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morning jam xx: NZCA LINES “New Atmosphere”

4 Nov

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Today, a somewhat unsuspecting day, I opened up Spotify to add more jams to my nostalgia playlist when it happened. I clicked my notification, was it a new follower? New album? No. It was a new single from one of my favorite musicians and people of all time, NZCA LINES. I’ve been wondering when we would be treated with new music from him all year and today is that blessed day. His new single “New Atmosphere” is more beautiful than you could have ever hoped or dreamed. Listen below:

“New Atmosphere” is releasing on Moshi Moshi Singles club on December 8th on limited edition 7″ vinyl and download! You can pre-order it now here. I will continue to keep you posted on all new music from NZCA LINES and word of his new album as soon as I hear it.

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xx Cher

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Thom Yorke releases new solo album, download now!!!

26 Sep

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Thom Yorke released his new solo album available to download now here with an adorable Twitter announcement. The mp3s are only $6 and the album is available on vinyl via the W.A.S.T.E. store here!

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More on the release from Dead Air Space:

“Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes

As an experiment we are using a new version of BitTorrent to distribute a new Thom Yorke record.

The new Torrent files have a pay gate to access a bundle of files..

The files can be anything, but in this case is an ‘album’.

It’s an experiment to see if the mechanics of the system are something that the general public can get its head around …

If it works well it could be an effective way of handing some control of internet commerce back to people who are creating the work.

Enabling those people who make either music, video or any other kind of digital content to sell it themselves.

Bypassing the self elected gate-keepers.

If it works anyone can do this exactly as we have done.

The torrent mechanism does not require any server uploading or hosting costs or ‘cloud’ malarkey.

It’s a self-contained embeddable shop front…

The network not only carries the traffic, it also hosts the file. The file is in the network.

Oh yes and it’s called
Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes.”

xx Cher

Brody Dalle calls out JLO and Iggy Azalea’s video on twitter, and her response to the backlash is amazing.

24 Sep

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File this under reason #542985379 I love Brody Dalle. In the wake of Emma Watson’s incredible UN speech and start of the HeForShe campaign, Brody Dalle handled criticism for her tweets condemning the new JLo and Iggy Azalea music video for their track “Booty” with eloquence as a concerned woman and mother. Read her Facebook post below. We didn’t need another reason to love her, but I am so glad we can now add this to the list.

“My Tweets :

I think JLo and Iggy azalea have lost their heads up each other’s big butts.

I’m trying to understand what the point of their horrendous video is but I can’t find one.

The song is a piece of crap that was written by waaay too many people including a well know woman beater.

From : Kayla @KaylaElaine87
@BrodyDalle well done. Your rants have inspired lots of girl hate and slut and body shaming.

@BrodyDalle plus don’t you love Wendy O? Why is it ok for her to objectify herself but not the others? PS I love you, I just think yur wrong

Dear Kayla,

Slut shaming? Body shaming? Girl hating? Please dont assign incorrect motives to my tweets. It is you who is implying they are “sluts”, not me. The definition for slut is “a woman who has many casual partners”. Since when did being scantily clad come to mean having many casual partners?

I don’t like the word slut, I don’t use the word slut, that word is not in my vernacular. If a woman has many casual partners, it is none of my business. I have absolutely no problem with what women do with their bodies in their private lives. Women should feel free as men do to sleep with whomever they want to as long as it’s consensual and with out being labeled a slut. That would be equality. (A girl can dream).The trendy term “slut shaming” is inadvertently calling scantily dressed women “sluts”. We should all stop using it.

My problem with this song and the video is the conflicting message it’s sending to our impressionable young girls and boys.

How are the lyrics “give him what he asks for “ empowering to women? How? How is spreading your bottom apart and singing “give him what he asks for ” empowering at all?

JLo and Iggy may feel empowered by their bodies and that’s fine, their bodies ARE powerful, beautiful and life giving. But they are so much more than just their bodies. They may feel that using their bodies is the only currency they have in order to stay popular and on the top. It has become a contest of who gets the most hits on youtube and vevo and who can take it the furthest, not about the quality of their songs and the messages they are sending. And why? To make lots of money and to line the pockets of the big machines, regardless of who that affects.

I want my daughter to grow up knowing that she is more than just the sum of her “body parts”. I want her to feel valued for her brains before her body.

I want my son to grow up respecting women on all levels. Especially their brains, opinions and ideas. I don’t want my son to see women as walking butts and tits, but to see women as equal humans.

This is a conflicting and confusing time in culture. I think about these things a lot. I worry for future generations about where we are headed as a society. There is so much to discuss and talk about and I invite the conversation because it is an important one.

There are many cans to be opened and not everyone likes worms. We have yet to define the parameters and boundaries and it’s hard to do so but we should all feel free to speak up with out feeling like we are going to be attacked, condemned, called crazy, told we are slut shaming, body shaming or girl hating for our opinions.

This notion that I can’t have an opinion or disagree with what someone is doing or saying is ludicrous. Especially when I feel it could impact women, men and children in a negative way. I am far from perfect and I have made many mistakes trying to find my way – but I will continue to stand up for what I believe in and to make this world a better place for all children, women and men.

And Kayla, if you want to twerk your life away naked on a website, feel free, it’s your life. But just know I might think you could do so much more……and that’s okay, right ?

Sincerely,
Brody Dalle

p.s – Wendy O was destroying female stereotypes in a time when it really fucking mattered, when it was probably scary for her to do so. She was brave, strong and unapologetic. I respect her very much.”

xx Cher

morning jam: Jaws “Think Too Much, Feel Too Little” + New Album ‘Be Slowly’

24 Sep

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One of my favorite new bands, Jaws, have released their debut album Be Slowly just in time to become your fall/winter soundtrack. The album has the Jaws tracks that already made it to your heart, their singles “Gold”, “Think Too Much, Feel Too Little” and the title track “Be Slowly”. With the addition of seven other blissful, gritty, and raw tracks that will make your body move, you are bound to play it on repeat. The album is 41 minutes to get lost, and found in. Listen to the album below via Spotify, and buy the album here!

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xx Cher

Morning Jam: Cruisr “All Over” + New EP and Philly show at Boot & Saddle!!!!!

23 Sep

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Philly’s own Cruisr just signed to Vagrant Records and are set to release an EP All Over that sounds so much like summer it can keep you warm through that harsh Philly winter we are all dreading.

All Over starts out with the warm, summery title-track and soothingly transitions into the sugary sweet sing-a-long jam “Kidnap Me”. The last track “Don’t Go Alone” is another upbeat jam that will get your feet moving and blood pumping. Listen below!

Cruisr’s All Over EP is out today on Amazon, iTunes and Spotify! Cruisr will be headlining Boot & Saddle on October 8th to play the upbeat, addictive tracks live. Dream Safari and Suburban Living will be supporting so make sure you get there at 8PM to catch the opening acts. Tickets are only $10 and you can get yours now here!

xx Cher

In case you missed it: Arum Rae live at Ortlieb’s

22 Sep Warranted-Queen-EP-SMALL

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Arum Rae is a singer-songwriter originally from Austin, TX now living in Brooklyn. I was excited to catch the Berklee College of Music graduate at Philadelphia’s intimate bar and venue Ortlieb’s last night. No stranger to the stage, Arum Rae has previously shared the stage with Rodriguez, B.B. King, Willie Nelson, and Gary Clark Jr. just to name a few. Her new EP Warranted Queen is a sensual heartfelt diary of songs that will make you feel and move. She writes her songs from life experiences and you can hear it in her voice and feel it in your bones when she performs live.

Arum Rae filled the venue with enough soul and heartfelt blues in her soaring voice to light up the room. Mix that with her gritty, raw, blasting guitar and roaring drums and you get a sound that can swallow annoying obnoxious bar talkers and leave them with their jaws on the floor.

Her bluesy, weathered, range-less voice sounds like the extension of a soul that’s lived a lifetime. The guitar is an extension of her whole being. The two hypnotize you and you forget she’s doing both so effortlessly.

A gorgeous girl (with a ring game and shoe game that is on point) blasted blues, soul and pure rock throughout philly last night and she’s coming for your town. Check out her tour dates below.




Upcoming Arum Rae Tour Dates

# – w/ Generationals

9/22 – Pittsburgh, PA – Hard Rock Cafe
9/23 – Chicago, IL – Martyr’s
9/25 – St. Louis, MO – The Gramophone
9/26 – Lansing, MI – Mac’s Bar
9/27 – Cincinnati, OH – Midpoint Music Festival
9/28 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues (Cambridge Room)
9/30 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Conservatory
10/01 – Little Rock, AR – Juanitas
10/03 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits
10/04 – Austin, TX – Stubbs (ACL Fest late-night show)
10/07 – Houston, TX – Fitzgeralds Downstairs #
10/08 – Dallas, TX – Prophet Bar #
10/09 – Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon #
10/10 – Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn #
10/11 – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall #
10/12 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg #
10/14 – Nashville, TN – 3rd & Lindsley
10/15 – Birmingham, AL – Bottletree Cafe #
10/16 – Hattiesburg, MS – Thirsty Hippo #
10/17 – New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks #
10/18 – Mobile, AL – Alchemy Tavern
10/20 – Athens, GA – The Georgia Theatre Rooftop
10/21 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle Backroom
10/22 – Asheville, NC – One Stop at Asheville Music Hall
10/23 – Charlottesville, VA – The Garage

For fans of Banks, Courtney Barnett, Blood Red Shoes, Amy Winehouse and great live music.

xx Cher

epic music video xx: James Blake “Retrograde”

10 Feb

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A few days after his debut of “Retrograde” the first single from his upcoming album, Overgrown, James Blake posted a gorgeous new video for the track today. The video, directed by Martin De Thurah, is filmed so beautifully and contains elements reminiscent of his previous videos, making floating objects and stunning stills a Blake signature. “Retrograde” with be available for purchase tomorrow here, and the new album Overgrown will be out April 8th! James Blake will be gracing Philly with his gorgeous presence on May 11th at the TLA. James Blake is incredible live so make sure you get your tickets to the show closest to you!

James Blake Tour:
02-26 London, England – ICA
04-14 Indio, CA – Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
04-16-17 San Francisco, CA – Mezzanine
04-18 Santa Cruz, CA – Rio Theatre
04-21 Indio, CA – Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
04-23 Seattle, WA – Neptune
04-24 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
04-25 Vancouver, British Columbia – Commodore Ballroom
04-27 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
04-28 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
05-01 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
05-02 Chicago, IL – Metro
05-03 Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
05-04 Toronto, Ontario – Danforth Music Hall
05-06 Montreal, Quebec – Metropolis
05-08 Boston, MA – House of Blues
05-09 New York, NY – Terminal 5
05-11 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
05-12 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
05-13 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
05-14 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
05-24 Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound
05-29 Madrid, Spain – Sala Capital

xx Cher

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