Hippo Campus

November 22, 2021

Hippo Campus release second LP3 single & music video, “Semi-Pro”

Hippo Campus are back today with “Semi Pro,” the second single from the forthcoming full-length LP3. The song finds a way to split the difference between the nostalgic and sunny vibes of Landmark and the more manic, rock candy sounds of this year’s Good Dog, Bad Dream EP.

“The song essentially is about quitting,” says Hippo frontman Jake Luppen. “It’s an athlete metaphor – where somebody spent a long time in the game, seeing themselves age out of it, and then making peace with that and being OK. And furthermore recognizing the ways that you are tied to your craft can really fuck with your head. It took a global pandemic and falling in love to help me find an identity outside of music and in that i finally feel free as an artist.”

In one of Hippo’s most charmingly literal videos yet, the video tracks the narrative of the song faithfully – casting Jake as a big leaguer who finds a catharsis in hanging up his spikes. Along the way he’s able to use that catharsis to repair the relationships with his teammates.

In other news, after the original deluxe edition variant sold out in 48 hours, the band recently added an additional version of LP3 to their Bandcamp. This 180g LP is pressed on smoke swirl black vinyl. Like the sold-out edition, it also comes in unique packaging and includes a giant fold-out poster. This version of the album will only be available via Bandcamp, Hippo webstore, and on the road next year. Less than 150 are left on Bandcamp so pre-order now.

Hippo Campus

October 19, 2021

Hippo Campus announce new album, LP3, coming February 2022

Today, Hippo Campus announce the release of their third studio album, LP3, coming Feb 4 2022. It’s accompanied by the enthralling lead single “Boys,” a song about the romantic nature of memorializing one’s own ephemerality. And hangovers. The announcement follows August’s Good Dog, Bad Dream EP – a five-track live wire of indie pop tinged with confessions of dark humor. If GD,BD heralded a moment of madcap experimentation, LP3 is where the band synthesize that energy into a sound they’ve been working to perfect since 2015, making way for a brand new era of their music.

Of the first LP3 single, lead singer and guitarist Jake Luppen says, “To me, ‘Boys’ is bottoming out, sort of reaching your lowest point mentally. And because you’re there, you assess everything around you, and then become a better person…It’s like that feeling when you’re drunk and then you wake up hungover and you hate yourself.” The video was shot, directed and edited by the band’s own Whistler Isaiah, and features a a revolving direct-to-camera montage of one night’s exploits.

LP3 will arrive in several limited edition pressings of vinyl, and on CD & cassette. Artwork was handled by the band’s longtime visual collaborator David Kramer and Eliot Larson. The webstore & Bandcamp exclusive version is pressed on 180g Translucent Purple Swirl vinyl, featuring deluxe edition artwork, wide spine jacket on uncoated stock with a die-cut center hole, revealing the vinyl labels from the outside of the package. It includes a 36×24 fold-out poster. All packaged in a poly bag. Additional limited edition color variants are available at your local record shop, Rough Trade (both US & UK!), Minneapolis retailers like Electric Fetus & Down in the Valley, and Vinyl Me Please (whose pre-order will launch tomorrow!).

The band also just announced their first International Tour Dates since 2019, hitting Glasgow, Manchester, London, Antwerp, Cologne and Amsterdam the week of the album’s release. They’ll be on sale Friday. Check all their dates, including the massive US tour announced earlier this year, over on their artist page.

Jordana

October 14, 2021

Jordana surprise releases collab EP with TV Girl


To celebrate the launch of their entirely sold-out US tour, Jordana and LA-based TV Girl have surprise-released a collaborative EP entitled Summer’s Over. Across its seven songs, the pair mesh TV Girl’s hypnotic, sample-heavy production aesthetic with Jordana’s plaintive-yet-playful vocal to form the perfect ode to the turning of the seasons, and the perfect celebration of their epic trek across America. Tour dates HERE

Hovvdy

September 28, 2021

Hovvdy’s True Love is out now

True Love is the perfect title for the latest album from Hovvdy, available everywhere today.

It’s a record filled with hope, radiating the kind of warmth you feel when the sun peeks out from behind the early October clouds. It’s a distillate of so many emotions. Simple and pure. With the support of Andrew Sarlo, who co-produced, the duo of Charlie Martin & Will Taylor has expanded their once-bedroom-sized vision to near-panoramic proportions. You will love this record, and it will love you back.

Earlier this week the band shared, “Blindsided,” a perfect encapsulation of what makes the band and album so great. It also contains the incredibly evocative line “cold Bud in a Solo cup” which makes us already miss summer and the south and summer in the south. The music video above was directed by Hayden Hubner.

In other news, while they’re currently trekking across the US with fellow Austinite Dayglow (tickets for the handful of not sold out shows in the tour section), the band announced a run of dates throughout the globe for 2022. Flyer, designed by True Love collaborator Bradley Pinkerton, is below. All dates on sale now! Hovvdy season has arrived.

Hovvdy

August 17, 2021

Hovvdy return with double single, “Around Again / Junior Day League”

More True Love from Hovvdy today with a pair of Will-penned beauties: the soft-spoken “Around Again” & propulsive “Junior Day League.” The double-single gets a pair of music videos today as well, with “Around Again” set to an Adam Alonzo fairground rumination (above), and the Hayden Hubner directed clip for “Junior Day League” capturing all the feels of a fast day in a slow town (below). Stream/save them here

The songs are from the forthcoming full-length True Love, out October 1st and available for pre-order now. The double single also comes with the welcome news that folks who weren’t able to get a ticket at one of the band’s intimate NY/LA/Austin release shows in October will now be able to stream the set from Gold Diggers. Get tickets for stream access here

 

Samia

August 11, 2021

Samia teams with collaborator Jelani Aryeh for visual of “The Promise”

Samia’s new EP Scout is landing in record stores this Friday – grab a copy here. To celebrate, she’s unveiled a new self-directed music video for her Jelani Aryeh collaborative cover “The Promise.” The clip is literally all sunshine and good vibes, a day in the life of the pair on their first meeting in Los Angeles. The video fits the energy of the cover perfectly.

“I’ve always loved ‘The Promise’ – I love how dramatic it is. Was gonna do a theatrical piano cover but took it to my friend Boone and we thought it would be fun to try and replicate the original as accurately as possible.” She goes on to say, “It shares a common sentiment with the rest of the EP, and it was a perfect opportunity to beg my new favorite artist, Jelani Aryeh, to sing with me. We met up in Malibu for the first time and spent the day filming each other jumping around and driving PCH listening to Wolf Alice! It was perfect.”

In other Samia news, while her tour dates are selling out left and right, there’s a free streaming performance for one and all on August 19th from New York’s Brooklyn Steel. Watch it here. Tickets for the tour available here.

Hippo Campus

August 4, 2021

Hippo Campus releases “Sex Tape” music video ahead of Good Dog, Bad Dream EP

Today Hippo Campus released “Sex Tape,” the second look at their new EP Good Dog, Bad Dream, which arrives on all formats this Friday. The video plays like a YouTube wormhole gleefully colliding with the Photoshop history of Hippo’s graphic designer – elements from the EP & single artwork are interspersed with shots of the band and grainy, glitchy collage. The song is the warmest moment from GDBD, an ode to Minnesota summers and the surprisingly divergent paths similar people find themselves on as life progresses.

In other Hippo news, the band also announced US tour dates. Lots and lots of tour dates. You can get tickets over on the Hippo artist page, and check out the full run listed below.

Finally, this morning the band was announced as a performer at Water Is Life: Stop Line 3,” a music, art and cultural festival August  18, 2021, at Bayfront Park in Duluth, Minnesota.  Featuring a coalition of musicians, artists, poets and Indigenous leaders, the one-day festival is a celebration of water as the fundamental life-giving resource of Mother Earth, and a full-throttle resistance in music and song against the Line 3 tar sands oil pipeline currently snaking its way through the waterways and Anishinaabe lands of northern Minnesota. Find out more and how to support here

Samia

July 23, 2021

Samia marks digital release of Scout EP with music video for “As You Are”

Samia returns today with Scout, the 4-song follow-up to last year’s breakthrough debut The Baby. Earlier this week she previewed “As You Are,” the most nakedly sentimental song in her quickly growing repertoire, and the moment from the EP that best represents the earnestness that runs through its four songs.

“I’m used to being around lots of people all the time so a year of quarantine forced me to consider which moments were truly meaningful and with whom,” Samia said of ‘As You Are.’ “The chorus is a mantra and a response to the struggle to believe I’m worthy of love in a vacuum, that love can be pre-reflexive and worth our blind faith in it.” The video, fittingly, features Samia in a vacuum – alone in front of screens projecting imagery from the lyrics. Like the video for the EP’s lead single “Show Up,” it was directed by Joey Brodnax.

Described as a sibling to her debut, Scout rises anew a little older, stronger, and wiser than before. If Samia was searching for answers on The Baby, here Samia is learning to trust in decisions she’s already made. In a glowing review this morning on NPR All Songs Considered’s New Music Friday podcast, Robin Hilton & Cyrena Touros note that The Baby’s album closer “Is There Something In The Movies” featured the line “I only write songs about things that I’m scared of” – a sentiment that sits in stark contrast to the celebration of love in all of its forms that animates Scout. “Show Up,” released earlier this summer, is a shimmering ode to friendship and loyalty. Elsewhere, Samia contemplates the weight of being responsible for the happiness of others atop hazy looping percussion on “Elephant.”  And she closes the EP with a pledge: “If you wait around a while I’ll make you fall for me / I promise,” on the Jelani Aryeh-assisted cover of When In Rome’s “The Promise.”  

And those who haven’t fallen in love yet will get plenty of chances later this year, when Samia finally embarks on her first tour since releasing her debut. She’ll support Sylvan Esso on the west coast, before making a trek back across the midwest and east coast on her own headline run, which is almost entirely sold out. Tickets that are left are available here.You’l be able to get physical copies of Scout at any of those dates, or if you’d rather get your hands on a copy sooner, they’ll hit stores August 13th. Pre-order now.

Hovvdy

July 12, 2021

Hovvdy’s Grand Jury debut, True Love, is coming October 1st

Front Page Photo Credit: Pooneh Ghana

We’ve been fans of Austin’s Hovvdy for years now — from the lo-fi hush of 2017’s Taster, to the gentle grandeur that animated 2019’s Heavy Lifter, to the triumphant arrival of last year’s “Runner” & “I’m Sorry” singles. So it’s a massive honor to be able to announce that we’ll be releasing their new album, True Love, on October 1st.

Recorded alongside Andrew Sarlo over winter 2020 in his LA studio, the album finds the songwriting force of Will Taylor and Charlie Martin at a creative peak. Building on the acoustic leanings of past material while incorporating the more lush studio finish of their 2020 singles, the title-track released earlier today heralds the arrival of the new record. It’s paired with the above music video directed by Dreamer Boy collaborator Adam Alonzo. Baseball, ATVs, fishing? It packages so many tiny pieces of Americana & nostalgia into its 4 minute runtime, a practice Hovvdy themselves have been perfecting for half a decade.

True Love is available for pre-order today. You can get the 12″ on an assortment of limited edition colors, all linked below – coke bottle clear in the band’s webstore & Bandcamp, hot pink at your local indie record shop, cobalt blue via the band’s hometown Austin retailers, and turquoise marble coming to the Vinyl Me Please shop tomorrow afternoon. Also available on a limited edition cassette, along with standard compact disc & trusty black 12″ at Amazon now.  The artwork for the album was shepherded by Bradley Pinkerton, whose work you’ll recognize from Runner & I’m Sorry, along with releases from a wide array of artists that manages to include both Harry Styles & Girlpool!

 

Early birds in Austin were treated to a preview of “True Love” this morning, when KUTX spun the song. And, to celebrate, Austin indie retailers have been giving away free cassette singles of “True Love” since their doors opened this morning. The three Austin shops where you can find them are below. Only 50 in each, and they’re first-come-first-served, so act fast!

Waterloo – 600 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
End of An Ear – 4304 Clawson Rd, Austin, TX 78704
Antone’s – 2928 Guadalupe St #101, Austin, TX 78705

And last but not least, while more touring is certainly on the horizon for 2022, the band has arranged a handful of intimate release shows in LA, NY & Austin in October. Cozy rooms befitting of this beautiful record, so tickets won’t be around forever once available this Friday!

Friday, October 22 – Los Angeles, CA – Gold Diggers
Tuesday, October 26 – Austin, TX – Mohawk Indoor
Friday, October 29 – Brooklyn, NY – Purgatory

More soon.

Hippo Campus

June 15, 2021

Hippo Campus are back: Good Dog, Bad Dream EP is coming this August.

No, your eyes do not deceive you. This is real, actual, new Hippo Campus. It has been ages since the release of 2018’s Bambi.  The world has changed two or three times over since Demos I & II arrived in 2019. Unsurprisingly, Hippo Campus has changed with it. Good Dog, Bad Dream — coming August 6th — is a bold new EP that pushes the boundaries of what the Minneapolis indie pop group has been working on since forming back in 2013.

Of course, for fans who have been along for the journey, the progression might not be all that shocking. The lithe guitar pop of early releases like Bashful Creatures gave way to a more intricate songwriting approach on Landmark, which later ceded ground to electronics and experimentation on Bambi. But Good Dod, Bad Dream is a different animal entirely: a live wire of five occasionally absurd, weirdly heartfelt songs that routinely rival even the most high energy entries in the band’s repertoire.

Lead single “Bad Dream Baby” manages to string together Jake’s references to Britney Spears, mormonism and a dying dog on top of Nathan’s rock candy guitars and Whistler’s propulsive drumming. It’s a fitting lead single for the EP, heralded by the David Kramer directed video above – a visual triptych of interlaced performance, each a distilled kind of energy that’s always been present in the band.

The unadorned approach to the video also extends to the art. It’s Hippo’s most stark presentation yet, playing with a mostly gray palate splashed with pops of color and whimsy. The 12″ is a beautiful package – a 180g piece of vinyl with a B-side etching, all tucked in a wide spin, uncoated jacket, with 3 12×12 inserts and a printed inner sleeve. There are a bunch of color options available, following the red, yellow & white lead of the artwork. Details on each, and where you can find them, below.