Today Haulm return with their new single “Fraction.” Fragile and disjointed, with frontman JT Norton’s falsetto tip toeing above Reed Kackley’s frosty house production, the song is vintage Haulm. Like the previously released “Loss,” the new song is taken from the Posture EP, which will be available everywhere on February 22nd. In the meantime, give it a listen at all streaming services today.
Meet Baby Boys.
The Minneapolis trio finds the sweet spot between pop abstraction, introspective folk, revved up freak outs, and everything in between. Their debut EP, I’m Set, is coming March 1st and you can hear the first single, “Kinky Toe,” right now. The video, a study in alien triumph, was directed by Ethan Nelson. The EP will be available on cassette or digital. The cassette is limited to 500 copies, and comes in a pretty awesome green shell tape. Snag it over on their Bandcamp right now.
If you’re from Minneapolis, you probably know the individual members of the band already. Caleb Hinz is the mind behind Happy Children (…and Normal Parents). Jake Luppen & Nathan Stocker are both members of our very own Hippo Campus.
Samia is back today with two new songs. “Lasting Friend” and “Paris” were released last night, and this morning we were gifted a music video for “Lasting Friend.” As if this wasn’t already an embarrassment of Samia riches, we’ve also announced two wonderfully lengthy tours she’ll be joining oh so soon. In February she heads out with Donna Missal (who we love), and in April she’ll be riding shotgun with our very own Hippo Campus. Needless to say, we’re excited. And you should be too.
Our friends over at Stereogum premiered the music video for “Lasting Friend” this morning. It was directed by Ruby Rose Makkena. “It’s a punchy, fuzzed-out tune doused with unapologetic honesty,” says Stereogum. “She repeats the opening line, “I’m not ashamed of my past” over and over, not totally convinced of its truth. Each word becomes a confessional as she confronts her relationships with the boys of her youth. And in the chorus she calls them out by name. “I have this party anecdote about how the boys in middle school used to line up in the gym and touch my boobs,” Samia said via email. “It’s as funny as it is difficult for me to grapple with, because it’s how I learned to measure my worth. I made a lot of friends that way and it’s hard to unlearn that routine; we were all trying to make sense of the roles we were assigned.”
Hippo Campus have released a Tomson Tee-helmed video for Bambi single “Doubt.” Billboard premiered it this morning. The clip is an absurdist exploration of toxic relationships, in which, well, a deer falls in love with a truck. You kind of just need to watch it for yourself.
In related news, yesterday Hippo announced a slew of new tour dates this Spring. We’re particularly excited as the opening act is our very own Samia (pssst – we’ll have more there soon!). Grand Jury Family Vacation 2K19? Check for tickets in the tour section.
Hard to believe, but it’s almost been a full year since the release of Sweet ’17 Singles, the 12″ compilation of every pair of bangers Twin Peaks released throughout the back half of 2017. To celebrate, we went and pressed the thing on colored vinyl. There are two gorgeous options – one on opaque white via our friends in Chicago at Shuga Records, and one in transparent swimming pool blue which you can snag in our shop or direct from the Peaks boys themselves. Both versions are out February 8th!
Rubblebucket played Union Transfer a few months back and Out Of Town Films was there to document the night. Today, Relix unveiled a live video of the band performing Sun Machine standout “Party Like Your Heart Hurts.”
In related news, today the band has announced a slew of new 2019 tour dates, with shows alongside Diet Cig, Twain and Mikeala Davis. Check the tour section for tickets.
Bedstudy return today with a new single and music video. “12,″ and its accompanying Tess Lafia-directed clip, was premiered this afternoon over on The405. “The video, which couples gorgeous cinematography with lush animation, is the perfect complement to the melancholic funk of Bedstudy,” says The405. “The group’s eclectic sound, mixing R&B, pulsing synth-pop and even a dash of indie pop, makes for listening that is equal parts relaxing and cathartic. The expressive vocals of Peter Baldwin play brilliantly off the drums of Ranson Vorpahl and the production of David Plakon.”
The song comes from a forthcoming EP, dot wave, which we’re very excited to be releasing in February of next year. There’s an Elsewhere gig to celebrate on 2/8, with tickets available oh so soon.
With the physical release of Bambi now in the books, Hippo Campus return with an acoustic version of the album’s title track and a sublime cover of Donnie & Joe Emerson’s “Baby” on a new Spotify Single.
The release also comes on the heels of a pair of sold out shows at The Palace Theatre in the band’s native St. Paul, capping off the first leg of US touring around the new release. As we mentioned, the Current streamed the entire performance Saturday night. Watch it here, and get your copy of Bambi now.
Hippo Campus’ new album BAMBI is out on CD and LP today – you can finally hold it in your hands!
The band celebrated the release with an early hometown in-store at Electric Fetus Tuesday of this week, and they’ll continue their takeover of Minneapolis with a pair of sold out shows at Palace Theatre, tonight and tomorrow. If you slept on tickets, or if you live anywhere else in the world, the folks at KCMP have you covered with a live stream from the gig tomorrow night.
You can get the standard LP over in our shop or at your local record store. Here’s a link to the breakdown of other exclusive & deluxe versions of the album. The deluxe edition (pictured above) comes with a fold-out 36×24 poster. The album is pressed on 180g Golden vinyl, and the spot gloss jacket comes inside a printed polybag. Get your copy over on Amazon or at the merch booth as the BAMBI tour continues next year. Get tickets in the shop.