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Passage interviewed by Yoni Wolf by Matt Valerio

My longtime friend and former bandmate David Bryant (Passage) sat down with Yoni Wolf recently for Yoni's excellent podcast series The Wandering Wolf. If you've ever been a Restiform Bodies fan, or ever known David, this is an absolute must-listen. The dude has been through a lot. Throughout the hour and a half discussion, they talk about David's history, his battles with addiction, and his plans for the future. Check it out above, or download it for free on iTunes

dream tiger "self" LP out now by Matt Bomarr

If you've been following the blog for a little while, you're probably more than aware of my love for dream tiger  and everything she does. She's released some amazing cover songs over the past couple of years as well as a few recent singles in her off time from touring and recording with the WHY?  band.

"Self" is a self-released masterpiece that hit the internet not too long ago and to my astonishment, still remains a buried treasure. Seriously people, you need to listen to this record. It's amazing in headphones. This record would be on all your favorite music blogs' "Best of 2013" list if only they heard it. So spread the word. Tell your friends, share on the interwebs, and show people what they're missing. 

DREAMTIGER - "A Lover's Regret" by Matt Bomarr

If you've followed the blog for a bit, you're most likely familiar with DREAMTIGER, the brainchild of Liz Wolf (who is now a full-time member of Anticon's WHY? band as well). She just sent me the final version of her 11-track, self-titled record this week and merely a minute and a half into the opening track, I had goosebumps. It's that good. This whole record is something that I see ending up on many peoples' year-end lists come December. You can catch her solo opening act before the WHY? shows on their tour that starts next Friday. You can see the tour dates right here

(*bonus: grab liz & josiah's covers ep here. it's amazing) 
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Dream Tiger - "Chicago Song" by Matt Bomarr

dream tiger - "chicago song"  (removed)

Dream Tiger is back with another BRAND NEW song called "Chicago Song".There's an interesting story behind it. I'll let her explain:

this is a song written by my friend anna stewart. she wrote this song for her band that has yet to be. so i stole it. as a surprise to her and a gift for all y'all i give you CHICAGO SONG. i hope you enjoy it as much as i do. it's on some gangster type shit. this is song two in a series i'm calling BIRTHDAY WISHES COME TRUE. each month i will upload a cover song on that artist's birthday until i release my record.

As usual, the song is great. You can hear more Dream Tiger stuff on her Bandcamp page.

Mwahaha - "Rainbow Diamond" by Matt Bomarr

mwahaha - "rainbow diamond" (download) [audio http://www.divshare.com/direct/15496886-91c.mp3]

I guarantee you will be hearing more about Mwahaha in the coming months. This Oakland 4-piece blends crazy psychedelia with analog drum machines and thick synth lines, making for an all-out aural treat that deserves repeated headphone listens. Their self-titled record (out December 6) features indie darling Merrill Garbus of tUnE-YarDs, and was mixed and partially recorded by Eli Crews (Deerhoof, Tune-Yards, WHY?, Restiform Bodies). Anticon's Jel and Odd Nosdam are both currently confirmed for remixes in the near future as well. Keep an eye on these guys.  You can also preview another great track from their record called "Poinsettia" over at their Bandcamp page. twitter facebook

Telephone Jim Jesus - "Dice Raw (feat. Yoni Wolf & Pedestrian)" by Matt Bomarr

telephone jim jesus - "dice raw (feat. yoni wolf & pedestrian)" (download) [audio http://www.divshare.com/direct/15455495-127.mp3]

Somehow this record from one of my best friends and bandmates, Telephone Jim Jesus, has come up twice this week, so I thought I'd post one of my favorite tracks from it. "Dice Raw" features Anticon's Pedestrian and Yoni Wolf of WHY? on vocals, as well as a couple of tasteful "record drop-ins" from myself. I play drums on a few of the songs from this record, Anywhere Out of the Everything, which you can purchase right here.

Josiah Wolf & Liz Hodson - "Ain't No Sunshine" by Matt Bomarr

josiah wolf & liz hodson - "ain't no sunshine" (download) (via Bandcamp) [audio http://www.divshare.com/direct/14263680-dc2.mp3]

Last July, I posted a dark & chilling cover of Nirvana's "Heart-Shaped Box," done by my friend Liz Hodson. Since then, she's completed a 6-song covers EP with Josiah Wolf (of WHY?) called Under Lovers Covers. The EP features the previously-mentioned Nirvana cover, this excellent version of Bill Withers' classic "Ain't No Sunshine," as well as covers of James Taylor, Mississippi John Hurt, Nick Drake, and the Gerald Marks/Seymour Simons jazz standard "All of Me." These interpretations are very very beautiful, and I can't recommend this EP enough. You can stream it and/or buy it direct from them over at their Bandcamp page. It's only $5, and very worth it. They put a lot of hard work into this, so I'd suggest you buy a copy for yourself AND your mother.

Liz Hodson - "Heart-Shaped Box" by Matt Bomarr

liz hodson - "heart-shaped box" (download) [audio http://www.divshare.com/direct/12071325-f02.mp3]

If you've had the pleasure of catching one of the always-impressive live WHY? shows, or have seen any of Josiah Wolf's performances in the past couple of months, you've seen Liz Hodson. Liz has been lending her vocal and bass talents to Josiah on his recent tour in support of his new album Jet Lag.  She recorded this dark, but incredibly beautiful cover of Nirvana's "Heart-Shaped Box" a few months back, and played every single instrument on the track.  This song gives me chills every single time I listen to it.  I hope it has the same effect on you.