Friday, May 23rd, 2008
The Door Opens
Photo by Allison Smith
Serving the dual purpose of saving me the trouble of digging and getting me excited, Touch & Go has released some details on the third album from The New Year. The self-titled record will run ten tracks and be released on September 9, meaning those of us who attend the Kadane Brothers show at Sneaky Dee’s on July 14 will get an almost two-month sneak preview of the new material… probably more substantial than this video trailer which starts out with a cymbal track from the new record but segues into an old song. The band talks a bit about the new record on their MySpace blog and have also, in their typically efficient fashion, just released a new video… for a song from their last album.
And I love how the band consistently puts out publicity photos that are too wide for my format… anytime I make a New Year post, someone’s head gets cut off. Sorry, guys.
Pitchfork seems not to have read any of the numerous mentions Okkervil River have made about releasing a companion disc to The Stage Names this year, because they treat the news of the release of The Stand Ins, the aforementioned companion disc, as the band’s new studio record. But whyever they’re confused isn’t important – new Okkervil River release September 9. Mark it down.
BrooklynVegan, The Salt Lake Tribune, The Portland Mercury, PopMatters and Wired play catch-up with Swervedriver, whose reunion tour kicked off last night and who will be at Lee’s Palace on June 13, where the lineup will also include The Besnard Lakes, Sweden’s Last Days Of April and Uncut and where I will (hopefully) be buying this shirt.
Chart reports that stalwart Hamiltonian shoegaze outfit A Northern Chorus have decided to call it a day. They will play a couple of farewell gigs, one on June 27 at the Horseshoe in Toronto, the other June 28 at the Casbah in Hamilton.
PopMatters and The Guardian interview a couple of ladies with a penchant for cover songs – Laura Cantrell and Cat Power, respectively. Cat Power will play Rogers Picnic at Historic Fort York on July 20.
Wilco are streaming the audio from all three nights of their recent stand in St Louis.
New Band Of Horses video.