Friday, August 14

Sub Pop to Reissue Nirvana's Bleach

With a 1990 live show attached. Sub Pop to Reissue Nirvana's <i>Bleach</i>

Nirvana's 1989 debut Bleach is a whole lot more than Nevermind's wily, unformed precursor. It's a monster of an album in its own right, a gnarled blast of fuzzed-out frustration that still finds room for some seriously sneaky melodies. The canonized R.E.M. move "About a Girl" is a clear highlight, but so is the snakey Zep-esque stomper "Love Buzz". Really, the whole thing absolutely destroys, and some days it's my favorite Nirvana album.

Bleach turns 20 this year (feel old yet?), and Sub Pop is planning a deluxe reissue on CD and 180 gram white vinyl. (The first run of Bleach was also on white vinyl, appropriately enough.) The 20th anniversary edition is due November 3. Jack Endino, the album's original producer, oversaw the remastering, which was done from the original tapes.

This edition will also include a complete recording of a never-before-released 1990 live show at Portland's Pine Street Theatre, remixed by Endino from original tapes. And there's a booklet: 48 pages on CD and 16 on LP, featuring previously unseen photos.

Check below for the tracklist.


Rising: Neon Indian

Rising: Neon Indian

Photo by Dagny Piasecki

Twenty-one year-old Mexico-born, Texas-raised Alan Palomo is a restless fellow. Neon Indian is his third new musical identity in two years, following the short-lived Ghosthustler and the ongoing VEGA. But, as opposed to VEGA's glossy synth-pop, Neon Indian is decidedly lo-fi and ramshackle. "Neon Indian is like VEGA's evil twin in the sense that it's made up of these strange musical and emotional impulses," Palomo said in a recent interview.

A gauzy combination of Buggles-style 1980s pop, video game soundtracks, and cheeseball elevator music, Neon Indian songs like "Deadbeat Summer" and "Should Have Taken Acid With You" are effervescent, goofy, and achingly nostalgic. Kind of like MGMT on a ramen budget-- and with less face paint.

A sometime film student, Palomo conceived Neon Indian as an audio/visual endeavor, and enlisted high school friend and artist Alicia Scardetta to help with its eyeball attack. Live projections and online teaser videos are set to lead up to the October 13 release of the project's debut LP, Psychic Chasms, via Lefse.

Palomo took some time out while preparing the Neon Indian live show-- which will make its debut at Colorado's Monolith Festival September 13-- to chat with us about the pitfalls of lo-fi, (not) taking acid, and a particularly disturbing and bloody Nintendo game:


New Lightning Bolt Album on the Way

New Lightning Bolt Album on the Way

Photo by Zach Vowell

Providence noise bashers Lightning Bolt have been staging brain-melting live shows pretty regularly for years now, but they haven't dropped an album since 2005's Hypermagic Mountain. That won't be the case much longer.

As the band just announced on their MySpace page, they're all set to drop another slab of pummelling heaviness on us. Moshers will have even more ridiculously fast changes to contend with! This is good news.

Earthly Delights, the new one, is due November 13 from Load, and as the band themselves say, it's "destined to be leaked onto the internet by......hmmm. take a guess, maybe august 31? early september? you tell me." The album will be available on CD and digital download, but the real heads will probably want to go for the gatefold triple-sided vinyl.

Tracklist is below. "Nation of Boar" is such an awesome song title.


Video: Patrick Wolf Attacks Onstage in Germany

Video: Patrick Wolf Attacks Onstage in Germany

UPDATE: Wow, our bad! As a reader points out, Patrick isn't attacking the woman at the front of the stage; she's a member of his band! He's attacking someone off stage. Still, sheesh, that's quite a freak-out. --Ed.

Last night, Patrick Wolf headlined the C/O Pop Festival in Cologne, Germany, and his performance clearly didn't end the way he wanted. When his set was cut short, he went apeshit. Of course, it's all captured on video.


Radiohead Rumor Mill Steaming Ahead, Threatening to Devour Entire Internet

So what's the deal with this (alleged) new song? Radiohead Rumor Mill Steaming Ahead, Threatening to Devour Entire Internet

Home page photo by Kevin Westenberg

A couple days have passed since a (possibly) new Radiohead song (seemingly) titled "These Are My Twisted Words" popped up on the message board of the Radiohead fan site At Ease (apparently via torrent tracker site, but we still have no official word on the track.

Of course, that's not stopping obsessives from hitting message boards and blogs with their own theories, some more believable than others. Panic, vomit, and some clues as to what this new song means for the future of the planet, after the jump:

(Also, it should be noted that Capitol's deluxe reissues of Kid A, Amnesiac, and Hail to the Thief are due out August 25. The band had no input into these reissues. What a coincidence...)

UPDATE: Ooh! If you go to, it directs you to Radiohead's online store! (Thanks to Peter James Dering for the tip!)


Watch Antony and the Johnsons' "Crazy in Love" Video

Over on this morning, we premiered the video for Antony and the Johnsons' haunted, elegiac cover of Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love". The clip, which you can watch below, really couldn't be any different from this. Rather than exploding cars and kicked-open fire hydrants, this one's got long, searching close-ups and VHS distortion.

Antony's "Crazy in Love" is out now on Secretly Canadian as a double A-side single with The Crying Light song "Aeon".

Posted by Tom Breihan on August 14, 2009 at 10:45 a.m.

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News in Brief: Raincoats, Mugison, Susanna and the Magical Orchestra, Wordless Music Meets Miller Festival

News in Brief: Raincoats, Mugison, Susanna and the Magical Orchestra, Wordless Music Meets Miller Festival

-- Postpunk originators the Raincoats probably served as direct inspiration for something like half the bands on Kill Rock Stars, so itmakes sense that KRS will reissue the band's self-titled first album, which includes their devastatingly badass cover of the Kinks' "Lola". That vinyl-only reissue is due on October 13. The band will play a few U.S. shows in October, including their first West Coast dates ever.

-- Icelandic laptop-pop weirdo Mugison really knows how to get his money's worth out of his Metrocard. On August 18, next Tuesday, Mugison will partner with Amnesty International to play a show in every one of New York City's five boroughs throughout the course of the day. He'll start out at noon at Staten Island's Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, and he'll wind things up at 11 p.m. at the Williamsburg bar Pete's Candy Store. That's a lot of subway time, Mugison!

-- On September 1 in the U.S. (August 24 in Scandinavia), Rune Grammofon will release 3, the (shockingly enough) third album from the melancholy Norwegian pop duo Susanna and the Magical Orchestra. It includes a cover of Roy Harper's "Another Day". Members of Wildbirds & Peacedrums and Madrugada contribute.

-- The Wordless Music Meets Miller Festival unfortunately doesn't involve drinking cheap beer while tailgating before modern classical recitals, but it seems pretty cool nonetheless. The festival will take over Columbia University's Miller Theatre September 9-12. Destroyer, Nico Muhly, Tim Hecker, Do Make Say Think, Grouper, Sam Amidon, Doveman, Charles Spearin, and Julianna Barwick will all take part.

Posted by Tom Breihan on August 14, 2009 at 10:25 a.m.

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Sonic Youth Perform on "Gossip Girl"

They'll do an acoustic version of "Starpower" on an upcoming episode. Sonic Youth Perform on "Gossip Girl"

After recording a cover of the Ramones' "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker" with Jemina Pearl for trash TV titan "Gossip Girl" last year, Thurston Moore is once again showing his allegiance to the Upper East Side bitchfest melodrama.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Moore and his Sonic Youth cronies are set to perform a very special acoustic version of their EVOL single "Starpower" on the fifth episode of the show's third season. The arch, Kim-sung tune features lyrics like "She knows how to make love to me," which sounds just about right.

"Sonic Youth is one of my favorite bands,""Gossip Girl" co-creator Stephanie Savage told EW. "I can kind of die now. I don't really have anywhere to go from here."

More info here.

Posted by Ryan Dombal on August 14, 2009 at 9:35 a.m.

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Premiere: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart: "Higher Than the Stars"

Premiere: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart: "Higher Than the Stars"

Home page photo by Annie Powers, headline photo by Pavla Kopecna

After releasing one of the finest albums of the year and quickly turning into a palpable live force, Brooklyn indie pop front-runners the Pains of Being Pure at Heart are still grinding. They're pumping out singles (and great B-sides) at a fast clip, and the quartet are set to release a four-song EP called Higher Than the Stars on September 22 via Slumberland. Feel free to check out the title track right now, after the jump. Instant gratification can be a great thing.


Thursday, August 13

Hear a Song From Aaron and Bryce Dessner's The Long Count

Hear a Song From Aaron and Bryce Dessner's <i>The Long Count</i>

The National's Aaron and Bryce Dessner recruited a pretty sick crew of guest vocalists to help them out on The Long Count, their  multimedia project with visual artist Matthew Ritchie. The Breeders' Kim and Kelley Deal, My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden, and the National's own Matt Berninger will all lend their pipes.

But the first piece of music that has surfaced from The Long Count doesn't have any vocals at all. Instead, it's a warm, minimal guitar-and-piano pulse that goes on for six minutes but never quite gets boring. These Dessners sure do make pretty music.

Check it out below: (Via Brooklyn Vegan)

The Long Count will be performed October 28, 30, and 31 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.


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