Wednesday, July 27, 2011

VIDEO: Dntel - Jitters

Dntel is releasing a new 7" on his upcoming Soft Alarm Tour, beginning August 2nd. This is the A side of the 7" with a sample of the visuals he is making for the tour, created from construction paper through filters in Final Cut. These visuals are really remarkable with great colors and a kaleidoscopic feeling.

The Soft Alarm Tour Dates

Aug 02 Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa, CA
Aug 03 Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco, CA
Aug 05 Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR
Aug 06 Neumos, Seattle, WA
Aug 08 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 09 Hi-Dive, Denver, CO
Aug 10 Slowdown, Omaha, NE
Aug 11 Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis, MN
Aug 12 Lincoln Hall (IL), Chicago, IL
Aug 13 Garden Bowl (MI), Detroit, MI
Aug 14 Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, Canada
Aug 16 Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA
Aug 17 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia, PA
Aug 18 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
Aug 19 Red Palace, Washington , DC
Aug 20 Kings Royal Barcade, Raleigh, NC
Aug 21 The Earl, Atlanta, GA
Aug 23 Emo’s (Austin), Austin, TX
Aug 24 Club Dada, Dallas, TX
Aug 26 Bar Smith, Phoenix, AZ
Aug 27 Echoplex, Los Angeles, CA

If you are anywhere around these locations, you should go out and support Dntel, also touring are Baths ambient side project Geotic and One AM Radio.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Mutual Spirits

Mutual Spirits is a split release by Mutual Benefit and Holy Spirits; it is the first full length on Father/Daughter Records, whom also serves as a home for Gainesville bud Levek's 7" Look On The Bright Side released last year.

Mutual Spirits is decorated with wonderful acoustic textures--marimba, kalimba, acoustic guitar, stick taps, floor toms, violin, toy piano, banjo, tambourine, and more.

Mutual Benefit's side explores more in the electric realm on songs like "Future House Show" and "Brownsman", with lush keyboard bliss explosions previously found on I Saw The Sea. "Exit" may remind you of Levek (in a Mutual Benefit kind of way), but "No Names" and "Wishing" are strikingly familiar, with melodies passed down in gorgeous, bright folk ballads, yet approached in a new, unique way.

Holy Spirits' side borders on the edge of experimental folk rock. Songs like "Open the Sparrow" and "Handmade Sun" may be something for fans of Fleet Foxes via Grizzly Bear. Holy Spirits offers a refreshing new sound with some remarkable guitar work on "I'll Not Become", powerful arrangements in the aforementioned songs, and a tribal feeling throughout, emphasized most on "To the Shore". These songs build off the work previously shown on The Afternoon's Blood EP released last April.

Below check out the kaleidoscopic music video of "To the Shore" by Brianna Olson.

Purchase the Mutual Spirits vinyl from Father/Daughter Records.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Band In Heaven - Seven Minutes In Heaven

The Band In Heaven recently released Seven Minutes In Heaven, a two track cassette released on Orlando's Norse Korea label clocking in literally at seven minutes. The first song, "Sleazy Dreams" is a high energy rock anthem, like a car chase scene from an action film in the not-too-distant future, with synths peaking in and out of the choruses and a break for more artful dissonance at the two minute mark.

The second song, "If You Only Knew" sounds like a new direction for The Band In Heaven. Building on top of a droning sitar note, a new palette of acoustic textures blend with the crass distortion and reverberated vocals signature to the band's sound. If you are into West Palm native (and recent Surfer Blood inductee) Kevin William's project Totem Pole, you would enjoy this.

The Band In Heaven - If You Only Knew

Purchase Seven Minutes In Heaven on cassette through Norse Korea for $3.


Sunday, July 17, 2011

Prince Rama - Rest In Peace

Prince Rama just released a song from their upcoming fifth album, Trust Now, due October 4th on Paw Tracks. "Rest In Peace" is dedicated to Taraka and Nimai's grandmother's passing. The promo video below documents their release party for the single, where, according to Altered Zones, attendees participated in rooftop yoga followed by literally releasing 30 3-inch mini CD-R singles into the air. From their three month multimedia installations at Issue Project Room in support of an aerobic exercise VHS release, to redefining "release party", Prince Rama continues to travel beyond the realm of established normalcy.

Prince Rama - Rest In Peace

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