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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:

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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

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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:

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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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Listen to the melodic Post-Industrial sidestep that is Street Sects’ ‘Rat Jacket’ EP

“We all have a price tag, we all sell each other out.”

Street Sectsa duo comprised of multi-instrumentalist Shaun Ringsmuth and vocalist Leo Ashline are streaming with us today their new EP Rat Jacket—a tangential sidestep to their sideswiping Post-Industrial Hardcore debut LP End Position. 

Photo by Todd Pendu

The pair hailing from Austin have—despite maintaining their sample based sound—made a more Post-Punk sounding record that combines industrial textures and post-punk guitars into a synth-punk chimera that transcends the traditional sounds of both genres.

The record’s harsh electronics are tempered through its melodic compositions that cathartically convey the themes of loyalty, trust, betrayal, and paranoia—leaving behind the kind of sadness and regret you would expect to find circling a drain below a cracked bathroom mirror. 

Rat Jacket is out October 6th via The Flenser.

Listen to the full EP below:

Pre-order here


September 27  Omaha, NE @ Milk Run
September 28  Lincoln, NE @ Lincoln Calling Festival
September 29  Kansas City, MO @ TBA
September 30  St. Louis, MO @ Way Out Club
October 1  Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlies
October 2  Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter *
October 3  Fayetteville, NC @ Drunk Horse *
October 4  Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade *
October 5  New Orleans, LA @ Poor Boys *
October 6  Dallas, TX @ Curtain Club *
October 7  Houston, TX @ Walter’s *
October 8  Austin, TX @ Lost Well *
October 10  Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad *
October 11  Tempe, AZ @ The Underground *
October 12  Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar *
October 13  Los Angeles, CA @ The Resident *
October 14  San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar *
October 15  San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill *
October 17  Denver, CO @ Marquis *
October 18  Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews *
October 19  Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen *
October 20  Cincinnati, OH @ Northside Yacht Club *
October 21  Cleveland, OH @ Locker Room at Mahall’s *
October 23  Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck *
October 24  Syracuse, NY @ Sparks Art Space *
October 25  Boston, MA @ Once Ballroom *
October 26  Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory *
October 28  Norfolk, VA @ Charlie’s American Cafe
October 29  Asheville, NV @ Static Age Records
* w/ Dälek


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Listen to Bootblacks’ post-punk opus ‘Fragments’ ahead of their European tour

Brooklyn-based post-punk band Bootblacks have been dazzling the world with their powerful live performances since their inception in 2010. They’re the perfect package- punchy records, compelling imagery, unstoppable live energy, and a delicious shroud of mystery surrounding their craft.

Their latest record Fragments is a meditation on life and loss, set to a darkwave backdrop. Over the course of eight tracks, the band expands on their already eclectic sonic territory, combining the dancefloor edge of Xymox with the anthemic power of early U2. Guitarist Alli Gorman channels the trademark delay techniques of The Edge and The Chameleons to cut through the heavy synth arpeggios, courtesy of newest member Barrett Hiatt (The Harrow, Automelodi). Roger Humanbeing’s drums thunder and crack, while Panther MacDonald’s vocals and lyrics are both biting and introspective.

Two singles have been premiered from the record thus far, including the club-ready “The Longest Night” and opening track “Hold & Dissolve,” which serves as the album’s statement of intent. Every track on Fragments is vital, especially the Pretty Hate Machine-esque “Memory Palace,” the reflective “For You (Lois),” and closing track “Gone,” which mixes the throb of early 90s electronica with the bleak, saxophone drenched vibes of David Bowie’s Berlin trilogy. Overall, the record is the band’s finest effort to date, pushing the boundaries of their influences to great heights.

Fragments was recorded by Hillary Johnson (The Prids, Second Still) and co-produced by Hiatt and MacDonald. The band will be embarking on a tour throughout Europe, which begins next week in Berlin. Fragments is out today on Manic Depression Records and is available as a free download via Bandcamp. Vinyl and CD copies are also available.

Tour dates:
Sep 19 Berlin @ Bei Ruth *
Sep 20 Nuremberg @ Projekt 31
Sep 21 Bern @ Cafe Toujours
Sep 22 Milan @ TNT Club
Sep 23 Paris @ Le Klub #
Sep 24 Lille @ TBA
Sep 25 Hamburg @ Astra Stube
Sep 28 Potsdam @ Fliese ^
Sep 29 Leipzig @ Gieszer16 ^

* w/ Otzi
# w/ Holygram, Adam Usi
^ w/ Second Still

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Stream Geodetic’s beautiful, hypnotic, and menacing ‘Cold Lights’ EP

Today we present to you a stream of Geodetic’s beautiful, warm, and menacing Cold Lights EP. Naturally, this avant-garde release is being issued via Berlin label Instruments of Discipline. This is Geodetic’s second EP, following ‘Broken Consonance’, released on Maple Death Records earlier this year.

‘Cold Lights’ is a creative juxtaposition of industrial soundscapes and rhythmic beats that have a familiar warmth and organic feel—yet at the same time being completely alien and mechanical. Ultimately the hypnotic rhythms win out, and the EP is more so a pleasure than a challenge to enjoy.

Geodetic is the joint venture of well-known Italian experimentalist Claudio Rocchetti, a close collaborator of Valerio Tricoli, and Jukka Reverberi, founder of post-rock band Giardini di Mirò and half of cosmic electro-disco duo Crimea X.

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The release party  Cold LIghts will be September 21st with Age Eternal and TZII at Acud

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