Tuesday, March 30

Two Down

Now, if only every 19 year old could rock the living fudge off a guitar like this kid, it would be a whole other ballpark. Here's Avi with yet another smasher from what's quickly becoming the most anticipated record/show of the season:

It's your move, EA Games!

Saturday, March 27

Wolverine meets Merle

If there's two people the world has long learned it can trust and rely on, they are Bill Janovitz and Wolverine. There's also only a handful of things more adorable than a kid dressed as his favourite superhero rocking out to his father's awesome music, so this video of the really is the best of all words:

Merle Haggard doubtingly saw this one coming, but it sure as hell fits the Bill(s)!

Friday, March 26

Best Band of All Times: The Besnard Lakes edition

In spite of life-changing, reality-bending plans to see Pavement live this spring, all efforts seem moot upon His impossibility of shaking off the notion we might miss the only possible (and yet to be announced) Besnard Lakes concert date in the UK, before they're back to America to finish off their tour. Unfortunately for Stockton, the Montreal natives have temporarily stolen the limelight and currently (if not ephemerously) have a tight grip on the Best Band of All Times title.

To celebrate, they played their first television appearance yesterday on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon:

They are actually celebrating their most recent release Are the Roaring Night, which itself has crowned their earlier issue Are the Dark Horse with the Uncanny Irony of All Times title.

For now, that is.

Wish List: The Bowlie Weekender 2

Because anxiety madness apparently holds no boundaries, ATP just dropped another happiness nuke on His (and mine) head (hah!) announcing a brand new edition of The Bowlie Weekender to take place this December 10th through 12th. The festival that started all the merriment back in 1999 will feature Glasgow twee darlings Belle & Sebastian reprising their curator role and announcing the first batch of bands this Monday morning, when tickets go on sale.

Scandinavia and Japan serve as current warm-up dates while the band reportedly works on a new album following up their extremely underrated musical experiment God Help the Girl:

Further comments on the first ATP winter weekend when our heart stops pounding and our bank accounts cease bleeding for a bit...

Good times ahead

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Wednesday, March 24

What are the youth to do?

Pop music is so cute (not). Right now, while Timbaland and The Neptunes are sifting through countless late 80's/early 90's samples trying to figure out from what dance revival they can profit the most next, The Radio Dept. is (not so) quietly releasing their glorious new single, instant dance floor hit Heaven's on Fire. Combining smooth italo-dance influences from twenty years ago with their own trademark brand of futuristic dreampop, the track explodes in a powerful synthesized synergy more than fulfilling Thurston Moore's sampled wish to "destroy the bogus capitalist process that is destroying youth culture":

Mainstream, they're coming for you.

Tuesday, March 23

Shadows upon us!

The wait is over: Teenage Fanclub is finally releasing their new album Shadows on May 31st worldwide (June 8th through Merge for the U.S.). The long overdue follow-up to 2006's Man Made features heavily architectural inspired cover art (a nod to the Glaswegian prestigious design tradition) and 12 brand new tracks, including our brain's favourite hit of nearly a year, "Baby Lee":

To celebrate, UK inhabitants will be blessed with a modest spring tour to kick off-festivities:

KokoLondonMay 1st
The Academy 2ManchesterMay 27th
The LeadmillSheffieldMay 28th
The AcademyDublinMay 30th
The WarehouseAberdeenJune 1st
Glasgow O2 ABCGlasgowJune 2nd
The Picture HouseEdinburghJune 3rd
The CockpitLeedsJune 4th
Bristol O2 AcademyBristolJune 6th
Birmingham O2 Academy 2BirminghamJune 7th
See you all in Scotland?

Saturday, March 20

Got two dollars to spare?

Continuing their streak of magical twee pop singles, Hari & Aino add four more tracks to their résumé with the digital release of All that Remains. For the collection fiends, it will also be available in CD format through the Edition 59 project:

The video for the title track comes courtesy of one of our own brazilliants, Felipe Brandalise:

Next step: Coquetel Molotov? Please say yes!