Social Media Program Titles Released This Week:
mxmtoon – dawn/dusk LP (mxmtoon)
mxmtoon, the Oakland-raised, Brooklyn-based artist and social media personality known for singing and playing the ukulele, is back with a vinyl-only compilation of two thematically interconnected Eps: dawn and dusk. If dawn from earlier this year drew from the gentle optimism and hope found in gorgeous sunrise, dusk is a beautiful exploration of the other side of the emotional duality that is the human experience. dawn and dusk together are at once recalling of mxmtoon’s earlier work while also expanding her sonic horizons more than ever before, an exciting new direction suggesting that the sky is the truly the limit for her artistry.
Tank and The Bangas – Friend Goals 12” (Verve Forecast)
Breakout New Orleans-based funk-soul outfit Tank And The Bangas are fronted by Tarriona “Tank” Ball, a singer and poet who can wail like Patti LaBelle, scold like Millie Jackson, and soliloquize like Jill Scott. Tank and The Bangas won NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest in 2017, leading to a major-label contract with Verve and the 2019 release of Green Balloon, their second studio album. The Friend Goals EP is the Grammy-nominated group’s highly anticipated follow-up endeavor, six-tracks featuring collaborations with CHIKA, PJ Morton, and Duckwrth.
Various Artists – Southeast Of Saturn 2xLP (Third Man)
It makes sense that Detroit had a buzzy, thriving space-rock scene in the ‘90s. What American city’s denizens had a more urgent need to disengage and think outside the grim, post-industrial rustbelt realities? With space-rock (and its close sonic cousin shoegaze) being at once expansive and introspective, it naturally appealed to the young, intelligent artists who gravitated toward its vertiginous orbit. The music of Southeast Of Saturn did not arise organically from metro Detroit’s fertile soil. Locally, garage-rock, goth-rock, neo-hippie groups, and the usual preponderance of adequate bar bands dominated the landscape. Penned “Detroit Space-Rock”, the scene centered on Burnt Hair Records, Burnt Hair CEO Larry Hoffman’s Life According To Larry radio show, Zoot’s Coffeehouse and bands, such as Windy & Carl, Asha Vida, Füxa, Auburn Lull, and Majesty Crush. It was a modern movement of a more traditional “space-rock” sound, influenced less by The Stooges and MC5 and more by Spacemen 3, Loop, My Bloody Valentine and krautrock bands like Can and Neu!. Even the best-known artists on Southeast Of Saturn – Windy & Carl, Majesty Crush, Füxa – never achieved mainstream success, but within the rock underground, they inspired a cultish devotion that burns to this day.