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Video Premiere - "Down" by Emily Rodgers

Video Premiere - "Down" by Emily Rodgers

Over the past nearly two decades, Pittsburgh-based singer/songwriter Emily Rodgers has put together a nice selection of recordings that are more focused and intense than might be expected from modern indie folk. Admittedly, this style of music is not really my usual cup of tea, but I appreciated the conviction of Rodgers’ music as well as its melancholic tone and interesting use of backup instrumentation.

This Friday, Rodgers is set to release her latest LP on the Shimmy-Disc label. She has this to say about the record, entitled I Will Be Gone:

“This album is my most authentic and vulnerable to date, centering on themes of trauma, illness, and loss; while my previous records have been thematically similar, I am open on this record in a way that I have not been on previous releases, especially as I focus on my brother’s illness and subsequent death by suicide 15 years ago. The record was written and recorded in my attic in just six days, utilizing lyrics I’d written over the course of the past five years, music by my partner Erik Cirelli, and arrangement and production by Kramer. Because the recording process was urgent and time-limited, there was simply no room for self-censorship or perfectionism and having Kramer involved in my writing process opened me up in ways I could not have predicted.”

Premiering here, we’ve got the hypnotic video for album track “Down,” about which Rodgers explains:
“Bass and piano, performed by Kramer, drive the piece, to which he also provides stirring vocal harmonies. Thematically, the song centers on the enduring appeal of intense but destructive relationships, with lines including, ‘I will bring you down,’ ‘I would have let you break me,’ and, ‘This is where I let go.’ The video for this piece, by Ryan Hover, perfectly encapsulates its mood and sensibility.”
Though fairly simple by modern music video standards, the video is certainly striking in its own way and does compliment the song exceedingly well. Check it out below, and head over here to pick up the full album.

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Album Stream with Discount Code - "Transmitters" by Steadfast

Album Stream with Discount Code - "Transmitters" by Steadfast

Maybe it’s not shocking given the surreal nature of the past year, but when I was approaching an album from mid-2020 called Transmitters, particularly one with song titles such as “Just Disbelievers” and “One Shot,” I envisioned something completely different from the one Houston punk band Steadfast created. Happily, I dare say that this polished and energetic album full of toe-tapping rhythms, sizzling guitar, and plenty of sing-along chorus parts is often even hopeful, a breath of fresh air in our troubling times.

Of the group’s debut offering, guitarist and vocalist Jason Bancroft explains:
“This album embodies our DIY ethics, self- determination, and a genuine passion to share & experience life together with our chosen family. It's honest with self-doubt and self-determination. It's patient but with a sense of urgency. It's peaceful yet angry. It's punk rock. It's ours to share.”

As its original July 2020 release was buried in the avalanche of everything 2020 had to offer humanity, Transmitters is getting a fresh push, and if you head over here and use the coupon code NEWVIDEO!, you get $5 off the record. Treat yourself to some good vibes on the full album stream below.
Transmitters by STEADFAST HTX

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We’re excited to share a full stream of the debut full-length from Pennsylvania punks Witness Marker. The band was formed in 2017 when guitarist Bruce Ewell initially began the concept under a working title ...

Podcast Scene Point Blank Podcast: Season 3, Episode 5

Posted April 18, 2021, 2:53 p.m.

The latest episode of the SPB podcast is now live and on its way to your favourite streaming services. Check it out here and subscribe on iTunes or other platforms here. This episode features music ...

Records Jealous, Dedstrange, and Baby Satan

Posted April 18, 2021, 10:24 a.m.

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The first release on Dedstrange, a new label from Oliver Ackermann (A Place to Bury Strangers, Death By Audio), will be a double EP from Jealous. Jealous play a complex blend of art-punk and noise-punk ...

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Posted April 17, 2021, 11:11 a.m. in Bands by Loren

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Cincinnati, OH punk band A.M. Nice has finished work on a new full-length, which is scheduled for release in late 2021. However, the band ...

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Posted April 17, 2021, 10:42 a.m. in Labels by Loren

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Lauren Records has shared news that Sad Park will release an album with the label later this year. The Los Angeles-based band plays peppy and ...

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Records Amityville 2

Posted April 17, 2021, 9:43 a.m. in Records by Loren

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In effort to raise funds for shuttered Long Island, NY venue Amityville Music Hall, a second compilation of New York artists is now available. The ...

The AMH Comp: Volume Two Track list:
1. Crime In Stereo - The Good Empire2. Twentythreenineteen - Expo 86 (Death Cab for Cutie)3. Eithermore - Dead! (My Chemical Romance)4. Iron Chic - The Old Man of Crete5. Victory Garden - Pal6. Paper Boats - Beauty of Breathing (Jeff Rosenstock)7. Jab - Six Pack (Black Flag)8. Bore - Unmarked, Unnoticed9. Innerlove - God Put A Smile Upon Your Face (Coldplay)10. Bitters and Distractions - Constant Now11. AKA MANA - Untitled12. Card Reader - Familiar Voices (Acoustic)13. Dapper Ghost - Swimming14. Grampfather - Murder Hornets15. Crash the Calm - Devils16. Heal. - Void Dream17. Karma Versa - Red Heels18. Lost and Adrift - Foundation19. Moon Tooth - Magic Fingers (Frank Zappa)20. Sweet Hollow - Durst21. Matt Stoll - Bring it Home22. November Kills - Out of Time23. Total Loser - 7 Weeks In24. OLBY - Soundbites (Leatherface)25. Skemata - Never or Now26. No Honey - Demi Loo27. Blame God - Who Do You Know (Left For Dead)28. The Wolery - Montauk (The End of the World)29. Star Funeral - Half Whole Half Empty (Acoustic)30. Leave This Place - Cartographer’s Pain31. Off Guard - Sincere32. Ricky Fisher - Waterfall33. Dorks. - Eve of Destruction (Barry McGuire)34. Macseal - These Things Happen (Live at Two Worlds Studio)
pictured: Iron Chic live at The Fest 13

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MP3s More Quicksand

Posted April 17, 2021, 9:16 a.m. in MP3s by Loren

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Quicksand is back with a new song, "Inversion," their first since Interiors in 2017. Fittingly the new song is a product of isolation: “The music ...

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Videos Mike Vallely & Mike Montgomery (and friends)

Posted April 17, 2021, 8:39 a.m. in Videos by Loren

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Pro skaters Mike Vallely, Mike Montgomery, and more have collaborated on a new song/video called "Slow Down." The song comes along with the move ...

The song was recorded at Candyland Recording Studio.

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Records Amy Shark Cry Forever 2021 album release and tour

Posted April 17, 2021, 7:45 a.m. in Records by T

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Records Midwife is back in July

Posted April 16, 2021, 10:25 p.m. in Records by Loren

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On July 16, The Flenser will release Luminol, a new album from Midwife -- led by multi-instrumentalist Madeline Johnston. The first single will debut this weekend ...

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