Kye Alfred Hillig’s new album ‘The Buddist’ has just released digitally earlier in the month, with a CD being issued on 9/9. For those who like to lovingly admire a larger scale version of the artwork and enjoy a more visceral experience, he is currently running a Payola funding campaign for a vinyl copy that has a little over a week left to run.
The new record was produced by Hillig alongside Daniel G. Harmann and is a collection of what Hillig describes as his most honest and raw material to date. Apparently a preview of the material at The Dutch Embassy earlier in July left some audience members in tears and the feedback was apparently outstanding.
We love his songs as they all have such a strong intelligent storytelling presence that is hard to find, joining such company as Tom Brosseau, Eddie Vedder and a handful of others we think have the rare gift.
UPCOMING LOCAL DATES
Sunday, September 14th @ Columbia Winery
Friday, September 19th @ Big Building
Wednesday, October 1st @ The Fremont Abbey
Following behind the first anticipated single, Vampire, from Jenn Ghetto’s new release Cool Choices comes Brunch, the second striking piece from the album. Jenn Ghetto is formerly of the band Carissa’s Weird who you may also know from Seattle, the group’s last single hitting not too long ago in 2011.
The new album by S officially comes out September 23rd on Hardly Art records and was produced, engineered, and recorded by Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie). S currently has a bunch of west coast US tourdates posted, as well as a few back east:
10/8 Portland @Valentines
10/10 Oakland @1234 GO!
10/11 LA @KSPC/Claremont Collage
10/12 San Diego @Sycamore Den
10/13 LA @The Smell
10/14 San Luis Obispo @Xroads
10/15 Santa Cruz @The Crepe Place
10/16 San Francisco @Milk Bar
10/18 Eugene @The Boreal
10/22 Boston @Midway Cafe
10/24 Philadelphia @KungFu Necktie
10/25 Providence @AS220
Teribal Anamal are a Brooklyn-based DIY three-piece, and Uranium Son is from their latest album New Creature.
Check out the video for the song below too, shot in appropriate DIY style.
They are: Ryan on vox/bass, Chalky on howls/whistles/drums, and Stephanie on axe/vox.
The album is available on a ‘name your price’ basis from BandCamp.
Edinburgh based indie rock band, The Last September, are currently working toward their 3rd album and have just released a new single on Aug 14th, This Train Remains. It’s taken from their forthcoming album, Volcano releasing 20th October 2014 via Fountainhall Records.
The band will also be on a Scottish tour this September after appearances at festivals such as Kelburn Garden Party and Fringe By The Sea.
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Eli August & The Abandoned Buildings are a Baltimore, MD and Brooklyn, NY based Chamber Folk ensemble that plays dark and melodic heartfelt tunes.
They’re releasing their EP A Heartache Suite on September 2, 2014.
In addition to their participation in participation in the upcoming Flaming Lips-curated Sgt. Pepper’s tribute album (along side MGMT, My Morning Jacket, Phantogram and others), Jacksonville Florida band SUNBEARS! is set to release their second full length, Future Sounds, on Tampa Florida label, New Granada, this November 11th.
Singer and instrumentalist Jonathan Berlin calls the new album “lyrically bleak… Mostly filled with existential quandaries on subjects that we as humans can never truly know… Like life after death, for instance… And whether or not we spend our short little lives worrying about such things.”
The first part of the upcoming national tour for SUNBEARS! kicks off November 1st in Florida.
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Mokoan is an Australian Pop Rock Band formed in 2011 by Singer songwriter Paul Moleta teaming up with cousin Drummer Adrian Moleta. Writing and recording original material and with great passion for music, the boys begin their new journey dedicating heart and soul delivering their idiosyncratic style of music for all to enjoy. [Bio]
One Way Destination is from their first EP The Story Begins.
Austinites The Belle Sounds have just released this “sparkling jangle-pop tune” Black Stone, which is the title track of their forthcoming EP (out 9th September).
The Belle Sounds is a project from Indie Singer/Songwriter Noëlle Hampton and her husband, André Moran, and this is the second time we’ve featured them, listen to The Siren here.
Southampton five-piece blues infused-rock band Shotaway originally came out of the Canadian Rockies but are now located on a farm halfway between Southampton and Salisbury in the UK making some really great music.
Apparently February of 2013 saw the release of debut E.P ‘24 Hours Is A Short Day‘, and they just released their latest standout single ‘Doctor‘ last month. Sergei Bartlett the lead singer describes it thusly, “The song is written from a mans perspective and he is being hassled by his girlfriend, lawyer and doctor all trying to see/talk to him. It’s hassle that he quite frankly doesn’t see as important as they do. It’s basically him trying to sweep it under the mat and deal with it another day.”
We love this promising new single from Shotaway, and after hearing two more great tracks at Soundcloud, its a surefire sign they’ve got plenty more excellent releases to come. The stirring and soulful vocals really bring to mind other legendary full voices from the past, conjoining blues and a bit of a classic rock vibe with effortless cool, no doubt one of our favorite songs that we’ve had the pleasure of hearing this year.Download Doctor HypeMachine
Simon is the first single from Una Lux, from NYC. It will be released on August 26th. The single will be followed by its official music video, and they are also now finishing their debut EP with a release date to be announced soon.
Una Lux are: Matteo Liberatore, Chris Connors, Kelso Norris & Jake St. John.
Artist Ryan Pollie makes music under the moniker Los Angeles Police Department and is on the verge of releasing his 11-track self-titled debut album, in which he wrote and recorded a song each day. This allowed for small imperfections and spurts of urgency found throughout the new effort.
Pollie says, “This project really changed an important false perception for me. It was that music that I was making, which wasn’t recorded in a studio with a band, was illegitimate or not real for some reason.” And so, these 11 tracks pared down from 30, recorded in a house in Hollywood, became personal anecdotes to a specific time and place: following a burgeoning relationship until its untimely end.
This is being co-released by Forged Artifacts and ChillMegaChill on both limited vinyl and cassette tapes, out September 2, 2014.Download She Came Through (Again) HypeMachine
Margins of Society formed in 2011 out of Atlanta, Georgia as an ‘alterna-gressive’ rock group. Members: Greg Harman (drums, vocals), Trevor Houck (vocals, guitar), Scott Shackelford (guitar, vocals), Nick Smith (bass, vocals), and Marc Weaver (guitar, vocals).
Margins of Society self-released their debut album Marginal at Best, and this is a stand-out track from it.
If you’ve spent much time around the DC music scene for the past five years, you’ve heard of Paperhaus. They’re a band founded by long time musical partners Alex Tebeleff and Eduardo Rivera, and over the course of two EPs and multiple national tours, they’ve worked their way up as one of the most well-known live bands in the city. Danny Bentley joined the band in 2014, adding a new edge and energy to the band with his relentless and powerful drumming.
A new album from the group should be on the way in January.
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8/28-Athens, OH @ Casa Nueva
8/30-Chicago, IL @ Burlington
9/2-Nashville, TN @ The Basement
9/3-Knoxville, TN @ Pilot Light
9/4-Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Festival (The Hive @ Busy Bee)
9/7-Greensboro, NC @ TYP House
9/9-Atlanta, GA @ Mammal Gallery
9/10-Athens, GA @ Green Room
9/11-Blacksburg, VA @ Casablanca
9/12-Baltimore, MD @ Holy Underground
9/13-Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong
Mirror Talk, a 4-piece synthesizer ensemble from LA who perform New Wave and R&B influenced pop music have just released a new single 1997.
They tell us that they’ve just released the vinyl for their 1st EP via Urban Outfitters and are about to drop a new EP that they have worked on with their friend Tony Hoffer, endeavoring to make a record that sounded equal parts Timbaland, Prince and The Clash.
Following on from her incredible 2012 sophomore album Murmuration, Jo Mango has enlisted the help of an excitingly unexpected grouping of international artists to remix all 10 tracks of that album to extraordinary effect.
The result is Transformuration which will be released as a limited edition tape as part of this year’s Cassette Store Day celebration on September 27th 2014 and then on full digital release through Olive Grove Records on October 13th 2014.
In addition, Glasgow’s The Cormorant also has a new EP coming out on the 1st of September, Kindly Treatments for Fragile Brains. This can be purchased through the BC links on his site linked to below.
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Today’s spotlight takes a look back at the first stellar demo from Gowanus, Brooklyn (via Maine) indie rock band MOUNT SHARP, in which Bryan Bruchman performs on drums & guitar, Sarah Wood on vox & guitar, and Ryan Zumsen on bass
We also hear the band has a new single out “Icarus”, the first release from their forthcoming EP, Weird Fears, which drops this month. You can check out the stunning video for this excellent new single embedded further below.Download Cold Hands HypeMachine
Ottawa (Ontario, Canada) based Port Manteau released their second full-length album To Far Away Friends in July. Its available from the BandCamp link below on a Name Your Price basis, and is well worth checking out. Their sound has been described as “a merge of indie rock and grunge”.
They currently comprised of: Deryck Grekul – Vocals, Guitar; Aiden Robertson – Guitar; Brandon Blair – Keyboard, Trumpet, Violin and Bass; Alex Rankin – Drums
Twin Ponies is self-described as a progressive rock band composed of members of the defunct Tempe indie-alternative band, Tugboat. They came together in 2013 and released the EP “Pores” last September, engineered and mixed by Fred Huang and mastered by Fen Ikner.
While we couldn’t get enough of one of their signature tracks, “Willoughby,” from this release, “Phallacy” kept forcing us to come back and re-listen, especially after the final instrumental kicks off, wherein all hell breaks loose. This is one of my favorite tracks this year and comes highly recommended.
I’ve also been told they’ve made a run of cassettes so you may want to check out their BandCamp below as it includes a bonus track, “Pink Skin.”Download Phallacy HypeMachine
Today’s Dose is from a three track demo by Oakland based Strange Ideas, the project of Matthew Hable. we recommend that you check it out at the BandCamp link below, its very interesting, and if this is a hint at his future work, he’s someone worth watching.
“It kicked off in the summer of 2013 like a rabid wildebeest: Primitive folk singer-songwriter Matthew Hable launched his latest musical vision, Strange Ideas, and hasn’t looked back. Though billed as a solo project, the Oakland-based performer usually enlists a drummer and bassist for his live shows.
“The Monterey native cites his influences in legit, record store-geek fashion: “psych folk (Kurt Vile, Syd Barrett), garage rock (The Velvet Underground, The Kinks, Thee Oh Sees), oldies soul (Otis Redding, Bill Withers, Fats Domino) and some traditional country influences (The Carter Family, Hank Williams).”
“For its first live performance on Jan. 25, 2014, at Pierce Ranch Vineyards in Monterey, Strange Ideas opened for Jake Bellows (Saddle Creek Records). The show sold out. The buzz was on.” [Bio]
Full of Snakes is apparently a phrase their drummer Scott Stitzer made up to describe how he felt after a night of hard drinking, but when you hear the subjects lead singer Nick Morrison tackles throughout the album, they say it could easily describe the struggles, inner demons, anxieties, fears, and confused emotions coiling through his mind while transitioning from youth to adulthood.
The first song from the album is “Philadelphia,” a portrait of the city they live in, and love. Also, for another excellent feature, check out the embedded video below for a more demonstrative example of what to expect from this promising release.Download Philadelphia HypeMachine