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Promo Promo: Pearl Jam

Via @coslive. "It’s easy to picture Friday Night Lights hero Tim Riggins cruising around Dillon, TX with this one blaring from his truck."

Another single of the forthcoming Pearl Jam album Lightning Bolt. They're getting more and more like the 90s band people think they are.

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20th Sep 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

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Trailer Park: Sample This

Jam on it! J-J-Jam on it! Documentary looking at the influence of the Incredible Bongo Band's classic version of Apache on hip hop.

SAMPLE THIS is the true story of how unknown music producer Michael Viner brought together the greatest studio musicians of the 1970's to create an album that ultimately went nowhere…until the summer of 1973, when DJ Herc took the percussion breaks from that obscure album and extended them by playing them back to back. His beats became an anthem on the streets of the Bronx and ultimately the genre of Hip Hop, becoming one of the most sampled tracks in history and used by artists from Will Smith and Missy Elliott to Amy Winehouse and Jay-Z.

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11th Sep 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

Arcade Fire: Reflektor

New AF album on the way (check the map here), with James Murphy manning the desk on the first single, Bowie on backing vocals (apparently), and some very LCD-sounding no-reverb drums. All starts dropping at 9pm US time tonight (9/9/9pm geddit)

UPDATE: here's the video from Anton Corbjin, and here's the iTunes link

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9th Sep 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

Slow Ass Jolene

The old John Peel 45-to-33 trick works again...

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21st Aug 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

MPFree: Midlake - Antiphon

They've lost their singer, but Midlake are ploughing on.

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19th Aug 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

Promo Promo: Volcano Choir - Comrade

New one from Bon Iver's other project, album out in September

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16th Aug 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

New TV On The Radio - Mercy

New TVOTR track, out on Dave Sitek's own label, Federal Prism.

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31st Jul 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

Tici Taci

Chimpomatic alumni Duncan Gray has a new musical project on the boil - a label called Tici Taci.

"My recent sets have become something of a Tici Taci megamix"... Andrew Weatherall

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22nd Jul 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

Matthew Herbert: The End Of Silence

New Herbert album available on Bandcamp

Following on from Matthew Herbert’s ‘One’ trilogy - One One, One Club and One Pig - ‘The End Of Silence’ takes the idea of a single sound source to its logical conclusion by utilizing only one five second audio recording as the sole source for the whole album.

Matthew was emailed a recording made by photographer Sebastian Meyer during the battle of Ras Lanuf in Libya on 11th March 2011. In the brief recording, a pro-Gadaffi plane can be heard approaching, a whistled warning, a shout and then, as if from nowhere, a bomb. It is this recording that makes up the entirety of this record.

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10th Jul 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

Promo Promo: Goat - Dreambuilding

Managed to miss them at Glastonbury, but kept hearing good things about Swedish psych-freaks GOAT

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3rd Jul 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

Promo Promo: Kurt Vile - KV Crimes

Kurt Vile plays out his own version of Game Of Thrones in this video. Loving this album. 

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11th Jun 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

Promo Promo: Boards of Canada - Reach for the Dead

Empty landscapes and lens flares? Yes, there's a new Boards Of Canada album out, and here's a video for one of the tracks.

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10th Jun 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

Promo Promo: Joe Goddard Ft. Mara Carlyle - She Burns

Can't think of many other songs that use the word "goose". Out on Greco-Roman later in the year.

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5th Jun 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

Trailer Park: A Band Called Death

Interesting looking doc on the cult band described as being "punk before punk".

"Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was Death. Formed in the early ’70s by three teenage brothers from Detroit, Death is credited as being the first black punk band, and the Hackney brothers, David, Bobby, and Dannis, are now considered pioneers in their field. But it wasn’t until recently — when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of Bobby’s attic nearly 30 years after Death’s heyday — that anyone outside a small group of punk enthusiasts had even heard of them. Equal parts electrifying rockumentary and epic family chronicle, the story of Death is one of brotherly love and fierce, divinely inspired expression."

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24th May 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

Promo Promo: Lightning Dust - Diamond

First video from the new Lightning Dust album Fantasy out June 25. MPfree here

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22nd May 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

Short Attention Span Theatre: 12 Years of DFA: Too Old To Be New, Too New To Be Classic

Talking through the DFA label's history, with James Murphy, LCD Soundsystem, The Rapture, Holy Ghost!, The Juan MacLean, Shit Robot, Sinkane, YACHT etc

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15th May 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

Trailer Park: The Stone Roses: Made Of Stone

The Shane Meadows doc is coming soon, with the resurrected Roses playing some more gigs this summer. That opening guitar riff for Made In Stone is still amazing.

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13th May 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

New Mac

not Apple - Fleetwood... They're back with four new tracks, under the inspiring title Extended Play EP

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30th Apr 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

Promo Promo: Black Sabbath - Together Again

They're back (in black). "The whole thing's been memorable. I'll probably forget it next month..." Feat. Rick Rubin as rock's OG Ben Gunn.

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30th Apr 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

RIP Storm Thorgerson

The acclaimed album art designer Storm Thorgerson has died. Obit here.

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19th Apr 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

Promo Promo: Biting Elbows

Bit slow on the uptake with this fun, ultra-violent POV promo for Russian band Biting Elbows. #NSFW

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18th Apr 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

Promo Promo: Grim Towers - Reign Down / Lighting Dust - Diamond

Been hoping there would be some new Black Mountain Army activiity soon - and look - here's two side projects on the horizon... Grim Tower finds Stephen McBean on a freaky "New Acoustic Death Folk" trip in the snow with Imaad Wasif. Album Anarchic Breezes is out May 21. "Let the free ride the breeze"? Right on, snow bros. Meanwhile Black Mountain's mellower wing Lightning Dust (Amber Webber and Josh Wells) are heading into Fleetwood Mac territory with Diamond, the first one from their new album Fantasy - out June 25. Various pre-order download options available. Should just about tide us over while we wait for a new Stormy High to finish off the giant mecha-smackdown playlist.

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13th Apr 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

Promo Promo: Parquet Courts - Stoned And Starving

Big news at this year's SXSW by all accounts. Most of the tracks on Light Up Gold don't get past the 2 min mark, so this one's clearly their Sister Ray. File under Pavement/Sonic Youth/Etc

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12th Apr 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

Promo Promo: Chochukmo - Good Night

Some Cornelius/Aztec Camera/Phoenix/Primus nods from @Chochukmo - Hong Kong indie kids. New album A Tragedy Your Majesty out soon.

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11th Apr 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

New QOTSA

Back, still on a desert road apparently.

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9th Apr 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

Trailer Park: Greetings From Tim Buckley

New rock bio about Jeff Buckley (looks like it's not starring James Franco after all)

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3rd Apr 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

Mudhoney

Vanishing Point

It was 1988 when Mudhoney put their super fuzz and big muff pedals together for first single 'Touch Me I'm Sick'…a cocky, snotty finger to the man, casting the band as full-time, half-cut losers just in it for the rock n roll. 25 years and 8 albums later, who would have guessed that they would be one of the last survivors in an industry more disposable than ever?

Since 2002 they've been back on Sub Pop, where it all began, and Vanishing Point keeps the finger raised and flag flying for noisy distortion and punk rock riffs. Drummer Dan Peters kicks off opener Slipping Away, with a reminder as to why he once kept Nirvana's drum stool warm for Dave Grohl. His pounding rolls are soon joined by Steve Turner's drunken lead and the unmistakable whine of Mark Arm. A sound perfected in '88 and not tweaked since.

On first single I Like It Small, Arm sings of the ambition that never saw them scale the heights "I've got big enough balls to admit I like it small" but is probably the reason they are still together and making music. Chardonnay is a 90 second love/hate song to "The crate that launched a thousand strippers" and I Don't Remember You is a fuck you to faces from back in the day. A day that Mudhoney, unlike most of their peers, survived. That they did so without changing their attitude or sound along the way is a small victory for those of us that don't feel that different from how we did 25 years ago either.

Killer Track: The Only Son of the Widow From Nain.

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1st Apr 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

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Beach Boys Shred - I Get Around

Pitch-perfect as always (via @popbitch)

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28th Mar 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

MPfree: Kurt Vile

New @therealKurtVile freebie, another mini-gem of lazing-around-the-pool hazy vibes. Download, dream of the frost one day leaving London

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28th Mar 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

Promo Promo: Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Epic, #NSFW video starring @LilyCole for the new Yeah Yeah Yeahs track Sacrilege.

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27th Mar 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

Upstream Color OST

Shane Carruth has released the soundtrack to his excellent Upstream Color on iTunes; download MPfree taster A Sullen Rush And Roar, or (up)stream the whole lot on Soundcloud

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7th Mar 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

New Mudhoney: I Like It Small

Mark Arm is channeling his inner Iggy on the new Mudhoney track I Like It Small, from forthcoming album Vanishing Point, out April 1st. Check out the trailer for that below.

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7th Mar 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

'New' Shuggie Otis

70s soul rocker / 00s revivalist Shuggie Otis has a 'new' record coming out featuring 14 previously unreleased tracks from 1975-2000 - wisely packaged with a reissue of Inspiration Information.

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6th Mar 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

New Bibio Track

Download springy first track À tout à l'heure from Bibio's forthcoming album Silver WIlkinson

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6th Mar 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

Promo Promo: John Grant - Pale Green Ghosts

First track from the new John Grant album; good beard, good songs, out Mar 11. Got to love the chorus for GMF: "I am the greatest motherfucker that you're ever going to meet" 

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4th Mar 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

Promo Promo: Steve Mason - Oh My Lord

New single from the ex-Beta Band/King Biscuit Time man. Album Monkey Minds In The Devil's Time out March 18

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1st Mar 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

Promo Promo: Atoms For Peace - Ingenue

Thom Y getting to do his bleepdance in a Gilbert & George style, directed by Garth Jennings

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28th Feb 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

Swissted: Swiss Modernism V Punk Rock

"swissted is an ongoing project by graphic designer mike joyce, owner of stereotype design in new york city. drawing from his love of punk rock and swiss modernism, two movements that have (almost) nothing to do with one another, mike has redesigned vintage punk, hardcore, new wave, and indie rock show flyers into international typographic style posters. each design is set in lowercase berthold akzidenz-grotesk medium (not helvetica). every single one of these shows actually happened. swissted book out march 5th on quirk books—get it here!"

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27th Feb 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

New Cave Singers Ahoy

New one from the solid beard band on the horizon: Naomi is out in March, DL available now if you pre-order the vinyl/CD which is sort of retro and modern of them all at the same time. Enjoyed the last three, looking fwd to this one

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13th Feb 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

Promo Promo: St Vincent - Bad Girls

St Vincent covers a song from Bob's Burgers

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13th Feb 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

Kurt Vile Will Violate You Again in April

The new @TheRealKurtVile record "Wakin' On A Pretty Daze" is out April 8th. Check out the rocking 9m30s MP3 "Wakin' On A Pretty Day" here. And be prepared for some spelling issues with all these titles.

Cover art is by chimp favourite Espo (aka Steven Powers). Check that out above and in the video below.

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13th Feb 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

Promo Promo: Beck - Sound + Vision

Beck covers the Bowie track with a 157-piece orchestra

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11th Feb 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet