Brooklyn Voices – February 2016
Named one of WFUV‘s Artists to Watch in 2016, Sunflower Bean’s full-length debut album, Human Ceremony, will be released February 5 on CD and vinyl. It was recorded in Brooklyn and produced by Matt Molnar of the now-disbanded Bushwick band, Friends…Patrons at Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg on Jan. 31 got to hear for themselves why Cigarettes After Sex was named one of Rolling Stone‘s 10 Artists You Need to Know. These El Paso expats’ latest single, “Affection,” has racked up almost two million YouTube views in four months…On the heels of their late-2015 EP Hell, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart will be playing at Baby’s All Right on March 3… No fooling: Psychedelic pop band Yeasayer’s fourth album, Amen & Goodbye, is due out on April 1. The video of “I Am Chemistry,” the first single from the album, garnered more than 200,000 YouTube hits in less than one month following its Jan. 7 release…Four (count ’em, four) Brooklyn singers and songwriters will share the bill at Union Hall on Feb. 18. They are: Annie Keating, Gabriel Mayers, Radionics and Natalia Zukerman. Radionics, by the way, recently released a digital EP, Fools on the Range, that was recorded at Seaside Lounge Studios in Greenwood Heights…Antibalas, Charles Bradley and Talib Kweli will be representing Brooklyn at Tampa’s Gasparilla Music Festival in March…Country singer Laura Cantrell is planning a 15th anniversary vinyl edition of her debut album, Not the Tremblin’ Kind. The album was recorded at now-defunct Coyote Studios in Williamsburg, a neighborhood Cantrell had called home for 10 years at the time, and released on local label Diesel Only Records…MGMT, who popped up on an episode of the podcast Song Exploder in late January, recently tweeted: “2016 is the year MGMT re-dominates your mind hole.” Stay tuned.
Notable Quote: “Brooklyn is where I primarily developed. I had an opportunity to make records and perform in clubs here and there, and I started networking with the right people in the right places.” – Busta Rhymes