VINYL MOON Volume 029: Marrow Siren

We’re happy to unveil the latest release from VINYL MOON, a unique record club that takes exciting new musical artists and visual artists each month to create a one-of-a-kind record with original, deluxe art and your new favorite songs, all in one package.

Volume 029: Marrow Siren will lure you in with psychedelic coral and skeletal figures in the light. But its real surprise is in the crushing dark, where the three specters on the front, back, and gatefold from the jacket glow with eerie light. Paired with a custom tarot card and deep-sea translucent blue vinyl with kelp marbling, the whole thing is a testament to the skills of visual artist Marcos Navarro.

If you’re feeling lost in the depths, TBE favorites including Rattlerette, Loyal Lobos, and Psymon Spine will help pull you out. Then we guarantee you’ll want to take a deep breath

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[PREMIERE] Wet Leather – “I Was Wrong” & “IWMU”

Wet Leather‘s latest track is made for gazing at lights from a disco ball from the edge of the party. You tap your feet and sway your hips, but you’re far too sad/morose/shy/cool/awkward to get on the floor. Instead, you watch the shuffling swing of the drums and the Prince-inspired guitar licks light up the rest of the dance circle. You mouth along with the lyrics, “I’m in love for the last time, I never want to do that again” as the lights flare up with the stargazing synths. But then you catch someone’s eye – did they just wink at you? And suddenly your friends are at your side, clapping your shoulders and pushing you towards the middle of the room, just in time for you to catch the peak of the final chorus.

We get to catch the rest of the party when Wet Leather drops their new EP, Present Lives, on February 2nd. Until then, keep your spirits high with the first single from the release, “IWMU”.

For even more Wet Leather, throw on “Astral Projection” from VINYL MOON Volume 004: Surface Tension.

VINYL MOON Volume 028: Long Intuition

It’s time once again to present the latest release from VINYL MOON, the one-of-a-kind record club that presses a unique mix of hot new artists to vinyl, housed in original art and packaging by some of the coolest visual artists around.

Volume 028: Long Intuition manages to wow in both granular detail as well as larger-than-life scale. Elena Limkina‘s intricate illustrations envelop a gatefold jacket that expands to a double-sided four-panel poster. More elegant drawings are found in the included sketchbook, which you can peruse as the marbled vinyl plays TBE favorites such as Jacqui Siu, Steven Bamidele, and Siobhan Sainte.

Trust your instincts – you’ll

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Anoraak – “Last Call” [SONG + VIDEO]

Anoraak’s new song proves what we’ve known for a long time – his music makes the most epic soundtracks. And to prove it, the official video for “Last Call” plays like the introductory to a massive blockbuster about warriors, champions, virtual reality, and the neon hyperreality of Japan. Anoraak gives it all a space disco stomp, with retro-synthy goodness worthy of the biggest names in Hollywood. Player One, Ready…Fight!

For more of Anoraak’s arcade genius, listen to “We Lost (ft. Slow Shiver)” as featured on VINYL MOON Volume 016: Breathing Shadows.

[PREMIERE] Jon Coyle – “Fun & Levitating”

Longtime TBE readers will recognize Son Step, which gives you a starting point for the new solo project by member Jon Coyle. But “Fun & Levitating”, the debut single from his upcoming Happy Place EP, is a slightly different beast. While Coyle’s music doesn’t fully divert from the electronic-indebted folk styling of Son Step, it does find him reprioritizing those elements, favoring delicate layering and meditative rondos over more traditional song structures. It’s a musical smorgasbord with dashes of Fleet Foxes, CAN, ambient, krautrock, lofi drone, and even Indian ragas, and Coyle’s velvety overlapping vocals melting all those influences together into something a little bit more. But despite all the lush singing, this doesn’t feel like a song to sing along to – it feels like a song to get lost in. Dreamy Sunday mornings just found their new favorite soundtrack.

If you want to re-explore Son Step, start with “Sweet Wife Life” from VINYL MOON Volume 015: Taking Shapes.

VINYL MOON Volume 026: Nightshining

We’re excited to unveil the latest release from VINYL MOON, the one-of-a-kind record club that presses a collection of songs from new breakout artists, along with exciting artwork and design from the hottest visual artists around.

Volume 026: Nightshining embraces the duality of light and dark. A hyperglossy 3-panel gatefold jacket showcases the surreal photography of Marilyn Mugot, whose shots seem to take place in a weird in-between of dusk, dawn, night, and day. The record itself is housed in a middle pocket, which slides out to unveil its midnight-violet translucent vinyl.

TBE readers will recognize artists such as Mt. Joy, Leo Law, Shoffy, and more. It all comes together with

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[LIVE] TBE Presents Freedom Fry at The Peppermint Club on 12/6

Vinyl Moon alumni Freedom Fry is playing a show! They were featured on Volume 15: Taking Shapes with their terrific cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”.

TBE fave (& Vinyl Moon artist), STAL, are also playing!

It’s going to be an excellent time, so hopefully we’ll see you there. Link to get tickets HERE!

Big Akasha- “I know Whatcha Gonna Do [Explicit]” // Claudio Ethos

Living in such a tumultuous time, Big Akasha provides some commentary with her funk driven song and powerful lyrics. Produced by Baby Jess from Mansions on The Moon, “I Know Whatcha Gonna Do” is a prime showcase of R&B and soul driven by modern day controversies we all see and feel. With imagery of Trump, North Korea, and war within our own borders, Big Akasha hits back with her strike words and feelings. To hear more from Baby Jeff and Mansions on The Moon, be sure to check out “Heart of the Moment (Extended)” on VINYL MOON Volume 004: Surface Tension.

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