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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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Iceage announce new album, Beyondless, share Sky Ferreira collaboration “Pain Killer”: Stream

Iceage returned in February with a song called “Catch It”. Turns out the single is off the Copenhagen outfit’s newly announced fourth studio album, Beyondless, due out May 4th through Matador Records.

The 10-track effort follows 2014’s acclaimed Plowing Into the Field and is said to see Iceage “finally catching up with their ambition, all the while retaining the rich character of the band’s brash beginnings.” It was recorded all-analog by Mattias Glavå at Kungsten Studios in Sweden and features production from the band with assistance from Nis Bysted. Additional instruments (violin, trumpet, saxophones, trombones) were also brought in during the sessions.

To coincide with the album news, the punk group — that’s Elias Bender Rønnenfelt (vocals, lyrics), Jakob Tvilling Pless (bass), Dan Kjær Nielsen (drums), and Johan Wieth (guitar) — have shared “Pain Killer”, a collaboration with Sky Ferreira. Hear it below.

Beyondless Album Artwork:

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Beyondless Tracklist:
01. Hurrah
02. Pain Killer
03. Under the sun
04. The day the music dies
05. Plead the fifth
06. Catch it
07. Thieves like us
08. Take it all
09. Showtime
10. Beyondless

Iceage have also mapped out new concert residencies in the cities of New York, Los Angeles, and Tokyo. Set for March and April, they come just a few weeks before the band is set to embark on its previously announced North American tour.

Iceage 2018 Tour Dates:
03/22 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kinfolk
03/23 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kinfolk
03/24 – Brooklyn, NY @ Babycastles
03/25 – Brooklyn, NY @ Secret Project Robot
03/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Gold Diggers Bar
03/30 – Los Angeles, CA @ Gold Diggers Bar
03/31 – Los Angeles, CA @ Gold Diggers Bar
04/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ Gold Diggers Bar
04/03 – Kyoto, JP @ Metro
04/06 – Tokyo, JP @ Duo
04/08 – Tokyo, JP @ Vacant
05/02 – Copenhagen, DE @ Hotel Cecil
05/04 – Berlin, DE @ Private Club
05/05 – Amsterdam, NE @ Bitterzoet
05/06 – Brussels, BE @ La Nuit De Botanique
05/07 – Paris, FR @ Petit Bain
05/08 – London, UK @ Scala
05/10 – Seattle, WA @ Nordic Museum
05/16 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
05/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
05/18 – Washington, DC @ Union Stage
05/19 – Richmond, VA @ The Camel
05/20 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
05/21 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
05/22 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
05/23 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
05/24 – New Orleans, LA @ Santos
05/25 – Houston, TX @ Rockefeller’s
05/26 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
05/27 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda
06/05 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah *
06/06 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater *
06/07 – Felton, CA @ Don Quixote’s International Music Hall *
06/08 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall *
06/09 – Sonoma, CA @ Huichica Music Festival *
06/11 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios *
06/12 – Vancouver, BC @ The Astoria *
06/14 – Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett *
06/15 – Bozeman, MT @ The Rialto *
06/16 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court *
06/17 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater *
06/18 – Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room *
06/19 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry *
06/20 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club *
06/22 – Detroit, MI @ El Club *
06/23 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace *
06/24 – Ottawa, ON @ The 27 Club *
06/25 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa *
06/26 – Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace *
06/27 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair *
06/28 – New York, NY @ Market Hotel *

* = w/ Mary Lattimore

Punk icon Richard Hell also wrote an essay on the new album titled, “The New Iceage”:

I can totally imagine myself as a kid lying in my closed-door room in the dark, listening to this band and getting what I need, the way a band can make a person feel seen and bring confidence, sometimes even represent an ideal. Or maybe I’m already all defiant and self-certain, and I identify with Iceage because they are too, and they’re who I want to represent me in music. It’s a weird combination of qualities that a rock and roll band and their recordings presents to their young crowd, imparts to them. The music being pure emotion, the strong emotions of youth—anger, sadness, contempt, longing—as well as energy and sex, and the band’s demonstration that it gracefully owns and provides those things, consoling their followers in all the confusion.

What is it that Iceage in particular brings? A large number of extraordinary things. (Poetry! But more about that later.) The band members were childhood friends, which is always good news. They’re like a small urban gang, faithful to each other, suspicious of outsiders (of which music journalists like me are the most suspect examples). At the same time, they seem mature and competent, which is almost too much to hope for. They not only play and compose well, but the production of their records, from the very beginning, and at the music’s most chaotic, is impeccable. Their presentation is as hardcore anarchic as any, but much better played, mixed, and recorded than most.

And then there’s the poetry and the intelligence. The members of Iceage are not only smart but hyper literate. Interviews with E. Rønnenfelt, the lead singer and lyricist of the band, find him mentioning Carson McCullers, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter; Georges Bataille, Story of the Eye; Peter Shaffer’s Equus; Mishima, The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea; Genet’s Thief’s Journal and Miracle of the Rose; The Torture Garden by Octave Mirbeau; Henry Miller on Writing; and James Agee’s A Death in the Family, and that’s in a total of four interviews. It’s not that he flaunts it; he’s simply honest and naturally acknowledges it.

The lyrics of Iceage songs have the most sophisticated vocabulary I can remember finding in rock music. Here’s a favorite example, from “Pain Killer” on the new album:

Praying at the altar of your legs and feet
Your saliva is a drug so bittersweet
I’ll arrogate what’s there to take
In an evanescent embrace

…“Arrogate”??? I half know the word, but I had to look it up to be certain. It means “to claim or seize without justification.” It’s funny because its Latin root also underlies the word “arrogant,” which one might be tempted to apply to Rønnenfelt for the contempt he shows for people who try to understand him. But I sympathize. It is extremely annoying to be characterized by other people. And the shading of meaning of the word “arrogate” brings a subtlety to those lyrics of his that “take” or “seize” or “claim” wouldn’t. Frankly, though, what I really like about those lines is the concept of praying to his lover’s feet. That’s good. It makes me think of a similar instance in another poet, Charles Baudelaire, who wrote in his “Hymn to Beauty”:

Who cares if you come from paradise or hell,
appalling Beauty, artless and monstrous scourge,
if only your eyes, your smile or your foot reveal
the infinite I love and have never known?

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Remo Drive announce new EP, Pop Music, share energetic song, “Blue Ribbon”: Stream

Epitaph Records, home of NOFX, Rancid, and The Offspring, has signed up-and-coming emo/pop punk outfit Remo Drive. To coincide with the announcement, the label has reissued the band’s debut album, last year’s Greatest Hits. Remo Drive have also revealed plans to drop their first-ever Epitaph release, an EP titled Pop Music.

Due out March 9th, the project features three songs, including today’s buoyant offering “Blue Ribbon”, which can be heard below. The EP said to follow in the footsteps of its Greatest Hits predecessor, channeling “’90s grunge and classic rock to create their own dynamic and deeply catchy sound.”

“It’s always going to be about loud guitars and big drums,” the group’s Erik Paulson notes in a statement. “The best thing for us to do is not worry so much about aesthetic and focus on whatever feels natural with the overarching idea of being a rock ’n’ roll band.” The Minnesota-bred band cite Title Fight, or more specifically, “older kids who smoked weed and listened to Title Fight,” as influences.

Pop Music Tracklist:
01. Blue Ribbon
02. Song of the Summer
03. Heartstrings

To celebrate Pop Music’s release, Remo Drive will kick off a US tour alongside Sorority Noise.

Remo Drive 2018 Tour Dates:
03/08 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Spirit Hall
03/09 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
03/11 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
03/12 – University City, MO @ Blueberry Hill Duck Room
03/14 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
03/15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
03/17 – Portland, OR @ The Analog
03/18 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
03/20 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
03/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
03/25 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
03/26 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda
03/28 – Orlando, FL @ The Abbey
03/29 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
03/30 – Raleigh, NC @ Kings
03/31 – Richmond, VA @ Capital Ale House
04/01 – Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents
04/03 – Hamden, CT @ Space Ballroom
04/04 – Boston, MA @ Paradise
04/05 – New York, NY @ Bowery
04/06 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
04/07 – Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel

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Screaming Females unleash new album All At Once: Stream

Today, Screaming Females celebrate the release of their new album, All At Once. Apple Music and Spotify users can hear it in full down below.

Due out through Don Giovanni Records, the LP serves as the band’s seventh overall and follow-up to 2015’s acclaimed Rose Mountain. The 15-track effort is said to be the punk trio’s “most expansive and imaginative work to date,” and one whose arrangements are “meant to evoke the energy and spontaneity of their live shows.” (And their live shows are no joke.)

(Read: CoS Readers’ Poll Results: The Most Anticipated Albums of 2018)

“When you’ve been a band for 12 or 13 years, the resources can dry up and you just go back to what feels comfortable,” drummer Jarrett Dougherty explains in a statement. “The other option is that you develop stuff that a younger band would not have been able to do.”

All At Once was recorded in London Bridge Studio and Red Room in Seattle alongside producer Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Russian Circles). Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty makes a cameo appearance, and for the first time, instruments such as synths, wurlitzers, and xylophones were woven into Screaming Females’ screeching punk rock tapestry.

In support, the New Jersey-bred punks are out touring across North America until the end of April.

All At Once Artwork:

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All At Once Tracklist:
01. Glass House
02. Black Moon
03. I’ll Make You Sorry
04. Dirt
05. Agnes Martin
06. Deeply
07. Soft Domination
08. End Of My Bloodline
09. Chamber For Sleep Pt. I
10. Chamber For Sleep Pt. II
11. Bird In Space
12. Fantasy Lens
13. My Body
14. Drop By Drop
15. Step Outside

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Death detail the Origins of new single “Give It Back”: Stream

Origins is a recurring new music feature in which an artist charts the influence of their latest single.

April 2017 saw Death release “Cease Fire”, a single in which they lamented the rampant use of weapons of violence in American schools, movie theaters, and places of worship. The proto-punk veterans are back today with a similarly socially conscious offering titled “Give It Back”.

The track was originally penned and demoed by the band’s Bobby Hackney way back in 1979, but revived in just the last couple of months. According to a statement, Death chose to re-record and officially release “Give It Back” as a way to address the environmental and cultural challenges that our society currently faces. The track addresses “global climate changes, social and cultural stumbling blocks, world leaders in disarray, and the dissolution of dreams once hoped for that are proven lies or were lost,” a statement adds.

Death elaborate to Consequence of Sound, “David especially liked the theme of this song as he often predicted that the earth can take only so much of the pollution, garbage, wars, destruction, man’s inhumanity to mankind, and environmental interruption from mankind before it demands us to ‘Give It Back’.”

The song finds Death folding in rock influences from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s while critiquing humanity’s lack of accountability and responsibility:

“We can’t hide the fact that we’re on a one way track
We’ve taken from this earth, now it’s time to give it back!
Machines are talking, and mouths are shut.
The appointed leaders are in a rut.
This is not the land of make believe.
As a child they told me that this would be.”

Take a listen:

“Give It Back” Single Artwork:

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For this edition of Origins, Death break down “Give It Back” and tell us how the current events of the ’70s and Marvin Gaye helped inspire them in the studio. The song will be available as a 7-inch come February 21st; pre-order it here.

The current events of the ’70s:

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The inspiration for “Give It Back” is what was happening during the time the song was written and has really come to fruition today. During the time this song was written, the world had just begun to address the concerns about climate-change, robotic and computer devices pushing their way into our everyday lives, the deceptions of government and corporate agendas, and the dissolutions of the expectations of the common man and woman in the so-called pursuits of happiness. The biggest inspiration for “Give It Back” happened on March 28, 1979, the date of the “Three Mile Island Nuclear Accident” It was as if in spite of all the warnings, protests, and crying out for truth, mankind’s relentless disregard for the earth had to bring about the inevitable. If it is true that history keeps repeating itself, where do we stand today?

Marvin Gaye — “What’s Going On”:

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As predicted by so many musical artists, from Dylan, to Lennon, Marvin Gaye, Joan
Baez, U2, Patti Smith, Stevie Wonder, and so many others: The world won’t beg and
plead with us, it will just take it back, whenever, where ever, and how ever it will. If there is any song or album that help fuel inspiration for “Give It Back”, it would have to be Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On”.

Other music of past generations:

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The music is up-beat with a melody that rings the tone of the vibe of the great sound of Rock-N-Roll throughout the grooving and surfing 60s, the conscious 70s, and the crossroad 80s. This song is a song for today, a song for right now.

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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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Titus Andronicus unveil new song “Above the Bodega (Local Business)” and video: Watch

In less than a month, Titus Andronicus will release its fifth studio album, A Productive Cough. The seven-track effort follows 2015’s expansive The Most Lamentable Tragedy and is said to showcase new territory for the New Jersey outfit. Rather than relying on their signature raucous punk anthems, Patrick Stickles & co. delve into more balladry.

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

Initial single “Number One (In New York)” highlighted this newfound approach. The second offering, “Above The Bodega (Local Business)”, follows suit as it plays out as a mellow ’70s rocker a la The Rolling Stones. Check out “Above the Bodega” below via its official music video. Shot live during their album sessions at Marcata Recording studio in New Paltz, New York, it was helmed by “Number One” video director Ray Concepcion.

In a statement, Stickles explained the track’s connection to consumerism:

“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,” explains Stickles, “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.”

A Productive Cough arrives March 2nd via Merge. In support, Stickles will embark on an intimate, two-person tour beginning later that month.

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Thurston Moore announces new 7-inch single, shares raging and politically-charged “Mx Liberty”: Stream

Photo by Lior Phillips

Thurston Moore released not one, but two albums last year. There was his solo effort titled Rock n Roll Consciousness, as well as Improvisation, a joint effort with experimental rock legend Charles Hayward of This Heat. We’re barely into the second month of 2018 and Moore is back at it again, rolling into February with a new two-song 7-inch.

Side A of the release features “Mx Liberty”, a “punk rock broadside to the current man-boys of the USA government in response to their mockery of democracy,” according to a statement. On the flip side is a cover of “Panik”, a 1977 track originally done by French punk outfit Metal Urbain. The former Sonic Youth rocker recorded all the material with a group of London-based friends and musicians, which includes Deb Googe of My Bloody Valentine, James Sedwards of Nøught, and Dead Days Beyond Help’s Jem Doulton.

The project aptly drops February 19th, “Not My President’s Day”, but is being teased today with “Mx Liberty”. A collaboration with poet Radieux Radio, the raging bit of noise-punk sees Moore howling: “Mx Liberty is not at home/ She’s stepping out into a new zone/ She climbs the fence to meet enemies/ Who send their affectionate regards, please.”

Hear it below. Pre-order the 7-inch here.

Thurston Moore 7-inch Tracklist:
Side A: “Mx Liberty”
Side B: “Panik”

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Death From Above deliver a kick-ass cover of The Beatles’ “Helter Skelter”: Watch

Death From Above recently played an intimate show in Toronto as part of the live concert series “House of Strombo”. In front of just 100 fans and acclaimed interviewer and host George Stroumboulopoulos, the Canadian punk outfit whipped out tracks from across their catalog — including Outrage! Is Now’s “Nomad” and “Going Steady” off You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine — as well as a special cover of The Beatles classic “Helter Skelter”.

According to DFA, they’d never performed the song live in front of so many people, which is a darn shame considering how kick-ass their rendition is. Check it out below (the “Helter Skelter” cover kicks in at the 31:45 mark) and here’s hoping they add the cover to their setlists going forward.

DFA’s most recent album, Outrage! Is Now, was released last September.

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The Men go psychedelic on new song “Rose on Top of the World”: Stream

Photo by Josh Goleman

The Men are inching closer to release of their seventh album, Drift. Due out March 2nd through Sacred Bones, it’s being teased today with a track called “Rose on Top of the World”.

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

While lead single “Maybe I’m Crazy” was a growling stomper of a tune, this new cut sees the Brooklyn punks trying their hand at jangly and jammy psychedelic rock. Per a statement from vocalist and guitarist Nick Chiericozzi, the song “came out of a Spanish guitar lick, a radar weather map, a poem and maybe a few other things. It has a good title; one that creates a definite mental image but could really be about anything.”

Hear it for yourself down below.

Drift Tracklist:
01. Maybe I’m Crazy
02. When I Held You In My Arms
03. Secret Light
04. Rose on Top of the World
05. So High
06. Killed Someone
07. Sleep
08. Final Prayer
09. Come to Me

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