Sonic Youth + The Ramones = No Age? Apparently so. L.A. lo-fi noise/punk duo, No Age, composed of Randy Randall and Dean Spunt have been releasing great 12″‘s for a while now, but it wasn’t until June 11 (in Europe, at least) that they released their debut LP, Weirdo Rippers. Most of the tunes on Rippers are culled from previous releases, but you’d never guess by the flow of the album. It doesn’t sound nearly as copy-pasted as you might think, instead sounding like a great collection of songs. The continuity is a little off, sure, but it’s hard to complain with tracks as great as these are.
-New tracks from Liars and New Pornographers here.
-Lifesavas are finally going to get some hard-earned attention, it would seem. (mp3)
-Cristian Vogel’s new band, Night Of The Brain, just released their new album Wear This World Out. (mp3)
Two new pieces of cover art crossed my path today.
M.I.A.’s Kala (Interscope/8-12)
Liars Liars (Mute 8/28)
Also, the video for M.I.A.’s ‘Boyz’:
Also, Queens Of The Stone Age’s new album, Era Vulgaris, is out today. It’s been getting some pretty mixed reviews, but personally, I love it. I’ll admit that I’ve never been that into the Queens before, so I can’t really compare it to their previous efforts, but EV stands as a great album all on its own.
Sorry for the general lack of posts around here lately, but I guess I’ve been feeling a little burnt out on new releases, lately. Instead of listening to The White Stripes, Ryan Adams, or Iron & Wine, I’ve gone on a Sonic Youth binge lately, working my way backwards through their entire catalog in anticipation Daydream Nation‘s imminent remastered release. I’m on A Thousand Leaves right now, and I’ve come to the following conclusion about their past five releases:
A Thousand Leaves
NYC Ghosts & Flowers
Still, I love them all, just like I love my readers. So here are some of my favorite tracks from those albums.
-The new Liars track is awesome. (mp3)
-Before I went on my SY binge, I was really digging the new Art Brut album. (mp3)
-UNKLE’s latest single seems pretty nice, eh? (mp3)
-You might want to check out these Cinematic Orchestra folk. (mp3)
It’s barely been a year since Liars last album, the obscenely good Drum’s Not Dead, started expanding our minds, but the art-punk trio have already announced their new album, simply titled Liars. The album already appears to be characteristically different from past works, featuring a simple title, along with a tracklisting that couldn’t be confused with an E.E. Cummings poem. See for yourself;
01 Plaster Casts of Everything
03 Leather Prowler
04 Sailing to Byzantium
05 What Would They Know
05 Cycle Time
06 Freak Out
07 Pure Unevil
08 Clear Island
09 The Dumb in the Rain
Liars is also supposed to be home to guitar solos and improved song-writing. Excited yet? You should be.
Liars – Sunset Rodeo.mp3 [From Warm & Scratchy]