SOME STUFFS: Shmu begins 2014 with tour in support of new EP

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Shmu is one half of the duo known as Zorch, and after making it on my list of Best Albums Of 2013… okay, maybe this isn’t the reason, but it’s a way for you (the reader) to hop on over to my Best Albums Of 2013 list, and since we made it this far without talking about why this post exists, let’s start again.

Shmu, the man you see in the above photo, will be releasing an EP in two weeks on Grand Theft Zamboni Records called Chroma Key and to get people into what he’s creating, he will be going on tour. Here are the dates:

January 3, 2014… Austin, TX (Scoot Inn) (Austin Free Week EP sampler release party)
January 8, 2014… Austin, TX (Empire)
January 11, 2014… Austin, TX (Spiderhouse Ballroom) ʄ
January 15, 2014… Denton, TX (Mac Island)
January 16, 2014… Ft Worth, TX (Grotto’s)
January 17, 2014… Dallas, TX (Club Dada)
January 18, 2014… Oklahoma City, OK (Blue Note)
January 19, 2014… Shreveport, LA (Fatty’s)
January 20, 2014… Texarkana, AR (Silver Dollar)
January 21, 2014… Hattiesburg, MS (Thirsty Hippo) *
January 22, 2014… Baton Rouge, LA (Mud + Water) * #
January 23, 2014… New Orleans, LA (Gasa Gasa) #
January 24, 2014… Lafayette, LA (Artmosphere) * #
January 25, 2014… Houston, TX (House of Creeps) *
January 26, 2014… San Antonio, TX (VHS 1138)

ʄ = w/ Feuding Fathers, Boyfrndz
* = w/ Caddywhompus
# = w/ Imaginelam

Chroma Key is said to be the first of a series of EP’s to be released in 2014, which will lead to all of it being compiled for a double album (!!) by the end of the year. There will no doubt be more concert dates throughout the year, so be prepared for Shmu-ness.

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SOME STUFFS: Celestial Shore pass along that “Swimmer’s Sinking Feeling”

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We are three weeks away from the release of Celestial Show’s 10x album on Hometapes/Local Singles, and many can’t wait to buy it. There will be no riots or weird gatherings before hand, but what will be done is a lot of listening to a song the band have shared for everyone, called “Swimmer’s Sinking Feeling”.

Before the album hits stores of the digital and brick & mortal denominations, some time will be spent on the boulevard of live shows, as I originally reported here. While all of the shows will be in New York City, they will not be performances on the same “road”, but if you’re in the area, you may know where these places are. If not, the internet is your guide:

August 20… New York, NY (Pianos)
August 22… Brooklyn, NY (The Silent Barn)
August 23… Philadelphia, PA (Johnny Brenda’s)
August 27… Brooklyn, NY (Knitting Factory) #
September 6… Brooklyn, NY (Glasslands) *
September 7… Stanhope, NJ (Stanhope House) *
October 15-19… New York, NY (CMJ)

* = w/ Delicate Steve
# = w/ Boyfrndz

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REVIEW: Boyfrndz’s “Natures” (EP)

 photo BoyfrndzN_cover_zps56431b26.jpg Boyfrndz are the kind of band you want to hear more of upon first listen, at least that’s how I felt when I played their new EP, Natures. Their All Day Party album (my review of which can be read by clicking here) was a nice blend of the energetic and ethereal, and while still retaining those qualities, there’s a bit more going on with Natures. This is nice to me, as it isn’t a band that’s completely relying on what they made before. I found myself hearing these songs and liking how they’ll change textures throughout the song, and reminding me of what it would be like to cross a respected Irish rock band with the progressiveness heard in a band like Jane’s Addiction. Songs such as “Moving Parts” and “Water Weight” begin on an up note, but maintain that feeling of keeping you up throughout. This is a keeper.

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VIDEO: Celestial Shore’s “Valerie”


10x (Hometapes/Local Singles) is what Celestial Shore have named their forthcoming album, ready for release on September 3rd. The Brooklyn-based trio have a number of shows coming up, including one on August 2nd at the Wassaic Project Festival, but they also have a video that serves as a means to promote the album-to-come. The song is called “Valerie” and you may not watch and listen, and maybe sing-along right after. The video was directed by Rachel Thompson.

August 2… Wassaic, NY (The Wassaic Project Festival)
August 20… New York, NY (Pianos)
August 22… Brooklyn, NY (The Silent Barn)
August 23… Philadelphia, PA (Johnny Brenda’s)
August 27… Brooklyn, NY (Knitting Factory) #
September 6… Brooklyn, NY (Glasslands) *
September 7… Stanhope, NJ (Stanhope House) *
October 15-19… New York, NY (CMJ)

* = w/ Delicate Steve
# = w/ Boyfrndz

You may also listen to some of Celestial Shore’s previous works by heading to their Bandcamp page. The vinyl and CD versions of 10x can be pre-ordered below from Amazon.

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SOME STUFFS: Boyfrndz reveal their “Natures” two months early

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Boyfrndz have a new, self released 5-song EP on its way called Natures, and you are able to hear the first song from it called “Water Weight” (10.2mg), no pills needed in order to retain the sound. The EP is a production collaboration between the band and keyboardist Ikey Owens, and together they bring forth the band’s tendency to bring color to the darkness of their music.

REVIEW: Boyfrndz’s “All Day Party”

Photobucket To say that Boyfrndz are an indie rock band would really be shortchanging them, but then again, they are independent and they rock. However, All Day Party (Spora) is an album by a group who show a love for what some would call “math rock”, or at least giving theri songs arrangements that might sound anywhere and everywhere due to how they’re played. What I enjoy is that in front of the wall of distortion and uniquely complex arrangements are some well-defined melodies that will make them a favorite among fans who want to hear someone who sound like they’re challenging themselves and their fans, while having fun at it. A track like “Not That Sensitive” may have drums that sound like it was mixed somewhere different compared to the rest of the instruments and vocals, but then that fits in. But give it another listen and you may hear it differently, realizing “oh, it’s just the reverb that was thrown on it”.

Boyfrndz are more Porno For Pyros than Jane’s Addiction, while also showing showing shades of other alternative bands of the 90’s that went out of their way to be completely left of center, while also knowing how to get to that center if need be, think Sunny Day Real Estate or Eric’s Trip. Sometimes the sound of the vocals drenched in echo may make people feel the sound more than what the lyrics are trying to convey, as if it’s on the ethereal side of things (think Lush and My Bloody Valentine) but pay attention to them and you’ll find how everything blends together quite well.

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