Superchunk will release ”I Hate Music”, the band’s tenth studio album, on August 20 via Merge Records on CD, LP and digital. The limited-edition deluxe LP will be pressed on colored vinyl and include a bonus 7-inch containing two non-album tracks, along with an “I Hate Music” stencil. Both the standard and deluxe LPs will be issued on 150-gram vinyl and feature a die-cut sleeve. All pre-orders in the Merge store will come with an “I Hate Music” poster, the first 200 of which will be signed by the band, so get on this one early.
After taking nearly a decade off following the release of “Here’s To Shutting Up”, the band decided to come back with “Majesty Shredding”, an album well described by its own title. It’s a celebratory set of whoa-whoa-whoas from a group so thrilled by making music together again that they can’t contain themselves.
Artist: Vampire Weekend Release: Modern Vampires of the City (2013) Label: XL Rating: 4.5 / 5
Vampire Weekend have always been a paradox. They’re endlessly accessible yet incredibly polarizing. They’re upper class intellectuals with lyrical content that tends to border on the juvenile and sometimes even on the nonsensical. They’re a sheltered group of Columbia students making music that takes influence from the global south. And they’re a band seemingly tailor-made for hipster music snobs, yet they are just so incredibly uncool (and I mean this – I often find people listing their favourite bands will lower their voice to a whisper or accelerate their pace as they mention VW). Continue reading →
As part of ongoing 10th anniversary celebrations, Arts & Crafts is preparing to release ‘X‘ - an entirely new collection of original collaborative recordings by pairing up the artist from the label roster.
The 10 tracks on the album include new compositions as well as fresh, unexpected interpretations from a list of artists that includes Broken Social Scene, Feist, Timber Timbre, Chilly Gonzales, Stars, Dan Mangan and many more.
‘X’ is available Tuesday, May 28 on LP, CD and in digital formats.
Apostle Of Hustle
Broken Social Scene
Gold & Youth
The Hidden Cameras
Ra Ra Riot
Still Life Still
Specific artist pairings will be revealed as May 28 approaches – this could get interesting. Stay tuned to Arts-Crafts.ca/xfor updates.
Brooklyn duo CREEP will release their highly anticipated debut album, ‘echoes’, on August 13. The record sees producers/DJs Lauren Flax and Lauren Dillard joined on each song by a guest vocalist collaborator, including The xx’s Romy Madley-Croft, Sia, Tricky and Andrew Wyatt (Miike Snow). Download the album opener Introduction which features haunting vocals from DFA’s Planningtorock below via Soundcloud.
Thomas D’Arcy is known to many as the front man for Small Sins, a Toronto-based band with three critically acclaimed albums to its credit (2006’s self-titled debut, 2007’s Mood Swings, and 2010’s Pot Calls Kettle Black). But now, he released of his first album under his own name, ‘What We Want’ on February 3 via Thomas D’Arcy Music/MapleMusic Recordings.
D’Arcy has released a new video for the super catchy song, I Wake Up Every Day, directed by John Poliquin. The video is a very stylish treatment for the song which involves multiple D’Arcys and a bunch of grids just like in his previous video forCredit!. I sense a theme coming on. Check out the video via YouTube below.
To coincide with the video, he is releasing the ‘I Wake Up Every Day EP‘ which you can check out via Soundcloud below.
A Book For Wanderers is a solo project by Niagara Falls-based artist Anthony Botting. His self-titled debut was recently released and contains a whopping 15 tracks. The album kicks off with Seasons which sounds very Primal Scream circa ‘Screamadelica’-esque and this got my ears all perked up since ‘Screamadelica’ is a Culture Addicts favourite. This sound did not continue to other tracks. The album took a sharp left down an early 90s grunge / softer new metal vein on track 2 through the rest of the album. Think Pearl Jam meets Our Lady Peace mix in some I Mother Earth. Take a listen to ‘A Book Of Wanderers’ via Soundcloud below.
If grunge type rock’n'roll that has a Canadian bent sound, this album would be perfect for you. There are some serious rock vocals and riffs on this debut, and the lyrics are suited well to your summertime backyard keg party. Pop in the album, grab a beer, and high five your bros.
A Book Of Wanderers will be playing some live dates in the coming months, here’s a list:
April 27th, May 31st, and June 15th @ Aspetta Cafe – Toronto, ON 8PM
June 1st @ 5949 Delaware St Backyard Show (Intimate & Interactive) with John Wozinac of Marcy Playground 8PM
June 22nd @ Location TBA With Brian Byrne of i mother earth 8PM
June 22nd @ Frogpond Winery Niagara-on-the-lake 1-3PM
GRMLN has shared his new single titled Hand Pistol. This track is the second single lifted his debut full-length, “Empire” which is out on June 4, 2013 via Carpark Records. This is a little slice of indie rock goodness in the vein of Sonic Youth, Pavement, and Teenage Fanclub.
Take a listen to Hand Pistol via Soundcloud below.