Thursday Music News

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  • It’s been a long wait for Ted Leo fans, who haven’t gotten new material from him since 2010’s Brutalist Bricks, but hope is on the horizon. His next LP The Hanged Man will be released on September 8 and he’s offered us the lead single “You’re Like Me.” The single is a dark detailing of sexual assault incidences Leo suffered from when he was a child. Leo had a frank and detailed discussion with Stereogum about the subject matter that is definitely required reading for any Ted Leo fan. Leo recorded most songs with longtime Pharmacists drummer Chris Wilson and it features contributions from Aimee Mann, Jonathan Coulton, Jean Grae, and comedian Paul F. Tompkins. He also announced a tour that includes a date in Seattle on November 8 at the Crocodile. [ Brooklyn Vegan ]

  • Run the Jewels have released a video for “Don’t Get Captured,” off of RTJ3, which was released earlier this year. The video comes from Chris Hopewell, the claymation connoissuer behind Radiohead’s “Burn the Witch” video. The politically charged clip features Killer Mike and El-P on an amusement park ghost train while they encounter riot police, arrests, gentrification, and racism. Run the Jewels are headlining this year’s Capitol Hill Block Party on Friday, July 21, and will be LIVE on KEXP that afternoon at 4:00 PM PT. [ Under the Radar ]
  • Chaz Bear (fka Chaz Bundick) has very generously shared the new Toro Y Moi album Boo Boo a day early via a short film. Directed and produced by Company Studio, it follows Bear as he’s driven around the Bay Area, with Boo Boo playing in its entirety in the background. It makes sense that we would join him on a lengthy car ride like old friends since he described the new album as his most personal to date. Now, hopefully he’ll turn that car North and head to Seattle. [ Consequence of Sound ]
  • LCD Soundsystem‘s Gavin Russom has come out as transgender. She detailed her decision to come out to Pitchfork, saying, “I’m 43 and I can identify that once a decade, I made a concerted effort to make my trans identity known. What makes this time different is that I’m in a stable moment in my life. Working with LCD Soundsystem all last year and then having a solid block of time off to focus on self-care was really important for me. This is what came out of that. I don’t like coming out so much as a term, but sometimes it’s the only way to say it.” [ Pitchfork ]
  • There are people who have gotten college undergraduate degrees in the time it’s been since Cut Copy released a proper follow-up to their last full-length Free Your Mind. They’ve released some mixtapes such as 2014’s Oceans Apart, 2015’s Forest Through the Trees, and 2016’s ambient instrumental January Tape but that doesn’t completely count. But hope is not lost. With the release of the new single “Airborne,” it looks as though we might not have to wait until we get our Masters for the next album. [ Stereogum ]
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