LA musician Daniel Finfer’s inspiration for blending accelerating technologies with music may sound familiar to many of you. Five years ago, he was struck by how few pop songs really had a meaningful message, and at the same time he was reading Ray Kurzweil’s The Singularity is Near.
Finfer got the idea for creating songs that explored the themes of the Singularity under the guise of pop music. While his lyrics may sound like they are a stereotypical exploration of love, romance, and youthful bravado, they are actually “a conversation between my future and present selves, I’m sort of talking back and forth through time.”You in the Future HypeMachine
BJ Bonin and Mike McCloskey became Demolition Means Progress in late 2011, having toured together since 2000 (as The Underthings). Grant Martin joined in 2013 to complete the lineup, and they have an ongoing collaboration with Minneapolis cellist Amy Waller.Their first EP “Destroy as Directed” features song topics ranging from politics to silly road trips to relationships, each with a different musical theme (punk, americana, rock). “Destroy as Directed” has been described as REM meets the Pixies, or Billy Bragg meets Sugar. Think Teenage Fanclub with a cellist, or Murder By Death with shoegaze pedals, the EP has garnered airplay on independent radio stations around the country.
Demolition Means Progress is currently recording their sophomore effort “Lovesongs for Saboteurs.” The LP features songs about work, debt, despair, and love with strong melodies and harmony,
jangly guitar, bass chords, and some cello over layers of reverb that comes close to shoegaze without crossing that event horizon. [bio]
Opa! unites musicians from different parts of the huge area of the former USSR, who came together in Saint-Petersburg, the multicultural capital of Russia. This band is a product of self-expression via experienced musicians who grew up on a fertile ground of traditional weddings of the 90s, town celebrations, and world music festivals around the world.
The band’s music expresses freedom and euphoria of post-soviet spirit and ancient enigma of Russian soul. Open-hearted shows, the multilingual lyrics of “Opa!” and their willingness to give it all to the audience make this wild positive folk remarkable and understandable for everyone around the world.Russian State Museum’s Lottery HypeMachine
Learning Music Monthly was a subscription based album-a-month series with today’s featured single coming from a compilation of songs from LMM 2.1 – LMM 2.6 (originally released from March – August 2009). Each season of LMM lasted for twelve months and included twelve issues. Every album featured artwork by a different visual artist, and was released under a Creative Commons license.
The 36th and final issue of Learning Music Monthly was released in April, 2011.Electric Letter HypeMachine
Poppy Brothers just released their new album Dreams of the Newly Awake and today’s Dose Pillow Talk is from it.
“Poppy Brothers is an American electropop duo consisting of vocalist James Tillman and producer Matthew Taylor. In 2012 the real life brothers released three radically different songs online which ranged from smooth R&B to thick alternative rock. However, it was the slick electropop gem One that caught fire and propelled the brothers to record a full-length album: 2013’s Mark of the Beat. Shortly after the release, the pop duo returned with the even more ambitious collection End of the Rainbow before beginning work on their sophomore LP Sour Fruit, which saw the brothers sharpening their pop credentials on tracks like Dance Floor Forever and Perfect. Less than a year later, the brothers are back again with their fourth release in three years, 2015’s adventurous Dreams of the Newly Awake.” [bio]
The first single has arrived from Weirdo Shrine, the new Ty Segall-produced sophomore album by Seattle surf-rock group La Luz, out August 7th on Hardly Art records. You Disappear is the perfect track to help launch off the quickly approaching summer and forthcoming holiday weekend here in the US.
We recently also spied a notice that their merch page through Bandcamp has recently been fully stocked with some pretty cool T shirts and tote bags. Links follow below.You Disappear HypeMachine
Check out the video for the first single from the album, Yodel, which we featured a couple of weeks ago.
New York based shoegaze and dream-pop indie band Lightning Bug started out as a group of best friends who started creating music together with the main ambition to share it with as many people as possible. Not too long after inception they found themselves with enough songs for a full length which took the form of the album “Floaters”, released at the end of January 2015.
The band recently had their demo ‘Bobby’ featured through the Fat Cat Records Soundcloud page, one of several content links for the band, below.Bobby HypeMachine
Super Magic Hats is a Melbourne-via-London based musician, beatmaker and producer whose work embraces melody, noise and experimentation. As an accomplished guitarist and bass player, live instrumentation makes its way into many Super Magic Hats tracks, while a love of the unusual leads to electronic gadgets such as Yamaha’s Tenori-On featuring prominently. Super Magic Hats also loves experimenting with a wide range of samples, including chopped up vocals, field recordings of streetscapes and everything in between. This sound is underpinned by interest in production trickery and effects, which washes intricate edits, delicately placed details and other sonic mutations with layers of reverb and delay.
Today’s featured track comes from ‘Slowly’, the 3rd EP following up from last year’s “Kumori” on Seattle’s Hush Hush Records. Slowly is a bright and bubbly collection of tracks that see Super Magic Hats exploring an upbeat, melodic and glitchy musical territory, loosely focused around the theme of falling in love. Slowly brings to the fore Super Magic Hats’ J-Pop influences and playful, Gold Panda-esque sample slicing, pairing this with a growing maturity as a producer.
Slowly is Super Magic Hats’ first collaboration with Japan’s Tanukinieri Records, a prolific and eclectic netlabel that has been listed by Pitchfork & MTV81, among others, as one of the essential labels in Japan right now.This Last Week HypeMachine
“For the last decade, Brooklyn-based songwriter Jeremy Bass has been the Musical Director of The Secret City, the OBIE Award (Off-Broadway Theater Awards) winning performance gathering. Bass started with the group when its membership numbered in the single digits, and has seen The Secret City’s membership grow to the thousands during his tenure.
“Even with such a substantial and supportive artistic community as an integral part of his daily life, Bass wrote his new pair of albums in literal isolation. Returning to single living in Brooklyn after a rough divorce in late 2013, Bass found himself secluded in an empty house, sifting through his memories.” [bio via Fanatic]
Angelovski said much of his inspiration and many of his samples come from his parents’ record collection, which contained much 1970s jazzrock and jazzfunk. Its a great blend and really monumental when you can equate a great music riff with some great visuals from an old film, such as in the case of ‘The Good, The Bad, & The Gypsy’ linked to further below.
The album is available on bandcamp, where you can downloaded in much higher quality digital formats, including FLAC, OGG and ALAC.
via Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)Crookrilla HypeMachine
After a successful trip to the States with some tourdates here in California, Scottish artist Sorren Maclean has announced the release of his album, Winter Stay Autumn, available on 8th June 2015 via Middle Of Nowhere Recordings.
The album began taking shape in 2012 when Sorren was commissioned by the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow to write and perform as one of their New Voices. Originally written for a 7 piece band and recorded shortly after being performed live and in full, there is a sense of weight and purpose to the album.
Sorren, who hails from the Isle of Mull, has been playing in bands since the age of 11. He recorded his debut album, Island, with Colin MacIntyre of Mull Historical Society, which led to Idlewild singer Roddy Woomble inviting Sorren to co-write his second solo album, The Impossible Song and Other Songs, and they’ve been working together ever since.
Be sure to check out his newest video for ‘Way Back Home’ which we’ve linked to further below.
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The original track by Chicago’s own Professor Kliq, “Plastic & Flashing Lights”, has been around for ages. He felt it could use a bit of a face lift and even a name change, in light of Patator Productions’ video, created by Victor Haegelin.
Raised in the west suburbs of Chicago, Professor Kliq (Mike Else) underwent a lengthy and profound evolution both musically and mentally. With a variety of names, (Sharp Harpsichord, Quaziteque, Kid Kranium, Professor K), he explored any kind of electronic music he developed an affinity for. With influences ranging from different trip-hop DJ’s like Krush, Shadow and Cam to more experimental and noise-based artists like Aphex Twin and Squarepusher, he combines these modern elements with those he learned from music theory and his upbringing on jazz as well as 80’s pop and electronic music.
Music has always been in his blood: His grandfather, Sir John, a vibraphone and piano player that played with names like Gene Krupa and Tony Bennett, and his uncle, John Jeffrey, jobbing pianist and bass player, doctor of Computer Sciences at Elmhurst college.
Professor Kliq has been making music since 1996 with his first Casio keyboard and a tape recorder. Slowly but surely, training himself to play piano by ear and developing full pieces, the dream maintains an everlasting becoming into reality.” – jamendo.com
He graduated from Columbia College Chicago in early 2012 and now produces full time.
Wire & Flashing Lights by Professor Kliq is licensed under a Creative Commons License.Wires & Flashing Lights HypeMachine
Politically speaking, not much has changed about the way Institute exists as a band since signing to Sacred Bones. Having members in Glue, Wiccans, and Back to Back, all fellow stalwarts of the Texas punk scene, helps streamline the approach for them, as all of their bands operate from the same basic ethos. In fact, singer Moses Brown has said they’re only comfortable being on Sacred Bones because he considers the label “a punk label on steroids.” (A note from the label—“Drugs, yes. Steroids, usually no.”
For their boundary-smashing debut long-player, they’ve incorporated everything from acoustic guitars to proto-punk psych excursions, even stretching their songs out to Krautrock lengths when necessary. [via bio]
Tour dates follow:
May 23, 2015: Los Angeles, CA Space 42 (w/ Wolf Eyes, The Holydrug Couple, Antwon, Appetite, Liebestod)
Jun 7, 2015: Houston, TX Black Barbie
Jun 8, 2015: New Orleans, LA TBA
Jun 9, 2015: Memphis, TN TBA (w/ Iceage)
Jun 10, 2015: Nashville, TN 2134 14th Ave N
Jun 11, 2015: Atlanta, GA Eyedrum
Jun 12, 2015: Richmond, VA Strange Matter
Jun 13, 2015: Philadelphia, PA Second Empire
Jun 14, 2015: Brooklyn, NY Palisades (w/ Cheena)
Jun 16, 2015: Providence, RI Tate 2 (w/ Cheena)
Jun 17, 2015: Amherst, MA Dollhouse (w/ Cheena)
Jun 18, 2015: Toronto, ON S.H.I.B.G.B.s (w/ Destruction Unit, Sheer Mag)
Jun 19, 2015: Chicago, IL TBA
Jun 20, 2015: Kansas City, MO TBA
Both singles are from their soon to be released EP Hyperlust which you can pre-order from their BandCamp link below.
Check out the live video of Video Star embedded below too.
Parisian producer Creange recently issued this nice danceable remixed version of George Ezra’s rising single, Budapest. We typically don’t post too many remixes, but loved the tropical injection of sounds which definitely makes this mix shine on top of the already steady soulful sounds of English artist George Ezra.
Check out more of Creange’s creations at his social sites below, including a link to get over to George Ezra’s page.Budapest (Creange remix) HypeMachine