XPN welcomes prolific Philly smooth-fi outfit Work Drugs to Kung Fu Necktie tonight. Operating behind a mission to create make “music specifically for dancing, boating, yachting, sexting and living,” Work Drugs have a steady streak of releasing one song each month since December of 2011 in addition to 2012′s full-length Absolute Bearing and the retrospective / rarities vinyl Delta (released last November). Tonight’s event with Night Panther, Cruiser and DJ Young Mariah Carey kicks off a spring tour for Work Drugs, their first since 2011. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here. Below, watch the video for “Delta.”
After interrupting a Jon Spencer rehearsal somewhere in Paris, Copenhagen’s Indians performed acoustic versions of “I Am Haunted” and “Cakelakers” from his 2012 debut Somewhere Else for La Blogotheque. Stripped of their layered reverb and theramin-y warbles, the songs revert to the form I imagine they were created in – just a simple acoustic guitar and vocal pairing, allowing the listener to get closer to the songs’ real emotions and essence. Watch the Take Away Show below and download the album version of “I Am Haunted” here. Indians opens for Night Beds with Cat Martino at Johnny Brenda’s on March 9th. Tickets and information can be found here.
Before its official release via Dead Oceans on February 5th, Pitchfork is streaming Night Beds‘ debut LP Country Sleep. Though the album has an overall tone of sad alt-Americana with a Jim James energy and delicate reverb, there is an audible, pained history in Winston Yellis’ voice that hints at deeper forces at work underneath polished tracks like “Ramona” and “Lost Springs.” Stream the full record over at Pitchfork; tickets and information for Night Beds’ 21+ show at Johnny Brenda’s with Indians and Cat Martino on March 9th can be found here. Below, listen to “Ramona.”
Copenhagen’s one-man band Indians will be releasing his debut Somewhere Else via 4AD on January 29th and has a date scheduled with Night Beds and Cat Martino at Johnny Brenda’s on March 9th. Ahead of the debut album, 4AD has shared a free download of Indian’s spacey, orbiting single “I Am Haunted.” Stream and download the song below and then watch Indians perform an acoustic version of the song for The Wild Honey Pie. Tickets and information for the 21+ show at Johnny Brenda’s can be found here. Continue reading
SPIN premiered a new song from the upcoming Night Beds record Country Sleep earlier today, dubbing the Americana-pop track a “moonlit charmer.” “Ramona” is a brooding, melodic plea from front-man Winston Yellen, a Colorado native who rented out a home that once belonged to June Carter and Johnny Cash after moving to Nashville. Night Beds play Johnny Brenda’s on Saturday, March 9th with Indians and Cat Martino. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here. Stream “Ramona” below and keep your eye out for Country Sleep to be released on February 5th via Dead Oceans.