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afternoon jam: Kim Janssen “Gouldians”

26 Apr

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I saw Kim Janssen play a house show in West Philly about 8+ years ago and needless to say I was blown away. I’ve liked his music page on Facebook ever since but haven’t heard of him coming back to the US in some time. Today, I got an email with his name in the subject line and couldn’t be more excited to open it. Kim Janssen has announced the UK release date of his upcoming album Cousins due out May 12th!

The first taste of this new album “Gouldians” sounds like a musical diary entry, a stunning soundscape to soundtrack this gratuitous look into Janssen’s life. The track is a beautiful mixture of melancholy, nostalgic and uplifting. I can’t wait to hear the rest of the new album.

Janssen was born in the Netherlands but raised in South East Asia, spending most of his youth in Bangkok, Phnom Penh and Kathmandu. He says of the album:

“My new album ’Cousins’ is a personal account about looking back and growing older, about longing and displacement, spiritual doubt, dedication, and obsession. I grew up in Asia and I guess you create your own version of every place you’ve been in your memory; I like to explore this idea with music. Growing up over there also has an influence on my lyrics, especially on this record. To me it’s a pop album. I wanted to make an album that I would actually like to listen to.”

If “Gouldians” is any indication, Cousins is sure to be a gorgeous album and instant classic. Kim Janssen is set to play several shows in the U.K. following the release of Cousins including one of my favorite festivals in the world, The Great Escape in Brighton this May! You can purchase your tickets now here.

 

 

xx Cher

 

 

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Afternoon Jam: Beach Fossils “Silver Tongue”

24 Apr

Beach Fossils

Beach Fossils new album Somersault is due out on June 2nd via Bayonet Records, but the band is releasing a new single via For Our First 100 Days; One Hundred Songs That Inspire Progress And Benefit A Cause For Change. This album, compromising of 100 previously unreleased tracks from your favorite artists via Bandcamp throughout Trump’s first 100 days in office. Sold through a subscription via Bandcamp  (lowest contribution is $30), you will receive one song a day throughout the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency. All profits will go to organizations that stand in opposition of Trump including: All Above All, Cosecha, Hoosier Action, People’s Climate Movement, and Southerners On New Ground. Listen to Beach Fossil’s contribution to the album now!

Beach Fossils have also released their first single off their upcoming album Somersault  entitled “Saint Ivy” which is inspired by New York City artists and celebrates the diversity of this country, just as ‘Our First 100 Days’ does. Beach Fossils encourage their fans to donate to  National Endowment for the Arts and Center for Arts Education NYC, both currently facing massive budget cuts due to the Trump administration.

Watch the video for “Saint Ivy” now below and pre-order your copy of Somersault now here!

 

xx Cher

Thurston Moore “Smoke Of Dreams” + Album Out This Friday + Philly show announced!

24 Apr

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Thurston Moore’s new album Rock N Roll Consciousness is out this Friday, April 28th, and if new music wasn’t exciting enough, Moore announced a new tour as well! Thurston Moore will be going on tour in the US this May/July and will be heading to Philadelphia to play Underground Arts on July 22nd!

This week Thurston Moore released his new single “Smoke Of Dreams”, check out the video below! This taste of Rock N Roll Consciousness, starts off a bit melancholy and dark with captivating poetic lyrics, then brightens up when it weaves into upbeat drums, epic guitars and and mesmerizing bass lines that will have you dancing around your room before reminding you that this is a chill song… calm down. No, just me? That’s cool…

 

Rock N Roll Consciousness was recorded in London at The Church Studios with Paul Epworth and was mixed by Randall Dunn at Avast! in Seattle. You can pre-order your copy of the new record now on vinyl/cd via Rough Trade and digitally here!

Check out tour dates below and make sure to get your tickets to a city near you. Tag us in your pics at mylifeinsound so we can vicariously be at every show with you!

 

Thurston Moore Tour:
May 8 – Vancouver, BC – The Imperial
May 9 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
May 10 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
May 12 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
May 13 – Los Angeles, CA – The Teragram Ballroom
May 14 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
May 17 – Austin, TX – The Mohawk
May 18 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada
May 20 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
July 12 – Minneapolis, MN – Turf Club
July 14 – Chicago, IL – Pitchfork Music Festival
July 15 – Detroit, MN – Museum Of Contemporary Art Detroit
July 17 – Toronto, ON – The Great Hall
July 18 – Montreal, QB – La Sala Rossa
July 19 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair
July 22 – Philadelphia PA – Underground Arts
July 23 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
xx Cher

Philly Show NOT to be missed: MINKA’s Carnival at The Foundry tomorrow night!!!

14 Apr

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MINKA are taking over The Foundry tomorrow night to throw the raddest carnival-themed party/show this town has ever seen. Bringing along the incredible bands The Mysteries, Attic Tapes and Leisure Muffin to kick the night off right, this is a show (and major dance workout) you absolutely can’t miss.

MINKA are going all out, transforming The Foundry with fire breathers, burlesque dancers, DJs, acrobats and visual artists. Get your tickets now to this epic night of music and art here! Tomorrow night’s epic dance party will commence at 9PM, make sure you are there to see one of our favorite bands The Mysteries as support!

MINKA just released their new song “Josephine” last week. Listen to the track below and see you on the dance floor tomorrow night at The Foundry!

 

xx Cher

Little Dragon new album ‘Season High’ out tomorrow!!! New single “Celebrate” has us doing just that…

13 Apr

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Little Dragon, how I love thee! Let me count the ways…

Little Dragon is a band that has never let me down in all their years of existence. This band slays in every way, their songs will make you dance, pull at your heartstrings, empower you, and lead you on a rollercoaster of emotions sweetened with nostalgia. Their new single “Celebrate” will have you dancing around the room with no abandon… and Jesu Christe that guitar solo is giving me life!

 

Their new album Season High is out tomorrow digitally via Loma Vista Records! The album will be available to purchase on LP and CD in stores May 5th. This is the first album since their brilliant 2014 release Nabuma Rubberband. Little Dragon produced their new album with James Ford mixing in their hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden. You can get your copy of the album via iTunesAmazon, and of course Little Dragon’s website here tomorrow!

 

Little Dragon will be kicking off their US tour tonight at Pappy & Harriets in Pioneertown, CA. You can also catch Little Dragon live from Coachella in the comfort of your own home at 6:35pm PST this Saturday via livestream! Check out all of Little Dragon’s tour dates below and make sure to see them when they come to a city near you, this is a live show you DO NOT want to miss. Promise, you’re welcome.

 

 

Little Dragon Tour:

4/13/17Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriets
4/14/17Indio, CA @ Coachella
4/16/17San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park
4/18/17Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory OC**
4.20/17 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy (Album Release Show)
4/21/17Indio, CA @ Coachella
4/22/17Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl^^
4/23/17Scottsdale, AZ @ Live Wire
4/25/17Dallas, TX @ Majestic Theater**
4/26/17Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater**
4/27/17Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall**
4/29/17Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
4/30/17St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant**
5/2/17Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall**
5/3/17Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre**
5/4/17Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall**
5/5-7/17Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Beats Festival
7/22/17Squaw Valley, CA @ Wanderlust Festival
7/26/17Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks^^
7/29/17Cooperstown, NY @ Brewery Ommegang^^
7/31/17Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE^^
** with Goldlink
^^ with Glass Animals

 

 

 

 

**Texas fans!! Enter to win tickets to the Little Dragon show via Do512 here!**

xx Cher

 

afternoon jam: Bleachers “Don’t Take The Money” // Album due out June 2nd!!!

13 Apr

 

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Jack Antonoff, one of our favorite creative minds in music, is back with new music via Bleachers! His anthemic new single called “Don’t Take The Money” released last week ushered in summer on the East Coast and already feels like the soundtrack of the summer. If this epic new jam is any indication of what the album, entitled Gone Now, is going to be like we want an advanced copy now. Antonoff officially announced the new Bleachers album is due out June 2nd, so here’s to pre-ordering as fast as you can!

“Don’t Take The Money” is out now and you can get your copy here! Bleachers will be touring for most of the summer starting with two sold-out dates in NYC and LA. See tour dates and ticket links below. Although there is no Philly date currently listed (come on Jack!), we can’t wait to see Bleachers at one of our favorite East Coast festivals, Firefly, this year! For tickets to Firefly Fest click here.

 

 

 

 

Bleachers Tour:

Apr 25
Studio @Webster Hall
New York, NY                           SOLD OUT
Apr 27
The Roxy
Los Angeles, CA                       SOLD OUT
May 14
Centennial Olympic Park
Atlanta, GA                               Tickets
May 21
Slowdown
Omaha, NE                               Tickets
May 23
Rawkus
Colorado Springs, CO             Tickets
May 24
Gallivan Center
Salt Lake City, UT                   Tickets
May 25
Crystal Ballroom
Portland, OR                           Tickets
May 27
The Gorge Amphitheatre
George, WA                            Tickets
Jun 02
Randalls Island
New York, NY                        Tickets
Jun 13
The National
Richmond, VA                       Tickets
Jun 14
The Underground
Charlotte, NC                        Tickets
Jun 16
Express Live!
Columbus, OH                     Tickets
Jun 18
The Woodlands
Dover, DE                            Tickets
Jun 20
The Sinclair
Cambridge, MA                  SOLD OUT
Jun 21
Anthology
Rochester, NY                     Tickets
Jun 23
Rams Head Live!
Baltimore, MD                    Tickets
Jun 25
St. Andrews Hall
Detroit, MI                          Tickets
Jun 27
Deluxe @ Old National Center
Indianapolis, IN                Tickets
Jun 28
Delmar Hall
Saint Louis, MO                Tickets
Jun 30
Kansas City Live!
Kansas City, MO                Tickets
Jul 01
Summerfest
Milwaukee, WI                 Tickets
Jul 02
Summerfest
Milwaukee, WI                 Tickets
Jul 28
Summerfest
Milwaukee, WI                 Tickets
Jul 29
Summerfest
Milwaukee, WI                 Tickets
Jul 30
Summerfest
Milwaukee, WI                 Tickets
Jul 31
Summerfest
Milwaukee, WI                 Tickets
Aug 11
Outside Lands Festival
San Francisco, CA            Tickets
Aug 12
Outside Lands Festival
San Francisco, CA           Tickets
Aug 13
Outside Lands Festival
San Francisco, CA
xx  Cher

A Wicked Cool Tour comes to a close: Soraia Tour Diary Final Entry

12 Apr

What a wild ride of rock we’ve had with ZouZou’s tour diary! What an absolute treat it’s been to get insight from the road via the badass front-woman of Soraia, and one of our favorite bands. All good things must come to an end, like this tour with Kurt Baker Combo, but here’s to more adventures on the road and more music from Soraia. Read ZouZou’s final tour entry below, we look forward to more, especially when the band goes to Spain to tour with Kurt Baker Combo again!

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Well,  we’ve come to an end to our three week run in the northeast and midwest USA with our label and tour mates, Kurt Baker Combo. It’s so sad at the end of tour, because you feel like you’re just getting in the swing of the movement, and it’s – all of a sudden – time to go home. And although there’s a comfort to going home, it’s not the same joy I get from being on the road. Which brings me to my point. And there’s always one – usually fifty that boil down to one. But alas—

It takes an interesting creature to be on the road. A gypsy. But a gypsy doesn’t mean you don’t have or want a home, it just means – for me – I love to wander, see new things, have new adventures, be surprised, and be in the moment. One of the greatest gifts of being on tour is being in the moment. You have to be. I’m never looking forward or looking back, I’m just here. Now. And I think that’s the most magical thing you can do in this skin. I don’t believe I’ve done that a lot since I was busy building experiences as a wee tiny thing. I’ve always added experiences to whatever I felt, but I don’t do that here. If I were to look back on the worst parts and the best parts of these past few weeks, I think that would ruin it all a bit.

What tour does for me is it makes me want to tour more. See more, Be more places. Perform to more people. Meet more people. Sleep less. Eat less. Play more.

But my body, this time around, let me know none of that was something I could do this tour. So even the sickness in the beginning was a great lesson in seeing and doing things differently.

My primary purpose out here is to sing. To be accountable to this group of people who took the time to make music alongside me, and to put passion into every ounce. The rest of the day has to be about putting that first. Whether the note or vocal be pitch perfect or shit–passion is the key to it all. There’s a saying that “People don’t remember what you did, they remember how you made them feel”. I never forgot that once it was told to me. I try to use my voice to be as free and as honest as I can be – where in other areas of my life, I may not do as well in that. But vocally—always striving for that.

Which brings me to another point: you can’t do it alone. My bandmates really took care of me. They understood when I was sick, and didn’t get annoyed or judge me for it. I can’t help but feel valued and important and a part of something much bigger. They didn’t add to my stress, but helped me come to decisions if my voice wasn’t there and helped give me a dose of reality when I wanted to believe my voice was fine. I rested because they told me to. I tried to recoup the best I could. Not just for me and the music and the commitments, but for them, too. And that–whatever that definitiion is–it is an absolutely beautiful thing.And this was the first time touring with another band—it was AWESOME.

We’ll all see each other again this fall when Soraia’s record comes out on Wicked Cool Records, and we hit Spain with our wonderful friends in Kurt Baker Combo. Until then, we’ll see you on the road all over the place again this summer. Check http://www.soraia.com/tour for all new dates being added.
It’s been an amazing ride….thank you for following along with me.
xx ZouZou

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