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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

 

 

JR Slayer

JR Slayer is the moniker for Cody Votolato latest project, he is of course the guitarist for Jaguar Love, The Blood Brothers & Head Wound City.

This is Half Lyfe, off what will be JR Slayer 2nd album “You Found Me” out February 1st, pre-order here.

 

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Tracklist
1. I’ll Never Leave U (featuring Jenny Lee)
2. There Is Nothing Else Around Me
3. Half Lyfe
4. Nothing & Nowhere To Hide
5. This Is Alone
6. I Think I Might Die
7. In A Sea Of Anonymity
8. How Could Love B So Cruel?
9. 40 Extra Minutes In Heaven
So far, these songs here are great pop songs. Light pop songs that deliver as much as any of his previous post-hardcore guitar work did. This feels like a new chapter In Cody’s musical career. His sound now is more on the genuine feel of longing and connection, of joy and bewilderment.

 

 

For this step forward, Cody says, “JR Slayer is just a place where I’m able to navigate all the different things I’ve naturally started doing over the past few years, be it songwriting, solo albums, remixes or producing.”
For now he’s been performing in L.A.
He has a (FREE) show scheduled today at The Echo, RSVP here.

 

 

Words by: Alfredo Tellez & Edith Morales

 

Silent – Prayers for Rain

Darker times call for darker music…call it goth/post punk/death rock or music that matters and that is performed with heart and sweat, with such intensity that makes you feel the angst that is hidden inside all of us, that’s what Silent is, kind of, whatever we say about them is not enough to describe the energy they create as a band and what they transmit live, until now, with their sped up version of The Cure‘s (slower and more mellow) song, “Prayers for Rain”.
The track comes a new year’s surprise/gift and their first release since the debut album ‘A Century of Abuse‘ (2016) released via Three One G Records, they have been working on a new album but no release date has been announced yet.
This is a case where the cover might be/is better than the original version, If you don’t believe us, listen to it, feel free to share it.
The track is FREE to download.

Silent:
Alex L.
Jung S.
Rocío N.
Rodo I.

Words by: Alfredo Tellez & Edith Morales.

The Raconteurs (are back).

The Raconteurs are back.
10 Years have passed since their last album.
And here are the first 2 offerings from them. “Now That You’re Gone” & “Sunday Driver”.

 

The 7″ containing the 2 NEW Raconteurs songs were released as part of the Vault Series from Third Man Records. 
As a matter of preference “Now That You’re Gone” is a better song. Why? well because Brendan Benson is singing and Jack White III is playing guitar, and for what it sounds like, enjoying playing those riffs.

The Songs feel like collaborations more so than Jack White songs.

 

 

The song where Jack White sings is not bad. It sounds like a Raconteurs rock n’ roll song. It sounds like a song from a band. It’s welcomed to hear Brendan, Patrick, Little Jack and Jack playing together.
It’s easy on the ears.
The videos are better than ok. And it’s showcasing the band.
Granted it helps when your guitar player is THE Jack White, but he doesn’t need to be the focus of the band.
It’s actually a better band, and song, when Brendan is singing and Little Jack and Patrick are holding the song down.

Word is that the album will come out sometime 2019, most likely as part of the spring Vault Series from Third Man.

Will there be a tour? Who knows, guess is depending on Jack White’s schedule, but it would be kind of great to see The Raconteurs out on tour again and hopefully not just festivals.

 

Words by: Alfredo Tellez & Edith Morales.

Flavio Etcheto – “Superbrillantes”

Flavio Etcheto has released a new EP “Superbrillantes” on Casa Del Puente Discos. The Ep was released on October 12th, 2018. The physical release of the album will have the following tracklisting:

Tracklist

  1. Encontrarnos
  2. Sibilancias
  3. Súbito
  4. Superbrillantes
  5. Lejos de esto
  6. Meditera (Bonus Track CD/LP)
  7. Oleaje inmenso (Bonus Track CD/LP)
  8. Antes de aclarar (Bonus Track CD/LP)

The last 3 songs from that album are from his Triptico EP 7″ released late last year.

The EP has 5 amazing songs that are some of the best latin dream pop songs released in the last few years. Superbrillantes sounds like a companion piece to Bocanada and Colores Santos, both albums that Etcheto worked on with Gustavo Cerati and Daniel Melero (on the latter). For whatever reason the work that Flavio Etcheto does here feels like he’s weaving a connection to the era in those albums, even though those albums were almost 10 years apart. It does not feel nostalgic, and I applaud him for that. The EP just feels right.
The way the songs sound. The way the sounds feel. The feeling you get that you’re hearing something familiar yet in a new way or form. They feel connected and you feel connected to them.

For those fans that have been missing, or clamoring, for the sound that Cerati left behind years ago, here’s your opportunity to jump back in and enjoy some amazing work.
This would also help by showing your support to this independent artist that relies on fan support and word of mouth.

The fact that he plans on touring this album is quite exciting. He’s recruited Jupi Medvescig (Tantra) in guitar and Pedro Moscuzza (touring members of the Siempre es Hoy band from Cerati) on drums. He says he has plans to hopefully visit Mexico at some point to present this album, if this is the case then hopefully he can make the trek all the way to the Tijuana border.

 

 

Words and pics by: Alfredo Tellez & Edith Morales

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