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Ski Lodge release new single, get remixed by Tennis (listen), replace The Bilinda Butchers on Craft Spells' NYC show
Jan 26, 2015 11:30am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

With the possibility of two feet of snow being dumped all over the Northeast in the next 24 hours, it seems appropriate to post about Brooklyn band Ski Lodge who have a new single out next month. "Trust" is sparkling pop, steeped in bright '80s movie montages with a very catchy synth hook and chorus. The digital version comes with a remix by Tennis who dial the song down into more of a ballad. We've got the premiere of that remix which you can stream, along with the original, below.

Ski Lodge are playing the NYC date of Craft Spells' upcoming tour -- March 13 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets are still available. They replace announced openers The Bilinda Butchers who are still touring with Craft Spells, but not playing the NYC show. It's Ski Lodge's only scheduled date at the moment.

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Stream Height Keech Talk Singer (Stereogum Premiere)
Jan 26, 2015 11:27am | StereoGum

Dan Keech, the Baltimore rapper who records as Height, has been a vital part of his hometown’s DIY-indie scene for more than a decade, and he’s also a supremely good dude. There’s a good chance you’ve seen him on tour with Dan Deacon. For the past few years, Keech has been putting out low-key fun-as-hell records with his Height With Friends group; we posted streams to his last two, the conceptual period pieces Versus Dynamic Sounds and Versus Electric Rockers. Keech’s latest is a guitar-based affair, and since it’s a solo record, he’s using the new moniker Height Keech. Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner sings throughout the record, which should be reason enough for you to check it out, and it’s some powerfully swampy and jagged hybrid rap music that doesn’t sound quite like anything I’ve heard before. Stream the whole album below.


Torche Loose Men
Jan 26, 2015 11:25am | StereoGum

“Loose Men” is a pretty hilarious thing to name a song when your band’s frontman is one of the few openly gay men in underground metal. Florida fuzz-metal asskickers Torche are back next month with the new album Restarter, and early songs “Minions” and “Annihilation Affair” are both the sort of things you want to hear playing loud while you’re gunning a motorcycle through the desert. “Loose Men,” the third song they’ve shared, every bit the towering riff-rocker that those two songs are, and it has the added bonus of that title. Listen to it below.


Jens Lekman premieres new songs Postcard #3 and Postcard #4 listen
Jan 26, 2015 11:20am | Cosequence Of Sound

For the entirety of 2015, Swedish troubadour Jens Lekman has set out to perform the herculean task of writing, recording, and releasing a song every week. While it’s only been less than a month, the tracks, or “Postcards”, as he calls them, have so far been stellar. The latest two entries in the series are no different, each highlighting his earnest charm and precious sensibilities.

“Postcard #3″ is a light and amiable acoustic number inspired by a recent wedding Lekman sang at, while “Postcard #4″ is a piano ballad that boasts grand harmonies and horn arrangements. Listen to both below.

Meanwhile, Lekman is in the midst of sessions for his upcoming fourth studio album, the follow-up to I Know What Love Isnt.

Tim Heidecker Leaked Katy Perrys Super Bowl Song
Jan 26, 2015 11:17am | StereoGum

Last January, Nick Kroll/Tom Scharpling associate Jon Daly gave us the brilliant Red Hot Chili Peppers parody “Abracadabralifornia” days before the Peppers played the Super Bowl halftime show (or at least pretended to play). Now a different comedian, Tim Heidecker of Tim & Eric, has taken the piss out of this year’s Super Bowl performer. Heidecker’s “Katy Perry Leaked Superbowl Song 2015″ is funny for different reasons; whereas “Abracadabralifornia” was a note-perfect imitation that could almost pass for the real thing, this sounds nothing like a Katy Perry song. It’s just so absurd and goofy that it doesn’t matter. “I’m Katy Perry/ And I’m hairy and scary,” faux-Perry begins, before explaining the rules of football: “Don’t have to dribble, you pass the ball/ You run the ball, you go to the end zone/ To score the points!” Lenny Kravitz (or a very talented Kravitz impersonator) shows up to rep for T-Mobile and philosophize, too. Listen below.


Tim Heidecker Leaks Katy Perrys Super Bowl 2015 Halftime Song
Jan 26, 2015 11:15am | Chart Attack

You never know what will happen at the Super Bowl, during the big football contest or during the intermission. Every year, the halftime performers try to keep a few plays hidden until the big night. But in this modern age of leaks and cables, you just can't stop some surprises from getting out.

And so, just like Jon Daly leaked the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Abracadabralifornia" before last year's Super Bowl, Tim Heidecker has got his hands on Katy Perry's showstopper new song, featuring Lenny Kravitz. And it's just too hot to hold onto until Sunday.

You can listen to the new song below. But be careful, it gets a little bit political towards the end. If you can handle the heat, welcome to the kitchen:

Tim Heidecker Leaks Katy Perry’s Super Bowl 2015 Halftime Song by Richard Trapunski | Chart Attack.

Song : Diet Cig : Harvard
Jan 26, 2015 11:09am | My Old Kentucky Blog

New Paltz, NY’s Diet Cig, the outfit comprised of Alex Luciano with Noah Bowman, have their debut EP, Over Easy, coming out on February 24th via Father/Daughter Records. We discussed their fantastic debut song “Scene Sick” previously, now we hear Luciano lament a break-up with an Ivy League, sweater-wearing Harvard girl that culminates with her screaming full of angst “Fuck your Ivy League Sweater. You know I was better.” Stream it below and

VIDEO PREMIERE: Teenangers trippy neon rip-a-thon for Twisted
Jan 26, 2015 11:06am | Chart Attack

Near every review of Teenanger's late-2014 release E P L P made some perfunctory song nod to 'the one with the saxophone.' If Frights cemented the Toronto four-piece as garage wunderkinds, and Singles Don't $ell pushed their palette towards typically new wave terrain, then "Twisted" off their latest, reminds us of the long lost tradition of the punk rock sax The Stooges, Pere Ubu, Rocket From the Crypt and that free jazz and Flipper might be closer than we tend to remember.

Here, they package the catchy cruise track with a psychedelic performance video directed by Henry Sansom. If E P L P was the perfect record to tip beers to in summer's dying days, then the "Twisted" video, velvet painting come to life that it is, is that night at the cottage when you and your friends decide it might be fun to try mushrooms again. Psychedelia never really gets old.

Teenanger's E P L P is out now via Telephone Explosion.

VIDEO PREMIERE: Teenanger’s trippy neon rip-a-thon for “Twisted” by chris hampton | Chart Attack.

Zola Jesus played her first of two Saint Vitus shows with Deradoorian (pics), doing it again tonight w/ UNIFORM
Jan 26, 2015 10:59am | Brooklyn Vegan

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Zola Jesus / Deradoorian @ Saint Vitus - 1/25/15

Zola Jesus is currently on tour in continued support of her big-sounding 2014 album Taiga (her first for Mute), and last night (1/25) she kicked off her sold-out two-night stand at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus. Last night's show was opened by Deradoorian, the project led by former Dirty Projectors member and current Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks member Angel Deradoorian, who's now playing as a duo with her sister Arlene on drums/backing vocals. They played a great set, with lots of cool harmonies and loops, and it was great to see the always-wild Zola Jesus back on a small stage after last fall's Webster Hall show. Pictures of both Zola and Deradoorian are in this post.

Bjork was in the house last night too. We didn't see her but Delicate Steve did. Have you heard her new album?

Zola Jesus' Vitus run wraps up tonight with noise duo UNIFORM (ex-Drunkdriver, The Men). Despite the weather, Vitus assures the show is STILL ON. And again, it's sold out.

More pictures from last night (including one of Zola's setlist) below...

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Passenger Peru The Best Way To Drown (Stereogum Premiere)
Jan 26, 2015 10:54am | StereoGum

“The Best Way To Drown” is a monster flood of a track, taking its name to heart and coming across like a rush of oncoming water. It feels epic in scope — a dark, gnarled aura of foreboding, with churning guitars that border on catchy but end up somewhere around menacing. It’s the first track we’ve heard from Passenger Peru’s forthcoming sophomore effort, Light Places. The Brooklyn duo made up of Justin Stivers and Justin Gonzales expand the sonic ground they covered on their self-titled debut to explore a blustery, scorched-earth sense of doom. “The more I figure out, the less I figure out,” they sing at one point, conveying the feeling of drifting existence that the song captures so well. You can listen to it below.


Diet Cig Harvard
Jan 26, 2015 10:50am | StereoGum

At the beginning of the year, we premiered Diet Cig’s debut single “Scene Sick” and named the New Paltz duo our first Band To Watch of 2015. Every Diet Cig song sounds like a vengeful diary entry in the best way possible, and “Harvard,” the final track on their forthcoming Over Easy EP, is probably the finest example of the band’s incapacitating honesty. As a writer, it can be dangerous to render any definitive storyline out of a song, but there’s absolutely no way that the the through line of “Harvard” can be interpreted as anything but confidently bitter. In the opening verse, Alex Luciano asks an ex-boyfriend (who she briefly mentions in our Band To Watch Q&A) about his new “Ivy League” girlfriend, “Is she boring too in the way I couldn’t stand?” Her questions unfurl throughout the course of the song like she’s leaving the guy in question a late night, pissed-off voicemail. About a minute in, Luciano’s words are acidic and unapologetic: “Does it feel better to be in an Ivy League sweater?/ Put your work shoes on, and talk about her at your shitty job/ Does it feel better?/ In that cold Boston weather?/ FUCK your Ivy League sweater/ You know I was better.” Her lyrics have the kind of blistering, irascible humor that make you feel really sorry for whoever she’s writing songs about. Listen below.


Screaming Females playing Hoboken before multi-continent tour that includes Asbury Park (updated 2015 dates)
Jan 26, 2015 10:46am | Brooklyn Vegan

Not long after Screaming Females announced a 2nd upcoming Brooklyn show, the NJ band announced a ton more tour dates in support of "Rose Mountain" (their forthcoming record which is pictured above).

The new tour includes an April 4th show at Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park, NJ, which is also the state they'll play THIS FRIDAY NIGHT (1/30) as part of a show at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken with Glazer ("Free admission for Stevens students [bring your ID!], $10 for everyone else)." You can also still get tickets for the Brooklyn late show which, like the early show, also has Priests, Tenement, and Vacation on the bill.

All tour dates, including a Chicago show at Empty Bottle, are listed under their new video for new single "Criminal Image", below...

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Stream Mount Eerie Sauna
Jan 26, 2015 10:43am | StereoGum

It’s been nearly three years since Phil Elverum released the lonely, majestic Ocean Roar, his last album as Mount Eerie. Next week, he’ll follow it up with Sauna, his latest piece of desolate, beautiful, lo-fi personal-apocalypse blues. We’ve heard the early tracks “This,” “Dragon,” and “Sauna,” and they’re all distinct and lovely and soul-crushing in that way that only Elverum can pull off. And right now, you can stream the entire album at NPR.

Sauna is out 2/9 on P.W. Elverum & Sun.

UK shoegazers Leave the Planet releasing new 7" & video (watch), playing six NYC shows & other East Coast dates
Jan 26, 2015 10:42am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

Sharing a love of Slowdive, Felt and Field Mice, London based pair Nathalie Bruno and Jack Milwaukee (who is from Italy, just for the record) began working on music together which soon turned into an actual band, Leave the Planet. If they are getting off this rock, they're doing it gently, in beautiful fashion. This is shoegaze at its most glistening. Having only released a few songs, as well as a lovely cover of Galaxie 500's "Strange," Leave the Planet are now signed to Kanine Records and will release new single "Winter Sleep" on February 3. We've got the premiere of that song's video which was directed by Milwaukee. You can watch it below.

Leave the Planet will be visiting the East Coast next month where they'll play a handful of shows, including six in NYC:

Wednesday Feb. 4 @ Cake Shop with Wildhoney, Dead Leaf Echo, and Beliefs

Thursday Feb. 5 @ Shea Stadium with Breakfast in Furs, Lost Boy, and Chimes

Wednesday Feb. 11 @ Pianos with Cosmonaut, The Jaguar Club, Captain Baby, and Night Squirrel

Saturday Feb. 14 @ Brooklyn Nite Bazaar (FREE show) with Futurebirds, and Steve Gunn

Sunday Feb. 15 @ Baby's Alright with more TBA

Girlpool Chinatown Video
Jan 26, 2015 10:36am | StereoGum

The frenetic energy of Girlpool’s “Blah Blah Blah” and the deep, bluesy grooves of “Jane” originally drew my attention to the L.A. duo, but their new single “Chinatown” veers off in a different direction. The track has a slower, sweeping pace, and the video of Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker goofing off in the song’s namesake neighborhood of Los Angeles captures a specific feeling of wandering with no real purpose. Sometimes those unplanned hang out sessions end up being the memories we treasure most when we’re looking back.


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