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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

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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: The Head play Ortlieb’s 4/20!!!

11 Apr

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PHILLY, emerge from your mysterious cloud of smoke into the neon-lit music haven that is Ortlieb’s on 4/20 for an epic rock show featuring Atlanta-based rock trio The Head! The band are currently touring in support of their upcoming full-length album Space due out August 4th.

The band is heading to Philly to one of our favorite venues, Ortlieb’s to rock your 4/20 with new music and an epic live show. The show featuring The Head with Sister City, Sublaymen and Dwight Remington as support is only $10 in advance and you can get your tickets here. The show starts at 8PM and is 21+!

 

 

 

xx Cher

Philly Show Not To Be Missed: SOLD-OUT Diet Cig show at Boot & Saddle TONIGHT!!!!

6 Apr

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One of our favorite duos Diet Cig are in town celebrating the release of their debut album Swear I’m Good At This tomorrow, April 7th! The powerful pop-punk instrumentals mixed with the heart-wrenching story-telling lyrics this band pours into every song will have your heart beating, blood-pumping and body moving. Be ready to get your dance workout in tonight if you got tickets to their sold-out show at Boot & Saddle. Don’t miss Daddy Issues and hello shark as support!

 

 

 

 

 

xx Cher

Soraia Tour Diary: Days 4 & 5

29 Mar

For the next couple weeks one of our favorite bands Soraia is touring the East Coast and Rock and Roll Queen / band leader ZouZou is giving us ultimate access to her tour diary. Read her entries below, and stay tuned for everything Soraia and what it’s like to be a badass rock singer (with an upper-respitory infection) as the tour progresses.

Soraia by Mark Weiss

Tour Diary Day 4 & 5
Reinvigorated from the night before’s amazing show, yet still super sick, I did all I could with my voice to make sure that night’s show would be even better than the night before.
We all felt so good going in, and I just wanted to make sure my voice was where it needed to be. It definitely suffered a hit after night #2, being’s I was not recovered from my sinus infection physically yet, and knowing I had pushed it a little hard the night before.
Still, another killer night for us on tour. It’s rare you get a few nights in a row so good like that–and my voice was stellar. Still, being sick takes its toll….
After the show, I knew my voice wasn’t doing too good. Tired, still sick, and emotional from all these things since the beginning of tour a few days earlier, I knew to get back and rest right away so the rest of the dates are ok. So I did. Still….
Next morning I woke up sicker, and with barely a voice. I worked most of the day to get it back so I could perform that night. I didn’t know if it would work. I tried everything: warming up, speaking exercises, verbal rest, pineapple, hot tea, etc By about 5 pm, it was barely back, and the show was at 9. I was worried.
Still, I didn’t want to cancel the show, and I didn’t really think I had to. After all, it was the first time I’d been sick on tour in a long time, and it sure was the first time my voice was that beat up. How bad would it be? Probably fine. I’d get through.
Right as soon as I hit the first note of “Love Like Voodoo”, I knew. I was not going to get through the set without losing my voice.
So I did what I could, made all the changes I knew how to make vocally while singing, but by song 7, it was done. I didn’t want to damage or lose my voice for the rest of this tour, so I ended the set and ran to the car to warm down. What a let down. I felt terrible. I cried while I was doing my speaking exercises, just so worried about my voice, and feeling like I let people down. I was disappointed, but moreso, I was scared, and I felt alone. What a terrible feeling. I couldn’t talk to anyone, resting the voice when it’s that wounded is vital for it to heal. Especially in time for our show in Cincinnati, which is tomorrow night……
xx ZouZou
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Philly show NOT to be missed: Beach Slang + Minus The Bear at Union Transfer Saturday night!!!

24 Mar

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Philly is poppin’ off tomorrow night!! So many great rock bands are coming through our blessed town including a sold-out Minus The Bear show with Beach Slang tomorrow night at Union Transfer! Beach Slang are bringing their gritty, anthemic new tunes from their second album, A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings released last year to the UT stage. Beach Slang will definitely get your body moving before Minus The Bear take the stage so make sure you are there on time to get your spot on the dance floor at this epic, sold-out show. The show starts promptly at 8PM, and doors open at 7:30PM if you want to try to get that coveted front row spot. Either way, don’t miss this epic show featuring Bayonne, Beach Slang and Minus The Bear!

 

 

 

 

xx Cher

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