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New Family Volleyball Album Available for Streaming & Download

One hopes for winter to quickly evaporate into spring; however, this year - it stubbornly hangs on. Meanwhile, Juliana, the new album from the quintet of Family Volleyball, whimsically flourishes in the face of the freeze. The tranquil, jangly delicacy covers you in a snuggly soft blanket along the seashore. Drift into a daydream, and temporarily escape. (Drawing by Molly Dwyer)

Deli Premiere: Gem and Eye release video for "Pleasure Principle"

The brother-sister duo of Gem & Eye have a cinematic new video out for their track "Pleasure Principle." Songwriter and producer Dillon Pace and electric songstress Harley Pace bring the space-rock punch of past songs like "Millennials" and "Virtual Reality" to a slow and sultry beat. The trippy nature of the song gets amplified in the video; as both Harley and Dillon dance to their music, mirrors gleam in the sun and burn under fire, while colored smoke rises up from swampy grounds. When it all comes together, watching the finished product feels somehow satisfying.
Gem & Eye will perform at Sunnyvale on March 13th to support The Lemon Twigs' Dr. Danny; also on the bill are the girl-rock duo Cheeky and a new country-punk group, Babies' Babies. You can watch the premiere of the video for "Pleasure Principle" below. - Will Sisskind

"Burners" by Damu the Fudgemunk ft. Insight, The Truncator & Blu

“Burners” begins with circa 1994 beats updated into a classier, more ethereal backdrop to smooth, yet still intimidating rhymes. Despite ditching the lo-fi edge that defined the sounds of the Wu-tang, Fudgemunk manages to retain the aggressive and sinister quality in the sound that made old school hip hop so intoxicating. As the song progresses, sounds are layered more thickly in the background, and in general progresses much more in the style of Gang Starr than Wu-tang, eventually turning into a drugged out, low-key dj set.

The choice to end the song with a dj set raises questions about the song's frequent use of ODB's line “burnin hot” from the 1995 song “Brooklyn Zoo”. The words were originally delivered in ODB's boisterous and unhinged style, in short a sort of musical polar opposite from the groove that “Burners” spends about the last 5 minutes of the song on. It seems almost like an unintentional statement about the replacement of old school hip hop's edginess with a turn to passivity, either in the form of consumerism, or in the case of “Burners”, drug use and mysticism.

Whatever the case, in sum the track is well worth a listen and delivers a fresh perspective on classic sounds.

-Mike Dranove

New Fairy Godmother EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Alyssa Thomas, who records under the moniker Fairy Godmother, recently dropped a new EP, titled Attic Space. Released on cassette via UK imprint Fox Food Records, the album features contributions from (Sandy) Alex G members Alex Giannascoli and John Heywood on drums and bass respectively. One gravitates towards the enchanting, incisive melodies. Breathing in the fresh, open air of the space afforded and then utilizing that space too, as a barrier that holds one in close, what initially floats in the personally ethereal captures an unforeseen density, retracing one’s steps, while reaching out into the future.

Common Jack brings political folk songs to Mercury Lounge on 03.30

NYC folkster Common Jack is playing at Mercury Lounge on March 30th, in support of Giant Stone. The Virginia-bred, New York-based guitar picker is a master of the sweet and the morally dissonant. On his most recent release from August of 2017, a song entitled "One Too Many Days," Common Jack laments the violent travesty that was the protests in Charlottesville, VA. Channelling The Avett Brothers, Conor Oberst and early Bob Dylan with gentle finger-picking and mournful harmonica, Common Jack's sentiment is one of deep frustration, but above all else, weariness. He's weary of the carnage, the hatred and the fallacies of monochromatic American civic pride, of which there seems to be no end in sight. He croons, "I heard a voice begin to shout that both sides are to blame/I never thought I'd argue about a Nazi USA." Listen to the track below, and don't miss Common Jack at Mercury Lounge on the 30th. - Ethan Ames

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