Wednesday Music News

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  • Legendary alternative rockers Dinosaur Jr. have announced their new album titled I Bet on the Sky. This is trio’s tenth studio album in 27 years and their third since reuniting in 2005, an indication that J, Lou, and Murph show no signs of slowing (or turning it) down anytime soon. I Bet on the Sky will be released via Jagjaguwar records September 18. Check out Dinosaur Jr. tour dates and more information here.
  • Even though it’s hard to tell in Seattle, summer is in fact upon us, and indie punk rockers Superchunk have released a seasonal single just in time. “This Summer” is an optimistic, carefree, and catchy single, complete with Superchunk’s signature crunchy guitars and singer Mac McCaughan’s yelping and endearing vocals. Available for purchase digitally at Merge Records and on limited edition white vinyl, the single is accompanied by a cover of Bananarama’s 1983 hit “Cruel Summer.” Listen to the single below, and check out the cover here.
  • Texas instrumental post-rockers Explosions in the Sky have announced that they will be scoring an upcoming film by David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, All the Real Girls), titled Prince Avalanche. The film stars Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch and is based off the Icelandic comedy Either Way. This of course isn’t the first time Explosions in the Sky’s emotional sound has been utilized on the big screen. The band first did the soundtrack for Friday Night Lights in 2004, followed by the TV show of the same name, and have since worked on numerous other film projects. Get more information at Consequence of Sound.
  • Portland’s own Menomena announced their new album titled Moms and an accompanying North American tour today. Moms, set to release September 18, will be Menomena’s fifth album and the first since becoming a duo after the departure of original band member Brent Knopf in early 2011. Check out the trackslist and tour dates over at Pitchfork, and view a teaser trailer for the album featuring a really cute dog below:
  • And in weirder news, Canterlot Gardens, an “independent convention for fans of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic,” has announced that party-rocker Andrew W.K. will be hosting a panel at the upcoming convention this September to answer “the dire question: What Would Pinkie Do?” A self-proclaimed partier and “Brony,” W.K.’s motivational speech is said to address “how to make your job as fun as your party, and your party as important as your job.” Check out all the weirdness over at Prefix.
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