HINDS New Album Out Today + Special Edition Merch Proceeds Going to BLM Organizations


(Album artwork by Ouka Lee: download high-res HERE)

Praise for Hinds + A Prettiest Curse:

"A garage rock burner, the fuzzed out track reaches a crescendo with the sing-along chorus: “I’ve been ridin’ solo/Ridin’ solo.” Despite its lonely subject matter, it’s a light track that showcases a band that’s just… fun. No fancy music journalism terms needed." - Rolling Stone (Song You Need To Know)

“Hinds has an excellent grip on its particular brand of hazy, jangly music, and uses the razor's edge between mellow and melancholy to maximum effect. They wield their tools with the easy confidence of beginners without sounding like amateurs.” – NPR Music

“Though recorded in southern Spain, the lo-fi tracks, with lyrics in English, have a distinctly American garage-rock feel.” – New York Times: T Magazine

"..a catchy, noisy, and slightly wry celebration of self-sufficiency..." - The FADER (on “Riding Solo”)

“Leave Me Alone...showcases a knack for better songwriting than a lot of their peers, lo-fi nostalgia that isn't just lazy imitation, and, best of all, a bright future ahead. I'm excited about this band. Get excited, too.” – Vulture

"That revelatory moment when a no-fi indie band has its fifth-dimensional epiphany, this is pure phenomenon; an orgy of tractor-beam noise, block-party chant-pop and lyrics you hope are about masturbation, for the sake of the Star Wars community." - The Guardian (on “Riding Solo”)

"Madrid quartet Hinds is back with their third album, and a bigger sound than ever before." - BUST Magazine

"trading in shambolic garage pop for shinier, synthier dreampop." - Brooklyn Vegan

"Hinds return with their first bit of music since 2018 and [‘Riding Solo’ is] a complete bop. If you forgot about how cool it is to be in a girl band, this group is back as a giant reminder." - Refinery 29

"It’s an incredibly lush and tender soundscape that could easily defrost even the coldest of hearts." - Stereogum on “Come Back and Love Me <3”

“their best work to date." - Paste Magazine (8.5/10)

“the Madrid quartet take a turn towards a cleaner garage pop sound...the tightest LP from the band yet." - Consequence of Sound

"Without a doubt, The Prettiest Curse is some of Hinds’ most pop-leaning work...the punk attitude that initially made fans fall in love with the band is still very much there, and it’s heard in the cool vocal delivery and the explosive, glimmering guitars." - Billboard

Beloved Madrid band Hinds release their glorious beast of a third album, The Prettiest Curse, today on Mom + Pop. On this new record, Hinds take a quantum leap forward as a band and shrug off any remaining lo-fi accusations, finally harnessing the full extent of their pop prowess and unleashing songs which sound bigger, bolder, and more complex than anything they have done before, while still remaining true to their girl-gang, garage rock roots. “We have this incredible job, but it’s really transformed the way we live,” says Carlotta Cosials, explaining the album title. “We know we’re not going to stop, so we’ve decided to embrace it—to see this curse as something pretty.” Featuring songs performed in Hinds’ native tongue for the first time, The Prettiest Curse was produced by Jennifer Decilveo and is positively bursting with life, finding Hinds at their very best yet. Purchase, stream and download the album now HERE

Hinds’ album was initially postponed due to COVID-19, and the record is now released during a time when all conversations should be focused on the Black Lives Matter movement, dismantling systemic racism, and defunding the police. While the band could not push the release of the record again, they are committed to supporting BLM and are selling a special edition t-shirt, with all net proceeds going to the following four organizations: @BTFAcollective (Black Trans Femmes in the Arts, USA), @ACER (African Career, Education, and Resource, USA), @AMAC (Asociación de Mujeres Africanas en Canarias, ESP), and @SOSracismomadrid (ESP). More information HERE + resources on “Ways You Can Help” HERE.
Hinds’ forthcoming tour dates have been canceled at this time due to Coronavirus. Stay tuned for more dates to come when conditions improve and it is safe to gather and get back back on the road. 
Photo Credit: Keane Pearce Shaw - download high res here


Hinds first discovered their undeniable camaraderie back in 2014, three years after Carlotta Cosials and Ana Perrote first linked up and started covering songs together. Making their debut with the Bandcamp-released singles “Bamboo” and “Trippy Gum” in 2014, the duo quickly caught the attention of tastemaker press, and penned global record deals that kicked off their meteoric rise. Once Amber Grimbergen and Ade Martin joined the lineup, Hinds began earning buzz as a must-see live band, and soon became one of the biggest indie acts ever to emerge from Spain. The band soon released their breakout debut album Leave Me Alone and their sophomore record I Don’t Run, which Hinds co-produced alongside Gordon Raphael (the producer behind The Strokes’ iconic first two albums), earning mass critical acclaim. Since then, the band have performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, won over crowds at festivals like Coachella and Glastonbury, played sold-out shows all over the world, started their own limited edition cruelty-free makeup line, have been included in various movie soundtracks, and have hosted their own festival PARTY PLANET.

Each time they take the stage, Hinds create a kind of wild magic, a feel-good free-for-all often complete with synchronized dancing and giddy crowd-surfing from the members themselves. While the band’s first two albums channeled the euphoric energy of their live show in their gorgeously punchy take on garage-rock, their latest full-length adds entirely new texture to their sound. Produced by Jenn Decilveo (The Wombats, Ben Platt and Anne-Marie), The Prettiest Curse finds the band letting their imaginations run more freely than ever, even as they share some of their most emotionally heavy material to date.

In bringing The Prettiest Curse to life, Hinds purposely chased their most outrageous impulses, sometimes deliberately messing with audience expectations (“When people hear this record I want them to freak out and just go, ‘What?’” says Martin). Not only a major creative leap for the band, the album also marks a whole new level of confidence in their artistry. “If baby Hinds could hear this record, they wouldn’t believe it—it’s so far from where we started,” says Perrote. “It’s the first time we truly enjoyed the process and didn’t ever feel we had something to prove. I’m so proud that we just let ourselves have fun, and never held back from doing what we wanted.” 

Hinds is: Carlotta Cosials (vocals, guitar), Ana Perrote (vocals, guitar), Ade Martin (bass), Amber Grimbergen (drums)
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Ty Segall & Cory Hanson Have An Important Message To Share

Cory Hanson and Ty Segall have decided to release the much anticipated single "She's a Beam" today, along with "Milk Bird Flyer". Both songs were recorded 5 years ago, and were recently rediscovered. They will be donating 100% of the first week's sales of both songs to Black Lives Matter LA.

Support "She's a Beam" and "Milkbird Flyer" exclusively on Bandcamp, peace and love to all.
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Sondre Lerche Releases New Album 'Patience'

Sondre Lerche Releases New Album Patience
Painting by: Loribelle Spirovski / Download hi-res album art here.
June 5, 2020: Today, the Los Angeles-based, Norwegian-born singer/songwriter Sondre Lerche released his ninth studio album Patience. After living in New York City for over a decade, the album is his first since relocating to the west coast. Recorded mostly in Norway, the inspiration for this record comes from a recently discovered love of ambient music, running marathons and a quest for serenity.
In conjunction with Bandcamp once again waiving their share of sales today, 50% of all album sales from Patience will be donated to WP4BL (White People 4 Black Lives), an organization working in solidarity and coalition with Black Lives Matter Los Angeles in order to build power to challenge dominant institutions, shift racist policies, and create community-based alternatives to harmful systems as part of a global movement of grassroots organizations.
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PopMatters said, "Taken as a whole, PleasePleasure, and Patience represent Lerche's finest work as a musician." Frontrunner Magazine said, "Lerche blurs the stylistic lines between casual alt-pop, jazz and classic orchestra music. The album manages to be both expansive and spacious, leaving room for the foundation of the songwriting to shine."
Recently, Lerche released the fan-sourced official video for "That's All There Is." Paste said, "The bittersweetness is musically palpable; the track is bouncy and full of colorful synths, but everything is covered in a nostalgic haze," while Stereogum said the song "...reminds us how adaptable and exploratory Lerche has been over the course of two decades.
Patience is the follow-up and spiritual companion to 2017’s Pleasure and 2014’s Please. Like his previous albums, Lerche continues to work with core collaborators including percussionist Dave Heilman, bassist Chris Holm, keyboardist Alexander von Mehren, and producers Kato Ådland and Matias Tellez. The album also reunites Lerche with mixing engineer Jørgen Træen and world-renowned classical violinist, composer, and arranger Tim Fain, as well as introducing an unexpected but winning team-up with Van Dyke Parks on "Put The Camera Down." Stereogum recently called Patience "an appropriate title for a moment in history when basically the entire human population is being forced to sit and wait."
"The inspiration behind the theme and feeling of the album comes from the sense of space and time I associate with ambient music and minimalism. Ever since Pleasure came out in 2017, I’ve been running a lot, and I listen to mainly abstract music that helps me lose sense of time and structure when I run, what I refer to as 'patient music,'" Lerche explains. "Performing the flamboyant and intense Pleasure show 140 times in one year got me into athleticism, and made me passionate about running. Before this, I never did anything remotely athletic in my life. After Pleasure I felt like slowing down everything in my life. I stopped touring for the first time since I was 18. I moved to LA, and I just focused on writing. I needed to make soothing music."
Sondre's Patience Hotline is now live. Text or call him at +1 (310) 388-9880 to join to community or visit my.community.com/sondrelerche.
01) Patience
02) I Love You Because It’s True
03) You Are Not Who I Thought I Was
04) There Is No Certain Thing
05) Are We Alone Now
06) That’s All There Is
07) Put The Camera Down
08) Why Would I Let You Go
09) I Can’t See Myself Without You
10) Don’t Waste Your Time
11) Why Did I Write The Book of Love
12) My Love Is Hard To Explain
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Joy Downer's Debut LP "Paper Moon" Out Now | Release Day Proceeds Being Donated to Black Lives Matter LA

Joy Downer's Debut LP Paper Moon Out Today

All Proceeds From Paper Moon Album Sales on Bandcamp Today Being Donated to Black Lives Matter LA

Paper Moon

LA musician Joy Downer has released her debut LP Paper Moon today, independently via AWAL. The 9-song album was self-produced and recorded at home over the past year by Joy and her musical collaborator and partner Jeffery Downer and is available to purchase HERE via Bandcamp - with all release day proceeds being donated to Black Lives Matter LA - and is available for streaming via all DSPs. Earlier this week, Joy Downer released the title track with a music video directed by John Knipp, which premiered via FLOOD Magazine and can be watched below.


...the angelic counterpart to the more rock-and-roll impishness of Yeah Yeah Yeahs...

The Line of Best Fit

...she's fresh out of a dream and ready to take on the world.

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...Synth-Pop Perfection...

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Joy Downer is soaring through new dimensions with Paper Moon​.


Joy Downer - "Paper Moon"

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Photo Credit: John Knipp

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Nick Lowe Releases New EP Lay It On Me Today Via Yep Roc Records

Nick Lowe Releases New EP Lay It On Me Today Via Yep Roc Records

Lowe’s Third Collaborative Release With Los Straitjackets Features Two New Original Songs And His First Production Credit For Another Artist In 25 Years

Yep Roc Records has released Nick Lowe’s Lay It On Me EP today, the latest collaboration between the "master songwriter who never takes himself too seriously" (Rolling Stone) and Los Straitjackets, America's beloved masked men of surf-and-spy guitar instrumentals. The collection includes two brand-new Lowe originals, “Lay It On Me Baby” - written for “Turk Collins,” a fictitious down-bill 60s troubadour that Lowe conjured from whole cloth - and “Don’t Be Nice To Me,” which has been hailed by Rolling Stone as a “breezy summer stunner.” Elsewhere, Lay It On Me features Lowe and Los Straitjackets covering the Dorsey Burnette-penned Brenda Lee hit “Here Comes That Feeling,” as well as Lowe’s first production credit for another artist in 25 years on the Straitjackets’ stinging cover of the Shocking Blue’s “Venus.”

Listen to Lay It On Me digitally and pre-order it on vinyl (available July 17): https://ffm.to/layitonmebaby

In advance of Lay It On Me, Nick Lowe invited Rolling Stone into his London home for an In My Room session, where he performed “Lay It On Me Baby” - with son Roy on drums - from the new EP among a selection of favorites from his illustrious career. Lowe also sat down with the Washington Post on Instagram for a career-spanning chat and remote performance, in addition to an appearance on the Broken Record podcast. The Associated Press has remarked that Lay It On Me contains the elements “that’ve long endeared Lowe to music fans over his more than 40-year career” and the AV Club added the EP is “a welcome reminder that there are still summer afternoons on the horizon.” 

At the age of 71, Nick Lowe continues to accrue many of the honors that become a legend most. In 2019, he was the subject of an acclaimed biography by Will Birch,Cruel To Be Kind: The Life and Music of Nick Lowe, named one of the best music books of the year by Pitchfork. And in January, he accepted the Trailblazer Award at the Americana UK Awards in London, joining esteemed previous recipients Mumford & Sons and Billy Bragg.


Lay It On Me EP Tracklist:

Lay It On Me Baby

Don't Be Nice To Me

Here Comes That Feeling (Dorsey Burnette)


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Today, Strand of Oaks (Timothy Showalter) returns with a surprise release of ambient works. The album, aptly titled Ambient for Change, is out now exclusively on Bandcamp. Listen to Ambient for Change HERE.

“I wrote these five songs in the midst of heartbreak for the tragic events in our country. The one outlet that I have is music and the ability to create with the intention of helping. I improvised these songs to try and give language to the overwhelming emotion I was feeling and to try in a small way to lend my voice of support. I've spent a lot of my life talking and singing but there are no words on this record. Making these songs helped me be still and contemplate how I can be a better more loving person and stand against injustice and inequality. I hope that these songs bring peace but at the same time I hope that they can also provide a safe space for meditation and reflection on ways that we can all help be there for one another. All proceeds from this recording will be going to NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

Black Lives Matter

Much Love,
Tim - Strand of Oaks”

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans. LDF also defends the gains and protections won over the past 75 years of civil rights struggle and works to improve the quality and diversity of judicial and executive appointments.
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Ambient for Change Track List:

1. Wake
2. Think
3. Confusion
4. Movement
5. Morning

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