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Exclusive Premiere: Whispertown “Open The Other Eye”

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While the band may have shortened their name from Whispertown 2000 to just Whispertown, their sound has gotten exponentially more expansive. Morgan Nagler’s group made a name for themselves with a lo-fi indie rock sound filled with summery harmonies and a country bent. While those heartland vibes are still present in Whispertown’s songs, Nagler has started to take the group in a different direction adding a synth pop sound to the group’s repertoire. While the combination of country and electro synth rock sounds like a bad idea, the effect is charming and irresistible.

While Nagler claims that “I ain’t havin’ fun” on the group’s song “The Fall,” it’s hard to believe that’s true when you listen to the tracks on their new record, Parallel. The seven tracks of the album are filled with dark-tinged songs complemented by Nagler’s sweetly raspy voice. The songs have traces of bands like Rilo Kiley, She & Him and Jenny Lewis in the mix, which makes sense as Whispertown has toured with each of them, but under the watchful of eye of Andy LeMaster (Bright Eyes) who produced, recorded and mixed the tracks, Whispertown easily finds their own rhythm. This is especially true on the stand out track and lead off single “Open The Other Eye,” which we are happy to premiere the video for below.

Watch the premiere of Whispertown “Open the Other Eye” now:

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15 That ’70s Show Quotes to Help You Unleash Your Inner Jackie

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When life gets you down, just ask yourself: what would Jackie do? (But don’t ask her, because she doesn’t care about your stupid problems.) Before you catch That ’70s Show on IFC, take a look at some quotes that will help you be the best Jackie you can be.


15. She knows her strengths.

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14. She doesn’t let a little thing like emotions get in the way.

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13. She’s her own best friend.

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12. She has big plans for her future.

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11. She keeps her ego in check.

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10. She can really put things in perspective.

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9. She’s a lover…

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8. But she knows not to just throw her love around.

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7. She’s proud of her accomplishments.

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6. She knows her place in the world.

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5. She asks herself the hard questions.

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4. She takes care of herself.

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3. She’s deep.

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2. She’s a problem solver.

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1. And she’s always modest.

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Exclusive: Spindrift “Ghost of the West” trailer

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Our old pals, Spindrift, are back to shooting psychedelic films in dusty landscapes with their brand of cinematic western psyche. This past fall, Singer Kirpatrick Thomas and his posse toured the old west and the ghost towns that still stand along long abandoned stretches of dirt road. Turns out decaying infrastructure has always been a problem, it’s just more romantic the older, and further west it is. The band decided that their next album, “Ghost of the West” be a true labor of love project and this is a stunningly saturated sneak peak at the visually satisfying portion of it.

“We recorded it by campfires in the desert, in historic homes, and mixed it right up the street from Gene Autry’s old house in Studio City, CA. Originally, it was planned to just be an album,” Thomas said. “Then, the idea came along to present it as a film about the history and preservation of the Old West.”

The band teamed up with director Burke Robert, with whom they have collaborated before, to bring the mystique of the ghost tour to light — really great lighting. It’s like a beautifully curated Pinterest board on the old west exploded with a menacing peyote trip. And the music ranges between dancey hoedowns and haunting jangles over the sound of a parched dust up in the middle of nowhere.

“Henceforth, we did the Ghost Town Tour in Oct 2012 and Director Burke Robert’s Co. captured over 200+ hours of footage,” Thomas recalled. “From what we’ve been seeing on the cutting board, his experience and expertise is perfect for this film. He did grow up on Roberts Ranch(a 6th generation, 16,000 acre, historic cowboy ranch) in Larimer County, CO after all!”

 

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Spindrift Spring tour dates:

Sat 02/02 – LA Fort, Los Angeles, CA DUST UP Screening/Party/Show w/ SPINDRIFT & GRAM RABBIT
Thr 02/14 – Marine Room Tavern Laguna Beach, CA
Fri 02/22 – Audies Olympic Fresno, CA(w/ Gram Rabbit, Strange Vine, Matt Tow)
Sat 02/23 – Brick & Mortar San Francisco, CA(w/ Gram Rabbit, Matt Tow, DJ Joel Gion)
Wed 03/06 – “Treasure of the Black Jaguar” Los Angeles Movie Premier
Thr 03/07 – Tucson, AZ Club Congress w/ Gram Rabbit
Fri 03/08 – Dragoon Saloon Tombstone, AZ w/ Gram Rabbit
Sat 03/09 – TBA, Albuquerque, NM
Sun 03/10 – Taos Shortz Film Fest Presents: Spindrift @Taos Mesa Brewing, Taos NM w/ Gram Rabbit, The Art of Flying, The Fireflies
Wed 03/13 – Ft. Worth, TX The Wherehouse w/ Gram Rabbit
Further dates including several at SXSW will be here.

 

It was hard to pick a shot from all the great imagery here, but we had to settle on one to feature. Let us know your favorite shots in the comments below or on Twitter or Facebook!

Exclusive Premiere: Young Boys “Love Hits”

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When David McDaniel moved to New York from Oakland, he brought a guitar, a drum machine and a love of The Ramones. When Lee Lichstinn joined him in NYC, they formed Young Boys, a post-punk bad with an eye on the future and a sound from the past. The band has since added Ethan Miller on synths and waded into New York’s leather-jacketed garage rock scene with enough pop influence to keep things interesting. The post punk sound the band crafts is reminiscent of the Jesus and Mary Chain, Suicide, Sisters of Mercy and, yes, The Ramones with clattering guitar chords and thudding bass lines, but the end result is like if Joey Ramone spent a lot of time listening to the Dum Dum Girls. In a good way, though.

Young Boys put out a split EP on cassette last year, followed by a limited edition 7″ on Rococo, and now the band is about to release their debut LP, New York Sun, out February 26th on Holloweyed Records. We are excited to present the debut single off the album. Crank up your volume and listen to “Love Hits” by Young Boys:

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