Monday, September 8, 2014

Quick News

Next month The Afghan Whigs will celebrate the 21st anniversary of their acclaimed major label debut, Gentleman. To celebrate the occasion, the band will reissue the record as a remastered CD and will feature B-sides, demos, rarities, and outtakes. On Record Store Day the band will reissue it as a triple-vinyl featuring all the new goodies.

At Riot Fest Toronto over the weekend Circa Survive announced that their new album will arrive in November.

To mark the one year anniversary of their last record, We Need Medicine, The Fratellis are giving away an EP called The Soul Crush EP on their website where you can download the three-track EP for free.

Damien Rice has announced his first album in eight years. The album, My Favourite Faded Fantasy will arrive in November. The album was produced by Rick Rubin and recoded in L.A. and Iceland. In a statement, Rice said, "I came to Rick mostly based on what I didn't know about him, rather than what I did. For some reason I just had a feeling that I would feel comfortable being open and being me and being vulnerable with Rick."

Tomorrow, Karen O. will release her solo debut, Crush Songs, before it arrives, she spoke to the Guardian about how she wanted to do the record, saying, "I'm not as interested in doing records for records' sake these days, I'm more curious about musical storytelling and entertainment."

Also speaking out about their new record, The Physical World, which arrives tomorrow too, are Death From Above 1979. Drummer and singer Sebastien Grainger told The Guardian Guide that their is a lack of political music and that music now is "Too earnest and soft." Bassist Jesse F Keeler went on to say, "Making political music three years ago may have seemed ridiculous, but it's got to a point now where music needs to have a harder feeling." While we wait to hear what this new album brings, it is their first of new material in a decade.