Sic Alps frontman Mike Donovan — a San Francisco cab driver for the past ten years, on and off — feels comfortable listening to his own music with a customer in the backseat. But a few weeks ago "this young, Irish fella" jumped in and asked to be taken to the city's Sunset District, at a moment when Donovan was listening to his outfit's latest, forthcoming self-titled full-length.
"It was the last song on Side A," says Donovan. "Wake Up It's Over II. And he asks, 'Hey is this your band? It's really good.' And I tell him it is. Then "Thylacine Man" comes on — this really sad, mellow song — and it's super loud and he's just totally, stone quiet. When it's over, he says, 'Oh. I think, I think I had a moment there. Yeah, I just had a moment. What's the name of that one?' He was a rock'n'roll fan."
While Donovan admits that it's unlikely a fare would ever hear some of Sic Alps' earlier, definitively damaged offerings ("though I have played crazier shit than ours"), his trio's latest also marks the first time they've opted to record in a studio instead of at home. "It was a leap of faith in a lot of ways," he says of the record, a far cleaner, professionally mixed affair whose Sgt. Pepper's-informed opener, "Glyphs," even includes strings. "I think we got really good at recording ourselves over the years because of a lack of gear. And there's something about recording at home: you can say, 'Alright, forget it, lets come back to this, it's not working.' But this is the first time we've made a record where we didn't have time to go back." He laughs. "It's out of our hands now. The damage is done." STREAM THE RECORD HERE.
*[theprp.com] Glassjaw will be releasing their “Coloring Book” CD/DVD combo this weekend. The effort is available now at Merchdirect and is scheduled to ship this coming Saturday, September 15th. The DVD included in the set boasts pro-shot footage of live performances of the songs featured on ”Coloring Book“ — all of which is taken from the groups long-awaited Live in London DVD.
This particular ”Coloring Book” CD/DVD combo release was previously given out to those in attendance at the bands recent live DVD screenings.
*[FMQB.com] Led Zeppelin began a mysterious countdown over the weekend on the band's official Facebook page, counting down from "Five" onward. It is unknown what the Rockers will reveal this Thursday when it reaches Zero, but The Guardian reports the announcement will merely be a new DVD recapping their 2007 reunion concert.
*[FMQB.com] The Black Keys spent a week in a recording studio in July laying down some ideas for their next album. After more touring, the duo will regroup in early 2013 to begin officially recording. However, it's too early to judge what the next effort will sound like. "We never know what's going to happen," guitarist Dan Auerbach told Rolling Stone. "We don't talk about it. We don't plan it. We start recording, and then all of a sudden it starts to take shape and we have an idea." Auerbach adds that each Black Keys album, to him, represents "a snapshot of a moment in time. We like to let them be like that. Sort of a spontaneous thing."
*[theprp.com] If you’ve yet to catch Refused on their recent reunion tour, you may be interested in knowing that their newly-announced November 05th Los Angeles, CA stop is being billed as “their final US reunion show.” As previously reported, the show will take place at The Fonda Theater in Los Angeles, CA with pre-sales to kick off tomorrow, September 12th at noon. More details can be found HERE.
*[theprp.com] Those not in the select cities that dredg will be playing full album performances in later this year can take heart. It looks as though the group have plans to take the shows global, tweeting earlier today (September 10th) that dates are being planned for “other states and countries“.
In case you missed it, the band are set to play “El Cielo” and “Catch Without Arms” in full at these shows later this year.