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Let’s call it what it should be called. Filthy Friends is a super-group of friends that have made their mark with a number of different groups. Filthy Friends’ debut album Invitation is set for release August 25 on Kill Rock Stars. The band shares the video for the single “Despierta,” which may hold a deeper message than you may think. Wake up!

Filthy Friends is the product of like-minded individuals with nothing to prove getting together and making a heroic racket together that finds space for their many influences and interests. Lead singer Corin Tucker has left an indelible mark on the punk scene through her memberships in Sleater-Kinney and Heavens to Betsy. Guitarist Kurt Bloch has logged a lot of hours as the leader of The Fastbacks, as well as serving as a producer/mentor for up and coming Seattle rock groups. Drummer Bill Rieflin has a fine day job as one of the musicians in Ministry and King Crimson, he appears on the record but is no longer a touring member. Drummer Linda Pitmon  (The Baseball Project, Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3) has joined the band as a permanent member. Bassist Scott McCaughey keeps plenty busy doing studio work and mining the power pop underground with his long-running band the Young Fresh Fellows. As for the other guitarist, Peter Buck has abandoned his position of Lord of the dance to play with Filthy Friends.

Tour Dates:
8/25 – Eugene, OR @ Hi Fi Music Hall w/ wimps
8/26 – Portland, OR @ Musicfest NW presents Project Pabst
8/29 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent w/ Dressy Bessy
8/30 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Teragram Ballroom  w/ Dressy Bessy
9/01 – Seattle, WA @ Bumbershoot
9/06 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House w/ Versus
9/22 Chicago, IL @ Goose Island Block Party w/ Ted Leo and The Record Company
9/23-24 Cincinnati, OH @ Midpoint Music Festival

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Best Albums (in alphabetical order)
Beauty Pill – Describes Things As They Actually Are
An album I’ve waiting over 10 years to hear and it’s as amazing as I’d hoped it would be.



Fuzz – II
Ty Segall can do no wrong.



Kinski – 7 (or 8)
Sweet son of a bitch! This is probably their heaviest album and will kick you in the ass every time you listen.



Mike Krol – Turkey
Short, sweet and rocking, it’s 18 minutes you’ll want to relive over and over again.



The Mountain Goats – Beat The Champ
I never realized how much I wanted an indie-folk concept album about about wrestling until I heard this.



No Joy – More Faithful
A more recent discovery for me, but the blend of noisy, shoegazy goodness made a good impression right off the bat.



Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love
I’ve missed this band so much. I seriously never thought this album would happen, but I’m so glad it did.



Soccer Team – Real Lessons In Cynicism
As is the case with most Dischord bands you never know if you’ll hear a new album from them, so this was a very welcome surprise. Not as lo-fi as their previous work, but it’s still really good.



Kurt Vile – b’lieve i’m going down
Far beyond anything he (or anyone else) has done, both musically and lyrically.



Yo La Tengo – Stuff Like That There
Only Yo La Tengo could make a Cure song worth listening to.



Best Reissue
Ty Segall – Ty Rex
It’s Ty Segall. Covering T. Rex. Yeah…



Best Show
Fargo (Season 2)
Every bit as surreal and amazing as the first season, but with an even more interesting cast of characters played by actors you wouldn’t expect. Plus Bruce Campbell makes a cameo as Ronald Reagan, which is just awesome.



Best Movie
Mad Max – Fury Road
It’s basically a 2-hour anxiety attack. Seriously, it never stops or slows down and I loved every minute of it.



Best Podcast
The Best Show with Tom Scharpling
After a 1-year hiatus, Tom Scharpling is back to steamroll all the chumps and “podtrash” that stand in his way. Since the Clinton administration, Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster have created some of the best comedy radio in history and they’re doing it again every Tuesday night! Newbridge is comin’ to get ya!

Sleater-Kinney the much-loved three piece featuring Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss, has announced a return to action with a new full length and tour. The new record, No Cities to Love, will be available on January 20, 2014 via Sub Pop.