Squarepusher Presents Shobaleader One

I’m in the middle of this great According to Jim episode, so I gotta make this quick: Squarepusher’s in a new band called Shobaleader One with “a bunch of people who you may or may not have heard of from other bands and projects. Part of their idea is that this music is a completely clean break with whatever they’ve done in the past so I’m not allowed to mention any names. I can tell you that they are pretty frightening players.” Their debut album, d’Demonstrator, is due October 19 on Warp. Now back to some more According to Jim!

• Squarepusher: http://www.squarepusher.net
• Warp: http://warp.net

Barn Owl

“Light from the Mesa”

Barn Owl, drone-noise purveyors, are releasing Ancestral Star on November 2 on Thrill Jockey. And the Thrill Jockey streak continues…

• Barn Owl: http://www.myspace.com/barnowlband
• Thrill Jockey: http://www.thrilljockey.com

Magnetic Island


Magnetic Island were formerly called Renminibi, and you know what? The Chocolate Grinder digs the name change! The Chocolate Grinder also digs the first song they recorded as Magnetic Island, “Subterfuge,” a track dedicated to friend-of-the-band Joe Graziano, who tragically committed suicide this past spring. The video above was filmed and edited by the band itself.

Meanwhile, Magnetic Island’s debut as Magnetic Island is set for release September 21 digitally and on cassette, the latter of which will be extremely limited — we’re talking 125 copies total in two separate runs. The EP, titled Out at Sea, doesn’t contain “Subterfuge,” but hey, consider this post its “release show” and head on over to New York’s Piano’s on September 16 for the EP’s actual release show. The Chocolate Grinder will probably make its way down there, too, so say hello!

• Magnetic Island: http://myspace.com/magneticislandband

Dustin Wong (Ponytail)

Infinite Love preview

Dustin Wong (Ponytail, formerly Ecstatic Sunshine) is releasing a solo album, Infinite Love, on October 5 via the increasingly awesome Thrill Jockey. The album comes with a DVD with “an album-length music video created by Dustin.” Preview part of the DVD above and download “Talking Walking Cloud” here.

• Dustin Wong: http://www.myspace.com/dustinclarence
• Thrill Jockey: http://www.thrilljockey.com

Marnie Stern

“Transparency Is the New Mystery”

Marnie Stern will release Marnie Stern on October 5 via Kill Rock Stars. “Transparency is the New Mystery” is the second single off the album, and “in order to see it, you’ve got to believe it.” :) :) :) :) !

• Marnie Stern: http://www.myspace.com/marniestern1
• Kill Rock Stars: http://www.killrockstars.com

David Byrne

“Introduction” to Bicycle Diaries

Ever wonder what David Byrne is thinking about when he’s riding his bike? Of course you have. That’s why you purchased his hardback book, Bicycle Diaries, last year. But do you ever wonder what it’d sound like to have Byrne read chapters from his book to you? Me neither, but Byrne has made a little podcast of the book’s introduction for free anyway, and it’s pretty fucking sweet.

The audiobook can be purchased in full or by individual chapters starting September 28.

Bicycle Diaries: http://bicycle-diaries.com
• David Byrne: http://www.davidbyrne.com


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