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Stop what you’re doing, listen and watch Lee Ranaldo’s video for the single “Circular (Right As Rain)” off the forthcoming Electric Trim, September 15 on Mute.

The nine-track album marks a return to the Mute family for Ranaldo, who says: “I’m so excited about this record, it represents new developments and directions for me and I can’t wait to hit the road and play this music live. I’m also so pleased to partner with Mute for this release – it’s like a homecoming of sorts as Sonic Youth’s early records were released on Blast First / Mute. To me Mute has always been a true artist’s label, concentrating first and foremost on the music. I can’t wait for everyone to hear this music.”

Fans will have the opportunity to hear some new material during Ranaldo’s US tour which begins tonight in Richmond, VA. Further details below. Electric Trim was recorded in New York City and Barcelona in collaboration with producer Raül “Refree” Fernandez and extends the work of Ranaldo’s solo canon, the most recent being his 2013 album, Last Night On Earth.

Through his collaboration with Fernandez, Ranaldo moves into some rich new sonic territories and production techniques, experimenting with electronic beats and samples alongside live players. Ranaldo is a co-founder of Sonic Youth, a visual artist, producer and writer. In addition to Fernandez, he worked with several special guests on Electric Trim, including Sharon Van Etten who sings on six of the tracks and duets on “Last Looks” and Kid Millions (aka Man Forever) as well as longtime friend and collaborator Nels Cline (Nels Cline Trio/Wilco). In addition, the album features Sonic Youth member Steve Shelley, guitarist Alan Licht, (Love Child/Run On) and bassist Tim Luntzel).

US TOUR:
June 13 – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry
June 15 – Atlanta, GA – 40 Watt Club
June 17 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn
June 18 – New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa
June 19 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
June 20 – Dallas, TX – Sons of Hermann Hall
June 21 – Austin, TX – The North Door
June 23 – Oxford, MS – Proud Larry’s
June 24 – Nashville, TN – The Anchor Fellowship

The War On Drugs are set to release their fourth full-length album, A Deeper Understanding, on August 25th via Atlantic Records. The song, which debuted as the #1 most added at AAA radio last week, was named Best New Track by Pitchfork, who said “There’s a newfound sense of clarity here, from the magnificent production to the ornate instrumentation.”

The “Holding On” video stars Frankie Faison (of The Wire) and band leader Adam Granducieland was directed by filmmaker Brett Haley with concept by Krysten Ritter. Haley is known for directing feature films I’ll See You In My Dreams and The Hero, in theaters now and starring Sam Elliott, Nick Offerman, Laura Prepon and Ritter.

A Deeper Understanding is The War On Drugs’ first album since 2014’s universally acclaimed Lost In The Dream, and their debut album with Atlantic. Produced by Granduciel and recorded in New York and Los Angeles with engineer Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, Weezer), A Deeper Understanding is a “band record” in the noblest sense featuring bassist Dave Hartley, keyboardist Robbie Bennett, drummer Charlie Hall and multi-instrumentalists Anthony LaMarca and Jon Natchez.

The War On Drugs’ Tour Dates:
Mon. Sep. 18 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre
Thu. Sep. 21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Dell Music Center
Fri. Sep. 22 – New York, NY @ SummerStage in Central Park
Sat. Sep. 23 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Mon. Sep. 25 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte
Tue. Sep. 26 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
Thu. Sep. 28 – Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory
Fri. Sep. 29 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall [Outside Lawn]
Sat. Sep. 30 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
Thu. Oct. 5 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
Fri. Oct. 6 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre
Mon. Oct. 9 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre – SOLD OUT
Tue. Oct. 10 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
Wed. Oct. 11 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Fri. Oct. 13 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
Sat. Oct. 14 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre – SOLD OUT
Sun. Oct. 15 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
Wed. Oct. 18 – St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre
Thu. Oct. 19 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
Fri. Oct. 20 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live!
Sat. Oct. 21 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall – SOLD OUT
Sun. Oct. 22 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
Wed. Nov. 1 – Amsterdam, NL @ AFAS Live
Thu. Nov. 2 – Amsterdam, NL @ AFAS Live – SOLD OUT
Fri. Nov. 3 – Cologne, DE @ E-Werk
Sat. Nov. 4 – Brussels, BE @ Forest National – SOLD OUT
Mon. Nov. 6 – Paris, FR @ Bataclan
Thu. Nov. 9 – Glasgow, UK @ Barrowlands
Fri. Nov. 10 – Glasgow, UK @ Barrowlands – SOLD OUT
Sun. Nov. 12 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo Manchester – SOLD OUT
Mon. Nov. 13 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo Manchester
Tue. Nov. 14 – London, UK @ Alexandra Palace
Fri. Nov. 17 – Zurich, CH @ X-tra
Sat. Nov. 18 – Milan, IT @ Fabrique
Mon. Nov. 20 – München, DE @ Muffathalle
Tue. Nov. 21 – Hamburg, DE @ Große Freiheit 36
Wed. Nov. 22 – Berlin, DE @ Tempodrom
Fri. Nov. 24 – Oslo, NO @ Spektrum
Sat. Nov. 25 – Copenhagen, DK @ Tap 1
Mon. Nov. 27 – Stockholm, SE @ Annexet

Man Forever’s epic “Twin Torches” featuring vocals by and lyrics written with Laurie Anderson made into a short film by director Joshua Ford. Just ahead of their release show for new album Play What They Want at Brooklyn Music School Theater on Wednesday, June 14th, Man Forever (the project of drummer John Colpitts aka Kid Millions) has released the mesmerizing video for “Twin Torches (feat. Laurie Anderson).” The video is a short film directed by Joshua Ford, featuring dancers Jill Schwartz and Marie Buser’s elegant interpretation of Colpitts’ hypnotic arrangements and Anderson’s reverent voice.

 

It’s another Friday and I’m still overdosing from that Thursday Throwback. Damn it if Tom Price wasn’t the fucking man most of these kids today will never know. But somehow we all need to move on, and what better way than with a beer in hand early in the morning right before the weekend? It seems all of my friends are IPA connoisseurs, including our print editor but that’s never been my thing. A 40 Oz. from the local bodega was my thing back in the day before my taste buds took over. Nowadays I’ll creep on Uncommon Nasa‘s Twitter page to see he might have posted anything interesting since he’s another beer enthusiast. It makes listening to and writing about new albums…interesting.

I’ve just about been bursting through my britches to write about Dion Lunadon (A Place To Bury Strangers / The D4)  and his self-titled release (Agitated Records) because it’s one of those albums that’s needed in a world of modern pop and contrived “indie rock.” The New Zealander rocks with an unabashed fervor that nonstop. The musician has been performing and recording albums since the mid 90s and this is his solo debut. It was recorded in a 3-month period in the bowels of Brooklyn and it harks back to an era when, well, people just didn’t give a fuck and played that greasy rock. I’m thinking L.E.S (JSBX, Boss Hog) and Detroit fuckery (Demolition Doll Rods, Dirtbombs), and it has nothing to do with style or mimicking. Lunadon is derivative but only unto himself. He rips through some of his songs like, “Reduction Agent” with nothing fancy but hooks and catchy rhythms. His vocals, while somewhat distorted and sounding as if they’re filtered through varying effects makes me want to sing along, even if I can’t understand what the fuck he’s saying. But it’s ok though, I don’t need to understand what he’s saying, just feel it. And oh how I feel it. I white-knuckle it while driving when I listen to “Fire” as I hit those desert streets in 106 degree weather. The keyboard notes are fantastic in the simplicity alone. Fire bitches! I can go on and on all day, like with the frenetic “Move,” which doesn’t let up from beginning to end. That rhythm over distorted/disjointed guitars just works. With his self-titled debut here, Dion Lunadon has shown himself to be a worthy adversary to music listeners. I’m sitting here wondering if they’re up for the challenge.

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Also out today the new E.P. release Pillow Talk by the band Pine (No Sleep Records.) I’m not sure I’m ready to listen to the twee-emo pop of Ottawa, Canada’s Pine but considering it’s only an E.P.’s worth of material, why not? It’s one of those moments when I was glad I took a chance because I probably needed a change of pace. Turns out that Pine isn’t so much the twee-pop I thought they were. Certainly the opening track “Dolya” starts with airy guitars that glide through with 80s shoegaze abandon but then singer Darlene Deschamps’ commanding vocals enter, along with the rest of the band. The song has Pine showing they have chops. And then some. The song? It’s extremely well written with turns at every corner. If it doesn’t keep your attention I suggest you seek professional medical help, the drum pattern alone should suffice for repeated listening. When you add the rest of the band, it’s just magic. The band is just as powerful in more subdued states. “(Un)rest,” while slower, has some dynamic shifts as does “Jilt,” but it’s the beauty of “Blue Jacket” that has me entranced. Or maybe it’s just where the strings came in that had me hypnotized. Either way, it’s quite refreshing. With Pillow Talk it’s obvious that Pine has a lot to offer. We’ll just have to wait and see what other tricks they attempt to pull out of their sleeves.

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Shot at the former Claremont Custody Center in Coalinga, CA; “Medication” shows the contrast between past and present, depicting the prisoners who once lived there and the plants that thrive there now. In conjunction with the release of the music video, the brothers released a series of #Cannabisheals testimonials featuring a number of patients who have benefited from the use of cannabis for healing purposes. The track comes off of Damian’s upcoming album, Stony Hill, which will release on July 21st via Republic Records.

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I’ve been online searching for certain music that I had lost due to the raging fire that was my previous life. A couple of those items are albums by an old New York City band called Ff. This was a band that kicked around for a number of years whom I had the privileged to catch live right before the band dropped it’s debut long-player, Lady Shoe (Double Deuce Records) back in ’95.  In an age where bands like Nirvana, Soundgarden, Tad, Screaming Trees all brought an abrasive, yet appealing sound, New York’s reigning kings Sonic Youth applied a different sound that was just as aggressive but differed sonically than counterparts in the Northwest.

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Ff though was down in the belly of the beast, still grinding away, hopped up on aggression, punk and melodies that would make even those with the most frigid of hearts smile and dance. Throughout the years a number of musicians would make their way through the varying line-up of the band. Hell, I remember even Tony Maimone, bassist for Pere Ubu (who now owns a recording studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn Studio G), performing with the band, which centered around guitarist/vocalist Tom Price. Unfortunately Price passed away from a heart attack back in late 2011 but we were left with both Lady Shoe and the follow-up We’re #1 (Double Deuce), two frenetic and energetic albums that captures the spirit of the band. If you want to read more on the band, you can here.  You could do a lot worse than listening to Ff, just give it a try.

 

 

Southern Lord eagerly confirms the label’s new partnership with legendary New York City-based noise rock outfit UNSANE for the early Fall release of their eighth studio full-length, Sterilize.
Since 1988, UNSANE has pounded the planet with their caustic grooves and foundation-crumbling riffs, having released LPs through a wide range of labels including Matador/Atlantic, Amphetamine Reptile, Relapse, Ipecac, Alternative Tentacles, and others, not to mention a wide range of singles, splits, and live albums. The band’s gnarled blend of punk, metal, noise, and hardcore helping to define the “AmRep sound” alongside other forerunners of the style, Today Is The Day, The Jesus Lizard, Helmet, Tad, Cows, Halo Of Flies, Melvins, and others.
Closing a five-year gap since the 2012 release of their Wreck LP through Alternative Tentacles, UNSANE makes a vicious return with the pummeling Sterilize, a record that recalls the most defining elements of the band’s seminal Scattered, Smothered, And Covered and Occupational Hazard albums, surging with the band’s unrelenting singular sound created by guitarist/vocalist Chris Spencer, bassist/vocalist Dave Curran, and drummer Vinnie Signorelli. Sterilize was produced by UNSANE, recorded by Dave Curran at Gatos Trail Studios in Yucca Valley, California, mixed by Andrew Schneider at Acre in New York City, and mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering in Chicago.
Sterilize showcases UNSANE sounding as dense and damaging as ever, and sees them remaining as necessary as ever, nearly three decades since they began.
Southern Lord will release UNSANE‘s Sterilize on September 29th, 2017; stand by for the cover art, track listing, audio samples, and more to be issued in the weeks ahead.
Advancing the release of Sterilize¸ UNSANE has announced a run of US tour dates from July 15th through August 3rd, booked around the band’s performance at AmRep Bash 17 in Minneapolis, with Fashion Week providing support for the trek. Additional tour dates through the release of the new LP are to be expected.
UNSANE w/ Fashion Week:
7/15/2017 Ash St. Saloon – Portland, OR
7/16/2017 Highline – Seattle, WA
7/18/2017 Hi Dive – Denver, CO
7/19/2017 Slowdown – Omaha, NE
7/20/2017 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
7/21/2017 AmRep Bash 17 – Minneapolis, MN
7/22/2017 Rock Island Brewing – Rock Island, IL
7/23/2017 Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL
7/25/2017 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
7/26/2017 Growlers – Memphis, TN
7/27/2017 Three Links – Dallas, TX
7/28/2017 Sidewinder – Austin, TX
7/29/2017 The Secret Group – Houston, TX
7/31/2017 The Rebel Lounge – Phoenix, AZ
8/01/2017 Casbah – San Diego, CA
8/02/2017 Five Star Bar – Los Angeles, CA
8/03/2017 The Ritz – San Jose, CA
New York City’s UNSANE assisted in pioneering a more aggressive, less studied version of noise rock, one that blended the scum/art industrial sturm und drang of Foetus, the Swans, Einsturzende Neubauten, and Sonic Youth with a decidedly more straightforward hardcore idiom. While developing the blueprint for noise bands to follow, UNSANE cut a remarkable swath through underground music, inspiring a devoted, cult-like following around the globe. As a power trio, UNSANE relied upon a hammering, power-press rhythm section, a searing Telecaster howl, and distorted vocals that resembled a chainsaw cutting a steel beam.
Chris Spencer (vocals, guitar), Dave Curran (bass, vocals) and Vincent Signorelli (drums) are responsible for well over two decades of aural ruination, with no intention of letting up anytime soon. With a new full-length album in the bag, the band will be touring the globe starting summer 2017.
The early days of UNSANE began in the late ’80s. The original incarnation of the band — Chris Spencer, Pete Shore (bass), and Charles Ondras (drums) — crawled larvally out of the practice space in 1989 and began playing New York’s seediest haunts. It was these graveyard slots at clubs like CBGB’s where the band developed and honed their trademark sound and delivered the goods with due intensity and volume. UNSANE piqued the interest of numerous small indie labels and began issuing a series of singles and EPs before recording their self-titled debut with Matador Records. Using the photo of a decapitated man lying across train tracks, UNSANE‘s album cover set the tone for the admixture of seething aggression, naked fear, and barely controlled noise chaos contained within. But the band’s devastating maelstrom contained more than enough tunefulness and rock propulsion to quite easily surpass its more affected Lower East Side peers.
During 1992, UNSANE‘s daunting schedule was cut devastatingly short by the untimely drug overdose of drummer Charles Ondras. Former Swans and Foetus drummer Vinnie Signorelli climbed aboard the swiftly moving train in the fall of 1992 and the band began composing its next album. In the interim, Matador compiled and issued a collection of UNSANE‘s early singles and compilation tracks, appropriately titled Singles: 89-92. It is perhaps the band’s defining moment. The following year found the band recording its first for Atlantic Records, Total Destruction, a menacing, dark collection of songs driven by Signorelli’s hypnotic drumming and Spencer’s man-pushed-to-the-edge vocals. More touring followed and Matador released the Peel Sessions disc almost concurrently with Total Destruction.
After being discharged from Atlantic in 1994, UNSANE found both a new bass player in Dave Curran and a home for their next album, Scattered, Smothered, And Covered, on the independent noise rock label, Amphetamine Reptile Records. While maintaining the band’s signature sound and volume, 1995’s Scattered… showed the band opening their rhythmic approach, with most songs inhabiting a more rock-oriented 4/4 pattern, granting the album a more spacious and controlled feel. Scattered… also contained the unlikely MTV hit video for “Scrape,” featuring a series of skateboard accidents intercut with footage of the band performing live. Created for $270, it was ironically named one of MTV’s Ten Funniest Videos.
UNSANE toured relentlessly and managed to secure an opening slot with metal behemoths Slayer on one of their North American headlining tours. Shortly after, the trio made another label switch to Relapse Records and began constructing the ironically titled Occupational Hazard. While on a press tour in Europe only a month prior to the disc’s release, Spencer was brutally attacked by street thugs and left for dead on the streets of Vienna, Austria. After emergency surgery, he returned to the touring arena. They then released the compilation Lambhouse, continued to tour and wrote the ballistic urban commentary Blood Run. After more touring, and some introspection, they proceeded to issue Visqueen on Mike Patton’s Ipecac label. March 2012 saw the band’s Wreck full-length out on Alternative Tentacles, and 2017 now sees them signed to Southern Lord for the release of Sterilize.
UNSANE:
Chris Spencer – guitar/vocals
Dave Curran – bass/bocals
Vinnie Signorelli – drums

Rituals Of Mine just shared the video for the title track of their album. Vocalist Terra Lopez best describes the experience:

“We wanted to create a video that truly showcases the raw, pure, uninhibited elements that is our live show. Performing is such therapy for me and we wanted to capture that – me in a room, screaming and singing which has always been my way of dealing with pain. It was important to us to introduce our live show’s passion and intensity and I think we scratched the surface here with that. This video shows the pain, the manic energy, the cathartic elements of our music and how it resonates with me on stage. We decided to do something a bit different, by blending live vocals (recorded on set) along with the recorded vocals to create a surreal realm that takes you outside your traditional music video lip sync. Working with French Press Films in Oakland, CA was such an incredible experience because they get our music and our vision and always work so diligently to create work that represents Rituals. We want viewers to feel this when they watch it.”

 

 

Brooklyn’s own Double Tiger premieres the track “Rocking Time” (Easy Star Records). Double Tiger is Brooklyn producer/vocalist Jay Spaker that sometimes wears many hats. He’s a Producer and runs the operations at Dub-Stuy Records, one half of Tour De Force, and handles guitar & vocals with John Browns Body.  He’s worked in the past with an assortment of musicians including artists Luciano, Johnny Osbourne, Sly & Robbie, Rankin Joe, Brother Culture, Jahdan Blakkamoore, Omar Perry and more. With “Rocking Time” Double Tiger is bringing good vibrations through his music. 

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Cody ChesnuTT is back with a new album and a new single. He shared a new animated video today, “Image Of Love.”T he RnB and gospel-flecked album My Love Divine Degree – the first album Cody has released in four years – is out today via Cody’s longtime record label One Little Indian Records. ChesnuTT, known for his energetic live show, has also been out on the road on a string of tour dates across Europe and a highly anticipated return to London’s Bush Hall on 8th  of June.

Cody ChesnuTT saw critical praise as well as swathes of excitement from fans when he dropped his neo-soul single featuring Raquel Saadiq ‘Bullets in the Street and Blood’ and the energetic ‘I Stay Ready’ via Noisey towards the end of 2016. The two tracks are a call to arms for positivity in the face of adversity.

Talking about the new album, Cody said: “In a time of global economic uncertainty, it is an uplifting charge to use one’s natural talents and gifts of creativity to forge ahead positively into purpose and economic well being.

“This Body of work is medicine for me. Once again, this is my soul trusting the powerful gift of music to be a positive vehicle for sharing the continual process of personal transformation. This organic sound recording explores what commonly may be perceived as universal social complexities, with the thought of divine love, and its application, as a simplifying guiding light. Artfully demonstrating that deeper listening, love and a greater sense of humanity is still the way forward to a healthier and more fruitful human experience.”

The 13 tracks that make My Love Divine Degree were recorded and mixed over a span of 18 months, and inspired by daily observations, both internal and external, taking shape in the form of various rhythms and soundscapes, ranging from classic soul to modern synth experimentation.

Wearing his poetic license on his skin like a battle scar, Cody’s third full-length album, My Love Divine Degree has been produced by Anthony “The Twilight Tone” Khan, a BMI Award winning, Grammy-nominated producer, songwriter, and DJ known for his work with Kanye West, Common, John Legend, and Pusha T.