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“Tea” music video

April 20, 2016 12:13 pm

Head over to Red Bull to watch the premiere of Benny Boeldt’s new brain-boggling music video for “Tea.” The track is taken from his most recent album 8 of Cups, the first released under Benny’s own name. Available now on the Carpark shop and iTunes.

“Like Boeldt’s previous work, 8 of Cups takes inspiration from video game music and VHS tapes and IDM, and it explores the hidden corners of televisual drift and sonic memory and possible future worlds resulting in music that is surprisingly danceable and delightfully hallucinatory.”

Stream Greys’ album “Outer Heaven”

April 14, 2016 1:04 pm

Excited about the new Greys record? Head over to SPIN and stream the album in its entirety. The record is officially out April 22nd. Only a week left to pre-order your copy from the Carpark shop or iTunes.


+ + Find out the inspiration behind the lyrics as frontman Shehzaad Jiwani breaks it down track-by-track:
1. Cruelty
On the way to practice one day, Colin [Gillespie, bassist] read us an article about a group of teenagers in Florida who lured their classmate into the woods under the pretense of wanting to be his friend, and then attacked him with a machete. They then buried his still breathing body, and two of the attackers proceeded to have sex on the makeshift grave. The story was shocking and horrific to hear, and the extent to which people could be so monstrous, the cruelty that someone could inflict on another human being, was made even more terrifying by their young age. The lyrics touch on that violent loss of innocence and are meant to be juxtaposed with the tranquil vibe of the song. Morbid, right? Bet you’re stoked to keep reading. Fun fact: This song was recorded entirely live with no overdubs.

2.. No Star
I never really saw myself as different until fairly recently. I always treated my ethnicity as sort of a non-issue. I thought that if I don’t draw attention to it, and if I blend in with a crowd, I won’t be seen as different. Not that I was ashamed, but I never wanted to be seen as some sort of “other” solely based on the color of my skin. Only over the past few years did I become acutely aware of just how much my skin tone means not to me but to the rest of the world. When you realize that people on billboards, on TV, in movies, and in magazines don’t look like you, it starts to inform other aspects of your life. And then something like the tragedy in Paris happens, and you see people’s reactions to that… and you suddenly need to address the way you look, as much for your own sake as for other people’s. Your voice needs to be heard, because that is the only way people can learn – by listening to you. Fun fact: I always thought this song kind of sounded like “Cryptograms” by Deerhunter.

3. If It’s All The Same To You
My best friend Holly often talks to me about how there are only ever going to be a relatively small ratio of people who see and think about things the way I do, or anyone else does. We are all islands, so to speak. The older you get, the more difficult it seems to be to relate to people on a wider scale. Everyone has a specific idea of what is right and what is wrong, and their ideal versions of themselves, that only becomes more specific as we get older. None of these perspectives are necessarily incorrect. That’s what the song tries to get across — “We’re all who we want to be, and that’s alright. It doesn’t matter.” The idea that you don’t fit in with everybody is totally fine, in a way. Maybe we aren’t all supposed to fit in. Fun fact: We wanted this song to sound like “Setting Sun” by the Chemical Brothers but it ended up sounding more like “Let Forever Be.” Both good!

4. Blown Out
People who have never experienced any sort of struggle with their own mental health have a hard time understanding and empathizing with those that do on a regular basis. This is a daunting obstacle to overcome in the context of a romantic relationship. It’s difficult to communicate this to a person with no contextual understanding of what it means to be depressed, or anxious, or any number of things. It’s also hard to not scare them away, hence the “I don’t want to jade you” line — I don’t want to ruin what we have, but I also need you to get on my level. Fun fact: This song was written at the Airbnb we stayed at while recording in Montreal (or the “Incubus Mansion,” as it became known) while the guys cooked dinner the night before we tracked it, and the performance on the album is the first time we ever played the song, as evidenced by the excitement of the two dorks at the end.

5. Erosion
I tend to shy away from “breakup songs,” but this seemed like an appropriate theme given the vibe of the music. It’s about when two people who love each other reach an insurmountable impasse and, despite their best efforts, start to check out mentally and emotionally, leading to the prolonged deterioration (or “erosion,” right, guys?) of their relationship. Love is pain, kids! Fun fact: The “I was dreaming…” melody at the end of the tune is a nod to “Emotional Rescue” by the Rolling Stones, for some reason.

6. Complaint Rock
This was written as a total Kim Gordon, “Swimsuit Issue” sort of thing. The lyrics are poking fun at the way people seem to want a gold star just for showing up with an opinion on their social media soapboxes, or alternately wanting to be congratulated for being “over it,” but also poking fun at the very idea of poking fun at it, because we are all guilty of all those things. No one is safe! Fun fact: The “My life’s a f**king Green Day song!” line is probably my favorite lyric I’ve ever written.

7. In For A Penny
This was inspired by the Adam Curtis documentary, “Century Of The Self,” which explores how Sigmund Freud’s nephew, Edward Bernays, known as the father of “public relations,” effectively created the idea that a consumer could want a product rather than simply need it. The lyrics themselves are sort of an abstraction based on that idea, and people’s perception of themselves based on validation from others. Fun fact: Producer Mike Rocha tried (unsuccessfully) to bury the sleigh bells in the mix. Not on our watch!

8. Strange World
I was playing around with the idea of a Twilight Zone-esque scenario where two people get transported to some alternate Earth and “everything’s changed but everyone’s the same,” which is a fairly obvious metaphor for feeling displaced within your everyday surroundings, like you are the only sane person in an otherwise insane world, or vice versa. You get that feeling when you go out after staying inside for a long time, or after coming home from a long tour. Is it me or is it them? Probably both. Fun fact: Kinda wanted this to sound like something off Talk Talk’s Spirit Of Eden or Scott Walker’s Scott 4, which it totally doesn’t, but at least we tried.

9. Sorcerer
Named it after the William Friedkin movie. Song has nothing to do with that, though. It’s about how someone can be a psychic vampire to those around them, particularly loved ones, sort of preying on the goodwill of those around you to make yourself feel better and them worse. Nasty habit, really. Has a bit of a “stare into the abyss…” thing going on lyrically. Musically, this started off as our attempt at a Portishead song, which might be apparent with the eerie string machine bits, but became its own thing. This is going to be tremendously difficult to play live! Fun fact: Both Braeden [Craig] and myself play drums on this song.

10. My Life As A Cloud
Another sci-fi type thing about the theory of “singularity,” that we will all eschew our corporeal bodies and upload our “souls” into some sort of cloud storage hive mind, becoming one collective consciousness with no individuality. Seeing this as an inevitability gives technological acceleration an almost religious connotation, thus the “acceleration is salvation” line. You can imagine a post-apocalyptic cult-like group worshipping some sort of supercomputer who will upload their souls like some digital rapture something or other. Feel good summer hit! Fun fact: Mike from Fake Palms, Robyn from Vallens, and Josh and Jesse from Beliefs sing on this song.

Man Power remix of TEEN’s “Love Yes”

April 12, 2016 12:30 pm

Producer Man Power (aka Geoff Kirkwood) gave TEEN’s track “Love Yes” the remix treatment. Head over to SPIN to stream it now. “It’s a remix that retains but re-contextualizes the sensual confusion of the original, and with its squelching synths and clanging cowbell, makes it readier for dance-floor deployment than even the most shimmying Love Yes highlights.”

“Now Is The Time Of Emotion” music video

April 12, 2016 11:51 am

Prince Rama just shared their latest music video for “Now Is The Time Of Emotion,” taken from their new album Xtreme Now. Check it out via The Fader. Video directed by Matt Hoffman and Taraka Larson.

“We basically wanted to make a video where we could do all the taboo things we’ve always wanted to do in a museum but are never allowed to. So we broke into a modern art museum and incited gangs of skateboarders, motorcyclists, fencers, small children, and crazed-townspeople to ransack its contents, destroying the artwork in bizarrely surreal manners…” — Taraka Larson


The Brooklyn duo is finishing up their last few dates in the states before heading overseas in May. Snag your tickets here.

North American Dates
April 12th – The Garrison – Toronto, ON
April 13th – Casa Del Popolo – Montreal, QC
April 14th – Great Scott – Allston, MA
April 15th – Ortlieb’s Lounge – Philadelphia, PA
April 20th – Rough Trade – Brooklyn, NY

European Dates
May 5th – Point Ephemere – Paris, France
May 6th – Sonic – Lyon, France
May 7th – Le Rocking Chair – Vevey, Switzerland
May 9th – Rhiz – Vienna, Austria
May 11th – Meet Factory – Prague, Czech Republic
May 12th – Bargain Kantine – Berlin, Germany
May 13th – Artheater – Cologne, Germany
May 14th – OCCII – Amsterdam, Netherlands
May 15th – Incubate Festival Spring Edition – Tilburg, Netherlands
May 17th – Freedonia – Barcelona, Spain
May 18th – Sala Obbio – Seville, Spain
May 19th – Cafe Berlin – Madrid, Spain
May 20th – CAAA – Guimaraes, Portugal
May 21st- Lata de Zinc – Oviedo, Spain
May 22nd – Labranza – Bueu, Spain
May 25th – Music Box – Lisbon, Portugal
May 27th – Vooruit – Ghent, UK
May 28th – Norwich & Norfolk Festival – Norwich, UK
May 31st – Moth Club – London, UK

Young Magic shares second single “Sleep Now”

April 11, 2016 11:29 am

Young Magic’s newest single “Sleep Now” is streaming now via Under the Radar. Hear what they call “a lithe, lovely song, but far from insubstantial, with electronic and organic elements interweaving to form a fluidly shape-shifting pop soundscape.”

Still Life is out in just over a month! Pre-orders available now in the Carpark shop and iTunes.

Catch the duo on tour with Yeasayer this May / June.
May 12th – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
May 13th – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
May 14th – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
May 16th – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
May 17th – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
May 19th – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
May 21st – Nashville, TN @ Exit In
May 22nd – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
May 23rd – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
May 24th – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
May 28th – Vancouver, BC @ Imperial
May 29th – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
May 31st – San Francisco, CA @The Fillmore
June 1st – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
June 2nd – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
June 3rd – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory

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