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LISTEN // Lia Ices Shares “Higher”, New Album ‘Ices’ Out 9/16



Lia Ices gives us another peek at her upcoming album, Ices, with the song ‘Higher.’ This track joins previously released ‘Thousand Eyes’ on Lia’s followup to 2011′s acclaimed Grown Unknown. Produced by Benny Sagittarius [the production team of Lia and her brother Eliot] and Clams Casino, listen to the track above or here on Soundcloud / YouTube.

Pre-order the new album Ices out September 16th via iTunes, Amazon, Jagjaguwar, and your local record store.

Lia explains how the track came to be:
“My brother Eliot and I had a fireplace in our music studio, and during the long Hudson Valley Winter, we would start a fire in the morning and keep it going all day. There’s something strangely perfect and simple about making a fire in the place where you also are creative — writing music can be totally strange and nonlinear and spiritual, and taking moments away to stare into flames can feel like a total brain massage (heard once that an adult’s fascination with fire is a direct consequence of not having mastered it as a child.) So we were in our spaceship in the snow, stoking that fire highly caffeinated and ‘Higher’ kind of felt like it fell down from the sky.

Some songs feel like they take a long time to be born, but not this one. We started with the progression on those tropical keys, and after looping that Eliot started riffing on the electric guitar and came up with the main hook within the first 20 minutes. I knew right away there was something about that line; just the right blend of satisfying and strange. From there, we thought we might want to hear it on an Asian dulcimer sounding string instrument, so we found this Persian santur sample and put that in. It went on and on like this, each new sound inspiring the next. We were on our own strange psychic sibling trip.

On that next Saturday night (I only recorded vocals late on Saturday nights for this album) I wrote the vocal parts and melodies. I was feeling fearless. I kept following this genuine sense of feeling free and returned to a much more childlike state – not taking myself so seriously and reacting in the moment. I also wanted my lyrics and delivery to embody the playfulness we found in the music; I ended up having a lot of fun with how I conveyed my desire, femininity, and strength in this song. It was important for me to express all of the layers I was uncovering – to be simultaneously flirtatious/spiritual, childlike/powerful.

Fast forward 5 months later to our springtime glass box in the sky production studio at the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn. We had worked with Clams Casino on a few other tracks and were really vibing so we thought we’d see if there was anything else we could do with ‘Higher’. We brought up our demo which had some basic beats, but Clams came up with the big tom drum patterns you hear during the verses, the massive subs, and some rad alternate beats in the chorus. Our process with him had the same easy environment Eliot and I had established, and he dove right in — there was no pressure or expectation of what should or shouldn’t be in there, we just had to love it. I remember dancing around our hotel room during that session with Clams, so excited that we could make music I wanted to dance to.”

Volcano Choir Are Back! New Album ‘ REPAVE’ Out In September, New Tour Dates Set For Summer & Fall

Hot dog. Here’s a serious bit of news from me to you. Volcano Choir are back with their sophomore album, REPAVE. Three years in-the-making, the new record came to be at April Base and will be available to the world on September 3. Watch the album trailer above and check out the album artwork (The North Sea by Corey Arnold) and track listing below. You can pre-order Repave at Amazon UK now.

Volcano Choir will also tour North America for the very first time. You’ll find all their upcoming dates HERE. In case you need a refresher, Volcano Choir is Jon Mueller, Chris Rosenau, Matthew Skemp, Daniel Spack, Justin Vernon, and Thomas Wincek. You can stay in the know with all things band/tour related at VC’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Repave Track Listing:
1. Tiderays
2. Acetate
3. Comrade
4. Byegone
5. Alaskans
6. Dancepack
7. Keel
8. Almanac

Dinosaur Jr Announce New Album – “I Bet on Sky,” Kick Off North American Tour Later this Month

photo by Brantley Gutierrez

Some exciting news people! It’s been 27 years and ten studio albums, but Dinosaur Jr show no signs of stopping. Today they announce a brand new record, the third since the original trio of J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph regrouped in 2005. Titled I Bet on Sky, it’s out on September 18th.

“There is nothing quite like a Dinosaur Jr. album. The best ones are always recognizable from the first notes. And even though J tries to trip us up by smearing “Don’t Pretend You Didn’t Know” with keyboards, it’s clear from the moment he starts his vocals that this is the one and only Dinosaur Jr., long reigning kings of Amherst, Massachusetts (and anywhere else they choose to hang their toques).” -Byron Coley

See Dinosaur Jr live in concert. In addition to over 25 venue shows, they’ll play Green Music, 80/35 Music, MidPoint Music, LouFest 2012 and Pygmalion Festivals. All dates listed below! Read the rest of this entry »

Forever Dilating Eye by Sinoia Caves
Thousand Eyes by Lia Ices
Taking Chances by Sharon Van Etten
Every Time the Sun Comes Up by Sharon Van Etten
Lines of Latitude by Small Black
North Hollywood Microwaves by Pink Mountaintops
Fire-scene by S. Carey
Crown the Pines by S. Carey
Forgiven/Forgotten by Angel Olsen

Our Love by Sharon Van Etten

Every Time the Sun Comes Up by Sharon Van Etten

Ambulance City by Pink Mountaintops

Oneida
Indianapolis, IN - Joyful Noise

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