Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Black Whales' Alex Robert plays two songs for Sound On The Sound!

Wow, just wow. LOVE IT!

Big Takeover interview Peter Holmstrom!

"The Dandy Warhols’ music has increasingly possessed a nuanced, well-crafted pop sheen, but the songs on Pete International Airport, such as the free-association sounding “Beatle Boots and Battle Scars” and the Jesus and Mary Chain like “Idioms for Dummies,” feel spontaneous and raw—as if someone simply pressed the record button during a rather heavy jam session." Read the rest of the article at Big Takeover!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Willamette Week raves about the new LP from Wow & Flutter!

"Equilibrio! (Italian for “balance”) is the band’s first release for Seattle upstart Mount Fuji Records, and it’s a darker, more eclectic record than the group’s last full-length, 2008’s punk-infused Golden Touch. There are a few moments here that rival just about any indie-rock record released this year: “Scars” sounds like a lost single from Sonic Youth’s late period (it would fit perfectly at the beginning of Rather Ripped), and “Union Pacific” skirts by with clattering rhythms and some nifty fretwork. “Ivan the Terrible” stomps with an evil sneer that’s new for the band, and closer “The Day Before the World Explodes” uses all of its six minutes to build to an epic, fuzzed-out and hopeful finale." Michael Mannheimer read the rest over at Willamette Week!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Shapers to Drop New Single, Kick Off Tour, get Chicagoist excited.

Chicagoist is pretty stoked on SHAPERS... so are we!

"The song shares its name with a folk dance that originated in seventeenth century Scotland, but with its heavy bass, zesty percussion, and psychedelic aesthetic, the fast and loose track is better suited for some uninhibited, acid-induced flailing than a line dance. The 7-inch is available for pre-order right now through Whistler Records." Read the rest at Chicagoist!

Pete International Airport's newest video for "Sweetheart Tattoo" premiers over the Mog Music Network

The folks over at MOG fell in love with the new Pete International Airport video and wanted to premier it today!

"Pete International Airposrt is the most recent project of Dandy Warhols guitarst Pete Holmstrom, which carries more of a shoegazy sound than that of the Warhols, but still packs a punch nonetheless. Their latest video, “Sweetheart Tatoo,” finds Holmstrom and company playing around with folk influences, complete with montage imagery of hearts and tattoos." Mog Music Network

“Sweetheart Tattoo” is the latest single off Pete International Airport’s eponymous album, released by Custom Made Music last month.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Finn Riggins on Daytrotter!

Wow, just wow! One of the most beautiful pieces we've ever read on the lovely trio from Idaho.
"They are crunchy and raw and they interact with you as they go in. They are the greatest signs that more living is required, that nothing in the people who make them is anywhere close to being deceased or finished. Bouiss, Simpson and Gilbert all give us their uninterrupted misgivings, their concerns and celebrations - sometimes in the form of an instrumental - and they give them to us in flammable form." Read the rest and download the live set at Daytrotter!

SHAPERS play Fireside Bowl in Chicago next Tuesday!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Wow & Flutter "Equilibrio!" is out today!

Wow & Flutter's newest album, Equilibrio!, is out today from Mt. Fuji Records. This is the first release on Mt. Fuji Records for the Portland based art-rock trio and it stands to make quite an impression. The album's eight songs veer from Omnichord-based fairytale spookiness, Spacemen 3 gospel-drone and a touch of Krautrock. Beyond that, the band steadily maintain their fuzzed-out caveman pummeling drenched in taut hums and wreaking of burnt wires and blown speakers.

Please download and share the lead single
"Scars" with your readership all the rad people you know!

Early Press:
"Scars is the first release from the band’s upcoming album Equilibrio!, and if it’s representative of what the rest of Equilibrio! is like, strap yourself in for a wild ride. I’m not even going to bother trying to inventory the sonic menagerie that is Scars, but I think it’s safe to say that fans of Sonic Youth, The Pixies and The Minutemen will find plenty to like in the WAF’s ADD-inspired post-punk." My Old Kentucky Blog

"This Portland band’s latest album is another first-rate set of dark, tension-filled post-punk that combines the arty atmospherics of Sonic Youth with a more scuzzy, visceral rock attack on a variety of memorable songs with strong, distinctive hooks." KEXP

"Pleasantly crunchy and semi-dissonant, “Scars” opens with a yin-yang-y guitar riff—three parts ringing and harmonic-laced, one part fuzzy and purposeful, as if the band were still deciding what kind of song this was going to be even after they already started recording. What they ended up with is a deft blend of the opening riff’s two attributes, as a drony, unresolved sensibility courses through a brisk guitar rocker otherwise mixing the offhanded brio of an Exile On Main Streetouttake with the squonky quirkiness of the Pixies. Translation: it’s curiously engaging, and it rocks." Fingertips Music

SHAPERS share a new video and get ready for East Coast tour!

Tour Dates:
10.26.10 - Chicago, IL @ the Fireside Bowl
11.09.10 - Ann Arbor, MI @ the Blind Pig
11.10.10 - Toledo, OH @ Mickey Finn's
11.11.10 - Philadelphia, PA @ Mill Creek Tavern
11.12.10 - Brooklyn, NY @ the Rock Shop
11.13.10 - Manhattan, NY @ Piano's
11.15.10 - Chicago, IL @ the Empty Bottle

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Hot Panda streams their brand new album in its entirety at!

Hot Panda's brand new album, How Come I'm Dead?, is out today via Mint Records!! You can preview the whole album at for one week only!

Early Raves:
"A quirky indie act well on their way up—having played all the requisite festivals and won opening spots for appropriately big names Hot Panda could be on the verge of a major explosion, thanks to the raucous and creative energy of their sophomore LP, How Come I’m Dead?" - Phrequency

"They sound like the kind of band you’d like to have in your backyard, tearing it up while you bite into the most delicious pancakes you’ve ever tasted. They sound like the start of a weird, sunny day. Get into it." - 'Sup Magazine

"Hot Panda’s “Mindlessnesslessness” strikes a mainline on a mother lode of inner freak. Bombastic vocals courtesy of Chris Connelly splay out over Heath Parsons’s kitschy synths and Maghan Campbell’s stomping beats." - One Track Mind

"Whether it's the engaging back-and-forth vocals on "Pools" or the gritty groove of "Fuck Shit Up/Hell Hey Hex" or the infectious keyboard line of "Mindlessnesslessness", the band can hit your indie pop funny bone..." - Snob's Music

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Hot Panda want you (to remix a song from their new record)!

Mint Records' Hot Panda is just a few short days from the release of their sophomore album! How Come I'm Dead? comes out next Tuesday and you'll find dreamy noise, circus freak dance numbers, heartbreaking country ballads with screeching metal guitar solos, lovely pop harmonies, psychedelic drones, and straight up pop/rock numbers. Recently added to this year's CMJ Music Marathon, the band is inviting fans, friends and musicians to try their hand at remixing the album's lead single, "Mindlessnesslessness".

Now, what are you waiting for? Grab and share the song stems for the remix and start your creation. Send your completed remix to by November 12th. The winner shall receive a prize pack of Hot Panda goodness including a t-shirt, vinyl, the band's signature hot sauce and, here's the big one, their remix will be included on the upcoming Mint Records compilation. Runners up will be posted on the Mint Records and Hot Panda websites.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Great SHAPERS interview at Veoba!

Your music has a lot of percussion and warm, balmy synthesizers. In terms of music and surroundings, what influences you personally? Or the band for that matter?

I don’t even know sometimes where the influences come from. We all listen to a lot of different kinds of music. We spent an entire year just jamming and getting drunk. And we recorded everything, then disciplined ourselves to sit down and listen to it all. Trying to piece together what we thought would be cool. See what we came up with. We really just inspire each other.

Click to read the rest of the interview!