Feast on a playlist curated by Brandon McMahon & New Commute highlighting tunes that embody the spirit and sounds inspired by The Smudge. The Smudge is a monthly newspaper offering articles, interviews, comics, and advice from a range of unique thinkers and creators.
Proving his unending creative well remains charged, Michael Nau returns with a drop of new music from the downright master of genuine soulful songwriting. “No Quit” is the latest broadcast since the fantastic 2018 self-titled release, Michael Nau & The Mighty Thread, and the first single from a 7” coming soon via Karma Chief, an imprint of Colemine Records.
A crystalline shimmer permeates through the hazy glow of MUNYA’s debut self-titled release out now via Luminelle Recordings. Josie Boivon, the Montreal-based classically trained opera singer frontwoman, syncs gold-plated keyboards and 70s drum rhythms with her full-hearted, dreamy vocals.
Stream the video for the new single “Room Temperature” from Faye Webster’s upcoming record Atlanta Millionaires Club out May 24th via Secretly Canadian. The video was directed by Faye Webster and shot by Hunter Airheart.
Rias Reed & Dillon Newton offer truly genuine songwriting & production that would get a pat on the back from George Martin in an alternate universe. For fans of The Zombies, The Honeybus, and of course, The Beatles.
Purchase the debut EP from High Appreciation Society, The Right Side Of History out now via Snakey Tapes, the brand new label started by John Andrews.
On their second full length, Hand Habits’ personal and independent creative frame of mind is expanded by enlisting a studio and collaborators to see out the furtherance of their artistic message. In the title, placeholder, Meg Duffy contemplates the in-between and crevasses of being human; their meticulous guitar work maneuvering through the terrain of the record’s weighty self-discovery.
Kevin Morby has shared the first single “No Halo” from his upcoming fifth studio record Oh My God out April 26th via Dead Oceans. The album was produced by Sam Cohen and features a deep cast of contributors including Robin Pecknold, Mary Lattimore, Meg Duffy, Elvis Perkins, Hannah Cohen, Stuart Bogie, and more. The double album also comes with a short film directed and co-written by Christopher Good and a music video for “No Halo.”
Impassioned agents of political and social reform, Sunwatchers, return with their latest concoction of free-jazz psychedelic noise rock, Illegal Moves. For their 2nd LP on Trouble In Mind, the band liberates their volcanic pressure of sonic onslaught eviscerating any enemy of democracy, broker of inequality, or Nazi scum in their path. The horn skronks are at their loudest and the warped guitar effects are deafening. A revolution is afoot and Sunwatchers are on the front line of the resistance.
Los Angeles composer Julia Holter’s latest record Aviary is a mammoth of multi-instrumental depth and panoramic brilliance. Self-described as “the cacophony of the mind in a melting world,” her fifth studio album cultivates synths and strings along with her commanding vocals to irrigate the hanging garden of the finest figment of her boundless imagination.
With a Rhodes piano, Farfisa organ, some cheap horns, a Moog synth, and a drum set, Ronald Langestraat sculpted his magnum opus of leftfield jazz-funk with a 4-track tape recorder in his apartment in 1984. Brushing off 30 years of dust from this micro-release, the reissue of Searching rediscovers a true musical visionary who blended international jazz, funk, and obscure pop for a timeless, highly imaginative party-of-one universe.
The group known as France create throbbing drones as a stripped-down garage trio with plunging drum riffs, infinite and entrancing bass chugs and feedback-drenched guitar meanderings. On their latest live recording from a show in June of 2018, Hôtel de Vogüé, a blanket of sound smothers listeners for a 52 minute high-pressure ritual.
Purchase France’s latest release Hôtel de Vogüé out now via L’Engeance.
Stream the latest video for the newest Flightless Records signee, Traffik Island. “Free 2 Be Free” is the newest single from the band’s debut LP Nature Strip out 2/15 which features Zak Olsen of ORB and The Frowning Clowns finding a sunshiny shimmer of lush and catchy psych pop.