Black Kids (Album Release Party!)

Black Kids (Album Release Party!)

What took Black Kids nine years to release their second album? Put the question to frontman Reggie Youngblood, and he invokes … Homer, obviously.

“Much like Odysseus and Co., on our journey to make the ‘difficult second album,’ shit got rough,” Youngblood says. “A few of us heeded the siren call of ‘side projects.’ Tumultuous relationships and periods of Imposter Syndrome also impeded progress.

“Worst of all, I couldn’t write a chorus,” Youngblood continues. “And for a band that worships The Chorus, this was problematic.”

Well, the choruses eventually came, and the result is Rookie. Like the band’s 2008 debut, Partie Traumatic, the album is a pastiche of the pop of previous decades. You hear the exuberant synth pop, Britpop, and indie rock of the first album, but what else is that in there? Daft Punk? Some Cocteaus? Fleetwood Mac?

“[The track] ‘IFFY’ sounds like bloody Carly Rae Jepsen,” says one anonymous listener. “And I think they’d just had a listen to their old Ace of Base cassettes when they sat down to write ‘All The Emotions.’ Fucking hell, Black Kids — I still can’t tell whether they’re having a laugh.”

Says Youngblood, “We still genre-hop, we still make grotesque, saccharine hybrids. We’re still beholden, religiously, to the form and structure of The Pop Song.”

It was that pop devotion that originally propelled the Jacksonville, Florida-born band to music-press stardom, including receiving Pitchfork’s Best New Music for their 2007 Wizard of Ahhhs EP. The next year saw the Columbia Records release of Partie Traumatic (which broke the Top 5 in the U.K.) and its attendant world tours, festival performances, and late-night-TV appearances. Lead single “I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You” soundtracked everything from sweaty club nights to blockbuster movies. And you still hear it out.

After touring exhaustively in support of Partie Traumatic, Youngblood and his bandmates — bassist Owen Cohen and keyboardists/vocalists Ali Youngblood and Dawn Watley — resettled around the U.S., in Brooklyn, Portland, and Athens, Georgia. Reggie started a power-pop group called Blunt Bangs. Owen released records on Kill Rock Stars under the moniker Gospel Music. Ali and Dawn sang and played and crafted. In late 2015, the four convened in Athens to make Rookie. The album was recorded and coproduced by Andy LeMaster at Chase Park Transduction.

Rookie is more lyrically earnest than its predecessor, and Youngblood notes that the “bratty-ness” is toned down — “but just a lil’ bit,” he says. “Yeah, the themes from our debut are still firmly in place on our sophomore: I love you, but you don't love me; you love me, but I don't love you; you're mean, I'm mean—shall we dance?”

Ugh, FINE.

Via Audio (Album Release Party!)

Via Audio was formed in 2002 at the infamous Berklee College of Music in Boston. After releasing a self-titled EP on the small independent Kill Normal Records in 2004, the band first garnered attention when Death Cab for Cutie’s guitarist Chris Walla dubbed them his “new favorite band,” in his column for Under the Radar Magazine.
They soon after caught the attention of Spoon drummer Jim Eno, who would become their longtime producer, collaborator and comrade. With Eno’s help behind the board, Via Audio released their first full-length, "Say Something", in 2007 on California-based indie label Sidecho Records, as well as Kurofune Records in Japan.Pitchfork Media described "Say Something" as having “such a beautiful gloss over everything that it sticks, hurts, and feels delicious” and the album received accolades from Spin, Nylon, Under the Radar, Alternative Press, theTripwire, and Stereogum, among others. The band has since toured the U.S. and Japan alongside the likes of Spoon, White Rabbits, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Ha Ha Tonka, Jukebox the Ghost, Elizabeth & the Catapult, and Modern Skirts, making appearances at the South By Southwest, Monolith, and CMJ festivals.

After the departure of a key band member, Via Audio shut themselves up again in Eno’s Austin, Texas home studio in 2009, tackling their next songbook as Eno carefully and artfully crafted different sonic palettes for each unique song on "Animalore". The result is an album that "plays like a pop-up book for adults, bursting with vivid colors and secret corridors at the turn of every page." (FILTER Magazine)

Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, they were able to self-record their newest effort "NATURAL LANGUAGE", produced by their original drummer Dan Molad (Lucius) in his Brooklyn home studio Sounds Like A Fire. The new record will be self-released on limited edition CD and 12" vinyl formats, as well as everywhere digitally, on March 25th, 2014, a decade after their first self-titled EP.

French Horn Rebellion (DJ SET)

French Horn Rebellion (Robert and David Perlick-Molinari) kick off 2011 by announcing the US self-release of their debut album ‘The Infinite Music of French Horn Rebellion’
on April 19th digitally and May 24th physically (Once Upon A Time Records) and a 27 date North American tour supporting French electro pop outfit Yelle starting 17th April.

Written, produced and mixed by Robert and David, ‘The Infinite Music…’ is a debut album that warps the fabric of dance, electro, rock and funk and may just turn out to be a
contender for this year’s most ambitious, multi-faceted and engaging debut album. Crucially, the album also follows an intergalactic narrative that tracks the physical and emotional journey of an unknown French Horn player. “There is a story running through the album, it’s about the Universe. We’re pretty clear on what the story is, but what you take away from it may be something entirely different,” says David.

The album’s artwork features the sculptures of Portland based artist Meredith Dittmar (www.corporatepig.com) who the band contacted after finding her work on the Internet. Dittmar has exhibited in New York and as far afield as, Mexico City and Istanbul.

On the back of just three EP’s to date, these two unassuming brothers, originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, have already toured and played with the likes of Hot Chip, Sleigh Bells, The Drums, Cut Copy and SebastiAn and have been tipped by everyone from Q Magazine, The Guardian, Time Out and French music bible Les Inrockuptibles to hometown publications such as The New York Times and NY Daily News.

The Brooklyn-based duo already had an illustrious pedigree; David produced MGMT's indie release, Time to Pretend EP for New York indie Cantora Records, and with previous single “Up All Night” they scored a Record of the Week on BBC Radio 1 and an opening slot on the influential Kitsuné Maison compilation series; a big deal for a virtual unknown. The band have also remixed the likes of MEN, Two Door Cinema Club, OMD and Alex Winston, the later resulting in JPlatt of New York producers du jour The Knocks madly tweeting “its like the hottest thing I’ve ever heard”!

Following packed out NYC performances at CMJ, the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival and in support to MNDR at the launch of new Neon Gold party POPSHOP, March saw a whistle stop European tour and a packed itinerary at SXSW. FHR now head east for their first ever Asian tour including shows in Hong Kong (w/ MGMT), Singapore, South Korea and China. Their 27-date North American tour supporting Yelle kicks off in Phoenix on 17th April.

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