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Catch The Buzzcocks on their brief U.S. tour

British punk originators Buzzcocks have announced an eight-date U.S. tour, welcome news for fans.

They kick off Sept. 22 at Vic Theatre in Chicago and wrap up Oct. 1 at Irving Plaza in NYC. Tickets go on sale June 17 but an AmEx presale starts tomorrow (6-14). They’ve already been touring in Europe as part of their 40th (!) anniversary.

For the U.S. dates visit BrooklynVegan.com, while the Buzzcocks‘ site lists their UK/European dates.

Not that you need a refresher, but check out “Something’s Gone Wrong Again” (one of my favorite songs):

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Open Windows 1: New music bits and bytes this week

The year 2016 might not be new at this point, but I plan to make a habit out of this: Tired of not having time to properly blog about everything I want to hear and learn more about, I’m just going to pile up those dozens of web pages with album streams and bandcamp goodies I save through the week, then check out what I like and paste it all here, along with a quick note or two. This way, I’m not totally abandoning them, but at least giving them a more permanent bookmark for readers and the blog — There’s that much good music out there, every day, every week.

First thing’s first:

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Stream Iggy Pop and Josh Homme’s new album, Post Pop Depression at NPR. Not much more to be said, just the godfather of punk laying down the law with grit and grime, with help from a rock god.

http://www.npr.org/player/embed/469693145/469806971

Oh Bree is a nine-piece orchestral punk band from Philadelphia who’s just put out a four-song EP, just out March 11, Feed Me Poison:

 

Kristin Welchez, aka Dee Dee, Dum Dum Girls’ leader, is back with a new project, the aptly named Kristin Kontrol. Check out “X-Communicate” and revisit the retro-rock ’80s sound Welchez is so good at. The new album is out May 27 on Sub Pop.

 

Noise rap outfit Dalek from NJ has a new single “Guaranteed Struggle,” their first music since 2009. Just make sure you’re in the right headspace for this addictive hummer. Their album, Asphalt For Eden is out April 22 on Profound Lore.

 

Sheer Mag came out with four new songs a few weeks ago, the EP III 7″, and everyone went mad. Catchy, fresh emo-rock, with intelligent lyrics about these shitty economic times.

 

Mitski’s album Puberty 2 won’t be out until June 17, but better find out about her now so you won’t be left behind. Mitski was raised on Japanese pop, and folk records and loves MIA — a compelling hybrid. You can only hear one song from the album so far on Bandcamp, the powerful and bleeding tome “Your Best American Girl,” and that will have to tide you over for now.

 

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Parquet Courts release “Dust” into the airwaves, details on new album

It seems like every few months, Parquet Courts creates new music. Their most recent EP, Monastic Living, was released last November, and now they’re back with more. Frontman Andrew Savage talks about the origins of their new album, Human Performance:

“I began to question my humanity, and if it was always as sincere as I thought, or if it was a performance. I felt like a sort of malfunctioning apparatus. Like a machine programmed to be human showing signs of defect.”

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Their prolific activity could be traced to Savage as well the band’s restlessness. Parquet Courts also released a single from Human Performance, “Dust,” with video of an unkempt schlub working and eating noodles in what must be a skeevy office, because the cameraman keeps wiping his video screen.

“The unavoidable noise of NYC (that) can be maddening, the kind of the impossible struggle against clutter, whether it’s physical or mental or social,” says singer and guitarist Austin Brown, who also produced and mixed the album. The new album is said to be a direct descendent of 2014’s Content Nausea and its analysis of modern anxieties


Human Performance is out April 8 on Rough Trade. New tour dates are below the tracklisting.

HUMAN PERFORMANCE TRACKLISTING
1. Dust
2. Human Performance
3. Outside
4. I Was Just Here
5. Paraphrased
6. Captive Of The Sun
7. Steady On My Mind
8. On Man, No City
9. Berlin Got Blurry
10. Keep It Even
11. Two Dead Cops
12. Pathos Prairie
13. It’s Gonna Happen

PARQUET COURTS TOUR DATES (new dates in bold):
Mon. Feb. 15 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall w/ Love Of Everything
Tue. Feb. 16 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall w/ Love Of Everything  – SOLD OUT
Thu. Feb. 18 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club w/ Love Of Everything
Fri. Feb. 19 – Calgary, AB @ Commonwealth Bar
Sat. Feb. 20 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater w/ Dumb
Tue. Feb. 23 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
Wed. Feb. 24 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom w/ Woolen Men
Fri. Feb. 26 – Oakland, CA @ The New Parish (Noise Pop) w/ Chris Cohen – SOLD OUT
Sat. Feb. 27 – Los Angeles, CA @ American Legion Hall w/ Chris Cohen – SOLD OUT
Sun. Feb. 28 – Los Angeles, CA @ American Legion Hall
Sat. Mar. 12 – Marfa, TX @ Marfa Myths w/ No Age, Emitt Rhodes, Quilt, Sheer Mag
Thu. Apr. 14 – Providence, RI @ The Met w/ Soda 
Fri. Apr.15 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club w/ Soda 
Sat. Apr. 16 – Kingston, NY @ BSP Kingston w/ Soda 
Sun. Apr. 17 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Spirit w/ Soda 
Mon. Apr. 18 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups w/ Soda 
Wed. Apr. 20 – Chicago, IL @ Metro w/ Soda 
Thu. Apr. 21 – Detroit, MI @ Marble Bar w/ Soda 
Fri. Apr. 22 – Toronto, Ontario @ Phoenix Theater w/ Soda 
Thu. Apr. 28 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater 
Sat. Apr. 30 – Austin, TX @ Levitation Festival
Mon. May 2 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s 
Wed. May 11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer w/ B Boys 
Thu. May 12 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club w/ B Boys  
Fri. May 13 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle w/ B Boys 
Sun. May 15 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival
Mon. May 16 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge w/ B Boys 
Tue. May 17 – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight w/ B Boys 
Wed. May 18 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater w/ B Boys 
Fri. May 20 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall w/ B Boys 
Sat. June 4 – Barcelona, SP @ Primavera Sound Festival
Sun. June 12 – London, UK @ Field Day
Tue. June 14 – Bristol, UK @ Trinity
Wed. June 15 – Liverpool, UK @ New Kazimier
Thu. June 16 – Edinburgh, UK @ La Belle Angele
Fri. June 17 – Leeds, UK @ Irish Centre
Fri. June 18 – Manchester, UK @ Gorilla

 

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Cold Beat’s sophomore album “Into the Air” shows a band in sync

After a strong showing with their debut LP “Over Me” just last year, punk and electro-pop band Cold Beat is back with “Into the Air.”

Already, the band seems deeply in sync, a feat that could take more than a few albums for a new band to master before they can focus on pushing personal boundaries.

Bassist, vocalist and primary songwriter Hannah Lew, previously with the San Francisco surf-rock trio Grass Widow, easily carries the weight of Cold Beat’s vocals. Her strong yet angelic sound acts as a guiding light for the album’s dark points. Add the rest of the band’s playful pop/synth style, and Cold Beat can embody the punk-crossover rebellion of Blondie or the bleeding-heart shoegaze of Dum Dum Girls.

Lew’s lush voice soars throughout the album — it radiates romantic warmth, mirroring Debbie Harry’s opulent style.

Haunting, isolating melodies and moody soundscapes are what Cold Beat does best, evident in the synthwave wanderings of the instrumental “Clouds” and the drum-machine and space-rock album closer “Ashes.”

But the band can also change its attitude within a song. They build tension with a guitar clang and propulsive drumming on the protopunk “Sisters,” a song that later finds solace in a flowing melody, which was somehow there all along. Compare those textures with the brisk guitar strumming of the straightforward “Am I Dust,” or Lew’s heartbreaking indecision on “Broken Lines,” and Cold Beat’s broad versatility on “Into the Air” becomes even clearer.

The new album, “Into the Air” was on Lew’s label Crime On the Moon on Sept. 4.

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Radkey: Johnny Cash version prompted “Personal Jesus” cover

You certainly can’t say “Personal Jesus” will ever be the same.

Radkey has shared a hard-driving, marathon cover of Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus.” The band has sped up the tempo and amped up layers of guitars, cloaking the alt-80s anthem in full-throttle punk rock. Radkey’s version is under 2 minutes if that helps describe the song — listen below:

Isaiah Radke described how the band happened upon “Personal Jesus” — and it’s not the way you might think:

We were on the road listening to the radio and heard Johnny Cash’s version of the song. I heard how simple the riff was, and pictured how it could easily be turned into a killer rock song. We’d always wanted to cover Depeche Mode, but we could never really pick the right track. We’re really stoked about being able to do our own version of this song.

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Their debut album, “Dark Black Makeup” is out now.
Radkey’s tour dates are below:
Sep 08 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Sep 09 Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s
Sep 10 Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
Sep 11 Denver @ Larimer Lounge
Sep 12 Salt Lake City, UT @ Music Garage
Sep 14 Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
Sep 15 Seattle, WA @ Barboza
Sep 16 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre Lounge
Sep 18 Oakland, CA @ Leo’s
Sep 19 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
Sep 20 Long Beach, CA @ Alex’s Bar
Sep 21 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Sep 22 Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock
Sep 25 Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
Sep 26 St. Louis, MO @ The Demo
Sep 27 Springfield, MO @ The Outland Ballroom
Sep 29 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Sep 30 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Oct 01 Hudson, NY @ The Half Moon
Oct 02 Allston, MA @ Great Scott
Oct 03 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
Oct 04 Washington DC @ Black Cat Backstage
Oct 07 New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Oct 08 Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
Oct 09 Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe
Oct 10 Chicago, IL @ Township
Oct 15 Vienna, AT @ Fluc
Oct 16 Muchen, DE @ Strom
Oct 17 Stuttgart, DE @ Zwölfzehn
Oct 18 Wiesbaden, DE @ Kulturzentrum Schlachthof
Oct 20 Paris, FR @ La Boule Noire
Oct 21 Nijmegen, NL @ Merleyn
Oct 22 Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Kleine Zaal
Oct 23 Utrecht, NL @ EKKO
Oct 24 Brussels, Beligum @ AB
Oct 26 Brighton, UK @ Green Door Store
Oct 27 Bristol, UK @ The Exchange
Oct 28 Birmingham, UK @ Hare and Hounds
Oct 29 Sheffield, UK @ Leadmill
Oct 30 Nottingham, UK @ The Bodega
Oct 31 Manchester, UK @ SOUND CONTROL
Nov 02 Glasgow, UK @ King Tuts Wah Wah Hut
Nov 03 Newcastle, UK @ 02 Academy 2 Newcastle
Nov 04 Leeds, UK @ Key Club
Nov 05 London, UK @ The Dome

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Half Japanese’ EP “Bingo Ringo” spits in the eye of song conformity

When noise-punk, lo-fi grunge band Half Japanese formed in a Maryland bedroom in 1975, Kurt Cobain was only a kid. But by Nirvana’s In Utero tour in 1993, Cobain had sought Half Japanese as openers. And when Cobain died, he was also reportedly wearing a T-shirt with Half Japanese’ name emblazoned on it.

Since its early days, Half Japanese’s influence has spread far, to 90s groups like Sonic Youth and Teenage Fanclub, Neutral Milk Hotel and Daniel Johnston.

Mark Jickling, some guy from Nirvana, John Sluggett, Gilles Rieder photo by Mike Galinski

Mark Jickling, some guy from Nirvana, John Sluggett, Gilles Rieder
photo by Mike Galinski

Brothers Jad and David Fair have always kept the band’s DIY roots over the years. Jad Fair continues to prefer untuned guitars, famously saying, “The only chord I know is the one that connects the guitar to the amp.”

Half Japanese’ irreverence, paired with Jad Fair’s half-singing, half-talking off-beats, leads to freeform lo-fi punk songs that revolve around creature-feature monsters and sci-fi freaks, as well as more standard song fodder such as young love.

With its latest six-song EP, “Bingo Ringo,” Half Japanese continue to upend any conventionalities they happen to run into.

In the fruit-infatuated “Stuck On You,” Fair sings of blueberries, lemon-limes and strawberries — the garden that feeds his puppy-love crush.

“Me and you, and you and me are like peaches in an apple tree…… The pot of gold is ours/bless our f*ing lucky stars,” sings Fair. Slashes of noise-punk guitar bitterness slice through the lyric sweetness.

“I feel his fangs in my neck, there ain’t no way out,” he drones and sputters in “Dracula’s Casket.”

And during the country swagger of the uplifting “New Awakening,” Fair forcefully spits out, “Put more pep into your step,” parodying that overused anthem.

Initially, the EP’s title track might seem bred from cookie-cutter pop blandness, but Jad Fair’s comical spoken-word, grit-your-teeth vocals carry it safely away from Top 40 conformity.

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With “Bingo Ringo,” Half Japanese sticks to what it does best — playing benign melodies that quickly degenerate into rabid vocals and electric guitar recklessness, the conduit through which funky hooks and infectious melodies are found.

Released July 31 on Joyful Noise Recordings, only 173 lathe-cut records have been made of “Bingo Ringo.”

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Parquet Courts sign with Rough Trade, reveal details on “Monastic Living” EP

Protopunk aficionados Parquet Courts said today they’ve signed to Rough Trade Records and have announced several tour dates to take them through the U.S., Canada and Europe.

They’ve also announced a new EP, “Monastic Living,” with a release date of Nov. 13.

Hopefully more details will be on the way soon, but you can preorder “Monastic Living” here.

PARQUET COURTS TOUR DATES (US DATES IN BOLD):
Thu. Aug. 27 – London, UK @ Birthdays
Fri. Aug. 28 – Reading, UK @ Reading Festival
Sat. Aug. 29 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival
Sun. Aug 30 – Paris, France @ Rock En Seine
Wed. Sept. 2 – Galway, Ireland @ Roisin Dubh
Thu. Sept. 3 – Limerick, Ireland @ Dolan’s
Fri. Sept. 4 – Belfast, Ireland @ Limelight 2
Tue. Sept. 8 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Debaser Strand
Wed. Sept. 9 – Oslo, Norway @ Blaa
Thu. Sept. 10 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Pumpehuset
Sat. Sept. 12 – Berlin, Germany @ Lollapalloza Berlin
Mon. Sept. 14 – Vienna, Austria @ Chelsea
Tue. Sept. 15 – Zagreb, Croatia @ Culture Factory
Wed. Sept. 16 – Ravenna, Italy @ Bronson
Thu. Sept. 17 – Rome, Italy @ Monk
Sat. Sept. 19 – Athens, Greece @ AN Club
Thu. Nov. 5 – Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves
Fri. Nov. 6 – Sat. Nov. 7 – Austin, TX @ FFF
Mon. Nov. 9 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
Tue. Nov. 10 – Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone
Wed. Nov. 11 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
Fri. Nov. 13 – Denver, CO @ Marquis
Thu. Dec. 3 – Northampton, MA @ Flywheel w/ Pill
Fri. Dec. 4 – Boston, MA @ Middle East w/ Pill
Sat. Dec. 5 – Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace w/ Pill
Sun. Dec. 6 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground w/ Pill
Mon. Dec. 7 – Quebec City, QC @ Le Cercle w/ Pill
Tue. Dec. 8 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa w/ Pill
Wed. Dec. 9 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s w/ Pill
Fri. Dec. 11 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw w/ Pill

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Girl Band’s debut “Holding Hands With Jamie” out Sept. 25

Irish post-punk outfit Girl Band just finished recording their debut in April, fresh off their U.S. tour — seven tracks were laid down in less than two days.

girl_band_holding_hands_with_jamieThe band has wasted no time: “Holding Hands With Jamie” will be out in September.

Girl Band recently made waves with their creepy video and cover of Blawan’s “Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage,” and the band’s following has quickly grown.

The band’s album teaser is a pretty good indicator of the intensity they can reach and what we can expect from the new album.

Girl Band’s debut is out Sept. 25 on Rough Trade– they set out on another U.S. tour in November and December.

The group put out a message on their website yesterday:

We’re very excited to announce details of our debut album – “Holding Hands with Jamie”

The album was recorded in Dublin in Bowlane Studios and features 9 tracks -all previously unrecorded. We had a lot of fun doing this and can’t wait to share it with everyone.

It will be released on the 25th Sept through Rough Trade Records. There will be a ltd first edition pressing on yellow vinyl available only in Indie record stores and the Rough Trade Webstore. the first 250 online pre-orders will receive a ltd edition hand stamped photobook of us recording the record.

Also very happy to announce a number of new dates in France, Belfast and our first trip to Russia.

girl_band2_The tracklist is below:

1. Umbongo
2. Pears for Lunch
3. Baloo
4. In Plastic
5. Paul
6. The Last Riddler
7. Texting an Alien
8. Fucking Butter
9. The Witch Doctor

Girl Band tour dates:

25/09 Bar Sub w/Paddy Hanna, Belfast, UK
27/09 16 Tons, Moscow, RU
1/10 Roisin Dubh w/Paddy Hanna, Galway, IE
2/10 Dolans Warehouse w/Paddy Hanna, Limerick, IE
3/10 The Pavillion w/Paddy Hanna, Cork, IE
6/10 100 Club w/Prom, London, UK
8/10 Almo2bar, Barcelona, ES
9/10 Villa Manuela Fest, Madrid, ES
10/10 Mucho Flow Fest, Guimares, PT
11/10 ZBD, Lisbon, PT
12/10 Lata de Zinc, Oviedo, ES
13/10 Dabadaba, San Sebastian, ES
16/10 Keroxen Fest, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, ES
17/10 Covo Club, Bologna, IT
18/10 Bad Bonn, Dudingen, SW
20/10 Autumn Falls Fest Botanique Rotunde w/Fist City, Brussels, BE
21/10 Autumn Falls Fest, De Kreun w/Fist City, Kortrijk, BE
22/10 ACU w/Fist City, Utrecht, NL
23/10 VII w/Fist City, Rotterdam, NL
24/10 Vera, Gronigen, NL
24/10 Lets get Lost, Zwolle, NL
26/10 Ubel and Gefahrlich, Hamburg, DE
27/10 Loppen, Copenhagen, DK
28/10 Ekko Fest, Bergen, Norway
30/10 TBC, Leipzig, DE
3/11 Patterns w/ Prom, Brighton, UK
4/11 Soup Kitchen w/ Prom, Manchester, UK
5/11 Nation of Shopkeepers w/ Prom, Leeds, UK
7/11 Button Factory w/Paddy Hanna, Dublin, IE
10/11 Le 106, Rouen, FR
13/11 Le Trinitaires, Metz, FR
14/11 La Peniche, Lille, FR

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Prinzhorn Dance School’s “Home Economics” streaming at KCRW

Prinzhorn Dance School’s new album “Home Economics” is now streaming at KCRW. “Home Economics” is out June 9 on DFA Records.

The album was recorded by post-punkers Tobin Prinz and Suzi Horn while they were relocating between flats in Brighton and Hove, England.

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According to a press release, the recordings, on a hard drive, were wrapped in a sleeping bag in a specially-made suitcase. According to Prinz, “Home Economics” was a way for the duo to get away from “that frustration you feel when you spend days trying to recapture the intimacy of a particular moment. This time we could just use the original take, so sometimes these songs are almost like field recordings,” Prinz says.

Check it out at KCRW’s “For The Curious,” and listen to “Reign (S*** Robot Remix)” on Youtube.

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Nots thankfully up to no good on punk single “Virgin Mary”

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Punk quartet Nots recently released a new song, “Virgin Mary.” They know a good formula when they hear one, and “Virgin Mary” hasn’t strayed in terms of harsh guitar scratchings, synth bleeps and deep bass rumblings commonly found on their off-the-radar debut, “We Are Nots.”

Listen to “VIrgin Mary” via Stereogum. and at Soundcloud.

The 7-inch single, with B-side “Shelf Life,” is out June 23 on Goner Records.

If you’re craving a heavy dose of craziness and raw DIY flavor, then check out “We Are Nots”– one of the most original records of 2014.

Remaining Nots tour dates:

5/24 Santa Cruz, CA @ Crepe Place*
5/25 Oakland, CA @ 1-2-3-4 Go! Records$
5/26 Eureka, CA @ The Shanty*
5/28 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios*
5/29 Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern*
5/30 Vancouver, BC @ Fox Cabaret*
6/1 Calgary, AB @ Palomino Social Club*
6/2 Missoula, MT @ Stage 112*
6/3 Salt Lake City, UT@ Urban Lounge*
6/5 Denver, CO @ Oriental Theater*
6/6 Lincoln, NE @ Vega*
6/8 Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar*
6/11 Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone*
6/20 Birmingham, AL @ Happenin Fest%
7/11 Columbus, OH @ 4th & 4th Fest

* w/ Quintron & Miss Pussycat
$ w/ Cold Beat
% w/ Black Lips

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