Album News

Karen O - Crush Songs

Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O has finally announced her first solo album. It’s titled Crush Songs and it’s coming out on September 9 via Julian Casablancas’ label Cult Records. The solo album feels overdue, after various guest contributions and soundtrack appearances over the last few years (such as the lovely Moon Song for last year’s fantastic film Her).

The album was actually recorded back in 2006 and 2007, described as an intimate lo-fi bedroom recordings, similar to the style of “The Moon Song.” O describes the album in a letter that she posted on her site. Find that below.

We’ll have more on the album shortly. I’m very excited to hear it.

Philip Selway - Weatherhouse

Radiohead drummer Philip Selway will release his new solo album Weatherhouse on October 7 via Bella Union.

He’s shared the spaced out and dreamy “Coming Up For Air”, which serves as the album’s open track, as well as its first single. Here’s what Selway had to say about the song:

“It’s very much about taking stock of my life. I wanted to convey a sense of release and affirmation. This was the first song that we recorded. Immediately it felt in a very different space from Familial.

There are some Radiohead aspects to it, but there’s definitely a shift that is very much of his own.

Stream it below.
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Julian Casablancas + The Voidz - Tyranny

Julian Casablancas and The Voidz have been playing shows as early as March this year (as well as Governors Ball) but they did so without any official word of an official release. That changed last week, as Casablancas announced that the album is called Tyranny, and it will be released on September 23 via his own Cult Records.

If you pre-order the digital version of the album now, you can pick it up at the discounted price of $3.87.

Tyranny was written and recorded over the past year and was produced by Shawn Everett. The Voidz band features Casablancas and fellow Voidz band members: Jeramy Gritter, Amir Yaghmai, Jeff Kite, Jake Bercovici, and Alex Carapetis. The album incorporates world underground music from the 70s and 80s, along with hardcore/punk and “modern harmony”, using modern and analog recording and sampling techniques. In reference to the album’s title, Casablancas says:

Tyranny has come in many forms throughout history. Now, the good of business is put above anything else, as corporations have become the new ruling body. Most decisions seem to be made like ones of a medieval king: whatever makes profit while ignoring and repressing the truth about whatever suffering it may cause (like pop music, for that matter).

With the announcement comes the latest album teaser, with some more songs clips along with footage from the bands South American tour. With that said, you can find the bands fall tour dates posted below (along with the trailer).

October 16 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
October 17 Washington DC 9:30 Club
October 18 Charlottesville, VA Jefferson Theatre
October 20 Chattanooga, TN Track 29
October 21 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works
October 22 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
October 28 Birmingham, AL Iron City
October 30 Austin, TX Emo’s
October 31 Houston, TX House of Blues
November 6 Los Angeles, CA Wiltern Theatre
November 9 San Francisco, CA Regency Center
November 11 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
November 13 Seattle, WA Showbox

Simian Mobile Disco - Whorl

Simian Mobile Disco, the British-based electronic music duo of James Ford (often Arctic Monkeys producer) and Jas Shaw. They have announced that they will release their new album Whorl on September 9 via Anti-.

The duo rehearsed over a period of three days in April in the desert, resulting in a one-off sold out live show at Pappy & Harriet’s, Pioneertown, This performance allowed 900 fans to witness part of the recording process. Those sessions in the desert were taped and became the basis for their new album and live project. They didn’t use computers, but rather: two modular synths, two sequencers, and a mixer.

The duo has also announced a U.S> tour which is aimed to re-create the recording sessions live. The tour will bring them to Brookyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 21. I’ve shared the full list of tour dates below, along with the album’s tracklist and an album trailer. First single “Tangents” will be released on July 1.
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Weezer Announce New Album ‘Everything Will Be Alright In The End’

By Will Oliver, June 25th 2014 — with 1 comment

Weezer

Weezer have announced that their new album is titled Everything Will Be Alright In The End. They made the announcement via a teaser video that they shared on their tumblr.

No release date has been annoucned yet, but it will be released on Republic, the band’s first for the label. Cars frontman Ric Ocasek produced the album.

I just saw the band at Firefly, and although they didn’t play any new songs, they played my favorite set of the festival. They still got it, and part of me is hoping that they finally put out the album that we all know that they have in them. We shall see.

Until then, check out the teaser video below. It’s the 9th in the series. Find all the rest on their youtube channel.
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Blonde Redhead Announce New Album: ‘Barragan’

By Will Oliver, June 25th 2014

Blonde Redhead - Barragán

Blonde Redhead
will release new album Barragán on September 2 via Kobalt. It’s their first since 2010′s Penny Sparkle. It was recorded at Key Club Recording in Benton Harbor, Michigan and The Magic Shop in NYC

The band have also released a new song called “No More Honey” that is included on the record. It’s a delicate and atmospheric offering that dabbles with sparse arrangements that all come together quite nicely.

Listen to the song below, where you can also find the album’s tracklist.
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Death From Above 1979 Announce New Album: ‘The Physical World’

By Will Oliver, June 25th 2014 — with 1 comment

Death From Above 1979

It’s about damn time. That’s what I said when I read the news that Canadian noise-rock duo Death From Above 1979 will finally release a new album. It’s titled The Physical World, and will be released on September 9 via Last Gang Records. It’s the long-awaited follow-up to their debut album You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine which came out a decade ago. Feeling old yet?

The duo broke the news during an interview with NME. Singer/drummer Sebastien Grainger shed some light on their thought process on the record and the possible reception it will receive from fans and the press.

No matter what Jesse and I do, on whatever scale of success it’s sat on, there’s always some kind of reference to Death From Above. It’s only frustrating because it’s so lazy. So we’re putting out a Death From Above record and if the press is like, ‘It’s not what we expected,’ or however they react to it, it’s like, ‘Well, you’ve been fucking asking for it.

This record is a key for us. It will permit us to go play the shows we want to play and it gives us the freedom to do what we want.

It’s amazing to think that we are actually getting a new record from these guys (although its been known that it was on the way) It’s something I never thought would actually happen. A true “pinch me” sort of moment. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us.

Bear In Heaven - Time Is Over One Day Old

Bear In Heaven will release new album Time Is Over One Day Old on August 5 via Dead Oceans.

Here’s what singer Jon Philpot had to say about the album:

We’re setting aside the things that most people focus on [and instead] staking our claim in some ethereal place. A lot of shedding, getting rid of layers and pre-conceptions… breaking up with old ways of thinking, old ways of being, starting to look at this thing in a new way and finding something positive.

The announcement came with the release of single “Time Between”, a synth-based song that dives deep into its trippy waters (sorta has a British vibe to it) and drowns you with all its layers. I’m enjoying it more and more with every listen.

Find it posted below.
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[new]: Spoon – Rent I Pay

By Will Oliver, June 25th 2014

Spoon - They Want My Soul

Spoon will release new album They Want My Soul on August 5 via Loma Vista. They played some new material from the album at their Governors Ball set earlier this month, as well as their NPR-hosted show at Le Poison Rogue, where they premiered the album’s single “Rent I Pay.”

The live performance blew me away in person, and the band hit the same highs on the recorded version. It’s the album’s opener and it sets the tone right with sharp riffs, persistent percussion from Jim Eno and some well placed organ bits. It’s available to stream below. You can also find a quote about the album that the band shared on their facebook, as well as the album’s tracklisting and some new tours dates, which include a Central Park show on September 10.
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The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers

It’s been four years since The New Pornographers previous album, Together. So it’s good news to hear that they will release their new album Brill Bruisers on August 26 via Matador Records. The album does include both Neko Case and Dan Bejar

Here’s a quote from frontman A.C. Newman about the album:

This is a celebration record. After periods of difficulty, I am at a place where nothing in my life is dragging me down and the music reflects that.

This vibe is certainly felt throughout their fantastic comeback single (and title track) “Brill Bruisers”, which is just classic New Pornographers in every sense. Big bristling riffs over collaborative vocals that unite for some colorful moments throughout the tracks awesome run. They’re big in full swing.

Enjoy it below, where I have also shared the album’s tracklist and their new tour dates, which includes a November 17 performance in NYC at Hammerstein Ballroom.
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