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January 29, 2015

by Andrew Sacher

Brian Wilson

Beach Boy Brian Wilson has revealed details for his eleventh solo album, No Pier Pressure, which will be out on April 7 via Capitol Records. The album features his former Beach Boys bandmates Al Jardine, David Marks and Blondie Chaplin; members of his touring band (including band leader Darian Sahanaja, who helped arrange the 2004 release of Smile); and a handful of collaborations with modern musicians including Zooey Deschanel, M. Ward, fun.'s Nate Ruess, Kacey Musgraves and Capital Cities' Sebu Simonian.

At the risk of bumming Brian out even more (he's already negatively reacted to backlash against these collaborations), I have to say it would've been nice to see him working with musicians who do the sound he created justice, like maybe Robin Pecknold, Panda Bear or even Rivers Cuomo, but it's also not too surprising that he went with a more mainstream cast.

The record was produced by Joe Thomas, who also co-produced the Beach Boys' 2012 reunion album, That's Why God Made the Radio, with Brian. You can check out the tracklist below...

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Jeff Bridges

Jeff Bridges keeps things pretty mellow. The Dude, who makes country music when not acting, explores his dreamy side on a new ambient album specifically designed to help you drift off. Titled Jeff Bridges Sleeping Tapes, here's what he says about it:

The world is filled with too many restless people in need of rest - that's why I filled my sleeping tapes with intriguing sounds, noises and other things to help you get a good night's rest.
Bridges made the album with composer Keefus Ciancia ("True Detective," "Nashville") and Grammy-winning engineer Doug Sax. You can stream the album below and download it for free at DreamingWithJeff.com. There is also a limited run of cassettes and vinyl with all proceeds going to the Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign.

The album will be promoted on Sunday (2/1) in a Superbowl ad, so look out for that. It might look something like the short video promo, featuring Jeff playing a flute, you can watch below. Pleasant dreams...

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by Bill Pearis

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As mentioned, H Hawkline (aka Welsh musician Huw Gwynfryn Evans) will release his new album, In the Pink of Condition, next week via Heavenly. The record was produced by Cate Le Bon (they are a couple and he plays in her band) and if you like her last two albums, you'll definitely appreciate the weird, wirey pop that H Hawkline makes. It's a terrific record. We premiered "Ring Finger" from the album a while back and now you can stream the whole album in full (via NME) below.

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photo: Foo Fighters at Irving Plaza in 2014 (more by PSquared)
Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters have a big stadium tour coming up that's set to hit NYC on July 16 at Citi Field (home of The Mets). That show sold out, but they've since added a second show happening a day earlier (7/15) at the same venue. Both are with Royal Blood. Tickets for the new date go on sale at 10 AM on Friday (1/30). Updated dates are listed below.

In related news, NME reports that Dave Grohl stopped by The Cribs' studio when they were recording their upcoming Ric Ocasek-produced LP, and bassist/singer Gary Jarman called his appearance a "good omen":

"We left to go get pizza and withing three minutes we returned with Dave Grohl," the bass player said. "We played with him in Ireland and he was like, 'The Cribs? I love you guys!' We thought it was a really good omen for the first day of the record - it was just like a rabbit's foot or something."
Looking forward to seeing what Grohl's magical powers can do when the record comes out in March (hear a song).

Foo Fighters dates below...

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Pet Sun

Last year we wrote about Canadian garage pop-punks Pet Sun around the time they put out their debut EP and came to NYC for CMJ. They've now got another tour beginning tonight (1/29) that brings them back to our side of the border in February. It includes a return to NYC on February 13 at Cake Shop with Weird Womb (who they played with at CMJ), Moral Panic (ex-Livids) and Nail Polish. $8 at the door. All dates are listed below.

Pet Sun also recently signed to The Hand Recordings and are planning a new album for late summer. Meanwhile, they have a new live session video for "Feel Like I'm Going Away," the title track off last year's EP, which premieres in this post. Watch that, with the list of tour dates, below...

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by Bill Pearis

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Lower Dens will release their third album, Escape from Evil, on May 31 via Ribbon Music. The first single from the album, "To Die in LA," is maybe the most straight-forward pop song Jana Hunter and crew have done yet, and you can stream it below.

The band will celebrate the new album on release day (3/31) at Baby's All Right with Matteah Baim and Gold Dime. Tickets are on sale now. It's their only announced date at the moment.

Check out album art, tracklist and song stream below...

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Long-running, eclectic and generally well-regarded music festival Iceland Airwaves will happen November 5 - 9, 2015 in Reykjavík. They've just announced the initial lineup which includes Ariel Pink, Perfume Genius, GusGus, Spanish bands Mourn and Hinds, East India Youth and more. Lots more bands still to be announced, but tickets are on sale now.

Initial 2015 Iceland Airwaves line-up listed, along with an announcement video, below...

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photo::: King Gizzard @ BVCMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
King Gizzard

Frenzied Australian mass King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard spent a good chunk of 2014 in the US and Canada on tour (and a lot of that hanging out in NYC). They'll be heading back this way for Bonnaroo and will then do a short, week-long North American tour. The NYC stop happens on June 19 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/30) at noon.

All dates are listed, along with the video for their single "Cellophane," below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Big Awesome

South Carolina's Big Awesome describe their sound on Facebook as "Pip farting on a snare drum," and that's not the only bit of '90s culture this band references. Their new single, "What Grows Up Must Come Down," is a jangly rocker that sounds like a lost Buzz Bin gem cut with a dose of Jade Tree emo. It's set to appear on their debut LP, Party On, due out this spring via Jetsam-Flotsam. The track premieres in this post and can be listened to below.

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photo: Geezer Butler in NJ in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Geezer

Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler was arrested just after midnight on Tuesday night for for misdemeanour assault, public intoxication and vandalism after a bar fight. Rolling Stone reports:

The fight took place at the Corkscrew Saloon in Death Valley's Furnace Creek Ranch. "After the Inyo County Sheriff's Deputy arrived on scene and interviewed witnesses, it was determined that there had been an argument that escalated into a physical confrontation - resulting in an individual being struck and a broken window," Inyo County police said in a statement.
Butler was released after "detox and citation."

Meanwhile, Black Sabbath have been saying they're working on a new album and planning to tour this year.