Seattle-based Beat Connection has debuted “The Palace Garden, 4am,” the first single off of their debut LP, The Palace Garden, out June 19 on Moshi Moshi / Tender Age. The band will appear at Sasquatch Music Festival this Sunday May 27th, two weeks before launching their first headlining North American tour with White Arrows. They performed at SXSW this year, after touring with STRFKR this past fall where they played to sold-out rooms and earned rave reviews for their fantastic live set. Their appearance at Sasquatch kicks off a new tour that will take them crisscrossing the US and Canada until late July (tour dates below).
Brooklyn quartet Black Taxi has been generating quite the buzz lately in the indie-rock world. From their seven performances at this year’s SXSW to the release of their critically acclaimed second album, We Don’t Know Any Better in January, it seems that the band is turning heads and garnering fans everywhere they go. Following up on these successes, the band is preparing to begin a series of spring tour dates that will see them traveling down the East Coast, along with appearances at several festivals. Additionally, the band has released a brand-new remix of their song “Friend”, off their latest album, by esteemed NYC producer Fake Money; it is available as a free download via their Facebook page.
Welcome to another edition of Project Rhythm Seed’s Free Music Friday. We’ve got some great music for you today. The first free track is from a band that we really like a lot. They are called Exitmusic from Brooklyn, NY. Their debut album, Passage, is out on May 22nd. We have an advance copy that we’ve been playing to death around here. It’s an excellent album full of moody, dark, uplifting and very intriguing songs. We’re pleased to present the title cut from the album today.
Welcome to another edition of Project Rhythm Seed’s Free Music Friday. Today we are pleased to bring you two acts who have nothing in common with each other, except for the fact that they will both be appearing at this year’s South By Southwest (SXSW) music festival in Austin, Texas.
Charles Bradley will bring his thrilling and highly praised live show to the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, the Sasquatch Music Festival, Mountain Jam, and more this year. The 63-year old “Screaming Eagle of Soul” is currently on tour in the US and will soon head to Australia and Europe. See full tour routing below.
Reptar’s debut full-length album, Body Faucet, will be released on May 1st via Vagrant Records. Produced by Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Gnarls Barkley, Washed Out), Body Faucet is the follow up to the group’s heralded debut EP Oblangle Fizz Y’all, which Rolling Stone praised for its, “…blend of upbeat rhythms, reggae-infected vocals and psychedelic textures.” Project Rhythm Seed first covered Reptar on August 22nd, 2011. You can read that article here.
Hi everyone and welcome to another edition of Project Rhythm Seed’s Free Music Friday. This week’s edition is dedicated to Whitney Houston. Although she fought a constant battle with drug and alcohol addiction, she possessed one of the best voices ever to grace the musical stage. Her incredible range and ability to convey thought and emotion through her voice were second to none. She will be missed.
Los Angeles, California’s own Asa Taccone and Matthew Compton, collectively known as Electric Guest, are pleased to announce the release of “This Head I Hold” on March 26th through Because Music. Produced by Danger Mouse, the track is taken from their debut album Mondo which is set to drop on April 23rd.
Hi everyone and welcome to another musical edition of Project Rhythm Seed’s Free Music Friday. Today we have two new bands for you, one from the East coast and one from the West. Spacecamp comes to us from Brooklyn (yes, another one from Brooklyn!). They released a 5 song EP in November called Alibi and we have a track form that EP called “Miko DTB” (dropped the ball). You can also stream the entire EP on Soundcloud. The second band, Yukon Blonde, is from Vancouver, BC. They are a four piece that remind us of a modern day Beach Boys with a George Harrison guitar. We are happy to offer a track called “Choices” off of their new Fire//Water EP.
Welcome once again to another episode of Project Rhythm Seed’s “Free Music Friday.” Today we are featuring free tracks from London, England’s The Boxer Rebellion and Portland, Oregon’s Stephanie Schneiderman.
The Boxer Rebellion track is an edgy, dynamic remix of “The Runner”, from their new album The Cold Still, crafted by the popular Welsh trio, The Joy Formidable. As a bonus, we are also offering the original album version of “The Runner”, along with the first cut on the album titled, “No Harm”, which we received during this year’s SXSW conference.
For today’s Free Music Friday we are pleased to offer you a magic bag of tracks from five different artists. All of these tracks were sent to us by Stayloose, a music PR company located in Bristol, England. We were introduced to Stayloose by Kevin Jones who, along with acclaimed producer Ian Grimble and Mumford & Sons, Ben Lovett, founded the London based Communion Records.
Locksley are proud to unveil The Rapture remix of their hit single “The Whip” as a free download. The remix comes paired with the song “On Fire” which is featured in the end credits of Scream 4, hits theatres this April. In addition to the release of the remix, the Madison, WI born and raised, and currently NYC based, Locksley are eagerly anticipating the upcoming release of their new self-titled album, due out July 12th on Feature Records.
By Myles Crawley
Photos by Danica Waters
There’s a music club over on Sunset Boulevard called The Echo. I’ve been meaning to get over there ever since I moved back to Los Angeles in January of this year. Last Wednesday, May 4th, I finally made it. The occasion was to see a musical artist by the name of Charles Bradley. Project Rhythm Seed originally reported on Charles shortly after his appearance at this year’s SXSW music convention in Austin, Texas. You can read that article here. Charles was the standout and played two packed shows while in Austin. It was the start of his new career, no longer as a James Brown impersonator, but as Charles Bradley the original.
On Saturday April 16, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. will appear at UHF Music Hall in Royal Oak in support of Record Store Day. Their acoustic set is scheduled at 5pm. The band will also play an exclusive benefit show for Detroit’s NPR affiliate, WDET on Friday April 22, at the Crofoot Ballroom.
Charles Bradley is no stranger to hard times. Born in Gainesville, Florida in 1948 and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Charles spent the better part of his childhood living on the streets. One of the more optimistic moments of his childhood came in 1962, when his sister took him to see James Brown at The Apollo. Brown’s energy formed a lasting impression on Charles. He went home and immediately began practicing microphone tricks with a broom attached to a string, imitating the Godfather’s every move. With his new found inspiration came an urgent desire to get off the streets and make something of himself.
St. Louis four-piece band Living Things today released their brand new mixtape, Malocchio, for free here. Malocchio is a 7-song mixtape by Living Things influenced by the sounds of afrobeat and psychedelic era Nigerian dub. The mixtape was recorded during a 7-day recording session from Jan 4-11 2011, produced by Lillian Berlin with co-producer/engineer Bill Skibbe (Fiery Furnaces, The Dead Weather, The Kills). The sessions took place in Los Angeles at the band’s studio, Berlin Family Basement, which is situated in the Laurel Canyon neighborhood, and in Kingston, Jamaica at Militia Sound. Malocchio is the first of two mixtapes by the band (Malocchio, Ayin Ha’ra )each to be released in spring and summer 2011. The series will end with a release of Living Things’ still untitled third full-length album out this fall. Track listing for Malocchio is below.
Alexander Ebert, lead singer of the Los Angeles entourage Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, released his debut solo album Alexander this week via Community Music (Rough Trade will release the album in Europe).Alexander includes ten brand new songs that Ebert wrote and performed entirely himself.
During breaks from touring with the Zeros, Ebert began building and recording the pieces alone in his bedroom. Prior to beginning work on this album, all of the music that he worked on had been collaboratively written, especially with the 10-person Magnetic Zeros. There isn’t a single sound on the Alexander album that Ebert didn’t perform himself.
Today the Black Angels released the video for their latest single “Haunting at 1300 McKinley.” The song is from the band’s highly acclaimed third record, Phosphene Dream, far and away the band’s most successful album to date. The Black Angels are taking the world by storm, selling more records and playing bigger shows than ever before.
As we approach The Holidays‘ U.S. debut at this year’s SXSW festival, the band are offering up a track of the album. “6AM” allows the listener to travel somewhere tropical, wake up on the beach and take an early morning dive into a crystalline aural sea.
Mixing swoon-worthy harmonies, gorgeous acoustic instrumentation and the catchiest of melodies, Australia’s Boy & Bear are primed to be the next band catapulted onto the international stage. Headed Stateside for an appearance at SXSW, Boy & Bear will play four very special sets in Austin that are guaranteed to make them the talk of the Texas town. Details for these shows are below.