Tamar Aphek (Tel Aviv, Israel)

We hope you all went through confined living peacefully and virus-proof as much as possible. At EXAG we were lucky to come across a wonderful yet nonetheless contagious record by Tel-Aviv jazz/rock’n’roll artist Tamar Aphek that recently joined the family.

Today the single ‘Crossbow‘ is coming out, it’s a sharp knife of a rock’n’roll song driven by a steady machine gun evocating bass line and chest-pounding drums. Recorded at Daptone Records in NYC, the song is ironically making sense in the current pandemic context. Indeed Tamar wrote ‘Crossbow’ as a sarcastic song about allowing or maybe encouraging one’s aggressive tendencies towards other human beings, until one has “no where to run” or until “there is no place under the sun”.

Raised to classical music at the piano, Tamar got hooked by jazz and rock’n’roll during her 2-year military service where she would carry her guitar and play it on and on during her night shifts.

Premiere on GouteMesDisques : http://www.goutemesdisques.com/news/article/tamar-aphek-nouvelle-pepite-israelienne-du-rock-indie/

“Tamar Aphek, nouvelle pépite israélienne du rock indie”
“on peut vous garantir que tant son songwriting que la tension latente et permanente qui anime ses compositions sont autant de forces qui nous font dire qu’il faudra compter sur ces Israéliens en 2020.” – Goûte Mes Disques

Ever since she’s been very active in the Isreali indie scene in bands such as ED, Carusella and Shoshana. Her first solo EP ‘Collision’ came out in 2014 and had her tour Europe and the US several times and lately she’s been working on her first LP that she recorded in New York at Daptone Records under the supervision of Daniel Schlett (War on drugs, DIIV).

Tamar’s music is infused with a wide spectrum of rhythms, dynamics, melodies and tones that might be attributed to her four years stay in Egypt through childhood which changed her whole worldview. Thus, composing and writing lyrics to her songs unveils a combination of personal philosophical vision together with day-to-day life experience.

We got hooked pretty much straight away, and we wish you the same.


Follow Tamar Aphek :


Facebook : facebook.com/Tamar.Aphek/
Instagram : instagram.com/tamar_aphek/


Now it’s time to announce NEW EXAG SIGNING : Thank

We’re delighted to announce the signing of Leeds-based noise-rock band Thank will soon drop their second EP ‘Please’. Coming out as a joint venture between BUZZHOWL RECORDS and EXAG’ Records. ‘Please’ is the follow-up to the group’s debut EP, 2017’s Sexghost Hellscape.

Now it’s time to reveal the video for new single ‘Think Less’
premiered on Pink Wafer.

“Cynical, menacing, and cathartic, this barrage of energy hits you like a refreshing smack in the face. Settle in for an uncomfortable yet welcome three and a half minutes of aggression.” Pink Wafer

PRE ORDER starts now ➡️https://exagrecords.bigcartel.com/product/please

EU dates will be announced soon. Keep following us !

What a lovely sunny day and what best to start the week with the new music video for ‘My Thoughts’ by Leopard Skull. Watch out the amazing video animation by Triplophonic.

Taken from upcoming debut album ‘Welcome Home’ out September 27th on EXAG Records.

Thanks to Dansende Beren for premiering the music video. Read more over here


Premiered by RavelinMagazine

Text & Interview : Andy Fenwick

25 years ago, in the wake of Seattle, label A&R people raced to whatever American city seemed to have something in the water that created great guitarists and songwriters. Of course, the Internet has ended all that. Young bands these days are best off living where it’s cheapest, putting their music online, and getting in the van.

And yet, for the Pacific Northwest, little has changed, at least when it comes to something in the water producing superlative rock bands. More than most of those bands, Portland’s WIBG stirs almost every influential Pacific northwest band into their heady stew, part psychedelic guitar workout, part tongue-in-cheek surf-a-billy, part apocalyptic cheerleader chant. On their new release Winnie & the Nihilist, they’ve put together a nine-song ode to sunshine, Dead Moon, nihilists, and more than a few women (some on bikes).

Lead by guitarist Justin Fowler and recently rounded out by Dan Galucki (drums), Nathan Moore (bass) and Cory Gray (keyboards), WIDB stuffs each track with slightly unbalanced vocals, often backed by a shaky Greek chorus that can devolve on a dime into female screams, like on “Allison” (is that … Allison?). “Sunshine” closes with a wonderful, full-band freak-out. The best track on the album, “Turned On and Terrified,” supports its excellent title with a fuzzed-out riff and jittery rhythm. The Young Fresh Fellows-esque (Pacific Northwest again!) ditty “Somebody Else” falls as one of the best protest songs of 2017: “Somebody else / is having all the fun … somebody else/is getting all the money … somebody else /is gettin’ in touch with God.”

Yet, despite the fun, guitar-fueled worlds created by “Somebody Else,” or on the daft “Girls on Bikes,” WIBG’s cover of Dead Moon’s “Dead Moon Night” stands as the soul of Winnie & the Nihilist, a record notable, after repeated listens, for a subtle menace beneath its smart-alecky surface, something the immortal, Portland-based Dead Mooncornered well during their long career. Covering Dead Moon isn’t something any band does lightly, and WIDB pulls it off here, doubly significant and poignant considering Dead Moon’s Fred Cole passed away in mid-November 2017.

We spoke with Fowler about nihilists and girls on bikes:

I was literally writing a question about your excellent cover of “Dead Moon Night” when I learned that Fred Cole died. How large did Cole/Dead Moon/Pierced Arrows loom for Portland bands? 

They are legends in Portland and some of my biggest heroes. Fred led an amazingly inspiring life.

“Girls on Bikes” takes an odd, even sinister turn – what’s going on there?

It’s probably the dumbest song I’ve ever written so I figured I’d put a little twist in there to keep things interesting.

Is that an 8-bit on “Somebody Else?


What’s the story behind the song “Winnie and the Nihilist?” Is there a Winnie?

There is a Winnie, but the song has nothing to do with her. At the time I needed a good title for a song that’s about a nihilist type of character. I met Winnie and her sister at a music festival after-party. Winnie’s sister is not actually a nihilist, but she has quite a dark sense of humor and loves cigarettes. A few days later in the tour van the title came to me.

Any new toys/amps/sounds used on this new album that you’re especially proud of? I’ve heard a smidge of keys here and there on each of your releases …

I have an ever-growing collection of shitty keyboards and a few nice ones. Our engineer Cory is also our keyboard player with lots of gear. We kind of split keyboard duties on the record. I’ve been really into putting Moog all over stuff. I need to watch myself.

On this new album and on last year’s “How’s Your Favorite Dreamer?” you recorded a few unlikely and fascinating things, like “the Discoverer.” Do you push for new styles/sounds, or are they happy accidents for other reasons?

I’m always experimenting in my studio at home when the dudes are out of town, so I have lots of demos and little instrumentals laying around waiting for homes. I made “The Discoverer” with Cory at his studio.

Talk about the new video – how was it made?

We were on tour and desperate for a video, so we asked our buddy Jared Kurzawa. I’m not sure if he’s ever made a music video before … I think maybe he got really high and made it on his phone but I’m not sure about his methods. At any rate, he did a really good job with no guidance at all. He saved our asses!


DAVE COCKS ‘Borders’


With their BLACK’EX split series, Exag Records is creating interesting connections between artists from around the world. The concept is to take two artists from two different countries and release their music on a beautiful 10” vinyl. BLACK’EX #1 brings Dave Cocks from Italy (better known as one half of cold wave duo Throw Down Bones) together with French artist Monolithe Noir, who now resides in Belgium. The (not so Italian sounding) artist Dave Cocks created a dark track with the appropriate name ‘Borders’, which now comes with a fascinating video. The release is out today July 19th, order your copy here!

By Subbacultcha

Link : http://subbacultcha.be/2017/07/19/dave-cocks-borders/



As far as we know, psychedelic doo-wop didn’t exist as a genre until Okey Dokey started making it.

The Beach Boys grazed the surface during the famously aborted Smile sessions, but they certainly didn’t make it a principle vocation as the Nashville, Tennessee duo do. Composed of guitarist Johny Fisher and visual artist Aaron Martin, Okey Dokey already staked claim to that ground with their first single, “Wavy Gravy“. Their debut album, 2017’s Love You, Mean It proved that the formula worked on a full-length scale.

Today, the band has shared a brand new music video for their latest single, album high-water mark “Low Rent // Blue Skies”. The music video, which was filmed and directed in Austin by local photographer Pooneh Ghana, stars Austin comedian JT Kelley as some sort of misbehaving entrepreneurial cowboy, a banana stand, and Okey Dokey. If that description sounds equal parts awesome and confusing that’s because it is. Watch the music video premiere of Okey Dokey’s “Low Rent // Blue Skies,” below.

By Rory Jones


Link : http://do512.com/p/okey-dokey

BLACK'EX Split Series



Belgian label EXAG Records announce the arrival of their BLACK’EX split series and Backseat Mafia are honoured to provide you with the premiere.

The concept for the series is to take two artists, from two different countries, press on top vinyl and in doing so create connections between artists from around the world, building bridges between countries that otherwise may never exist. EXAG will also accompany the shows with a series of live shows.

#1 brings Dave Cocks from Italy, better known as one half of cold wave duo Throw Down Bones together with French artist Monolithe Noir who now resides in Belgium.

‘Borders’ is the first solo released by Dave Cocks and focuses on his personal journey of fleeing the centre and finding himself at the peripheral. ‘Labegum’ is the result of Antoine Pasqualini’s AKA Monolithe Noir breaking away from old habits and traditional instruments to experiment with sound whilst maintaining an ambience fans have come to know and love.

Through this series, EXAG aim to push the boundaries, disregard genre stereotypes and produce music that everyone will come to know and love.

Order here: http://exagrecords.bigcartel.com/product/black-ex-split-series-1

By Le Crowley

Link : http://www.backseatmafia.com/say-psych-premiere-blackex-1/




Okey Dokey ‘Either Or, It’s All The Same’ Premiered by Wonderland

Nashville super psych group get weird in new video

Disintegration and rebirth is part of the natural order of things. This statement holds true for Okey Dokey, a Nashville based psych collective made up of the remnants of past and present bands The Weeks, Sol Cat and Morning Teleportation, conjuring up a sound firmly at home in the future.

Their latest offering is the sultry 60’s garage inspired “Either Or, It’s All the Same”. Speaking on the video the boys said “This video came to be when our close friend and guru, Paul, was saying that he had never once been asked to be in a video in all of his years as an industry man. Johny and I obviously felt the need to help him out. What better way than a home invasion! That was all before the joint kicked in and we decided to hit another dimension on the way home.” Be prepared to get very weird.
– Wonderland Magazine