Last night we had Tokyo Police Club hang out in the MuchMusic environment and now we have the band’s first video off their new album Champ. Note the cameos made by Yo Gabba Gabba’s Brobie and a dog named Agnes! Speaking of Champ, you can now hear five songs off the new album, thanks to a sampler streaming at various blogs, like this one, which is also hosting the video.
It feels like forever since we’ve heard new music from Arcade Fire and now that drought has come to an end. The band have put up very, very brief snippets of their new single - both the A-side and B-side. Check ‘em out here.
Japan’s premier stoner metallers Boris have announced a sizeable North American tour including five Canadian dates! Whoa, that’s quite a bit of big muff!
Out of all the indie icons out there Joanna Newsom seems like one of the more reluctant ones to become a cartoon, but the press shy, harp-plucking songstress will appear on The Simpsons. Didn’t see that coming! In a recent interview with the Guardian, she expressed her excitement saying, “Holy shit! I’m a Simpson! I made it! I don’t need a damn Grammy or anything. That’s the sort of magic all this madness is for.” Check out Joanna as a Simpson here.
Mogwai are prepping the release of their new live CD/DVD. The CD is called Special Moves and features 11 tracks, while the DVD is a 45-minute film called Burning that was shot at the band’s sold-out three-night residency at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg in April 2009. Those will be available on August 24th.
If you’ve been online today you might have noticed that it belongs to M.I.A. After officially taking over Pitchfork’s Twitter account for the day, Maya Arulpragasam not only dropped the tracklisting for her June 29th-due untitled album, but also dropped the video for her new track “Born Free.” Umm, it’s a bit on the extremely, brutally violent side, so if you happen to watch it, Pitchfork’s Twitter has it for eyes that should probably be 18 years or older.
Apparently Alison Mosshart hasn’t forgotten about her other band, The Kills. In an interview with BBC 6Music the vocalist for Jack White’s other band The Dead Weather said she and Jamie Hince (aka Kate Moss’ squeeze) are getting close to finishing The Kills’ fourth album. “We’re kind of half finished, or three quarters of the way finished with the new record. I’m going to go back after this tour and finish it,” she explained. As for what we can expect, we’ve been told to expect the unexpected. “We always try to make a record that sounds totally different than the one before it or anything we’ve ever done, so that’s usually the hard part, finding that new thing to do between just two people.”
If you’ve got tickets to see Slayer on the American/Canadian Carnage Tour this summer get ready to be excited. The band have announced that they’ll be playing their 1990 classic Seasons In The Abyss in its entirety.
Grizzly Bear have written a brand new track for a new ad by the Washington State Lottery. How generous! The song isn’t titled (yet) but it’s very lovely, large in part to the directorial chops of music video extraordinaire Patrick Daughters.
EW’s Music Mix is streaming a brand new track by Tokyo Police Club. If you love the band’s debut EP, well, you’ll love “Boots of Danger (Wait Up)” - yes, that’s its name.
Despite mixed reactions to the much-talked-about second album Congratulations, MGMT have told the Guardian that it was not done to kill their career. “To anyone that thinks we’ve intentionally committed commercial suicide with this album, it’s far from it,” says Ben Goldwasser. “If we really intended to do that, we’d be really good at it.” Added Andrew VanWyngarden, “It would be awesome. We’d make an album like Royal Trux’s Sweet Sixteen. You know that? With the toilet on the front full of shit and puke? So, you know, please don’t see this as that attempt.” Another mouthful of dessert, another giggle. “Because it would be a sorry attempt at commercial suicide. Really.”
Speaking of suicidal second albums, Toronto’s volatile electro rockers Crystal Castles will release yet another self-titled album on June 8th. Not a whole lot has been revealed other than a pretty awesome shot of the cover and that it was recorded in an Icelandic church, a Canadian cabin, and a Detroit garage.
NXNE has announced the first batch of bands for this June’s festival. Unlike previous years, this year looks amazing! Scheduled to play are Iggy & The Stooges, X, De La Soul, Mudhoney, Les Savy Fav, Japandroids, Cold Cave, Surfer Blood, Wavves, Thee Oh Sees and of course, Sloan. NXNE takes place between June 14th and 20th.
Tokyo Police Club have signed to Toronto’s Dine Alone (City and Colour, Hot Hot Heat) label. The Newmarket-cum-Toronto band will release their second album, Champ, on June 8th.
The Extraordinary Ordinary Life of Jose Gonzalez is the name of a new documentary about the lovely Swedish folkie named, yes, Jose Gonzalez. Here’s a description: “With a combination of video diary, surveillance camera, concert and tour footage as well as animations the filmmakers Mikel Cee Karlsson and Fredrik Egerstrand have followed one of Sweden’s most interesting artists - José Gonzalez.” You can watch the trailer here.