13 Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
05/14 Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom
05/15 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme
05/16 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
05/17 Cincinnati, OH @ The Taft Ballroom
05/18 Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle

Hospitality - Going Out Video!

New album Trouble out January 28, 2014 on Merge Records.

Great Hare - Rock n Roll Dreams - Free Track Download!

Seriously terrific track from Sweden's Great Hare! Look for a full album later in 2014.

Animal Parts - Where the Heart Is Video!

Animal Parts new EP Six Arms To Hold You is out now!

Wax Fang - The Astronaut

Experimental-psych-rock duo Wax Fang reveal the entirety of their space-rock-opera, THE ASTRONAUT in all of it's cinematic glory today via Consequence Of Sound. THE ASTRONAUT is an ode to the wonder, the majesty, and the horror of the universe, told in three seamless movements over an intergalactic psychedelic soundscape.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Cloud Nothings - I'm Not Part Of Me

Hey! New Cloud Nothings album coming out April 1st!! And it's not an April Fools joke! Carpark/Mom+Pop announced Here and Nowhere Else today. Listen to great track "I'm Not Part of Me."

The Mary Onettes - Silence Is A Gun

Really sophisticated synth pop sound on "Silence Is A Gun!" New mini-album Portico out March 4th on Labrador!

Major Leagues - Silver Tides Video!

Check out the "Silver Tides" video from the fantastic Brisbane garage-pop band Major Leagues.

Stream Melt Mountain's "Melt Mountain" 7"

Out now on Inner Ear!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Lowell - Cloud 69 - Free Track Download!

I Killed Sara V. Debut EP Out Feb. 25 on Arts & Crafts!

Color War - SOS Video!

Debut LP It Could Only Be This Way out March 4, 2014 on Four Horseman of the Apocalypse.

Painted Palms - Forever Video!

Painted Palms Forever out now on Polyvinyl.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Stream Casper and the Cookies New Album "Dingbats"

Awesome indie rock vets Casper and the Cookies new album Dingbats is due out Feb 25th on Wild Kindness Records and Stuff Records! Be sure to check out the opening track "Improvvisamente Ardito," it's pretty kick ass. Stream the whole thing thanks to their Bandcamp page!

Viva Indie Rock Podcast #82

Track List:

Subscribe to our Podcast via RSS Feed:

Monday, January 20, 2014

Elephant - Elusive Youth

Elusive Youth single out Jan 28th on Memphis Industries.

Spring Offensive - Hengelo

Taken from the forthcoming debut album, Young Animal Hearts.

Gardens & Villa - Colony Glen

Gardens & Villa Dunes available on CD/ LP/ Digital on Secretly Canadian, February 4, 2014.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Mode Moderne - Unburden Yourself

Occult Delight out January 21 via Light Organ Records.

Night Beds - Head For The Hills

"Head For the Hills" single out now on Dead Oceans.

WEEKNIGHT - Dark Light

New York-based dark electronic duo Weeknight are set to release their debut album Post-Everything on Artificial Records (a division of Hand Drawn Dracula). The record will be released digitally on March 4.

Bass Drum of Death - Black Don't Glow

Cool new single "Black Don't Glow" from Bass Drum of Death. Self-titled LP, Bass Drum of Death, is out now on Innovative Leisure.

Matthew and the Atlas - Pale Sun Rose Video!

“Pale Sun Rose,” the new single from U.K. artist Matthew and the Atlas will be released February 25 by Communion Records. The track, will serve as a preview to the forthcoming debut full-length, due this April.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Abuela - Sapa Video!

ABUELA is collaborative project between the ever-evolving sound & light production team of Evan 'E. Vax' Mast (Ratatat, Jay-Z) and the White Wizard (White Flight). The duo began work on the ABUELA project high up in the Andes Mountains within the greater matrix of the 'Sacred Valley of the Inka' in southern Peru. Housed in an adobe cabin and utilizing a simple, portable studio set-up, the producers were encouraged by their minimal toolkit to draw inspiration for the music directly from the mountains, rivers, and inhabitants of the valley (both seen and unseen) rather than sinking into the familiar comforts of a modern recording studio. New 7" coming out Feb 4th on CanvasClub.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Elf Power - Transparent Lines Video!

From the latest album Sunlight on the Moon!

NØMADS - In The Mend - Free Track Download

NØMADS are a maximum sound two-piece rock outfit featuring Nathan Lithgow (touring and recording bassist for My Brightest Diamond, Inlets, and Gabriel & the Hounds), and drummer Garth Macaleavey (former Inlets touring percussionist, and sound engineer for the Philip Glass Ensemble, Joe’s Pub, and Le Poisson Rouge).

Debut Album Free My Animal coming out April 8 via Mecca Lecca.

Tokyo Police Club - Hot Tonight

New album Forcefield out March 25th on Mom and Pop!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Solids - Haze Away

Debut album Blame Confusion due out Feb 18th on Fat Possum!

Xiu Xiu - Lawrence Liquors

From the upcoming Xiu Xiu album, Angel Guts: Red Classroom, available Feb 4th, 2014 on Polyvinyl.

WOODS - Leaves Like Glass

First single from the upcoming Woods album With Light And With Love out April 15th on Woodsist Records.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Hospitality - Rockets and Jets

New album Trouble due out January 28, 2014 on Merge Records.

Owls - I'm Surprised...

From the album, Two, out 3/25/14 on Polyvinyl.

Tomas Barfod - Pulsing (feat. Nina K)

Danish dance music master Thomas Barfod has joined the Secretly Canadian family! First single "Pulsing" is due out Feb 14th! But you can hear it now!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Jupe Jupe - Pieces Of You

New album Crooked Kisses due out March 4th!

Lost In The Trees - Past Life Video

New album Past Life due out Feb 18th!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Francis Lung – A Selfish Man

A Selfish Man 7" is out on Jan 16 on Atelier Ciseaux b/w “Tsunami Blues (Cause of Me).”

Friday, January 3, 2014

Califone - Movie Music Kills a Kiss Video!

Stitches out now on Dead Oceans.

01/05/14 San Diego, CA - Soda Bar w/ Little White Teeth
01/06/14 Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Bar*
01/07/14 San Francisco, CA - The Chapel*
01/09/14 Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios*
01/10/14 Seattle, WA - The Crocodile*
01/11/14 Vancouver, BC - Electric Owl*
01/22/14 Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center^
01/23/14 Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon^
01/24/14 Omaha, NE - Slowdown^
01/25/14 Columbia, MO - Mojo's^
01/26/14 St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway^
01/28/14 Louisville, KY - Zanzabar^
01/29/14 Columbus, OH - The Basement^
01/30/14 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern^
01/31/14 Pontiac, MI - The Pike Room at The Crofoot^
02/01/14 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall^

* = w/ The Luyas
^ = w/ William Tyler

PIXIES - Blue Eyed Hexe Video!

New four song EP 2 out now!

Rainn Wilson Interviews Win Butler of Arcade Fire

Silversun Pickups - Cannibal

The Singles Collection is out Feb 25th on Dangerbird. However, the single for "Cannibal" is available as of Jan 7th on iTunes.