DIY/Lo-Fi

Katie Ellen (w/ members of Chumped) plays Suburbia tonight (07.01) + Aviv on 07.17

Anika Pyle's DIY pop-punk project Chumped ended their short careers in February, but Pyle and drummer Dan Frelly have started a new project called Katie Ellen, named after Pyle’s grandmother. The band is noticeably more lo-fi than Chumped, but the melodies and charm of Chumped are still present. In January they released a demo entitled “wild <3”, which features the single “lucy stone” (streaming below) that was released in late 2015. The track is centered around the anxieties associated with the pressures and expectations set by society, family, and loved ones. Pyle’s intimate vocals and poignant lyrics shine through the band’s lo-fi and fuzzy recordings. Katie Ellen will be playing the DIY space Suburbia in Brooklyn tonight (July 1st) and will play Aviv on July 17th. - John Honan

   

Twin Peaks & Goose Island

Twin Peaks has partnered with Goose Island to brew a new beer called Natural Villain. This is the fourth year that the brewery has partner with a band to create a beer for Pitchfork Music Fest. Goose Island is calling this a "Garage Lager".

   

Saturday Night Sounds: Talkative - F Sharp Voice

It's been a minute since the last Saturday Night Sounds. All this unnecessarily debilitating heat does not a blog post make. Now that it's cooled down in the most bipolar way, let's get back to business.  While most of us have been lazing around sun drunk on Vitamin D and PBR, the boys of Talkative have been furiously busy at work. They've just gotten back from their European tour after playing some stints at Treefort, and they also dropped a new EP earlier this month.

F Sharp Voice offers the same subconscious joyride we love them for, heralding their upcoming full length due sometime this year or early next. It's perfect for this chill night, because Talkative is perfect for everything.

Give the four songs a peep below and get yourself ready what's coming up next.

   

Hovvdy's Album "Taster" Brings the Slacker Promise of Their EPs to Fruition

The laid-back indie rock band Hovvdy came out with their newest album Taster (Merdurhaus and Sports Days Records) on April 15, proving again with the new record just how easily slacker rock can toy with emotions.

This (now) four-piece band started out with just Will Taylor and Charlie Martin at first, both of whom were originally drummers, but in recent days they've added Sam Jacobson (bass), and Andrew Stevens (drums) and have expanded their sound heavily. With the emphasis on rhythm heard in tracks like “Note” and “Can’t Wait,” Hovvdy sets a tempo that allows the audience to really think about what the band is doing with that nostalgic vibe they are so great at. One unique aspect of this record is the fact that the band has recorded some of these tracks as iPhone voice memos first, which is also how “Problem” and “In My Head” happened from Hovvdy's initial EP. The compressed sound in the resulting product gives this album a raw and DIY feel that extends deep into the music, and this interesting recording method creates a mood that is fitting for the slacker act's intimate and personal lyrics.

If you need music to listen to when you're out on the road lettingyour hair get swept away by the wind, Taster is the perfect soundtrack for that moment, especially standouts “Meg” and “Try Hard”. The album gives you space to reflect on yourself, and it's hard to avoid the music taking you back through your memories, good and bad, which is the sign of a mature and well-made piece of art.

Listen below, and see if you feel the same way.

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Chandana Kamaraj

   

Earring

Earring has released a new track, "Slow Mud", from their forthcoming LP, Tunn Star. Their LP will be released via Fire Talk on June 10th and can be preordered here.

You can catch Earring at The Hideout with The Frigs and Tortured Love on July 15th.