Thursday Music News

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  • Seven years after their last record, Canadian band Wolf Parade are back with a new full-length record. Called Cry Cry Cry, the album follows 2010’s Expo 86 and last year’s EP entitled EP 4. They’ve shared with us the first single off the album, “Valley Boy.” The band is made up of Spencer Krug (Moonface, Sunset Rubdown), Dan Boeckner (Handsome Furs, Divine Fits, Operators), Arlen Thompson, and Dante DeCaro.  Krug said in a press release: “The band itself is almost a fifth member of the band, something more or at least different than the sum of its parts. We don’t know who or what is responsible for our sound, it’s just something that naturally and consistently comes from this particular combo of musicians.” Cry Cry Cry was produced by John Goodmanson  (Bikini Kill, Sleater-Kinney, Unwound) at Robert Lang Studios outside of Seattle and will be released October 6 via Sub Pop. Catch them this Friday, July 21 at Capitol Hill Block Party. [ Under the Radar ]
  • Australian electronic trio Cut Copy shared their first single in four years, “Airborne,” earlier this month and today they shared the official music video to go along with it. Directed by Gerson Aguerrie of the Spanish production company CANADA, the clip follows Cut Copy’s Dan Whitford as he looks for a late-night snack while cosmic changes happen around him. According to Whitford, “The video for our song ‘Airborne’ is probably the most interesting and most challenging that I’ve ever been involved in. It was shot in Barcelona, all through the night for three days running and culminated with a final scene with me having not slept for 24 hours and playing a piano on the back of a moving truck. To say it was a once in a lifetime experience is no understatement! Despite the sleep deprivation, Gerson and his team at CANADA did a fantastic job bringing this surreal story to life.” No word on a full-length yet, but we imagine “Airborne” must be a hint at something coming. [ Consequence of Sound ]
  • White Reaper have covered Deep Purple’s 1972 hit “Highway Star” for an Amazon originals playlist called Open Road. The playlist is supposed to be the perfect road trip companion and features 30 covers of songs they’ve deemed road-trip-ready. The band said of the song, “Choosing “Highway Star” was easy because we listen to it just about every day. Richie Blackmore is one of our favorite guitarists of all time, and Deep Purple is one of the coolest groups there ever was. Working with the folks at Amazon was absolutely seamless. Maybe we should be thanking them for giving us an excuse to cover one of our favorite songs.” [ Stereogum ]
  • Last week electronic duo Mount Kimbie announced their first album in four years, Love What Survives, and released the first single “Blue Train Lines.” Today they’ve shared the official video for the King Krule collaboration. Directed by Frank Lebon (Frank Ocean’s “Nikes”), the clip follows two anthropologists as they study the life of an American Indian. The story is based on the historical case of an indigenous man that anthropologists named Ishi who survived the 1865 Three Knolls Massacre, which virtually destroyed the Yahi nation. He died of tuberculosis only five years after he was captured by authorities and taken to be studied at the University of California. Love What Survives is out September 8 via Warp Records. [ Pitchfork ]
  • Iconic band The Smiths have announced that they will be reissuing a deluxe version of their classic 1986 album The Queen Is Dead. The reissue will be out October 20 on Warner Bros and will be a double-disc set and CD/DVD (who uses either of those items anymore?) box that will include the band’s first take of “There is a Light That Never Goes Out,” a demo version of “Rubber Ring” off Louder Than Bombs, as well as a previously unreleased live album recorded on August 5, 1986 and Derek Jarman’s The Queen Is Dead Film. Morrissey said of the reissue, “You cannot continue to record and simply hope that your audience will approve, or that average critics will approve, or that radio will approve,” he said. “You progress only when you wonder if an abnormally scientific genius would approve – and this is the leap The Smiths took with The Queen Is Dead.” [ SPIN ]
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