THE TIGER RAG

Documenting the new music scene. Curated by Colin Ilgen, Founder of Brooklyn Internet Radio @Newtownradio www.newtownradio.com

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Forward-thinking club music, old and new, brought to you on Sundays, bi-weekly, by hosts Justin Briand (Wavejumper) and Oliver Sabin (Stadium).1st transmission begins June 1st on Newtown Radio.
6-8PM (EST)
Special guest:Doss (Acephale Records)www.dossworld.net

turbo-trax:

Forward-thinking club music, old and new, brought to you on Sundays, bi-weekly, by hosts Justin Briand (Wavejumper) and Oliver Sabin (Stadium).

1st transmission begins June 1st on Newtown Radio.

6-8PM (EST)

Special guest:
Doss (Acephale Records)
www.dossworld.net

MAC DEMARCO NEWTOWN RADIO SESSION

Mac DeMarco live session recording on Newtown Radio (Brooklyn NY) during CMJ 2012

Night Manager, the Brooklyn innovators of lo-fi fuzzy surf pop, revel in a myriad of subtle textures. It’s a wall of sound, punctuated by Caitlyn Seager’s dazzling ooh’s and ahh’s, shifting the melodies in over-lapping unison. Originally the project of Ezana Edwards, the band has since disbanded, leaving behind a collection of recordings and a reputation for incredible live showmanship. We were fortunate to have Night Manager lay down some tracks for us in a Newtown Radio Session and, the result is one of the most unique sessions to date.

One of our favorite festivals for discovering and showcasing the best new fuzzy, twee and lo-fi pop sounds around happens right in our backyard in Brooklyn/NYC.

The festival #NYCPOPFEST has been known for discovering the best pop throbs consistently for the past few years, including bands like The Drums, My Teenage Stride, and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. This year the organizers of Popfest put together an impressive showcase at Shea Stadium with four promising bands: Ski Lodge, Beach Day, Silk Flowers, and South of France.

The first band, South of France, kicked it off with a scuzzy lo-fi set. It started
as the bedroom project of Jeff Cormack that would later include Kelly Lueke in Los
Angeles. The duo has been making waves with their popular track “Kings”, which
strays from a lot of other beachy lo-fi noise pop. Look out for South of France as they
are preparing their debut LP due out in the Fall.

The biggest surprise came next with Weird Records new addition Plastic
Flowers. Sean Earl Beard, who recently relocated to New York from Tallahassee FL,
makes refreshingly crisp pop songs, sharp and dreamy lo-fi fragments, recalling
predecessors Felt and New Order.

Next up was Kanine Records recent addition Beach Day. Not much is known
about this band at the moment (other than they sound a lot like the Black Lips…) but
they delivered a confident set punctuated by the singer’s extraordinary voice and
noisy bursts of guitar solos.

Ski Lodge was the headlining band, the newest project of Andrew Marr, who
was previously in The Clementines. Their simple elegant pop sound is the perfect
soundtrack for a day under the sun or at the sea. Ski Lodge was right at home at this
year’s Pop Fest. Their debut release is a self-titled EP with Dovecote Records. The EP
contains four tracks, including the excellent, “I would die to be.”

Overall, we were pleasantly surprised by the unusual sounds we heard on a mild summer night in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Dream Pop outfit DIIV (formerly DIVE) is the new project of Beach Fossils guitarist Zachary Cole Smith. In the past several months DIIV has stormed the scene and stolen the spotlight. We were fortunate to have DIIV visit Newtown Radio and lay down one of the most memorable sessions to date here performing “Sometime” “Wait” and “Doused” off their upcoming LP “Oshin” on Captured Tracks.

Black Marble creates lush atmospheric melodies over dark driving beats. In the spirit of French Cold Wave Black Marble’s Chris Stewart and Ty Kube have discovered a way of making music that recalls the changing landscape of electronic music in the late ’70s in Paris but with a contemporary edge. For this session Black Marble plays two songs, “Pretender” and “Balancing” off their recent EP on Hardly Art 2012 entitled “Weight Against the Door.”

Chelsea Wolfe writes what music insiders call “Doom Folk” or “Dark Folk.” A native Californian who has been exposed to the Bay Area and Los Angeles music scenes in the last few years, Chelsea Wolfe has been described as an oasis in the new music scene, an apt metaphor for the musical genre she finds herself in. Part light part shadow she creates beautiful musical melodies tinged in sadness. Here is one song we are particularly fond of, “Feral Love” which Chelsea performed live during CMJ 2011 at Newtown Radio.

Widowspeak is a Brooklyn band definitely on the up and up after their break out debut on Captured Tracks in 2011. In this session Widowspeak plays “Half Awake” a track off their self-titled debut, which immediately recalls the wistfulness of Mazzy Star and early Cat Power. The song’s driving rhythm is punctuated by flashes of guitar solos, Molly Hamilton’s seductive voice, and patterned drums. It is a refreshingly cool sound with a timeless quality, precisely washed out in a dream-like ecstasy, perfectly in sync with its various parts. We invite you to check out the session w/ Widowspeak, again and again…

Ski Lodge is a four piece band in Brooklyn, the newest project of Andrew Marr, who was previously in The Clementines. Their simple elegant pop sound is the perfect soundtrack for a day under the sun or at the sea. Ski Lodge was right at home at this year’s Pop Fest pictured above at Shea Stadium in Brooklyn, NY. Their debut release is a self-titled EP with Dovecote Records. The EP contains four tracks, including the excellent, “I would die to be.”