The new Gauntlet Hair record is imminent, and we have mp3 “Top Bunk” to share right now. The self-titled record, Gauntlet Hair, is coming out on October 18th, and Gorilla Vs. Bear calls it an “evolved debut collection of cavernous, thunderously loud, danceable avant-pop jams.”
The Donkeys are back! Our chilled-out San Diego brothers have returned from The Island and will have a brand new record out on April 26th. Born With Stripes is an altogether less twangy affair than the band’s 2008 Dead Oceans debut, Living On The Other Side. The nods to Grateful Dead and Buffalo Springfield are better balanced with echoes of other Cali arists, notably Pavement and Beck. The country-rock flairs are often overtaken by powerpop hooks. What some might call a lazy melody is really just a melody on its own clock. Nice and relaxed.
The album was mixed by Pernice Brothers’ Thom Monahan, whose involvement not only gives us the crispest, warmest Donkeys recordings to date, it also serves to remind us of the band’s loose connections to an array of psych-dappled kindred spirits: Vetiver, Papercuts, Brightblack Morning Light, Devendra Banhart. Monahan was not the only outsider the band collaborated with on Born With Stripes. The playful album artwork was created by California illustrator and cartoonist Tony Millionaire, best known for his comics Maakies and Sock Monkey, and as the creator of the Adult Swim show Drinky Crow.
Please check out the songs below, and head over to our tour page to see when they’ll be coming to your town.
A few weeks ago Akron/Family stopped by the studios of Radio K in Minneapolis and played some wicked cuts from their new album S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT. Above you can watch a video of the band performing “Another Sky” and head over to the Radio K website HERE, where you can stream and download the full session featuring live cuts of “AAA O AWAY,” “So It Goes,” “Another Sky,” and “Silly Bears.” Akron/Family start the western half of their national tour March 24 in Seattle. Check out all their tour dates HERE.
The wait is over, after all the random packages, cryptic messages, and transmissions from the great beyond, Akron/Family’s new album S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT is now available in stores.
In celebration we are excited to share a properly epic new video for Akron/Family’s “Silly Bears.” Directed by Matt Brunson, the new video is filled with robots, time warps, airplanes, horses, and of course plenty of silly bears. Part Rubik’s Cube, part Time Bandits, this video is the perfect visual reckoning of the opening track from Akron/Family’s new album. Check out a short Q&A about the video with Akron/Family’s Miles Seaton on Spin Magazine’s website HERE. Akron/Family starts their North American tour Feb. 17, with dates in Europe to follow in May. You can check out Akron/Family’s full tour schedule HERE.