Thursday, January 31, 2013

Chelsea Wolf: "Flatlands"

Ignore the video.  Just listen to the song. 



All info comes courtesy of Enabler PR. 

CHELSEA WOLFE SHARES NEW VIDEO, REMIXED BY LUST FOR YOUTH & TOURING
 

WATCH "FLATLANDS" NOW
 
Chelsea Wolfe has been making her way across the country on a mostly sold out tour, that features Andrea Calderon on violin & Ben Chisholm on synths. Today, Wolfe has teamed up Converse to share her haunting video for "Flatlands". Watch it here and go behind the scenes with Bullett here. Swedish act, Lust For Youth took Wolfe's harmonies and reinvented "Flatlands" into a dark cold dance jam, stream that here. Her tour continues for another two weeks, remaining dates below. TOUR

1/29 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
1/30 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
1/31 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
2/1- Houston, TX- Fitzgerald's
2/2 - Austin, TX - Central Presbytarian Church
2/3 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
2/5 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
2/6 - San Diego - The Loft 8 UCSD
2/8 - Los Angeles, CA - First Unitarian Church

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Junip: "Line Of Fire"

Though I'll admit it gets a tad overwrought toward the end, I really enjoyed listening to Junip's "Line of Fire" this morning, finding it both gorgeous and affecting.  You can listen to it below.



Junip's self-titled album will be out via Mute on April 23rd.



All info, links and music were provided by Mute.

New Self-Titled Album out April 23rd, 2013

Last week Junip released “Line of Fire”, the first single off their sophomore album Junip, out April 23rd. Featuring vocals by José González with Elias Araya on drums and Tobias Winterkorn on keys, “Line of Fire” showcases a bolder, more mature Junip – once again eager to embrace you with their infectious blend of percussion and passionate, immeasurable waves of genuine emotion. Already receiving high praise, this track is a true stunner and expressive of what's coming down the line.

Within a few seconds of devouring “Line of Fire” you will take note of the ease with which Elias, José and Tobias blend their individual styles into one adept, fluid and pulsating movement. Extensive touring following
Fields allowed them to get a jump start on writing, “We’d press ‘record’ when we started jamming, and end up with a pretty complete song structure when we finished,” González explains. Head over to their soundcloud now to give it a listen!

Returning to their rehearsal space in Gothenberg, Sweden (where they recorded their 2010 debut release,
Fields) the trio once again engaged the assistance of producer Don Alsterberg. It was an easy decision to self-title the second chapter in their collective story as José states, “All the ups and downs were very ‘Junip,’ so titling it with our name seemed appropriately iconic. It’s truly a band album.”

Junip expands the band’s stylistic palette with unexpected juxtapositions.
“We’re somewhere between a German jazz band and an African pop band,” González cracks.

WATCH THE TRAILER FOR Junip HERE

Junip is Gothenburg, Sweden-based rock trio consisting of Elias Araya (drums), José González (guitar, vocals), and Tobias Winterkorn (organ, moog).

Junip:Website | Facebook | Twitter 

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Colin Stetson: "High Above the Grey Green Sky"

I've never heard a saxophone used this way before.  Maybe I'm sheltered.  Either way, "High Above the Grey Green Sky," a new piece of music from Colin Stetson, is fascinating, a turbine of saxophone exhalations layered with vocalized melody.  This piece is featured in Stetson's upcoming new album, New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light, which you can read more about below.

According to Consequence of Sound, U.S. release date is April 30th.

"High Above the Grey Green Sky"



All info comes courtesy of Rarely Unable.

Constellation new release | Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light
 

Released in the UK/EU 29 April 2013

Colin Stetson established himself as an intensely original solo composer and performer in 2011 with the release of the widely acclaimed New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges. Judges ended up on countless year-end lists and emphatically proved that Stetson’s approach to solo saxophone transcends niche or genre; a unique and emotionally resonant instrumental music with influences as wide-ranging as jazz, metal, pop, soul, drone, industrial, minimalism, electro-acoustic and modern contemporary.

Remarkably, Stetson channels these manifold musical strains into a singularly identifiable and personal sound as a polyphonic soloist who doesn’t rely on looping/layering or multi-track/overdubs technologies. Anyone who has seen Stetson in solo performance can attest to the stunning physicality of his circular-breathing technique and capacity to produce a seemingly impossible palate of multiple voicings simultaneously in real time – making his already beautiful and evocative compositions all the more enrapturing and viscerally human.


New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light is the final installment in a trilogy of solo albums and is Stetson’s most ambitious song cycle to date, again recorded live in single takes with a wide array of microphone positions and again mixed by groundbreaking producer Ben Frost. Colin’s membership in Bon Iver over the past two years has also led to vocal contributions from Justin Vernon for this record, who appears on four songs, with a diverse approach on each, and whose voice constitutes the only overdubbing on the album.

The record’s 15-minute centerpiece, title track “To See More Light”, is the longest piece Stetson has yet recorded and possibly the heaviest: a tour de force of swirling arpeggiation, continuous breathing, pumping valves and vocalizations through the reed of the horn that gives way to a tremendous, screaming, sea-sawing dirge through the song’s final movement. This latter stretch conjures a sort of saxophonic sludge metal, and the album’s heaviosity references other sub-genres of metal as well, most notably in the hardcore blast of “Brute” and the ambient grindcore throb of “Hunted”. In other instances, the album is soulful and even hymnal, especially where Vernon’s vocals play a lead role: opener “And In Truth” (featuring Vernon’s most instantly recognisable contribution, of massed, multi-tracked harmonies), the cover of Washington Phillips’ gospel tune “What Are They Doing In Heaven Today”, and “Who the waves are roaring for” where Vernon delivers some of the more tender and honest vocal performances we’ve heard from him in any context.


New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light is the most cohesive and fully realized of Stetson’s solo albums to date. It should reliably stand as the apotheosis of the New History Warfare trilogy, and certainly signals the full flourishing of Stetson’s unique talents as both composer and performer, pressing his arsenal of virtuosic techniques into the service of vivid, impassioned and conceptually astute songcraft.

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Boris: Flood performances and tour-only release

Today in "sucks to be you, Philadelphia" news, it was announced today that Boris will carrying out a small tour of the U.S. featuring performances of their album, Flood, in its entirety.  Naturally, because Philadelphia isn't a music city by any stretch, the band will not be stopping here.  Adding insult to injury, a tour-only exclusive release will be sold during the tour.



All info comes courtesy of Us/Them Group and I'm not at all bitter.

Boris announce residency US tour performing Flood album & all-time classics

Plus, Austin Psych Fest in late April

Click image to watch tour video teaser

Legendary Japanese trio Boris announce a series of US headlining residency shows in several major markets following their performance at Austin Psych Fest in late April. The residency tour, billed as "from the past, the present and through to the future" features Boris playing 2 consecutive nights in each city. For the first night, the band will perform its all-time classics along with many new songs never before played in the US. The second night's set features most of Boris' cult classic album
Flood along with a noise/drone/experimental set. Please see all current dates below.

Boris will also sell a limited edition tour-only release available only at the merch table. Watch/share tour video teaser HERE.

Iconoclast trio Boris are widely known for their ability to breach styles and stretch sonic boundaries of all that is heavy, psychedelic, droning and downright cathartic. Their last three albums --
Attention Please, Heavy Rocks and New Album, all released in 2011 via Sargent House -- are perfect testament to the band's vast abilities. Over the span of two decades, the trio, bassist/vocalist Takeshi, guitarist/vocalist Wata and drummer/vocalist Atsuo has issued nearly 20 studio albums, as well as numerous collaborative albums -- including projects with Merzbow, Sunn0))), Ian Astbury and Michio Kurihara of Ghost (who also currently tours with the band as second guitarist) -- EPs and singles on various labels throughout the world.

BORIS US TOUR 2013
04/27 Austin, TX @ Carson Creek - Austin Psych Fest
05/01 Washington DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
05/02 Washington DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
05/04 Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
05/05 Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall

05/06 New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
05/07 New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
05/10 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
05/11 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
05/18 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
05/19 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
05/21 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
05/22 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
05/23 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex
05/24 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex 


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Monday, January 28, 2013

Wolf People: "All Returns" (Single)

If you didn't know that you needed some 60s era psych blues to close out your Monday, Wolf People's "All Returns" will convince you that this was the case.  "All Returns" is the first single from the band's upcoming new album, Fain


All info below comes courtesy of Jagjaguwar.



Wolf People's Fain Coming in April - Stream "All Returns"


Wolf People: (L-R) Tom Watt, Jack Sharp, Joe Hollick, Dan Davies
Jagjaguwar will release the second full-length studio album by England's Wolf People, Fain, on April 30th (29th in the UK).

Recorded in a beautiful and isolated house in the Yorkshire Dales,
Fain is the sound of a band at the peak of their creative powers. It’s an honest and natural album that allows its stories, its melodies, its themes and structures to breathe. The album draws on more traditional English and Scottish folk melodies than anything they’ve done before, but not straying from the drop-out fuzz-rock route they’ve made their own. The influences are vast – British rock bands like Groundhogs, Dark, Mighty Baby and Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac are evident in the swirling and distorted guitars throughout Fain, along with the 60s revival folk of Fairport Convention, Nic Jones, and Trees. Additionally they have looked towards Scandinavian’s rich psychedelic tradition both new and old – you can hear the likes of Mecki Mark Men, Mikael Ramel and contemporaries Dungen. You can even hear the band’s teenage forays into Hip-Hop in the drums of ‘Thief’ and ‘Athol’.

It rained constantly throughout the recording process, and the house was so packed with gear and recording equipment that the band was forced to sleep in tents and caravans parked outside. Whilst performing, they could look out into the vast countryside and catch sight of buzzards, hares, curlews and hundreds upon hundreds of crows and gulls. The fire was on permanently, overnight and throughout the day. A serene experience that informs every track on the album. It was mixed and finished in the equally rainy London, with additional performances from Olivia Chaney on piano and backing vocals, plus Nic Kearey and Rachel Davies of Stick in the Wheel and Various (XL). Jace Lasek (The Besnard Lakes) recorded backing vocals in Vancouver remotely for "All Returns."


Click Here to Stream and Embed "All Returns"
 

As evidenced by the first single "All Returns," Fain is more lyrically focused than anything they've previously recorded.. The song tells the story of a dream Jack Sharp (guitars/vocals) had whilst writing for the album in his native Bedford, during which an acquaintance had looked into his eyes and seen into his soul whilst calmly describing his faults and inner demons - a truly cathartic experience. However, says Sharp, his life is largely “too banal” for material, and he largely draws upon snapshots of history to furnish him with the ideas for lyrics. Stand out track “Thief” is taken from various stories of highwaymen that had been made famous by broadsheet ballads and plays – the likes of Charles Peace, William Nevison, Jonathan Wild and Jack Sheppard. He delivers this story in first person, almost as if he is playing the part of a complete degenerate with little or no conscience or morals. As Sharp says, “It’s like a form of tourism. You can visit but not live in the mind of an appalling human being.“

Wolf People is: Jack Sharp (vocals/guitar), Joe Hollick (guitar), Dan Davies (bass, vocals) and Tom Watt (drums).


Stream "All Returns"
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Wolf People Official Site
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MusicFilmWeb: Beijing Punk

MusicFilmWeb's Music Documentary Monday feature, 1.28.

Beijing Punk
Directed by Shaun Jefford
Released: 2012



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Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Inbox Giveth: Machines Learning

Machines Learning
Success Has Many Fathers While Failure in an Orphan EP
Machines Recording Records
Released: 1.1.13

With crunchy chords that induce a dreamy gaze and generate heavy fields of sonic thrust, Machines Learning has taken cues from Billy Corgan and Kevin Shields and interprets these influences well.  Their new 3-song EP, Success Has Many Fathers While Failure is an Orphan, is immersed in a lush and serrated tone, texture and grace allowed to coexist.



With Machines Learning, there is definitely an appeal to nostalgia for anyone pining for the days of flannel shirts and 120 Minutes, when Loveless was new and legitimate college radio won mainstream attention.  While "Strong Men Also Cry" opens the EP with an Explosions in the Sky styled post-rock instrumental that doesn't seem too out of character with the past decade or so, the following song, "The Island in the Hills," is an exercise in reminiscence: the drum sounds and stride, the trails of charred guitar strums pulsating through its expanse, a melancholic and sincere disposition communicated through relish of tone. 

Album closer, "Penntucket Blues," toys a bit with Slint-like math rock, but ultimately unifies the album's sound by injecting the necessary distortion and quickly finishes off the EP. 

I believe this is a digital only release, which is unfortunate.  As Machines Learning so ably emulate a time and era that was reliant on the warmth of the analog format, Success Has Many Fathers While Failure in an Orphan seems perfect for cassette or 7." 

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Diamond Version: "Turn On Tomorrow"

In case you don't remember as far back as last November, I posted a video of the song "Science for a Better Life" by Diamond Version, a factorial and minimalist work of automated paranoia currently releasing a series of five EPs that will lead to a full-length release later this year. EP3 will be physically out in late February, (the digital option available on January 29th if that's how you roll), and a new video, "Turn On Tomorrow," was unleashed today.



All info comes courtesy of Mute Records.

DIAMOND VERSION EP3 OUT FEB 26th on 12” & JAN 29th VIA DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR "TURN ON TOMORROW"

Diamond Version will release EP3 next Tuesday January 29th via digital download and on February 26th via 12”. EP3 is the third EP release in a series of five and features the tracks Turn On Tomorrow, Sense Of Urgency and Turn On Tomorrow (Version). Diamond Version has also released a video to accompany the final track. Echoing the previously released videos for EP 1 and EP2, this video for Turn On Tomorrow (Version) also utilizes rhythmic, flashing lights, but with a bolder sense of urgency (no pun intended).
 

Each EP accelerates the duo closer and closer to culmination, which will manifest itself in the form of a full-length comprised of tracks from these EPs, as well as new tracks. Diamond Version’s debut album is slated for release this summer.

EP3 TRACKLISTING
Turn On Tomorrow
Sense Of Urgency
Turn On Tomorrow (Version)

Diamond Version is the collaborative project between two of the most groundbreaking, experimental and visionary creators in modern music, Byetone and Alva Noto (founders of German label Raster-Noton).

"Diamond Version is a project born out of a live situation. We occasionally performed encores together after our solo sets. These spontaneous and improvised tracks always had a kind of "special energy" which we missed in our solo works.” Diamond Version’s audio-visual live performance debuted at Sonar 2012 with special guest Atsuhiro Ito (reviewed here by The Quietus).

The band have announced several dates for 2013 including the prestigious festivals Berlin CTM / Transmediale and Sonar Reykjavik, with more to be announced shortly.

Diamond Version boxset subscription

Diamond Version: Website | Twitter

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No Ripcord: This Town Needs Guns

This Town Needs Guns
13.0.0.0.0
Sargent House
Released: 1.22.13



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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Akron/Family: "No-Room"

A new single from Akron/Family surfaced today called "No-Room," which is an intensified and urgent mix of noise rock and Americana laced psychedelia.  A new album called Sub Verses will be released on  April 30th and it will feature cover art by Sunn O)))'s Stephen O'MalleyMichael Gira, the unbridled mind behind Swans and the head of Akron/Family's former label, Young God Records, contributed a few words about the band which you can see below.



All info comes courtesy of Dead Oceans.

Akron/Family Returns With New Album, Sub Verses, April 30th Stream "No-Room" - Announcing Spring Tour Dates  

Yesterday Akron/Family premiered the first song from their forthcoming record, Sub Verses, out on Dead Oceans on April 30th (29th in the UK). "No-Room" can be streamed via Pitchfork here alongside a first leg of 2013 live dates.

"No-Room" showcases the heavier, more direct sound of Sub Verses. Influenced, in part, by monumental land art installations and harnessed by producer Randall Dunn (Sunn 0))), Earth, Black Mountain, Wolves In The Throne Room etc…). In a sense it sees the band returning to their roots, revisiting the heavy physical impact, emotional confrontation, intensity, and musicality of their collaborations w/ Michael Gira of Swans. In a personal statement Gira had this to say about Sub Verses:

"We find [Akron/Family] rocking (still rocking), but now in a skittering kaleidoscope. The shards of music styles and influences flung through the speakers from all directions, congealing for a second, then just as quickly dissolving into something new and unexpected. They're amphetamine-crazed jugglers of sound and texture, but there's always those vocals, rooting the thing in a deep and satisfying place.

It seems to me lots of groups these days view the whole history of music as fair game for their palette, which might be understandable, since it's all there at easy access now, but most of it seems like playing dress up to me, and certainly it exists in inverted commas.

There are no inverted commas in the world of AK. They're inside the music, grinding it, fighting it, chewing it, digesting it, then spewing it up to the sky in a multicolored spray of endless sound and love."

The full text from Gira is available, alongside statements from Seth Olinsky & Miles Seaton from Akron/Family here at Dead Oceans.

The album’s art was created by Sunn 0))) guitarist Stephen O’Malley, whose graphic design has appeared on records from Boris & The Melvins to Oneohtrix Point Never. Visit the Akron/Family Tumblr for more insight on the visual influences that informed the work.

Tour Dates:
01/29/13 Santa Barbara, CA: Muddy Waters
01/30/13 La Jolla, CA: UCSD - The Loft
02/01/13 Sacramento, CA: Blue Lamp
02/02/13 San Francisco, CA: The Fillmore
03/09/13 Denton, TX: Dan's Silverleaf (35 Denton)
03/13-16/13 Austin, TX: SXSW
04/09/13 Albuquerque, NM: Low Spirits
04/10/13 Denver, CO: Larimer Lounge
04/11/13 Lawrence, KS: Jackpot Saloon
04/12/13 Iowa City, IA: Gabe's Oasis
04/13/13 Minneapolis, MN: 7th St. Entry
04/14/13 Madison, WI: High Noon Saloon
04/16/13 Chicago, IL: Empty Bottle
04/17/13 Cincinnati, OH: MOTR Pub
04/18/13 Ann Arbor, MI: The Blind Pig
04/19/13 Toronto, ON: Lee's Palace
04/20/13 Montreal, QC: Il Motore
04/21/13 Allston, MA: Brighton Music Hall
04/24/13 New York, NY: Bowery Ballroom
04/25/13 Philadelphia, PA: Johnny Brenda's
04/26/13 Washington, DC: U Street Music Hall
04/27/13 Asheville, NC: Grey Eagle
04/28/13 Durham, NC: Motorco Music Hall
04/29/13 Atlanta, GA: Drunken Unicorn
04/30/13 Birmingham, AL: The Bottletree
05/01/13 Baton Rouge, LA: Spanish Moon
05/03/13 Austin, TX: Red 7
05/04/13 Dallas, TX: Club Dada
05/06/13 Phoenix, AZ: The Crescent Ballroom
05/08/13 Los Angeles, CA: The Echo

Akron/Family on Twitter

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Cloud Minder: Solace and a charitable Kickstarter effort

About a year and a half ago, I had the opportunity to see a Philadelphia post-rock band called Cloud Minder perform as one of two openers for the band, Earth.  Cloud Minder is in the process of releasing their latest LP, Solace, and they're now promoting a Kickstarter fund so that fans can contribute to its production and distribution.  Seems simple enough, but what makes this story more poignant is that one of the band's members, Dave Sommer, is battling brain cancer.



I was contacted by band member Bob Burns Stokes III, who also works at the Philadelphia venue Johnny Brenda's and creates Cloud Minder's poster art and t-shirts.  Since the band can't tour currently, he explained to me that they're limited with what they can do to raise money, not only in terms of getting their album out to the public, but also for Sommer's hospital bills.



You can check out their story here, or at their Kickstarter page.  It's an unfortunate situation and I'm sure every bit of help would be appreciated beyond all measure. 


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Monday, January 21, 2013

Shopping For Records: Can's The Lost Tapes box set

Can
The Lost Tapes
Spoon
Released: 6.12

A.K.A. Music, Philadelphia, PA:

In June of 2012, Krautrock superheroes Can issued a three CD collection of unreleased material appropriately dubbed, The Lost Tapes.  I found a copy resting against the new releases wall at A.K.A. Music and figured I'd cross it off my wish list.  Plus, being that I'm not very well versed when it comes to Can, I thought the set would make a good primer.  (The only other Can release I own is their 1979 self-titled album, which I consider hit and miss).


Apparently, the material herein was culled from 50 hours' worth of tapes that had been recorded from 1968 'til 1975, an arduous and likely frustrating task taken on by band member Irmin Schmidt, producer Daniel Miller and musician Jono Podmore.  With a retrospective of this size, there is an immediate and mostly automatic desire to positively assess the release before it's even been completely considered, quality or not. 

Having said that, do you ever find that a seminal band's creative runoff is worth a fuck?  There are moments of The Lost Tapes that are very worthwhile: The 16 something minutes of "Graublau" is an entrancing jam piece, "Oscura Primavera" is what Lenny Kaye's record collection might've sounded like had it been haphazardly spritzed with a Sonic Youth protein shake, the Captain Beefheart disposition of "Midnight Sky" and the restless shimmy of "Your Friendly Neighborhood Whore" both get in your head.  Songs like "Waiting for the Street Car" and "Deadly Doris" both build themselves around a single phrase, which does get a little repetitive, but the spontaneity that seemed to inspire the tracks validates their being.

 

Other times you have grating moments of unforgivable pretension like "True Story" or shapeless sound explorations like "Evening All Day."  Running water seemed meaningful enough for a track called "The Agreement," to which there may be some surrealistic statement that I'm not deep enough to distill.  To be fair, being experimental means that you're not going to win with every decision, but that you're at least going to challenge the FM contingent.

The album is consistent enough, though, to be satisfying and, honestly, The Lost Tapes is an interesting find.  You can tell that a lot of effort was invested into making the multi-disc set as cohesive as possible, a feat considering the seven year span of music and the four+ days' length that had to be disassembled and smartly sequenced.

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Daughter of a Tapehead: Crayon Vinyl

My four-year old daughter is very aware of her father's obsessions.  She drew this for me at her daycare: an "I love you, Daddy" note with an album in the center.  This will find permanence on some wall in my record room.

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Girls Names: "Pittura Infamante"

While I'll admit that there's probably an over saturation of post-post-punk or neo new wave bands at this point, I can't help but be engaged by the bands that do it well.  Girls Names, for instance, though the icy, gothic tinge of the vocals is probably a tad cliché at this point, create a nicely rhythmic and well-harmonized cross section of their influences with "Pittura Infamante," a single from their upcoming new album, The New Life.



All info is courtesy of Force Field PR.

Girls Names share new track from their upcoming album The New Life, out Feb 26 on Slumberland Records

STREAM: "Pittura Infamante"
http://soundcloud.com/tough-love/girls-names-pittura
 

Belfast-based post-punk group Girls Names announce details of their followup to their 2011 release Dead to Me. Their new album is called The New Life, and will be released February 26 on Slumberland Records.

 
Listen to the group's new single 'Pittura Infamante' on Pitchfork.

Bio: Belfast-based four-piece Girls Names are a singular proposition, both geographically and psychically removed from their contemporaries at home and abroad. Their second album
The New Life is the sound of a band on the fringes striving to forge their own path, purposefully out of step - and time - with their surroundings. Weighed heavy with the grey landscapes of their hometown, The New Life is isolation laid bare, shot through with an undeterred sense of purpose and individuality.
Having released a series of singles and EPs on various independent labels, Girls Names made their first significant impression on the wider world in 2011 with their debut album, Dead To Me, earning plaudits from the likes of Pitchfork, NME and Loud & Quiet amongst a host of others. And yet, despite all the praise heaped on it, as soon as that record was released Girls Names were already moving into a different headspace.
The band's performance at this year Primavera festival provided them with their first real opportunity to showcase the songs that were to comprise The New Life. The sunshine backdrop of the Spanish coastline offered a somewhat incongruous setting to the eerie dissonance of the new material, a kind of trial by fire metamorphosis rapturously received. Following a tour of Europe, the band returned home to record the album over a series of months. Having been produced by singer and songwriter, Cathal Cully, they've managed to capture that sense of otherness the performances at Primavera hinted at. The expansion to a four piece means the garage-clatter of the spritely pop songs of their debut have been replaced by a deeper, shadowy exercise in catharsis, driven by repetition, psychedelia and Dionysian crisis. And the record was born of a weighty concept too, as Cully explains:
"The New Life is not an over night change for Girls Names - just over two years in fact. Dead to Me literally was dead to us by the time it was committed to wax. But it's a learning curve. We started moving on as artists the moment we finished that recording session, maybe even before. Not to dwell on the past, The New Life is what happens when you reset everything back to zero and start again, but try to perfect. It starts back at zero the minute the needle hits the groove but we're also starting back from zero once the needle lifts at the end of the record. Ad infinitum. The New Life is what follows now."
The album's title track, and the first single to be taken from the album, is an ideal entry point. Just shy of 8 minutes long, it rotates around a hypnotic bass line, and in Cully's evocation of renaissance, offers a perfect metaphor for the album as a whole. New single 'Hypnotic Regression' - available to stream today - reflects another side to the record. The reverb-heavy guitars and compelling melody are immediately memorable, but there are signs of experimentation, too; the white squall of the lead break; the uneasiness in the vocal echoes that furnish the verses. As such, The New Life, stands as a brave statement; the mark of the band untying themselves from the past and easing forth into the unknown.
The New Life will be released on February 18th on Tough Love (UK) and February 26th on Slumberland (US).



Girls Names

The New Life
(Slumberland Records / Tough Love)
Street Date: February 26, 2013
 
Track List:
1. Portrait
2. Pittura Infamante
3. Drawing Lines
4. Hypnotic Regression
5. Occultation
6. A Second Skin
7. The Olympia
8. Notion
9. Projektion
10. The New Life



Girls Names

The New Life 12"
(Slumberland Records / Tough Love)
Street Date: November 20, 2012
 
Track List:
1. The New Life
2. The New Life (JD Twitch Optimo Mix)
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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Tera Melos: "Tropic Lame"

New Tera Melos! X'ed Out will be released in April.  Feast on "Tropic Lame" for now.

All info comes courtesy of Us/Them.


Tera Melos premiere first song from forthcoming album via Rolling Stone

Sacramento's genre-benders Tera Melos announce the forthcoming release of their latest album today with the exclusive premiere of a new song via Rolling Stone. The track, "Tropic Lame" is culled from the new album, X'ed Out and available to download/stream HERE.

Truly great art is that which can't be easily understood and dissected, but immediately resonates nonetheless. Tera Melos' new full length, X'ed Out is just that kind of adventure. The songs transcend in a way that makes you want to sit friends down to hear it, not only to share the experience, but perhaps in hopes that together you can create the world in which songs like this can be defined. It hits mental buttons and flicks internal switches that you never knew existed, while cleverly obscuring the technical precision for which the band has been known. It's remarkably multifaceted, incredibly catchy and perplexing to unravel exactly how it all works.

"It's like visiting a friend who lives on the 14th floor of a building with no elevator, yet he has a grand piano in his apartment," explains bassist Nathan Latona. "How did he get it there? Was it carried up 14 flights of stairs, assembled on site or what? This record is the piano in the apartment with no elevator. We wanted to do all of the tricky stuff in a way that doesn't seem noticeable."

X'ed Out is the culmination of an arc begun on Tera Melos' first proper full-length, Patagonian Rats (Sargent House, 2010) -- a supercollider of 60s pop hooks, Minutemen garage-prog, post-punk evisceration, wiry psychedelia and nearly everything else in-between. Here, the Sacramento based trio burns and simmers simultaneously while situated somewhere without benefit of location services. It's a nowhere land, X'ed Out of the grid, both inviting and daring. Join us.

From the very first fluttering notes of album opener "Weird Circles" it's clear that we're encountering an entirely new Tera Melos. Guitarist/vocalist Nick Reinhart's steady, rhythmic palm-muted strumming and Latona's nimble counter-melody glide the song through the ether like Tangerine Dream with stringed instruments. Reinhart's soft falsetto vocals hover at the forefront until drummer John Clardy's propulsive beat kicks in short, sharp jolts with wailing noise leading up to a triumphant crescendo. Elsewhere, "Bite" soars with a chiming harmonized guitar drone smeared over repetitive, mechanical sounding rhythms. Haunting Beach Boys style "do do do" vocals lead in to the bubbly, rapid-fire notes of "Sunburn" before erupting into the unabashed pop hooks of the chorus. Mellower moments, like the swooning guitar drone and vocal harmonies of "No Phase" and threadbare-yet-bludgeoning "Melody Nine" show just how richly developed the band's musical palette has become. "Tropic Lame" sounds almost reminiscent of Goo-era Sonic Youth's maligned guitar melodies -- skronking, ringing, bending -- while the whole band lean into their instruments to create a massive haze of joyful noise.

"I'd initially wanted to make a really simple and minimal record," Reinhart says. "But our minds wander way too much, so when the songs came to life, they raged a little more than expected. In the process, it became clear that to move forward we needed to think less." Clardy agrees, "we're not trying to bludgeon people over their heads with technicality. It's more deceptively simple."

X'ed Out will be available everywhere April 16th, 2013 on LP, CD and download via Sargent House.

Artist: Tera Melos
Album: X'ed Out
Label: Sargent House
Release Date: April 16, 2013

01. Weird Circles
02. New Chlorine
03. Bite
04. Snake Lake
05. Sunburn
06. Melody Nine
07. No Phase
08. Tropic Lame (MP3)
09. Slimed
10. Until Lufthansa
11. Surf Nazis
12. X'ed Out and Tired

On the Web:
teramelosmusic.com
sargenthouse.com/Tera_Melos
teramelos.bandcamp.com teramelos1.tumblr.com

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

What I Heard This Morning (which was actually around 10:30PM): Herbcraft

It's likely the caffeine has left your system and your will to move has been depleted.  Your eyelids are probably heavy, your mind should be shutting off so as to aid in the rest your body will be requesting very soon.  If any aural comfort were needed at this point, I would recommend Herbcraft's "No Land," which is a new single from the group's upcoming LP, The Astral Body Electric. You can smell the patchouli zigzagging from that title, can't you?

The album will be out on Woodsist records on March 5th.


The music is predictably spacy, the guitar trails like a blotter sheet's influence.  There's a reserved chaos to the music that's rather engaging, as if there's a complete loss of control at points but "it's cool, man."  A mellow song for a mellow evening.



All info comes courtesy of Force Field PR.

Herbcraft announces new LP on Woodsist, hear a new track now

STREAM: "No Land" - https://soundcloud.com/forcefieldpr/herbcraft-no-land

Three years on from the initial Herbcraft blurt, this third Herbcraft LP sees a full blossoming of sonic seeds sown in previous wax transmissions. Once the isolationist bedroom-psych project of Matt Lajoie, the intervening years have found Herbcraft sprawling out in many different full-band incarnations-duo, trio, quartet, sextet-for tours and heady super-sessions at their HQ in Maine. The Astral Body Electric finds the most enduring lineup of the band at its peak: songs half-composed, half-improvised, and played with freewheeling first-take intensity. Recorded direct to tape by Doug Tuttle (Mmoss) in an 18th-century New England barn, the focus on analog recording techniques (spring reverb, tape delay, hands-on flange) captures the Herbcraft soundworld in its most-natural habitat. Matt's unhinged electric guitar swirls around Dawn Aquarius' wah'ed organ riffs, Nicholas Barker's kosmische-inspired drums and synth, and Corinna Marshall's trilled-out flute and circular bass, complete with nebulous groop vocals and auxiliary support from Doug and Aaron Neveu (Woods). "Aurally massaged" into the 4th dimension by Matt "MV" Valentine with his signature "Spectrasound" mastering technique, The Astral Body Electric is psychedelic, mantric, free-rock music for the mind and body, and the most expansive, fully-realized, and confident Herbcraft record yet.

HERBCRAFT LINKS:
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Herbcraft/136644916392736 
Bandcamp - http://herbcraft.bandcamp.com/ 
Press Assets - http://www.forcefieldpr.com/press-assets/herbcraft/ 
Label - http://www.woodsist.com

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Suuns: "Edie's Dream"

Four or five listens later, props for the day's best single go to Suuns, who issued a video for their new song, "Edie's Girl."  March 5th will see the release of the band's album, Images du Futur.


Can't get this one out of my head: The bass tone gums itself up and challenges the song's rhythm by trying to fit too much in.  The tones are subtle and its guitar licks sting.  



All info comes courtesy of Secret Canadian.

Suuns Premiere New Video for "Edie's Dream"
North American & EU Tour Dates Announced
Sophomore Album Images du Futur Out March 5


Suuns have premiered the video for their first single, "Edie's Dream," today at Noisey. The video follows a mysterious young girl through the woods to "Edie's" moody soundscape. The song's bass line throbs under woozy synths while time slows, images fade, and our protagonist digs a hole in the ground.

Watch the video for "Edie's Dream"

Directed by the band, the video is set in the Quebec woods near Montreal, where Suuns spent the winter and spring of 2012 writing & recording. The bucolic setting recasts the song's skeletal boogie into a hazy vision. Suuns provided a group statement saying, "
About a 2 hour drive north of Montreal there is a lake and some paths that run through the woods. That's where we met Edie. This video was shot in the late fall, just a week before the snow would arrive and make this shoot impossible."

They explain,
"At first, 'Edie's Dream' started as a kind of nightmare, with burial themes and the cold and lonely woods. But gradually, it melted into a kind of bittersweet daydream. Edie is stunning, she is family to the band and at only 13, she carries herself with the poise and confidence of someone who understands the music, understands the cold, understands dreaming and its different layers."

Suuns' second full-length album,
Images Du Futur, will be released by Secretly Canadian on March 5, 2013 in the US and by Secret City Records on the same date in the band's native Canada. Produced once again by Jace Lasek from Besnard Lakes, Images blasts out of the gate with "Powers of Ten," laying out a sort of manifesto for the record in the very first lines: "Got it together/I read in the paper/all of theses strangers/stranger and stranger.../No, no, no, no, how you try and remember/how all of these pieces/all fit together." Singer Ben Shemie says of the process, "As a band we were trying to look at our music from further and further away, seeing more details in the picture as we expanded the landscape."

Suuns will be appearing in Austin this March for SXSW. The band will also tour the US and Canada, with a stop at Canadian Music Fest's Buzzfactor Series, as well as an extensive run through the EU this spring. A full list of tour dates is below.

TOUR DATES:

03/02/13 - Saint-Tite, QC - A la Fut #
03/08/13 - Saint-Hyacinthe, QC - Le Zaricot #
03/12/13 - Laval, QC - Studio Theatre #
03/23/13 - Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace - Canadian Music Fest
03/29/13 - Joliette, QC - Cabaret Arena #
03/30/13 - Terrebonne, QC - Moulin Neuf *
04/04/13 - Montreal, QC - Sala Rossa
04/05/13 - Quebec City, QC - Le Cercle 04/09/13 - London, ON - Call The Office
04/10/13 - Windsor, ON - Phog Lounge
04/11/13 - Hamilton, ON - Casbah
04/12/13 - Kingston, ON - Grad Club
04/13/13 - Ottawa, ON - Ritual
04/15/13 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
04/16/13 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
04/20/13 - Chicago, IL - Schuba's
04/22/13 - Bloomington, IN - Bishop Bar
04/23/13 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird 04/29/13 - Rome, IT - Lanificio 159
04/30/13 - Modena, IT - Mattatoia
05/02/13 - Zagreb, HR - Culture Factory Club
05/03/13 - Krems, AT - Donau Festival
05/04/13 - Munich, DE - Atomic Cafe
05/05/13 - Berlin, DE - Comet
05/06/13 - Cologne, DE - Studio 672
05/07/13 - Metz, FR - Les Trinitaires
05/08/13 - Zurich, CH - Rote Fabrik
05/09/13 - Paris, FR - Trabendo
05/10/13 - Lille, FR - Grand Mix
05/11/13 - Brussels, BE - La Nuit de Botanique
05/12/13 - Amsterdam, NL - Melkweg
05/14/13 - London, UK - XOYO
05/15/13 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
05/16/13 - Dublin, IE - The Grand Social
05/17/13 - Liverpool, UK - Kazimier
05/18/13 - Bristol, UK - The Exchange

05/22/13 - Victoria, BC - Lucky Bar
05/23/13 - Vancouver, BC - Media Club

# = with We Are Wolves
* = with Plants and Animals

LINKS:
VIDEO: "Edie's Dream"
MP3: "Edie's Dream"
SUUNS PRESS ALCOVE
SUUNS PRESS PHOTOS
SUUNS ARTIST PAGE ON SC
TWITTER
FACEBOOK


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No Ripcord: Mystical Weapons

Mystical Weapons
Mystical Weapons
Chimera Music
Released: 1.15.13



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Monday, January 14, 2013

Pissed Jeans: "Cathouse"

The release of Pissed Jeans' upcoming new album, Honeys, is quickly approaching.  "Bathroom Laughter," which was the album's first single, was posted back in November of last year and will now be accompanied by their latest single, "Cathouse."  The track has less their usual Jesus Lizard scratch n' riff and more a good time punk rock bounce to it.  Still entices well enough.

Pissed Jeans will be playing a record release show in Philly at Underground Arts on February 15, (perfectly following lubby dubby day).  

Here's the track: "Cathouse"

All info comes courtesy of Sub Pop.



New Pissed Jeans tour dates!

Plus: “Cathouse,” the second single from the new Pissed Jeans album Honeys, is now available.

MP3 premiere w/ Pitchfork
Download “Cathouse” here.


Download “Bathroom Laughter” here.

Pissed Jeans will take their unpredictably raucous live show on the road this spring to support their stellar 4th album
Honeys, out this February on Sub Pop. The tour begins April 12 in Washington, DC at Black Cat and currently ends on April 20 in Madison, WI at Der Rahtskeller (at University of Wisconsin). Additionally, the band will play a hometown album release show on February 15 at Underground Arts. There will be additional tour dates announced soon. Please find a full list of tour dates below.
In equally exciting new, Sub Pop is now offering a free download of
Honeys second single, “Cathouse.” An ode to feline allergy sufferers everywhere, “Cathouse” is a pummeling, 2 ½ minute punk rock jam that does not disappoint.
 

Pitchfork says of the track, “We've already heard the formidable "Bathroom Laughter", and now the band's shared another cut, "Cathouse". "I'm done/ And choking/ Daylight/ I'm hoping," Matt Korvette wails with an emotional, pointillist rage, before itching, shivering, and searching for his smile (see track debut Monday January 14).”

Pissed Jeans’
Honeys will be available February 12 on CD, LP and digitally via Sub Pop. The album, which features the singles “Bathroom Laughter” and “Cathouse,” along with stand-outs “Health Plan,” “Loubs” and “Teenage Adult” was recorded by Grammy-nominated producer Alex Newport at Milkboy Studios in Philadelphia.

Tour Dates
Feb. 15 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
Apr. 12 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
Apr. 13 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
Apr. 14 - Boston, MA - Sinclair
Apr. 15 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
Apr. 16 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
Apr. 17 - Detroit, MI - Lager House
Apr. 18 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
Apr. 19 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
Apr. 20 - Madison, WI - Der Rahtskeller / University of Wisconsin
Apr. 21 - TBA


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Friday, January 11, 2013

Camper Van Beethoven: "Someday Our Love Will Sell Us Out"

Celebrating their 30th anniversary, Camper Van Beethoven has released a new single, "Someday Our Love Will Us Out," from their upcoming new album, La Costa Perdida, which will be out this month.  Thought it was a decent track for a Friday afternoon.

CBV will playing at the World Café on January 18th.  You'll have to suffer through Cracker, but there's always the option to show up a little later. 



Info comes courtesy of Force Field PR.




Camper Van Beethoven shares new single via Stereogum, celebrates 30th anniversary

MP3: "Someday Our Love Will Sell Us Out" - https://soundcloud.com/forcefieldpr/camper-van-beethoven-someday

Camper Van Beethoven is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2013, with the Jan. release of its tenth album, La Costa Perdida. Today the band shares the second single from the new album, "Someday Our Love Will Sell Us Out" via Stereogum.

Many of the band's peers and members of R.E.M., Pavement, Built To Spill, Drive-By Truckers, Meat Puppets, Widespread Panic, Minus 5, The Nerves, and Elf Power spoke about CVB's influence, its pioneering role in creating the genre of indie rock, and their love for the band.

In addition, Britt Daniel's Divine Fits have recently covered Camper Van Beethoven's "I Was Born In a Laundromat" both in concert and as a b-side to a recent single (listen to that track here).


CAMPER VAN BEETHOVEN
Fri Jan 18 2013 - World Cafe Live - Philadelphia, PA (w/ Cracker)
Sat Jan 19 2013 - Stage 48 - New York, NY (w/ Cracker)
Sun Jan 20 2013 - The Middle East - Cambridge, MA (w/ Cracker)
Wed Jan 23 2013 - Sky City - Augusta, GA
Thu Jan 24 2013 - 40-Watt Club - Athens GA
Fri Jan 25 2013 - The Grey Eagle - Asheville, NC
Sat Jan 26 2013 - The Earl - Atlanta, GA
Sun Jan 27 2013 - Mountain Stage - Charleston WV
Thu Feb 14 2013 - Burnsville PAC - Minneapolis MN (w/ Cracker)
Fri Feb 22 2013 - Tractor Tavern - Seattle WA
Sat Feb 23 2013 - Mississippi Studios - Portland OR


CAMPER VAN BEETHOVEN LINKS:
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/CamperVanBeethoven 
Official site - campervanbeethoven.com

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Besnard Lakes: "People of the Sticks"

A new single from The Besnard Lakes called "People of the Sticks" surfaced today with news of an upcoming new album being released.  The album will be called Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO and the single has me very excited to check it out.  Their dreamy soundscapes remain intact, their melodies a perfect synthesis of pop-laced hook and indie rock inventiveness. 

Give it a listen below.



All info is courtesy of Jagjaguwar.


At Jagjaguwar, we're really not supposed to play favorites. Every band we work with is special, and each of their records occupies an important space within the independent music canon. However, when a relative or a stranger asks me who my absolute favorite band is, I barely miss a beat before I blurt out, "The Besnard Lakes."

There is no other band on the planet that I'd sprint along 6th street during SXSW, lugging a bulky, 20lb fog machine for. As far as I can tell, no band has performed more beautifully on late night television. During the press cycle for
The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night, I posted so many personal "The Besnard Lakes are so awesome!!!" Facebook statuses that someone sarcastically posted "So… do you like The Besnard Lakes?" on my wall. It is such an honor and a privilege to work for this band, and everyone can roll their eyes at what they think is hyperbole, but this love… it's for real.

I am but one of many superfans. Sound Opinions called their last record "a gorgeous album that you could lose yourself in forever" and "an amazing achievement." Across the pond, NME called it "nothing short of beautiful." Under the Radar summed the record up succinctly with "note after note, moment after moment, song after song that build in anticipation, spectacle and beauty." Greg Kot did say it best, though, when he wrote "Right now no one is making music this grand, this big, this moving with so much assurance" in The Chicago Tribune.

Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO is their fourth record and third with Jagjaguwar, out April 2nd. Once again, the Besnards have created a record I want to carry above my head, run across downtown Bloomington, Indiana with, and scream "LET'S GET LOST IN THESE DREAMY SOUNDSCAPES, YOU GUYS!" Occupying a micro-genre I like to call "Beautifulcore," Imperceptible UFO is dense, triumphant, and immersive. It is a must. It receives my highest recommendation. My facebook friends might want to brace themselves for the next several months.

 

Stream "People Of The Sticks" at NPR Music

NPR Music debuted the first single from the new record at the All Songs Considered Blog. "After hearing the song 'People Of The Sticks,' it's safe to say we're in for another soaringly gorgeous record from the Canadian rock group."

Founding band members Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas produced, recorded and mixed Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO at the stalwart Breakglass Studios in Montreal. Mastered by the renowned Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, the record features heavyweight additions by Moonface's Spencer Krug and Mike Bigelow, The Barr Brothers' Sarah Page, the always-enchanting Monica Guenter and the return of Fifth String Liberation Singers' Choir.

Read more about the new record here at Jagjaguwar.

Tracklisting:
1. 46 Satires
2. And Her Eyes Were Painted Gold
3. People Of The Sticks
4. The Specter
5. At Midnight
6. Catalina
7. Colour Yr Lights In
8. Alamogordo


Besnard Lakes at Jagjaguwar
Besnard Lakes on Facebook
Besnard Lakes Official Site

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Wednesday, January 09, 2013

What I Heard This Morning: Three Second Kiss

Over the course of today, I've been sampling the album, Tastyville, which is a beautifully conceived post-punk album from Three Second Kiss, an Italian rock trio who've apparently been around since 1996.  When you discover a band with legacy, especially when you hear an album to the level of Tastyville emerge from a band with almost twenty years under its belt, you get sort of pissed that you weren't paying better attention.  Some of their older albums had even had distribution through Dischord Records.  They've also been recorded by Steve Albini.


The album was mastered by Bob Weston (Shellac, Mission of Burma) and has apparently been out in Europe since last November.  According to the press release I received earlier today from Sick Room Records, Tastyville will be available in the US on January 20th.

Another one for the wishlist.

By the way, if anyone reading this is thinking to themselves, "What? Dude, I thought you knew something about music. You've NEVER heard of this guys?" I can only say that I hope one day I can regain some trust and reclaim some of my hard won cred.



All info comes courtesy of Sick Room Records.

THREE SECOND KISS - the story so far: 1996 - 2012

Born in Bologna, first record dated in 1996, 6 records so far, two works recorded by Steve Albini (
Music out of Music on 2003 and Long Distance on 2008) and one by Ian Burgess (producers of bands like Shellac, Jawbox and Cows), 3 United States tours – one with June of 44 in 2000 and one with Shellac in 2009 – TSK are the first Italian band to be invited in 2002 at the prestigious All Tomorrows Parties festival UK, on the list together with such names like Bonnie Prince Billy, Shellac, Breeders, Smog, Shannon Wright, Shipping News and many others, and they will perform on the current 2012 special ATP UK edition (nov/dec 2012 – The Nightmare before Christmas) together with bands like Shellac, Wire, Mission of Burma, to name just a few.

TSK records have been distributed in Europe by Southern records (with the record
Everyday Everyman - on 1998) and then in USA by Dischord rec. from Washington DC (with the record Focal Point - Slowdime rec. on 1999 and Music out of Music on 2003). Today the band is happily home based with the French label Africantape rec, that put out Long Distance on 2008, the previous record, and that has just released the newest Tastyville. There is a lot of way to do. Never look back.

Massimo Mosca - bass & vocals
Sacha Tilotta - drums
Sergio Carlini - guitar


Discography:
Tastyville (Africantape rec EU. 2012 - Sickroom rec USA)
Long Distance (Africantape rec EU 2008 - Sickroom rec USA)
Music out of Music (Slowdime rec 2003 - Dischord rec distribution)
Focal Point (Slowdime rec 1999 - Dischord rec distribution)
Everyday Everyman (Wide rec 1998 - Southern rec distribution)
For Pain Relief (Lollypop rec 1996)

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Emily Wells: "Becomes the Color"

"Becomes the Color" is a new single from electronic musician Emily Wells that will be featured in the soundtrack for the upcoming Park Chan-Wook (Oldboy) film, Stoker.  The soundtrack also features the scoring work of former Pop Will Eat Itself guitarist, Clint Mansell, whose been busy scoring Darren Aronofsky films (the noteworthy musical centerpiece of Requiem for a Dream, "Lux Aeterna," was composed by Mansell), and composer Philip Glass.



All info and links are courtesy of Terrorbird Media.


STOKER MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK, FEAT. MUSIC FROM CLINT MANSELL, EMILY WELLS, PHILLIP GLASS, OUT 2/26/13 ON MILAN RECORDS

FORTHCOMING FILM FROM VISONARY DIRECTOR PARK CHAN-WOOK IN SELECT THEATERS 3/1/13 FROM FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES

CLINT MANSELL ANNOUNCES LIVE DATES IN APRIL FOR NEW YORK & LOS ANGELES

EMILY WELLS' NEW SINGLE "BECOMES THE COLOR" OUT NOW

AUDIO: "Becomes the Color" via Soundcloud / via Entertainment Weekly
VIDEO: Stoker - The Making of the International Teaser Poster via YouTube / via Empire

On March 1, 2013, Fox Searchlight Pictures will be releasing Stoker, visionary filmmaker Park Chan-wook's (Oldboy, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance) newest film starring Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Dermot Mulroney, Jacki Weaver and Nicole Kidman. The film revolves around India (Wasikowska), whose father dies in an auto accident. Her Uncle Charlie (Goode), who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her emotionally unstable mother Evelyn (Kidman). Soon after his arrival, she comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives, but instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless girl becomes increasingly infatuated with him.

Milan Records will be releasing the Stoker: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on February 26, 2013 and it features an exciting line up of visionary artists. Clint Mansell (Black Swan, The Fountain, Requiem for A Dream, π), one of the most innovative and exciting working contemporary composers and longtime collaborator of Darren Aronosfky, provides a striking score that both highlights and heightens the themes throughout the film. Renowned composer Philip Glass, responsible for some of the most compelling works of the last forty years, contributes an original piano piece. One-woman orchestral/electronic tour-de-force Emily Wells contributes the original song "Becomes the Color" (which premiered via Entertainment Weekly in December) in addition to a collaborative track with Mansell. The soundtrack is rounded out with "Summer Wine" by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood.

Mansell will be performing two shows to support the release of Stoker in NY on April 3rd and 4th at Church of Saint Paul The Apostle in addition to a show at The Orpheum in LA on April 6th. He will be accompanied by a nine piece band and will be highlighting selections of music from Stoker, in addition to other selections of his film score repertoire.

***
Upcoming Clint Mansell Live Dates
April 3rd - New York, NY @ Church of Saint Paul The Apostle*
April 4th - New York, NY @ Church of Saint Paul The Apostle*
April 5th - Los Angeles, CA @ The Orpheum*
*Performing selections from Stoker & other films

***

Click here or above for Stoker official trailer from Fox Searchlight Pictures


Click here or above for Stoker - The Making of the International Teaser Poster

***


Stoker
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Out February 26th on Milan Records

1. "I’m Not Formed By Things That Are Of Myself Alone" (Dialogue)
2. Emily Wells: "Becomes The Color"
3. Clint Mansell: "Happy Birthday (A Death in the Family)”
4. Clint Mansell: "Uncle Charlie"
5. “A Whistling Tune From A Lonely Man” (Dialogue)
6. Clint Mansell: "The Hunter & The Game"
7. Clint Mansell: "Blossoming"
8. Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood: "Summer Wine"
9. Clint Mansell: "A Family Affair"
10. Clint Mansell: "Becoming..."
11. Philip Glass: "Duet"
12. Clint Mansell: "Crawford Institute (Family Secrets)"
13. Viorica Cortez: "Stride La Vampa" (Verdi)
14. Clint Mansell: "The Hunter Plays The Game"
15. Clint Mansell: "In Full Bloom"
16 Clint Mansell: "The Hunter Becomes The Game"
17. Clint Mansell: "We Are Not Responsible For Who We Come To Be (Free)”
18. BONUS TRACK: Clint Mansell & Emily Wells: "If I Ever Had A Heart"

Stoker Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Press Page
Stoker Trailer
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Milan Records
Terrorbird

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David Bowie: "Where Are We Now?" (Video)

The occasion of David Bowie's 66th birthday seemed a suitable time for him to release a new single. Here is the video for the song "Where Are We Now?," which is the first single he's released in 10 years.  Gotta hand it to him:  He managed to keep this music concealed and throw it online much to the surprise of... well, everyone.



As far as the song goes, it expectedly possesses the elder Bowie's trademark tenderness and the melody of its hook seems to recall his 1999 single "Thursday's Child."  It's tad somber and there's possibly some mortality to it, the lines in his face almost enhanced and deepened through the projection of his visage, which is placed upon the head of a stuffed animal as a montage of Germanic footage is played.

The upcoming album will be called The Next Day and check out the cover:


Marring Bowie's very iconic "Heroes" cover, the designer, Jonathan Barnbrook, wrote an explanation of his design over at his Barnbrook Blog.

Happy belated to the Thin White Duke.
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Letters From A Tapehead

Author's note: Some of this info was found at Ultimate Classic Rock.

New Selections — Emma Ruth Rundle, Tropical Fuck Storm, Primitive Man, Private Life, Uniform, Erika Wennerstrom, Djrum, Windhand

Starting August off with some new singles. Emma Ruth Rundle:  " Darkhorse " (via Rarely Unable /  Sargent House  / YouTub...