Keith Top is the poster boy for spontaneity. Touring with Art Brut back in 2006, the headlining band lost their support group and Keith stepped in immediately to fill the slot. Then he formed a band with a few of the Art Brut boys, performing just a few songs with no rehearsal. That “no rehearsal” aesthetic continues with Keith Top of the Pops and His Minor UK Indie Celebrity All-Star Backing Band and extends to a “no soundchecks” rule as well, aiming for an immediacy and rawness in expression. Keith pens the bands tunes and thrusts them upon his musical mates to play straightaway without advance prep, capturing something of the essence of the early punk movement. In August, the band will release their debut album, cheekily titled F*ck You! I’m Keith Top of the Pops, and today we premiere the equally brashly titled, “Two of the Beatles Are Dead”. The album releases via Corporate Records UK, a “pay-what-you-like” label founded by Keith Top and the Indelicates. According to the label, “anyone can post their music to the site and all proceeds go towards the artist.”
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Father, Son, Holy Ghost
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US Release: 13 September
Buzz indie pop band Girls have a new album on tap, Father, Son, Holy Ghost, scheduled to drop on 13 September. The album was recorded in a basement studio in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. Meanwhile, Christopher Owens says of this new tune, “I wrote ‘Vomit’ before Girls was even a band or an idea, this is one of the first songs I ever wrote along with ‘Substance’ and ‘Headache’ what you’re hearing in ‘Vomit’ is someone who is at life’s lowest, seeing the light, and becoming a songwriter.”
01 Honey Bunny
04 Saying I Love You
05 My Ma
07 Just a Song
10 Love Like a River
11 Jamie Marie
POPMATTERS SPONSOR—This year’s Honda Civic Tour features headliners My Chemical Romance and blink-182 with appearances at various dates from indie faves Matt & Kim and Manchester Orchestra, as well as punk heroes Rancid and Against Me! The tour covers much of the US and Canada during August through October, culminating in a huge blow-out gig October 8th in LA at the Hollywood Bowl and the final performance at the end of October at New Orleans’ VOODOO Music Experience 2011. We’ve got the dates below and you can snag tickets online at civictour.honda.com.
Releasing: 2 August 2011
Eric D. Johnson conceived of the fifth Fruit Bats album as less of a group effort and more of a solitary approach, even though he brought a full live band into the LA recording sessions produced by Thom Monahan, who has worked extensively with Vetiver. Sub Pop describes the new record as “a bittersweet meditation on hitting the road, leaving the familiar behind and reinventing yourself, is a reinvention itself”.
The Rapture are releasing their new single “How Deep Is Your Love?” digitally next Tuesday as a preview for their new DFA Records album coming out on 6 September in the US and 5th in the UK. Yesterday, The Fader premiered the new tune as a stream and you can also snag the MP3 over at DFA Records.
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