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Los Elk Release ‘Rituals’

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Moments like this don’t actually happen in real life.

Throw up your antlers and bust out those credit cards, folks, because Los Elk‘s new EP, Rituals, has hit the world wide web for streaming.

Featuring three new tracks–two in their usual yet tight-as-ever upbeat sound, and one slower jam that just shreds at the end–the dancey-rock quartet shows that their time on the road and in the studio has done them well. The production is sleeker than ever, and the songs showcase an impressive amount of musical complexity that separates the band from most artists that produce material this infectious.

For fans of the band’s previous efforts (which you probably are), you’ll find plenty to love in the 10 minutes that this release spans. And if you’re not a fan, well, I have to go to a class that starts in two minutes, so I really can’t think of anything clever to balance that out.

Check out an acoustic version of the “Neighbors,” the EP’s second track, below. And check out the new release–which can be downloaded for a modest $3–on the band’s Bandcamp.

Los Elk to Release New EP

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Album Art by Jake LiBassi.

Los Elk have just announced the released date for their upcoming EP, Rituals, which is slated to drop on February 24th. It’s been over a year since the band dropped the second installment in their (assumedly) two-part EP series, but the band has been incredibly active touring near and far for the past year–and it’s safe to assume they made their return to the studio tighter than ever.

If you’re unfamiliar with the band and their material (chyeah right), check out their discography on their Bandcamp and be sure to add to their bounty of “likes” on their Facebook page. And, of course, check back later this month to hear what I’m sure will be another solid release from the indie-pop darlings of the Skidmore music scene.

Jesse Hardman Debuts New Single; New Album Coming Later This Month

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Folk and blues singer-songwriter Jesse Hardman ’15 has released a new track called “For You I Sing the Blues,” the lead single from his new album Sojourn, which is set for a late September release. This will mark Hardman’s third full-length release following his acoustic folk album For a Love, released in February of this past year.

I'm not a leather kinda guy by any means, but I want that fucking jacket.

I’m not a leather kinda guy by any means, but I want that jacket.

Hardman’s a regular favorite at Lively Lucy’s monthly open mic nights, and he’s garnered plenty of attention after playing a handful of live acoustic sets on campus. If this new track is any indication, however, Hardman seems to be taking his style in a new direction, as he’s traded in his acoustic guitar for a full-band sound and embraced his roots in the blues. Hardman’s unrivaled mastery of the genre is incredibly apparent, yet he’s offered a more contemporary take on it, as the track features a killer groove that will prove impossible not to dance to when Hardman begins playing it live with a full band.

Check out Jesse Hardman on Facebook and keep posted for more updates on what’s shaping up to be another strong full-length effort.

SEC Presents: Diane Coffee & Los Elk

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
Woah, right?

Woah, right?

So there once was this band named Foxygen. It was the creative brainchild of two California teenagers, Jonathan Rado and Sam France, who played guitar and sang songs, respectively. Then their friend Shaun Fleming came along to play drums with them. They made some music together, released some EPs, got signed to Jagjaguawar Records and started releasing albums. Some people like their music a lot and some people hate their music a lot.

Anyway, Foxygen’s drummer, Shaun Fleming, who’s possibly (lolz) best known for his voice over work in Kim Possible and Lilo & Stitch started his own band, Diane Coffee. Wait, what? Shaun Fleming was in Kim Possible? What the fuck? No Possible Way! Yes, Shaun Fleming was the voice behind Kim’s kid brothers Jim and Tim Possible. How fucking awesome is that? Why doesn’t the poster say “Shaun Fleming of Kim Possible?” Who knows? Either way, Fleming is a part of Diane Coffee, an “experimental, 60s inspired, garage rock” band that is headlining Falstaff’s this Saturday.

Heres’s a song by Diane Coffee:

Diane Coffee “Green” from Western Vinyl on Vimeo.

Also, after doing some investigative journalism (cough, Twitter trolling, cough), I learned that Diane Coffee drinks strictly french pressed, black coffee.

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Skidmore’s endlessly-lovable dance-rock quartet Los Elk will be opening the show.

It’s sure to be another one of those sweaty, cramped nights at Falstaff’s–don’t miss it!