Summer festivals abound as we try to forget that September is less than a month away. In between our disco-naps and supplement intakes we tolerated the xx bringing the chill dissolving color trails of “Chains“, while Ne-Yo made it rain dollar bills on Drake's stripper ex-girlriend, and the NSFW Instagram feeds, heldover from Lollapalooza and the summer Olympics, just keep on coming. But enough already, here is the run down of what we are loving from the week in no particular order.
Tonight, August 10 catch another round of Push the Feeling at Underground SF with Giraffage along with Heathered Pearls (Ghostly International, ISO50) with resident YR SKULL and epicsauce DJs reworking your favorite grooves in new ways. RSVP here. Before Giraffage's Charlie Yin sets forth on a European tour with xxyyxx, listen to his floor-buster ode to the paper that has what it takes to get along, “Money”.
Evan Caminiti released the video for “Absteigend”, directed by Paul Clipson. Old world Chicago industry is brought to life with Clipson's treatment of Caminiti's ambient sound to the visual works of latticed steel and the mechanical pan of motion from the L train passenger window side view. Evan Caminiti's album Dreamless Sleep coming August 21 from Thrill Jockey and available now for pre-order.
We got footage of Toro Y Moi performing “Rose Quartz” live from this past weekend's Lollapalooza 2012 performances. Look for Chaz at the upcoming Afropunk Festival, Counterpoint Music Festival and Treasure Island Music Festival coming soon.
Lindstrøm released the track “Rá-ákõ-st” as an extended edit by Todd Terje featuring the big bright dance keys and driving bass lines we live for.
In case you missed it, listen to Janka Nabay's official anthem for Ola Sesay and The Sierra Leone Team of the 2012 Olympics, “Nar London” featuring Bajah. Get Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang's album En Yay Sah now from Luaka Bop.
Levek drops the experiments in low flying lo-fi with “French Lessons” from Look A Little Closer coming September 25 from Lefse Records.
Barbados' rising emcee Haleek Maul has just dropped the ominous “Cold Blood”, a brand new track he is featured on alongside Deniro Farrar & Shady Blaze with some on-point Ryan Hemsworth production. Be on the look out for Supreme Cuts & Haleek Maul's upcoming Chrome Lips dropping August 21 from Mishka.
Raymond Byron & the White Freighterbring you the surfer down meloncholie. “You'll Never Surf Again” . The song echoes the Raymond Byron & crew will release Little Death Shaker August 21 on Asthmatic Kitty.
Lusjoints, the boys formerly known as El Capitan, have re-emerged and bring you their single “Indy”. Everyone is talking about their upcoming SF Cafe Du Nord gig August 30 where they will make their debut performance under their new moniker. Taking time out from editing Thrasher and tearing down the walls of Babylon, Lusjoints take their earthy musical foundations into the post-structuralist contemporary realms where genres fade and only the independence of the musical soul takes the sound wherever the spirits may guide it to go.
Moon Duo have anounced the coming advent of their new album Circles October 2 from Sacred Bones. We bring you their new rocker “Sleepwalker”, recorded sometime between Blue River Colorado and SF's Lucky Cat Recordings circa this past February. We await with ecstatic elation.
Kicking it local, repping Bay Area family values and a little bit of folky soul with Sean Hayes and his Clean White Lines Production video for “Miss Her When I'm Gone” from the album Before We Turn to Dust coming September 11. Those attending Outside Lands can find Mr. Hayes playing Saturday a 1:15 pm at the Sutro Stage in Golden Gate Park's Lindley Meadow.
Woods is hot off the Big Sur Woodsist fest vibes and into revealing the details of their upcoming album Bend Beyond. “Size Meets the Sound” lives up to your biggest expectations of what you have come to expect from this band's self-engineered soul sung music that sounds larger in dimension than ever before. Bend Beyond comes out September 18 from Woodsist.
Like the ex-girlfriend that found you and re-friend requested you on the 'book, Kisses are back with their new single “Funny Heartbeat” signaling the the sundown of summer 2012 and a new electro-fueled fall for Kisses as their follow up to The Heart of the Nightlife is in the works. We have it on good authority that Saint Etienne's Pete Wiggs and Tim Larcombe are behind the production giving it that seductive dance smooth.
Full|REBEL|Jacket dropped some “Purple Lights” ft. BJ The Chicago Kid. Peep the visuals both filmed and editied by Full|REBEL|Jacket and keep watch September 3 for the REBEL EP.
After a year of watching Permanent Collection grow from Jason Hendardy's solo act to a quartet, we greet the arrival of their debut LP Newly Wed and Nearly Dead from Loglady Records with the fanfare of the 10,000 tremelo-laden telecasters.
Get a listen to the Fresh & Onlys' new single “Presence of Mind” from their much anticipated album Long Slow Dance out September 4 from Mexican Summer in the US/Canada and out September 3 on Souterrain Transmissions in the UK/Europe. Support SF's finest and get “Presence of Mind” from iTunes to tide you over until summer ends.
Bay Area beat manufacturer, abstractor, pop detractor Matmos brings us a 3 minute 40 second cut of “Very Large Green Triangles”. The Ganzfeld EP is coming October 16 from Thrill Jockey and is available now for pre-order.
J Bizness is your captain today with his 24 track stacked Flight Plan giving you a series of beat treatments to accompany you and your carry on luggage. To launch the coming of the new album J. Bizness is giving away a triple pack of instrumentals from the project. “Nonstop” invites the action with coasting keys, top shelf snare and hand claps on demand. “Turbulence” with rumbling bass cloud and robotic synths, Flight Plan flies the friendly skies on August 28 from the Mellow Music Group with pre-order available here from iTunes.
Brass Bed gave us a listen to “A Bullet For You,” ahead of the 7″ release. Frontman Christiaan Mader brings along the baggage of weariness from a shaken up world with a pivotal turning point at the 2 minute and a half mark that turns the sacrificial ballad of preferred martyrdom into what can only be described as how rock and roll must sound like to all underwater creatures. A Bullet For You comes out September 18 on Crossbill Records and the full-length The Secret Will Keep You is expected to in 2013.
SL Jones x DJ Burn One with the Red Audio video for “HellaTrill AF” off the mixtape Paraphernalia. Styled by Born Dope, SL Jones is slated to perform at the Atlanta Indie Fest on August 19.
Earlimart have a new big album in the works called System Preferences, slated for release on the band's label The Ship via digital on September 18 and October 16 on CD and LP. Get your first listen now with “97 Heart Attack”, which reminds us via the refrain of “I don't want it anymore” how good it is to have 1997 in hindsight (or 2007 for that matter). But if more pop sounded like 2012 Earlimart in '97, then it could have been our favorite year.
DaVinci dropped the track “14 In My City” Produced by Al Jieh of Drums & Ammo. Following up his Feast & Famine EP, DaVinci revealed big plans to drop his upcoming, SF representing The MOEna Lisa album October 17 on SWTBRD. Rumors that appearances from Freddie Gibbs, North Oakland's world's greatest duo Main Attrakionz and The Jacka have made the cut.
Isaiah Toothtaker's video for “Talkin' Bout” featuring ShowYouSuck dropped with animations provided by HoboStew & CarneAndQueso. Get in on the Tumblr trend hump thrown in the dump and resurrected by Isaiah's own appetite for destruction on Sea Punk Funk released by Anticon Records.
Double A.B. with production fresh from Dub Sonata dropped the track “Lord Knows What” featuring Roc Marciano and the video directed by R.M.L. This is song is off of the debut album by the duo Media Showers from Man Bites Dog Records.
The lineup for Moogfest 2012 has been anounced featuring no less than Primus 3D, Orbital, Miike Snow, Santigold, Richie Hawtin, Squarepusher, Explosions in the Sky, The Magnetic Fields, Four Tet, Divine Fits, GZA, Carl Craig, Pantha Du Prince, Shpongle Presents the Masquerade, Thomas Dolby, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Actress, Cold Cave, El-P, Mouse On Mars, Prefuse 73 with Teebs, Ana Sia, Bear in Heaven, Killer Mike, Blondes, Julia Holter, Disclosure, Exitmusic, Trust, and Wick-It the Instigator, and more to be anounced. Check the Moogfest site for further details.
From Tampa, Florida is Merchandise with the night tremor inducing video for “In Nightmare Room”. Find this single and more on their album Children of Desire out now. Catch the trio playing in a North American town near on their coming tour at the end of August.
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The 'SP-1200 assassin' Gensu Dean dropped his new 7″ Ramesses featuring 7evenThirty & Homeboy Sandman and shared the b-side “Wantchu” featuring the UK Olivier Daysoul selling it with “I do it 'cause I want you” and Gensu kicking and keeping the beat old school like it's '92 in '12.
Brooklyn's ERAAS are Robert Toher and Austin Stawiarz who brought us their label tribal music for modern day dave dwelling with “Briar Path.” Look for the duo at the Cameo Gallery on August 28 with Weekend, and hitting Glasslands on September 20 with the Soft Moon while their self-titled comes out October 2 on Felte and can be pre-ordered here.
Astrobal is a French producer who just dropped the animated music video for “My Girl” crafted by Ludovic Dulac that turns the downtempo lounge into a Lite-Brite goes digital affair. In his own words; “If Google Earth had existed when I was a kid, I’d surely have become an astronaut.” Find this cut and others off of Astrobal's Poetry & Science-Fiction EP available now from Plug Research.
Today is your lucky day as we have a new electric bass jumper with the new Matthew Dear track with “Earthforms” from the much anticipated Beams coming August 27 around the world and August 28 North America from the elusive and wonderful Ghostly International.
J. Pinder's video for “No Fault of Mine” lays it all out on the line with the crashing waves visuals provided by Trevor Traynor. Dive into the man's soliloquies of inner thoughts and sentiments on his album Careless available now.
This week our friends GANGI, comprised of Matt Gangi and Eric Chramosta, enchanted audiences across corridors of rails and rails and rails from LA's Southern Pacific and into your head and heart with “Railways no. 1-27“. Following up May Day calls to arms and recent buzz surrounding their video for “Outside Ones” we look forward to hearing the upcoming GANGI album gesture is coming October 2 from the Office of Analogue and Digital. Hope on the train and listen to “Railways no. 1-27” now.
We got the new Hooray For Earth A-side from their new single “Never” made by the multitalented productioneer maestro Chris Coady. As a result we will get the band first proper full length release Never/Figure August 21 from Dovecote.
Buke & Gass's upcoming Function Falls EP comes out September 11 from Brassland, and we have a preview of the ethereal folk crunch of “Misshaping Introduction” with the band's thoughts as well. “'Misshapen Introduction' was the first of these battles, and came about through improvisation with the musical equipment and computer. The vocals are largely improvised, resulting in a slight lyrical disintegration. However, after enlightening the end of the song with actual lyrics, it thusly turned out to be more of a dessert dish, such as a warm olive oil cake, topped with shaved 80% dark chocolate, candied pignolas, and a light dusting of sea salt.” Listen now.
Tombz is joining the company of today's ambient weavers of the night I††, GuMMyBeaR, Mascara, powwowW, and more, when the catacomb-channel waves crash into your living room with word of the upcoming five track EP from Tundra Dubs August 27 via Bandcamp, Boomkat, iTunes, Beatport, etc. Pre-orders for the EP are now $2 here, watch this space for audio streams as they are made available.
The Kleenerz give us another animated adventure via the talents of Overture's Jason & Aya Brown with the video for “Mr. Sandman” that dispels every lie you were told growing up. Join Freestyle Fellowship's Self Jupiter and Kenny Segal as the Kleenrz on their debut EP available now from the Hellfyre Club.