Archive for the ‘Dispatches’ Category

2011 seems like a good year for Classic Rock, with New Jersey’s The Parlor Mob adding to the cheer from the likes of Rival Sons and The Virginmarys with news of them back in the studio.  The short video above shows the band in Austin, Texas in good form rehearsing and practising, while gathering their thoughts on the recording of the follow-up to their excellent 2008 release ‘And You Were A Crow’.  According to their label, Roadrunner Records, the band are ‘finishing up the final touches’ and the album should be out later this year.  Hopefully, with some UK shows to follow

A lot of news on a number of new releases from a number of killer bands including Mountains, Oneida, Thurston Moore and a new project from Fuck Buttons:

Mountains Set To Issue New LP Through Thrill Jockey

Mountains is Brendon Anderegg and Koen Holtkamp, two sonic explorers whose long history, shared philosophies, and love of sculpting sound, has resulted in some of the most densely layered and blissful music crafted in recent memory. The duo is known for obscuring the boundaries between acoustic instrumentation and electronics. Their debut Thrill Jockey release Choral was universally critically acclaimed, sold through three LP pressings, and ended up being one of the label’s best selling releases of 2009, a remarkable achievement.

LP version features alternate color artwork and is pressed on 150gram vinyl with a free download coupon. First pressing limited to 1,500 copies (1,000 pressed on black vinyl, 500 pressed on clear vinyl.

Source: http://www.thrilljockey.com/catalog/?id=105300

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New Rock Action-Backed Project From Fuck Buttons Man References Carl Sagan


Blanck Mass is Benjamin John Power, a young musician in thrall to Carl Sagan, Ennio Morricone and the infinity of nature, both universal and personal.

His eponymous debut album, a collection of tracks loosely themed around cerebral hypoxia and the beautiful complexity of the natural world , features ten songs which were written, recorded and self-produced at home in London between Summer and Winter 2010. An interstellar journey that defies classification, revealing itself further and further with each listen; offering more with each visit. 

Source: http://blanckmass.bandcamp.com/

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Oneida Complete ‘Thank Your Parents’ Triptych


Absolute II is the final piece in Oneida’s Thank Your Parents triptych of releases, begun in 2008 with Preteen Weaponry and followed by 2009’s acclaimed triple disc Rated O. With this release, the Brooklyn group concludes a challenging and profound long-term project. The Thank Your Parents triptych, totaling around 200 minutes, is intended to be listened to as a whole or in its component parts.Absolute II stands on its own, in addition to serving as a chapter in an immense whole.

The music on Absolute II is startling, rigorous and demanding. Oneida is a band that has been strongly identified with the frenetic, fluid drumming of Kid Millions and the relentless pulse of classic Krautrock, but this release contains neither audible drums nor identifiable “rock” music. The recordings move freely across accepted boundaries of rhythm, harmony, and tonality – not in the form of dramatic, willful experiment, but as a musical distillation of several themes that have emerged in the wake of Rated O’s dynamism: paralysis, entropy, stasis, possibility, and finality among them. Absolute II will be available June 7 in digital and vinyl formats. Oneida has set up a Bandcamp page which gives a complete overview of the Thank Your Parents series with audio from all three releases including Absolute II available for preview

Source: http://jagjaguwar.com/blog/2011/04/oneida-complete-the-thank-your-parents-triptych-with-absolute-ii/

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Gameboy by Bronto Skylift from Bronto Skylift on Vimeo.

The Orkney Islands-based duo of Bronto Skylift have released a video for ‘Gameboy’ from their typically devastatingly heavy ‘White Crow record.  Fans of ‘Strap It On’ era Helmet will surely lap-up those thick, staccato riffs.  I’ve had the pleasure of seeing these guys live before and the near enough blew my head off.

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Similarly, Glaswegian Drone-Rockers The Cosmic Dead also have a new video, or at least a new track, previewing on Youtube, from their forthcoming eponymous cassette release, due to be issued by Who Can You Trust Records?.  An epic mind-bending journey of Hawkwind/Can proportions.

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The rather splendid Hibernate Records has a brand new sampler available for free download featuring Japanese Ambient guitarist Hakobune, the brilliant Ithaca Trio and Slovakian experimentalist Strom Noir, amongst its impressive 11 strong track list

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Esmerine returns with their first record in six years, the duo founded by Bruce Cawdron (Godspeed You! Black Emperor) and Beckie Foon (Thee Silver Mt. Zion) now expanded to a four-player ensemble. La Lechuza is dedicated to the late Lhasa de Sela, a close friend and collaborator of all four member of the group, and features an unreleased version of her song “Fish on Land,” recorded with Beckie and Bruce during sessions for Lhasa’s final album.

Listen to “Snow Day for Lhasa,” featuring the vocals of Patrick Watson, here.

La Lechuza will be released on CD and 180gLP and is available for pre-order now. More info, including samples, can be found on our official release page. Releasing 07 June.

Source: http://cstrecords.com/