Irate New Jersey indie rockers Titus Andronicus have released details on their second album. The Monitor will be a concept album loosely about the Civil War. Frontman Patrick Stickles says “it is a record about how the conflicts that led our nation into that great calamity remain unresolved, and the effect that this ongoing division has on our personal relationships and our behavior and how they’re all out to get us (or maybe not?) and yadda yadda yadda.” Guests on the album include the Hold Steady’s Craig Finn and Vivian Girls’ Cassie Ramone. You can hear part one of the first single “Four Score and Seven” here.
Bradford Cox has dusted off a super-rare Deerhunter album. In a post on the band’s blog, Cox says “it features only me and Moses and is very experimental in nature. This was during our ‘tape phase’ when we would often play shows as a duo (or as a trio with colin) playing only tape machines and vocal loops.” You can download Carve Your Initials Into the Walls of the Night for free here.
‘90s East Coast indie darlings Thrush Hermit will reform for a series of reunion shows in March 2010. It doesn’t look like anything more than a short tour though. Joel Plaskett tells Exclaim!, “As it stands, this is a one-off tour. We’re all busy with our own agendas and we wanted to do this, so we are all pressing pause on our other lives to make it happen in March.”
Galaxie 500 will see their catalogue reissued once again. On March 22nd, Domino will release the seminal ‘80s indie band’s three studio albums - Today, This Is Our Music and On Fire - all with bonus discs of live recordings Peel Sessions and more.
The National and Dan Deacon have both been used new ad campaigns by Google. The National have leant “Apartment Story” for an “out of office” advertisement, while Deacon’s “Build Voice” will be heard promoting web browser Google Chrome.
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Yeah Yeah Yeahs will celebrate their tenth anniversary by playing Fever To Tell in its entirety. The band will perform their debut album at All Tomorrow’s Parties’ Ten Years of ATP festival in England, which takes place December 11th to 13th.
Sufjan Stevens is now saying that his quest to record albums about each of the 50 states was just a joke. He tells Paste, “I think maybe I took it too seriously. I started to feel like I was becoming a cliché of myself.”
The soon-to-be reunited Pavement have announced they’ll compile a collection of radio sessions. Spiral Stairs tells NME.com that it will be previously unheard material made up of their best known songs and outtakes.
Toronto’s Born Ruffians have told Exclaim! that they’ll be releasing their second album some time in 2010. Frontman says the new one is the result of a more collaborative effort and a do-what-feels-right direction.”
Mogwai have a new film and live album on the way. The film is titled Burning and will make its premiere at the Copenhagen Documentary festival on November 13th. The album, Special Moves, will be released along with the DVD of the film, though no date has been set.