MY BLOODY VALENTINE
Ahh, nothing's better than an nice summer record release! That actually doesn't really make any sense, but here are a few new records and reissues coming out this summer. As always, if there is anything we've missed (surely), please comment below!
Aesop Rock: Skelethon (Rhymespace) July 10th
Underground Rap pioneer, Aesop Rock, is set to release his newest album FIVE years since his last one. Guest spots include Kimya Dawson, Rob Sonic, DJ Big Wiz and others. Pretty excited to hear what Aesop's been up to lately.
Shoegaze is a weird genre. Mockingly referred to as "the scene that celebrates itself," it's had an embattled history in the music press. Emerging in the late '80s and continuing through the early '90s in the US and UK, the shoegaze sound was most often characterized by heavy distortion, droning, ethereal guitar lines and incredibly loud 'wall of sound' production. Abrasive as often as soothing, visceral yet detached, shoegaze continues to have a heavy influence on bands today. (See Big Troubles, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, A Place To Bury Strangers)
Get your tickets for the All Points West Festival, in Liberty State Park, NJ, July 31st - August 2nd. Line up:
Friday, July 31st:
Beastie Boys, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vampire Weekend
and: the National / Fleet Foxes / MSTRKRFT /Q-Tip / the Pharcyde / Organized Konfusion / the Knux / Ra Ra Riot / Seasick Steve / Telepathe / Shearwater / Heartless Bastards / Flying Lotus / College Humor Live / Arj Barker / Eugene Mirman / Bo Burnham
Saturday, August 1st:
Tool, My Bloody Valentine, Gogol Bordello
The lineups for the 2009 edition of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival have been made public. The festival, which has become one of the most anticipated concert events in the United States in recent years, will take place on the weekend starting Friday, April 17th, and will conclude that Sunday. Paul McCartney, the Cure, and the Killers have each been announced as a headliner for one of the three nights.
The festival kicks off with Friday’s festivities, which will showcase the aforementioned McCarthy, what should definitely be an exciting set from mash-up maniac Girl Talk, and what I can only imagine will be an awesome set from N.A.S.A., a collaborative effort by two deejays who worked with everyone from David Byrne to Tom Waits to KRS-One and Chuck D on their upcoming album, The Spirit of Apollo. It’s unclear what musicians will accompany them for the performance, but hopefully a fair number of the artists they featured on their incredible, genre-bending debut album will join in. One of the most underrated groups in hip hop, chilled-out west coasters People Under the Stairs, will also perform, as will The Black Keys, Morrissey, M. Ward, Crystal Castles, and Gui Borrato, to name a few.