We might have to wait some time yet for the Sleater-Kinney reunion Carrie Brownstein hinted at when she announced her own new project in this interview with the Guardian, but news of a Corin Tucker solo album will be more than enough keep their fans happy. According to Kill Rock Stars, Tucker will be releasing a solo effort in October 2010, which she has been recording in Portland. Tucker herself describes the upcoming album as “more of a middle-aged mom record” in the Portland Mercury, though, if YouTube videos of her performance at a bookstore benefit in March 2009 are any indication, her idea of mom rock is anything but mellowed out. Check out this sample of Tucker’s intense but slower burning solo work on YouTube from the March 2009 benefit, if you can bear with the crowd noise and the shaky camera frame.
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Last week, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon featured the first ever television appearance of Liquid Liquid, who performed their classic 1981 deep cuts “Optimo” (non-televised and seen above) and “Cavern”, which was sampled infamously and illegally by Grandmaster Melle Mel’s anti-drug anthem “White Lines” (and allegedly recorded when they were slammed out of their minds on coke). Less unearthly and rhythmically disorienting than the originals (possibly due to the show’s acoustics), the band still nevertheless prove themselves to be insanely adept at their craft.
If you’re a music fan in San Diego or someone who sets a lot of store in the English rock press, then you’ve been waiting for a follow-up to Dirty Sweet’s superlative 2007 release, ...Of Monarchs and Beggars. The “skuzzy, ass-kicking rawk n’ roll” glorified by the NME is winning hearts and minds all across Europe as the band continues an extensive tour that will take them through May at the Moulin Blues Festival in the Netherlands.
American Spiritual is available now on Acetate Records, and can be purchased on iTunes or Amazon. “You’ve Been Warned” is the first single, a perfect example of the band’s fresh and relevant take on what many dismiss as a throwback genre. The only thing anachronistic about these guys is the stuff in their closets. And if you get a chance to see them live, do it—you’re in for a treat.
Longtime fans of Everything But the Girl (meaning those who date back to Love Not Money and Eden, not just “Missing”) will be excited to hear that Tracey Thorn is back with a new full-length album in May 2010. The first single, “Oh, the Divorces!” will feature a cover of Vampire Weekend’s “Taxi Cab” as a B-side, not to mention some truly inspired cover art. Go to traceythorn.com for more information.
Hooray for Earth is a frighteningly innovative NYC band currently penciled in as THE hottest freshman act of the new decade. Their already acclaimed MOMO EP will see proper release via Dovecote Records on June 1st. Upon the EP’s release, the band will hit the road for a tour supporting current buzz kingpins Surfer Blood and Pains of Being Pure at Heart. In the meantime, they’ve dropped a video for leadoff single “Surrounded By Friends”. The video finds HFE frontman Noel Heroux taking a spin through a universe that bears a striking resemblance to that of Mario Kart…had Mario and Luigi shared a bottle of wine and a couple of Vicodin before hitting the road. Oh, and there’s Muppets too.