Music News: Pyramids, Neon Indian, Alex Bleeker, Bleeding Rainbow, Black Francis

It’s rare that the site goes blank on a Monday. Friday, sure, because it’s oftentimes a getaway day and I’m lazy. Yesterday was different, though. Yesterday, we consider a holiday here at The De Mello Theory and that holiday is Opening Day. Some say sports and music or arts in general can’t mix, but you’re wrong. There are many musicians that love baseball and many baseball players that are musicians, it’s a magnificent sport and I would never dream of making my writers write on such a glorious day. And what a glorious day it was, with the Dodgers beating the hated Giants 4-0. Anyway, there’s a lot fo news to get to so here we go:

  • Hype Machine is streaming Pyramids full length debut album Brightest Darkest Day. This is a project comprising Tim Nordwind of OK Go and Drea Smith of the Chicago electro-pop duo He Say/She Say. They made the album in LA with the help of Dan from OK Go and Dave Fridmann (MGMT, Flaming Lips, etc).
  • Neon Indian has released a Remix EP called Errata Annex here’s the song “Halogen” from that EP: 
  • Alex Bleeker and the Freaks upcoming album Woodsist is upon us. Here is the second single from the album:
  • Bleeding Rainbow, a band we have been talking about quite a lot recently, has released their third LP Yeah Right and so far this song is our favorite:
  • Black Francis aka Frank Black aka Charles Thompson has announced he will be touring with support from Reid Paley primarily. Here are the upcoming dates for the former Pixies front man:

03.27 – Soho – Santa Barbara, CA

with Dennis Crommett:

04.26 – Higher Ground Lounge – Burlington, VT 
04.27 – The Sinclair – Boston, MA

with Reid Paley:

05.02 – Clementine Cafe – Harrisonburg, VA
05.03 – Rhythm & Brews – Chattanooga, TN
05.04 – Martin’s – Jackson, MS
05.05 – The Mint – New Orleans
05.07 – Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL
05.08 – Underbelly’s – Jacksonville, FL
05.10 – The Handlebar – Greenville, SC
05.11 – Visualite Theater – Charlotte, NC
05.12 – The Jewish Mother – Virginia Beach, VA
05.13 – The Birchmere – Washington DC
05.14 – Wonder Bar – Asbury Park, NJ

  • Cloudboat (front runner for great name of the year) debuts “Youthern” a beautiful ballad from their upcoming LP  on Apollo Records. I hadn’t heard of this London band until recently but I am a new fan. Check it out: 
  • Florida Indie rockers Swimm are releasing their debut EP Feel April 23rdIt reminds us a little bit of Bleach-era Nirvana. It’ll be interested to see where this band goes. So far so good. 
  • AM & Shawn Lee are back with their sophomore LP, La Musique Numérique (French for“digital music”): a sun-filled, space-funk masterwork that blends early digital technology with decade-blurring songwriting, transporting listeners deeper into the sonic crates from which the music was born. Here’s their cover of Joe Jackson’s “Steppin’ Out” a great song and a really phenomenal cover:

  • Radiation City who NPR called “impossibly catchy” released a new song from their upcoming album Animals in the Median. Check it out on Soundcloud. I know it’s shitty that they’re not allowing embedding, but that’s what happens when you hit the big time. 
  • Dead Gaze released a very 1980’s inspired video for their song “I Found the Ending” from their upcoming self-titled album due out May 21st.






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