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Karen O & Danger Mouse – Woman

Karen O & Danger Mouse have released a video for the song “Woman” off their new upcoming album “Lux Prima” out on March 15th.
The video was directed by Warren Fu & Julian Gross.
Warren Fu has directed promos for Daft Punk, A Tribe Called Quest, Depeche Mode, The Weekend, The Strokes and many more.
Julian Gross is a member of Liars and has acted (Depeche Mode video) and directed videos as well.

 

 

Karen O had this to say in a press release:

“Woman” came like a bolt out of the blue when we were in the studio. We did a first pass where I was blurting unintelligible words and Danger Mouse and I were like “Dang! That was intense. What’s that word I keep saying? Woman.” The atmosphere was volatile with it being just after the election. A lot of people felt helpless like you do when you’re a scared kid looking for assurance that everything is gonna be alright. I like to write songs that anyone can relate to but this one felt especially for the inner child in me that needed the bullies out there to know you don’t fuck with me. I’m a woman now and I’ll protect that inner girl in me from hell and high water.”

The song itself plays like a great Danger Mouse Stax meets rock n’ roll hit. He knows how to write a hook and knows what a hit single sounds like and he’s worked with some of the best performers this century, and now he’s partnered with one of the best voices.

If this song is anything to based the album by, then it just might be one of the best releases of 2019.

 

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Tracklist
1. Lux Prima
2. Ministry
3. Turn The Light
4. Woman
5. Redeemer
6. Drown
7. Leopard’s Tongue
8. Reveries
9. Nox Lumina

 

Words by: Alfredo Tellez & Edith Morales.

Tamaryn live at the Casbah

Tamaryn played the Casbah on January 15th, where the celebrated venue is celebrating it’s 30th anniversary this whole month. It was exciting to hear Tamaryn live, the show had rich echoes of 4AD synth dream pop and her voice you could feel it could it could just explode at any moment.
Below you will find a gallery from the show:

This same day Tamaryn announced she’s releasing a new album titled “Dreaming The Dark” out March 22nd on Dero Arcade, which is co-written and co-produced by Jorge Elbrecht, and for it she released the first song “Fits Of Rage”.

The tracklisting for the upcoming album:
1. Angels of Sweat
2. Terrified
3. Path to Love
4. Fits of Rage
5. Paranoia IV
6. Victim Complex
7. You’re Adored
8. The Jealous Kind
9. Dreaming The Dark

She’s on tour and her next dates are:
1/19 – Petaluma, CA – The Phoenix Theater
2/23 – Mexico City – Frontón México
4/26 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echoplex

Words and pictures by: Alfredo Tellez & Edith Morales.

Daughters – Less Sex

Daughters released their amazing album “You Won’t Get What You Want” on Ipecac back in November. The album was met with praise from everywhere and was on many best of the year lists for good reason.

This latest video is for “Less Sex” and it’s almost impossible to not make a comparison to Nick Cave in the style of delivery that Alexis Marshall has on this song.  The song itself is dystopian and cathartic surrounded by enclosing wails while standing on quicksand.
You want to move but you won’t.
You want to leave but you’ll stay for one more song.

 

 

They’ve been on the road during their hiatus, they accompanied The Dillinger Escape Plan on some of their final shows ever and they’re on the road now.
They will be on a US tour with Black Mass starting February 16th and they will play the Regent Theatre March 2nd.
See them live if you get the chance!

 

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Words by: Alfredo Tellez & Edith Morales.

 

 

 

Melvins live at the Casbah

The Melvins played 2 sold out shows for the Casbah 30th anniversary. As usual the band played an amazing show in San Diego and at the end of their set they closed it by singing Happy Birthday to the venue.

Here’s a gallery from the show:

This tour is still in support of their latest release “Pinkus Abortion Technician” out on Ipecac Recordings, which is a reference on the Butthole Surfers album “Locust Abortion Technician” for which Jeff Pinkus was a part of.

As usual, if the Melvins come play your city you should get a ticket and go see them live. They’ve been doing this for 35 years and one day they’ll stop, just hopefully not soon enough.

Long life to the Melvins.

Words & Pics by: Alfredo Tellez & Edith Morales

Sharon Van Etten – Seventeen

Sharon Van Etten will be releasing a new album “Remind Me Tomorrow”, her follow up to the incredible “Are We There”, on JagJaguwar 1/18.

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Ahead of the album release Van Etten has released a video for the amazing single “Seventeen”. This song is a letter to her 17 year old self in New York. The video perfectly captures herself now and herself 20 years ago.

 

It’s somewhat weird trying to sing accolades to Sharon Van Etten without hyping her or her upcoming album too much, but from what we’ve heard on the previous singles she’s released we should be expecting another masterful album, just like “Are We There” was. At this point there is no denying that her voice and songwriting are unique and that this a contender for one of the best albums from 2019.

To make matters even better she will be touring this album and she will be performing in San Diego at the Observatory in North Park with Nilüfer Yanya on February 28th.
Get your tickets here.

 

Words: Alfredo Tellez & Edith Morales.

Miserable – Loverboy / Dog Days

Kristina Esfandiari is Miserable. She is also know as the vocalist from King Woman which is just a wonderful and brutal doom band. Sargent House released her album “Loverboy / Dog Days”, which is a new EP (Loverboy) and a her 2015 EP (Dog Days).
This is what dream doom pop sounds like, and it’s something that should be in your rotation. It takes you places and it makes you feel, which is something we are in need in these days.

 

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Miserable has released a couple of videos for her release and in the you can tell / feel that Kristina’s voice IS another power instrument to match her music.
Below is the video for Loverboy.

 

 

Here’s the audio video for “Gasoline”, another standout track from the double EP album.

 

 

The one thing to differentiate King Woman from Miserable is that one leans on doom drone metal and the latter on doom dream shoegaze pop, and she does both wonderfully. Both genres sound new and refreshing with her voice and work. Both genres need more of Kristina Esfandiari, hell the music world (and the live presentations) need more of her.
This double EP album goes to prove that she’s only in competition with herself to top one release over the next.
Do not sleep on any of her releases.

 

Words by: Alfredo Tellez & Edith Morales

 

FEMME – EP 2.0

FEMME released a new EP titled 2.0. Laura Bettinson is FEMME and with this EP she has continued creating a vibrant blend of elctro pop that still continues to carry the dna that she inputted on her Ultraista album. Here her sound is more than dance, more than club music. It’s an amalgamation of great songwriting and production.

 

 

Off of this EP, out on AntiFragile Music, 2 singles have been released.
The incredibly contagious “All For You”, which is what a pop anthem should sound like.

 

 

The other single is the impeccable “Be Shy” featuring NOVA. And taking a more hands on approach she also directed and edited this video.

 

 

FEMME is carving her way in the scene having complete artistry control over her production, writing, fashion, videos, visuals, ideas. Everything. The only artist that come to mind that might be on the same playing field as her are Grimes and Zola Jesus.
FEMME is fierce.
FEMME is a force.
FEMME should be playing thru your speakers.

 

Words by: Alfredo Tellez & Edith Morales.

 

Happy Birthday Michael Stipe

Michael Stipe is a sort of musical hero to me. His voice was of major help during those dreaded junior high school days. His songs became more than anthems to me. I understood what a musician and a band could mean to you at a certain crucial time for a young teenager.

Upon diving into their influences and what inspired them to be them I found out that his main inspiration was Patti Smith. She was his north star. She was an influence and an inspiration and a way through. He himself became an inspiration to Thom Yorke during the dreaded OK Computer tour.

Michael Stipe’s lyrics and music and voice and persona was/is still an inspiration and a musical hero. His portrait is hanging in the wall of my mind the same way that Adam in Only Lovers Left Alive, d. Jim Jarmusch, has a wall of all his heroes.

Here is one of his favorite songs from the R.E.M catalogue.

Words by Alfredo Tellez and Edith Morales.

Georgia Anne Muldrow – Overload

Georgia Anne Muldrow released her latest album “OVERLOAD” October 26th on the Brainfeeder label.

To listen to Georgia is to go on a soul jazz trip. Even if you think you’re prepared for the voyage it will still take you somewhere unexpected. Yes her voice is amazing, but so is the production and the arrangements here

And that cover art is just perfect. Timeless. Truly one that can even become iconic.

 

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Here’s the video for the title song of the album Overload

 

 

Georgia Anne Muldrow has worked and collaborated with an array of producers from Madlib, Stones Throw, Mos Def, Erykah Badu, Dudley Perkins plus she’s the co-founder of SomeOthaShip Connect label.

This is her 17th album released since 2006. And it doesn’t appear to be stopping anytime soon. Here’s to hoping she keeps reinventing herself and her sound and R&B all together.

She has a FREE show with RSVP in Los Angeles on January 24th.

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Words by: Alfredo Tellez & Edith Morales

 

 

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