Thursday, October 30, 2008

Beaten By Them

Download: Beaten By Them -- "The Asiatic Capital Vista"

Multinational band, Beaten By Them will release their latest album, Signs Of Life, this November 11th on Logic Pole via Thrill Jockey. When Andrew Harris and Max McCormick decided to move from San Francisco back to their home country of Australia at the end of 2006, it seemed they were sounding the death knell for Beaten by Them, the fledgling band they had spawned just a year earlier. But before long the two guitarists were hatching plans to perform with their old band mates: cellist Boima Tucker, drummer Ulf Bjorkbom and bassist Lee Matheson. By mid-2007 Beaten by Them were on the road, making their first tour of the US West Coast. The dynamic, cinematic songs of, Signs of Life, represent the fruits of the band's labors.

Stream Signs of Life at Thrill Jockey

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Download: Absentee -- "Bitchstealer"

Download: Absentee -- "They Do It These Days"

London-based Absentee returns with its new album, Victory Shorts, available in the United States of America on ol' election day, November 4th, 2008. The record sees release on Memphis Industries (current or former home to The Go! Team, The Pipettes, The Ruby Suns, and more). Tackling themes of premature marriage proposals, adultery, lost property, love, and broken crockery:

"Victory Shorts is an assured, confident, and quite often brilliant album by a band that is clearly influenced by the past but never falls prey to easy nostalgia." Tim Sendra - All Music Guide

Also, check out Blurt's debut of the video for "Boy, Did She Teach You Nothing" here.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Matthew and the Arrogant Sea

Download: Matthew and the Arrogant Sea -- "Pretty Purple Top Hat"

Download: Matthew and the Arrogant Sea -- "Mock Origami"

Nova Posta Vinyl, the new record label formed by Bella Union recording artists Eric Pulido (of Midlake) and Robert Gomez, is pleased to announce its first release, Matthew and the Arrogant Sea, Family Family Family Meets The Magic Christian, available October 28th, 2008. This 14-song odyssey is filled with melodious gems that evoke the experimental natures of The Flaming Lips and Animal Collective perched upon harmonies reminiscent of The Beach Boys and Fleet Foxes. Matthew and the Arrogant Sea's Family Family Family Meets The Magic Christian is sure to make great waves this year and for many to come. Check them out live at the following:

Oct 25, 2008 - 3:00PM In Store @ Good Records - Dallas, Texas
Oct 25, 2008 - Dan’s Silverleaf - Denton, Texas
Oct 26, 2008 - Emos - Austin, Texas
Oct 30, 2008 - Fort Worth, Texas
Nov 02, 2008 - Spaceland - Los Angeles, California
Nov 04, 2008 - Kimo’s - San Fransisco, California
Nov 06, 2008 - The Empyrean - Spokane, Washington
Nov 07, 2008 - Chop Suey - Seattle, Washington
Nov 09, 2008 - Kilby Court - Salt Lake City, Utah
Nov 10, 2008 - Meadowlark - Denver, Colorado
Dec 20, 2008 - Dans Silverleaf - Denton, Texas

Monday, October 20, 2008

Simon Bookish

Download: Simon Bookish -- "Dumb Terminal"

Download: Simon Bookish -- "Synchrotron"

An unpredictable and dramatic “big band song cycle about science and information”, Everything/ Everything, the 3rd album from Simon Bookish and his first worldwide release on Tomlab, represents a new departure for London-based composer Leo Chadburn. Though previous Simon Bookish releases have been informed by the sounds of digital synthesizers, Everything/Everything does away with them entirely to focus on live instruments.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Listing Ship

Download: Listing Ship -- "Depression"

Download: Listing Ship -- "Voice of the Future"

Listing Ship invites you to explore A Hull Full Of Oil and Bone, their self-released, nautically-inspired, fourth full length album. This reinterpretation of the classic country song and folk ballad adds violins, violas, 10 string guitars, banjos, the vibraphone, and 3 part harmonies to craft songs of war, government corruption and love so moving even whale hunting seems relevant.

Founders Lyman Chaffee and Heather Lockie (known a decade ago as Leather Hyman) recruited Shawn Lockie, Julie Carpenter, Laura Steenberge, Michael Whitmore, and Kyle C. Kyle to collectively share the stage and tour Italy earlier this year. They have played with Low, Pedro the Lion, Lou Barlow, Imaad Wasif, DOS (Mike Watt, Kira Roessler) and Carla Bozulich (Geraldine Fibbers), and cite influences as diverse as Johnny Cash, the “presence of sun” and Abba for this record.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Ruby Isle

Download: Ruby Isle -- "Hey Hey Hey (That Kids Okay)"

Exhibit #1: Ruby Dan Geller, Kindercore Records' CEO and founder of electro tag team, I am the World Trade Center, is one of America's few breakdancing DJs with a masters degree in Biological Engineering.

Exhibit #2: Ruby Aaron Lemay's spy themed punk outfit, "International Espionage" has been busted up by the cops at house shows and basement concerts from Redding, CA to Brooklyn, NYC.

Exhibit #3: Ruby Mark Mallman's 70s and 80s arena rock post-mortemism has earned him a silver star on the side of the biggest nightclub in Minneapolis, a world record, over 20 US tours, and a permanent hangover.

Ruby Isle stole their name from a 79 cent movie theater Mark and Dan used to frequent in their childhood home of Waukesha, Wisconsin. It was here where the two played a game of Chess, once a day for 90 days, and Mallman lost every time. After High school, they moved 1200 miles apart from each other.

Recorded in the basement of a church, then emailed to Geller's studio in Athens, GA for bass, beats and synths, Night Shot is a classic rock record dipped head first in a digital stew. The title track features guest vocals by internet "Chocolate Rain" pioneer, Tay Zonday. The LP also features a duet version of Peter Gabriel's "Solsbury Hill" with IATWTC's Amy Dykes.

Liz Durrett

Download: Liz Durrett -- "Wild As Them"

Outside Our Gates
represents a sonic leap forward for Liz Durrett. With Eric Bachmann on board, Durrett’s once spare, acoustic downbeats have been supplanted by a more textured and diverse orchestra of sounds. A virtual cornucopia of instruments are here, including (but not limited to) tiny nylon-string guitars, backwards electric feedback loops, pizzicato violins, plucky cellos, upright bass, wurlitzers, accordions, grand space pianos and marching drums. Bachmann’s score harmonizes these elements seamlessly to provide the perfect setting for Durrett’s near dream-state writings and softly unsettling voice. Additional performances by Vic Chesnutt, Brian Causey (Man or Astro-man?), Amanda Kapousouz (Tin Cup Phrophette) and members of Ham1.

Friday, October 03, 2008

New release date for Michael Zapruder + Tour dates

San Francisco-based Michael Zapruder will return with his new album, Dragon Chinese Cocktail Horoscope, on its new release date of November 18th, 2008. The record will see release on Zapruder's new label home, Sidecho Records (home to Via Audio). Recorded with Scott Solter in two weeks of marathon day-and-night sessions, it's another beautiful record of sinuous melodies that straddles the line between classic songwriting and experimentalism.

Download: Michael Zapruder--"Ads for Feelings"

Tour Dates

10.02.08 - Montreal, Quebec - Pop Montreal - Balattou
10.14.08 - Bakersfield, CA - Sandrini's Bar
10.15.08 - St. George, UT - Electric Theater
10.16.08 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
10.17.08 - Lawrence, KS - 8th Street Taproom
10.19.08 - Chicago, IL - Double Door
10.20.08 - Columbus, OH - Rumba Cafe
10.21.08 - New York, NY - CMJ, SideCho Showcase - Crash Mansion *
10.24.08 - New York, NY - CMJ, Ace of Clubs
10.25.08 - Washington DC - Dahlak
10.26.08 - Pittsburgh, PA - The Coyote
10.28.08 - Peoria, IL - Gorman's Pub
10.29.08 - St. Louis, MO - Cicero's
10.30.08 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room ^
10.31.08 - Greeley, CO - Atlas Theater ^
11.01.08 - Colorado Springs, CO - Rocket Room ^
11.02.08 - Santa Fe, NM - Meow Wolf ^
11.03.08 - Phoenix, AZ - Modified Arts ^
11.04.08 - Upland, CA - The Wire ^
11.05.08 - San Francisco, CA - CD RELEASE SHOW, Bottom Of The Hill ^
11.07.08 - Portland, OR - Roturre
11.09.08 - Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern ^

* with Via Audio and 1090 Club
^ with 1090 Club