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Tiny Moving Parts released 'Celebrate' on May 20th and you can stream here via Noisey or below via Spotify. The album opens with 'Good Enough' which I really like. 'Birdhouse' and 'Common Cold' are also highlights.
There are a lot of thematic nods to the album title, and previous albums, which is kind of fun for their older listeners, but the album can stand alone to new listeners as well.
Dylan Mattheisen told Noisey:
Yeah. So the overall theme is about trying to be optimistic. Like, shit goes wrong and you can either be bummed out about it or you can accept it, try to look on the bright side of things and move on. So Celebrate is really just, 'Fuck it, let’s just have a good time in the short amount of hours we have on this planet.'
We always want to one-up ourselves on every record. I hope that’s what every band likes to do, too. We’re so happy with the success that This Couch Is Long And Full Of Friendship and Pleasant Living have done for us and we just wanted to make sure we wrote better songs for this one. The hype was always in the back of my mind, but it’s not like we were too scared to release anything, and we’re very satisfied with how everything’s turned out. We can’t wait for people to hear it. Yeah. I mean, it sounds kind of clichéd, but over the years we have matured writing songs together and figuring out what we really want to do in terms of our overall sounds, and we’ve gotten a lot better from the beginning. With this record, we tried a bunch of different things – there’s some of the lowest tunings I’ve ever done and there’s also some pretty heavy stuff, but there’s also some very positive-sounding songs. It’s just a nice blend of everything we’ve always wanted to do.
'Celebrate' is a solid album and Tiny Moving Parts continue to gain recognition.
Tiny Moving Parts, Prawn, and Free Throw are on tour, dates below:
5/19 – Fargo, ND – The Aquarium
5/20 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry (18+)
5/21 – Dekalb, IL – House Cafe
5/22 – Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
5/24 – Indianapolis, IN – Hoosier Dome
5/25 – Pittsburgh, PA – Smiling Moose
5/26 – Cleveland, OH – Mahall’s
5/27 – Toronto, ON – Sneaky Dee’s
5/28 – Howell, MI – Bled Fest
5/29 – Columbus, OH – Double Happiness
5/31 – Buffalo, NY – The Waiting Room
6/1 – Boston, MA – Middle East Upstairs
6/2 – New York, NY – Studio at Webster Hall
6/3 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry
6/4 – Washington, DC – DC9
6/5 – Richmond, VA – The Camel
6/7 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
6/8 – Jacksonville, FL – 1904 Music Hall
6/9 – Tampa, FL – Epic Problem
6/10 – Orlando, FL – Backbooth
6/11 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (Purgatory)
6/13 – Dallas, TX – The RBC
6/14 – Austin, TX – Mohawk
6/16 – Phoenix, AZ – The Rebel Lounge
6/17 – San Diego, CA – Che Cafe
6/18 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
6/19 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
6/20 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
6/22 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
6/23 – Denver, CO – Hi Dive
6/25 – Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen
6/26 – St. Louis, MO – Firebird
Stream Chance The Rapper's new mixtape here via Apple Music. Chance teased the mixtape on Kanye West's 'The Life of Pablo' on his verse of 'Ultralight Beam' and now it's here (though not everywhere.) Chance stays true to his wholly uplifting rhymes, and one of my favorite tracks on the mixtape is 'Angels,' which has been out for a while and can be streamed below via Spotify. Chance also stays true to his star-studded list of featured artists, including Jeremih, Kanye West, Ty Dolla Sign, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Justin Bieber, Future, and T-Pain.
This week Halsey released a new track, 'Tokyo Narita Freestyle' a really slow, mellow song, just over two minutes long, which leaves listeners wanting more melancholy beauty. This track feels a lot more honest and emotional, more believable. I'm a huge Halsey fan and I still regularly listen to the entire 'Badlands' album, but some have criticized her for just singing what she thinks people want to hear ("Halsey is a total sellout, corporate tool, blah blah blah...") but I think this rawer side will come much more appreciated. Listen below via Spotify and check out this review via The Fader.
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