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Black Onassis (Ex-Kasabian) (Featuring Ben Gautrey) – Brain [Official Music Video],+Free Download,New album ‘Desensitized’ out September 23rd

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 24, 2013 by dk

Black Onassis photographed by Davey Wilson in Brooklyn, May 2013BLACK ONASSIS
Debut Album ‘Desensitized’
Released September 23rd on Minus Man Records

Brain is the new track from Black Onassis – the project of former Kasabian member Chris Karloff. As a founding member, lead guitarist and one of the chief songwriters for Kasabian throughout their swift ascent to global fame, Karloff admits it was a kick in the bollocks to leave the band back in 2006. But now he’s joined forces with NYC musician and good friend Nick Forde to enjoy some new-found creative freedom.

With an urge to reconnect with the “fundamentals of song writing”, Chris says that Brain emerged “from the simplest building blocks of thick drums, bass and a relay of interchanging hooks.” It displays the ultimate foundation and preliminary insight into Karloff’s own personal influences. From The Prodigy, Vangelis and Tangerine Dream to Jimi Hendrix and Primal Scream – it’s classic rock n roll meets space age psychedelia and metroplex techno.

Having moved to New York from his English home town Leicester following the split from Kasabian, Karloff let the burn of separation and the influences of his new home feed into his sound. Not only is he now able to be as openly creative as he likes, he’s taken his liberation a step further by choosing to collaborate with guest vocalists as opposed to writing for a set singer.

Working with multiple singers makes writing every track a unique experience, a new musical adventure” says Chris. “A voice can change the whole dynamic of a song, and it’s really freeing and feels limitless to write without being constrained by the vocal abilities or stylings of one person.

‘Brain’ employs the vocal expertise of The Cooper Temple Clause/Type Two Error’s Ben Gautrey, who Chris met whilst touring the UK in 2003.

I have always been captivated by Ben’s voice, he gives off a dark energy that can be antagonistic but has strange undertones of hope. After playing him Brain for the first time it clicked straight away. The lyrics he put in Brain speak volumes to me personally, the simple message of perseverance and depth of human spirit resonated loudly” says Chris.


Download:Mike Marlin -The Murderer

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on April 29, 2013 by dk

The Murderer - Mike Marlin
British songwriter Mike Marlin’s new record Grand Reveal is out May 28th, and he just unleashed a haunting cut from the album, “The Murderer.”Having performed for thousands of people with English punk rockers The Stranglers, Mike is bringing his unique, dark genre to the States for the first time (joining them on tour – dates HERE)
Download:Mike Marlin -The Murderer


Saturday Looks Good To Me -One Kiss Ends It All+ Break In(Stream)

Posted in News with tags , , , , on April 9, 2013 by dk

SLGTM-coverAnn Arbor’s Saturday Looks Good To Me will release a new LP, One Kiss Ends It All, on May 21 with Polyvinyl Records. Stream their new track “Break In” now.

In their decade-plus existence, Saturday Looks Good To Me has never taken a typical path: endless line-up changes, shifts in sound from lo-fi 60’s pop to experimental noise rock, a twisting discography heavy on one-off singles and bizarre package tours with afrobeat and freakfolk bands.

In 2012, bandleader and songwriter Fred Thomas returned with a new band line-up, including new vocalists Carol Catherine and Amber Fellows, but also with old friends from previous SLGTM incarnations like bassist Scott DeRoche and drummer Ryan Howard showing up for the fun. The band’s fifth proper album, One Kiss Ends It All, came together following the group’s first tour after getting back in action, but the four years since their last full-length weren’t spent cultivating this new batch of songs. Instead, a spontaneous and breezy vibe flows through the album’s 12 selections, drawing on the reference points of 60’s pop and early indie rock, all filtered through the band’s skewed pop lens.

Thomas’ songs are always bittersweet, but short, uptempo rockers like “Invisible Friend” and “Break In” recall the open-hearted running melodicism of New Zealand kiwi-pop while more groove-oriented numbers like “Polar Bear” or “Sunglasses” meld electronic elements with the same sharp-edged attitude of the first Strokes album. Even former SLGTM lead vocalist Betty Barnes (who now lives in Sweden) sings lead on two tracks: the doo-wop piano lament of “Negative Space” and the spare indie rock road trip “The Ever-present New Times Condition”.

Saturday Looks Good To Me’s albums from the early 2000’s (All Your Summer Songs, Every Night) predicted the reverb-saturated production and girl-group revisitations that indie rock would embrace several years down the road. One Kiss Ends It All expands on those early lo-fi marvels and feels more like a revelation than a continuance. With more sophisticated arrangements and melodies more direct and engaging than anything the band has ever done, the album feels like re-telling the details of a dream minutes after waking. Something new colliding with something that shouldn’t make sense in a beautifully strange collage. And always more details hidden in the corners.

Saturday Looks Good To Me
One Kiss Ends It All
Release Date: May 21, 2013

1. One Kiss
2. Invisible Friend
3. Empty Beach
4. Negative Space
5. New City
6. The Everpresent New Times Condition
7. Break In
8. Polar Bear
9. Are You Kissing Anyone?
10. Johnny
11. Sunglasses
12. Space Children

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The Tricks cover Santigold’s “Disparate Youth”

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on June 14, 2012 by dk

After releasing their debut double A side and touring up and down the country The Tricks have done their very own cover of Santigold’s hot new song Disparate Youth. Swapping the steel drums for their twangy guitars and Joel’s falsetto vocals, The Tricks have put their indie-pop stamp on this immense track to make it your sound of the summer.

The Tricks’ next single will be announced soon along with some more news to follow in the coming weeks.

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Wintersleep Announce New Album, “Resuscitate” MP3 Download

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 6, 2012 by dk


Hello Hum Drops June 12 via Roll Call Records/ILG

Wintersleep has spent the last decade establishing, developing, and re-inventing their sound to share with audiences around the world. After winning a Juno Award for 2007’sWelcome To The Night Sky, touring extensively in support of 2010’s New Inheritors and performing on The Late Show With David Letterman last year, the band settled down during the summer of 2011 to focus on their next endeavor. Co-produced and mixed byDave Fridmann (MGMT, The Flaming Lips) and Tony Doogan (Belle & Sebastian, Mogwai), Wintersleep’s new album, Hello Hum, signifies a new chapter in the band’s history. Inspired by the members’ collective experiences, waking dreams, and musical experimentations, Hello Hum will be released June 12 via Roll Call Records/ILG.

A collection of diverse tracks that showcase the band’s versatility, Hello Hum contains a mix of bright, upbeat tunes and soft, sweet ballads. For a preview of the album, check out “Resuscitate,” a lively cut driven by energetic bursts of guitar and dynamic percussion.

Download the “Resuscitate” MP3 HERE ! “Resuscitate” is out now on iTunes and album track “In Came The Flood” is also available at

Characterized by resonant harmonies, rich layers of elaborate instrumentation and ear-catching melodies, Wintersleep produces music that has the ability to grab listeners with its pop charm and keep them captivated with its subtle complexities. The new record opens with “Hum,” offering a swirling, slow-building intro to the series of energetic tracks that follow. The upbeat “In Came The Flood” showcases the depth of the band’s sound, featuring melodic vocals atop a densely layered foundation of guitars, vocal harmonies, and driving percussion. From its first note, “Nothing Is Anything (Without You)” possesses the instant appeal of a pop tune, with a prominent guitar melody and toe-tapping rhythm. “Smoke” closes out the album on a softer note, allowing melodic vocals to shine over a subdued instrumental background and steady rolling drum beat.

Wintersleep has seen successful tours in North America, the UK, Ireland and Europe, sharing stages with Pearl Jam, Broken Social Scene, Wolf Parade, The Hold Steadyand Paul McCartney among others. Praised by Flavorpill as having “catchy hooks, intricately crafted arrangements and intelligent lyrics,” stay tuned for more from Wintersleep as they storm the US this spring!

Hello Hum Tracklist
1.    Hum
2.    In Came The Flood
3.    Nothing Is Anything (Without You)
4.    Resuscitate
5.    Permanent Sigh
6.    Saving Song
7.    Rapture
8.    Unzipper
9.    Someone, Somewhere
10.  Zones
11.   Smoke


Gravenhurst Announces New Album (Out May On Warp Records) Stream new track The Prize

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2012 by dk

Gravenhurst Announces New Album
The Ghost In Daylight Out May 1

Gravenhurst is the work of songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Nick Talbot from Bristol, England. The Ghost In Daylight is his most sonically diverse work yet, building upon his brand of gloomy folk with starkly acoustic songs resting alongside densely layered pieces. The album’s lead single “The Prize” is a dark meditation on recurring Gravenhurst themes of compulsion, degradation and the possibility of transcendence, and contains some of Nick’s finest lyrics to date.

Conjured from disparate ingredients, Gravenhurst’s roots lie in the melodic noise of My Bloody Valentine, the lush vocal harmonies of Simon and Garfunkel, the alchemical guitars of Richard Thompson and Johnny Marr, and the widescreen ambient visions of Brian Eno.

Over the course of five startling and critically acclaimed releases, Talbot has developed and retained a unique identity across multiple genres. The inability to pigeonhole his sound is what made his music appealing to fans of former tourmates as diverse as Animal Collective, Broadcast, Explosions in the Sky, and Belle & Sebastian. Now five years on from his last album, Gravenhurst is back and ready to pull listeners into his world.

Listen to new track “The Prize”

Download:ANR Brand New Track “New Armor”

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 9, 2011 by dk

ANR Release Brand New Song, “New Armor,” Bonus

Track on Stay Kids Deluxe Edition, Out

September 13th on 10k Islands

Click HERE to Stream/Download Free MP3 of “New Armor”

 ‘Stay Kids’ is a marvel of melodic majesty and cosmic funk…” The Guardian
“the driving beats of TV On The Radio blended with the psychedelic sweetness
of Passion Pit”
This morning, Miami’s psychedelic synth-pop duo ANR released the brand new track “New Armor.”  The song is the latest example of the group’s constant evolution as well as their prolific songwriting.  It begins with a lone acoustic guitar before falsetto vocals and lush, sparkling keyboards join the mix.  ANR’s reverb-laden vocals are anthemic and continue in the introspective, earnest direction of the previously released tracks from Stay Kids Deluxe Edition, their forthcoming album out September 13th on 10k Islands.
ANR consists of merely two members – Brian Robertson (Keys, Vocals) and Michael-John Hanock (Vocals, Drums) – but they create a powerful sound filled with layered melodies and bountiful hooks.  It has already earned the duo praise from RCRD LBL, The Fader,, and Nylon, among others, and have landed them shows with bands like Animal Collective, Neon Indian, No Age, and Fucked Up.  The band kicks off their North American tour later this month.
North American Tour Dates:
08/25:  Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
08/29:  Philadelphia, PA  @ Kung-Fu Necktie
08/30: New York, NY  @ Milk Studios
08/31:  New York, NY  @ Mercury Lounge
09/01:  Boston, MA  @ Brighton Music Hall
09/02:  Montreal, QC  @ Casa Del Popolo
09/03:  Toronto, ONT  @ The Drake
09/05: Detroit, MI  @ Lager House
09/06: Grand Rapids, MI  @ Pyramid Scheme
09/07: Chicago, IL  @ Empty Bottle
09/09: Urbana, IL  @ Canopy Club
09/10: Minneapolis, MN  @ 7th Street Entry
09/12:  Seattle, WA  @ Crocodile Lounge
09/13:  Portland, OR  @ Doug Fir
09/15: San Francisco, CA  @ Bottom Of The Hill
09/16: Fresno, CA  @ Audie’s Olympic
09/17: Los Angeles, CA  @ The Satellite
09/20: San Diego, CA  @ Soda Bar