It is quite possible that I'm going insane. No, I mean way more than the usual ah-ah-funny silly self. I *swear* that I've blogged about Band of Horses' new album Infinite Arms, along with a nice new video for the track Compliments, yet I cannot - for the life and sanity of me - find that freaking label. I must have! I mean, how could I have missed these wonderful lo-fi, country tinged rockers? Either a serious crime was just committed or I should just check-in into a place with pristine walls, all padded white. Then again, I possibly just facebooked (social networks are giving way to new verbs, sad I know) it, or twittered it, or blipped it... or... did something on some other of the million social networks I'm in. Sad, I know.
Anyway, Infinite Arms will be released on the 18th of May and is available for pre-order now. Just below, the video for Compliments and Laredo, the first single out of the new album. Laredo sounds a lot like something out of the first album Everything All The Time, I won't lie to you folks.
I can't quite put my finger on it, but it does. WEED PARTY!.
Now, if you'll excuse me. I need to check out what's this buzzfeed thingamabob I was told today and how it totally rocks whilst making you spend time in order to achieve nothing relevant. Yeah, kinda like you reading this thing. Move along and press play already.
pre-order Infinite Arms(CD)
labels Fat Possum
In Amy Grill’s 2010 documentary on the contemporary techno scene, the director takes a highly personal slant, dividing her story into tightly woven vignettes that reveal the subculture’s many cultural facets and personalities. Segments covering Modeselektor, The Whignomy Brothers, Monolake, and noted techno scribe Philip Sherburne are highlights, but it’s the director’s techno-obsessed husband who nearly steals the show.
The Ghostly Store is the first retailer to offer Speaking in Code for sale.
"THE FUTURE IS NOT WHAT IT USED TO BE"
After an amazing debut album two years back - the endemic Antidotes to urban landscapes - Foals are back. We already have two utterly visually and audibly gorgeous singles, This Oriente & Spanish Sahara, plus a sneak peek at what is coming our way via the new website totallifeforever.co.uk. From the imagery and sound conveyed the boys from Oxford are expanding their sound towards deserted, almost untainted landscapes by human touch as if we were all fated to find solace at the bottom of ocean. Quite the grim perception of things to come hey?
Total Life Forever will be out via Transgressive and Sub Pop on May 10th.
Foals - Spanish Sahara
Foals - This Orientweb foals.co.uk // totallifeforever.co.uk
There is really something special going on with Double Dagger. From the first moment I heard them, via last year's phenomenal More, I have to admit I very much hooked. There are no new paths in the current musical landscape being treaded here, mind you, but perhaps... perhaps that just it: this is straight-forward post-rock of the angular variety reminiscent of bands like Slint, Shellac, June of 44 and Part & Labor delivered in a very honest and efficient manner. As such, Double Dagger do not sound violent. Sure, their sound is fierce at it's most effusive moments, but it never actually reaches that stage that makes you want to break shit up. (c'mon, admit it, we all get that) They are the perfect example of music that seems intent on making yourself let go and just have fun. And for that, they should be adored *everywhere*.
The Mask EP is out now via Thrill Jockey. There is no video as of yet, but you have a freebie just below of the brash Pillow Talk, courtesy of Stereo Gum.
freebie Pillow Talk
buy CD // MP3
label Thrill Jockey
Leigh Bowery meets Divine in a dark alleyway for fishnet fetish sex with double ended dildos. Signed to DJ Hell's label International Gigolo Records and with a remake of Grace Jones' Island Life cover. Warning: pixelated penises upon clicking play.
All gay prayers have now been answered.
Hard Ton - Hearthquakebuy Selfish EP (MP3)
label Gigolo Records
Apparently folksy introvert new single Scissor from relentless experimentalists Liars suddenly turns into full blown guitar debauchery with wanton drum action. Surprised? Well, it is the Liars, so nothing should really come as a surprise. If you ask me, they spent too much time smoking illegal things with Einstürzende Neubauten, which only honed the customary Liars insanity. Let the good times being!
Check the video below, preview the full album on their myspace, download the first single Scissor here, click the buy links and just let yourself go.
Liars - Scissorfreebie Scissor
buy Sisterworld Limited Edition (CD) // Sisterworld Deluxe + Digital Booklet (MP3)
label Mute Records
DATAROCK - True Storiesfreebies True Stories
buy Red (CD) // Red (MP3)
label Nettwerk Records // Young Aspiring Professionals
Shearwater - Hidden Lakes
Shearwater - Hidden Lakes (Jonathan Meiburg solo)
freebies Black Eyes / Castaways
buy CD // MP3
label Matador Records