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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Girls have made some adjustments to their line-up, adding a new guitarist and drummer. And they’ve also hinted that there is a XXX rated version of their new NSFW video for single “Lust For Life.” Whether we see that, who knows? (Likely.)
Hot Chip have announced that they will be putting out a new album in February. According to the band, this will “warm the cockles of our soul right in the middle of the bleak mid-winter.” You can pre-order the special CD/DVD version here.
Though his bandmate Julian Casablancas is stealing all the attention at the moment, The Strokes’ Nikolai Fraiture got into the headlines by finishing the ING New York City Marathon yesterday. He can’t really brag though - Nikolai came in 23,347th place overall.
Titus Andronicus frontman Patrick Stickles had a rough time on Halloween night playing Weezer covers at a VICE party in Williamsburg.
And speaking of Weezer, you can now order the official Weezer Snuggie. Good/bad news: the new album Raditude comes with it.