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Parquet Courts announce new album, Wide Awake!, produced by Danger Mouse

Parquet Courts have announced a new album called Wide Awake!. Due out May 18th via Rough Trade, the full-length follows last year’s collaboration with Daniele Luppi and Karen O, MILANO, and 2016’s Human Performance.

The 13-track effort was produced by Brian Burton, aka Danger Mouse, who actually initiated the collaboration. The mega-producer’s offer was providential, as the Brooklyn garage rockers were looking for a way to push beyond their comfort zone. “I personally liked the fact that I was writing a record that indebted to punk and funk, and Brian’s a pop producer who’s made some very polished records,” said singer/guitarist A Savage. “I liked that it didn’t make sense.”

Illogical as it may have seemed, the collaboration led to an album that perfectly expressed the band’s current feelings of both ferocity and vulnerability. “In such a hateful era of culture, we stand in opposition to that — and to the nihilism used to cope with that — with ideas of passion and love,” explained guitarist/songwriter Austin Brown.

That anti-nihilistic search for serenity is well represented on the album’s lead single, “Almost Had To Start A Fight / In And Out Of Patience”. The track is a shambolic post-punk revivalist jam that’s held tightly together by Burton’s board work and drummer Max Savage’s taut percussion. “I want I want I want I want/ Not to feel numb about death,” Savage yelps poignantly. “Finding finding finding finding/ Peace is not an easy task/ We need we need we need we need/ To see if there’s any left.”

Take a listen via the lyric video below. Pre-orders for Wide Awake! are available here.

Wide Awake! Artwork:

Parquet Courts -- Wide Awake!

Wide Awake! Tracklist:
01. Total Football
02. Violence
03. Before the Water Gets Too High
04. Mardi Gras Beads
05. Almost Had to Start a Fight/In And Out of Patience
06. Freebird II
07. Normalization
08. Back to Earth
09. Wide Awake
10. NYC Observation
11. Extinction
12. Death Will Bring Change
13. Tenderness

Parquet Courts will support Wide Awake! on their forthcoming tour, including a new batch of summer dates with Goat Girl. Find their complete docket ahead.

Parquet Courts 2018 Tour Dates:
02/22 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Coconut Grove Ballroom *
02/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever ^
02/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever #
04/24 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
04/26 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s – Levitation %
04/27 – Norman, OK @ Norman Music Festival
04/28 – Dallas, TX @ Sons of Hermann Hall
04/29 – Englewood, CO @ The Gothic Theatre
05/05 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival
05/23 – Boston, MA @ Royale &
05/24 – Providence, RI @ Fete Ballroom &
05/25 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall &
05/26 – Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount &
05/27 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Theatre &
05/28 – Detroit, MI @ El Club &
05/30 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre &
05/31 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line &
06/01 – Lawrence, KS @ The Granada &
06/02 – St Louis, MO @ Ready Room &
06/03 – Nashville, TN @ Basement East &
06/05 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel &
06/06 – Carborro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle &
06/07 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club &
06/08 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer &
07/04 – Berlin, DE @ Festsaal Kreuzberg
07/05 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotow
07/06 – Groningen, NL @ Vera
07/08 – Hérouville saint Clair, FR @ Festival Beauregard Festival
07/12 – Bilbao, ES @ Bilbao BBK Festival
07/14 – Beccles, UK @ Latitude Festival
07/15 – Kortrijk, BE @ De Kreun
07/17 – Duedingen, CH @ Bad Bonn

* = w/ Thurston Moore, Heron Oblivion
^ = w/ Mary Lattimore
# = w/ Anna St. Louis
% = w/ Ty Segall
& = w/ Goat Girl

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Mating Ritual share the Origins of two new songs, “U + Me Will Never Die” and “Splitting in Two”: Stream

Origins is a recurring new music feature in which artists delve into the influences of their latest musical creations.

When Pacific Air went on hiatus in 2014, Ryan Lawhon used the downtime to launch a solo project he baptized Mating Ritual. Following the release of his 2017 debut, How You Gonna Stop It?, Lawhon realized how much he missed working alongside collaborators — specifically, his brother and former bandmate, Taylor. So with Pacific Air still resting, the Lawhons decided to get back together for Mating Ritual’s sophomore effort, the forthcoming Light Myself on Fire.

Due out May 4th via Ryan’s own Smooth Jaws label, Light Myself on Fire features nine tracks that are “darker, grittier” than Mating Ritual’s first effort. The shift comes from a blending of the siblings’ varied musical dispositions as they explore their personal maturation in what Ryan calls a “better-late-than-never coming of age record.”

Lead single “U + Me Will Never Die”, for example, comes in on a deep breath that exhales as a murky disco hip-shaker, an uneasy dance as Ryan wrestles with the fact that so much of his inspiration comes while intoxicated. Thick synths weigh on the good times, a reminder that the best feelings — especially those induced by external substances — are never eternal. The song’s B-side, “Splitting in Two”, is a breakup track befitting its title. Buzzier and heavier, it plays out like someone dragging their finger along a spinning Miike Snow record.

Both tracks are being premiering today along with their respective Origin stories. Listen below and read on to learn how living together and watching High Fidelity impacted the duo’s new music.

“U + Me Will Never Die”:

“‘U + Me’ is about relying on substances for creative inspiration, the feeling of invincibility you get when you don’t have to be in your own mind for a bit. I’m not glorifying drug use nor am I condemning it, I’m just coming to terms with the fact thats it’s become part of my life, and I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it.” — Ryan Lawhon


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Last summer, my brother and I moved to Mt. Washington, a neighborhood that despite being only 10 minutes from DTLA, feels like a remote community where you can do anything you want. Having never lived together, we took advantage of our lack of neighbors and began writing music late at night, something we’ve never really had the opportunity to do before. It wasn’t a conscious decision, more an inadvertent side effect of drinking too much wine and not being able to fall asleep, but it yielded a shift in our writing where we focused less and relied more on instinct.


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There isn’t anything special about Footsies, with the exception of it being the only bar within walking distance of our house, and the fact that people lose their shit there. DJs are usually on point, drinks are cheap, and depending on the night it’s a pretty diverse crowd. We started many songs on the record (including this one) while walking home after last call, twisting melodies and beats we’d heard earlier and recording till morning in our home studio.

Ken Lazlo — “Tonight”:

I don’t remember when or where I first heard this song, but for some reason it stuck with me this past summer. The more we indulged ourselves in 80’s pop, the more we became obsessed with no hit wonders like this and Ryan Paris’ “Dolce Vita”. Since I was born two years after its release, I’m not burdened with the context of these artists in the way I am with modern artists, especially in the pop landscape which I assume these songs lived. I enjoy it as escapism to a time that I’m sure isn’t much different from the life I’m living now

“Splitting in Two”:

“‘Splitting in Two’ is about dealing with the after math of an intertwined long term relationship. When you have all the same friends, live in the same neighborhood and work together, it’s hard not to be reminded of that person everywhere you go.” — Ryan Lawhon

Darkel — “Be My Friend”:

This song was a turning point for what we listened to in high school. I was into emo and post punk, and Taylor folk, but this song opened us up to the whole French electro movement that was happening. We still use this song as a template for our synth and sound design.

Beyond the Mind’s Eye:

This early CG film (with music by Jan Hammer) might be our most watched movie. Released the year Taylor was born, it’s another one of those things that’s just always been a part of our lives. Essentially a compilation of avant garde music videos, every time we make a down tempo synth song it’s hard for me to imagine any other visual but this film, specifically the butterfly scene.

High Fidelity:

Having never read the book, the film was a defining view of breakups for me growing up. I think it’s important to gain perspective in times of emotional stress. No need to make reactionary moves that might permanently burn bridges. The grass isn’t always greener.

Light Myself on Fire Artwork:

Mating Ritual -- Light Myself on Fire

Light Myself on Fire Tracklist:
01. Light Myself On Fire
02. U + Me Will Never Die
03. Heaven’s Lonely
04. Stop Making Sense
05. Low Light
06. Splitting In Two
07. Monster
08. Lust And Commitment
09. I Know So Much Less Than I Thought I Did

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Fugazi’s Joe Lally and Brendan Canty form The Messthetics, share “Serpent Tongue” from self-titled debut: Listen

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Underneath Fugazi’s chugging and churning guitar riffs sat one of punk rock’s tightest rhythm sections. Now, for the first time since the underground legends went on “hiatus” in 2003, bassist Joe Lally and drummer Brendan Canty are back together in a brand new band.

The musicians have formed a project called The Messthetics with DC guitar player Anthony Pirog. For years, Pirog has been seen as something of a virtuoso in the DC scene, performing mainly in jazz circles but also playing in doomy noise outfits and joining Smashing Pumpkins’ Jimmy Chamberlin in Skysaw.

As The Messthetics, the power trio make experimental sounds that re-envisions punk as an outlet for the sort of heady riffage found in ’70s rock. Such is the case with their debut single, “Serpent Tongue”. With Canty producing as well as delivering tight precision behind the kit, Pirog demonstrates the sort of fiery dexterity that’s made him such a local favorite. Take a listen below (via NPR).

“Serpent Tongue” comes from The Messthetics’ self-titled debut, due out March 23rd via Dischord Records. The effort was recorded live at Canty’s practice space and features minimal overdubs. Digital pre-orders are here, while physical ones can be purchased here. The album art and tracklist are ahead.

The Messthetics Artwork:

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The Messthetics Tracklist:
01. Mythomania
02. Serpent Tongue
03. Once Upon a Time
04. Quantum Path
05. Your Own World
06. The Inner Ocean
07. Radiation Fog
08. Crowds and Power
09. The Weaver

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Hot Snakes announce first album in 14 years, Jericho Sirens, share “Six Wave Hold-Down”: Stream

San Diego’s Hot Snakes have announced their first album on Sub Pop, Jericho Sirens. The garage punk outfit’s long awaited follow-up to 2004’s Audit in Progress arrives on March 16th.

The band self-produced and recorded their fourth studio album in Philadelphia and San Diego throughout 2017. “I considered stopping playing guitar on a social media poll after I completely mastered the instrument,” co-founder John Reis said through a press statement. “But so many people kept sending me letters and voicemail messages, asking me at the dry cleaners, or the butcher shop to bring back Hot Snakes.”

(Read: The 10 Most Anticipated Punk Albums of 2018)

“The inspiration would be simple, maybe even kind of straightforward,” he added. “Very early rock ‘n’ roll DNA with lots of rules. I would find some note or rhythm in it that captivated me and I dwelled on it and bent it… A lot of the other Hot Snakes records always had tension and release, but this one is mainly just tension.”

Jericho Sirens is available for pre-order here. Physical releases can be purchased through Sub Pop here, including a limited Loser Edition LP on black vinyl.

As a preview, Hot Snakes have unveiled a new song called “Six Wave Hold-Down”. It was one of the first tracks written for the project and charges forward with reckless abandon. Hear it below.

Jericho Sirens Artwork:

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Jericho Sirens Tracklist:
01. I Need a Doctor
02. Candid Cameras
03. Why Don’t It Sink In?
04. Six Wave Hold-Down
05. Jericho Sirens
06. Death Camp Fantasy
07. Having Another?
08. Death Doula
09. Psychoactive
10. Death of a Sportsman

Hot Snakes will be playing a new string of Midwestern US dates following a previously announced UK tour and hometown release show in San Diego on March 7th. Check out the complete itinerary below.

Hot Snakes 2018 Tour Dates:
01/25 – Manchester, UK @ Gorilla
01/26 – Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast
01/27 – Newcastle, UK @ The Cluny
01/28 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
01/30 – Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms
01/31 – Cambridge, UK @ The Portland
02/01 – Brighton, UK @ Sticky Mikes
02/02 – London, UK @ The Dome
02/03 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla
03/07 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
03/09 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
03/10 – Detroit, MI @ El Club
03/11 – Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop
03/13 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
03/14 – St. Louis, MO @ Blueberry Hill
03/15 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
03/16 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club

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Ed Schrader’s Music Beat announce new, Dan Deacon-produced album, Riddles

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Baltimore’s Ed Schrader’s Music Beat are back with their follow-up to 2014’s Party Jail. It’s called Riddles and is the post-punk duo’s debut album on Carpark Records.

For their third LP, Ed Schrader and Devlin Rice teamed with electronic artist Dan Deacon, who produced, arranged and co-wrote the entire release. They spent two years in total pushing their sound into the art-rock and alt-rock genres, pouring out emotions from their recent major life changes. Schrader lost his stepfather, while Rice watched his brother die of a terminal illness, and Deacon’s longest relationship came to an end.

“For me, the album parallels feelings of confronting the past, resolving it, facing the music, and blasting out of it,” Schrader shared through a press statement. “It’s the album our hearts wanted us to make.”

Riddles arrives on March 2nd. Physical pre-orders are currently available here. Some bundles include Ed Schrader’s Music Beans, bags of coffee roasted by ESMB’s resident coffee connoisseur Devlin Rice.

To preview the release, ESMB has shared the propulsive lead single “Dunce” and its cinematic music video. Check it out below.

Riddles Artwork:

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Riddles Tracklist:
01. Dunce
02. Seagull
03. Riddles
04. Dizzy Devil
05. Wave To The Water
06. Rust
07. Kid Radium
08. Humbucker Blues
09. Tom
10. Culebra

ESMB will tour North America behind Riddles starting with a hometown Baltimore show on March 1st and continue through mid-April, including several shows at South by Southwest. Check out the complete schedule below.

Ed Schrader’s Music Beat 2018 Tour Dates:
03/01 – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
03/03 – Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong
03/04 – Raleigh, NC @ Kings
03/05 – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight
03/06 – Knoxville, TN @ Pilot Light
03/07 – Nashville, TN @ DRKMTTR
03/09 – Atlanta, GA @ Mammal Gallery
03/12 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s Downtown
03/13 – Dallas, TX @ Transit Bicycle Company
03/14 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
03/15 – Austin, TX @ South by Southwest
03/16 – Austin, TX @ South by Southwest
03/17 – Austin, TX @ South by Southwest
03/18 – Austin, TX @ South by Southwest
03/19 – Hot Springs, AK @ VOV Fest
03/20 – Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge
03/23 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
03/24 – Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Fest
03/26 – Reno, NV @ Holland Project
03/28 – Los Angeles, CA @ Zebulon
03/29 – San Francisco, CA @ Make Out Room
03/31 – Portland, OR @ The Know
04/04 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Total Drag Records
04/05 – Minneapolis, MN @ Kitty Cat Klub
04/06 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
04/07 – Milwaukee, WI @ Quarters Rock N Roll Palace
04/08 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
04/10 – Toronto, ON @ Baby G
04/11 – Winooski, VT @ Monkey House
04/12 – Providence, RI @ AS220
04/15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right

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Titus Andronicus announce new album, A Productive Cough, share video for lead single, “Number One (In New York)”: Watch

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Titus Andronicus will return this year with a new album called A Productive Cough. Due out March 2nd via Merge, the seven-track effort is a noted departure from the sprawling rock opera of the band’s last record, 2015’s The Most Lamentable Tragedy.

Recorded at New Paltz, New York’s Marcata Recordings with producer Kevin McMahon, A Productive Cough eschews the “punk rock anthems” of Titus’ past albums to focus on spacious ballads. Singer-songwriter and frontman Patrick Stickles brought in 21 musicians to help with his newly expansive sound, including pianist Rick Steph (Cat Power, Hank Williams Jr.), cellist Jane Scarpantoni (R.E.M., Lou Reed), and Brooklyn singer Megg Farrell. The resulting effort puts the focus on the orchestral flourishes that have long hid in the background of the band’s music.

Which is why despite its lack of chorus, the eight-minute “Number One (In New York” makes for the perfect lead single for the record. The song is one 64-bar verse that builds on the back of swelling piano and saxophone towards a gang-chorus ending surrounded by ringing bells. “Yes, I’ve been everywhere, but everywhere that I’ve been/ I’ve been out of my element, even in my own skin,” goes the outro. “And I can’t begin to think what I’d tell people back home/ So I tell it to the microphone.”

Check out the track via its Ray Concepcion-directed video below.

The video also serves as a trailer of sorts to a 60-minute making-of documentary that will be released February 26th. More clips from the doc will be revealed over the coming weeks at the album’s website, where you can also find an interview with Stickles about what went into the creation of A Productive Cough.

Pre-orders for the album are going on now. In addition to all standard formats, there’s a “Peak Vinyl” limited-edition pressing on marbled blue-gray wax that includes a 7-inch featuring the band’s nine-minute reimagining of Bob Dylan’s “(I’m) Like a Rolling Stone”. The track is only otherwise available on CD or digitally.

A Productive Cough Artwork:

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A Productive Cough Tracklist:
01. Number One (In New York)
02. Real Talk
03. Above the Bodega (Local Business)
04. Crass Tattoo
05. (I’m) Like a Rolling Stone
06. Home Alone
07. Mass Transit Madness (Goin’ Loco’)

Stickles will tour behind A Productive Cough, but not with his usual full band. Instead, the shows will feature just him and pianist Alex Molini doing an intimate “acoustic” set. Pile’s Rick Maguire will provide support for the 31-date trek, and you can find the complete schedule below.

Titus Andronicus 2018 Tour Dates:
03/07 – Kingston, NY @ BSP Kingston
03/08 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
03/09 – Providence, RI @ AS220
03/10 – Burlington, VT @ Arts Riot
03/11 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz
03/13 – Toronto, ON @ Great Hall
03/14 – Detroit, MI ­­@ El Club
03/15 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
03/16 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency
03/17 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
03/18 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
03/19 – Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
03/20 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
03/22 – Boise, ID @ Treefort Festival
03/23 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile
03/24 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
03/27 – Sonoma, CA @ Gundlach Bundschu Winery
03/28 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
03/29 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Crepe Place
03/31 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater
04/02 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
04/03 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
04/06 – Ft. Worth, TX @ Ridglea Room
04/07 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda
04/08 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
04/10 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
04/11 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
04/12 – Durham, NC @ The Pinhook
04/13 – Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
04/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ UArts Black Box
04/15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Murmrr Ballroom

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American Nightmare announce new album, share thrashing single, “The World Is Blue”: Stream

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American Nightmare have announced a new album, the long-awaited follow-up to 2003’s We’re Down Til We’re Underground. The self-titled release is due out February 16th through Rise Records.

The hardcore outfit’s third overall but first since disbanding in 2004 spans nine tracks, including titles like “Flowers Under Siege”, “Gloom Forever”, and “Colder Than Death”. It was recorded at Boston’s Mystic Valley Recording Studio by drummer Alex Garcia-Rivera, and is said to pay homage to the likes of Negative Approach, The Cro-Mags, Joy Division, and Siouxsie and The Banshees.

While American Nightmare represents something of a rebirth, it also hearkens back to the band’s roots; the LP features the same original lineup — vocalist Wesley Eisold, bassist Josh Holden, guitarist Brian Masek and Garcia-Rivera — that was in place right before the split. “In making this record we had one goal: To make a hardcore punk album that was true to American Nightmare, who we were then and who we are now,” Eisold, who is also known for his side-project Cold Cave, shared in a press statement. “No filler, just existential poetic venom. This is ground zero, a new life for the band.”

As a teaser, American Nightmare have shared the thrashing lead single “The World Is Blue”. Take a listen below.

American Nightmare  Artwork:

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American Nightmare Tracklist:
01. The World Is Blue
02. Flowers Under Siege
03. American Death
04. War
05. Gloom Forever
06. Lower Than Life
07. Colder Than Death
08. Dream
09. Crisis Of Faith

To coincide with the LP news, the group has a planned out a North American tour for early 2018.

American Nightmare 2018 Tour Dates:
02/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
02/17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Market Hotel
02/18 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
02/21 – Montreal, QC @ Foufounes
02/22 – Toronto, ON @ Velvet
02/23 – Philadelphia, PA @ Rex Theater
02/24 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
02/25 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
03/02 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
03/03 – Richmond, VA @ Broadberry
03/04 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
03/09 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
03/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
03/11 – Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman

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Wild Beasts announce final album, share “The Devil’s Palace”: Stream

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In September, Wild Beasts announced they’d be calling it quits after more than 15 years together. As part of their final bow, the UK indie rockers put out Punk Drunk and Trembling, their last EP of original material, in October. Now, they’ve revealed plans to issue a career-spanning live studio album.

Dubbed Last Night All My Dreams Came True, it’s due to hit shelves on February 16th through Domino. There are 13 tracks, each pulled from various Wild Beasts LPs, including their most recent, 2016’s Boy King. The whole collection was recorded in just two days over the summer at RAK Studios.

“It’s us as tight and slick as we ever have been,” the band’s Tom Fleming shared in a statement. “And it’s also us giving the fewest fucks we’ve ever given. There’s a sense of celebration and destructiveness combined, a sense that the fetters are off. Not that they were ever on … but that sense of limited time before you shuffle off is very much a motivator.”

As a teaser of the forthcoming album, Wild Beasts are sharing an exclusive song called “The Devil’s Palace”. It fuses “The Devil’s Crayon”, which appears on the 2008 debut Limbo, Panto, and “Palace”, a track from 2014’s Present Tense. Hear it below.

Last Night All My Dreams Came True Artwork:

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Last Night All My Dreams Came True Tracklist:
01. Wanderlust (Live at RAK)
02. Big Cat (Live at RAK)
03. A Simple Beautiful Truth (Live at RAK)
04. 2BU (Live at RAK)
05. Bed Of Nails (Live at RAK)
06. Hooting & Howling (Live at RAK)
07. This Is Our Lot (Live at RAK)
08. He The Colossus (Live at RAK)
09. The Devil’s Palace (Live at RAK)
10. Alpha Female (Live at RAK)
11. Get My Bang (Live at RAK)
12. All The King’s Men (Live at RAK)
13. Celestial Creatures (Live at RAK)

Wild Beasts will play three final concerts in February. Head here for more info.

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Wilco announce deluxe reissues of A.M. and Being There

Wilco are reissuing their first two albums, 1995’s A.M. and 1996’s Being There. Set for a December 1st release via Rhino Records, both albums have been newly remastered and come loaded with rare and unreleased bonus material.

A.M. will be presented on CD and double-LP, each featuring eight unreleased bonus tracks. Those include an early take on “Outtasite (Outta Mind)” and “When You Find Trouble”, the final studio recording from Jeff Tweedy, John Stirratt, and Ken Coomer’s pre-Wilco band, Uncle Tupelo. Stirratt also provided new liner notes for the record, noting, “Listening back to records 15 to 20 years later, I’m always taken with the confident but guileless quality of bands in their 20s, that strange mixture of innocence and conviction, and this is one of those records.”

(Read: Wilco in 10 Songs)

The deluxe edition of Being There will be considerably larger, consisting of five CDs or four LPs. The extra discs will feature 15 previously unreleased bonus tracks, including alternate takes on “I Got You” and “Say You Miss Me”. A 20-song live performance recorded at California’s Troubadour on November 12th, 1996 will be part of the digital and CD releases, while all versions will feature a four-song KCRW set Wilco played on November 13th that same year. Music journalist Steven Hyden penned the liner notes.

Pre-orders for each set are available via Wilco World, where fans can snag one of 2,500 limited edition colored vinyl versions of each record. Below, find the cover art and CD tracklisting for both releases.

A.M. and Being There Artwork:

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A.M. Deluxe Reissue Tracklist:
01. I Must Be High
02. Casino Queen
03. Box Full Of Letters
04. Shouldn’t Be Ashamed
05. Pick Up The Change
06. I Thought I Held You
07. That’s Not The Issue
08. It’s Just That Simple
09. Should’ve Been In Love
10. Passenger Side
11. Dash 7
12. Blue Eyed Soul
13. Too Far Apart

Bonus Material
14. When You Find Trouble – Uncle Tupelo
15. Those I’ll Provide
16. Lost Love – Golden Smog (Take 1 Vocal 2)
17. Myrna Lee
18. She Don’t Have To See You – Golden Smog
19. Outtasite (Outta Mind) – Early Version (Take 6)
20. Piss It Away
21. Hesitation Rocks

Being There Deluxe Reissue Tracklist:
Disc One: Original Album
01. Misunderstood
02. Far, Far Away
03. Monday
04. Outtasite (Outta Mind)
05. Forget The Flowers
06. Red-Eyed And Blue
07. I Got You (At The End Of The Century)
08. What’s The World Got In Store
09. Hotel Arizona
10. Say You Miss Me

Disc Two: Original Album
01. Sunken Treasure
02. Someday Soon
03. Outta Mind (Outta Sight)
04. Someone Else’s Song
05. Kingpin
06. (Was I) In Your Dreams
07. Why Would You Wanna Live
08. The Lonely 1
09. Dreamer In My Dreams

Disc Three: Outtakes/Alternates/Demos
01. Late Blooming Son
02. I Got You – Dobro Mix Warzone
03. Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind – Alternate
04. Far Far Away (Dark Side Of The Room)
05. Dynamite My Soul
06. Losing Interest
07. Why Would You Wanna Live – Alternate
08. Sun’s A Star
09. Capitol City
10. Better When I’m Gone
11. Dreamer In My Dreams – Alternate Rough Take
12. Say You Miss Me – Alternate
13. I Got You – Alternate
14. Monday – Party Horn Version
15. I Can’t Keep From Talking

Disc Four: Live At The Troubadour 11/12/96 (Part One)
01. Sunken Treasure
02. Red-Eyed And Blue
03. I Got You (At The End Of The Century)
04. Someone Else’s Song
05. Someday Soon
06. Forget The Flowers
07. New Madrid
08. I Must Be High
09. Passenger Side – Punk Version
10. Passenger Side
11. Hotel Arizona
12. Monday
13. Say You Miss Me

Disc Five: Live At The Troubadour 11/12/96 (Part Two)
01. Outtasite (Outta Mind)
02. The Long Cut
03. Kingpin
04. Misunderstood
05. Far, Far Away
06. Give Back The Key To My Heart
07. Gun
Live On KCRW 11/13/96
08. Sunken Treasure
09. Red-Eyed And Blue
10. Far, Far Away
11. Will You Love Me Tomorrow

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Shamir announces new album, Revelations, shares meme-filled “90’s Kids” video: Watch

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After months of staying out of the spotlight, Shamir resurfaced in April with a surprise album named Hope. The follow-up to 2015’s Ratchet breakthrough was written over the course of just one weekend while the singer was seriously contemplating retiring from the music business. Proving that he’s really here to stay, Shamir has announced a follow-up LP today.

Titled Revelations, it’s due out November 13th through new label home Father/Daughter Records. As a press release describes, the nine-track effort sees Shamir again drawing from what’s inspired him most: “outsider music, country and punk. The result is raw and vulnerable, songs stripped down to their emotional core.”

“Shamir continues making music for misfits and those of us who feel so emo sometimes that we get annoyed at how we’re a cliché, but see the beauty in it anyway,” the statement goes on. “In some other timeline, there’s an unknown John Hughes film entirely set to Revelations.”

As a taste of the upcoming record, Shamir has shared “90’s Kids”, a minimalist yet evocative song. Check it out below via its accompanying video, which sees the musician use his face to cleverly recreate a handful of famous memes.

Revelations is available for pre-order here. For every sale, Shamir and Father/Daughter will donate $1 to the Mental Health Association of PA.

Revelations Artwork:

shamir revelations   album art Shamir announces new album, Revelations, shares meme filled 90s Kids video: Watch

Revelations Tracklist:
01. Games
02. You Have A Song
03. 90’s Kids
04. Her Story
05. Blooming
06. Cloudy
07. Float
08. Astral Plane
09. Straight Boy

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