*[pitchfork.com] Vancouver quartet White Lung spent a fair amount of September and October trekking Europe with songs from their hellishly excellent 2012 record, Sorry. On tour they had a brand new 7" single, "Two of You" b/w "Hunting Holiday", released via the German label Sabotage and now available to stream in full at Bandcamp. Both cuts continue mining the band's melodic, rocketspeed pallet of hardcore and riot grrrl-indebted sounds, with sharp, searing guitar work that pierces through the noise. It's a welcome complement to one of the year's best punk albums.
*[consequenceofsound.net] Neil Young and Crazy Horse are streaming their new album, Psychedelic Pill, in full on their website HERE. The band’s second album of 2012 following June’s Americana. The album was produced by Neil Young with John Hanlon and Mark Humphreys and spans eight tracks, three of which clock in at over 16 minutes (!). The double-CD will be available October 30th, followed by the triple vinyl on November 23rd via Reprise Records.
*[pitchfork.com] Earlier this year, Parquet Courts released their debut LP Light Up Gold. The band has Fergus & Geronimo's Andrew Savage in its ranks, which explains why the album occasionally brings to mind the hookier post-punk moments of this year's Funky Was the State of Affairs. "Borrowed Time" is a huge highlight led by a propulsive earworm guitar hook and quick-paced, no frills percussion loaded with momentum.
The lead vocals harp on nostalgia, reminiscing on both the good and bad moments in the past, and then the song stops for a full two seconds. The pause is just long enough to let the listener assume a number of things-- is it over? Are they about to completely change gears and start in with a completely new vibe? Nope. They rush back in with the exact same riff and beat as before. There are two false endings in 2.5 minutes, and after each stop, the hook's return is satisfying-- exciting, even.
Parquet Courts: "Borrowed Time" [from Light Up Gold; out now on Dull Tools]
*[self-titledmag.com] Since the vinyl version is already sold out, we’re psyched to share one of the standout songs from the Castle Face-curated Velvet Underground tribute album. A relatively recent signing to the label, The Mallard started as the instrument-swapping solo outlet of Greer McGettrick and has since grown into one hell of a punchy four-piece. Check out the band’s split 7” with Thee Oh Sees HERE, and grab their guitar-toting version of “There She Goes” HERE.
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[prefixmag.com] We are excited to premiere Burnt Ones' rendition of the famous "Heroin." The San Francisco-based trio's cover stays true to the original--simplistic, fuzzy, and heart-wrenching.
Listen to and download Burnt Ones' cover of "Heroin," and check out the track listing for The Velvet Underground & Nico by Castle Face And Friends HERE.
*[punknews.org] Some news coming from The Bronx this weekend; first, the band' mariachi incarnation appeared on beloved kid's variety show, Yo Gabba Gabba!; they joined a lineup which included Biz Markie, Mark Mothersbaugh of DEVO and others.
The band's more hardcore version has also announced The Bronx IV and set a January 2013 release date for the album. It's the first from the band since 2008's The Bronx III.
*[consequenceofsound.net] Here’s the incredible video for The Black Keys and RZA’s “The Baddest Man Alive” in which Dan Auerbach, Patrick Carney, and The RZA duke it out over a fortune cookie. Clearly, this isn’t the type of Chinese restaurant that provides those ultra-calming hot towelettes.
“The Baddest Man Alive” of course appears on the soundtrack to RZA’s directorial debut, The Man With the Iron Fists. The soundtrack hit stores on October 23rd via Soul Temple/STAX/Red, while the film screens in theaters beginning November 2nd.
*[theprp.com] Soundgarden have been confirmed as the musical guests on the November 06th episode of “Later… with Jools Holland“. The group have a November 13th release date slated for their highly-anticipated new album “King Animal“.
*[consequenceofsound.net] Dave Sitek returned the favor Trent Reznor recently paid him and remixed How to destroy angels_’s latest single “Keep it together” (via Wired). The TV on the Radio guitarist and now label head of Federal Prism adds a few twists and turns to the already distorted track and the end result is pretty chaotic. As he told Wired, he considers himself “lucky to be asked,” and calls this remix of “drug music” his “chance to be pushed through the veins and swarm the heart.” Try and extrapolate whatever the hell that means by streaming it below.
How to destroy angels_‘ s forthcoming An omen_ EP surfaces November 13th via Columbia Records. The band’s full-length studio debut will follow next year.
*RollingStone.com premiered The Horrors' remix of The Twilight Sad's "Not Sleeping (Tom Furse Dub Mix)". The track comes from The Twilight Sad's No One Can Ever Know - The Remixes due out 11/20 through FatCat Records.
"'Not Sleeping' is a pretty heavy song in lyrical terms. It is a bit of a slow burner but it contains some of my favorite lyrics from the album, it was part of the first batch of demos we did for No One Can Ever Know," The Twilight Sad's singer James Graham tells Rolling Stone. DOWNLOAD HERE.
*A message from The Mylene Sheath... "The final document of Lavinia's initial line-up, which features Nate, previously of Eksi Ekso, Phil from Caspian, Josh from On Fire, and Alex from Eksi Ekso. This line-up makes wood stand up in your pants, right? Us too! That should get some blood rushing back into some bones this Halloween! The couple songs we snagged from this final recording session will see the light of day via a limited edition 7" later this year. Now that Nate has moved to Austin, TX the line-up has changed significantly. But the new line-up is wicked awesome as well, featuring members of Junius and The Appleseed Cast. More on this 7" and other Lavinia news coming soon, but we just wanted to give y'all an early heads up on this one!"
*[consequenceofsound.net] The iconic Los Angeles street mural that graced Elliott Smith’s Figure 8 album cover has received a facelift. To honor the ninth anniversary of the late songwriter’s death, who passed away on October 21, 2003, a local group called the Punk Rock Marthas came together this past weekend to rework the grit and grime that’s ravaged the mural over the years (via NME). It was quite a creative process, too.
Structurally, the new mural includes red paper flowers with inscriptions of Smith’s lyrics, black-tinged maps of Smith’s former residences, and white paper letters from fans. According to the group’s Twitter account, “Red- every line from every song. Black- his life + 1000 paper cranes. White- fan messages from all 9 years.”
On Sunday, the Punk Rock Marthas also held a benefit at the nearby Malo Restaurant, where fans celebrated the anniversary of the songwriter’s death with live music, food, memorabilia, and a silent auction to raise money for Free Arts for Abused Children. The organization is a beneficiary of Smith’s estate.
*[press release] Porcupine Tree announce details of Octane Twisted, a 2CD set featuring The Incident live in Chicago, plus highlights from their show at the Royal Albert Hall. Order from the Kscope store, and receive an exclusive bonus DVD.
The past year has been a busy period for the various members of Porcupine Tree. Steven Wilson is currently gathering rave reviews for his solo records and accompanying tours and also embarked on a rare tour with No-Man, Richard Barbieri has released an acclaimed album with Steve Hogarth from Marillion, Gavin Harrison has continued is successful partnership with 05Ric and Colin Edwin has being working on a solo record along with a new album from his Metallic Taste of Blood project. Despite all this activity, fans of the band have still been clamoring for a new Porcupine Tree release. This wait ends on November 19th with the release of Octane Twisted¸ a double disc live set recorded during the tour that supported the band's most recent album The Incident. The album went top 30 in both the UK and USA, and the world tour climaxed with sold out shows at Royal Albert Hall in London and Radio City Music Hall in New York.
The album marked another step forward in the incredible journey of the band from a solo studio project created by Steven Wilson in the late eighties, to a grammy nominated act and one of the world’s most revered live bands. Octane Twisted features the album in its entirety recorded in Chicago. The second CD contains 5 tracks classic PT tracks also recorded in Chicago, along with 3 highlights from the band's landmark show at Royal Albert Hall.
*[press release] Steven Wilson discusses Get All You Deserve on Kscope podcast and returns to the studio to record new album.
Get All You Deserve, a new high definition audio-visual set from Steven Wilson is now available. Directed by long-time visual collaborator Lasse Hoile, Get All You Deserve was filmed in Mexico City during the recent Grace For Drowning Tour. The set captures the spectacular live experience that Wilson and Hoile created for the tour on Blu-ray, DVD and 2CD. Steven can be heard discussing the film in the latest Ksope podcast which is now online. During the podcast Steven also discusses his new album which he has recently started recording in LA. Live tracks from 'Get All You Deserve' featured in the podcast: 'Postcard', 'Get All You Deserve', 'Index', 'Luminol'. Click HERE to download the podcast as an mp3.
Steven has posted a couple videos that Lasse filmed while they are in the studio.
Check them out on his Facebook page HERE.