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Video: Microwave – Vomit

MicrowaveGeorgia noisy punk outfit Microwave has premiered a new music video from their upcoming full length.  The video features the song “Vomit” from the album Much Love, which is available September 30, 2016 via SideOneDummy Records. The band released their debut full length, Stovall, back in 2014.

Check out the video here courtesy Stereogum.

AJJ

AJJ

The Bible 2

SideOneDummy Records
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Ladies and gentlemen, after over two thousand years in the making, AJJ brings to you… The Bible 2!  

Talk about filling shoes of biblical proportion!  In many ways such a brazen move is exactly what we’ve come to expect from AJJ.  Like tricksters challenging the world through an altered lens, the Phoenix, Arizona folk-punk band have titled their album in jest.  Yet, a careful listen suggests that AJJ tackles this subject matter not so much as an outward critique, butmore as a vessel to address some long standing challenges with their own identity.  

In other words, the historical  ‘Bible’ may not have been selected as a strict commentary on religious worship, but more for the historical document’s foundational role as a blueprint for interpreting one’s life.  In essence, The Bible 2 finds AJJ at a crossroads, signifying a moment of strength in which they solidify their own beliefs, confront their plethora of anxieties, put their demons to bed, and embrace the truth of their messy, chaotic existence.  To this end, The Bible 2 seemingly revolves around two thematically direct songs: “No More Shame, No More Fear, No More Dread,” and “Small Red Boy.”

The first track emerges five songs into album, grounding and reconciling much of the conflict characteristic of the spastic, fuzzed out garage-punk composing “Cody’s Theme” and “Golden Eagle.”  While these tracks build an angry, sarcastic image of life, “No More Shame, No More Fear, No More Dread” speaks with an unguarded honesty.  A slow track by AJJ standards, the somber piano notes and sullen violin strokes emphasize the sincerity therein.  Sean Bonnette spells out his clear resolve beyond the album title in the closing remarks, “no more living in fear of the world, no more fixating, no more crazy making.”  After this point, songs like “Goodbye, Oh Goodbye” emit a sense of liberation.  They’re still every bit as quirky as AJJ’s reputation would imply, but the change in sentiment is mirrored both lyrically and sonically.  For instance, rather than rant and rave about being ostracized by public opinion, Bonnette offers up a simple solution to a simple problem: “If you want to hear the devil’s music, then you should probably listen to the devil’s music.”  It’s simple, obvious, and freeing.

Several tracks later, “Small Red Boy” reinforces “No More Shame, No More Fear, No More Dread” core message amidst a similarly sorrowful backdrop.  On the surface, the track tells the story of Barnette carving a small red child with horns out of his belly, looking into its eyes, and finding “the truth.”  He then proceeds to raise the child “oh so motherly,” embracing each milestone until adulthood, in which this devilish figure’s mouth transforms into a hallway in which he enters to complete his own metamorphosis. Our protagonist gains horns and his skin reddens until he too has become enlightened with the truth, concluding with a repetition of the message, “No More Shame, No More Fear, No More Dread.”  While undeniably obscure at face value, in The Bible 2’s context, the transformation into the small red boy likely represents much more.  One might venture a guess that the small red boy represents external fear, shame, and the aforementioned anxieties.  Perhaps through nurture and curiosity, these “demons” reveal their true nature, and the final transformation takes on a sort of perspective redefining, worldly transcendence.  Of course this is AJJ, so the song is entirely open to interpretation and they’d never give you a straight answer if you asked (which admittedly, is half of the fun).

In terms of musical style, AJJ continues exploring the full band compositions that started with Christmas Island upon their signing with SideOneDummy.  The Bible 2’s most notable step forward is an increased alignment with fuzzed-out indie-rock.  For instance, tracks like “White Worms” and “My Brain Is A Human Body” march to a steady beat under a coat of pervasive distortion.  But The Bible 2 isn’t without a diverse sonic palette.  “When I’m A Dead Boy” harkens back to AJJ’s early unplugged, stripped-down Asian Man Records days, whereas “American Garbage” takes a more polished approach, subtly flooding the backdrop with pulsing synth waves.  The Bible 2 doesn’t sound like any single previous AJJ album, but rather a mashup of past and present inspirations.  It’s not as initially striking as Christmas Island, but grows on you as the scope expands.

Once again, AJJ engages listeners in that curious space between comfort and disturbance.  The Bible 2 poses questions of existence in curious and unconventional ways, never sacrificing AJJ’s mandate to explore pressing topics through cryptic metaphors, striking imagery, and pop-culture references (this time around including Queen, Cottonmouth Kings, Quiznos and Charlie Sheen to name a few).  

Chris Farren – Still Beating

chris farren CDFake Problems frontman Chris Farren has premiered a new song from his upcoming solo album.  The track is titled “Still Beating” and is set to appear on on his debut full length, Can’t Die, which is set to drop on September 2, 2016 via SideOneDummy Records.

Check out the song here courtesy Stereogum.

Video: AJJ – Goodbye, Oh Goodbye

AJJAJJ has premiered a new music video for the song “Goodbye, Oh Goodbye.”  The video was shot in a single take and will appear on the forthcoming full length, The Bible 2, which is set to drop on August 19, 2016 via SideOneDummy Records.  Pre-orders are live.

Watch the video below.

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Tours: AJJ

AJJAJJ (formerly Andrew Jackson Jihad) has announced that they will be hitting the road in the fall.  The band will be supporting their upcoming new album, The Bible 2, which is set to drop on August 19, 2016 via SideOneDummy Records

Tour dates are below.

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Tours: Nahko and Medicine For The People

Nahko and Medicine For The PeopleNahko and Medicine For The People have announced that they will be heading on a North American tour this Fall.  The band is supporting their latest LP, HOKA, which was produced by Ted Hutt (The Gaslight Anthem, Old Crow Medicine Show), and is available now via SideOneDummy Records.

Tour dates are below.

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Tours: Allison Weiss / Josiah And The Bonnevilles / Thin Lips

SideOneDummy RecordsAllison Weiss has announced that she will be heading on her ‘Crying At The Party’ headlining tour with support from Josiah And The Bonnevilles and Thin Lips.  Weiss continues to support her latest LP, Love Now,  which released back in 2015 via SideOneDummy Records.  The LP was be produced by Forrest Kline (Hellogoodbye) and Brad Hale (Now Now, Sombear).  

Tour dates are below.

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Video: Safe To Say – Only Rain

Safe To SayToronto’s Safe To Say has premiered a new music video from their next full-length.  The track is titled “Only Rain” and the album, Down in the Dark, is set to drop digitally and in CD formats on July 22, 2016 via SideOneDummy Records.  

Check out the video below.

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Tours: PUP

Pup TDIOCanadian punk outfit PUP has announced that they will be headlining a summer tour.  The band will be supporting their recent album, The Dream Is Over, which dropped previously this year via SideOneDummy Records.

Tour dates can be found below.

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Video: Safe To Say – Down In The Dark

Safe To SayToronto’s Safe To Say has premiered a new music video from their next full-length.  The track is titled “Only Rain” and the album, Down in the Dark, is set to drop digitally and in CD formats on July 22, 2016 via SideOneDummy Records.  

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Safe To Say Announces New LP

Safe To SayToronto’s Safe To Say has announced the details for their next full-length.  The album will be titled Down in the Dark and is set to drop digitally and in CD formats on July 22, 2016 via SideOneDummy Records.  

Coinciding with the announcement, the band has premiered the song “Tangerine” which can be heard below.

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Astronautalis Streams Upcoming LP In Full

ASTRONAUTALISMinneapolis MN, USA, Hip-Hop/Indie-Rock/Punk band Astronautalis has premiered a full stream of his upcoming album, Cut The Body Loose, which is due out on May 13 2016 via Cargo Records in the EU and SideOneDummy Records in the US.

Listen to the disc here.  Pre-orders are available here.

Video: Rozwell Kid – Magic Eye

Rozwell KidRozwell Kid has premiered a new music video for the song “Magic Eye” from their Good Graphics EP, which was released with SideOneDummy Records on vinyl for the first time earlier this year. The band continues to support their 2014 album, Too Shabby

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Astronautalis Announce New LP

GDOB2-30CH-001.cdrMinneapolis-based musician/jack-of-all-trades Astronautalis has released a new full-length. The album will be titledCut The Body Loose and was produced by John Congleton (St. Vincent, Modest Mouse, Bill Callahan).  The album will be made available via SideoneDummy Records on May 3, 2016.

Watch a video for the new single, “Running Away From God,” below.

Video: Astronautalis – Sike

ASTRONAUTALISMinneapolis band Astronautalis has premiered a new music video for the song “Sike,” from their upcoming fifth LP, due out later this year on SideOneDummy Records.  The song also currently appears on their recent EP of the same name.

Watch the video below.

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PUP Title New LP

PupCanadian punk group PUP has unveiled the title of their forthcoming full length.  The disc sophomore effort will be titled The Dream Is Over and will be available on SideOneDummy Records later this year.

Watch the video announcement here.

Video: PUP – DVP

PupCanadian punk group PUP has released a brand new music video.  The video features the song “DVP,” which debuted as a new single back in January on SideOneDummy Records debut.

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Violent Soho – Viceroy

Violent SohoAustralian band Violent Soho has released a new single.  The track is titled “Viceroy” and serves as the second single from from the band’s fourth LP, WACO, available later this year via SideOneDummy Records.

Check out the song below.

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Tours: PUP / Pkew Pkew Pkew

PupToronto’s PUP has announced that they will be playing a one-off headlining show at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn on Friday February 12. The band will receive support from Pkew Pkew Pkew.  PUP released their self titled effort in 2014.

Tickets go on sale this Wednesday at 10:00AM EST and can be purchased here.

Tours: Meat Wave

Meat WaveChicago based trio Meat Wave will be heading on tour in the new year. The band will be supporting their latest records, Delusion Moon, which dropped back in September via SideOneDummy Records.

Dates can be found below.

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Jeff Rosenstock – The 59 Sound (Gaslight Anthem Cover)

Jeff RosenstockPunk rocker Jeff Rosenstock recently sat down for a live session of The gaslight Anthem‘s “The 59 Sound” for SideOneDummy Records.  Rosenstock continues to support his solo debut, We Cool, released back in March.  The album was produced by Jack Shirley (Tony Molina, Joyce Manor, Deafheaven).  Song premiered are expected to follow shortly.

Watch the video performance below.

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Video: Jeff Rosenstock – Hall Of Fame

SideOneDummy RecordsPunk rocker Jeff Rosenstock has premiered a new music video for the song “Hall of Fame” from his recent SideOneDummy Records debut, We Cool, released back in March.  The album was produced by Jack Shirley (Tony Molina, Joyce Manor, Deafheaven).  Song premiered are expected to follow shortly.

Watch the video below.

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Rozwell Kid Sign To SideOneDummy Records

RRozwell Kidozwell Kid has joined forced with SideOneDummy Records.  The band, known for its relentless touring schedule, continues to support their 2014 album, Too Shabby. The band will be making a stop at this year’s Fest ’14 and will meet up for even more dates with Andrew Jackson Jihad and The Get Up Kids.

Tour dates are below.

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Video: Restorations – Tiny Prayers

RestorationsRestorations has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Tiny Prayers” from their new disc, LP3, released last year via SideOneDummy Records.  

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Violent Soho And Spraynard Release 7″

Violent SohoAustralia’s Violent Soho are releasing a split with Spraynard.  The first track from Spraynard is titled “Back Roads” and can be heard below.  Violent Soho will contribute the song “Tomatito.”  The split will be released by SideOneDummy Records and is limited to 1000 pressings.

Pre-orders are here.  Listen to the track below.

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Allison Weiss

Allison Weiss

New Love

SideOneDummy Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

With the release of her SideOneDummy Records debut, New Love, Allison Weiss has finally fulfilled the immense potential inherent in the plethora of EPs and albums leading up to this moment.  Known for her emotional delivery much in the same pseudo-melancholy vein as indie stalwarts Tegan & Sara, Weiss’ current step is her biggest as an artist.  While she has jumped around from acoustic pop to indie and pop-punk between releases, New Love picks synth-pop and runs with it.  As quickly becomes clear, Weiss has the musical heft to make it in the big leagues without compromising the underlying sincerity defining the reputation she’s gained in her time under the radar.

Opening with the cautious minimalism of “The Sound,” Weiss reminds listeners of the subtle touch that first got her noticed.  Expressing herself at her most exposed, she lands each whispered note with the unmistakable candor that captures the confidence Weiss has made her own over her journey.   After such a delicate entrance, Weiss begins infusing layers of bells, synth and a distant acoustic strum in a light but tight production that feels like Weiss’ natural next step.  “Who We Are” takes little time settling into a joyous pace that mirrors the wide-eyed, fresh-faced chorus call, “let’s go find out who we are.”  As with her past endeavours, Weiss continues to find success in the line between adolescent naivety and emerging maturity.

Weiss has always demonstrated that she can channel a whole lot of heart, and she expertly maintains herself even when the songs enter their catchiest, poppiest arcs.  Such moments burst to life in the lively pulsing synth beats of “Back To Me” and rumbling, undulating bass of “Golden Coast.”  The former even frames the chorus line, “my baby’s coming back to me,” as the type typical of singing along to a “top 40’s pop song” in the driver’s seat.  Some such moments, like “Motorbike,” even achieve similar heights on a solid dose of fuzzed up indie rock.  While song structures typically take on bigger approaches, even the simpler, more subtle moments like “Over You” have little difficulty holding up to their more expressive counterparts.

As far as potential breakouts go, Allison Weiss stands poised to make her mark on the mainstream without turning her back on the subtle charm that she’s built her glowing reputation on.  New Love is the summation of Weiss’ allure as an artist with a nod to her evolving identity and future success.  A big moment for Weiss well worth being a part of.

Allison Weiss Full Album Stream

SideOneDummy RecordsAllison Weiss is has launched a full stream of her new album, Love Now,  which is set to drop on October 2, 2015 via SideOneDummy Records.  The LP was be produced by Forrest Kline (Hellogoodbye) and Brad Hale (Now Now, Sombear).  

Listen to the full disc here.

Gogol Bordello Extend ‘Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike’ Tour

Gogol Bordello - Gypsy PunksGypsy punk pioneers Gogol Bordello have announced plans to continue their Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike tour with a series of New Year’s Eve show times.  The newly announced performances include New York City’s Terminal 5 and Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club. The tour features full performances of the seminal full length.

Tour dates are below.

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Video: Allison Weiss – Who We Are

SideOneDummy RecordsAllison Weiss is has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song Who We Are” and will appear on her new album, Love Now, due out October 2, 2015 via SideOneDummy Records.  The LP was be produced by Forrest Kline (Hellogoodbye) and Brad Hale (Now Now, Sombear).  

Watch the video below.

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Microwave – Thinking Of You

MicrowaveGeorgia noisy punk outfit Microwave has premiered a song from theri upcomginf ull length.  The track is titled “Thinking Of Yout” and will appear on their upcoming new 12″ with Head North, available October 9, 2015 via SideOneDummy Records. The band released their debut full length, Stovall, last year and is currently available for streaming on their bandcamp page.

Listen tothe track here courtesy Stereogum.

Meat Wave Streams Full Album

Meat WaveChicago based trio Meat Wave has premiered a full stream of their upcoming record, Delusion Moon, which is due out on September 18, 2015 via SideOneDummy Records.

Listen to the full disc below.

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