Hyperview is the third album release from Kingston, PA-based band and their inaugural with Anti-. On the album, dreamy guitars weigh heavy and carry the meaning of the songs while hazy vocals make the album feel like the soundtrack to a gorgeous dream. Longtime fans of Title Fight will appreciate the band’s previous releases as a natural development into their newer sound. But first time listeners can just as easily get wonderfully lost in the music all the same.
"Chlorine" was the first new song revealed by the band and it was graced with much critical praise. The Fader noted that "Swirling textures [are] reminiscent of No Age's own passionate burn." Grantland recognized the song for its "big, sweeping, emotional, and totally captivating sound." And as stated in Pitchfork's track review they said "'Chlorine's chemical association with Nirvana's 'Bleach' is perhaps another clue as to where Title Fight see themselves next."
Title Fight has announced plans to embark on a headlining tour. Merchandise and Power Trip will join as support for the first leg of the tour, March 6 - March 16. On the second leg, March 21 – April 5, Title Fight and La Dispute will co-headline with The Hotelier as support.
Title Fight is a four-piece from Kingston, PA. The band formed in 2003 while its members (bassist/vocalist Ned Russin, guitarist/vocalist Jamie Rhoden, guitarist Shane Moran, and drummer Ben Russin) were in middle school. Previous releases from Title Fight are their first full-length Shed (2011), Floral Green (2012), and Spring Songs EP (2013). Hyperview is the band's first release with Anti-. Title Fight has toured consistently since the beginning of their career and has played an eclectic selection of festivals including Chaos in Tejas, FYF Fest, Warped Tour, Riot Fest, and Coachella. NPR has praised the band for their "impressive evolution." While Pitchfork deems them "an ambitious band that makes very good songs."
RIYL: La Dispute, Tigers Jaw, Hum, Sunny Day Real Estate, Slowdive
TRY: #2, 3, 4, 6, 7
Born and raised in Concord, New Hampshire Zach Uncles grew up in Southern, NH about a half hour from the beach. He started playing electric guitar in 1996 followed by playing Hawaiian knife-style, lap steel guitar in 1999. A 2001 recipient of the Louis Armstrong Award from Pinkerton Academy in Derry, NH.
As a performer Zach has travelled to 7 countries and 33 US states. Zach Uncles is no newcomer to Mint 400 Records, his entire back catalog of 60's style surf records are available along with a country side project called The Trashpickers. This collection is the best of everything Zach produced from the age of 16 until now in the surf genre. Mint 400 Records has remastered the best material and presents it now for your listening pleasure. This release is a pre-cursor to Zach's next project which as well is instrumental but will explore broader themes than just 60's surf.
RIYL: Man or Astro-man?, Los Straitjackets, The Ventures, Booker T. & The MG's
TRY: #1, 4, 5, 10
“Singer-guitarist Adam Haworth Stephens and drummer Tyson Vogel write white-knuckle songs of intensity and passion, then perform them intensely and passionately.” - NPR
On February 3rd, the San Francisco based guitar-drum duo Two Gallants are set to release their 5th studio album, We Are Undone, on ATO Records. While singer and guitarist Adam Stephens and drummer Tyson Vogel have stayed true to the two-person format since their acclaimed 2004 debut, The Throes, their sound has evolved considerably over the intervening years. Following 2012’s The Bloom and the Blight, We Are Undone is the band’s second release on ATO. Thematically, the album ranges from songs that attempt to make sense of the dramatically shifting social landscape of their home town, to the illusion of authenticity, impending environmental collapse, and romantic estrangement. Sonically, the thrash blues of songs such as “We Are Undone” and “Some Trouble” is balanced by the austerity of ballads such as “My Man Go” and “There’s So Much I Don’t Know.”
“Adam Stephens and Tyson Vogel, aka Two Gallants, have been making music together since age 12, and when they first started drawing attention from the indie scene in the mid-aughts it was with a punk-infused folk-rock sound. Since then they’ve evolved their sound by broadening it, and their new single “Incidental”–from their upcoming fifth album, We Are Undone (out Feb. 3 on ATO Records)–pulls from enough strains of rock ‘n’ roll to defy attempts to pin a modifier on it. It’s just, you know, rock ‘n’ roll, in the same sort of timeless way that the best Replacements records are. In fact, there’s more than a little ‘Mats in the joyously ragged, frills-free sound and immensely catchy melody of ”Incidental.” - EW
“Anyone who has ever heard Bettye LaVette’s voice will recognize how absurd it is that she may have ever been unsung.” — Elvis Costello
“With every song on Worthy, Bettye finds the thread that first will unravel it. Then she stitches it all back together until it fits her taut frame and fierce stride, until it bends to meet her; until each song’s story is somehow, miraculously, telling her own.” — Joe Henry
Bettye LaVette is starting 2015 with a big bang. The inimitable and legendary R&B songstress is coming out with a new album - Worthy - on January 27th. Worthy reunites her with Joe Henry, this time around with the two of them co-producing.
Bettye will be world premiering selections from Worthy at the renowned Café Carlyle in New York City starting January 27-31 and again February 3-7 (celebrating her 69th birthday at the show on the 29th). The prestigious residency kicks off a 4 month promotional tour of North America, the UK, and Europe, including stops in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, and Amsterdam.
On Worthy, Bettye revisits Dylan with the opening track "Unbelievable," with a funky urgency introduced into the song, not present in the original. On "When I Was a Young Girl," she slides effortlessly into a slinky groove which Chris Youlden of Savoy Brown probably never imagined. "Bless Us All" is as relevant now as when Mickey Newbury wrote it decades ago, while her rendition of Joe Henry's own "Stop" is jazzy, soulful and reminds one not to dare try to stop her.
The musicians on the album all brought their A-game to the plate: Jay Bellerose on drums and percussion, Doyle Bramall II on guitar, Chris Bruce on bass and Patrick Warren on Piano, Hammond organ and Chamberlin. Worthy is comprised of a special selection of songs making for an extremely reflective, visceral, yet at the same time, vulnerable album. "Where a Life Goes" is a conversation between Bettye and her deceased sister. When she sings the Lennon/McCartney track "Wait" and the title track "Worthy," Bettye is at her most insightful and satisfied. Perhaps, the most heart-wrenching tunes of the lot may be "Undamned" filled with quiet desperation, and "Just Between You and Me and the Wall You're a Fool," on which she wears her tattered and battered heart on her sleeve.
Worthy will be released on CD, vinyl, and a "Deluxe Edition" which will contain both the CD and a live DVD of Bettye's June 2014 concert at the Jazz Café in London. This is Bettye LaVette in 2015. She is Worthy and satisfied.
RIYL: Sharon Jones, Mavis Staples, Charles Bradley, Lee Fields & The Expressions
TRY: #1, 9, 6
"The Maravines will brighten even the darkest day." - The Fire Note
The Maravines are a mellow folky indie duo from Northern New Jersey. After years with various incarnations of the group they finally have hit their stride with their new album which pulls influence from bands like Neutral Milk Hotel, Nada Surf, Rogue Wave, Red House Painters and more. The duo recently signed with New Jersey based label Mint 400 Records and are on their way to becoming indie rock royalty with their catchy brand of acoustic indie pop. You will surely be amazed that these guys have been around and you have not heard about them. Their new album "Distelfink" represents their second full length of 2014 and shows a band that has grown and matured. The duo shows that they are a band worthy of taking note of with this amazing collection of songs that is more cohesive and complex than their first album.
"The pretty tenor vocals project an achingly tender and fragile sense of sensitivity and vulnerability. The melodies are very mellow and relaxing, with the gradual tempos and subdued beats casting a laid-back vibe that’s quite appealing in its easygoing quality. The thoughtful songwriting clinches the whole endearing deal, thus consolidating this honey’s status as one to relish.” - Joe Wawrzyniak | Jersey Beat