CASCINE: The Sound of Escape Now

This mixtape is an ode to the tender elegance and unbridled wanderlust of every springtime renewal. It's our way of saying: goodbye endless winter, hello brand new sunshine. Music for floating overseas through seasons of change, following the cyan expanses, or just heading out to the open sky. This is the sound of innocence won back. Take a deep breath, and jump right in. Curation and descriptions by Sandra Croft, Cascine's publicist.

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Whim is a collection of media focused on rock/pop/garage and everything surrounding it. Mellowing things out with recent Domino signee Ducktails and the unpredictably satisfying Levek. SEE: FULL POST + ALL WHIM POSTS + ALL MUSIC COLUMNS

 

Ducktails

It's still early, but you can now hear a teaser track from Ducktails' The Flower Lane, which comes out January 29th, 2013 via the band's new label, Domino Records. Frontman and main man Matt Mondanile has taken the downtime from his involvement with lo-fi rockers Real Estate to mix a new record with Al Carlson (Peaking Lights, Oneohtrix Point Never). And as is often the case with Ducktails' music, it may take repeat listens before "The Flower Lane" makes a lasting impression, but rest assured that there is emotional comfort to be found in these familiar easy-going sounds, and "The Flower Lane" is but one mellow indicator of the record's lusher and more robust sound. Catch a review of Mondanile's formerly more lo-fi sounds via our review of Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics. DUCKTAILS - THE FLOWER LANE TRACKLISTING 1. Ivy Covered House 2. The Flower Lane 3. Under Cover 4. Timothy Shy 5. Planet Phrom 6. Assistant Director 7. Sedan Magic 8. International Date Line 9. Letter Of Intent 10. Academy Avenue

 

If there’s one critical and emotional theme which resonates throughout the whole of Animal Collective’s work it would have to be the idea of ‘time.’ 2008’s masterful, breathtaking album Merriweather Post Pavillion was a record that captured the attention of media and fans alike just as communication on the internet, and eventually amongst ourselves, was changing. Though it certainly wasn’t intentional, the outpour of discourse on the record was unmatched, thanks to the growing presence of Twitter in daily lives. It was not until months after its release that people finally stopped talking incessantly about Merriweather Post Pavillion. All this is a small footnote in the greater scope of the album, but it's an important one nonetheless. The timing was too perfect; just as many people began to embrace a new, compact critical voice, the album of the decade fell into our laps. The massive outpouring of praise and anticipation for that record simply cannot be matched by today's more spastic attention span, and maybe that’s Centipede HZ’s immediate downfall; it simply isn’t Merriweather Post Pavilion and doesn't possess the same cultural or social significance. But what Centipede HZ does accomplish is just as important as Animal Collective's previous landmark effort, and it has solidified the group’s relationship with themselves.

 

SUMMARY: "Divisive as ever, Animal Collective return with a record that, while at times challenging and impregnable, is deeply rewarding. If nothing else, Centipede HZ feels like an exorcism of past demons, a beacon of light pushing their music forward." SEE FULL ALBUM REVIEW

 

Animal Collective go Chinese opera face paint and Burning Man desert warriors in this new perfromance art video. Directed by long-time collaborator Danny Perez, this video for "Today's Supernatural" comes off the collective's new album, Centipeze Hz, which will come out September 3rd. The track sees the band pulling back from dreamy sonics and into driving, forward-moving territory, and all brutality is powered by fleshy pianos David Cronenberg could find pride in, disconnected arms, and 3D color offsets. This video will have you scratching your hoary head, at the very least. Tomorrow night, August 19th, Animal Collective will premiere Centipede Hz LIVE on Animal Collective Radio (radio.myanimalhome.net). Details, tour dates, and music video after the jump.

 

Whim is a collection of media focused on independent rock/pop/garage and everything surrounding it. Two autumnal records are on the horizon, courtesy of Midwest musicians Night Moves and Merseyside, UK's Stealing Sheep. Lots of satisfaction that you can feel in your bones here, as both bands transmute psychedelic habits into burnt country backdrops to create mesmerizing, earthy tracks. SEE: FULL POST + ALL WHIM POSTS + ALL MUSIC COLUMNS

 

Night Moves

Minneapolis musicians Night Moves remind one of Portugal. The Man's Americana-influenced psych rock on their latest singles, "Headlights" and "Country Queen". Speaking vaguely about feeling directionless, the band questions personal comforts ("I just don't know who I am") while simultaneously providing comfort in the form of gentle falsetto mantras ("It's alright") that bring the song to a slow and smooth close. Their debut album, Colored Emotions, comes out October 16th on Domino Records. Full tracklisting and tour dates to follow.

 

Whim is a weekly collection of media focused on independent rock/pop/garage and everything surrounding it. This week we feature the incredible new Grizzly Bear track, an Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti cover, a brand new Jens Lekman cut and more. So yeah, it's been an insanely busy week for music junkies. And a good one too.

 

Grizzly Bear

Putting some of my personal fixations with Grizzly Bear aside, the release of their brand new song almost imploded the internet last week. "Sleeping Ute" is taken from the bands yet-to-be-titled album, due out later this year on Warp, and is an explosive mix of scaling guitars and the band's collective vocal range. It's incredibly reminiscent of member Daneil Rossen's Department of Eagles project, digging into darker, more cathartic sounds on the third verse. It's different from "Two Weeks," which is kind of a bold statement considering the success of that song and Veckatimest as a whole, but "Sleeping Ute" is expansive and brilliant. So for now at least, they have my attention.

 

Whim is a weekly collection of media focused on independent rock/pop/garage and everything surrounding it. This week we feature a rare John Maus track, a new Sonny and the Sunsets track, some Dirty Projectors news and more.

 

John Maus

Left-field psych rock artist John Maus is getting set to release his first album since 2011's terrific We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves, and even though it's just a collection b-sides and rarities, any new Maus is something to celebrate. A Collection of Rarities and Previously Unreleased Material is out July 17th on Ribbon Music, featuring a collection of 16 different track that span all the way back to 1999. "Mental Breakdown," originally recorded in 2004 is the same warped, dripping psych song that put Maus on the spot with Ariel Pink in 2010 after Haunted Graffiti. The first 500 orders will be pressed on translucent pink vinyl, so preorder limited edition now.

 

Whim is a weekly collection of media focused on independent rock/pop/garage and everything surrounding it. This week we showcase the new single from MS MR, some Animal Collective news, Pure Bathing Culture's debut record and more.

 

MS MR

Mysterious Brooklyn indie pop group MS MR have been on the radar for quite some time now, with industry insiders whispering of their powerful pop music as if they were everybody's best kept secret. But with a debut album in the works and one of the year's best singles, MS MR have officially broken through in 2012. "Hurricane" is perfectly delicate yet sultry and sexy. The singer's voice is haunting and echoing, and combined with the pounding drum rhythm throughout the track, it is not only the best surprise of the year but also serves as the perfect soundtrack to humid summer nights.

 

"Pop music shouldn't always get a bad rap," says Top Pops!, a recurring selection of pop music highlights across a selection of styles. Two of indie rock's big hitters, Beach House and Dirty Projectors, continue to explore their own sonic universes with new tracks, upcoming releases, and extensive tour dates.

Beach House

Two tracks so far for the upcoming record Bloom, Beach House's fourth studio album, which comes out May 15th via Sub Pop Records, Europe via Bella Union on May 14th, Mexico via Arts and Crafts on May 15th, and Australia via Mistletone on May 18th. Beach House - "Myth"
Beach House - "Lazuli" Directed by Allen Cordell. BLOOM TRACKLISTING 1. Myth 2. Wild 3. Lazuli 4. Other People 5. The Hours 6. Troublemaker 7. New Year 8. Wishes 9. On the Sea 10.Irene BEACH HOUSE TOUR DATES * w/ Wild Nothing ^ w/ Dustin Wong May 04 – Jefferson Theatre – Charlottesville, VA Tickets May 05 – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC Tickets May 06 – Music Farm – Charleston, SC Tickets May 08 – The Fillmore Miami Beach – Miami Beach, FL Tickets May 09 - Beachan Theatre – Orlando, FL Tickets May 10 - Free Bird Live – Jacksonville, FL May 11 - The Bottletree – Birmingham, AL Tickets May 12 - The Georgia Theatre – Athens, GA Tickets May 13 - Orange Peel - Asheville, NC Tickets May 15 - Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY Tickets July 1 - House of Blues- San Diego, CA * July 3 - El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA * July 6 - Belly Up Aspen – Aspen, CO Tickets * July 7 - Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM * July 9 - Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK Tickets * July 10 - Liberty Hall – Lawrence, KS Tickets * July 11 –The Pageant – St. Louis MO Tickets * July 12 – Minglewood Hall – Memphis, TN * Tickets July 13 – Forestcastle Festival – Louisville, KY Tickets July 15- Pitchfork Music Festival – Chicago, IL Tickets July 17 – The Vogue – Indianapolis, IN Tickets * July 18 – The Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MI Tickets * July 19 – House of Blues – Cleveland, OH Tickets * July 20 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH Tickets * July 21 – Mr. Small’s Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA Tickets * July 23 – Central Park Summerstage – New York, NY Tickets Thu Sep-13 Richmond, VA - The National ^ Fri Sep-14 Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theatre ^ Sat Sep-15 Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works ^ Sun Sep-16 Atlanta, GA - Variety ^ Tue Sep-18 New Orleans, LA - Tipitina's ^ Wed Sep-19 Houston, TX - House of Blues Thu Sep-20 Austin, TX - Stubbs ^ Fri Sep-21 Dallas, TX - Palladium ^ Mon Sep-24 Tucson, AZ - Rialto ^ Tue Sep-25 Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern ^ Wed Sep-26 Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern ^ Fri Sep-28 Oakland, CA - Fox Theater ^ Sat Sep-29 Eugene, OR - McDonald Theatre ^ Sun Sep-30 Portland, OR - Roseland ^ Mon Oct-1 Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom ^ Wed Oct-3 Seattle, WA - Showbox @ The Market ^

 

Our third-annual album cover art feature uses interviews with artists and musicians to highlight the philosophical, thematic, and conceptual significance of great album cover artwork. THE BREAKDOWN    12 Collage + 14 Digital Illustration, Drawing, Design + 19 Illustration, Painting, Drawing + 8 Black And White Photography + 22 Color Photography +...