Mac Demarco’s ‘Another One’ coming this August April 28th 2015 By Aaron

Mac Demarco’s ‘Another One’ coming this August

Like the days of Steely Dan, Harry Nilsson or Prince releasing a classic every year (or less) comes Mac DeMarco‘s Another One, a mini-LP announced almost one year to the date of the meteorically successful Salad Days. Conceived and recorded entirely by himself in a short period between a relentless tour schedule at his new place in Far Rockaway, Queens, Another One is eight, freshly written songs, expanding the arsenal of Mac’s already impressive catalog. There’s a bittersweet, romantic sensibility present. The overall feeling is lost love, or perhaps love never found, yet Mac embraces this without making it an overly somber experience for the listener. It’s at times haunting and warm, and a bit more refined and sophisticated, but still plenty playful, retaining the guts and soul of classic Mac.
With two full-length albums and two EPs released and hundreds of sold out shows performed in the last several years, a recent late night television debut on Conan following a special guest performance on The Eric Andre Show, it seems as Mac DeMarco nears his 25th birthday, he’s outgrowing any sort of slacker stigma. This summer, Mac will play festivals all over the country, including Shaky Knees, Austin Psych Fest, Pitchfork Music Festival, Outside Lands, Bonnaroo, Solid Sound and more. As expected, he’ll continue to tour extensively in support of Another One, further connecting with his ever-inspired fanbase, whether in New York City, Tel Aviv, Brazil or Australia.  Pre-order details coming soon.

My Morning Jacket’s ‘The Waterfall’ out now April 20th 2015 By Aaron

My Morning Jacket’s ‘The Waterfall’ out now

My Morning Jacket return with their seventh full-length album (5th on spunk), The Waterfall. Recorded in Stinson Beach CA, The Waterfall is the follow-up to the GRAMMY nominated CircuitalMy Morning Jacket arrived at Northern California’s Stinson Beach in late 2013 thinking only about making an album. The band was not prepared to be seduced. But within a couple of days, Jim James, Tom Blankenship, Patrick Hallahan, Carl Broemel and Bo Koster were in love with Panoramic House, a studio perched on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The natural beauty of the surrounding landscape, located only about a half hour north of the Golden Gate Bridge, combined with the almost mystical serenity flooded them with a charged sense of possibilities. “For me, every record has the spirit of where we made it,” explains singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter Jim James. “Stinson Beach was so psychedelic and focused. It was almost like we lived on our own little moon out there. It feels like you’re up in the sky.”
On the new release there are moments that reach back to early albums such as 2001’s At Dawn and 2003’s It Still Moves, the record that gave the band a much broader audience. But the experimentation that marked 2004’s Z, 2008’s Evil Urges and James’ 2013 solo album, Regions of Light and Sound of God is clearly in effect.

Nadia Reid LP out now, NZ tour starts next month April 6th 2015 By Aaron

Nadia Reid LP out now, NZ tour starts next month

A richness of voice; a depth of emotion; wisdom beyond her years; with brand new record Listen To Formation, Look For the Signs, Nadia Reid has claimed her place as one of New Zealand’s most evocative and profound young songwriters. First single is the beautiful call the days https://soundcloud.com/spunkrecords/nadia-reid-call-the-days  With Nadia’s youth spent in the company of the folk clubs and indie scene of Dunedin and Christchurch, Reid connected with the pre-and-post-quake Christchurch music milieu and quickly garnered a reputation among her peers for her penetrating songs belying her young age.  Now with Listen to Formation, Reid has a philosophical maturity that reflects on love and life’s blazes with a measure of intricacy and courage within the melancholy. The Music just gave the album 4 stars and said ‘just listen and lose yourself in it, for it is often glorious’. Listen To Formation, Look For the Signs is out now on CD and Digitally.
You can buy for $10 from http://shop.spunk.com.au/product/nadia-reid-listen-to-formation-look-for-the-signs-cd
Nadia’s next run of shows are in New Zealand. She performs May 6 in Auckland @ Golden Dawn, May 8 in Christchurch @ Darkroom and May 10 in Dunedin @ New Edinburgh.

 

Calexico’s ‘Edge Of The Sun’ out now April 4th 2015 By Aaron

Calexico’s ‘Edge Of The Sun’ out now

Calexico’s new record Edge of the Sun is out now. After writing the album in Mexico City, the band  returned to Tucson to record at Wavelab Studios where Joey, John, Calexico’s own Sergio Mendoza and Craig Schumacher produced the album. This is the most collaborative work in the band’s history, with guest musicians ranging from Sam Beam (Iron & Wine) and Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses) to Gaby Moreno and members of the Greek instrumental group Takim. Here is the song “Cumbia de Donde,” which features Carla Morrison. Link to buy CD below too.  https://soundcloud.com/casadecalexico/cumbia-de-donde/s-AnZfQ http://shop.spunk.com.au/product/calexico-edge-of-the-sun-cd-plus-free-copy-spiritoso-live-cd

Yumi Zouma EP 1 & 2 out now March 26th 2015 By Aaron

Yumi Zouma EP 1 & 2 out now

Following the release of their ‘Catastrophe‘ video, Yumi Zouma now share new single ‘Song for Zoe & Gwen‘. Lush and endearing, ‘Song for Zoe & Gwen’ is one of the few Yumi songs that started before the band ever released music in a public way, but was completed after their debut EP was unveiled last year. Zoe, the track’s protagonist, was Charlie Ryder’s (from Yumi Zouma) date to the 7th form ball. ‘Song For Zoe & Gwen’ is taken from Yumi Zouma’s forthcoming EP II, out now via Cascine. The single reached #1 on the Hype Machine chart overnight, adding to the buzz that has been circulating Yumi Zouma this past year. The group showcased their new EP at a number of SXSW showcases. Stay tuned for local tour plans.

Bill Callahan May tour March 23rd 2015 By Aaron

Bill Callahan May tour

On his last visit to Australia Bill Callahan performed at a ski resort atop a mountain in Victoria. He also appeared at Sydney Festival.  This time however, Bill C. has swapped the great Australian outdoors for the great Australian indoors and will perform three exclusive east coast shows: Tuesday 26th May at Melbourne’s Hamer Halland Thursday 28th and Friday 29th May for Vivid Live at the Sydney Opera House. Four dudes, one harmonica, two electric guitars, one glitter-painted bass, barely half a drum kit and six lights is all it took to conquer the behemoth of a room transforming it into a gig with the cosiness of a chamber music recital. Review – Royal Festival Hall, London 2014. In the years between Australian visits Callahan has released two albums proper, including the acclaimed Dream River featuring the Australian alternative radio hits Javelin Unlanding and Small Plane. Elsewhere Dream River kicked goals too landing at no.44 on the UK mainstream charts and picking up a five star review and the album of the year gong by influential English mag Mojo.

MARCH TOURS; Mogwai, Stephen Malkmus, Shovels & Rope, Sun Kil Moon, Felice Brothers, Tiny Ruins February 24th 2015 By Aaron

MARCH TOURS; Mogwai, Stephen Malkmus, Shovels & Rope, Sun Kil Moon, Felice Brothers, Tiny Ruins

In what is shaping up to be our busiest month of the year, we have no less than seven artists touring this month. First to land is; MOGWAI who have shows across the country as well as Perth & Adelaide festivals. Full dates www.feelpresents.com  Next up is; STEPHEN MALKMUS who brings his Wig Out At Jagbags record to every major city and New Zealand. Dates www.lovepolice.com.au THE FELICE BROTHERS are touring with close friend CONOR OBERST and doing a few shows on there own (www.lovepolice.com.au). SHOVELS & ROPE are coming to Australia for the first time. Recent performers on Letterman check out the tour dates  www.livenation.com.au/artists/shovels-and-rope TINY RUINS is supporting SHARON VAN ETTEN starting thursday at the Perth Festival. They head to BNE, MEL and SYD as well. (details www.mistletone.net) SUN KIL MOON brings the incredible benji album to Australia for a run of shows. more details www.lovepolice.com.au  Also performing in March is; ALDOUS HARDING at Golden Plains and NADIA REID in Melbourne. March 31 we leave for the Caribbean! shovelsandrope

SYDNEY FESTIVAL – Alela Diane, Jessica Pratt, Tiny Ruins, Firekites & Aldous Harding January 1st 2015 By Aaron

SYDNEY FESTIVAL – Alela Diane, Jessica Pratt, Tiny Ruins, Firekites & Aldous Harding

Sydney Festival kicks off in a few days time. It’s always an exciting time to be in Sydney. Spunk has a whole host of artists on the bill this year. Alela Diane performs at the City Recital Hall on Thursday the 8th; Jessica Pratt at the Spiegeltent on Saturday the 10th, Aldous Harding supports Anna Von Hausswolff at the Town Hall on Sunday the 11th, Tiny Ruins at the Spiegeltent on Friday the 16th and finally Firekites on Wed the 21st. We are going to need some sleep after this!! Tickets are available from www.sydneyfestival.org.au