September 12, 2014


Free Time have released a video for Guess Work along with their new 7″, premiering on Brooklyn Vegan. Directed by Johann Rashid, the beautiful video was “shot in stark black and white … [and] fits the song’s vibe, a quiet portrait of New York City that looks like it could’ve been made by Beth B or Jim Jarmusch in 1980.” Check it out below and get your copy of the 7″ now.

Free Time have a string of shows with some other great acts leading up to this year’s CMJ Festival:
September 21 – Glasslands – w/ Scott & Charlene’s Wedding, Cassie Ramone and Liam Betson (Tickets)
September 26 – Death by Audio – w/ Dick Diver, PC Worship and Dark Blue.
Plus more for CMJ TBA!

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August 6, 2014

UP Mixtape #9: The Lost Art Of Telephone Repair – Andrew Cedermark

The latest addition to our mix series is brought to us by NJ native and long time UP artist Andrew Cedermark. In “The Lost Art Of Telephone Repair” Andrew guides us through close to an hour of some of his favorite tunes, both new and old, giving some insight into the inspiration for his own work. Check the mix + tracklisting below:

Richard Brautigan reads from Trout Fishing in America
Chris Cohen — “Heart Beat”
Milton Nascimento/Miles Davis interlude ft./ Werner Herzog and Eddie Van Halen
Daryl Hall w/ Robert Fripp — “Babs & Babs”
John Lennon — “Aisumasen (I’m Sorry)”
Pure X — “Shadows and Lies”
Smokey Robinson & the Miracles — “Ooh Baby Baby”
Milton Nascimento/Sacred Harp interlude ft./ Philip Larkin reading “Aubade” and Eddie Van Halen
Fairport Convention — The end of “Matty Groves”
Ronee Blakley — “Dues”
Lou Reed — “Waves of Fear”
Aaliyah — “Choosey Lover” ft./ Tuvan throat singer Soriah getting voted off “America’s Got Talent”
Bob Dylan & The Rolling Thunder Revue 1975 — “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You”
Randy Newman — “I Think It’s Going to Rain Today”
Andrew has released two LPs (Moon Deluxe, Home Life) via Underwater Peoples over the past few years. Both LPs are available via the UP Online Shop.. Stayed tuned for more upcoming Andrew Cedermark news and show announcements.

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July 22, 2014


Free Time will be releasing a new 7″ this August, “Esoteric Tizz” / “Guess Work”, and you can listen to the Martin Courtney -recorded “Guess Work” right now over at Stereogum. “Over glowing organs and crisp guitar strums, the band muse on the unpredictability (and clearly the “guess work”) that comes with love,” writes Stereogum’s Martin Bowe. The striking cover art was designed by Sylvia Jeffriess, who also did the poster for the release show on August 7th at Baby’s All Right below.


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July 8, 2014


Head over to Pitchfork Media Advance to stream Melted Toys debut LP in full. Visual accompaniment is provided by Anibal Bley. The stream will be up and available to listen to until the album’s release date on July 15th, 2014.
The band will also be hitting the road this month for a US tour. Make sure to check their merch-table for limited tour edition LPs, tshirts and more. Check the dates below for the show nearest you.
7/14/2014 • San Francisco, CA • Slims w/ Love Cop
7/15/2014 • Los Angeles, CA • La Cita w/ Devon Williams, Catwalk
7/16/2014 • Phoenix, AZ • Parliament w/ Pretty Things
7/17/2014 • Austin, TX • Cheer Up Charlies w/ Street Gnar
7/18/2014 • New Orleans, LA • The Pool w/ Street Gnar
7/19/2014 • Atlanta, GA • 259 w/ Street Gnar
7/20/2014 • Nashville, TN • Betty’s
7/21/2014 • Lexington, KY • Sidecar w/ Street Gnar
7/22/2014 • Washington, DC • The Commune w/ Street Gnar, Go Cozy
7/23/2014 • Philadelphia, PA • Kung Fu Necktie w/ Street Gnar
7/25/2014 • New York, NY • Cake Shop w/ Street Gnar, Free Time, Tonstartsbandhit
7/26/2014 • Cleveland, OH • Happy Dog w/ Street Gnar
7/28/2014 • Chicago, IL • Empty Hole w/ Street Gnar, The Lemons
7/29/2014 • Minneapolis, MN • Organ Haus
7/30/2014 • Kansas City, MO • Replay Lounge
7/31/2014 • Denver, CO • Hi Dive w/ Fresh & Onlys
8/2/2014 • Boise, ID • The Crux
8/3/2014 • Portland, OR • East End w/ Love Cop, Honey Bucket
You can pre-order the self-titled LP at the UP shop.

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May 22, 2014


Listen to Three Legged Race’s Rope Commercial EP in its entirety courtesy of Fact.
The album is out next Tuesday, May 27th but is available for preorder in the store now.

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In anticipation of their upcoming LP release, Melted Toys has released the dreamy “Observations” via Noisey.
Check it out below and preorder the self-titled LP in the store.

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April 23, 2014


After three years of radio silence from San Francisco psychedelic popsters Melted Toys, Underwater Peoples is happy to announce the release of their self-titled debut album this summer! The first single, “Blush,” is streaming up on Spin, but you can check it out below and preorder the LP here.

The band consists of longtime pals Stephen Harkins, Daniel Rosado, Brian Wakefield, and Ole Haarstad, and their casual bond laces the new LP with an unpretentious languidness that’s both downcast and serene, while still retaining an uptempo pop feel. The eponymous work is reminiscent of mid-career FELT, where Maurice Deebank’s somber leads colored each and every detail, rather than having just issued showy statements at predictable intervals. Highlights along the Melted Toys LP spark from timely synthesizer voicings as well, mixed in fantastic contrast against the shadowy mid-tones of Wakefield’s bass and Haarstad’s metronomic drums.
The three-year wait for this debut (since the wonderful Washed & Dried EP) irked friends and followers close to the band, but it was the unfortunate result of a laptop left aboard a BART train to who-knows-where. And so it goes – Melted Toys seems to have used the guffaw to their advantage, having relocated to Los Angeles while singer-guitarist Steven Harkins traveled in Asian and wrote an additional half of the material.
In Tapei specifically, the sounds and visions of surrounding villages inspired Harkins and his partner Isabelle to take in as much as possible, everyday setting out, walkman in hand, to discover and explore the region. Soundtracked by Shinsei Kamattechan, Pootee’s Yen Kids Mix, Chris Rainbow, and lots of J-pop artists, Harkins contends that his time away was imbued with a sense of musical voyage, with the goal of writing new stuff for Melted Toys. Much of which was composed using an old acoustic guitar that Isabelle’s father had used while playing in Taiwanese bands in the 70s.
Harkins’ journeys framed a more patient and laid back approach to tracking, which in today’s frenetic, all-or-nothing music market is certainly unusual, but of course has worked to Melted Toys’ advantage. The songwriting process evident throughout the album is just as much about that space in between song creation, i.e. the life lived outside of music making – the waiting, the strangeness of dreams, and the redundancy of daily life underpinning the desire to escape. This is the color outside the lines of the album’s twelve tracks, and the source of the album’s emotive intensity.

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March 14, 2014


Underwater Peoples are proud and excited to announce Three Legged Race’s “Rope Commercial, Vol. 1″ EP. The artist’s first release for UP and the first in a series of future releases, The EP serves as the follow up to Three Legged Race’s “Persuasive Barrier” LP in 2012.
Importantly, Rope Commercial Vol. 1 will be outfitted in a picture-disc of a classic Beatty vision. In a creamy neon-green urban landscape, the face of a humanoid figure is merged with a screen of a smartphone, its consciousness fused to the glass. Dangling from the phone is one leg outfitted in a woman’s heel, presumably its sole means of transport. These kind of pathetic cyborg figures in states of physical flux frequently appear in Beatty’s art. They function neatly as windows into Beatty’s music as well, with its electronically marred voices and barren sonic spaces. These figures are Beatty’s torpid avatars, in his music and art both, their humanism is strained by a confounding digital synergy.

Aptly, the picture-disc is a perfect setting for Beatty’s airbrush work, his favored rendering tool, and the general modus operandi of Beatty’s electronic music as Three Legged Race. In all, Beatty renews obsolete materials discarded from a voracious commercial culture, and employs them in strangely poignant contexts.

The opening track off the EP “All Ajax Dial” premiered yesterday over at Fact Magazine

The picture disc EP is set to be released internationally May 27, 2014.

Stay tuned for more Three Legged Race news soon!!

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February 11, 2014


After a steady stream of strong singles and entrancing trailer videos over the past few months, you can finally now stream Evan Ønly’s stunning debut EP, “No Matter What” in its entirety over at PopMatters.

Here’s what PopMatter had to say about the EP:

“Evan Ønly describes his electropop as “future vintage”, which provides a fitting mental picture of the slick, neon-saturated compositions on his upcoming EP, No Matter What. And while No Matter What trades in a nostalgic vision of the future with its sweeping synths and post-‘80s vibe, Evan Ønly executes his sound in a vivid and vibrant way that feels wholly current. Premiering on PopMatters, No Matter What releases on 18 February, via Underwater Peoples.”

Listen to the EP in its entirety here:

the “No Matter What” EP is out:



AND for a bit of a background on Evan Ønly make sure to check out his great interview with Impose Magazine HERE

as well as his teaser trailers HERE

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November 26, 2013


Fol​lowing last month’s Pitchfork premiere of Evan Ønly’s debut single, “No Matter What,” The Fader premieres his new track, “From The Stone,” today. A sterling cut from Ønly’s upcoming No Mattter What EP, “From The Stone” showcases the darker, more sinuous side of Evan Ønly’s songcraft. Ønly, a commited fan of Eighties era horror flicks, uses this song to conjure that era’s fascination with necromancy, metaphorically and otherwise. It’s a pristine slice of industrial-laced pop in the vein of artists like Chris & Cosey and Depeche Mode. Like the rest of the EP, “From The Stone” was produced by Kurt Feldman (of The Pains of Being Pure At Heart and Ice Choir); his production for Evan Ønly has already been praised as “silvery” by Pitchfork. And elemental it is, but “From The Stone’s” heart can be located on its full metal jacket sleeve.

Alongside the song premiere, The Fader also shares Evan Ønly’s second EP trailer, this one featuring the lovely Andrea Grant, creator of the Minx graphic novel series. Shot by cinematographer Charles Poekel and featuring costume direction by Thom Browne, it’s the latest in a series of artfully shot cinematic trailers that foreshadow the unwinding Evan Ønly story.

Evan Ønly’s “No Matter What” EP is out Feb. 18th, 2014. Pre-Order your copy HERE

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