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Clinic – Fantasy Island

Clinic have officially announced the release of their new album “Fantasy Island” to be released October 22nd via Domino Records. With the announcement they’ve also shared their new single ‘Fantasy Island’.

01 “The Lamplighter”
02 “Fine Dining”
03 “Take A Chance”
04 “Refractions (In The Rain)”
05 “Dreams Can Come True”
06 “Miracles”
07 “On The Other Side…”
08 “Fantasy Island”
09 “I Can’t Stand The Rain”
10 “Feelings”
11 “Hocus Pocus”
12 “Grand Finale”

The video was directed by Emily Evans. The band say about the single: “Get out of your tree tonight with Clinic’s new electro-rockabilly shebang.”

The band revealed in a soundbite that: Clinic look to a brighter future. This time they are embracing the idea of looking at the future and the different ways it can unfold. It’s a tin of fruit cocktail.

Referencing H.G. Wells’ Things to Come, Marshall McLuhan’s The Medium is the Massage and Sombrero Fallout by Richard Brautigan, the themes Clinic explore on this album are time, music and entertainment. In a (coco) nutshell, Clinic have gone funky disco, broadening their sonic palette with the addition of several new gadgets including an electronic acid bass machine, a 1970s cocktail rhythm unit, a Casio digital horn and space drum.

They are also heading out on their first live tour since 2012 later this year. No dates have been announced for the USofA (or Tijuana) yet.

James Blake – Friends That Break Your Heart

James Blake has announced his new album “Friends That Break Your Heart” to be released September 10th. With the album announcement came the release also of the first single ‘Say What You Will’.


The video stars James Blake and Finneas. Blake said this of the song: “The song is about finding peace with who you are and where you’re at regardless of how well other people seem to be doing. Comparison really is the thief of joy.”

He’s announce some tour dates kicking off in San Diego, CA.
September 16 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
September 19 – San Francisco, CA @ Greek Theatre
September 21 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
September 22 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
September 25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
September 28 – Denver, CO @ The Fillmore
September 30 – Minneapolis, MN @ The State Theatre
October 2 – Detroit, MI @ Fillmore Auditorium
October 3 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
October 6 – Boston, MA @ Boch Center Wang Theatre
October 8 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore Philadelphia
October 9 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
October 12 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem
October 13 – Charlotte, NC @ Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
October 15 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle

Matt Sweeney & Bonnie Prince Billy – Superwolves

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and Matt Sweeney have finally gotten around, 16 years later, in making the follow to their album Superwolf aptly titled “Superwolves” which was released via Drag City.


01 Make Worry for Me
02 Good to My Girls
03 God Is Waiting
04 Hall of Death
05 Shorty’s Ark
06 I Am a Youth Inclined to Ramble
07 My Popsicle
08 Watch What Happens
09 Resist the Urge
10 There Must Be a Someone
11 My Blue Suit
12 My Body Is My Own
13 You Can Regret What You Have Done
14 Not Fooling

The duo released a few videos in anticipation of the album’s release. This one is for “My Body Is My Own” and it was recorded at the Apex Protection Project wolf rescue and sanctuary in L.A.

Another one was for “Resist The Urge”. This one was directed by Atiba and Kevin “Spanky’ Long.

The video for “My Blue Suit” was directed by Geoff McFetridge.

Sai Selvarajan & Jeff Bednarz directed the video for “Hall Of Death”.

Jonah Freeman & Justin Lowe directed what was the first offering from the album “Make Worry For Me”.

They started the process for this album 5 years ago sending sketches and demos and ideas back and forth. There were instances were Will Oldham would send the lyrics over to Matt Sweeney so he could put music to the words. There’s a delicate nature on how Sweeney knows Oldham’s voice so well that he can put music to the lyrics. “I love the challenge to write melodies for Will to sing,” Sweeney said. “Struggle with that challenge, too. Knowing that Will’s voice will elevate the melody makes me reach higher and dig deeper for the tune. Makes me want to match it with a guitar part that holds his voice like a chalice holds wine (or blood, or whatever is needed to live the best life). I also love singing harmonies and responses to this voice of his.”

Will said this about the record: “Even if it’s only for the two and a half minutes or four minutes that the song is on…. You don’t want people to just sit back and hear it and say, ‘That’s awesome,’ you want people to sit with it for, you know…if you’ve done your job right, sit with it for days or weeks or months or years.”

Go and immerse yourself in this album and once you’re done go and chase the rabbit hole that is both of their discographies.

Ministry – Good Trouble

Ministry have announced the release of their 15th album “Moral Hygiene” out October 1st via Nuclear Blast. The second single is ‘Good Trouble’.

1. Alert Level
2. Good Trouble
3. Sabotage Is Sex
4. Disinformation
5. Search and Destroy
6. Believe Me
7. Broken System
8. We Shall Resist
9. Death Toll
10. TV Song #6 (Right Around the Corner Mix)

Below is the video which contains footage from the BLM demonstrations in L.A. that were shot by Al Jourgensen and Liz Walton.

“Good Trouble” was inspired by the late congressman John Lewis and the Black Lives Matter protests around the country in 2020. Jourgensen said: “I was watching the coverage last July around Lewis’ death and was in awe the next day when this entire letter from him was published in the New York Times. How suss was that to want to keep making progress after his death by thinking about the legacy he left. I was struck by the reflectiveness of his speech, knowing he was dying and making sure it was released because he saw trouble ahead. That is the moral hygiene of this album, we have to do something to change and I really hope we continue to act and live up to the idea of getting into good trouble for the benefit of society.”

About the album Jourgensen said this: “The good thing about literally taking a year off from any social activity or touring is that you really get to sit back and get an overview of things as they are happening, as opposed to being caught up in the moment. And what I saw with how we handled several public crises, from the pandemic to racial injustice to who we vote in to lead our country, is that times are changing, and society needed to change to get away from the idea that has permeated us of take care of yourself, fuck everything else. Now more than ever we need moral hygiene. It consumed me as I wrote this album. It’s not some pious term. It’s what we have to return to in order to function as the human species on this planet. And I’m proud to have had such great guests on this album to help cement that message like Billy Morrison, Jello Biafra and Arabian Prince.”

They will be on a full fall tour, “Industrial Strength Tour”, with Helmet and Front Line Assembly.

Black Dice – Mod Prig Sic

Black Dice have (finally) announced a new album “Mod Prig Sic” out in October via FourFour Records. With the announcement comes the first single ‘White Sugar’.

01 “Bad Bet”
02 “Tuned Out”
03 “Swinging”
04 “Scramblehead”
04 “White Sugar”
05 “Plasma”
06 “Big Chip”
07 “All The Way
08 “Scramblehead II”
09 “Jocko”
10 “Downward Arrow”
11 “Scramblehead III”

The video for “White Sugar” was directed by Aaron Anderson.

Jonathan Galkin, who is the co-founder of DFA Records, is the founder of FourFour Records and said this: “I started this label to seamlessly continue on with the artistic, creative work I did for the past 20 years, plus sign artists who I have been eager to work and collaborate with. Black Dice’s Beaches & Canyons (2003) was the first full length album released on DFA, and there could be no more appropriate band in which to launch my new label.”.

Black Dice will kick off their tour in San Diego on October 26th with a show at the Soda Bar.

Spencer. – Are You Down?

Spencer., has announced the details of his debut album ‘Are U Down’ and shares his first single, “Lonely As I Ever Was”, the album will be released on September 10th via 4AD.

1. byyyte
2. Lonely As I Ever Was
3. U Around?
4. MyLuv
5. After the Show (ft. Becky and the Birds)
6. Luvs Me Not
7. RocStar
8. staywmecassette
9. No Direction
10. Heart Freestyle
11. Drop

The video for “Lonely As I Ever Was” was directed by Rooftop. Spencer said this about the song: “’Lonely As I Ever Was’ was the last song I wrote for my record, I even made the outro the same day.  The theme of this one is basically from the song ‘Next Lifetime’ by Erykah Badu, and I even reference it in the lyrics.  Kinda like being on the other side of her situation, begging someone in a relationship to consider a relationship with you.”

Born and raised in Rochester, NY, to chemist parents who presciently gifted him the middle name Miles (for Miles Davis), a career in music beckoned from an early age with 4-year-old Spencer. lobbying his Jamaican mother and British father for trumpet lessons in tribute to his namesake.  Rochester’s rich and underappreciated creative scene nurtured his musical skills, and he won a place on a summer jazz programme at the city’s prestigious Eastman School of Music in his teens.  A self-taught producer who has always recorded in isolation, he started self-releasing home recordings in 2018, and eventually dropped out of college when his EP Want U Back became a word-of-mouth hit.

Annihilus – Draw The Beast

Annihilus has shared the first single, “Draw The Beast”, off what will be his new album ‘Follow A Song From The Sky” out August 13th via Federal Prisoner.

Track Listing:

1.  The Grand Illusion
2.  Twist Ending?
3.  Draw the Beast
4.  Winter Song
5.  The Voice of Shai-Hulud
6.  AMA
7.  Isolation Tracking
8.  Song From the Sky

The video for the single was directed by Michael Vallera. About the video Luca Cimarusti (Annihilus) said: “I think Vallera‘s music video really captures the energy and chaos of the story here—claustrophobic, frantic, overwhelming dread caused by being trapped in confined spaces with something meaner and more powerful than you.”

Jesse Draxler, co-founder of Federal Prisoner said of this release: “Our intent with FP has always been to release other’s material as well as our own, it was just a matter of letting that happen organically rather than through force. I (Jesse) was listening to a lot of ‘Ghanima‘ over the winter and through an Instagram share Luca and I began talking. When he told me he was working on an album that he’d like for us to consider my interest was piqued because I knew it would be the kind of fresh and understatedly genre-subversive material we could get behind. After listening to “Follow A Sign From The Sky” many times over I can say that intuition wasn’t wrong. We couldn’t be more psyched to rep this release.”

Martes Niebla – Helsinki I

Martes Niebla presenta el nuevo sencillo “Helsinki I” que formará parte del LP debut de la banda estrenará este Otoño vía El Genio Equivocado.

“Helsinki I”, sin salirse de las influencias dream pop, shoegaze y post punk que caracterizan a la banda, es una canción peculiar en varios sentidos. En primer lugar, por su aire más alegre y dinámico, dentro del estilo tendente a la melancolía que es seña de identidad de Martes Niebla. Y, sobre todo, porque en el futuro LP este tema irá unido a otro, “Helsinki II”, por lo que este adelanto nos deja con la intriga de cuál será su evolución, algo que solo podremos descubrir una vez se edite el álbum al completo.

El quinteto esta formado por Inés Olalla, Cristian Bohórquez, Erica Pender, Davis Rodríguez y Paco Arenas (procedentes de bandas ya conocidas como Terry vs. Tori, Blacanova, Escuelas Pías o Beladrone) y si, si se escuchan las influencias de Ride o My Bloody Valentine pero tambien se escucha algo de Deerhunter o School Of Seven Bells.

La canción ha sido grabada, como el resto del futuro LP, con el productor Raúl Pérez en su estudio La Mina (Sevilla) y masterizada por Cem Oral en Jammin Masters (Berlín). La portada es obra de Davis Rodríguez

Pokey LaFarge – Get It ‘Fore It’s Gone

Pokey LaFarge has shared the first single, “Get It ‘Fore It’s Gone”, off his upcoming new album ‘In The Blossom Of Their Shade’ out September 10th via New West Records.

In The Blossom of Their Shade Track Listing: 

1. Get It ‘Fore It’s Gone
2. Mi Ideal
3. Fine to Me
4. Drink of You
5. Rotterdam
6. To Love or Be Alone
7. Long for the Heaven I Seek
8. Killing Time
9. Yo-Yo
10. Goodnight, Goodbye (Hope Not Forever)

The video for “Get It ‘Fore It’s Gone” was directed by Brandon Bernath.

The 10-song album was produced and arranged by Pokey LaFarge and Chris Seefried and recorded in Chicago, IL & Los Angeles, CA. Pokey LaFarge shared this about the album: “This album is a result of my 2020 experience. Before the pandemic, I was in a dark place but the pandemic actually created the much needed space for me to reflect. Turns out that being completely sedentary for once was a good thing. I found peace in the stillness. I was able to recalibrate what it is I do and why I’m doing it. Who I’m to do it with and most importantly, who I’m doing it for.”

A tour has been rolled, however at this time there are no west coast dates announced yet. Hopefully some will be added for the fall / winter 2021.

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