Artist of the Day: The Peach Kings

Americana noir band The Peach Kings have been making a hot style of psychedelic rock for the past few years. With a raw vibe and raucous stage presence, the vintage sound and aesthetic is a nod to classic cult movies and directors like Lynch, Tarantino, and Andersen.

Seriously, folks. Their sound is raw and the songwriting impeccable.

Beware: if you click this link, your speakers will explode with joy.



Artist of the day: Connor Leimer

Upbeat songwriter Connor Leimer is kicking off his career this fall. He’s just 18, and instead of going off to college he’s releasing his debut album this fall and going on tour to support it.

The album is called Postcard and it launches October 2nd. You can catch a sneak-peek and pre-order it on iTunes.

Leimer grew up in a small suburb just south of Kansas City. For years, he wrote most of his songs in his bedroom – first with The Telephone Takes — a live, acoustic album that Leimer recorded on his iPhone 4 and released as a freshman.  That was before attending a summer workshop called the Grammy Project in 2013. There, he met a number of musicians who, like Leimer, were young and eager to leave their mark.

Months later, when he began recording Postcard at the Weights & Measures Soundlab studio in Kansas City, many of those new friends joined him.  Jason Moss, NYC-based on-the-rise mixing engineer lent his help.  Local singer Gracie Schram (and Charlie Peacock protege), 21 year-old producer Max Griffith, banjo player Fritz Hutchison (of the Kansas City band She’s A Keeper) and a three-piece horn section of UMKC Music Conservatory graduates, all participated in making Postcard.  Even so, Leimer wrote the songs from a personal place, reaching into his high school experience for a tracklist that veers between love songs, acoustic numbers, groove-based pop tunes and poignant tributes to home.

“This record represents a big chunk of my high school years,” he explains. “It’s everything that you face while growing up. All my friends came together and played on it, or helped me with artwork, or helped out with production. It’s just a bunch of friends helping each other out.”

Artist of the day: Blackwater Jukebox

Get your weekend started right with some gypsy-punk from Blackwater Jukebox. They’re an LA-based group who seem to have had some deranged adventures in Australian wine country with a (fictional?) character known as Lazarus Scamp. You can read more about their misadventures here in a blog post entitles “Blood Cults of the Barossa”.

You will read classic descriptions of their work, such as this:

Their track “Hangman Two-Step” is an obvious hybrid of the over-exposed “Gallows Pole” and Django Reinhardt’s terribly clichéd “Minor Swing.”

Truer words have not been spoken. Also, the song and the energy of the group is quite thrilling and enjoyable. Download it for free here:

Artist of the day: Brookfield Deuce

We’ve got a dark track today about life on the streets in the American ghetto. The song and video are brilliant, if difficult to watch, about a young kid coming to terms with his inner city life and slipping constantly into day dreams about how he wishes his life could be.

The track comes from Brookfield Deuce, a hip hop veteran from the Bay Area. In 2010, Duece was involved in a drive-by shooting in front of his home where his car was hit with over 15 bullets but he wasn’t hit at all. Days later, Duece was convinced God spared his life to show him that his calling was to tell the story of his neighborhood, Brookfield Village, and the stories of the worlds unspoken for. He began working with producers Ryan “DJ Project” Watts and Joel “The Profit” Weston with hip-hop collective Dominant Genetikz. Watts and Weston’s production style opened the Duece’s mind, helping him become a more conceptual auteur with social, economic, and political subject matter.

Artist of the day: Forebear

Forebear combines cinematic indie rock with a unique voice and spectacular harmonies. Scott Goldbaum (formerly of Wise Cub) leads the band with beautiful vocals and melodic guitar, while classically trained Molly Rogers’ adds her viola. Mike Mussleman (drums) and Nick Chadian (bass) round out the four piece with one of the most methodical rhythm sections in indie rock today. Their lyrics capture the struggle between our interpersonal crises and living in the age of constant awareness of global tensions looming overheard.

Their new EP, Cody, was produced by Scott Gordon.

Artist of the day: Neon Indian

Today we’ve got a chillwave artist to start off your week. Based in Denton, Texas, Neon Indian has released two albums over the past handful of years, each to rave reviews. They’ve toured extensively and played a number of festivals.

They just announced that their third album, VEGA INTL. Night School, will be released October 16th this year.

Artist of the day: Private Island

Southern California-based group Private Island create music that is a blend of alternative rock with a retro-funk feel with very tight pop sensibilities. They released their debut EP, A Good Look, last fall.

Also you should check out their photo from 70s night at The Bootleg.

Private Island - 70s night