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[new]: The Drums – Magic Mountain

By Will Oliver, July 15th 2014 — with 1 comment

The Drums

After three years, The Drums are back. No official word on the album yet (it’s coming), but today the band released a new 7″ single titled “Magic Mountain.” As frontman/vocalist Jonny Pierce told Noisey (who premiered the track), the band’s lineup now consists of just him and Jacob Graham (for the first time since the Summertime EP). Here’s the full quote from Pierce:

Not since the Summertime EP has it been just Jacob and I left up to our own devices. Now that we’re back to just the two founding members, we figured we could do whatever we wanted and run with it. Together, we had just one goal: let go of any preconceived ideas that anyone has about The Drums and make songs to be as grand and majestic as we want them to be. “Magic Mountain” is a sparkling reflection of our last three years. It’s about shedding off what binds you and protecting whats good, finding a safe place away from everyone and everything that wants to destroy you.

As a rather big fan of the band, the song caught me off guard a bit. While it is definitely very much The Drums, something about it hit in a different way. Although it has hooks, its not as immediate and clear cut in its melodic hooks as fans are used to. There’s a more raw, tense feeling in the air during “Magic Mountain”, which I think is a bit of a grower. It didn’t blow me away at first, but each listen has been better and more revealing than the last.

I can totally see this one being a monster to hear live.
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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 Announce New Album ‘Whorl’

By Will Oliver, June 29th 2014 — with 1 comment

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 — with 1 comment

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.

The Unicorns Are Reuniting: Opening For Arcade Fire In New York and L.A.

By Will Oliver, June 24th 2014 — with 1 comment

The Unicorns

I know I’m late on this, but talking to some people at Firefly over the weekend I realized not everyone heard the news. The Unicorns (who hinted at a possibly reunion earlier in the year), are officially reuniting for a few live shows.

The band will play 5 live shows opening for Arcade Fire at their shows in New York and L.A. in August. They also now have a twitter and a soundcloud page, which bodes well for future happenings. The shows will also include Dan Deacon.

If you hadn’t already purchased your tickets for Arcade Fire’s shows, here’s even more reason to do so.

Find the 5 show dates posted below.
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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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