Manchester’s Working for a Nuclear Free City recorded their sprawling new album The Jojo Burger Tempest in an English warehouse and a French cottage. Somehow that seems fitting as the band’s sound is both simultaneously expansive and intimate. The new record is a double set with 15 new tunes on the first disc and the single, lengthy 30-minute sonic exploration that is the title song taking up the second disc. The band has a documentarian’s impulse believing that, as guitarist Gary McLure says, “an album should be a document of what a band has been doing over a certain period of time. And almost everything should be included. Like it or not.” “Silent Times” is the new single from The Jojo Tempest Burger, which releases 12 October (full album details after the jump).
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One-person groups are not uncommon in metal, but the majority of them play either atmospheric black metal or drone-doom. Philadelphia’s Matt Garfield shirked that trend when he started Mose Giganticus in 1999 as a synthpunk outfit. The project only started gaining momentum in 2005, but it was worth the wait. Debut album The Invisible Hand the follow-up EP Commander! showed a lot of promise for Garfield, eventually leading to a contract with Relapse Records. The sophomore full-length album Gift Horse came out on July 20th, displaying a much heavier sound alongside intelligent, concept-based lyrics. Mose Giganticus (which includes touring members Kylewilliam Campol on guitar and Dan Eppihimer on drums) has the catchiness of Fu Manchu and Murder 1 combined with the heavy groove of the Sword and Seemless, with a dash of tasteful synth effects added to the mix. “The Left Path” shows off the band’s style perfectly, while illustrating their memory of their roots playing basement shows and house parties. Check it out after the jump, along with the band’s upcoming tour schedule:
Chicago’s Unicycle Loves You revels in the pop culture emanating from the B side of Hollywood, fascinated as they are with horror films and below-the-radar surf rock and cultish sci-fi. So, it’s a bit of a twist to play “Mirror, Mirror”, which sounds like a lovely pop tune on the surface, with its summery mood, jangly guitars and breathy vocals and then to watch the video, which brings in that playful and cheesy horror element. Rather like the Beautiful South, Unicycle Loves You takes conventional sounding pop forms and puts clever, darker spin on them, subverting what you might mistake on first hearing for a classic AM radio tune. The band’s sophomore album Mirror, Mirror will release 7 September on Highwheel Records and this self-titled tune is the record’s first single.
Margaret Cho is know best for her bawdy stand-up but on August 24 the comedienne will drop her first-ever musical CD Cho Dependent, featuring such luminaries as Fiona Apple, Jon Brion and Andrew Bird.
Cho (who gets sexier with each new tattoo), kicks off a full-out concert tour that begins at The Vixen in Provincetown, MA on August 18, where the comedy legend and supreme reigning “fag hag” will debut new live songs.
The Provincetown shows will wrap on August 23 but you can catch Cho just about everywhere in the United States and Canada and her tour will kick it until near the end of 2010, wrapping up in Atlanta, Georgia on December 12.
Go to www.margaretcho.com for all the hot dates, goodies, blogs and songs from one of the funniest women working. Please check back with PopMatters for more exclusive coverage and reviews of Cho’s first musical adventures later this fall, but in the meantime, here are some videos:
This British Nirvana- and Pixies-influenced band from the shores of Brighton has been drawing serious press in the UK from the likes of the BBC, NME, Uncut and Drowned in Sound. The NME, which likes to level fawning praise and damning dismissals in near equal measure, said, “we’ll have to be content with Blood Red Shoes quietly becoming one of the most thrillingly loud bands we’ve got—and the promising hope that there’ll be plenty more fire exactly like this from them for years to come.” They’re onto something here as Blood Red Shoes really does pump up the volume with genuine energy and vitality, all the while knocking out catchy and memorable tunes. “Light It Up” is the group’s latest single and proof of the previous point. We’ve got the premiere of this tune today, which will appear later this year in the US on Fire Like This, releasing 5 October via Nice Music Group.