Above is the official artwork for Nine Inch Nails’ forthcoming album, Hesitation Marks, which is due to be released on September 3rd through Columbia Records. Pre-orders for the effort and the official stream of the first single can be found here. The new single, which can be streamed below as well, is entitled “Came Back Haunted” and calls back to the wobbling bass and glitchy electronics of 2007 album Year Zero. Also, Nine Inch Nails will be embarking on an extensive North American tour this Fall, seeing support by the likes of Explosions in the Sky and Godspeed You! Black Emperor on select dates. You can check out the new single and the official tour schedule below. Pre sale information for the tour can be found here.
This year has been more than gracious to my ears. I was fond of so many releases in 2012 that it was like pulling teeth trying to narrow this list down to JUST thirty. Since albums have the tendency to grow on me, this list was compiled without review ratings in mind, if I had a chance to review them that is. These thirty albums are the records that I continued to revisit throughout the year and have yet to stop jamming. These are the records that are still fresh and exciting upon the umpteenth listen. Without further adieu, these are my favorite albums of the year.
By Lane Oliver
It has been ten years since the highly influential Godspeed You! Black Emperor released a full length. The Canadian instrumental rock giants left us in 2002 with the towering Yanqui U.X.O. and have since been relatively quiet. Godspeed announced a Fall tour this year (of which I was lucky enough to attend) and silently released their first new record in a decade at their Boston show on October 1st. ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! is a fifty three minute tour de force that shows Godspeed in top notch form. This record combines the familiar with the new and ultimately crafts an unforgettable listening experience; one that will still sound fresh in the years to come.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor secretly released their new album in almost a decade, Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!, secretly a few days ago with an official release date of October 15th in Europe and 16th everywhere else. When I heard the news I began to writhe in excitement. For those who cannot wait or for those unfortunate enough to attend one of their shows to pick up a copy, someone has upload the fifty minute album to YouTube. The track listing for the effort is as follows:
Out of the blue the legendary Canadian post-rock outfit, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, have announced the release of their first new record in over a decade. The record is entitled ALLELUJAH! DON’T BEND! ASCEND! and will be released on October 16th via Constellation Records. But according to a fan blog the band is already selling copies on their current tour. I am a huge fan of this band and I will be seeing them perform on the 11th so you can guarantee I will pick this bad boy up. If you haven’t seem them, check out the dates below:
The legendary Godspeed You! Black Emperor have announced a Fall US tour following their appearances at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago and the All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival in Asbury Park, NJ. I am a HUGE GY!BE fan and you can count on me being at one of the THREE Texas shows. You better get your ass to one of these shows if you want your mind blown.
I received an e-mail today from a man named Matt Finney. He is a spoken word artist from Alabama who collaborates with a Ukrainian composer by the name of Heinali. The two met through a mutual friend and began making music together. At first, I was skeptical on how I would feel about this, as I am usually not a fan of spoken word projects. After listening to their new EP on the BandCamp page, however, I was quickly intrigued. The music is, as best as I can describe it, God Speed You! Black Emperor addicted to doom metal. If that description doesn’t make you want to listen to them, then I don’t know what will. The music is definitely unique in it’s execution. Go to their BandCamp page and purchase their newest EP, Conjoined for the cheap price of name your own price.