This is your new favorite song.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When University of Michigan football recruit Logan Tuley-Tillman posted the above picture on his Twitter feed he sparked a fire that burned more than just a piece of paper. The Buckeyes didn’t take too kindly to the perceived disrespect, and the Wolverines rallied around a player that is bringing back some nastiness to a program that is in dire need of just that.
My dad is a Michigan man, so I was raised a fan of the program, and I still am. I love this, and I can’t wait for Tuley-Tillman to quiet the Buckeyes, who apparently forgot he was good enough for them, until this small fire, by berating the young man with slanderous and threatening tweets and more.
92 days until college football.