Traveler’s Cold and Westing Announce Split EP

What do you get when two friends who have been creating music together for the past decade decide to release a collaboration? The answer: Traveler’s Cold and Westing’s Split EP. 

Traveler’s Cold is the side project of Sam Richards (Cult Leader) while Westing is the side project of Matt Mascarenas (Heartless Breakers, Daytrader) – both of whom have been friends and worked together for years, so it only made sense that the two decided to create a split to share both of their projects! 

The Traveler’s Cold / Westing split will be available digitally on December 11th and will include four tracks:
1. Far Too Busy
2. Bad Blood
3. Let Go
4. Find A Job

Fans can check out the stream for “Find A Job” over on New Noise Magazine by clicking here!

Former Ghosts Announce Split EP with Funeral Advantage

Former Ghosts (featuring Nika Roza Danilova of Zola Jesus, Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart and Yasmine Kittles of Tearist ) have announced a split EP with friends, Funeral Advantage, to be released on April 14th via The Native Sound

The EP will be available as a digital EP, and a limited edition 7" pressed on Translucent Red and Black vinyl variants. To pre-order the split, click here! The split is also available in a Starter Pack including Funeral Advantage’s past releases, and in subscription with the rest of the Native Sound 2015 Spring Split 7" Series! 

Track listing can be found below!

Track listing:
1. Last Hour’s Bow (ft. Yasmine Kittles of Tearist)
2. Past Selves (ft. Nika Roza Danilova of Zola Jesus)
3. Wedding
4. I Know Him

Jukebox the Ghost and Twin Forks Release Free 2-Song Split EP

Jukebox the Ghost and Twin Forks hit the road together this past weekend! To celebrate their tour, the two bands have released a 2-song split EP covering each others singles! Did we mention its for free download?

Download the FREE split by clicking here!

Full tour dates are listed below!
Note – don’t miss Jukebox the Ghost on Conan, next Monday, January 26th!

Tour Dates
1.20 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theatre
1.21 – Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
1.23 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
1.24 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Complex
1.27 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
1.28 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
1.30 –  San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
1.31 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
2.2 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
2.3 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
2.5 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
2.6 – Austin, TX @ The Parish
2.7 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
2.9 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
2.11 – Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre Ballroom
2.12 – Louisville, KY @ Headliner’s Music Hall
2.13 – Columbus, OH @ Skully’s
2.14 – Pittsburgh, PA  @ Mr. Small’s
2.26 – Burlington, VA @ Higher Ground Showcase Lounge
2.27 – Danbury, CT @ Heirloom Arts Theatre
2.28 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
3.4 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
3.5 – Boston, MA @ Paradise
3.6 – Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt
3.7 – Toronto, ON @ Virgin Mobile Club
3.10 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

1.20 – 2.3 with  Twin Forks 
2.4 – 3.10 with Little Daylight

Review:: Matt Pryor/James Dewees Split

Matt Pryor’s work as a part of The Get Up Kids has made his a pioneer within our music world. His honest, brutally passionate lyrics have always held a standard that others can only hope to achieve. Though The Get Up Kids may be where his primary recognition comes from, his productions stemming from The New Amsterdams and the Terrible Twos (his kid’s music group) have also made quite the impression.

Later this year, Pryor will be releasing his newest solo record, Wrist Slitter – his third album on his own. But, being the marathoner that he is, he teamed up with James Dewees, of Reggie and the Full Effect and My Chemical Romance fame (and, you know, The Get Up Kids as well), to release a short split EP beforehand.

The first of his three tracks, “I Can Be So Cold,” is a full-band effort reminiscent of what we’ve grown to love about Pryor’s music. His definitive voice is just as it has always been, coupled kindly with trademark lyricism, slammed piano keys, and harsh guitars.

“Failing You” is a sprinted pop-punk gem. Racing by in under two minutes, it’s a brief anthem for dealing with letting someone down and trying to get beyond it. Pryor screeches “I’m trying, dying, I’m failing you every time. Your patience is just wasted … I just go on and on for hours until everything around me disappears,” screaming over not being able to “control the monster when it starts.”

Closer “Peculiar” begins gently, sounding like a gradually-building music-box lullaby. A strange fading swirl of electronic static ebbs and flows throughout the background, drawing flashbacks to old JamisonParker tracks. Pryor’s looped vocals “My whole life, regretting, the time is resetting, I’ll always remember this moment forever” repeat themselves as the distorting chaos grows. The song ends, leaving an echo of “forever” ringing in the listeners’ ears. It is, in the simplest of terms, haunting and gorgeous.

Rating short EP’s like this is always tricky for me. On one hand, I want to spitefully give it a “0” because I’m petty and bitter that it is only three songs. Then again, on the other end of the spectrum, I want to give it a “6” because it’s really damn good. So, we’ll average that out to a “3.” Yay, math! (Don’t worry, there won’t be any more of that noise. We’ll focus on music.)

Release Date: September 30th, 2013
Rating: 3/5
Runtime: 7:15

1. “I Can Be So Cold”
2. “Failing You”
3. “Peculiar”

Written By: Eric Riley

Amely(@amelymusic) has decided to call it quits. You can watch their farewell video above and read their announcement below.

Dear friends, family, and dearest fans,

We regret the news that many of you have feared, but the time has come where Amely is no more.

This decision did not come lightly and was the effect of a great number of things that seemed beyond our control. It has been a more than amazing journey with our best friends and this destination we’re now reached is not an end, it is a new beginning. Although we have been extremely discourage by the discourse that fell upon us, we have not let it knock us down and we hope that you can stay strong with all of us.

Since the start of this year and even before that we have been writing for what we intending to be our first full-length album. As the chance to professionally produce our music appeared to grow further in distance we took it upon ourselves to record the songs that we had poured our hearts into. After combining the diverse and plenty skills of all 4 of us, these home recordings are all that’s left of Amely. We believe this is some of our greatest work and we want to be able to share it with you. Though it may come as a parting gift, we hope this collection of songs finds you well. It may be the remains of Amely, but we hope it reminds you, this is not the end.

– Petie, Brandon, Patrick, and Nate