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New Release Section: Franz Ferdinand, “Curious”

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Franz Ferdinand have shared the video for “Curious,” a brand-new recording featured on Hits To The Head, their 20-track greatest hits collection which is released on Friday March 11th, 2022 on Domino.

Having previously shared “Billy Goodbye,” the other new track from the compilation, “Curious” was also produced by Alex Kapranos, Julian Corrie, and Stuart Price (Dua Lipa, Madonna, Pet Shop Boys) and is accompanied by a video directed by Andy Knowles. Talking about the track, Alex Kapranos said: “What’s the meaning behind the song? A meet-cute on the first page as tension enters left on a dark stage, but as our stars collide I’m curious: will you want me when you’ve got me? I’m a future seeker. Are we the future? I’m curious. I had this idea for the lyric—kind of the reverse of one of those life-flashing-before-your-mind as you die in a film scene, where the entire course of a relationship flashes before you the instant you fall in love with someone.”

He added about the video: “So, it’s a dance song we said later on when thinking about a video. And ‘we’ve always said we play dance music,’ said Bob, ‘so why don’t we dance in the video?’ So we gave Andy Knowles, our old pal—who was in Bob’s class at Art School and played with Franz Ferdinand in 2005/6—a shout and he was up for it. You can spot his cameo… and, yes, that is us actually dancing.”

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New Release Section: Chip Z’Nuff, “Heaven In A Bottle”

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to present the new solo album from Chip Z’Nuff, Perfectly Imperfect. Chip is, of course, well known for being one of the co-founders of popular Chicago rock band Enuff Z’Nuff. The first single and video from the album, “Heaven In A Bottle” is out today.

The songs for “Perfectly Imperfect” were written by Chip, except for “Heaven In A Bottle,” which is an older track written with former Enuff Z’Nuff vocalist Donnie Vie and ”Honaloochie Boogie,” which is a Mott The Hoople cover. The album includes guest appearances from Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake, Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Steven Adler (Adler’s Appetite, ex-Guns ‘N Roses), Daxx Nielsen (Cheap Trick) and Daniel Hill (Enuff Z’Nuff). “All songs are written as I see the world through my rose-colored glasses. It’s my heroin letter to the new generation,” says Chip.

Chip Z’Nuff is an American singer, songwriter, bassist, producer, and radio personality. Having founded the popular glam rock band Enuff Z’Nuff in 1984 in the illustrious city of Chicago, the band saw its self-titled major label debut released in the summer of 1989. Chip has released over twenty albums with Enuff Z’Nuff, as well as having toured with the likes of notorious rock acts such as Missing Persons, Steven Adler, Cheap Trick, Poison, The Tragically Hip, Foreigner, Alice Cooper, REO Speedwagon, Ace Frehley, and others.

The Grammy-nominated artist has produced dozens of records throughout his robust career and had his music hailed by former late night television host David Letterman and the popular radio personality Howard Stern. In addition to writing, recording and touring with Enuff Z’Nuff, Chip also currently hosts The Monsters of Rock radio show on the Dash Radio Network playing the finest hits in hard rock and heavy metal to a collective audience of over 800,000.

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New Release Section: Hoodoo Gurus, “Carry On”

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Despite the global COVID-19 pandemic, Hoodoo Gurus had a busy 2021, preparing for the release of their 10th studio album, Chariot of the Gods. The album is due from Big Time Phonograph Record Co./EMI on Friday, March 11, 2022. Chariot of the Gods is classic Gurus—14 bangers (17 on the deluxe double-vinyl edition) featuring the relatable lyricism and peerless songwriting placed in a distinctively Australian context that the band are renowned for.

Lead singer Dave Faulkner describes the recording of Chariot of the Gods: “The last two years have been frustrating and nerve-racking for everyone, but for the Hoodoo Gurus, this dark cloud has had a silver lining. Forced to rely on ourselves instead of the outside world for validation, there has been a creative rebirth within the band that has resulted in a new album. Most important of all, the musical bonds between the four of us have never been stronger. When the discussions are all about which songs we’re sad about having to leave off the record, that’s a damn good sign. I’m tellin’ ya, folks, we’ve got a real spring in our step right now.”

Each of the album’s songs tells a different story. The album’s lead single is “Carry On,” an anthem celebrating resilience and tenacity (damn the torpedoes!). There’s the explosive glam-stomper “World of Pain.” “Hung Out to Dry,” a politically incorrect ode to a former orange President, is only available on the limited-release double vinyl version. “Get Out of Dodge” is a song to all the non-conformists out there—anyone who feels outnumbered and can’t fit in with the unreasonable expectations of the crowd, and the punk-snarling stage-setter “Answered Prayers.”

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New Release Section: Charlie Gabriel of Preservation Hall Jazz Band, “I’m Confessin’”

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Charlie Gabriel has signed to Sub Pop to release his debut album 89. The album, which features the highlights “I’m Confessin’” and ”The Darker It Gets,” will be available on DSPs February 25th, 2022, and released on CD/LP/CS July 1st, 2022 worldwide from Sub Pop.

Charlie is the most senior member of the legendary New Orleans Jazz ensemble, Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Charlie’s first professional gig dates to 1943, sitting in for his father in New Orleans’ Eureka Brass Band. As a teenager living in Detroit, Charlie played with Lionel Hampton, whose band just then also included a young Charles Mingus, later spending nine years with a group led by Cab Calloway drummer, J.C. Heard. While he’s also fronted a bebop quintet, played and/or toured with Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennet, Aretha Franklin and many more, this is the first time his name appears on the front of a record, as a bandleader.

Since 2006, he’s been a member of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and has developed a tight musical relationship with the group’s bassist and tuba player, Ben Jaffe. The two men, along with guitarist Joshua Starkman, recorded Charlie’s new album 89 throughout 2020 and 2021.

89 includes six jazz standards and two new pieces, “The Darker It Gets” and “Yellow Moon.” Charlie describes the repertoire, which includes “Stardust,” “I’m Confessin’,” and “Three Little Words,” as “standard material that every musician if they’re an older musician like myself, will have played throughout their career. Every time I play one of these tunes the interpretation is a little bit different.” He plays tenor sax and clarinet throughout, Starkman plays guitar, and Jaffe plays bass, drums, and keyboards.

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New Release Section: Animal Collective, “Strung with Everything”

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Today Animal Collective share their latest single “Strung with Everything” via a video directed by Abby Portner.

“Recently for Animal Collective’s live shows I have been designing and animating all of the video content out of cut paper,” says Portner. “I have been editing together symbols and colored static silhouettes that match the music’s feeling and rhythm. The videos are like pictographs that tell a story organically and simply. For the ‘Strung with Everything’ video we wanted to continue with this process to match the style of the band’s live shows in a music video.” Animal Collective’s new album Time Skiffs, which also features the previously released tracks “Prester John” and “Walker,” is due out February 4.

Today the band announces a UK and European tour set for November of this year, following their spring US tour. They will also perform at Madrid’s Mad Cool Festival on July 9. Tickets to the US dates are available HERE; the UK/EU dates will be available for pre-sale this Thursday, January 20 and on general sale this Friday, January 21.

Watch Animal Collective perform two unreleased Time Skiffs tracks, “Car Keys” and “Dragon Slayer,” plus Merriweather Post Pavilion favorite “In the Flowers” at Pitchfork Music Festival 2021 HERE. The band also recently released a recording of a site-specific performance taken from the Music Box Village in New Orleans in March 2018. The Music Box Village was created and built by New Orleans Airlift, an artist-driven non-profit organization, as one of a range of large-scale community art projects. Proceeds from this release on Bandcamp are going to the three additional musicians involved in the concert—Helen Gillet, Aurora Nealand, and Marion Tortorich. Watch the performance on YouTube and purchase the audio on Bandcamp.

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New Release Section: Lucius, “Next To Normal”

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Acclaimed indie pop band Lucius returns with their highly-anticipated new album Second Nature—set to be released April 8 on Mom + Pop Music (U.S. and Mexico), Dine Alone (Canada), and Second Nature Records/Secretly Distribution (RoW). Produced by Dave Cobb and Brandi Carlile, the album features ten new songs, including the first single, “Next To Normal,” which is out today.

In celebration of the album, the band will embark on a North American headline tour this spring followed by a series of European shows in September. Stops include New York’s Beacon Theatre, Philadelphia’s The Fillmore, Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire among many others. The newly confirmed performances will go on-sale this Friday, January 14 at 10:00am local time with pre-sale beginning tomorrow. In addition to the headline shows, the band will join Carlile on several marquee concerts this summer including Washington’s Gorge Amphitheatre, L.A.’s The Greek Theatre, and Colorado’s Red Rock Amphitheatre.

Second Nature is a portrait of singer and songwriters Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe’s shared reflection, chronicling each other’s seismic life shifts—motherhood, divorce, unplanned career pauses—and setting it to music. “It is a record that begs you not to sit in the difficult moments, but to dance through them,” says Wolfe. “It touches upon all these stages of grief—and some of that is breakthrough, by the way. Being able to have the full spectrum of the experience that we have had, or that I’ve had in my divorce, or that we had in lockdown, having our careers come to a halt, so to speak. I think you can really hear and feel the spectrum of emotion and hopefully find the joy in the darkness. It does exist. That’s why we made Second Nature and why we wanted it to sound the way it did: our focus was on dancing our way through the darkness.”

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New Release Section: Midlake, “Bethel Woods”

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Midlake is proud to announce their mesmerizing new single, “Bethel Woods,” available now at all DSPs and streaming services. An official music video—directed by filmmaker Brantley Gutierrez (Paul McCartney, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Diplo) and starring acclaimed actor Michael Peña (The Shield, Narcos, Ant-Man and the Wasp)—premieres today via YouTube. “Bethel Woods” precedes the eagerly awaited arrival of Midlake’s upcoming fifth studio album, For The Sake Of Bethel Woods, due via ATO Records in the US and Bella Union in the UK on Friday, March 18; pre-orders are available now.

“‘Bethel Woods’ lyrically was born out of a documentary film still of our keyboardist Jesse Chandler’s dad, Dave, at 16-years-old, sitting in the massive crowd of Woodstock in 1969,” says Midlake’s Eric Pulido. “I felt that moment in time embodied the perfect depiction of a paradisal place. Dave tragically died a few years ago and I was moved to write this song from his point of view with a message of peace in returning to that special place and reuniting with loved ones ‘down the road.’”

“When Midlake approached me to direct the video for ‘Bethel Woods’ I knew I wanted to do a take on a ghost story,” says Brantley Gutierrez. “To play with the idea of returning to a place full of memories. The concept of emotional attachment to the people and the memories in those places, what the confusion might feel like for those who have passed on. Working with the highly talented Michael Peña was an absolute pleasure; he brought something to the character that felt honest and relatable.”

Recently named alongside Abba, Guns N’ Roses, and Dua Lipa in The Guardian’s “Pop, Rock and Classical Music To Look Forward To In 2022,” For The Sake Of Bethel Woods includes the acclaimed first single, “Meanwhile…,” available now at all DSPs and streaming services. Hailed by The Guardian as “a lovely, softly psychedelic glide,” the track is joined by an exclusive live video, streaming now via YouTube. The captivating performance—filmed at Dallas, TX’s Modern Electric Sound Recorders by director Rett Rogers (Nicole Atkins, Nathaniel Rateliff) and co-director Barbara FG—marks the first in a new multi-part series of exclusive live sessions entitled “Meanwhile In Texas 2021,” with additional installments set to premiere in the coming weeks.

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New Release Section: Tears For Fears, “Break The Man”

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Today, iconic British duo Tears For Fears have released “Break The Man,” the third single off their highly anticipated first studio album in seventeen years, The Tipping Point, arriving February 25th, 2022 via Concord Records. Co-written by Curt Smith and Charlton Pettus, and co-produced by Curt, Roland, and Charlton, the band has crafted an empowering yet groovy track, with the overarching message being to break the patriarchy.

Of the song Curt says, “‘Break The Man’ is about a strong woman, and breaking the patriarchy. I feel that a lot of the problems we’ve been having as a country and even worldwide to a certain degree has come from male dominance. It’s a song about a woman who is strong enough to break the man. For me, that would be an answer to a lot of the problems in the world.”

The Tipping Point is one of 2022’s most anticipated albums according to Pitchfork, Vulture, Stereogum and many more. Pre-order The Tipping Point now HERE. Also, starting today a limited edition cassette is available for pre-order only through the band’s exclusive web store and independent retail. Pre-order HERE.

In October the pair released the first single & title track, “The Tipping Point,” capturing the grief of watching someone you love lose their long-standing battle with disease. Their second single “No Small Thing” was a meeting of the minds as the pair went back to the drawing board and found the heart and soul that would complete the album.

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New Release Section: Muse, “Won’t Stand Down”

VIA PRESS RELEASE | GRAMMY Award-winning English rock band Muse returns with brand new song, “Won’t Stand Down,” out today via Warner Records.

Produced by Muse and mixed by Dan Lancaster (Bring Me The Horizon), “Won’t Stand Down” is an arena-ready anthem of controlled chaos, with heavy guitars and industrial-like distortions amplifying Bellamy’s striking lyrics about taking one’s power back. “Won’t Stand Down is a song about standing your ground against bullies, whether that be on the playground, at work or anywhere,” says Matt Bellamy. “Protecting yourself from coercion and sociopathic manipulation and to face adversity with strength, confidence and aggression.”

Today, the band also shared the video for the song. Directed by award winning filmmaker Jared Hogan (girl in red, Joji) and shot in Kyiv, Ukraine, the visual features a fragile, mysterious figure that siphons the collective energy of a dark army in order to transmute into an augmented being. Watch the video HERE.

In further news, the band will be performing at the following European festivals this summer.

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New Release Section: Arab Strap, “Aphelion”

VIA PRESS RELEASE | “These two songs were written, recorded and mixed during the sessions for As Days Get Dark but as much as we loved them, we couldn’t find a place for them on the final album,” explains Aidan Moffat.

“Maybe it’s because they seem to have their own distinct identities, but sometimes a song just sounds better on its own, when it’s not part of a crowd and vying for attention. So, to celebrate the anniversary of the album’s release, we present As Days Get Dark’s two runaway loners; a couple of black sheep who might not click with the rest of the family but, even though they aren’t very happy, are still worth a cuddle.”

The runaway loners, “Aphelion” and “Flutter” will be available via a limited edition coloured 7” vinyl, one year after Arab Strap’s first album release since 2006. The first track “Aphelion” is available to stream and buy as a download now.

The highly acclaimed album As Days Get Dark, released in March 2021, reached the UK Album Chart Top 20 and was named Album of the Month in Mojo magazine and one of Pitchfork’s “Most Anticipated Albums of 2021.” End of Year found the album in the best of charts for Brooklyn Vegan, The Quietus, Rockerilla (Italy), Uncut, Magic RPM (France), and Stereogum along with many music retailers.

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New Release Section: Fontaines D.C., “Jackie Down The Line”

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Fontaines D.C. have announced their third album, Skinty Fia, to be released on April 22nd on Partisan Records. News of the album comes with the release of its first single, “Jackie Down The Line”—replete with a video directed by Hugh Mulhern—as well as the band’s first North American tour dates since 2019. The band will give “Jackie Down The Line” its live performance debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday January 12th.

Working for a third time with producer Dan Carey, Skinty Fia follows 2020’s brooding and vital GRAMMY-nominated sophomore album A Hero’s Death. The band first sprang to international attention in 2019 when their exhilarating debut album, Dogrel, became one of the most highly lauded releases of the year and won them a place on the Mercury Music Prize shortlist. With poetry infusing their music and lyrics, coupled with their ​​joyous, intense live shows, Fontaines D.C. have rightfully earned a reputation as one of the most refreshing and exciting young bands in years; a once-in-a-generation youthquake of literate, bombastic brilliance.

After picking up nominations at the BRITS (“Best International Group”), GRAMMYs (“Best Rock Album”), and the prestigious Ivor Novello Awards (“Best Album”), the band returned from pandemic lockdown to sell out all 10,000 tickets for their October show at London’s Alexandra Palace before wrapping up work on Skinty Fia.

“Skinty Fia” is an Irish phrase which translates to English as “the damnation of the deer” and the album’s cover art features a deer, plucked from its natural habitat and deposited in the hallway of a home, illuminated by an artificial red glow.

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New Release Section: Destroyer, “Tintoretto, It’s For You”

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Destroyer is pleased to announce LABYRINTHITIS, out March 25, 2022, on Merge Records. Pre-order today on CD, LP, and jade and ivory Peak Vinyl in the Merge store and participating independent record shops. Alongside this announcement, Destroyer shares the first song and video from the album, “Tintoretto, It’s for You.”

LABYRINTHITIS is a journey deep into uncharted Dan Bejar country. It brims with mystic and intoxicating terrain, the threads of Bejar’s notes woven through by a trove of allusions at once eerily familiar and intimately perplexing. “Do you remember the mythic beast?” Bejar asks at the outset of “Tintoretto, It’s for You,” casting torchlight over the labyrinth’s corridors. “Tintoretto, it’s for you/ The ceiling’s on fire and the contract is binding.”

More than an arcane puzzle for the listener, LABYRINTHITIS warps and winds through unfamiliar territory for Bejar as well. Written largely in 2020 and recorded the following spring, the album most often finds Bejar and frequent collaborator John Collins seeking the mythic artifacts buried somewhere under the dance floor, from the glitzy spiral of “It Takes a Thief” to the Books-ian collage bliss of the title track. Initial song ideas ventured forth from disco, Art of Noise, and New Order, Bejar and Collins championing the over-the-top madcappery.

Bejar and Collins conducted their questing in the height of isolation, Collins on the remote Galiano Island and Bejar in nearby Vancouver, sending ideas back and forth when restrictions didn’t allow them to meet. Ahead of mixing, the Destroyer band was brought into the fold to further the unprepared synchronicity and mutual discovery.

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New Release Section: Sabaton, “Soldier Of Heaven”

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Between the several battlegrounds of WWI, there was no scene as hostile as the feared alpine front that involved a series of battles at the border between Austria-Hungary and Italy. High above in the alps, men would fight in the most extreme conditions to protect the borders. Today, these fights are infamously known as the so-called “White War,” where many soldiers froze to death or were buried by dangerous avalanches. Their dead bodies remain under the snow to this day.

Today, Swedish metal war chroniclers Sabaton open the history books again to present their new single “Soldier Of Heaven,” giving that overlooked chapter of WWI a voice, a tune, and an impressive music video featuring both breathtaking special effects and the fatal beauty of this battlefield.

Bassist Pär Sundström states about the song: “We already released the ‘Christmas Truce’ and here comes another song which shows the diversity of the new album. In the early listening sessions of the new album this one was noted among most people as a top song and we know that this will be a powerful sing-a-long anthem on future concerts.”

Following the unique signature style of Sabaton, “Soldier Of Heaven” once again is a catchy headbang anthem that persistently sticks into your head. The song is now available to stream on all digital music platforms.

“Soldier Of Heaven” foreshadows the tenth masterpiece of Sabaton, The War To End All Wars, that will be released on March 4th, 2022 via Nuclear Blast Records. Once again, Sabaton will dive deep into the atrocities, miracles, and happenings around WWI and take the listener to an emotional and exciting ride of 11 tracks.

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New Release Section: Black & Loud: James Brown Reimagined by Stro Elliot, “Machine No Make Sex”

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Celebrating the pioneer of funk James Brown, Urban Legends, a division of UMe, Universal Music Group’s global catalog company, has teamed up with multi-instrumentalist and member of The Roots, Stro Elliot, to create Black & Loud: James Brown Reimagined by Stro Elliot, out February 4, 2022.

The album, consisting of ten remixes of classic James Brown songs, will be available digitally on DSPs, physically as an LP on black vinyl, and will also have a clear vinyl color variant available as an e-commerce exclusive on the Urban Legends website.

Stro Elliot, a producer, and collaborator with multiple GRAMMY-winning artists, spent his childhood playing, studying, and listening to jazz, funk, and soul legends, building a rapport with James Brown tracks at an early age. “The ‘Godfather of Soul’ was The Godfather of so much more,” says Elliot. “There are genres and subgenres that wouldn’t exist today without him. Whatever genre one might place me in included. This is a dissection and celebration of that.”

For Black & Loud: James Brown Reimagined by Stro Elliot, Elliot had the chance to handpick ten classic James Brown hits and remix them, infusing inspiration from several different genres. Tracks like “She Made Me Popcorn” (remix of “Mother Popcorn”) prominently feature hip-hop style sampling of Brown’s vocals, “Machine No Make Sex” (remix of “Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine”) transforms the original with Afrobeat rhythms and horns, “Get Up Off” (remix of “Get Up Offa That Thing”), and “The Goodest Foot” (remix of “Get On the Good Foot”) lean deep into a steady hip-hop groove, while “Coal Sweat” (remix of “Cold Sweat”) swirls the ‘60s hit into a psychedelic electronic daze.

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New Release Section: Blood Red Shoes, “Murder Me”

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Produced by Grammy nominated producer Tom Dalgety (Pixies, Royal Blood) and recorded at Echo Zoo Studios in March 2020, the band’s latest offering epitomises their obsessions with true crime podcasts, stalkers, serial killers, and murderers.

“The intrigue and mystery of them, the fascination of the humans on the outskirts of society and the harm people can do, the weird romance and darkness of outsiders, the threat and fear that it could happen anytime; that obsession has spilled over into many of the songs on this album, especially this one.” explains Steven Ansell.

The track itself echoes this obsession as it begins emphatically with a menacing riff, slamming the listener from the outset. Ethereal, ghostly vocals from Laura-Mary Carter lead into a stomping chorus that documents the inner thoughts of a murderous stalker; with both Carter and Ansell joining in harmony to sing the terrifying lyrics: ‘I’ve been watching you…’. In all, ‘MURDER ME’ truly affirms the notion that GHOSTS ON TAPE will be an album rich in sonic ingenuity and mystery.

The huge sound of this track and the preceding ‘I AM NOT YOU’ and ‘MORBID FASCINATION’, tease what’s to come from a project that has really brought the band closer together, both geographically and artistically. After years spent living on opposite sides of the Atlantic world events threw Ansell and Laura Mary Carter of Blood Red Shoes back together into what has become the most fruitful era of their 17 years together.

“It’s been a loooong time since we both lived in the same city,” explains Steven. “I mean we actually wrote this album in LA at Laura’s place, then came to the UK to record it…and then everything went nuts.”

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