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Exclusive Premiere: A peek at Typhoon’s “White Lighter” album

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When you name your band Typhoon, people expect a wall of sound to crash down on them and sweep them away. So it’s a bit unexpected when you turn on a Typhoon record and find your self facing something much more subtle and understated. While a typhoon can wreak havoc with one big wave, the band Typhoon is more like a persistent and ambitious stream that breaks down the toughest rock to create an entirely new landscape. But it’s hard not to dream big when your band has up to 14 members in it.

The Portland, Ore.,-based band’s impressive ranks frequently draws comparisons to other bands with deep membership rolls like Broken Social Scene and Arcade Fire, but there are no extraneous members in Typhoon. Their stage-filling numbers let the group offer up a dynamic sound full of energy, emotive vocals, rising guitars, swelling horns, thumping beats played out on multiple drum kits, with some strings thrown into the mix. The sheer number of instruments in the band allows them to create deep textures that build layer upon layer to, depending on the song, crash down on you or slip away quietly. It’s an impressive feat to orchestrate and Typhoon does it well.

The band’s second release, a five-track EP called “A New Kind of House,” simultaneously satisfied fans and left them wanting more. While the track “Summer Home” alone was well worth the cash, it was still only five songs. Now Typhoon is finally coming back with “White Lighter” and we are happy to premiere the teaser video for the upcoming album. “I’ve always approached songwriting from a filmic perspective,” the band’s frontman Kyle Morton said. “In many ways I consider Typhoon as a running sound-track to a fictional, cinematic version of my life. This trailer is a short adaptation of what would be the first scene of this ‘cinema.'” It’s hard to argue with the notion that Typhoon’s songs are cinematic and we’re excited to see what stories their new album holds.

Directed by Matthew Thomas Ross and written by Kyle Morton, here’s the teaser for Typhoon’s forthcoming album “White Lighter”:

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Typhoon Tour Dates:

November 2 The Shakedown Bellingham, WA
November 3 Crocodile Café Seattle, WA
November 4 Rickshaw Theatre Vancouver, BC
November 6 Top Hat Lounge Missoula, MT
November 7 Visual Arts Collective Garden City, ID
November 8 In The Venue Salt Lake City, UT
November 9 Larimer Lounge Denver, CO
November 10 The Carter Payne Colorado Springs, CO
November 11 Low Spirits Albuquerque, NM
November 13 Solar Culture Tucson, AZ
November 14 Sail Inn Tempe, AZ
November 16 The Echo Los Angeles, CA
November 17 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
November 18 G St. Wunderbar Davis, CA
November 20 Wow Hall Eugene, OR
November 23 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR

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Fred Armisen and Bill Hader as Blue Jean Committee

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Fred Armisen and Bill Hader made a smooth video for Hall & Oates.

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Kings of the “Yacht Rock” genre Daryl Hall and John Oates are kicking off a slew of tour dates this summer in an effort to raise the nation’s median concertgoer age by at least 30 years. And to announce their soon-to-be onslaught of blue-eyed soul jams, Hall & Oates have enlisted fellow “Mavens of Mellow” the Blue Jean Committee from IFC’s Documentary Now!. Reprising their laid back musical personas, Bill Hader and Fred Armisen reflected on the history between the two groups in a new video announcing the tour.

“What do you think of when you think of the Seventies? When you think of beautiful harmonies, you think of a duo who sing together to make hit songs. You think of the Blue Jean Committee and that’s who we are,” Armisen remarks. Hader continues, “Who you think of fifth, or maybe eighth, is Daryl Hall and John Oates. You know who used to open for us? Who we used to kick around? Daryl Hall and John Oates!” Strong words. Strong, smooth words.

Be sure to catch Hall & Oates on tour and check back for updates on Documentary Now! season two coming later this year.  For more Bill and Fred, check out the complete Documentary Now! archive, listen to music from the show, and watch full episodes right now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

Exclusive Premiere: BRAINSTORM “Flat Earth”

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Even though it’s autumn, BRAINSTORM has just released the video for one of the best summertime dance anthems of the year. The Portland, Or., art pop band’s song “Flat Earth” combines alt-cumbia rhythms with a retro AM radio sound reminiscent of The Zombies or The Troggs. The result is an irresistible song that simply makes you want to move. This is not entirely new territory for the band, who has made a name for themselves building pop songs by weaving together west African pop with soulful 60s sounds. When your iPod is filled with nothing but soundalike indie rock, BRAINSTORM is a breath of masterfully executed fresh air.

Their new album, “Heat Waves,” gets a boost with production by Robby Moncrieff, who engineered Dirty Projectors’ iconic indie album “Bitte Orca” along with Youth Lagoon’s 7″. On “Heat Waves,” BRAINSTORM’s members Adam Baz, Tamara Barnes and Patrick Phillips show off their ability to make an excellent album of inescapable pop melodies, layered over shimmering drums, textured guitar lines, and energetic vocals. You can buy the album on iTunes.

The video for their single “Flat Earth,” which we are premiering today, was shot and directed by James Mitchell (from the band Nurses) along with BRAINSTORM’s Adam Baz who said, “”We just wanted to write something simple: a driving dance track with thick vocal harmonies and an explosive finale. Something irresistible and fun.” That blueprint was fully realized both on the album and in the captivating track, “Flat Earth.”

Watch BRAINSTORM “Flat Earth”:

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BRAINSTORM tour dates:

10.10 Washington, DC @ Black Cat #
10.11 Philadelphia, PA @ Goldilock’s Gallery #
10.12 Baltimore, MD @ Golden West Cafe #
10.13 Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium #
10.14 Red Hook, NY @ Bard College
10.16 New York, NY @ CMJ
10.17 New York, NY @ CMJ
10.18 New York, NY @ CMJ
10.19 New York, NY @ CMJ
10.21 Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop w/ Sleeping Bag
10.22 Fayetteville, AR @ Nightbird Books
10.23 Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios
10.24 Austin, TX @ The Mohawk w/ Dignan Porch
10.25 Marfa, TX @ El Cosmico
10.26 Santa Fe, NM @ Betterday Coffee
10.28 San Deigo CA @ Bar Eleven
10.31 Fresno, CA @ Fulton 55
11.01 San Francisco, CA @ The Knockout
11.03 Sacramento, CA @ Bows and Arrows w/ Appetite
# = with Dinosaur Feathers and Shark?
^ = with Dinosaur Feathers

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Exclusive premiere: Sleeper Agent “That’s My Baby”

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Sleeper Agent just gave this slow jangle, fan-favorite, the loving treatment it deserved. The band’s vocalists Alex Kandel and Tony Smith, perform the song at a karaoke bar with the rest of the band gaping at them with plastic beer cups, and no shortage of trans-dimensional hijinks. Tony Smith (vocals/guitar) also personally took the helm as director.

“The idea came from a lack of sleep and too much time away from home,” Smith said of the video, shot this summer in their home town of Bowling Green, Kentucky. “I wanted it to be dreamlike; something that’s relatively normal but seems ‘off.'”

Smith originally started out with a far more ambitious plan. “It involved time lapse photography, stop motion painting and gremlins (not the Spielberg kind),” he recalled. “Once we figured out this idea was impossible due to time and money, the video was nearly scrapped. Over several cups of coffee, a friend of ours suggested we use karaoke as the backdrop instead of stop motion and time lapse photography and the video was born.”

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Time and money, a believable story, but one can’t help wonder if the unhinged, spandex-clad, punching glove, gorilla masked, lunatics he had to work with, were also a factor in changing direction. Either way it was a good call.

“That’s My Baby” is off Sleeper Agent’s debut album, “Celabrasion,” on Mom + Pop, which you can also find here, and here.

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