Well, hi there. A lot's happened since the last time we posted. Really awful shit on a political and cultural level, mostly good stuff on the personal. Either way, things have been really hectic, and the Royal We have been preoccupied. But here we are with some news!
First up, we have Where I'm Matt, the excellent debut solo LP by my old buddy Matt Lamkin, frontman for the Soft Pack, who went so far as playing Letterman and doing a goofy video with Bob Odenkirk of Mr. Show and Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul and touring a tour and putting out records on Kemado Records and Mexican Summer, among others. The LP features a handful of Lamkin's friends playing various instruments, and retains the hookiness of the Soft Pack while adding a healthy dose of experimental stuff.
Hi there, it's been a bit. How are you? Hope your anxiety in these trying times isn't totally out of control. Take a breath. Let's listen to some tunes.
First up, the fine folks at Stereogum were nice enough to premiere "Calypso Heartworm," the first track released from the upcoming debut LP Fiesta by Ice Balloons, comprised of Kyp Malone/TV on the Radio, Sean Kennerly/Samiam, Sean Powell/fuckemos/Surfbort, Giselle Reiber/Midnight Masses, and other noise-making friends. The LP will be out on Volar 08/11, and limited color copies can be preorder at the Bandcamp link below.
Ice Balloons are a New York supergroup that count TV On The Radio’s
Kyp Malone, Samiam’s Sean Kennerly, Fuckemos’ Sean Powell, and Midnight
Masses’ Giselle Reiber amongst its members. Oh, and they’re fronted by a
giant golden fly.
“I spent four days high in the mountains of Colorado suffering from
altitude sickness, unable to breathe properly…