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AC/DC have released the first single from their upcoming “Power Up” album. You can listen to “Shot in the Dark” below. The track features the band’s signature sound, with ripping guitars, a pulsating backbeat and the guttural howls of singer Brian Johnson. A  teaser of the song surfaced last week. Rumors about AC/DC working on the follow-up to 2014’s Rock or Bust began in August 2018, when guitarists Angus and Stevie Young, singer Johnson, and bassist Cliff Williams plus drummer Phil Rudd were spotted at various times at Warehouse Studios in Vancouver.

Williams had previously announced his retirement upon the conclusion of the Rock or Bust tour; Rudd returns after legal issues prevented him from going on the road six years ago. Johnson was forced to leave the band in March 2016 after doctors advised him that hearing issues would probably worsen. The new record is the first to feature AC/DC’s most well-known line-up since Black Ice (2008). The band later picked up Axl Rose mid-tour to fill in on vocals. Not long after that tour with Rose, longtime bassist Williams also announced his departure. “It’s time for me to step out. That’s all…I’m just ready to get off the road,” he said at the time. Young says that the new album is a tribute to his brother. “This record is pretty much a dedication to Malcolm, my brother,” he said . “It’s a tribute for him like ‘Back in Black’ was a tribute to Bon Scott.”

The band recently said the new album was inspired by riffs created by late rhythm guitarist and co-founder Malcolm Young. “Angus and Malcolm had done riffs together all their life and really had a big box of them,” Johnson explained. “And Angus said he basically just went through them all and he went, ‘Oh, that’s a good one. This is a good one,’ and he brought them out. So, it really is true that Malcolm is on there, basically in spirit and all of that.”

“Power Up” will be released on November 13th.

When The Wytches hit the road in 2017 they were self-admittedly touring with “absolutely nothing to promote”. Having amicably parted ways with their label Heavenly Recordings following the release of 2016 album “All Your Happy Life”, the band were left with no long-term plan. As such, the departure of drummer Gianni Honey last year came during a hiatus for the band. Frontman Kristian Bell was left needing conviction “to even do another album”.

It was illustrator Sam Gull – a long-time collaborator of the band, and personal friend of Kristian – who gave The Wytches the push they needed to get the wheels turning again. “In many ways,” Kristian says, “he was kind of the one who told us to just do the album”. With their new-found drive to create, the band recruited drummer Demelza Mather (formerly of Projector) – who they met when she was working behind the desk at a rehearsal studio – to replace Gianni late last year. “She smashed it completely. She was the first person we auditioned, and we knew straight away”.  With a new line-up, the band set out writing material to match. Their upcoming third album “Three Mile Ditch” was mercifully finished “a few months before the pandemic”, but with the uncertainty of Covid and subsequent factory delays, the album ended up being pushed back twice. In hindsight, Kristian feels this was a positive move. “When there aren’t any gigs and the album is released with nothing else going on, it puts more focus on the music itself”. Like the rest of us, The Wytches have truly been starved of live music. They played just three shows with the new line-up before the pandemic led to mass cancellations, including “loads of cool stuff” the band had pencilled in. With that in mind, you can only begin to imagine the release that was provided by two socially distanced performances in Walthamstow mid-October. 

“It was a lot of people’s first gig for a long time and that made it really special”, Kristian said. Of course though, the nature of a socially distanced show meant the usual vibe of “getting into it based on how much the audience is into it” was flattened. “All I could really go off was some guy tapping his foot on the front seat”.  

Three Mile Ditch is the first album The Wytches have released themselves via their own label Cable Code Records. Without the influence of an external label, the creative juices flowed: “the DIY approach made us more passionate to put the hours into the finished product”. It’s been a long break between albums. And why? Simply, The Wytches “didn’t think we would have been able to fill that four year gap with material.” Personally, Kristian “struggled to write music for a long time” and despite the band “continuing to be solid and writing new material” through that period, the break could have actually been a good thing. In Three Mile Ditch, there’s a “freshness and excitement”.

Self-releasing has also seen the band strip back their team and “start being a bit more prepared and thinking more efficiently”. This extends to time spent in the studio: as younger people during the making of their previous albums: “we took studio time for granted…with the first album we were touring the songs for a long time before we got signed” but with the second album “we were on a label and had time in the studio and maybe weren’t so prepared. It didn’t feel as solid before we went in”.  

Now, the approach in the studio has changed again. 2014’s Annabel Dream Reader engineer Luke Oldfield continues to be a mainstay, although this time they recorded in Luke’s own space, Tilehouse Studios. In the sessions for Three Mile Ditch, overdubs and additional pieces were planned out in advance of recording; less concern was given to writing something that could be emulated live. Kristian used to be “really bothered if things weren’t as organic and raw as they could be” but with these sessions, his main concern was, simply, “making the album as good as possible”.  

With the band’s hiatus and subsequent album delays, Three Mile Ditch has felt like a long time coming – not just for The Wytches, but for their dedicated fanbase too. “One thing I really noticed is we still have such a lovely fanbase: I honestly didn’t think anyone would be that bothered anymore. I think it’s really surreal how much they’re still into it and how fans that were there from the start are still here” Kristian wonders.  

There’s a sense of excitement for the future of the band in a post-Covid world. “Music lovers must feel a bit deprived” Kristian muses, “when people do come back round there will be a wave of energy for live music again”. Despite the uncertainty surrounding the industry at the moment, Kristian has faith in The Wytches’ fans: “if we have to tour the album a year after it comes out then we’re quite confident there’ll still be interest there. The fans are just so good”.  

Three Mile Ditch will be released 13th November via Cable Code Records.

In light of its 6th birthday, and being out of stock for some while now, I’m happy to announce a remaster and repress of my first album “Listen to Formation, Look for the Signs”. Recorded in Lyttelton in 2014. I self-released this album in late 2014 with help from a humble crowdfunding campaign. It was then re-released in March 2015 on an Australian label called Spunk Records. I owe gratitude to Aaron Curnow for believing in me back then. And also, to Matthew Crawley.

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Originally released March 23rd, 2015

Listen to formation, look for the signs was recorded in July 2014 at the Sitting Room in Lyttelton, New Zealand. Players on this record were Richie Pickard, Sam Taylor, Joe McCallum and Anita Clark.

“When I hear a young artist making an album as soulful and rich and self-possessed as ‘Listen To Formation, Look For The Signs’, I feel so thrilled not only for the existence of that record but for all the music they will make over all the years to come”.
The Guardian (UK) 

Through these strange and uncertain times it is sometimes a little hard to see any light at the end of the tunnel but this is where The Moons have stepped in. This long player is an album full of colour and raw song writing recorded live in the legendary Studio 2 at Abbey Road Studios. With cinematic string arrangements and masterclass song writing from the pen of singer/songwriter Andy Crofts this album will be your happy escape.

“Most of this album had been unintentionally sat in my pocket for quite some time. Songs that I had written and forgotten about or had just lost their way and left unfinished. So that is why I wanted the album to simply be named Pocket Melodies. I had this inner feeling to pull them all together and it turned out my favourite Moons record.” Andy Crofts

Pocket Melodies takes you on a journey of glorious melodies leading you through love, romance, nostalgia, regret and unity.

Congratulations to the Paul Weller band members of The Moons on the release of their new album, ‘Pocket Melodies’ out today. Featuring a Weller/ Crofts composition called ‘Tunnel of Time’ recorded at Abbey Rd.

“I wanted to be true to myself with this record. My best strength is writing melodic pop songs so I just let it all flow as I wanted this album to be soaked in colour and completely natural. There’s no pretence, it’s just straight up pop songs. I have always worn my heart on my sleeve when it comes to my feelings and I think you can hear this in the lyrics this time.” Andy Crofts

The album features singles Riding Man and Today which received high praise and championed on BBC London and Radio X and a collaboration with Paul Weller on the song Tunnel Of Time.

“I wrote all of the songs on the album except Tunnel Of Time which is a collaboration between myself and Paul Weller. He once approached me with a little idea and we slowly worked at it in dressing rooms etc until I took it away and put it all together. Its a nice little song and i’m glad it found a home with The Moons.” Andy Crofts

Taken from the forthcoming album ‘Pocket Melodies’ out 23/10/20

Riding out the inevitable backlash against their ultimately brave decision to not just remain a touring museum piece and suddenly start writing new songs, chances are that their new single ‘Hear Me Out’ may actually get the attention that a new single by one of the greatest and most revolutionary guitar bands of all time deserves. Paz Lenchantin – bass player for the last six years – is given full reign to take on duties, her heavenly voice soaring over this and even better is the cover of T Rex’s camp glam classic ‘Mambo Sun’ on the other side. Not at all the done thing any more, we realise, but you might even consider putting your hand in your pocket and buying a copy. 

Hear Me Out taken from Pixies’ new double A side single “Hear Me Out / Mambo Sun”. Once again Pixies were part of musical landscape. With such a prolific catalogue, though, there are inevitably loads of great songs that have slipped through the cultural net. So, to celebrate their new single ‘Mambo Sun’, cover of a T Rex classic.

Guitar, Vocals: Charles Thompson Drums, Percussion: David Lovering Guitar: Joey Santiago Bass Guitar: Paz Lenchantin Backing Vocals: Paz Lenchantin Engineer, Composer, Writer: Marc Bolan

Compared to the manic and raw original from the Pixies, Beacon takes its time to build upon the lyrics on their rendition of “Wave of Mutilation.” It’s a stripped-back approach that focuses on soothing piano balladry, eliciting feelings of placidness and occasional dips into the eerie territory. The original increases pulses and provides a constant stream of aggression, so Beacon going in the complete opposite direction was an interesting take, but one that inexplicably works in their favour. The vocals are charged yet subdued, wrapping itself around listeners with a tight grip, but one would be hard-pressed to want it to release. Both provide emotive experiences that can satisfy varying moods, and it’s because of this that Beacon should be lauded, taking something old and turning it into a wholly new creation. A wholly new experience, one that will sure to leave listeners in awe.

Band Members:
Thomas Mullarney III, Jacob Gossett

Gravity Pairs out now on Ghostly International on November 2nd, 2018:

Nation of Language Announce Limited Edition Seven-Inch Single With Pixies Cover

Releasing a cover of The Pixies song “Gouge Away” on all streaming platforms and announcing a pre-order of the vinyl copy, which should ship in November. That sounds far away but, honestly, it isn’t. Summer is winding down folks. Sand through the hourglass and all that. Dark Nights Light mornings.

Anyway, the 7″ copy of “Gouge Away” will come with a vinyl-only Nation of Language song called “One More Try”, which I think is most aptly characterized as “a real bummer.”

So smash this indulge your record-collecting urges so I can keep singing this song to myself, which is something that may or may not, but definitely does, happen with regularity. Speaking of record collectors, for those who haven’t picked up a copy of the full album just yet, Rough Trade is doing a *limited* coloured-vinyl edition of the record, available here. From what I understand, these are moving quite quickly, so make haste. Once again, thank you for supporting us. With all sincerity, this is a tough time for bands to be releasing music, but you’ve given us more than we had ever hoped for. Stay safe out there.
Ian, Aidan, & Mike

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A cover of the Pixies song

Released August 20th, 2020
Written by Black Francis Performed by Nation of Language

a person wearing a hat: Caroline Polachek’s “The Gate (Extended Mix)” (Perpetual Novice)

Caroline Polachek shared “The Gate [Extended Mix]” to mark the one-year anniversary of her debut solo album “Pang”. Released via Perpetual Novice, the new 10-minute version was mixed by Polachek and features contributions from Oneohtrix Point Never and Danny L Harle.

According to a press release, Polachek mixed the new track, which has “textural contributions” from Oneohtrix Point Never and Danny L Harle. “The Gate (Extended Mix)” also arrives with a music video by Ezra Miller.“In the original version of the song, the closing lyric (‘Finally, there’s a way/To be both free and safe’) are the words I’m waiting to hear, but never do,” Caroline Polachek said in a press release. “The extended version of the song then is a sort of parallel universe or alternate ending, where those words not only arrive, but ring true.”

 

This setlist carefully balances the then-new material from “A Momentary Lapse Of Reason” and Pink Floyd classics, including songs from “The Dark Side Of The Moon” (Time, On The Run, The Great Gig In The Sky and Us And Them), the anthemic title track of “Wish You Were Here”, “The Wall’s” Comfortably Numb and a cathartic Run Like Hell. Pink Floyds “Delicate Sound of Thunder” still stands as a record of the creative power of David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright at their incendiary best.

3-LP 180-gram vinyl set includes 9 songs not included on the 1988 release of the album. Pink Floyd “Delicate Sound Of Thunder”: Restored, Re-Edited, Remixed.

Pink Floyd‘s Delicate Sound of Thunder live album and concert film were restored, remixed and re-edited for last year’s mammothLater Years box set, but this November will be made available separately, across all major physical formats. 
The sound on this 1988 release has been completely remixed from the original multi-track tapes by longtime Pink Floyd engineer Andy Jackson with Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, assisted by Damon Iddins. The new 2CD and 3LP vinyl sets feature this remixed audio and offer more tracks than before: the vinyl triple-disc package offers nine more tracks than the original, while the new double-CD package features eight songs not on the 1988 2CD set. The concert film was restored and re-edited from the original 35mm film and enhanced with 5.1 surround sound and this is available as standalone Blu-ray and DVD packages. 

Pink Floyd’s supporting musicians for this tour were as follows: Jon Carin (Keyboards, Vocals), Tim Renwick (Guitars, Vocals), Guy Pratt (Bass, Vocals), Gary Wallis (Percussion), Scott Page (Saxophones, Guitar), Margret Taylor (Backing Vocals), Rachel Fury (Backing Vocals) and Durga McBroom (Backing Vocals).

These new editions of Delicate Sound of Thunder will be released on 20th November 2020.

This documentary spans the band’s entire career and includes government surveillance footage. The film itself is fantastic. It premiered in 2002 and was hailed by critics. In 2007, MC5 guitarist, Wayne Kramer filed a lawsuit because he was under the assumption that he would be the film’s musical director. The film was to come out on DVD soon after but, due to the lawsuit, that never happened [to the best of my knowledge]. So the filmmakers started a GoFundMe to try to fund the DVD release. Fortunately, you can find bootleg copies… this film is a must-watch for any fans of the MC5 or rock and roll.

MC5 playing Looking At You live at Tartar Field on Wayne State University Campus in Detroit on July 19th, 1970 TURN YOUR VOLUME UP NOW!