My girl crush knows no bounds with the California sister trifecta that is: HAIM. The band just dropped a new single called “Send Me Down” and it’s basically going to be the soundtrack of my life for the next month. They’ve perfect that heavy base drum sound of 90s pop, taking cues from Fleetwood Mac to Janet Jackson. I’m obsessed. Let me be your fourth sister, HAIM.
I can’t believe it’s been two years since I worked on a benefit show in LA with my friends over at Yours Truly. I’d been a fan of Blake Mills for a while so having him and girlfriend Danielle Haim involved was a dream.
So when my pals at YT let me know they just filmed Blake performing an unreleased track at Mollusk Surf Shop I was equal parts jealous and nostalgic. Blake’s reputation as a guitar legend often overshadows his songwriting, but I think that’s what he was made for. Watch, below.
I’ve written about The Tree Ring before, and for good reason – I feel like their one of the last of the secret bands out there. The ones who fly under the radar and you feel that soon might change. Known only to a gang of folks in the San Diego area, they slow the breath of anyone who sits cross legged at one of their shows, playing in secret forests, leaving clues along the way.
They make shrines of nature in their sound, swelling strings and the squeak of acoustic guitar make everything sound holy. You’ll hear Andrew Bird and Bowerbirds in them. Listen to a new track, below and watch a video on their recording process here, because it takes a village…
I’ve been loving Melody’s Echo Chamber, her latest track “Endless Shore” was recorded by Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker and covered by Unknown Mortal Orchestra. You can definitely hear the psych-tinged influence of Tame Impala (is anyone else highly anticipating their release??) Her split 7″ with Unknown Mortal Orchestra is due July 31st via Fat Possum. Check out the track below.
The French label Atelier Ciseaux put out a Mount Eerie 7″ back in April and they created a neat project to follow those records to their new homes, so they asked fans to submit photos of the records, wherever they might live. This is probably something a lot of musicians might wonder about. What happens to all those records and where are they now? The whole collection can be found on the French Webzine Amour Discipline, but check out some more after the jump.
The third and final chapter of Right Away Great Captain’s trilogy meets it’s end with the release of “The Church of the Good Thief” out today. There is something deeply familiar about Andy Hull’s voice, after spending some time getting to know him and his band, Manchester Orchestra with my previous job – his catalogue of records have become so nostalgic to me that every one of them sounds like coming home. They sound like all the strange and wonderful places I’ve seen them play.
The video below is a debut of a new track from a Bad Books record – for those unfamiliar, Andy Hull is apart of RAGC, Bad Books and Manchester Orchestra at once. There’s a brotherhood that binds him to all of these musical projects, and each one is the combined effort of friendship among his bandmates. Similarly to another one of my favourite artists, Dave Bazan, Hull’s burden to seek out what truth means to him means that every record is a scar of that pursuit.
I suggest you pick up the new record.