Native Sun

April 15, 2021

Native Sun release psych-y single & music video, sell out socially distanced rooftop Sultan Room return

You didn’t read the title of this post wrong: Brooklyn’s Native Sun are back, not just with a new single, but in the actual flesh. Earlier today, everyone’s favorite Brooklyn noisemakers dropped “Jesus,” a 6-minute ripper that’s indebted to gonzo 60s psych, modern stoner rock, and the razor sharp garage punk of much of their back catalog. Seriously, the thing is heavy and somehow sounds like the MC5 covering Sleep with a metaphysics thesis in the lyric sheet. Or as FLOOD put it in their premiere post this morning, “Ty Segall’s noisiest period fit with the lyrics of David Bazan.” Both are correct. 

The track is the first from a double A-side single – the next song will be revealed in due time, people – and comes paired with a music video shot and directed in upstate New York by the multi-talented Alec Castillo of The Nude Party. Everything we said about the way the track sounds: yeah, that’s how the video looks too.

And as exciting as all of that is, we’re just as thrilled about the live music part. That’s right, Native Sun are playing music in public on the roof of The Sultan Room next week, April 21st. Socially distanced. Limited capacity. But still! A live show! It sold out almost immediately, but the lucky few are in for a treat. A statement from our friends at The Sultan Room below.

“We are thrilled to welcome you back this spring! The Turk’s Inn and The Sultan Room will once again reopen their doors April, 2021. To celebrate, we are offering a series of open-air concerts on The Turk’s Inn rooftop. Observing health and safety standards, these shows will be seated, socially distant, and require face-coverings. To start this off, we are thrilled to feature two Brooklyn favorites, Native Sun and Jachary! Each evening will feature 2 shows a night by each artist, at a reduced capacity of 42 tickets per show on our beautifully styled rooftop, to bring the joy and spirit of music and community back to our beloved neighborhood.

A year of living in pandemic times has taught us how much we miss being together and also made us aware of practices that enhance our safety. We’re embracing our responsibility of bringing people back together around musical experiences and applying the lessons we’ve learned on minimizing risks. We’ve all earned it and we all need it.”

As you might recall from those long-ago before-COVID times of 2020, the band was touring the west coast with White Reaper, on their way to SXSW, and had just celebrated their first few releases with us, selling out back-to-back shows in New York. We couldn’t be more excited to pick up where we left off. But the boys stayed busy in quarantine, releasing a covers EP benefitting The Okra Project, Border Angels, RAINN, Bushwick Ayuda Mutua, and the National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network. They were also tapped to be involved in the photo and poster fundraising effort “Bring Music Home” to benefit the National Independent Venue Association, which you may have spotted in  Variety and Pitchfork. And, last but not least, the band will be featured in the upcoming documentary film Brooklyn is Burning, showcasing the Brooklyn music scene at its peak pre-COVID, how artists are coping during this time of crisis, and how the scene will be impacted in the aftermath. 

Haulm

March 24, 2021

Haulm return with new single “Blind”

Today minimalist electronic duo Haulm return with “Blind,” a downcast dance track inspired by a year being locked inside. Think Hot Chip but filled with a pit of sadness. “This song is the product of pandemic frustration while simultaneously trying to not be about that frustration,” says vocalist/producer JT Norton. “It’s just about people not listening to one another, and that can sound as political as you’d like it to be. But ideally, this song is playing in a Michael Mann film while Tom Cruise is assassinating drug dealers in a strobe filled night club.”

“Blind” follows the quietly vitriolic “Call The Waves,” a softly scathing rebuke of global leadership,  premiered via Billboard earlier this year. While “Waves” gave off a fidgety singer-songwriter energy, producer Reed Kackley (who also works under the name BAILE) brings his hazy house stylings to the proceedings on “Blind.” 

dad sports

March 17, 2021

dad sports release debut EP I AM JUST A BOY LEAVE ME ALONE !!!

I AM JUST A BOY LEAVE ME ALONE !!!, the debut EP from Ottawa trio dad sports, is out today. It’s a collection of brightly hued pop, jangley guitars, and tender post punk. Earlier this week, the dads unveiled the final pre-release single and video for “MANY FACES.” It’s an EP standout. The guitars charge and the synths whirr and the verses & choruses spill into each other until the whole thing collapses in a heap of glitchy, dream pop exhaustion. It’s like if the Rentals were on Flying Nun. Easily the most driving song in the ever-expanding catalog.

The video, directed by the dads themselves, shares a similar tenaciously endearing spirit. It was cobbled together from archival footage and then lovingly adorned with good-bad fonts and superimposed silliness.

The EP is available digitally or on cassette — grab a copy on Bandcamp.   

Baby Boys

March 12, 2021

Baby Boys release Threesome with near-nude music video to celebrate

Today marks the release of Threesome, the debut album from Baby Boys. The band heralded its impending arrival earlier this week with a gob smacker of a video for the song “Maggot Water.” And yes, this video – like many from our Boys – gets pretty weird. But underneath that gross-out facade lies a beating heart, and in a lot of ways the loin cloth silliness is a perfect encapsulation of everything Threesome stands for. Indeed, the album is a celebration of fearlessness, of confidence in your own weirdness. And, releasing into this moment of tentative optimism, Threesome feels like exactly the kind of record that can strengthen our resolve and remind us all to enjoy every single minute as we head back out into this new world.

Longtime Star Tribune writer Chris Riemenschneider, who has charted the rise of the Baby Boys other projects like Hippo Campus, Lupin and The Happy Children, sat down with the band for a chat about the origins of Threesome – its marathon, overnight, 9-day creation and the joy it brought the band. It’s a great feature, one that shines a light on how a record that can occasionally feel so sonically unhinged can be rooted in that joy. And now, at long last, it’s some joy you can hold in your hands, as the album is available, in limited yellow, pink and unlimited black variants, all over. 

And as if that wasn’t enough, the band is gearing up for a virtual album release special: “Live from the Mall of America,” a full-length set shot on multiple cameras showcasing Threesome’s cutting edge sonics and Baby Boys’ playful, ‘Don’t let ‘em take your fun’ attitude. The stream, free with RSVP HERE, will go live on March 25th, 2021 at 7pm ET/6pm CT.

 

Jordana

March 1, 2021

Jordana & Ryan Woods release collaborative single “Doubt of Revival”

It’s only been a few months since the release of Jordana’s Something To Say To You 12”, but since then she’s moved to New York (we’re neighbors now!) and gone straight to work – seriously the amount of incredible Jordana songs that are in the works is sort of insane. Speaking of, today she’s back with “Doubt of Revival,” a new collaborative single featuring Ryan Woods, an LA based pop outlier who appears courtesy of East West Records. On “Doubt of Revival” Jordana mixes the R&B influences that permeated moments of her most recent record with the crunchy guitars and aughts indie-rock influences of her earlier singles into a hybrid that is as immediate and fresh as it is nostalgic and cozy. As with her early bedroom recordings Jordana is able to sing about paralyzing and agonizing moments with an ease and grace that she brings to every aspect of her art and self. “Doubt of Revival” is an infinitely replayable song soundtracking the uneasiness of modernity without ever succumbing to it.

“Doubt of Revival” is a song written about the obsessive thoughts that have haunted me from past decisions and my internal struggle with the uncertainty of being able to grow from these decisions and experiences,” says Jordana. “Fitting enough, given the current state of the world, this song was made over Zoom! I am definitely wary about Zoom sessions, because I can’t help but goof off, seemingly most of the time! But working with [producer] Cameron Hale and Ryan was a blast and extremely rewarding considering how happy I am with the song we were able to make remotely.”

“Doubt of Revival” was produced by Cameron Hale (Claud, Khalid) and mixed by Billy Lemos (Still Woozy, Overcoats). The single artwork was designed by Julia Fletcher, while the YouTube visuals were created by Tall Glass With Ice. The visuals were inspired by Fletcher’s art and created using a series of actual screenprints of both Jordana & Ryan to animate the images to life. A handful of those hand-numbered screenprints were sent to fans in advance of the single’s release and have started to crop up across social media.

More from Jordana soon.

Baby Boys

February 22, 2021

Baby Boys keep the songs coming with “Desperado,” announce Live From Mall Of America performance

Our Boys are back with “Desperado,” the latest single from their forthcoming debut album, Threesome, out on March 12th. “This one’s from an old session of Nathan’s that he intended to finish for a different project,” say the band of the standout track’s inverted, math-y guitar loop that twists and unfurls into glitchy pop bliss. “It’s about having a crush on a friend’s grandmother amidst the luxury of Santa Barbara, California, and trying to charm her by playing The Eagles’ ‘Desperado’ on her living room piano. It tackles the bizarre lengths we go to in order to win a stranger’s favor, despite the possibility of damaging a friendship in the process.”

In other equally-exciting news, the Saint Paul, MN-based trio today also announced a virtual album release show Live at the The Mall of America, a full-length set shot on multiple cameras showcasing Threesome’s cutting edge sonics and Baby Boys’ playful, ‘Don’t let ‘em take your fun’ attitude. The stream, free with RSVP HERE, will go live on March 25th, 2021 at 7pm ET/6pm CT.

“Desperado” follows album singles “Gone” and December’s one-two punch “Cannonball” & “Duke & The Cash,” which collectively earned early praise and support from Spotify’s New Music Friday, All New Indie, and Lorem, and also NPR Music (#NMF Spotify playlist), DIY, KCMP’s The Current, BBC Radio 1, and more. Threesome is available for pre-order & pre-save right HERE.

dad sports

February 15, 2021

dad sports announce debut EP, I AM JUST A BOY LEAVE ME ALONE !!!

Some all-caps BIG dad sports news: the Ottawa trio’s debut EP, I AM JUST A BOY LEAVE ME ALONE !!!, is coming March 19th. The EP will be available digitally (pre-save it!) or on cassette (pre-order it!). 

This big news is paired with a celebratory single & music video for the song “nrvs again,” directed by the very talented Noah Keckler, who you’ll remember for being at the helm of the band’s “name & place” clip. The pandemic-themed music video is a ride through the ups and downs of quarantine life with the protagonist recalling the ways we’ve had to find joy in our new paradigm. Meanwhile, “nrvs again” is a testament to the rapid growth of the band since their debut singles in 2019 and lead singer/songwriter Miguel Plante’s skill. The new track was recorded, engineered and mixed by Plante himself, with dad sports’ signature electronic drums and emo-inspired vocals combined in a potent, catchy and endearing ode to overcoming self-doubt.

On I AM JUST A BOY LEAVE ME ALONE !!!, dad sports have leveled up, honing the lo-fi sound of their previous singles into a cohesive EP with a palpable joie-de-vivre that melds jangle-pop, electro, emo and indie-pop.  The new EP includes previously released singles “out 4 a breather”, “gf haircut” and “name & place”, which were lauded by Stereogum, FADER and Paste Magazine. Speaking to the new single Plante says;

“I wrote the chorus for this song 2018, before dad sports was even a thing. I had just met Keith, Alex had just picked up the bass, and I was just beginning to write music. I was still finding myself as an artist and was pretty (nrvs) about what others would think of my songs. These insecurities are what shaped the lyrics. For the next few years, we re-wrote the song over and over and over until we were finally happy with it. To us, the lyrics and the long songwriting process represent the time we spent learning how to do the whole music thing together. I realized that you’re always gonna be insecure in some way about your art, but that’s just part of the process of improving 🙂 🙂 Also I have Alex and Keith to tell me if my lyrics are shit now LOL.”

You can get a copy now with a very limited edition run of I AM JUST A BOY inspired earrings courtesy of Sam Makes Things  over on Bandcamp while supplies last. 

Tracklist:

01 out 4 a breather
02 if u want to !
03 gf haircut
04 nrvs again
05 MANY FACES
06 name & place

Baby Boys

February 8, 2021

Baby Boys announce debut full-length Threesome, out March 12th

Baby Boys—the trio of producers & multi-instrumentalists Caleb Hinz, Jake Luppen, and Nathan Stocker—will release their debut album, Threesome, on March 12th, 2021!

The album’s latest single “Gone,” out today alongside a video directed by Isaac Gale (Bon Iver, Poliça, Swamp Dogg), could be considered the thesis of Threesome: a coalescence of disparate parts, a zig-zag of the irreverent and the cerebral, unified by deft, maximalist production that showcases the freedom of Baby Boys’ ‘Don’t let ‘em take your fun!’ attitude.

This song is all about not getting caught up in the game. It’s not worth it to kill yourself over winning. Ambition can get the best of us and we are no strangers to that as people,” says Hinz of the song, which follows December’s one-two punch singles “Cannonball” & “Duke and the Cash.”

If you find yourself in the middle of a raging pandemic, three days before a nail-biting election, and you haven’t left Minneapolis in 10 months, I highly recommend driving to the country with some friends to party with some goats, pigs and fuzzy cows for an evening,” says Gale of the video’s origins. ”Instant anxiety release, necessary, even if it only lasted a few hours. Thank you Baby Boys.” 

Tanya Villano, the owner of the farm seen in the “Gone” video, adds, “We loved having Baby Boys out at the Villano homestead! No cows, goats, pigs, hens or pups were harmed when shooting the video. They loved gettin’ down with their new friends and totally soaked up all the love, treats and pats!

Threesome is now available for pre-order HERE. It’s available in three color variants as well, neon yellow over on Bandcamp, bubblegum pink at your local record store, and standard black pretty much everywhere. Pick your poison. 

On Threesome, Baby Boys’ enduring “yes to everything” mantra yields a snapshot of anarchic studio improvisation distilled into just ten tracks. Recorded at BJ Burton’s (Charli XCX, Bon Iver) Minneapolis studio after Burton left for Los Angeles, the entirety of Threesome came together in one week of 2pm to 6am studio sessions. The chemistry between the three in the studio has been well-documented outside of the band, too–Hinz, Luppen, and Stocker were the production team behind some of 2020’s most iconic breakout albums, including Samia’s The Baby and Miloe’s Greenhouse EP. But Threesome marked the first time Baby Boys had free reign of a professional studio for their own use, allowing the trio to be fully immersed in assembling its world.

Baby Boys is just the essence, then: a drama-free distillation of ideas. Luppen and Hinz handle nearly all of the programming, while Stocker is the main go-to for the analog instruments (guitars, banjos, and keys), and Hinz then sculpts it all together. They trade vocal duties off the cuff and in the moment; all of them sharing one microphone, typically whoever’s able to spit out a melody idea or vocal part the fastest gets control. The result is genre-bending mischief-pop: an amalgamation of busted-up iPhone memos and nonlinear lyrics colliding with erratic sonic landscapes.  

Being able to put aside everything else for a second and appreciating what you have is so freeing,” says Hinz, summing up Threesome succinctly. “And so Baby Boys.

Samia

January 15, 2021

Samia releases collaborative album The Baby Reimagined

 

The Baby Reimagined is a song-for-song reinvention of the debut album from Samia. It features old friends and new connections forged over mutual admiration. While some remix albums struggle to justify their existence, this one is a testament to the songwriting at the core of Samia’s work. In any hands, these songs are special. And in the carefully selected hands at work across this release, these songs are transcendent.

Since announcing in December with Briston Maroney’s spare, soulful take on “Is There Something in the Movies?,” a few additional tracks have seen the light of day: The District’s twinkly emo makeover of “Stellate,” Bartees Strange’s interstellar revamp of the album-opening “Pool,” and Christian Lee Hutson’s beautiful, unhurried version of “Does Not Heal.” But today you can listen in full.  Stream below or wherever you get your music.

Baby Boys

January 12, 2021

Baby Boys are sending you mail and releasing new music

Check your mailbox. Earlier this week Baby Boys postcards started landing all over the world. Words of encouragement were scrawled across the back in sharpie. Tucked in the corner of the card was a simple QR code. When the lucky recipients scanned it, they were treated to a brand new Baby Boys song.

Yes, after a near two year hiatus, the Twin City weirdo pop group is back and they’re sending you music in the mail. Earlier this week they offered up “Cannonball,” a demented nursery rhyme meets muzak tropicália romp. Video for the song is below, in which a purple-clad rollerblader brandishes their big beard, a flag and quite a bit of cheer throughout the heart of suburbia. It is sufficiently strange.

Today they’ve offered up a second new song in the form of “Duke and the Cash,” a frantic burst of neon lights and future pop bombast. Like “Cannonball,” the song comes with a fittingly irreverent video, this time presented with an ecstatic dance performance filmed by YouTube star Buff Correll