Check out “Pete and Mary” and “Don’t Know Why”, the newest singles from Joel Michael Howard, along with a cover of Tobias Jesso Jr.’s “True Love” over at Brooklyn Vegan. If your in New York be sure to check him out tomorrow night at the Knitting Factory opening for Exit Verse.
Montreal based singer/songwriter Michael Feuerstack has been at it for almost 25 years. Feuerstack’s newest offering, The Forgettable Truth is due out February 2015 via Forward Music. Check out the first single, “Clackity Clack”, over at Stereogum.
L.A. garage rockers, SUSAN, just released their Just Call It 7″ on Volar Records. Check out one of the songs off it titled “Pancake” over at Stereogum.
After an eleven year hiatus, Eric Fifteen’s Party of One is back at it! Check out “Watch While the Heads Roll” from their album, Streetside Surprise, over at Tiny Mixtapes, here.
Check out the premiere here
Germany Germany is an independent music project founded by Drew Harris. The self-titled album is the 9th release by Germany Germany and is the first featuring a full band, bringing an analog, human feel to the project’s previously established heavily electronic sound. Ten songs previously written and produced as electronic songs were re-written and re-recorded from the ground from up as a four-member band, drawing inspiration from several different genres and eras to create something new.
Release Date: October 25, 2014
2. Bright Lights
5. Blank Mind Empty Heart
6. Love and Science Fiction
7. Crystal City
8. Eyes on the Ocean
“Li Xi is a name you’ll want to get familiar with—the San Francisco four-piece are making irresistible sounds.”
Pre-order their album here and check out their upcoming shows below.
10/23/14 San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom (w/ Metronomy & Dawn Golden)
10/28/14 San Francisco, CA @ Amnesia (w/ Haunted Summer)
Listen to “Wyn” by Ashan here: https://ashan.bandcamp.com/album/breathknow!
Ashan & Stag Hare: “Temple Vibe” Tour of the West Coast
10-05 La Puente, CA – Bridgetown DIY w/ Kevin Greenspon, LA Takedown
10-06 Los Angeles, CA – TBA
10-07 Ojai, CA – Ojai Valley Grange w/ Rob Magill, Marndez the Baron of Barn, Passive Agressor
10-08 Santa Barbara, CA – FUNZONE w/ Bur Gur, Habits
10-09 Bakersfield, CA – House Show w/ Righteous Acid Band, Bakersfield Astral Troupe
10-10 Sacramento – House Show w/ Pregnant, Quartz Thrust
10-11 Oakland, CA – The Speakeasy w/ Pine, AJA Vision
10-12 Arcata, CA – TBA
10-13 Eugene, OR – TBA
10-14 Olympia, WA – Le Voyeur w/ Total Life (of Growing)
10-15 somewhere, WA – TBA
10-16 Bellingham, WA – Alternative Library
10-17 Anacortes, WA – The Business (5pm, all ages)
10-18 Seattle, WA – Gallery 1412 w/ Ecstatic Cosmic Union
10-19 Portland, OR – TBA
10-22 Oakland, CA – LCM
In typical rock’n’roll fashion, Exquisite Corps emerged from a downtown alley garage in the spring of 2011. Beginning as a sextet, they have since proved to be anything but a typical band. With an original vision encompassing the lush power of a live string trio (cello & two violins) melded with the rhythmic density of an indie rock trio (guitar, bass & drums) the band was the perfect marriage of classic and modern. The summer of 2012 saw the release of their eponymous debut album to great reviews from blogs and print (PureVolume, the Daily Unsigned, Submerge Magazine). Steeped in the interplay of weaving string arrangements and soaring vocals, the record took the listener on a ride from intimate balladry to intense orchestral explosions backed by Zeppelin-esque drums and bass.
On the heels of their first release, the band took a grassroots approach to touring. Consistent travel up and down the West Coast landed them in great venues such as Bottom of the Hill (SF), House of Blues Sunset Strip (LA), Hotel Cafe (LA), and even selling out alternative venues like Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum Auditorium. Support slots for !!! (chk chk chk) and Sub Pop’s Helio Sequence gave way to performances at such festivals as Lightning in a Bottle and Launch Fest sharing the bill with Blonde Redhead, Imagine Dragons, Moby, Phantogram, and Little Dragon.
In 2013, the extended stints on the road forced a more pragmatic approach to the live line-up. With the ever waning ability for most of the string section to accompany the band out of town, the composed lushness of the band’s previous material morphed into a more visceral and rhythmic approach. The loss of the strings invited the addition of an organ/keyboard player to fill in the sound. The transformation from whimsical chamber rock group to full-fledged eclectic psych-art-rock band was under way as Exquisite Corps went back into the studio to record their sophomore record.
The second album Vignettes is set to release in the fall of 2014 with the core line-up:Bryan Valenzuela on vocals and guitars, Robby Dean on drums and vocals, & Nathan Webb on bass. As a trio, these hard-working musicians have perfected their songwriting craft and honed their friendship, playing with each other intermittently since they were teenagers. They are joined by a rotating cast of amazing talent including Adam Rice on organ/keyboards and occasionally Kristin Arnold and Reylynn Goessling on violins.