PREMIERE: Small Sur's "Wild Geese" for Singles Club - Issue #2

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Small Sur
Remember how Sub Pop used to have its own subscription service for fans of the label to get new music? That idea has been reconfigured for the 21st century thanks to a new and quarterly publication called Singles Club. In November, they debuted their first single, Daniel Bachman's "Coming Home." Being a subscriber to Singles Club means getting a 7" with the single on Side A and an exclusive interview with the artist on Side B.

We're happy to premiere the second single, Small Sur's "Wild Geese." "We chose Small Sur because their music is kind and pure," says Jeffrey Silverstein, a mastermind behind this project. He adds: "Everything happens really fast these days and they are a perfect reminder of what it is to just be, to appreciate the here and now. They're kind of the best anti-anxiety medication you can find." Bob Keal of Small Sur adapted a Mary Oliver poem for his contribution to the club and is excited to be part of a project with such a clear and passionate vision.

Listen to Small Sur's new tune after the jump.


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Exclusive Premiere: Shabaam Sahdeeq and DJ Spinna's "Do You"

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Back in the late-'90s, the Brooklyn-based Shabaam Sahdeeq and DJ Spinna formed something of an impromptu duo: Tracks like the Rawkus-released "5 Star Generals" showcased Shabaam's studied flow allied to Spinna's signature space-funk production. It's a winning chemistry that's back in effect with "Do You," a bonus cut from S-Dub's new Keepers of the Lost Art album (out April 22nd) which you can stream below for your listening pleasure.

While you dip into the track's endearingly abrasive charms, here's Shabaam breaking down his history, explaining the difference between rappers and verbalists, and teasing about a possible four elements of hip-hop showdown with Spinna.

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PREMIERE + FREE DOWNLOAD: "Falling Off" by Unicycle Loves You

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Unicycle Loves You
On June 10, the "Brooklyn-via-Chicago" noise pop trio Unicycle Loves You will release their fourth LP, The Dead Age, and judging by their lead singles, it's going to be their best one yet.

Today, we're happy to premiere the album's opener and their second single "Falling Off," a sweet tune with a bit of a bite. Check out the track and enjoy a free download after the jump.

See also: Q&A: Jim Carroll Of Unicycle Loves You On The Nature Of Failure, The Fifth Element, And Paying Tribute To Sonic Youth

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Listen: The Raised By Wolves' Sadie Hawkins in Full

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The Raised By Wolves
When Washington, D.C. duo The Raised By Wolves' video for "Freddy Freaker" dropped earlier this week, the song once again worked its way pretty impressively into our skulls. In it we hear bits of Elliott Smith, and the Flaming Lips, but also -- curiously -- The Police. The track, along with "Stung (Song For Him)" is a stand out on the band's 9-song debut album Sadie Hawkins (released July of last year), which we're happy to share here in full here. The Raised By Wolves are two lifelong friends -- Dusty Durston (vocals, drums) and Ben Eskin (guitar, bass, keys, backing vocals) -- who've been writing music together since middle school, and on Hawkins that easy familiarity with one another's music styles shine through. You can listen to the album and watch "Freddy Freaker" below. Enjoy!

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PREMIERE: "Winter Fell" by Walking Shapes

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Walking Shapes
Though the title of Walking Shapes' "Winter Fell" may trigger some sensors for Game of Thrones fans, but according to Nathaniel Hoho, inspiration came from elsewhere. "The song title came from a poem i had a written at the same time which had the phrase 'winter fell upon me I was lost swimming with sharks, I was,'" he explains.

Beyond the title, the song's lyrics were inspired by Hoho's confinement indoors during the "polar vortex." The Brooklyn band then put together a video with the help of editor Alex Evan Morales, director Adam Erick Wallace and dancers Karolina Wallace and Darla Baker that "is a celebration of exercising your demons and, at the end of the day, being able to look around you and smile about it," according to Hoho.

Prior to the April 8th release of Walking Shapes' Taka Come On, and as spring prepares to actually arrive, we're happy to exclusively premiere the music video for "Winter Fell" by Walking Shapes, a clip for a song much warmer than its subject matter.

Watch "Winter Fell" after the jump.

See also: Premiere + Free Download: "Blood in the Water" by NØMADS

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Premiere + Free Download: "Blood in the Water" by NØMADS

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Having already shared two singles from their upcoming debut album Free My Animal, including "In the Mend" and the eponymous "Free My Animal," Brooklyn post-punk duo NØMADS is unveiling one more before the album drops on April 8th via Mecca Lecca and giving our readers access to a free download of the single via the Soundcloud embed.

Listen to + download the searing "Blood in the Water" after the jump and get some info on their album release party at (le) poisson rouge.

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Stones Throw Records Tells Its Story in New Doc Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton

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That thing where one extreme is so extreme it fully transcends to the opposite end of the spectrum. Hip-hop heavyweight Stones Throw Records is so painfully nerdy, the hard plastic lattice of back-, back-room crates comprises its backbone. Its earnest ambition erupts so untarnished the label warps itself into the audio equivalent of the iron-livered dude with perfect hair who never looks dumb in his leather jacket.

Filmmaker Jeff Broadway scraps and stitches together the label's winding, often dark history in Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton: This Is Stones Throw Records. The documentary pays close attention to label head Peanut Butter Wolf (Chris Manak, pictured above), the mysterious, brilliant dude behind the movement -- and all those stacks on stacks on stacks of wax.

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PREMIERE: Middle Class Rut's "Pick Up Your Head (Damian Taylor Mix)"

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Middle Class Rut
From Bjork to Prodigy, producer Damian Taylor has worked with his fair share of unique artists. Now he has brought us the crunchy remix of the title track off of Middle Class Rut's album Pick Up Your Head. The duo of Zack Lopez and Sean Stockham that make up Middle Class Rut. They put out their sophomore release last summer, and after stints opening for bands like Social Distortion, Muse and Alice in Chains, they're headlining their own tour which includes a stop tonight in NYC.

Before heading out to see them, take an exclusive listen to the freshened up track after the jump.

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PREMIERE: Hippy's "Magic Wand" Video

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Hippy
For a band with a such a lo-fi pop sound, it's pretty appropriate that Hippy made a relatively lo-fi video for their single "Magic Wand." The clip for the tune off their April 2013 release Almost Live was shot in a myriad of locations including the DIY venue Silent Barn as well as the rooftops and streets of Ridgewood, Queens. Plus, catch some members of Haybaby hangin' out in video, too.

Watch the "Magic Wand" music video after the jump.

See also: PREMIERE: Faces on Film's "Heartspeed"

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PREMIERE: Kristin Mueller's "Fault"

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Kristin Mueller
NYC based indie singer-songwriter Kristin Mueller recently released the gorgeous album Deserts & Long Trails, and in support, she has created the subdued video for the song "Fault." Both the song and its album are folk-pop at its finest and wonderfully raw and intimate.

Check out the video after the jump as well as the details of her show tonight (3/6) at the Jalopy.

See also: PREMIERE: Faces on Film's "Heartspeed"

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