@skopemag news for january 3, 2019 @ 1 pm est

Maya de Vitry releases full-length Adaptations on Jan. 25

Maya de Vitry morphs and emerges with her own sound on Adaptations, her first full-length album following the disbanding of critically-acclaimed string band, The Stray Birds. Out January 25th, Adaptations was born in solitude but ultimately celebrates authentic human connection and the possibilities of vulnerability. Written and recorded in 2016 and 2017, Maya found herself drawing from a new well, and reckoning with a body of work that patiently asked to live under her own name — and she also found herself facing the difficult growth required of her to fully live her way into these particular songs. Lindsay Lou, Courtney Hartman, and Oliver Wood, to name a few, were eager to lend a hand and a voice to the project.

Yahmeyl UNI – ‘Hate On Me’

The song “Hate on Me” questions why would one hate the other when they are both one and the same. The song speaks about Yahmeyl UNI struggling to understand why a friend or love one would hate the other when they share similarities, having experienced the same things.

MARK DEUTROM: The Blue Bird LP By Former Melvins Bassist Now Streaming In Its Entirety

Austin, Texas-based multi-instrumentalist MARK DEUTROM (Bellringer, ex-Melvins, Clown Alley) presents his latest hallucinogenic solo album, The Blue Bird. The first work under the MARK DEUTROM name in almost six years, the anxiously anticipated album sees release tomorrow through Season Of Mist and streaming in its entirety.

BOWIE Producer JEFF ROUGVIE Releases Music Industry Comic Book

Award-winning music producer and writer, JEFF ROUGVIE, known for his work with David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Big Star, Morphine and others, will release a new comic book series, GUNNING FOR HITS, teamed up with artist Moritat (The Spirit, Harley Quinn, Hellblazer).

The series draws on Rougvie’s rich background in the industry, in particular his experiences with David Bowie, who inspired the first storyline. In tribute, GUNNING FOR HITS will be released on January 9, 2019, between the anniversaries of Bowie’s birth and death.

‘Alita: Battle Angel’ scored by Tom Holkenborg (Junkie XL), “What’s Your Dream?” streaming now

Having turned a number of heads for his breakthrough scores for Deadpool and Mad Max: Fury Road (and most recently, Mortal Engines), Holkenborg has produced a wide-reaching symphonic score filled with emotion and packed with action. The score is set for release on February 15th via Milan Records, complimenting the February 14th theatrical release date of the film from 20th Century Fox. The spectral track “What’s Your Dream?”, perhaps best capturing the mystery and mystique of the film, is streaming now via Soundcloud.

FOREIGNER Donates Worldwide Hit Song to Shriners Hospitals for Children

FOREIGNER, the classic British-American rock band, has announced that it is donating proceeds from a new version of its hit song “I Want To Know What Love Is” to Shriners Hospitals for Children®. FOREIGNER recently recorded the song and created a new music video featuring Shriners Hospitals for Children patients. The new release is available for download on Google Play and iTunes beginning January 1. Fans can visit www.showthemlove.org to download or pre-order the album. Stream the single on Spotify here: HERE

The single appears on a new album of live recordings, FOREIGNER LIVE IN CONCERT, available on February 15th both digitally and in stores via The Orchard. FOREIGNER is donating proceeds from both the single and the entire album to Shriners Hospitals for Children®.

Video: Hoodrich Pablo Juan – “Fireworks” (Prod. by Aftrparty)

Trap heavy-hitter Hoodrich Pablo Juan delivers soft-spoken street knowledge that hits like a brick. Riding an understated beat driven by ominous single-note piano, Hoodrich Pablo Juan quietly threatens you and your whole family on “Fireworks,” his latest video single. Produced by Aftrparty, “Fireworks” is a master-class in matter-of-fact stunting, as the 1017 Eskimo rapper brags about his luxury lifestyle and threatens all comers who would cross him: “Cotton Candy Faygo tornado/I did them dirty like Diego/Shooter gon’ shoot when I say so/Right wrist look like a blizzard in rose gold.” Released on New Year’s Eve to the tune of 213k+ views on YouTube, “Fireworks” is the latest single from Dope Money Violence, Pablo’s upcoming project, following “Dolce Gabbana,” the collaboration with 1017 labelmates Yung Mal & Lil Quill.

Black Pistol Fire Share “Level” Track Via The 405

The 405 has shared Black Pistol Fire’s new single entitled “Level”. It is out today via House Arrest Distribution. The band plans to release more music as the year continues and will play some music festivals this spring.

Chicago R&B Queen Ann Marie Announces 1/9 Tripolar 2 Album, Shares Video with YK Osiris

Rising through the Chicago R&B scene on the strength of her brash attitude and soulful vocals, Ann Marie is ready to take off. Kicking off 2019 with a set of relatable and emotional jams, Ann Marie announces Tripolar 2, her upcoming album. The follow-up to 2018’s Tripolar, which featured Ann Marie’s breakout hit “Handle It” (over 10 million Apple Music streams), Tripolar 2 is a versatile set of nine sharply crafted R&B cuts, brimming with personality, ranging from glistening empowerment jams like “Bag,” to the radio-ready slow jam “Have You,” to the heart-rending ballad “Pull Up,” to the piano-laden ode to loyalty “Ride For Me.” Featuring appearances from Yung Bleu, YK Osiris, and Calboy, Tripolar 2 arrives on January 9th.

Sophie Strauss Reclaims Power Over Femininity With Her Album ‘Hard Study’

Sophie Strauss is solidifying her narrative of being a shameless woman in a male-dominated world with her debut album Hard Study, out today! The album is an exploration of all the spaces in between the headlines of what we’re told it should mean to be a woman. It isn’t always confident and fearless, it’s honest. If one thing is clear with Hard Study, it’s that Strauss knows herself. She knows who she is as a modern, queer woman and what that means in today’s ever-politicised world. Strauss goes deep into the nooks and crannies of toxic masculinity, finding the little places we forget it exists, even thrives, and exposes them. But in the end, Hard Study isn’t ever really about men at all; it’s a love letter to the women existing despite them.


Waynesville, OH resident and country music singer-songwriter Richard Lynch has had his share of accolades, over the years. From chart-topping radio hits and Top 25 iTunes chart sales success, to industry awards and his induction into the Independent Country Music Hall of Fame. Now, Richard has received one of the greatest honors of his career: induction into the Ohio Country Music Hall of Fame.

On New Year’s Eve, in front of a standing room only crowd at the Orioles Social Club in Middletown, OH, Hall of Fame Director, Jackie Thomas took to the stage to surprise Richard Lynch with his induction. Lynch’s manager, Randy Hayford of Twang Thang Country said, “What a fitting way to end a hugely successful 2018. How Awesome! Congratulations Richard!”

Marissa Nadler guests on Machinefabriek’s “VIII”

With Voices is the newest recording by Dutch composer Rutger Zuydervelt under the moniker Machinefabriek. True to its title, the album’s eight pieces exhibit Zuydervelt’s use of cassette recorders, tone generators, radios, synths, and other hifi curio to construct bewildering aural architecture around vocal work from Peter Broderick, Marissa Nadler, Richard Youngs, Chantal Acda, Terence Hannum (of Locrian) and others. These human voices are featured as musical instruments rather than mere vehicles of lyrical content, resulting in a sub-linguistic mosaic of primordially stirring moods.

Machinefabriek details the Origins of new song “VIII” featuring Marissa Nadler: Stream