...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead's eighth studio album Lost Songs is dedicated to Pussy Riot and inspired by "the apathy to real world events that has plagued the independent music scene now for over a decade," according to singer/multi-instrumentalist Conrad Keely. If their beautiful cacophony arises a renewed sense of purpose in you today, then we have done our jobs well: SPIN is pleased to premiere the full album, which is due October 22 via standard, deluxe, and vinyl editions. Get lost in the spiraling riffage midway through "Catatonic," soak in the classically melodic Trail vocal line of powerhouse opener "Open Doors Standard," and resist the temptation to smash things to the pummeling "Opera Obscura" now!
...Trail of Dead Tour Dates:
November 04: Austin, TX @ Auditorium Shores
November 08: San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
November 09: Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
November 10: San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
November 15: Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
November 16: New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
November 17: Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
November 18: Philadelphia, PA @ The First Unitarian Church
November 21: Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge
*[consequenceofsound.net] This week, NPR’s First Listen series is streaming the new album from New Jersey garage rockers Titus Andronicus.
Titus Andronicus will release their third album, Local Business, on October 22nd via XL Recordings. Their first release since the departure of guitarist Amy Klein and bassist Ian Graetzer, the ten-track effort was recorded with producer Kevin McMahon and features guest musicians Owen Pallett, Steven Harm, and Elio DeLuca. You can stream it all HERE.
*[theprp.com] Nine Inch Nails, etc. frontman Trent Reznor has been in the studio today (October 15th) with someone whom he describes as a hero of his. Thus far he remains tight lipped about the identity of the mystery collaborator, offering only the following via his Twitter:
“In the studio for a day of experimentation with a hero of mine…”
“David Byrne = hero of mine, but it’s not him. I doubt you’ll guess this one!”
Meanwhile, Reznor and David Byrne (Talking Heads) had a conversation in Los Angeles, CA yesterday, October 14th, at the the Aratani/Japan America Theatre. Among the topics broached were Reznor's decision return to a major label with How To Destroy Angels. Josh Kun, professor, USC Annenberg School for Communication was also on hand for the chat. You can see fan-filmed footage of that particular topic below.
*[theprp.com] You can hear a clip of a new Soundgarden track titled “By Crooked Steps“—complete with commentary from vocalist/guitarist Chris Cornell and drummer Matt Cameron—below via Details.com. The song appears on the bands forthcoming new album “King Animal“, which hits stores on November 13th.
*Chicago noise rockers Sirs (a band that once featured former members of Tar) have issued an update on their upcoming full length debut, here's what they had to say...
"Gear rentals, work schedule torture, art and science are all on the table as we close in on finishing the new record. Tentatively titled "High Minors", it's clocking in at 9 songs, one cover, two guest stars, and more languages than just English. It *should* be out by the end of the year, but then again, people all over the world *should* have enough food, too. Here's a sneak peek!"