Jan 14 2015

The Survival Code release free “Living A Lie” download single

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The Survival Code is an Irish-ish Alt-Rock outfit based in London. They’re new on our radar and we’re happy to stick em’ on yours. TSC present an intense, crisp, no-messin’, siddahn an shut yer face style of rock which if nothing else will avert your attention for 3 minutes and 32 seconds.

There’s a wave /raft /Noah’s Arc /shit-storm of ‘Alt-Bands’ around at the moment. Most are young black haired raven-types who’s tunes are permeated with laptops and the clitches of Chaos Pads. The Survival Code, have a slightly more ‘grown-up’ feel about them. Not sure if that’s a great thing in this day and age, but perhaps their music is going to appeal to the more ‘serious’ affectionados, rather than the achingly cool youngun’s who might flit from one buzz band to the next.

Fans of Mallory Knox and YMAS should also get stuck in to this…. Listen and download it for free below.

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Jan 8 2015

Money For Rope release “Easy Way Out” Single

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Having achieved notable success in their native Australia, “Rock’n’Roll Surf Garage” collective Money For Rope serve up their first UK single release in ‘Easy Way Out’. Groove meets grit in this intense laid-back but poignant bluesy, rock number about not topping yourself. That’s good advice.

The music sits somewhere in-between the earthy skuzz of Ty Segall and the surfy haze of The Growlers with a healthy dose of Mando Diao‘s dirty euphoria. There’s also a nice B-Side (still a thing, apparently) in ‘Nova Pilota’ which will have you reminiscing of Vietnam circa 1967 in a purple haze of the Doors.

Also make sure you check out the video for “Easy Way Out” .

An album is scheduled for release early 2015 – get amongst it

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Dec 10 2014

CMJ Music Marathon 2014: Day 3

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This year’s CMJ was nothing short of spectacular for Cougar Microbes.  Braving the cold weather and the rain, we meandered through the downtown Manhattan and East Brooklyn areas to see as many of the new up and coming artists as possible.  From the coveted SoFar Sounds showcases and The Kills, to the late night dance parties with Made In Heights and Saint Pepsi, to catching the promising performances by BORNS, we covered it all.  As always, we were left tired, happy, and wanting more, thanks again CMJ!

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Fractures

We kicked off our thursday over Bloody Mary’s at Pianos watching Mark Zito’s ever expanding project Fractures. Offering layers upon layers of atmospheric music the small stage is a perfect fit for this performance to take flight. There is a subtle intelligence to these tracks that made us human the melodies long after Mark and co left the stage.

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Snir Yamin

Israeli troubadour Snir Yamin made his CMJ debut in the, admittedly underwhelming, surroundings of Carol’s Place. Armed with just his acoustic guitar there is a charming innocence to Yamin which makes him instantly likeable. This was a throwback to a time when this city was home to some of the best singer songwriters in history and the young crooner even found time for a crowd singalong

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The Kills

Of all the “big” acts playing CMJ The Kills were the one I most wanted to see and boy was it worth it. Whereas most bands are content with having one extrovert on stage both Allison Mosshart and Jamie Hince are genuine prima donnas, in the best sense of the word, battling for the spotlight and feeding of each other’s energy. Tracks like “DNA” and “Black Balloon” are instant live classic and the capacity audience made sure to show all their appreciation.

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Cathedrals

Kicking off their set by live looping the harmonies of the intro to “Harlem,” Brodie Jenkins silenced a packed Santos Party House with her resonant voice. Baring her soul (and her midriff,) Jenkins delivered an unforgettable performance alongside the other-half of Cathedrals, Johnny Hwin on guitar. Backed by one drummer, the two defined how easily less can be more. The seductive “Want My Love” easily at the forefront of their minimalistic tracks, and also one of their best. This was clearly one of CMJ‘s breakout bands of 2014.

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Made In Heights

Conquering the stage a full hour later than their scheduled set time, by no fault of their own, Made In Heights delighted their fans with a brief taste of the Sufjan infused “Skylark Interbang?!” and quickly skyrocketed the energy with their latest track “Ghosts.” The indietronica duo complemented each other with Sabzi dropping beats alongside Kelsey Bulkin‘s resonating sweet vocals. After cheers for an encore from the sublimely happy crowd, they closed the night out with “All The Places.”

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Seinabo Sey

Further proving that the next wave of artists is coming over from Sweden, Stockholm-based Seinabo Sey gave a phenomenal performance. Meandering through afro-centric beats, and darker bass-heavy pieces, with her soulful voice, her music was mesmerizing to hear. As if she didn’t have enough of a stage presence, she continuously held her arms outstretched to show off the sleeves of her bright red kimono. Closing her set with “Younger,” reminded everyone to keep living it up for CMJ, because “you know you ain’t gettin’ any younger.”

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Words by Amanda Jabes and Boaz.

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Dec 9 2014

CMJ Music Marathon 2014: Day 2

CMJ2014 CMJ Music Marathon 2014: Day 2

This year’s CMJ was nothing short of spectacular for Cougar Microbes.  Braving the cold weather and the rain, we meandered through the downtown Manhattan and East Brooklyn areas to see as many of the new up and coming artists as possible.  From the coveted SoFar Sounds showcases and The Kills, to the late night dance parties with Made In Heights and Saint Pepsi, to catching the promising performances by BORNS, we covered it all.  As always, we were left tired, happy, and wanting more, thanks again CMJ!

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CYMBALS

Overcoming some minor technical setbacks London 4 piece Cymbals crammed onto the tiny stage underneath Cake Shop and performed their infectious synth rock tracks. The energy from the stage was infectious with not a single person standing still in the attendance. Special praise goes to frontman Jack Cleverly whose stage manner definitely helped win his band more fans.

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SKYROADS

Considering their only show at CMJ was on one of the tiniest stages available, SKYROADS still brought a serious crowd to the LES’s Leftfield. The energy of lead singers Ami and Tamar was exploding off the stage and had the whole venue dancing and clapping along. Two DJ’s, one male guitarist on lead vocals, a sexy female singer sharing lead and handling simple percussion, and live drums hidden in the back is apparently the perfect recipe for a breakout indierock band.

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Secret Someones

Packing Rockwood’s Stage 2, Secret Someones put on an awesome pop-rock performance. The most remarkable part, was that each of the three ladies took turns on lead vocals as each song was performed. Additionally, they all played guitar. As it turns out, the band actually formed after all 3 were singing harmonies for each other’s individual solo careers on tour together – not the worst idea to combine and conquer.

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Saint Pepsi

DJ sets at CMJ are few and far between, but we were fortunate enough to find one at Mercury Lounge for a late night party from Saint Pepsi. Throwing in old school gems from Mariah Carey, the young 20-something played solid original remixes. Integrating his own electronic tunes as well, he danced around behind his laptop while the crowd grooved and sang along. It was a standard dance party, and a perfect way to end Day 2 of CMJ.

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Kokoro

It was worth returning to Pianos in the wee hours of the night to catch the absurd yet captivating show from israeli frontwoman Kokoro. Following some technical issue at her earlier showcase the excitement on stage was evident. Flanked by a drummer and a blonde keytar player and dressed in racy leotard this was a show that packed a punch while showcasing her unique vocal talents.

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Words by Amanda Jabes and Boaz.

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Dec 5 2014

ODESZA live @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC

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Currently on a world tour, conquering the DJ scene, and ODESZA pit-stopped at the Bowery Ballroom to take over NYC. With a wide array of fans, ranging from college-students (who blatantly snuck into the venue) to 30-somethings just ready to let loose on a fine Thursday night in NYC – the Seattle duo allowed everyone to do just that: let loose.

Weaving in and out of favorites, ODESZA designed their set to keep the crowd moving. Upbeat chillwave tracks like “Sun Models,” and “How Did I Get Here” had the audience swaying in a deep groove. The first to really explode was “My Friends Never Die,” which could best be described as dirty pop – with its repetitive piano line and a nasty trap beat over the catchy, yet tampered with vocal line, the Bowery transformed into a full blown dance party.

They hypnotized their audience one last time with their remix of ZHU‘s “Faded,” then released them back to consciousness with their ubiquitous “Say My Name” which they had recently welcomed any and every DJ the chance to remix for them. Unfortunately, they did not touch upon RAC‘s take on the hit single (which is my favorite) – they merely allowed their fans to sing along with the original.

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Nov 26 2014

Tove Lo live @ Webster Hall, NYC

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With the release of her first full album ‘Queen Of The Clouds‘, Swedish pop star, Tove Lo is on the rise and I had the fortunate opportunity to see her latest New York appearance.  Her infectiously catchy tunes and lyrics telling of relatable drug and love stories drew in a packed house of 20-somethings for her sold out show at Webster Hall.
Once the lights came down and the enthusiastic cheering began, a haunting black and white video projection of just a mouth began speaking to the crowd.  Monologuing about a time she was high with a stranger, Tove Lo painted the story of how they danced all night without touching until he finally held her face with both hands and told her “you are fucking perfect” and kissed her.  The raconteur finally emerged on stage, backed by the high powered beats of “My Gun,” the first song off her debut.
Connecting lyrics off of tracks from her EP, she quipped “I’m usually high all the time, but tonight I’m not on drugs, I’m just high on love”  to segue into “Not on Drugs,” which was backed by the only other set of visuals of the night – a kaleidoscope effect on some photos of her.  Accompanied otherwise by 3 dudes on synth pads, computers, and the occasional harmony – Tove was the main entertainer, maintaining high energy in the audience, merely mirroring off her energy.
She finished out her set with a piece of life advice: “You wanna die thinking ‘I got my heart ripped to pieces while I was having the time of my life.‘”  The beat picked up dramatically, as she quickly spat out the wordy “TIMEBOMB.”  Her encore surprisingly included the Lucas Nord song she is featured on, “Run on Love,” but unsurprisingly she ended the night on a high with “Habits” (pun intended.)
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Oct 13 2014

Weekend Videos: NETA – “Silly Life”

Haunting vocals blend with an electronic downtempo rhythm in NETA’S single, “Silly Life”. A taste of his upcoming project, “Heroes in a Tale”, the song and its video reflect the depth of an artist at his ripest, delivering artistic, poetic and emotional maturity with a shot of irony. Pastel wallpaper is interrupted by the unmoving stare of eyes that have seen the world spin many times over. Sweet lyrics of forgiveness and freedom are contrasted by symbolism of human instinct at its rawest. “Silly Life” and its visual discussion of satiety give insight to a project that follows a hero starring in the tale of his own incredible musical life and spiritual journey.

NETA’s musical journey was sparked by one of the purest of relationships – childhood friendship. NETA grew up and later worked with musical icons Rami Fortis, and Berry Saharov. Together they toured Europe in the 80s and 90s, after which he settled in Amsterdam’s bustling music scene. Years of musical exploration soon lead to NETA’s first solo project. It was released five years ago under the pseudonym “The Alchemystique”, garnering critical appraise in addition to airtime on Israeli national TV and radio.

Several years of personal turmoil arose following his success, leading to hardship and quiet. Nevertheless, NETA chose to become the hero of his own tale, and soon he met his match. “I am usually the master of destruction. But this time, she destroyed me.” The woman who destroyed NETA is the woman responsible for his destruction and his emotional and musical rebirth. In interview, NETA has described his wife as the ultimate push, yet also the ultimate support for both his personal and artistic transformation manifested in his debut single video for “Silly Life”.

The album is a culmination of electronic elements with influence from a vast array of artists covering Bowie to Garbage, Zepplin to Jeff Beck, and Zero7 to Lana Del Rey – with everyone in between. Renowened Israeli producer Eyal Katzav has co-mixed and mastered the album, which also features brilliant drummer Boaz Wolf and phenomenal vocalist Doron Talmon.

“Heroes In A Tale” is due in November 2014, “Silly Life” is out now.

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Sep 30 2014

Pitchfork Music Festival Paris Preview

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Following our planned October foray over to the United States to attend CMJ and Culture Collide festivals, in New York City and Los Angeles respectively, we are excited to confirm our attendance at the 2014 European version of Pitchfork Music Festival coming October 31st, November 1st and November 2nd. Time off work has been booked, flights have been confirmed and we found a hotel deal at Venere which means we can’t wait to land in Paris and enjoy what the city and especially the festival have to offer.

Pitchfork Music Festival is set in the historic surroundings of the Grande halle de la Villette in the 19th arrondissement. The former slaughterhouse and it’s neighbourhood had fallen on some dark times towards the end of the last century and by all accounts didn’t represent the safest area to walk around in. However, following a regeneration boom the area now truly offers one of the city’s most buzzing music scenes with The Grande Halle representing the jewel in it’s crown.

There really couldn’t be a better venue to host 3 days of exciting talents featuring some of the artists whose releases we have enjoyed the most in recent years. With the likes of headliners and perennial favourites Belle and Sebastian playing on an expansive stage alongside relative newcomers such as Future Islands, Chvrches, The War On Drugs, Jungle and How To Dress Well. Elsewhere artists who have established themselves with brilliantly with their recent releases including the likes of Caribou, Four Tet, St. Vincent and James Blake show up on a bill that looks packed with talent from top to bottom.

Tickets for individual days are now available through the festival website although it seems like the Saturday night show is already sold out (general three day passes are still available for 110€).

Paris already represents one of the most visited cities in the world and Pitchfork have put on an event that can rival most of the other major festivals on the European circuit in terms of venue, bands confirmed and sheer vision. We can’t wait to report from France.

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