New Animal Collective album Centipede Hz and UK tour

animalcollectiveAnimal Collective will return with a new album titled Centipede Hz released on Monday the 3rd of September 2012 on Domino Records. The band will also be touring the UK and Irelanda at the following dates.

Sunday 4th November – London, Roundhouse
Tuesday 6th November – Dublin, Vicar Street
Wednesday 7th November – Glasgow, ABC1
Thursday 8th November – Manchester, The Warehouse Project

Sebadoh

Sebadoh
Bakesale
Domino Records

With the formation of Sebadoh in 1986, Lou Barlow managed to escape the song writing power struggle between him and his former Dinosaur Jr bandmate J Mascis, and the result? An equally innovative project which saw Barlow writing the majority of the songs, penning seven studio albums in the process. Barlow continued to produce fuzzy lo-fi music on four track tape decks until he broadened his recording techniques in the mid 90s, the result? The cult classic Bakesale, which is now being reissued by Domino.

1994 was a breakthrough year for many lo-fi bands and the like, including Pavement’s Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain and Dinosaur Jr’s Without a Sound reaching more mainstream audiences, where before they only had underground acclaim. 1994 also saw the highly successful debuts for Portishead who had lo-fi credentials and Weezer who were influenced by the scene. Released in the same year, Bakesale could easily have been lost amongst some of these more well-known classics but it certainly deserves to be held in similar high regards. Sebadoh’s unsung masterpiece has now been rediscovered and remastered where once it may have been forgotten.

The album contains 15 tracks of angry and bittersweet songs which stay faithful to the old distorted sound but add more accomplished production techniques. The guitar riffs are more prominent than the original, where they were slightly lost in the tide of the songs, a shame for such well crafted intricacies. There is more clarity and distinction between every sound, however they have managed to retain the rawness that epitomizes their sound.

License to Confuse does a perfect job as an opener. It’s unforgivingly catchy without being too annoying and nagging and it’s explosive from the off. Fast paced vocals, meandering guitars and drum fills really set the tone for the rest of the album.

A notable feature of Sebadoh is their constant rotation of band duties. Just like the songwriting, they each have a go on different instruments like excited children with short attention spans. The first sign of change is on Not a Friend where the responsibility of drumming is handed over to Eric Gaffney in a melodic song with a wonderfully lazy rhythm.

An early highlight is Not Too Amused, the longest track on the album and a huge statement of intent. It builds and builds, gathering momentum and generating new levels of anger with every lyric, culminating in an almost shouting delivery from Jason Loewenstein. The pauses in vocals make way for quirky guitar fills and the constant fuzz only adds to the animosity towards the subject matter.

The simplicity of the chord sequences on tracks such as Got It act as innocent backdrops to the menacing vocals, but songs like these can often fade out to soon, with the majority of songs clocking in at less than three minutes. Shit Soup is allowed to run a little longer however and marks the peak of the records anger with heavy bursts of overdrive that propel the song into an orbit of frustration and desperate lyrical imagery. Sentiments such as ‘you’re shit soup/and I’m in the reflection booth/two glass eyes behind cheap sunglasses’ shows an admirable eye for detail.

Towards the end of the record Mystery Man has gleaming guitar moments and Temptation Tide sweeps over as quickly as the title suggests. Closing the record is the dramatically stop start Together or Alone that draws the album to a forlorn climax. Amidst all the powerchords and chaotic lead guitar are masses of raw emotion that help to make this a fascinating listen. Now this remastered version is back with more force than ever for a second turbulent onslaught on your unsuspecting ears.

Mark Beckett.

The Kills UK tour & Satellite video

TheKillsThe Kills have announced new UK tour dates this week and will be on the road throughout the end of May and early June 2011. Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart will hit the road to promote new album ‘Blood Pressures‘ scheduled for release on 4th April via Domino Records. Check out the new video for new single Satellite available for online purchase on 28th March.

Here are those tour dates:

27 May: Manchester, Central Methodist Hall
28 May: Newcastle, Evolution Festival
29 May: Glasgow, ABC
31 May: Leeds, Met Uni
1 Jun: Oxford, Academy
2 Jun: Bristol, Anson Rooms
3 Jun: Roundhouse, London

Queens Of The Stone Age announce UK tour dates

qotsaStoner rock legends Queens Of The Stone Age have announced a European tour and will be playing their debut album in its entirety alongside b-sides from that era at the Roundhouse in Chalk Farm/Camden, London on May 17th, then more shows in Dublin, Glasgow and Manchester.

This backs up their re-release of their debut that will be released on Domino Records on March 7th but if you cannot wait until then, there’s a ltd edition 7″ released today of
How To Handle A Rope (A Lesson In The Lariat) backed with Avon on limited to 1000 copies on Rekords Rekords. Click here to order one.

Dates:

Tickets go on sale on Friday 25th February so make a note to avoid disappointment.

02/05/11 Cologne – E-Werk (tickets from: www.eventim.de)
03/05/11 Brussels – Ancienne Belgique (tickets from: www.proximusgoformusic.be)
04/05/11 Groningen – Oostersport (tickets from: www.ticketmaster.nl)
06/05/11 Stockholm – Cirkus (tickets from: www.ticnet.se)
07/05/11 Oslo – Sentrum (tickets from: www.billettservice.no)
08/05/11 Copenhagen – Vega (tickets from: www.billetlugen.dk/home)
10/05/11 Munich – TonHalle (tickets from: www.eventim.de)
11/05/11 Zurich – Komplex 457 (tickets from: www.komplex457.ch)
12/05/11 Graz – Schlossberg Castle (tickets from: www.oeticket.com)
14/05/11 Eindhoven – Effenaar (tickets from: www.ticketmaster.nl)
15/05/11 Amsterdam – Paradiso (tickets from: www.ticketmaster.nl)
17/05/11 London – Roundhouse (tickets from: www.seetickets.com)
19/05/11 Dublin – Olympia (tickets from: www.ticketmaster.ie)
20/05/11 Glasgow – Academy (tickets from: www.triplegmusic.com)
21/05/11 Manchester – Academy (tickets from: www.gigsandtours.com)

23/05/11 Paris – Olympia (tickets from: www.avosbillets.com)
24/05/11 Antwerp – Trix (tickets from: www.proximusgoformusic.be)
25/05/11 Strasbourg – La Laiterie (tickets from: www.avosbillets.com)
26/05/11 Dudingden – Kilbi (Festival) (tickets from: www.starticket.ch)
28/05/11 Budapest – Petofi Hall (tickets from: www.livenation.hu)
29/05/11 Prague – KC Vltavska (ticket link TBC)
30/05/11 Warsaw – Stodola (tickets from: www.ticketpro.pl)

Tune of the Day: Royal Trux – The Spectre

Neil Hagerty and Jennifer Herrema who made up the legendary Royal Trux were well ahead of their time. Their amazing drug-fueled blend of rock and roll was one of the most underground sounds of the 90’s and inspired an entire bunch of bands that are around today, such as the White Stripes and The Kills to name just two.

The Spectre was released on their 4th album Cats and Dogs back in 1993 and was played over and over within LSD sessions back at our residence at the time. Get on the Royal Trux trip this week and search for the re-issued albums that Domino Records just released in January, if this band is new to you then this message will be gratefully received.