PC Music releases its first official album, PC Music Volume 1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

London, UK — May 1, 2015 - The world’s best-selling, multi-artist album series label, NOW That’s What I Call Music!, PC Music, will release NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 41 PC Music Volume 1 on February 7, like, right now. NOW 41 The compilation, which features all previously released tracks, is available on CD and for download purchase from all major digital service providers iTunes and Spotify.

NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 41 PC Music Volume 1 features 16 10 current major chart hits from today’s hottest hottest-looking artists, including LMFAO, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Adele, Gym Class Heroes feat. Adam Levine, Coldplay, Toby Keith, and more Hannah Diamond, A. G. Cook, GFOTY, Danny L Harle, Lipgloss Twins, Thy Slaughter, and easyFun , plus four free up-and-coming “NOW What’s Next” New Music Preview tracks.


ABOUT PC MUSIC & POP CUBE
The NOW That’s What I Call Music! PC Music compilation series is a joint venture from EMI Music North America, Sony Music Entertainment, and Universal Music Group PC Music and its new “mass media network” Pop Cube (which debuts next Friday, May 8 at Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York). NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 41 PC Music Volume 1 will be distributed by EMI Music North America PC Music. NOW “PC,” “Music,” “this is the remix,” and NOW That’s What I Call Music! ““bubblegum bass”” [with scare quotes] are unfortunately not registered trademarks of EMI (IP) Limited PC Music Limited, but should be.

ABOUT THE PC MUSIC COMPILATION SERIES:
The NOW That’s What I Call Music! PC Music compilation series debuted in the U.S. in 1998 today, after the brand had been a multi-platinum international success for 15 a couple years. The series has generated sales exceeding 200 million “a bunch” of streaming play counts worldwide, including more than 83 million “a little” in the U.S. Every album release in the numeric U.S. series has reached Billboard’s Top 10 my personal favorites list, and 15 NOW all the PC Music singles have reached #1 our hearts, second only to The Beatles Rebecca Black in chart history HBPMs (heartbeats per minute).

PC Music Volume 1 tracklist:

01. Hannah Diamond - Every Night
02. A. G. Cook - Beautiful
03. GFOTY - USA
04. Danny L Harle - In My Dreams
05. Hannah Diamond - Attachment
06. Lipgloss Twins - Wannabe
07. Thy Slaughter - Bronze
08. A. G. Cook - Keri Baby (feat. Hannah Diamond)
09. GFOTY - Don’t Wanna / Let’s Do It
10. easyFun - Laplander

• PC Music: http://pcmusic.info
• Pop Cube: http://popcu.be

Arthur Russell comp of unreleased music coming out on Audika Records called Corn

If you’re awake late at night on June 9 and feel like being a dork, there are worse things you could do than put your ear close to your computer and sing the first lines of Arthur Russell’s “Close My Eyes” to yourself. This is an obtuse way of saying that, on June 9, Steve Knutson’s Audika Records will release Corn, a new collection of nine previously unreleased Russell tracks recorded between 1982 and 1983.

In the nearly 25 years since his death in 1992, supported by Knutson’s own excavatory work through Audika with reissues, and tribute albums, Russell’s reputation as an almost comically multi-faceted and productive musician has rightfully only expanded. Corn, which follows 2008’s Love is Overtaking Me, is another tightly curated look into the extraordinary and seemingly bottomless body of work Russell left behind. Knutson collaborated with Russell’s partner Tom Lee in order to select the tracks from completed 1/4” tape masters, and although the tracks are in large part solo Russell affairs, they also feature contributions from the likes of percussionist Mustafa Ahmed, trombonist Peter Zummo, and trumpeter Rik Albani.

Listen to closing track “Ocean Movie” below, and pre-order the album from Audika here.

Corn tracklist:

01. Lucky Cloud
02. Corn
03. Keeping Up
04. See My Brother, He’s Jumping Out (Let’s Go Swimming #2)
05. This Is How We Walk on the Moon
06. Corn (Continued)
07. Hiding Your Present From You
08. They and Their Friends
09. Ocean Movie

• Audika Records: http://audikarecords.com

Sacred Bones to release Institute’s Catharsis

Summertime is coming, and with it comes Catharsis, the full-length Sacred Bones debut of Austin, TX punks Institute. Comprised of members of Glue, Wiccans, and Back to Back, Institute make Crass- and Crisis-influenced punk jams, which perhaps you heard on last year’s Salt EP.

Things on Catharsis veer from art-rock to proto-punk to Kraut. The band demoed the album tracks for several weeks in their hometown, before journeying to NYC for a holiday-season, four-day studio session with Ben Greenberg (The Men) at Gary’s Electric in Brooklyn. Fun fact: Andrew Savage of fellow TX band Parquet Courts chimes in on track “Christian Right.” According to Sacred Bones, the album brings up classic summer themes of “morality, sexuality and religion are all interwoven seamlessly throughout the 10 tracks.” Fun!

Catharsis drops June 9.

Tracklisting:

01. Perpetual Ebb
02. Admit I’m Shit
03. I Am Living Death
04. Cheerlessness
05. Interlude
06. Untitled
07. Leathernecks
08. Cheaptime Morals
09. No Billowing Wind
10. Christian Right

• Sacred Bones: http://www.sacredbonesrecords.com

RIP: Ben E. King, R&B singer

From the BBC:

R&B and soul singer Ben E King, best known for the classic song Stand By Me, has died at the age of 76.

King started his career in the late 1950s with The Drifters, singing on hits including There Goes My Baby and Save The Last Dance For Me.

After going solo, he hit the US top five with Stand By Me in 1961.

It returned to the charts in the 1980s, including a three-week spell at number one in the UK, following its use in the film of the same name and a TV advert.

The song has charted nine times on the US Billboard 100 over the years - King’s version twice and seven times with covers by artists like John Lennon and Spyder Turner. […]

• Ben E. King: http://www.beneking.info

Goblin Rebirth announce new album on Relapse Records

Just when you thought Goblin was dead, Goblin Rebirth comes to life!! Wait, did anyone really think they were dead? I mean, since they started up in 2010, they’ve played, like, a bunch of shows. But whatever, this band name practically DEMANDS horror-movie sequel jokes. Anyway, Goblin Rebirth consists — none too shockingly — of members from the original Italian giallo film score masters, including original drummer Agostino Marangolo and bassist Fabio Pignatelli (whose work you may know from classics like Zombi/Dawn of the Dead, Suspiria, Profondo Rosso/Deep Red, and so forth), plus Aidan Zammit, a member of Goblin since 2009. The Rebirth part includes Danilo Cherni (keyboards) and Giacomo Anselmi (guitar). Sorry. That sounds kinda gross.

Goblin Rebirth’s brand new self-titled CD/LP/digital album will come to us courtesy of Relapse Records, who are releasing the beast on June 30. The album was mixed and produced by Pignatelli, and all the tracks were recorded at members’ various personal studios. Italian fans can expect a few festival dates, and the rest of us can just wait breathlessly for future tour announcements.

Tracklisting:

01. Requiem For X
02. Back in 74
03. Book of Skulls
04. Mysterium
05. Evil In The Machine
06. Forest
07. Bolero
08. Rebirth

• Goblin Rebirth: https://www.facebook.com/Goblin.Rebirth
• Relapse: http://www.relapse.com

Thurston Moore is taking the band he named after himself on tour this summer

After years of accidentally ending up in bands not named after himself, Thurston Moore has finally gotten all his ducks in a row and put together a band named after himself, viz., The Thurston Moore Band. I mean, it seems like it shouldn’t have been that hard? Like, just do it? But then again, my mother has always told me that I’m very unique, so perhaps this naming feat that seems so easy to me was quite a challenge for Mr. Moore. And, of course, I should not minimize the challenge that bands all around the world face every day in naming themselves, nor should I ignore the clear privilege I am afforded as a young adult music writer sitting at a desk eating soup with a Skype call open to his mother so she can compliment me every few minutes. It’s not rocket science, though.

But enough about how much of the information I included in the previous paragraph is actually true: The Thurston Moore Band is going on tour in support of last year’s The Best Day. They’ll start in Europe before playing a series of North American dates in July and August.

The Thurston Moore Band consists of James Sedwards on guitar, Deb Googe on bass, and Steve Shelley on drums. Oh and also Thurston Moore. I think he plays kazoo.

Dates:

05.02.2015 - Leeds, UK - Live at Leeds
05.03.2015 - Glasgow, Scotland - Live at Glasgow
05.09.2015 - Bedford, UK - Esquires
05.10.2015 - Oxford, UK - O2 Academy
05.14.2015 - Brighton, UK - The Great Escape
05.15.2015 - London, UK - Oslo
05.16.2015 - London, UK - Oslo
05.18.2015 - Exeter, UK - Phoenix
05.19.2015 - Birmingham, UK - Hare & Hounds
05.20.2015 - Newcastle, UK - Cluny
05.22.2015 - Hebden Bridge, UK - Trades Club
05.23.2015 - Liverpool, UK - Liverpool Sound City
05.28.2015 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
05.30.2015 - Dudingen, Switzerland - Bad Bonn Kilbi
06.01.2015 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Kino Siska
06.02.2015 - Zagreb, Croatia - Mochvara
06.03.2015 - Budapest, Hungary - A38 Ship
06.04.2015 - Vienna, Austria - Arena
06.06.2015 - Porto, Portugal - Primavera Sound
07.03.2015 - Gdynia, Poland - Open’er Festival
07.12.2015 - Bruges, Belgium - Cactus Festival
07.18.2015 - Suffolk, UK - Latitude
07.31.2015-08.02.2015 - Montreal, QC - Osheaga Music & Arts Festival
08.01.2015 - Burlington, VT - Arts Riot
08.02.2015 - Boston, MA - The Sinclair
08.05.2015 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
08.06.2015 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
08.07.2015 - Washington, DC - Black Cat

• Thurston Moore Band: http://thurstonmoore.com
• Matador: http://www.matadorrecords.com

Chelsea Wolfe announces new album Abyss, previews single

Chelsea Wolfe is back with a vengeance. “Iron Moon,” her recently-released single has the L.A.-based Queen of the Goths getting metal in between bouts of stirring silence. You can check it out on her SoundCloud page or embedded below. Abyss, her fifth full-length, drops August 7 via Sargent House. The album is “meant to have the feeling of when you’re dreaming, and you briefly wake up, but then fall back asleep into the same dream, diving quickly into your own subconscious,” says Wolfe who — fun fact! — suffers from sleep paralysis, a condition that informs her haunting, intimate work.

For the new album, Wolfe collaborated once again with multi-instrumentalist/co-writer Ben Chisholm and drummer Dylan Fujioka. The crew called up viola player Ezra Buchla and guitarist Mike Sullivan (Russian Circles) to complete the squad. Together, they traveled to Dallas, TX to work with producer John Congleton (Swans, St. Vincent). If you like atmospheric black-and-white album teasers that show the band jamming together in a meaningful, artsy way, well, here’s one for you to enjoy. Wolfe & co. will be releasing the bats this Saturday at the Desert Daze festival in Mecca, CA, with more tour dates to be announced in the near future.

Tracklisting:

01. Carrion Flowers
02. Iron Moon
03. Dragged Out
04. Maw
05. Grey Days
06. After the Fall
07. Crazy Love
08. Simple Death
09. Survive
10. Color of Blood
11. The Abyss

• Chelsea Wolfe: http://www.chelseawolfe.net
• Sargent House: http://sargenthouse.com

The Very Best announce US dates, aim to prove that they are better than all others

In an audacious claim, The Very Best claim to be the very best. What’s that now? You say that you, the duo of Johan Hugo and Esau Mwamwaya, are the best? Well, prove it, buddies. Prove that you’re the best. Only one way to do that: go on tour of the United States. And as such, The Very Best will go on a US tour this June, all to prove that they are the best.

In their quest to be the best, The Very Best will embark on roughly a month full of dates, including festivals like Underground Arts, Northside, Bonnaroo, and Sierra Nevada. By the end of the stretch, they will have proven that is is them and not you, not anyone else, who are the best. Earlier this year, the group released their third full-length, Makes A King, prompting the question of what, exactly, makes a king? Well, a king, friend, is made from the best around.

The Very Best dates:

06.04.15 - Chicago, IL - Pritzker Pavilion At Millenium Park
06.05.15 - Seaside Heights, NJ - Gentlemen of the Road
06.07.15 - Cambrdige, MA - TT The Bears
06.09.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts (Black Box)
06.10.15 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel
06.11.15 - New York, NY - SOB’s
06.12.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Northside Festival
06.14.15 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Festival
06.16.15 - Springfield, MO - Outland Ballroom
06.18.15 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
06.19.15 - Waverly, IA - Gentlemen of the Road
06.20.15 - Kansas City, MO - Boulevardia
06.21.15 - Boonville, CA - Sierra Nevada Fest
06.24.15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy

• The Very Best: http://www.theverybestmusic.com

Lil Ugly Mane releases Third Side of Tape, foretells coming oblivion, aligns with anti-Stratfordians

Modern Uglemanian theory holds Hampton Roads scholar Travis Miller responsible for the authorship of Richmond rapper Lil Ugly Mane, as well as various other musical side projects and personae, including Sean Kemp, Yung Gus (of The Legacy), Spook Lo, The Complaint Register, Across, Adult Moan, Sex of Distance, and GKRL. Last night, at approximately 8:22 PM EST, Miller or someone else purporting to be Lil Ugly Mane returned to Bandcamp to complete the Three-Sided Tape trilogy with Third Side of Tape. Never one to slack in his mack, Miller packed this possibly penultimate LUM release with over two hours of genre-spanning materials, including several songs previously leaked through the unauthorized compilation Always Been Here, which was clearly the work of some obsessive weirdo. What a wack job, right?!

Anyway, Miller went on to confirm that Three Sided Tape Volume 1 and Volume 2 will be released physically, presumably as part of the forthcoming Ormolycka box set anthology Gone and Forgotten / Rest In Peace. He then babbled a bit before lauding the merits of Pee-wee’s Big Adventure and The Descendents’ “I Quit,” sending an epitaph to a Talmudic fat boy and closing with, “maybe you shouldn’t be so stratfordian,” a suggestion that can only be interpreted to mean Travis Miller is actually not the mane behind this Lil Ugly after all. Huh?

Stream Third Side of Tape below, and check out volumes One and Two at the bottom of our Favorite Albums of 2013.

• Lil Ugly Mane: https://liluglymane.bandcamp.com
• Ormolycka: http://www.ormolycka.com

Blackest Ever Black to release new Barnett + Coloccia album, Weld

Faith Coloccia and Alex Barnett, the duo behind the aptly-named Barnett + Coloccia, are back with a second album for Blackest Ever Black. For Weld, the pair worked with synths (duh), “EVP techniques” (not sure exactly what this means in the context of this particular recording, but it certainly sounds witchy), tape manipulation, drums machines, and wacked-out vocals. It was born of two very different lands: Los Angeles, where it was recorded live at Psychic Western studios, and Vashon Island, WA, where processing and overdubs were applied. Like 2013’s Retrieval, Weld was touched by the gentle hand of Randall Dunn (Earth, Sunn O))), Master Musicians of Bukkake), who mixed the album and performed various dark acts of studio wizardry.

This journey into the gothest version of a Target Soundscapes CD was mastered separately for vinyl and digital by the eminent Mr. James Plotkin (OLD, Khanate). The album drops sometime in late May 2015.

Tracklisting:

01. Truth Teller
02. Dreamsnake
03. Healer
04. Blight
05. AM Horizon
06. Rose Eye
07. Agate Cross
08. Ash Grove

• Blackest Ever Black: http://blackesteverblack.com