Dinosaur Jr. will celebrate the 25th anniversary of their classic LP You’re Living All Over Me by releasing a live album titled Chocomel Daze (Live 1987) on November 19th via Merge. The latest offering captures a dusty 1987 performance in the Netherlands, specifically Dorrnroosje, Nijmegen.
“We were young on our first Euro tour,” J Mascis explains in a press release. It was amazing to get hotels and food. We were treated a million times better than we were used to in the states. And only driving like 45 minutes a day to the next Dutch town. Good times.”
The limited release will be issued on 150-gram vinyl and Merge is already taking pre-orders. For those on the fence, check out an assaulting cut of “The Lung” below.
The band’s latest album, I Bet on Sky, is currently available via Merge.
*[consequenceofsound.net] Thee Oh Sees rocket back with a scorching video for “Lupine Dominus” off last month’s Putrifiers II. Director John Strong culls his notes after watching Scorcese’s Goodfellas, Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut, and Friedkin’s To Live and Die in LA and carves out one of the sleekest throwbacks since, okay, last year’s Drive. It looks hip, it feels erotic, and there’s this bratty danger that lingers amidst every pan. Come to think of it, the only thing missing from that opening shot is a monologue from Ray Liotta. Grab some popcorn and watch it below. Putrifiers II is out now via In the Red.
*[consequenceofsound.net] In the music video for “Wet Blanket”, CoSigned noise-punk trio METZ take the GIF from mere joke/awesome work distraction to a truly effective visual format. Paired with the aural onslaught that is every second of the song, the GIF-like visuals of a young, bored teen girl’s daily routine are given an unnerving presence and sense of power. However, even without the band’s thrash-tastic sounds, the imagery of our despondent protagonist faux drowning little girls and putting on a laser light show with her BF’s head are plenty disturbing all on their lonesome. Watch the video below (via SPIN.com).
*[pitchfork.com] Austin punks ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead will release Lost Songs on October 23 via Richter Scale/Superball Music. Their video for "Catatonic" follows the rise and debaucherous fall of the fictional political candidate "Rich Dobney". (Hey, that name sounds awfully familiar...)
Trail of Dead bassist Autry Fulbright II wrote and directed the video alongside Sonny Clark. In a statement, Fulbright said about the video:
"'Catatonic' is physically defined by extreme rigidity or laxness in the limbs. I think that's a perfect metaphor of what we've seen in the American political sports arena. We often witness a sharp contrast between the hyper conservative public persona of many politicians and their wild antics behind closed doors. It's important to not let voluntary ignorance of current events, issues, and actions further obscure the realities of the world scene or the motives of those who attempt to represent, regulate, and control us. This satirical video is intended to mock moral hypocrisy as well as the lust for power - two classic political party favors. I don't think we over-exaggerated all that much."
*[pitchfork.com] Given their track record of tricky time-signatures and genre-blurring chicanery, it’s no surprise that the members of Absolutely Free-- who comprised four fifths of defunct Toronto art-punk spazzes DD/MM/YYYY-- named their new prog-funk outfit after Frank Zappa’s second album. But on first approach, their debut single doesn’t try to overwhelm you with technical wizardry: after a brief introductory swirl of strings, “UFO” instantly establishes the sort of suitably cosmic groove that you can imagine the Flaming Lips settling into about halfway through one of their six-hour jam experiments, with multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Matt King waiting till the song reaches optimal zone-out potential before introducing its winsome, wandering melody. That sense of idyll, however, is dramatically upended by an urgent chorus whose heart-racing tribal percussion infects the song for its duration, leading to a mercilessly cacophonous conclusion that will have you making an appointment at the Genius Bar to ensure your MacBook speakers haven’t been completely fried.
DOWNLOAD: Absolutely Free: "UFO"
[from a forthcoming 12"; out digitally 10/23/12 via One Big Silence, the label run by Fucked Up guitarist Mike Haliechuk]
*[consequenceofsound.net] It’s a Jack attack! In the new video for “I’m Shakin’”, director Dori Oskowitz pits Jack White against himself with the help of his two bands. Marvel at the awesome camera work and witness a world where two Jack Whites exist by clicking play on the video below.
To go along with the video, White will release a 7″ vinyl featuring “I’m Shakin’” and non-album B-side “Blues on Two Trees” on October 16th. A digital and physical release will follow on October 30th.
*[consequenceofsound.net] Neil Young and Crazy Horse are back with another song and video from their second album of 2012, Psychedelic Pill. Following “Walk Like a Giant”, here’s the 17 minute jammer called “Ramada Inn”, accompanied by psychedelic found footage (via Pitchfork TV).
Psychedelic Pill is out October 30th on double CD and November 23rd on triple vinyl. A Blue-ray compiling music videos for each track will also be available on the 23rd.
*[pitchfork.com] It's been a couple years since Kylesa's last full-length, the excellent Spiral Shadow. To help hold folks over until the next one, the colorful Savannah, GA, sludge metal/rock band are releasing a 12-song collection of rarities called From the Vaults, Vol. 1 on November 20 via Season of Mist. It includes alternate and previously unreleased takes on older songs (including a set-ending "Drum Jam"), their cover of Pink Floyd's "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun", and one new track, "End Truth".
Though it's a compilation, From the Vaults was put together with the sequencing of an official LP. As vocalist/guitarist/producer Philip Cope put it, "We have spent over a year going through old songs, covers, etc. and collected those we felt went well together; remixing and finishing them up. We didn't want to release something just thrown together so we put a lot of thought and time into it."
We have the spacy, deeply psychedelic new song "End Truth" HERE. It clocks in at 4:44.
*[press release] Cold Showers, a band formed in Los Angeles, CA in 2010, fuses the brash power of the shoegazers with the smoky compulsions of the no-wavers -- Cold Showers would fit comfortably within the dusty catalog of Factory Records, if only for an industrial subtlety in terms of electronics and acoustics. A piston-precision rhythm section drives all these loud, crafty pop songs. This is the pervasive pop mode against which Cold Showers cast themselves, but they aren't fired in steel to the dark side. Founding members Jonathan Weinberg, Jessie Clavin, Brian Davila, Renee Adams and Chris King, added since, have a lumbering, sometimes terrifying beast of a band -- we'd be remiss not to follow its caustic, addictive trek.
To celebrate the release of their debut LP Love and Regret, the band is streaming the album in it's entirety. Check it out HERE, along with what the press has been saying about Love and Regret, below.
"I listen to this and all I can think about are starry night skies and motorcycles in the desert and razor blades and smooching hot babes in the bathtub between cigarette puffs and, like, really cool boots and Kiefer Sutherland in The Lost Boys and, honestly, I give this an A-fucking-plus." - Vice
"honest and open and simple (in a good way!)" - Sam Hockley-Smith, The Fader
"Cold Showers, with their magical throwback transfigurations, have carved out something fine." - Nick Freed, Consequence of Sound
*[pitchfork.com] Upon first contact, Tame Impala seemed like just another sleepy, agreeable psych-rock outfit, pouring fuzz-tone and Hammond organ into headphones like so much comforting honey into your tea. Their stunning follow-up, Lonerism, reveals that beneath the scruffy, unassuming exterior lies one of the most sneakily creative rock bands working. “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” distills all of their current strengths into one pink cloud of a rock song.
The first sound you hear eerily resembles a smudgy RZA sample sputtering into motion, but it opens up into one of Kevin Parker’s effortlessly floated sky-scraping choruses, one that has an entire city’s worth of life churning beneath it-- a thoughtfully wandering bass line that hardly ever repeats itself, watercolor splashes of organ and keys, and drum fills that switch patterns every refrain. The chorus keeps repeating itself like someone keeps hitting the restart button, but spotting the differences surrounding the melody is a game for the ears. When it’s over, the song practically nudges you to start it again, since there are always more details to catch.
*[consequenceofsound.net] With little to no effort you could have seen The Black Keys at least five times in the last three years. But if you happened to be incarcerated, or just prefer listening to your Keys from a live perspective, then there’s something you should buy today. Now available through iTunes, the Tour Rehearsal Tapes EP collects recordings of six tracks performed live in the studio in December 2011, as the band prepared to embark on their latest world tour. Included are four tracks from El Camino and two more from Brothers; the tracklist is HERE (via RollingStone.com).
Next up for the Keys is a new studio album, their third in four years.
*[press release] Sleeper Agent premiered their new music video for "That's My Baby" yesterday on IFC.com. The video features the band's Alex Kandel and Tony Smith performing the song at a karaoke bar with almost too real backdrop. Directed by singer/guitarist Tony Smith, the video's inspiration "came from a lack of sleep and too much time away from home" said Smith. "I wanted it to be dreamlike; something that's relatively normal but seems 'off'."
Sleeper Agent is currently working on the follow-up to their heralded debut album Celabrasion (out now on Mom + Pop Music). The band will return to the studio with producer Jay Joyce (Cage The Elephant) to record their highly anticipated sophomore album.
*[theprp.com] Caspian‘s in-studio session for Audiotree has been posted online and can be viewed below:
*[press release] Kalamzoo, MI's Legendary Wings just released their Dirtnap Records debut, Making Paper Roses, yesterday.
The band joined the Dirtnap ranks this year as one of only a few bands the label has ever signed from a random CD-R demo (it was just THAT good). Musically, the apple that is Legendary Wings doesn't fall TOO far from the tree that is Dirtnap Records, (think caffeinated, raw, fast pop), but they are also unmistakably, instantly identifiable as originating from the Midwest. Potential Johns meets Gaunt? Scared Of Chaka if they were from Minneapolis? Denton with jangle? Download the singles "Paper Roses" and "Nachos" below and see for yourself...
*DOWNLOAD: Legendary Wings - "Paper Roses" MP3
*DOWNLOAD: Legendary Wings - "Nachos" MP3
"...speedy punk laced with pop sensibilities that's irresistibly catchy while never losing the edge." - Get Bent
"Dirtnap Records - we're so damn consistent that bands just end up signing themselves to the label because they know they are good enough to roll with us" - PastePunk