On September 3rd, Celestial Shore will release their debut LP 10x via Hometapes and Brad Oberhofer’s new label Local Singles! The album was mixed by Greg Saunier of Deerhoof, and the record features contributions from Empress Of vocalist Lorely Rodriguez.
Now you can check out the video for their lead single “Valerie”, which premiered today via Stereogum!
Bear In Heaven have unveiled their video for “Sinful Nature”, directed by Yoonha Park. You’ll see some distorted “Pretty Woman”-like characters in a neon-soaked 80s colorfield. Also, be sure to make your plans to come down to Athens from July 26th-28th for our Summer Showcase and Prom! Bear In Heaven will be headlining one night and tickets and three-day passes are available on the Georgia Theatre website.
Bear In Heaven will release the highly anticipated follow up to 2009’s Beast Rest Forth Mouth via Dead Oceans & Hometapes on April 3rd. The new album is called I Love You, It’s Cool, and the video below is for album track “Reflection Of You”, directed by John Lee of the art collective PFFR (think Wonder Showzen).
This week, Durham N.C. trio and former Justin Vernon bandmates Megafaun released their fourth LP, the self-titled Megafaun. The album was the #3 Most Added record at CMJ this week, and already the reviews are rolling in! Check out some of the initial praise below!
“Megafaun have quietly completed the smart, sizable stylistic shift they started on last fall’s Heretofore EP, drawing back on the burly backwoods weirdness of their earlier work while widening their stylistic scope and pushing compositional delicacy to the forefront. And Megafaun may be their most immediately ingratiating, rewarding LP yet” – 7.8
“No matter how you frame it, Megafaun is a stunning, expansive, and utterly satisfying record. It’s roadworn but hopeful, melodically fascinating, and never misses a step on its wandering, restless path” – 8/10
Slaraffenland, whose name means “The Land of Milk and Honey,” has been popping up everywhere as of late! They just released their new album We’re On Your Side through Hometapes two days ago, and they are wrapping up North American touring run alongside Akron/Family. Those lucky enough to catch the band this year (possible at Team Clermont’s SXSW showcase) know that it is more of an experience than just a performance.
PopMatters just posted a review of Megafaun‘s Gather, Form and Fly, calling it “one of the best records of 2009.” (We agree!)
Also, Megafaun wrapped up their tour with Bowerbirds this past Monday in Atlanta. Best night EVER! Check out our Tumblr for photos of pre-show downtime with the guys, or our intern Alyssa’s Flickr for shots from the show!
The trio from North Carolina by way of Eau Claire, Wisconsin are clearly making the most out of 2009! It feels like everything these guys have accomplished prior to this years release Gather, Form & Fly, has been in preparation for this summer! From their days as DeYarmond Edison alongside longtime friend* Justin Vernon* (a.k.a. Bon Iver) to their first release Bury The Square in 2007, they’ve only gotten better and better at what they already do best, write amazing songs and tour their hearts out.
Thenew record Gather, Form & Fly on Hometapes has been getting rave reviews across the country (the most recent being an 8.1 in Pitchfork). They are certainly celebrating their success on the road, as they are also on an amazing tour with Bowerbirds (check out pics of their stop to Bowery Ballroom courtesy of Brooklyn Vegan). It doesn’t seem like things are going to slow down for Megafaun, and I bet that’s just fine with them.