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Listen to LA Post-Punk Band Second Still’s New EP “Equals”


Ahead of an extensive European tour that begins in less than two weeks, Los Angeles post-punk trio Second Still are releasing their highly anticipated new EP Equals tomorrow through Belgium’s Weyrd Son imprint (vinyl), and cassette label sentimental.

Today, on the eve of both releases, (not including the Part Time Punks Session that features a cover of For Against’s “Echelons”), we are streaming all five of the brand new tracks featured on Equals, also including the classic non album track  “Walls”.

Listen below, and see all 26 dates of Second Still’s 2018 European Tour itinerary, including their scheduled appearance at Wave Gotik Treffen on May 19th.

Here the review our editor Frank Deserto wrote earlier for the EP’s announcement:

“Lead single “Opening” picks up where the band left off with last year’s stunning self-titled debut. The track begins with Ryan Walker’s brief, but ominous guitar line before launching into a driving onslaught of hard-hitting drum programming and Alex Hartman’s hypnotic bass. Suki San’s vocals arrive soon after, dripping with reverb and peppering textural vocal repetition. The track twists and turns over the course of four and half minutes of cold bliss, building layers of guitars, staccato bass textures, and tense vocals into a frenzy, ending just as quickly as it began.

Equals marks a progression in the band’s sound with the inclusion of synthesizers. While they are absent from this single, they are a welcome addition throughout the course of the EP. In contrast to their debut LP, Equals was recorded in piecemeal form in various practice spaces and provisional studios. Engineered, mixed, and produced by Chris King, guitarist of Cold Showers and mastered by Mike Tierney, Equals marks a more DIY direction, with no dip in quality or power.”

The angular die-cut artwork for Equals was created by Jean Lorenzo of Silent Em. The EP is be released on three different types of vinyl – black (300), silver (200), and silver with white/black splatter (100). The first 100 orders will include a flexi-disc featuring “Walls” – a previously released track recorded in 2016 under the same circumstances as the EP. A limited cassette edition of 100 copies, featuring all six tracks, will appear on sentimental Records [sic].

Check out the artwork and tracklisting below:

Second Still- Equals EP

  1. In Order
  2. Ashes
  3. Automata
  4. Opening
  5. Altar
  6. Walls (cassette, digital, and flexi bonus track)

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Listen to an Exclusive Stream of Vandal Moon’s “Wild Insane”


Santa Cruz-based electronic band Vandal Moon is slated to release Wild Insane on Friday, April 20th via Starfield Music. We’re pleased to offer an exclusive first listen of the full album just a few days before its release.

Vandal Moon was created by multi-instrumentalist Blake Voss in 2012 as a solo outlet and has since evolved into a two-piece lineup with the addition of Jeremy Einsiedler, who handles much of the drum programming. The project aims to combine thick, syrupy electronics with guitar-driven post-punk, a combination that always satisfies. It’s hard not to draw immediate comparisons to modern Gary Numan, 90s Depeche Mode, and both the cold mystique of Ladytron and the hedonistic tendencies of IAMX, but what sets the project apart is the ample use of reverb-laden guitar and deep bass grooves, adding a bit of post-punk sensibility to an otherwise electronic palate.

Wild Insane, by design, is drenched in a delicious dancefloor aesthetic. As such, most of the album’s eight tracks would fit in perfectly at any self-respecting club, surrounded in a swirl of fog and flashing lights. The production, handled by synthwave maestro Shawn Ward (aka FM Attack), is exquisite. Each track goes straight for the throat, churning with infectious passion and energy.

The album also features a handful of guest performances, including vocals by Nicollette Vaughn (aka Nico) on the infectious “Boy Drinks Girl” and numerous contributions from fellow synthpop band vvwervvolf on “The Bomb.” Modern new romantic hero Logan Sky also contributes to the album’s powerful closing track “The Light,” which was co-written with Einsiedler. Meanwhile, opening track “Baby Sounds” sets the tone for the record’s club-centric aesthetic, which both “Computer Love” and the title track continue. Another unexpected highlight is “Nevermore,” an instrumental track which opens with the same percussive swagger as Suede’s “The Drowners,” and features thick bass and loud, uncompromising shoegaze textures.

As previously mentioned, the album will be released this Friday, April 20th through all digital and streaming platforms, but pre-orders are live now via Bandcamp. Check out the album cover and tracklisting below:

Vandall Moon- Wild Insane
1. Baby Sounds
2. Computer Love
3. Wild Insane
4. The Bomb (feat. vverevvolf)
5. Boy Drinks Girl (feat. Nicolette Vaughn)
6. Nevermore
7. Crying On The Dance Floor
8. The Light (feat. Logan Sky)

Photo by Don Alderon.

 

 

 



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Titus Andronicus release new album A Productive Cough: Stream


Titus Andronicus return today with their new album, A Productive Cough. Apple Music and Spotify users can stream it in full below.

The band’s fifth overall serves as the follow-up to 2015’s expansive The Most Lamentable TragedyIt was recorded at Marcata Recordings in New Paltz, New York with producer Kevin McMahon and sees the New Jersey natives focusing more on spacious balladry rather than the signature “punk rock anthems” of their past. An additional 21 musicians were brought in to help assist with this new sound, including pianist Rick Steph (Cat Power, Hank Williams Jr.), cellist Jane Scarpantoni (R.E.M., Lou Reed), and Brooklyn singer Megg Farrell.

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

Ahead of the album’s release, two early singles were released: “Number One (In New York)” and “Above the Bodega (Local Business)”. Frontman Patrick Stickles spoke at length on the former and how it connects to the rest of the LP’s larger themes:

“All the songs on [A Productive Cough] deal with the realities of life, as I understand them, in my adopted hometown of New York City, and one quality that does much to define New York City life is the access to 24-hour consumption. The first floor of the apartment building in which I live is occupied by a deli-grocery, to which I give my patronage several times a day. As a result, I have developed a particular understanding with the staff there which I have not so far heard articulated in song. Thusly, I took it upon myself to write the ‘ultimate’ song explicating the bodega clerk-patron relationship.

More and more, we are defined by the things which we consume, and those who facilitate that consumption may glimpse a more truthful view of ourselves than the carefully curated image we share with our loved ones. No one knows the depths of my vice better than they who oversee the transactions which make it possible — in this way, the deli clerk knows me better than my own mother.”

In support of the new record, Stickles will embark on an intimate, two-person tour later this month.

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’)



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Superchunk premiere new album What a Time to Be Alive: Stream


Superchunk are slated to release their first album in four years, What a Time to Be Alive, this Friday, February 16th. In anticipation, NPR is streaming the LP in its entirety here.

Due out via Merge Records (the label founded by Superchunk’s own Mac McCaughan), it serves as the band’s 11th studio effort and follow-up to I Hate Music from 2013. Special guest collaborators such as Katie Crutchfield (Waxahatchee), Stephin Merritt (The Magnetic Fields), Sabrina Ellis (A Giant Dog), and David Bazan appear throughout the course of the album’s 11 tracks.

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

What a Time to Be Alive — not to be confused with Drake’s mixtape of the same name — was written almost entirely between November 2016 and February 2017, right around the same time of the now-infamous US election that put Donald Trump in power. The record is said to reflect on those politically turbulent months.

“It would be strange to be in a band, at least our band, and make a record that completely ignored the surrounding circumstances that we live in and that our kids are going to grow up in,” McCaughan notes in a press statement. He goes on to describe the album as “about a pretty dire and depressing situation but hopefully not a record that is dire and depressing to listen to.”

To coincide with the release of the LP, Superchunk will launch a North American tour later this week.

What a Time to Be Alive Album Artwork:


superchunk stream what a time be alive album Superchunk premiere new album What a Time to Be Alive: Stream

What a Time to Be Alive Tracklist:
01. What a Time to Be Alive
02. Lost My Brain
03. Break the Glass
04. Bad Choices
05. Dead Photographers
06. Erasure
07. I Got Cut
08. Reagan Youth
09. Cloud of Hate
10. All for You
11. Black Thread



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Dashboard Confessional unveil new album, Crooked Shadows: Stream


Dashboard Confessional have returned with their first album in over eight years, Crooked Shadows. Apple Music and Spotify users can stream it in full below.

The nine-track collection is Dashboard Confessional’s debut release on Fueled By Ramen. It was produced by frontman Chris Carrabba with Jonathan Clark and co-producer Colin Brittain.

(Read: The 30 Most Anticipated Albums of 2018)

“One day off tour I woke up one morning and I walked downstairs and I wrote a song,” Carrabba told The New York Times about the genesis of the album. “It was evident from the first melodic idea that this was a Dashboard song… After all that time I’d begun to wonder if they’d ever come back, and when they came back they came back in rapid succession. The whole thing was a cavalcade and I just surrendered to it.”

During the lead-up to Crooked Shadows, Dashboard Confessional shared two singles, “We Fight” and “Heart Beat Here”.

Crooked Shadows Artwork:


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Crooked Shadows Tracklist:
01. We Fight
02. Catch You
03. About Us
04. Heart Beat Here
05. Belong
06. Crooked Shadows
07. Open My Eyes
08. Be Alright
09. Just What To Say

Crooked Shadows is the follow-up to 2009’s Alter the Ending. Dashboard Confessional will commence their North American trek behind the release on February 21st in Vancouver. They’ll be joined by Philly punk outfit Beach Slang during the US leg of the tour. Check out the complete schedule here, and grab tickets here.



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Listen to Wind Atlas’ new album ‘An Edible Body’


Sometimes a release crosses your path that reverberates with enigmatic familiarity, uniquely fusing sounds and genres in a captivating collection of songs. Such is the case with the third LP from Barcelona’s Wind Atlas.

The album, An Edible Body, is an evolution from the band’s 4AD Records inspired earlier work, fuses post-punk with world music sounds paralleling the explorations of Dead Can Dance, with hints of early 90’s  Ethereal Gothic Rock like The Shroud, mixed with Post-Industrial and Neo-folk sounds.

The latter influenced could have been honed with the aid of having the album produced in New York with Sean Ragon, a main figure of the current post-industrial scene,  who also is leader of the band Cult of Youth and occasional guitarist of Psychic TV.

You can especially here such influences on tracks such as the title track, Shedding Light, and Under These Waters, which momentarily delve into territory you would expect from Coil, and continuing into tracks such as En La Cruz showcasing the novel fusion of style normally reserved for the work of Lisa Gerard.

An Edible Body is out on January 26 through labels BFE Records and Hidden Track in vinyl, and GH Records in CD.

Listen to the album below:



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Wilco share deluxe reissues of A.M. and Being There: Stream/download


Today, Wilco are revisiting their past with deluxe reissues of their first two albums, 1995’s A.M. and 1996’s Being There. Apple Music and Spotify users can taken a listen to both below.

Due out through Rhino Records, each reissue comes jam-packed with bonus material. A.M., available on CD and double-LP, boasts eight unreleased songs. 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. In liner notes provided exclusively for the reissue, Stirratt wrote, “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 Being There reissue, meanwhile, is bundled with even more extra goodies, spread across five CDs or four LPs. There are 15 previously unreleased bonus tracks, including alternate takes on “I Got You” and “Say You Miss Me”. For the digital and CD formats, a 20-song live performance recorded at California’s Troubadour circa 1996 will be included. All versions will come with a four-song KCRW set the band recorded later that same year.

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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Charlotte Gainsbourg returns with first album in seven years, Rest: Stream


Photo by Collier Shorr

Charlotte Gainsbourg is set to release to her first album in seven years, Rest. Ahead of the collection’s arrival on November 17th, it’s streaming in full on NPR.

The IRM follow-up runs 11 tracks long. It includes appearances from Sir Paul McCartney, Owen Pallett (Arcade Fire, Caribou), Connan Mockasin, SebastiAn, and Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, the latter of whom co-wrote and produced the title track. Additionally, Soulwax remixed the track called “Deadly Valentine”.

(Read: Charlotte Gainsbourg Shares The Origins Of Her New Song “Ring-a-Ring O’ Roses”)

The album also marks the first time Gainsbourg wrote her own lyrics. “This time it felt like flying on my own,” she said in a statement. “I knew I needed the right collaborator, and SebastiAn was always there, but all the same, this time the album is really mine.”

She added, “In the shadow of my father, writing in French was something I never dared to do.” However, she was inspired to do so following the death of her sister, photographer Kate Barry.

Rest Artwork:


charlotte gainsbourg rest artwork Charlotte Gainsbourg returns with first album in seven years, Rest: Stream

Rest Tracklist:
01. Ring-a-Ring O’ Roses
02. Lying With You
03. Kate
04. Deadly Valentine
05. I’m a Lie
06. Rest
07. Sylvia Says
08. Songbird in a Cage
09. Dans Vos Airs
10. Les Crocodiles
11. Les Oxalis

Rest is out November 17th via Because Music. Previously, we’ve heard the title track, “Deadly Valentine”, “Ring-a-Ring O’ Roses”, and the Soulwax remix of “Deadly Valentine”.

The actress/musician is also set to appear in Tomas Alfredson’s British crime thriller The Snowman alongside Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Val Kilmer, and J. K. Simmons.



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Chicago’s Replicant showcase synthwave dystopia in ‘The Reckoning’


Chicago synthwave trio Replicant aptly named after the creations from Philip K. Dick science fiction masterpiece Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep has released their EP The Reckoning with sensual synths highlighting a digital and analog fusion matching the concept of biomechanical, accented by darkwave vocals coated in nostalgia

Listen to the four track EP below, which was released exactly one year after the election that brought forth our own modern dystopia, A noteworthy track on the release is   “A Taste of Midnight”, which could become a dance floor favorite this Autumn and Winter, which its infectious beats and a synth melody culled directly from The Terminator.



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Listen to the passionate dreampop of Death Bell’s debut LP ‘Standing At The Edge Of The World’


Sydney Australia’s dreampop newcomers Death Bells have released this week their debut LP Standing At The Edge Of The World.

Above you can watch the band’s intense lament of lovesick confusion in their Only You—directed by Jai Love. Below is the entire LP, containing 10 tracks of melodic daydreams that make it one of the best records to come out in release heavy month of September of 2017. 

Additionally, there is a Buzz Kull remix of the album’s second single Something Above which you can listen to here.


Death Bell’s debut LP Standing At The Edge Of The World is out now via Burning Rose, and Funeral Party Records.

 



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