A real pleasant surprise arrives in the mail in the form of Ephemerals. Sweet soul and funky grooves straight out of old London with a classic Motown vibe. Northern Soul lives! Check out the Dylanesque video for Easy Ain’t Nothin’. RIYL: Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Amy Winehouse, The Get Ups.
Time Is Over One Day Old, the highly anticipated new one from one of my personal favorite bands, Bear In Heaven drops this week. Stream the first single from it, Time Between. RIYL: Lower Dens, Here We Go Magic, The Besnard Lakes.
Next up, The Muffs long awaited return (the band’s first album in 10 years!), Whoop De Doo, arrives this week, courtesy of the tasteful folks at Burger Records. Stream, Up And Down Around here below. RIYL: The Pixies, Bikini Kill, The Donnas.
I’m also enjoying Circulation, the new full-length debut album from JPNSGRLS (pronounced Japanese Girls). Keep the volume cranked and check out Smalls, the energetic first single from that album. RIYL: RDGLDGRN, Titus Andronicus, Arctic Monkeys.
Also new in this week is Hold Still Life, the lush new one from Brooklyn dream-pop band Field Mouse. Stream pretty much the entire album from the band’s soundcloud page, starting with Tomorrow Is Yesterday here below. RIYL: Lab Partners, Real Estate, Speedy Ortiz.
Keep calm and Moe on.
Doc Sonic on behalf of the promo team.
By Ray Futia,
Anticipation for the Hudson Project centered on the lineup, and in that regard I found the 3-day long festival to be a success. The unique mixture of funk, jam, and various electronic flavors was more than enough variety to keep me engaged, yet each set seemed to fit with the others. Several of the non-electronic acts gravitated towards a more electronic sound; Lettuce spent the first half of their set without bassist Erick Coomes, having guitarist Eric Krasno lay down deep Moog bass lines to great effect.
Many of the headliners put on dazzling performances, notably the Flaming Lips, who pulled out many of the tricks they showed off at Bonnaroo- the dancing mushrooms, butterflies, and rainbows, the hamsterball, and the confetti confetti cannons- and played a near perfect set with a warm moment at the end as frontman, Wayne Coyne, halted the set for near half an hour on behalf of an audience member who had fainted. Several of the lesser known acts surprised me and matched the intensity and precision of the bigger names. On Saturday night, the Golden Pony, a Brooklyn based disco and deep house duo got worked up a small crowd in spite of competing with both Four Tet and Moby’s sets, which I wasn’t too fond of. On Sunday afternoon, the Soul Rebels, a funky New Orleans brass band thrilled the thinning crowds from the main stage with a full hour of dancing and energy.
All that being said, the other aspects of the festival were lacking, particularly organization and preparation, making the festival feel a bit like a trial run. Security was a big focus with multiple stations into and within the grounds; this created quite a bit of congestion as there seemed to be a shortage of security personnel. This also amplified hassle of getting from off-site parking to the event and camping grounds- a 3 mile trek- with the few shuttles available.
In spite of all of this, the Hudson Project will likely be remembered for its premature ending; due to a severe thunderstorm warning, it was cut off Sunday afternoon, canceling several acts including the highly anticipated Bassnectar. In light of the severity and duration of the storm, cancelling the event seems to have been the best decision, but the chaotic way in which it was handled left many at the festival confused and bitter, with some left stranded on the flooding grounds. Nevertheless, if the Project learns from these mistakes and continues to put together amazing lineups, it has potential to come back as its own distinct festival in the years to come.
The Difference – The Wallflowers
Higher Ground – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Stutter – Joe ft. Mystical
Sultans of Swing – Dire Straits
Anna Sun – Walk The Moon
Great DJ – The Ting Tings
Kiss Cam – Arkells
Been There Before – Hanson
I Want You Back – “Nsync
Always Be My Baby – Mariah Carey
All My Life – K-Ci & JoJo
That Thing – Lauryn Hill
It’s Gonna Be Me – 'Nsync
Lions in Cages – Wolf Gang
Icarus – Bastille
Never Thought This Would Happen – Arkells
I Don’t Care Anymore – Phil Collins
Movin’ Out – Billy Joel
I’m Bored Your Amorous – Dear and the Headlights
Rap God – Eminem
Across The Universe – The Beatles
Tell Me In The Morning – Cold War Kids
I Don’t Want To Know – Fleetwood Mac
Take Your Mama – Scissor Sisters
Bottles – VV Brown
Come A Little – Cage The Elephant
No Mother – Rag N Bone Man
Fool For The City – Foghat
Don’t Look Back In Anger – Oasis
Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong – Spin Doctors
My Friend Has A Swimming Pool – Mausi
Father and Son – Cat Stevens
It Wasn’t Me – Shaggy
Can’t Break Her Fall – Matt Kearney
First Friday Info – http://www.gorgeouswashington.com/firstfridays/firstfridaysupcomingevents.html
Spiedie Fest Info – http://www.spiediefest.com/schedule.aspx
National Night Out Info – http://www.binghamton-ny.gov/national-night-out
The Dwarf Invasion
Reggie & The Full Effect (Promo Copy) – The Dwarf Invasion
Explosions In The Sky (Those Who Tell The Truth…) – Yasmin The Light
Electro-Lights (Oddities And Contradictions) – The Prequel*
Electro-Lights (Oddities And Contradictions) – The Ballad Of Scruff Mcgruff*
Ps I Love You (For Those Who Stay) – In My Mind At Least*
The Constintines (2002 Mordam Sampler) – Dirty Business
The Muffs (Whoop Dee Doo) – Paint By Numbers*
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah) – Over And Over Again (Lost And Found
Woman’S Hour (Conversations) – Her Ghost*
Jpnsgrls (Circulation) – Tiger*
Jpnsgrls (Circulation) – Southern Comforting*
The Black Keys (The Moan) – The Moan
Junk Riot (Headache) – Headache*
Aroara (Aroara) – Track 4*
Liz Phair () – May Queen
Lana Del Rey (Born To Die) – Born To Die
Jungle (Jungle) – Platoon*
Jungle (Jungle) – Drops*
Chromeo (White Women) – Hard To Say No
Pillows () – Heart Break
Metric (Synthetica) – The Void
Metric (Fsantasies) – Blindness
New Buffalo () – No Party
Broken Social Scene (You Forgot It In People) – Almost Crimes
The Halo Benders (God Don’T Make No Junk) – On A Tip
Built To Spill (Strange 7”) – Strange
Pixies (Death To The Pixies (Live)) – Debaser
Braid (Pixies Tribute) – Trompe Le Monde
Braid (No Coast) – Put Some Wings On That Kid*
Promise Ring (Pixies Triubute) – Gouge Away
Promise Ring (Nothing Feels Good) – Is This Thing On?
Promise Ring (Nothing Feels Good) – Perfect Lines
Superchunk (Tossing Seeds Lp Singles 89-91) – Fishing
Dirty Lungs (S/T) – All My Cats*
Saves The Day (In Reverie) – Where Are You
Saves The Day (Stay What You Are) – Cars & Calories
Crystal Castles (Iii) – Plague
Wunder Wunder (Everything Infintie) – Coastline*
Laroux (Trouble In Paradise) – Up Tight Downtown*
The Evans (S/T) – Crude Bomb
Masters Of Hemisphere (Kindercore 50) – Anything
The Moldy Peaches (S/T) – Nyc’S Like A Graveyard
Yeah Yeah Yeah’S (Fever To Tell) – Y-Control