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Archive for August, 2012

Gypsy & the Cat, whose debut album Gilgamesh made my Top Albums list in 2011, have released a new song and video from their forthcoming sophomore album. “Sorry” builds on the band’s indie pop sounds and give me a lot of hope for what we’ll hear on their new collection.

Check out the video below.

[via PMA]

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This is your new favorite song.

Three Loco is Dirt Nasty, Andy Milonakis and Riff Raff. Their debut release, a 7-song EP, will drop September 4th. A 3-song EP is available for free here.

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New wave stalwarts Devo have finally released their ode to Seamus Romney, who was famously tied to the roof of the Romney family car on one of their road trips in 1983. The band says they don’t have a full album in the works, but are not against posting songs as they are created.

(via RollingStone.com)

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Bloc Party have ended their hiatus and will release the band’s fourth album, aptly titled Four on August 20th. They are streaming the album now on their website. Head over to four.blocparty.com to check it out.

The band had been leaning electronic on their last two albums, in particular Intimacy, but on Four we see them abandon that almost entirely, along with their dancey hooks, for a more straight ahead rock sound. While a different sound than previous releases this works well, and I think most fans will find it refreshing.

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Hooray For Earth snagged my ears with the release of True Loves last year. Now they are set to introduce some new music on Dovecote Records. The label will release “Never” b/w “Figure” August 21 as “twin singles” according to the label’s website. I think this song is great as it continues the band’s juxtaposition of lofty, pop vocals over lo-fi production. I’ll be lined up to pick this one up next week.

(h/t Pitchfork)

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Update: It looks like Two Door Cinema Club just launched an unpdated website. Check it out at twodoorcinemaclub.com.

I finally got around to listening to the sophomore album from the jewels of Northern Ireland, Two Door Cinema Club‘s Beacon. I’m always anxious listening to a sophomore album from a band whose debut I view as amazing. There are simply too many sophomore slumps to ignore the chances that any given band will also befall such bad luck.

However, I’m happy to report that Beacon is anything but a sophomore slump. Building on the driving rhythms and dance beats of Tour History, Two Door finds themselves evolving and maturing, but not changing their style so much as to leave their past behind. Songs like “Someday” and “Sleep Alone” could have been outtakes from their previous work, yet they fit nicely with the rest of the collection.

Here’s the official trailer for the album:

Beacon doesn’t get an official release until September of this year, but you can pre-order the album now.

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Photo via SPIN.com

News broke today that Tony Sly, best known as the lead singer of Bay Area punk band No Use For a Name, has died at the age of 41.

This is a bummer for many reasons, not the least of which being that Sly made some really great music that I loved. I had the pleasure of seeing NUFAN live several times and chatting with Sly on more than one occasion. He always seemed very down-to-Earth; a nice guy.

Details are sketchy about the cause of death (I haven’t seen any details reported, actually). I fear that it was drug related because I feel the cause of death would have been released otherwise. If you need a fix of NUFAN, or need an introduction to the band, check out All the Best Songs, the band’s best of compilation, available as a digital download for only $6.00 from Fat Wreck Chords.

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