Episode 30 - Lavender Heart

Tracklist

  • 01. Magic City Hippies - Heart Wants
  • 02. Courage & RAY BLK - 2Am
  • 03. Manatee Commune - Second Guess (feat. Marina Price)
  • 04. Diskopunk - Fire
  • 05. beGun - Yoko
  • 06. Nathan Fake - DEGREELESSNESS (feat. Prurient)
  • 07. Molly - As Years Go By
  • 08. Maszer - Pandora's Box
  • 09. Turnip King - The Ho_se
  • 10. Hideous Towns - Value
  • 11. Cote - Green Light
  • 12. Future of the Left - Animals Beginning with a B
  • 13. Lapcat - Lavender

Artist Information

Magic City Hippies

The Magic City Hippies began as a one-man band playing for the co-ed party scene on the streets of Miami — serenading the 20-somethings with a mix of oldschool hip-hop covers and original tunes.
After months of stealing electricity and stirring up crowds of passers-by with his loop-based setup, frontman Robby Hunter was asked by the Coconut Grove Police to cease and desist or ‘play in a real bar.’ Finding sanctuary in a nearby dive bar, Robby enlisted the support of multi-instrumentalists Pat Howard and John Coughlin for a regular gig.
This trio dubbed itself Robby Hunter Band and released a self-produced, widely acclaimed debut LP in 2013 entitled Magic City Hippies, which included the beachy Hype Machine-topper “Corazón” alongside indie blog hits “Hard On Me” and “BUST.”
Encouraged by the international reach and positive reception of their debut, they decided to expand their sound and approach under the better-fitting moniker Magic City Hippies (after the title of their debut LP). In July of 2015, the Magic City Hippies released the Hippie Castle EP, and the lead-off track “Fanfare” hit #1 on Spotify’s Global Viral Top 50. It has accumulated over 2 million streams to date.
‘HUSH’ is the Hippies’ latest handiwork, the first piece of a full length album planned for release in Fall 2016 amidst a string of upcoming US tour dates.

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Courage & RAY BLK



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Manatee Commune

Manatee Commune, a.k.a. Grant Eadie, began in the misty trees Bellingham, Washington. Combining textures of the rainy woods and the windy seas of the Pacific Northwest with the calming mood of clean surfy guitar licks and rolling arpeggiated sine waves, Manatee Commune seeks to capture the atmosphere of taking a thoughtful, self-reflecting stroll through the forest. Bright, down tempo percussion placed neatly under pleasant, classically influenced viola melodies make his music both easily listenable and complex.

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Diskopunk

Stockholm based Diskopunk debut in 2016. The group play disco/punk and are the missing link between the live & dance scene. Control shifts to filth, safety transforms to freedom and impulses become habits.
Antonio America/Joakim Rydén/Harald Forsmark/William Collins/Henrik Ulvenäs

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Nathan Fake

Nathan Fake is a British electronic music artist from Necton in Norfolk, who has released singles as well as three albums on the label Border Community Recordings.
In 2006, his debut album Drowning in a Sea of Love was released on Border Community. He released a six track mini-album Hard Islands in 2009. His third album Steam Daysfollowed in 2012.
In 2014, Nathan founded the label Cambria Instruments with Wesley Matsell, the inaugural release being a split single between the two artists.

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Molly

MOLLY are Lars Andersson and Phillip Dornauer from Innsbruck in Austria. With a shared love of the early Creation bands such as My Bloody Valentine they knew the sound they wanted from the moment they decided to form a band together – shoegaze.

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Maszer

A runaway of the vibrant music scene of Tel Aviv, songwriter Tomer-David Rapaport (aka STITCX) arrived in the U.S. ten years ago, and cut his teeth in America as he toured relentlessly with his bands MOTHER’S ANGER (Dionysus Records) and REIGNWOLF. There have been endless miracles on his journey: His debut album was produced by Mike Davis of the legendary MC5. The sophomore, “Sniper” by Seattle mastermind Jack Endino (Mudhoney, Soundgarden, Nirvana) and Dan Hoal (Rancid). Ben Shepherd from Soundgarden was a guest bassist on MOTHER’S ANGER’s third release, “Escaping Revolution,” which is based on a book written by Rapaport.
In the last three years David, along with drummer Joseph Braley (who joined MOTHER’S ANGER in 2007), took on world tours, opening for BLACK SABBATH and THE PIXIES as well as playing major festivals and shows all over the world with their subsequent band, REIGNWOLF. Inspired by those years of musical excitement, David spent six months in his studio writing over a hundred songs in preparation for the next musical adventure.
Teaming up with longtime friend and captivating Seattle-based singer Kate Blackstock, the trio dubbed themselves MASZER. « “I met the boys a few years ago through mutual friends in the Seattle music scene,” says Blackstock. “I was quickly a big fan of them as musicians & as people. After only knowing me a few months, Mothers Anger agreed to play a benefit show I was having for my sick father. They've had a big space in my heart ever since.”
The band name means 'tithing' in Hebrew (מְעַשֵּׂר), and is far from a cast-off name; it’s a principle for the band’s operation as a creative entity. The band is committed to donating at least 10% of its profits to an organization that has helped many a musician (Rapaport included), MusiCares.

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Turnip King

we are NEAT-O

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Hideous Towns

Hideous Towns is a Melbourne based band that has been independently active since 2013. With their winning combination of chiming gazed-out guitars, dynamic female vocals and buoyant, no-frills drum propulsion, Hideous Towns have nonchalantly secured a stronghold on the world’s tuned-in dream-pop fans.

They self recorded and released their first single ‘Joy/Don’t Look Up’ in April 2014, performing extensively throughout 2014. The group then released a debut EP earning themselves a reputation as a notable live act.

In August 2015 they toured nationally with their single ‘Heart Attack’ released through Melbourne’s Lost And Lonesome Records. After receiving positive reviews from local community radio and Triple J, Hideous Towns went about recording their Debut Album.

The album was recorded by Matthew Hosking in the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne and the inner northern suburb of Northcote over the summer of 2015/16. Since then Hideous Towns have released two singles from the upcoming debut ‘Don’t Forget’ which also a music video was created by James Thomson (Contrast) and was played on Rage in the following weeks of release. Their most recent release ‘Wake Us’ shows their softer side musically and was well received by community radio stations nationally.In the coming months of 2016, Hideous Towns will release their Debut Album 'Disquiet Living'.

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Cote



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Future of the Left

future of the left are a rock band from Cardiff, Wales. they were constituted, time-fans, in the past, which is when rocks were formed then shaped by tides/wind/jcb diggers, and much in that way they messed on in rehearsal rooms until songs - or units of music pertaining to be songs - were written and presented to audiences who vary greatly in size depending on age and education level, just like Brexit.

currently the band consists of Jack Egglestone (drums), Julia Ruzicka (bass) and Andrew Falkous (vocals, guitar) - there are also keyboards sometimes, but that looks weird in brackets. the touring line-up is completed by Ian Wilson of the band Art Brut, who has done more touring than the rest of us so is quicker at buffets.

sometimes people do power-stances when we play and it is heartening.

their latest album (the peace and truce of future of the left) was released in April 2016 through Prescriptions and was funded through a pledgemusic campaign, which reached its funding target within 3 and a half hours of launch. details of the campaign can be found here.

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Lapcat

Lapcat is comprised of Cate (vocals), Jonas and Jean-Jacques (all things that make sounds). She's Bad is the third full length offering from the intercontinental (Swiss-American) trio known as Lapcat. She's Bad is Lapcat's most mature effort, and it's approaching perfection. From the spellbinding opening song Baus, – it weaves a deep and nuanced emotional tapestry that lingers long after the last song is snuffed out.

The album conjures a grainy and dusty feeling – the images flicker and shine as if reflected from a silver screen and give shape to rich emotional landscapes --vivid, yet dusky snapshots of enchanted, faraway places. Cate's breathy, beautiful, hypnotic voice literally takes you there. You can almost smell biting sage and the sweet scent of lavender in your mind; feel the coarse textures of dry, cracked adobe, only to witness the contrast of illuminated cities and night-scapes rise in their sparkling glory like mirages from scorched asphalt. There is a real sense of polarity in the album, a dichotomy of the modern metropolis and the vast open vistas of the Southwest. This tension between nature and city is a thread running throughout the entire LP. There is a strange balance struck between European electronica and the songs of the Southern United States. The record is pensive, seasoned with a mild melancholia and longing, yet still hopeful. It's as if it was documenting a sun-rise in slow motion, which fully arrives in its redemptive glory, on the closing track of the record, aptly entitled Walk Away. She's Bad is an intimately told, subtly written love story about life.

80% percent of the material was written and recorded in spring, and everything was finished June 2016. There were 25 instrumentals brought to the first session, which Cate freestyled her way through for 3 hours straight one night, not even leaving the booth. The best takes were selected afterwords and became the anchors for final arrangements. Other songs, like Baus, came out fully formed. Very few plug-ins and virtual instruments were used. Most of She's Bad was played live (guitars, synths), sampled or programmed on hardware machines. This is why this record breathes and feels so warm, familiar and uninhibited, is because nothing was forced – the music just flowed.

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