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Mass Appeal Premiered "All Yanitas" off of Dildo of God's Upcoming Album, 'NOMTOMBOT' Out on Side Recs January 15th

“The song is equal parts social commentary and mind-fuck, where the Greensboro, North Carolina quartet volleys between raps and ethereal moans (compliments of Dottie Na$h, who calls herself “Katy Perry’s Dirty Little Sister”—awesome). The trippy production hugs the shit out of the group’s vocals, making this a well-rounded experience. I Googled “Yanita” and just saw some blonde bodybuilder lady, so ask Dildo Of God about the meaning behind the song title. While you’re at it, ask them about their name, and whatever you do, keep this group in your frontal lobe because survey says they’re gonna make it.”


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Posted by Bill Benson on 10.30.15 1 Comment Article Link


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The Secret Storm Share New Video in Advance of December Release!

PopMatters just premiered the new video for “The Dragon,” the title track from the second EP due from Virginia’s The Secret Storm, coming out December 4th. Check it out here! PopMatters says….

Led by singer-songwriter Lauren Hoffman, Virginia band the Secret Storm help Hoffman ditch her indie pop past for something darker and more mysterious on their new EP The Dragon. If anything, the sultry new video for the title track hammers that point home even more, a murky slice of art rock accentuated by electric violin and Hoffman’s distinct persona.

“‘The Dragon’ is a song that I wrote a long time ago, but felt self-conscious about for a while,” Hoffman explains. “Now that I’m exploring the weirder and darker side of my sound, it finally feels right.”

And as for the video? “The burlesque theme might seem random, but it was inspired by a combination of my friend Deepa Dejour being a beautiful dancer, and the line ‘You’re a tease, I’m a flirt’, which meant something different in the lyrics but i like that it was a bridge to a new metaphor.”

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Posted by Bill Benson on 10.29.15 0 Comments Article Link



Seattle-born, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Amy Blashcke recently released her fifth studio album OPALINE through Rocket Heart Records. The album winds between lush, folk-pop melodies and sparse, intimate arrangements. “Amy Blaschke hit my ear drums like a perfectly fluffed pillow.” Read the full review over at (Elmore Magazine)

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You can now get your hands on a copy of “Modern Language,” the cinematic debut album from Manchester newcomer Postcards from Jeff.

It’s ten killer tracks create a world that’s as much Americana as it is Manchester and as much about film as it is about music.

RIYL The National, Afghan Whigs, and M83.

Happy Release Day, PFJ!

Unrecorded Went Long on Their Review of Benjamin Verdoes' Stunning New EP, 'The One & The Other'

Although _The One & The Other _might have many traits which make it sound familiar, it’s certainly a new dynamic for Verdoes himself. This time round he does away with the indie rock leanings and toys with textures, space, and heightened emotion, the latter being evident from the title of the first song, “Highly Emotional.“This is night time listening, an EP destined for those lonely walks home through the city.


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Posted by Kelly McClure on 10.22.15 0 Comments Article Link


Consequence of Sound is Exclusively Streaming Kirt Debique's Stunning Debut Solo Album 'Things Left Unsaid'

Kirt Debique, a Seattle-based songwriter by way of Trinidad, started creating music as a means of coping. Going through a divorce and coming to hard realizations about his personal life, he started digging into Ableton Live and experimenting with different textures and sonic ideas. It was his way of giving form to painful internal ideas about love and loss As the electronic and industrial songs began to flesh out, he brought in Benjamin Verdoes (Iska Dhaaf, Mt. St. Helen’s Vietnam Band) and Ephriam Nagler (You Are Plural) as producers. Together, the trio built upon Debique’s massive ideas to present a cohesive representation of his inner struggles.


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Posted by Kelly McClure on 10.19.15 0 Comments Article Link



Amy Blaschke shared the video for her track “Shiver Wary,” the latest video from her album OPALINE, out now. Described as a “gossamer cocoon ready and willing to engulf you with its graceful nuance,” check out the video now on Nooga!

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Notes from Left of the Dial: Wonky Tonk

Nooga had some nice things to say about our very own Wonky Tonk , whose record Stuff We Leave Behind is out November 13. “As much as you could possibly compare her to artists such as Lydia Loveless and Angel Olsen, she has her own distinct bravura, and brings an innovative, inspired perspective to this kind of rural rock landscape.” Read more over at Nooga!

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Posted by Bill Benson on 10.12.15 0 Comments Article Link


Happy Release Day to Amy Blaschke, Whiskerman, and Ghosts in Pocket!

You can now get a copy of Amy Blaschke’s fifth studio album OPALINE via Rocket Heart Records, Whiskerman’s debut album Nomad via OIM Records, and Ghosts in Pocket’s self-released new EP Barberton.

Make your Friday even better with a copy of these three amazing new albums!

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Brooklyn Vegan Premiered Chris Forsyth and Koen Holtkamp's Video For "Long Beach Idyll"

Chris Forsyth and Koen Holtkamp (of Mountains) released the collaborative album Early Astral back in 2011, and next week (10/16) they’ll release their second and first for Trouble In Mind, The Island (pre-order). Chris’ solo material often has him making full songs out of the kind of spacey guitar soloing that The Grateful Dead were known for, while Koen’s deals more with droning ambience. For this project, the two musicians bring those two sounds together and the results turned out really well.


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Posted by Bill Benson on 10.08.15 0 Comments Article Link


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