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Silversun Pickups announce new record Better Than Nature

Silversun Pickups have announced that their much-anticipated fourth studio album, BETTER NATURE, will be released September 25th via the band’s own New Machine Recordings. Pre-orders for the album in addition to other very limited items are now available at silversunpickups.com.

silversinpickupsBETTER NATURE is preceded by the incandescent new single, “Nightlight,” debuting August 6th.  “Nightlight” will also arrive via an inspired video directed by renowned filmmaker Mark Pellington which will premiere simultaneously with the song.

Silversun Pickups’ first new album in more than three years, BETTER NATURE sees the Silverlake, CA-based band partnering once again with producer Jacknife Lee (U2, Two Door Cinema Club, Crystal Castles), with whom they so successfully collaborated on 2012’s visionary NECK OF THE WOODS. The songs were created and crafted in Lee’s Topanga studio, the band spontaneously building out from singer/guitarist Brian Aubert’s deliberately spare songwriting demos (see tracklisting below). The result is fluid and freewheeling, “oozing,” in Aubert’s words, with heavily cranked guitars, propulsive rhythms, and seemingly infinite textures. GRAMMY® Award-winning mix engineer Alan Moulder (My Bloody Valentine, Nine Inch Nails, Royal Blood) brings maximum sonic power to the proceedings, but at the album’s beating heart is Silversun Pickups’ remarkably intuitive interplay, as ever providing panoramic musical counterpoint to Aubert’s incisive, increasingly self-exploratory lyricism. Richer, warmer, and more evocative than anything in their prior canon, BETTER NATURE is Silversun Pickups’ most human music thus far.

Silversun Pickups will herald BETTER NATURE with a full North American tour to be unveiled soon. In the meantime, the band will make a number of special appearances, beginning with a headline performance at FM 94.9’s Independence Jam, set for September 12th at Oceanside, CA’s Junior Seau Pier Amphitheatre.


Excited about new music this January?

new-musicAlright folks, which new music are you most excited about releasing this January?

1/14 Big Ups, Eighteen Hours of Static (Dead Labour)
1/14 Broken Bells, After the Disco (Columbia)
1/14 Cherry Glazerr, Haxel Princess (Burger)
1/14 Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Give the People What They Want (Daptone)
1/14 Bruce Springsteen, High Hopes (Columbia)
1/21 Bill Callahan, Have Fun With God (Drag City)
1/21 I Break Horses, Chiaroscuro (Bella Union/PIAS)
1/21 Damien Jurado, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Sun (Secretly Canadian)
1/21 Mogwai, Rave Tapes (Sup Pop)
1/21 together PANGEA, Badillac (Harvest/Burger)
1/21 Warpaint, Warpaint (Rough Trade)
1/28 Dum Dum Girls, Too True (Sub Pop)
1/28 Tara Jane O’Neill, Where Shine New Lights (Kranky)
1/28 Strange Talk, Cast Away (Wind-Up)

Something not listed here? Let me know!

12-12-12 Sandy benefit concert to be seen by 1 million people

The producers of “121212” announced today that the concert at Madison Square Garden on December 12, 2012, at 7:30 PM (ET), to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy, has secured distribution to over one billion people!

The event will air on 34 US networks and television feeds worldwide, in addition to streaming online and on the radio: http://www.121212concert.org/watch.

Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Eddie Vedder, Roger Waters, Kanye West, The Who and Paul McCartney with more top artists to be announced!

Proceeds benefit the Robin Hood Relief Fund. Thanks to the generosity of concert organizers, sponsors, and Robin Hood’s board of directors, every single penny from ticket purchases and donations will go to serve the victims of Hurricane Sandy through the Robin Hood Relief Fund.

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The Gaslight Anthem Premieres New Single, “45,” new album out on July 24th

A once contributing writer to scrink.com, Adam Thomas, who writes weekly for theheadrush.com, loves The Gaslight Anthem. You should have heard him in his giddy state when he saw they would be releasing a new album this summer. And then when he listened to the single he was even more excited. So funny to see grown men act like teenage boys before a Springsteen concert when they hear a favorite band is doing something new.

Speaking of Springsteen, did you know he was the surprise guest at the Gaslight Anthem’s show at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park, N.J. back in December of 2011. Just an interesting factoid to share.

“45” is the first advance track from HANDWRITTEN, the band’s fourth album, scheduled for a July 24 release on Mercury Records, a division of Island Def Jam Music Group. HANDWRITTEN was produced by two-time Grammy Award®-winner Brendan O’Brien, known for his work with Bruce Springsteen (Best Rock Album Grammy, 2002), Pearl Jam, Incubus, and many others.

The song will go up for sale at iTunes the following week on May 8.

In addition to appearances mentioned below, The Gaslight Anthem will be returning to CBS’s The Late Show with David Letterman (June 28), and a performance on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (July 27). To top that off, the May 16  show at Music Hall of Williamsburg will be exclusively live broadcasted on livestream.com/thegaslightanthem

Upcoming appearances:
May 16 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
May 18 – West Hollywood, CA – Roxy

Festival dates set for:
May 20 – Asbury Park, NJ – Bamboozle
June 23 – Atlantic City, NJ – Metallica Orion
August – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza

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Lifetime Achievement Awards

Robert De Niro, Bruce Springsteen and Mel Brooks have been given lifetime achievement awards.

The legendary entertainers were praised by the President Barack Obama at the Kennedy Center Honours yesterday (06.12.09), where they were presented with their accolades at a black-tie event for transforming the arts in America.

Obama told the 300 celebrity guests – which included Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Edward Norton, Matthew Broderick and Philip Seymour Hoffman – at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts that the entertainers were being honored because they were “the best”.

He said: “These performers are indeed the best. They are also living reminders of a single truth – and I’m going to steal a line from my wife Michelle here – the arts are not somehow apart from our national life, the arts are the heart of our national life.”

The Boss and Thursday tunes

Not really much of a write up for you today, but I do have some songs to share. And news on some of the entertainment in store for President Obama’s Inauguration. Sources told the Post’s Lena Sun that Bruce Springsteen will perform at Barack Obama’s inauguration week welcome event January 18, 2008 on the National Mall. The event will be on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and open to the public for free. The Boss has been a bigtime Obama backer and they campaigned together in Cleveland during the general election.

Now for some tunes:
Au Revoir Simone – “Here Is The News” (mp3)
Here We Go Magic – “Tunnelvision” (mp3)
The Online Romance – “Ladybug, Don’t Smile” (mp3)
Squares On Both Sides – “Goodbye To The Trees” (mp3)
Bosque Brown – “Went Walking” (mp3)