29 August 2011

EXTRA EXTRA, This Week Only

I'm not Carrie Brownstein, but we have the same initials. Bad jokes aside, there are bigger fish to fry today. Namely, the Wild Flag record is streaming in full all this week over at NPR. The physical release date is September 13, but you can listen now.
Wild Flag is comprised of the aforementioned Carrie Brownstein, former Sleater-Kinney and ex-Jick Janet Weiss behind the kit, along with Mary Timony guitar and Rebecca Cole on keys. This formation was announced a little less than a year ago, but in internet terms it works out to be something like a thousand years. Also, even though all four involved are serious vets I'd still make the argument that this is a new band. Either way, this is the first album for this moniker.
As recently mentioned I've become quite taken by sounds similar to this, so this stream is making my day. Well, that and I'm not at work. Dig. Wild Flag officially arrives 9/13 via Merge.

(via stereogum, stream available at NPR)

Cass McCombs - "The Same Thing"

Cass McCombs already has one record release under his belt for 2011, but November 8th will see the arrival of Humor Risk. Released through Domino, this album appears to be quite promising. A track has already hit the internets. Give "The Same Thing" a listen below, and dig the album art above.

(via gvsb)

25 August 2011

New Atlas Sound Album

On November 8th, Bradford Cox will release a new record as Atlas Sound. The title is Parallax, and it will be coming via 4AD. (Writer's Note: I can't help, but hope that the title is a Green Lantern reference. Not that stupid smoke monster from the movie, but rather the entity of fear that infected Hal Jordan and wrecked havoc on the DC Universe in the last 80s and early 90s.)
The first track "Terra Incognita" is out, and available for your listening pleasure. Album art above, and tracklist below.

1. The Shakes
2. Amplifiers
3. Te Amo
4. Parallax
5. Modern Aquatic Nightsongs
6. Mona Lisa
7. Praying Man
8. Doldrums
9. My Angel Is Broken
10. Terra Incognita
11. Flagstaff
12. Nightworks

(via p4k)

20 August 2011

I bought this on Amazon for less than a pack of cigarettes

Sleater-Kinney - Dig Me Out (Kill Rock Stars, 1997)
The other day at work, I drank a lot of coffee. More so than normal. Two cups before I left my apartment, another while I waited at the station, and then I poured one more before I sat down at my desk. By about 9AM, I was bursting. My heart was pumping faster than I was comfortable with, and my thoughts were racing. I already had a lot on my mind going, but now my reservations, hopes, concerns, and yearnings were accelerated. The soundtrack to the chaos? "Turn It On", track three off of Dig Me Out. It takes the wind out of me. Guitar and drums are something I'm equipped to handle, but I have no formal training for vocals like this. There's a real guttural quality to Corin Tucker's vocals. Not to suggest that they're lacking in anyway or of a poor quality, but rather it quite literally sounds like there is a fire coming up from her belly. The way she breaks the words into chunks of syllables, and then drags them out , that's what lingers in my head. "It's just that when you touched me. I could not stand up."
There's no fucking around on this record. There's a focus, like this is all a part of a plan or better yet a code. It reminds me of Omar from The Wire. Sleater-Kinney aren't knocking heads in and murdering detractors without good reason. They're merely trying to right the wrongs that exist in their culture. They're trying to survive. Whenever I have to explain why I listen to hip hop, the answer is always the same. Hip hop, to me, is this grand form of storytelling depicting events, emotions, and experiences that I conceivably will never experience. I kind of get the same feeling listening to this. As a white male, I really have no clue what its like to be oppressed or held back based on something so trivial as gender or sex. That being said, I can at least empathize with the frustration that comes from such a predicament.
Given the fact that this record came out in 1997, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that there may be some feminist themes and thoughts spread out through this album. I'm also going to stand firm, and say that I am not the one to dissect and discuss them.
This is what I have gleaned after after some listening sessions. There are words and guitars on this album, and those sounds make me want to push forward.

13 August 2011

Trailer Trash Tracys - "Dies in 55"

This is probably better suited for Sunday mornings as opposed to Saturday nights, but regardless as your attorney I advise you to go escape in this for the next two minutes and forty nine seconds. You should probably put large headphones on, or utilize some massive speakers. Hailing from London, Trailer Trash Tracys are prepping a debut record for what is looking like spring of 2012 through Double 6/Domino.
"Dies in 55" is merely a tease of what is to come.

(via gvsb)

Stephen Malkmus - "Tigers", "No One Is (As I Are Be)"

SM did an acoustic session for a French outfit known as Le Hiboo. Both songs performed are off Mirror Traffic, the Beck-produced record that arrives August 23rd through Matador.

Dirty Beaches - "Lone Runner"

The clapping may grab your attention over the guitars, at least in the beginning. It's a slow shuffle off the starting line, but at around the midpoint it gives way to squall. It's the voice that captivates me, if for no other reason than the fact that I know it is not mine. I'm playing this one pretty close to the chest.
"Lone Runner" will be released as a 7" limited to 750 copies on October 18th via Suicide Squeeze. Dirty Beaches released a proper long-player, Badlands, earlier this year as well. Dig.