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January 22, 2015

The Mob

The Mob were an anarcho-punk band originally from Yeovil, Somerset, England during the late 1970s and early 1980s. The band broke up in December 1983. Marc Mob was the bands center of attention with colourful (red) dreadlocks and an angelic face. On the contrary his voice sounded doomed, his lyrics featuring topics such as nuclear bombs, war, wastelands, death and doom in general. the mob. they knew that the world was a place of doom, gloom, and despair, and thus sung songs of mourning for a dying world. greed, corruption, and pollution have blotted out all hope and optimism. []
The Mob first reunited back in 2011 (maybe you saw them at Black & Blue Bowl or Chaos In Tejas in 2012), and now they're returning to the US once again this spring. They were already announced for DC's Damaged City Fest, and have since added club dates happening beforehand including NYC's Acheron on April 7. That show is with Survival, Suicidas and Pox. Tickets are on sale now. All known dates are listed, with a video from Chaos In Tejas 2012, below.

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by Bill Pearis

Chastity Belt

Seattle quartet Chastity Belt will release their second album, Time to Go Home, on March 24 via Hardly Art. Like their debut, No Regrets, they mix anger, humor and attitude with some of post-punk's more jangly influences. Electrelane is an admitted source of inspiration, and that's as good a reference point as any, though without the ethereal vocal style. No distortion, but plenty of tension, set to slow simmer. You can check out Time to Go Home's title track, which closes the album, below.

Chastity Belt (whose singer Julia Shapiro is also in Childbirth) only have one currently scheduled show -- Seattle's Tractor Tavern on January 28 where they'll open for Bass Drum of Death -- but look for them to tour late this year.

Album art, tracklist and the "Time to Go Home" song stream below...

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photo: Single Mothers at BV-CMJ 2014 at Baby's All Right (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Single Mothers

Ontario punk rippers Single Mothers, who were just announced for Primavera Sound, have also announced that ahead of that they'll be touring North America with fellow Canadian punks The Dirty Nil. That tour includes SXSW and comes to NYC after that on April 5 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates, including Long Island, are listed below.

Meanwhile, The Dirty Nil were also announced for... Warped Tour, where they'll be one of the only actual punk bands playing. You can see who else has been announced so far here.

All Single Mothers/Dirty Nil dates are listed, with videos of both bands, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Wavves at Riot Fest Chicago 2014 (more by James Richards IV)

Nathan Williams is looking like he'll be having a very busy 2015. He said there will be two Wavves records released this summer, one of which will be free. One of those is the long-awaited collaborative album with Cloud Nothings, which Nathan tells Nylon Guys he recorded at his house with CN singer Dylan Baldi and Wavves bassist Stephen Pope. The other is the fifth Wavves album, which "was recorded with a full band in L.A. with legitimate producers and engineers" that they previewed a handful of songs from at their Baby's All Right show this past September. (They sounded great, too.)

On top of that, Nathan and his brother Joel (who make electronic music together as Sweet Valley) and Jeans Wilder (aka Andrew Caddick) also have a debut album coming out as Spirit Club this spring, and just released the first single "Still Life" today. It's the kind of lo-fi punk that sounds more like Wavvves or King of the Beach than what Wavves is doing now, and it's good stuff. Check out the video below.

Continue reading "Wavves releasing a new album, the Cloud Nothings collab, and a Spirit Club LP this year (stream a track from that one)"

by Bill Pearis

Turn to Crime

Detroit's Turn to Crime are working on the follow-up to 2014's underrated Can't Love. If you haven't heard that, it's soulful garage rock that at times has a warm lived-in quality but also has its scratchy paranoid moments as well. Such are the times. You can stream the whole thing below.

The band, which features Derek Stanton from defunct Brooklyn band Awesome Color, will be heading to the East Coast next month for a handful of shows, including two in NYC: Cake Shop on February 25 with Dinowalrus and more TBA, and then February 26 at Shea Stadium with PC Worship and Beech Creeps. They'll also be heading to Austin for SXSW so if you're going to that, look for them there. All dates are listed below.

Speaking of Beech Creeps, the Brooklyn garage rock band (ex-People Get Ready, Yeasayer, Pterodactyl) are releasing their debut LP on March 3 via Monofonus Press, produced by Jonathan Schenke (Parquet Courts, PC Worship). Stream a track below.

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Jeremy Enigk in Seattle on NYE (via @seattlezack)
Jeremy Enigk

Sunny Day Real Estate frontman Jeremy Enigk hadn't played a solo show in a very long time but that changed when he rang in New Year's Eve in Seattle at El Corazon with Jen Wood. (Emo veterans seriously had a great NYE this year.) Anyone make it out to that show? If you didn't, or just want to relive it, you can check out a few videos from it below. One is Jeremy playing "In Circles" from SDRE's groundbreaking 1994 debut, Diary, plus there's three songs from his 2006 sophomore solo album, World Waits, and a cover of Pink Floyd's "Mother."

Jeremy also recently made an appearance live with Mark Nichols (who did arrangements on Enigk's first solo album, Return of the Frog Queen) to join him on a cover of The Police's "King of Pain." Watch that video below too.

No other Jeremy Enigk dates are announced at the moment, but hopefully he makes it over to the east coast at some point too. It was also recently revealed that he'll be appearing on his SDRE bandmate Nate Mendel's new solo album.

Videos below...

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Matt Johnson hasn't made a proper The The album since 2000's Nakedself but he has done scores for a few films through his Cinéola film company. In 2007, he composed the music for his brother Gerard Johnson's film, Tony, and then in 2010 scored the documentary Moonbug. He's scored Gerard's upcoming film, Hyena, which will be out in the UK in March as will the soundtrack. Matt wrote and produced all 20 tracks on the soundtrack, and you can listen to "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven (But Nobody Wants to Die)" via The Quietus, below.

As for the film itself, it's a crime drama starring Stephen Graham (who played Al Capone on Boardwalk Empire) and this is the synopsis:

Good policing doesn't necessarily mean doing everything by the book. But as the business of crime in London turns to favour the Albanians and Turks, how does a "good" policeman survive?
No North American release for Hyena has been set but you can watch the trailer below.

In other news, The The's classic 1983 album Soul Mining got a deluxe 30th anniversary box set reissue last year, remastered at Abbey Road Studios from the original analogue tapes and came with a bonus platter of remixes and outtakes. You can watch an unboxing video of the box set and stream the original album via Spotify, below...

Continue reading "The The did the score to new film 'Hyena' (stream a track), released 30th anniversary 'Soul Mining' box set"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Two Gallants at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Jamie Goodsell)
Two Gallants

As discussed, Two Gallants are releasing their fifth album, We Are Undone, on February 3 via ATO, and since we last spoke they released two of its singles, "Incidental" and the title track. Not that Two Gallants haven't always had a rockin' side, but these songs sound especially hard hitting for the folk rock band. "Incidental" is basically garage rock. Check them out below.

Also since we last spoke, Two Gallants expanded their tour. It already included NYC shows on February 13 at Mercury Lounge and February 14 at Rough, which are both sold out, and now includes a third NYC show on February 12 at Baby's All Right. The Merc and RT shows will be opened by Deer Tick side project Happiness, but openers for Baby's are TBA. Tickets for Baby's go on sale at 10 AM on Friday (1/23).

Updated dates are listed, with the new songs, below...

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Faith No More
Faith No More @ Williamsburg Waterfront, 2010 (more by Keith Marlowe)

Hard rock fest 'Heavy Montreal' takes place again in Montreal from August 7 to 9, 2015. No lineup yet, but Faith No More were just confirmed as being one of the bands playing!

In November 2014, Faith No More released "Motherfucker", their first new song in 17 years. The band is currently working on a new album, due for April 2015. For their new tour, fans can expect an explosive show with a collection of their best hits and a selection of new songs. It's a long awaited come back that the band, formed in 1981, is about to make in North America and HEAVY MONTREAL is proud to be part of it.
You can listen to 'Motherfucker' below...

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Missy Mazzoli (photo by Stephen S. Taylor)
Missy Mazzoli

Brooklyn composer/pianist Missy Mazzoli, who's responsible for the 2012 opera Song from the Uproar (among other works), is releasing a new album with her ensemble Victoire, Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, and three of the Roomful of Teeth vocalists (who she's worked with before) called Vespers for a New Dark Age on March 31 via New Amsterdam Records. Vespers for a New Dark Age premiered at Carnegie Hall in February 2014 during the Ecstatic Music Festival. A review of that on Baeble Music reads:

A year in the making, "Vespers for a New Dark Age" presents a real, raw presentation of how people confront issues with technology, death and God. The piece holds a strong emotional connection to the listener that is undeniable alongside the poetry of Zapruder. I held my breath through each sonic build-up and transition hoping not to miss a note, letting out a huge breath of air once the music had slowed down--stunned, attentive and trying to perceive my own thoughts through the intensity of the piece.
The album concludes with a remix by Lorna Dune (who's also in Victoire) of "A Thousand Tongues," which features vocals from Deidre of Savoir Adore. You can listen to that remix, with a trailer for Vespers for a New Dark Age, below.

Missy Mazzoli and Victoire will be celebrating the album live on a short tour with a great and indie-oriented bill of Glasser and Noveller. Those dates begin with a release party in NYC on May 7 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Missy Mazzoli and Victoire will also team up before that at a concert headlined by the legendary Meredith Monk at Carnegie Hall on March 22. Meredith will be performing with a vocal ensemble, and there's also the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Don Byron, DJ Spooky, Future Quest, John Zorn and many more. Tickets are on sale now.

Missy has other upcoming events as well, including more in NYC. Her piece Isabelle Eberhardt Dreams of Pianos will be performed by Shai Wosner and the Parker Quartet on January 28 at Kaufmann Concert Hall, along with works by Kurtág and Schubert (tickets), and she'll perform with ETHEL, Mivos Quarter, Marnie Breckenridge, Joey Redhage, Nathan Schram and Robert Simonds at Columbia University's Miller Theatre on February 5 (tickets). More of Missy's events can be found here.

In related news, Victoire tourmate Noveller plays a release show for her previously-discussed new album, Fantastic Planet, two days after it comes out at Cameo on January 29. That show will be headlined by Porcelain Raft, and Ponyhof opens. Tickets are on sale.

Videos and tour dates below...

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