Surf Curse: “Christine F”

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Surf Curse: “Christine F”

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017

Photo by Jade Mainade

Nick Rattigan and Jacob Rubeck formed Surf Curse years ago in a basement in Reno. They’ve broken out of their subterranean dwelling since then, garnering a cult fan base, moving to L.A., moving back to Reno, and now they’re back with their first album in over 3 years. “Christine F” brilliantly showcases the duo’s proclivity for post-punk injected by surf rock, delivering straight-ahead momentum and energy from another era. Think Ian Curtis if Dick Dale’s zombie was his guitarist.

“Christine F” appears on Nothing Yet, out now via Danger Collective.

Catch Surf Curse tomorrow night at Barracuda.

-Taylor Wallace// host, Thursdays 8P & Saturdays 2P; Producer, Eklektikos with John Aielli and SoundCheck Music News

Music News 10.16.17

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Music News 10.16.17

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017

Sound On Sound Fest & Margin Walker Announce Rescheduled Artist Events

Margin Walker announced the first round of rescheduled shows a week after being compelled to abruptly cancel the second year of Sound on Sound Fest after a major investor pulled out. Only announced are the shows that will be happening at venues in and around downtown during the weekend of November 10-12. Shows throughout the weekend include Grizzly Bear at ACL Live, Cannibal Corpse at Mohawk, Washed Out and Austra at Emo’s, all on Friday, Noname at Scoot Inn and Japandroids and Cloud Nothings at Emo’s on Saturday, and shows closing out the weekend on Sunday include The Shins and Baio at Emos and Ariel Pink, Girlpool, and Mild High Club at Cheer Up Charlies. Tickets for the rescheduled shows are on sale now for anyone who had purchased a ticket to Sound on Sound, and tickets for the general public will go on sale Wednesday at 8 a.m.. And if you’re sad you’re not hearing Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Electric Wizard, or Iggy Pop amongst those rescheduled shows, there may be hope yet. In a press release from last night, Margin Walker said they are still working to reschedule more artists even later in the year or in 2018.

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Celebrating 79 Years of Fela

In tribute to Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, who would have been 79 this week, Knitting Factory Records has announced its latest in a series of curated box sets, this one featuring 7 albums chosen by Erykah Badu. The box set goes for $120 and is limited to only 3,000 copies. Also included is a 20-page booklet including personal essays from Badu, indepeth commentary from music journalist and Afrobeat historian Chris May, never before published pictures of Fela Kuti, and more. Preorders are available now for the box set, out December 15th.

Black Pistol Fire: “Bully” (Live In Studio 1A)

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Black Pistol Fire: “Bully” (Live In Studio 1A)

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017

Photo by Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon

Austin’s Black Pistol Fire have been electrifying audiences with their full-throttled performances for years, and each record gains more momentum, feeding their smoking-gun-rock-and-roll machine. No matter the space, they deliver the adrenaline rush you (maybe didn’t know) you needed.

“Bully,” is a prime example of Black Pistol Fire’s blues-rock roots powered by their own flavor of modern-day psych rock. On the record, this song is a solid 3:36 long, but they’ve let it breathe fire for a full 5 minutes in this live cut taken from our Studio 1A before they hit the road for their latest cross-country tour.

“Bully” appears on Deadbeat Graffiti, out now via their website.

-Taylor Wallace// host, Thursdays 8P & Saturdays 2P; Producer, Eklektikos with John Aielli and SoundCheck Music News

Music News 10.12.17

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Music News 10.12.17

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017

Introducing Spotify’s Artist App

Musicians, listen up, if your music’s on Spotify, this one’s for you. Today Spotify’s new Artist app went live. It’s described as a “one-stop shop to track your new music as it goes live, control your presence on Spotify, and learn more about your listeners.” The app allows artists and/or their personnel to update their profiles on-the-go, including their current “artist’s pick” to updating playlists, to editing their biography. That last one is a big deal, as the biography has historically been filled in with information from metadata firm Rovi, but now artists have the power to write their own biography. The new app will also keep artists updated in real time with streaming analytics for the first two weeks following any release, updating itself every single time a listener hits play on said release. In general, however, the app will allow users to see their full-range analytics in a mobile-friendly format, including breakdowns on listeners, streamers, followers, including age, location, and gender. The Spotify for Artists app is currently only live for iOS, but promises to be up and running on Android very soon.

The Who and What of Read Roger Daltrey’s New Memoir

Roger Daltrey signed a book deal with the U.K.’s Blink Publishing and Henry Holt and Co. in the U.S. to being the world his memoir, due out next year. Daltrey was born during World War II, and the memoir will not only go deep into Daltrey’s decades with both the Who and his solo career, but will also be a deep reflection on how Britain itself and his place in it has changed in his lifetime, detailing his rise from factory worker to rock icon.

Jamila Woods: “VRY BLK” (ft. Noname)

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Jamila Woods: “VRY BLK” (ft. Noname)

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017

This week, the Song of the Day features ACL Fest 2017 artists.

Jamila Woods made her first big splash on hip-hop’s mainstream with her lush, harmonious contribution to “Surf Candy,” a song by the Social Experiment, a self-described bohemian group of musicians that, at the time, included Chance the Rapper among its ranks. Born and raised on the southside of Chicago, Woods garnered an early love for a wide array of music, everything from jazz to the Cure. She found a fostered a newfound love for poetry after a passive decision to take a high school poetry class, marrying her two loves and using them as a way to, “check in with [her]self.”

“VRY BLK” is from Woods’s debut album released last year. As the title suggests, the song is a declaration of her pride and identity as a  black individual and a damning of the brutality experienced by African-Americans in our country. Her poetic prowess nimbly braids the hard-truth and real-anxiety with a popular children’s poem, juxtaposed with her chorus which trades message for mantra. Fellow poet, artist, and Chicagoan Noname lends a verse on this track too, clenching the song’s powerful communiqué. All these lines laid on a bed of spokenwordesque rhythms and sexy, pregnant synth swells.

“VRY BLK” appears on HEAVN, out now Jagjaguwar.

Jamila Woods at ACL Fest 2017:

*Sunday, Oct 15 // Tito’s Vodka Stage // 1:30 p.m.

-Taylor Wallace// host, Thursdays 8P & Saturdays 2P; Producer, Eklektikos with John Aielli and SoundCheck Music News