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.
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.”
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
“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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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:
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
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”.
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 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
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.
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.
“We all have a price tag, we all sell each other out.”
Street Sects—a duocomprised ofmulti-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.
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.
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
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
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 isGeodetic’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.
Geodeticis 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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