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by Chris Colgan

2 Nov 2010


New York may be well known for its plentiful hardcore scene, but with so many musicians clinging to the minimalist nature of hardcore in one area, other bands will undoubtedly attempt to adapt that simplistic style into something more complex and forward-thinking over time. Tombs, the new project from ex-Anodyne frontman Mike Hill, is one such band, drawing on their roots and multiple outside influences to create a unique, appealing sound. The “minimalist” aspect of their sound comes from their raw, uncut production, similar to seminal hardcore bands like Black Flag and Minor Threat, and even approaching the levels of black metal artists such as Darkthrone at times. However, there is nothing simple about their compositions, with sound like the darkest nightmares of Gojira or Mastodon. To put it another way, Tombs is the bastard child of noise-rockers Unsane and post-metal visionaries Neurosis—raw, heavy, progressive, and unrelenting across the board.

Check out the track “Course of Empire” after the jump, taken from their upcoming collection of early and unreleased material, entitled Fear Is the Weapon (November 9th, Relapse). The band is getting ready to release a new album next summer, but until then, you can catch them on tour on one of the dates listed below the stream.

by J.C. Sciaccotta

2 Nov 2010


Upon listening to former Czars-frontman John Grant’s first solo record, Queen of Denmark, one feels the kind of awe usually reserved for rock heroes of old. It is, quite simply, one of the great records of 2010. Mojo magazine gave the album its seldom-bestowed five-star, “instant classic” rating, and influential LA blog Aquarium Drunkard called it “a new cult classic”.

Earlier this year, Grant opened for Queen of Denmark producers and backing-band Midlake, turning audiences across the country on to his special brand of heart-bearing indie songcraft. Now he’s headlining his own US tour this December, starting 12/4 in Chicago (complete tour dates after the jump). These shows are not to be missed.

by Timothy Gabriele

1 Nov 2010


Sure, this track by the very-likely duo squanders what’s otherwise a perfectly fine pop tune with a lame chorus, but the video makes up for it with GIGANTIC JAPANESE FONTS. Also, in the third quarter of the song, witness the return of the breakbeat in American pop music.

by PopMatters Staff

1 Nov 2010


The fourth Kaya Project album Desert Phase Remixes is quite literally inspired by the desert landscape as it incorporates field recordings from those dry locales along with remixes from a number of top-notch contemporary producers. The remixers come from all over the world to offer up 13 tracks, with London’s Gaudi giving us the mesmerizing “Calico Stomp”.

by PopMatters Staff

1 Nov 2010


England’s Working for a Nuclear Free City worked on their new album The Jojo Burger Tempest from a British warehouse and a French cottage and, over the course of just a few days, came up with 2,800 song ideas, so they say. The latest evidence of this prolific streak of electronic rock goodness is “Alphaville”, the record’s second single. Decidely shoegazey with swirling textures, bubbling electronics and haunting choruses, “Alphaville” sounds like a distinct ecosystem captured in digital sound.

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Best of the Moving Pixels Podcast: Further Explorations of the Zero

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"We continue our discussion of the early episodes of Kentucky Route Zero by focusing on its third act.

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