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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’.

Tracklisting:
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’.

TRACKLIST:
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.

TRACKLIST:
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.

OFF! – Holier Than Thou

OFF! have shared their cover of Metallica’s “Holier Than Thou”, off (pun was maybe intended) the upcoming ‘Black Album’ cover album. This version of “Holier Than Thou” sounds heavier and thrashier than that of Metallica’s, it sounds more like early Metallica than post-Black Album.

The video for “Holier Than Thou” was directed by Chris Grismer and it features performances by David Yow and Angelo Moore.

While announcing the release of the video and the fact that they will be reissuing their catalog via Fat Possum they also went ahead and unveiled a new lineup which consists of: Keith Morris (vocals), Dimitri Coats (guitar), Autry Fullbright II (…and you will now is by the trail of dead) bass and Justin Brown (Thundercat) (drums). Which means that Mario Rubalcaba and Steven McDonald are no longer in this iteration of the band. This new lineup sounds ripping hard, this based solely on the only song available right now.

No tour dates have been announced yet but we can imagine they will be getting the van ready for a your soon enough.

Wanda Jackson – Encore

Wanda Jackson, the Queen of Rockabilly, will release her final album “Encore” on August 20th via Big Machine / Blackheart.

Tracklist:

“Big Baby”
“Two Shots” (featuring Elle King and Joan Jett)
“You Drive Me Wild”
“Good Girl Down” (featuring Angaleena Presley and Candi Carpenter)
“It Keeps Right on a Hurtin’”
“We Gotta Stop”
“Treat Me Like a Lady” (featuring Joan Jett)
“That What Love Is” (featuring Joan Jett)

The first single is the cover “It Keeps Right On A Hurtin'”.

Wanda Jackson retired from touring back in 2019. This album will be her 32nd and follows 2010’s The Party Ain’t Over, which was produced by Jack White, and 2012’s Unfinished Business, which was produced by the late Justin Townes Earle. For this last one she partnered up with Joan Jett and Kenny Laguna for 8 songs that were recorded before her announcement.

We were fortunate enough to have seen her performance a couple of times and each performance was magical in its own way.

TV On The Radio – Return To Cookie Mountain

July 6th, 2006 TV On The Radio releases “Return To Cookie Mountain”.

Before the album was released the mammoth of a single that was “Wolf Like Me” had already been played almost everywhere, BUT, not everywhere yet. With that song they brought the art rock and the post punk indie rock to the forefront. While it might not have been the most popular song fr.that genre it was clearly the most important one. The one other musicians listened to. The one other artists gushed over. The one.

Yet, that wasn’t the only thing that separated TVOTR from the rest of their contemporaries. “Return To Cookie Mountain” also featured David Bowie on vocals on “Province” who had been a massive fan since hearing their EP ‘Young Liars’ at a photo shoot he was doing back in 2004. And Bowie being Bowie kept in touch with Dave Sitek. As Sitek tells the story: “When we started making Return to Cookie Mountain, I dropped off a disc of demos for him. About a month later, he wrote to me and said, “I really love this ‘Province’ track, the lyrics and the strange choice of sounds. This is really incredible.” And without even thinking about it, I said, “Well, you should come to the studio and be on it.” Which was kind of a ballsy move, and he said, “OK, I’ll be there sometime next week.” He showed up at my studio in Williamsburg. Tunde couldn’t get his head around it. I couldn’t either. We were both, “What the hell is going on?” David was an absolute gentleman. He was super generous with his time and down to earth. He was wearing New Balance sneakers and talking to us about music. He listened to everything. He was into Lightning Bolt, like I was, and I talked to him about Górecki’s third symphony. Usually when you’re in a studio, you hear the vocals and have an idea of what to do next. But he’d sing the parts and you’d go, “Uh, that sounds like a finished record.” But true to form, he was like, “You know what you’re doing, so do you think it’s right?” He wasn’t trying to turn TV on the Radio into Bowie. He just wanted to participate and honor the song and be a part of it.”

Kazu Makino, of Blonde Redhead, lent her vocals for the song “Hours”. However, that wasn’t the only collaboration that song had. El-P, before Run The Jewels, did a remix of that song and even though some remixes are worst than others this one completely blew the lid off form the track.

These are only 3 tracks so far. We haven’t even spoken about “Dirtywhirl” or “Blues From Down Here”.

“A Method”, “Let The Devil In”, “I Was A Lover” and “Playhouses” were also jawdroppingly amazing and unique on their own way.

“Tonight” and “Wash The Day Away” are stunning closing tracks.

This same year they went on an amphitheater tour where they were playing with Peter Murphy and Nine Inch Nails, since NIN had released their “comeback” album ‘With Teeth’. Within this tour sometime they would perform some songs together and below there’s a clip of TVOTR playing “Dreams” with vocals by Trent Reznor and Peter Murphy.

When this album came out it completely changed me (again). Mind you that the first 5 times I heard the song “Young Liars” I kept on listening new things in it and it got me genuinely excited about music again. When “Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes” arrived I was already a massive TVOTR believer. That album only cimented what I already believed which was that TVOTR was the best band out of New York. Head above shoulders Interpol and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the Walkmen and the National. What happened? Well, “Return To Cookie Mountain” came out and I couldn’t find a bad song in the album. They were all playing so good live during this time that i think I might’ve seen them play live about 6 times behind this album. I don’t know what it was about specifically but something within it changed me, or to be a little more specific it helped me, it healed me. I was not a teen at this time yet I felt that this album did what music is supposed to do to you sometimes, which is to transform you and transport you somewhere you haven’t been before and to make you feel something.

The wonder in this is seeing them almost 10 years later from Return To Cookie Mountain and having my daughter experience something with them with the album Seeds, and at the same time being able to meet them for a quick minute. I don’t know what kind of impact it had on her then, but i know the impact it had on me.

Thank you to TV On The Radio for creating this album. I don’t know what this album did to you as a band, but to me as a listener it’s something I still cherish up until now.

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