The Pixies – Bagboy (2013)

The latest track from THE PIXIES has taken nine years to surface and when it premiered on the band’s website, it was a little confusing as fans knew Kim Deal had left the band a while back. However there were backing vocals on the new release that sounded ever so similar. It has now been announced that the mystery vocalist was in fact Kim Shattuck of THE MUFFS who has replaced the former Kim in the new PIXIES line-up. PIXIES new single ‘Bagboy’ features the interesting chant “cover your breathe, hold your speech,” which echoes throughout the song. You can’t help but wonder what those lyrics are in relation too, considering all that has gone on since their last release. [Source]


The National – Demons (2013)

From the album Trouble Will Find Me out May 20(UK)/21(US). Available for pre-order:

Illustration and video by Azar Kazimir / Michelberger Hotel

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Scott Walker – Corps De Blah (2012)

It seems unlikely, but there may exist a fan of Scott Walker’s 1960s oeuvre, confused and upset by what he’s been up to in the last 15 years, who will nevertheless approach his 14th solo album in a spirit of optimism. Perhaps Bish Bosch’s two immediate predecessors will have sated the 69-year-old singer-songwriter’s desire to make complex, baffling, avant-garde music, and this new venture will be a return to the lush balladry of his first four solo albums: this, according to Walker, was the logic upon which the major label that put out his 1995 album Tilt operated, believing that once he’d got it out of his system, he’d come to his senses and make Scott 5. If so, that optimism is likely to evaporate very soon after pressing play: the first thing you hear is 30 seconds of drums that aren’t so much being pounded as punished, overlaid with a kind of electronic shriek. Walker has always protested that people miss the humour in his work – in fairness, that’s perhaps an inevitable consequence of writing songs about existential despair, Nicolae Ceausescu, illness, and disgust at the human body – which may be why he appears to have amped it up here. It’s hard to listen to Bish Bosch without dissolving into helpless laughter at least once, [or] maybe at the chorus of farting noises on Corps De Blah. [Source]


Dead Can Dance – Opium (2012)

Having just wrapped up their North American tour, the reunited Dead Can Dance — co-founders Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard — this morning offered fans a free download of “Opium,” a track off Anastasis, the band’s first new album in 16 years. The band’s tour resumes with a 23-date European trek that opens Sunday in Lebanon, to be followed by a trio of dates in Mexico this November and two announced shows in Sydney next February (see full dates below). More shows are expected in Australia and Asia next year. [Source]

Dead Can Dance tour dates:

Sept. 16: Zouk Amphitheatre, Beirut, Lebanon
Sept. 19: HCTAT, Istanbul, Turkey
Sept. 21: Earth Theatre, Thessaloniki, Greece
Sept. 23: Lycabetus Theatre, Athens, Greece
Sept. 25: MCV, Utrecht, Holland
Sept. 27: Grand Rex, Paris, France
Sept. 29: Cirque Royal, Brussels, Belgium
Oct. 1: Alte Oper, Frankfurt, Germany
Oct. 3: Tempodrom, Berlin, Germany
Oct. 5: CCH, Hamburg, Germany
Oct. 7: Philharmonie, Munich, Germany
Oct. 8: Philharmonie, Cologne, Germany
Oct. 10: KCP, Prague, Czech Republic
Oct. 12: Bkz Oktyabrsky, St. Petersburg, Russia
Oct. 13: Crocus City Hall, Moscow, Russia
Oct. 15: Sala Kongresowa, Warsaw, Poland
Oct. 17: Papp Laszlo Arena, Budapest, Hungary
Oct. 19: Teatro Degli Arcimboldi, Milan, Italy
Oct. 20: Batiment Des Forces Motrices, Geneva, Switzerland
Oct. 22: Auditori, Barcelona, Spain
Oct. 24: Casa Da Musica, Porto, Portugal
Oct. 26: Royal Albert Hall, London, England
Oct. 28: Grand Canal Theatre, Dublin, Ireland

Nov. 27: Banamex Theater, Monterrey, Mexico
Nov. 29: National Auditorium, Mexico City, Mexico
Nov. 30: Teatro Diana, Guadalajara, Mexico

Feb. 3: Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia
Feb. 4: Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia

[via Curtis Wenzel on Google+]

Lightning Seeds – Pure (1989)

The first Lightning Seeds single release, “Pure” is significant in that it was the first song Broudie had “completely written and sung, ever”. It was when producing a track for The Pale Fountains that Broudie was offered a chance to release some of his own material. He was originally apprehensive:

“I didn’t think that many people would be interested if I’m going to be honest, I suppose I didn’t have the confidence really and I wasn’t in a band but I did want to put my music out and get it heard.”

—Ian Broudie

Nonetheless, Broudie proceeded to record “Pure” at a studio in Kirkby. 200 copies of the single were originally pressed, but after some radio play and attention at The Haçienda, the song soon sprang to mainstream consciousness.

[via Chieko Mizukami]

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Baby (2012)

This summer, West Coast natives Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti presented Mature Themes, the follow-up to 2010’s hugely successful album, Before Today. First single, ‘Baby’, is Mature Themes’ swansong, and a reworking of the song originally recorded in 1979 by Donnie and Joe Emerson. Haunted Graffiti protagonist, Ariel Pink (real surname Rosenberg), has said “’Baby’ has been a staple on just about every playlist and mixtape I’ve assembled in the last three years. It is nothing short of sublime.” Recorded and produced by the band in downtown LA, the song was released as a limited A-side-only 12” single on July 9th. Mature Themes was released on August 20th, 2012. [Source]

UPDATE! Here is the new music video for Only In My Dreams.

Efterklang – Hollow Mountain (2012)

We are very happy to be able to share a new song with you today! It is called Hollow Mountain. It is the opening song of our new album Piramida and now also the first song we are sharing from the album. Piramida will be released on 4AD & Rumraket on September 24th 2012 worldwide. You canpre-order the album here. We will be touring extensively in the fall playing Piramida Concerts with classical orchestras in Europe and New York. The concert calendar can be found at