Let’s start with some shouts to those that got bit by the Conduits bug last month. SYFFAL were not shy at all about their love going 9 out of 10 on the album and giving space on their dope site to the video for “Last Dirge“. A tenth of a point behind SYFFAL is SSGMusic who went right to the edge of nine with a 8.9/10 rating. And there’s more: Darlingdork says this is “Massive Attack and Ladytron having a baby,” while the Line of Best Fit says it is “drony.” Our personal favorite? The Majestic Show going so far as to state they would like Conduits to come live in their garage, and Jerk Magazine claiming the band fuses “the best elements of dream pop and shoe gaze.” Fair Enough. Next up: Simone Felice. The founding member of the Felice Brothers is now a solo artist and people are paying attention. NPR, is pushing it to the nation while on the local level the Woodstock Times went long with a powerful feature by Paul Smart. Glide got all4 our of 5 stars on us, Music Omh tossed around some Cat Stevens comparisons and Uncut is going 8/10 and giving it the Americana Album of the Month title.
Simone’s story is just starting and there’s a bunch of US touring coming soon. Also we need to thank the lovely folks at WUNH who had Simone on to sing last month. But there’s more! Sea of Bees is going to make you wish you’d kept those tape copies of the first two Innocence Mission albums. Love to Vice for debuting the video that makes you long for that secret swimming hole. Robin Hilton at NPR got the exclusive stream debut and eternal faves Bowlegs are tossing around words like “swims in beautifully melanchlic waters,” which we think is a good thing.
Things are happening, it’s 2012, that’s officially living in the future. Let’s start with Conduits. The band’s hometown blogs picked up the news quick that Team Love was going to be putting out this much loved Omaha 6 piece with Rock Candy Omaha and Tim Lazy i both spreading the good word. Mix Tape Muse have posted the first track from the album and Chuck P at KCRW dropped the track into his show over the weekend. Conduits are on tour w/ Cursive this spring, the dates are here. Next up, the poet, the outlaw, the founding member of the Felice Brothers, elder brother Simone Felice has recorded a masterpiece that explores the darker corners of gothic america. Plenty of noise on the tubes about this one including mentions by Birds Need Feet, The Line of Best Fit, Audio Cred and the always brilliant Songs by Toad.
Simone’s playing a very special release show at the Mercury Lounge in New York City on March 30, get your tickets here. Finally, a shout out to Anika in London who tells us about her discovery of Team Love back in the day so Anika, if you are reading this, keep an eye out because some amazing stuff is coming soon….
Our comrades at Slumber Party Records have released the new McCarthy Trenching album and it is full of dark and twisted beauty. Watch the first video here at Hear Nebraska. An excellent interview with The Berg Sans Nipple has appeared on Subba Cultura, while reviews continue to drip in via Tiny Mix Tapes, and the NME. Want to go even deeper? Then check out this Interview and photo spread over at The Stimuleye. The folks at Songward have presented an intro of sorts on Tilly and the Wall. Punk News and Not Popular both have the skinny on the upcoming David Dondero-Kevin Seconds tour and one of the great music blogs Songs by Toad were kind enough to preview DD’s Scotland tour by posting the great Rothko Chapel. On to our favorite El Paso seekers, Refried Ice Cream, who get broken down at Lung Books. And one of our new favorite bands. Breakfast in Fur received three quarters of a perfect review at the brilliant In Your Speakers. Well done everyone!
Cheers to Slowcoustic for digging into the Team Love Library and throwing some love at Sarah Winchester from A Weather’s beautiful and free EP “Northeast Kingdom Demos.” More cheers to Sue P. for dropping some Refried Ice Cream into her set on WFMU. The Berg Sans reviews continue to roll in with excellent mentions from Bowlegs, Little Reviews, Tiny Mix Tapes, and Music OMH. BSN also have an amazing new video. Here’s something cool, Dave Dondero performing for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts. Heard the new Nik Fretias? Check it out here. June 18 marks the opening of the latest exhibit at the Team Love Ravenhouse gallery, full details here. And finally, we have our very own Matt Maginn setting some records straight with Lazy-i.
A new Berg Sans Nipple is about to drop and the advance press is looking good, Tiny MIx Tapes were on early on and the folks over at Pitchfork chimed in last week with a review of the full length, calling it, “unstable,” “fever soaked,” and “mallet-led,” which makes us wonder, when did PF become such big supporters of Belgian League basketball? Other blogtastic observations are coming in from Fabric and Guerrilla and Chalk. And check out this live review over at The Line of Best Fit. and these pics from the band’s ATP performance in December. Want more, go exploring on the band’s artist-driven site, Change the Shape.
Austin-bound folks check out the TL-website for the latest on catching Popup and Dave Dondero and Refried Icecream, who are playing a special gig at SX to benefit the Austin Humane Society. And those of you who haven’t read about Refried’s Denny Brewer’s work on the new Bright Eyes, you can read this Huffington Post interview with Conor to get all the groovy details. Lazy-I have posted an interview with Simon Joyner and if you want to go deeper, check out his recently posted interview over at the WFMU blog site.
Massive reviews coming in for # Zero With A Bullet with Pitchfork, Paste, Popmatters, and All Music Guide.. Ready for a new Dondero cut? Then check out this clip from the Concert for Equality, Dave and the Desaparecidos performing “Building the new Berlin Wall.” Dondero is on tour now check the dates here. And here’s a cool interview with Dave posted at Sounds Good Ink. A Weather have made a video for the song Third of Life and it’s posted here at the Portland Mercury site. Also check out this sweet review at Skeleton Crew Quarterly. Super sweet new McCarthy Trenching song up here for you to enjoy. Anyone who says you need cash to make a cool music video, direct them to this little gem by Taylor Hollingsworth.
There is a MP3 from the new David Dondero album coming out on Team Love Aug 3 and it’s called “Wherever You Go,” download it here. Speaking of Dave, check out this Jolie clip of her doing the Real Tina Turner, and make sure to go see him when he comes to a town near you. Sonic Dissonance and Feral Saint are both on the lead off track and the Hattiesburg American has an eye-opening interview with Dave. A Weather not only write beautiful songs, they also have aided us in discovering some great new websites like Bowlegs and In Your Speakers. Here’s a treat for everyone, Day Trotter has posted the McCarthy Trenching session and like always it a great listen. Some dude at Mog is loving El Madmo. Artist Advocacy has posted a cool Simon Joyner interview. MAKE LOVE, NOT PLASTIC, indeed.
Capgun Coup‘s newest video is turning heads and Get Your Plane Right On Time are among those paying attention. If you missed their Tyler Chickinelli-directed video for When I’m Gone you can check it out at Consequence of Sound. A Weather recently played to an enamored audience at Union Hall in Brooklyn. If you want to see what that was like we have footage here, or check out this link at KDHX. Want to know what goes on in the minds of a band making such beautiful music? Then check out a new interview with A Weather over at Indie Muse. A very cool looking guitar is being played by Taylor Hollingsworth in the clip over at The Hook. And here’s a great review of Taylor over at Call it Folk and a great comp featuring Taylor from Uncut Magazine. If you are fluent in German here is a conversation taking place on the Rolling Stone Germany forum about his new album, # Zero with A Bullet. More Dondero? Check out his profile on No Depression. Midnight Masses receive some love this week from Zap Town and I’m Officially A Yuppie. And KEXP‘s giving the band the old Song of the Day treatment. Finally, Artist Advocacy has a must-read interview with Simon Joyner up on the site. Make sure you visit Simon’s Tour Site to find out if he’s bringing his special living room concert to your area