June 2011

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“Next week we fly to Japan to play three dates with our pals from Atlanta, The Black Lips.”

Vivian Girls – Take It As It Comes
from Vivian Girls’ latest release “Share The Joy” album on Polyvinyl

contrarede presents
BLACK LIPS & VIVIAN GIRLS Japan tour 2011 
7/2 (Sat) Shibuya, WWW (03-5458-7676)
7/3 (sun) Shimokitazawa ERA (03-5465-6568)
7/4 (Mon) Nagoya, APOLLO THEATER (052-261-5308)
7/5 (Tue) Kyoto, METRO (075-752-4765)

Further Information >> Contrarede

“We’ve also been busy working on our other individual projects. Cassie is currently working on the second album for The Babies, Katy is recording her second album right now for La Sera out on Hardly Art, and Fiona just got done recording the debut album for Coasting, which will be out in October on M’Ladys Records.”   Vivian Girls

And also Vivian Girls have started their own bandcamp page where you can stream “Share the Joy” in its entirety.

sleeve art by Cassie Ramone

“Family Trees” Sampler Mix

HUSH Records has announced that the former ‘for Stars’ front man Carlos Forster releases his first solo album “Family Trees,” recorded with M Ward as producer / collaborator, the album will be released on July 19th. Pre-order is available, here.

Forster made five trips up to Portland between 2003 and 2009 in which he and Ward recorded Family Trees at Mike Coykendall’s Blue Rooms studio. The songs on the record are a mix of old and new: a few Ward adored (and was likely influenced by) from their days as students at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (“Campfire Songs” in particular), and a few written during the recording process. Friend Rachel Blumberg (who played with M Ward, Bright Eyes, The Decemberists, Mirah and Jolie Holland) stopped by to add drums. Jonathan Richman, who refused to speak after 6 p.m. — he wrote everything down on a piece of paper and handed it to you to read—added a noodly guitar track to “If I Could Be”. When he showed up he was holding a nylon string guitar and said, “I just want to play second rhythm guitar….. Tim Mooney (American Music Club) and Forster put the finishing touches on the record, mixing it in San Francisco at Mooney’s Closer Studio.”

LISTEN :: ‘Campfire Songs’ off the “Family Trees” album on NPR’s “All Songs Considered”

Labyrinth Ear – Walk on the Moon

Nat Baldwin – A Little Lost  (via KEXP)
Double bassist/singer-songwriter, well known as a part of the band Dirty Projectors, Nat Baldwin‘s latest release “People Changes,” out now on Western Vinyl.

The Ruby Suns – Arms Around You
The Ruby Suns are an indie/pop group from New Zealand. They formed in 2004 when Californian Ryan McPhun moved to Auckland and started playing in several bands such as The Brunettes and The Tokey Tones.

WILD COMBINATION a portrait of Arthur Russell, a film by Matt Wolf
Audika Records, Arthur Russell re-issues

White Fence (solo project of Darker My Love’s Tim Presley) plays ‘Sticky Fruitman Has Faith’ at Knitting Factory, BK 18.06.11 during Northside Festival. White Fence’s latest album “Is Growing Faith” is available on Woodsist.

WATCH more :: NORTHSIDE White Fence///Lillian (Won’t You Play Drums?)///Knitting Factory, BK 18.06.11 FESTIVAL via SHOW ME DEALS

White Fence – Sticky Fruitman Has Faith (Al Lover’s mix)

“Al Lover’s ‘Distorted Reverberations’ – Psychedelic Reinterpretations of Contemporary Rock n’ Roll” is a new instrumental compilation that samples and re-creates some of the best current garage and psych bands. Download the entire mix featuring White Fence, Thee Oh Sees, King Tuff, Ty Segall and more, for free through Al Lover’s website.

Co-released by Atelier Ciseaux and La Station Radar.

San Francisco’s trio (Steven Harkins on guitar and vocals, Daniel Rosado on guitar, and Brian Wakefield on bass) Melted Toys’ debut 12″ EP”Washed & Dried” EP is available on Underwater Peoples. Dominant legs, also from San Francisco, the duo (Magic Bullets’ guitarist Ryan Lynch former Cosmos/Future Dominant Legs/Girls and Hannah Hunt) has their first EP “Young at Love and Life” and their forthcoming full-length “Invitation” is due out on September 27th via Lefse Records.

Melted Toys – Rose Again by atelier ciseaux

Dominant Legs – Laughing The Whole Time by atelier ciseaux

from MELTED TOYS / DOMINANT LEGS split 7″, out now, limited to 300 copies.

ELA ORLEANS – Neverend
from 12″ split LP “Double Feature” (with Dirty Beaches), co-released by La Station Radar (France), Atelier Ciseaux (Canada) and Night people (US), available now. Written and performed by Ela Orleans / Lyrics: Simon HaywardEditing: Asha Kowalik / Camera: Sabrina Lessard / Video: Movies for Ears

Dirty Beaches – Good Speed

Born in Taiwan, Alex Zhang Hungtai (aka Dirty Beaches) grew up in North America. His music brings back to life the forgotten stories of a wild America of the 1960s, stories imprinted on scorched hope.  Ela Orleans left her native Poland for Glasgow before settling in the vastness of New York. She takes us on a reverie of splendor and despair. This collection of pensive postcards from NYC is dedicated to night owls feeding on utopia and desolation.

Vetiver plays ‘Everyday’ for the in-studio performance on WNYC Soundcheck, June 13th 2011. Stream the show including a cover of the Go-Betweens ‘Streets of your town’, here. ‘Everyday’ is originally appeared on their previous album “Tight Knit” (Sub Pop/2009). The latest release “The Errant Charm” album is available now on Sub Pop. Andy Cabic (vocal, guitar), Otto Hauser (drums), Daniel Hindman (guitar), Bob Parins (bass), Sarah Versprille (tambourine. backing vocal).


Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion make a record
with Vetiver at Dreamland Studio

Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion – Never Too Far From My Heart

Their latest album “Bright Examples” (2011) co-produced by Vetiver’s Andy Cabic and Thom Monahan, recorded with Otto Houser (drums), Daniel Hindman (bass), Kevin Barker (guitar) from Vetiver and special guest artists including Gary Louris (The Jayhawks, vocals), Mark Olson (The Jayhawks, vocals), Neal Casal (guitar) and more, is available now on Ninth St. Opus.

(via ArAtAq)

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