News – Moogfest Releases Full Free Programming Schedule featuring Questlove

Press Release April 25, 2019 – Moogfest 2019 releases its full free programming schedule featuring Questlove, RP Boo, Suzi Analogue, and Mez, and announces special local ticket prices on sale now. Tickets for locals in the Triangle region with valid ID will be priced at $200 and are available HERE. Student full weekend special discounted passes are on sale now at $149 HERE. The free programming will take place at the American Tobacco Campus (ATC) Cage, Quarterhorse, and Full Frame Theatre.

The free programming kicks off on Thursday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Quarterhorse with a DJ trifecta featuring Mamis and the Papis, the Conjure and Party Illegal, all of whom are dedicated to pushing the boundaries of DJ culture in inclusive directions that embrace womxn, LGBTQIA+ communities, and people of color. The festivities at Quarterhorse continue Friday 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm with Micromachines featuring a crew of micro-gadget wielding artists.

On Saturday, the beloved Modular on the Spot picnic starts the party at 11:30 am. Questlove takes over from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm, followed by footwork originator RP Boo from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, beat maker and songwriter Suzi Analogue from 7:15 pm to 8:15 pm, with Raleigh rapper Mez wrapping things up from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm. The ATC Cage will also host the workshop, Digital Making Playground presented by NCSU Libraries with David Woodbury and Adam Rogers from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Saturday will feature a screening and discussion of What is Democracy? by Astra Taylor at the Full Frame Theatre from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm. Topics discussed in the film and panel include: Who gets to participate in democracy? What is freedom? Can democracy even exist in an era of concentrated wealth? How can the people reclaim the power that is supposed to be theirs? Half of the tickets for the screening will be offered for free on a first come, first served basis.

Free programming at Quarterhorse concludes on Saturday with beat maker collective Raund Haus and Raleigh-based company Erogenous Tones who will present their visual synth STRUCTURE, for a journey into visual synthesis.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit Moogfest.com


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News – Kelly Moran Announces New EP “Origin” Out May 17 via Warp Records – Shares New Single ‘Night Music’ – plus live at Moogfest 2019 April 27th

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Just days before the Moogfest 2019 launches her new tour, Brooklyn based composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Kelly Moran announced a new release titled “Origin”, an EP of a handful of demos and unreleased music recorded during the “Ultraviolet” sessions.   “Origin” features seven songs of largely stripped back and acoustic recordings, featuring the artist at her home piano and recorded in one take.

As for the single “Night Music” from the upcoming EP, it goes back to the recordings of “Ultraviolet”, initially improvised during the same session from which it emerged, as were “Water Music,” “Reflexive Music,” and “Halogen”, but eventually was designated for this EP.

“These recordings show firsthand my musical discoveries in real-time for when I was having my major creative breakthrough,” says Moran.

Listen to it here.

It wasn’t that long ago that she released a video for the track “Water Music and her announcement of her appearance at Moogfest 2019.  Click on the link for more tour details.  As for her Moogfest appearance, she will open the Saturday, April 27th evening performance at the Carolina Theatre, playing at 630pm, then Thomas Dolby at 815pm and GAS – Wolfgang Voigt– closes it out at 10pm.

Info on Moogfest 2019 tickets.



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News – Martin Gore to receive Moog Innovation Award at Moogfest 2019

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Martin Gore – Credit: Travis Shinn

Award Will Be Presented Following Martin Gore’s Keynote Conversation During Moogfest, Friday April 26, 2019
Gore joins past honorees Devo, Brian Eno, Suzanne Ciani, and Gary Numan.

Asheville, N.C. [April 23, 2019] – Musical pioneer Martin Gore’s masterful electronic meditations on the human condition have illuminated the connection between transformative sound and pure emotion for decades. A founding member of the band Depeche Mode, Gore’s sensual electronic compositions and introspective lyrics have resonated with faithful audiences around the world and impacted the direction of countless visionary artists from Trent Reznor to Johnny Cash.

Gore’s enduring ability to connect the rawest aspects of the human experience to the dance floor defined an era and perpetually reminds us what it means to be human through the emotional power of electronic sound. For his contributions we are honored to name Martin Gore as the recipient of the 2019 Moog Innovation Award.

Martin will be presented with the award during Moogfest on Friday, April 26 at 3:30 p.m. (ET) at the Carolina Theatre immediately following his keynote conversation with Mute Records founder Daniel Miller, which begins at 2:30 p.m. (ET).

The Moog Innovation Award recognizes artists who have contributed to the exploration of sound in popular music and beyond for the past 50 years, exemplifying the bold, innovative spirit of Bob Moog. Past recipients include visionary artists Gary Numan, Devo, Suzanne Ciani, Brian Eno, Bernie Worrell,synth designers like Herb Deutsch, last year’s recipient Bernie Krause, and Thomas Dolby, who will also be performing and presenting this year.

For more information on Moogfest, visit www.moogfest.com. 

 


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Read other news and features about Moogfest 2019.

Moogfest 2019 announces phase one of their line up
Moogfest 2019 update – Mount Kimbie leads second wave of talent announced
News – Moogfest 2019 – Third Wave of talent announced
News – Moogfest 2019 adds Thomas Dolby for three rare appearances – full line up announced
News – Kelly Moran releases new video ‘Water Music’ from LP “Ultraviolet” – tours again starting late April at Moogfest 2019
News – Moogfest 2019 Adds Questlove and Arabian Prince (N.W.A.) to Lineup, Announces Free Outdoor Programming, Updates Exclusive Conversation Series, Workshop scheduling and More
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News – Composer, Producer, Engineer & Multi-Instrumentalist Tom Eaton releases new ambient electronic album “How it Happened”- will appear at Zone Music Awards

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Portland, OR, (April 19, 2019) — What does it sound like to explore the peaceful places where one’s path follows the edge of the mighty Mississippi or the Merrimack River as it meets the sea? For Tom Eaton, a composer, multi-instrumentalist and recording artist, those blissful vistas are best expressed in a rich and heartfelt blend of piano, ambient guitar, and synth textures on “How it Happened”, his latest collection of ambient electronic stories about taking the unseen paths and finding serene moments; the album was released April 19, 2019 on Spotted Peccary Music, the Portland, OR-based independent record label.

Upon listening, John Shanahan, host of Hypnagogue Podcast, said “”On How it Happened”, Eaton finds new expressions that dig into his listeners’ souls to allow them to share his thoughts and feelings, gently carving a common emotional ground. Eaton takes his own personal late-night ruminations and the natural beauty of his New England surroundings as stepping-off points for his blends of rich ambient backdrops and gliding melodies, each a piece of poetry all its own,” while veteran music writer Robin James, of Brainvoyager.com, noted “The music floats up into the air and shimmers, hanging there like an Aurora Borealis, just above your speakers.”

“How it Happened” is a sensitive and introspective album of reflective ambient impressions which Eaton evokes with tenderness and grace. Inspiration is drawn from moments sitting or walking by the north branch of the Contoocock river in New Hampshire, the Mississippi River in New Orleans, and the beaches where the Merrimack River meets the ocean in his home state of Massachusetts.

Eaton offered a rare insight, sharing “My prior albums have had some rhythmic elements and this album has no time keeping percussion at all. Probably makes the album a little more introspective and slightly less ‘pop’ influenced. I have always written driving stuff and floating stuff. This collection is more on the floating side. As my life progresses the music reflects where I am, so it’s always going to be different but I am not steering it. My music is an outlet for my emotions, always born out of improv rather than thought about. That great Vangelis quote always seems to make sense to me… ‘I act as a channel through which music emerges from the chaos of noise.’ It feels like that most of the time.”

Having spent the past 25 years as a full-time producer and engineer with credits on hundreds of recordings, Eaton is certainly no stranger to crafting delicate musical spaces. His pensive soundscapes stir the emotions and touch the soul as the lush textures and quiet melodies of “How it Happened” deliver a multi-dimensional immersion into the artist’s vulnerable space, where he investigates the amorphous connections shared by us all.

Eaton is also scheduled to perform live at the House of Blues New Orleans on May 18th, 2019 during the Zone Music Awards (https://livemu.sc/2Tk3Fbw).


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News – Moogfest Announces One-Day Passes And Special Student Discounted Full Weekend Tickets

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Durham, N.C. [April 22, 2019] – Moogfest announced single-day passes for sale today.  The limited number of single-day passes for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of Moogfest 2019 are on sale now starting at $99 each. Each single-day pass offers access to daytime conversations and workshops (subject to availability), plus all nighttime performances.

Student full weekend special discounted passes are also on sale now at $149. Students most show valid ID when picking up passes.
All tickets HERE.

Stay tuned for more updates including Moog Innovation Award, Free Outdoor programming schedule.

Moogfest 2019 will take place in Durham, N.C. from April 25-28.
More information at https://www.moogfest.com/.

Read other news and features about Moogfest 2019.

Moogfest 2019 announces phase one of their line up
Moogfest 2019 update – Mount Kimbie leads second wave of talent announced
News – Moogfest 2019 – Third Wave of talent announced
News – Moogfest 2019 adds Thomas Dolby for three rare appearances – full line up announced
News – Kelly Moran releases new video ‘Water Music’ from LP “Ultraviolet” – tours again starting late April at Moogfest 2019
News – Moogfest 2019 Adds Questlove and Arabian Prince (N.W.A.) to Lineup, Announces Free Outdoor Programming, Updates Exclusive Conversation Series, Workshop scheduling and More
Chill #54 features Moogfest 2019 artists

 

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News – Flying Lotus new album “Flamagra” out May 24th – watch ‘Fire is Coming’ video

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Flying Lotus announced new album “Flamagra” out May 24th on Warp Records. Its his first release in nearly five years.

“I’d been working on stuff for the past five years, but it was always all over the place. I’d always had this thematic idea in mind—a lingering concept about fire, an eternal flame sitting on a hill,” Lotus says.  “Some people love it, some people hate it. Some people would go on dates there and some people would burn love letters in the fire.”

“Flamagra” features (in order of appearance): Anderson .Paak, George Clinton, Little Dragon, Tierra Whack, Denzel Curry, David Lynch, Shabazz Palaces, Thundercat, Toro y Moi, Solange and more.

Watch the video “Fire is Coming” below directed by Flying Lotus and David Firth.

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News – Drab Majesty announce new album release “Modern Mirror” out July 12th – watch video of new single

The LA based duo of Deb Demure and Mona D – aka Drab Majesty –  announced the release date of their new album “Modern Mirror” today (April 16, 2019).  Its scheduled for July 12th via Dais Records, along with touring plans.   Its their third release.  For anyone unfamiliar with Drab Majesty, they have steadily built a devoted fan base worldwide with their singular hypnotic sound and mysterious, constantly-evolving presence.  They have toured with Smashing Pumpkins, Deafheaven, Crystal Castles and appeared on NBC TV’s Carson Daly.  The unique line up of Drab Majesty, the metal gaze Deafheaven and noise and industrial rock influenced Uniform sold out their 2018 appearance in Orlando.

In addition, they released a new single. Check out the video for ‘Ellipsis’  below.  Its from the upcoming album.  Directed by Thomas McMahan, ‘Ellipsis’ romantically plays up the distorted concept of courting through modern technology in a world that has yet to adapt.

In discussion of “Modern Mirror”, they traveled to Athens, Greece as groundwork for a modern reinterpretation of Ovid’s “Narcissus”. Each song on the record tells a piece of the story in which the listener’s own self-identity has become warped and dissociated through rapidly expanding technology, losing touch with the origins of their own personalities. It fuses synth-pop-noir aesthetics within the cautious instruction of Greek mythology and modern science fiction, birthing a hybrid of romantic dreamy malaise, captured for a future moment. It’s a journey of self-reflection, nostalgia, love, beauty, and heartbreak told across eight addictive and emotional synth pop anthems – a seemingly classic tale delivered unblinkingly through the frame of the modern world.

“Modern Mirror” was produced by Josh Eustis (Telefon Tel Aviv) and mastered by Dave Cooley, with appearances byJasamine White-Gluz (No Joy) and Justin Meldal-Johnson (NIN, Beck, M83, Air) with packaging and design by Juan Mendez of Jealous God/Silent Servant.

Pre-orders have been posted here.

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Current Drab Majesty tour dates

Drab Majesty tour dates:

April 17 – Rostov, RU – Line
May 10 – Austin, TX – KVRX Festival
May 17 – Chicago, IL – Garfield Park Conservatory
May 28 – Istanbul, TR – Zorlu PSM
June 01- Barcelona, ES – Primavera Sound
June 02 – Dublin, IE – Workman’s Club
June 06 – Birmingham, UK – The Flapper
June 07 – Nottingham, UK – Rock City (Beta) *
June 08 – Glasgow, UK – Audio *
June 09 – Guastalla, IT – Handmade Festival
June 11 – Roma, IT – Wishlist Club
June 12 – Pomigliano D’Arco, IT – Floor Club
June 14 – Mosfellsbær, IS – Oration Festival


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News – The Cinematic Orchestra adds more US dates to their World Tour

British nu jazz and electronic music artists The Cinematic Orchestra recently (April 15, 2019) announced more tour dates in the US after originally listing a LA appearance at the Walt Disney Concert Hall for late November.  See the details below.  Founded in 1999, by Jason Swinscoe and now joined long-time collaborator and friend Dominic Smith, they are supporting their newest album “To Believe”, just released March 15, 2019 – the first in over ten years. It has received praise from the likes of The Guardian, The Independent, Q Magazine, GQ, Bandcamp and many more.

In addition, the Cinematic Orchestra shared a new live video for “Lessons” from their new album. Filmed by acclaimed filmmaker and photographer Brian “B+” Cross (Mochilla) whilst the band were in Joshua Tree, USA earlier this year.  The live video goes back and forth between the footage and the band performing in the studio.

B+ said of the video, “The desert has been an important reference for Jason and Dominic during the creation of this project. We took photos out there three years back in the beginning of the publicity for the campaign. It was wonderful to go back out to Joshua Tree and hear the music performed live by the full band. It was an honour to capture the energy in the room over six takes and then intercut it with some observational shots we created using a pretty sophisticated drone. Drone technology was created in Southern California and all the stark beauty it can capture underwritten by the military industrial narratives we live with here is present in the work. Thinking about these deeper themes is central to this new Cinematic project and it was a privilege to be part of these conversations.”

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The last time i wrote about them, they were in the midst of a string of performances in the UK.  Just completing the BBC 6 Music Festival in Liverpool, they will be touring again, this time in Japan starting April 18th.  Here’s more details and the US tours also.  Southeast US appearances include Nashville, Asheville (NC) and Atlanta.

2019 live dates:
18 Apr Sankei Hall Breeze, Osaka, Japan
19 Apr Hitomi Memorial Hall, Tokyo, Japan
16 May Compensa Koncertu Sale, Vilnius, Lithuania
17 May A2, Wrocław, Poland
18 May Studio, Kraków, Poland
19 May Stary Maneż, Gdańsk, Poland
20 May Palladium, Warsaw, Poland
21 May Sala Ziemi, Poznań, Poland
23 May Astra, Berlin, Germany
24 May Live Music Hall, Cologne, Germany
26 May Les Docks, Lausanne, Switzerland
30 Jun Harbourside, Bristol, UK

New US Tour Dates:
27 Oct White Oak Music Hall, Houston, TX
28 Oct Mohawk, Austin, TX
29 Oct Canton Hal, Dallas, TX
30 Oct Exit / In, Nashville, TN
31 Oct The Loft, Atlanta, GA
01 Nov Orange Peel, Asheville, NC
02 Nov 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
03 Nov Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA
05 Nov Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, NY
07 Nov Paradise, Boston, MA
08 Nov Palais Montcalm, Quebec City, QC
09 Nov Corona Theatre, Montreal, QC
10 Nov Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON
11 Nov Russell Industrial, Detroit, MI
12 Nov Thalia Hall, Chicago, IL
14 Nov Englert Theatre, Iowa City, IA
15 Nov Gothic Theatre, Denver, CO
16 Nov Metro Music Hall, Salt Lake City, UT
18 Nov The Neptune, Seattle, WA
19 Nov Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, BC
20 Nov Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR
22 Nov Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
23 Nov Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA


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News – More Deerhunter Tour Dates for 2019

Atlanta’s Deerhunter just finished a leg of touring that ended at the Stopover Music Festival in Savannah. Supporting their eighth studio album “Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?”, the indie band who has experimented with and recorded a medley of dream pop, shoegaze, psychedelic and post rock songs will be touring again in late April.  More details below.

Earlier this year, Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox recently sat down for an interview that aired on NPR’s All Things Considered, listen HERE.

Check out a live concert performance from them above.  Click on the “Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?” link to purchase the album.

Deerhunter Tour 

April 25-27 MARFA, TX, Marfa Myths Festival
April 29 AUSTIN, TX The Mohawk
April 30 DALLAS, TX Canton Hall
May 1 HOUSTON, TX White Oak Music Hall
May 2 NEW ORLEANS, LA House of Blues
May 3-5 ATLANTA, GA, Shaky Knees Festival
May 25 MADRID, Tomavistas
May 27 BARCELONA, Primavera Sound opening party
May 30 WINTERTHUR, Salzhaus
May 31 DORTMUND, Way Back When Festival
June 1 NEUSTRELITZ, Immergut Festival
June 3 COPENHAGEN, Den Grå Hal
June 4 OSLO, Rockefeller
June 7 LONDON, Field Day Festival
July 6 YELLOW SPRINGS, OH Springsfest

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News – Moogfest 2019 Adds Questlove and Arabian Prince (N.W.A.) to Lineup, Announces Free Outdoor Programming, Updates Exclusive Conversation Series, Workshop scheduling and More

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Durham, N.C. [April 11, 2019] [press release] — Moogfest complements its lineup announcements with the addition of QuestloveArabian Prince (N.W.A.), and Madame Gandhi, plus the unveiling of this year’s free programming to take place at the American Tobacco Campus, the Full Frame Theatre, and Quarter Horse in downtown Durham, N.C., April 25–28. Additionally, Moogfest updates its exclusive conversation series, which includes: Martin Gore of Depeche Mode; Thomas Dolby in conversation with Jason Leopold; Mute Records founder, DJ, and producer, Daniel MillerGAS in conversation with The Field; and William Basinski in conversation with Craig Leon and Kelly Moran.

Fruit Co. will be the site of two special DJ sets, one by Arabian Prince, co-founder of iconic rap group N.W.A., on Friday, April 26 and the other by Questlove, drummer and frontman for Grammy Award-winning hip-hop group The Roots, on Saturday, April 27.

Free festivities at the ATC on Saturday, April 27 will feature singer/songwriter/beat maker Suzi Analogue, electronic thrash provocateurs Fartbarf, footwork originator RP Boo, and Dr. Dre collaborator and Raleigh native, Mez. The ATC stage will also feature the Modular on the Spot picnic, an outdoor modular synth performance co-founded in Los Angeles by modular synthesist and skate photographer Eric “Rodent” Cheslak, which will include a rotating cast of musicians playing for four hours.

Also on April 27, there will be a screening and discussion at the Full Frame Theatre with filmmaker, writer, and political organizer Astra Taylor, director of the documentary, What is Democracy? Topics discussed in the film and panel include: Who gets to participate in democracy? What is freedom? Can democracy even exist in an era of concentrated wealth? How can the people reclaim the power that is supposed to be theirs? Half of the tickets for the screening will be offered for free on a first come, first served basis.

The gathering at Quarter Horse on April 25 will be a celebration of diversity, featuring Party IllegalMamis and the Papis, and The Conjure — three local DJ collectives dedicated to transcending the patriarchy and exalting womxn, femmes, POCs and the LGBTQ+ community. On April 26, MicroMachines takes over Quarter Horse for a performance celebrating all things tiny, portable, and battery-powered with a crew of fellow micro-gadget wiedling artists. On April 27, beat maker collective Raund Haus teams up with Raleigh-based company Erogenous Tones who will feature their visual synth, STRUCTURE for a journey in visual synthesis.

Moogfest is also announcing the addition of Madame Gandhi to its final lineup. This will be the second appearance at Moogfest for the outspoken activist, drummer, and solo artist who made her festival debut in 2018. This year, Madame Gandhi will be presenting Femmes to the Front: An Electronic Jam Session. For this jam session, Madame Gandhi (former drummer for M.I.A., Thievery Corporation) welcomes musicians of any background to experience her creative process live and join in. Various electronic music instruments will be set up during this collaborative moderated jam session, though attendees are welcome to bring their acoustic and electronic instruments to the session as well.

Additional free programming at Moogfest includes the Modular Marketplace, a bazaar featuring the top designers of boutique music tech tools and their latest creations where attendees of all experience levels can explore electronics up close, and the Moog Pop-Up Factory, where Moog Production Engineers live-build Moog Synthesizers on site. Beyond manufacturing, the space is an immersive music tech playground where the minds at Moog create one-of-a-kind interactive experiences all technology fans can be inspired by.

The Moogfest Engineer Pass provides VIP access to the festival and the unique opportunity to work alongside Moog Music Engineers during a two-day synth-building workshop. Participants learn the foundations of analog synthesis and are guided through the process of building their own unreleased analog Moog synthesizer — no experience is necessary. This behind-the-scenes experience gives attendees the opportunity to engage Moog engineers while gaining insight into the art of electronic design. This year’s unreleased Moog design explores how electronic instruments can create an analog of the human experience, speaking directly to the way in which physical circuits can resonate within oneself, creating a “Spectral Shift.”

Moogfest Workshop schedule will be announced this Friday April 12.
Engineer and VIP sign up for workshops and Full Moogfest Day to Day Schedule will be announced by Wednesday April 17.

 

News – Richard James Simpson newest full album “Deep Dream” – out April 12th

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Back around October of last year (2018), LA based solo artist Richard James Simpson teased the single ‘Human (Like I versus like me)’ from an upcoming new album without a release date.  Fast forward to March when the upcoming full album “Deep Dream” was announced. Featuring Jill Emery (Mazzy Star, Hole); Don Bolles (The Germs); Dustin Boyer (John Cale); Paul Roessler (The Screamers, Twisted Roots); Mark Reback (Vast Asteroid); Ygarr Ygarrist (Zolar X) and Geza X (Geza X and the Mommymen, The Deadbeats), his sophomore solo album is scheduled for release tomorrow April 12, 2019.

Expect “Deep Dream” to offer ferocious, heart-wrenching songs that provide a unique sonic experience.  The former lead guitarist and vocalist from the alternative band Teardrain launched his solo career with the 2017 release “‘Sweet Birds of Youth”.  This is the second release.

In keeping with the blogs chill and atmospheric focus, here’s the video ‘I Couldn’t Be Happier’  from the newest album.

 

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News UPDATED! – Portland indie dream pop band Reptaliens releases new single, plus currently on US tour, new album “VALIS” set for April 26th release

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The Portland indie and dream pop – or self-defined dreamwave- band Reptaliens have been on the road, touring since early March (2019) with appearances at SXSW and the Treefort Music Festival.   Beginning in April (April 5, 2019), they tour did a pivot in support of hardcore band Turnstile and fellow indie and dream pop music act Turnover.  The less than two month tour continues in Tucson tonight (April 9, 2019) and ends in Baltimore May 12th (2019).  Check the tour dates below.

Reptaliens on Tour –

04/09 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee *
04/10 – San Diego, CA – Observatory *
04/23 – San Francisco – Regency Ballroom *
04/25 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom *
04/26 – Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret *
04/27 – Seattle, WA – Showbox *
04/29 – Salt Lake City, UT – Complex *
04/30 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theater *
05/02 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall *
05/03 – Detroit, MI – Majestic *
05/04 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater *
05/05 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel *
05/07 – Worcester, MA – Palladium *
05/08 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom *
05/09 – New Haven, CT – College St. Music Hall *
05/10 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA *
05/11 – Norfolk, VA – Norva *
05/12 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live *

* with Turnstile and Turnover

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News – Kelly Moran releases new video ‘Water Music’ from LP “Ultraviolet” – tours again starting late April at Moogfest 2019

Earlier this week (April 8, 2019), composer Kelly Moran released the music video for ‘Water Music’ from her current release “Ultraviolet”.  Its the third single from the album consisting of contemporary classical, electronic and experimental tracks.  The album is available from the Warp Records label.  Released last November (2018), its received praise from Pitchfork and Exclaim – the latter saying the album “is indebted to the charm of the natural world, but with it, Moran unlocks dazzling new ones in the process.”

According to the bio, the video, directed by close collaborator Katharine Antoun, pays homage to Moran’s transcendent experience in the woods of Long Island, one which inspired the making of Ultraviolet.

“On the day I made the music that eventually became this record, I went swimming in the ocean and for the first time went far past my comfort zone in the water,” says Moran. “I’m usually too skittish to go deeper than my ankles, but I felt completely uninhibited that day and actually let myself swim and feel the weight of my body disappear in the water. With this newly achieved sense of freedom and looseness, I attempted to bring that feeling back to my studio when I played piano later that day.”

Also included in this collaboration is visual artist Cassie McQuater and her involvement in the video and Oneohtrix Point Never’s additional production and synth in the song.  Moran toured as a member of OPN’s MYRIAD ensemble, Antoun and Moran are longtime friends who’ve connected visually throughout much of the “Ultraviolet” experience, and McQuater commissioned Moran to score her recent video installation Love Birds, Night Birds, Devil-Birds, which premiered at Frieze in Los Angeles last month. 

Watch the video above or click on the ‘Water Music‘ link for the youtube page.

Moran also recently wrapped up a string of European dates recently but will be on tour later this April (2019) starting with Moogfest 2019 – its 15th Anniversary – in Downtown Durham (NC) and the MUTEK – San Francisco.  See dates below.

Tour Dates:

04.27.19: Moogfest @ Carolina Theatre (Durham, NC)
05.03.19: MUTEK San Francisco @ Herbst Theatre (San Francisco, CA)
05.11.19: End to End @ Camp North End (Charlotte, NC)
05.20.19: Roulette (Brooklyn, NY)
06.06.19: Villette Sonique (Paris, France)
07.20.19: Sónar (Grand Piano A/V Live) (Barcelona, Spain)
09.01.19: End of the Road Festival (Dorset, United Kingdom)

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News – JORDAN RAKEI RELEASES NEW SINGLE ‘MIND’S EYE’ – EARLY SUMMER TOUR ADDED

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Listen to London based Jordan Rakei‘s new single ‘Mind’s Eye’.  Releasing music since 2013, he’s only released one single in two years before this one titled ‘Eye to Eye’ – curious if this is a theme.  Anyhow the artist that spans soul, jazz,alternative R&B and trip hop plans on having a big year. The first of which is an early summer tour.  Read the details below.  Watch the video below or click on the Jordan Rakei link.

Its being released on Ninja Tune.

 

Jordan Rakei tour

15 May – EartH, London, UK
20 May – Cinetol, Amsterdam, NL
22 May – Privatclub, Berlin, DE
25 June – Masonic Lodge, Los Angeles, US
27 June – Rough Trade, Brooklyn, US

Tickets on general sale on Friday 01 March: jordanrakei.com

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News – Cornelius shares video for ‘Audio Architecture’ from “Mellow Waves” outtakes album

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Two years ago, Japanese music artist Cornelius released “Mellow Waves”, his first full album in 11 years – since the 2006 released Sensuous.  Last Friday (March 29, 2019), he digitally released a big collection of outtakes, remakes, reworks and remixes titled “Ripple Waves”“.

The artist the media has coronated in the 90s as the “Japanese Beck”, has shared his newest video from the outtakes album. This is titled ‘Audio Architecture.’

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News – Robot Koch releases “Sphere Outtakes” – remixes and outtakes in late April

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As a follow up to his long awaited 2018 new release “Sphere”, LA based Robot Koch (real name Robert Koch) will release another new one titled “Sphere outtakes” on April 26th.   The veteran producer issued outtakes and remixes by other artists from its original, enough to warrant it as new full release in itself.  “Sphere Out Takes” is a follow-up to Koch’s recent and highly acclaimed electronic music album “Sphere” which was conceived as the soundtrack to an audio visual live show, made especially to be exhibited in planetariums and full dome venues which sold out in venues from LA to Berlin.

The German born artist, producer and composer has had a prolific recording career, releasing over 50 albums, singles and EPs until he took a break in 2016 – two years before the full album “Sphere”.  Personally my favorite recording of his would be the 2009 full album “Death Star Droid”, a manufacturing of terrifying auditory forecasts, where it may emit warmth at times, before unsettling itself in adventure. It was one of an example of influences from different artists that transitioned not just at the turn of the decade, but pivoted from the overpowering influence of late 2000s industry designed dubstep.

Since then, he’s won the German Music Composers Award in 2014 and also had his music featured on movies and TV shows including  NBCs “The Blacklist” and ABCs “How to Get Away with Murder”.

By the way, his facebook site recently announced a World Tour via Broadway World.

Here’s the song ‘Another World’ from the “Sphere Outtakes” album. Watch it below while its still available.

 

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News – “Duels” EP is cinematic duo Brim Liski’s first release in 7 years

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Its been seven years since, but Denver based shoegaze and electronic duo Brim Liski released their newest EP “Duels” this past March (March 22nd 2019) on the Latenight Weeknight Records label.  Formed in 2008, its their third release – with their previous one being ‘The Repetitions’ album in 2012. They released their eponymous ‘Brim Liski’ album in 2009.

According to their bio, this is dark, limitless night music perfect for driving down an endless moon drenched highway. Ultimately, we are hearing a mixture of the diverse sounds both artists bring to the table, setting them apart in a brilliant light.

“Like the EP as a whole, ‘A Different View’, is about the challenge of acceptance to new unexplored territories in our lives. Making big changes. Accepting things aren’t working and to move on. I personally had many issues blocking me from being who I wanted and needed to be,” says Ryan Policky.

“I had been falling victim to acceptance to things I should be pushing away, and once those things were fully pushed out of the picture, things became that much more clearer. Just like the discoveries of new galaxies, formations on other planets, and other unknowns, the focus is becoming more apparent as technology and time moves on.”

The duo consists of A Shoreline Dream vocalist and producer Ryan Policky and multimedia artist artist Cacheflowe (aka Justin Gitlin).

‘Duels’ is available now via online stores and streaming platforms, including Spotify and iTunes. it can also be obtained via Bandcamp.

Watch the title song from the EP below.

 

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News – Janus Rasmussen of Kiasmos releases solo full album “Vin” today – watch the video for the single ‘Lilla’

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Electronic music artist Janus Rasmussen‘s solo effort “Vin” has been released today (March 29th 2019). Rasmussen is known more as one half of the Faroese-Icelandic minimal, experimental techno duo Kiasmos (with Ólafur Arnalds) .  Alongside the acclaimed pianist and producer Ólafur Arnalds as KIASMOS, Janus Rasmussen has performed at the most esteemed festivals in the world such as INASOUND, Lowlands, Paraíso, BIME, Mad Cool, and Lovebox where they shared the stage alongside some of the most prominent artists in the world including Alesso, Foo Fighters, Major Lazer, Muse, Lana Del Rey, M83, alt-J, Black Coffee, Bonobo, Gorillaz, and Dua Lipa just to name a few. The solo coincidentally was released around ten years after they formed.  Janus Rasmussen is not only part of Kiasmos, but also forms part of the Icelandic electro-pop quartet Bloodgroup.

While he’s influenced by artists as vast as Radiohead, Aphex Twin and Leonard Cohen, if you’re a fan of the intricate production elements, the emotional soundscapes, or the soothing harmonies of acts like Jon Hopkins, Christian Löffler, Pantha Du Prince, or Nicolas Jaar, then Janus Rasmussen’s latest release will be the perfect record for your musical collection.  Before the full new album, the video for the single ‘Lilla’ was released prior.  Watch below.

Released as the second single March 9th (2019) from the newest album, ‘Lilla’ is described (from the bio) as an uplifting deep house experience from start to finish filled with jubilant keyboard melodies, soothing synth chords and a beat that simply inspires the soul.  Furthermore, using a very simple structure at its starting point, ‘Lilla’ soon evolves into an intricate masterclass of production as the track grows with each bar, adding layers to an already finely tuned and textured soundscape.

Speaking about ‘Lilla’, Janus Rasmussen said, “Lilla means purple in Faroese and it also happens to be my favourite colour. I thought the song sounded very “lilla” and the name just kind of stuck to it. It’s such a lighthearted song and that connection simply felt natural.”

Janus Rasmussen’s “Vin” is available today (March 29th 2019).  Click on the link for other details including live events.

 

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News – Watch ‘Blow Away’ from Italian psychedelic folk duo Alice Tambourine Lover from new album “Down Below” – plus a list of their April live events

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Bologna, Italy based duo Alice Tambourine Lover (Alice Albertazzi and Gianfranco Romanelli) recently released their fourth full album titled “Down Below” (on March 20th).  Its released by Go Down Records and available on their site and your typical musical services.

If there’s anyone unfamiliar with them – according to their bio – expect a wandering between lazy Mazzy Star/Cowboy Junkies atmospheres and more gritty moments reminiscent of Mark Lanegan, Alice Tambourine Lover lingers on their stripped down psych blues signature sound, this time plunging more on the psychedelic side, still keeping a folk-like authenticity.

You can read more like that and their brand at the Alice Tambourine Lover – Go Down Records page.

Maybe you just want to listen to a song first, so watch the video ‘Blow Away’.  Its the second single from the album “Down Below.”  Its well….right below.

 

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News – Moogfest 2019 adds Thomas Dolby for three rare appearances – full line up announced

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Inventor, composer and 2012 Moog Innovation award winner  Thomas Dolby has been added to the Moogfest 2019 lineup.  A music artist who came to prominence in the 80s with hits like “She Blinded Me with Science” joins the lineup for three rare appearances, including a live performance and a two-way interview with Buzzfeed News Sr. Investigative Reporter and 2018 Pulitzer Prize finalist Jason Leopold. Dolby and Leopold will converse on their shared passion of truth seeking among creative topics. A professor at Johns Hopkins University and digital audio pioneer, Dolby will also perform a musical set on Saturday evening at the Carolina Theatre combining his stylized use of set, visuals and music for enhanced storytelling. Dolby will open the evening with a visual chronicle of how his songs came into being through live projections of his audio workstation as the individual layers are added to form the entire song as its performed.

Full line up has been announced.  See above.  More details will be added later.

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