We love Nothing here on AA and I am super stoked that the band will be releasing a split with Whirr, who in their own rite have released one of my favorite albums of the year. Well, Nothing has unleashed a new track off of said split for you listening pleasure. The track is titled “July The Fourth” and it’s absolutely beautiful. The track was premiered over on Vogue, but you can check it out after the jump. Hallelujah! Continue reading
A good friend of mine is constantly giving me compact discs that they’ve burned for themselves. Because of this, I was cleaning my apartment and unearthed an old copy of White Pony they had given to me. As any Deftones fan would expect, after listening to it, I was thoroughly blown away. It got me thinking about their discography and raised some curiosity in the process. What are your favorite Deftones albums? Here’s my two cents and I know that at LEAST one other AA staffer loves the band. Also, when was the last time you seriously sat down and looked at the album art for Saturday Night Wrist? Amazing! Get my two cents after the jump and don’t forget to complete the poll
It’s difficult to reconcile that Happy Diving has only been a band for a little under a year. With only a four track demo out so far, the criminally unknown East Bay, California band embody a natural propensity for eased songwriting with catchy hooks and melodies that suggest a band in the long term, combining the groove and drive of early Weezer and California X alongside the depressive morose of shoegaze and dream pop into a unique concoction all their own. Today brings the second single, “Sad Planet”, off of the group’s recently announced, upcoming debut LP, Big World, recorded earlier this year with producer Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Whirr). It’s a track that’s more of the same, in a best way possible. Stream “Sad Planet” along with the first single “Weird Dream” below and pre-order Big World, due October 21st via Father/Daughter Records, here.
Pitchfork has unveiled pro-shot footage from their music festival in Chicago earlier this month of Deafheaven performing a new track entitled “From The Kettle To The Coil”. The video footage arrived yesterday with tweets of the above image and the caption “It is done. Come August, it’s yours.” with the PRP reporting that the newly performed track will be part of Adult Swim‘s free singles series for this year, scheduled for release and download on August 25th. The track is standard Deafheaven fare, continuing alongside the revamped direction of Sunbather, though there is a trudging number around the 2:00 minute mark that could foretell a harsher direction for the band in the future. Stream the video for “From The Kettle To The Coil” below and bookmark the Adult Swim Singles page for future reference. Continue reading
Seattle’s post-metal/shoegaze hybrids He Whose Ox Is Gored have announced a string of West Coast tour dates that will commence in early August. The band will be touring in support of their forthcoming Rumours EP, which is due out later this year. The band is also working on their debut full length, though there is no word on when it will see the light of day just yet. You can check out the tour dates after the break and their past works on their Bandcamp Page.
Earlier this month the amazing band Nothing released their Relapse Records debut Guilty Of Everything and it has begun garnering much praise, as it should. This band is phenomenal and their music is brilliantly crafted, haunting and soothing all at once. The band has just released their music video for their song “Bent Nail” and it is just fantastic. The video features the band playing in front of a crowd of people who just don’t want to see them. Check out the video after the jump. Continue reading
Alcest’s next chapter in their foray into dreamy shoegaze, Shelter, will arrive on January 21st. If you haven’t pre-ordered your copy yet, do so now at this location. While you do that you can stream the new album in full over at Pitchfork. It’s absolutely bright and gorgeous. It’s melancholic at times and upbeat at others. Could it be one of the band’s best? That’s up to you to decide. Head over to Pitchfork to check it out.
Infamous Connecticut duo Have a Nice Life is a project I’ve just started to dig into with their sole 2008 album Deathconsciousness taking up much of my listening habits lately. It’s a fantastic album, and I’m diving into it just in time for the band’s sophomore LP The Unnatural World to come along and shake up the band’s all-too-long dormancy. If “Burial Society” is any indication, this will be just as worthy a follow-up to such a revered album as any.
Japanese post-rock masters Mono have just announced another stint in North America for next spring after their recent east coast run a couple months ago. Supposedly they’re coming to the States in April to record their follow-up to 2012’s For My Parents and following that with a tour going through the South, making a stop at Austin Psych Fest, and creeping up the west coast, ending in Vancouver. Luckily two of those dates are in my area, so I might have to hit up one of those shows. Full itinerary of tour dates after the jump. Continue reading
New York’s purveyors of dreamy, post-blackened greatness So Hideous have just unleashed a new track from their astonishing new record Last Poem/First Light, which is due out later this month. If you’re anything like me, then you have to check this out. Continue reading
When I wait on an album, I don’t exactly wait. Being that I am an extremely patient person, some find it strange that I freak out when I have to wait on music. I don’t like waiting for an album that I know is going to change my life. I don’t. This year I have had many instances in which I had to wait to get an album. Sometimes the albums slip past me and sometimes I stick to my guns and sit it out. I have been waiting on the debut full-length album from So Hideous, My Love ever since I finished listening to their EP To Clasp A Fallen Wish With Broken Fingers in 2011. Not a week goes by that I don’t listen to those four songs. Not a week. Continue reading
I first caught sight of the mysterious and strange Darkentries randomly browsing through the b9 forum of all places one insomnia-infused night. Presenting a corrosive amalgamated mixture of sludge, post-metal, shoegaze, noise and black metal, the noisy South Carolinian group definitely caught my ears…until they ended up bookmarked in a Chrome folder and promised the self-preserving lie that they would be checked out sometime later that week. While time and other music pursuits made me lose track of the group, their experimental focus and drive to exist eventually drew them to an exclusive debut song stream on CVLT Nation this morning and out of curiosity, I decided to check them out again.
Darkentries apparently have a new record coming soon entitled The Make Believe and the first poisonous injection off it, a track by the name of “1200-S”, has seen the group reinvented once again. What I once had some words and some relational understanding for can now only be understood in my mind as Battle Of Mice dragged through the depths of hell and back. And even then, I don’t really know. Anyhow, definitely keep this band on your radar and stream “1200-S” below or at CVLT Nation here. Darkentries can be followed via their official Facebook page here.
Philadelphia, PA shoegaze group Nothing have officially signed to Relapse Records with plans for the release of the group’s sophomore full length record, Guilty Of Everything, this upcoming January. Alongside the announcement also comes the debut single off of Guilty Of Everything, the track “Dig”, which can be streamed below and downloaded for a flat buck. Tact but nonreliant solely on the nostalgic depression and gloom of shoegaze, “Dig” builds on the sound to more expansive and turgid heights. Follow Nothing via their official Facebook page here and be sure to check them out on their currently ongoing tour with peers Whirr, details after the jump.
By Lane Oliver
Minneapolis based metallers Morality Crisis were first brought to my attention last year when the band released their killer four track EP, North. The band’s genre-bending yet sludge metal centric tunes left me desiring more of their volatile music and irreverent sense of humor. After two solid EP’s it was high time for Morality Crisis to try their hand at a full length debut and sure enough they delivered one this year. The curiously named Boats features seven new tracks of heavy, chaotic and wacky material. The album is unfortunately brief but extremely worthwhile and memorable all the same.
Making lists always makes my head hurt and this year’s massive inventory of beautiful releases isn’t making that any easier. With my “to-check-out” list filled to the brim, I have to say that I took a bit more relaxed stance to music discovery this year and enjoyed select releases over extremely long durations of listen rather than hunt down and chronicle as many good albums as I could. The albums in the list below here are those releases. Give them a thorough listen before the end of the year if you can. Continue reading