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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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Philly Show NOT to be missed: Hippo Campus at The Barbary in Philly TONIGHT!!!!!

12 Nov
Hippo Campus play a sold-out show at The Barbary tonight!

Hippo Campus play a sold-out show at The Barbary tonight!

Earlier this year, we caught Hippo Campus in Philadelphia on tour with Night Riots and The Mowgli’s at Union Transfer. Since then, the band has had a busy summer playing festivals like Lollapalooza, Summer Set and The Great Escape Festival in Brighton. Now, they are headlining a Fall Tour which stops in Philadelphia tonight for a sold-out show at The Barbary. Read our interview below and don’t miss their show tonight!

You all went to Performing Arts High School together. Is that how you met and formed the band?

Zach Sutton (bass): “Yeah, well we all met at a performing arts High School, like you said, in St. Paul. It’s called The St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, David, our designer as well. We all met there. Jake and I were in one band and these guys in another and there was sort of a rivalry between the two. That was going on for two years and then at the end of our high school career we’re like ‘Hey! I like what you’re working with. Let’s team up!’ Put the guns down, so to speak, and work together. Bing Bang boom! Almost two years later, here we are.”

What was it like to start writing together at first? How do you write together now?

Whistler Allen (drums): “I don’t even remember the first time we practiced. I think it took a while for all four of us to end up in the room together. But, Zach, Nathan and Jake all live right next to each other and I kind of live in the outskirts. Actually, they live in the outskirts of the city and I live in the city. But yeah, it took a little while for all four of us to get together, but once we did it was really easy to write stuff. It was not difficult. It just clicked. That’s kind of how it’s been ever since then. We’ve had our struggles in the practice room but usually it ends with something cool coming out.”

Do you guys just jam and see how it goes?

Nathan Stocker (guitar): “Yeah, sometimes it’s a jam. Sometimes one of us will have an idea then bring it to the table and then we all work on it together. It’s very collaborative.”

How did you get discovered/signed?

Jake Luppen (vocals): “We actually got ‘discovered’ if you will at this weird, sort of, I mean it’s a cool venue in Minneapolis. But it was kind of a weird show. I’m pretty sure it was on a Wednesday night or something like that about a year ago?” The boys chime in the date. He continues, “December 14! The lighting guy for Trampled by Turtles, they’re a band from Minnesota who’s done very well. He was there, just happened to be running lights and he saw us and really had faith in what we were doing and really loved what he heard. He kind of passed our name along to our managers now, Jeff and Christian and they heard it and they flew out from New York to talk to us and it was a good relationship. Ever since then it’s been steady up and up. Everything’s been great.”

When you put the album together did you already have songs already written?
Jake Luppen (vocals): “Yeah we probably had, at the point of writing Bashful Creatures, I think we had about 20 songs that we’d written? Probably around 20. ‘Bashful’ was like the newest songs that we had written. We wrote those very shortly before going into the studio, over the course of that summer, then we recorded it in September.”

Zach Sutton (bass): “Little Grace” was the first single off [Bashful Creatures] was the only one that was written about a year before we recorded it. That one just happened to stick with it and fit in.” 3:40

How has tour been so far?

Nathan Stocker (guitar): “Some say it’s been like a rodeo/circus combo. Shark week…sort of vibe. It’s been a blast and a half. Really busy, really fun. Hard to sleep, hard to eat. But you know, we ride the ups and downs as if this were a roller coaster.”

What do you guys do for fun on tour?

It’s unanimous. Jake Luppen (vocals): “Sleep. We sleep.”
Zach Sutton (bass): “Professional sleepers over here.”
Nathan Stocker (guitar): “Oh yeah, actually Jake and I are really good at sleeping. If you want lessons, we do those…$20 a minute.”

Hippo Campus play an early show tonight at The Barbary with Bad Bad Hats. Don’t sleep on this one! Doors are at 6:30PM, this is an early show with two incredible bands playing, don’t be late.

To find tickets and more information about when Hippo Campus is playing a city near you, click here! If you go to a Hippo Campus show, make sure to tag us in your photos and videos [at]mylifeinsound!

Check out Hippo Campus’ new single “South” and photos from their show at Union Transfer below:

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xx Cher

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morning jam: YUNG “Blanket”

5 Jun

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Kick your Friday into high gear with “Blanket” the new single from Danish four-piece YUNG. The single is available now for pre-order on 7″ featuring a b-side “Burning Bodies” via Tough Love Records! You can pre-order your copy here on black vinyl or on iTunes.

If you like what you hear make sure you like Yung on Facebook and keep up with their show schedule here!


xx Cher

morning jam: Swim Deep “To My Brother”

14 May

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Cruise into your Thursday on the chill, trippy, feel-good wave that is Swim Deep‘s new single “To My Brother”.

With this taste of new music from the band, you can really hear how their sound has evolved from the release of their debut album Where the Heaven Are We in 2013, and I love what I hear. “To My Brother” is available for download now on iTunes and Amazon and the single is streaming now on Spotify.

Swim Deep are playing The Great Escape Festival in Brighton this weekend at Corn Exchange on Saturday! If you are heading to the festival make sure you catch them. Although Swim Deep haven’t released any upcoming US tour dates, they are playing several festivals in Europe this summer. Check out their tour dates on Songkick and you can follow the band from Birmingham on Facebook, Twitter and Soundcloud.

 

 

 


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xx Cher

afternoon jam: Pretty Vicious “It’s Always There”

24 Apr

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Pretty Vicious are back with a ferocious new single “It’s Always There” released as a 7″ vinyl via Ignition Records on Record Store Day! The young band from Wales keep releasing tracks that will knock you into the middle of next week and this three minute eight second jam is no different.

Pretty Vicious will be playing a slew of shows in the UK in May and June. The band added a second date at London’s Barfly due to high demand and will be playing two of my favorite festivals, The Great Escape in Brighton and Dot-to-Dot Festival which I was lucky enough to attend twice last year. For tickets and tour information follow Pretty Vicious on Songkick here!

Check out “It’s Always There” below and if you like what you hear follow the band on Facebook, Twitter and Soundcloud.

xx Cher

morning jam: Nothing But Thieves “Itch”

13 Apr

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I cannot get enough of this new jam “Itch” by Nothing But Thieves.
I seriously can’t stop listening to it, and luckily it’s out now so you and I don’t have to.

Nothing But Thieves‘ “Itch” is out now via iTunes, so make sure you get your copy. The band has several upcoming shows in the UK including The Great Escape Festival in Brighton! For tickets and more tour information follow them on Songkick and Facebook! As usual, I will keep you posted on any upcoming US tour dates. Until then, listen to this jam and try not to keep pressing play:

xx Cher

morning jam: The Academic “Different”

8 Apr

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Happy hump Day people!!!! Just two more work days to get through and we are celebrating with “Different” by Irish band of babes The Academic. Addictive and catchy, you can pre-order the new single now via iTunes! If that’s too much effort, listen to it on repeat below and buy it April 24th when the song is officially out.

Tonight The Academic are playing with our favs Catfish & The Bottlemen in Dublin! After, the band headlines more shows in Ireland before playing Live At Leeds Leeds and The Great Escape Festival in Brighton. For more dates, tickets and tour information click here!

xx Cher

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