Philadelphia-based Suburban Living, led by songwriter Wesley Bunch, have revealed a second track off their self-titled, debut album “No Fall.” Take a listen to the track via Soundcloud below.
The 8-song collection, due out January 27th via PaperCup Music, was recorded in Bunch’s hometown of Virginia Beach and was engineered by Mark Padgett at EarthSound Studios. A dark and lo-fi collection that straddles the line between shoegaze and dream-pop, Suburban Living bring to mind elements of The Cure, early 4AD, Ultra Vivid Scene, Craft Spells, Joy Division, amongst others.
Toronto’s Brave Shores, electro-pop brother and sister duo Jay and Stefanie McCarol, have just released their self-titled debut EP and are set to play Toronto’s Phoenix Concert Theatre on December 17th. As part of the Jingle Bell Rock concert series, the show will be headlined by Big Data, and is presented by 102.1 The Edge and Union Events.
The band recently premiered their brand new single Dancing Under Water exclusively via Indie88.com, who said the tune is “indie-pop perfection”. You can watch the track’s video via YouTube below.
Polyvinyl has announced Volume 2 of their popular 4-Track Singles Series. Each month, subscribers will receive a limited edition, two-song 7”, pressed on colored vinyl and packaged in a jacket featuring unique artwork by GRAMMY-nominated artist Jesse LeDoux. Only 1000 subscriptions are being made available.
Like the sold out 2014 series, the 2015 series centers around a traveling Tascam 4-track cassette recorder that was passed along from one musician to the next. Today, Telekinesistreats fans with a sneak peek of their 7” single titled Can’t See Stars. Take a listen to the track via Soundcloud below.
Among the artists to record on the device are of Montreal, David Bazan, Deerhoof, and Crooked Fingers, as well as Blikk Fang, a long-rumored collaboration between Kevin Barnes (of Montreal) and Andrew VanWyngarden (MGMT). The full list of participating artists can be viewed below.
4-Track Singles Series Vol. 2 Artists:
Blikk Fang (MGMT, of Montreal)
Ducktails (Real Estate)
Jonathan Rado (Foxygen)
San Francisco-based indie quintet, Sporting Life, have announced their 11 track self-titled LP, which will be available February 3, 2015.
To celebrate the release, they have shared the video for the first single, Tsunami. “The lyrics came from watching a documentary called Tsunami and the Cherry Tree, which was about the earthquake and tidal wave in Japan, and how the people affected by it were resilient in the face of grief and loss,” explains Keith Brasel, one of Sporting Life’s guitarist and singer. “The guitars, later expanded by Ryan McGee, take this song to another level that I didn’t expect.” Watch the video for Tsunami below via Vimeo.
Last month, we posted MOURN’s lead single, Silver Gold, and now they have followed it up with their second single, Otitis. Lyrically despondent and sonically tireless, the track is a brooding anthem, reiterating MOURN’s propensity for writing songs that pack melodic punches with subtle sophistication. Listen to the super catchy track via Soundcloud below.
Pale have been one of the most ardently received and intriguing new bands of the past year, attracting the attention of the media globally with their melancholy and captivating sound. Having self-released ‘The Come Back EP’ in September, a work comprised of four tracks produced by Adam Jaffrey and with a crucial visual element imagined by Pale themselves and artist Christopher Orlando Page, the band will perform an extremely rare live show at Shoreditch House this coming Monday (November 24, 2014).
Collector’s Edition: Innovative Packaging and Graphics by Stuart Tolley is a visual culture book about specialist music, book, magazine design which was recently published by Thames and Hudson. It has a number of cool examples of interesting music packaging by artists such as Radiohead, Flaming Lips, Bjork, and Junip. This would definitely be a perfect fit for any music lover with an eye for design – and I wish I had a copy on my bookshelf. You can find out more about Collector’s Edition on the Thames and Hudson website.
This global survey of graphic design innovation brings together over 170 examples from the worlds of music, book publishing, and magazines that have been released as collector’s, limited, or deluxe editions.
Now, Stuart Tolley has commissioned a special hand made Collector’s Edition ‘artist cover bomb’ series where he invited some of the world’s most respected names in music, art and graphic design, to draw directly onto the cover of his book. These exclusive hand drawn Artist Cover Bomb editions of ten copies are are now being auctioned from November 12th – December 12th to raise funds for The Alzheimer’s Society. Contributors include: Paul McCartney, Nick Cave, Wayne Coyne, Stanley Donwood, Peter Gabriel, The Designers Republic, Jessica Hische, Alec Soth, Robert ‘3D’ Del Naja and Oliver Jeffers. You can get your hands on a unique, one of a kind version of this stunning hardcover book and help a worthy cause by bidding at the-collectors-edition.com.