5 Hawt HipHop Singles

 

Point Nine

“Gotham City”

Ryan Klein aka “Point9” divides his time between PHX and LAX but his latest single is aimed at a bigger metropolis, i.e. Gotham City. Alright, so this song might not really be just about Batman. Point Nine addresses the daily grind aspiring artists face on the day to day in the big hustle we call The Music Industry. “Gotham City” features Masta Ace and is the first single from Point Nine’s forthcoming album, Return Of The Point. You can give the single a spin below…

Woes

“Last Call”

A quick search of YabYum reveals that I seem to have a bit of a thing for the music of Woes. That probably has something to do with the artist’s sharp lyrical sense and rapid-fire delivery. The Chicago emcee has a lot of good things going which you can hear on his latest single, “Last Call”, from his slick rhyme style to the smart supporting production. Addressing the discrepancy that exists (for many of us) between our thoughts and our actions, “Last Call” seems more like a call to action than a last chance to snag a drink before the bar closes. Woes is an artist we should all be paying attention to. Check out “Last Call” below…

Frescotoldya

“Throwed”

Phoenix’s Frescotoldya dropped his fresh new LP last month and this single comes to us from that release. The Great White Shark LP features a hefty 15 tracks. Definitely a worthwhile wait for fans who jumped on the Fresco bandwagon last summer when he dropped his Bait EP. “Throwed” features that silver tongued speed Fresco likes flash on those tricky turns of phrase and a steady beat that leaves the most of the flash and focus on the vocals. Give “Throwed” a spin below and then head to Bandcamp to preview/purchase Great White Shark from Frescotoldya.

Dzy Rae

“Distance”

Dzy Rae comes to us from Tacoma and you can hear some of that Pacific Northwest Chill on his latest single, “Distance”. This track has a slinky vibe that will make you want to turn down the lights, light up, and mellow out. For realz. Beatjoven and Dayglo helped on the production end of “Distance” which also feature some additional vocal layers, compliments of Leslie Alice. Dzy Rae is a pretty prolific emcee so I recommend checking out other tracks he has online if you’re down with “Distance”. Give the new single from Dzy Rae a listen below…

MILK$

Side A

Okay, so this really is an album and not a single, but when the DC-based HipHop collective MILK$ dropped their latest cassette, SIDE A was released as an extended 13+ minute track. And, frankly, we thought MILK$ [pronounced “Milk Money”… not milks] warranted a feature even if they couldn’t confine their “single” to under five minutes. What’s more, each track on Side A seems to flow seamlessly together so it feels like one complete thought. A flow is a resounding theme in the music style of MILK$ which incorporates elements of vintage soul as well as modern chillwave into their soundscape. Check out Side A below or head here for your own cassette copy of the new release from MILK$.

 

Citrus Clouds Premiere “Life Happens” From New EP Ultra Sound

citrus clouds ultra sound life happens 01We are super beyond excited to premiere the brand new Citrus Clouds single, “Life Happens”, right here, right now.

Citrus Clouds features couple Erick Pineda on vocals/guitars/lyrics and Stacie Huttleston on bass/vocals [more on that here], along with Angelica Pedrego on drums.

Featuring their trademark desertgaze sound, “Life Happens” is an airy, honest, epitaph and an ode for those of us still living to push on — living out our days under the Sun’s watchful, unconscious eye.

Erick took some time out of his busy schedule (you’ll read why below) to answer some questions about the new track, the haps currently, and what’s upcoming for the Citrus Clouds crew!

But first, check out “Life Happens” below.

YabYum: First off, the basics, where did you record this track, who engineered it, and is it for an EP, LP, or just a stand alone single?

Erick Pineda: We recorded it April 29th and 30th with Jalipaz at Audioconfusion. It’s the first single from our new EP titled Ultra Sound.

This is the current line-up of you, Stacie, and Angelica right? Are these the first recordings featuring Angelica? (Or maybe that was “Come In Alone”?)
This is our first record with Angelica. Our first recording with her on drums was “Come In Alone”.
To me it seems obvious that this track deals with some very personal issues you’ve experienced within the last year. Was this song a cathartic release for you in the ‘c’est la vie’ sense, or was it much more heart-wrenching and self-aware than that?
“Life Happens” was the last song written for Ultra Sound. We had initially been scheduled to record the last week of March but that had to be postponed a month. In that time, my dad Heriberto Pineda passed away and the song changed to reflect that. At its core, it is a song about everything ending and being OK with it. Acceptance if you will.
When is Ultra Sound due to come out? Is there a release show in the works?

Ultra Sound is due to come out in mid-September on shoegaze/dream pop label Custom Made Music. We plan on having a local release at the Rogue on October 7th. It will also be our first show back after the birth of our son Solomon.

What’s next for Citrus Clouds? More music videos, shows?

We’re in the process of shooting a video for “Life Happens” in West Phoenix right now. We’re also going on a west coast tour in November with fellow shoegazers and Custom Made Music label mates Death Valley Rally.

Is there anything about this song or the band I failed to ask that you would want our readers to know?

We’re really excited for everyone to hear Ultra Sound. We worked really hard to write the songs and I feel this is the maturation of the Citrus Clouds sound. The EP is dedicated to Heriberto Pineda and Solomon Pineda.

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WHEN IN AZ Vol 2 Update!!

when in az vol 2Hey all you music-makers in Arizona!

Have you picked out your cover song yet?? We know the summer sort of got away from a lot of us so When In AZ decided to extend the deadline for submissions to it’s latest compilation.

So, stop panicking. The When In AZ Vol. 2 compilation project will be accepting tracks through October. You still have time if you want to be a part of this momentous piece of Arizona music history. Yes, our senior editors ARE part of the organizational effort behind the project so I get that it’s a little weird for us to call it momentous, but it really is, like, a big deal.

Go to the official When In AZ Vol. 2 website for more information and/or to submit your track right now.

5 Rowdy Singles You Should Hear

Nelson Can

“Move Forward”

The Danish trio known as Nelson Can uses drums, vocals, and bass (no guitar) to create their grungy rock sound and I fucking love it. There’s all sorts of rowdy crammed into Nelson Can and you can hear that energy on their new single, “Move Forward”. This band’s super cool Scandinavian sound will have you hitting repeat all damn day. And to think that Nelson Can all started as a joke because three chicks wanted to say they were in a band… Check out “Move Forward” below or you can head here to see Nelson Can’s DIY video for the single. Or head here to score your own copy of the single and show the band some luv.

Madus

‘Through the Dark”

Madus calls their sound “post-garage-rock” which is pretty on point. I could see this music playing in the hip (but obviously seedy) bar in the cybernetic future we all envisioned while watching Hackers back in 1994. Or, at least, those of us who are old enough to have watched Hackers back in ’94. Some us, maybe me included, are still probably waiting for that future to arrive so thank you, Madus, for giving me a glimpse of the aesthetic that I secretly long for. “Through the Dark” provides glitzy grunge and retro synths for the new world order. Check out the new single from Madus below…

Absolutely Not

“Strictly Top”

This post-punk trio outta Chicago craft an interesting mix of levity and gravity on their new single, “Strictly Top”. I am, of course, speaking both aurally and lyrically.  Like some of my favorite post-punk acts (ahem, JJCnV), Absolutely Not swirls in some feisty pop elements to keep things exciting in the sonic sphere. This single comes to us from Absolutely Not’s new album, Errors, which comes out later this month (7/28). Until then, you can spend some time getting riled up with “Strictly Top” from Absolutely Not below or head here for the digi-download.

DWARF

“Take a Number”

Short and feisty, “Take a Number” from DWARF packs enough energy into two minutes to fire you up for an entire day. This three-piece from Mesa [AZ] has been steadily developing a local following since their inception. A ska rhythm on the verse gives “Take a Number” a super fun, summertime vibe, but DWARF takes the energy up to infectious on the chorus. Give “Take a Number” by DWARF a listen below or head here to show the band some support by purchasing your own copy of the single!

LUAU

“Debt Collector”

Don’t confuse Hampshire’s garage punks LUAU with the Phoenix indie rockers, LUAU. Both acts might infuse a little surf into their sound, but these bands are two very different beasts. The British LUAU have a gritty, high-energy sound they unleash on their new single, “Debt Collector”. Drawing from such westerly influences as Rocket From The Crypt (CA) and The Marked Men (TX), LUAU came together in 2016 but the five players that make up the band earned their chops in a variety of eclectic acts for more than ten years before that. LUAU isn’t amateur hour – the band is as sharp as they are fiery. Get down with LUAU (UK) and “Debt Collector” below or check out Wake Up Dreaming, the album from whence the single came.

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5 Fresh Summer Sounds

Upsahl

“Can You Hear Me Now”

This new single from PHX songwriter [Taylor] Upsahl is like that first cherry limeade of summer: refreshingly bubbly and bright as the noon sun. Once you are afloat on Upsahl’s buoyant pop sound, the weight of the lyrics can begin to take hold, but don’t worry, they won’t pull you under that energetic current. “Can You Hear Me Now” looks back at a troubled relationship after its dissolution. You might expect something dripping with melodrama given that Upsahl is still in her teen years (and a recent high school graduate), but her songwriting expresses a subtly well beyond her years. Check out “Can You Hear Me Now” from Upsahl below.

Dirty Sunset

“Take it Slow”

Dirty Sunset is gearing up to release their debut album in September with this fun summer single. “Take it Slow” presents some finely honed musicianship lying beneath that seemingly effortless sound. The Phoenix five-piece has a rich indie-folk sound (violin and horns included) that makes for a great festival fit. I can just see the flower headbands and crochet crop tops now. This single induces hip swaying and maybe even some hand waving. Give the track a listen below and then head here to secure that digi-download. You might always want to jump on the pre-order option available through the band’s website before that 9/9 release date.

Katherine Eisenberg

“Real Nice Guy”

Brooklyn-based songwriter Katherine Eisenberg sounds like someone I would want to hang out in a mall with. Well, maybe a mall back in 1995 when they were still cool… you know, before they became the scourge of Late Capitalism that many Millennials see them as today. This lighthearted ditty emerged from that collegiate coffee shop crush I think we all had at one time or another. Katherine Eisenberg captures both the vibrance and innocence of those early love feels on “Real Nice Guy”. This single comes to us from Eisenberg’s 2017 EP, Nice, which dropped a few months back. Check out the single below or heard here for the complete EP.

Joy Downer

“Goddamnit”

I love those lazy summer days spent hiding from that blistering Arizona sun. Sometimes, there’s a nothing better than a little forced R’n’R passed in a dark, air-conditioned bedroom with your a mellow playlist. I definitely suggest making “Goddamnit” by Joy Downer an addition to that summer playlist. There’s a chill vibe the pervades the whole track that’s just cool. The song address that desperate longing that arises in separated lovers with that super hip and easygoing indie sound that first secured our band love for Joy Downer. Check out “Goddamnit” from Joy Downer below or you can see the slick music video for the single directed by Ryan Lacen and Anthony Baldino here.

Them Jones

“Many Years of  You”

A little slouchy psychedelia goes with summer like snow cones and skateboards. Thankfully, Philly’s Them Jones is here to provide for your seasonal needs with their new single, “Many Years of You”. Combining modern indie with some of the trippier elements of late 60s rocknroll, Them Jones crafts a dynamic number that shifts in soundscape as you move through it on “Many Years of You.” This track comes to us from the band’s June 1st release, Grow, which is available here for your listening (and purchasing) pleasure. But, first, check out “Many Years of You” by Them Jones below…

5 Fresh Indie Sounds

by Carly Schorman
Senior Editor

Fairy Bones

“No One Can Suffer Like I Can” 

The alt-glam rockers known as Fairy Bones have been causing quite the stir in the Phoenix music scene since their very inception. Maybe that’s because they have a distinctive sound that’s difficult to cram into any of the niche compartments of the Valley Scene. Or maybe it’s because Chelsey Louise is one of the fiercest frontpeople to grace Phoenix stages. Personally, I think it’s because they keep getting better. Every release is better than the last so every time competitors think they might have stepped up to the playing field, they find they are back in the fairy dust. “No One Can Suffer Like I Can” is the latest installment of self-depreciating rock from the PHX 4-piece. It’s already locking down airtime and this might only be the beginning. Check out the new Fairy Bones’ single below or head here for that digi-download.

El West

“Cuba Gooding Jr.”

Wow. Do I feel like I missed the boat on El West or what? I mean I really feel like schmuck here. We try to tell everyone that good bands often get overlooked in the deluge of music we receive on a daily basis and El West is the perfect example of this unavoidable pitfall of publications. Not every band gets the attention they deserve and El West deserves your attention. Their latest single, “Cuba Gooding Jr.”, is a serious song with a strange name. El West presents pristine musicianship and powerful vocals for a track that could easily take over the airwaves. “Cuba Gooding Jr.” comes to us from the band’s latest EP, Mainstay, which came out earlier this month (6/16). Give the new single from El West a spin below or head here to score your own copy of Mainstay.

Orchin

“I Think I”

There is a dreamlike quality to the soundscape created by Orchin on their new single, “I Think I,” which came out last month. Soft-spoken vocals drift over pensive dreampop that gains momentum as the track progresses without sacrificing that contemplative air. Orchin calls L.A. home but the act will be passing through Phoenix later this month. You can catch Orchin at The Trunk Space on June 30th with Femny, Model/Actriz, James Band, and Sun Hex (more info here). That sounds like a show you should put on your calendar. Until then, give “I Think I” from Orchin a spin below or head here to score your own copy of the single.

The National Parks

“Places”

The Utah indie-folk band known as The National Parks has an easygoing sound certain to lift your spirits. Their latest single “Places” just came out earlier this month and it’s already enjoying repeat listens down at #YabYumHQ. Check out the lyric video for “Places” here or head over to iTunes to get that digi-download of the track for your personal playlists and throw the artists some support. Of course, you can preview the single from The National Parks down below first…

The Happy Fits

“Dirty Imbecile”

This chipper ditty comes to us from New Jersey indie rockers, The Happy Fits, from their 2016 EP, Awfully Apeelin’. Anytime we’re dealing with a cello-driven melody on a song, I’m going to want to see what’s happening and The Happy Fits don’t let us down. Their sound is fresh, fun, and catchy enough to stick with you all through summer. You can preview “Dirty Imbecile” below or head here for the complete EP.

 

Dry Noise Zine & the Yuma Music Scene [Interview with Mat Crawford]

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All photos courtesy of Dry Noise

by Carly Schorman
Senior Editor

Apparently, YabYum might be slacking on the Yuma front. Sure, we can rattle off Phoenix or Tucson bands or any one of a host of other Arizona cities, but Yuma, it seems we owe you an apology.

Thankfully, the good people of Dry Noise zine stepped forward to fill us in on the city that they call home. Mat Crawford, co-editor & co-creator, of Dry Noise was kind enough to talk to us about the scene, the zine, and all things musical in Yuma.

YabYum: Is Dry Noise staffed by a team or is more an effort of few/one with contributing writers?

Mat Crawford for Dry Noise: Dry Noise is run by myself and Trina Elam. Together we handle all of the transcribing, design, and curation of the content. All of the artwork for each issue comes from a different artist in our community. We do welcome all submissions from anyone who wants to contribute, and have published submitted poems and columns.

Mat and Trina
What is the area of focus for the zine? Music? More than music? Music specific to a location or genre?

We try to focus on topics related to mainly music and any kind of visual art. We knew there were a lot of very creative people and bands in our hometown and wanted to showcase them in a creative way.

As a musician who grew up in a kind of small town, I’ve always been really interested in how artistic types work, and how they relate to their communities. So we started talking to our friends and bands around us, and grew from there.

One of our main goals is to show how diverse the art and music is in our community, so we try to focus on anything generally music, art, and/or southwest related.

dry noise 04How many issues have you released thus far?

In May, we put out our 9th official issue of Dry Noise. We try to release an issue about once a month. We also put out our first compilation album in November 2016, and a special mini-issue on the annual In-Tents Festival, a punk-rock music festival out in the Picacho Desert.

Can you tell me a little about the Yuma music scene?

The overall community that exists here is fantastic. Though most groups kind of keep to themselves, almost everyone is incredibly supportive of each other. Since not a lot of larger acts come through here, people tend to really appreciate all the shows they do get.

dry noise crew 02Are certain genres more heavily represented than others?

While some genres come in waves (I think every community has experienced a ska phase at one time or another), there’s definitely a few that have stuck around.

The punk scene and metal/hardcore scene have stuck around for a while. They both have very tight communities who come out to almost every single show. I think Yuma is somewhat of a working-class town, and the people in those communities just like having a place to relax or relieve stress.

There is also a decent amount of reggae bands around, as well as cover/tribute bands.

dry noise 06What are your favorite spots to catch live music?

Currently, some of the best shows take place at Maverick Bar and The Alement. Us at Dry Noise are big supporters of all-ages shows, and we have started hosting our own all-ages shows at North End Coffeehouse, a really cool, small cafe in an old historic building. Littlewood Artist Co-op has also been hosting really great all-ages events lately too.

But some of the greatest shows that have ever happened in Yuma have been at Prison Hill, a small public park near the famous Yuma Territorial Prison. It has been the main source of the best DIY shows in Yuma for many years, and almost all genres have performed there.

Any stellar bands we should know about?

Honestly too many. Samsara, Venkman’s Ghost, Lazarus Threw The Fight, Plebeian Planet, Working Mutts, Glitterfoot – all really great bands still going strong from Yuma, AZ. We have a growing directory of bands and musicians that are active in our community at drynoise.tumblr.com/directory.

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For more Dry Noise check out their Facebook page.

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5 Rad Rock Singles: From Alt to Indie

rad rock singles 000by Carly Schorman
Senior Editor

Genre

“A Change is Gonna Come”

Two Phoenix favorites – Genre and Snailmate – released a split EP back in April with this angsty number thrown into the mix. “A Change is Gonna Come” is a dynamic alt-rock hit in the making and the four feisty tracks on the Snailmate & Genre Split offer up some stiff competition on the stand-out-single front. On the one hand, you have the frantic nerdcore hiphop of Snailmate. And, on the other, the dynamic angst-ridden alt-rock of Genre. Thankfully, you don’t have to make the choice. Head in for Genre and stick around for Snailmate… or vice versa. It’s all good and will serve your spirits well. Check out “A Change is Gonna Come” below or head here to score the complete EP.

Wildera

“The Only”

The musical duo behind Wildera recount a great tale of predestination. Rusty Redden and Loren Moore both grew up in the same Dallas suburb, but it wasn’t until they sat next to each other on the flight that would take them cross-country to attend the Berklee College of Music. They became bunkmates and, eventually, collaborators. Now reunited in Los Angeles, Redden and Moore release their catchy brand of alt-rock as Wildera. Driving guitars and disinterested vocals give “The Only” a hip feel that could really take hold with modern listeners everywhere. Give the new single from Wildera a spin below or get that digi-download here.

Lenina Crowne

“Know”

This new single from Lenina Crowne has easygoing indie-rock sound that pairs perfectly with summer. This five-piece from State College [PA] creates a nostalgic atmosphere with the crisp musicianship reminiscent of early indie rockers of the pre-grunge fuzz-free era. “Know” makes me think of pool parties and Otter Pops and creekside hikes that end at a familiar swimming hole. That’s an indie rock sound we could all stand to hear a little more of. Give “Know” from Lenina Crowne a listen below or get the three-track EP from whence it came here.

Spencer Anthony 

“Happy Pills”

Spencer Anthony has a bit some pop-punk festiveness thrown into the alt-rock sound that keeps the energy (and the angst) turned up for “Happy Pills”. One might even go so far to say that Anthony has some emo leanings that come through in his vocals – both in the lyrics and their delivery. “Happy Pills” comes to us from Spencer Anthony’s debut EP, Words To Hide Behind, which dropped in April. Give the single a listen below and then move on to the complete EP here.

Vero

“Hello”

How to describe the sound of Vero? Industrial funk? Alt-pop? Whatever it is, the funky get-down sound of Vero has a gritty edge to it that we really dig here. The Swedish 3-piece released their debut single, “Hello”, earlier this month and you’ll be able to hear some 90s-reminiscent permutations in the soundscape on this track that make it particularly catchy. Let Vero say “Hello” to you with their single below…

The Noise Floor: Wild Holiday

wild holiday 01by Chris Nunley
Staff Writer

Call me a crotchety old man, but I long for the days of how music was released before the almighty EP.

I mean I get it, attention spans aren’t what they used to be thanks to glorious technology. The way music is produced and distributed for the consumer massive has become more dizzying than the heady days of Chip Kelly coaching the “Quack Attack” offense. (“We’re gonna get up to the line and just run a play! JUST run a play! GO-GO-GO!”) Yeeeeaaahhhh… the toxic side effect of this trend is that a lot of sludge gets released into the world.

This is sort of the case with Wild Holiday’s two EP’s I Was Abducted Last Night and Television Diary. Had someone burned these 9 songs between the two releases onto one CD and given it to me, I would’ve just assumed it was all from one album. And they should be in my opinion. There’s a grainy cohesiveness within the body of work that would pass as a full length record. I guess I’m just annoyed that I had to click on two separate links to listen… yes, I’m being crotchety.

Starting with IWALN, this batch of songs hauntingly reminds me of why I’m thankful I live in the 602 and not the 206 anymore. The dank chiptune charm of “I Took Acid At A Friend’s House” and lo-fi indie “Thinking About My Funeral” sound like what happens when vitamin D deficiency sets in and you’re looking out to overcast skies from your overpriced bedroom window.

“Everyday Is The Worst Day of My Life” could very well be an ode to coffee and its effects during the work week, while “Video Games In The Attic” makes for the perfect transition to the follow-up EP.

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Television Diary was more interesting to me thanks to the noisy and dark “Graveyard I, II, & III” tracks. Truth be told, they kinda pissed me off that they were so short because they had the potential to evolve into more expansive compositions. But…not my circus, not my fleas.

The gloomy yet beautiful “Basement Song” is the most clean sounding, giving us the chance to really hear the tortured vocals of the project’s lone member, Alec West.

The surfer-esque “Planetary Expedition” drowns out the doom and gloom with fuzzy guitars and saturated drums, as our protagonist rides the crest of psychedelic wave “searching to get high”.

Although I wish these two EP’s would be one LP, this is solid work from the Memphis-to-Phoenix transplant. The variation in volume, texture and distortion with all the tracks has a nice Julie Ruin feel. It’s what folk-y bedroom lo-fi should sound like, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Now hurry up and make another record! Just get to the studio and make another record! GO-GO-GO!

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Check out Wild Holiday on Facebook and Bandcamp.

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