A N G E L S + A N I M A L S
Catch a Falling Star
and put it in your pocket
Never let it fade away
Catch a falling star
and put it in your pocket
Save it for a rainy day
-- Perry Como
Read more Stars In My Eye, Stars Forever, The Moon and the Stars, The Sun, and Here Comes The Sun.
Ryan Star became famous in 2006 when he appeared as a contestant on CBS' "Rock Star: Supernova" reality show. Then his song "Brand New Day" (which sounds like a U2 song!) became the theme song to one of my favorite television show Lie to Me.
Star is back with a new album called A N G E L S + A N I M A L S, set for January 13th, 2014.
The story behind A N G E L S + A N I M A L S was that following recording his last EP Animals, which came out August 5, 2013, Star asked himself, "What’s the point?"
His upcoming album is as honest as he is going to get, because he's not confined by a major record label. Star confessed, "I wanted to give people a raw, emotional feeling. That’s what this album had to do. I also had to do it by myself, independently and without a label. I got honest with myself. For the first time in many years, I’m referring to this as my art. This represents where I am now."
You can check out the new songs at his upcoming show at the Bowery:
Farewell Young Lovers
Crushed Stars just released a new song called "Haters", taken from their upcoming album Farewell Young Lovers, due out January 21, 2014, on Simulacra Records.
CMJ (College Music Journal) described the track as "a fuzzy sleepwalking gem that'll bring to mind drops of dew on blades of grass and other similarly clichéd romantic moments, but it effortlessly avoids any sonic cliché."
You can hear the track on soundcloud.com.
Upcoming Crushed Stars shows:
01.24 - Dallas, TX @ The Kessler Theater
Hey Pretty Mamma
Chicken Ranch Records
"Hey Pretty Mamma" is the latest single from Austin-based band Starlings, TN. The song is taken from their seventh album All The Good Times, available from Chicken Ranch Records.
Hear the song on soundcloud.com.
Band leader Steve Stubblefield explained that the song is a love song, "my gal coyly suggested that I write [a song] about her, but, I told her, ‘Babe, you don’t want me to write a song about you because that will mean that our relationship has ended. I can’t write a happy love song.’ From beginning to end, ‘Hey Pretty Mamma’ is exactly how we are on any given night. We make drinks, we dance, and we sometimes stay up all night."
All The Good Times was released November 12, 2013, via Chicken Ranch Records.
Like many of us, singer/songwriter Dylan Starrs was shocked about the death of the 26 children and school teachers at the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting last year. After watching the news and in utter shocked at the death of this 6 year old girl, he wrote "Farewell to Emilie".
Starrs recounts, "I remember seeing a profile on this sweet blonde girl, Emilie Parker, and just being moved to tears. I later saw a press conference where her father was being interviewed/hounded by a mob of reporters... The man was in tears, but incredibly strong, and spoke of love and forgiveness almost immediately after his daughter, who had done nothing other than show up to school, was brutally murdered."
Starrs is in the middle of finishing up his debut solo full length album with producer Max Allyn, tentatively titled From the Swill to the Swell. In the meantime, Dylan will play a residency at Witzend in Los Angeles every Thursday night at 10pm in January 2014.
Comprising of Tobacco of Black Moth Super Rainbow and live drummers EJ DeCoske and Johnny Lancia, the Stargazer Lilies creates dreampop music, influenced by France's Air and other shoegaze bands like Lush and Slowdive.
We previously mentioned the band's debut album We Are The Dreamers, which was released on Graveface Records.
Brooklyn indie rock quartet Milagres will be releasing their sophomore album Violent Light, on February 25th, 2014 via Kill Rock Stars in the US. Check out the band live:
01/16: Cleveland, OH @ Cleveland Tavern
01/17: Madison, WI @ FRZN Fest
01/18: Indianapolis, IN @ Do317 Lounge
01/19: Chicago, IL @ Tomorrow Never Knows
03/08: Savannah, GA @ Savannah Stopover Fest
HANNAH & MAGGIE
NYC folk duo Hannah & Maggie premiered their single "Morning Star" on AfterEllen.com. The track is taken from their upcoming album In The Company of Strangers, which is coming out February 25th, 2014.
The LGBT twosome is often compared to Simon & Garfunkel mixed with the Indigo Girls.
Hear "Morning Star" now:
Starcadian, written as STΔRCΔDIΔN, is a Brooklyn-based producer and musician.
No other information was given about him, other than that he released a debut album earlier in October called Sunset Blood. He described the album as heavily influenced by 80s science fiction soundtracks.
Loki Starfish is from Paris, France. Their biography is written in French, so I don't know anything about them. Seems like they're a DJ duo.
Anyway, they recently released a new EP called Broken Moth, which features songs from their forthcoming album Stones from Fire Mountain (produced by Florent Livet).