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
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
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
Celebrating the 30th anniversary of one of the greatest albums of the 80’s, Cherry Red Records have put together a mammoth reissue of The House Of Love’s self-titled debut.
Spread over five discs, the debut album appears here in remastered form for the first time, taken from the original quarter-inch tapes. Two discs are given over to non-album tracks including numerous demos and early mixes, many of which were never released, while the final two bring together various BBC radio sessions and largely unissued live tracks with the band showcasing the album across Europe.
The package is housed in a stylish hardback book set with fresh sleeve-notes from NME journalist Neil Taylor (with interview quotes from lead singer/guitarist Guy Chadwick and original bassist Chris Groothuizen) and rare images from the band’s photographer Suzie Gibbons.… Read the rest
Ride have just posted a remix of “Vapour Trail” done by The Cure’s Robert Smith. While not radically different to the original, Smith has given the track a nice extended outro that recalls the vocal hook and brings it more in line with Nowhere’s more bombastic noisy side. … Read the rest
Fans of Australian indie rock in the early 90’s will be all too familar when it comes to Smudge and the many other bands (and off-shoots) that appeared on Nic Dalton’s Half A Cow records label. In 2014 the band celebrated the 20th anniversary of Smudge’s debut album Manilow, but for its 21st the band asked friends and musicians alike to contribute songs for a Manilow tribute album. And it’s happening.
Featuring notable contributions from Courtney Barnett, Lou Barlow, Ratcat, Evan Dando, Youth Group and The Hummingbirds’ Simon Holmes and Alannah Russack, there’s also a whole swag of new artists there to pay their respects.… Read the rest