Showing posts from January, 2015

Singles: Noah Wall, Evans the Death, Ariel Pink, Viet Cong, Run the Jewels, Holy Sons

Noah Wall : "Closed Source" & "Hot Glue" (via Force Field PR/ Stadiums & Shrines /YouTube) Evans the Death : "Enabler" (via Force Field PR/Under the Radar/Soundcloud) Ariel Pink : "Dayzed Inn Daydreams" (via Force Field PR/ Rolling Stone /YouTube) Viet Cong : "Silhouettes" (via Jagjaguwar/ T Magazine /YouTube) Run The Jewels : "Lie, Cheat, Steal" (via Noisey /YouTube) Holy Sons : "Long Days" (via Thrill Jockey Records/YouTube) Sincerely, Letters From A Tapehead

Daughter of a Tapehead: Sleater-Kinney

Sleater-Kinney No Cities To Love Sub Pop Released: 1.20.15 *... And, we're out of time. As far as No Cities To Love , it's a strong release from Sleater-Kinney and definitely a welcome return.  Reunions have a tendency to disappoint and this thankfully isn't one of them. Sincerely, Letters From A Tapehead

No Ripcord: Disappears

Disappears Irreal kranky Released: 1.20.15 No Ripcord review Sincerely, Letters From A Tapehead

Singles: No Spill Blood, Sam Prekop, The Soft Moon, Disgrace

No Spill Blood : "El Duurto" (via Us-Them Group/ Noisey /Soundcloud) Sam Prekop : "Weather Vane" (via Thrill Jockey Records/Soundcloud) The Soft Moon : "Black (Trentemøller Remix)" (via Captured Tracks/ FADER /Soundcloud) Disgrace : (via Earsplit PR/ Decibel Magazine /Soundcloud) Sincerely, Letters From A Tapehead

ZU: "Rudra Dances Over Burning Rome"

I perked up this morning at news of an LP from the jazz wreckage trio ZU , Cortar Todo .  The first single from the upcoming album is called "Rudra Dances Over Burning Rome" and if you like your Albert Ayler coupled with kick blasts and scraping low end, then this is for you.  Cortar Todo will be released via Ipecac Recordings on March 23rd, just in time for Spring.  Check out the track below: After you check out the track, read up on the new album.  All info has been provided by Rarely Unable. And, if you're wanting to read more, here's a review of the band's Public Guilt reissue of their album, The Way of the Animal Powers .  You can check that out at No Ripcord .   ZU ANNOUNCE THEIR BRAND NEW FULL LENGTH, CORTAR TODO , UPCOMING ON IPECAC RECORDINGS ON 23RD MARCH LISTEN TO "RUDRA DANCES OVER BURNING ROME" In March 2015, ZU are preparing to release a b

Mount Eerie: "This"

I know what to expect when it comes to Phil Elverum .  I knew for example that, once I found out Elverum, (or as he's professionally known, Mount Eerie ), had released a new single, that I was probably going to need to listen to it five or six times before I'd have ANY idea of how to describe it.  Elverum is blessed with a distinct and sensitive hand when composing melodies, his harmonized quests dominated by subtlety, warmth and a light dose of unease.  Elverum's new single, "THIS," is the first from the upcoming new Mount Eerie release, Sauna , which will be out in early February through his P.W. Elverum and Sun label.  The song begins with an aftershock, the type that would normally follow an unspeakably horrible or dramatic event, and then transitions into a graceful organ melody that's eventually built upon by the voices of Allyson Foster ( Hungry Cloud Darkening ) and Ashley Eriksson ( Lake ), a beautifully sung first verse is accompanied by light

Singles: Cotillon, Ghostpoet, Sonny & The Sunsets, Eskmo

Cotillon : "Left Bank" (via Force Field PR/ The FADER /Soundcloud) Ghostpoet : "Off Peak Dreams" (via Play It Again Sam [PIAS]/Soundcloud) Sonny & The Sunsets : "Happy Carrot Health Food Store" (via Force Field PR/ Indie Shuffle /Soundcloud) Eskmo : "Mind Of War" (via Force Field PR/ FACT /Soundcloud) Sincerely, Letters From A Tapehead

RPM Records Plus More / Vintage & Collectibles

RPM Records Plus More / Vintage & Collectibles is a relatively new record store that has opened up in Philadelphia. I haven't had the chance to check it out just yet, but based on pictures of the store I've seen and various social media interaction, it looks like something special that the community should hold on to. The store's owners, Rachel O'Donnell and Craig Surgent , are very invested in local music and seemingly determined to better the community through art and music, keeping both available to the citywide subcultures through which our collective creative identity can (and should) thrive and evolve. It's important stuff.  Anyway, the store's timing in opening its doors was apparently not great. Active late in 2014, customer intake has been slow thanks to rough weather, which has naturally led to decrease in walkability for local businesses. That being said, RPM Records Plus More / Vintage & Collectibles has a GoFundMe campaign set

The Body/Thou: "Terrible Lie" (Nine Inch Nails cover)

The Body and Thou  covered "Terrible Lie," one of the best inclusions in the Nine Inch Nails milestone release, Pretty Hate Machine .  The electrified tension Trent Reznor was able to conjure back in 1989 has undergone an horrific, blood-chilling and brutal treatment with this rendition, which is featured in the groups' newest collaboration, You, Whom I Have Always Hated .  The album will be out later this month.   You can listen to "Terrible Lie" here: "Terrible Lie" (I was unable to get the embed code to work.) All info and links were provided by Thrill Jockey Records. The Body & Thou cover Terrible Lie (Nine Inch Nails) Taken from new collaboration release "You, Whom I Have Always Hated" out 26th January "Thou's Bryan Funck issues searing verses, while The Body's Chip King shrieks the "terrible lie" hook, until righteously dumb-as-hell breakdowns slam this industrial sad-bastard fest int

Shopping For Records: “(I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone,” Fugazi's First Demo & Rollins Band's Life Time

Fugazi First Demo Dischord Records Released: 11.18.14 Rollins Band Life Time 2.13.61/Dischord Records Reissued: 11.18.14 Between The Monkees and hair metal, you could find the 10 year-old me reconciling my want of connection to my father's generation and record collection while attempting to find my own way in the modernity of 1987. This was the year I saw my second concert, Def Leppard at The Spectrum. It was school night and I was a small child caught up in a floating miasma of Aqua Net, pheromone and secondhand smoke. I remember being draped in an oversized concert t-shirt while waiting in line to use the bathroom and being asked if I was snorting lines by some curly-haired Leppard head with an elastic headband. I also remember being convinced that guitarist Phil Collen had waved to me before the band exited the stage and feeling elated, special almost. I told everyone at school the following day, my exhausted and overwhelmed frame ready to fall over on my de