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I'm With the Band: Drowners

Drowners are currently making their way around the West Coast in support of their debut self-titled record. In their downtime between Coachella weekends, they made a stop in Los Angeles to bring their melodic, jumpy jams to The Roxy. Drowners are made up of Matt Hitt, Jack Ridley, Erik Lee Snyder, and Joe Brodie. I had a chat with Matt and Jack to talk about where the band is at right now, their favorite songs to play while DJing, and more. Maddie

Since we last talked you had your debut record come out. How was the recording process and putting it out?
Matt: We finished it about nine months before we actually released it, like a human pregnancy, so when it came out, we were ready for it to come out. It was kinda sitting on the shelf a bit. We did it over three weeks last May in a basement under a bar and Gus Oberg and Johnny T produced it. My 25th birthday passed as we were recording it, and that’s pretty much all I remember about it.

Matt, you've been part of other projects in the past. What's different about Drowners as opposed to your previous projects?
Matt: Literally only that I sing in this one. I do Threats with Jack. I kinda stopped doing all the other shit before Drowners started, so it's really just Threats and Drowners. The only differences are that I sing in one and Jack sings in the other, and he writes all Threats and I write all Drowners. Basically the only thing that switches between the two is who stands in the middle of the stage.

Tell us a little bit about the influences that went into your self-titled.
Matt:
The things we were influenced by to record were like, The Vapors, Gun Club, and we were inspired vocally by like, when you listen to '50s and '60s shit, like when they scream and the mic blanks out. That was kind of a main point of it. Slickness of Vapors, energy of Buzzcocks, yeah.
Jack:
I would say for me, since he obviously wrote the thing in his bedroom, I think it was done with a lot of pain and fun and late nights and such. You play in a different way when all that is going on around. Depending on how you feel you play a bit different. I feel like a lot of long nights and mild suffering in different ways led itself to a nice product.
Matt:
There’s like twenty different versions of the same song, depending on how we feel. Particularly live, it completely changes. Like how hard you want to play or how much you want to scream or how much you want to move, that’s just night to night. When we were doing the record, it was like Jack said, fun and pain; basically two sides of the same coin, where you’re like one or the other.

How would you describe Drowners in three words to someone who has never heard you before?

Matt: “I’d hit it.”
Jack: “Totally fucking awesome.”
Matt: Yeah, do that one.

What is your dream venue or city to play in?
Matt:
I’m gonna sound biased in L.A., but this is only the second time in L.A. and I’ve fucking had a right laugh both times I’ve come here. There’s not like ideal size or whatever. I like playing in front of people who give a shit, because that’s not always the case. That’s my favorite thing. When people give a shit it makes us get hyped on it.



If you could have a tour with anyone, who would it be? Dead or alive.
Matt:
On the top of my head, we did four gigs with Cage the Elephant and I’d want to do another tour with them that was longer. I only had four days of ultimate bliss and I’d like to have like, a month with it.

When you're not playing music, what are you usually up to?
Matt: Sleeping.
Jack: Drawing or skating and walking around. Cuddling with puppies. Cuddling with puppies and watching Law and Order SVU.

What are your go-to tracks when DJing?
Matt: I want to preface this with like, we DJ a lot because we’re absolutely broke and we all need to make money. It’s a job and shit. I started DJing after I moved to New York because I'd sit and listen to Jack and some other people DJ. My favorite three to play I stole completely off Jack. Gun Club "Sex Beat," "Red Hot" by Billy Lee Riley, and "Train Kept A Rollin'" by the Johnny Burnette Trio.
Jack: I would agree with that as well.
Matt: ‘Cause I stole it off you!
Jack: “Love and Desperation" is creeping up on me. That’s a sexy song.
Matt: That is my new absolute favorite song! It’s the singer of Gun Club.
Jack: Jeffrey Lee Pierce.
Matt: It’s the best shit I’ve heard since “Stoned and Starving” by Parquet Courts.

Music Monday: April 14, 2014

This week for Music Monday we're doing something a little different. We have an EP premiere from I Break Horses!


Following much acclaim for their new album Chiaroscuro, Maria Linden’s I Break Horses have now enlisted an illustrious cast of artists to rework songs from the album that will make up their new Remix EP, the premiere of which can be found below. The list of artists includes East India Youth, Clarence Clarity, The Horrors’ Tom Furse, The Field and Tim Gane of Stereolab. Check out more of I Break Horses through iTunes!

Friday Download: April 11, 2014


It is finally warm here in Philly, which makes me feel super nostalgic and like I should be having my hair braided by a robin. Let's all blast "Hands Down" and lie in the grass together as we look at my favorite internet tidbits from the past week.Katie



Zach Braff's Wish I Was Here Trailer
I think this is literally a shot for shot remake of Garden State. And I'm totally going to see it. Sad Dad movies give me the most feelings (no one talk about About Time around me unless you're prepared to canoe away on a waterfall of tears). Also, I wonder if Zach Braff knows that there are, in fact, other bands in the world that are not The Shins. DO YOU KNOW, ZACH?



Betty Who "Heartbreak Dream"
I am obsessed with Betty Who and I am obsessed with this video and if you aren't already listening to Slow Dancing, her newest EP, go do it now. It has the perfect summer songs to listen to when you are feeling infinite in your car. Plus, I love when people dance-jump while singing! And she does that so much in this video! If you aren't enchanted by that, you're a robot and I give up. : (



Girl Meets World
The first teaser trailer for Girl Meets World came out this week, and it's pretty much what one would expect from Disney. Crystal clear filming! Bright colors! Smiles! Even though the internet has been grumblin' about the Disney decision, let's just all remember that Boy Meets World was pretty over-the-top itself at times ("THIS IS A HUG, SHAWN!"), but like, it was endearing. Maybe I'm being overly nostalgic, but I have faith that this is gonna be good. DON'T LET ME DOWN, TOPANGA.



Katy Perry "Birthday (Lyric Video)"

Whoops, I love this.

Music Monday: April 7, 2014

No more Monday morning excuses! Stop staring at the clock and start your work week out right with five hand-picked songs from our music stylist, Corbin, who wants to fill your brainwaves with summer-ready sounds and auditory illusions.

Chrome Sparks - Goddess
This is a spiraling, dizzying new one from Chrome Sparks. It encompasses the ambiguity of the seasons right now here in Philadelphia. Is it spring? Because I can't tell. Anyway, "Goddess" is a tune. Good for late night drives. If this one is for you, check out this and this

Strand of Oaks - Goshen '97
This one should be set up slightly. There's this wave that seems very strong at the moment of Springsteen-esque feel-good tunes. This is one of them. (Also worthy of calling out for this feeling is The War On Drugs new record.)

Tala - The Dutchess
This is killer. Fans of Jai Paul and Hemsworth will like this one a lot. Make sure to also check out Ben Khan. AIRHORN SOUND EFFECT, Y'ALL.

Lone - 2 Is 8
You know what? 2 IS 8. Lone, you always are the guy. 

Mirror Kisses - Genius
Nice '80s pop vibe from Mirror Kisses. Really wonderful full sound and nice Ian Curtis vocals. The track remind me a lot of Var (War, Iceage).


Friday Download: April 4, 2014


This week is just a big ol' mish-mash of things that have caught my attention throughout the week. Luckily one of those things is a gigantic database of crazy folktales to keep you entertained for hours and hours. Katie



Drake "Draft Day"
This has been the week of Drake. First, he shared "Draft Day" online, and then a couple days later he dropped "Days in the East." "Draft Day" samples Lauryn Hill's "Doo-Wop" so I'm on board.



Lana Del Rey "Meet Me In The Pale Moonlight"
Speaking of new tunes, a new Lana Del Rey song has leaked online just behind her announcement that "West Coast" is the title of her new single. "Meet Me In The Pale Moonlight" is no "Young and Beautiful" but it's still pretty good. (And Lana is just like, forever interesting to me for whatever reason, no matter what she does. Do your thing, girl.)
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Cloud Nothings "I'm Not Part of Me"
This video has a teen slumber party setting goin' on and I like the halfhearted teen posters thrown up on the wall (like Harry Styles - classic) and the usage of the Ouija board. Not really sure of the plot otherwise (mysterious maybe-evil potion turns teen girls into maybe-evil...musicians?), but it's fun to watch and the song rules.



"Honey, I Want to Move to Mars"
There is literally nothing on this planet more unappealing to me than getting blasted off into space to another planet forever, but some people are totally into that and are actually still pumped about that Mars One mission. Jason Stanford, whose wife Sonia Van Meter was chosen as one of the 1,058 Mars finalists, wrote an interesting essay over on Texas Monthly about his feelings on his wife's decision to (possibly) jet off to Mars forever. He's surprisingly chill about it.
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The Specialist's Hat
I was creepin' around on our freelancer Hazel's Tumblr this morning (hi Hazel) and one of the last things she posted was this spooky story titled The Specialist's Hat, so I read the whole thing and made myself late for work. Then I made myself even later because I started browsing this database of folktales she also linked to and they are great because they are horrifying and I'M NOT SURE WHAT LESSON I SHOULD BE LEARNING, especially in the tales where moms chop off their children's heads.
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UO Video Series: Liars

For the first music video in our UO Video Series for 2014, experimental noise-pop band Liars team up with wunderkind director Luis Cerveró on the song "Mess on a Mission" off Liars' new album Mess. Here, Cerveró and Liars’ lead singer Angus Andrew share their behind-the-scenes stories from the UO video shoot, as we celebrate three years of the UO Video Series. Read the full feature here.

Music Monday: March 31, 2014

No more Monday morning excuses! Stop staring at the clock and start your work week out right with five hand-picked songs from our music stylist, Corbin, who wants to fill your brainwaves with summer-ready sounds and auditory illusions.

WOODS - With Light And With Love
What a wonderful nine minutes here from WOODS. This is the title track from the forthcoming LP due out April 15. This tune has an updated '70s blues thing happening: It's chill but still makes you want to move. These tracks are nice if you want to focus on one thing for a minute or two, for instance, the bass, all the little accents and stuff coming together for the bigger sound. This is super cool and totally summer ready.

Colours - You Can't See Me
The Australian born, London-based band Colours has a sick industrial shoegaze happening here. Some parts are so jarring while others all smoothed out and glimmering. This track reminds me of a more trip-hoppy track that saw MM ages ago, here. "You Can't See Me" is full of ups and downs and is also, totally, completely waiting for the summer. 

Francis Inferno Orchestra - G.A.B.O.S
This third track is so smooth and nice. This has the vibe of The Field, but with more of a broken four on the floor, which is becoming The Thing—mainly because of people like John Talabot, Ryan Hemsworth, and Jacques Greene.  It's kind of like an optical illusion, but an "auditory" illusion. Regardless this is super cool. 

Yumi Zouma - It Feels Good To Be Around You (ft. Air France)
I don't know where to begin here... So Air France is a staple in Swedish Balaeric pop. Check out the explanation behind this cover. Man this is interesting. And listen to the original here

Fennesz - Static Kings
This track has a delicate half in/half out sound. It's soothing, but still not there totally, which is nice. It sounds like if they did bring in a full sound with drums and all the classic elements, the internet would explode. Very nice Monday tune, since it's super gloomy in Philadelphia. 




Friday Download: March 28, 2014


If you take only one thing away from this week's Friday Download, then please let that thing be this website for Giggy, Lisa Vanderpump's balding pomeranian. The site is flush with new computer backgrounds for you. Katie



Lady Gaga "G.U.Y."
Listen to me, I have no idea what is going on in this music video, but Lisa Vanderpump halfheartedly shaking a tambourine on the steps of a mansion is everything I never knew I wanted. And any video that lets Giggy the balding pup make an elegant and important cameo gets a gold star in my book.



The Julie Ruin "Just My Kind"
The Julie Ruin put out a new video for their song "Just My Kind." It's basically the exact opposite of Gaga's video but it's just as incredible. I want Kathleen Hanna to be my BFF. Is that so much to ask?



Future Islands Singles
I feel like I've been talking about Future Islands a lot recently (like the rest of the internet), and maybe I already said this somewhere else, but if you haven't listened to their newest album Singles yet, then click right on over to Stereogum to check it out. The site's accompanying review on the album is a good, quick read as well.



Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trailer
"What the world needs is a giant, CGI crime-fighting turtle slamming slow motion into a Hummer on the side of a snow-covered mountain," is apparently something Michael Bay said at one point or another to a person who was too afraid to be like, "No, Michael. Close your sweet, sweet eyes and take a nap." So, I guess what I'm saying is enjoy this trailer for TMNT.



The Office Time Machine
I am obsessed with The Office, so seeing that someone spent like, a really, really long time compiling every single cultural reference ever made on the show makes me incredibly happy. Go watch them all by year here. I put the video for 1999 above because it contains one of my favorite references on the show: Michael's flawless usage of "NOSCRUB" in a Scrabble game.

I'm With the Band: The Orwells feat. Criminal Hygiene


For the latest installment of this column, I interviewed The Orwells and Criminal Hygiene when they made a stop in Los Angeles at the Troubadour this past weekend. The Orwells are a relatively young band based out of Chicago, Illinois, while Criminal Hygiene are based out of L.A. Both bands have deep roots in punk and garage, and have a clear goal to make rock and roll stand on its own again. See what the boys had to say below.
Interview and photos by Maddie Sensibile


The Orwells featuring their pal Jack from Twin Peaks.

Introduce yourselves!

Henry: I’m Henry Brinner.
Mario: I’m Mario Cuomo.
Grant: I’m Grant Brinner.
Matt: I’m Matt O'Keefe.
Mario: We are the Orwells!

You released Remember When in 2012, then Other Voices and Who Needs You. What can we expect from the new record?

Mario: It’s more soulful. There’s some soul on it, there’s some swingin’ beats. You’ll like it.

What record or records have influenced you guys most as a band? I know you mention Is This It a lot on your Twitter.
Mario: Yeah, we talk about it. I love soul. I love like, Sam Cooke and really soulful stuff.
Grant: It’s all different for everybody. Everybody has different taste in music.
Mario: Lyrically, I love like, “Ooooh!” when you feel it in your heart. Pretty much just Kendrick.

If your music was made up of three ingredients, what would they be?
Entire band: Sugar, spice and everything nice.

Favorite festival you've ever played?

Mario: FYF!

If you could put on your own music festival, who would your dream headliners be?
Mario: Day one would be Waka Flocka for me.
Henry: Everybody’s dead, it sucks.
UO: They can be dead.
Mario: Oh, what the hell. Well, let me reiterate: Waka Flocka.
Henry: I think T. Rex, though.
Mario: Okay, T. Rex, Waka Flocka, and Har Mar Super Star.

If you could bring three things on tour and nothing else, what would they be?
Henry: Headphones.
Mario: Condoms, money and beef jerky.
Henry: My drums.

Now choose:
Taco Bell or Del Taco?
Henry & Mario: Taco Bell.

Mountain Dew or Dr. Pepper?
Henry & Mario: Mountain Dew

Boxers or Briefs?
Henry & Mario: Boxers
Mario: We’re so similar.

High or low?
Henry & Mario: High.

Saturday or Sunday?

Henry & Mario: Saturday.


Criminal Hygiene.

Hi guys! Introduce yourselves.
Michael F: I’m Michael Fiore.
Michael H: Michael Hiller.
Sean E: Hello, I’m Sean Erickson! We met Fiore at an Italian restaurant; turns out he was pretty good at guitar.

You just released the "Withdrawn" 7". Can you tell me a little more about who has influenced your sound?
Michael F: Actually, I wrote that song the day... well, I stayed up all night because one of my best friends went to jail for a DUI. It’s about that general mindset and feeling. So, that was influential. I was trying to be Rod Stewart when I was singing; it’s true, that’s what I was going for.

What's your favorite record to listen to while on the road?
Sean: Unfortunately, we have one of those stupid radio hookups. We’ve just been around the L.A. area so far, so we can’t really listen to it. It’s all static.
Michael F: When I’m driving places I like to listen to The Faces, and I’ve been playing the Mac DeMarco album a lot.

If you could put on your own music festival, who would your dream headliners be?
Michael H: I can answer for Sean and say it’s probably gonna be Jimmy Buffett.
Sean: ZZ Top would be one of them. KISS.
Michael F: The Shins, Replacements, Fugazi, and The Cigarette Bums.

Now choose:
Pepsi or coke?
Sean: Pepsi
Michel H: Coke
Michael F: Coke. Cherry Coke.

Scrambled or fried?
Michael F: Fried over medium.
Sean: Scramble it, cheese it, sauce it.

Stones or the Beatles?
Michael F: Beatles, for the most part.
Michael H: Can you pick both?
Michael F: What era? That’s where it gets fishy.
Michael H: There’s more shitty Stones albums than Beatles albums.
Sean: They’ve been around longer. They’ve had their chance.
Michael F: I like Exile more than I like Let It Be. But I like Sgt. Pepper’s more than I like Satanic - whatever that shit is.

Since it's festival season, real shower or fake a shower?
Sean: Oh yeah, bum shower. Baby wipes and McDonald’s sink.
Michael H: Real shower.
Sean: Real showers are beautiful, but they’re not always available. You gotta make do with the hand driers.
Michael H: Both.
Sean: I’d prefer to be on tour where you have to take showers in weird places.

On The Road: Woman's Hour


Meeting up with one half of London-based Woman's Hour at the tail end of SXSW showed just how exhausting the whole experience can be, not only for the festival-goers, but for the bands in attendance as well. After a nonstop week of playing shows and shooting Instax pics for us at SXSW, singer Fiona and keyboardist Josh were totally wiped, but chatted amiably with us on their day off about the magic of breakfast tacos, their American debut and their killer Super 8 motel party. Katie


Choosing the quietest time of day to carry equipment through the streets was advisable.//Josh's birthday - his mum and his girlfriend both bought him comedy sunglasses. Obviously.

Do you guys have any rituals you like to do before going on stage?
F: I just like to be on my own. I try to find a quiet space, because I like to feel peaceful and calm, and I warm my voice up. But we all get together before we go on. Have a hug.
J: Nothing crazy. We might have a beer. Just one [laughs].

How many tacos do you guys plan to eat down here?
F: We've been having breakfast tacos! We're staying with someone who lives here, so he introduced us to breakfast tacos.
J: We don't have breakfast tacos in the U.K.
F: To me it was such a strange idea, but now I'm totally into it.
J: Our breakfast today was actually hamburgers. [Laughs] They were really, really good.


Our show for BBC Introducing at the British Music Embassy.//Catching some sun on Chad's back porch.

Is there something you made sure to bring?
J: Power adapters! Toothbrush, toothpaste, towel, passport…
F: Oh, dry shampoo. That’s an essential.
J: Many pairs of socks [laughs]. Nothing too specific.

What’s been your favorite part about being here so far?
F: For me personally, it’s been hanging out with our label [Secretly Canadian], because they’re American. We signed with them in October of last year, so it’s really cool to be in America and spend some time with them. It’s nice to meet a lot of our label mates, too. It’s felt really nice to have a kind of…
J: Family.
F: Yeah, we’ve spent a lot of time with those guys, just getting to know them. It’s been great. That’s what I’ve enjoyed the most.


A building site.//On sixth street before our show at Flamingo Cantina for Under the Radar.

What did you guys do last night?
J: Last night we went and partied in a motel which was so surreal. A proper motel with a pool in the carpark. We’ve seen that in films so many times, I kept being like, “Take a picture of me! I’ve got to show everyone at home!”

Was it a cool motel or was it something like a Super 8?
J: It was a Super 8. It was really cool [laughs].


Nick moving his hips.

What do you hope people take away from your shows?
F: I guess it's more about presence and giving people an idea of how good you can be if you're playing a headline show. I would just want people to connect with what we're about. I don't think anyone is here to judge on sound precisely, it's more a feeling. I'd like people to connect with the feeling that we create.


Hanging out with the Secretly Canadian team after our showcase.//Josh taking his dream car for a spin.

UO Exclusive: Matthew Dear & Autre Ne Veut x Afterfest


At 11pm on a balmy Saturday in Austin, Texas during South by Southwest 2014, a line-up of misfits, music lovers and movers and shakers filed into the stately Scholz Saengerrunde Hall beer Garten downtown to witness a magical evening of sonic supremacy and free beer. DJs Dave P and Sammy Slice of Philadelphia’s legendary Making Time club night enlisted singer Autre Ne Veut and electronic whiz kid Matthew Dear to entertain the hundreds of party goers who RSVP’d on the Urban Outfitters website. There were strobe lights, smoke machines, disco balls and dirty dancing. The first AfterFest of the year gives a taste of what’s to come as AfterFest tours festivals across the country this summer…keep your eyes peeled for details of our next installment. Check out the full feature here.

Music Monday: March 24, 2014

Even though it may snow tomorrow [insert Charlie Brown "AUUUUUGH" here], we're still in full-blown spring mode over here. And just because winter is knockin' on our door again doesn't mean we're going to pack up our sunny weather vibes. This week, we've got a fresh batch of new tunes to keep everyone groovin' well into April. Corbin

Cyril Hahn - Getting There
Oh, y'know, just a killer dance floor-filler from Cyril Hahn. If Cyril Hahn is a new name for you, check out this and this

Ben Khan - Youth
Ben Khan, veteran Music Monday super producer, has another one for us. This one really utilizes a classic break sample and a wider vocal. What a great, great track. It's kind of insane. It has that '80s romantic aura.

Ten Walls - Walking With Elephants
New track from Ten Walls. If you're unfamiliar with Ten Walls, they have the enigmatic Gotham as well as the minimal but solid Requiem. They're all very epic and drawn out, in a good way. The backing string section in this one draws me in.

Pattern Is Movement - Climb To Me
This track has that new-wave college vibe to it. It's reminiscent of the late '90s college jam sound, but updated with new sounds and arrangements. Pattern Is Movement have an extensive tour planned that you can check out on their Soundcloud page. 

Timber Timbre - Curtains!?
This makes me think of Nick Cave. Anyone remember the scene in Scream when they are showing the town with a curfew and they play Nick Cave?

On The Road: Future Islands


Standing on a grassy knoll in the sunshine, surrounded by trees, day drinkers and taco trucks watching Future Islands play at the Pitchfork day party, was my highlight of SXSW. Fresh off their legendary Letterman performance, the band were in high spirits, burning through a 20-minute set that mixed old favorites like "Walking Through That Door," with a few tracks off their new album Singles. We gave the band a Fujifilm Instax Camera and film to chart their Austin tour and asked them to turn over their pictures for an intimate look at life on the road. Natalie


Sam's chillin'//Mike's chillin'


Gerrit, William and Dan//Sam post-show


Setlist for 4AD showcase, plus all our hands//Gerrit and Sam


Sam & Hannah//SXSW wristbands


Bill lent us his bass amp for SXSW//Our manager Ben


Signing posters//William and Dan's foot


Mike!//Dan!


Gerrit!//Dan!


Post-show//Sam & Corey from Birmingham


Mike & Sam backstage


Graceland


Elvis' plane, the "Lisa Marie"

Friday Download: March 21, 2014


As of yesterday, it's finally spring! You hear that? SPRING HAS SPRUNG! It's been warmer than 40 outside! The sun has been out! Life feels worth living again! Since we never want to think about winter ever again, here are some CHEERFUL SPRING TUNES! LET US REJOICE! (And let's ignore that it is supposed to snow again next week, because R.I.P. R.I.P. to my sanity if it does.) Katie



Kishi Bashi "Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!"
Okay, this video sort of makes me feel like I'm in an Oreo commercial, but it mostly makes me feel like skipping through a sunny field with a flower crown on my head and a confetti gun. Happiest tune of 2014, TBH. Also, the song vaguely reminds me of "Send Me On My Way," and since "SMOMW" is literally the catchiest song ever written, this song is in good company.



tUnE-yArDs "Water Fountain"
Any song with a solid "WOO-HA!" in it automatically elevates it to feel-good status. (If you don't believe me, just ask Busta Rhymes.)



Neneh Cherry feat. Robyn "Out Of The Black"
The video for this one from Neneh Cherry and Robyn is like springtime in the '90s. If you're a totally chill, cool guy wearing totally cool Reebok hightops while walking your cool dog in the park, then this is the spring jam for you.



Flume "Space Cadet"
THIS VIDEO MAKES ME SMILE AS WIDE AS THE CHARACTERS ON FRAGGLE ROCK.



Sia "Chandelier"
If you're more like Orin than you'd like to admit, then this is the angsty, party monster ballad for you to groove to this spring. And if angsty spring is what you're looking for, then may I recommend following up "Chandelier" with "Breakin' Dishes"? Blasting "Breakin' Dishes" from a convertible on a delightful spring day is definitely going to be included in the montage of my life, TBH.



After all that, you should be feeling as good as this alpaca (if not BETTER). Happy spring!

On The Road: Quilt


While down in Austin this past week, we caught up with Quilt, a Boston-based psychedelic-folk band comprised of Anna Rochinski, John Andrews, Shane Butler and Keven Lareau, and a band that we are now totally obsessed with (like totally cool, normal adults). We were lucky enough to catch their show twice, once at a bigger venue and a second time at a more intimate backyard gathering, and we were blown away each time. Even with a million shows going on and the general crushing nightmare of SXSW, the band was nice enough to shoot some pictures for us for an exclusive photo diary of their tour, which makes us feel like we're all very best friends now. Katie



How did you guys get down to Austin?
Shane: We used to have a van but then we crashed it, so now we have a rental car. It's much smaller so we are very squished in the van now. [Editor's note: To help them offset the cost, Quilt has started a donation page to help them purchase a new tour van. Every little bit helps!]

Any rituals you do before going on stage?
John: I bring a skateboard on tour. I didn't on this one, but I usually skateboard around the city.
Anna: I try not to eat too much, because playing full sucks. When you're full and playing, you feel like a slug. Oh, and we sacrifice one baby goat [laughs]. Almost forgot!







What did y'all make sure to bring on this tour?
John: I brought a little keyboard. The first two days of tour I thought I was gonna make an electric song every day. I was like, "I'm gonna record a song every single day!" And then I only made one.
Keven: A couple issues of Pork magazine.

What's been your favorite thing about SXSW?
John: There's a band called Trash Talk and they just had a riot outside. That was the best part for me.
Shane: Watching Black Lips play was great. I always love seeing them play. Every single time I watch them, I can stay through the entire set. When you're watching bands every night, even if you love a band, sometimes you need to get away from sound a little bit, but they're so fun that I can't leave.





What's one thing you look forward to when coming to Austin?
John: Torchy's Tacos.
Anna: Barton Springs. Our favorite swimming spot is all dried up so we couldn't go there, but we did a photoshoot there.
Shane: There's this synth store Switched On. We haven't gotten a chance to go yet, but it's so great. They've got really cool vintage keyboards and synths.

How many tacos do you guys plan to eat down here?
John: 300.
Anna: On this tour, I've personally logged like, 75 individual tacos [laughs]. It's been a month, so that's a lot if you think about it. So far in Austin, I've only had four but we've only been here two days. I can't get away from them. I don't think I like pizza in the same way that I used to because tacos have taken over that place in my heart.


All photos shot with Fujifilm Instax

Music Monday: March 17, 2014

SXSW may be done, but that doesn't mean we are! To fill the void of the around-the-clock sounds of Austin (and the bajillion tacos that were consumed during the past two weeks), we cooked up a fresh batch of songs to kick off the official start of festival season AND the first week of spring. Yes, it's the beginning of another long work week, but by typical Monday standards, this is one that's totally worth celebrating! Corbin

Tirzah - No Romance
Greco-Roman, you've done it again, with a killer chill new track from Tirzah, taken from the forthcoming No Romance EP out April 21. 

Oliver Wilde - Play & be Saved
Another fantastic track from Oliver Wilde! While Music Monday has heard another Oliver Wilde track some time ago, this one is a bit harder and less Radio Dept. I'm looking foward to this album: The stinging guitars with the soft pillowy vocals sound really, really good. 

DJ DJ Booth - C U L8r
Activia Frenz Vol. 1 comes out March 17 and so far all of the previews of this compilation are great. This selection is bouncy, along the lines of Cashmere Cat and Arnold—and with a great artist name to boot.

Jacques Greene - No Excuse
Jacques, the now veteran broken beat dance producer, doesn't need to make any excuses for his music. This song is off his forthcoming EP on LuckyMe Records, which we're big fans of over here. This is one label we're staying "Faithful" to.

Sky Ferreira - You're Not The One (Cid Rim Remix)
Here's Cid Rim's take on Sky's big hit of last year "You're Not The One." If you dig it, we recommend you follow it up with "Draw," another one of our favorite remixes by the artist.

Friday Download: March 14, 2014


This week we're doing our usual Friday Download, but in honor of SXSW, we've decided to put up videos from some of our favorite bands that have performed here. Here are some tunes from bands that have won us over this week (and have kept us on our feet and dancing, even when we just want to sleeeeep). Katie



Temples "Keep In The Dark"
After seeing Temples live, we're definitely and forever in love with them. First of all, they sound just as incredible live as they do recorded. Second of all, the lead singer has beautiful curly hair and wore glitter around his eyes. (!!!) And third of all, half of the band had tiny little flare jeans on, so I'm sold. You've won me over, Temples, you li'l cuties, you.



Quilt "Tie Up The Tides"
Quilt is another band that totally won us over this week. On top of being an incredible live show, the band is also charming and genuinely funny, and weren't even phased when, at their last show, we interviewed them in a small equipment closet to block outside noise. Our interview with Quilt will be up early next week, so keep your eyes peeled. We love these guys.



Matrimony "Obey Your Guns"
We saw these guys from a rooftop over, but found ourselves dancing even just watching them on a screen. We're excited to see their new album!



Leverage Models "Sweep"
I'm not sure how to describe Leverage Models' sound, so I'll just call it "GOOD." Even "VERY GOOD."  Everything I've heard from this band has been crazy catchy, and the band themselves are so full of energy that they're fun to watch. It's impossible not to dance when seeing these guys.



Future Islands "Seasons (Waiting On You)"
Just watch this video (SO MUCH EMOTION) and you'll understand our obsession with Future Islands.

(Top image via Mexican Summer)

On The Road: Leverage Models

On our first night in Austin we caught up with New York-based band Leverage Models (one of our favorite bands to groove to) as they were setting up for one of their first shows at SXSW. Shannon Fields, lead singer and founder, chatted to us about their time on the road so far, and gave us some behind-the-scenes pictures to let us take a peek into what goes down while on tour.
Interview by Katie Gregory



Hey Shannon! Do you guys have a rider at all?
I mean, we could put together a rider but nobody would read it [laughs]. If I can get some towels and hot water I'm very happy. But that never happens, because who the fuck am I? [Laughs] I can make up something ridiculous for you, though. Like we want all of 2014's general accounting standards from North America, and at every show we want updates and texts for tax purposes. Because that's the kind of band that we are.

Is everyone in the band from the same area?
The band is based in Brooklyn, and they all live in Brooklyn. I lived in Brooklyn for a long time but I moved to upstate New York, rural upstate New York, and I live on a farm. I breed horses with my wife. Or rather, she's doing it, and I'm doing what I'm told [laughs]. But I'm from Kansas City originally and the band is from all over. Nobody in New York is actually from New York.

How did you all get down to SXSW?
We drove in my 2008 soccer mom SUV, packed so full we can't move. That's our style. We've got a little roof rack; we look like a family on vacation. A very long, loud vacation.

How long did it take to get down here?
Well, we toured on the way down, so we did maybe seven or eight shows on the way down. We're out for two months so this is kind of the beginning of something much longer.

This is a good place to start. Do you have any rituals that you like to do before going on stage?
I got a respiratory infection right before I left on tour, so my very un-rockstar ritual is filling this [thermos] up with boiling water and using it as kind of a makeshift humidifier. Throw a cough drop in there and it's like being in a mentholated spa. I close my eyes and imagine everyone around me is naked in towels. There you go. [Laughs]



Is there anything you all brought that you just couldn't leave home without?
Portable electric water kettle. This makes it possible for us to heat up rice and lentils and things like that since we can't afford food, and we also have a little charging station in the van so everyone can charge their computers and they aren't whining at me all the time about that. God, this is boring. [Laughs] Nothing terribly exciting. We had to leave gear at home because we couldn't fit it. It was only the essentials. Pretty glamorous.

What else are you guys planning to check out at SXSW?
We're doing two or three shows a day but Thursday is the one day that I kept free for vocal rest and also because I wanted to hit Barton Springs and go swimming while I'm here. I don't care how cold it is, I'm still going to go. Might take a canoe out on the river. And then some of the carnivores in the band want to have BBQ, so we'll probably do that. I really like Austin outside of the festival. None of us have really made plans, though, because the best-laid plans at SXSW never happen.

How many tacos do you guys plan to eat in Austin?
I have already had at least 26 tacos and I don't plan on slowing down. We go out to get breakfast tacos every morning at the Tamale House on Airport Blvd. It's just a carry-out window on the highway, and there's 99 cent breakfast tacos. There's a huge line but it moves fast. It's fucking awesome.

What do you want people to take away from your shows down here?
Last night was kind of the best case scenario for me. Everyone here is industry and everyone wants something from someone. I'd like to cement a relationship with a booking agent, but honestly I just want to play good shows. And last night, it was bursting to the gills and everyone was dancing, which is something that doesn't always happen for a band that no one knows at SXSW. I don't want anything from anybody, I just want everyone to have a good time and forget that they are here working. Because we're all gonna die someday [laughs]. But we had a blast and that's what I want all the shows to be.


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Happenings: Afterfest Making Time Austin

Afterfest is almost upon us once again, and for the very first time we're throwing the party in Austin! We're excited to announce that we'll have an exclusive performance from Autre Ne Veut, as well as an exclusive DJ set from Matthew Dear. As always, Making Time's resident DJs Dave P. and Sammy Slice with be DJing throughout the night. Everything will be going down Saturday, March 15th, from 10PM-4AM at Scholz Saengerrunde Hall (1607 San Jacinto Blvd). Admittance is free with RSVP, but make sure to arrive early to guarantee entrance.

In order to amp you up for the big event, Dave P. & Sammy Slice have also put together a DJ mix featuring some of the very futuristic sounds that you just might be hearing on the big day. Check out the exclusive mix here. See you in Austin!

UO Music: Ryan Hemsworth

Between touring Australia and heading out on the road in the USA (first stop, SXSW!) we caught up with DJ and producer Ryan Hemsworth in his home town of Toronto, where he gave us the lowdown on his transition from music blogger to music maker. Read the full feature here.