Six years is what it’s taken them but FINALLY L.A. shoegazers Autolux will follow up their 2004 debut Future Perfect with their ridiculously long-awaited second album. Transit Transit will see the light of day on August 3rd thanks to TBD Recordings. The album is described as a “deep and profound world in which to immerse yourself.”
Klaxons haven’t kept us waiting as long as Autolux, but it has been four years since they dropped the Mercury Prize-winning Myths of the Near Future and it’s felt like an eternity. Well, the band (now an official quartet) have given us a taste of what to expect over at their official site. “Flashover” doesn’t sound too drastically different, but you can definitely hear the guitars a lot more, thanks to nu-metal guru Ross Robinson’s production. Check it out.
If a new EP by psychedelic blues man Kurt Vile is exciting news to you, well, Matador Records is now giving it away for free until tomorrow. That’s right, grab your complimentary download of his Square Shells EP over here.
Speaking of freebies, you can also get a new FACT-commissioned mixtape by the one and only Ariel Pink, not to mention his crew in the Haunted Graffiti. Grab the link and the tracklisting of all the wonderfully weird tunes here.
Nick Cave’s other band, Grinderman, put out a wicked self-titled album back in 2007 and now they’re coming back to give us more of that “pussy blues” of theirs. Anti- will release the band’s second album, simply titled, Grinderman 2, on September 14th. Get ready…
MGMT have told NME.com that they will not release any singles from their new album, Congratulations. Ben Goldwasseer explained, “We’d rather people hear the whole album as an album and see what tracks jump out rather than the ones that get played on the radio – if anything gets played on the radio!”
One-time weekly music bible Melody Maker is set to get an online re-launch. The UK paper folded in 2000 after 74 years, but is set to get a redesign and make public its extensive back catalogue. No date has been given for re-launch.
Luke Steele says he’ll release three albums in 2010: one by The Sleepy Jackson, another by Empire Of The Sun and one by his “punk rock” solo project.
Klaxons are currently finishing up their new album. Producer Ross Robinson (yeah, the guy who basically invented nu-metal) has said that it’s “the most violent British record to date.” Robinson also said it sounds like “coming up for a gasp of air.” Mmm hmm…
And if you happen to be in Toronto on Thursday, Dinosaur Jr. will be performing a free concert at Sonic Boom on Bloor Street at 6:30 pm If you go, please don’t forget your earplugs.