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 →
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.
After the mystery release on Record Store Day and some additional mysterious, cryptic vinyl surfacing (see below) from Board of Canada, the band have revealed reveal that their new album is titled ‘Tomorrow’s Harvest’ and it will be released on Tuesday June 11th in North America via Warp Records.
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.
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.
Bradford Cox is one of those artists you either get or you don’t. Even those that DO get him often didn’t at first. I eventually ended up loving the frantic garage rock sound on “Cryptograms”, but my initial reaction was indifference. Only after falling for the surprising move to modern shoegaze on the front half of “Microcastle” did my interest start to grow in Deerhunter’s catalogue. I have now grown fond of most of Deerhunter’s discography as well as albums from side projects Atlas Sound and Lotus Plaza.
Come 2010, I thought I had figured Cox & Co. out. But “Halcyon Digest” offered another dramatic shift in sound, primarily the introduction of otherworldly production quite unlike anything I have ever heard before. Lead single Helicopter remains to this day one of the more deeply moving pieces of music I have heard, yet I am really unable to say why. Continue reading →