DIY/Lo-Fi

New Video: Tripping in the Dark (Modern Baseball Documentary)

Tripping in the Dark is a short documentary that explores Modern Baseball’s formation, and then provides personal insight into the events that shaped their recent past and the making of their forthcoming record Holy Ghost, which will be released on may 13 via Run For Cover Records. After recapping the band’s beginnings, director Kyle Thrash zooms into the heart-hitting, personal struggles of MoBo members Jake Ewald and Brendan Lukens. The death of his grandfather (a person who united his family) proved to be especially difficult, while Lukens experienced deep depression that caused suicidal thoughts and resulted in a diagnosis of bi-polar disorder. Thankfully, both individuals have emerged from those trying times; however, the documentary is a sincere gripping reminder that there is no shame in seeking help during troubled times. (Photo by Allison Newbold)

   

New Video: Kids Interview Bands - Kurt Vile

Check out Kurt Vile getting totally awkward during his tough interview session with Piper from Kids Interview Bands! The Q&A took place on Kurt's tour bus before his show on April 2, 2016 at the Newport Music Hall in Columbus, OH. Is it more awkward than Matablog's April Fools' Day Kurt Vile GQ cover (above)? You tell us.

   

Kevin and Hell

Grandpa Bay Records have released two remastered albums from Kevin and Hell including his self-titled 2015 release and Kevin and Hell Plays Jazz.

   

Cherry EP Release Show at KFN April 3

After the disbandment of Kite Party in 2014, Russell Edling continued working on new material that would eventually fall under the umbrella of his new project Cherry. This past February, he released its debut EP Gloom (which consisted of three lo-fi, slacker-rock/pop originals and a cover of Fugazi's "I'm So Tired") via Philly indie label Lame-O Records. They'll finally get a chance to celebrate its arrival this evening at Kung Fu Necktie, where Cherry will be joined by labelmate Lowercase Roses as well as Cave People and Sun Organ. Tonight's bill is certainly not a bad way to cap off a good weekend! Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $6, 21+ (Photo by Craig Scheihing) - H.M. Kauffman

   

Velcro & the Slow Children harness some weird energy for "Enough to Die While Sleeping"

Enough to Die While Sleeping, the fruits of a collaboration between Syd Shanshala and Chandler Mills Brown, is the apex of bedroom music. That's "bedroom music" as an aesthetic more than a description of technique—the cough syrup weirdness is here in full force, but the production values and planning are a step above what's typically associated with outsider art. Every move is intentional, and each track and transition lands with its feet on the ground and its eight hands in the air.

 As far as we can tell, this is the first release on Mesoamerica Records, a budding label/art collective founded by Brown. If this album, a freak-flags-high triumphant march heralding an evolution in outsider art, is any indication of what we'll be seeing from them in the future, consider us psyched. -Austin Phy