HILLARY SUSZ – THE HEART WILL JUMP (WITH NOWHERE TO FALL) is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!

The gorgeous HILLARY SUSZ truly rules. If you dug that new Angel Olsen album from last week, you’re going to find a lot to like in this one. She likes to describe her sound as “music for hip lesbians”. Ha! I bet you know some of those!! Also though you don’t have to share any part of those identity descriptors to appreciate it, her music is transcendent. A remarkable, nearly operatic voice coupled with deeply poetic lyrics and some pretty interesting non-traditional song structure. Impose Magazine agreed when they premiered her song “Dead Stars” (Track 3) and talked about her “stunning songwriting talents”. The Wild Honey Pie called her voice “the love child of Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen” (they were talking about “Pollution”, Track 1). You’re gonna love it.

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HILLARY SUSZ

THE HEART WILL JUMP (WITH NOWHERE TO FALL)

Self-Released

Hillary Susz is a poetically driven songwriter and guitarist based in Boulder, CO. She draws influence from a variety of genres: freak folk, ambient pop, psychedelic, jazz and soul. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from Western Washington University and is a current fiction candidate of the University of Colorado’s M.F.A. program.

Susz’s distinctive, operatic vocals and angular, effects-laden guitar work feature prominently in her songs, which often eschew conventional structure along the complex twists and turns of their narrative course. Her unique voice is as real as rent, as serious as broken bones and as ominous as both, with the capacity to shift volume with an overwhelming power that balances the immediacy of her pain with the sardonic turns her lyrics often explore. She shifts down in pitch where most vocalists would climb, and the result is a stemming of emotion and mounting of pressure toward a tense anticlimactic mood that is both genuine and haunting.

Coming from a formal background of both poetry and creative writing, Hillary’s lyrics are the defining element of her music, painting striking and memorable imagery within songs that balance blunt commentary on lived experience with an honest, funny, and occasionally sardonic take on both lesbian love and ordinary life. They make poetic leaps that turn natural and organic with the power to evoke the same surprise and often wonder of epiphany. Her arrangements cohesively nurture eccentricities– creating releases and modern sound-scapes that are gigantic, effortless, dreamy and catchy. For a solo act, her sound is full with disciplined instrumental virtue. Hillary Susz is tuneful and full of uproar, out to create songs that are concise, inventive and re-playable.

“She possesses strength in her conviction and vocals, grace and poise in her presentation, and a well-read student of poetry and creative writing, which in turn lends itself to her stunning songwriting talents.”   – Impose Magazine

RIYL: Angel Olsen, Jeff Buckley, Neko Case, PJ Harvey, Julien Baker, Sharon Van Etten

Start With: 3, 9, 5, 1                                                           FCC: 6, 7

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Contact me for a download link if you’re a radio rep!

http://hillarysusz.com/

https://hillarysusz.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/hillary.susz/

Twitter: @HillarySusz

Instagram: @hillsusz

 

 

LIKE, LISTEN TO – EAST OF THE SUN AND WEST OF THE MOON is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!

How bout that LIKE, LISTEN TO?!! Yeah, their name is a mouthful (the comma in the middle is a part of the name; no punctuation at the end), but their music couldn’t be more easy to digest. This nice Utah band reminds me a LOT of Michael Nau/Cotton Jones/Page France (that’s all talking about the same guy, just depends on which iteration rings a bell for ya) – smart, thoughtful, conscious folky stuff. My favorite track might be track 7, “Take Back the Night” – I’m sure you can guess what that one’s about, a feminist allyship anthem told in a singsongy, almost lullaby-style tone. If you like it, chances are high you can catch this band on tour—dates below, let me know if you wanna meet ‘em! I caught them in Seattle recently, and it was REALLY cool. Drew Danburry (the band leader) ALSO plays drums for his tourmate, Aubrey Debauchery, and then she plays in his band as well. Neat. CHECK IT OUT!

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LIKE, LISTEN TO

EAST OF THE SUN AND WEST OF THE MOON

Self-Released

Like, Listen To is a musical project that was established by Drew Danburry and Jesse Nicholas Quebbeman-Turley. Adding a few friends to round out the ensemble but limiting themselves to an acoustic guitar, a string quartet and their voices, they entered MetCom Studios in SLC, Utah with one purpose. Time travel…or at least, to record an album in an old-fashioned and traditional manner.

The result, East of the Sun and West of the Moon, was recorded and mixed live, straight to 1/4 tape on a 2 track, then mastered from tape straight to vinyl by Gotta Groove Records. The limited vinyl release represents an attempt to get as close to authenticity as possible.

Drew Danburry is a part-time musician and full-time barber in Provo, Utah. Having spent years on the road playing music, he’s mostly settled down but for the occasional tour where he makes himself known by putting on ridiculously interactive shows sometimes consisting of sing-alongs, Mad Libs and Seven Up (aka Heads Down Thumbs Up). He’ll be touring this fall to promote the Like, Listen To album as well as an upcoming cassette release of anti-corporate commercial jingles.

RIYL: Say Hi, Kings of Convenience, David Bazan, Nap Eyes, Michael Nau/Cotton Jones/Page France,  Bonnie “Prince” Billy

Start With: 8, 3, 7, 11                                                  FCC CLEAN

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DREW DANBURRY & FRIENDS (LIKE, LISTEN TO) TOUR DATES

9/22 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court*!
9/23 – Boise, ID @ The Olympic*!
9/24 – Richland, WA @ Paper Street Brewing Co.*!
9/25 – Seattle, WA @ Substation!
9/26 – Olympia, WA @ Le Voyeur*!
9/27 – Portland, OR @ Kellys Olympian*!
9/28 – Chico, CA @ The Maltese (and an early show @ The Naked Lounge)*!
9/29 – Costa Mesa, CA @ The Wayfarer*!
10/2 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Bunkhouse*!
10/3 – Provo, UT @ Muse Music*!
10/4 – Denver, CO @ City O’City/The Deer Pile*!
10/5 – Kansas City, MO @ Records with Merritt*!
10/6 – Rock Island, IL @ Daytrotter*!
10/6 – Champaign, IL @ Library House*!
10/7 – Chicago, IL @ Cafe Mustache*!
10/8 – Fargo, ND @ Sudden Service*!
10/9 – Fort Collins, CO @ Surfside*!
10/21 – Florence, AL @ Co-Op Florence*
10/22 – Hattiesburg, MS @ Co-Op: Hattiesburg*
10/23 – Jackson, MS @ The Mosquito (afternoon show)*
10/23 – Oxford, MS @ The Wall*

*! w/Aubrey Debauchery
* w/Ben Ricketts

Contact me for a download link if you’re a radio rep!

http://www.drewdanburry.com/

https://drewdanburry.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/drewdanburry

https://twitter.com/drewdanburry

https://soundcloud.com/ddanburry

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PRAIRIE EMPIRE – THE SALT is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!

For the third week in a row, I’ve got a new add! This week it’s the wonderful PRAIRIE EMPIRE, from my former home of Brooklyn! (I actually currently live in band leader Brittain Ashford’s former home of Seattle, we switched!) I really love this band, and have for a very long time: they’re the only band that’s played not one but BOTH of the two CMJ parties I’ve ever thrown as the Band Mom, the most recent being this past year and the first being way back in 2011. So maybe you’ve even seen them play before; they’ve obviously been a part of the Band Mom family for quite a long time—as is also further evidenced by the fact that Band Mom artist MATT BAUER also sings on this record!! PRETTY COOL. Anyway this record is sooo good. Beautiful lush dreamy folk-leaning (but not just straight folk) indie rock. GET ON IT NOW so you can brag to your friends later!

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PRAIRIE EMPIRE

THE SALT

Commodore Trotter

THE SALT, the sophomore album from Brooklyn’s Prairie Empire, is a moving, unexpected departure from their folky, self-titled debut. In the four years between albums, Brittain Ashford and her band developed a more sophisticated sound, one that expands beyond the four walls of the bedroom into cinematic terrain. Calm moments give way to fevered climaxes, strings and reeds humming as Ashford’s mournful, whiskey-soaked alto floats above the chaos. Inspired by the quietude of Elliott Smith and the dynamism of Jeff Buckley, Ashford directs her melancholic vocals through lush, atmospheric arrangements, oscillating between grief and anticipation.

Brittain Ashford (vocals, guitars, arrangements, etc.) and Nim Ben-Reuven (drums, drawings of cats) met by chance while getting copies in Manhattan. They eventually became friends and Ben-Reuven joined the Empire. For this record the duo filled out their sound with Brent Arnold (cello, The Antlers, Reggie Watts, Modest Mouse), Jeff Hudgins (clarinet, sax, bari-sax), Danah Olivetree (cello), Alec Spiegelman (pump organ, Cuddle Magic), Scott Colberg (additional guitar), and Matt Bauer (vox).

It’s fair to say that Prairie Empire has entered a larger world; The Salt surveys the land around them with power and subtlety.

2016 will be a busy year for Ashford. In addition to a cross-country tour in support of The Salt, she’s making her Broadway debut at The Imperial this fall in the acclaimed electro-pop opera Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. Composer Dave Malloy wrote Ashford’s solo, “Sonya Alone,” with her voice in mind; she performed in the Off-Broadway production of Great Comet for two years, earning raves from Variety, New York Daily News, Time Out NY, and The Boston Globe.

RIYL: Dark Dark Dark, Bowerbirds, Mirah, Natalie Prass, The Antlers,  Lost in the Trees, Matt Bauer, Jolie Holland, Dana Falconberry & Medicine Bow

Start With: 3, 4, 7                                                   FCC CLEAN

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PRAIRIE EMPIRE TOUR DATES:

6/28 – Milwaukee, WI @ Company Brewing
6/29 – Madison, WI @ House Show
6/30 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Warming House
7/1 – Bismarck, ND @ Side B
7/2 – Bozeman, MT
7/3 – Bigfork, MT @ House Show
7/5 – Walla Walla, WA @ Main Street Studios
7/8 – Seattle, WA @ Gallery 1412
7/9 – Portland, OR @ The Harlowe House
7/10 – Eugene, OR
7/11 – Boise, ID @ House Show
7/12 – Provo, UT @ Studio Studio Dada
7/14 – Boulder, CO @ House Show
7/15 – Denver, CO @ Leon Gallery
7/16 – Denver, CO @ House Show
7/17 – Kansas City, MO @ Records with Merritt
7/18 – St. Louis, MO @ Mt. Thelonious House
7/19 – Memphis, TN @ Murphy’s
7/20 – Nashville, TN
7/21 – Knoxville, TN
7/22 – Asheville, NC
7/23 – Norfolk, VA @ Toast

Contact me for a download link if you’re a radio rep!

www.prairieempire.org

www.facebook.com/prairieempire

www.prairieempire.bandcamp.com

 

THE STARGAZER LILIES – DOOR TO THE SUN is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!!

That Graveface Records package I sent a couple weeks ago actually had two albums in it, different but equally incredible. One was Casket Girls; the other is the new album by THE STARGAZER LILIES!! They’re so great. Beautiful shoegaze (or psych/dream pop if you prefer) out of Northeast PA, home state also of their pals Black Moth Super Rainbow which is part of the story of how I met them. Impose also debuted a new music video for the track “Golden Key”, in case you needed another co-signer on this record’s coolness. I saw them play in Seattle last week and they totally rip. (cool visuals too.) (sorry bout the white dude with bandanna/dreads in the foreground, he was unavoidable.) Anyway, this is not their first album—their last was great as well—and also the core of this band previously had a really cool shoegaze band called Soundpool which I actually was a fan of when I myself was an MD at college radio—but this is The Stargazer Lilies’ first album being actively worked to college radio, so they may or really may not be a brand new band to you. Either way listen for about two seconds and you’ll see it’s great, so get on that!!

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THE STARGAZER LILIES

DOOR TO THE SUN

Graveface Records & Curiosities

Northeast Pennsylvania-based the Stargazer Lilies are the brainchild of husband-and-wife team John Cep and Kim Field, pioneers of shoegaze’s new wave with former band Soundpool. The Stargazer Lilies is the evolution of their gaze, this time with added psych rock elements (think MBV meets Pink Floyd), and complemented by artwork created by The Seven Fields of Aphelion (of Black Moth Super Rainbow & Tobacco). Cep’s heavy effects-driven guitars are accented by LA based drummer, Tammy Hirata’s minimalist approach, along with Field’s dreamy vocals and drony bass lines. Following their debut album We Are The Dreamers in 2013,their sound was described in Spin Magazine as the “reverb-washed slo-mo assault of Slowdive with the sparkling ambience of Air channeled into a lush, guitar-swollen whole.  Psych-fuzz epic.” PopMatters says, “The Stargazer Lilies possess a truly widescreen, cinematic sound with crescendos that build cascading waves of sound enveloping your whole body.  The music is a bit darker than standard dream pop fare, but that only makes it that much more mesmerizing.”  Brad Laner of Medicine describes them like this: “This is what your so-called shoegaze is supposed to sound like. Incredible melodies and singing plus great guitar work.”

RIYL: My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, A Place to Bury Strangers, Medicine, Lush, Chapterhouse, Ringo Deathstarr, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Soundpool

Start With: 6, 3, 4                                                    FCC CLEAN

 

 

TOUR DATES:

6/02 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court w/ No Sun
6/05 – Portland, OR @ Rontoms w/ Cat Hoch
6/07 – Seattle, WA @ LOFI w/ TokyoIdaho
6/11 – San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern w/ Cruel Summer + Panda Riot
6/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo w/ Pale Dian + Tennis System
7/01 – Milwaukee, WI @ Quarters Rock & Roll Palace *
7/02 – Champaign, IL @ Institute for Creativity *
7/03 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle * w/ New Canyons + Pale Dian
7/05 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern w/ Pale Dian + Ex Astronauts
7/06 – Wilkes Barre, PA @ The Otherside w/ Pale Dian + The Morelings
7/07 – Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium w/ Pale Dian + Parrot Dream
7/09 – Providence, RI @ News Cafe *
7/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Bourbon & Branch *
7/14 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter *
7/15 – Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor *
7/16 – Atlanta, GA @ 529 w/ Pale Dian + Twin Studies
7/19 – New Orleans, LA @ Siberian *
7/22 – Austin TX @ Empire Control Room w/ Ringo Deathstarr + Pale Dian
7/23 – San Antonio, TX @ K23 Gallery * !
7/31 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall w/ BEST COAST
8/1 – Portsmouth, NH @ 35 Artspace w/ BEST COAST
8/2 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall w/ BEST COAST
8/15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls w/ BEST COAST
* w/ Pale Dian
* ! w/ Pale Dian & Ringo Deathstarr

Contact me for a download link if you’re a radio rep!

www.facebook.com/thestargazerlilies/

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CASKET GIRLS – THE NIGHT MACHINES is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!!!

OMG. I can’t believe I got this lucky, to be able to work this record. I’m serious, this one is a BIG BIG DEAL. Not to mention that it marks the beginning of the Band Mom’s working relationship with the longtime dear pals of GRAVEFACE RECORDS!!!

You may remember CASKET GIRLS from their truly fantastic 2014 album, True Love Kills the Fairy Tale (peaked at #55 back then, not worked by me but really really loved by me). They’re back with a new album and it’s just as good! Witchy dark weird stuff built on girl-group pop song structure bones, made by these two reclusive Savannah sisters (and Ryan Graveface) who wear costumes while performing (like matching outfits and blonde wigs, it’s really great and weird). Their live show really is a spectacle to see. Especially because they’re playing their music which is SO GOOD! This album also features drums by TW Walsh (who you might know from Pedro the Lion, Headphones, or the Soft Drugs), and some additional instruments were also played by Bobb Bruno (of Best Coast), in case that pedigree wasn’t enough for you. Stop reading this and go listen already, this album does not need my hard sell, this is seriously one of the best & most exciting things I’ve ever worked—as is evidenced by it having one of the Band Mom’s best add weeks ever last week, clocking in at #5 Most Added!!! SWEET, good job you guys!! This is gonna go so great.

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CASKET GIRLS

THE NIGHT MACHINES

Graveface Records & Curiosities

Casket Girls leave the safety of their blackout curtain lair to roam an apocalyptic world, questioning the essence of humanity, where the dreamers, prophets and vampires of the old world work together to forge a new path. The concept is Singularity. Welcome to The Night Machines.

Casket Girls are the virtually reclusive Savannah sisters, Phaedra and Elsa Greene, and Ryan Graveface (Graveface Records, Dreamend, etc). The group’s bond has continuously strengthened over the course of their four releases, culminating in The Night Machines, their third full length LP and strongest effort to date. They wrote, recorded and mixed the record in Savannah and Athens, GA with local hero Andy LeMaster. Drum duties were taken on by fellow Graveface Records artist T.W. Walsh, and additional instruments were played by Bobb Bruno (of Best Coast).

Casket Girls have gained momentum and a substantial cult following due to the unflagging catchiness of their songwriting and the compelling development of their polarizing live show, the likes of which prompted one reviewer to write “Casket Girls are more than just a band; they’re a living art piece. Their descent into the crowd at the end of the show for hugs that culminated in a shared embrace between the sisters was grand. In this final moment, Seeba’s earlier declaration rang true. We were The Casket Girls, they were The Casket Girls.”

RIYL: Youth Lagoon, Purity Ring, Grimes, Dum Dum Girls, Xiu Xiu, Robyn, The Shangri-Las

Start With: 3, 9, 5, 7, 1                                                    FCC: 2

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2016 GRAVEFACE ROADSHOW

w/ Casket Girls & Stardeath and White Dwarfs

06.08 – Savannah, GA @ Dollhouse +
06.09 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn +
06.10 – Raleigh, NC @ Slim’s +
06.11 – Washington DC @ Songbyrd +
06.12 – New York City, NY @ Mercury Lounge + %
06.13 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott + %
06.14 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Boot & Saddle +
06.15 – Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe +
06.16 – Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub ^
06.17 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean ^ $
06.18 – St Paul, MN @ Turf Club ^
06.21 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza *
06.22 – Portland, OR @ White Eagle *
06.24 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge *
06.25 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Crepe Place *
06.26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater *
06.27 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
06.29 – Austin, TX @ The Sidewinder +
06.30 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links +
07.01 – Norman, OK @ The Opolis +

+ w/ Hospital Ships     % w/ TW Walsh
^ w/ Dott     * w/ Night School      $ w/ Maritime

Contact me for a download link if you’re a radio rep!

https://www.facebook.com/casketgirls/

https://www.instagram.com/thecasketgirls/

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SEAONS – APRILIS is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!

This is a real interesting one. Check out the cool post-apocalyptos in SEAONS (that’s not a typo, it’s not Seasons, and the album title is APRILIS, not Aprils): a Southern Oregon band telling an epic story with their music. It’s about the survival of humanity in a post-apocalyptic future. High-energy but thoughtful music that reminds me a lot of Anathallo or The Dear Hunter, or one station has already compared it to Imagine Dragons (s/o Mandi @ KCWU!!).

PRONUNCIATION KEY: see-ons (rhymes with “peons”) – uh-PRIL-iss (rhymes with “uh kill us”).

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SEAONS

APRILIS

King Monty Records

Our cycle of life has a pattern of destruction and restoration. The fibers of the universe suggest that all existence is prone to end at a certain point. One day, our thriving world will come to an end, its spinning axis will slow to a halt, and begin to deteriorate from the inside out. This will likely be the beginning of the end of our entire solar system.

There is a chance that humanity will witness the destruction of Earth and perhaps there is a small chance that a few survive to see the very last days of its well being, before being blasted into the cosmos. Humans are fortuitous creatures, having the ability to fill themselves with hope and faith; they can often appear immortal in the most detrimental and dooming situations. Sometimes, they can even foresee events before they occur.

These may be incredible traits, but humans are also cursed with an equal arsenal of dark powers. They are capable of terrible things: war, terror, fear, and all other actions of destruction. Humans are gifted with the power to choose paths of good or evil. Unfortunately, they are drawn to the power of the evil paths all too often.

When the inevitable destruction of Earth begins, the majority of life will be wiped out. Leaving only a handful of survivors. Through natural selection, a final leg of humanity will struggle to survive and continue to challenge the hardships of a post-apocalyptic world. This new state of the world is known as Aprilis. In the language of Latin Aprilis means April.

April is known as  a time to plant seeds, and to bring new life into the world. Another Latin translation of Aprilis is “new beginnings”. This newly destroyed world is not only labeled “Aprilis” by the survivors to encourage a hopeful life in a desolate world, but also because the destruction of earth literally occurs in the month of April.

Our reality requires energy to create and sustain, and in this case, the energy of the last leg of the human race carries the seed to new life. A handful of humans hold on to the light of hope as they fearlessly face their demise. The energy of that light is consumed by the world as the life is taken. This expresses why choosing the path of life up to the very end has such a huge impact on the fibers of existence. Over time, the energy consumed by Aprilis fuels the seed for new life, and ultimately, a new reality. Life will always be recycled. This is the story of Aprilis.

SEAONS is Sean Sider (lead vocals), Micah McCaw (guitar solos and riffs of epic proportions), and Grayson Phelps (bassist, exhilarating stage presence), and Andrew John Lee (drums). APRILIS is the Southern Oregon band’s sophomore release.

PRONUNCIATION KEY: see-ons (rhymes with “peons”) – uh-PRIL-iss (rhymes with “uh kill us”)

RIYL: Anathallo, Mutemath, The Dear Hunter, Muse, Annuals, The Most Serene Republic, Led Zeppelin

Start With: 3, 5, 8                                                 FCC CLEAN (8 says “damn”)

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Contact me for a download link if you’re a radio rep!

http://www.seaons.com/

https://seaons.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Seaons/

https://www.instagram.com/weareseaons/

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MELAENA CADIZ – SUNFAIR is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!

My newest album is completely wonderful. Longtime Band Mom supporters will know MELAENA CADIZ (pronunciation key: muh-LAY-nuh cuh-DEEZ) well by now, from her albums Deep Below Heaven that I worked in 2014 as well as Rattle the Windows from 2010 (which hit NUMBER ONE on Earshot’s Folk/Roots/Blues chart as well as climbing to #99 on the Top 200!). But if this new album is an introduction to you, that’s great, it’s a perfect place to start! It’s so lovely, along the lines of a Marisa Nadler or Bill Callahan. Also RIYL my Band Mom artist Matt Bauer, because they’ve got similar sensibilities and also they’re good pals, in fact so good that he directed her new video for Track 1, the “stoned fairytale” “At the Symphony” (watch it in this nice premiere by the Fader)! NPR Music included her in their preview of the most exciting SXSW artists, The Austin 100, and Stereogum premiered a full-album stream along with a glowing review that called the sound “stripped, raw, sparse, and beautifully barren.” I had significantly less hard copies of this one than I generally like to work with (although you were more likely to get one if you were a past supporter of her records and have communicated a strong preference for physical—loyalty, consistency and communication don’t go unrewarded!!) – so make sure you do download this thing, it’s worth it!!

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MELAENA CADIZ

SUNFAIR

Misra Records

“It’s hard to make a clean escape,” Melaena Cadiz admits early on in her new album, Sunfair. But it’s been on her mind nonetheless. The songwriter, long based out of New York City, made a break for the West Coast in 2015, and on Sunfair she’s managed a breakthrough as well. Cadiz has honed her technique and stripped away any excess, leaving her haunting vocals and evocative storytelling unadorned, but also unencumbered.

A writing retreat in Joshua Tree earlier in the year, where she wrote the bulk of these songs, was a turning point for Cadiz. The artist, whose voice and prose are at once earthy and ethereal, wistfully recalls the sound of crows flying by. “It was so quiet you could hear the wing flaps,” she says.  “There weren’t a lot of outside distractions so I found myself looking inward, taking inventory of my thoughts and reflecting on the last few years.” The result is a spacious and rhythmic solo album, driven largely by her steel-string guitar playing and swirling vocals. The songs have a brushy, hazy quality to them evocative of the vast open space and brittleness of the desert.

Like the best confessional stories, these nine tracks are deeply personal, but have a universal ring that speaks directly to the listener. threaded together by a desire to “get back to the heart of things”, songs share an inkling that life could be something different. From the opening track that playfully describes getting stoned and falling asleep at the symphony, to returning home and realizing how tethered we are to where we come from (“Goes Without Saying”) to making a break for it, “a blue tidal wave careened over our heads and you said, I’m afraid but I’m glad” (“Last Night in My Dream”); there’s the shadow of escape in its many guises, the struggle to make a break and the looming truth that wherever you go, there you are.

Sunfair is named for the dirt road that led up to the mesa where Cadiz stayed in Joshua Tree. There’s a playfulness and rawness to these tracks that seems accidental, like we’ve caught the singer off guard, singing to herself on the front porch. But the album’s landscape is skillfully crafted. It’s rich and warm and dreamy and an enchanting place to get lost in.

RIYL: Dana Falconberry, Marisa Nadler, Bill Callahan, Jason Molina, Matt Bauer, Jessica Pratt, Emmylou Harris, Joanna Newsom

Start With: 2, 3, 7, 1                                                FCC CLEAN

 

 

Contact me for a download link if you’re a radio rep!

http://melaenacadiz.com

http://www.misrarecords.com/collections/melaena-cadiz

http://melaenacadiz.bandcamp.com

http://facebook.com/melaena.cadiz/

http://instagram.com/melaenacadiz/

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TUFT – LOOK LOOK is at Top 200 Radio now!!!

I’ve been sitting on this TUFT album for quite a while now, and I’m SO excited it’s finally getting out into the world. Honestly it was one of the best albums I heard in 2015, but I couldn’t tell you that back then because it didn’t come out in 2015!! I can’t wait to hear about how much you love it, now, finally. (BTW, that’s spelled in all caps, not just because that’s how I do it in these posts—their name is TUFT)! KCRW is already on board, in case you’re waiting for somebody else to tell you how great this is! There’s a chance you may have heard of this band before, especially if you’re from around LA/the West Coast/been hanging out with me, back when they were called Hi Ho Silver Oh. Or maybe you even recognize a couple of their/their members’ videos from FunnyOrDie, both music videos and comedy ones, like this one featuring a couple band members with DERRICK Comedy (yep, Donald Glover’s group—in fact it was through DERRICK member/Thomas Jefferson impersonator/author/wonderful human DC Pierson that I first met these guys; longtime Band Mom followers might remember HHSO’s song on this mixtape I worked for DC back in 2010!!). Anyway all that stuff’s great and should give you some context, but that’s old stuff, there’s all new stuff to marvel at now!! They’re also out on tour for a bit now (dates below), so check to see if they’re coming to your town, I’d love to hook you up with tix/interviews/etc! We’re a week in to this one and most stations I’m in touch with should have gotten a hard copy, so no more excuses about not getting around to it—this record is seriously a super special one and it deserves to be heard by EVERYONE!!

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TUFT

LOOK LOOK

Self-Released

The most unexpected thing happened when Casey Trela packed up his car in North Carolina heading west for Los Angeles. He turned on the radio and heard himself. It was not music he had written or recorded, yet still he knew it to be his own. He heard his voice and the hum of his guitar and recognized them as immediately as he would his own reflection. He changed the station only to find another mysterious song of his own creation. Song after song poured from the speakers; song after song his own.

When Casey grew tired of his own thoughts he picked up a mustachioed hitchhiker, Kevin Manwarren, headed for Oklahoma. The radio remained audible though Casey would not let on the secret of the music’s origin. Instead, after many miles of silence, Kevin spoke up. He said, “You’ll think me mad – I think me mad – but I swear that is me playing bass. In this song. In all these songs. I don’t know how, but it is me.” Of course, Casey did not think him mad. “I am just as certain it is you.” Oklahoma came and went, Kevin stayed with Casey.

At a truck stop in the middle of who-knows-where they met Roxy Radulescu, and immediately knew she was destined to join them. She was less certain, at least at first. But upon hearing a single verse emanate from Casey’s automobile she plucked her personal belongings from the cab and abandoned the 18-wheel big rig she rode in on, joining them on their fateful journey.

The deejay called them TUFT, and so they were, ever more.

Introducing TUFT, the music.

RIYL: Dr. Dog, Islands, Pomegranates, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, David Bazan, Megafaun, Hi Ho Silver Oh

Start With: 2, 4, 6, 7, 3                                                       FCC: 1

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TUFT TOUR DATES:

3/4 – Chicago, IL—Subterranean (Downstairs)
3/5 – Canton, OH—Deli Ohio
3/6 – New York, NY—Sofar Sounds
3/7 – New York, NY—Rockwood Music Hall Stage 1
3/8 – Chapel Hill, NC—Local 506
3/10 – Nashville, TN—Sofar Sounds
3/10 – Nashville, TN—The East Room
3/12 – Birmingham, AL—Eclipse Coffee & Books
3/14 – Shreveport, LA—Bears on Fairfield
3/16 – Austin, TX (SXSW) – Carousel Lounge
3/19 – Austin, TX (SXSW) – in.gredients in.session
3/20 – Austin, TX (SXSW) – Tofu BBQ Party
3/22 – Albuquerque, NM—Mountain Dojo
3/24 thru 2/37 – Boise, ID—Treefort Music Fest
3/28 – Moscow, ID—Mikey’s Gyros*
3/30 – Seattle, WA—The Central Saloon*
4/1 – Portland, OR—The White Eagle*
4/3 – Reno, NV—The Holland Project*
4/4 – San Francisco, CA—El Rio*
4/5 – Santa Cruz, CA—Church House*
4/6 – San Diego, CA—Soda Bar*
4/7 – Los Angeles, CA—The Hi Hat*
4/8 – Long Beach, CA—Que Sera*
* = w/ Holiday Friends

Contact me for a download link if you’re a radio rep!

http://www.tuftmusic.com

http://www.facebook.com/tuftmusic

http://tuftmusic.bandcamp.com

http://www.soundcloud.com/tuftmusic

Instagram and Twitter @tuftmusic

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PHOTO OPS – VACATION is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!

This band is so great, and radio already knows it. PHOTO OPS play dreamy, gauzy, Americana-inflected indie pop from Nashville, along the lines of Real Estate or Local Natives or my (2012) Band Mom band Good Field. This record comes via Bad Friend Records, which is run by my good buddies from another beloved Band Mom band, Tereu Tereu. Check out this awesome Paste premiere of “Memories that Glow” (track 5)! That’s a really good one but by far not the only relevant single on this album—honestly this record was a hard one to pin down start-with tracks for (which is why I listed five of them on the sticker!); every track is single-quality and radio-ready! Like “Maybe We’ll Change” and “I’d Be Dead” (tracks 6 and 3), which have each ALREADY racked up over 100,000 plays on Spotify!!! Whaaaat. Get on board with this band now so you can pull the I-knew-them-when brag later.

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PHOTO OPS

VACATION

Bad Friend Records

Following the victory and tragedy of 2013’s How To Say Goodbye, Photo Ops returns with their sophomore offering, Vacation, out 2/5 via Bad Friend Records. Masterminded by Nashville’s Terry Price, the dream pop project brings life to the deepest questions and concerns with infectious melodies and lush, often-unexpected textures. At once remarkably accessible and deeply poignant, Price effortlessly weaves hooks and harmonies that force the listener to both sing and think along.

The past half-decade or so has forced Price face-to-face with some of the darkest issues imaginable. His father was diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder, cursed by the symptoms of manic depression and schizophrenia throughout his life. He died in 2011 of a heart attack at age 55. Meanwhile, Price himself woke one morning with one side of his face completely paralyzed and was diagnosed with Bell’s palsy. He eventually recovered movement and his prognosis is positive. Still, the overall trauma combined to inform and inspire his debut work, asking universal questions we all desire the answers to, woven with driving, mesmerizing melodies.

As he returns on Vacation, Price creates soundscapes he hopes to be just that: a departure from daily life and chaos, shimmering with details immediate rather than obscure. Pondering how much thought to dedicate to the past, present and future, he paints mountain and ocean views in a dream pop via alt-country palette. “I’d Be Dead” features classical acoustic guitar and a mesmerizing melody, while “Memories That Glow” holds a bouncing piano hook begging to break free from the past. Meanwhile, “You And Me Driving Cross Country” captures perfectly a moment in time, with Price using his voice as in instrument, layering and harmonizing it with sighing strings.

A Nashville native for the past 15 years, Price was formerly a member of Oblio, who toured extensively for years. As he continues to come into his own with Photo Ops, he has shifted, with a production assist by Patrick Damphier (Mynabirds), from the creation of a live experience to the composition of a pristine and honest record, with songs that both get stuck in your head and bring you to face some of life’s toughest questions. Vacation is a human album that communicates pain but feels like understanding.

RIYL: Real Estate, Local Natives, Beach House, Girls, Beach Fossils, Wild Nothing, The Walkmen, Vampire Weekend, Surfer Blood, Good Field

Start With: 6, 3, 5, 4, 2                                                     FCC CLEAN

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Contact me for a download link if you’re a radio rep!

www.photoopsmusic.com

 

ANIMALS OF GRACE – SONGS OF SHATTERING is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!

My first add for 2016 is a really good one: ANIMALS OF GRACE! I had a few less hard copies than would have been ideal for this one, so it’s possible you may need to grab it as a download. Don’t be afraid! This record rules. It fits into the general category of “folk” but is a real weird one within that genre—mainly, although not exclusively, because the lyrics to this album aren’t written by the band. They’re written by a (feminist, queer, awesome) poet from about a hundred years ago named Edna St. Vincent Millay! The band manages to extract her words and extrapolate them into something musical that feels really exciting and fresh with just a little bit of a classic old-timey veneer. This record is so lovely and unique, and really deserves a close listen to truly notice that uniqueness. You should really give it a listen, like right away.

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ANIMALS OF GRACE

SONGS OF SHATTERING

Rolling Crone Records

Animals of Grace is an alt-folk duo based in Seattle led by innovative 12-string guitar player and classically trained vocalist Erika Lundahl. Together with percussionist Doug Indrick, Animals of Grace craft a musical experience that readily shifts from driving exhilaration to sublime and emotional. The duo formed in upstate New York in 2012. Drawn to the tall trees and rugged wilderness of Puget Sound, the duo moved to the Pacific Northwest in late 2013 and released their debut EP “Make Me Kind” in 2014.

Songs of Shattering is their first full-length album. A concept album in the vein of Jason Webley’s Margaret, the album is a conversation with the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay, an early 20th century lyrical poet. Edna was an ardent feminist, a social activist, and an openly queer woman whose tender, lyrical poems wrangled with the tensions of wilderness and rampant industrialization, and about what it means to be a feminist in a complicated world.

Using innovative tapping, rich harmonies and driving cajon, Animals of Grace renews Edna’s poetry to have a dialogue with the past. Edna’s universal stories of life, her passion for natural landscapes, and her critiques of culture are brought to life with a very modern and completely unique sound.

RIYL: Joanna Newsom, Girls in Trouble, Laura Marling, Jason Webley, Anaïs Mitchell

Start With: 1, 4, 6, 12                                                          FCC CLEAN

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Contact me for a download link if you’re a radio rep!

www.animalsofgrace.com

https://www.facebook.com/animalsofgrace/

https://www.instagram.com/animalsofgrace/

Twitter.com/ErikaLundahl

http://animalsofgrace.bandcamp.com/album/songs-of-shattering

https://www.reverbnation.com/animalsofgrace

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