The Rentals announce Lost in Alphaville, out on August 26 via Polyvinyl

The Rentals announce Lost in Alphaville, out on August 26 via Polyvinyl

While Weezer was busy playing Frisbee and disappointing older fans, Weezer alum Matt Sharp was working hard at making the first Rentals record in 15 years, taking full advantage of the recent trendy wave of 90s comebacks.

The album, entitled Lost in Alphaville is due out August 26 via Polyvinyl on CD, LP, cassette, and digital download. It features a new band line-up with Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig (Lucius), Ryen Slegr (Ozma), Lauren Chipman (The Section Quartet), and Patrick Carney (Black Keys). “What an indie rock wet dream,” thinks dad to himself in traffic on the way to work. Listen to first single “Thought of Sound” now:

The Rentals will then return to live action next month, performing at the Nano-Mugen Festival in Yokohama, Japan, July 12-13. Additional dates are in the works.

Lost in Alphaville tracklisting:

01. It’s Time to Come Home
02. Traces of Our Tears
03. Stardust
04. 1000 Seasons
05. Damaris
06. Irrational Things
07. Thought of Sound
08. Song of Remembering
09. Seven Years
10. The Future

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Hooker Vision releases tapes from label heads Rachel (Motion Sickness of Time Travel) and Grant (Grant) Evans

At the heart of the “Southern Cosmic” scene lies a quietly prolific cassette label known as Hooker Vision. HV is run by Rachel and Grant Evans, a partnership that extends from running the label to being in a real live band together (Quiet Evenings). Judging from these recent releases from Hooker Vision, those Evenings together have been abandoned in favor of greedy, selfish, egotistic solo pursuits. Drama!

Rachel generally performs under her moniker Motion Sickness of Time Travel, through which she’s become well known as a dream dealer and sooth sayer for the new new age sect. Alpha Piscium marks a return to the cassette form after a year of releasing limited monthly CD-Rs. Welcome back, Rachel.

Grant has offered us an enticing batch that he hopes will “alienate fans of his former work,” according to the release notes. Lacerations is said to be a study of “tensions and contrasts” that he decided to release while briefly hospitalized. Mr. Evans previous work outside of Quiet Evenings has generally been under the guise of Crippling or Nova Scotian Arms.

Both tapes were available from Hooker Vision, but Alpha Piscium sold out at the source pretty quick (Lacerations still has a few copies left). Digital is still available via MSOTT’s Bandcamp. Scope out “The Blossoms” from Alpha Piscium and the title track from Lacerations below:

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Hiss Golden Messenger signs to Merge, announces new record Lateness of Dancers; cryptic names soon to inherit the Earth

Singer/songwriter Hiss Golden Messenger (not his real name) has signed on with alternative music powerhouse Merge Records and announced a new album called Lateness of Dancers, which will hit stores September 9. Although the dancers have yet to explain why they are late, the limited information available ticks all the classic Americana mythology boxes: recorded in rural location, check (outskirts of Hillsborough, NC); in a barn, check (+ tin roof); joined by a bunch of mates and frequent collaborators, check (William Tyler, Scott Hirsch, Phil and Brad Cook of Megafaun); misty hued, pastoral setting with animal cover art, check (as evidenced above).

If you’re as convinced as I am of the impending greatness of Lateness of Dancers, you can watch the album trailer below on repeat until September 9, or even go and see Hiss Golden Messenger on tour (including the Harvest Transfigurations II festival). Tracklist and dates are listed below.

Lateness of Dancers tracklist:

01. Lucia
02. Saturday’s Song
03. Mahogany Dread
04. Day O Day (A Love So Free)
05. Lateness of Dancers
06. I’m a Raven (Shake Children)
07. Black Dog Wind (Rose of Roses)
08. Southern Grammar
09. Chapter & Verse (Ione’s Song)
10. Drum

Tour dates:

07.11-13.14 - Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeg Folk Festival
07.15.14 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Valkhof Festival
07.16.14 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
07.18.14 - Suffolk, UK - Latitude Festival
07.20.14 - North Devon, UK - Somersault Festival
07.25.14 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle (Merge 25 Festival)
07.26.14 - Winston-Salem, NC - Southeastern Center of Contemporary Art
08.01-03.14 - Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon
08.28-30.14 - Asheville, NC - Harvest Records Transfigurations II

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Bear in Heaven announce new album Time Is Over One Day Old, blow Ted Theodore Logan’s mind with that title

Long, long ago in a music scene far, far away, David Byrne famously said, “time isn’t holding us, time isn’t after us.” Man, was that ever profound! And for a long time to come, most rock musicians assumed that there was nothing else cool to say about the matter. But, spoiler-alert, motherfuckers: UNTIL NOW.

Bear in Heaven have just gone and all-audaciously announced a new album, due August 5 via the Dead Oceans label, and it bears the epic title Time Is Over One Day Old. Just think about that. Go ahead. Take a second to let it really sink in. Yeah. It’s like… whoa.

But in addition to “whoa,” it’s also like, the band’s follow-up to 2012’s I Love You, It’s Cool and finds the band (according to their press release) “once again turning their gaze inward and prioritizing their evocative abilities in line with or even slightly ahead of technical skills.” Man, that reminds me; I’ve been meaning to take a day to re-prioritize my own evocative abilities for a while now. Gotta get on that shit.

Anyway! How and why did the band become so deep and prophetic as to give David Byrne a run for his (tons and tons of) money? Main-dude Jon Philpot puts it this way: “we’re setting aside the things that most people focus on [and instead] staking our claim in some ethereal place […] A lot of shedding, getting rid of layers and pre-conceptions… breaking up with old ways of thinking, old ways of being, starting to look at this thing in a new way and finding something positive.”

Now, if your mind isn’t blown to smithereens after that knowledge-drop, here’s a preview of the first single “Time Between,” followed by some epic world tour dates down below. Your mind will be a rich, poetic soup in no time. Your move, Mr. Byrne!

Time Is Over One Day Old tracklisting:

01. Autumn
02. Time Between
03. If I Were to Lie
04. They Dream
05. The Sun and the Moon and the Stars
06. Memory Heart
07. Demon
08. Way Off
09. Dissolve the Walls
10. You Don’t Need the World

Bear in Heaven tour dates:

08.04.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade
08.20.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
08.21.14 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
08.22.14 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
08.23.14 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle - Back Room
08.24.14 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
08.26.14 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
08.27.14 - Houston, TX - House of Blues - Bronze Peacock Room
08.28.14 - Austin, TX - The Parish
09.02.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echoplex
09.03.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
09.05.14 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
09.06.14 - Spokane, WA - Bartfest
09.07.14 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
09.10.14 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St Entry
09.11.14 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
09.12.14 - Columbus, OH - A&R Music Bar
09.13.14 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
09.14.14 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
09.16.14 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
09.17.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
10.02.14 - London, UK - XOYO
10.03.14 - Brussels, Belgium - Beursschouwburg
10.04.14 - Paris, France - Espace B
10.05.14 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Bitterzoet
10.06.14 - Cologne, Germany - Club 672
10.07.14 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain
10.09.14 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Ideal Bar
10.10.14 - Lund, Sweden - Mejeriet
10.11.14 - Stockholm, Sweden - Kagelbanan
10.12.14 - Goteborg, Sweden - Pustervik
10.13.14 - Oslo, Norway - John Dee
10.14.14 - Bergen, Norway - Landmark
10.16.14 - Aarhus, Denmark - Atlas
10.17.14 - Hamburg, Germany - Aalhaus

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Dais Records shifts focus from old Maurizio Bianchi to new Maurizio Bianchi (and Sissy Spacek!)

Dais Records, that bicoastal behemoth of an experimental label, did a great thing for noise fans back in 2010. Their reissue of Italian de-composer Maurizio Bianchi’s privately pressed 1983 Endometrio was so crucial I can’t even remember my life before it was released. They have now shifted their sights to the present tense.

On June 24, Dais is shipping out two very special 7-inches to all us greedy little vinyl collectors. M.B. is featured on one, showcasing his signature dirty sound in a decidedly less-lengthy format than usual. Bianchi has stepped out of his shadowy retirement a few times already… actually, judging by his Discogs page, dude never really stopped. He has, like, eight pages of releases. AmenTest promises to be just as abrasive as anything we’ve heard from Bianchi before.

Dais is simultaneously releasing a second tiny little record from the very loud Sissy Spacek, a long-term grindcore/noise project that boasts John Wiese and Charlie Mumma as its main members. This time around, they are joined by Youth Code vocalist Sara Taylor. It seems like they’ve even written real songs for the occasion.

Both 7-inches are available to pre-order from Dais directly. They only have 300 copies of each, so hurry up and change your life.

Here’s some classic M.B. to brighten up your day:

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RIP: Casey Kasem, DJ and radio personality

From The New York Times:

Casey Kasem, a disc jockey who never claimed to love rock ‘n’ roll but who built a long and lucrative career from it, creating and hosting one of radio’s most popular syndicated pop music shows, “American Top 40,” died on Sunday in a hospital in Gig Harbor, Wash. He was 82.

His death was confirmed by his daughter Kerri Kasem in a Facebook post.

The cause was complications of Lewy body dementia, a progressive disease of the body’s neurological and muscle cells. […]

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