Mexican Summer releases 7-inch by Coral Cross, new project/absurdly-named genre of music by Jorge Elbrecht (Haunted Graffiti, Lansing-Dreiden)

Mexican Summer releases 7-inch by Coral Cross, new project/absurdly-named genre of music by Jorge Elbrecht (Haunted Graffiti, Lansing-Dreiden)

“Choral thrash.” Sure, you could call your music that. It’s pretty much the metalgothest thing you could say, short of, like, “sad iron fetus weeping blood-thrash.” But I mean, if you’re Jorge Elbrecht, a fella who’s made glorious and lovely contributions to Lansing-Dreiden, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, and Violens, and who is now releasing a killer new 7-inch under the name Coral Cross, you can kinda do what you want. You can check out “The Coldest Steel Across Your Face Slides” here:

Available August 12 in the US and September 1 in the UK and Europe, Coral Cross - 001 is coming out via our friends at Mexican Summer. Elbrecht’s got some kinda crazy tour with Jimi Hey (BI, All Night Radio), Lev Weinstein (Krallice), and visual artist Max Hooper Schneider coming up in August that’s billed as a “one-time audio-visual presentation of the project.” So… PowerPoints? Elbrecht will hold the laser pointer and Schneider will ensure that only the very FINEST in clip art will be inserted into the slides. How fucking choral thrash is THAT?

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Sell your dreams (buy tickets)! The Pop Group to reissue We Are Time, release rarities comp, and tour the UK this fall

English post-punk legends The Pop Group have announced a fall tour of the UK. They will be playing their 1980 album We Are Time in full, which they will also reissue in a from-the-original-tapes remaster. Additionally, the English quartet will include some more rarities and unreleased material in the reissue, compiled under the title Cabinet of Curiosities. And just in case you were about to berate them for their blatant commercialism, keep in mind that the tour is also meant to support the Campaign Against Arms Trade initiative, so save your hating for more deserving targets.

Formed in the late 1970s, the band released an epochal triptych (1979’s Y, 1980’s For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder? and We Are Time) before breaking up in 1981. Later, their vocalist and leader Mark Stewart embarked on a solo career that fused dub with noise, sampling, electronic music, and even hip-hop, coming up with groundbreaking — albeit criminally overlooked — LPs like Learning to Cope with Cowardice (1983) and Metatron (1990), which are more than due a reappraisal. The Pop Group reunited in 2010 and have been touring ever since, announcing (already a couple of years ago) a yet-to-be-released new album; the Cabinet of Curiosities anthology is thus far the closest we’ve got to hearing new material by the Bristol quartet.

Despite lacking the popularity of contemporary acts like Joy Division, Wire, The Fall, Public Image Ltd, or even Gang of Four — this is the band’s first ever tour of the UK — The Pop Group have been influential in their mixture of punk, free jazz, and disco grooves, a cocktail fueled by politically charged lyrics and a belligerent ethos. Indeed, throughout their three-and-a-half decades of existence, they’ve managed to pick-up some illustrious fans: Nick Cave pretty much admitted to conceiving The Birthday Party after watching The Pop Group perform, freshly arrived in London. More recently, St. Vincent covered one of The Pop Group’s best-known songs on US television, later weaving the track into her touring setlist.

Tickets for The Pop Group’s first-ever tour of the UK are out now through the band’s website. The We Are Time reissue and the Cabinet of Curiosities compilation are out on October 20, via Freaks Are Us.


10.20.14 - Edinburgh, UK - Voodoo Rooms
10.21.14 - Nottingham, UK - Bodega Social Club
10.22.14 - Manchester, UK - Gorilla
10.23.14 - Bristol, UK - Anson Rooms
10.24.14 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
10.25.14 - Brighton, UK - Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
10.26.14 - London, UK - Islington Assembly Hall

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Blur set to release new live album, just in time for a long long time ago!

Hey, sweet news, soccer hooligans! You know that British band, Blur? Remember, they were huge in the 90s for releasing that album Loveless that everyone is into? But then they had those two look-a-like brothers who just couldn’t keep it together because they constantly disagreed over which one of them was more sexually attracted to 1968-era John Lennon?? Then, on top of that, they got SUED by the Rolling Stones for using that string sample in their huge single and never made a dime??? Yeah, THAT band. That’s Blur. Jeez, are you sure you’re a music fan?

Well, either way, now’s your chance to get reacquainted with those “blimey blokes” or however people talk in the UK! As Consequence of Sound reports, they’ll be releasing a new live album called Live at the Budokan on August 11 of this year. I know what you’re thinking. And unfortunately, no, it’s not a Cheap Trick cover album. Instead, it’s a recording of the way-way-back 1995 set the band played at that venue in Tokyo, Japan in support of their then-current fourth record The Great Escape. Check out one of the tracks from it down below to decide retroactively just how much you loved that era of Blur and just how many copies you’ll be ordering.

By the way, the recordings were actually released in Japan a while ago, but this is the first time they’re being made available worldwide. So, you know, it’s a lot more important now. Oh, and there’s gonna be all-new album art and a remastering job courtesy of Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road. Which, I hope goes without saying, is the name of the orphanage where the Dave Clark Five members met each other.

Live at the Budokan tracklisting:

01. The Great Escape
02. Jubilee
03. Popscene
04. End of a Century
05. Tracy Jacks
06. Mr. Robinson’s Quango
07. To the End
08. Fade Away
09. It Could Be You
10. Stereotypes
11. She’s So High
12. Girls & Boys
13. Advert
14. Intermission
15. Bank Holiday
16. For Tomorrow
17. Country House
18. This Is a Low
19. Supa Shoppa
20. Yuko & Hiro
21. He Thought of Cars
22. Chemical World
23. Coping
24. Globe Alone
25. Parklife
26. The Universal

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Arca announces joint US tour with Total Freedom, promises to bring Jesse Kanda along for rad visuals

Ever wondered what “trifecta” means? It’s quite simple actually. Let me give you an example. If you are at all interested in the underground electronic scene, you might have heard about the Stretch EP series a couple years back, featuring the elastic-but-choppy post-industrial beats that have come to characterize much latter-day dance music. If you follow Latin indie music, you already know that 2013’s best album was &&&&&; an eerie, dubby mixtape that once again managed to operate at the edge of contemporary dance music. And finally, if you’re into progressive hip-hop production, you might have noticed a young Venezuelan who’s been working with a vast gamut of people, going from Kanye West’s Yeezus to up-and-coming sensation FKA twigs. What those three have in common is Alejandro Ghersi (a.k.a. Arca)’s involvement; certainly one of the most promising talents out there right now. So there you go: trifecta!

It turns out that Arca has just announced a few US tour dates for September; he actually intends to take the joint show he premiered along visual artist Jesse Kanda at Pitchfork and MoMA PS1’s FORMS last October. But not content with that, Ghersi has added Total Freedom to the tour’s bill — and not just as an opening act! The show will first present Total Freedom and Arca DJing solo, but will close with a collaborative “4CDJ” set by the two. Jesse Kanda will provide visuals throughout the evening. The association between the two has been running for a while now, and aside from co-producing the TRAUMA video art piece, has also seen Kanda’s artwork featured in FKA twigs’ Arca-produced material. Total Freedom is best known for his noise-laden R&B mash-ups, which indeed makes his Arca collaboration something to look forward to.

Check the tour dates below:

09.18.14 - Portland, OR - PICA (Time Based Art Festival)
09.20.14 - Vancouver, BC - The Dome at Science World (New Forms Festival)
09.23.14 - San Francisco, CA - GAFFTA
09.24.14 - Seattle, WA - Sky Church (Decibel Festival)
09.25.14 - Los Angeles, CA - First Unitarian Church

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Tri Angle Records’ Vessel announces second LP Punish, Honey

The latest from Tri Angle Records is a new album by Bristol-based producer Vessel. It’s titled Punish, Honey, and it sounds as sleazy as it sounds. Just listen to the first single, “Red Sex,” embedded below. Dropping September 16, Punish, Honey could very well join what I’d image is a very small league of instrumental records slapped with the “Parental Advisory” sticker. And of those, I’d image it could very well be the only one where the artist made all the instruments. Oh yes…

You will hear Vessel make use of sheet metal, flutes made of sawed-up bike parts, and homemade guitars made of who knows what, among a handful of other dystopic constructions. “Vessel created his own set of crude instrumentation exclusively for this record,” reads the press release. Don’t you kind of wish more people did that?

But this is not a purely experimental album. Punish, Honey will also tackle themes of national identity and explore how it manifests in music. “What sorts of expectations does a musician, particularly an English one, when that history is so rich, take on?” he will likely inquire, over a cup of tea and a shrieking array of barb-wire-kotos (there’s an idea). He may be curious, but clearly he doesn’t care.

If you’re curious, but do care, look into Vessel’s lauded 2012 debut, Order of Noise, as well as “Red Sex” below, followed by the Punish, Honey tracklist.

Punish, Honey tracklist:

01. Febrile
02. Red Sex
03. Drowned in Water and Light
04. Euoi
05. Anima
06. Black Leaves and Fallen Branches
07. Kin to Coal
08. Punish, Honey
09. DPM

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Sarah Silverman announces new album, We Are Miracles, on Sub Pop, gets heckled ironically by grungy indie rock fans

Hahahahaha! Don’t you just love comedy?? Especially as it relates to albums of itself being released on indie labels?! I mean, I’m dying laughing already! Sarah Silverman — who is just the zaniest, isn’t she?? — has just announced that she’ll be releasing a new comedy album, entitled We Are Miracles, via the most tongue-in-cheekly-titled record label she could find: Sub Pop!

According to her hilarious press release, the new album, which comes out on September 22 (in Europe) and 23 (in the US) on vinyl, CD, and the funniest format of all, digital download, is “taken from the acclaimed performer’s Emmy-nominated first headline special for HBO.” HAHAHAHAHA! HA! Seriously though, the whole delightful farce was taped at Largo in Los Angeles, written by Silverman, directed by Liam Lynch, and produced by Funny or Die and Black Gold Films.

If you’re feeling particularly unfunny at the moment, you can also pre-order the album from the Sub Pop Mega Mart right now. While you’re waiting for it to arrive, you can check out a sample from the album, “Planting the Seeds of Insecurity,” as well as a special word from Silverman herself, down below. If, however, you’re feeling pretty hilarious today, you might wanna wait, as this shit is sure to make you realize how funny you’re actually not-being on a pretty regular basis.

Oh, and in slightly-less-funny-but-still-pretty-funny news, Silverman will also be touring as part of Funny or Die’s Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival later this summer. Peep those dates out too.

We Are Miracles tracklisting:

01. Nighttime Rituals
02. Speaking of Cum My Mother’s Been Sick
03. Killing Jesus
04. Planting the Seeds of Insecurity
05. Looking Inward
06. A Heartbreaking Story
07. Rape Jokes Comedy’s Hidden Gem
08. Muster
09. Senator Obama
10. Human Puppies
11. Diva

Sarah Silverman live dates:

08.15.14 - Mansfield, MA - Xfinity Center
08.16.14 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center
08.17.14 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
08.22.14 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon At Jones Beach Theatre
08.23.14 - Hartford, CT - Xfinity Theatre
08.29.14 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
08.30.14 - Burgettstown, PA - First Niagara Pavillion
08.31.14 - Tinley Park, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
09.05.14 - Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheatre
09.06.14 - Salt Lake City, UT - Usana Amphitheatre
09.07.14 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
09.12.14 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
09.13.14 - Irvine, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
09.19.14 - Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavillion
09.20.14 - Woodlands, TX - The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion
09.21.14 - Austin, TX - Austin360 Amphitheatre

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