Well folks, this is my final post of the year (aside from my Year-End List which will be posted on New Years). With my last post, I wanted to do something un-metal and still something I love. I have been listening to St. Vincent‘s self-titled album all year and I love it. The first track I heard off of it was “Birth In Reverse,” which is an amazing song. It just so happens that a music video for that song was released a few days ago. So, as I go away until next year, enjoy the new music video by the unbelievably talented St. Vincent. Farewell, readers. Continue reading
As the year draws to a close, music journalists and bloggers reflect upon what was released in order to construct their year-end “Best Of” lists. It can sometimes be quite a daunting task putting these silly little lists together. “Did I forget anything?” “Well, this album should be placed at number 10 and this one at 15.” “I’ve been staring at the same computer screen for three hours; my life is in shambles.” But luckily, there are certain releases that were so good that it makes the process a little easier. So good, that you just can’t not forget to mention them. For me, one of those albums is Wreck and Reference‘s Want. The bleak, experimental noise/ambient duo’s sophomore full length is unsettling and memorable in the all the right ways. American Aftermath recently caught up with the two musical architects Ignat Frege and Felix Skinner to talk a little bit about the record, the band’s sound and origins, pasta and sadness.
Michigan post-hardcore/emo heavyweights La Dispute have announced a handful of spring co-headlining tour dates with Pennsylvanian punks Title Fight. The 11-date trek will commence on March 21st in Houston and will see the bands supported by The Hotelier on all dates. You can check out the touring schedule after the break.
La Dispute‘s most recent effort, Rooms of the House, is available now.
Mogwai have premiered the official video for their track “Teenage Exorcists” from their forthcoming EP, Music Industry 3. Fitness Industry 1, which will be released on December 1st. The clip, which was directed by Craig Murray, is highly elaborate, trippy and very visually stunning. I can’t fully describe the video eloquently, so I will say just watch it for yourself after the break.
Music Industry 3. Fitness Industry 1 can be streamed here.
Between The Buried And Me‘s Tommy Rogers AKA Thomas Giles will release his new solo record Modern Noise next week and if you’re aching for some of his weird solo madness, then you can now hear a new track titled “We Wander Lonely.” Now, this isn’t exactly my taste, but it’s interesting. Check out the track after the jump, courtesy of Absolute Punk. Continue reading
Montreal’s experimental rock act Lae have premiered the title track from their forthcoming debut full length, Break the Clasp, over at Decibel. The nearly eight minute track takes you by the hand and escorts you through a plethora of ever-evolving psychedelic pathways that are both serene as well as haunting. Check out the track for yourself at Decibel now and stream the previously-released track “Sister” in case you missed it.
Break the Clasp will be released on November 25th.
The supergroup featuring members of The Mars Volta, Red Hot Chili Peppers and At The Drive-In will release their debut album next week, but if you can’t wait to hear it (*cough*Lane*cough*) then now is the time for you to get a face full of these jammin’ tunes. The band has teamed up with Noisey to present a full album stream of the bands debut, self-titled record. Check it out after the jump. I’m really digging this, especially the track “I Got No Remorse.” Continue reading
Japan’s post-rock legends Mono have premiered both of their forthcoming new albums over at A.V. Club. Rays of Darkness and The Last Dawn will officially be available on October 24th (Europe), 27th (U.K.), 28th (North America) and November 5th (Japan) and can be purchased here, here and here. But if you cannot wait one more minute for these huge, expansive albums, then head over to A.V. Club to stream them both now.
Stick To Your Guns will be releasing their new album next February and the band has stepped into promotion of the album very early. The band has release a music video for a new single titled “Nobody,”* which I really dig. I’ve always liked this band and I think the vibe they currently have going for them is pretty rad. If the rest of the album sounds anything like “Nobody,” I’m in for the long haul. You can check out the video for the track after the jump. It’s pretty cool.
Swedish instrumental rockers My Brother The Wind have premiered their forthcoming opus, Once There Was a Time When Time and Space Were One, over at The Sleeping Shaman. The nine track, entirely improvised album is officially available now and can be purchased here or here. Feel free to lose yourself in the captivated soundscapes of this album over at The Sleeping Shaman or stream it after the break.
While I am not a fan of We Came As Romans, I was intrigued when I heard that they had released their cover of Taylor Swift‘s “I Knew You Were Trouble” that will be featured on the upcoming Punk Goes Pop Vol. 6. The songs on the compilation are almost always awful, but I love it nonetheless because bad covers are my bread and butter. If you’re interested in how this track sounds, check out the music video for We Came As Romans‘ cover of “I Knew You Were Trouble” after the jump. Continue reading
Mogwai have announced the release of a new EP entitled Music Industry 3. Fitness Industry 1. which will follow up the band’s most recent full length, Rave Tapes, which was released earlier this year. The new EP will feature three new songs and three remixes by the likes of Blanck Mass, Pye Corner Audio and Nils Frahm. The EP will be released digitally and on CD and LP on December 1st via Rock Action The EP’s track listing and the band’s forthcoming fall tour can be seen after the break.
Mogwai have also provided a stream of opening track off the of the forthcoming release, “Teenage Exorcists”, which can be streamed below.
The instrumental collaboration between Porcupine Tree bassist Colin Edwin and guitarist/composer Jon Durant, Burnt Belief, have released a new track from their forthcoming record over at Pop Matters. The new track is entitled “Précis” and it will be featured on the duo’s sophomore album, Etymology, which is due out October 21st via Alchemy Records. The track is a progressive, dynamic jazz number that is highly complex and highly catchy. Edwin had the following comments on the track:
“‘Précis’ seemed like an appropriate title, as it condenses the ingredients that make Burnt Belief what it is: deep atmospheres, unexpected twists, dynamic changes and the evidence of Jon and myself reacting to each other.”
Feel free to stream the new track after the break and place your pre-order for the record at this location.
Post-punk/new wave outfit Publicist UK (Goes Cube, Revocation, etc) have announced that will begin recording their debut full length recording next month. The band will be recording the new effort at Wild Arctic Sounds in Dover, New Hampshire with Dean Baltulonis (Sick of It All, etc) and will be mastered by former Amphetamine Reptile in-house engineer Dave Gardner. A mid-2015 release through Relapse Records is expected.
The band’s demo tracks “Slow Dancing To This Bitter Earth” and “Never Gone To School” can be streamed after the break.
Publicist UK is: Zachary Lipez (Freshkills) on vocals, Dave Obuchowski (Goes Cube) on guitar, Dave Witte (Municipal Waste, etc) on drums and Brett Bamberger (Revocation, ex-East of the Wall) on bass.
Michigan indie-rockers Pity Sex have announced that they will be releasing a split 7″ with Code Orange side project Adventures. I love both of these bands, so I am stoked that they will be not only releasing new music, but that they will be together on wax. Freakin’ sweet, right? Well, don’t think that Pity Sex stopped at just that awesome announcement. The band is also streaming a rad new track titled “Acid Reflex,” which you can check out after the jump. It’s amazing. Simple as that. Continue reading