January 16

Yoni Wolf's Wandering Wolf podcast is a candid window into the life of the WHY? frontman and his eccentric guests, the most recent of which have been his tour mates Astronautalis & Bleubird, hometown friends Lauren & Davi, and comedian/long-time WHY? collaborator Andre Hyland (above).

You can listen to all of them here, and for more of Yoni and Andre's shenanigans, check out this promo for WHY?'s Eskimo Snow featuring Glenn Howerton of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

January 3

Throughout January, our man Dosh is holding down a month-long residency and recording session at Minneapolis' Turf Club, featuring performances from himself and a rotating cast of amazing talent in an all-out improvised affair.

Featured players include DeVon DVRG Gray, Ryan Olson, Andrew Broder, Ryan Francesconi, JT Bates, Kristoff Krane, Nona Marie Invie, Joe Horton, Paul Dosh, James Everest, Jeremy Ylvisaker, Dennis Conrad, Cory Healy, Joey Van Phillips, James Buckley, Mike Lewis, Jon Davis, Chris Thomson, Erik Bolen and more.

It's going down every Tuesday this month, pop over to Turf Club's website for more info and tickets.

January 2

Watch Daedelus' presentation at TEDxMaui on the psychology of sound perception and using emotion to break through our preconceived notions of "listening."

In this talk, Alfred breaks down the possibility of music in silence (via John Cage vibes), the loudness wars, and the implications of electronic music's ability to produce all audible frequencies…all culminating in a Monome performance that condenses these abstract concepts into a digestible form.

December 20

Baths has recently embarked on recording the Eon Isle trilogy under his ambient side-project Geotic, each album of which features the exploration of a single instrument. In this second installment titled Sunset Mountain, Geotic uses only his voice to interweave ethereal harmonies reminiscent of Bach's 4-part chorales.

Stream & download it now on the Geotic bandcamp page.

December 18
Young Fathers have had an amazing year, but you don't have to take our word for it. Following the success of their critically acclaimed debut album, DEAD, the trio went on to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live, win Scotland's prestigious SAY award, and beat out a short list of great talents for the esteemed Mercury Prize.
 
Now that the year's coming to a close, our boys are popping up all over the web as taste-makers and content aggregators make the rounds for their year-end reviews. The List's "Hot 100" cultural contributors featured Young Fathers' DEAD as its highest ranked album at #4, while Sam Moore of Drowned in Sound wrote: "If you’re looking for a thoroughly twenty-first-century record that’ll challenge your preconceptions and bombard the senses, then DEAD is something that’s definitely worth your while," and placed it at #9 in their list of the 20 best debut albums 2014 had to offer.
 
Young Fathers didn't just inspire sonically, but visually as well. DEAD's album artwork was among Complex Magazine's list of The 30 Best Album Covers of 2014 and was nominated for the 2014 Best Art Vinyl AwardRavedeaf provided insight into the inspiration for DEAD's album cover in this interview, where the band's 'G' Hastings succinctly notes, "Eye always beats ear".
 
Fittingly, the folks at Impose Magazine had the foresight to lend the group a couple of disposable cameras to document their first North American tour this Spring. Check out these intimate snapshots on road trips, shows, and the creative process over at Impose.
 
In the midst of their current UK tour, Young Fathers had the chance to decompress with Nadia Khomami in a feature for The Observer's faces of 2014, where Alloysious Massaquoi related, "We want our music to be worldwide. We believe that this kind of music should be recognized and seen," and if their progress this year is any indication of what's to come, we're sure they'll realize that dream soon enough.
 
Don't miss your chance to see Young Fathers on one of their EU/US tour dates, all of which can be found on their website.