Ben Vida
“Soft Epic, or: Savages of the Pacific West”

Ben Vida has just released a limited-edition tape on Root Strata called Soft Epic. What an apt album title. Buy it, listen to it, don’t forget to pay your taxes.

• Root Strata: http://rootstrata.com

Colin L. Orchestra

“Best Thing”

Shedding the noise and turning to a more classic rock- and country folk-driven sound, USAISAMONSTER’s Colin Langenus has formed the Colin L. Orchestra (a counterpoint, in some ways, to his afrobeat group CSC Funk Band — yes, he does it all). The group will release Infinite Ease/Good God May 10 on Northern-Spy. You can find “Best Thing” on the album, but it’s also featured in the Steve Blair-directed film I Do & I Don’t.

• Colin L. Orchestra: http://northern-spy.com/artists/colin-langenus
• Northern-Spy: http://northern-spy.com

Efrim Manuel Menuck

“Our Lady of Parc Extension and Her Munificent Sorrows” / “Chickadees’ Roar Pt. 2”:

On May 24, Efrim Manuel Menuck (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt. Zion, Hotel2Tango studio) will release Plays “High Gospel”, described by Constellation as “a unique combination of short and long analog delays, biting compression and blown-out clouds of pink noise distortion.” In other words, sounds exactly like something we’d eat up here at TMT. Check out two tracks from the album above.

• Constellation: http://cstrecords.com

Shapers

“Jar”

On Sunday, Chicago’s Shapers were featured on Daytrotter. Tomorrow, they’re embarking on a tour with Tobacco and Beans. Today? Well, today, Shapers are allowing us to premiere their twisted new video for “Jar,” a track off last year’s debut album, Little, Big. (Fun fact: that album’s release party was shared with Driftless Pony Club, a group that features one of TMT’s co-founders!) Oh, and while I have you, look out for Shapers’ new single “Virginia Reel” on Whistler Records.

• Shapers: http://www.shapers.es
• Whistler: http://www.whistlerchicago.com/whistler-records

Telebossa

“Eu Sonhei Que Tu Estavas Tão Linda”

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Telebossa, featuring the duo of Chico Mello and Nicholas Bussmann, fuse together “the very german tradition of ‘Kammermusik’ with the brazilian singer songwriter culture” — at least according to their website. Look for Telebossa’s self-titled on May 24 (via Staubgold), as well as an appropriately glowing TMT review around the same time. Meanwhile, enjoy the couple tracks above.

• Telebossa: http://telebossa.com
• Staubgold: http://www.staubgold.com

Gillette

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We love Social Junk around these parts, so we’re excited to hear Noah Anthony’s synth trio Gillette. They’re releasing a 12-inch sometime this month on hot-as-shit 100% Silk, a newish label by Amanda Brown (LA Vampires, Not Not Fun). Teaser vid above, dear readers.

• 100% Silk: http://listentosilk.blogspot.com

  

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