[SONG OF THE DAY] Miro Shot - "Are We Closer"
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Last week digital utopian global artist collective Miro Shot shared their latest track, “Are We Closer” taken from their forthcoming debut EP, Servers, which is out on June 28th. Following tracks, “Leaders In A Long Lost World” and “Boston Dynamic”, this new song and its accompanying music video is all rooted around the exploring the way that technology has dramatically transformed how we communicate with one another and how that has also impacted our concept of what we consider to be real.

The music video was intentionally made vertical to further demonstrate the band’s perspective with on our association with technology by encouraging fans to experience it on their mobile devices, which are the very thing that we all seem to currently be in a complicated relationship with. Speaking on the video, frontman Roman Rappak explained, “It’s an attempt to capture the feeling of what being alive in a world with streaming walls of content and images that we are saturated with, and the way it is all thrown together: a cat gif next to rioters, a photo of someones lunch next to a devastated rainforest.” Furthering their reputation for creating a barrage of dazzling mixed media to compliment their genre bending sound, "Are We Closer” leaves viewers completely engrossed to the point where you almost feel exhausted after trying to consume the onslaught of visuals and catch everything on the first play. Which, by the way, isn’t gonna happen lol. I’ve probably watched this 10 times now and I’m still picking up little bits and pieces here and there.

The band has some of their groundbreaking VR performances coming up, starting with their residency during VRHAM Festival in Germany this Friday, before making stops in London and Paris.

[SONG OF THE DAY] Jamie Lane - "Desire"
Jamie Lane 2019

Alright friends gather around!

We’ve got a new friend joining the party!

Please meet Aussie poptastic newcomer Jamie Lane. Yes, I found another baby Australian band to adore. My #brand is strong. Lane has only been around the scene since late April of last year with less than a handful of songs to his arsenal at present, but he’s prepping his debut EP Minimal Haze for a June 20th release. Following up his first taste from the EP, “Say It Again”, yesterday he shared a new track, “Desire”, a song that openly airs the doubt and insecurities that we all have experienced at one time or another.

Speaking on the track, Lane explained, “Desire’ is purely an expression of frustration from feeling out of control and uncertain of the future and how these feelings work to alienate people from me. The title signifies my ‘desire’ for the potential I see to become reality, somethingI’m willing to sacrifice a lot to achieve but questioning whether it’ll be worth it in the end.”

There is something about Lane’s sound that is so simultaneously incredibly pleasing to the ears and addictive. My Last.FM data would probably make me look like a crazy person right now but let’s just say I’m attempting to satisfy a craving I didn’t realize I was being deprived of until his music hit my eardrums. This is def what I would more refer to as ✨poptronica✨ than say, “electropop”, because this is way less 80s synth neon vibes and more like glitchy textures and smooth booming bass.

You have to…..HAVE TO… listen to his other tracks, “Take A Night Off” and “Sink” because I can assure you that you will be as ravenous for more of this once you taste this for yourself.

Off to go beg for an advance of the EP. Will probably spaz about it on Twitter when I get it.

[WATCH] Garçons - "Pedigree (Official Video)"
photo credit: Edmund Green

photo credit: Edmund Green

Ottawa duo Garçons have shared, “Pedigree”, the first song from their forthcoming sophomore EP, out on August 28th, along with an accompanying super fun video. The track follows their 2018 debut EP Body Language, which was a happy accident of sorts. "There wasn't a goal, we just wanted to make good music," recounted producer Julian Strangelove of their month-long writing session.  

For “Pedigree”, singer/songwriter Deelo Avery draws from his background as an immigrant. The singer grew up in Nigeria and was a huge fan of Afrobeat music pioneer and human rights activist Fela Kuti. “His music constantly played in my house, on the TV and everywhere on the radio," Deelo said of Kuti. "It runs in his blood, hence the name 'Pedigree.'" Following Kuti’s lead, who sang in both English and Yoruba, throughout the track Deelo alternates between English and Igbo.

The video for the song features Deelo as a night janitor at a school who goes around getting into all sorts of shenanigans throughout campus.

[WATCH] BAUM - "Fuckboy (Official Video)"
photo credit: Sabrina Santiago

photo credit: Sabrina Santiago

Alt-pop singer/songwriter BAUM (née Sabrina Teitelbaum) has unveiled the no fucks given self-loving anthem, “Fuckboy”, on the heels of the announcement that she’ll be releasing her sophomore EP Curve, which will follow up her 2018 debut Ungodly. Speaking on the meaning behind the track, Teitelbaum shared, "I feel like the narrative people are always putting on women is the “boy meets girl, girl falls in love instantly, boy breaks girls heart” story. I wanted to sing about something different. It’s obviously not good to be a fuckboy, but women aren’t emotional wrecks running around searching for love, looking to be saved, yet I feel like that identity is constantly being placed on us."

In addition to the track, she’s also shared an accompanying video directed by Marcella Cytrynowicz, who's worked creating videos for Snoop Dogg, JOYRICH, Capitol Records, Yellow Claw, Happy Socks, and Nike. It centers around two dancers and their interaction with one another, first mirroring each other's movements to eventually dancing independently at the end. "This is meant to mimic how we interact with people we are involved with, the games we sometimes play, and how we can ultimately find power in independence," Teitelbaum said of the video. "The storyline, particularly that of the female dancer, is meant to offer an alternate narrative to that of the “overly emotional woman” we frequently see in the media and mainstream entertainment." 

[SONG OF THE DAY] Tuxedo - "The Tuxedo Way"
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TUXEDO ARE BACK!

I’ll toast to that.

The dopest dapper dudes are back to make sure you know that the funk is here to stay with their brand new track, “The Tuxedo Way”. It’s the perfect return for the duo, full of retro funk and boogie vibes. I’m a little obsessed with the glass clinking at the opening of the song as their little heads up that we’ll soon be toasting to the Tuxedo way of life.

“Tuxedo is music for celebrating,” the duo shared about the new song. “Yet, as we were working on new music, we realized, much to our surprise, that we didn’t actually have a quintessential celebration song in our catalog. ‘The Tuxedo Way’ is the answer to that problem.”

I love that Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One have this project to escape to when they need a breather from their respective solo efforts. Speaking of solo efforts, Hawthorne hinted in an update to fans that we can expect some new solo music from him as well.

I’ll toast to that.

If you’re looking to “dust your shoulders off and let your hair down” anytime soon, the Tuxedo fellas will be hitting the road for a North American tour starting in late July. Pre-sale tickets go on sale for the tour today (5/15) for those who subscribe to the Mayer Hawthorne or Tuxedo mailing lists, while tickets go on sale to the casuals/ general public on Friday the 17th. You can grab tickets over on their website.

7/20       Santa Ana, CA    The Observatory
7/26       Las Vegas, NV    NoMad Pool (DJ SET)
7/28       Denver, CO    The UMS
7/30       Austin, TX    Empire
7/31       Dallas, TX    Trees
8/2         Atlanta, GA    Masquerade
8/4         Washington, DC    9:30 Club
8/5         Philadelphia, PA    The Foundry
8/6         New York, NY    Webster Hall
8/7         Boston, MA    Brighton Music Hall
8/9         Toronto, ON    Danforth Music Hall
8/11       Detroit, MI    El Club
8/13       Chicago, IL    Thalia Hall
8/14       Minneapolis, MN    Cedar Cultural Center
8/17       Seattle, WA    The Showbox
8/18       Vancouver, BC    Fortune Sound Club
8/19       Portland, OR    Wonder Ballroom
8/21       San Francisco, CA    Regency Ballroom
8/22       Santa Cruz, CA    The Catalyst
8/23       Los Angeles, CA    The Globe Theater
8/24       San Diego, CA    The Observatory

[SONG OF THE DAY] Tycho - "Pink & Blue"
photo credit: Scott Hansen

photo credit: Scott Hansen

Earlier today the band that can temporarily induce synesthesia to basically anyone, the Grammy nominated Tycho unveiled the details of their forthcoming studio album Weather, which is slated for a July 12th release on new home Mom + Pop/Ninja Tune. Pre-orders are live todayyyyyy!!!! Go getchu a bundle fam!

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✨✨ A C H I E V E M E N T U N L O C K E D ✨✨

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Tycho has songs you can look up the lyrics to now and I ain’t even mad tbh.

That’s right!

On the heels of the album announcement, the band has shared a brand new track, “Pink & Blue”, along with an accompanying video. Following up what we now know as the lead track on the album, “Easy”, this new track features what Tycho brainchild Scott Hansen refers to as, “the most organic instrument of all, the human voice”, better known to the world as Saint Sinner (born Hannah Cottrell).

As he explained, "It has been inspiring working with Hannah's voice and hearing Tycho evolve into something that I had always hoped it someday would. [….] Our initial sessions were incredibly productive and I strongly identified with the imagery in her lyrics. Her vision folded effortlessly into mine and her voice integrated seamlessly into the sonic landscape opening new spaces for me as a songwriter and producer.”

I’ll admit, it’s going to take a little getting used to with this new “'instrument” in play, but mostly because I’m so used to getting lost in all of the delicate synth movements. With Saint Sinner being added to the mix, the focus is shifting ever so slightly, but int he best possible way.

Offering some insight behind the lyrics to the song, Saint Sinner shared, "The lines, ‘Oh, pink and blue, you know I look good on you’, originally stemmed from when I was romantically involved with a man and a woman simultaneously, for the first time in my life." She continued, "It was a defining moment for me. I went from being a young religious kid who thought she would marry a man to a young woman who realized her love for women. I now found myself, somewhere in the middle, leaning more closely to women. 'Pink & Blue' is a love song to no one, to everyone, and to myself. It's a sweet reminder to all lovers to hold onto their love with open arms; to be fearless about any type of love and to be fearless about losing their love. Love is never lost."

Hansen added, “Looking back, it's clear that every step of the past 18 years has lead to this moment and I couldn't be happier with the result."

OH AND THERE’S A TOUR ON THE HORIZON! The Weather World Tour kicks off in July on the other side of the world before heading to North America in September, and then finally making their way through Europe.

Are y’all hype for this? I’M SO FUCKING HYPE FOR THIS!

TYCHO

"WEATHER WORLD TOUR"

2019

JULY

21 - Byron Bay, Australia - Splendour In The Grass *

23 - Melbourne, Australia - Forum Melbourne

24 - Sydney, Australia - Sydney Opera House

26 - Niigata Prefecture, Japan - Fuji Rock Festival '19 *

SEPTEMBER

5 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre **

6 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre #

7 - Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall #

8 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre #

11 - Denver, CO - The Mission Ballroom #

13 - Minneapolis, MN - Palace Theatre #

15 - Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom #

16 - Toronto, ON - Sony Centre for the Performing Arts #

18 - Boston, MA - Wang Theatre - Boch Center #

19 - New York, NY - Summerstage #

20 - Philadelphia, PA - Franklin Music Hall #

21 - Slippery Rock, PA - Resonance Music & Arts Festival *

23 - Detroit, MI - The Masonic #

24 - Columbus, OH - Express Live #

26 - St Louis, MO - The Pageant #

27 - Kansas City, MO - CrossroadsKC #

2020

FEBRUARY

9 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller #

10 - Stockholm, Sweden - Vasteatern #

11 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega Main Hall #

13 - Hamburg, Germany - Uebel & Gefahrlich #

14 - Cologne, Germany - Live Music Hall #

15 - Paris, France - Elyse Montmartre #

17 - Brussels, Belgium - AB Ballroom @ Ancienne Belgique #

18 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso #

19 - Berlin, Germany - Huxley's #

21 - Warsaw, Poland - Praga Centrum #

23 - Prague, Czech Republic - Roxy #

24 - Budapest, Hungary - Akvarium #

25 - Vienna, Austria - WUK #

27 - Milan, Italy - Fabrique #

28 - Bologna, Italy - Estragon #

MARCH

1 - Barcelona, Spain - Sala Apolo #

5 - London, UK - Printworks #

* Festival Performance

** Chrome Sparks

# Poolside

Tycho - WEATHER

Tycho - Weather Tracklist

1. Easy

2. Pink & Blue

3. Japan

4. Into The Woods

5. Skate

6. For How Long

7. No Stress

8. Weather

[WATCH] Husky Loops - "Everyone Is Having Fun Fun Fun But Me (Official Video)"
still from the “Everyone Is Having Fun Fun Fun But Me” music video

still from the “Everyone Is Having Fun Fun Fun But Me” music video

Husky hunnies have returned to share the video for their latest single, “Everyone Is Having Fun Fun Fun But Me”, from their forthcoming debut full-length, I Can’t Even Speak English, arriving on August 16th. The video is a blatant nod to The Verve’s 1997 classic, “Bittersweet Symphony”, a personal all-time favorite of Danio Forni. Whereas with “Bittersweet Symphony” singer Richard Ashcroft defiantly stomps down the street with people on the street reacting to being bodychecked by him, in the Husky Loops update Danio is met with an onslaught of resistance as he attempts to stroll down Peckham High Street in the middle of the night. Shot in one take, the video features collaborators and old friends including Joy Anonymous, MEI and niceboy. We also eventually see the rest of the band make an appearance near the end of the video.

I’ll admit, it’s mildly upsetting to watch people give Danio so much shit. Eventually you’re like, “Damn leave the dude alone already!” 😂

Oh PS - if you follow the band on Instagram they’ve been sharing some behind the scenes footage as they wrap up I Can’t Even Speak English. Yer girl got her ears on like 10 seconds of the previously mentioned track, “Fuck Me Naturally” and I am all the more eager to get my ears on this record.

[SONG OF THE DAY] Whethan - "Let Me Take You (feat. Jeremih)"
photo credit: Jimmy Fontaine

photo credit: Jimmy Fontaine

Bop making bb Whethan has returned with a brand new track, “Let Me Take You”, featuring Grammy nominated R&B superstar Jeremih. The song follows the release of his debut EP, Life of A Wallflower Vol.1 and is sure to be the floor filler of the summer. I for one would endure bros spilling their drinks on me to sweat it out to this one somewhere.

Speaking on the track, Whethan shared, “I've been really inspired by a lot of house music and wanted to find a way to bring that into my world. It was important to me that I made something that people could really dance to. This is probably my favorite track to date and I'm just excited to show my fans where the future of my music is headed."

If this is what Whethan’s future looks like I am going to invest in the proper footwear to keep up with all of the dancing.

In addition to the new track, the producer prodigy has also announced some upcoming dates including an appearance at Lollapalooza, a co-headlining show at Red Rocks, and more.

Whethan’s North American tour dates:

June 14-15: Quincy, WA @ Paradiso Festival

June 22nd: Herber City, UT @ Bonanza Campout

June 27-30: Rothbury, MI @ Electric Forest

July 14th: Louisville, NY @ Forecastle Festival

August 1-4: Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza

September 19: Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre (co-headline with Big Wild)