After being out of print for a few years, Minus the Bear‘s 2007 2xLP Planet of Ice is getting reissued in a new remastered format courtesy of Bernie Grundman. Being released by Suicide Squeeze on September 30th, Planet of Ice 2xLP is available on three different vinyl colors of your choosing: Custome Ice, Purple, and Black 180gram. You can pre-order any or all, along w/ some t-shirt and poster bundles, right now at Suicide Squeeze’s webstore. Each color variant is limited to 1,000 copies.
There has also been a reissue of the band’s 2004 EP They Make Beer Commercials Like This. The EP is also available on three different vinyl colors: Orange, Blue, and Pink, each limited to 1,000 copies.
With the impending release date on September 2nd, Code Orange are now premiering a full stream of their second full-length I Am King. To be released via Deathwish Inc., Code Orange finds themselves retreading some of the same ground covered on 2012’s Love is Love//Return to Dust while now managing to be heavier and more in your face. There is also a jarring sense of misanthropy and Code Orange doing this to satisfy themselves and no one else.
I Am King TRACK LISTING:
01. I Am King – 00:00
02. Slowburn – 02:38
03. Dreams In Inertia – 05:10
04. Unclean Spirit – 10:10
05. Alone In A Room – 12:23
06. My World – 15:32
07. Starve – 18:28
08. Your Body Is Ready… – 22:16
09. Thinners Of The Herd – 23:42
10. Bind You – 26:29
11. Mercy – 28:13
Animal Style Records is excited to announce Asheville, NC’s Old Flings have joined the label’s roster. The band is currently writing songs for their sophomore LP, due out early 2015 on Animal Style.
The new LP will follow up the band’s debut LP, Spite, released on Self Aware & Bitter Melody Records in 2012.
Old Flings is a three piece rock band whose influences range from Samiam to Gin Blossoms to Hot Water Music to 90s-era Revelation Records. While the name Old Flings certainly hints at reflection on love lost and romantic despondency, the band was born out of all emotional struggle and heartache, the kind which every person has and will endure. The lyrics cover other issues, such as broken friendships, anger and betrayal, family, friendship, personal loss to suicide, growing up with religion, hopelessness and depression.
Since the release of their 2012 debut LP, Spite, Old Flings has contributed to four split 7” EPs released across an array of indie labels: North Carolina-based Bitter Melody Records, New York-based Tour Van Records, Tampa, FL-based Kiss of Death Records, and UK-based Speedowax Records. After several tours up and down the East Coast, an excursion into Canada, and several regional and national festivals, the band is taking time off from their semi-regular touring schedule to focus on writing for a forthcoming sophomore full-length album.
In the mean time, you can catch Old Flings at the Fall Line Fest in Richmond, VA on Sept 6th and The Fest in Gainesville, FL on Nov 1st.
Several months ago, in anticipation of the birth of my son, I wrote “Atlas” for him. At the time, I could only imagine the feelings I’d have for him when I’d have to leave for tour. I didn’t truly understand the power and relevance of the song’s sentiment. Now, after having him in my life for almost three months and with Neverender just a few weeks away, I’m starting to feel it. This will be my first tour away from Atlas. And sure, it will be hard, but it’s all for him. I’d like to share that song with you.
Springfield, IL’s Our Lady are a very peculiar band. In some “music news” sites and even in some reviews, they get lumped into the whole post-emo thing with bands like Brand New and Manchester Orchestra. While we don’t have anything against those mentioned bands, and as a matter of fact we’re big fans of theirs also, Our Lady don’t quite fit in that category or company. Their bio says “post everything” and that may be right but Our Lady have been able to craft their own unique sound in their four years as a band. It’s this almost-impossibility to categorize and really express in words what they sound like that makes them so unique. They’re one of those rare bands that if you’re asked what they’re like, your only response is “you just have to listen to them to understand.”
The band recently released their first full-length LP, II, on Mind Over Matter Records. In a very short review of it on our part, we will just say that it’s great and definitely is one of those albums that deserves as much attention as possible. Our Lady have also released quite a few EPs and 7″ singles so hunt those down as well.
Just in time for the weekend, the band have unrolled a good chunk of their discography, including II, as a free download on their Bandcamp. Click here to head over there and download or at least stream II below.
As part of the Adult Swim Singles series, Deafheaven have rolled out a new song “From the Kettle Onto the Coil”. The song itself finds the band going further musically from what they have done in Sunbather and yet still maintaining their own unique style of shoegaze-inflected black metal. Or black metal-inflected shoegaze. You can freely choose. Clocking in at 6:36, the song somehow feels very short with all the peaks and valleys of sound and the speed at which pummels you through.
The song will be available for a free download on August 25th at adultswim.com/singles. So head there on 8/25. As for a physical release of the song, we can only hope and wish that it happens at some point.
A trailer for the much-anticipated HBO short series Sonic Highways has been premiered. The series is the brainchild of Foo Fighters‘ Dave Grohl as a next step from his Sound City documentary. The series will chronicle the group as they travel to eight different cities in the U.S. and explore their legendary music studios and scenes and collaborate with iconic musicians from each stop for the new Foo Fighters album.
In this new series, Foo Fighters commemorate their 20th anniversary by documenting the eight-city recording odyssey that produced their latest, and eighth, studio album.
Foo Fighters founder Dave Grohl directs the series, which taps into the musical heritage and cultural fabric of eight cities: Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Washington D.C. and New York. The band based themselves at a legendary recording studio integral to the unique history and character of each location.
One song was recorded in each city, and every track features local legends. Even the lyrics were developed in an experimental, unprecedented way: Grohl held off on writing them until the last day of each session, letting himself be inspired by the experiences, interviews and personalities that became part of the process.
Foo Fighters Sonic Highways is, in Grohl’s words, “a love letter to the history of American music.” Each episode delves into the identity of each city — showing how each region shaped these musicians in their formative years and, in turn, how they impacted the cultural fabric of their hometowns. Every artist who appears in the show, regardless of genre or locale, started as an average kid with universal dreams of making music and making it big.
Grohl made his feature film directorial debut in 2013 with the universally acclaimed Grammy-winning Sound City, a celebration of the human element in the creation and recording of music. Foo Fighters have won 11 Grammy Awards, including four for Best Rock Album, more than any other band.
Premiering on the eve of Foo Fighters’ 20th anniversary, Foo Fighters Sonic Highways aims to “give back” to the next generation of young musicians. As guitarist and singer Buddy Guy, an interviewee from the Chicago blues scene, explains, “Everything comes from what’s come before.”
Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways will premiere on HBO on October 17th at 11pm. You can also already pre-order Sonic Highways directly from the band here.
(The) Melvins will be rolling out a new record on October 14th via Ipecac Recordings. The album, titled Hold It In, was recorded by mainstay members Buzz and Dale and joined by Paul Leary and JD Pinkus of the Butthole Surfers. The band has released more details on the tracklisting for the album. Additionally, a track off the album, “Bride of Crankenstein”, will be released by Amphetamine Reptile as a single.
Hold It In track listing
1. Bride of Crankenstein
2.You Can Make Me Wait
3. Brass Cupcake
4. Barcelonian Horseshoe Pit
5. Onions Make the Milk Taste Bad
6. Eyes on You
7. Sesame Street Meat
8. Nine Yards
9. The Bunk Up
10. I Get Along (Hollow Moon)
11. Piss Pisstopherson
12. House of Gasoline
Team Sleep are back. The group, led mainly by Deftones‘ Chino Moreno, have announced not only that they’re back but also that they will be entering the studio this Fall to begin work on a new album. The band will record at Applehead Recording in Woodstock, NY and they’re giving a very limited opportunity for fans to participate. Here’s the full-on details from the band:
Please join us as we create our next record in Woodstock, New York. We’ll gather at Applehead studio, near the base of the Catskill mountains to eat, write, play and record. For a long time, business people, logistics, careers, adulthood, families and the House Republicans have thwarted us, but we’ve continued to make music. At the same time, the creative process has become increasingly fragmented and dehumanized. With that in mind, we’re very excited to get together with our dear friends, hang out, play music and have a unique experience in a beautiful place. We’d like you to be there, too. Your participation will be essential to the independent creation and release of the live performance and our forthcoming studio record; we look forward to seeing you.
Participants will receive the following:
-A hooded sweatshirt with a design which will not be sold outside of this event ( please include your size)
-Silk-screened posters hand made by the band and signed
-A CD featuring previously unreleased music
-A listening party to hear new material the band is working on
-A local, gourmet meal with the band provided Sunfrost Farms
-An in-studio experience with question and answer session as the band works on and records new songs
-A live performance featuring new and old songs
-limited run vinyl of the audio from the live recordings
-A digital download of the audio from the live recordings
-A digital download of the video from the event
For additional info and how to participate, head here.
Tuesday has come and gone and with it, Taylor Swift announced in a live webcast of the release of a new album, 1989, on October 29th. Alongside that announcement, the first single and video was unleashed unto the world. “Shake It Off” finds Swift shedding off completely any glimmers of country music she may have had left on her previous album, RED, and headed forward in full-force into a sound that’s a complete throwback to late 80′s pop music. It’s a jarring shift for many surely, but every artist deserves the chance and right to evolve and grow whichever way in the music they make. “Shake It Off” will surely be one of those songs that will get stuck in your head for days and months to come. The beats and melodies are infectious and will force you to bounce around the room.
The accompanying video is just as bubblegum addicting with a very fun and self-deprecating angle courtesy of Ms. Swift. She has never been afraid to poke fun at herself and the video is evident in this in showing Swift attempting to emulate different dance styles across different genres and failing miserable. And still managing to have a good time throughout.