*A message from Saddle Creek Records... "The debut full-length from PUJOL, UNITED STATES OF BEING, is in stores now. The record is available in the Online Store, where you can also download two free tracks from the record or pick up the album in a Music Plus bundle that includes a shirt, poster, and more. All album orders include an instant download of the full record. UNITED STATES OF BEING is also available at iTunes and Amazon.
Two great new live sessions are out now: check out a 5 song set from KDHX and a Jam in the Van from Bonnaroo 2012 [below]. Also check out feature on the band over at American Songwriter and let Daniel Pujol take you on a tour of his favorite Nashville spots at Spinner.
*[VICE.com] We love Diamond Rugs. We love them with that same sort of deep down love that's usually only reserved for sweatpants and a cold beer after a long day of talking to assholes. When the band asked if we'd be into premiering "Blue Mountains," another track off of their amazing album (that we picked as album of the month a couple of months ago), we just planted soft kisses on all their many lips, and mouthed "duh."
Diamond Rugs is playing Fun Fun Fest, in case you didn't know. Check out the info and buy your tickets HERE.
*[consequenceofsound.net] Red Hot Chili Peppers have a slew of singles coming, ex-guitarist John Frusciante has two new releases of his own, and now bassist Flea is about to put out his first-ever solo record. As he announced on Twitter:
“I am putting out an ep i made by myself in a couple of days. it is obscure arty mostly instrumental music, except when patti smith sings. my ep is called helen burns. all proceeds from my helen burns ep will go towards the silverlake conservatory of music. it will be available for download at any price you want to pay, it will be a donation to the silverlake conservatory of music. will also be vinyl, which i will autograph, and inside will be a piece of a bass string that i have played in concert 75 dollars for that. the information on how to get my helen burns solo flea ep will be coming within the next 2 days"
Flea later added, "i recorded most of the ep when we finished our tour for stadium arcadium. it is not rhcp music or even close to it. it is a trippy freakout. on helen burns, i play trumpet, bass, synthesizers, drum machine, piano, and a bunch of other shit"
Flea first mentioned the Helen Burns EP in an interview with The Los Angeles Times in 2008. “I’m not sure how to describe it but a lot of people have described it as cinematic, like soundtrack music,” he said. “It’s not really a commercial enterprise, it’s not going to be on rock radio or anything. The record is based on the character Helen Burns from ‘Jane Eyre.’ I love Charlotte Bronte and all of the Bronte sisters.”
*New Zealand's Popstrangers have posted a brand new single, "In Some Ways" on their official Soundcloud page. The new song sees Popstrangers muscle into new sonic territories and deliver another catchy, albeit warped, pop song.
Rusty guitar twangs, discordant drones and jarring rhythms diverge into hooky bridges filled with washes of hazy riffs that buoy languid, disaffected vocals.
The New Zealand trio is comprised of Joel Flyger, Adam Page and David Larson. "In Some Ways" is available as a free download, available HERE.
*[consequenceofsound.net] The Polaris Music Prize is the annual award given to the best Canadian album. Past winners have included Fucked Up, Caribou, Owen Pallett and, most recently, Arcade Fire. Today, the shortlist of nominees for this year’s award were announced and they include: Drake (Take Care), Fucked Up (David Comes to Life), Japandroids (Celebration Rock), Grimes (Visions), and Feist (Metals). The full list of nominees is posted HERE, and the winner will officially be announced on September 24th.