Tuesday Music News

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  • Metric frontwoman and Broken Social Scene collaborator Emily Haines is releasing the first Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton album in over a decade on September 15 via Last Gang/eOne. Entitled Choir of the Mind, it follows 2006’s Knives Don’t Have Your Back, which reached number 28 on the Canadian charts. Today she’s shared the song and video for “Statuette.” Directed by Justin Broadbent, the clip has a sleazy casting couch premise, with Haines as an actress trying to win a role. Haines said of the video, “It was one of the weirder shoots I’ve done, acting out that humiliation, conforming to the lowered standards of all the other girls who so desperately want the part. I love the contrast between the summertime bossa nova beat and this generic, sad setting.” [ Under the Radar ]
  • Ariel Pink is gearing up to release Dedicated To Bobby Jameson and so far each of the singles released have been wildly different in feel, showcasing the different sides of Pink’s persona and making us believe this new album could be his best. Today he’s shared the soaring “Feels Like Heaven” which sounds like a song that would fit perfectly on a John Hughes film soundtrack. Dedicated To Bobby Jameson will be out September 15 via Mexican Summer. Ariel Pink will be in Seattle on Saturday, October 21 at Neumos. [ Pitchfork ]
  • Detroit post-punk band Protomartyr have shared the third single off the upcoming Relatives In Descent. “My Children” has a chunky bassline and ringing guitars that create a discordant but urgent feel. Relatives In Descent will be out September 29 via Domino. Catch Protomartyr at Chop Suey on Thursday, October 12. [ SPIN ]
  • Wilco have a response to the recent demonstrations by white supremacists and neo-nazis in Charlottesville and it’s in the gentle, melancholy track “All Lives, You Say?” The single was posted today on Bandcamp and proceeds will go to the Southern Poverty Law Center in the memory of Jeff Tweedy’s dad Robert L. Tweedy, who passed away earlier this month. Tweedy explained, “My dad was named after a Civil War general, and he voted for Barack Obama twice. He used to say ‘If you know better, you can do better.’ America — we know better. We can do better.” [ Consequence of Sound ]
  • New Zealand’s Yumi Zouma are here to brighten up your day with the short but sweet disco-pop track “Depths (Pt. I).” It serves as the opening track of the forthcoming album Willowbank and definitely seems like it’ll get the album started on a good note. Yumi Zouma’s last original full-length was Yoncalla, released in May 2016, but the band released a cover album of Oasis’ iconic (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? this past April. You can see them live when they come to Seattle on Saturday, October 21 to play Barboza. [ Gorilla vs. Bear ]
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