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[Watch] HUMANS - "Water Water"

I have been hypnotized by Vancouver outfit HUMANS' latest track, "Water Water" for the past couple of weeks now. You may have enough noticed how I low key included it in last week's diSKOAver weekly playlist, all 9 minutes and 47 seconds of its sexiness. Now the song (the radio edit of it anyway) has a video, which is mostly just an ad for these baller jackets that feature the artwork from last year's album, Noontide, which is currently up for a Juno for Best Electronic Album. I should make myself clear that when I say baller I mean this on multiple levels. In addition to looking really awesome, you literally have to be a baller to afford one at it's actual retail price of $600. Oof. The band admits that the jackets are, "'spensive" but hopes that you will pony up because co-founder Peter Ricq apparently has a crush on the girl who embroiders these baller jackets, so "by ordering this jacket you are likely being a great wingman / winglady."

For those of you who are at SXSW sipping margaritas while having a skim here, the band will be performing a handful of shows throughout the week so if you are free during any of the times during the flyer below be sure to check them out. For everyone else, the band will be heading out on tour in support of their new EP Water Water, which just dropped via Mom + Pop. Obviously I will be at Baby's because I love myself, so be sure to say hi if you're there, too! 

HUMANS TOUR DATES

March 25 - Celebrities - Vancouver

March 26 - Velvet - Toronto  

April 7 - Underground Arts - Black Box - Philadelphia

April 8- Baby's All Right - Brooklyn, NY

April 9- Middle East Upstairs - Cambridge

April 26 - Schubas Tavern - Chicago

April 27 - Soda Bar - San Diego

April 28 - The Echo - LA

April 29 - Swedish American Hall - San Francisco 

April 30 - Barbosa - Seattle

[Listen] Coast Modern - "Animals"

I'm still trying to figure out Coast Modern. Their debut single, "Hollow Life" charted super well on Hype Machine (and rightfully so because the song is fire). Their latest tune, "Animals" is equally a banger. I don't know much more about this fresh faced LA duo other than the facts I just presented. Oh and they're going on tour with BORNS soon and conveniently going to be at SXSW playing a ton of shows including a set at the Hype Machine Hype Hotel and Perez Hilton's party.

It doesn't look like they've been around terribly long. They appeared to just have materialized out of nowhere complete with some kind of brain melting management team that set them for success in a big way. I suppose I get skeptical because I've seen this kind of setup so many times where I fall in love with a baby buzzworthy band and they either blow up or burn out really fast without warning. Harnessing hype properly where you gradually gain traction as a means to not be dismissed as the flavor of the week is tricky these days. I hope for their sake that by the time they make it here in June for their first ever headlining show (at Rough Trade nonetheless) that I'll have more to report. 

[Listen] Summer Heart - "Pretty Haze" x "The Forbidden"

It's so damn lovely out in NYC and these are the jams you should be playing as you twirl around in the sunshine. Like the name of the song hints, "Pretty Haze" sure to leave you in a lovesick haze.  Likewise "The Forbidden" continues to envelope you in subtle serenity. Both tracks come from Summer Heart's forthcoming EP, which drops later this year. These songs going to be the soundtrack to couples cuddling on blankets in McCarren Park this summer, so if your relationship survived cuffing season, you're welcome in advance for the inevitable swoonfest you'll experience from this. 

Per his tweets and snaps, the Swedish mastermind behind the project, David Alexander is currently in Brooklyn working on more music, so it's most likely that yours truly is going to be making him #SKOAfam very soon. 

If you're one of those patient people with money heading to SXSW in the next couple of days, make sure to add at least one of his performances to your daily agenda alongside the BBQ eating and standing in long lines. If SXSW isn't in your sights, you can always come to the Knitting Factory near the end of the month and hang out with me. 

Summer Heart On Tour
16 – The Townsend (1:05am), SXSW, Austin
19 – Icenhauer’s (1am), SXSW, Austin
23 – The Knitting Factory, Brooklyn, NYC

[News] SXSW 2013 Announces First Round of Artists

South by Southwest 2013 amps things up with the announcement of first round of artists set to perform during the music portion of the Austin festival, which takes place from March 12th-17th. Included in the first round are Alt-J, Haim, Said The Whale, Thurston Moore, Toddla T, Why?, The Trews, Klaxons, White Lung, Of Mice and Men, and many more. Check out the full lineup after the jump, and head here for more details on the festival.

Akron/Family (Los Angeles CA)
Albatross (Kathmandu NEPAL)
Alt-J (Cambridge UK-ENGLAND)
Lauren Aquilina (Bristol UK-ENGLAND)
Atlas Genius (Adelaide SA)
Attomica (Sao Paulo BRAZIL)
Authorities (Vancouver BC)
Autosalvage (Santa Cruz CA)
The Away Days (TURKEY)
Daniel Bachman (Fredericksburg VA)
BADBADNOTGOOD (Toronto ON)
Baishui (CHINA)
Bastille (London UK-ENGLAND)
Battleme (Portland OR)
Bernhoft (Nittedal NORWAY)
The Black and White Years (Austin TX)
The Blackout (Cardiff UK-WALES)
Black Pistol Fire (Austin TX)
Blackstone Rangers (Dallas TX)
The Blue Van (Copenhagen DENMARK)
Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers (San Francisco CA)
BNegão & Seletores de Frequência (Rio De Janeiro BRAZIL)
Boats (Winnipeg MB)
The Boxing Lesson (Austin TX)
Jesse Boykins III (New York NY)
Brendan Benson (Nashville TN)
Broncho (Norman OK)
Brothers In Law (Pesaro ITALY)
Brutality Will Prevail (Cardiff UK-WALES)
Brutal Juice (Austin TX)
Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown (Nashville TN)
Buck 65 (Toronto ON)
The Bug (London UK-ENGLAND)
Eric Burdon (Brooklyn NY)
Tego Calderon (San Juan PUERTO RICO)
The Calm Blue Sea (Austin TX)
Campo (Montevideo URUGUAY)
Cave Painting (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
Cayucas (San Luis Obisbo CA)
Cello Fury (Pittsburgh PA)
Chaos Chaos (Brooklyn NY)
Cheers Elephant (Philadelphia PA)
The Chevelles (North Fremantle WA)
Charlotte Church ( UK-WALES)
Churchill (Denver CO)
CINE (Sao Paulo BRAZIL)
Civil Twilight (Cape Town SOUTH AFRICA)
Chris Cohen (Shaftsbury VT)
Coldcut (London UK-ENGLAND)
Congo Natty (London UK-ENGLAND)
The Congregation (Chicago IL)
Constantina (Belo Horizonte BRAZIL)
John Cooper Clarke (Manchester UK-ENGLAND)
Crooks (Austin TX)
Current Swell (Victoria BC)
Dash Rip Rock (New Orleans LA)
Sammy Decoster (Grenoble FRANCE)
Dels (London UK-ENGLAND)
Mac DeMarco (Montreal QC)
Luther Dickinson (Hernando MS)
DJ Edu (London UK-ENGLAND)
Dolores Boys (Brooklyn NY)
Doyle (San Antonio TX)
Driver Friendly (Austin TX)
Drop The Lime (New York NY)
Ben Dukes (Hollywood CA)
The Dunwells (Leeds UK-ENGLAND)
Dusted (Toronto ON)
Eagulls (Leeds UK-ENGLAND)
Tim Easton (Nashville TN)
Elias Haslanger (Austin TX)
Ronnie Fauss (Dallas TX)
Fear Of Men (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
Fister (St Louis MO)
Follakzoid (Santiago CHILE)
fo/mo/deep (Columbus OH)
Forests (Taipei TAIWAN)
Fredda (Paris FRANCE)
Funeral Suits (Dublin IRELAND)
Ezra Furman (San Francisco CA)
Galaxy Express (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Gallows (Watford UK-ENGLAND)
Gato 6 (Austin TX)
Ghost to Falco (Portland OR)
GHXST (New York NY)
Colin Gilmore (Austin TX)
Gliss (Los Angeles CA)
Gold Fields (Ballarat VIC)
Jenn Grant (Halifax NS)
Guards (New York NY)
Haim (Los Angeles CA)
Hashback Hashish (New Delhi INDIA)
Hawthorne Heights (Dayton OH)
Heidi Happy (Luzern SWITZERLAND)
Ryan Hemsworth (Halifax NS)
He's My Brother She's My Sister (Los Angeles CA)
Hexvessel (Helsinki FINLAND)
Highasakite (Oslo NORWAY)
Hiss Golden Messenger (Chapel Hill NC)
The Holydrug Couple (Santiago CHILE)
Holy Esque (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
HolySexyBastards (Valencia VENEZUELA)
Howling Brothers (Nashville TN)
Peggy Hsu (Taipei TAIWAN)
Huehuetl (Tonala, Guadalajara MEXICO)
Humans (Vancouver BC)
Il Pan del Diavolo (San Lorenzo Colli ITALY)
Immanu El (Gothenburg SWEDEN)
In-Flight Safety (Halifax NS)
Tiago Iorc (Sao Paulo BRAZIL)
Islet (Cardiff UK-WALES)
ITAL (Brooklyn NY)
Sarah Jaffe (Denton TX)
Jonathan Toubin (New York NY)
Matthew Perryman Jones (Nashville TN)
Jung People (Calgary AB)
Grace Kelly (Brookline MA)
Kill It Kid (Bath UK-ENGLAND)
Klaxons (London UK-ENGLAND)
Jess Klein (Austin TX)
La Chiva Gantiva (Brussels BELGIUM)
La Cuneta Son Machín (Managua NICARAGUA)
Language Room (Austin TX)
Marit Larsen (Oslo NORWAY)
The Last Bison (Chesapeake VA)
League of Extraordinary G’z (Austin TX)
Lecrae (Atlanta GA)
Les Mentettes (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)
The Linus Pauling Quartet (Houston TX)
Los Bunkers (Concepcion CHILE)
the Lost Maples (Nashville TN)
Emma Louise (Toowong QLD)
Lu Horta (Sao Paulo BRAZIL)
Luke Sital-Singh (London UK-ENGLAND)
Mahogany (Chicago IL)
Massive Scar Era (Cairo EGYPT)
Mavin All Stars (Lagos NIGERIA)
Mike and the Moonpies (Austin TX)
Andy Mineo (New York NY)
Derek Minor (Nashville TN)
Modestep (London UK-ENGLAND)
Mompox (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)
Monster Cat (Singapore SINGAPORE)
Ian Moore (Seattle WA)
Thurston Moore (Northampton MA)
Daniel Mustard (New York NY)
Muthoni The Drummer Queen (Nairobi KENYA)
My Education (Austin TX)
My Jerusalem (Austin TX)
Nerves Junior (Louisville KY)
NO CEREMONY/// (Manchester UK-ENGLAND)
Nubes en mi Casa (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)
Of Mice & Men (Costa Mesa CA)
Pacific Air (San Diego CA)
PAJARO (Gelves SPAIN)
Doe Paoro (Brooklyn NY)
Paper Lions (Charlottetown PE)
Triana Park (Riga LATVIA)
Peterson Brothers Band (Bastrop TX)
Pokey LaFarge (Ballwin MO)
The Postelles (New York NY)
Promise (Toronto ON)
Pumcayo (Guadalajara MEXICO)
Quiet Company (Austin TX)
David Ramirez (Austin TX)
The Relatives (Dallas TX)
Remate (Madrid SPAIN)
Reptile Youth (Copenhagen DENMARK)
The Rocketboys (Austin TX)
Roge (Rio De Janeiro BRAZIL)
Said The Whale (Vancouver BC)
The Sam Willows (Singapore SINGAPORE)
San Cisco (Fremantle WA)
Satchel Grande (Omaha NE)
Danny Schmidt (Austin TX)
Seth Sentry (Melbourne VIC)
Shakey Graves (Austin TX)
Silencio (Pittsburgh PA)
Six60 (Dunedin NEW ZEALAND)
Sizarr (Mannheim GERMANY)
Small Black (Brooklyn NY)
Sahara Smith (Wimberley TX)
Social Studies (Phoenix AZ)
Soley (Reykjavik ICELAND)
Somebody's Darling (Dallas TX)
The Sour Notes (Austin TX)
Spain (Los Angeles CA)
Spindrift (Los Angeles CA)
The Spring Standards (New York NY)
Star & Micey (Memphis TN)
The Staves (London UK-ENGLAND)
Marnie Stern (New York NY)
Jake Stone Garage (Tokyo JAPAN)
Suie Paparude (Bucharest ROMANIA)
Supersubmarina (Madrid SPAIN)
Suuns (Montreal QC)
Swamp Cabbage (Savannah GA)
Swim Deep (Birmingham UK-ENGLAND)
Tako Lako (Copenhagen DENMARK)
TAM (Plateau Mont-Royal QC)
Hudson Taylor (London UK-ENGLAND)
Tedashii (Dallas TX)
Kristian Terzic Band (Rovinj CROATIA)
Tesoro (Tucson AZ)
The Harlequins (Cincinnati OH)
Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic (Richmond CA)
Thi'sl (St Louis MO)
Tipo Uísque ( BRAZIL)
Amon Tobin (San Francisco CA)
Toddla T (Sheffield UK-ENGLAND)
The Trews (Toronto ON)
Truth Universal (New Orleans LA)
Turbina (Mexico City MEXICO)
Turbo Fruits (Nashville TN)
Two Hours Traffic (Charlottetown ON)
Vaudeville Smash (Melbourne VIC)
The Vespers (Nashville TN)
Virals (Worcester UK-ENGLAND)
Zak Waters (Los Angeles CA)
While She Sleeps (Sheffiled UK-ENGLAND)
Glenn White (New York NY)
White Lung (Vancouver BC)
Why? (Cincinnati OH)
Wild Cub (Nashville TN)
Wizkid (Lagos NIGERIA)
Carolyn Wonderland (Austin TX)
WonFu (Taipei TAIWAN)
Woodpigeon (Vienna AB)
Young Von (Houston TX)
The Zombies (St. Albans UK-ENGLAND)

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[Download] Alan Wilkis - "Wolfman"

Longtime SKOA favorite Alan Wilkis teamed up with Microsoft last month during SXSW to create a song using the sounds of SXSW and putting it all together on a Lenovo laptop. The finished product from the sponsored endeavour is the cleverly titled (as you'll learn from the video) "Wolfman". You can learn more about the project via the video above and then listen and grab the track below. I especially like how this track has a bit of a Ratatat vibe going on. The way he incorporated the sounds from walking around at SXSW is really cool. There is no way I could ever pull off something like that myself, so kudos to you, Mr. Wilkis.

Make sure you go grab PRINTS too if you haven't already.

[Download] Saint Motel - "Honest Feedback"

I've been keeping a close eye and ear on LA-based band Saint Motel after trying to get them on the bill for one of our CMJ shows last year. The band has continued to put out solid tracks and their new one, "Honest Feedback" is another sparkly gem. The track flows along with glimmering guitars and a simple chorus that you'll be humming for hours after the song ends.

If you're at SXSW right now, make sure you catch these guys tonight at the Keep A Breast/Emergen-C Official SXSW Showcase over at BandPage HQ with Chairlift and plenty of other great bands.