Andy Shauf – Darker Days

Apr 16th, 2010 : by :: Tags: , ,

Regina, SK’s Andy Shauf plays that unique brand of indie-pop-folk, belonging on the same playlist as say Sufjan Stevens, Ryan Lindsey, The Weakerthans and Elliott Smith – with the strumming, picking and plucking of various stringed instruments, elegant vocal harmonies and lyrical poignancy. Shauf’s debut album Darker Days will grab you from the get-go with the whimsical first track, “Your Heart”, and will hold your attention throughout. Check out Andy Shauf’s live performances and video blogs online and catch him on the last leg of his U.S tour.

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Artist: Andy Shauf
Album:Darker Days
Song: Your Heart
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Sugar Army – The Parallels Amongst Ourselves

Apr 15th, 2010 : by :: Tags: , ,

Now let’s rock it! Sugar Army‘s latest, The Parallels Amongst Ourselves, is a dark, intense, riff-heavy work of art. Each song stands on its own two feet, but work wonderfully together as an entire album. I can’t quite put my finger on their sound. Think Queens of The Stone Age meets Hot Hot Heat. Pick up your copy here!

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Artist: Sugar Army Song: Tongues In Cheek.mp3 Album: The Parallels Amongst Ourselves
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BROTHERTIGER – Vision Tunnels EP

Apr 15th, 2010 : by :: Tags: , ,

I don’t know what is in the water down there in Athens, Ohio but I want in.  The soothing music of BROTHERTIGER was brought to my attention yesterday afternoon and it has been on repeat ever since.  The dude has it figured out.  His EP Vision Tunnels is chill, summer, and catchy.  BT’s layered beats and fuzzy reverb never get old and will be a permanent fixture on my summer playlists.  Look out for BROTHERTIGER… I believe we will be hearing a lot more from him soon!

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Artist: BROTHERTIGER Song: Summer House.mp3 Album: Vision Tunnels
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The Nocturnal Suite

One of my favorite and most impressive electronic music labels out there, Ghostly International, teamed up with Moodgadget Records to release The Nocturnal Suite. This is the third compilation album in the Suite series, exploring the wide world of electronic music. This past week’s Electric Saturdays post features a song by Body Language that’s also on The Nocturnal Suite. I’m usually not the compilation type, but this is a fantastic mix of diverse electronic & synth pop tunes. If you fancy yourself an electro-aficionado, you’ll love The Nocturnal Suite!

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Artist: Wisp Song: “Arpeggiating Edgar”

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Artist: Bluejay Song: “Blurry”
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Connect the Dots (La La Lala) – Connect the Dots

Apr 13th, 2010 : by :: Tags: , ,

I wanted to drop a quick afternoon post from DC-land.  This weekend at the Done and Done festival I was bored between sets and playing on my phone.  There was all sorts of feedback and reverb going on and I was very annoyed.  I even considered going outside when suddenly the noise started turning into these looped, catchy, funky beats.  It was one of those moments when you look up to notice everyone nodding their heads and tapping their toes.  After their set I found out that these guys (2 bros and a laptop) have an average age of 18 years old.  Crazy… Anyways here is a quick and dirty demo of the dudes playing a song of their namesake.

ATTN DC: Connect the Dots is playing this Thursday April 15th at 7PM at Paper Sun w/ Untied States and Bubbling Well.

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Artist: Connect the Dots Song: Connect the Dots
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Zs :: Acres of Skin live from a backyard in Austin, TX

Apr 13th, 2010 : by :: Tags: , , ,
This is one of the more mesmerizing live videos you’ll see these days, with an excellent payoff I might add. It’s like you’re watching a lava lamp, or something equally trance-inducing. Very tribal-esque, and loud in all the right places. In other words, it’s amazing. This is Zs performing “Acres of Skin” off their upcoming record New Slaves during a live session for terroreyes.tv, Wednesday on March 17th during SXSW 2010 in a backyard in Austin, TX.

Video by Sean Stout
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ARTIST INTERVIEW :: Letting Up Despite Great Faults


Photos by: Olivia Hermaratanatorn
I just got into Letting Up Despite Great Faults just last week after I posted their new video for “Our Younger Noise.” I’ve been exclusively listening to their self-titled since then. The album is fantastic as I’ve said before… You gotta give it a listen if you haven’t already. Here’s a little Q & A I had last week with LUDGF’s singer/songwriter Michael Lee along with a couple of my favorite songs off the album:

“In Steps”

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“The Colors Aren’t You Or Me”

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Newdust: One of the first things I noticed the first time I heard your self-titled was its distorted & fuzzy-reverbed goodness. I was instantly reminded of My Bloody Valentine…but you take that shoegaze-y sound and lighten it up; it’s much more poppy. Did MBV have any influence on your sound? Who are some other influences?






LUDGF: MBV was a definite influence but, as you noticed, we have a lot of different influences too. I grew up listening to a lot of indiepop bands like Velocity Girl and Papas Fritas, but also listened to noisy guitar driven stuff like Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth. Then there was Brian Eno, The Orb, and Daft Punk using tons of inorganic sounds to create awesomeness. It’s really too many to name. New Order, The Smiths, Lush, Black Tambourine, Slowdive, Boards of Canada, DJ Shadow, Pinback, Labrador Records, Morr Music… We might be a little scatter brain trying to fit all sounds we love into 4 minute pop songs, but we enjoy doing it.
ND: Your songs remind me of those rainy days when you’ve got absolutely no plans but to stay inside and enjoy the rainfall. How do you feel your sound has developed and aged since Letting Up’s 2006 Movement EP?
LUDGF: It’s become more hopeful. Definitely brighter, but not still without your moments of doubt, haze, and melancholy. Technically we use more electric guitars which cuts through a lot differently than an acoustic would. We also added some female vocals to song which I think really adds an important texture we didn’t have before.
ND: How was the recording process for this album? Was this a DIY release?
LUDGF: A lot of it was recorded on the fly. If I came up with an idea, I’d record it and most of the time I used the first take for the final cut of the song. Most of the painstaking part was how much time it took to process things like running guitars and synths through different effects. And yes, this is a self-release. There are a lot of pitfalls and walls you inevitably run into when self-releasing, but it’s definitely a very personal and ultimately rewarding experience.
ND: You guys just finished up @ SXSW. How was it? Was this Letting Up’s first?
LUDGF: Yes, our first time and it was great. We definitely want to go back next year. First off, Austin is a fabulous city and everyone there was very open and friendly. It seemed like no one really had an agenda other than to just have a good time and hopefully hear some good music. It’s also hilarious to me seeing so many band vans on one street. Us bands are a dime a dozen people!
ND: What’s next for you guys? Will you be hitting the road again or is there another album in the works?
LUDGF: We are working on some new songs and will concentrate playing the west coast during our writing stages. We want the next release to be incredibly meticulous, but hopefully that won’t slow us down too much. We’ve been through a lot of crazy adventures since our last release and we have a lot of new sounds we want to explore as well. We’re always trying to move forward with our music and we’re very excited about what’s to come.
ND: Give me two bands that Newdust readers have to check out.
LUDGF: Only 2!? Surfer Blood is an obvious choice, but still alot of people haven’t heard. DO IT ALREADY. An older artist who you’ll probably never hear about is Color Filter from Japan. Their EP was on heavy rotation for me back in 1999.
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