Following their impeccable debut LP “Annabel Dream Reader” The Wytches have ditched some of their liquorice black blood for something a little lighter with a touch more colour. ‘C-Side’ is the latest effort and comes form the forthcoming LP “All Your Happy Life” and although it still has the power we’d expect it earmarks a band of growth.

When we last saw The Wytches peddling their doomy sound we anticipated a heavy, dark flash in the pan. A Guinness shit if you will. Powerful and captivating but essentially it would have to go away at some point. ‘C-Side’ speaks of a band who is not afraid to move and grow, adapting their trademark sound to great effect.

Adding a little more urgency and a lot of extra grit as opposed to heavy riffs and heavier hair; ‘C-Side’ reeks of a band on the move. If you’re brave enough make sure you see them live they are at the Rescue Rooms very soon . They’re scarily good.

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Simple Minds Acoustic

On the 11th of November Simple Minds will release SIMPLE MINDS ACOUSTIC, a one-off album release of stripped down and re-imagined songs spanning their eclectic and illustrious career.

On SIMPLE MINDS ACOUSTIC the band have found a way of doing the acoustic thing without losing their essence, and a dozen Simple Minds songs loved by millions now sound more organic and even more likely to leave a lasting imprint. The synths are no more – but the Celtic soul remains.On the lead single Promised You A Miracle, the band are joined by fellow Scot KT Tunstall, whose distinctive vocals, acoustic strumming and rolling bass groove transform a piece of music that was the band’s first ‘pure pop song’ when it arrived in 1982.

Simple Minds“Promised You A Miracle”. Taken from the new album SIMPLE MINDS ACOUSTIC. Featuring KT Tunstall.

Recorded in December 2014, includes performances of ‘Honest Town’, ‘Alive & Kicking’, ‘Let The Day Begin’, ‘Don’t You’ and Bowie cover ‘The Man Who Sold The World’.

Weird World are delighted to introduce Los Angeles‘ Singer Songwriter Alex Izenberg and his debut album proper, Harlequin, due for release on November 18th.

Harlequin is almost a study in distraction – a restless, feverish dream-sequence which variously invokes Scott Walker’s obtuse, off-kilter worlds of sound, Simon & Garfunkel’s psychedelic yet practical string arrangements, the vaudevillian pomp and preening of Wild Beasts’ early material and Grizzly Bear’s pastoral early steps. All this is cut through with moments of total silence, patches of noise, found sound and countless dynamic left-turns and moments of non-sequitur.

Or as he puts it “When writing I just ask myself, what does this song need from me? And then I give it what it needs.”

The album may be Izenberg’s debut proper but it also marks the culmination of over five years of highly prolific writing and recording under a variety of pseudonyms.

The first single to be taken from Harlequin is ‘To Move On’, along with its video directed by Nicky & Juliana Giraffe.

Alex Izenberg – To Move On (Official Video) taken from the album ‘Harlequin’ available 18 Nov 2016.

TACOCAT – ” The Internet “

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Tacocat have just shared a video for “The Internet,” a song off this year’s Lost Time. Like the song itself, the video (directed by Faye Orlove) takes on the uglier, anonymous corner of the inter web with basically a desktop video capture (animated and annotated) lyric video. It’s pretty cool and you can watch it below.
The band are currently on tour across the States,

The official video for ‘The Internet’ Directed by Faye Orlove, Purchase the new Tacocat album, ‘Lost Time’

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La Sera have a new EP, Queens, that’s out Friday on the 30th September via Polyvinyl. The record concludes with a cover of Led Zeppelin classic “Whole Lotta Love,” a song that La Sera have been covering live for a long time. Katy Goodman and crew don’t mess with the original too much, but deliver with a whole lotta energy.

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The cover makes its premiere in this post and you can listen, along with Queens‘ title track, below.
La Sera’s tour with Springtime Carnivore (with whom Katy made a covers record of there favourite songs recently)

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Dunedin, New Zealand’s The Shifting Sands released their second album, Cosmic Radio, last year. It’s a record of gorgeous guitar pop that owes some to Dunedin’s indie rock heritage — The Clean’s David Kilgour plays guitar on the album — but forges its own path.
The Shifting Sands are going to be touring the U.S. soon and it’s a trip that was actually inspired/encouraged by Sharon Van Etten. She says, “I fell in love with The Shifting Sands music a while back, and while on tour in New Zealand last year, I met the band members who ran a venue called Chick’s Hotel in Dunedin (RIP). We became fast friends and stayed in touch and I encouraged them to make the trip to the US.”

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MATT POND PA – ” Glow “

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Matt Pond

Matt Pond PA were planning a new album, and now we’ve got much more concrete details. The band will release Winter Lives on November 11th, which Matt Pond recorded with longtime collaborator Chris Hansen on guitar and production, and core band member Shawn Alpay on cello and string arrangements. It’s also got contributions from The Mynabirds’ Laura Burhenn and Moving Panoramas frontwoman (and former Matt Pond PA guitarist) Leslie Sisson. The first single is “The Glow,” which premieres in this post. It’s an anthemic, jangly rocker that kinda finds the middle ground between Springsteenian heartland rock and Gin Blossoms-y alternative rock.

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Forty years ago on Thanksgiving Day 1976, The Band took the stage at San Francisco’s Winterland for their final performance. Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Muddy Waters and others joined Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Garth Hudson and Richard Manuel for the concert event known as The Last Waltz. Director Martin Scorsese’s film of the evening was released in April 1978, setting a high bar for concert movies.

On November 11th, Rhino will mark this landmark anniversary of The Last Waltz with four new editions, including the first time the film has been paired with the soundtrack.

The deluxe editions feature complete audio from the concert, including rehearsals and outtakes, with the 180-gram vinyl version presented in an ornate lift-top box. The sets include rare performances not featured in the film, including “Furry Sings the Blues” (with Joni Mitchell) and “All Our Past Times” (with Eric Clapton). The CD version also features new liner notes from Rolling Stone’s Ben Fong-Torres and David Fricke.

The Collector’s Edition – limited to 2,500 copies worldwide – includes complete audio, a Blu-ray of the film, a second Blu-ray with a rare 1990s interview with Scorsese and Robertson, a photo gallery and 5.1 audio mix of the original album. The set will also include a 300-page book featuring a full replication of Scorsese’s shooting script, rare and previously unseen photos and a foreword by Scorsese.

40th Anniversary Edition (2-CD) – Original soundtrack with newly remastered audio from the original master tapes on two CDs.
40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (4-CD/1-BD) – Complete audio from the concert, including rehearsals and outtakes, plus The Last Waltz film on Blu-ray.
40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Vinyl (6-LP) – Complete audio from the concert, including rehearsals and outtakes, pressed on 180-gram vinyl for the first time and presented in a lift-top box.
40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition (4-CD/2-Blu-ray) – Limited to 2,500 copies and due on December 9, this version includes: Complete audio from the concert; The Last Waltz film on Blu-ray; Second Blu-ray disc including a rarely seen interview from the 1990s with Martin Scorsese and Robbie Robertson, photo gallery, and 5.1 audio mix of the original album; 300-page book, bound in red faux-leather with a full replication of Scorsese’s shooting script; rare and previously unseen photos, set sketches, three foldout storyboards, and a foreword by Scorsese and an essay by screenwriter Mardik Martin.


Available as a 4-CD/Blu-ray set and – for the first time – on vinyl as a 6-LP set, the 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of the original soundtrack has 54 tracks, including the entire concert, as well as rehearsals and outtakes. This set reprises the track listing from Rhino’s 2002 box set which premiered 24 tracks including “Shadows and Light” and “Furry Sings the Blues” with Joni Mitchell, “Four Strong Winds” with Neil Young, “Hazel” with Bob Dylan, rehearsals with Van Morrison and Dr. John, and more.

The CD version also includes newly-penned liner notes revered music journalists David Fricke and Ben Fong-Torres along with a classic essay from 1977 written by iconic author Emmett Grogan. (Fricke penned the lengthy notes for the 2002 box set, as well.)

The Last Waltz‘s 40th anniversary sets come at a busy time for Robbie Robertson. On November 15, his new memoir Testimony arrives in stores, joined by a companion anthology of the same name released on November 11 by UMe. (Watch for more details on that soon!)

You can peruse the track listing to the upcoming Deluxe Edition at the links below! The 2-CD, 4-CD and 6-LP iterations are due on November 11, with the limited edition set following on December 11. All pre-order links are not yet active, so watch this space!

The Last Waltz: 40th Anniversary (Rhino, 2016)

2-CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada

6-LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada

4-CD/1-BD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada

4-CD/2-BD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada

Track Listing for 4-CD/1-BD edition below:

CD 1

“Theme From The Last Waltz” – with orchestra
“Up On Cripple Creek”
“The Shape I’m In”
“It Makes No Difference”
“Who Do You Love” – with Ronnie Hawkins
“Life Is A Carnival”
“Such A Night” – with Dr. John
“The Weight”
“Down South In New Orleans” – with Bobby Charles
“This Wheel’s On Fire”
“Mystery Train” – with Paul Butterfield
“Caldonia” – with Muddy Waters
“Mannish Boy” – with Muddy Waters
“Stagefright”
CD 2

“Rag Mama Rag”
“All Our Past Times” – with Eric Clapton
“Further On Up The Road” – with Eric Clapton
“Ophelia”
“Helpless” – with Neil Young
“Four Strong Winds” – with Neil Young
“Coyote” – with Joni Mitchell
“Shadows And Light” – with Joni Mitchell
“Furry Sings The Blues” – with Joni Mitchell
“Acadian Driftwood”
“Dry Your Eyes” – with Neil Diamond
“The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show”
“Tura Lura Lura (That’s An Irish Lullaby)” – with Van Morrison
“Caravan” – with Van Morrison
CD 3

“The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”
“The Genetic Method/Chest Fever”
“Baby Let Me Follow You Down” – with Bob Dylan
“Hazel” – with Bob Dylan
“I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Live We Never Have Met)” – with Bob Dylan
“Forever Young” – with Bob Dylan
“Baby Let Me Follow You Down” (Reprise) – with Bob Dylan
“I Shall Be Released”
Jam #1
Jam #2
“Don’t Do It”
“Greensleeves” (From Movie Soundtrack)
CD 4

The Last Waltz Suite

“The Well”
“Evangeline” – with Emmylou Harris
“Out Of The Blue”
“The Weight” – with The Staples
“The Last Waltz Refrain”
Theme from “The Last Waltz” (*)
Concert Rehearsal

“King Harvest (Has Surely Come)”
“Tura Lura Lura (That’s An Irish Lullaby)”
“Caravan”
“Such A Night”
“Rag Mama Rag”
“Mad Waltz” – Sketch track for “The Well”
Stereo Ideas

“The Last Waltz” – Instrumental
“The Last Waltz – Sketch
Disc 5 – Blu-ray (Film available in 5.1 Surround Sound Mix)

“Theme From The Last Waltz” – with orchestra
“Up On Cripple Creek”
“The Shape I’m In”
“It Makes No Difference”
“Who Do You Love” – with Ronnie Hawkins
“Life Is A Carnival”
“Such A Night” – with Dr. John
“Down South In New Orleans” – with Bobby Charles
“Mystery Train” – with Paul Butterfield
“Mannish Boy” – with Muddy Waters
“Stagefright”
“Further On Up The Road” – with Eric Clapton
“Ophelia”
“Helpless” – with Neil Young
“Coyote” – with Joni Mitchell
“Dry Your Eyes” – with Neil Diamond
“Tura Lura Lura (That’s An Irish Lullaby)” – with Van Morrison
“Caravan” – with Van Morrison
“The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”
“Baby Let Me Follow You Down” – with Bob Dylan
“I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Live We Never Have Met)” – with Bob Dylan
“Forever Young” – with Bob Dylan
“Baby Let Me Follow You Down” (Reprise)
“I Shall Be Released” – Finale
“The Well”
“Evangeline” – with Emmylou Harris
“Out Of The Blue”
“The Weight” – with The Staples
“The Last Waltz Refrain”
“Theme From The Last Waltz”

A spate of grunge classics are going to be hitting the quarter-century mark this year, and certainly one of the biggest is coming back in a big way this month.

Temple of the Dog only released one self-titled album in the spring of 1991 to relatively little fanfare. But by the end of the year, when critics started to take notice of the tidal wave of rock bands from Seattle and lighting the fuse on an eventual grunge explosion, people began to take notice.

Temple of the Dog, conceived as a tribute to the late Andrew Wood, frontman of Seattle group Mother Love Bone, featured two musicians who played in that band (rhythm guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist Jeff Ament); lead guitarist Mike McCready, from Gossard and Ament’s new band Pearl Jam (frontman Eddie Vedder also guested on the album); and Wood’s friends, singer Chris Cornell and drummer Matt Cameron, both of whom earned recognition with Soundgarden that same year. (Cameron currently is the drummer for both Soundgarden and Pearl Jam!) The album, featuring the mainstream rock hits “Hunger Strike” and “Say Hello 2 Heaven,” went Top 5 in America and sold more than a million copies. The band never toured at the time, but made sporadic appearances together in the quarter-century since Temple of the Dog album was released.

For its 25th anniversary, A&M/UMe are pulling out all the stops with a four-disc CD/DVD/Blu-ray deluxe edition, due out September 30th. Featuring  a new mix of the album by longtime Pearl Jam associate Brendan O’Brien, plus three alternate mixes from the original multitracks by Adam Kaspar

Seven demos (including unheard songs “Angel of Fire” and “Black Cat” plus five newly mixed outtakes by Adam Kaspar
A DVD featuring many of the band’s most notable performances, including a “rehearsal” show at Seattle’s Off Ramp Cafe, while the album was being recorded; the “Hunger Strike” music video; fan-shot footage of the band’s reunion at the PJ20 festival in 2011 (combined with professional audio of the show) and Seattle’s Benaroya Hall in 2015
A Blu-ray featuring a 5.1 surround mix by Kaspar, who mixed Soundgarden’s Superunknown into 5.1; the “Hunger Strike” video in 5.1; plus HD stereo versions of O’Brien’s mix and select HD bonus video

This set will be marked by the band’s first real tour, a sold-out affair across five cities in November. Double-disc, CD and vinyl editions are available, too.

CD 1: New remix of original album by Brendan O’Brien (released as A&M Records 750 215 350-2, 1991)

Say Hello 2 Heaven
Reach Down
Hunger Strike
Pushin’ Forward Back
Call Me a Dog
Times of Trouble
Wooden Jesus
Your Savior
Four Walled World
All Night Thing
Say Hello 2 Heaven (Alternate Adam Kaspar Mix) *
Wooden Jesus (Alternate Adam Kaspar Mix) *
All Night Thing (Alternate Adam Kaspar Mix) *
CD 2: Demos and outtakes (previously unreleased except for Track 1, from Pearl Jam Twenty soundtrack – Columbia/Monkeywrench 88697 96035-2, 2011)

Say Hello 2 Heaven (Demo)
Reach Down (Demo)
Call Me a Dog (Demo)
Times of Trouble (Demo)
Angel of Fire (Demo)
Black Cat (Demo)
Times of Trouble (Instrumental Demo)
Say Hello 2 Heaven (Outtake)
Reach Down (Outtake)
Pushin’ Forward Back (Outtake)
Wooden Jesus (Outtake)
All Night Thing (Outtake)
DVD: Videos

Hunger Strike (Live @ The Off Ramp Cafe, Seattle – 11/13/1990)
Wooden Jesus (Live @ The Off Ramp Cafe, Seattle – 11/13/1990)
Say Hello 2 Heaven (Live @ The Off Ramp Cafe, Seattle – 11/13/1990)
Reach Down (Live @ The Off Ramp Cafe, Seattle – 11/13/1990)
Call Me a Dog (Live @ The Off Ramp Cafe, Seattle – 11/13/1990)
Times of Trouble (Live @ The Off Ramp Cafe, Seattle – 11/13/1990)
Say Hello 2 Heaven (Live @ The Moore Theatre, Seattle – 12/1990)
Hunger Strike (Live @ Lollapalooza, Desert Sky Pavilion, Phoenix – 9/8/1992)
Hunger Strike (music video)
Say Hello 2 Heaven (Live @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI – 9/3/2011)
Hunger Strike (Live @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI – 9/4/2011)
Call Me a Dog (Live @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI – 9/4/2011)
All Night Thing (Live @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI – 9/4/2011)
Reach Down (Live @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI – 9/4/2011)
Call Me a Dog (Live @ Benaroya Hall, Seattle – 1/30/2015)
Reach Down (Live @ Benaroya Hall, Seattle – 1/30/2015)