New Hip Hatchet Album


If you read WLFY with any regularity, you know Hip Hatchet is one of our favorite singer/songwriters in the seven years we've been running this music blog.  It's very exciting that after close to two years of writing, Hip Hatchet is finally releasing his third LP.  As with all things Hip Hatchet, he only asked for a modest 4,500 and has already reach his goal.  Don't think of this Kickstarter as a Kickstarter...rather a pre-order link for one of the best albums coming out in 2015.  I was extremely fortunate to preview this album and it's a gorgeous piece of art.  Luckily for us wax obsessed music fans, this will be the first album of Hip Hatchet to be released on vinyl.  Please support (how ever much you can) this wonderful album and more importantly, one of the most unique voices we have in music today.


Houndmouth - "Sedona" (Music Video)


Houndmouth
"Sedona"
(Music Video)

Song from "Little Neon Limelight" LP
Out March 16th
Rough Trade Records

PURCHASE

Music Alliance Pact (January 2015)



Click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the full 18-track compilation through Dropbox here.

 UNITED STATESWe Listen For You Spirit Animal - Party In The Back It's always an all out funk-rock party with Spirit Animal, and they'll never apologize for fusing their amazing talent with overflowing fun. Party In The Back is the perfect upbeat song to melt away the winter blues and get the body moving.

ARGENTINA: Zonaindie Mariana Päraway - Sirena Somewhere between Mendoza and the Andes, Mariana Päraway becomes a mountain siren who sings about entangled fates in her latest album, Hilario. Mariana's music navigates through pop, folk and electronic landscapes resulting in a deep, refined sound exploration.

AUSTRALIA: Who The Bloody Hell Are They? AFXJIM - Distant Sydneysider Travis Baird is a multi-instrumentalist who earns a living scoring video installations, playing as a session musician and performing on tour with the likes of Melodie Nelson and Sounds Like Sunset. AFXJIM is Baird's solo project, which consists of home recordings pieced together from loops, drum machines and field recordings of everything from kindergarten classroom chatter to police radio transmissions. It's a subtle fusion of experimental electronica and acoustic songwriting, falling somewhere between Tortoise-inspired post-rock and the folktronica of early Four Tet. Distant is the title track of AFXJIM's second LP. Carried on a bed of slide guitar and rumbling percussion, the track's centrepiece sample features singing "recorded to MiniDisc in a bus-top karaoke bar in the Costa Rican backwoods".

BRAZIL: Meio Desligado Duani - Aproveita Aproveita is the first single from Duani's debut solo album, which will be released this year. He became famous in Brazil in the 90s, playing forró (a very danceable rhythm strongly related to the Northeast culture of the country) with the band Forroçacana. In this single, he plays all instruments and sings. The lyrics are a manifest about comprehension in love and its different ways of desire, packaged with black music and soul.

CANADA: Ride The Tempo Morning Show - I'm Listening Alt-folk trio Morning Show features members of Bed Of Stars and The Archers. The multi-instrumentalists show a pallet that is heavily influenced by Canadian peers such as Dan Mangan, Hey Rosetta! and Wintersleep. I'm Listening is a beautiful, balanced single you will have on repeat.

CHILE: Super 45 Tus Amigos Nuevos - Paraná If we have to blame someone for why Chilean rock has been overshadowed by the pop scene, all darts would point to the extreme seriousness with which most of bands go on stage. Luckily, Tus Amigos Nuevos have been refreshing the idea that rock can be cathartic, danceable and, above all, very funny. This year they promise to be even more so thanks to their second album, from which Paraná is the first single.

COLOMBIA: El Parlante Amarillo Diamante Eléctrico - Todo Va A Arder Bogotá power trio Diamante Eléctrico have a lot of blues influences in their DNA. Juan Galeano, the lead singer, bassist and producer, worked with Gavin Lurssen (Queens Of The Stone Age, Foo Fighters) to master their latest EP, called B. Todo Va A Arder is a good example of what Diamente Eléctrico can do, and will do on stage when they open for Foo Fighters in Bogotá this month.

DENMARK: All Scandinavian MOMO - Lemon MOMO is what happens when a Faroese singer (Dánjal á Neystabø) and a Danish noise-guitarist (Stephan Sieben) clash in music. It also means "peach" in Japanese and the theme for the duo's first electro-pop album is fruit. The first single is Lemon and it's here as a MAP exclusive download.

ECUADOR: Plan Arteria La Máquina Camaleön - Hoy (Más Allá Que El Mar) La Máquina Camaleön is one of the most original bands in Quito's indie music scene. Debut album Roja evenly blends folk, psychedelic rock, reverb guitars and organic sounds. Their song Hoy (Más Allá Que El Mar) is a clear example of the sonic versatility of this group led by Felipe Andrés María.

INDONESIA: Deathrockstar Vincent Vega - Recreational Suicide Vincent Vega is a rock band formed in 2005. Inspired by At The Drive-In, The Mars Volta, Mastodon, Tool and Queens Of The Stone Age, they released the album Always Hard To Make A Change, Just Like How To Stay The Same in 2008. They recently emerged from a two-year hiatus, and Recreational Suicide is one of the new songs that marks their comeback with a darker, heavier sound.

IRELAND: Hendicott Writing Axis Of - Munro Bagger Having dropped their metal edge in favour of a rough-around-the-edges melodic punk-rock buzz, north-coast Northern Irish act Axis Of look set to explode in 2015. Famed for their vibrant live show, the three-piece were described by UK magazine Rock Sound as "the most exciting act to come out of Northern Ireland, possibly ever". Second album The Mid Brae Inn, out this month, features this vicious, craggy melody and plenty more worth getting your teeth stuck into.

ITALY: Polaroid Peter Kernel - High Fever Peter Kernel are Barbara and Aris. They want to play pop-rock music "in a primitive and sexy manner", and they can really do it. Thrill Addict is their third album and it is full of dark percussion and loud guitars, screams and whispers. Their sound is wild, unpredictable and, ultimately, beautifully seductive.

JAPAN: Make Believe Melodies X-Files - Cleanfight Yes, yes, this Tokyo-area project fronted by Sho Takeuchi has the same name as a certain sci-fi show from the 1990s. Yet his music is far more serious than that moniker implies. Cleanfight unfolds slowly, backed by a clattering beat and dashes of distant piano. Yet, as the song lumbers on, X-Files introduces guitar, which cuts through everything else. It is serious and ultimately focused.

MEXICO: Red Bull Panamérika Francisco Martínez - Nichim Nichim means "flower" in Tzotzil, an ethnic tongue spoken in the south-eastern state of Chiapas (yes, where the Zapatistas rose a decade ago, bringing attention to the conditions of the indigenous inhabitants all over Mexico). Francisco Martínez, multi-instrumentalist with alt-roots band Centavrvs, has this spin-off project filled with sensuous folkloric rhythms and the unique feature of rapper Slajem Kop making rhymes in Tzotzil. Truly beautiful.

PERU: SoTB Astronaut Project - Night Formed in 2014, Astronaut Project sees Alberto Zegarra explore new musical sensibilities through alternative pop, in contrast to the style of his previous bands. In February, he will release an EP. Astronaut Project's first single is Night and it's great.

PORTUGAL: Posso Ouvir Um Disco? Imploding Stars - Earthquake Imploding Stars are a quintet who began playing in 2011. They classify their sound as post-rock and we are sure people who like Explosions In The Sky, Mogwai or God Is An Astronaut will become instant fans. Earthquake, taken from their new record A Mountain & A Tree, comes with this video.

SCOTLAND: The Pop Cop KLOË - Grip The hype around Glasgow electro-pop singer KLOË (aka 18-year-old Chloé Latimer) is at feverish levels - and for good reason. She has justifiably drawn comparisons with CHVRCHES and Ellie Goulding and, just like those two acts, her debut song was premiered on the website of New York label Neon Gold. The track in question, Grip, is both brooding and blissful, having been shaped into contemporary sublimity by super-producer/drummer Lewis Gardiner (Prides). The first live outing from KLOË in February is sure to be buzzing.

SOUTH KOREA: Indieful ROK Kim Sawol X Kim Haewon - Go To Hell Both members of singer-songwriter duo Kim Sawol X Kim Haewon have been making fine music on their own, but in 2014 they teamed up for a joint EP called {Secret}. It stunned everyone with its dreamy sound and seductive atmosphere, inspiring comparisons with Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin. Go To Hell is an attractive duet with a simple yet stylish arrangement.

New Mountain Goats Album / Track / Tour


On April 7 in the US and April 13 in Europe, Darnielle and his band the Mountain Goats return with Beat The Champ a collection of songs about professional wrestling. 

“I wrote these songs to re-immerse myself in the blood and fire of the visions that spoke to me as a child, and to see what more there might be in them now that I’m grown,” 




TOUR
Apr 02 Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
Apr 03 Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle
Apr 04 Savannah, GA – The Jinx (Savannah Stopover Music Festival)
Apr 07 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Apr 08 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Apr 09 New York, NY – Webster Hall
Apr 11 New York, NY – City Winery
Apr 12 New York, NY – City Winery
Apr 13 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
Apr 14 Boston, MA – House of Blues
Apr 16 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
Apr 17 Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
Apr 18 Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre
Apr 19 Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center
Apr 21 Louisville, KY – Headliners
Apr 22 Columbus, OH – Wexner Center
Apr 23 Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
May 8-10 Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees Music Festival
May 26 Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre
May 27 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
May 29 Seattle, WA – The Showbox
May 30 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
Jun 01 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Jun 03 Los Angeles, CA – Mayan Theater

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - "Blindlessness" (Music Video)


Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
"Blindlessness"
(Music Video)

Song from b-side of "Mindlessness" 7" single, 
Out January 27, 2015
Drag City Inc. & Palace Records

PURCHASE

Five for Ferguson


Last Poets - "When the Revolution Comes"


Talib Kweli - "Get By"


The Roots - "Something in the Way of Things (In Town)"


Erykah Badu - "My People"


Gil-Scott Heron - "Lady Day and John Coltrane"