Foals announce 2-part album and tour

Oxford indie/math rock band Foals have announced a new 2-part album called Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost. Part 1 is available for pre-order now.

Part 1 will be released on March 8th. Part 2 will be released Autumn 2019.

Foals – Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost

The announcement states:

We couldn’t be more excited for you to hear all the work we’ve poured ourselves into over the past 18 months. The albums which will be coming out are two halves of the same locket. They can be listened to and appreciated individually, but fundamentally, they are companion pieces. 

Musically, we pushed ourselves to the furthest limit. Lyrically, the songs resonate with what’s going on in the world at the moment. These songs are white flags, or mirrors, or attempts to work through the confusing times we live in… each in a different way. 

They are offering a special Collector’s Edition which includes the following:

  • 24 page hardcover book
  • Album on 12” violet coloured 180g vinyl
  • Exits 7” vinyl single – exclusive to this set
  • FLAC + MP3 download card of the album
  • 2 exclusive art prints, 1 of which will be individually numbered and signed by a member of the band
Foals 2019 tour dates

3/16 – Mexico City, Mexico – Vive Latino 2019
3/18 – Vancouver, BC – Orpheum Theater
3/19 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
3/20 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
3/22 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
3/23 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park
3/24 – Los Angeles, CA – Shrine Auditorium
3/27 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
3/30 – Buenos Aires, Argentina – Lollapalooza 2019
3/31 – Santiago, Chile – Lollapalooza 2019
4/2 – Santiago, Chile – Lollapalooza Sideshow @ Teatro La Cúpula
4/5 – Sao Paulo, Brazil – Lollapalooza 2019
4/13 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
4/16 – Washington, D.C. – 9:30 Club
4/19 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
4/20 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
4/22 – Toronto, Ontario – Rebel
4/24 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
4/26 – Detroit, MI – Saint Andrews Hall
4/27 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
4/28 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
4/30 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
5/3-5 – Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees Festival 2019
5/12 – Brussels, Belgium – Ancienne Belgique
5/13 – Paris, France – Bataclan
5/15 – Lausanne, Switzerland – Les Docks
5/16 – Milan, Italy – Fabrique
5/17 – Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Den Atelier
5/19 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
5/20 – Berlin, Germany – Huxleys
5/24 – Newcastle, England – This Is Tomorrow 2019
6/5 – Hamburg, Germany – Grosse Freiheit
6/6 – Aaarhus, Denmark – Northside Festival
6/7-9 – Nürburg, Germany – Rock Am Ring 2019
6/11 – Manchester, England – O2 Victoria Warehouse
6/14 – Tunbridge Wells, England – Bedgebury Pinetum
6/15 – Birmingham, England – Digbeth Arena
6/18 – Glasgow, Scotland – SWG3 Galvanizers Yard
6/20 – Thetford, England – Thetford Forest
6/21 – London, England – Alexandra Palace
6/24-26 – Zagreb, Croatia – Inmusic Festival
6/26 – Bournemouth, England – International Centre
7/2 – Dublin, Ireland – Trinity College
7/5 – Barcelona, Spain – Festival Cruïlla 2019
7/5-7 – Ewijk, Netherlands – Down The Rabbit Hole
7/26-28 – Benidorm, Spain – Low Festival 2019
8/1-3 – Lustenau, Austria – Szene Open Air

Presale begins tomorrow, 22 January at 10 AM local. 

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The Twilight Sad’s James Graham to Appear on Reddit, Tour Announced

The Twilight Sad’s James Graham will appear on Reddit’s IndieHeads page today to answer questions.

Also of note is they announced another US tour for May, with a couple Canadian dates sprinkled in.

May 2019:
10 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry
11 – Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere
12 – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
14 – Boston, MA – Sonia
16 – Toronto, ON – Velvet Underground
17 – Detroit, MI – El Club
18 – Chicago, IL – Sleeping Village
21 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
22 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
24 – Vancouver, BC – The Wise Hall & Lounge
26 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
27 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
29 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
30 – Los Angeles, CA – The Teragram Ballroom

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Fews to release new album, Into Red, in March

London based Fews is set to release their sophomore album, Into Red, on March 1st, 2019. They’ve released a couple tracks such as ‘Metal’, linked below.

Their 2016 debut Means was released by label Play It Again Sam out of Brussels. Their style can be described as post-punk and Krautrock-inspired.

Recommended if you like: Interpol, DIIV, Flyying Colours

Fews on Bandcamp

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The Twilight Sad to release new album ‘ It Won/t Be Like This All the Time’

Alternapop favs The Twilight Sad are releasing their new album, the band’s 5th full-length, It Won’t Be Like This All The Time, on January 19th. It was announced last fall and they’ve been slowly releasing tracks from the upcoming album.

This will be their first album on Mogwai’s Rock Action Records out of Glasgow.

Guitarist Andy MacFarlane stated, via an NME interview, “It all came together really well. To me, it’s like a different band almost. I did a stupid thing of writing loads of music, then giving it to James to write stuff over, then I deleted all the music. So then I wrote another album under it… I think we just needed to shake up the routine. One of our mates bought us those Brian Eno Oblique Strategy cards. I picked one out and it was like ‘delete everything, must try harder, don’t tell James’. The aim was to try and do stuff that we’d enjoy playing live, to make it more interesting for ourselves as well as everyone else.”

Singer James Graham says, “It’s all pretty full on but there’s some lighter shades and some hope on there. The first song that we’re going to come back with epitomizes the record. It’s got really noisy guitars but it’s pretty melodic. I think it’s the next stage of who we’re meant to be.”

The album is a welcome progression. It’s definitely a TSS album but they obviously experiment enough to keep it fresh. It’s a little more keyboard heavy than previous albums while maintaining a rock feel. Andy utilizes an E-Bow (electronic string driver) which moves the sound a bit away from the shoegaze sound of prior albums and the result, along with the overall production, is likely a somewhat more accessible sound.

The album’s strong computer generated, fractured artwork is “to represent fractured memories”, per Graham.

The have consistently been one of our more favorite bands to see live due to their genuine passion and appreciation for both music and their fans.

1. [10 Good Reasons for Modern Drugs]
2. Shooting Dennis Hopper Shooting
3. The Arbor
4. VTr
5. Sunday Day13
6. I/m Not Here [missing face]
7. Auge_Maschine
8. Keep It All to Myself
9. Girl Chewing Gum
10. Let/s Get Lost
11. Videograms

The new album is available for pre-order from:

Amazon
The Twilight Sad official store

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Blake Babies compilation available for pre-order

Around 1991 an old friend made a mixtape for me to introduce me to new music. This tape contained songs from bands from The Pixies to the Lemonheads, and many others.

It contained this tune called ‘Downtime’ from the Blake Babies which I became quite fond of. I still have this mixtape in my car that still has a cassette player and 6-disc changer. (Both hardly ever get used now that I installed a bluetooth adapter.)

The Blake Babies were a 3-piece with Juliana Hatfield, John Strohm, and Freda Love.

This leads me to the announcement from American Laundromat Records that they are re-issuing the Blake Babies compilation, Innocence And Experience, on vinyl.

It’s up for pre-order now. There are several color choices and you can also get a test pressing. It’s been remastered by Sean Glonek.

Innocence and Experience
Pre-order Innocence and Experience

It contains other great Blake Babies tunes such as Lament, Cesspool, and Girl In A Box.

American Laundromat has also recently released Juliana’s latest solo album and an album covering Olivia Newton-John songs.

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Hum’s Matt Talbott to sell ‘Downward is Heavenward’ reissues next Sunday

1990s Champaign, Illinois Alternative Rock band Hum will be selling reissues of their Downward is Heavenward album on vinyl next Sunday, January 6th at 12 PM CST. (1 PM EST / 10 AM PST)

You can also order an exclusive Jay Ryan poster with the album.

Downward is Heavenward was released nearly 21 years ago on January 27, 1998 and made it to #6 on the US Indie charts.  In 1999, Pitchfork placed the album at #81 on their top 100 albums of the 1990s.

Get your browser’s autofill feature filled in and get ready to hit Refresh a couple hundred times.

https://earthanalogrecords.bigcartel.com/category/vinyl-record

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Favorite Albums from 2018

 

These are the albums that were released in 2018 that got the most play, listed in alphabetical order:

  Deeper – Deeper

Deeper is a post-punk band based in Chicago, Illinois.

  Film School – Bright To Death

Film School is a San Francisco/Los Angeles shoegaze revivalist band who released their 5th album.

  Holy – All These Worlds Are Yours

Holy is the Stockholm based project of Hannes Ferm from Umeå, Sweden.

  Jaguwar – Ringthing

Jaguwar formed in summer 2012 under the starsigns of shoegaze and noisepop music.

  The KVB – Only Now Forever

The KVB, from London, blends reverb soaked shoegaze with minimalist electronic production. This was their 5th release.

  Moaning – Moaning

Moaning is a Los Angeles-based post-punk outfit that combines melody with raucous noise.

  Ought – Room Inside The World

Ought, from Montreal, began in 2011, taking heavy cues from their city’s thriving scene of underground politics, loft parties, and D.I.Y. culture.

  Preoccupations – New Material

Preoccupations, from Calgary, play a fusion of art rock and lo-fi pop that maintains a very human pulse despite the extensive use of electronics and noise.

  Salad Boys – This Is Glue

Salad Boys are a New Zealand indie pop band. This is their second release.

  Shame – Songs Of Praise

Shame, from South London, released their debut this year.

  Soft Science – Maps

Soft Science is a dream pop / shoegaze band from Sacramento, California.

  Teenage Wrist – Chrome Neon Jesus

Teenage Wrist, from Los Angeles, released their debut full length showing influences from 90s British bands like Catherine Wheel and Swervedriver.

Please give them a listen if you’re not familiar with them and, as always, support the artists.

Want to be considered for 2019?

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Deerhunter to release ‘Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?’

How do you describe an album out of time, concerned with the disappearance of culture, of humanity, of nature, of logic and emotion? Why make this album in an era when attention spans have been reduced to next to nothing, and the tactile grains of making music have been further reduced to algorithms and projected playlist placement. Why wake up in the morning? Why hasn’t everything already disappeared?

Deerhunter’s eighth LP forgets the questions and makes up unrelated answers. It gets up, walks around, it records itself in several strategic geographic points across North America. It comes home, restructures itself and goes back to bed to avoid the bad news.

From the opening harpsichord and piano figures of ‘Death in Midsummer’, it is impossible to tell where the record came from. Is ‘No One’s Sleeping’ an outtake of an aborted Kinks recording session in 1977 Berlin with Eno producing? No. That is nostalgia. If there is one thing Deerhunter are making clear it is that they have exhausted themselves with that toxic concept.

What they spend their time doing instead is reinventing their approach to microphones, the drum kit, the harpsichord, the electromechanical and synthetic sounds of keyboards. Whatever guitars are left are pure chrome, plugged straight into the mixing desk with no amplifier or vintage warmth.

The result is as thrilling, haunting, and unpredictable as anything in their roughly 15-year career.

Deerhunter have made a science fiction album about the present. Is it needed right now? Is it relevant? Perhaps only to a small audience. DADA was a reaction to the horrors of war. Punk was a reaction to the slow and vacant 70’s. Hip Hop was a liberated musical culture that challenged the notions presented wholesale about the African-American experience. What is popular music today a reaction to?

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The Beatles ‘White Album’ 50th Anniversary Editions

Giles Martin & Sam Okell discuss the upcoming Beatles ‘White Album’ 50th anniversary release.

On November 9, The Beatles will release a suite of lavishly presented ‘White Album’ packages including a super deluxe 7-disc set featuring 50 mostly previously unreleased recordings all newly mixed with 5.1 surround audio as well as the much-sought after Esher Demos.

The album will be available in super deluxe 7-disc, deluxe 4LP, deluxe 3CD and 2LP editions, all with the new stereo audio mixes.

You can pre-order them now here:

• 2LP edition
• 4LP deluxe (limited edition)
• 6 CD + Blu-ray
• 3 CD

 

 

Much of the initial songwriting for ‘The White Album’ was done in Rishikesh, India between February and April 1968, when John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr joined a course at the Maharishi’s Academy of Transcendental Meditation. In a postcard to Ringo, who had returned to England before the others, John wrote, “we’ve got about two L.P.s worth of songs now so get your drums out.”

During the last week of May, The Beatles gathered at George’s house in Esher, Surrey, where they recorded acoustic demos for 27 songs. Known as the Esher Demos, all 27 recordings are included in the new edition’s Deluxe and Super Deluxe packages, sourced from the original four-track tapes. Twenty-one of the demoed songs were recorded during the subsequent studio sessions, and 19 were ultimately finished and included on ‘The White Album.’

The Beatles’ studio sessions for The BEATLES (‘White Album’) began on May 30, 1968 at Abbey Road Studios. In the 20 weeks that followed, The Beatles devoted most of their time to sessions there for the new album, with some recording also done at Trident Studios. The final session for the album took place at Abbey Road on October 16, a 24-hour marathon with producer George Martin to sequence the double album’s four sides and to complete edits and cross-fades between its songs. The Beatles’ approach to recording for ‘The White Album’ was quite different from what they had done for ‘Sgt. Pepper.’ Rather than layering individually overdubbed parts on a multi-track tape, many of the ‘White Album’ session takes were recorded to four-track and eight-track tape as group performances with a live lead vocal. The Beatles often recorded take after take for a song, as evidenced by the Super Deluxe set’s Take 102 for “Not Guilty,” a song that was not included on the album. This live-take recording style resulted in a less intricately structured, more unbridled album that would shift the course of rock music and cut a path for punk and indie rock.

  

 

The Beatles (White Album) – Tapebox

 

The Beatles’ newly adopted method of recording all through the night was time consuming and exhausting for their producer, George Martin. Martin had other duties, including his management of AIR (Associated Independent Recording), and he had also composed the orchestral score for The Beatles’ animated feature film, Yellow Submarine, released in July 1968. After the first three months of ‘White Album’ sessions, Martin took a three-week holiday from the studio, entrusting the control room to his young assistant Chris Thomas and balance engineer Ken Scott. Scott had taken the place of engineer Geoff Emerick, who left the sessions in mid-July. On August 22, Ringo Starr also left the sessions, returning 11 days later to find his drum kit adorned with flowers from his bandmates. While the sessions’ four and a half months of long hours and many takes did spark occasional friction in the studio, the session recordings reveal the closeness, camaraderie, and collaborative strengths within the band, as well as with George Martin.

The BEATLES (‘White Album’) was the first Beatles album to be released on the group’s own Apple Records label. Issued in both stereo and mono for the U.K. and in stereo for the U.S., the double album was an immediate bestseller, entering the British chart at number one and remaining there for eight of the 22 weeks it was listed. ‘The White Album’ also debuted at number one on the U.S. chart, holding the top spot for nine weeks of its initial 65-week chart run. In his glowing ‘White Album’ review for Rolling Stone, the magazine’s co-founder Jann Wenner declared: “It is the best album they have ever released, and only The Beatles are capable of making a better one.” In the U.S., ‘The White Album’ is 19-times platinum-certified by the RIAA and in 2000, it was inducted into the Recording Academy’s GRAMMY® Hall of Fame, recognizing “recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance.”

Super Deluxe [6CD+1Blu-ray set / digital audio collection]

CD 1: The BEATLES (‘White Album’) 2018 Stereo Mix

  • Back in the U.S.S.R.
  • Dear Prudence
  • Glass Onion
  • Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
  • Wild Honey Pie
  • The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill
  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps
  • Happiness is a Warm Gun
  • Martha My Dear
  • I’m so tired
  • Blackbird
  • Piggies
  • Rocky Raccoon
  • Don’t Pass Me By
  • Why don’t we do it in the road?
  • I Will
  • Julia

CD 2: The BEATLES (‘White Album’) 2018 Stereo Mix

  • Birthday
  • Yer Blues
  • Mother Nature’s Son
  • Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey
  • Sexy Sadie
  • Helter Skelter
  • Long, Long, Long
  • Revolution I
  • Honey Pie
  • Savoy Truffle
  • Cry Baby Cry
  • Revolution 9
  • Good Night

CD 3: Esher Demos

  • Back in the U.S.S.R.
  • Dear Prudence
  • Glass Onion
  • Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
  • The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill
  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps
  • Happiness is a Warm Gun
  • I’m so tired
  • Blackbird
  • Piggies
  • Rocky Raccoon
  • Julia
  • Yer Blues
  • Mother Nature’s Son
  • Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey
  • Sexy Sadie
  • Revolution
  • Honey Pie
  • Cry Baby Cry
  • Sour Milk Sea
  • Junk
  • Child of Nature
  • Circles
  • Mean Mr. Mustard
  • Polythene Pam
  • Not Guilty
  • What’s the New Mary Jane

CD 4: Sessions

  • Revolution I (Take 18)
  • A Beginning (Take 4) / Don’t Pass Me By (Take 7)
  • Blackbird (Take 28)
  • Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey (Unnumbered rehearsal)
  • Good Night (Unnumbered rehearsal)
  • Good Night (Take 10 with a guitar part from Take 5)
  • Good Night (Take 22)
  • Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (Take 3)
  • Revolution (Unnumbered rehearsal)
  • Revolution (Take 14 – Instrumental backing track)
  • Cry Baby Cry (Unnumbered rehearsal)
  • Helter Skelter (First version – Take 2)

CD 5: Sessions

  • Sexy Sadie (Take 3)
  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Acoustic version – Take 2)
  • Hey Jude (Take 1)
  • St. Louis Blues (Studio jam)
  • Not Guilty (Take 102)
  • Mother Nature’s Son (Take 15)
  • Yer Blues (Take 5 with guide vocal)
  • What’s the New Mary Jane (Take 1)
  • Rocky Raccoon (Take 8)
  • Back in the U.S.S.R. (Take 5 – Instrumental backing track)
  • Dear Prudence (Vocal, guitar & drums)
  • Let It Be (Unnumbered rehearsal)
  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Third version – Take 27)
  • (You’re so Square) Baby, I Don’t Care (Studio jam)
  • Helter Skelter (Second version – Take 17)
  • Glass Onion (Take 10)

CD 6: Sessions

  • I Will (Take 13)
  • Blue Moon (Studio jam)
  • I Will (Take 29)
  • Step Inside Love (Studio jam)
  • Los Paranoias (Studio jam)
  • Can You Take Me Back? (Take 1)
  • Birthday (Take 2 – Instrumental backing track)
  • Piggies (Take 12 – Instrumental backing track)
  • Happiness is a Warm Gun (Take 19)
  • Honey Pie (Instrumental backing track)
  • Savoy Truffle (Instrumental backing track)
  • Martha My Dear (Without brass and strings)
  • Long, Long, Long (Take 44)
  • I’m so tired (Take 7)
  • I’m so tired (Take 14)
  • The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill (Take 2)
  • Why don’t we do it in the road? (Take 5)
  • Julia (Two rehearsals)
  • The Inner Light (Take 6 – Instrumental backing track)
  • Lady Madonna (Take 2 – Piano and drums)
  • Lady Madonna (Backing vocals from take 3)
  • Across the Universe (Take 6)

Blu-ray: The BEATLES (‘White Album’)

Audio Features:

: PCM Stereo (2018 Stereo Mix)
: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (2018)
: Dolby True HD 5.1 (2018)
: Mono (2018 Direct Transfer of ‘The White Album’ Original Mono Mix)

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