Tuesday Music News

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  • After releasing a pretty great teaser (in an era of pretty awful album trailers) for the album last week, Neko Case has released some more concrete details about her sixth studio album, The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You, which will arrive on September 3rd on ANTI-. (Your move, Fiona.) The first taste of the album, “Man” (embedded below with the single’s awesome, mustachioed artwork), features M. Ward on guitar, a surprisingly upbeat, almost-Pornographers energy, and the couplet, “And if some dipshit’s drunk on pink perfume/then I’m the man in the fucking moon”. The rest of the album, which was executively self-produced in Tucson, also features appearances by Case’s regular backing band and members of My Morning Jacket, Calexico, and the New Pornographers, among others. Case will go on tour behind The Worse Things Get... this fall, including a stop at the Paramount on September 18th.

  • Fresh off playing Sasquatch last month, Sigur Ros‘ seventh studio album, Kveikur, is streaming one week before its release over at Amazon. The album is the group’s first as a trio and finds Jonsi, Orri, and Georg taking a more direct and aggressive approach to the signature Sigur Ros sound. Stream it here.
  • California sister trio HAIM haven’t released any new material in a minute, but that’s probably because they’re hitting the touring road extra hard. Last night, they stopped by the Late Show with David Letterman last night to play “Forever”, which sounds even tighter now than it did when it was released. (In related news, the band’s debut is tentatively scheduled for the fall.) Catch that performance - complete with Este Haim’s awesome bass face - below.

  • Washed Out’s Ernest Greene hasn’t been away too long (especially if you hear his Portlandia theme music every night on Netflix), but he’s produced Paracosm, his sophomore album (out August 13th through Sub Pop), less than a year after getting off tour. The followup to 2011′s Within and Without, the nine-track effort was also produced by Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Cut Copy), with a lyric video for the first single, “It All Feels Right”, available below. Greene will support the album with a month-long fall tour, including stops at Bumbershoot and MusicfestNW.

  • Niki Roza Danilova, a.k.a. Zola Jesus, will return this August with Versions (out August 20th via Sacred Bones), which finds the artist collaborating with composer JG Thirwell to create new interpretations of her back catalog. The pair previously debuted the material at a concert at New York’s Guggenheim Museum, and will support it with a tour in the fall. See the tracklist and art over at Consequence of Sound.
  • NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts have become a sort-of institution at this point, and this week, The National stopped by the very small studio to play acoustic versions of four songs from their latest album, Trouble Will Find Me. It’s a little strange hearing lyrics like “your love is such a swamp” and “Jenny, I am in trouble” stripped of their usual orchestrated melancholy, but the songs are still completely engaging. Watch it below.

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  1. jasonn
    Posted June 11, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    ello?Moondoggies are putting out a record too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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