Arms and Sleepers - Tiger Tempo

"2014 marks the beginning of a new chapter for Arms and Sleepers, with the release of their first new album in over three years – entitled Swim Team – scheduled for October 28th via Fake Chapter Records. Building on the ambient sound of their previous work while taking their music in a fundamentally new direction, Swim Team sees the duo taking bold creative steps and coming into full focus. “The album is definitely a departure from our previous releases – it has more to the point, concise compositions with a lot of focus on beats and different synth sounds,” says Ramic. And songs like Swim Team and Hurry Slowly perfectly embody the band’s new and amped-­up sound. Inspired by childhood obsessions in the 80s, Swim Team draws from instrumental hip-­hop, R&B-­influenced instrumentation and a wide range of electronic music to capture nostalgic moments. Despite a relatively short running time of 35 minutes, the album manages to deliver a wide range of intense emotions through its tapestry of intricate melodies and upbeat rhythms. More importantly, the new album fulfills the longing we have had for new music since the release of the band’s critically-acclaimed 2011 album The Organ Hearts. Swim Team is a compelling album characterized by a beautiful blend of lush textures, complex beats, and subtle harmonies which illustrate the duo’s growth and pursuit of invention and reinvention – becoming their most dynamic album yet."



New York, New York

"We grew up in the New York of the 1980s, and our childhood was in no way some kind of crime-addled haunted house. And this wasn’t because we led some particularly cosseted or rarified existence, rather it was because we—like millions of other New Yorkers—led perfectly normal lives for the times. We don’t want to minimize the fact that crimes like mugging and graffiti were much more common occurrences 25 years ago; we remember riding those grimy, tagged Redbird cars, and we remember our excitement at the introduction of the new cars—gleaming and silver and full of yellow and orange seats—that now seem old and somewhat grimy themselves. And we remember our father telling us stories of the times he’d been mugged and how our mother refused to let us walk to school by ourselves even though we were nine whole years old because of how she’d been attacked when she was a girl walking to the same school that we went to now. We remember the Riverside Park playgrounds with splintered equipment and being hustled through Times Square very quickly lest we see too much through the windows of the peep shows or adult video stores. We remember being afraid of the Zodiac Killer and frantically trying to figure out with our friends which sign we really were, because we were born on a cusp and were we safe or were we in imminent mortal danger? We remember bugging our parents to let us walk to the corner store on our own and hearing them talk amongst themselves about Etan Patz and how it wasn’t worth the risk. We remember all these things.

But we also remember how our neighborhood was full of stores owned by people who actually worked in them, and how the butcher would give us slices of bologna to munch on while our mother placed her order for that night’s dinner. We remember how hard it was to even walk a few blocks with our grandmother without running into a dozen people she knew, because she’d lived in that area for decades. We remember that magical feeling of not only being a part of an intimate community, but also something larger and grander than we could ever really know at that age but happily knew we’d spend a lifetime trying to figure out. We don’t remember feeling afraid. We don’t remember it as a horror show. We remember it simply as our childhood, one we shared with millions of other people, one which we could have despite being a part of a decidedly middle-class family—and not one in which our parents’ income needed to be in the mid-six-figures.” - Follow Kristin Iversen on twitter @kmiversen


300,000+ people from all over the world marched for climate justice yesterday afternoon in New York City ahead of the United Nations Climate Summit happening this week. 

Although the march’s organization & some participating groups were problematic, the sheer number of people who flooded Manhattan yesterday was unreal. We can use these gatherings to support each other’s organizing work, connect our struggles, share stories & strategize our next moves. 

Flood Wall Street direct actions & civil disobedience to call out climate change profiteers are happening right now at Battery Park. Updates coming soon.

All photos by the awesome Jenna Pope


Juniper Rising - Days Of Heaven

"Washy western blues band form Brooklyn convincing enough to take us back to Texas. They’re putting out their full length debut on Burger Records next month, catch them at their release show on October 3rd."

U&U Interview:: Andrew Accardi



When I was first starting music journalism, I picked up a book of Lester Bangs’ work called Mainlines, Blood Feasts, and Bad Taste. In it, he calls Charlie Haden (the legendary bass player, natch) “hypnotically inventive”, and I am lifting that phrase straight from the pages of that worn copy to describe Andrew Accardi, lead singer of ROBBERS, Shone, and a pretty fantastic artist. Having followed ROBBERS since their days on MySpace, and Andrew’s art, as well, I am more than honored that he agreed to sit down and do an in-depth interview with U&U. I hope you all enjoy reading this exclusive half as much as I enjoyed putting it together! Check it out after the jump, and check out ROBBERS on Bandcamp while you’re at it.

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Hard to believe summer is but a week within our grasps. Hope you made new friends, saw more live music, enjoyed the mild muggy-less weather, and above all found new music to keep your heart moving along through the seasons ahead. This Sunday, the wonderfully talented Sol Liebeskind performed at the LIC CONCERTS series at Gantry Park sponsored by Sage Music. Her and Agustin have become great friends as well as e9productions main artist of choice to support this year. Photography was taken by myself, Nadeem Gibran Salaam of E9productions. Hope to see you soon!