Thursday, April 9, 2015

Happy Riot Grrrl Day!

"Shy Women" off the upcoming Loyalty (May 12) showcases the Weather Station's Tamara Lindeman as something of a classic, '70s-style singer-songwriter. The multi-instrumentalist would also fit beautifully on a collaboration or tour pairing with fellow Canadian Bry Webb.

Pre-order Loyalty.



More off the new album here:



Here's another lovely surprise of a similar vein, from New York's Wilsen. The album on which "Garden" will be released has yet to be completed. For a taste of what to expect, listen to the slightly simpler Magnolia EP from 2014.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Froth: Bleak



Speaking of Vaadat Charigim, labelmates Froth (who recently supported Broken Water at Part Time Punks) will be joining them for a few dates in Southern California next month:

May 12 - San Diego @ Casbah
May 13 - Los Angeles @ Echo
May 14 - Santa Ana @ Constellation Room

Bleak gets released on May 5. Pre-order here.

England is still weeping

Two new, beautiful English tracks to feature today. The first comes from the Cambridge-based Tape Runs Out, who've just put out a debut single, "Friends," the B-side of which is called "Flowers" and contains all sorts of sampling that resembles the beach, from tape running backwards which mimics the cry of seagulls, to the melancholy grey ceiling of cloud that can be heard via guitar. "Friends," below, bears an incredible resemblance to the style of Israel's Vaadat Charigim, a favorite here. Tape Runs Out currently shares a Welsh label with Ukraine's Ummagma, to boot.



Starar are a brother/sister duo based in Lincolnshire and London whose "Time Under We" gets released as a single this...Sunday? Yes, this Sunday, Easter, and they've got a whole span of singles and EPs under their belts from the last five years, all of them with terrible cover art. But "Talisman," just released on Tuesday, is a lovely little bit of noise, a shoegaze rocker that reminds of My Bloody Valentine to an extent that many newer shoegaze bands would kill to achieve.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The return of Upset!





D'aww, Upset is something of a supergroup (members of Vivian Girls, Hole, and Slutever!) that takes the best of Girlpool and the Soviettes and mashes them into one little pop-punk adventure. New album '76 is almost entirely upbeat and will remind you of how much you'd wanted to start a band with your own girlfriends at one point (1998) but never did. That's kind of a bummer, isn't it? 

Buy this shit at Lauren Records and then see them on tour with Colleen Green.

4/2 Ft. Worth, TX - The Grotto 
4/3 Houston, TX - The Shop 
4/4 New Orleans, LA - Circle Bar 
4/5 Birmingham, AL - Seasick Records 
4/6 Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn 
4/7 Durham, NC - The Pinhook 
4/8 Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery 
4/9 Philadelphia, PA -  
4/10 Brooklyn, NY - Shea Stadium 
4/11 Pittsburgh, PA - Modern Formations 
4/12 Cincinnati, OH - Woodward Theater 
4/13 Chicago, IL - Beat Kitchen 
4/14 Milwaukee, WI - Cocoon Room 
4/15 Minneapolis, MN - Hexagon 
4/16 Fargo, ND - The Hawk's Nest 
4/18 Missoula, MT - The Real Lounge 
4/19 Moscow, ID - The Pizza Pit 
4/20 Seattle, WA - The Black Lodge 
4/21 Portland, OR - Bunk Bar 
4/22 Arcata, CA - The Farmhouse 
4/23 San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop 

California: Lacks Water, Boasts Creative Adult



This new track by Creative Adult is awfully nice; "Ring Around the Room" distances the band from their [rather Pissed Jeans-esque] 2012 EP, Dead Air, now showing hints of everything from Echo and the Bunnymen to Iceage. After a single full-length record in 2013, they are putting this out as one of three tracks on a special seven-inch for Record Store Day, which -- don't forget! -- occurs April 18.

Something old:



In January, Creative Adult also put out a split with Wild Moth, available for order here.

The British Are Coming: Part 1



A relatively recently reformed Part 1 will be re-issuing the Funeral Parade EP of 1982, now set to include "a remastered 12" vinyl in a deluxe gatefold sleeve with accompanying horror zine I...Paraworm, packed with never-seen text and unpublished artworks from the pen of guitarist Mark Ferelli." The re-release will be out on Sacred Bones on April 15, and accompanies a small east coast U.S. tour, their first visit to the U.S.


Monday, March 30, 2015

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Making a statement on either side of the pond



John Cooper Clarke is touring the U.S. this spring. See him while he's 66!

Thursday, April 30
Hard Rock Hotel
Las Vegas, NV

Saturday, May 2
El Rey
Los Angeles, CA

Sunday, May 3
Great American Music Hall
San Francisco, CA

Tuesday, May 5
Lincoln Hall
Chicago, IL

Thursday, May 7
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY

Saturday, May 9
Stage One
Fairfield, CT (There's a market for him in CT?)

Monday, May 11
World Café
Philadelphia, PA

Tuesday, May 12
Hamilton
Washington, DC

Thursday, May 14
Berklee Recital Hall
Boston, MA

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Well, it's happened. Women in Glasgow have finally discovered Olympia and third-wave feminism.



This is Pennycress.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Brisbane, Calabasas, Dublin



Brisbane, Australia's Morning Harvey are poised for a giant, commercial 1992 debut -- they're really grand pop, would've fit beautifully on the '90s-era Creation Records roster. Have a listen to some of their older things at Bandcamp.

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Guys, hate to say it, but Willow Smith's a grower.

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This one's a beauty; Lakker, from Dublin, have got an album set for release on May 12. Tundra will be put out by R&S Records, and "contains field recordings from motorway tunnels in Japan, church bells from Schöneberg, a female choir from Dublin and Inuit throat singers." "Three Songs," above, features the voice of Eileen Carpio.