Thursday, June 30, 2011

Listen to Star Anna's new single "For When I Go"

We're excited to share "For When I Go" another track off Star's upcoming full-length, "Alone In This Together." As per always, Star's stunning voice is gutting, inspiring, strong.

Listen to and share the track right here, and check out all the shows that Star Anna is playing—including with Pearl Jam at PJ20, right over here.

NPR Premier: Tasseomancy "Heavy Sleep" video

NPR premiered the brand new video for Tasseomancy today! "['Heavy Sleep'] is about how terror is extracted from our daily anxieties," Sari Lightman says. "And [then] manifests into something beautifully surreal in sleep."

Catch Matt Bauer's live set on Austin's KUT Radio

"Along with Bauer’s unique banjo melodies, played in a style that owes as much to Indonesian gamelan as it does to the music of Appalachia, the album boasts nearly 20 guest musicians from his current home of Brooklyn and his former home, San Francisco." Head over to KUT to read the rest and listen to the stirring live session!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Catch Bright Archer's new single "Hidden Systems"

Bright Archer "
puts her voice front and center amidst a swirl of keys, vibraphones and airy orchestral sounds. Inspired by 70s radio hits and an early love of naturalism, these influences find a home in Kunin's songs." Read the rest and download "Hidden Systems" at RCRD LBL!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

RCRD LBL premiers the A side of Follow That Birds new 7"... on tour now!

A garage band at its core with the wherewithal and dominating vocal presence of Lauren Green to take in any direction it desires really, "Wooden Bones" is a great example of the Austin trio's range. Slowing it down for a more post-punk vibe, Green packs gorgeous and badass all in one punch, recalling at times long-lost Richmond favorite Denali." Go to RCRD LBL for "Wooden Bones" for free and a lot more love to be had...

Tour dates:
06.21.11 - Vancouver, BC @ Electric Owl*
06.22.11 - Olympia, WA @ Capitol Theater*
06.23.11 - Seattle, WA @ Neumo's*
06.24.11 - Bellingham, WA @ the Cabin Tavern
06.25.11 - Portland, OR @ Laughing Horse Books
06.28.11 - Boise, ID @ Visual Arts Collective
06.29.11 - Denver, CO @ The Hi-Dive
06.30.11 - Marfa, TX @ TBA
* Dates with ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

Laura Stevenson & the Cans, Daytrotter, Awesome!

"Laura Stevenson sounds like a woman who has had some scares in her life. She sounds like someone who has had things taken from her, you know, ripped right out of her hands. She sounds like a person who has watched someone she loved deeply fade away or, worse yet, walk away." Read the rest at Daytrotter and you must, absolutely, download their session!

Download Sufjan Stevens' "Get Real, Get Right" in celebration of the release of MAKE!

To celebrate the release of MAKE, the inspiration behind Sufjan Stevens’ The Age of Adz, Asthmatic Kitty is offering up a free download of "Get Real, Get Right" off of the much celebrated album! The film is a wonderfully intimate journey into the lives of four American self-taught artists: Prophet Royal Robertson, Hawkins Bolden, Judith Scott and Ike Morgan. Isolated and struggling with the disabilities life has dealt them, these artists all find their most powerful voice through art.

Download and share "Get Real, Get Right" with your readership -

Early press:
"Transforming the quotidian into the sublime is no small task, but for the four artists featured in MAKE--a new film by local documentarians Scott Ogden and Malcolm Hearn--it's been their life’s work.MAKE is a love letter to the artistic process in its purest form, at a time when we are becoming increasingly estranged from examining the elusive origins of creative impulse." Ready Made

"Isolated by their disabilities, they find a voice and try to make sense of a world that shuns them, through incredible works of art." IFC

"Here, art is totally divorced from commerce and created without regard to an audience. It’s art at its most viscerally personal — a live-saving lifeline even more than a form of personal expression." BlogCritics

"Make is a truly moving testament to the perseverance of man’s bond with art and the innate force that drives us to create in order to be fulfilled." The Vinyl District

ALARM Press weighs in on Jim Guthrie's OST to Sword & Sworcery

"From the open, The Ballad of the Space Babies is sort of a Legend of Zelda-meets-Goblin blend of space jams." Read the rest of the stellar review at ALARM!

Follow That Bird hits the cover of Drunken Werewolf!

Monday, June 20, 2011

MAKE gets a tip of the hat from Ready Made Magazine!

"Transforming the quotidian into the sublime is no small task, but for the four artists featured in MAKE--a new film by local documentarians Scott Ogden and Malcolm Hearn--it's been their life’s work.MAKE is a love letter to the artistic process in its purest form, at a time when we are becoming increasingly estranged from examining the elusive origins of creative impulse." Read the rest at Ready Made!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Under The Radar awaits Amy Martin's debut for McMullen's!

"The intersection of art and music is a natural one for Martin—she counts Sufjan Stevens, Black Atlantic, Radio Dept., Teenage Fanclub, Death Cab For Cutie and Telekinesis as “unknowing collaborators.” (We salute her good taste!)" Read the rest at Under The Radar!

Bust Magazine eagerly awaits Tasseomancy's upcoming debut!

"Songs like "Diana" and "The Darkness of Things" trully come across as otherworldly. I felt like a real frump dump listening to them in my sweatpants the other night, and mentally whisked myself away to a creepier and much more sophisticated location." Read the rest at Bust!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Did you catch New York Times mention of Amy Martin's "Symphony City" last week?

"The batch scheduled to arrive in bookstores in early July includes a couple of other children’s book debuts. “Symphony City,” by Amy Martin, a Los Angeles artist, is an ode to the ambient music of urban living. The simple, somewhat melancholy story is set against graphic arts-tinged illustration." Read the rest at the New York Times!

Appetite drops "Fiery Ring" at RCRD LBL!

"The drummer and self-taught producer (who performs as Appetite) has taken his taste for electronics and tropicalia and served up "Fiery Ring," a fitting scramble of Johnny Cash's original." Head over to RCRD LBL to download the jam for free! Scattered Smothered Covered out August 16th from Crossbill Records!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Hit Fix premiers Matt Bauer's cover of "Hammer Down" as a free download!

"The Brooklyn-based songwriter has a narrative that is sometimes daunting and others euphoric. It's a trademark that's spread all over his new album "The Jessamine County Book of the Living," out tomorrow. And bless him, this murmuring folkie's a mean banjo player too." Read the rest at and download Bauer's cover of Magnolia Electric Co.'s "Hammer Down"!

"The Jessamine County Book of the Living" out on Crossbill Records tomorrow!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

RCRD LBL premiers the lead single from Strong Killings!!!

From RCRD LBL: "Strong Killings is a Seattle trio doing a lot of things right. While their bio may attempt to paint themselves loud, proud and punk, the music reveals a songwriting talent that negates claims of simplicity. "Annals of Animals" puts on display Nate Mooter's vocal strength, reminiscent at times ofDischord's later output. It is accessible almost to the point of pop without losing the scale climbing and short and sweet length that keep it a punk standard. Grab the group's debut LP July 19 on Don't Stop Believin'." Download "Annals Of Animals" at RCRD LBL!