Alameda hasn’t already won you over with their soft-spoken singing and moving crescendos, then now could not be a better time to check them out. Their second album, Procession, is set to be released on September 15th and with it the band is revealing the next step in their musical progression. The album overflows with emotion, which is expressed as much by the moments of minimal guitar melodies, as it by the cascades of strings and brass that add the power of an orchestra to Alameda’s folk ballads. The delicate balance between these two sides of Alameda is what makes the album so effective in its presentation and so moving." Keep on reading over on The Deli.
Friday, August 31, 2012
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"Here is the marvelous new Ozarks video, for the oddly affecting "As I Lay Sleeping," a gauzy, honey-dipped ballad that's pure AM sunshine (the radio broadcast, not the time of day, although I guess that works too). There's something sinister in this gothic video, though—black gloves, extinguished candles, late night drives." See the video now over on End Hits.
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Thursday, August 30, 2012
Watch the video now over on Paste.
Alameda releases their second album September 15th in Procession, a lush but also spacious collection of songs from the quintet that manages to up the ante over what was a solid debut in Seasons/Specters. That it also comes in the still early stages of frontman Stirling Myles' development as a singer and songwriter (he played bass along with cellist and fellow Alamedan Jessie Dettwiler in the now defunct Strangers Die Every Day) perhaps makes it all the more impressive. Stream Procession in its entirety below." Read the complete interview and listen to "Procession" on OPB.
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The Fader Is Now Streaming Raymond Byron and the White Freighter's "Little Death Shaker" For Your Listening Pleasure.
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Read the full review over on WWeek.
Monday, August 27, 2012
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Friday, August 24, 2012
"Ray Raposa (aka Byron) replaces the haunted noir of Castanets with a sound that is almost rollicking, nearly roadhouse on songs like "Allegiance 1" and "Some of My Friends," while "Meridian, MS" and "Some Kind of Fool" are ballads that sound like they could have been lifted from Willie Nelson's early songwriter demos. It's lazy to simply call it more mature, though Raposa himself calls this new direction "a band for his 30's," with a sound that is the result of the contributions of a group of musicians playing songs that are more suited to a live setting. Ultimately, he describes it as a more honest approach." Listen now on OPB.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
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What I'm trying to say is that everyone needs some pop in their life from time to time. It keeps you from becoming a condescending fucktard. And Lightning Love is perfect for those wary of eating too much sugar. The Michigan trio's dainty melodies are paired with some pretty dark bitchy lyrics. The music is so pretty you might not even notice the depth of the lyrical content on a first listen." Keep on reading over on Vice!
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
"Lusjoints, the band formerly known as El Capitan, present this brief "Static Blues Dub" short filmed by Justin Carlson and Dan Zaslavsky. It's in fantastic Super 8. Catch the likes of Enjoi, Foundation, and Think riders like Cairo Foster, Corey Duffel, Dave Bachinsky, and Cody Mac as they coast on half pipes, playground bench grindage, stairs and rail edges all accompanied by a drum and bass riff." Watch it now over at Impose.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
The Spinto Band, referring to the preponderance of musicians who put out video games nowadays. Krill and his bandmates recently joined their ranks with the recent release of iOS game Show Pursuit.
Friday, August 17, 2012
Read on and listen to Houndstooth on eMusic!
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Read the complete review over on In Your Speakers!
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Read the full interview over on The Portland Mercury.
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"Fittingly, the video for the album's lush, wistful advance track, "Lake Charlevoix," mixes performance footage with stunning natural imagery. In keeping with the song's spirit of childhood reminiscence, balloons feature prominently. "I keep my curtains mostly closed," Falconberry sighs, but you'll want your eyes — and ears — to stay open all the way to the playful ending." Watch the video now on Spin.
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
most recent video, the band has also released an iPhone game which they developed independently with programmer Jordi Pamies. But it's more than a game - it's a unique, clever example of branding in action." Keep on reading over on Hypebot.
"We are pleased as piss to premiere this video for Helvetia's "Nettles" off of their album Nothing in Rambling,which is available for pre-order now on Joyful Noise. The first 200 people who pre-order the album will get a bonus "cassingle" of Helvetia & Doug Martsch (from Built To Spill) covering their collective favorite band Thinking Fellers Union Local 282." Watch the video now over on Vice!
Monday, August 13, 2012
"This time we took the trip to Radio 1190 with Denver's Rubedo. Starting at their D.I.Y. venue Unit E, get a glimpse of the personalities and philosophies that make up this band. Catch a behind the scenes look of what it's like to be on Radio 1190's Local Shakedown, and watch Rubedo's performance unfold. From our experience, we can say that Rubedo is an incredible band to catch live, and if you haven't done so or been wondering when you can see them again, they'll be performing at Colorado Music Buzz' Higher Ground Festival which takes place August 24-26." Watch it now here.
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Friday, August 10, 2012
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Thursday, August 9, 2012
Mike Coykendall's "The Hippie Girl (feat. Ben Gibbard, Eric Earley, Zooey Deschanel) Willamette Week's Cut of The Day!
"As on previous efforts, there's no single genre or style at play on Dots. "The Hippie Girl," which features some ghosty slide guitar from Eric Earley and lite guest vocals from the New Girl and Ben Gibbard, is a breather at the start of the album's B-side, which is more psychedelic than its A-side. Coykendall's fuzzy guitar reminds me of Os Mutantes, but his voice is as sweet and Beatles-inspred as ever. And that hippie girl is, in case you were wondering, totally perfect for you." Read on and listen here.
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Tuesday, August 7, 2012
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Friday, August 3, 2012
El Capitan, the six members of Lusjoints took a different and more eclectic, lighthearted approach to their current songwriting, throwing in the occasional synthesizer and referencing more genres in their sound." Listen now over at The Bay Bridged.
Castanets have been quiet for awhile now, but Raposa is back with a new project, Raymond Byron & the White Freighter. The idea is the same, but there’s a little less sadness and a little more wisdom to the new material. Raposa still sounds past the point of emotional defeat, but there’s an adult sense of control hidden behind his voice too." Read more at The Fader.
here. " Check it out now over on Impose!
Thursday, August 2, 2012
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Undercover Summer Break, they dipped into a deep well of summer songs and came up with Chris Stamey's "Summer Sun," a beautiful ditty that sounded even more beautiful performed in the hot sunshine on the historic Goodman Theatre's outdoor deck. The theatre was just finishing up an acclaimed run of The Iceman Cometh, starring Brian Dennehy, and a bunch of the staff--special thanks to Amanda--came out to watch The Spinto Band do their thing." Watch and listen over on The A.V. Club!
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
"With this release, the band recorded on their own terms and are pulling out all the stops promoting the album with everything from an iPhone game to a very uniquely crafted chalkboard-style video for album cut “Muesli” that MOKB has the pleasure of premiering. The video was directed by Nicholas Gurewitch and Albert Birney with additional animation by Joe Hobson." Watch the video over at MOKB!