M83 will take part in Record Store Day on April 21st this year, with a limited edition vinyl 7” featuring the hidden album track Mirror. The release will be a limited run of in the US, UK, France, Germany, Scandinavia and the Netherlands.
Toronto six-piece Austra are giving their critically acclaimed debut album Feel It Break the deluxe version treatment, available for the first time as a double CD edition from 26th March. Accompanying the original danceable masterpiece is an entire disc worth of extra material including the unreleased tracks “Trip”, “Pianix”, “Believe Me” and a jaw dropping cover of the Roy Orbison classic “Crying”. For completists, the B-sides from previous single releases are also incorporated including live favorite “Young and Gay” and the haunting Joni Mitchell cover “Woodstock”. Capping off the deluxe version is a positively sociopathic remix of album standout “Beat and the Pulse” by M. Shawn Crahan, better known as Clown from Slipknot (yes, that Slipknot).
Mashrou3 Leila, means “Overnight Project”, formed in Beirut, Lebanon in 2008 as a music workshop at the American University of Beirut. The band has released two studio albums while causing numerous controversies due to their satirical lyrics and themes.
Brad has completed work on United We Stand, a brand new studio album set for release on April 24th 2012. Comprised of 10 tracks, longtime fans of the band will find much to love on United We Stand as Brad’s reflective, unique song writing approach is intact with Shawn Smith’s soaring vocals cascading over songs like “A Reason To Be In My Skin,” “Needle And Thread” and “Bound In Time.” [Source]
“Black Holes In My Brain” by Barry Adamson from the 2012 album I Will Set You Free on Central Control International. The defining element of Barry Adamson’s music and persona might be the fact that it is abundantly clear that he is going to do whatever he god damn well pleases, and probably doesn’t give a shit what you think about it. Bald, dark-eyed, and intense, Adamson’s music has taken many twists and turns since he released his first solo EP, The Man With The Golden Arm, in 1988, but whether he is playing grim, desolate, and expansive pieces suited for cinema (he worked with David Lynch to write much of the music for Lost Highway) or funkified lounge jazz topped off by his smoky voice stringing together bits of darkened imagery, his music has always retained a certain rugged independence that is unmistakeably Adamson’s alone. [Source]
Public Image Limited‘s Rockpalast TV special was recorded for WDR at Der Zeche, Bochum, Germany on October 31st 1983. The early albums, “First Issue”, “Metal Box”, “Flowers Of Romance” and ”This Is What You Want… This Is What You Get” are now seen as classics of post punk and the highlights of these albums are in this unique Rockpalast concert. The experimental mix of dub, punk, noise and dance still sounds fresh. Included is a rare performance of the Sex Pistols’ “Anarchy in the UK.” Released officially on February 27th 2012. [Source]
Rocket Juice and the Moon — AKA, the new project from Gorillaz/Blur mastermind Damon Albarn, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen and singer Erykah Badu — releases its self-titled debut on March 27th via Albarn’s Honest Jon’s imprint. Spanning 18 tracks, the album was recorded Albarn’s Studio 13 in London, “with additional parts added in Paris, Berlin and Chicago.” Along with Badu, the album features guest appearances from Malian musician Fatoumata Diawara, West Africa rapper M.Anifest, and the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, among others. [Source]