New music picks including Cloud Nothings, Mac DeMarco and Small Black

Cloud Nothings, Here and Nowhere Else. The album is a sublime 30mins of ruckus-ness reminiscent of Superchunk. Revisit Dead Sound’s 2011 interview with Cloud Nothings main manx Dylan Baldi around the release of his debut album Turning On.

Wasted Days by Cloud Nothings

The Kill Rock Stars label has released their first band camp sampler, Crazed MP3 Fans Vol.1. The sampler features a great selection of the label’s current roster and back catalogue including Marnie Stern, Quasi, Thao With the Get Down Stay and Bratmobile.

Download the sampler here.

Small Black, Real People EP. The band follow-up last year’s Limits of Desire LP with this dreamy EP which includes vocals from Frankie Rose and a cover of The Blue Nile track The Downtown Lights.

Mac De Marco, Salad Days. Enjoyably mellow second album out now on Captured Tracks.

Mac DeMarco // “Passing Out Pieces” (OFFICIAL SINGLE) by capturedtracks

Timber Timbre, Hot Dreams. Slightly bluesy sounding fifth album from the Canadian folk band.

Timber Timbre – Hot Dreams by fulltimehobby

White Hinterland, Baby. I wasn’t sure about this album on first listen but as I loved Casey Dienel’s last WH album Kairos I’m convinced this one will grow more on me.

White Hinterland – Baby by Dead Oceans

S. Carey, Range of Light. Ambient and lovely second album from Carey out now on Jagjaguwar.

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Glasgow Gig Guide April 2014

La Luz kicked off the April gig going in fantastic style last night even convincing people to participate in their own version of 1970′s music series Soul Train.

Here’s my pick of Glasgow gigs to check out throughout the rest of April.

Holy Mountain hold their ‘Ancient Astronauts’ album launch in the Art School on Saturday, 5th April. Support comes from Konx-Om-Pax. Tickets cost £5. (Book here)

Mike Watt returns to Glasgow this time with the aid of his Missingmen. They play Broadcast on Tuesday, 15th April. Tickets cost £12. (Book here)

Gallon Drunk play Mono on Thursday, 17th April. Tickets cost £9. Support comes from Bite. (Book here)

Cry Parrot presents The Ex Nice N Sleazy on Sunday, 20th April. Tickets cost £8.50. (Book here).

King Khan & The Shrines play Broadcast on Monday, 21st April. Tickets cost £12.50. (Book here)

Minor Alps feat.. Juliana Hatfield & Matthew Caws (Nada Surf) play O2 ABC2 on Wednesday, 23rd April. Tickets cost £12. (Book here)

Micah P Hinson plays Broadcast on Sunday, 27th April. Tickets cost £15. (Book here)





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New music picks 24th March 2014

First of Dead Sound’s weekly pick of new releases. If there’s anything great you think I’ve missed then add your suggestions in the comments below.

Big Scary, Not Art – new album from the Melbourne duo out on Barsuk records.

Big Scary – Luck Now (Not Art LP | 2013) by Pieater

Ages and Ages, Divisionary -Second album from the rollicking bright pop group.

Ages and Ages – “Divisionary (Do The Right Thing)” by Partisan Records

Liars, Mess- Seventh album from the experimental rock trio.

Liars – Mess On A Mission by liarsliarsliars

Umberto, Temple Room 12” – Matt Hill revisits this track from 2010′s Prophecy of the Black Widow album to coincide with Umberto’s current European tour. If you’re not seeing him live pick up the EP from Not Not Fun.

Umberto “Temple Room (Silvio Mix)” by NOT NOT FUN

Future Islands, Singles - Perfect weekend listening out now on 4AD.

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Must Hear: Seattle surf pop quartet La Luz

The first track I heard by La Luz was the swirling and jangly Big Big Blood which sounds like it wouldn’t be out of place in a slightly seedy blues bar frequented by many a tortured but creative soul. This has of course made them my new favourite band.

Big Big Blood is from the Seattle quartet’s debut album It’s Alive which is filled with dreamy, laid back tracks that make you want to be providing backing vocals to lead singer Shana Cleveland whilst sashaying on a dark stage wearing red lipstick and a killer black dress.

It’s Alive is out now on the wonderful Hardly Art home of other Dead Sound favourites Jacuzzi Boys, Shimmering Stars, The Beets and La Sera.

La Luz are currently in the middle of a European tour so check here to see if they’re playing a gig near you. I can’t wait to see the band live in Glasgow next week when they play Mono on Tuesday, 1st April.

The La Luz ladies are Shana Cleveland (guitar), Marian Li Pino (drums), Abbey Blackwell (bass), and Alice Sandahl (keyboard). The band also feature on the latest Dead Sound podcast alongside Woods, Shellac, Real Estate and Beat Happening.





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Indietracks festival line-up 2014

Indietracks is set in (and is a fund-raiser for) the Midlands Railway Centre at Butterly in Derbyshire.

As the name implies it’s a festival for indie lovers, in particular those passionate about indiepop music.

The line-up for the annual festival is usually a mix of new indie pop artists and indie veterans. The latter is a particular highlight of this year’s event with Galaxy 500′s Dean Wareham, Rocketship and former Super Furry Animal Gruff Rhys already confirmed.

Newer bands on the bill include Sweet Baboo, The Yawns and Let’s Wrestle. View the line-up so far.

The year’s event will take place 25-27 July 2014 with camping and local off-site accommodation options.  Tickets available include weekend, day passes and children’s tickets.

Tickets include use of all Midland Railway facilities, museums and attractions, including steam train rides all day.

Adult Weekend (25-27 July)
(Friday (evening), and all day Saturday & Sunday )
Early bird price (before 11 May): £65
Standard price (after 11 May): £72
Ticket prices do not include accommodation – this must be booked separately.
Book now (via Midland Railway events page)

View all ticket options.

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Dead Sound Episode 9: New music from Woods, Real Estate, La Luz plus alternative classics

On this episode of the Dead Sound podcast I play tracks from the forthcoming Woods album, the new Real Estate and Sleepy Sun albums and share some of my latest discoveries in the form of La Luz and T.O.Y.S. There’s also old favourites from ShellacSuperchunk and Beat Happening.

Listen below and check out all previous episodes of the show on Radio Magnetic.

Dead Sound episode 9 with Woods, Real Estate, Shellac, Beat Happening and Little Wings by Deadsoundblog on Mixcloud

  1. T.O.Y.S-X-Static
  2. Woods-Leaves like Glass
  3. Little Wings-Whale Mountain
  4. Real Estate-Had to Hear
  5. Speedy Ortiz-Pioneer Spine
  6. La Luz-Big Big Blood
  7. Golden Ghost-Saturation
  8. Pan American-Project for an Apartment Building
  9. Sleepy Sun-Punk Galaxy
  10. Shellac-Song Against Itself
  11. Tijuana Panthers-Tony’s Song
  12. Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks-Lariat
  13. Superchunk- Seed Toss
  14. Pillar Point-Black Hole
  15. Super Wild Horses-Ono in a Space Bubble
  16. Casual Sex-The Bastard Beat
  17. Beat Happening-Indian Summer


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Electric Picnic announces 2014 Line-up

Electric Picnic announces the first artists to play the festival in 2014.

I’m not  blown away by this line-up due to the addition of the very bland Paolo Nutini and astounded he gets a higher place on the bill then Stephen Malkmus. It is a very safe line-up with the proven pull of artists like Nile Rodgers.

I would however like to see Beck again not having seen him live since 2000 when he played at the first Witness festival (now the terrible Oxygen) and was outstanding. Pet Shop Boys and Portishead should make for the most interesting performances.

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Dead Sound’s tips for getting around SXSW 2014

SXSW is so much fun but it can be daunting trying to plan who you’ll see and getting around Austin for the first time. I’ve compiled my top tips to get the most of the event although even without these you will have definitely have fun…

Have a schedule of the shows/parties you want to go to. Print this off in-case your phone dies and share where you’ll be with people you want to catch-up with. Although be prepared not to find those you do want to meet up with. Choosing a stage side or prominent meeting place can help.

I usually use to create mine and they try to list everything happening at SXSW but it’s particularly good for the unofficial events.

RSVP to any parties you want to go to. Even with a wristband this can be essential to actually get in and parties book up fast. If there’s a queue (which is more than likely), you’ll also get priority entry over non RSVPs. The Fader Fort party is already closed for RSVPs….

Sites outside of the main SXSW website that list events/parties:

Be prepared to walk, a lot. Alternatively rent a SXCycle or get a very interesting tour of downtown by grabbing a lift on a pedicab or rickshaw.

Don’t only hang out around the top of 6th street. Head towards the bottom of East 6th Street to the more arty, graffiti splattered streets and venues like Shangri-La and Red River Street for venues like Red Eyed Fly.

If your friends are debating which shows to go to don’t be scared to just go off on your own to make sure you catch the bands you want. You will make new SXSW friends.

Leave plenty of time to get into the shows you want but still be prepared to queue when you get there.

There’s not much on 6th street the heart of SXSW outside of bars, venues and restaurants so come prepared with all your travel and electronic essentials.

Once you leave your hotel/apartment at the start of the day it’s unlikely you’ll make it back until the next morning so don’t lug around lots of possessions but dress-wise be prepared.

SXSW is pretty casual dress wise (well casual as in a lot of people have spent hours trying to look like they have just rolled out of bed). The weather can also quickly change in Austin so be prepared for sunshine and rain. For the ladies I recommend ankle boots, a good dress and a shirt to throw over it at night. Plus plenty of tissues and hand wipes for some of the less lady friendly toilet facilities.

Have your I.D and SXSW pass on you at all times.

Have lunch/dinner on the rooftop patio of the Iron Cactus, 606 Trinity Street. A fantastic Mexican Grill and Margarita bar. Booking recommended.

Waterloo records is heaven for vinyl fans and they run showcases throughout SXSW. It’s also next to 24diner, amazing in the early hours.

Austin is a beautiful city with lots to see outside of music so walk off your hangover by spending a couple of hours wandering around Texas State Capitol, University of Texas, Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail- a 10 mile path bordering the lake on its flow through downtown, or exploring the shops and galleries on South Congress Avenue.

Definitely catch gigs at Mohawk and Red 7. Both have inside and outside stages and generally just rule. Don’t be put off by the queues at Mohawk in particular, it is totally worth the wait. 

View all bands playing at Red 7 here.

View all bands playing Mohawk here.

You can more tips from true Austinites onn Twitter, use the hashtag #TrueAustin .

On Facebook, ask on Visit Austin, Texas .

Parties/showcases to check out:

Spin at Stubb’s (Fri 15th March) including Parquet Courts, Solange and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.

Spotify The House (Mon, 10th-Fri 14th March) including Real Estate and Phantogram

Sub Pop Vs SXSW Officially Unofficial (Thurs, 13th March) including Avi Buffalo and La Luz

Spider House Rager (Sat, 15th March) including Ty Segall and Coachwhips. The pub/venue will also be selling $2 Lone Star throughout SXSW

Hype Machine’s Hype Hotel (Tues 11th-Sat 15th March including Hospitality, Kelis and Washed out. You usually have to queue to pick up your pass for Hype but it’s fun)

The Portland Party including Blouse and Wild Ones

Warp and Lucky Me Recordings (Wed, 12th March) including Jacques Green and The Blessings

Brooklyn Vegan Party (Sat, 15th March) including The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Wye Oak and Speedy Ortiz

Under the Radar Party (Wed, 12th-Fri 14th March) including Small Black and Girls Names

British Music at SXSW Presents (Wed, 12th-Sat 15th March) including Casual Sex and Withered Hand)

Filter on Rainey Street (13,14, 15 March) including Snoop Dog, Soundgarden

Reverb Party (Sat, 15 March) including Avi Buffalo and In the Valley Below

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T.O.Y.S release third EP on Odd Box Records

T.OY.S are a three piece noise pop band who create untempo, addictive tracks that will get you throwing shapes on the dance-floor, even if you’re no John Travolta.

The group started in 2010 as an experimental collaboration between bassist Adam Miller, keyboardist David Kitchen and drummer Eddy Lines, former members of The Manhattan Love Suicides, The Acutes and DownDime respectively. Since then they have crafted their own sound and released three EPs; the most recent of which has just come out on Odd Box Records.

Titled EP3, I’ve already had tracks like X-Static and Koko on rotation.

Coming across T.O.Y.S got me thinking about other bands I’ve discovered as a result of their previous music connections. Here’s some of favourites from the last couple of years.

Limited: The ambient outlet of Big Troubles guitarist Alex Craig.

Limited – New Day Rising by New Images

Ducktails: The solo project of Real Estate guitarist Matthew Mondanile. The Limited 7″ was also released by Mondanile’s New Images record label with the members of Big Troubles and Real Estate all being New Jersey based buddies.

Ducktails – The Flower Lane by Domino Record Co

Sticking with Real Estate (what can I say, they’re a talented bunch), Alex Bleeker & the Freaks is the part country/folk, part psychedelic offering of Real Estate bassist Alex Bleeker. I loved last year’s album How Far Away.


His Clancyness: What started as the solo project of A Classic Education’s Jonathan Clancy has evolved into a full band with the last year’s debut Vicious well received by critics and Clancy fans alike. I also recommend the compilation Always Mist: Revisited which brings together a sublime selection of Clancy’s early tracks.

His Clancyness – Zenith Diamond by Fat Cat Records

Dead Gaze: The moniker of lo-fi scuzz maker Cole Furlow who I discovered through his sometime collaborations with fellow Mississippi musician Dent May.

Dead Gaze-I Found the Ending by deadsoundblog

The Blanche Hudson Weekend: Whilst Miller formed T.O.Y.S after The Manhattan Love Suicides split,  his fellow band members Darren Lockwood and Caroline McChrystal formed The Blanche Hudson Weekend. Excellent Joan Crawford inspired band name, excellent combination of fuzzy, loud guitars and sweet girl vocals.

CRYING SHAME by Blanche Hudson Weekend

Ramona Falls: The solo project of Menomena’s Brent Knopf. Knopf like his fellow Menomena band members is a talented multi-instrumentalist and decided to go his own way in 2011 after 10 years with Menomena. I still have some sadness at his departure but also happiness for the fantastic solo albums he’s released since forming Ramona Falls.

Ramona Falls “I Say Fever” by Barsuk Records

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Real Estate Announce New Album Atlas

Real Estate have announced their third album Atlas will be released on 3rd March 2014 in the UK and the following day in the US.

Atlas follows up the band’s sophomore release Days which was their first album to come out on Domino in 2011 and went on to top many end of year lists.

Last night, Real Estate premiered  Talking Backwards, the first single from the album which is another beautiful, melodic track from the New Jersey trio.

Watch the video for Talking Backwards below.

Atlas is out on 3rd March (UK) and 4th March 2014 on Domino Records.

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