Sigur Ros – 'Festival (Live from Inni)'

It’s been more than three years since Iceland’s Sigur Ros released their last studio album, ‘Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust’ (good luck pronouncing that!) So it’s only fitting (and financially savvy) to make a comeback that reminds fans of their back catalogue.

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The live concert film and album ‘Inni‘ aims to do just that when it’s released on November 7 ( North America on November 8). The footage was shot at London’s Alexandra Palace in 2008 before their hiatus. But it won’t be all Sigur Ros classics, an unreleased tune called ‘Lúppulagid’ will be unveiled (albeit as part of the credits).

‘Inni’ will be released as a special edition to give fans a very slick Sigur Ros package complete with an “artefact from the show itself”. Initially I was confused as to what an ‘artefact’ could mean… concert aftermath isn’t usually pretty. But this week Sigur Ros confirmed that the artefact is actually a piece of a band member’s clothing that has “been painstakingly pressed (but not washed) and then cut into neat squares which have then been put into individually numbered envelopes.”

The cynic in me thinks its a shame that a band with such musical depth and world renown would enter shallow marketing waters to sell a special edition. Do we really covet cloth touched by rock gods!? But then, the realist pops out and I figure… if it takes these lengths to sell physical copies these days then so be it.

Having said that, if you’re reading this, then you were probably going to slap down the $79 regardless! So will I. If ‘Inni’ gets close to the experience of Sigur Ros’ 2007 film ‘Heima’ it will be an achievement. In the least ‘Inni’ will immortalize the magic of Sigur Ros’ live shows.

Free download of Sigur Ros‘ ‘Festival (Live)’ here or ‘Ný batterí (Live)’ here. Pre-order Sigur Ros‘ ‘Inni’ from the offical site here.

Minks – ‘Araby’

Minks are back! After re-living Minks’ album ‘By The Hedge‘ recently we’re blessed with new music in the form of the ‘Araby’ single via Captured Tracks. ‘Araby’ will be officially released on October 11 as they ready another full length for 2012.

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‘Araby’ isn’t a step into the unknown for the Brooklyn duo, the jangly guitar lines are back, boosted by an early Cure sounding bass line and an 80s synth. Vocals duties fall squarely on Minks frontman Sean Kilfoyle though I would’ve liked to hear Amalie on the backup vocals. Minks continue to produce solid indie pop alongside their label mates Wild Nothing, Widowspeak and Beach Fossils.

Visit Minks @ Myspace or through Captured Tracks.

Gauntlet Hair – ‘Keep Time’

Gauntlet Hair’s ‘Keep Time’ sounds like crunchy indie pop recorded in an echo chamber. There’s a deep sea of reverb over the whole mix, giving the guitars and drums plenty of space to fly about. ‘Keep Time’ is the latest single made public from their debut self-titled album, available on October 18 (a day earlier in the UK ). Pre-orders of the CD or vinyl made from Dead Oceans will get access to a digital download of the album from October 1.

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Denver school buddies Craig and Andy are Gauntlet Hair’s founders and are joined by touring musos Doran Robischon and Matthew Daniels for their October dates. Gauntlet Hair’s tour takes them to some big venues including Shea Stadium, followed by a string of shows with Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Whilst it’s too early to make a call on these guys, early impressions sound promising. Shame about that band name, or is it just me? Gauntlet Hair…inside joke perhaps?

Gauntlet Hair – ‘Gauntlet Hair‘ tracklist…
1. Keep Time
2. Top Bunk
3. Mop It Up
4. My Christ
5. Lights Out
6. Showing
7. Overkill
8. That’s Your Call
9. Shout in Tongues

Order the album here or grab a free download of Gauntlet Hair’s ‘Keep Time’ via Dead Oceans here.

Yuck – ‘Soothe Me’
Another new cut from Yuck’s re-released, deluxe album. Due on October 11 (featuring six newies in total).

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Panda Riot – ‘Serious Radical Girls’
Philly shoegazers Panda Riot are busy recording a new record… ‘Serious Radical Girls‘ is our first, swirly listen!

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Fallen Parrot – ‘Make Believe’
Fresh from Portland comes Fallen Parrot. This is a really pretty tune, pairing raw folk styled vocals with spontaneous noisy rock outbursts! In the next few week’s Fallen Parrot’s new EP ‘Fossil’ will be released for free here! Setting reminder now…

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RAH RAH – ‘Parkade’
Canada’s RAH RAH are set to release their new album ‘Breaking Hearts’ via Hidden Pony Records on November 14. You may have heard this single a while back but now you can download it free here.

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Sleepmakeswaves – ‘(Hello) Cloud Mountain’
The latest single from Sydney-based post rock outfit Sleepmakeswaves, top shelf instrumental tune courtesy of Bird’s Robe Collective!

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Patrick Wolf – ‘Time Of My Life (//NO CEREMONY Remix)’
While we wait patiently for more tunes from //NO CEREMONY here’s something to chew on!

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Chad Valley – ‘Shell Suite’
UK chillwave producer Hugo Manuel aka Chad Valley has released a new video for this track, check it out here.

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King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – ‘Dead-Beat’
Frantic psych-rock from Melbourne! Fresh from their upcoming EP ‘ Willoughby ‘s Beach’ out late October (connect @ Facebook).

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Black Polygons – ‘Chipset’
I wish my Gameboy sounded like this! Here’s a snippet of Black Polygons dark, minimal, experimental noise EP available free on Bandcamp now.

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And lastly, there’s new music coming from Ringo Deathstarr very shortly! Pre-orders are up for their new ‘Shadow‘ EP via Club AC30 – stream coming next week!

Gem Club – 'Black Ships'

Swoon! Gem Club‘s new record ‘Breakers’ was released yesterday and I’m in love. Over the past few month’s ‘Breakers‘ and ‘Twins‘ have been revealed in all their captivating glory, now they’re backed up with seven more quality creations.

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Gem Club‘s latest is full of space; notes pause, vocals linger, there’s heaps of breathing room to step inside of as a listener. Without wanting to sound completely trite, there’s a silence to the album and an overall calm feeling on ‘Breakers’. It would be too easy to put Gem Club in the slow and depressing basket, but I don’t think that’s accurate.

Songs like ‘Black Ships’ demand you stop and sink into it. I conceed its not friday night music. Especially with lyrics like “I can’t feel my hands anymore” sung with chill. But there’s more reflection going on throughout ‘Breakers’ than tears. It’s not a pop album and doesn’t pretend to be.

Hats off to the Gem Club duo (Christoper Barnes and Kristen Drymala) for creating so much with just a piano, violin and one hell of an amazing voice!

Visit Gem Club online @ www.iamgemclub or pick up Gem Club’s ‘Breakers’ via Hardly Art.

Youth Lagoon – 'Afternoon'

Bedroom producer Trevor Powers aka Youth Lagoon releases his debut album ‘The Year Of Hibernation‘ today. After crafting haunting songs like ‘July’ and ‘Montana’ it was a surprise to hear the album cut ‘Afternoon’ which is far more playful. The child-like whistled melody caught me out, especially against the dancey bass drum. Take a listen to Youth Lagoon’s latest below…

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Other new releases…

Since there’s a large amount of music being released today, here’s a reminder of what you can blow your dollar on (in no particular order)…

Sleep ∞ Over – ‘Forever’ LP
Wintercoats – ‘Sketches’ EP
Big Troubles – ‘Romantic Comedy’ LP
Young Man – ‘Ideas Of Distance’ LP
Youth Lagoon – ‘The Year Of Hibernation’ LP
Whirr – ‘June’ EP
Gem Club – ‘Breakers’ LP
Pink Playground – ‘Destination Ecstasy’ EP
The New Division – ‘Shadows’ LP

Pick up Youth Lagoon’s ‘The Year Of Hibernation’ from Fat Possum or visit Youth Lagoon @ Bandcamp for a few freebies!

Tamaryn – 'Love Fade'

Atmospheric shoegaze duo Tamaryn have announced they’re currently working on a follow up to 2010’s ‘Waves’. If you missed Tamaryn’s track ‘Sandstone’ then I recommend a listen. ‘Waves’ was full of sonic mangling, with overblown guitars against Tamaryn’s husky vocals. Whereas ‘Love Fade’ demonstrates a sedate side, it’s more dreamlike than an aural assault.

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If you’re lucky enough to be in California next month, Tamaryn are playing a short run of dates…

Oct 7 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall (w/ Fresh and Onlys)
Oct 21 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Oct 22 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah

Connect with Tamaryn @ Facebook or visit Mexican Summer for more information.

Odonis Odonis – ‘Ledged Up’

Canadian artist Dean Tzenos (formerly of Ten Kens), busted out his solo project Odonis Odonis and was quickly snapped up by FatCat Records. On November 15 Odonis Odonis will release a full length debut titled ‘Hollandaze’.

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Since starting out in 2010, some indie heavyweights have contributed to Odonis Odonis including engineer Alan Douches (Beach House, Animal Collective, Mastodon) and producer Jon Drew (Alexisonfire, Fucked Up, Tokyo Police Club). Despite the production expertise, ‘Hollandaze’ keeps its foot firmly in the do-it-yourself basket. Have a listen, it hasn’t had any character polished off.

Odonis Odonis cites The Pixies, The Cure and The Jesus & Mary Chain as major influences. The angular 80s rock sound is evident but there’s also a surf rock feel coming though on ‘Ledged Up’. It’s messy, energetic and isn’t precious about showing off its rough edges.

Odonis Odonis – ‘Hollandaze’ tracklist…
01. Hollandaze
02. Busted Lip
03. White Flag Riot
04. Blood Feast
05. Seedgazer
06. New World
07. Handle Bars
08. Basic Training
09. We Are The Left Overs
10. Ledged Up
11. Tick Tock

Visit Odonis Odonis online, @ Bandcamp or pre-order through FatCat Records.

Nirvana – 'Live At The Paramount' (Live In Sydney)

It’s now been twenty years since Nirvana‘s ‘Nevermind’ was released. To celebrate the milestone, Nirvana’s homecoming show after the release of ‘Nevermind’ in 1991 was screened publicly for the first time in select cinemas across Australia on September 23, 2011. Why Australia was picked for a Nirvana premiere I have no idea, but I was happy to be there!

In true keeping with teen rebellion, the cinema audience eventually decided to revolt against the candy bar, comfy cinema seating and adequate parking! This is a little snapshot of what happened…

Nirvana‘s ‘Live At The Paramount’ is a must for long time Nirvana fans. It’s simple with no frills, fancy editing or camera flares. This is Nirvana before they were burdened by expectations, hype and idolic status. It’s great to see Nirvana perform their ‘Nevermind’ classics while they were still fresh and passionate. ‘Live At The Paramount’ is available from September 30 on DVD and Blu-ray.

As you may know, Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ is being re-released in a deluxe, re-mastered, super deluxe limited, and ultra sexy version! Well, not in those words, details here.

Still Corners – 'Into The Trees'

Still Corners deliver cinematic, slow motion pop on ‘Into The Trees’ – a new cut from their upcoming debut album ‘Creatures Of An Hour’. The London based group manage to produce a 60s feel with their indie pop tunes combined with a dream pop sheen.

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Earlier singles ‘Endless Summer’ and ‘Cuckoo’ show the depth and consistency Still Corners have at their desposal. All the ingredients for a memorable debut. ‘Creatures Of An Hour‘ will be available from October 11.

To launch ‘Creatures Of An Hour’, Still corners are playing a heap of shows…

October 10, 2011 Cafe OTO Album Launch, London
October 15, 2011 DeLuna Festival, Pensacola, FL
October 16, 2011 The Earl, Atlanta GA
October 17, 2011 Snug Harbor, Charlotte NC
October 18, 2011 DC9, Washington D.C. D.C.
October 19, 2011 Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia PA
October 20, 2011 Mercury Lounge, New York, NY
October 22, 2011 Great Scott, Allston MA
October 24, 2011 Il Motore, Montreal QC
October 25, 2011 Drake Underground, Toronto, Canada
October 27, 2011 Schubas Tavern, Chicago, IL
October 28, 2011 7th St Entry, Minneapolis MN
October 31, 2011 Media Club, Vancouver Canada
November 1, 2011 Sunset Tavern, Seattle WA
November 2, 2011 Mississippi Studios, Portland OR
November 4, 2011 Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco CA
November 5, 2011 Bootleg Theater, Los Angeles CA
November 24 2011 Primavera Club, Barcelona/Madrid, Spain
November 25 2011 Primavera Club, Barcelona/Madrid, Spain
November 26, 2011 Le Guess Who? Festival, Utrecht, Netherlands

Visit Still Corners @ Bandcamp, Still Corners Blog or pre-order @ Sub Pop.

Weekend – 'The One You Want'

Weekend’s long lusted for ‘Red’ EP was released this week. The Californian post-punk outfit scored big on the blogosphere with the ‘Red’ EP’s lead track ‘Hazel’. It’s a winner!

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But there are more tunes to dig into. Between the dark and distant ‘Your Own Nothing’ and the closer ‘Golfers’, lies a bright and shiny gem called ‘The One You Want’. It’s kinda like Hazel’s little brother. It drones and drives away as the melody breaks from moody to just plain rock n’ roll!

The ‘Red’ EP is a snapshot of a band transforming from a dirty obscured beast into a cleaner, more lean animal. Note that this is not a main meal at five tracks, plus there are a few weak moments. However, if you loved Weekend’s ‘Sports’ then the ‘Red’ EP will keep you satisfied before another full length comes along next year.

Connect with Weekend @ Myspace or visit Slumberland Records for more.