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Kirin J Callinan

You are Kirin J Callinan. You are from Australia. You don't put a period after your middle initial. You slick your hair back, mostly to keep it out of the way. You will be moving a lot, herky-jerky.

"Kirin J Callinan is 2013′s most kinetic, confounding, and exciting "new" artist. For real! This is an opinion easier to come upon, and maintain, if you've had the good fortune of seeing him live intermittently over the past six months, as I have. (At Glasslands for CMJ, where he ruled, and a few weeks ago in a startlingly intimate 40-person theater near Union Square, where he ruled again, this time as a campy mix of Scott Walker and Patrick Bateman.)" --Stereogum

"On the title track of his debut LP Embracism, Australian howler Kirin J Callinan introduced himself with fight music. His approach to love-themed music sounds every bit as confrontational on his second single, as sharp guitar chords are erratically scraped, mangled, and pitch-shifted throughout "Love Delay" while Callinan belts out lusty lyrics in a throat-shredding howl and personifies fire so he can commune with it. Between the two songs, he establishes an understandable artistic premise, to imply the scraps and conflicts of the schoolyard and the bedroom are triggered by the same animalistic urges." --Pitchfork

Max Kakacek and Julien Ehrlich aka some dudes who kicked ass in The Smith Westerns and continue to do so.

Jimmy Whispers

Former Light Pollution main man James Cicero has hit upon something special with his new solo project, Jimmy Whispers. He sings sincere songs about love and loss with just a chintzy organ recorded straight to an iPhone, and what the music lacks in fidelity it more than makes up for in unself-conscious heart, blissful melodies, and enchanting hooks. He's finished an album, but you can't get it just yet—a proper release is in the works. Cicero plays out often enough, though, that the tunes will stick with you till his next show—and you can still walk away with a copy of his Summer in Pain zine. It builds on themes that also turn up in his music, in his stage banter, and in the crude "Summer in Pain" street art he's plastered around town: there's a collage about Chicago's gun violence, a letter to a woman selling a wedding gown via a flyer, doodles of sharks, non sequiturs about finding inspiration in sadness, and an image that superimposes Cicero on a photo of Phil Jackson, Michael Jordan, and Scottie Pippen. Summer in Pain is pretty scatterbrained and not always easy to understand, but it feels entirely earnest—which makes it a great companion to Cicero's songs.

Sean Nicholas Savage

This fall sees the release of Sean Nicholas Savage's latest record, Other Death. Savage, a master of tenderness, reflection and projection, has released and toured relentlessly in pursuit of the rarer beauties found only in the nuance of pop song and performance.

Other Death was recorded in Santa Monica, Los Angeles as a collaboration with Agor, of Savage's Arbutus labelmates Blue Hawaii, while Errhead of Doldrums plays on much of the record. Ramona Gonzalez Nite Jewel also makes an appearance, as do TOPS' Jane Penny and David Carriere. This is Savage's highest fidelity recording to date, with daring, captivating, and as always minimal and soft production style. In contrast to his usual introspection, Other Death is immediately more upbeat, uptempo, confident, inspired and delivers more consistent pop singles than any of his previous records.
Savage is not playing to the middle. Here he gives his listeners, those who crave a harder SNS smack, the energy they crave. This is the release fans will turn to when they want to feel the sophisticated, delicate, and enchanted music of Sean Nicholas Savage at its most brave, free and loud. It's as if upon being tossed a copy of Other Life, Savage reads the message; "Other Life?" and throws it back at us in blood red, "Other Death".

Joy Again

Joy Again is a lo-fi recording project initially started by Sachi DiSerafino and Arthur Shea, from Philadelphia, turned full band with the addition of Sean Henry, Blaise O’Brien and Logan Burke.

After catching Shamir’s eye, the XL Recordings artist decided he had to get involved and he now manages the band. Shamir describes the guys as “Extremely aware of the world around them, dangerously smart and super mature without leaving behind that playfulness that a lot of people lose once they start to enter adult life.”

Joy Again recorded their debut AA single ‘Looking Out for You / How You Feel’ in the Red Bull Studios in New York with producer Caleb Laven this summer. The 7” Vinyl is limited to 300 copies and is set for release on Lucky Number/Mermaid Avenue on 15th January 2016.

Murals is a collection of the elements set in motion many years ago when the earth was freshly formed. Their Fire Talk debut "Violet City Lantern" is out early 2016.

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