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Bjork's 'Vulnicura' Has Insane New Cover Art

Posted by Billy Gil, March 3, 2015 02:00pm | Post a Comment

Bjork can always manage to surprise us. After Beyonce-ing her new album, Vulnicura, online earlier this year, she's just revealed the cover art for Vulnicura's upcoming physical release on March 24, and it's a doozy.

Designed by Bjork and Andrew Thomas Huang, the image still has the open heart featured on the album's digital release, but instead of looking like the Rubber Man from "American Horror Story," now the figure on the cover (I'm guessing it's Bjork) looks more like a victim from Pompeii, frozen in ash while doing yoga.

Bjork's albums have a history of looking pretty badass, especially the Alexander McQueen-designed cover for her masterpiece Homogenic. Speaking of that album (and all of her others), they're also due on LP reissue this month.

Check out that back bend below! You can also preorder Vulnicura now on LP and CD.

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Hear "Black Lake," the harrowing centerpiece to Vulnicura, below:


Reissue Report: Metallica Reissues Early Demo Tape 'No Life 'Til Leather'

Posted by Billy Gil, March 3, 2015 01:38pm | Post a Comment

metallica no life til leather tapeAs Record Store Day looms on April 18, reports of what to expect should start trickling in, along with the official announce of RSD titles next Tuesday March 10 at Rough Trade in New York.

Metallica has announced they’ll reissue their debut demo tape from 1982, No Life ‘Til Leather, as a limited edition cassette April 18. Expanded CD and LP editions will come in the summer, the band told Rolling Stone.

No Life ‘Til Leather saw Metallica in their early incarnation of singer/guitarist James Hetfield, lead guitarist Dave Mustaine (who would go on to play in Megadeth), bassist Ron McGovney and drummer Lars Ulrich. Just one song from the tape, “The Mechanix,” didn’t make it to their debut LP, Kill 'Em All, and the tape maintained its cache as an underground tape traded amongst metal fans. The expanded versions will contain more demos from the era, but there’s no word yet on which tracks those will be.

Metallica also has more reissues planned, as the band owns its own remasters and runs its own label now, Blackened Recordings.

Hear the original version of “The Mechanix” below:

Album Picks: Ata Kak, Purity Ring, Moon Duo, Swervedriver, Parquet Courts

Posted by Billy Gil, March 3, 2015 09:08am | Post a Comment

Ata KakObaa Sima

ata kak obaa sima lpGhanaian highlife artist Ata Kak was brought to light through ethnomusicologist Brian Shimkovitz’s Awesome Tapes From Africa blog when he posted the unstoppable “Daa Nyinaa.” Shimkovitz bought the Ata Kak tape more than a decade ago and finally found him living in Ghana. Only 50 copies of the original Obaa Sima tape were made, and though the original master DAT had disintegrated, Shimkovitz’s tape was used to reissue Obaa Sima. Details of Shimkovitz’s search for Ata Kak could likely fill a book (in fact, a documentary is being made), but it only serves to give the truly awesome Obaa Sima even more allure, as does the tape hiss from the transfer. Its seven tracks offer nothing but good times, a non-stop party that sounds removed from time, full of delightfully rinky-dink synths, instant-play beats and Ata Kak’s motormouth rap. The slightly off-time nature of the backups on “Agdaya,” the louder than necessary mix of the vocals—all things that could be construed as negative instead feel like happy accidents that make Obaa Sima sound so singular. One track flows into another across Obaa Sima, coming into centerpiece “Daa Nyinaa,” an Afro-house masterpiece of warehouse-party cool. But stick around for the slightly sinister “Yemmpa Aba” and head-bobbing vocal-less closer “Bome Nnwon,” which will have you replaying the entire album once its final handclap echoes into silence. When Ata Kak is on, you won’t want to listen to anything else. If you need me, I’ll be watching this video on repeat:

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Weekly Roundup: Best Coast, Wand, Cotillon, Talk in Tongues

Posted by Billy Gil, February 26, 2015 05:34pm | Post a Comment

Best Coast – “California Nights” video

best coast amoeba hollywoodWe only heard a taste of “California Nights” last week, so we couldn’t tell just how rad the song is. It’s an expansive shoegazer informed by influences like Chapterhouse, The Verve and Ride that sees Bethany Cosentino getting stoned, staring up into the big California sky as sunset and capturing a sense of infinity. We all know Cosentino likes singing about weed, but this is easily her stoneriest jam yet, and it’s great. The scenic video will have you packing your bags for Joshua Tree pronto. California Nights is out May 5 on Harvest.

 

Wand – “Reaper Invert”

wand bandWand has just realeased another terrific song from their upcoming album, Golem, which is out March 17 on In the Red and is fucking badass. “Reaper Invert” is an ace piece of psychdelic rock ‘n’ roll, with massive fuzz, a dash of metal drone and Cory Hanson’s high-flying vocals adding up to a hollowed-out cave of sound where devilish solos fly out like bats. Get that Golem when it comes out! They'll be at the Echo March 13.

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Album Picks: Colleen Green, Torche, THEESatisfaction

Posted by Billy Gil, February 24, 2015 10:55am | Post a Comment

Colleen Green - I Want to Grow Up

Colleen Green I want to grow up lpColleen Green details major life upsets as she faces the end of her 30s on her new album, I Want to Grow Up. From breakups to digitally addled attention spans, Green’s power-pop panache makes quarterlife crises go down smoothly on hooky songs like “Pay Attention” and girl-groupish “Wild One.” “I’m so sick of being self-absorbed,” Green sings on the title track, yet she’s so good at communicating that sense of staring at the ceiling and chastising yourself that we can’t help but be hooked on her particular brand of sugary anxiety. She writes a catchy ode to getting clean and going to bed early with “Things That Are Bad for Me” and then follows it up with another track about wanting to get fucked up on the drone-rocking “part 2,” summing up a sentiment on this album we can all relate to: I’m gonna get it together, maybe tomorrow. Read more about I Want to Grow Up in our interview with Green here. See her live at Amoeba Hollywood today at 7 p.m.!

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