Here’s a 25 percent off promo code “disrespectallday” for use on www.KillBrand.com.
Our homey Joe Dennis from Akron’s Ultrasphinx (and formerly of Party of Helicopters and The Man I Fell In Love With) has released a new song to Soundcloud. Enjoy “Black Carl in the snow” here:
Andrew Bryant, who some may recognize from Water Liars, has shared a song from his forthcoming solo record. This Is the Life drops via Sleep Recordings on January 27, 2015. Keep an eye out for tour dates as well, as Andrew will be touring in support of the new album in December and early 2015.
Melbourne’s Total Control hit us with a new video “Flesh War” from their latest gem, Typical System. Released earlier this year on Iron Lung Records, their second full length received mass critical acclaim and is their hardest hitting album yet.
WATCH / EMBED / SHARE “FLESH WAR” VIA YOUTUBE HERE
Total Control emerged from Australia’s dynamic punk scene in ’08, releasing a succession of 7″s that developed from an aggressive post-punk band sound to studio forays into electronic forms from minimal wave to house. Subsequently, they have released four very different records: a split 12″ with Thee Oh Sees, a 7″ single on Sub Pop, a house remix 12″ and 2011′s Henge Beat. Typical System develops on the incongruent demands of their debut LP and ensuing releases – a further development on their continually evolving sound.
Yesterday, Under The Gun exclusively premiered “Politics Behind It” the first track off of The Story Changes’ (members of Hawthorne Heights) newest release, Never In Daydream.
Pre-orders have also launched via Little Heart Records, including a screen-printed vinyl versions and merch combos.
Cloudkicker are set to release Live with Intronaut on Tuesday November 24 via Century Media Records. The CD version is available as a digipack and is streaming now on Cloudkicker’s website.
Check it out here: http://cloudkickermusic.com/
Bad news for fans on the vinyl front. The LP has been delayed until January 27. The CD version is available as a digipack and the vinyl comes in four colors and is limited to 1,500 copies worldwide.
Memphis country punk-rockers Lucero are gearing up to co-headline an unforgettable spring tour with Ryan Bingham, kicking off on Feb 17 in Ashville, NC. Catch them live and experience the raw, foot-stompin’ energy the band brings to the stage. Tour dates run through March, and presale tickets will be available this Wednesday here for Fan Club Members.
Tour dates with Ryan Bingham:
1/15 – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall**
1/16 – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall**
1/17 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall**
2/17 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
2/18 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
2/19 – Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theatre
2/20 – Charleston, SC – Music Farm
2/21 – Jacksonville, FL – Freebird Live
2/22 – Tampa, FL – The Ritz
2/24 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
2/25 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
2/26 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City
2/27 – Jackson, MS – Hal & Mal’s
2/28 – New Orleans, LA – Tipitinas
3/02 – Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theatre
3/03 – New Braunfels, TX – Greune Hall
3/05 – Austin, TX – Austin Music Hall
3/06 – Dallas, TX – Southside Ballroom
3/07 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
3/09 – Chattanooga, TN – Track 29
3/11 – Richmond, VA – The National
3/12 – Wilmington, DE – The Queen
3/13 – Baltimore, MD -Baltimore Sound Stage
3/14 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
3/15 – Cincinnati, OH – Taft Theatre
3/21 Atlantic City, NJ The Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival**
**Non Ryan Bingham Show Dates
Midwestern Conference is a project, launched by three friends who all shared a common idea of home…the elegant, non-coastal MIDWEST. Based on the love of times shared with family and friends, their Midwestern Conference apparel line is built on the simple themes of hardwork, pride and family.As friends and partners, they knew that they wanted to do something that didn’t fall into the typical music meets fashion branding of a clothing line (as partner JT Woodruff is the frontman for Hawthorne Heights). They wanted to do something that was more lifestyle oriented, but a theme that they all had in common. That theme ended up being their love for athletics and traveling.
Each shirt design and color theme is based on conversations involving their favorite cities in the Midwest. The great times they had with friends and family, their favorite sports teams, or even a tiny town with a great coffee shop have all become inspirations for the looks so far.
Above all, the partners agreed it was important to showcase their hard work and dedication by hand printing each of the products in small town Ohio, USA. It’s common place in the Midwest to work as hard as you can to support whatever it is you love, and they wanted to honor that tradition by doing all the work themselves. With the modus operandi, “It’s OK to be different, as long as you are being yourself,” Midwestern Conference is poised for success.
You Indie recently caught up with one of the three partners, Nick Corns, to discuss the endeavor. This is what he told us about it.
As well-travelled people I imagine you’ve seen parts of the world that have inspired you, touched your hearts and changed you but what is it about those Midwestern roots that feels good and shapes you at your core?
Yeah we have all travelled all over the world and seen a lot of beautiful and amazing places, but we always come back home. The Midwest will always be our home because this is where we are surrounded by friends and family, the people we love and cherish; these people and memories are what have shaped us to our core.
Midwestern Conference represents more than just our personal experiences though… It’s an ode to simpler times, when loyalty, determination, and hard earned success were a priority. We want that to be an inherent message in our brand; one that can be received by anyone, anywhere who shares the same values. The MIDWEST IS RELENTLESS and we always come up on top.
How did the project graduate from an idea kicked around between friends to a real undertaking?
We have been talking about doing something like this for years; finding a way to represent this special family we’re part of and the values we share, in a way that allows us to invite the world to experience it with us. Right now it’s just about seizing the opportunity we have finally been afforded, since we’re all finally back home.
Were you ever hesitant about doing business with friends?
No not for a second. These people are my friends for a reason. That’s what separates the Midwest from everywhere else; our bonds can’t be broken; our friendships could never be compromised by a business, and that will never change. So, going into business we never had any reservations on that front. We trust each other with anything, so I wouldn’t want it any other way.
How is this project different than the typical “music meets fashion” clothing line? On the flipside how has music inspired or enabled this business?
Of course we’re all inspired by and share a passion for music, but we really want to separate our musical endeavors from this project. Our purpose here is to represent the most raw values that bind us, those that people from the Midwest live by; it all comes back to working hard for the things you’ve earned, taking pride in those accomplishments, and sharing them with people who understand that sacrifice the most.
Of course music plays a huge role in our lives and has given us the opportunity to travel the world and meet some amazing people, and we have learned a lot from it.
What are the catalysts that inspires the individual designs? How does a design go from the drawing board to a finished product?
It’s a throw back to our pasts. The colors and designs remind us of our childhood. We’re inspired by our favorite sports teams, signs from local hangouts, anything reminiscent of the places and experiences that have influenced who we are today. Our parents and grandparents always worked hard to give us the best lives possible; It may not have been impressive to the rest of the world, but our small town was all we needed to feel invincible. We just want to embody these notions, which made the Midwest such a great place to be raised.
Are these clothes manufactured in the Midwest or domestically?
All of our supplies from the clothes to the ink are bought in the Midwest. We do all the printing ourselves in Troy, Oh. So we take great pride in doing the work ourselves. Each print is special and unique and hand printed with care.
What are you hoping the experience of wearing these clothes is like for the consumer? Who are you hoping will enjoy these?
We just want our consumers to be happy, proud and feel comfortable in what they wear. “Always remember to be yourself”, is kind of the motto around Midwestern Conference. We want to encourage people to remain true to themselves and their dreams, no matter what the surrounding circumstances. Midwestern Conference values pride and respect, for yourself and each other. Being yourself will always land you in a good place.
We hope to reach as many people as possible, of course. We aren’t limiting ourselves to the Midwest; we definitely don’t want to exclude anyone outside of the Midwest. The values we urge can be found anywhere in the world, wherever hardworking, ambitious people can be found. In the short couple weeks we have been selling, we have already sold coast to coast and overseas. We are excited about the future.
Do you wear the clothes and what has your experience been? Is there a best practice for washing, ironing, wear that you’ve discovered?
Yeah we wear the clothes all the time. I always get interest and positive feedback when I wear Midwestern Conference in public. There is no technique required with regard to washing or ironing; the most important practice is putting it on every day, feeling proud, and enjoying it!
What can you tell us about the designs in your debut collection?
We wanted the final products to be clean, classic and simple. Timeless, like the Midwest.
Where can people find you on the internet and social media? How does one place an order?
@midwesternconference – Instagram
As the project grows would you ever consider visiting the Shark Tank for an investment? If so, who would your ideal venture capitalist investor be?
NO! We want to go all the way with this line; we want the world on board, but we would never risk diminishing the spirit of Midwestern Conference by handing over the reins to someone chasing dolla billz.
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Ty Segall band have premiered a live version of “What’s Inside Your Heart” on Pitchfork. The song will appear on a new live LP that will be out on Castle Face’s Live in San Francisco Series on January 26.