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Dead Cross – “II”

Dead Cross have announced the release of their second album, “II”, out October 28th via Ipecac Records.

TRACKLIST:
01 “Love Without Love”
02 “Animal Espionage
03 “Heart Reformer”
04 “Strong And Wrong”
05 “Ants And Dragons”
06 “Nightclub Canary”
07 “Christian Missile Crisis”
08 “Reign Of Error”
09 “Imposter Syndrome”

The first single of the album is “Reign Of Error” with a video directed by Displaced / Replaced.

Michael Crain said of the song: “’Reign of Error’ was recorded almost as quickly as it was written and I believe there’s a very good explanation for it. I haven’t told anybody this before, least of all the rest of the band or Ross, but I honestly felt a strong presence in the studio that day. Those riffs flew out of me and when Dave sat down at his kit it was almost as if we’d played that song a thousand times before. It literally just happened so fast. Bam! One take. I’m not trying to paint a dark or fantasy-like story either. Having just escaped death and still healing from my cancer treatments I was incredibly sensitive to energy and the other side. There was someone else there. Not evil but benevolent and inspiring. I honestly believe it was Dave’s old bandmate and friend Jeff. I think he just wanted to jam with his friend again and perhaps did so through me. There I said it. Whether people believe it or not I really don’t care. I’m just grateful that I had that experience.”

📷: Becky DiGiglio

No tour dates have been announced yet due to the agoraphobia case that Mike Patton went/is going thru. He did say that he hopes that they could tour in support of the album and that he has a couple of Mr. Bungle dates scheduled and that if those go well for him mentally that he is more than open to go on tour with Dead Cross.

Mor Mor – “Far Apart”

Mor Mor has released a new single, “Far Apart”.

The video was directed by: Camille Summers-Valli.

Mor Mor stated this about the song: “…the track is about the toxicity that occurs in a relationship when both people haven’t yet faced their demons…” This is Mor Mor’s first single since 2019 (Some Place Else) and it’s just as amazing as his previous work (Heaven’s Only Wishful).

We look forward to him announcing his new album (or EP) and hopefully a tour too.

Haunted Horses – “the Worst Has Finally Happened”

Haunted Horses released their new album “The Worst Has Finally Happened” out July 29th via Three One G.

TRACKLIST:
House of the World to Come
The Garden
Pig
Window Sung
The Worst
Swarms
Thorns
Golden Stairs
Cold Machine
Severed Circle

The first single was for the song “Pig” with a video by Andy Wallis / Displaced Replaced.

Colin Dawson shared this about the song and video: “Director and Producer Andy Wallis brings the grotesque to life with 10kg of clay. We watch the body form, contort and writhe in an attempt to survive. Its rapid movement does nothing to help break free of the room, only allowing the malleable onlooker to mutate. The Worst wears many faces. The song was written completely digitally and manifested its existence through an onslaught of synthesizers, keys and recycled samples, this track was the first in a new writing format for the band. Drums and bass were later added to complete the utter nastiness that is “Pig.”

The follow up to that video was for the song “Cold Medicine” with a video directed by daisyheroin and Myke Prolly.

The last video they released in anticipation for their album was for “The Garden”, the video was co-directed by Rachael & Brandon Pierce.

Colin Dawy shared this about the song: “‘The Garden’ is a song about the worst societal delusions. We were quick to choose this as a single since it properly sets the tone of the new album. It’s intended to introduce the album’s various architectural noise structures and heavy rhythmic layers.”

JB Dunckel – “Carbon”

JB Dunckel has released his 3rd solo album, “Carbon”, out now via Prototyp Recording.

TRACKLIST
1. Spark
2. Corporate Sunset
3. Space
4. Shogun
5. Zombie Park
6. Dare
7. Sex UFO
8. Cristal Mind
9. Naturalis Principia Musica

JB Dunckel, who is one half of the band Air, said this about the song “Corporate Sunset”: “It’s about how big corporations are changing the world and what they propose could be paradise. That song is optimistic but big tech companies are more likely to bring us hell. They’re more powerful now than any country, they’re the new kings.”

About the album he shared this: “Carbon, when you burn it, it doesn’t go away. It’s full of strength, diamonds are crystallized carbon. Carbon is the thing that makes you solid. It’s the most important thing in our bodies and in our lives, but we’re hardly aware of it. It’s all about creating waves that bring me happiness, or, that reveal how I feel. It has to drag me into a dream or a sort of internal pleasure…. Music brings energy and I want them to feel this energy.”

As of right now there are no current tour dates announced for the USofA (or Tijuana).

Erica Dawn Lyle & Vice Cooler – “LAND TRUST: Benefit for NEFOC”

Erica Dawn Lyle (Bikini Kill) & Vice Cooler (The Raincoats) have announced the release of of their benefit album, “Land Trust: Benefit for NEFOC”, OUT June 3rd.

Track List:

1. Decoder Ring (Featuring Katie Alice Greer)
2. Lost In Thought (Featuring The Linda Lindas w/ Kathi Wilcox)
3. Mirrorball (Featuring Kathleen Hanna)
4. Debt Collector (Featuring Kim Gordon)
5. Soul Fire Farm (Featuring Alice Bag, Emily Retsas)
6. The Immortals (Featuring Brontez Purnell)
7. Can’t Fight Me (Featuring Ah-Mer-Ah-Su)
8. Agave (Featuring The Raincoats)
9. Break A Window (Featuring Rachel Aggs, Emily Retsas)
10. Flashes Of Knowing (Featuring Christina Billotte)
11. Cracks In The Ceiling (Featuring Ali Carter, Emily Retsas)
12. Star Fuck (Featuring Louisahhh)
13. Bodies (Featuring Kelley Deal, Emily Retsas, Sarah Register)
14. PS Forever (Featuring Satomi Matsuzaki)
15. Never Was (Featuring Ivy Jeanne, Mike Watt)
16. Hearing Myself Again (Featuring Palberta, Emily Retsas, Anne Wood)

The first single off the benefit album is “Mirrorball (feat. Kathleen Hanna)”.

https://ericadawnlylevicecooler.bandcamp.com/track/mirrorball-w-kathleen-hanna

The album will be released exclusively via Bandcamp. Hanna shared this about it: “This is the very, very rare benefit album where no one just sent in some crappy B-side. All the songs are fucking great and the performers really put their hearts into it. It’s a testament to Erica and Vice doing a phenomenal job bringing people together.” Lyle shared this: “It’s become so difficult to organize or make change when everybody’s so far flung throughout cities and living so precariously in fear of eviction. But on a farm you have the collective work to produce healthy food, you have meeting and gathering space for visitors from the city to heal and decompress from their work in social movements and the pace of urban life, you have potential employment. And all this without fear of eviction. The ownership of land makes all of these things possible. The land that NEFOC acquires for farmers becomes collectively owned. Farms run by African Americans make up less than 2 percent of all of the nation’s farms. NEFOC is working to change that.” Cooler shared this: “In a lot of ways this record reflects the family we have each built with each other through a lifetime of art and music making. We all help each other out and collaborate, even outside of music.”

Black Star – “No Fear Of Time”

Black Star have released their new album, “No Fear Of Time”, via Luminary and produced by Madlib.

TRACKLIST:
01 “o.G.”
02 “So be it”
03 “Sweetheart. Sweethard. Sweetodd.”
04 “My favorite band”
05 “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing”
06 “Yonders”
07 “Supreme alchemy”
08 “Freequency” (Feat. Black Thought)
09 “No fear of time” (Feat. Yummy Bingham)

Talib Kweli shared this about the album: “About 3-4 years ago I was visiting yasiin in Europe and we started to talk about songs to do on an album, so I flew an engineer out just to see what that would be. Once I realized this conversation is starting to organically become a creative conversation, I started making sure to have the engineer around at all times. There was one day we were just in a hotel listening to Madlib beats, and he’s like “Play that Madlib tape again.” I’m playing the beats and he starts doing rhymes to the beats. And that’s how we did the first song.”

The one song you can hear that’s not exclusive to the Luminary site is the track opener “O.g.”.

It only took a couple of decades for them to release their follow up album. Here’s to hoping the next one takes them, Talib Kweli and Yasiin Bey, less than a quarter of a century to complete.

Wilco – “Cruel Country”

Wilco Will be releasing their new album, “Cruel Country”, May 27th via dBpm.

TRACKLIST:
01 “I Am My Mother”
02 “Cruel Country”
03 “Hints”
04 “Ambulance”
05 “The Empty Condor”
06 “Tonight’s The Day”
07 “All Across The World”
08 “Darkness Is Cheap”
09 “Bird Without A Tail / Base Of My Skull”
10 “Tired Of Taking It Out On You”
11 “The Universe”
12 “Many Worlds”
13 “Hearts Hard To Find”
14 “Falling Apart (Right Now)”
15 “Please Be Wrong”
16 “Story To Tell”
17 “A Lifetime To Find”
18 “Country Song Upside-down”
19 “Mystery Binds”
20 “Sad Kind Of Way”
21 “The Plains”

The first single off the album is “Falling Apart (Right Now)”. The studio footage was compiled and edited by Zoran Orlic.

This is what Jeff Tweedy said of the album: “There have been elements of Country music in everything we’ve ever done. We’ve never been particularly comfortable with accepting that definition, the idea that I was making country music. But now, having been around the block a few times, we’re finding it exhilarating to free ourselves within the form, and embrace the simple limitation of calling the music we’re making Country. It isn’t always direct and easy to spot, but there are flashes of clarity. It’s all mixed up and mixed in, the way my personal feelings about America are often woven with all of our deep collective myths. Simply put, people come and problems emerge. Worlds collide. It’s beautiful. And cruel. The specifics of an American identity begin to blur for me as the record moves toward the light and opens itself up to more cosmic solutions—coping with fear, without belonging to any nation or group other than humanity itself. More than any other genre, Country music, to me, a white kid from middle-class middle America, has always been the ideal place to comment on what most troubles my mind—which for more than a little while now has been the country where I was born, these United States. And because it is the country I love, and because it’s Country music that I love, I feel a responsibility to investigate their mirrored problematic natures. I believe it’s important to challenge our affections for things that are flawed.”

Jessie Buckley & Bernard Butler – “The Eagle And The Dove”

Jessie Buckley & Bernard Butler have announced the release of their album, “For All Our Days That Tear Our Heart”, out June 10th.

TRACKLIST:
01 “The Eagle & The Dove”
02 “For All Our Days That Tear The Heart”
03 “20 Years A-Growing”
04 “Babylon Days”
05 “Seven Red Rose Tattoos”
06 “Footnotes On The Map”
07 “We’ve Run The Distance”
08 “We Haven’t Spoke About The Weather”
09 “Beautiful Regret”
10 “I Cried Your Tears”
11 “Shallow The Water”
12 “Catch The Dust”

They’ve shared the video for the opening track “The Eagle And The Dove”, and both the song and the video are amazing. This was the first song the pair wrote together, which is named after a book by the interwar proto-feminist writer Vita Sackville-West, set the tone for the project. The video was directed by Harvey Pearson with footage from Juana Jimenez.

Jessie Buckley, the amazing actress from films like “i’m thinking of ending things”, “the lost daughter”, “taboo” and more, said this about the album: “Right now, I feel like I’ll never make another album again, because I can’t imagine another album happening the way this one did. It’s amazing that it even happened once. This obscure, organic, odd little thing that just found us.” Bernard Butler, guitar player from the (more than just) britpop legendary band Suede, The Tears, said this about the album: “More than anything, I wanted it to be joyous, properly joyous, because there is such joy in Jessie, there really is. In spite of the darkness and the intensity in these songs, I’m just flying when I listen back to them.”

Tijuana Panthers – “False Equivalent”

Tijuana Panthers have shared their new single, “False Equivalent”, off their upcoming album “Halfway To Eighty” out June 24th via Innovative Leisure.

TRACKLIST:

  1. Helping Hand
  2. Slacker
  3. Not Your Business
  4. Take Back Time
  5. False Equivalent
  6. Man Of Dust
  7. April New Yorker
  8. Quantum Entenmann’s
  9. Cricket Meditation
  10. Reflections
  11. Beware Of Dog

Their latest single, “False Equivalent”, is somehow catchier and a bit more poppies than all of their previous material. It’s a great fun and jangly track.

Daniel Michicoff shared this about the release: “Not to get all spiritual about it, but when we were younger, we played really hard for nobody, and now the fans do all the work for us. They have the fun and we just kind of rock out, and it’s nice. It’s cool to sit back and play the songs and watch. They’re putting on a show for us.

The Tijuana Panthers have a few live dates lined up. They will be playing Dodger Stadium for the Viva LA festival, they won’t be headlining even though they should but they’re not. And they also are playing Bakersfield this weekend. No other dates have been announced yet for either the rest of the USofA (or Tijuana).

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