Belle and Sebastian
“I Want The World To Stop” [preview]

Belle and the infamous Sebastian are releasing a new album, Write About Love, on October 12 via Matador. Here’s a little teaser for the album, which Matador reports is part of a “B&S TV show.” Hope it’s like Todd Solondz’ Storytelling. Remember the scene when Scooby’s getting a blow while “The State I Am In” is playing in the background? Ahh, youth.

• Belle and Sebastian: http://www.belleandsebastian.com
• Matador: http://www.matadorrecords.com

Belle and Sebastian

“I Want The World To Stop” [preview]

Belle and the infamous Sebastian are releasing a new album, Write About Love, on October 12 via Matador. Here’s a little teaser for the album, which Matador reports is part of a “B&S TV show.” Hope it’s like Todd Solondz’ Storytelling. Remember the scene when Scooby’s getting a blow while “The State I Am In” is playing in the background? Ahh, youth.

• Belle and Sebastian: http://www.belleandsebastian.com
• Matador: http://www.matadorrecords.com

Screaming Females

“I Don’t Mind It”

Screaming Females’ new album, Castle Talk, is due September 14 on Don Giovanni. SOUND GOOD OR WHAT?

• Screaming Females: http://www.myspace.com/screamingfemales
• Don Giovanni: http://www.dongiovannirecords.com

Chocolate Grinder Mix 36

“The Light Side of Darkwave”

Earlier this year, I wrote a DeLorean post about the resurgence of “coldwave” in New York and then briefly compared it to the post-punk/coldwave of the late 70s and 80s. It initially seemed strange to hear bands still fetishizing the genre; the minimalistic drum machine/synths/deadpan vocals that characterized the original European style carried specific aesthetic and political values that seemed forced and anachronistic in 2010. Once my knee stopped jerking, though, I started to become interested in the ways the classic coldwave sound was being tweaked (and not just in NYC) to incorporate a range of new influences and methods. The idea of this mix was to imagine a Platonic ideal for the genre and then spin off of it rather irreverently in a bunch of different directions, sitting old with new. A mix featuring 12 songs in a “dark, minimalist post-punk style” could have been made 10,000 different ways. This one incorporates everything from The Boss covering Suicide to Ariel Pink utilizing the Joy Division shuffle, because “dark, minimalist post-punk” is a pretty big tent to revel under*.

*For more nuanced and in-depth looks into the genre(s), the Minimal Wave record label is a good place to start.

01. Parallels - “Reservoir” (thisisnotanexit)
02. Marquis de Sade - “Cancer and Drugs” (Naive)
03. Abwarts - “Der Westen ist einsam” (ZIckzack)
04. Josef K - “Sorry for Laughing” (Domino)
05. Bruce Springsteen - “Dream Baby Dream” (Suicide cover) (abridged)
06. Berlin - “Metro” (Geffen)
07. Xeno & Oaklander - “Blue Flower” (Wierd)
08. Gary War - “Everynight” (Sacred Bones)
09. Blank Dogs - “L Machine” (In the Red)
10. Christian Death - “I’ve Been Bed” (Cleopatra)
11. Light Asylum - “Nights and Weekends” (demo)
12. Ariel Pink - “Revolution’s a Lie” (4AD)

[Artwork: Keith Kawaii]

AIDS Wolf

“Teaching to Suffer”

The Chocolate Grinder loves AIDS and wolves (duh), so it’s only natural that we’d be excited for the TWO new albums AIDS Wolf are releasing in September. The first is called March To The Sea, due on Skingraft, while the other is a remix album being released by Lovepump United. “Teaching to Suffer” is off the former, but the latter should be pretty darn awesome too.

AIDS Wolf are touring soon, so check out the dates at their MySpace.

• AIDS Wolf: http://www.myspace.com/aidswolf
• Skingraft: http://www.skingraftrecords.com
• Lovepump United: http://www.lpurecords.com

Sam Prekop

“The Silhouettes”

Sam Prekop (The Sea and Cake) has the best name in indie rock. Everyone knows that. But did you know Mr. Prekop is releasing a new solo album, Old Punch Card, that is less indie rock and more avant-garde? The Chocolate Grinder 100% approves of this move! The album’s out September 7 via the increasingly awesome-er Thrill Jockey.

• Sam Prekop: http://www.myspace.com/samprekop
• Thrill Jockey: http://www.thrilljockey.com

[Photo: wrestlingentropy]

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