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Guided by Voices break down their new album, Space Gun, Track by Track: Stream

Track by Track is a recurring new music feature that finds an artist breaking down the entirety of their latest album.

Robert Pollard is well-known for redefining what it means to be prolific. The 60-year-old rocker’s career has consisted of over 100 albums, a number he hit just last year with Guided By Voices’ first double LP, August By Cake. The indie alternative outfit also dropped How Do You Spell Heaven in 2017, but 2018 will see Pollard and the group deliver only one full-length. It’s called Space Gun and is out March 23rd. Well ahead of the street date, you can stream it in full below.

Pollard recored Space Gun with GBV’s most recent lineup, a mix of veterans (Doug Gillard and Kevin March) and newcomers (Mark Shue and Bobby Bare Jr.). The band mastermind has said he feels invigorated by the current mix of musicians, and that their “adroit talents pushes him to more daring and dizzying heights.”

Take a listen to Space Gun below to see just where those new heights take Guided By Voices.

For more insight into GBV’s latest offering, guitarist Doug Gillard has broken down the album track by track. See what he has to say below.

“Space Gun”:
A powerful opener, layered guitars & analog synth white noise. I think this is what’s meant by “tour de force,” musically speaking.

“Colonel Paper”:
Adventures in late-night trash can grazing. Tried to have a super thin guitar sound & still make the song muscly. Bob’s vocals, Mark’s bass, Kevin’s drums and Travis Harrison at the board all helped to achieve that.

“King Flute”:
Song about King Flute, an “ill-fate squire.” Some great drum fills by Mr. March, and I added a mellotron flute part by way of my smartphone.

“Ark Technician”:
Third consecutive number featuring a character named in the title. But unlike fantastical protagonists Col. Paper and King Flute, this Ark Technician may be more autobiographical, though veiled in its conveyance. And if you couldn’t give a rip about all that, you can just enjoy the beautiful damn song.

“See My Field”:
A great Pollard melody inside of a yearning, pretty rock song. Bob wanted strings on this so it features a combination of mellotron with strings.

“Liar’s Box”:
A song kerning towards prog but still flowing and catchy, culminating in the refrain, “Summons of a glass/ To a sad, sad heaven.”

“Blink Blank”:
A hyperbolic post-punk observation on the current state of the world to end side A.

“Daily Get Ups”:
A song you could get up to daily, meaning wake up to. It’s peppy and cool.

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“Hudson Rake”:
“Its funky on the Avalon.” You are implored to “Do the Hudson Rake,” which may be an imaginary dance, but whether it is or not, it denotes a giant yard tool that would dredge up all the bodies dumped in the Hudson by the rat smashers.

“Sport Component National”:
A multi-part song about SCN, a TV sports channel, tied together by the intro/re-intro brought to you by sinister Beach Boys. “There’s a night game breaking out”.

“I Love Kangaroos”:
Kids of all ages will love “I Love Kangaroos”, a song about traveling and sailing. A power-pop song you can slow dance to. I would say its super-catchy, but so are most of the songs on Space Gun.

“Grey Spat Matters”:
Short heavy scorcher with incredible vocals. Infectious. One of several we tracked to two-inch tape.

“That’s Good”:
A ballad that Bob had written some years ago. A melancholy song with an amazing melody that builds. This is another one that called for strings, and I was honored to arrange them for this song, which includes more mixing feats by Travis Harrison.

“Flight Advantage”:
We had fun recording this one together as a band. “Birds will fly, the spiders will dance,” but it’s a heavy rock song, like something from Tommy-era Who, sped up.

“Evolution Circus”:
Heavy album closer dealing with history, explorers and Biblical ghettos, featuring some Bare Jr. harmonies near the end.

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White Mystery celebrate 10th anniversary with new album, Hellion Blender, share “Paint Yo’Nails”: Stream

10 5 Things… is a recurring new music feature that lets an artist go H.A.M. on a particular topic.

This year marks 10 years since White Mystery first started rocking out in the Chicago DIY scene. To celebrate, the sibling duo are doing what they’ve done every anniversary since 2010: releasing a brand new album on April 20th.

Hellion Blender is the band’s ninth full-length overall, and caps off the mission they set for themselves when they first started: to release one album every 365 days. The 10-track effort once again demonstrates the seamless collaborative energy between Miss Alex White and Francis Scott Key White as they tear through a garage worth genres, from the country-tinged punk of “Goody Two Shoes” to the psychedelic jamming of “Paint Yo’Nails”.

The latter track, a thumping trip of wahing guitar and drums that shift from sashaying to pummeling, is being debuted today to preview the record. Take a listen below.

Pre-orders for Hellion Blender are going on here. To further commemorate their 10th anniversary, White Mystery have decided to pull back the veil on five secrets they’ve kept hidden over their years as a band.

Sky High:

White Mystery, photo by Diane Alexander White

White Mystery, photo by Diane Alexander White

White Mystery filmed a super secret music video on the rooftop of Chicago’s tallest building that may never see the light of day. The city-born sibling duo performed an ode to their hometown, “Take A Walk”, on an industrial level so high it was “where the window washers push off.” And yes, it was very windy! An employee of the facility confirmed that White Mystery is indeed the first band to ever play at that elevation in the city. (Photo attached, by Diane Alexander White )

Terrence Malick:

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Years ago, White Mystery was invited to perform in a Terrence Malick film based in Austin, Texas. Low and behold, Alex and Francis jammed with Robert Plant from Led Zepplin on the movie set. The White Mystery/Robert Plant trio jammed blues standards whilst on camera for a dazzling cast of stars, which included Ryan Gosling. It was truly a spiritual experience, and Francis even had a speaking part. Unfortunately, the footage was left on the cutting room floor.

Four Syllable Titles:

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White Mystery has released a new album every year on April 20 for the past decade, and until now, adhered to a strict album naming pattern of only four syllable titles. The song White Mystery, “Rapid Overdrive” also contains a hidden secret, with each word in the song spelling out “ROYGBIV” and “CMYK,” the colors of the rainbow, and printable spectrum of hues.

4/20 Possession Ticket:

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Francis shot off a bottle rocket outside of the Cake Shop in Manhattan, New York and got busted by the police on April 20, 2012. They took his weed and wrote him a ticket, but don’t worry, the ticket was written incorrectly and got thrown out.

Bar Room Brawl:

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Folks close to the band know that White Mystery was involved in a vicious bar room brawl in Austria while on it’s first European tour. There was punching, kicking, screaming, biting, and then, lawyers. Fortunately, they beat the case with help from the club’s sound guy, and are able to return to the European country where it took place. Francis walked away with a nasty shiner, but you should have seen the other guy.

Hellion Blender Artwork:

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Hellion Blender Tracklist:
01. Boy Next Door
02. Two Flast
03. Penny Saved
04. Paint Yo’Nails
05. Unlucky XIII
06. Goody Two Shoes
07. Ghost Signs
08. White Mystery TV
09. Disco Ball
10. Part Deux

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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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Public Image Ltd. announce “The Public Image is Rotten” 40th anniversary tour

John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, left the Sex Pistols in 1978 and formed the post-punk band, Public Image Ltd. In celebration of their 40th anniversary, the English group has announced “The Public Image is Rotten” tour spanning the UK, Europe, and Japan.

(Read: Every Alternative Rock No. 1 Hit from Worst to Best)

The 32-date UK and Europe leg of the tour kicks off in Bristol on May 30th and includes performances at Holland’s Retropop Festival, Poland’s Jarocin Festival, and a headlining set at London’s Camden Rocks Festival. The Japan dates will be confirmed in the near future, as well as a “very special London date.” No word on US tour dates.

PiL will also mark the anniversary with a career-spanning box set later this year, as well as a documentary sharing its name with the tour. The Tabbert Fiiller-directed documentary premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and will be shown at select cinemas at a later date.

Public Image Ltd. 2018 Tour Dates:
05/30 – Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy
06/01 – Bournemouth, UK @ O2 Academy
06/02 – London, UK @ Camden Rocks Festival
06/04 – Coventry, UK @ The Copper Rooms
06/06 – Norwich, UK @ The Waterfront
06/08 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
06/09 – Holland, NL @ Retropop Festival
06/10 – Den Haag, NL @ Paard van Trojoe
06/12 – Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK @ O2 Academy
06/13 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 ABC
06/15 – Sheffield, UK @ O2 Academy
06/16 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Ritz
06/18 – Hull, UK @ Asylum, Hull University
06/21 – Cardiff, UK @ The Tramshed
06/23 – Exeter, UK @ Lemon Grove
06/24 – Wrexham, UK @ William Aston Hall
06/26 – Reading, UK @ Sub 89
06/27 – Frome, Somerset, UK @ Cheese & Grain
06/29 – Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
06/30 – Southampton, UK @ Engine Rooms
07/13 – Prague, CZ @ Lucerna
07/15 – Jarocin, PL @ Jarocin Festival
08/05 – Blackpool, UK @ Rebellion Festival
08/19 – Hardwick, UK @ Hardwick Live Festival
08/25 – Bangor, UK @ Bangor Marina
08/26 – Dublin, UK @ The Tivoli
08/28 – Inverness, UK @ The Ironworks
08/29 – Aug Aberdeen, UK @ The Assembly
08/31 – Dundee, UK @ The Church

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Coheed and Cambria and Taking Back Sunday announce US co-headlining tour

Paging the early 2000s: Coheed and Cambria and Taking Back Sunday have just announced a US summer co-headlining tour.

The joint trek launches in July and runs through mid-August. Over the course of 28 dates, the two acts will stop in cities such as Miami, Nashville, Boston, Brooklyn, Minneapolis, Chicago, Denver, Austin, and Las Vegas. Pop punk outfit The Story So Far will serve as opener throughout the itinerary.

(Read: The 100 Best Pop Punk Bands)

Coheed and Cambria’s last album came in 2015 with The Color Before the Sun. Taking Back Sunday put out Tidal Wave in 2016.

Coheed and Cambria and Taking Back Sunday 2018 Tour Dates:
07/06 – Miami, FL @ Bayfront Park Amphitheater
07/07 – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
07/08 – Jacksonville, FL @ Daily’s Place
07/10 – Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Park Amphitheater
07/11 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater
07/13 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater
07/15 – Baltimore, MD @ Pier Six Pavilion
07/17 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
07/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
07/19 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
07/21 – Brooklyn, NY @ Coney Island Boardwalk
07/22 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
07/23 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live! Outdoor Amphitheatre
07/25 – Minneapolis, MN @ Armory
07/26 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion
07/27 – Sterling Heights, MI @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre
07/29 – Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion
07/31 – Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP
08/02 – Sugar Land, TX @ Smart Financial Centre
08/03 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
08/04 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion
08/06 – Denver, CO @ Sculpture Park
08/07 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Union Event Center
08/09 – Berkeley, CA @ The Greek Theatre
08/10 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
08/11 – Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheatre
08/12 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre

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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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Jack White: “Rock & roll needs an injection of some new, young blood”

The Who’s Roger Daltrey declared “rock music dead” some two years ago, and just last October, U2’s own Bono described today’s releases as “very girly.” Now, Jack White has weighed in on the great rock & roll debate.

In an interview on KROQ’s The Kevin & Bean Show on Monday, White responded to a question about the lack of rock-oriented artists on the bills of some upcoming festivals. According to the Detroit-born musician, the genre is currently missing that special X factor, or what he calls “a wildness.”

(Read: Losing My Religion: The Demise of Rock & Roll)

“Rock & roll needs an injection of some new, young blood to really just knock everybody dead right now,” White comments. “I think it’s brewing. It’s brewing and brewing and it’s about to happen. I think that it’s good.”

“Since rock & roll’s inception, every 10 or 12 years there’s a breath of fresh air and a new injection of some sort of what you could I guess call punk attitude or something like that,” he continues. “A wildness. Things get crazy and then they get crazy for a couple years, then they kind of get subtle, and then you gotta wait for the next wave to come through and get people really excited and screaming about it again.”

White never mentions himself as a possible candidate for “injecting” that “wildness,” but he’ll get his chance at it come March 23rd, when he releases his Boarding House Ranch, one of Consequence of Sound’s (and our readers’) most anticipated albums of 2018.

Hear the full interview — in which White also shares some time advice he received from Q-Tip — below.

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Paramore share retro video for “Rose-Colored Boy”: Watch

In November, Paramore unveiled the music video for “Fake Happy”, which showed New York City residents feigning their sense of joy. In the band’s follow-up clip, this time for “Rose-Colored Boy”, a similar theme permeates: Sometimes things aren’t always as they seem.

Directed by Warren Fu (The Weeknd, HAIM), Paramore portray a ’70s TV news team that seems to be perpetually cheery. Of course, as is usually the case, there’s quite a bit of darkness and rage simmering just beneath the surface. Watch Hayley Williams and the rest of the crew of Wake Up! Roseville in the fun clip up above.

(Read: The 100 Best Pop Punk Bands)

Both aforementioned tracks are off Paramore’s latest album — and one of 2017’s bestAfter Laughter. In support, this year they’re expected to perform at US festivals like Boston Calling and Bonnaroo; they’re also returning with the third installment of their PARAHOY! cruise.

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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

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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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