Ernest Greene, the Georgia-based singer, songwriter, and record producer known professionally as Washed Out may be most famous for the chillwave classic “Feel It All Around,“ which can be heard over the opening credits of IFC’s hit TV show, Portlandia. If you’re curious about what he’s been up to lately, check out this wildly fun cut-out animation video clip for the track “Get Lost” — his first single in four years!
With its rhythmic, bossa nova feel, “Get Lost” celebrates the anticipation of summer in the city: a time for cruising in your car to wherever the vibe takes you, hanging out with friends on the beach, and girl watching. It’s the perfect tune for a extended holiday weekend! “Get Lost” is out now on Stones Throw Records, and Washed Out July Tour Dates for the Southern US are below. Enjoy!
7/8 – Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
7/9 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
7/10 – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
7/11 – Charleston, SC @ Music Farm
7/13 – Orlando, FL @ Plaza Live
7/14 – Jacksonville, FL @ Mavericks Live
7/15 – Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
7/17 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
Here’s a stone groove for you body and mind: “Utopia,” the epic new single from German duo Digitalism, and its accompany, mind-expanding video. Directed by Japanese artist Yoshi Sodeoka – famed for his neo-psychedelic work with artists such as Beck and Tame Impala – the talented director takes the viewer on a trippy, kaleidoscopic journey through dreamscapes and nature, bringing the duo’s musical vision to life, while expanding on the identity of their new album Mirage, which is out now.
Sodeoka explains, “When approaching the video for “Utopia” I was drawn to the golden spiral as a representation for infinity, which to me suggests the possibility of an ideal social condition without any limitations on its inhabitants.” Nice.
Mirage reached Number 1 on Hype Machine and Essential New Tunes on BBC Radio 1 within its first week of release, and continues to pave the way for this incredible new collection of work. Digitalism are on the road in the US and Canada in late May/early June. Tour Dates are below. Enjoy!
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
05/24 – Double Door – Chicago, IL
05/25 – Shelter – Detroit, MI
05/26 – The Garrison – Toronto, ON
05/27 – L’Astral – Montreal, QC
05/28 – The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA
06/01 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA
06/03 – El Rey – Los Angeles, CA
Proving that it is never too late to discover a terrific band, this week’s Video Clip represents my first exposure to the outrageous jam/funk band Lettuce, who have been rocking it for twenty years! Wow! I’m not sure if the musical sub-genre of Psychedelic Funk already existed before this video, but if it didn’t, it sure does now. Aurally, “Phyllis” is a stone groove from an eight-piece band that includes two guys named Adam and three guys named Eric (!), and featuring a horn section that makes the Tower of Power sound like amateurs. I am not exaggerating when I say that “Phyllis” is the most transcendent instrumental named for a woman since the Allman Brothers’ “Jessica.” Just being serious.
Visually, the clip offers a taste of what the band must be like to experience live, along with sexy and psychedelic visuals worthy of a Tame Impala live show — and if you’ve seen Tame Impala live then you know that is high praise indeed.
“Phyllis” is the first music video from the group’s fourth studio album Crush, which is available now wherever fine music is procured. Lettuce Tour Dates starting New Years Eve are listed below. Enjoy!
12/31 at Riviera Theatre in Chicago, IL
1/1 at Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, NY
1/2 at Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, NY
1/6-1/10 at Jam Cruise in Miami, FL
1/12 at The Music Farm in Charleston, SC
1/13 at The Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA
1/14 at The National in Richmond, VA
1/15 at 9:30 Club in Washington, DC
1/16 at Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia, PA
1/17 at Infinity Music Hall in Hartford, CT
1/20 at Higher Ground Ballroom in South Burlington, VT
1/21 at State Theatre in Portland, ME
1/22 at House of Blues in Boston, MA
1/23 at Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY
2/1 at Belly Up in Aspen, CO
2/2 at Park City Live in Park City, UT
2/3 at Wilma in Missoula, MT
2/4 at Showbox in Seattle, WA
2/5 at Roseland in Portland, OR
2/6 at Wow Hall in Eugene, OR
2/9 at Catalyst in Santa Cruz, CA
2/10 at Terrapin in San Rafael, CA
2/11 at Crystal Bay in Crystal Bay, NV
2/12 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, CA
2/13 at Observatory in San Diego, CA
2/14 at Gem and Jam Festival in Tucson, AZ
3/4 at Okeechobee Music Festival in Okeechobee, FL
4/7 at Euphoria Music Festival in Austin, TX
Most of the time, when I listen to music on a Sunday morning, I don’t want to have to think too hard about what it all means. I’m just looking for a beat or a groove or some kind of aural hook to move me. That’s it. I’m not demanding. Because Sunday is a day of rest, and that rest also applies to my brain.
What I do imagine when I listen to, and watch the video for “Sunrise 101/Last Disco” from Princess Century (AKA prolific remix artist, DJ Maya Postepski), is that the couple shown are contestants on The Amazing Race, but have gone rogue and decided to turn the Race’s various Road Block and Detour challenges into a combination Vacation/Art Project. Being a song without any lyrics, also known as an instrumental, “Sunrise 101/Last Disco” provides an ideal sound track to your leisurely Sunday Brunch and post-Brunch impromptu Dance Party. Listen and tell me you don’t agree.
“Sunrise 101/Last Disco” can be found among other awesome tunes on Princess Century’s latest CD, Progress, released October 16th, 2015 on Paper Bag Records. Like her on the FaceBook at This Link Right Here. Enjoy!