BLACKIE: Total Freedom Incarnate

By on June 27, 2012


“…A one man noise ordinance violation.”
— The New York Times

BLACKIE: Total Freedom Incarnate

Houston’s own king of genre-bending noise, Michael LaCour AKA Blackie is fresh off a 15 city international tour of France and the Netherlands, three blistering shows at Toronto’s legendary NXNE and one massive performance in Montreal (where he was welcomed with open arms after his two raucous shows at Pop Montreal 2011). The New York Times rightfully picked him as one of five Texas artists to watch for at SXSW 2011 and now he’s set to officially release GEN, his first acoustic collection of recordings on Tooth Records.
BLACKIE’s sound defies description but holds true to his personal mantra: TOTAL FREEDOM. Indeed, BLACKIE is all about making no-holds-barred music that melds sounds reminiscent of bands as diverse as Butthole Surfers, Geto Boys, Limb, Dalek, and Black Flag into one cacophonous maelstrom of beautiful discord. His three previous releases, Wilderness of North America (2008), Spred Love (2009) and True Spirit & Not Giving a F*** (2011) were perfect examples of a man wholly unwilling to compromise his artistic vision.

And 2012’s GEN promises to be just as impressive as his past releases. He’s already getting love from sites like HangoutAltSounds and we’ve got a sneaking suspicion BLACKIE is going to be busting your speakers (and eardrums) all summer long. After hearing GEN, TOTAL FREEDOM might just be your new personal mantra.



Alphanaut’s Little Sun, is out today! The album is a concept driven work about the full life cycle of Alan’s beloved dog Dingo who tragically passed away from Canine Lymphoma in October 2009. Each song on the album is a chapter in the story of Dingo’s life, from birth to the ultimate passage back into the realm of the spirit. Of the thirteen songs on Little Sun, either are stories told from Dingo’s perspective, including first single “Back to the Stars.” Watch the video, which premiered on The Huffington Post, here.

The Dø: The incredible French/Finiish duo (vocalist Olivia Merilahti & multi-instrumentalist Dan Levy) that conjure up an unlikely blend of indie rock, folk, dance, and mid-20th century pop will embark on an eight day North American tour in support – ending their run at the iconic Osheaga Music Festival in Montreal. The band was recently nominated for “Up & Comer” Best New Artist Award for the first annunal A2IM Libera Awards (American Association of Independent Music). An award that is presented by eMusic and celebrates the next independent label superstar artist. The awards were held on June 21 and The Dø WON! Check it out here

Glass vaults play the last night of their month long residency tonight at Pianos. It’s free entry so if you’re in the area head along! The band goes on at 10pm. Download latest single “Crystallise,” which premiered on Indie Shuffle, here.

Jezzy & The Belles, the salacious Brooklyn based dream-pop folktronica band, releases their debut full-length album Compasses & Maps Tuesday, June 26. This aptly titled record guides listeners on a transcendent pilgrimage along the border of hauntingly ethereal indie pop and seductive, undulating folktronica. This rhythmic journey is lead by the hypnotic vocals of front woman, Jezzy (Jessica Eisenberg), who fearlessly routes your way through 9 rousing songs which will make you subconsciously fall victim to her melodic rapture. Fans of Nouvelle Vague, Air, Massive Attack and PJ Harvey beware:Compasses & Maps by Jezzy & The Belles will claim another piece of your heart.

The Neighbourhood: The unique California quintet who are taking over the blogosphere (Love from Hype Machine, Pigeons & Planes, NME, Earmilk and more) recently recorded a daytrotter session. Check it out here.

Straight to the Sun records reminds you Maximo Parks excellent 4th album The National Health is available online next week! We’re also thrilled to announce a brand new signing, New Zealand rock n rollers The Datsuns with their fifth album Death Rattle Boogie. This record will be available on vinyl, CD and digitally later this year. 


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.