New music from Electric Floor and from Joel Gion (The Brian Jonestown Massacre)

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“Joel Gion sets controls for the heart of the sun for a desert-fried space rock adventure” – Clash Music
“Drenched in psychedelic powers that simmer to allow Joel’s voice to beautifully grace us… fuses The Brian Jonestown Massacre years into his own work” – Gigslutz
“When the melodies are this heavenly, just let yourself drift blissfully away with them” – The Skinny
“Firmly in the BJM’s psychedelic ’60s wheelhouse, but this is pretty together stuff and Gion has more up his sleeve than a tambourine” -BrooklynVegan
“A ride through in search of unknown pleasures while gleaning glimpses of future-past” – Santa Barbara Independent
Joel Gion is releasing his new single ‘Tomorrow‘ and it is the psych rock tune we all need to welcome 2017.  Perhaps best known for his long and strange career as the legendary ‘Tambourine Man’ with The Brian Jonestown Massacre, in recent years, this percussionist has also emerged as a singer-songwriter in his own right. He has released various singles, as well as the well-received full length album ‘Apple Bonkers‘.

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Psychic TV detail new album ‘Alienist’. Reissuing ‘Force The Hand of Chance’. Touring. Genesis Breyer P-Orridge stars in Marc Jacobs’ fall campaign.

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Psychic TV Detail New Album Alienist
Alienist includes two original tracks: the haunting yet emotional “I’m Looking For You”; an epic, multi-layered, metaphysical exploration in the form of a conversation between Genesis and “Lucifer”, who is in hiding after his failed rebellion is over, and the title track “Alienist”which is a delightful fusion of dance grooves harking back to PTV’s Acid House days and the group’s current love of heavy psychedelic rock.
On a European tour in 2009, Genesis proposed the band perform the classic “Maggot Brain” by Funkadelic as a musical interlude. After the tour, the band went into the studio to give a try at a recorded interpretation of the song. The result was astounding and the band set forth on a series of 12″ records, yearly interpreting a rock classic and then offering a new song on the B side. Mostly chosen by drummer and co-producer Edley ODowd, songs have previously included “Silver Machine” by Hawkwind, “Mother Sky” by Can and “Dropout Boogie” by Captain Beefheart.

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Album Review: Magical Creatures Lull Us to Other Worlds with Wishing Machine

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The quixotic world of Magical Creatures is one of whispered private fairy tales from otherworldly lovers, deified by filled-in blanks and an ever-present spectral haze that softens edges and dulls the will. Much like the lotus eaters of The Iliad, Magical Creatures lull us almost supernaturally on their debut full length Wishing Machine with a myriad of guitars both flowery and direct, subtle electronic percussion that adds fluidity to each track, and airy, enchanting vocals done justice through artful production.

You can almost hear a prom night lament in the longing doo-wop allusions of “Enchant Me Baby” with its saccharine vocals and gently reassuring guitar melancholy. The distinct bravery of teenage naivete and romantic innocence perfumes lyrics about “plucking roses” and the all important question almost posed as a challenge “Would you give your life for love?” Magical Creatures inducts us into their dream with a moonlit serenade in which they’re already drunk on honey wine spiked with stardust. You can almost hear the maturation of teenage vulnerability in the cool laze of the guitars as vocals that could belong to dream girlfriends or maternal ghosts enfold us. A beat shimmering and shining with tambourine sparkle punctuates the aloof charm of “Twilight Soul” which at times recounts the painfully wasted beauty of Love and Rockets. However, the science fiction warbling of what sounds like a theremin underneath it all gives us a window into another romantic world and the track ultimately captures the sonic equivalent of an expansive sky ripening, bursting, and bleeding burning oranges, pinks, and deep violets that make kisses taste sweeter.

Magical Creatures often express a vulnerability in their music like the awkwardness of a young Dorian Gray who hasn’t quite realized how damned attractive he looks. “Birds of Paradise” artfully displays this vulnerability in its guitar strum while vocals carry an energy at once exotic and resigned, like an elegant caged bird that is the last of its kind and actually understands this. The psychedelic shoegaze nod and tastefully subtle programmed beats that give the track motion also lend a clean, refreshing quality of mellow pop modernism.

Plenty of Wishing Machine’s tracks could easily stand alone as strong singles just as they fit snugly into their place on the album. “Spiral Castle” spins a neo-psychedelic fairytale with sunny happy ending guitar lines and avian vocals softened by the purity of their plumage while the chiming psych pop of “Violet Eyes” insulates with fuzzy fullness that simultaneously sounds simple and spaceous in its haziness, further expanded by breathy vocals. “Carnival of Wolves” amplifies Magical Creatures’ charisma with colorful stained glass guitar effects and light doo-wop vocal punctuation while “Satellite City” captures the electrical optimism of new romance through a shared synchronous female and male vocal line over rolling guitar and softly rollicking percussion.

These moments of radio friendly pop perfection are equally matched by Wishing Machine’s more reflective moments. On the stellar “Bounty Hunter”, vocal passion is made clearer against a spacey backdrop of distorted decaying guitar, quickly opening up into an anti-gravity flow of sonic comets, burning tails weaving in and out and gently fading into a greater wall of sound with vocals like love letters broadcast into dead space and left to echo between the asteroids forever. Ornate and intricate guitar swoons into dreaminess on “Helicopter Blues” before culminating into an aural revolution that perfectly soundtrack a new determination in the vocals without compromising their soft allure. “Puella” offers something darker than the rest of Wishing Machine’s tracks, with a foreboding sense of eeriness in its atmosphere and skeletal electronic beat.

With Wishing Machine, Magical Creatures have created a soundtrack to reluctant goodbyes in twilit parking lots, teenage tales of nearly requited love, and imaginary worlds juxtaposed over the universal world that we all share. Each track finds the guitar plugging directly into the heart, vocals as soothing and intangible as gently shifting clouds of cool mist, and a refreshing lack of cynicism that really earns the term dreampop. The only danger of falling into such a dream is never wanting to wake up.

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Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions Share Music Video for “Isn’t It True”

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Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions have shared the music video for “Isn’t It True.” The track was released as a limited edition 7-inch red vinyl record for Record Store Day. Released on their own label Tendril Tales, “Isn’t It True” comes backed with “She’s In The Wall”, written and performed by The Warm Inventions partnership of Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star) and Colm Ó Cíosóig (My Bloody Valentine) with additional musicianship from Jim Putnam (Rader Bros). The video montage for “Isn’t It True” is a tribute to the late Richie Lee of Acetone and features images of lost and found memories….♡.

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www.hopesandoval.com

The Dandy Warhols reveal “Catcher In The Rye” Off Upcoming Album ‘Distortland’ out April 8. Touring next month.

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The Dandy Warhols have shared a new track – Catcher In The Rye – off their upcoming new album Distortland which is due April 8th via Dine Alone Records. The single debuted on Stereogum who said, “ it has all the understated, tuneful swagger that you would hope to hear from a new Dandy Warhols song in 2016.”  
The Dandy Warhols have confirmed a tour in support of Distortland.  The dates kick off April 1 in Salt Lake City and include two nights at The Bowery Ballroom  in New York City (April 12 and 13), DC, Boston and more.  More dates are to be confirmed and the full tour is listed below.

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Maybird Sign To 30th Century Records, Announce Debut EP + Shows

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Rochester, NY’s Maybird are excited to announce they have signed to 30th Century Records. Today the band also share the news of their forthcoming debut EP Turning Into Water which will be released on April 29th.  The title track is now available — watch the video here:

Maybird have confirmed a string of dates in support of the EP including a record release show at New York City’s Standard, East Village on April 29th.  The band will also be playing on May 12th at Bowery Electric in NYC followed by an appearance on May 19th in Philadelphia, PA at the World Café where they will be  appearing as part of the Non COMMvention.  Maybird’s performance at The World Cafe will be broadcast live on WXPN.org (please note this show is not open to the public).

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Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions Announce Single For Record Store Day

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On April 16th, 2016 Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions will release a limited edition 7-inch red vinyl record for Record Store Day. Released on their own label Tendril Tales, “Isn’t It True” comes backed with “She’s In The Wall”, written and performed by The Warm Inventions partnership of Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star) andColm Ó Cíosóig (My Bloody Valentine) with additional musicianship from Jim Putnam (Rader Bros).
“Isn’t It True” is the very first material to be shared from the band’s third full length new album. “She’s In The Wall” is exclusive to this Record Store Day release.
Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions have released two acclaimed albums to date. Their 2001 debut Bavarian Fruit Bread was followed in 2009 by Through The Devil Softly. In 2013 Sandoval released the much lauded fourth Mazzy Star album Seasons Of Your Day.
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Syd Barrett Official Site Launched

Syd-BarrettWednesday 6th January marked what would have been the 70th birthday of Syd Barrett, founder member of the Pink Floyd and one of the most influential musicians in British pop history. 

To mark the occasion, Syd Barrett’s new official website was launched. Celebrating his unique life and career, both of which continue to inspire and enthrall, it is a unique resource that offers an unrivaled insight into this enigmatic musician.

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The website has been created by those who knew him best – his family and friends. The clean, modern design offers an intimate experience for Syd’’s fans, incorporating his favourite colour indigo and offering previously unseen, restored family photographs.

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Destruction Unit offers download of ‘Negative Feedback Resistor’ via Adult Swim / Sacred Bones

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“The Arizona quintet Destruction Unit go about their business in a way that inverts most recieved ideas about how a rock group evolves…each subsequent album has sounded rawer, punkier, and more enraged than the last – the opposite being vastly more common.”
– The Wire Magazine

“In about five years, Destruction Unit, from Tempe, Ariz., has wormed its way toward its present status as one of the most hair-raising bands in North America. It plays tight, fast punk wrapped in deep layers of pulsating fuzz: The effect is something between a ritual and an attack. “Negative Feedback Resistor” delivers you a band in its own world, but the record is intensely charged, almost floating, saturated with wild action.” – New York Times

“‘The Upper Hand’ is the sound of a band exploring the outer limits-experimenting and coming up with a sound that connects the dots between massive and empty. It’s a full encapsulation of what Destruction Unit do, and it’s one of their best recordings to date.” – Pitchfork

STREAM / DOWNLOAD: Destruction Unit – Negative Feedback Resistor

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After releasing early singles “The Upper Hand” and “If Death Ever Slept” to critical acclaim, Arizona’s Destruction Unit is back today to release their new album Negative Feedback Resistor in its entirety in partnership with Sacred Bones Records and Adult Swim. The album is available gratis digitally via Adult Swim and available for purchase on CD and vinyl via Sacred Bones Records. The band’s partnership with Sacred Bones and Adult Swim carries on the relationship they have with each — Sacred Bones released the band’s last album (2013’s Deep Trip) and Adult Swim released their last single prior to Negative Feedback Resistor material (2014’s Adult Swim Singles track “Dust”).
Download Negative Feedback Resistor now via Adult Swim and grab it physically from Sacred Bones Records. See below for more Destruction Unit information, what the press is saying about Negative Feedback Resistor and all of the band’s upcoming tour dates.
About Destruction Unit and Negative Feedback Resistor:
For two years now, the psychedelic Destruction Unit has been keeping the world waiting for a new album. And it’s not because they’ve grown up or gotten soft, rather because they’ve been in the streets and in your backyards, pushing the freak agenda and imminentizing the alien-eschaton. They’ve been up and down and all around this globe, battling the greedy club owners, show promoters and control pigs to bring the new American heavy underground through your back door. Now here we are, with the psychedelic Unit’s second album for Sacred Bones, Negative Feedback Resistor.
In the spirit of solidarity with the other revolutionary communities of our sisters and brothers, the psychedelic Unit urges you to use this album’s energy, energy your speakers can hardly contain, for its intended purpose: to break the chains which you, at the dawn of your understanding, have fastened around your hands and feet. And to see to it that the thrones of every despot erected within you are destroyed. This is crazed-psychedelic-freek-noise guerrilla warfare and these are our streets. The pigs of the law can use their system to manipulate and censor our messages. The control creeps can keep their airwaves safe and comfortable. But none of them have been able to make us turn our voices or our guitar amps down. Destruction Unit sacrificed their ears to make this album as loud of a statement as possible. Will you lend them yours?
Negative Feedback Resistor was produced by The Ascetic House and Joe Cardamon in 2015, with the help of Adult Swim and Sacred Bones Records. It was recorded by Joe Cardamon and Greg Gordon at Valley Recording Company, mixed by Ben Greenberg at The Bunker and mastered by Alex DeTurk at Strange Weather.
Destruction Unit is R. Rousseau, J.S. Aurelius, N. Nappa, R. Rousseau, A. Flores with additional accompaniments by A.Z. Hungtai (Dirty Beaches, Last Lizard), D. Bolles, (The Germs), L. Rahbek (Lust For Youth, Posh Isolation) and J. Sanes (Hoax, Liebestod).

TOUR DATES

 

9/18/2015 – Tilburg, Holland @ Incubate Festival
9/19/2015 – Angers, France @ Levitation France
9/20/2015 – Kortrijk, Belgium @ The Pit’s
9/21/2015 – Groningen, Holland @ Vera Downstage
9/22/2015 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Music City
9/23/2015 – Liege, Belgium @ La Zone
9/24/2015 – London, United Kingdom @ The Shacklewell Arms
9/25/2015 – Liverpool, United Kingdom @ Liverpool Psych Fest
9/27/2015 – Brussels, Belgium @ Magasin 4
9/28/2015 – Paris, France @ Espace B
9/29/2015 – Lyon, France @ Le Sonic
9/30/2015 – Luzern, Switzerland @ Sedel Club
10/1/2015 – Münich, Germany @ Kafe Kult
10/2/2015 – Vienna, Austria @ Arena
10/3/2015 – Prague, Czech Republic @ Klub 007 Strahov
10/4/2015 – Leipzig, Germany @ Goldhorn
10/5/2015 – Berlin, Germany @ Bei Ruth
10/6/2015 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Loppen
10/7/2015 – Malmö, Sweden @ Inkonst
10/8/2015 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Vieille Montagne
10/9/2015 – Oslo, Norway @ Oslo Psych Fest
10/10/2015 – Aarhus, Denmark @ Aarhus Psych Fest
10/11/2015 – Hamburg, Germany @ Hafenklang
10/16/2015 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right w/ The Men
10/17/2015 – Brooklyn, NY @ Alphaville
10/19/2015 – Allston, MA @ O’Brien’s Pub
10/22/2015 – Toronto, ON @ Canada Not Dead Yet Fest
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