Kid Astray, from Oslo, have a new single, The Mess, out now. Rather than describe it to you I suggest that you just listen to it below.
Curiously this song was written, recorded, mixed and mastered in six hours. The song became the "Untouched Song of the Week" on Norwegian National Broadcaster NRK radio. I wish we had an "Untouched Song of the Week show here.
To find out more pleas head to the band website, www.kid-astray.com. Keep an eye open for videos, remixes and USA tour dates.
The Bellwether Syndicate, who earlier in April, played at Convergence Festival in Austin, have their first EP, The Night Watch, up streaming digitally. You should check it out. You can download it for $5.
The band features William Faith and Scary Rose ( DJ Scary Lady Sarah) with Philly Peroxide and Mike Skull adding live keyboards/percussion and bass (respectively).
Patrick Damphier plays in the band Field Days (he also plays in another band we mention a great deal, Mynabirds). It is a rarity a musician gets in touch who is in not ONE but two bands I actually like—well LOVE really based on what I have heard—so it seems appropriate to let all of you know about the Field Days website. Check it out HERE.
You can check out new singles and videos from Field Days at the site. This includes the first single, I’m With You, now. In FACT, Damphier sent me this information some time ago and I farted around and didn’t get it posted until now. Maybe it was because of drunkenness (mine not Damphier’s). He will add stuff to the site in between tours with Mynabirds.
Jordan Caress, Terry Price, Eli Beaird, and TW Walsh all made contributions to I’m With You. There will be a contribution with Richard Swift soon as well.
I wish I had posted this earlier. Apparently at the band's recent Schubas show in Chicago they had to chase down a thief. I don't want any musicians whooping MY ass in an alley.
Sola Rosa, from New Zealand, are getting ready to release their Get it Together remix album and head out o tour in the USA (in July). The last time out the full band was not on hand. This time they will be. It all starts at the Victoria Ska Festival in Canada.
The remix record has 24 tracks from the group remixed by a variety of DJs (DJ Vadim, TM Tuke, Jeremy Sole and others).
The Presets have a new record, Pacifica, coming in September. Set for release on Casablanca (the record company not the Moroccan city) the release consists of ten new tracks. This is the band’s first new release in four years.
The last release, Apocalypso, set the world on fire--not literally..and it mostly set their homeland figuratively ablaze. It had five hit singles and was triple platinum in Australia (which means it sold 35 copies). Seriously, one of the tracks, My People, was on the Australian carts for over 75 weeks. They also won a bunch of ARIA awards (like the Grammys but good bands sometimes win).
Man, I am being sarcastic here. But I will say that I do like what I have heard from The Presets. I am just cranky.
Dub Pistols mix dub (as you might expect given the name), ska, hip-hop, punk and electronic music. They have been doing it for a decade and a half and they have a new record coming. Worshipping The Dollar comes out July 3 on Sunday Best Recordings.
You can see a video for the track, Mucky Weekend, below. It features guest vocals from Rodney P (who also appears on other album tracks).
Dub Pistols are also playing some shows in various parts of the UK—festival gigs. There will be live shows worldwide later, including the USA. Find out more and keep tabs on the band at dubpistolsmusic.co.uk.
Tour (UK) 6/22: Rock Oyster - Cornwall 6/30: Blissfields 7/7: Lounge On The Farm - Kent 7/13: Larmer Tree Festival - Wiltshire, Somerset 7/28: Camp Bestival - Dorset 8/4: V-Dub Festival - Isle Of Wight 8/5: Standon Calling 9/8: Bestival - Isle Of Wight
The Lighthouse And The Whaler have a new record, This Is An Adventure, coming out September 18, 2012. The band has been out on the road for most of the past year—and guess what they are doing in June? More shows! You can check out the currently scheduled dates. More are to come. You can keep up to date on the band website, www.thelighthouseandthewhaler.com.
The group is out of Cleveland and the new record was produced by Ryan Hadlock who has also worked with Ra Ra Riot and The Lumineers.
Check out the track, Venice, below.
Tour * With empires** With The Forecast June 24 Kung Fu Necktie Philadelphia, PA * June 26 Horseshoe Toronto, ON * June 27 Beachland Tavern Cleveland, OH * June 29 7th Street Entry Minneapolis, MN * June 30 Beat Kitchen Chicago, IL ** July 1 Ottawa Tavern Toledo, OH (FREE SHOW)
Esperanza Splading’s latest effore Chamber Music Society comes out August 17. The release is a “modern” chamber music group that utilizes her classical training and pop sensibilities She is also heading out on tour beginning September 17.
Sam Fogarino, drummer for the band Interpol (and his own mesmerizing project Magnetic Morning...which I think might now be defunct regretably) also has a website.
It is a blog site where he muses on drummers, art and the like. None of that "I ate potato salad for lunch" sort of posting you see on a lot of sites. I visit it with some frequency and so should you. The address is samfog.com.