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Wonderlick Premiere Their Far Out “Otis Redding’s Disco Album” Lyric Video

Eclectic indie rock band Wonderlick premieres the lyric video for their new single “Otis Redding’s Disco Album.”

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Wonderlick, photo by Lauren Tabak
Wonderlick, photo by Lauren Tabak

As a musical unit, Wonderlick approaches their songwriting with a cerebral point of view. You’ll be sure to take notice of that with their brand new single “Otis Redding’s Disco Album.” It comes from the duo’s new album Undisciplined, which will be released on April 5th. Right now, they are releasing one new track per month in the lead-up to the album’s release. The two previously released singles to this one were “Begin Again” and “Sob (Forever).”

This clip goes way above and beyond your typical lyric video with its futuristic-looking animation and its grand presentation. It’s well in line with Wonderlick’s big, bold approach to their music, with their sort of “never say never” attitude.

Discussing the song and the approach to the lyric video, Wonderlick states:

“‘Otis Redding’s Disco Album’ is about a Berkeley physicist who proves the Many Worlds Interpretation of quantum mechanics when he finds a ’70s disco album by Otis Redding while shopping at Rasputin’s in Berkeley, California. We get really depressed when we think about all the amazing music that could have existed if Otis Redding hadn’t died far too young. Even though there’s a decent chance that music would have also included a mediocre disco LP, we really, really wish there were some way to hear it all. And once you start dreaming of an alternate universe where it does, it’s hard not to think about what else might be better over there (we’re pretty sure Hillary won the election in 2016, in that universe).

“Since we find lyric videos that include nothing but the words to the song typed over a static image (or, even worse, an otherwise blank screen) pretty uninspiring, we fed the lyrics into an AI video generator to see what would emerge. Some of the results were exciting. Others were atrocious, so we also mixed in some clips of people dancing, which felt appropriate. Total cost for the video was 14.99. Of course, that doesn’t count all the time (singer) Tim (Quirk) spent revising his prompts, or typing in the lyrics, or arguing with Jay (Blumenfield) about edits. If you add all that up it probably cost a couple million dollars.”

They add:

“A lot of artists like to rag on AI. Wonderlick do not include ourselves among them. We do think such engines should only be trained on public domain materials, or items that are duly licensed from the copyright owners. But beyond that we consider these things tools just like typewriters or guitars or sample libraries. None of the AI-generated sequences in this video would exist if the lyrics to the song hadn’t been written first. It’s fun seeing how robots try to visualize those words.

“Granted, it’s a lot more fun if you take some edibles before watching. But it’s some kind of fun either way.”

Undisciplined will feature twelve new eclectic tracks centred around the question of “What if Albert Camus wrote pop songs?.” Camus is, of course, the famous and widely respected French philosopher of the mid-20th Century. It speaks to their cerebral kind of songwriting. Quirk and Blumenfeld, former bandmates in Too Much Joy, wrote the album with the overarching rule of not saying no to any idea. No matter how bold, unconventional, or even outrageous, they must give that idea a try and see where it takes them. That approach seems to have guided them well, with a new album that will sound like nothing else you listen to this year.

Wonderlick ‘Undisciplined’ album artwork

Wonderlick ‘Undisciplined’ album artwork

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Lovin’ Life Music Fest Drops First Year Lineup

Lovin’ Life Music Fest dropped their official lineup this week, and it is exceptional. The festival’s will occur on May 3-5th, 2024, in North Carolina.

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Lovin’ Life Music Fest 2024

Lovin’ Life Music Fest dropped their official lineup this week, and it is exceptional. The festival’s first-ever installment will occur on May 3-5th, 2024, in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina. The star-studded lineup includes headline sets from Post Malone, Noah Kahan, and Stevie Nicks. From headliners alone, we can tell this festival has something for everyone.

The festival will showcase many popular acts spanning various genres and generations. Supporting acts include Maggie Rogers, Dominic Fike, The Fray, The Chainsmokers, Quinn XCII, Mt. Joy, Young the Giant, and NC’s DaBaby and The Avett Brothers. There will also be a local stage to highlight Charlotte’s own artists throughout the weekend. This is one of the most stacked lineups we’ve seen for the 2024 festival season.

Tickets to Lovin’ Life are on sale now! Grab them while you can; this is sure to be an epic weekend!

Lovin’ Life Music Fest 2024 poster

Lovin’ Life Music Fest 2024 poster

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L.A. Edwards Tease ‘Pie Town’ Album with “Good Luck” Single

L.A. Edwards returns with their new single “Good Luck” and word of a new album ahead of their tour with Lucinda Williams next week.

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L.A. Edwards, photo by Jay Fisher
L.A. Edwards, photo by Jay Fisher

Luke Edwards and his band of brothers, L.A. Edwards, return with their new single, “Good Luck,” ahead of a European tour with Lucinda Williams next week. The Californian family band has also just finished recording their fourth record, titled Pie Town, to be released on July 5th, 2024. The new single “Good Luck” reflects on recent difficult times with family.

Luke Edwards states:

Pie Town is the next step down the Heartland trail for us – it’s a collection of songs about my experiences over the past few years addressing the reticence to “grow up” and all the bulls**t that comes with that loss of innocence. Recorded here in Seattle, it reflects our most expansive and explorative instrumentation. I’m excited for this album, stay young my friends.”

Luke Edwards says of the new single:

“This song is a go-fuck yourself song about someone you still care about. There’s so few lyrics in it, I was hoping to let the melody do the talking and to allow space for interpretation for the listener. But for me, it’s about when you say, “Good Luck with that” as you wave goodbye and close the door.”

The new album will be released on July 5th, 2024, worldwide by Bitchin’ Music Group via The Orchard and Mars Label Group in Europe.

Catch L.A. Edwards play their new single with Lucinda Williams on the below UK & European dates, tickets for which are available at https://www.laedwards.net/.

L.A. Edwards “Good Luck” single artwork

L.A. Edwards “Good Luck” single artwork

Tour Dates:

Thu 29 Feb – London, UK
Fri 01 Mar – Birmingham, UK
Sat 02 Mar – Holmfirth, W Yorkshire, UK
Mon 04 Mar – Amsterdam, NL
Tue 05 Mar – Hamburg, DE
Wed 06 Mar – Berlin, DE
Fri 08 Mar – Köln, DE
Sat 09 Mar – Paris, FR
Mon 11 Mar – Munich, DE
Tue 12 Mar – Vienna, AT
Thurs 14 Mar – Bern, SW
Friday 15 Mar – Chiari, Italy

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Plutocracy Planet Announces Debut LP for Summer 2024

Born of the pandemic shutdown, Plutocracy Planet is an experimental sociopolitical super-collective led by Scott Morrow.

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Scott Morrow aka Plutocracy Planet
Scott Morrow aka Plutocracy Planet

Born of the pandemic shutdown and mobilized by the world’s societal ills, Plutocracy Planet is an experimental sociopolitical super-collective led by former Alarm Magazine editor and musical vagrant Scott Morrow.

Fusing post-hardcore sensibilities with electronics, polyrhythms, atypical time signatures, and a far-reaching instrumental palette including strings, saxophone, piano, harp, marimba, acoustic guitar, and more. The ambitious collaborative project utilizes the talents of more than two dozen venerable vocalists and instrumentalists across hardcore, hip-hop, emo, avant-garde composition, pop, and more.

Greed, inequality, and the endless influence of money in politics serve as the project’s thematic focal points. But between a broad-minded approach and a coalition of lyrical voices, the collective’s forthcoming debut LP also touches on the cult of personality, fear-mongering media, police brutality, toxic masculinity, religious zealotry, factory farming, the billionaire space race, and the singularity.

Lead single “This Very Severity,” whose music video premiered at BrooklynVegan and is out now on DSPs, features emo legend Bob Nanna (Braid, Hey Mercedes, The City on Film) playing a slowly unravelling news anchor, relaying stories of our current fractured reality and an increasingly dystopian future.

Nanna says:

“I was overjoyed to be asked to contribute to the record as I usually don’t dabble in this genre or subject matter too much, and now I think I should way more often. Being able to collaborate on cool, important projects is something that brings me great joy, so being a part of this record was a tremendous pleasure. Please disregard my lack of dress pants in the video.”

Joining Nanna on “This Very Severity” are a pair of instrumental phenoms, guitarist Jason Schimmel (Red Fiction, Estradasphere, Secret Chiefs 3) and bassist Jonathan Hischke (The Sound of Animals Fighting, Le Butcherettes, Hella, Anywhere).

Morrow says:

“It’s unbelievable to me that I get to work with the people on this album. I’ve been a fan—in many cases a super fan—of many of them for 20 to 25 years. It’s a mind-blowing honor that they said yes, and I still don’t really know how the hell I convinced them .”

Plutocracy Planet ‘Plutocracy Planet’ album artwork

Plutocracy Planet ‘Plutocracy Planet’ album artwork

Plutocracy Planet Track Listing:

1. Prologue
2. This Very Severity (f. Bob Nanna)
3. But You Said (f. onelinedrawing)
4. A Simple Refrain (f. Matt Pryor & Swamburger)
5. Commence Mutation (f. Carson Pace)
6. Slaughterhouse Soliloquy (f. Swamburger & Drumcorps)
7. War? (f. Rody Walker)
8. True Crime (f. Angela Mullenhour)
9. Hours and Hours (Work Harder, Not Smarter) (f. Mark Rose)
10. Dance of the Downtrodden (f. Carla Kihlstedt, Nils Frykdahl & Jørgen Munkeby)
11. Remain Silent (f. Emily Jane White, Blueprint & Bruce Lamont)
12. Epilogue

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