MellowHype to release free album for America and the Obamas on July 4

MellowHype to release free album for America and the Obamas on July 4

Last time we heard from Hodgy Beats and Left Brain they were working with Domo Genesis and calling themselves MellowHigh. This is not that. This is the original duo of Hodgy and Left Brain doin’ their damn thang as MellowHype, the Hall & Oates of the GOLF WANG. Because they love fireworks and America so much, they will be tossing out a free album titled Ineedsomeanswers on July 4:

Free! Get it? To celebrate FREEDOM! Get hype, get high, get free! And you thought you were stoked on Independence Day before you learned this? Now you finally know true joy. We imagine you’ll throw on the new MellowHype album, fire up the grill, and duct tape some fireworks to your neighbor’s dog!

(Note: TMT does not condone such backwoods behavior.)

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Frog Eyes signal North American tour with a bulging amphibian wink; physical release of Carey’s Cold Spring out next week

Cancer. Hopefully I didn’t just ruin the mood, but allow me to continue. Cancer… personified, kidnapped, forcibly strapped to a proximate rocket ship, and launched directly into the Sun, all in a matter of months! For those who weren’t aware, a deeply unfortunate coincidence followed the production of Frog Eyes’ most recent album, Carey’s Cold Spring (one of our favorites of 2013). Lead singer Carey Mercer, oft-acknowledged for his impassioned (to say the least) vocal delivery, was diagnosed with throat cancer in the days following the final mixdown. Understandably, continued singing is probably the last thing you should do in such circumstances, but thank the medical wizards for their presumed work at various points over the intervening months… Mercer’s now, apparently, totally cancer-free!

Still, he should probably take it easy, right? Perhaps? Well, Mercer and the rest of Frog Eyes are responding with the equivalent of “YOLO” to that idea, as they’ve just announced a spate of August tour dates in support of that album, initially self-released last October but now receiving a physical reissue (with some pretty sweet bundle offerings) via Paper Bag Records next week. The tour will be the band’s first in North America in roughly four years, back when Paul’s Tomb: A Triumph served as the primary motivator.

According to Mercer, Carey’s Cold Spring conveys a duality of an almost paranoia-like state of fear and the “sounds of birds in the morning.” Safe to say we’ve figuratively arrived at the avian rejoice? Dates after the reminder.


08.14.14 - Victoria, BC - Centennial Square
08.18.14 - Detroit, MI - The Pike Room *
08.19.14 - Toronto, ON - The Drake *
08.20.14 - Ottawa, ON - Mavericks *
08.21.14 - Montreal, QC - II Motore*
08.22.14 - Boston, MA - Cafe 939 *
08.23.14 - New York, NY - Rough Trade *
08.25.14 - Washington, DC - DC9 *
08.26.14 - Columbus, OH - Rumba Cafe *
08.27.14 - Chicago, IL - Schubas *

* PS I Love You

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Noveller and Thisquietarmy collaborate on upcoming album Reveries, hear “Reveries 1”

I wish the exchange rate between dollars and euros was not quite as painful as it currently is, because I would be buying pretty much everything put out by the French independent publishing company Shelter Press. They recently released Ben Vida’s very-limited-edition Slipping Control; a beautiful book by Shelter Press co-founders Félicia Atkinson and Bartolomé Sanson featuring musings on “petrified forests,” “clay,” and Henry Miller; and they have cute tote bags. I’ll take one of everything, please (my wallet just groaned audibly).

But that’s not all! Shelter Press just announced that they’ll be releasing Reveries, a combined effort by Brooklyn composer Noveller (a.k.a. Sara Lipstate) and Montreal’s Thisquietarmy (Eric Quach). The four-track, 33-minute-long LP will be released on white vinyl July 1, with 500 copies available. The album features both artists on guitar, creating intricate, layered pieces that bring to mind “empty architecture, luminosity, rocks, and deserted zones,” according to Shelter Press.

Listen to the first track from the album, “Reverie 1,” below. Might have to bite the bullet and deal with the exchange rate for this one. Sorry, wallet!

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Rise Against announce new album The Black Market while I reminisce about teenagers doing donuts

When I was 17, one of my friends made a video of him doing donuts in his car in the middle of a dirt lot somewhere in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The video was set to “State of the Union,” the opening track from Chicago-based punk rock group Rise Against’s third album, Siren Song of the Counterculture. Everyone agreed: the video was so sweet.

BUT THOSE DAYS ARE OVER. On July 15, Rise Against are putting out their seventh album, The Black Market, through Interscope. The record’s first single is called “I Don’t Want to Be Here Anymore” and is out on digital platforms today (June 10). If you are interested in watching a teaser video for the record, go over to Rise Against’s website, or watch the lyric video for the single below.

I miss that video of my friend doing donuts. Let me be honest for a second. I would pay up to $100 for that video.

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Death From Above 1979 announce new album The Physical World, raise double middle fingers to Japandroids

Not since 2004’s You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine have we heard any new recordings from the brash, minimal punk duo known as Death From Above 1979. They did the reunion circuit in 2011 and 2012, sure, and upped the game by playing some unheard material, but now the Canadian band has made us late-80s babies ecstatic with the announcement of their sophomore LP, The Physical World, in an interview with NME.

DFA1979’s drummer/singer Sebastien Grainger explained to NME that the album was conceived because of pressure from fans and music press, saying “No matter what Jesse [F. Keeler, bassist] and I do, on whatever scale of success it’s sat on, there’s always some kind of reference to Death From Above.” Perhaps he feels some bitterness, having to live in the shadow of DFA1979’s former greatness. But 2014 is a very different world than 2004, and there’s another brash, minimal Canadian duo out there called Japandroids right now, touring the globe and having huge success. With one song on The Physical World described as “Springsteen meets Sonic Youth,” it looks like Grainger and Keeler have focused their sights directly on the ‘Droids. Yeah… Canadians take their indie rock very seriously.

Produced by Dave Sardy, who lists Oasis, Nine Inch Nails, and Slayer on his resume, The Physical World is set to drop September 9 via Last Gang, the same label that handled their debut. DIY Mag has confirmed that track titles on the LP will include lead single “Cheap Talk,” as well as “Right On” and “Virgins.” Also “Fuck Japandroids.”

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The Ramones’ first album finally goes gold, 38 years later

The Ramones’ first album just went gold. Like, just now. The remarkable self-titled LP that was released 38 years ago and fucked up rock & roll forever got certified by the RIAA on April 30, 2014 as having sold 500,000 units.

Upon initial release, the record was commercially unsuccessful, peaking at 111 on the US Billboard 200. Critics, however, later found the record to be influential on many great successors and what some would say was the true beginning of punk (I’m not saying that, don’t write to me with your bullshit).

And of course, who could forget the iconic album cover photographed by Punk magazine’s Roberta Bayley. How many band shots have mimicked it? Fuck, I even got a Christmas card with the family in leather jackets posted up on a brick wall.

I really can’t fathom why this is just now going gold. I keep imagining a 13-year-old on iTunes accidentally clicking “buy” on this album and becoming the 500,000th purchaser. Something like that. So for the rest of you who don’t own the record, pitch in and let’s take them to platinum!

Here’s the Ramones on Live with Regis and Kathy Lee, because it’s weird:

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