Appearing almost literally out of nowhere, Better Oblivion Community Center is a brand new band comprising the formidable talents of Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst. Written and recorded in Los Angeles during the summer of 2018, their self-titled debut album is released on Dead Oceans.
The pair first collaborated on the track “Would You Rather”, taken from Bridgers’ acclaimed debut album Stranger In The Alps.
Co-produced by Bridgers, Oberst and long time Oberst / Bright Eyes collaborator Andy LeMaster and mixed by John Congleton, Better Oblivion Community Center features the work of several talented friends, including Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), and Carla Azur (Autolux, Jack White) among others.… Read the rest
Sleeper have shared the video for the first single to be taken from their forthcoming album, The Modern Age. In “Look at You Now” the band have chosen to forgo the standard mimed performance, instead offering up a timely 50’s and 60’s inspired protest video.
Describing the track and inspiration behind its video, the band said: “It’s a song about feeling disenfranchised. Politics, on every side, is pushing to the extremes, ideas we thought we’d left behind in the 20th century.
“When we were putting together the artwork for our new album we got really into film footage from the 1950s and 60s: political rallies, crap B movies, and public information films.… Read the rest
It’s hard to remember a time when The Dandy Warhols weren’t around, and given that 2019 marks the 25th anniversary of these Portland rockers, it’s not surprising. To celebrate, the band have announced the release of their 10th studio album, Why You So Crazy, due out January 25th via Dine Alone Records.
The album sees the band return in singularly freewheeling fashion, their creative spark undiminished, as they careen through classically off-kilter psych-pop (‘Be Alright’), high country-fried Americana (‘Motor City Steel’), and gothic piano-propelled rumbas (‘Forever’).
As a taster to the release, the band have unveiled a single-shot 360° short film of new single “Be Alright”, which features Mad Men’s Jessica Paré and was conceived by award-winning creative Kevin Moyer.… Read the rest
Surprising all with the glowing reception (except for us Australians who knew it would be soar) for Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John, a full album of Olivia Newton-John covers, the ever restless Hatfield follows that up in 2019 with Weird, a new self-produced album of 11 original songs.
“I often feel cut-off from other people, from my feelings, from technology, from popular culture. I feel weird, I feel like I’m dreaming my life and that I am going to wake up some day,” Hatfield explains. “I wanted to make an album about the contentment of being inside an apartment and living inside a very small radius.” Weird encompasses both the negative and positive sides of radical solitude, the disconnection and the “desire to keep a barrier between me and other people who are trying to get inside of me.”
Weird is released on January 18 through American Laundromat Recordings.… Read the rest
After gradually dipping their reunion toes on the live stage over the last 18 months, feeling the response from Britpop days gone past, the once statuesque Sleeper have decided go all in on their first album in 21 years, entitled The Modern Age.
Louise Wener gives reason for the reunion — “We had no plan to get back together. Sometimes life throws you a massive curve ball. You end up jumping off the cliff, just to see what it feels like”.
The band spent summer 2018 recording The Modern Age with their long time producer, Stephen Street – a relationship that clicked into place again right away.… Read the rest
How do you describe an album out of time, concerned with the disappearance of culture, of humanity, of nature, of logic and emotion? Why make this album in an era when attention spans have been reduced to next to nothing, and the tactile grains of making music have been further reduced to algorithms and projected playlist placement. Why wake up in the morning? Why hasn’t everything already disappeared?
Deerhunter’s eighth LP forgets the questions and makes up unrelated answers. It gets up, walks around, it records itself in several strategic geographic points across North America. It comes home, restructures itself and goes back to bed to avoid the bad news.… Read the rest