October 5, 2015
by Bill Pearis
NZCA Lines, the nom-de-keyboard of British musician Michael Lovett, will soon return with album #2, titled Infinite Summer, which will be out in January via Memphis Industries. The first single, "Persephone Dreams," is a lovely piece of blissed-out, somewhat krauty synthpop, stretching over six minutes of square-waves, steel drum and guitars. Check it out, and stream NZCA Lines' underrated debut album, below.
Lovett, who was part of Metronomy's live band in 2013 (his brother is former Metronomy member Gabriel Stebbing), has assembled a NZCA Lines live band that includes current ace Hot Chip drummer Sarah Jones and former Ash guitarist (and solo artist in her own right) Charlotte Hatherley -- a pretty formidable trio. Let's hope they play North America for this album. Album art, tracklist and "Persephone Dreams" stream, below...
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Polish black metal greats Mgla have a new album out now. Its called Exercises In Futility and it's a ripper, brutal and surprisingly catchy in equal measure. Stream it below.
Mgla will be going on a US tour in November that includes two days of NYC's Martyrdoom Festival, which goes from November 6 - 10 at Saint Vitus. All Mgla dates are listed below
The first Martyrdoom show they play is 11/6 with Necrophobic, Kommandant, Paroxsihzem and Vorde. Then they play the 11/8 show with their tourmates Mortuary Drape and Sangus, plus Demonomancy, Black Anvil and Phobocosm. The 11/6 show is sold out, but tickets for all other Martyrdoom shows (including the pre-party at Acheron) are still available.
Check out the full Martyrdoom schedule, with Mgla's tour dates and album stream, below...
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
San Francisco's Vastum traffic in slow, down-tuned death metal about sex. If the first single from their upcoming album Hole Below, out November 6 on 20 Buck Spin, is any indication, this isn't changing any time soon. The song is called "Sodomitic Malevolence," and its a typically gnarled, brutal entry in Vastum's catalogue. Its heavy on the double-bass, grotesque lyrics, and general air of dread that has pervaded everything they've done. It's pretty great, and you can stream it below.
Vastum are going on a quick run of east coast dates that will take them through NYC to play The Acheron on November 5 with Trenchgrinder. That show will also feature support from Infernal Stronghold and Coagula, and they're billing it as a Martyrdoom Fest pre-party. Tickets are on sale now.
Check "Sodomitic Malevolence" and upcoming dates for Vastum and Trenchgrinder below...
by Andrew Sacher
Bloc Party, whose current lineup has frontman Kele Okereke and guitarist Russell Lissack joined by Menomena's Justin Harris on bass and Louise Bartle on drums, are planning to release their fifth album in early 2016 via Infectious Music/BMG/Vagrant Records. The new lineup recently debuted new songs "Exes" and "The Good News" in a BBC Session and now they released their first official new studio single, "The Love Within." It's the closest Bloc Party have come to, uh, EDM? Listen below.
Former Bloc Party drummer Matt Tong has stayed busy, contributing to Geoff Rickly's band No Devotion's debut album, Permanence, which is out now.
Ian Curtis' home in the Manchester suburb of Macclesfield, where he lived with wife Deborah till his suicide in 1980, is being turned into a Joy Division museum. Back in February, a group of Joy Division fans started a crowdfunding campaign to buy the house, but they failed to reach their goal. In stepped an angel investor, Hadar Goldman, who secured the home even after it had been sold to someone else, paying an extra £75,000 on top of the sale price:
"But it was not only to help," says Goldman, a Curtis fan himself. "It was also, I imagine, for my personal ego. Some people would pay for a Rembrandt painting; for me, Joy Division is the modern Rembrandt."The papers are still being signed, so no other details have emerged yet.
Goldman accepts that the house is not a piece of art in itself, but says that it possesses a "raw energy" that he can now harness for good. He wants it to act not only as a Joy Division museum, but also as a digital hub to support musicians and other artists across the world.
It's something that's caused a bit of conflict among the former members of Joy Division. Peter Hook is supportive of the idea, arguing that Manchester bands don't get enough credit for their achievements. But Bernard Sumner says he's worried the house could become a "monument to suicide", given that Curtis hanged himself in the kitchen. Goldman says he hopes he can change the latter's mind. - [The Guardian]
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
photo: Youth Lagoon at Rough Trade in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Youth Lagoon has released a video for "The Knower," one of the singles from last month's Savage Hills Ballroom. The video is set inside a computer-animated nursing home that gets set on fire. The whole thing is pretty beautiful and it complements the song quite well. Youth Lagoon hits NYC again on 10/29 at Webster Hall with Moon King (tix).
Watch the video for "The Knower" below.
photo: ASDIG at Baby's All Right in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
A Sunny Day in Glasgow are releasing a new double EP, titled Planning Weed Like Its Acid/Life is Loss. The nine new songs were written following last year's tour behind Sea Went Absent, and they'll be released on Mis Ojos Discos on November 13. The first song is called "Jet Black, Starlit," and you can stream it, and read a note from the band about it, below.
photo: Run the Jewels at ACL Fest 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Run the Jewels apparently never sleep. They just played ACL Fest and finally released Meow the Jewels. Now they've released a new single as part of the Adult Swim Singles Club. It's called "Rubble Kings Theme (Dynamite)" and you can stream it below. It's also up for free download at Adult Swim's site.
The song will also appear on the soundtrack to the upcoming film Rubble Kings, which the NY Times called "a smooth and sleek Bronx tale of how the gangs that overwhelmed that borough in the early 1970s would eventually sow the seeds of hip-hop culture."
by Bill Pearis
Ride's Andy Bell and Mark Gardener with Robert Smith, 1991
Ride's 25th anniversary edition of Nowhere is due out November 6 and to promote it, the band have gotten The Cure's Robert Smith to remix their classic song "Nowhere." It's not actually on the new edition of the album, nor is it the most inspired remix you've ever heard. (I thought I had two versions playing at once, but no that's just the way it sounds.) Still, kind of interesting and you can stream it below.
Having recently wrapped up their East Coast tour, Ride are back home for a UK tour. They'll return for another trip through North America's West Coast in November ahead of a few shows in Japan and China. All dates are listed below.
As you probably know, Dr. Dre released his first album in 16 years, Compton, over the summer. He never (legally) streamed it anywhere after the 24 hour stream on Apple Music (Spotify included), but now he did just legally let go of its track "Talk About It" (feat. King Mez & Justus) in the form of a lyric video. Check it out below.