Showing posts from August, 2014

Phawker: Sleep

Sleep Windhand Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA 8.26.14 Photo by Dan Long Phawker live show coverage   Sincerely, Letters From A Tapehead

No Ripcord: Ty Segall

Ty Segall Manipulator Drag City Released: 8.26.14 No Ripcord review Sincerely, Letters From A Tapehead

Shabazz Palaces - 8.22.14

Son Little clipping. Shabazz Palaces Union Transfer, 8.25.14. Sincerely, Letters From A Tapehead

Earth: Primitive and Deadly trailer

A preview of the upcoming new album from Earth , Primitive And Deadly , surfaced yesterday.  Sounds promising, doesn't it?  And, Mark Lanegan 's involved!  An abundance of details were sent my way along with the trailer, which you can view below, by Earsplit PR.  Read up and get psyched (or lackadaisically enthused in a bloodshot manner of speaking).  EARTH: Trailer Featuring New Music From Primitive And Deadly LP Released As the Ouroborean creative cycle of Seattle's EARTH circles into its twenty-fifth year, the band prepares to unveil their glorious tenth full-length studio LP, Primitive And Deadly , the album set to hit the streets in less than two weeks through Southern Lord. With some of the most massive and straightforward rock movements in the band's continuing duration, and featuring the first vocal contributions since their seminal 1996 Pentastar album, Primitive And Deadly is undoubtedly a standout release in EARTH's impressive catalog. With

Phawker: Ishmael Butler (a.k.a., Palaceer Lazaro of Shabazz Palaces)

I co-authored an interview with Ishmael Butler , who is otherwise known as Palaceer Lazaro of Shabazz Palaces .  Q & A was handled by Jonathan Valania , Editor-in-Chief at .  Phawker Q & A Sincerely, Letters From A Tapehead

Singles: Sunflower Bean, Itasca, Trans Am, Run The Jewels, Mega Bog, Deaf Wish

Sunflower Bean : "Tame Impala" (via Dark Matter Media/ Interview Magazine /Soundcloud) Itasca : "Nature's Gift" (via Force Field PR/ Vogue /Soundcloud) Trans Am : "Insufficiently Breathless" (via Thrill Jockey Records/Vimeo) Trans Am - Insufficiently Breathless from Thrill Jockey Records on Vimeo . Run The Jewels : "Blockbuster Night Part 1" (via Stereogum /Soundcloud) Mega Bog : "Cologne in the Night" (via Couple Skate/Soundcloud) Deaf Wish : "St. Vincent's" (via Sub Pop/Soundcloud) Sincerely, Letters From A Tapehead

Stereokiller: Big Black Cloud

Big Black Cloud Lessons in Fuck You 2 Eolian Empire Released: 8.5.14 Stereokiller review Sincerely, Letters From A Tapehead

No Ripcord: Adult Jazz

Adult Jazz Gist Is Spare Thought Released: 8.5.14 No Ripcord review Sincerely, Letters From A Tapehead

Holy Sons: "Breakdown (On The Beach)," "Beverly Hills," "Addiction," "More Therapy"

About a month ago, I started receiving PR about Holy Sons , which is a solo project from the multi-instrumental talent Emil Amos of Grails and Om .  Amos will be releasing The Fact Facer in late September via Thrill Jockey Records and, while I haven't heard actual tracks from the album just yet, interesting pseudo-covers of punk tracks emerged that I thought were worth checking out.  Also included is "More Therapy," which is a Holy Sons original.  All info, links and sounds come courtesy of Thrill Jockey Records. Hear Holy Sons bonus tracks featuring covers of hardcore legends Black Flag, Circle Jerks and Slapshot Brand new Holy Sons album 'The Fact Facer' on 22nd September Holy Sons is Emil Amos, a musician whose chameleonic tendencies and technical versatility has lead to him becoming an in demand multi-instrumentalist as a founding member of Grails and Lilacs & Champagne , as well as a member of Om . The Fact Facer , his Thrill Joc

Shopping For Records: The Bought of 2014—Swans, Thee Oh Sees

Here are a couple more 2014 records I've purchased.  Start a conversation by commenting if you're not hip to my take on things.  I'm normally up for a lively debate.  Swans To Be Kind Young God Records/Mute Released: 5.12.14 In 2012, I wrote the following about Swans ' then-new release, The Seer : "Listening to The Seer, it does sound dangerously absolute, its surrealistic intensity, abstruse composition and overt theatricality securing for the band a creative peak, one considerable enough to leave little left for any subsequent releases. How does one carry on when the mountain’s been scaled, when the view’s been absorbed and considered? There seems to be so much more distance left to tackle, but how do you reach the sky?" When NPR featured the band's newest release for its "First Listen" series, I jumped on the opportunity to hear it.  And though I'd sampled a couple tracks from the album before then as they were happily diss

The Pop Group: We Are Time & Cabinet Of Curiosities

So, The Pop Group has gone all "crowd-source" and is gifting some very cool swag for some of your hard-earned.  Your money will be helping the band release both compiled and reissued material, which will be delivered via the Freaks Are Us label.  On October 21st, We Are Time , originally released as a 12" in 1980, will be reissued.  Also on tap is a compilation titled, Cabinet of Curiosities , which will feature rarities from the band.  Both albums are also being made available as offerings to help incentivize your generosity through The Pop Group's Pledge Music campaign. You can find information on the band's upcoming releases below and link up to their page at Pledge Music.  All info comes courtesy of Howlin' Wuelf Media. The Pop Group, one of the most wildly innovative and barrier-shattering band to emerge from the late '70s post-punk era, are finally seeing their rare and fabled legacy reissued for the first time, along with previously unhea

Singles: Nick Oliveri's Uncontrollable, Alma Construct, Literature, Medicine, Oscillator Bug, Bowl Ethereal

Nick Oliveri's Uncontrollable : "Human Cannonball Explodes" (via Howlin' Wuelf Media / Schnitzel Records /Soundcloud) Alma Construct : "On The Edge, Surrounded With The Shores of Assudrey" (Force Field PR/ R&S Records /Soundcloud) Literature : "New Jacket" (via Force Field PR/ A.V. Club /Soundcloud) Medicine : "Turning" (via Captured Tracks/YouTube) Oscillator Bug : "Giimmi Goe" (via Us-Them Group/ Tiny Mix Tapes /Soundcloud Bowl Ethereal : "The Last Minute" (via Earsplit PR/ Noisey /YouTube)   Sincerely, Letters From A Tapehead

Godflesh: "New Dark Ages"

The gratifying ruckus of chord and calamity that is "New Dark Ages," the first new single from Godflesh 's upcoming full-length, A World Lit Only By Fire , breeds heavy sounds and promise.  The single is eruptive, compelling and assuredly factorial.  With the release of June's Decline and Fall EP , the rekindled partnership of Justin K. Broadrick and GC Green was more or less announced.  With A World Lit Only By Fire , Godflesh delivers its first full album in 13 years.  The album will release October 6th. I recommend the single.  You can sample it below. All info and links were provided by Rarely Unable PR. GODFLESH ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF FIRST ALBUM IN 13 YEARS, SHARE NEW SONG AND ANNOUNCE UK TOUR DATES. A WORLD LIT ONLY BY FIRE SET FOR OCTOBER 6 RELEASE LISTEN TO "NEW DARK AGES" HERE: godflesh-2/new-dark-ages/s- Az4VJ (photo credit VB) Industrial metal innovators Godflesh have announced the details of their highly a