Thursday News Threads

Chad Syme

Chad Syme

  • Lots of free new music in the news today! Sup Pop band Fruit Bats, who have finished their latest album (which they previewed on KEXP earlier this year), are offering the title track of the forthcoming album, The Ruminant Band:

Fruit Bats – The Ruminant Band (MP3)

  • NYC dance post-punkers The Rapture have announced the departure of bassist and vocalist Mattie Safer. Although the announcement stated Safer’s departure was actually in early April, it also claimed the group has “been on a creative tear” and is ready to hit the studio with new material.
  • Recent KEXP in-studio guests Foreign Born have just released a video for their single “Winter Games.” That’s some seriously fancy footwork.

  • Blogger Kevin Cogill has been sentenced to two years probation for leaking tracks off of Guns N Roses’ 2008 album, Chinese Democracy. Wow, dude, was it really worth it, for THAT album?
  • Fans are clamoring for The Dodos, who will be playing one of KEXP’s Mural Concert Series — on 8/14 in fact — to release, Time To Die, the followup to their critically acclaimed Visiter. The album, though, doesn’t come out until 9/15, but you can already preview the song “Fables” already, thanks to Frenchkiss.

The Dodos – Fables (MP3)

  • And if it’s more new music you want, head over to Stereogum to stream Thom Yorke performing a cover of Miracle Legion’s “All The Best,” which appears Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy, and is probably the best thing he’s recorded solo yet!
  • With the ruckus Billy Corgan has been making lately, it’s only fair the true weirdo of The Smashing Pumpkins, bassist D’arcy Wretzky, finally breaks her silence. Calling into Chicago rock station Q101, she states her love for Silversun Pickups, her views on the rock’n’roll lifestyle, her new Michigan farm home, and some other stuff that’s pretty out there.
  • The Strokes’ frontman Julian Casablancas has announced a solo album to be released this fall, entitled Phrazes for the Young. He’s also planning a solo tour this fall to support the album.
  • Iconic producer Moby has announced a North American tour with a full band, with a Seattle date on October 19 at the Showbox.
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