A couple weeks back, Anna Mayberry—of Toronto sludge-punk band HSY—put out a solo three track EP under the name ANAMAI. Stepping out from the murk of her other project, this new avenue finds Mayberry softly crooning over sparse psychedelic atmospheres–ones that would find themselves right at home alongside those of MV & EE and their extended family of bands. You can stream the entire EP below or purchase the MP3s here. Cassettes are available at select record stores around Toronto.
I was rather pleased to receive word from Woodsman guitarist Trevor Peterson last week, informing me of the completion of their new album and its forthcoming release in early 2014. It’s been almost three years since the Brooklyn-via-Denver trio put out their 2011 Rare Forms LP, an album that saw the group diverting from their instrumental path toward a more stoned-out, vocal-driven sound. But over the course of a handful of EPs since then, Woodsman gradually rerouted their musical course back to the cosmically transcendent soundscapes that began their humble beginnings. That vision is fully realized on the new, appropriately self-titled LP from which you can hear the first track, “Healthy Life,” below.
Woodsman is out on February 4 via Trevor Peterson’s own Fire Talk Records.
Last week, the Fader premiered the latest video from Real Estate bassist Alex Bleeker and his band of Freaks. Set to the lyrically revealing “Step Right Up,” the video was filmed on location at a Phish concert on their 2013 Summer Tour (can you tell which venue?). About the location choice, Bleeker says “It is my opinion that Phish has the most enthusiastic concert-going music fans in the world. The choice to shoot this video in the parking lot of one of their shows this summer was simple. This was the only large crowd I could think of that would lovingly embrace and interact with a man in an antler helmet without a moment’s pause. ” “Step Right Up” comes off Alex Bleeker & the Freaks 2013 release How Far Away, available via the good folks at Woodsist.
Catch Alex Bleeker and the Freaks live when they perform our post-Phish late-show at Mercury Lounge on December 30.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1SuaOrHFEY#t=19]
(Poster by Jessica Milton)
We’re teaming up with our pals at Popgun Booking to bring you this most-excellent show, happening on November 5 at Glasslands. All three bands are great so be sure to arrive early. Show starts at 8:30. Tickets are $10. Purchase tickets here.
Baltimore’s Other Colors have been mining the well of “exploratory pop” music for the past few years, putting out home recordings driven by infectious melodies, vocal harmonies and atmospheric lo-fi production. Comprised of songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Will Ryerson on guitar and vocals, Pat Berberich on bass guitar and vocals, and Dan Whatley on keyboard, guitar and vocals, the group teamed up with members of Dope Body and Wye Oak for their latest album, Free Thoughts, now available digitally and on cassette via Genpop. Stream it below.
Other Colors play our co-presented show in Toronto tomorrow night alongside Jacco Gardner and company. Details HERE.
It’s been four years since The Entrance Band released a new album unto the world, and during that time much has changed with its three members. From personal struggles to spiritual transformations, during the time between albums guitarist Guy Blakeslee, bassist Paz Lenchantin and drummer Derek James journeyed through the depths of the dark, only to reach the surface with a brighter and more inspired outlook than ever before. That process, along with all its joys and hardships, is documented on their forthcoming album, Face the Sun, which comes out on November 19 via new Brooklyn label Beyond Beyond is Beyond. You can hear the scorching first tune, “Fire Eyes,” below.
Pre-order the long-awaited Face the Sun via BBIB.
From Canada’s prairie region hail Calgary, Albert’s Devionian Gardens—the latest addition to the already-stacked Beyond Beyond is Beyond roster. Formerly named Deadhorse, the group exudes a powerfully eclectic interplay between its members including hoodoo guitar master Danny Vescarelli, hand instrument mage Jennifer Crighton, paisley child Marie Sulkowski, tonal shaman Ryan Bourne and rarified pattern master Melissa McWilliams. Like their label brethren, Devonian show many faces throughout the album as they traverse through West Coast inspired psych-folk, raved-up blues rock and arena-size psych jams that venture into deep space–sometimes within a single song (“Night Beams”). For their forthcoming album, Solar Shifting, the group ventured to the secluded forests of Nova Scotia where they recorded along with analog wizard Jay Crocker. Solar Shifting, the second full-length album by Devonian Gardens, comes out October 1st via Beyond Beyond is Beyond.
Our Solar System is a newly formed 10 piece musical collective—featuring members of Dungen, Life on Earth!, The Amazing, Me and My Kites and more—in which each musician represents an element of our solar system, whether it be a planet, an astroid belt or Pluto. Illustrating a journey through space, each planet was described in a few keywords, a fusion of the members’ mutual associations based on emotion and poetry rather than science. These keywords thus became the score they’ve been working on since.
On October 29, the good people at Beyond Beyond is Beyond will release Our Solar System’s debut album, Vårt Solsystem, recorded live one hot summer afternoon in the amphitheater at Raven mountain in Vårberg, and one cold November night at a magical party in an old movie theater in Kärrtorp. Each song is also named after an element in our solar system—many of the Swedish titles share the same spelling as their English equivalents, while others like “Asteroidbältet” aren’t too hard to decipher—drawing comparison to Miles Davis’ far out sonic journeys on Bitches Brew, as well as Alice Coltrane, Acid Mothers Temple, and Can.
Our Solar System is a community without a leader, a floating crowd of people, where everyone who wants to be part of creating within these cosmic frames are welcome. The dream is to one day see representatives of Our Solar System around the world, illustrating the concept in all the arts in all kinds of contexts for all kinds of audiences. Only your imagination sets the limits!
Listen to the first track (or planet), “Mars,” below.
New Electric Ride hail from Sunderland, a metropolitan borough of Tyne and Wear, in North East England, situated at the mouth of the River Wear. It was here that these lads came to form their shared love of “tampuras, leslie speakers and making sounds,” and, more recently, recorded their debut self-titled EP. Sounding more like early West Coast bands than the music of their fellow countrymen, New Electric Ride recall a more refined Jeffertitti’s Nile and would bed nicely with Dead Meadow and their contemporaries. Stream “Lovers” below or visit their Bandcamp page to hear all five songs.
The Auras hail from the suburban areas of Toronto where they exist as part of the expansive family of bands who wave the Optical Sounds flag. Steeped in the shoegazy side of the psych world, The Auras recall a brighter MBV meets BJM meets Spacemen 3 kind of a sound. Call it what you will. These guys are one of Toronto’s most exciting acts right now and they’ve just recently released an EP which you can pick up via Bandcamp. Listen to album track “Desert Dream (Nothing Is Real)” below.