“Getting Up and Leaving”

“Getting Up and Leaving” is the name of an unreleased Pinkerton-era song from the soon-to-be-released deluxe version. It’s also a knee-jerk reaction old Weezer fans have when hearing their new albums. HA HA. NOT FUNNY. Hear you me.

• Weezer: http://www.weezer.com

Nick Kuepfer

“Corpse in the Wildflowers”

Constellation is back with a new, presumably excellent series called “Musique Fragile.” Each volume contains limited-to-500 3CD or 3LP packages, with three screenprinted posters and three sets of three “artcards.” The first volume contains full-length albums by Les Momies de Palerme, Khôra, and the dude you hear via the Chocolate Grinder player above: Nick Kuepfer. Read more about the series here, pre-order the album here, and wait for it to ship on November 1. FYI: the whole process works best if you have a place to live, the capability of playing music, and the ability to hear it.

• Constellation: http://cstrecords.com

Winter Drones

“Winnie Cooper’s Bones”

Winter Drones, the moniker of Hush Arbors’ guitarist Leon Dufficy, released its debut album, Blood in the Coffin, earlier this year on cassette via micro-label Sexbeat Records. Haven’t heard of it? Well, that’s where Weird Forest comes in: the Sacramento label is giving the newly remastered-by-Pete-Swanson album a wider release come December, and as everyone knows, anything remastered by Pete Swanson (formerly of Dogville Yellow Swans, by the way) is, at the very least, worth listening to.

A follow-up full-length is due sometime in 2011 on Weird Forest.

• Winter Drones: http://www.myspace.com/leonjdufficy
• Weird Forest: http://www.weirdforest.com


“The Merry Barracks”

Deerhoof are back: the group’s new album, Deerhoof vs. Evil, is due January 25 on their new label, Polyvinyl Records. Traitors! JK!

• Deerhoof: http://www.myspace.com/deerhoof
• Polyvinyl: http://www.polyvinylrecords.com

Avey Tare

“Lucky 1”

Down There. October 26. Paw Tracks. Etc.

• Avey Tare: http://alligatorland.net
• Paw Tracks: http://www.paw-tracks.com


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