Fiona Apple contributes new song “Container” to Showtime’s The Affair — listen

Singer/songwriter/musician Fiona Apple

Singer/songwriter/musician Fiona Apple


Fiona Apple has contributed a brand new song entitled “Container” to Showtime’s forthcoming original series The Affair. Produced by frequent collaborator, Blake Mills, the song will soundtrack the show’s main title sequence, which you can see and hear below.

In a statement, the show’s creator and executive producer Sarah Treem said, “Fiona Apple has been my favorite songwriter since I was 16. I am honored and humbled that she has chosen to lend her talent to our opening title sequence. If our show can approach one tenth of the depth and complexity of her song, I’ll be very happy.”

Starring Dominic West (aka “McNulty” from The Wire) and Ruth Wilson (Luther), The Affair “explores the emotional and psychological effects of an extramarital affair, and will be told separately from the male and female perspectives,” according to a press release. It will premiere Sunday, October 12th at 10 p.m. ET.

We’re very happy to see Fiona back,  a beautiful human being.

Fiona, who canceled a run of dates last November to be with her dying dog, seemed giddy to be back on stage,”  When she sang, it was like nothing else in the world existed for her: just the song and the microphone, a relationship she has mastered. …

Fiona made light of past blow-ups: ‘People come see me to see the crash,’ she said early on, and fell to the floor in a knowing pratfall.” Stereogum corroborates the night’s generally wonderful nature, reporting that the crowd “cheered as Fiona bent her body into all manner of uncomfortable looking shapes, and shouted the occasional word of encouragement and love. But they otherwise they kept mum out of respect or a simple fear that they could frighten the fragile 36-year-old away at any moment.”

No more. Fiona is in great shape both physically and emotionally. A woman who is kind at heart and caring.

Welcome back Fiona!


Listen: GRMLN’s new song “White Lung//Black Lung”




When singer-songwriter Yoodoo Park, aka GRMLN, moved from Japan to Southern California a few years back, he immediately distilled his music with the region’s carefree dynamic and innately sunny vibes. The result was 2012’s Explore EP and last year’s Empire full-length, both of which were born out of a romantic approach to free-wheeling pop-punk. Now, after lengthy touring and a bit of personal reflection, Park finds himself exploring much darker waters on his sophomore album, Soon Away, due out September 16th via Carpark Records.

The 10-track effort was written in Japan and while Park was traveling stateside. During the latter, Park holed himself up in Different Fur Studios in San Francisco alongside Empire collaborators/producers Patrick Brown and Sean Paulson. He recruited friend and drummer Keith Frerichs and his brother/bassist Tae San Park to round out the recording lineup

According to a press release, the result is an “aggressive album, darker and heavier than what’s come before. While it carries these characteristics, there’s a certain peace to Soon Away, thanks to Park’s personal growth. The album grapples with letting go and getting used to good-byes. The singer-guitarist sees the constant changes of life allowing people to embrace the true nature of living. The teachings of Krishna were an inspiration to Park while writing the record and it’s a force that helped define Park’s perspective in these songs.”

Already Park has shared the driving lead single, “Jaded”; today, he unveils “White Lung//Black Lung”. Clocking in at five minutes in length, the track packs the immediacy and surging energy of early ’70s punk. Yet even as Park has renounced its poppy undertones for utter hopelessness, the song still vibrates with slight tinges of pop-punk optimism.

Listen in below.


Cold War Kids announce new album, Hold My Home, stream “First”



Cold War Kids have announced details of their fifth studio album, Hold My Home, which will arrive October 21st via Downtown Records. It serves as the follow-up to 2013’s Dear Miss Lonelyhearts.

The 11-track album was produced by guitarist Dan Gallucci and frequent collaborator Lars Stalfors (Mars Volta, Matt and Kim) at the band’s personal studio in San Jose, California.

Already we’ve heard the stirring lead single, “All This Could Be Yours”. Now, to coincide with today’s announcement, the band has shared “First”. The track is grand and regaling, a sonically uplifting mix of jittery guitars, handclap rhythms, and dynamic vocal harmonies. Again, Cold War Kids aren’t exactly reinventing the wheel, but rather emphasizing their core strengths of solid, enjoyable guitar rock.

Listen in below:


Hold My Home Tracklist:
01. All This Could Be Yours
02. First
03. Hot Coals
04. Drive Desperate
05. Hotel Anywhere
06. Go Quietly
07. Nights & Weekends
08. Hold My Home
09. Flower Drum Song
10. Harold Bloom
11. Hear My Baby Call

The band has also shared the music video for “All This Could Be Yours”, a black-and-white clip of one woman’s journey around a big city. Watch it below.


All The Rage – York Factory Complaint Interview + “Forgotten” Is Streaming Now


York Factory Complaint’s Ryan Martin (left) and vocalist Michael Berdan.


A Q&A With York Factory Complaint, The Fed-Up Punks Behind One Of The Year’s Best Extreme Albums

Are you fed up with viral marketing, hype cycles and the 24/7 onslaught of social media? Are you resisting the urge to stop worrying and love the photobomb? Are you of two minds on the hive mind? Then you have a kindred spirit in York Factory Complaint, the Brooklyn duo of Ryan Martin and Michael Berdan. The two underground music stalwarts aren’t shy about their frustration with society’s trajectory, and their conviction is infectious, even inspirational, on the forthcoming album Lost In The Spectacle, one of 2014’s best extreme records.

Equal parts rhythm and noise, the six-part suite was structured around the stages of a consumption-based economy: “Conceived,” “Produced,” “Loved,” “Commodified,” “Bought” and “Forgotten.” If that sounds too heady, don’t worry: The music is as visceral as anything I’ve heard this year. At the risk of sounding reductive, imagine a dystopian cocktail of Tim Hecker and Perfect Pussy.

Martin, who runs the independent label , and Berdan met at a show 10 years ago, and started York Factory Complaint in 2009. (The unusual moniker references an outbreak at the northern headquarters of Hudson’s Bay Company in the 1830s; it turned out to be lead poisoning, but at the time was treated as a “complaint” by its executives.) The band has released several limited-edition cassettes and CD-Rs, but Lost In The Spectacle () is by far its most polished album yet.

I exchanged several emails with both Martin and Berdan over the past week to find out what begat this monster of a record. You can read our edited correspondence below.

Otis Hart: Lost In The Spectacle is the name of your new album as York Factory Complaint. Is that the same “Spectacle” French philosopher Guy Debord addresses in his book ?

Michael Berdan: It is indeed the that we’re referencing, yes. Ryan and I both stand in agreement that the Spectacle is a very real social constraint and encompasses the whole of our psychic and spiritual existence. The individual idea no longer exists. The individual feeling disappears the more we allow our computers to socialize us. We believe what we are told to believe, we feel how we are told to feel, we make what we are told to make and we buy what we are told to buy. There is no such thing as a subculture in 2014. Any a——— can manufacture the full illusion of a clandestine identity within 10 minutes on Tumblr.

It’s a pointless exercise in futility to rebel against the Spectacle, as it absorbs all that it touches. So what can we do? We can acknowledge it for what it is and stare it dead in the eyes.


Now, it’s a pointless exercise in futility to rebel against the Spectacle, as it absorbs all that it touches. So what can we do? We can acknowledge it for what it is and stare it dead in the eyes. Through a series of conversations, we decided that we wanted to make something that openly acknowledges the fact that taste and politics are bought and sold and how everything we create is just another cog in the Spectacle. This record is about our collective spiritual death.

Ryan Martin: I think Berdan summed it up pretty well. It’s about the concept of people and ideas being lost in the spectacle, which has happened in a very timely, cyclical fashion in New York City for as long as either of us has been active here. It’s our observation, and this record is a document of that observation. The brutalist design references in the record packaging further drive that point home. We see people are pacified by their subculture (which was never the point), we see this on a local level, and we have had a very extreme, dramatic reaction to all of it by way of this album (and I guess you can say by the band’s existence.)



York Factory Complaint’s “Forgotten” Is Streaming Now

If you’re looking for lots of soft melody, or something lilting that will ease you into to slumber, run for your fucking life. York Factory Complaint, a duo made up of members of Uniform (who also have new material), Veins, DAIS Records and more, craft an abrasive and caustic style of industrial music that uses a lot of effects, a lot of samples, and even more harsh vocals. Not for the faint of heart, and utterly devastating.

Lost in The Spectacle is the duo’s new LP, and first for Accidental Guest. Check out the first single from the LP, “Forgotten” below. Headphones recommended, and with volume on 10.




‘Go’ For Grimes – Claire Boucher’s First New Song in Nearly Two Years

Claire Elise Boucher, better known as Grimes - Photo Slimane.

Claire Elise Boucher, better known as Grimes – Photo Slimane.

Claire Elise Boucher (born March 17, 1988), better known by her stage name Grimes, is a Canadian producer, artist, musician, singer-songwriter and music video director. Born and raised in Vancouver, Grimes began recording experimental music while attending McGill University in Montréal, where she became involved with the underground music scene.

In 2010, she released her debut album, Geidi Primes on Arbutus Records (based in Montréal, Québec), followed by Halfaxa (2010). In late 2011, she announced that she had signed with 4AD Records, who partnered with Arbutus Records to release her third album, Visions (2012). Visions met critical acclaim and was hailed by The New York Times as “one of the most impressive albums of the year so far.”

Grimes’ music has been noted by critics and journalists for its atypical combination of vocal elements, as well as a wide array of influences, ranging from industrial and electronic to pop, hip hop, R&B, noise rock, and even medieval music.

In 2013, she was awarded the Webby Award for Artist of the Year.[7] Also in 2013, Grimes was awarded a Juno Award for Electronic Album of the year.

Grimes premiered “Go,” a song she wrote with collaborator Blood Diamonds for the pop starlet Rihanna who ultimately rejected, at Governors Ball earlier this month. Now that tune, which features a backdrop of screams, New-Wave keyboards and EDM stuttering as she sings about dreams, memories and escapism, is her first studio recording in nearly two years and available for download on her website.

“It’s our summer jam so we figured we should put it out ‘cuz I am very bored of waiting to finish my album b4 releasing new music haha,” Grimes mastermind Claire Boucher wrote in a statement.

Prior to playing the song at Governors Ball, Grimes tweeted that the track is “special and top secret and new.” After explaining that the other singer had opted not to record it, she issued a disclaimer for her own performance, warning “it’s kinda different from regular grimes.”

Currently Boucher is working on the follow-up to the 2012 Grimes album Visions. In early June, she reported that she and her collaborators have rerecorded and reproduced all the old Visions songs, too, “so they are much better now.” But while she continues to work on the record, she is still playing a handful of shows this summer.

PREMIERE: Hear Gemma Ray’s Seismic Shake Baby Shake


Enjoy a red velvet curtain swish of pop noir from Essex-born, Berlin-based drama queen.

A red velvet curtain swish of pop noir, Shake Baby Shake pairs a seismic metaphor for a tumultuous love affair with slow-building melodic drama.

“Take me to the centre of the mouth of Mount Vesuvius / The centre of the universe,” she swoons, beginning a stream of mischievous volcanic imagery of elemental thrust and shaking ocean floor.

An Essex girl transposed to Berlin, Ray’s lovely voice and the song’s coiling melody sound deceptively light and fragile but soon grow into more elaborate patterns; prettily complex, like bird footprints on sand. No wonder the esteemed likes of Alan Vega and Howe Gelb were persuaded to contribute to her new album.




Listen: The Antlers’ gorgeous new song “Hotel”

The Antlers

The Antlers


The Antlers will release their new album, Familiars, on June 17th through ANTI- Records. Recorded and produced at the band’s Brooklyn studio with mixing done by Chris Coady (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Future Islands), the forthcoming nine-track offering is preceded by the understated lead single “Palace”. Today, the Brooklyn trio has unveiled “Hotel”, another architecturally-titled taste of the forthcoming album.

While not as downbeat as “Palace”, “Hotel” is still slow-morning with smooth electric guitars, spacey synths, muted piano chords, and velvety horns. Vocalist Peter Silberman’s pained croon soars when sings, “in the hotel, I can’t remember how the past felt” echoing the drama of their excellent 2011 album Burst Apart. Listen in below [click on image]




Familiars Tracklist:
01. Palace
02. Doppelgänger
03. Hotel
04. Intruders
05. Director
06. Revisited
07. Parade
08. Surrender
09. Refuge