Thursday Music News

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  • Welsh trio The Joy Formidable have released a new video preview/cinematic experience for their upcoming album Wolf’s Law due out early 2013. The video, which involves plenty of high-contrast black and white Tree of Life style shots of different things happening (including bears fighting, a person being born, a volcano, and some surgery) in an attempt to portray the “truth of nature,” features the song “Wolf’s Law,” which will not be featured on the album. Check out the video below and make sure you hit fullscreen.

  • On August 16 singer-songwriter Chuck Prophet’s van was broken into in San Francisco and his 1984 blonde Squire Telecaster was stolen. Prophet bought this guitar brand new in 1984 and has never played a show or made a record without it. Help spread the via Facebook/Twitter/Whatever and in the meantime check out Prophet’s awesome live in-studio KEXP performance (featuring the beautiful guitar in question) below. People who steal instruments suck.

  • Kill Rock Stars has released an alternative take of Elliot Smith’s “Ballad of Big Nothing,” the latest unreleased track to surface from the label as part of a month-long effort to honor what would have been the singer-songwriter’s 43rd birthday this month. This one seems to sound pretty close to the album cut until Smith jumps in with different lyrics. Listen to the alternate “Ballad of Big Nothing” below and check out all the unreleased tracks, including alternate takes of “Alameda” and “Angeles,” here.

  • Smashing Pumpkins have announced a North American tour in support of their latest album Oceania. Although there are currently no dates available, the group has released a list of U.S. cities it is confirmed to play which includes Seattle. Get all the information over at Consequence of Sound.
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