Wednesday Music News

  • For those who didn’t get their Coachella fix this year (or didn’t get tickets to next year’s fest), festival promoter Goldenvoice has a solution: the S.S. Coachella. Departing from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, in December, the ship sails to the Bahamas and Jamaica, and while in transit, the cruise will host performances from Pulp, Hot Chip, Yeasayer, Sleigh Bells, Warpaint, El-P, Black Lips, Grimes, Cloud Nothings, and Father John Misty among others. There will also be “unique events,” including wine tastings with James Murphy and late night performances. Get the full details on the cruises over at the S.S. Coachella website.
  • Nearly seventeen months after the departure of founding member Brent Knopf, Portland experimental group Menomena have released their first track as a duo, “Heavy Is As Heavy Does,” which is streaming now at Pitchfork. The first single from their forthcoming fifth album, Moms, the beautifully somber track will probably end up as the only piano ballad to feature fuzz bass and a heavily distorted guitar solo all year. The pair will be heading out on tour to support Moms in the fall, including stops at Musicfest NW on September 7th and the Showbox at the Markey on October 26th. Listen to it now:

  • After test-driving some of the material earlier this year at Coachella, Flying Lotus has announced details about Until The Quiet Comes, his follow-up to 2010’s Cosmogramma. Due October 2nd (via Warp), the album boasts guest spots from Thom Yorke, Erykah Badu, and Thundercat among others. Starting in September, he’ll hit the road to promote Quiet, including a stop at the Neptune Theatre on October 23rd. Check out his full itinerary, along with the album’s artwork and tracklisting, over at Consequence of Sound.
  • Although he hasn’t produced a full length since 2008’s Modern Guilt, 2012 is turning out to be a prolific year for Beck. Having already contributed to charity comps and soundtracks, released a Jack White-produced 7″, and produced Karen Elson’s Fleetwood Mac cover, Beck wil continue the trend by releasing three new songs for the Playstation game Sound Shapes, where “Cities,”, “Touch The People,” and “Spiral Staircase” will feature on separate levels of the game. The game is released on August 7th, and by that time, Beck will probably have another three songs coming down the non-album pipeline.
  • On October 9th, Queens-based quintet Freelance Whales will release Diluvia, the follow-up to their 2010 debut Weathervanes, via Mom + Pop/Frenchkiss. Written and over the past year and recorded across two months in New York City with engineer/producer Shane Stoneback (Sleigh Bells, Vampire Weekend), the album features a “more expansive” sound than their debut, according to a press release. Watch a video for the album’s lead single “Locked Out” below and grab a free MP3 of the track, along with the album’s tracklisting and artwork, over at their website

  • Five years after the release of its After Dark compilation, Italians Do It Better will release its sequel, aptly titled After Dark II. Masterminded by Chromatics’ Johnny Jewel, the album features contributions from Chromatics, Glass Candy, Mirage, Desire, and pretty much every other band Jewel has had a hand in from the past few years. Check out the artwork and tracklist at Prefix.
  • Last month, Brooklyn duo Matt and Kim released “Let’s Go,” the first single from their upcoming fourth LP, and now they’ve released details about the album. Out October 2nd through FADER, Lightning was written, recorded, and produced by the pair. A U.S. tour announcement is soon to follow. In the meantime, take a look at the artwork and tracklisting at Alter The Press.
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