Tuesday Music News

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  • Local hip-hop heroes Shabazz Palaces have been slowly rolling out single after single from their two forthcoming albums Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star and Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines for the past couple of months. So far they’ve shared “Shine a Light (feat. Thaddillac),” “Since C.A.Y.A.” (which features Thundercat), and “When Cats Claw,” from Born on a Gangster Star and “30 Clip Extension” and “Julian’s Dream (ode to a bad) [Feat. The Shogun Shot]” from Jealous Machines. Now they have shared another song from Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines, “Effeminence” which features Chimurenga Renaissance’s Fly Guy Dai. Both albums will be released July 14 via Sub Pop and a graphic novel version of Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines is due out August 18 via Fantagraphics. Shabazz Palaces will be at Easy Street Records on Thursday, July 13th for a record release in-store performance. [ Under the Radar ]

  • Last month Interpol announced a world tour celebrating the 15th anniversary of their debut album Turn on the Bright Lights by playing the album in full. Now they’re honoring the 10 year anniversary of their third album Our Love to Admire by reissuing the project. It will be available as a two-vinyl set, a deluxe 2xLP edition with a bonus DVD, or a regular CD/DVD set. There will also be a limited edition color version that will be sold through The Sound of Vinyl. The DVD features Interpol’s 2007 performance at London Astoria. The reissue drops August 18. [ Consequence of Sound ]

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  • Recently closed New York City independent record store Other Music is being honored in a new documentary film by Puloma Basu and Rob Hatch-Miller. The documentary tells the story of the founders of Other Music — Josh Madell, Chris Vanerloo, and Jeff Gibson — and features footage of the many in-store performances held at the store. The trailer for the film features Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend, Dave Portner of Animal Collective, Brian Chase of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Stephen Merrit of the Magnetic Fields, and more. Basu and Hatch-Miller have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help finish the film with backer rewards including signed merchandise items from Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors, Neon Indian, and more. [ Pitchfork ]

  • Amnesty International and Sofar Sounds have announced a new benefit concert event called Give a Home, whose goal is to increase awareness and raise funds for the ongoing refugee crisis. The plan is for 1,000 musicians to perform intimate, in-home concerts in 60 cities across the world and so far the list of artists that have signed up are numerous and include The National, Local Natives, Hot Chip, Frightened Rabbit, Daughter, and POLIÇA. Keep updated with who is playing in Seattle via Sofar Sounds. Registration is free, though making a donation to Amnesty International is encouraged. [ Spin ]
  • Avant-garde experimental band Xiu Xiu are no strangers to covers. In the past they’ve taken on the Nina Simone songbook for their cover album Nina as well as the Twin Peaks canon for their Plays the Music of Twin Peaks full-length. Their latest cover is for A.V. Club‘s Undercover sessions where they took on ZZ Top’s “Sharp Dressed Man” and it’s very good. Their latest LP FORGET was released in March. [ Stereogum ]

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