Video Premiere

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO RELEASE: THE WHISKEY HOLLOW
April 11, 2016 3:10 pm

“Hudson Hill” tells the story of a lonesome runaway attempting to elude their fate. Stephen Milnarcik puts the viewer into a storybook world out to bring unnecessary justice. 1,599 hand cut stop-motion frames, painted miniatures and paper figures converge to bring the The Whiskey Hollow‘s debut single from the new X WATERS EP to life.

The Whiskey Hollow has been hard at work for the past 9 months creating an EP with intense songwriting, heavy hitting bass lines and passionate vocals. X WATERS will be available April 15th on Itunes, Amazon, Spotify and many other online distributors. Madeline Finn and a team of local Cleveland musicians have joined forces to create music that refuses to be put into a box. From twangy tunes littered with slide guitars, to solemn and painful songs with a full choir, they hope to keep you guessing.

Stephen and the crew at The Mill have worked painstakingly to craft a video that is closely aligned with the bands mission to put fourth honest and raw art with a purpose.With a close eye on even the smallest details they give us a glimpse of how everyday items such as books, plants and plastic figurines can be turned into a vessel to convey something so much more.

The Beasts are bringing to you, exclusively, The Whiskey Hollow’s first video from this marvelous EP. You can pick up a physical copy at their upcoming show at The Grog Shop in Cleveland Ohio April 15th.

NEW PAPERWHITE – GET AWAY
January 6, 2016 1:38 pm

Don’t you wanna get away? Escape all your problems somehow? Jump off a “cliff” into the “ocean”? Just do it! Go for it! Take those monkeys on your back and throw them in the garbage! Nobody’s gonna stop you! Jump! Fly! Live! Here, watch this new Paperwhite video to get you in the mood (SPOILER ALERT: it’s quite good):

GET CAUGHT IN STOLEN JARS “WAVES”
November 14, 2015 7:20 am

Stolen Jars is the indie music project of Cody Fitzgerald and Molly Grund. Inspired by acts as diverse as Sufjan Stevens, Elvis Costello, and Dirty Projectors, the music is a vibrant mixture of looping intricate guitar lines and floating melodies all brought to life by a live band featuring Elena Juliano, Connor McGuigan, Matt Marsico and Tristan Rodman.

Fitzgerald and Grund are building off the success of Stolen Jars’ self-titled album released in 2011. The single off that album, “Driving,” was featured in an international Apple iPad commercial. Their sophomore album Kept is decidedly more ambitious. Fitzgerald composed and layered tracks in his bedroom, tinkering to ensure precision. He and Grund then worked together to build vocal melodies around the tracks.

Stolen Jars played CMJ for the first time a few weeks back, and Bob Boilen of NPR discovered the band and subsequently included them on his list of Top Ten Discoveries of CMJ, as well as All Songs Considered. He wrote of the band: “This staccato pop band wavers between arpeggiated guitar and electronics and a lilting, almost South African-styled guitar band at times. It’s that melody between two of its members – guitarist Cody Fitzgerald and singer Molly Grund – that keeps these six musicians from being more than just another joyous indie rock band.”

All this leads us to today where NPR First Watch shares Stolen Jars’ new music video “Waves” from their sophomore album, Kept.

Cody Fitzgerald of the band says this about how the video came to be: “The video is about falling into and out of different memories. I wrote this song at a time when I was wondering whether I should let those moments pass by as waves of emotion or embrace them. So when the three of us were making the video, we wanted to try and capture that wave-like feeling of falling into a memory and being unsure of whether or not that’s where you should be.”

STOLEN JARS

When premiering, “Folded Out,” the first single from Kept, Wondering Sound wrote “Cody Fitzgerald and Molly Grund’s voices spiral and intertwine . . . flutes dart like fireflies, strings swoop down – what started modest and pretty becomes mighty and bold and imposing.” After their second single release, more music bloggers including Stereogum, The Wild Magazine, and Gold Flake Paint enthusiastically agreed, describing the music as “addictively vibrant,” “sweetly supple,” “grand, an anthem.” The album was mixed by Eli Crews (tUnE-yArDs, Deerhoof, WHY?) and mastered by Jeff Lipton (Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, LCD Soundsystem).

Over the course of the last year, Stolen Jars has been performing regularly in the Northeast, including shows with Sofar Sounds, Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn, and Brandeis College’s Springfest where they opened for St. Lucia, ILOVEMAKONNEN and Jessie J. In addition to all of this, Fitzgerald has been working as a film composer on features such as The Rewrite (2015) and Hard Sell (2015). Get ready to fall into and out of different memories, blaming the nostalgia for your new-found love of Stolen Jars.

Sink with Yassou
November 5, 2015 5:27 pm

San Francisco based band Yassou released a very ambitious video album this past month.  The third installment of the video series is “To Sink”.

‪#‎daydreampropaganda‬

the wind was a torrent of darkness
among the gusty trees
the moon was a ghostly galleon
tossed upon cloudy seas
the road was a ribbon of moonlight
over the purple moor,
and the highwayman came riding
riding
riding
the highwayman came riding
up to the old inn door

The words of vocalist and sometimes bassist, Lilie Bytheway-Hoy often leave you mystified and entangled into what she refers to as Daydream Propaganda.

The band began when they were teenagers in Hudson Valley, NY and has evolved immensely since they relocated to San Francisco, California a few years ago.  Their sound is often described as “haunting” and with good reason.  Once you watch the video above you will understand that better, since their music will be stuck in your head for days.

 

SISTERS Released A New Video, And It’s A Great Conversation
October 14, 2015 2:51 pm

Sisters just released their brand new video like hours ago! Watch below! It premiered last night at the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festivaland it completely opened up a new kind of conversation. The song “Queer Life” (which they wrote two days before Marriage equality was legalized across America),  is a supportive and fun portrayal on the family dynamic that pertains to coming out to those who still think it’s just a stage. The video ends with the wildest dance party explosion, and who doesn’t like dancing?  It is a wonderful support of a real issue in America and it is a reoccurring theme in their music and lives as far as I can tell.  We love this Video, so check it out!

I’m not going to lie, I usually don’t expect much sound from any two piece band.  Sisters, an indie pop duo from Seattle far surpassed my expectations in that respect.  They’re an explosion of sound in league with bands like MGMT and Portugal. The Man.  Both Emily Westman and Andrew Vait seem to be champions at multitasking, as you watch Emily conquering with tight drumming technique and singing harmonies, while Andrew plays keyboards and offers up the electric effects of his genius.  This all sewn together through their perfect harmonies intertwining like the arms of long lost sisters.  They have a sense of quirkiness about them as well that reminds me of the band of Montreal, vocally.

The band who moved separately to Seattle after playing various projects around the area finally got together in 2014 forming Sisters officially.  They met at University of Miami’s Frost School of Music initially and the rest is history according to their band bio on their website.  Since then, they have played at Sasquatch! and Bumbershoot music festivals along with many others. Give them a listen and check out their enormous sound and vocal harmonies bleed together seamlessly here!

Brick + Mortar Are “Staying Gold”
July 17, 2015 5:00 pm

Brick + Mortar just released a new video for “Staying Gold” off their new EP, “Dropped“.

The New Jersey duo—consisting of Brandon Asraf (bass, vocals) and John Tacon (drums, electric samples, vocals)—have hit a home run with this super touching and nostalgic video.

Look, even BEASTS cry!  It was impossible not to after watching 4 minutes and 8 seconds of a sickly teenager who is rescued from his hospital bed by his best buddy and taken for one last hurrah, with the chorus of  “staying gold” echoing in the back ground. They go skating in an empty pool, drink some beers, and visit some old friends.  The terminally ill teen even makes out with his crush and of course takes a selfie with his buddies.

“To us, Staying Gold is a rebellious anthem from an angsty kid making a statement that he’s good, no matter what,” says the video’s director Rosco Guerrero. “We follow him in this film, who despite his incredibly difficult circumstances is strong as ever when he’s with his friends. He stays gold.”

We have always been been blown away by the sound of Brick + Mortar.  It is incredible that the rich sound they produce is only with two musicians.

Have a tissue handy and get ready to have your heart warmed when watching “Staying Gold”.  Be sure to check out their album Dropped”, that came out today.

Brick + Mortar Tour

Brick + Mortar Tour Dates

7/17/15 – Cincinnati, OH @ Fountain Square w/ The Ting Tings
7/18/15 – Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s 20 Lanes
7/19/15 – Columbus, OH @ Woodlands Tavern
7/21/15 – Detroit, MI @The Shelter
7/22/15 – Chicago, IL @ The Beat Kitchen
7/23/15 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada
7/24/15 – Denver, CO @ Underground Music Showcase
7/25/15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Music Garage Live
7/27/15 – Seattle, WA @ El Corozon
7/28/15 – Portland, OR @ Analog Cafe
7/29/15 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
7/30/15 – Redlands, CA @ Hangar 24 Brewery
7/31/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite
8/01/15 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
8/02/15 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
8/04/15 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
8/05/15 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
8/07/15 – Tampa, FL @ New Wrold Brewery
8/08/15 – Atlanta, GA @ Wrecking Ball 2015
8/09/15 – Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
8/11/15 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
8/12/15 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
8/13/15 – Washington, DC @ DC9
8/14/15 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary
8/15/15 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall Studio
8/16/15 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Upstairs

 

Desert Noises Release Their Hilariously Sexy Video For “Shiver”
June 7, 2015 5:27 pm

“I’ll just close my eyes/Live in my dream” “Out of My Head”

The name Desert Noises—like many of the band’s songs on their debut full-length 27 Ways—came out of a dream that popped into front-man Kyle Henderson’s head while sleeping. “I just woke up and wrote it down on a piece of paper,” says the 24-year-old, who used it for the band he’d first formed with his brother and a friend in the Provo/Orem, Utah area after leaving his promising job as a business analyst for a multi-million-dollar skin care company, and a wife, behind.

Joined by fellow twenty-something cohorts bassist Tyler Osmond (yes, those Osmonds), guitar-shredder Patrick Boyer and drummer Brennan Allen, the foursome set out in a van three years ago and haven’t stopped since. 27 Ways is being released on L.A-based indie label SQE Music.

Recorded in the magical Sonic Ranch Studios in El Paso, Texas, on the banks of the Rio Grande with producer Nick Jodoin [Black Rebel Motorcycle Club], the album turns those experiences into songs which detail 27 Ways of breaking away from Mormon family and friends to undergo their own mission—touring in a rock ‘n’ roll band. “We’ve distanced ourselves from the religion,” explains Henderson, “but not the people, nor the community. That’s basically our family and everyone we know.”

Ironically, considering the band’s name, the album opens with the sound of waves crashing on the ocean, incorporating influences in beat-oriented soul and R&B as well as classic psychedelic rock (Led Zeppelin is a big touchstone), often in the same song. Check out the choppy rhythms in the opener, “Grandma Looks,” which share a name with Tyler’s Tumblr blog, morphing into a lilting Grateful Dead jam. There are also nods to Mumford & Sons-style folk in the marital strife of “Mice in the Kitchen,” as well as acoustic delta blues in Boyer’s slide guitar stylings on the album- (and often live set-) closing gospel plaint, “Dime in My Pocket.” The album sports a pair of set-piece anthems in “Keys on the Table” and the wide-screen “Angels,” with its telling lyric “I feel the weight of the world in change.” Brendan Allen’s tribal percussion plays a huge role in “Follow You Out.” Osmond’s undulating bass underlines the burning sexual desire of “Shiver,” while Boyer’s rumbling guitars and a big bottom characterize “Run Through the Woods.” With its grinding, acid-rock feel, “Elephant’s Bed” channels both the current (Aussie band Tame Impala) and the past (Neil Young’s Buffalo Springfield stint), with “What the World Made,” a song about hitting rock-bottom, sporting a loping, country-rock vibe not that far removed from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Henderson, whose mom was a piano teacher, didn’t pick up the guitar until he was a high school senior, but he soon made up for lost time, taking off from listening to Zeppelin, Modest Mouse and Bob Dylan to writing and playing his own songs.

“Older music is all we really listen to,” says Henderson. “Those melodies are so simple, but profound, soulful and timeless. And that’s what our music aspires to…to never get old.”

Desert Noises the band

Desert Noises backstage at Lollapalooza on August 2nd, 2014 in Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois.
Credit: Alex Reside

Osmond, who had been performing with his famous family since the age of two, got his first bass at 12, explains that the songs for the new album were all written and road-tested live while the band was on tour.

“This is what we always wanted to do,” Tyler explains. “Find four other dudes willing to work as hard as one another toward the same goal. That’s rare in and of itself, especially when you have to sit in a van together 12 hours a day. But we’re all brothers now.”

“I don’t know how we found each other,” says Henderson of his fellow bandmates. “We knew each other from playing around the area, and then it kind of got out of control from there. We didn’t really choose to be in this band. The band chose us.”

Indeed, there’s a sense of fate and destiny in Desert Noises that comes across in the band’s commitment to keep the flame burning.

“We don’t think too much about the future,” says Henderson about the group’s long-range goals. “You don’t want to disappoint yourself by setting goals you can’t achieve. I think it’s better to just let it flow and take its course.”

The constant roadwork, including high-visibility gigs at the Austin City Limits Festival and LouFest in St.Louis, have led the band to learn more about the outside world, and at the same time appreciate where they came from.

“It gave us great faith in humanity,” says Tyler. “Growing up in Utah, everyone has the same mentality. Seeing how many good people there really are out there has been eye-opening. We sleep on the floors of fans we met that night.”

At the same time, Henderson has learned to co-exist in his own world, returning to his wife, while still being able to follow those dreams that keep coming to him.

“Yeah, there are ‘27 Ways’ to get out of town today,” he jokes. “The hardest part is choosing one of them. There are so many things you can do to get out of bed in the morning…but there are times you just want to stay under the covers all day.”

With the way Desert Noises’ career is progressing, that doesn’t seem to be an option.

“I’d like to be doing this until I’m in my 80s,” laughs Tyler. “To my grave. We all see the potential. It’s fun and it’s good.”

“I want to know what it’s like/to light this thing on fire,” sings Henderson in “Mice in the Kitchen.”

Sure sounds like Desert Noises have done just that on 27 Ways.

Desert Noises the band

Video Premiere: Kate Copeland’s “Breaking”
May 28, 2015 7:06 pm

The new Kate Copeland video showcases the artist’s songwriting, composition and artistry and delivers it in a glamed-up 50s themed package. The track starts off with a sparkly piano-ukulele theme that shows off Copeland’s composition chops. The song occupies a very niche psychedelic-singer songwriter genre and it pulls you in with anecdotal lyrics.

Kate Copeland plays a stifled housewife. She certainly dresses the part in addition to dressing the video in a sepia tone indicative of the period. The narrative unfolds cinematically with beautiful setting, costuming and makeup. One of the more touching elements of this video is the throwback home video segments, making Copeland’s story personal to not only the characters she creates, but to the listener.

The narrative of the video and the musical elements of the song build concurrently. As she breaks down, so does the music. “Breaking” is not so much a traditional music video as it is a short feature length film, mostly because of the breadth of topics and emotions it is able to encompass in 3 minutes and 49 seconds.

Son Lux Release a Mind Blowing New Video for “Change Is Everything”
May 26, 2015 10:15 pm

Considering the incredibly impressive background Son Lux’s front man, Ryan Lott has had as a producer, it was really of no surprise to find out what a labor of love it was to make this new video for “Change Is Everything”

The video was created by The Made Shop in Denver, where it was painstakingly pieced together entirely with a foam white board, a lot of map pins, and some very clever stop motion animation.

The video took a week just to prep the reference used to guide pin placement, and another two weeks of frame-by-frame shooting from early morning to late night. They shot roughly over 4,000 frames to create this amazing piece of cinematic beauty.

Lott worked full-time in New York City from 2007 until 2012 composing music for commercials. While he mainly concentrates now on his music career, he still continues to compose commercial music for various projects.  Working as a trio with Ian Chang on drums and Rafiq Bhatia on guitar, Son Lux will release a new album called Bones on June 23 on Glassnote Records.

Be sure to catch Son Lux o June 9th at The Bowery Ballroom in NYC and for their full tour schedule you can check it out here.