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Singer/Songwriter/Actor Kyle Meagher releases “Just Talkin’”
Kyle Meagher starts 2020 off with a bang by releasing his latest single, “Just Talkin’,” and its accompanying video (featuring dozens of Kyles, his bandmates and his paramour) just as Netflix posts the final season of his acclaimed show, “Anne with an E,” which was nominated for a Teen Choice Award in 2018. A sweet, upbeat pop song about those first bliss-filled moments of a new relationship, “Just Talkin’” was co-written with Joe Jordan and produced by Mark Liggett (New Kids on the Block, George Michael, Kira Isabella) and Jerry Lane and follows last year’s visual album and EP, “Beats in a Bagel Shop.” In addition to winning a silver medal at the Global Music Awards, the visual album was nominated for “best musical” at the Orlando Film Festival and was an Official Selection at the Toronto Shorts International Film Festival. The EP also featured a remix of his single, “Nowhere,” which was a Top 3 track on Radio Disney.
“My Own Devices”, 4th Album from North SF Bay’s Jan Dylan Hunter
This release Left to My Own Devices is named for the myriad of instruments Hunter used in the production, both acoustic and electric. He’s essentially a guitarist, so you will hear 6 string and 12-string guitars at the core but also mandolin, autoharp and banjo playing. What sets it apart though is the prominent use of electronic sounds like arpeggiated synthesizers, swelling pads, flanged saws and extensive spacey effects.
LICE have spent their early years flirting with mainstream acclaim, while remaining contemporary British punk’s constant outliers. Emerging from Bristol’s vital avant-garde scene with supports for The Fall, Fat White Family and Girl Band, LICE first gained national attention with debut single ‘The Human Parasite’, establishing a literate, eccentric brand of satirical art-punk. In 2018 their arch-advocates IDLES, who took them on the Brutalism and Unity tours, used their own label Balley Records to release LICE’s ‘early years’ material as the Double EP It All Worked Out Great Vol.1+2. This gained critical acclaim from the likes of The Guardian, The Quietus and Loud and Quiet, who declared LICE, “the most exciting, inspiring and genuinely deranged new guitar band in the country”.
SUBVERSIVE Release ‘Alethea’ Music Video and Single
Portuguese rock/metal band, SUBVERSIVE, have released a brand new music video and single for ‘Alethea’. The track is taken from their upcoming album ‘Dissonance’, which will be released this summer. The video can be viewed here:
Sanuk, a division of Deckers Brands, today announced the next iteration of its collaboration with iconic rock band, Grateful Dead, powered by Warner Music Artist Services. Turn on, tune in and chill out with the latest collection of comfy, psychedelic kicks launching February 4th exclusively on Sanuk.com and will be hitting retail stores beginning April 1st.
Mush share new single ‘Existential Dread’
Today, Leeds art punks Mush are sharing their exciting new single ‘Existential Dread’. The knotty, anxious, tongue-in-cheek track is taken from from their highly anticipated debut album 3D Routine, out 14th February via Memphis Industries. They are also sharing news of their upcoming UK and European tour.
Lice took nearly two years away to work on new music after finding a shift in their influences and moving towards more esoteric territory. Their first material since this writing break is the bracing, industrially driven “Conveyor”, arguably the best thing they’ve ever done. I’ve included the master here:
GEEZER sign to HPS Records + stream new single “Dig”
Heavy Psych Sounds Records are pleased to announce the signing of Kingston, NY stoner rock figurehead GEEZER to their roster. The band will release their new album ‘Groovy’ this May 22nd and unveil the mind-bending first single today on The Obelisk.
ALEX MIDI BUILDS BUZZ AROUND NEW LIVE CONCEPT WITH “NEED YOU TONIGHT”
Beloved within electronic dance music circles both at home in Mexico and abroad, Alex Midi is known for his impressive musical range — but he’s always had a special affinity and strong love for deep house bass and throwback-inspired sounds. “Need You Tonight” fuses both, combining chunky minimal rhythms with ’80s-style synths and groovy guitar riffs.
A record built for late-night listening, “Need You Tonight” also serves as a lead-up to MAGIC NIGHTS, a live show Midi will launch this February in Mexico City. The weekly show will host a series of musicians performing New Wave and synth-pop covers from the ’80s, so get ready to dance.
Today, Jerskin Fendrix is back with a new pop banger ‘A Star Is Born’. Named for the 1937 film, Jerskin swaggers with a faux arrogance, ‘call the fire service, ‘cause I’m on fire’. The music is built on a mudslide of his distinctive synth-pop production. Sprinting through exactly 3 minutes of hyperactivity, he tosses references to Nick Cave, Shame, Puccini and Wim Wenders into his mythology.
THE MARLEY FAMILY, UME AND ISLAND RECORDS ANNOUNCE YEARLONG 75TH BIRTHDAY
The Marley family, UMe and Island Records have begun to roll out their yearlong MARLEY75 commemorative plans in celebration of the legendary cultural icon, Bob Marley’s 75th birthday and 40th anniversary of the timeless classic “Redemption Song.”
In honor of Black History Month, now underway, and to mark the beginning of all MARLEY75 celebrations in 2020, the official music video for “Redemption Song” premieres today on Bob Marley’s YouTube channel. Created by French artists Octave Marsal & Theo De Gueltzl, the breathtaking animation, featuring 2,747 original drawings, uses powerful symbols to amplify the magnitude of the song’s timeless lyrics and importance in today’s world. The video highlights Bob’s contribution to the empowerment of black civilization, as well as his manifestation of hope and recovery for all mankind.
Swedish-Australian outfit Tiny Fighter present infectious ‘Strangest Thing’ single
“Strangest Thing is a song about the propensity to excuse or downplay toxic behaviour within a relationship. What may seem to others on the outside to be irrational or unacceptable can be sometimes difficult to acknowledge or challenge when in the heat of a relationship with another person. This song is about those two competing perspectives,” says Therese Karlsson.
“José Feliciano: Behind This Guitar” A Documentary Film
Worthwhile Shenanigans in association with Quite Frankly Entertainment, Kvibe Productions and International Media Services, announce the release of the documentary José Feliciano: Behind This Guitar, and its worldwide premiere at SXSW Film Festival on March 18th, 2020.
“José Feliciano: Behind This Guitar” chronicles the life and continuing career of nine-time GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement recipient, singer/guitarist José Feliciano. Revered as one the world’s greatest guitarists, Feliciano is the first Latin American to win Best New Artist and Best Contemporary Pop Vocal GRAMMY Awards and is the first global Latin crossover artist. He is a pioneer in successfully blending genres as well as being a masterful musical interpreter. His is the story of one of the greatest and arguably most under-rated superstar music artists of all time. His journey is a story about the quest of an American immigrant in pursuit of his dream to one day perform on the world stage.