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7/15/2018
Jane Machine joins the fam!

We're excited to announce the adition of Los Angeles based electro indie "noir" rockers Jane Machine. Lead by writer, producer, singer and keyboardist Erica Von Trapp, Jane Machine brings a sound inspired by Scandinavian electro, indie rock and ambient trip hop. "Von Trapp’s voice is strong, delivering almost hyper-feminine breathiness redolent with an exotic tang radiating on waves of sonic color." -HuffPost

5/16/2018
Kris Gruen announces Summer Tour

With venues and radio shows around the country Kris heads out to share news songs from his upcoming release Coast & Refuge.

3/25/2018
Benjamin Cartel releases first single "Coast Town" from Flickering Light

Benjamin Cartel is no stranger to making music that quickly connects with its listeners. That's something he's always excelled at, first with the substan- tial attention and acclaim accorded his duo Kaiser Cartel, and then, with a return to his solo career. To date, the latter has yielded two highly acclaimed efforts, an EP called Money and Love and a full length outing entitled Gothenberg, each of which helped broaden his reputation while underscor- ing his obvious ambitions. “Coast Town”, the first single off his upcoming release Flickering Light, sees him moving the needle even further, opening up a sonic palette that not only reflects his expansive musical vision, but also reflects his attention to craft and detail through astute, articulate arrangements and a sound that's both stirring and sublime. Co-produced by longtime colleague Mike Cohen and recorded at Trout Studios in Brooklyn (home to recordings by Evan Dando and Joan as Police Woman) and Flower Studios in Minneapolis (which birthed records by The Replacements and The Jayhawks), the new album found Cartel intimately involved in every detail of the process. With Cartel playing guitar and drums, Cohen contributing guitar, and Kieren Mul- vaney anchoring the proceedings on bass, the results verify that fact that Flickering Light is easily Cartel's greatest achievement yet.

1/23/2018
Aloud lands song in Sundance World Premiere "Kusama Infinity"

We're exctited to have Aloud's song "Such a Long Time" featured in the this world premiere at this years Sundance Film Festival. The film is about a fledgling yet fierce young Japanese artist who moved to New York City in 1958 after writing to Georgia O'Keeffe to express admiration and seek guidance on how to break into the New York art scene. Miraculously, O’Keeffe wrote back, and an emboldened Yayoi Kusama left behind what she considered the conformist culture of Japan to assert herself in the Big Apple. Inspired by the 1960s American political and social revolution, Kusama’s avant-garde innovations garnered notoriety but little fame or success as she pioneered audacious and unprecedented soft sculptures, staged nude Vietnam protests, and fashioned dazzling polka-dot creations. Encountering both racism and sexism in a realm dominated by men whose work often directly pilfered her concepts, she eventually returned to Tokyo and voluntarily retired to a mental institution. Only in the last couple of decades has the rest of the world caught up to Kusama’s radical vision. A documentary many years in the making, Kusama - Infinity lovingly finds a form that captures the ineffable power of her work and embodies the elusive yet magnetic voice of this genius only now, at 88, receiving her due.

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Album: Flickering Light
Genre: Alt Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Mood: Hopeful, Introspective
Description: File with: Wilco, Ryan Adams, John Lennon, Neil Young
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Album: Music For Outcasts
Genre: Folk
Mood: Cheerful, Comical, Heartfelt, Laid Back, Mellow, Positive
Description: File With: Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, The Band
Instrumental: Yes
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ANML BHVR

ANML BHVR is the Hip-Hop/Psych-Rock juggernaut of blood brothers Dr. Lex “LP” Plow aka AxeMan on Electric Guitars and Hype, and The Reverend I.W¥N aka GorillaGod on Synths/Drum Machine and Raps. After years of dangerous research and development, the AB devised a method of sound design and neurolinguistic programming capable of stimulating the same synaptic pathways as heavy stimulant and psychedelic deliriants. They will destroy you. And you will see the light.

The Kick Drum People

The Kick Drum People are an anonymous UK Urban-Electro duo living in Bushwick, NYC. An ideal evening for The KDP is lurking the streets of Brooklyn in search of that one, perfect, post-industrial musical inspiration… but never to find it. The probability of a live DJ/laptop performance ranges from ‘highly unlikely’ to ‘never’: it’s your job to coax them out of hiding. They’re dark, gritty, bumping & cinematic… and, to their preference, below your radar.

Benjamin Cartel

Benjamin Cartel is no stranger to making music that quickly connects with its listeners. That’s something he’s always excelled at, first with the substantial attention and acclaim accorded his duo Kaiser Cartel, and then, with a return to his solo career. To date, the latter has yielded two highly acclaimed efforts, an EP called Money and Love and a full length outing entitled Gothenberg, each of which helped broaden his reputation while underscoring his obvious ambitions. “Benjamin Cartel’s songs can often conjure the same subliminal tension as that of a Randy Newman or John Prine” -.American Songwriter

Kris Gruen

Kris Gruen writes songs about grown up life infused with a mystic wonder, softening the world’s sharp edges like a glass of exceptionally fine bourbon. Kris grew up steeped in classic records. His Americana influenced new folk is grounded in the tradition of great narrative songwriters like Cat Stevens and Paul Simon and yet Kris’s voice is strikingly current. A New York City native who’s put down roots in Vermont, Kris effortlessly blends sagacious wit and emotional depth. Americana UK writes "There is the sense of theatre that artists such as Sufjan Stevens achieve, and Gruen's music certainly stands alongside such artists comfortably…truly a thing of beauty.” While often garnering comparisons to contemporaries like The Avett Brothers, Ryan Adams, and Andrew Bird, Exclaim! Canada’s Music Authority aptly notes, “Kris Gruen is no mere imitator. He possesses a sound all his own.”

The Ton Ups

Regarded by many as the original Williamsburg Band. Hey, somebody had to be. The Ton Ups still live and roam the streets of Williamsburg Brooklyn. The Ton Ups play driving garage rock.

Aluminum Babe

"Aluminum Babe elude simple comparison. They yank the bittersweet guitar song violently into funky disco terrain and then gently lick it with a creamy female falsetto. Driving dance-punk energies, making for a fascinating sonic journey that is highly recommended." - Amy McGill Rock Sound.

The Ritualists

The Ritualists is NYC-based dark psychedelia. Fronted by lyricist and multi-instrumentalist, Christian Dryden, the group's fusion of classic glam rock, post punk and modern Brit-pop has raised more than a few eyebrows, earning them comparisons to legends such as David Bowie, Echo and The Bunnymen and The Verve, and the praise of Sex Pistols founder, Glen Matlock. The Ritualists' live show combines aspects of traditional rawk theatricality and classical surrealism. They have awed audiences up and down the east coast, from The Highline Ballroom, NYC to The Masquerade in Atlanta. They were recently one of only 25 other artists chosen to participate in the All About Music festival in Nashville, TN. They have played alongside notable artists such as Lady GaGa, The Fiery Furnaces, Earl Slick, and Love & Rockets. They have performed live for 107.7 WACC in Connecticut and 90.3FM WMSC Radio in Montclair, NJ. The Ritualists are also featured regularly on 107.1 FM, "The Peak" and 93.30 FM in Argentina.

Lost Leaders

When we left off the first Lost Leaders record was just released. This was in 2014 before the country went mad. That record did things for us. Our song “I’m Gonna Win” was on radio stations around the country and on several year-end top song lists. We played many an on-air concert singing into foam cylinders suspended on desk-lamp arms under florescent lights. It got us into some great publications like Relix, No Depression and The Huffington Post and on A-sides with John Chattman so we got our origin story down pat. And we’re sticking to it. Most importantly it got us in front of thousands of people including a sold out show at The Capitol Theatre. It consumed tires and gasoline and Spotify playlists. It also got us looking forward. And got us writing. Much about this new E.P. mirrors the creation of the previous release. We have a thing for barns that are like churches. Where the first record was recorded largely at Levon Helm’s barn which feels like a church, this set of songs was recorded in a barn built out of an actual church, taken apart and reassembled, cathedral ceiling, stained glass and all. Here in the Hudson Valley we holed up and worked on six new songs with a great crew of new players. Byron brought in some beautiful finger picked guitar songs with great harmonies and I brought in more cynical yet optimistic rockers. Some of the original contributors came back. Jared Samuel (G.O.A.S.T.T) contributed some synth weirdness on April Snow and Clark Gayton (E. Street Band horn section) gave us an awesome trombone choir on Gienevieve. This time around the songs are from a more immediate place. We didn’t have as much time to write them. So they are drawn more sharply. They are brighter, more concise and hit a little harder. Lost Leaders grew from a collaboration that has lasted through years of weirdness and magic. It has lasted through Byron’s time in Ollabelle and their time on Columbia records touring with Ryan Adams, Diana Krall and others. It lasted through my time in Lava Baby and our strange NYC power-pop journey with a record label whose president was convicted of money laundering. For all we know he is still in prison. It lasted through years of touring with bands and artists from all the dark corners. The partnership became Lost Leaders during Byron’s tenure in The Levon Helm Band and is now continuing through his time playing with The Lumineers on their current record and tour. Lost Leaders continues to stay off the boards and push its way onward. It continues to make much from little. But despite the self generating energy that propels us ever forward we’re calling this new E.P. “Heavy Lifting”. That’s just how it is.

The God Bombs

Brooklyn based Industrial punks The God Bombs are poised for an explosive debut year. The trio will celebrate the release of their 5 song EP 'Hex' with a North American tour opening for Ministry and Chelsea Wolfe, two of the largest acts in modern goth metal. On 'Hex' frontman Justin Symbol, guitar/keyboardist Jabbath Roa and percussionist Edrick Subervi have forged a bold new sound, channeling equal parts abrasive hip hop (Death Grips, Ho99o9) and 90s dark alternative (Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, Prodigy), with an immediate and urgent DIY New York mentality. With their energetic and heartfelt live performances, The God Bombs provide an honest and critical look at a world of excess, distortion, consumption, and confusion.

Soft News

The self effacing title of Soft News’ debut album, Used Melodies, belies its true nature as an innovative cover album of reimagined 80s pop songs. Each song, from Billy Idol’s “Dancing With Myself,” to “Love Touch” by Rod Stewart is completely stripped of the decade’s trademark glitter and bombast. In contrast, the sound that pervades Used Melodies is intimate, exposed, and soothing. From the first track to the last, Erik Laroi (the man behind Soft News) inspires trust in the listener. His pitch perfect production, crooning voice, and nuanced arrangements deliver the sense that you’re listening to indie renditions of the Great American Songbook. The collection of songs that Soft News covers on Used Melodies weren’t so much diamonds in the rough as diamonds covered in rhinestones, glitter, and neon-colored feathers. Laroi tenderly stripped them of their shimmer and glue to reveal the true gems sparkling beneath. Used Melodies was a passion project. Over the past four years, he’s been recording covers in his home studio, selecting songs as the inspiration strikes. He was grocery shopping when “Separate Ways” by Journey came on over the sound system. Laroi couldn’t shake the melancholic alternate version that was cycling through his head and so he recorded it. He did this with approximately 30 songs from the 80s and early 90s (there are two exceptions: a gorgeous version of Big Star’s 1975 classic “Holocaust” and a complete re-interpretation of Pulseprogramming’s 2003 IDM-inspired track “Blooms Eventually”). Laroi enlisted Charles Newman (The Magnetic Fields, Jon DeRosa) to mix them. Laroi had no commercial intent for the project but while mixing, Newman heard an album in the works. Laroi and Newman picked their twelve favorite covers and Used Melodies was born. It will be released on Newman’s label, Mother West, in fall 2014. If you hear a hint of Kings of Convenience in Laroi’s rich, clear vocals, it may be because they are his Norwegian countrymen. Originally from Norway, Erik Laroi spent much of his childhood in Detroit and London. This is where he soaked up 80s pop culture, making weekly trips to the record store with his older brother to pick up the latest album by New Wave cult bands like New Order, The Cure, Depeche Mode, and The Smiths. As he got older, Laroi’s tastes broadened, discovering bands like Red House Painters and Low, as well as singer-songwriters like Nick Drake and Joni Mitchell. This wandering path of musical exploration led him to create Used Melodies, an album that takes a decidedly grown-up approach to childhood nostalgia – resurrecting it to fit the present. Used Melodies by Soft News was recorded and produced by Erik Laroi in his home studio in New York. The album was mixed by Charles Newman and Ray Ketchem (Elk City, The Mendoza Line). The tracks feature backing vocals by Lorraine Lelis (Mahogany, Aarktica) and Margaret White (Sparklehorse) and string arrangements by Perry Serpa (TV On The Radio, The Sharp Things) and Jean Cook (Ida, Mountain Ocean Sun).