In the words of another legendary British musician, stop me, stop me, stop me if you've heard this one before...Damon Albarn recently announced while on stage in Hong Kong that Blur will soon be returning to the studio to work on a new record. Let's hope it ends up better than the last time they tried that.
After festival-hopping across Europe for most of the summer, Deerhunter will tour North America in August and September in support of their excellent new album Monomania, out today via 4AD. Hit the replies for the dates.
Hit the replies to watch James Blake perform "Retrograde" live on The Late Show with David Letterman last night. As a bonus, at the end of the video you can watch an utterly bewildered Letterman try to figure out how one of the backing musician's equipment works! Overgrown is out now via XL.
This Wild Life will enter the Vanguard Room with Aaron Marsh (Copeland) this July to begin work on their debut full length. The band has fully pursued their acoustic direction, and plans to release the record this Fall. In the replies you can watch an acoustic cover of Copeland's "California" performed by members Kevin Jordan and Anthony DelGrosso.
"Aaron is one of my absolute favorite songwriters, and I'm incredibly excited to have his guidance on this new record." - Kevin
Boxer (Richmond, VA) has teamed up with Eyes Wide (Hollidaysburg, PA) to record a split EP, which was released today and we're streaming it for you. Boxer enlisted the help of Will Yip (Title Fight, Turnover) while Eyes Wide collaborated with Vince Ratti (Tigers Jaw, Balance & Composure) and the end result is a mix of melodic hardcore and 90s alternative rock. The split will be co-released on vinyl later this summer via Meadowbrook Records and Reveille Records. You can listen to the split in the replies.
Patrick Stump wrote a blog reflecting on the 10th anniversary of Fall Out Boy's Take This to Your Grave.
Ten years ago today, my band released our debut album Take This To Your Grave. We were just four unsuspecting Midwestern nerds named after a moderately obscure Simpsons character, living life like the background characters in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. We were totally unprepared for everything that followed.
Up to that point in the band’s history, we were merely something to do before we were forced to give in to the pressures of real life. We saw ourselves as a pretty cool excuse for a semester off of college. My accountant mother was also the ex-wife of a musician (my dad in point...
Here are the albums that are in stores today. Pick up anything good? What do you recommend for other viewers? If we missed anything, please add it to our calendar. Check out rdio or spinner for album streams of new releases.
So Rivers Cuomo (Weezer) and Scott Murphy (Allister) recently got together to form the band Scott and Rivers. They released their debut LP on iTunes today. Oh, and it's all in Japanese. You can stream the song "Homely Girl" in the replies.
Hit the replies to check out an interview with Steve Albini in which he reveals that a new Shellac album is in the works and is basically completed. The band has been mostly silent since 2007's Excellent Italian Greyhound.
The Binary Sea (Christian Guerrero of Bedlight For Blue Eyes) recently performed an acoustic session & interview - check out "Dream Like Kids" and "Fly" in the replies. The band's first show is tomorrow at Maxwells in New Jersey - grab tickets here.
These songs are small pieces of a personal puzzle that equate to a cathartic hole—and that hole I feel can be generationally applied so on that small scale it's a really personal record. Lyrically, it's about me. It's about my life, and this idea that I tend to make excuses for fear of failure. I had to make excuses about why I wasn't going to get any better, why I wouldn't do anything bigger, why I was okay with being okay.
Frightened Rabbit has announced plans to join The National on the road later this summer. Dates for that in the replies. Also, you can check out the band's entire “The Warner Sound Captured by Nikon” SXSW showcase set in the replies as well.