A new Raveonettes album?!

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raveonettes-beachIt was a nice surprise to see a new album from The Raveonettes (my favorite Danish duo) drop with little notice. Drowned In Sound posted an exclusive interview with Sune Rose Wagner of The Raveonettes about it, which also includes a Spotify stream (with commentary!). Personally, I haven’t heard this version, but I may have found a link to download it when it dropped though it’s also on Rdio (if downloading isn’t your thing). I’m still debating on whether to order it on Amazon and whether to get Vinyl or CD, I do like giant sized artwork and photos.

The Daily Rind blog posted this official release about it on July 22nd:

Surprise! The Raveonettes Release Brand New Album “Pe’ahi”

 Raveonettes_Peahi_AlbumCoverWhat’s that? A new album from The Raveonettes?! You heard right, and it’s OUT TODAY via Beat Dies Records.

Turns out Beyoncé isn’t the only one who can put out an album sans pre-release build-up. The Raveonettes decided to break the rules a little by announcing and releasing their new album, Pe’ahi, all in the same day, and we couldn’t be more excited.

Produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen (M83‘s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming),Pe’ahi explores a different sound for The Raveonettes. They create a new musical world, one with “choirs, harps, digital bit crushing, rhythmic changes, unconventional song structures, different ways of singing, staccato, machine gun guitar picking, and a somewhat schizophrenic universe,” according to frontman Sune Rose Wagner.

Pe’ahi, which was recorded entirely in a 20th century apartment building in downtown Los Angeles, is named after a dangerous surfing destination in Maui, Hawaii. The opening track, “Endless Sleeper,” talks about “taking risks in order to exist,” and draws from a near-death experience that took place on the island. This sets the tone for the album as one that “would only have been possible to make on the West Coast. Sun, surf, the Pacific, vast spaces yet a sense of isolation.” Pe’ahi is at the same time dark and bright, heavy and light, and oh-so-worth your listen.

Check out fall tour dates after the jump and get your hands on Pe’ahi from your store or service of choice now!

The Raveonettes Tour Dates:
09-22 – San Francisco, CA – Bimbo’s
09-23 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
09-24 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
09-26 – Chicago, IL – Double Door
09-27 – Cincinnati, OH – Midpoint Music Festival
09-29 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
09-30 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
10-01 – Washington, DC – Black Cat

The Isle of Skye

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This is not a sponsored post (this blog really isn’t popular enough for that), but I was the very lucky winner of a trip for two to Scotland through Lynott Tours‘ Facebook contest. The trip was specifically an escorted 3 Day tour of the Isle of Skye starting in Edinburgh, which after arriving in London on May 9th – we had 3 days to figure out the London Underground (or in my case, remember how to use it). Fortunately, my cousin had a couple Oyster cards for out of town visitors and getting to each destination was just a matter of planning when to leave.

The actual escorted tour was provided by Rabbie’s Trail Burners.  I copied over some info on our stops below from their website:

Highlights:
~ Glencoe
~ Eilean Donan Castle
~ Quiraing mountain pass
~ Isle of Skye
~ Neist Point
~ Five Sisters of Kintail
~ Loch Ness

3 days to explore some of the most dramatic and beautiful places in the Highlands and the romantic island of Skye. Highlights also include Glencoe, Loch Ness, Eilean Donan Castle and the 5 Sisters of Kintail.

Stay 2 nights in the picturesque harbour town of Portree on the Isle of Skye.

My previous knowledge of Scotland was rather limited, I’d watched movies like “Braveheart” and “Highlander” (though more the TV series) – so a lot of what I’ve seen of Scotland was the Highlands. There’s a Facebook game called Ghost Trappers, which kind of introduced me to some Scottish geography and location names – but it’s nothing like being there! Of course, I could think of a huge list of bands from Scotland that I love, but that could be a whole separate post (or series of posts) in itself.

Our tour guide Graham gave us a lot of interesting info and stories about Scottish history, without delving too much into the local rivalries between Glasgow and Edinburgh. The first day of the tour was really nice: sunny, bright, and probably warmer than the other 2 days of the tour, which were drizzly rain and cloudy overcast skies. I took a ton of photos that day, which are all on Flickr. I took a bunch the next day too. Here are some of my photos throughout Scotland, including some of the excellent B&B we stayed at:

Something I kept on my phone during my travels through England and Scotland was BuzzFeed’s Definitive Stereotype Map of Britain and Ireland, it was mostly for personal reference though it amused our tour guide too. As a Glaswegian, the “Perpetually Drunk” stereotype was especially funny to him with whiskey distilleries being such a popular part of our tour groups’ visit to Scotland. The escorted tour was a great way to see the country. We didn’t see Glasgow at all, so I’m sure another trip is in order.

The BritWeek Sessions with The Horrors and TOY

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I wasn’t too sure why I went with VIP for this show, but I was glad I did since it turned out street parking was nearly impossible so the valet was a necessary thing. The drink ticket was a nice thing to have too. I didn’t use the VIP seating area since my friends didn’t all have it, but still got pretty good photos of TOY while seated in the regular area.

It was really hot and poorly ventilated inside the church, so I didn’t even try going in during the Horrors set. Fortunately, there was a really cool laser light show that you could see from the back of the venue near the doors, which is where I was for most of their set. I hadn’t seen them live before, but I did like what I heard of what I assume was mostly the new album.

Sadly, I missed the guy selling the CDs of the new album Luminous, but since it’s out now – I can get it anywhere. Among my friends who attended that night, I may have been the only one who enjoyed TOY’s set. Maybe they are an acquired taste – or perhaps the being seated in a hot stuffy room is not conducive to the enjoyment of new music.

The nice thing about this venue was the outdoor area, which included a bar and giant Jenga setup projected on the walls. There were plenty of places to hang out, which made enjoying the music from afar more fun and enjoyable. I can’t say this is my preferred way of seeing a band, but it was nice to have room to get some fresh air.

Mini Cooper left a bunch of free swag bags (hurray for BritWeek!), which was also pretty cool. Before and after the show, there were also food trucks nearby to those waiting in line and hanging out in front of the venue. A church is probably not the ideal venue for most concerts, but the nice thing was that it had other parts to enjoy the show from – which almost made up for the heat.

Desert Daze 2014: The Raveonettes, Autolux, Gliss, DIIV

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It took awhile for me to properly recover from this festival in the desert (over 120 miles away – a little past Indio), it was only one day – but a tough one with the dust and wind (and dust in the wind)! Kind of glad we were only there for a few hours, we missed most of the earlier acts and arrived during the Cosmonauts set (and left after the Raveonettes).

It was a nice setting for a festival despite the windiness. Food options were limited and expensive (as was expected) and no ins and outs was also limiting. The Jarritos soda giveaways was a nice surprise. At night, the lighting was limited to the stage areas which made the long trek back to the car a little tricky.

There were 2 large stages right next to each other and one farther away, which meant there were no time conflicts on the 2 main stages just the 3rd one. This worked out fine for the most part, though bands playing the 3rd stage were guaranteed smaller audiences. I only caught a couple bands there (Kikagaku Moyo and Gliss). It was cooler overall than I’d expected, but I was prepared.

Overall, I enjoyed Desert Daze despite only catching about 1/4 of the entire lineup (there were a lot of bands playing early on). I took a lot of photos of the Raveonettes, Autolux, and Gliss since I managed to get up close. Some of my DIIV shots turned out well from far away. Here’s the only full video I took of The Raveonettes playing “Bowels of the Beast”:

And here are all my photos:

March 3: Glasvegas @ The Bardot

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I ended up going to a few great shows last month (a couple were free and totally unplanned). And before I go to my only planned shows for this month (The Dandy Warhols and Desert Daze), I felt I should post some of my photos, videos, and some comments about the shows. First, Glasvegas did a last minute show at the Bardot (before their sold out one at the Echo) on March 3rd. Several great bands also played with them: The Darcys, Howler, and Gangs of Youth.

I’d seen Glasvegas once before at Hollywood Forever, but this was actually my first proper show since that one was sort of an acoustic show (great in itself, though very different from a normal one). It was an impressive performance in a tiny venue (the Bardot is a small bunch of rooms above the Avalon). Also, Howler were great (in a very energetic punk pop way – sorry, that’s the best description I have) and their jumpsuits would make the Ghostbusters jealous. My photos turned out pretty well, despite the redness of the lighting. Here’s a link to the Flickr set, as well as a slideshow:

Also, here are my videos for “Geraldine” and “Secret Truth”:

This post ended up a lot longer than I expected, so I will end with my comments about the shows by Band of Skulls and Dean & Britta. Band of Skulls are great, well written songs and lots of energy – however, I hated the Belasco (more the area than the theater itself, and being too expensive) and I’d like to avoid ever having to pay $6 for a bottle of water by never going there again. Some of my Band of Skulls photos were pretty good, but half of them are just other people taking photos.

Dean & Britta were awesome, with a recording history that includes Galaxie 500 and Luna – they have lots of great songs to choose from. Dean Wareham will be at Amoeba in Hollywood April 24 at 6PM if you need proof.  The opener for that secret show was Gulp, a band by Super Furry Animals member Guto Pryce and his wife singing – they sound very SFA, though I was a little late and only caught a few songs.

On The Line With… Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready

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“You want to take a listener—at least we do—on a journey. That’s how I like to listen to records. The new Black Rebel Motorcycle Club album, Specter At The Feast, is impeccable, and I have to listen to it all the way through. Those guys are my new heroes. So, if people can feel like they’ve gone on some kind of journey with our new record, then it’s served its purpose.”

Originally posted on Heartbreak Trail:

Mike McCready

130711-pearl-jam-lightning-bolt_0It’s been quite some time since I’ve been compelled to get caught up with Pearl Jam’s activities, but after watching their Cameron Crowe-directed 20th anniversary documentary, it rekindled some of the feelings I had upon first hearing the band in 1991. But what hooked me most was hearing “Mind Your Manners,” the first single from the band’s new album, Lightning Bolt. I caught the tune for the first time halfway through while punching stations on my truck’s radio, and the track’s fury immediately grabbed me. For a second I wasn’t sure it was Pearl Jam–my perception of the band no longer jibed with a sound that forceful–but giving over to it allowed for one of those rare moments of enjoying music simply for its own sake. I was ready to give Pearl Jam another chance. Lightning Bolt, overall, confirms that faith. There are plenty of memorable songs on…

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New Bunnymen songs, US Tour, DVD upgrade!

Echo and the Bunnymen, featuring Ian McCulloch, will release its album 'Meteorites' June 3 on 429 Records.(Photo: Roger Sargent)

Photo: Roger Sargent

Today has been quite an exciting day if you are an Echo & the Bunnymen fan, I found this in my email this morning regarding their PledgeMusic drive:

“Good Afternoon!

We have some good news for you, your pre-order of the Signed CD format of ‘Meteorites’ has now become a Signed Deluxe CD/DVD format at no extra charge to you.

The new album format will contain 3 bonus demo audio tracks and a DVD featuring a ‘Making Of The Album’ mini documentary.

The release date for the album remains the same, May 26th and your album will be delivered to you in line with that.

For any further questions please contact Customer Services via the Questions section on your order.

With very best wishes,

Team PledgeMusic.”

And on top of that, two new tracks debuted and US Tour dates have been announced!

The Quietus posted the song “Lovers on the Run” (embedded below): 

USA Today posted the song “Holy Moses” (along with the US Tour Dates!):

August

1 – Orpheum Theater, Los Angeles, Calif.
2 – Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, Calif.
4 – Crystal Ballroom, Portland, Ore.
5 – Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, B.C.
6 – Showbox at the Market, Seattle, Wash
9 – First Ave, Minneapolis, Minn.
10 – Metro, Chicago, Ill.
14 – St. Andrews Hall, Detroit, Mich.
12 – Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, Ont.
14- Paradise Rock Cliub, Boston, Mass.
16-17 – Irving Plaza, New York, N.Y.
18 – The Fillmore, Silver Spring, Md.
19 – Union Transfer, Philadelphia, Penn.

August is looking good for shows! Speaking of looking good, Ian’s new press photo is very nice too.

UPDATE: Also, the track “Market Town” was the first new Bunnymen track to debut a few weeks ago, I’ve posted it below in case you haven’t heard it yet:

Ringo Deathstarr @ The Church on York

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As far as younger bands go (bands formed after the turn of the century), Ringo Deathstarr is easily one of my favorites. They wear their shoegaze influences (MBV and a lot more like the Jesus and Mary Chain than BRMC, not that they are trying to) proudly and do a great job recreating those sounds live and on record.  I kept missing them in concert the past few years, so I was looking forward to finally seeing them live. They are from Austin, TX and have actually been through LA a few times before.

The Church on York is out in an area called Highland Park, and seems to be booking a lot of good bands over the next few months. They also have a petition on their website to have a restaurant that sells beer and wine, so good luck to them on that! If you visit their website before March 26th, you can help them by signing it. They were selling water and sodas fairly cheaply, so I think it might be nice if they sold more.

Ringo Deathstarr just released an EP called God’s Dream, which you can purchase and download directly on their website for only $5 (which I just did). They also have 2 other EP’s: a self-titled (2007), Shadow (2011) and 3 albums: Colour Trip (2011), Sparkler (2011), and Mauve (2012) – that last one I had purchased, but didn’t realized I’d only downloaded part of it. They have an old version of their website that says they “are the best rapper alive.”

You’ve got to love a band with a sense of humor that also happens to sound great. The show was on February 20th, so the exact details are a little fuzzy right now. One thing about their live performance, they sound a little more punk than on record and a bigger surprise is that they are just a 3 piece. I enjoyed their set a lot and I hope they play Southern California again soon! Also, if you haven’t heard any of their stuff, do yourself a favor and listen to this widget and buy everything they have released.
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The Anime Collectionary

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I was recently contacted about a cool new website called The Collectionary: the best place to go on the internet to find and buy items for avid collectors. They feature many collections including Anime, and here’s some more info on them:

What inspired The Collectionary into existence?

The Collectionary was built because we wanted to create a Dictionary of everything in the world that people collect. There are hundreds of e-commerce sites, but there is no dedicated place where you can learn about different items. Whether it’s the history, facts, or unique attributes regarding a particular collectible or item, we want to give people a place to learn about the collectibles they love.

What made you coin it The Collectionary?

Collectionary comes from combining the words Collection and Dictionary. A fun play on words that explains what we are working on with our site and brand.

Why is your site devoted solely to Anime memorabilia?

No, the Anime Collectionary is one out of hundreds of different Collectionaries to join. We have expert collectors we call moderators that help us with each Collectionary to add and cool items to the site. In fact, we would love to have more Anime moderators willing to help out :).

What’s the takeaway for potential customers? What can they hope to gain from perusing your site?

We hope visitors to our site will enjoy browsing all the amazing collectibles ever created. Looking at many of the nostalgic items on the site we hope it brings back many fond memories as a child or another time in your life. We also want people to learn about Collectibles and find out where those items are for sale as we point to the different places on the internet the items are for sale.

Anything unusual worth noting about your site? Anime?

Our site would love to have more moderators helping us out. I’m sure you will find many unusual and never before seen Anime items here.

To see all the amazing Collectionaries please visit our homepage:

http://collectionary.com/

The Warlocks record release party

The Warlocks @ the Bootleg Theater

The Warlocks played with a bunch of bands in support of their latest album Skull Worship, and I didn’t manage to see all of them though the ones I did see sounded good. The Bootleg Bar has a lot of tables and places to sit so we spent most of the time there, moving to the theater area for Von Haze and The Warlocks. It was funny how everyone was sitting or standing really far away during Von Haze, though they did eventually move up and watch at a closer distance. This was my second time seeing them open for another band, and I think they’re pretty good. I’m starting to appreciate their  spaced out, drone-y sound.

I remember kind of enjoying Drinking Flowers music and sort of thinking their singer reminded me of Will Sergeant. I also enjoyed what I heard enough to get their EP Sanity Restored 1972 through eMusic. Raw Geronimo were okay, but the singer was sort of sounding a bit too Gwen Stefani for my taste. We were too busy enjoying our drinks to catch Tashaki Miyaki and left before Cat Museum started, so I hope I might catch both of them at other shows later. The Warlocks played a great set, mixing their heavier psych rock sounds with more upbeat songs.

During their set, Bobby mentioned they were playing Harvard & Stone the following Thursday and we ended up attending that one too.  We weren’t on the right side of the venue, which is where the stage was so we had a better view of the bar than the stage. It seemed like there was a birthday party going on, though I’m not sure if it was related to the show. Anyways, it’s not a bad place for a free show, unless you were on the wrong side of the bar. My pictures were kind of crappy, but I took some and you can see here: