Wednesday Music News

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  • After all the drama that ensued after this year’s Grammy’s on Sunday, you may have missed that Father John Misty won the award for Best Recording Package for 2017’s Pure Comedy. Josh Tillman unsurprisingly skipped attending the ceremony, but last night during a concert in Sydney he belatedly gave his acceptance speech. The incredibly Tillman-esque rambling speech drips with sarcasm and insincerity: “Uh, well, thanks. I don’t have a whole lot of time, but, God, fuck, I just wanna say fuck society. I wanna say that this government is a criminal organization. Um, uh uh uh uh, FlatEarth.com, please go check that out. And, you know, when I was growing up everyone told me, you know—whether it’s like Mommy, Daddy, the church, schoolteachers, whoever—you know, everybody was always saying that, like, it’s what’s on the inside that matters, you know, and I think that this is really evidence of the fact that it’s what’s outside that matters.” A new Father John Misty album has been said to be delivered sometime in 2018. [ Pitchfork ]


  • New York noise rock trio A Place To Bury Strangers announced they’ll be releasing their fifth studio album this spring called Pinned. The record is their first since 2015’s Transfixiation, as well as their first with new drummer Lia Simone Braswell. The band has shared the lead single “Never Coming Back,” which Braswell contributes vocals to. “That song is a big concept,” says vocalist and guitarist Oliver Ackermann. “You make these decisions in your life… you’re contemplating whether or not this will be the end. You think of your mortality, those moments you could die and what that means. You’re thinking about that edge of the end, deciding whether or not it’s over. When you’re close to that edge, you could teeter over.” Pinned is out April 13 via Dead Oceans. APTBS will be playing the Crocodile on Thursday, June 14 with Los Angeles band Sextile. [ Consequence of Sound ]

  • A Nada Surf tribute album featuring covers of every song from their 2003 album Let Go will soon be released. We’ve previously heard Ron Gallo’s take on “Happy Kid” and today the band has revealed Brooklyn four-piece Charly Bliss‘ cover of “The Way You Wear Your Head.” Charly Bliss said of the cover: “We were so excited and honored to be asked by Nada Surf to cover a song from Let Go. We are huge fans of theirs, both as a band and as people. I love that this song is about the crazy manic energy of falling in love and not being able to get enough of someone else, but at the same time teetering on the edge trying to protect yourself. We’re so thrilled to be label-mates with them, and we hope we made em proud with this cover!” Standing At The Gates: The Songs Of Nada Surf’s Let Go is out digitally February 2 and physically March 2 on Mardev Records and features contributions from Manchester Orchestra, Rogue Wave, The Long Winters, Aimee Mann, and more. [ Stereogum ]

  • English five-piece Hookworms have shared the third single off their forthcoming album, Microshift, out this Friday. Called “Each Time We Pass,” the track features guest vocals from Virginia Wing’s Alice Merida Richards. The band said of the song: “This track was the first time we have ever truly collaborated with an artist external to the band, in the most modern sense of the word. It was an extremely rewarding experience and it is one of the only Hookworms songs where I can happily stand back and admire it as it had been written by another band.” The song follows previous singles “Negative Space” and “Static Resistance.” [ Under the Radar ]

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