*[theprp.com] Revelation Records have released official stage shot live footage of Quicksand covering “How Soon Is Now?” by The Smiths. The footage is of course taken from the groups reunion show earlier this month in Pomona, CA.
*[pitchfork.com] As part of the "Pitchfork Classic" series, Pitchfork.tv today presents a 45-minute documentary on Modest Mouse's classic 1997 album The Lonesome Crowded West.
For the film, Pitchfork.tv traveled to Los Angeles, London, and cities across the Pacific Northwest (Portland, Seattle, Olympia, Port Townsend) to discuss the making of the album with everyone from frontman Isaac Brock to Calvin Johnson and producer Phil Ek. We learned the album's story back to front, including the fact that halfway through its recording, Ek was called in to rerecord three songs from the original sessions.
The film also includes archival footage taken during live performances and original recording/mix sessions at Moon Music in Olympia. Watch the entire documentary at Pitchfork.tv.
*[pitchfork.com] On June 29, No Age will headline an anti-Walmart benefit show in Los Angeles. It will take place at the performance space Human Resources in Chinatown, where the corporation recently acquired permits for a store. The show precedes a June 30 anti-Walmart demonstration at Los Angeles State Historic Park, the largest-scale protest of its kind to date. Proceeds from the show benefit organizations protesting the building of the Walmart.
The event has been organized by the workers rights non-profit Unionosity and the art space Ooga Booga. According to a press release, the concert "aims to draw attention to Walmart’s unfair labor practices and their plans for the region, to support the small business institutions that dignify the neighborhood and to demonstrate solidarity with the vibrant music and art scene long housed in Chinatown."
*[pitchfork.com] This week's episode of "Workaholics", the Comedy Central show that chronicles the misadventures of three post-college goofballs working cubicle jobs, features none other than the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney.
They guest star as two dudes with very long ponytails waiting to be seen by a judge in small claims court. Auerbach and Carney really seem to be warming up to the small screen post-El Camino.
Stream the entire episode over at Comedy Central; the Black Keys appear around the five-minute mark.
*A message from Mylene Sheath Records... CONSTANTS - Pasiflora Pre-order
We've been talking about this album for a long time, and for good reason, it's the single best piece of work Constants have created in their prolific career! And if you are familiar with Constants back catalog, then you know that that statement is not one to be tossed around half-heartedly. They've expanded upon past material, but through a dreamy filter that belies any preconceived notion of what their fifth studio album might sound like. But the time for talk has reached it's end (seriously, just go check out the new song "Sunrise" HERE and their cover of Catherine Wheel's "Strangefruit" HERE), as the album drops worldwide on CD/digital formats 7/24 and on vinyl 8/21. You know what that means? It's almost time for the pre-order!! Radar Visuals' Michael Repasch-Nieves (also of Junius fame) created the album artwork for this one and its colorful, retro-sensibility ties the album together perfectly. The LP will come in a heavyweight case-wrapped, tip-on style jacket with a full color, two-sided insert. We'll have a few different vinyl colors to choose from (including black vinyl for all you audiophiles) and also a digipak CD edition as well. We'll also be bringing back the retail exclusive white vinyl version on this one, limited to 100 copies, available only in retail-land on 8/21. But break out your sharpees and walk over to your calendar, cuz we're launching this motherload of all pre-order parties on Thursday night, June 28th. Can you dig it? Of course you can!!
*Madison, WI rockers Icarus Himself have posted a video for "Anywhere You Go". The song comes from the album Career Culture, which the band will be on tour in support of this summer. Check out the dates HERE.