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The Color Forty Nine – String Ladder

The Color Forty Nine have released their first single, “String Ladder”, from what will be the follow up to their self titled album.

The video was directed and animated by Lianne Mueller from a series of paintings done by Christopher Wassell.

“String Ladder” follows the line of the previous album. It’s a soft melody with a wonderful arrangement performance by Scott Mercado and Jason Hooper accompanied by Phil Beaumont’s voice. The one major difference here is the violin that keeps building this song thanks to Matt Resovich. He takes this song to a different place. He’s the multi-instrumentalist that holds the bands music together.

We look forward to the near future where we are able to see the band perform live again either in Tijuana or San Diego. Not a single time that we’ve seen them perform have they’ve been less than amazing.

Desperate Journalist – Maximum Sorrow!

Desperate Journalist have announced their new album titled “Maximum Sorrow!” to be released July 2nd via Fierce Panda.

TRACKLIST:
01 “Formaldehyde”
02 “Fault”
03 “Personality Girlfriend”
04 “Armageddon”
05 “Fine In The Family”
06 “Utopia”
07 “Everything You Wanted”
08 “Poison Pen”
09 “The Victim”
10 “What You’re Scared Of”
11 “Was It Worth It”

The band has released a video for the first single titled “Fault”. The song has a really David J, Bauhaus era, feel to it and an early The Horrors sound. The video was directed by Nick JS Thompson.

Flying Lotus – Yasuke

Flying Lotus has released the score to the Netflix samurai anime series “Yasuke” via Warp Records.

TRACK LIST

  1. War at the Door
  2. Black Gold (feat. Thundercat)
  3. Your Lord
  4. Shoreline Sus
  5. Hiding in the Shadows (feat. Niki Randa)
  6. Crust
  7. Fighting Without Honor
  8. Pain and Blood
  9. War Lords
  10. Sachi
  11. Your Screams
  12. Using What You Got
  13. African Samurai (feat. Denzel Curry)
  14. Where’s the Girl?
  15. Kurosaka Strikes!
  16. This Cursed Life
  17. RoBomb
  18. Taiko Time // Sacrifice
  19. Your Day Off
  20. Your Armour
  21. Enchanted
  22. Mind Fight
  23. Survivors
  24. Your Head // We Won
  25. The Eyes of Vengeance
  26. Between Memories (feat. Niki Randa)

FlyLo has a collaboration with Thundercat for the theme song of the series, “Black Gold”, which we can imagine should be a career highlight for the anime loving bassist.

Flying Lotus is also an executive producer for the series which tells the story of the first black samurai in feudal Japan. The series was created and directed by LeSean Thomas (The Legend Of Korra) together with Japanese animation studio MAPPA. Lakeith Stanfield voices the samurai.

Listening to this score you can get the feeling that this could be his synthesizer album in the same vein that You’re Dead was his jazz album. Hearing this score you can tell this is a Flying Lotus album that works as both. This soundtrack feels natural, as if his filling in the empty spaces and coloring the myth of Yasuke as we watch along.

Calvin Love – “Laughing In The Dark”

Calvin Love has shared the first song, “Laughing In The Dark”, off his upcoming album “Lavender” out May 27th on his label Hidden Treasures Recordings via Taxi Gauche Records.

Love returns with the follow up to Night Songs which was released February 2020 via Taxi Gauche Records as well.

Calvin Love gives us a poppier darker version of what Chris Isaak was. He’s owner of a soothing crooning and he accompanies this song with a great arrangement. If this is an indication of what the album will sound like then we can rest assured it will sound beautiful.

We look forward to when touring is a thing again and we are able to see him perform once more.

Red Fang – Arrows

Red Fang, the beloved Portland-based “riff-heavy” (NPR) rock band, return with their highly-anticipated new album, Arrows, on June 4 via Relapse Records.

Arrows tracklist:

  1. Take it Back
  2. Unreal Estate
  3. Arrows
  4. My Disaster
  5. Two High
  6. Anodyne
  7. Interop-Mod
  8. Fonzi Scheme
  9. Days Collide
  10. Rabbits in Hive
  11. Why
  12. Dr. Owl
  13. Funeral Coach

“It was so gratifying to put these songs on tape with Funk!” says guitarist/vocalist Bryan Giles of the album that was produced by longtime collaborator Chris Funk (Murder The MountainsWhales and Leeches). It felt very comfortable with a loose schedule. We didn’t take it one song at a time, but added guitars, vocals, or general weirdness whenever an idea sprang to mind. We busted out a hurdy gurdy! It was that fun.

Long live Rock!!”

“WOW! We are SO EXCITED to finally release this record to the world! We finished the album way back in December 2019 and then… something happened that is not worth discussing…,” adds vocalist/bassist Aaron Beam. “Making this record felt totally loose and easy. It felt like we were just doing whatever the fuck we wanted, and not overthinking anything. That attitude reminded me a lot of what it felt like to make Murder the Mountains. The result doesn’t sound anything like MTM, but it has more of that vibe.”

News of the eagerly-awaited album, the band’s first collection in five years, arrives with a new chapter in the band’s unparalleled canon of Whitey McConnaughy-directed music videos as the foursome unveils a clip for “Arrows”, finds Red Fang once again exploring creative ways to spend the label’s music video budget in a subtle nod to the band’s classic “Wires” video.

“His way of presenting us really works,” says guitarist David Sullivan of the band’s relationship with Whitey. “That first video he did for us for ‘Prehistoric Dog’ gave us a big jumpstart as far as the band getting popular. And we love working with him.”

Red Fang is Aaron Beam (bass/vocals/guitar/keyboards), Bryan Giles (guitar/vocals), John Sherman (drums) and David Sullivan (guitars). Over the course of their 16-year career the Portland, Oregon-based band has released four studio albums (Red Fang (2009), Murder the Mountains (2011), Whales and Leeches (2013), and Only Ghosts(2016), joined Fred Armisen in an epic battle against invading zombie hordes, were joined by Paul Shaffer during a standout performance on The Late Show with David Letterman, and have created the best music videos in recent history.

SILENT – MODERN HATE

Después de 5 años SILENT regresa con su nuevo disco “MODERN HATE” que saldrá este 23 de Abril, 2021 a través de Three One G. MODERN HATE fue grabado, producido, mezclado y masterizado en Mexicali, Baja California en el Estudio Pulsar y La Casa Estudios por Cesar Cossio. La masterización del vinilo estuvo a cargo de Rubén Tamayo (productor del 1er disco “A Century Of Abuse).

Modern Hate LP:

  1. END
  2. A NEW SLAVE
  3. IT FOLLOWS
  4. HANDS ON THE WALL
  5. DEATH IS NOT AN OPTION
  6. ERASED
  7. TRUST NO GOD
  8. THE WITNESS
  9. EMPTY SPACES
  10. NO HEAVEN

Como primer adelanto del disco han estrenado el video para la canción “END” el cual fue dirigido por el artista inglés displaced/replaced.

Como segundo sencillo han adelantado la canción “A NEW SLAVE”. En esta canción se siente la fuerza de la batería de Rocío y el bajo de Rodo. La guitarra de Alex logra que la canción tome forma. El video fue dirigido por Christian Cavazos

El tercer y último sencillo es”EMPTY SPACES”. Aquí Alex toma la delantera en la canción y la melodía y la banda marcha detrás de la batería de Rocío. La canción suena tan urgente como The Cure a finales de los 80’s.

Silent se fundó en Mexicali, Baja California en el 2015 por Jung Sing y Alex Lara. La banda sacó su primer LP, “A Century Of Abuse”, el siguiente año bajo el sello Three One G. Desde entonces solo han ofrecido una canción, el cover “Prayers For Rain” de la banda The Cure, haciendo de este su segundo LP el primer disco completo en 5 años. Silent ha compartido escenario en giras tanto en Estados Unidos como en México con bandas como Dead Cross, Retox, Algiers, He Whose Ox Is Gored, Author & Punisher, y The Locust. La música de Silent tiene un enfoque auditivo que navega con influencias en lo hipnótico, gótico y darkwave así como el post-punk y punk, y en ocasiones llegan a cruzar al mundo del surf-rock gracias a sus riffs. Aunque la batería de Rocío Chávez, el bajo de Rodo Ibarra (Maniquí Lazer), y las guitarras de Alex Lara varían dependiendo de la canción la voz de Jung Sing (Maniquí Lazer, All Leather) es el común denominador a través del disco, emitiendo el constante dolor meloso: calmante pero lamentable, desesperado pero sin prisa, quizás nos hace pensar en una reencarnación mexicalense de Nick Cave.

Los hemos visto tocar en vivo tanto en Tijuana como en Mexicali así como en San Diego y Arizona y en varias de esas presentaciones a veces se sienten más apreciados en Estados Unidos que en México. Quizás gracias a este disco se solidifiquen como una de las bandas más importantes de México.

Luz Futuro – Falsos Techos

Luz Futuro editó su más reciente EP “Falsos Techos” a través de Beso De Muerte Records.

Tracklist

1. La Cura. 2. La Última Vez. 3. Dualismo. 4. Sueños. 5. Escapar. 6. Ni Te Recuerdo.

De este EP grabo un par de videoclips. Uno de ellos fue para la canción “La Última Vez”. Los directores del video fueron Daniel Benavides y Adrián Leon Arocha.

El otro fue para la canción “Sueños” el cual fue dirigido por Daniel.

Luz Futuro es Daniel Benavides del Pino. Radica en Madrid y es de las Islas Canarias. Durante esta pandemia se dedicó a grabar tan constantemente como pudo y eso dio fruto a “Futuros Techos” el cual, aún con nuestro desdén hacia los 80’s, podemos apreciar y admitir que es uno de los mejores discos que hemos escuchado en meses. Para los que piensen que suena, o les recuerda, a Los Prisioneros o a los Smiths o que se noten las influencias de Soda Stereo o The Cure, no estarían para nada equivocados aqui la notoria diferencia es que Luz Futuro suena refrescante, original y actual.

Danny Elfman – Big Mess

Danny Elfman has announced he will be releasing “Big Mess”, his first album of new music that is not soundtrack oriented, in June 11th via Epitaph and ANTI-.

Tracklist: 01 Sorry
02 True
03 In Time
04 Everybody Loves You
05 Dance With the Lemurs
06 Serious Ground
07 Choose Your Side
08 We Belong
09 Happy
10 Just a Human
11 Devil Take Away
12 Love in the Time of Covid
13 Native Intelligence
14 Better Times
15 Cruel Compensation
16 Kick Me
17 Get Over It
18 Insects

He has released a video for the latest single “True” directed by Sarah Sitkin.

His comeback started with the release of his first song in 36 years titled “Happy” which he had written for what would’ve been his triumphant show in Coachella 2020. This video was directed by Aron Johnson. The 3D photography was done by Sarah Sitkin.

The single that followed was “Sorry”. The animation was done by Jesse Kanda. This work was originally created as a visual for the Coachella live performance.

This was followed by “Loge In The Time Of Covid” which was directed by Sven Gutjahr.

“Kick Me” followed it. This video was directed by Petros Papahadjopoulos.

As exciting as it is hearing new Danny Elfman music, the excitement is exponentially greater knowing there would/is a tour involved. Seeing, experiencing, a live Danny Elfman show should be in (almost) everybody’s bucket list. He just might be the one artist who EVERYBODY knows at least 2 songs from.

Via a statement Elfman said: “Once I began writing, it was like opening a Pandora’s box and I found I couldn’t stop. None of it was planned. I had no idea how many songs I would write but from the start, it quickly became a two-sided project with heavily contrasting and even conflicting tones.”

Elfman enlisted guitarists Robin Finck (Nine Inch Nails, Guns N’ Roses) and Nili Brosh (Dethklok, Elfman), drummer Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle, The Vandals) and bassist Stu Brooks (Lady Gaga, Dub Trio).

Michelle Gurevich – No One Answer

Michelle Gurevich just released a new single titled “No One Answer”. This is available thru her bandcamp so go over and download it as this counts as essential listening.

She released a lyric video for it.

This is the first release since “Ecstasy in the Shadow of Ecstasy” was released back in May of 2020. No additional information has been released. Michelle Gurevich is a writer of ballads. She used to perform as Chinawoman and wrote the destined to be classic “Party Girl”.

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