Battles will follow-up their brilliant 2007 debut Mirrored with a new album this year. Speaking with NME.com, guitarist Dave Konopka said making the album in the Times Squares neighbourhood of Manhattan has been an influence.
F**ked Up guitarist Ben Cook has cleared up rumours of a feud between them and Sonic Youth. Speaking to Spinner, Cook said the song they wrote - “Cranking to Sonic Youth” - is “more of an homage to their fans.”
Brooklyn music mashers Javelin have announced details about their proper debut album. The duo will release No Más on April 20th through David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label. In addition, next month Javelin will embark on a UK tour with Yeasayer.
Fresh off the heels of their Hot Rats side-project, Supergrass have revealed that members will swap instruments to help spruce up their new album. Calling it “different and chaotic,” frontman Gaz Coombes told NME.com they’ve been listening to a lot of krautrock, which sounds awesome.
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Matador has announced the track listing for the forthcoming singles comp by Polaris Music Prize champs F**ked Up. Out January 26th, Couple Tracks will be a double album made up of “many, many hard-to-find uncollected 7-inch and 12-inch tracks.”
Along with Brody Jenner, Perez Hilton and Kelly Osbourne, Animal Collective have posed for the latest PETA campaign - Save the Seals. The indie faves are protesting the cruelty behind Canada’s annual seal slaughter.
Jay Reatard has found a new rhythm section after his bassist and drummer split on him earlier this month. He’s gone and grabbed members of the Cola Freaks to help him with his upcoming European and U.S. tours and those Pixies shows.
MGMT have revealed that their second album will be called Congratulations. The album is produced by Sonic Boom from Spacemen 3 and will feature Royal Trux’s Jennifer Herrema on backing vocals. Apparently it has “an overall air of electronic exuberance, quirky instrumental introspection and their trademark soul-searching crescendos of psychedelia.”
Xenomania, the production team behind Kylie Minogue, Annie, Sugababes, Pet Shop Boys, New Order and today’s Earworm, Mini Viva, among others, are holding open auditions. The “British hit factory” are looking for male and female singers & rappers as well as girl/boy groups between the ages of 15 and 25.
“It’s just so bizarre.” That’s probably the easiest way to sum up the news that F**ked Up’s Pink Eyes will be acting as a commentator for right wing media outlet Fox News.
According to reports, the hefty lefty frontman also known as Damian Abraham has joined the network after impressing execs with two previous appearances on early morning show Red Eye. “I think this probably seems weirder to me being in this situation than for people outside looking in,” Abraham told The Canadian Press.
The nihilistic singer of Toronto’s F**ked Up, who’s known for cutting himself open and getting near-naked during performance, was originally approached by Fox News after Canadian-military-bashing anchor Greg Gutfield called the band’s The Chemistry of Common Life his favourite album of last year.
The head-shaven vocalist impressed Fox with his two guest spots, which included Abraham’s sporting an Obama tee and cheekily presenting Gutfield with a “Support Our Canadian Troops” shirt. “I was like in the heart of the Death Star — I’m on Fox News, in their corporate headquarters, there’s no way out if they decide to sic Bill O’Reilly and Hannity on me,” Abraham joked.
The opportunity to be a voice on such an infamous network gave Abraham some reason to be wary. “It’s one of those things where do you take this ridiculous opportunity as it’s presented to you, or do you avoid it and just continue on with your life?” he said. “That’s sort of the internal struggle I’m dealing with.”
He is expected to make at least one appearance per month and was originally asked to be a gender expert because of his degree in women’s studies. Instead, however, he will be the token leftist pundit. “I pointed out that there’d probably be something problematic in having a white male be an expert on gender issues,” he said.
In other WTF TV news, apparently Snuffleupagus and Elmo will be drenched in blood and jam along to the alphabet song alongside Cannibal Corpse on Sesame Street later this year. (That one’s actually a lie, but could you imagine that?)