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Listen to The Damned’s Rat Scabies’ Solo Debut Album P.H.D. (Prison, Hospital, Debt)


Legendary percussionist Rat Scabies, was original drummer for seminal punk band The Damned is streaming with us today his debut solo album P.H.D. (Prison, Hospital, Debt).

Christopher Millar aka Rat Scabies had performed with The Damned from the band’s beginnings in 1976, until his departure twenty years later in 1996. Since then he has performed in various groups and musicians, including his short lived band The Germans, as well as being the protagonist in music journalist Christopher Dawes book Rat Scabies and The Holy Grail.

Following his first solo outing in covering Bob Dylan’s “This Wheels On Fire” under the guise of Rat and the Whale, the rat is now releasing his first full solo album, which features an eclectic mix of sounds, some harkening back to the sound and style of The Damned as heard on “Dazy Bones”, and others quite experimental, such as “Floating” with its use of samples and dub reggae.

Listen to P.H.D. below:

P.H.D. is out now. Order the album on vinyl or CD via Cleopatra Records or digitally via Bandcamp.



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Them Are Us Too Announce “Amends”


Bay Area dreampop darlings Them Are Us Too were a band that had their otherworldly potential tragically extinguished due to the death of guitarist Cash Askew in the Ghostship Fire during December of 2016.

To honor Cash, Kennedy Ashlyn, who remains from the young duo that developed a cult following as one of the best dream pop bands in recent years, returned to the studio with producer Joshua Eustis (Telefon Tel  Aviv), Sunny Haire (Cash’s stepfather), Matia Somovich (INHALT), and Anya Dross (Cash’s girlfriend) to complete the unfinished demos and sketches that were to be Them Are Us Too’s second album.

The result is one of the most beautiful collections of songs you will hear all year, with the debut track “Grey Water” stirring up the kind of tearful emotions initially felt on such tracks as Cocteau Twins’ “Rilkean Heart” and “Half Gifts”, or more recently, Slowdive’s “Sugar For The Pill”.

“Amends is a collection of songs that would have been the second Them Are Us Too record,” Kennedy explains.

“This release is an amendment to our catalogue cut short; a final gift to our family, friends, and fans who have supported us for the past fives years. Amends is a collaborative effort between TAUT and some of Cash’s dearest friends and family, culminating in a final ‘thank you’ and ‘goodbye.’ Nothing will ever compensate for the loss of Cash, but as we struggle to put together the pieces of what the world is now, what life is now, I hope this record can help to fill in the gaps. And give us some amount of peace.”

Amends will be released June 29th on standard black vinyl, as well as limited edition clear (100 copies) and green (400 copies), compact disc and digital formats.

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Age Eternal Premieres “Your Face Looks Different Tonight”


Musician and visual artist Lissa Benno is back with another video from her solo project Age Eternal

This time it is the Lumi Lausas directed video for the track “Your Face Looks Different Tonight”, a visual exploration into textured surrealism that either encapsulates deep calm, or intense anxiety depending on the state of mind of the viewer. However—with music that evokes Cocteau Twins and their work with Harold Budd, we are betting on the former.

Benno describes “Your Face Looks Different Tonight” as being:

“A song about form and formlessness. Concepts, thoughts, society, places, experience, beauty,  complexity, materiality. Emergence, transmutation and decay. Where Nothing lasts forever, and the essence is infinite.”

The song is featured on “Wash Away”—released last December through Third Coming Records (fr), Instruments Of Discipline (de), Premium Abundance (dk).

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The Smiths | Hand In Glove


On May 13th, 1983, The Smiths released their debut single “Hand In Glove”. The song was written in January of that year between the first and third concert the band ever performed.

It is said that after receiving a demo tape from his song writing partner Johnny Marr, Morrissey quickly wrote the lyrics within the span of two hours, leading to the track being recorded in February at Strawberry Studios in Stockport, the same studio where Joy Division recorded “Love Will Tear Us Apart” three years earlier.

The song’s lyrics describes a gay relationship in which it is commented on how people would react seeing the pair together in public. This an obvious reference to Morrissey’s thinly veiled sexuality, in which “Hand In Glove” is the first of many songs written by the Mancunian singer about being a gay man, for example: “Lucky Lisp”, “Piccadilly Palare”, “Hairdresser on Fire”, etc.

As further evidence of the track being a gay love song, is the controversial sleeve featuring a muscular man with the exposed buttocks of model George O’Mara by photographer Jim French.

!Hand In Glove” was later remixed as an album track for The Smiths 1984 self titled debut, and covered by 1960s era singer Sandie Shaw with The Smiths as her backing band that same year.



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Dreampop band Topographies Premiere Their Video for “Roman Figure”


Bay Area shoegazers Topographies are premiering with us today the beautiful noise in both sound and vision showcased in their shimmering purple tinged video for the psychedelic track “Roman Figure”.

The song is the b-side to a-side “Pink Thoughts”—with both being released as the self titled Topographies 7 inch single, which is out today marking the band’s official debut release.

 

Photos by Olivia Lee

The EP was recorded and produced at New, Improved Recording in Oakland, California by Alexis Berthelot (Gojira, Wolfgang Tillmans, Enablers) in late 2017.

The EP also features singer/guitarist Gray Tolhurst (son of another famous Tolhurst), who has been making a name for himself in the Bay Area for his work with psychedelic rock band Coo Coo Birds, the dark folk released under his own name, and now the sonic exhalation of effects pedals and mesmerizing guitar riffs that is Topographies.

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Berlin Singer Laura Carbone Premieres her Video for “Tangerine Tree”


Some artists evoke a transcendent feeling with their music that you could build a David Lynch film around. Such is certainly the case with Berlin’s dark chanteuse Laura Carbone.

Carbone captivated audiences last year with her opening slot touring with The Jesus and Mary Chain, which coincided with the release of her fantastic single “Lullaby”, the first single off her forthcoming second album Empty Sea.

Photo by Julia Beyer

Now, ahead of the album’s release on June 1st through Duchess Box Records, Laura Carbone returns in blissful reverie with the records latest single  “Tangerine Tree”.

On the song’s meaning, Laura Carbone explains:

“To me this song is like a vivid dream inviting you to dive in and float in it for a while. It gives the comfort of a familiar feelings that keep on visiting you once in a while in sleep. It’s a temporary feeling – you’ll let yourself fall for a moment but you know it’s just a dream – it’ll be over in a bit and that’s fine”

Carbone then goes on to explain how the album’s title Empty Sea is inspired by “The True Bride”, a fairy tale culled from the works of the Brothers Grimm  in which a kidnapped princess must empty a lake with a spoon full of holes.

“There were moments when i really doubted myself as i had some blocks, retreating to LA to write really gave me the courage to get the album together, the experience of overcoming doubt made me think about the girl with the spoon”.

The Empty Sea is out June 1st.

The Empty Sea is out June 1st.

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Live Dates:

17.05.2018 Beverungen – Orange Blossom Festival, DE
07.07.2018 Detmold – Owls’n Bats Festival, DE
08.09.2018 Berlin – Lollapalooza Festival, DE



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Berlin Singer Laura Carbone Premieres her Video for “Tangerine Tree”


Some artists evoke a transcendent feeling with their music that you could build a David Lynch film around. Such is certainly the case with Berlin’s dark chanteuse Laura Carbone.

Carbone captivated audiences last year with her opening slot touring with The Jesus and Mary Chain, which coincided with the release of her fantastic single “Lullaby”, the first single off her forthcoming second album Empty Sea.

Photo by Julia Beyer

Now, ahead of the album’s release on June 1st through Duchess Box Records, Laura Carbone returns in blissful reverie with the records latest single  “Tangerine Tree”.

On the song’s meaning, Laura Carbone explains:

“To me this song is like a vivid dream inviting you to dive in and float in it for a while. It gives the comfort of a familiar feelings that keep on visiting you once in a while in sleep. It’s a temporary feeling – you’ll let yourself fall for a moment but you know it’s just a dream – it’ll be over in a bit and that’s fine”

Carbone then goes on to explain how the album’s title Empty Sea is inspired by “The True Bride”, a fairy tale culled from the works of the Brothers Grimm  in which a kidnapped princess must empty a lake with a spoon full of holes.

“There were moments when i really doubted myself as i had some blocks, retreating to LA to write really gave me the courage to get the album together, the experience of overcoming doubt made me think about the girl with the spoon”.

The Empty Sea is out June 1st.

The Empty Sea is out June 1st.

Order Here

Live Dates:

17.05.2018 Beverungen – Orange Blossom Festival, DE
07.07.2018 Detmold – Owls’n Bats Festival, DE
08.09.2018 Berlin – Lollapalooza Festival, DE



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Nine Inch Nails Announce Tour Dates and “Bad Witch” EP


Nine Inch Nails have announced today their final EP in the trilogy that began with 2016’s Not the Actual Events and 2017’s ADD VIOLENCE.

The collection of six songs is titled Bad Witch and is set for release on June 22nd, just in time for Nine Inch Nails appearance at the Robert Smith curated Meltdown Festival in London.

Along with the new EP comes the announcement of this September’s Cold and Black Infinite North America 2018 Tour, that includes The Jesus and Mary Chain all on dates.

See dates and ticket information at NIN.com

Bad Witch Tracklist:

  1. Shit Mirror
  2. Ahead of Ourselves
  3. Play the Goddamned Part
  4. God Break Down the Door
  5. I’m Not From This World
  6. Over and out

*Featured photo by Corinne Schiavone





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The Soft Moon | Three Nights In Berlin


This past February, The Soft Moon celebrated the release of their fourth studio album Criminal with a sold out three-night residency hosted by aufnahme+wiedergabe at Urban Spree in Berlin.

We were there early and late, documenting the concerts, each which had a different opener each night. The first night featured The Devil and The Universe, the second Veil of Light, and the third SΛRIN.

Immediately after closing each set’s encore on the first and last night at Urban Spree, we spoke backstage Soft Moon mastermind Luis Vasquez about the importance of honest expression in music, and “filling the void” with earnest communication and emotion.

Another underlying theme to both the concert and interview is how artists and musicians can work together to fill this void by picking talented bands to take on tour, such as Boy Harsher, who opened for all the proceeding North American dates live dates in support of Criminaland Luis’ friendship with Deb Demure of Drab Majesty, whom he comments on in the interview.

In perhaps an act of karma—the sense of community and support of fellow artists has already had its return, as The Cure’s Robert Smith personally contacted Luis, asking if he was “not too busy”, and would like to perform at the 25th annual Meltdown Festival in London.

Luis is now set to perform twice during the festival, with the first gig taking place on June 23rd as an opening slot for My Bloody Valentine, and the second a headlining spot on the 24th with fellow Berlin musicians The KVB.

Criminal is out now via Sacred Bones



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Listen to Geometric Vision’s Collaboration With She Past Away’s Volkan


Neapolitan post-punk band Geometric Vision have collaborated with Volkan Caner of Turkish band She Past Away on the track “Jelly Dreams”. The song is featured on the band’s third studio album FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!, which was released on April 23rd through Italian-Swiss label Swiss Dark Nights.

Listen to the song below:

Ago from Geometric Vision elaborated with us how the collaboration was born:

“He adapted himself to us, and us to him. Everything was born in a natural way and we really enjoyed having such a sharp contrast between the two voices in the song.”

He continues:

He continues:

“We are happy that many people liked it. We did not expect such a big success because everything was born from wanting to have some fun. Hopefully, when we are playing shows around Europe, he will join us on stage to sing it.”

FIRE! FIRE! FIRE! is available now



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