Monday, 31 January 2011

Jeniferever - Silesia

Swedish band Jeniferever unveils the forthcoming third album, Silesia on Monotreme Records, set for April 19 release - a fitting example of their masterful meld of melodic pop songcraft with post rock's expansive sonic wanderlust. It is an album borne of tragic loss and motion.

Previously compared to other outfits like The Appleseed Cast, Explosions In The Sky and Immanu El, every second of Silesia is tied to place and time, bound by reality and borne by experience. It's less about escape, more confronting the unexpected trials that send one's life into undulation.

The album's title is taken from the former name of Berlin's Ostbahnhof. It was near here, while on tour in 2009, that member Kristofer Jönson learned that his father had passed away. Reality bit where there was so often release; the structure of life on the road collapsed, and the band canceled their remaining dates. Several months later, a third album began to form; while not wholly informed by the recent tragedy, nevertheless the collection bears its title with no little relevance.

"I liked the idea of naming it after a railway station since it's a place of motion, a place where people arrive and depart and sometimes maybe depart never to come back," Kristofer said. The end product is Jeniferever's brightest, most immediate long-player yet. From pain, confidence; from darkness, light.

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Shock Sessions presents Steel Train

ShockHound presents New Jersey indie rock band Steel Train on their Shock Sessions slot - the melodic quintet performed an incredible set featuring Bullet, Turnpike Ghost, Kill Monsters in the Rain, You are Dangerous and S.O.G. Burning in Hell.

Also check out the interview session with the band on their website now.

Cold War Kids 'Loud Than Ever'

California-based indie rock outfit Cold War Kids unveiled their third album titled Mine is Yours on January 25 via Downtown. This is their first single Louder Than Ever, performed live at the Jimmy Kimmel Show a couple days back.

Kopecky Family Band and Ivan & Alyosha To Release Limited Edition Vinyl

Kopecky Family Band is set to release a limited edition, hand-assembled split 7” vinyl with friends, and Seattle locals Ivan & Alyosha on February 4 2011. Animal and I Was Born to Love Her feature on the two-track release.

Both bands have long been vinyl enthusiasts and thought it the ideal time to offer their friends and fans a limited edition piece of music to not only listen to, but to keep as a creative addition to their music collection. The artwork was designed in-house by Kelsey Kopecky, and the vinyl was lovingly packed and assembled at Kopecky Headquarters.

The vinyl will be available exclusively online via Kopecky Family Band’s website and at all live shows from February 4. Additionally, Kopecky Family Band and Ivan & Alyosha will celebrate the release of the 7" with shows in Arizona and Oklahoma.

The band is now back in the recording studio and plans to release a brand new EP in April off the back of another stint at SXSW 2011.

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Converse One Star 83 Ox 'Camo'

Converse unveiled a new style to their One Star 83 ox model - a camo pattern design, seems like suede on contrast stitching, beige laces, and classic white sole. Available at mita now.

Nike Air Force 1 Duck Boot

Nike's latest rework of their classic Air Force 1 into a hiking boot inspired Duck Boot. They've introduced two colorways - black on black and brown on black, the Air Force 1 Duck Boot features most of the Air Force 1 accents, in addition to the extra outdoor bottom sole, metal eyelets and extra tough laces, lastly the toe box.

Available now at atmos tokyo.

Nike SB February 2011 Collection

The February intake for Nike SB, the follow up to January's releases which saw a couple of hot releases.

This month will have three new colorways for Dunk, the regular P-Rod modifications and Stefan Janoski, among others.

Get a good look at Nike now.

Marc Jacobs Calf Leather Backpack

New from the Marc Jacobs spring/summer 2011 collection, this backpack is made of calf leather and contains sufficient storage capacity including two large press stud pockets, a silver zip along the base for expansion, and a leather drawstring fastening to ensure the content do not spill.

Made in Italy, this classic backpack is now available at oki-ni.

Vans Spring 2011 OTW Collection

Vans introduced their new range of products under the OTW collection belt. If you're an avid follower of Vans, you'll know that the OTW collection produces one of the sexiest line from the entire Vans archive.

Flatspot has got the Woessner, Alomar and Bedford available in store, as well as online.

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Black Eyed Peas Debut World's First 360-Degree Mobile Music Video

Award winning hip hop fames Black Eyed Peas debut world's first 360-degree mobile music video.

New BEP360 App for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch Takes Fans Inside "The Time (Dirty Bit)" with 360-Degree Motion Control and Augmented Reality Developed by Peas Front Man Featuring the world's first 360-degree view music video ("The Time 360"), the BEP360 immerses fans in a 360 degree universe of the legendary music group. BEP360 features the song "The Time (Dirty Bit)," the first single from new CD, The Beginning, now available on Interscope Records.

BEP360 is the first release from will.i.apps,'s new digital media production entity dedicated to pioneering and producing application-based entertainment experiences. BEP360 is the first in a line of upcoming applications that will converge the worlds of creativity, music and advanced digital technologies. Watch more videos to learn how the Peas created the app:

Jonathan Jeremiah - A Solitary Man

Jonathan Jeremiah, whose timeless songs and soulful voice place him firmly in the tradition of classic Island artists like Nick Drake and John Martyn, and mark him out as a songwriter with a rare talent, releases his new single “Happiness” on March 21st. Written and produced by Jeremiah, is taken from the 28 year old Londoner’s debut album “A Solitary Man” which is to be released on the same date.

Jonathan Jeremiah’s music comes from a world far away from the quick fix, pre packaged production line. He has spent the best part of a decade defining a sound rooted in a rich legacy of bespoke English folk and confessional soul. Undoubtedly a major factor in the sound is Jonathans rich sonorous vocal.

“When I was 14 my voice developed an incredible deep baritone. At the time it wasn’t the greatest thing, everyone wanted to sound like Jeff Buckley . I felt like a man out of place but in time, I embraced the baritone.”

Jonathan’s debut album “A Solitary Man” was engineered and produced by Jonathan in an analogue studio in Dollis Hill and featured collaborators included The Heritage Orchestra, a young group of classical musicians attuned to his working methods, and Jules Buckley who handled all the string arrangements.

Although the album has been a long time in the making it offers proof that sometimes the best things take time. With equal measures of hard headed determination and careful nurturing, Jonathan’s music is ready to be unveiled. The time to take his songs into your heart and soul is here.

Little Tybee - Humorous To Bees

One might think from their humble beginnings in the backwaters and basements of coastal Georgia to their headlining shows at some of Atlanta’s most well known independent venues that the members of Little Tybee were the harbingers of some secret formula for artistic success. In reality, they are simply a group of friends who couldn’t stop making music together if they tried.

The core of each of their songs begins in the relentless and creative mind of vocalist/guitarist/pianist Brock Scott. The songs mature through the dedicated musicianship of 8-string guitarist Josh Martin, violinist Nirvana Kelly, bassist Ryan Donald, and percussionist Pat Brooks. Since the release of their first LP last year, they have discovered that change is not only inevitable, but indeed good.

Though Little Tybee has had its fair share of challenges along the way, the group has discovered that the path to musical success lies in patience and perseverance. Little Tybee isn’t afraid to experiment freely, even dangerously at times, to follow a musical idea to its ultimate end. This mentality has led the group to explore music that transcends genre and packs a much bigger punch than their modest title implies.

While DIY in nature, Little Tybee collaborated with over 14 Atlanta instrumentalists to produce their latest album, Humorous to Bees. With this release, Little Tybee has proven that they are just as adept at writing lilting pop ballads and sprawling orchestral melodies as they are with Motown and Tropicalia. At last, Little Tybee has found their unique voice, and they are blasting their sound with little care for the neighbors.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

H&M x Swedish Hasbeens

H&M is proud to be working with the cult shoe label Swedish Hasbeens bringing its wooden-soled style to the rest of the world. Available from 20th April in around 150 stores worldwide, the three styles of wooden-soled clogs made exclusively for H&M are inspired by the traditional Swedish styles of the ’70s. Using handcrafted methods and environmentally friendly materials, Swedish Hasbeens are a perfect example of how fashion and fun can also be naturally sustainable.

“I love the genuine feeling you get from Hasbeens, from the wood and the leather, and also how they take something traditional and Swedish and make it contemporary and modern. These Hasbeens for H&M fit perfectly with the ’70s bohemian look that’s so important this coming season,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M’s head of design.

“We have a strong belief in making better shoes for a better world. We want to make fashion more fun, creative and friendly to both the environment and people. We have loved designing for H&M! It’s a fantastic opportunity to spread the idea of Hasbeens and make these shoes available to more people around the world,” says Emy Blixt, founder and designer of Swedish Hasbeens.

Swedish Hasbeens have created three wooden-soled styles for H&M which will become wardrobe essentials this Spring. There’s a gladiator style strappy wedge with three buckle ankle straps and a progression of straps going over the foot, all sitting on a wooden wedge. This is available in three colours, cream and tan on a pale wooden wedge and black on a black base. There’s then the heeled summer sandal with one ankle strap, which comes in cream and red on a pale wooden base. The third style is a peep-toe slip-on wedge on a wooden sole, with snake-effect leather laced on top. All three styles are exclusive to H&M, making this one of Spring’s must-haves as soon as they hit the stores!

Nike SB Dunk Low Premium 'Purple Safari'

Nike SB unveiled a new colorway to their Dunk Low Premium - highlighting the classic Safari pattern on the upper, toe and side panels. The purple suede made it a little dandy than usual.

Available at KICKS/HI.

Explosions In The Sky Sets April 26 for Take Care, Take Care, Take Care

Relating to our earlier report on Explosions In The Sky's upcoming gig at Radio City Music Hall, the Texan post rockers unveiled their forthcoming fifth album titled Take Care, Take Care, Take Care will set to hit US/Canada stores on April 26 (UK on April 18).

Recorded and mixed by a close affiliate to the band, John Congleton, the album features 6 brand new tracks, and the album cover artwork done by Esteban Rey.

"The music on it (Take Care, Take Care, Take Care) feels different than anything else we've done before, and we're very excited for you to hear it," the band commented on their website.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Robotanists New Single 'On/Off the Ledge'

Los Angeles' glamorous indie-pop group Robotanists have released On/Off the Ledge, the first single from their forthcoming album, Plans In Progress, produced by Danny Kalb. The quartet, often compared to Florence + The Machine, Jenny Lewis and The Xx, will release the album via Overhead Records on February 15.

Comprised of songwriters Sarah Ellquist (vocals & keys) and Daniel DeBlanke (guitar, keys), and rhythm section Keith Boyarsky (bass) and Preston Scott Phillips (drums), Robotanists have spent the past couple of years spreading their big choruses and delicate prose across North America on tour and on the radio. Their breakthrough single "Wait a Minute Here" (from the band's 2008 debut, Close Down The Woods) topped charts in Los Angeles (KCRW, KROQ) and other major cities across the US.

On/Off the Ledge is free for all to download over here.

Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie XX - We're New Here

In February 2010, soul singer Gil Scott-Heron released ‘I’m New Here’, his first album in thirteen years. Produced by XL Recordings head Richard Russell during various studio sessions in New York, the album was enthusiastically received by fans and critics alike. Meanwhile, the last eighteen months have been meteoric for Jamie "xx" Smith. His band The xx’s debut album (which Jamie produced) received huge acclaim, picking up 2010’s prestigious Mercury Music Prize, while Jamie garnered respect for his remixes (in particular of Florence & The Machine’s ‘You’ve Got The Love’) and solo productions (forthcoming single ‘Far Nearer’ on Numbers)

So what happens when one of the most exciting young producers around reworks one of the most acclaimed albums from a true legend? The result is Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx’s We’re New Here which sees Jamie xx remixing thirteen tracks from the original I’m New Here album sessions.

Pre-order yours now.

Monday, 24 January 2011

Adele - 21

Grammy Awards winner British singer/songwriter Adele unveils her highly anticipated second full length studio album titled 21 on January 24 via XL Recordings.

We have never been so proud of Adele's singing talents since we first heard her 19 debut, songs like Chasing Pavements, Daydreamer and Make You Feel My Love blew our hearts into dust - it's obvious why we secured a spot for Adele in our very own 'Top 5 Female Artists in a Decade' list.

21 features twelve brand new tracks including a bonus track, mostly written by Adele, with a little help from her friends. The first single Rolling in the Deep was released late last year.

atmos tokyo x New Balance H574J

Japanese retailer atmos tokyo lined up another pair with New Balance for this Spring. Picking the H574J as the template, a silhouette which seem to be pretty hot lately with numerous collaborations based on this model.

Black base on white polka dots, a little touch of turquoise all over the sneaker to keep it interesting. Who says polka dot is dead?

Order yours now at atmos tokyo and get it by February.

Reebok Insta Pump Fury 'Safety' & 'Tent' Packs

This Spring 2011 sees Reebok debuting new colorways to their long time favorites Insta Pump Fury - introducing the Tent pack and Safety pack.

Safety pack was seen a couple years back - it was made believe that the rejuvenation of this pack by drawing up curtains unveiling two new colorways to this range. Colors selected are made to be seen, hence the name safety. Materials are not neglected though - the mixture of leather, mesh, 3M reflective panels and nylon.

On the other side, Tent pack seem to pick a one color theme in order to keep the sneaker a little cleaner than usual. They've got the purple and red versions on shelves, the materials used for this pack is similar to the ones used to make tents - durable, waterproof and it's ready for any outdoor action.

Both packs are now available at atmos tokyo.

Panic! at the Disco - Vices and Virtues

Grammy-nominated rock band Panic! at the Disco set March 22 the release of their third studio album titled Vices and Virtues through Fueled by Ramen. The first album without the two former members Ryan Ross and Jon Walker, the new Panic! seems to be a lot darker and deeper compared to the last release - probably a good thing though. The album cover for this release explains a lot of the intense darkness.

The first single from this album is The Ballad of Mona Lisa, an upbeat tempo driven melody with heavy guitar riffs, scheduled to release on February 1. The album was produced by Butch Walker and John Feldmann.

Stay tune for more updates.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Broken Social Scene Live at Terminal 5

Brought to you by Bowery Presents.

Ringo Deatstarr - Colour Trip

Austin-based trio Ringo Deathstarr has announced the release of their full-length album Colour Trip via Sonic Unyon Records on March 8. The group plays music of a shimmering and harmonious variety which marries the ecstatic ramble of early Jesus & Mary Chain and effect laden assault of My Bloody Valentine with the plug in and play attitude of Royal Trux and Sonic Youth. “We write cool little pop songs but we just bury them under loud amounts of noise” says guitarist Elliott Frazier. Frazier trades off lead vocals with Alex Gehring (bass) and the lineup is completed by Daniel Coborn on drums. Live the band has played through the U.S., Europe and Japan with artists such as The Dandy Warhols, A Place To Bury Strangers, Black Angels, And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of The Dead, The Ravonettes and just finished a European tour with The Wedding Present.

Of course the band’s sound demands doesn’t always go over smoothly as Frazier recounts “Sometimes the headlining band doesn’t like when the opening band is louder than them, much louder. Also our sound guy is a vital part of the show because the house sound man doesn’t usually understand that we want the guitars this loud and we don’t want the vocals center of the mix.”

More information here.

Ransom by Adidas Originals Spring 2011 Collection

Earlier we shown one of the Bluff boat shoes from the Ransom by Adidas Originals Spring 2011 collection, today we've got more to flash.

The Bluff model now comes in a higher cut featuring a premium suede body. Now this is way sexier than the earlier fabric base. Three colors to pick from.

Available now at The Good Will Out.

Stussy x Fred Perry Byron Cuff Boot

After the announcement of the Empire Mesh earlier, Stussy and Fred Perry unveiled the next chapter of their sneaker collaboration - using the Byron boot as the base with a magical touch by Stussy to pimp the sneaker. The tipped cuff was featured on this one as well.

Here's a preview of the result. Stay tune for more updates.

Via HighSnobiety.

atmos x nano universe x Reebok Insta Pump Fury

Atmos Tokyo and Nano Universe teamed up to release a premium version of the Reebok Insta Pump Fury based on the black/white theme made of premium materials. Coming soon at atmos. More pictures available at atmos if you're interested to look further.

Vans Vault Spring 2011 Collection

Vans Vault Spring 2011 is here. Keeping their roots intact, the vault collection build sneakers with quality excellence and luxury-oriented design to maintain the exclusivity of the range.

For Spring, they've got the Sk8-Hi TH LX, Derby TH LX, Sk8-Hi Boat LX, 106 Moc TH LX, Chukka Boot 69 LX and Spectator LX. Should be available at selected stockists including Proper, Huf SF, Kicks Hawaii, Commonwealth and Dave's Quality Meat.