Cloud Control – In a Record Store Near You (finally.)

Okay, I’ve been about this band Cloud Control ever since I literally walked into a conversation with their drummer in a crowded venue in Sydney over two YEARS ago. Well, two years, one album, and a few sporadic US tours later and the band is finally getting noticed by the right ears in the States.  Their debut album Bliss Release was released in the United States TODAY by UK label Infectious Music and to celebrate, Paste Magazine is letting you listen to the entire album online this week.  Trust me, you’ll want to give this Aussie band a listen, because they are great in so many ways.

But if you don’t want to take my word on it, and you are skeptical about Paste, then try this session the band did during its recent short US tour at BreakThru Radio in Brooklyn, New York.  Cloud Control stopped in to play a few songs (with their new bassist!) and chat with DJ Maia (who also did one of my favorite interviews with Cast Spells last year).  This band is full of such lovely and talented people, and their interviews are always fun.  This session includes some really great versions of Bliss Release tracks, with some crazy reverb and watery effects on “Gold Canary”, and a much more 80s-a-fied version of “My Fear #2”.  Check out the video below, and click THIS LINK to hear the entire in-studio session where Maia asks some great questions to let listeners in on what this band is all about.  It’s worth it.  Please enjoy!

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New Song: Dreamers of the Ghetto “Heavy Love”

Click here to check out the DOTG session on Shaking Through

I love seeing deserving local bands getting a shot to share their music with a wider audience.  That’s just the opportunity that Dreamers of the Ghetto received from Shaking Through, a ‘new music incubator’ run by Weathervane Music and WXPN radio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Shaking Through asked Bloomington’s Ben Swanson, co-founder/owner of the Secretly Canadian record label to name a band that the label doesn’t work with that he thought deserved a shot in the spotlight.  His pick, and a darn good one, was Dreamers of the Ghetto. Continue reading “New Song: Dreamers of the Ghetto “Heavy Love””

Mind Equals Blown Interview with Matt Tobey

For those who have ever listened to Bloomington bands Good Luck and Memory Map, you should be now be familiar with the bands’ shared musician Matt Tobey.  Those particularly familiar with Matt would know his solo work as Matty Pop Chart and various past bands including Abe Froman and singing and touring with Kimya Dawson.

Whether you live in Bloomington, grew up in Michigan, or have caught a chance to see Matt on tour, I hope you’ve taken a few moments to meet and get to know the extraordinary person that he is.  Beyond being a talented and fun musician, Matt is one of the kindest people I have ever met, which makes it that much easier to relate to the stories that come out of his head and into his music.

Recently, music blog Mind Equals Blown did an interview with Matt (over Skype–yay technology!), which includes some great stories about his musical past and present.  It’s really well-written and a fun read, so please check it out here.

Maps & Atlases at the BBC

This interview/session with Maps & Atlases is wonderful. Great commentary, great acoustic performances.

Great Press for Maps & Atlases

With summer in full blaze and new music, tours, and festivals popping up all over the horizon, it’s a good time to be a fan of music, but let me tell you, it’s a GREAT time to be a member of Maps & Atlases.

With their first full-length Perch Patchwork (Barsuk) now officially available (I bought my copy last night!), it seems like the band is finally getting the recognition we die-hard fans have been praying for. Fresh off of their tours with Frightened Rabbit and Drink Up Buttercup, another national tour has been announced with the likes of Cults and Laura Stevenson and the Cans, as well as a European tour to follow in the fall.

For those of you who have already purchased the album, I hope you are still listening to it nonstop. For those of you who haven’t WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?? RUN TO YOUR RECORD STORE, (OR COMPUTER) FAST!

Just kidding, but really, you should get it. I will have a review up by the end of the day, most likely. But while you are waiting to either wise up or save up, there are plenty of opportunities to have a listen at what the album is like via the many acoustic and performance sessions posted in the past week. Here’s a list: Continue reading “Great Press for Maps & Atlases”

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