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Slothrust band leader Leah Wellbaum and drummer/singer Mickey Vershbow met while both
immersed in the Boston music scene & then went on to pursue separate musical careers on opposite coasts. ANMLPLNET displays their magnetic musical bond, even while withstanding the physical distance andtheir hectic schedules. 

Nobody is more surprised about having created a full ANMLPLNET album than the group itself: Slothrust leader Leah Wellbaum along with drummer/singer Mickey Vershbow. The project and debut LP truly displays their magnetic musical bond, even while withstanding physical distance and hectic schedules. The band was formed originally on four disparate rules:

1. Always drink absinthe while rehearsing.
2. Write lyrics that are antonymic translations, meaning nouns,
adjectives and verbs were replaced with their antonyms.
3. Play songs straight through as one giant piece, no breaks.
4. Accept mostly unusual gigs, like their performances at a Dorchester
rave and in a wooden shack on the tiny Star Island off New Hampshire.

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Yeah, sure, so many bands have used these same precepts for vast success, so what? Even while seeking to create a dream-like soundscape, ANMLPLNET is surprisingly gimmick-free music being, both epochal in scope and surprisingly melodic. Their goal is to explore the space between songwriting and improvisation, and the result is an uncontrived melding of their personal styles and technical mastery of their instruments. Wellbaum and Vershbow basically plan, dig, then embark on a fresh road towards rock brilliance. Fall Asleep is their debut album and the first 500 copies are pressed on unique gold marble vinyl.

released April 20, 2018 on Ba Da Bing Records.

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Ever so pleased to inform you that we are dropping a new record on September 14th!!! It is called ‘The Pact’. It is the longest we have ever gotten to spend making a record and we are so excited to release it. Here is the first track we have to share with you . It is called “Peach”.

The LA-by-way-of-New York power trio is a juggernaut of cannonball riffs and lyrical intrigue. They’ve got a new album on the way and its lead single “Peach” features frontwoman Leah Wellbaum leading up to the big chorus with after-school mad libs like this: “Silly sandbox, stupid scarecrow; Jack-o-lantern, chupacabra; sick menorah, candelabra.”

“I’m a very playful person,” the vocalist-guitarist tells us this week. “Childhood really appeals to me, the way one’s inner child can look at the world with curiosity, as opposed to the hardness of adults.” Wellbaum challenged herself with stream-of-consciousness, automatic writing exercises in the making of “Peach,” all the while cranking up funhouse-mirror guitars toward an absolute wrecker of a chorus.

Elsewhere on The Pact  which istheir fourth LP since 2012 —  you’ll find bruising blues-rock, surrealistic balladry and clouds of spastic saxophone and keyboards floating among the lightning hooks. It’s a weird record, but it’s also very catchy, pop sensibility out in the open. Wellbaum points out the myriad Pixies and Nirvana comparisons the band has gotten in the past; for The Pact, Slothrust teamed with producer Billy Bush, who’s probably best known for his extensive studio work with Garbage, beginning with 1998’s Version 2.0. Comparisons to Shirley Manson and company are more apt for Slothrust 4.0, as well as PJ Harvey and Fiona Apple, whom Wellbaum names as particular convention-shaking inspirations. After all, Slothrust is following a 2017 EP in which it covered Marcy Playground, Black Sabbath, Louis Armstrong, Britney Spears, The Turtles, Al Green and Sam Cooke. No one said they had to start making sense.

Alongside bassist Kyle Bann and drummer Will Gorin, Guitarist Vocalist Wellbaum is on a hot streak.

Official lyric video for “Peach” from the Slothrust album THE PACT, out September 14th. Dangerbird Records.

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This week releases include First Aid Kit’s newest outing, with swooning folky rock refrains, sliding guitars and beautiful two-part harmonies abound. Speaking of folky rocking guitars, yer’ man Ryan Adams has produced the debut outing from frankly terrifying youngsters, Starcrawler. they’re terrifically talented, and they trade in very concise and punky indie-rock territory. Great stuff. What else? Well, lots of stuff. the new Liminanas LP is out and again, superbly reminiscent of their earlier work whilst bringing things up to date. New (reversed) Shins, and reissues from The Residents,

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The Limiñanas – Shadow People

French psych duo The Limiñanas have announced their new album ‘Shadow People’ which will be released on 19th January on Because Music. One of France’s most beloved treasures, The Limiñanas are Marie (drums/vocals) and Lionel (guitar, bass, keyboards and vocals). Hailing from Perpignan, the duo straddles the boundary between psych, shoegaze, and yé-yé. With hazy, reverb-laden hooks, combined at times with noisy distortion, and fronted by effortlessly cool vocals, reminiscent of Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot, the band is at once timeless and quintessentially French.

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The Shins –  The Worms Heart

When James Mercer was recording his latest Shins LP Heart Worms as a creative exercise he decided to re-record the songs in the opposite way of the originals. Songs that were more rock and uptempo became more acoustic and slow, and songs that were acoustic and slow in tempo became more upbeat. They were flipped. The result of those sessions he calls, The Worms Heart. What began as an exercise in songwriting transformed into a commentary on what it means to be a songwriter. After writing the first track for Heartworms (released 10 March 2017), James Mercer decided to recreate each song from scratch. Driven by its malleability, its ability to be foundationally identical, yet aesthetically and sonically utterly new, Mercer continued experimenting until he had two complete albums: one original and one “flipped”. Mercer’s ability to create two totally divergent albums from the same underlying compositions not only highlights his immense capability as a songwriter, but also functions as a reminder of what it means to be an artist, how an artist acts as both the master and facilitator of his artistic product.

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Shopping  –  The Official Body

Their first release since 2015’s Why Choose and their second album to be released on FatCat Records, Post-Punk trio Shopping return with an album that fans of their earlier records will undoubtedly find satisfying. Recorded over 10 days by Edwyn Collins, the latest album stays true to the minimal dance-punk ethos of Shopping’s previous efforts, but seeks to”amp up the party vibe”.

Coming off the back of an unrelenting cycle of touring, having made their way across the UK, Europe, and the US, the band found themselves without a natural home as the band’s London rehearsal and writing space closed down. Then their drummer, Andrew Milk, relocated to Glasgow, and the band could suddenly no longer spontaneously get together to practice or write. The distance added an element of pressure: “As a band that only ever writes collaboratively, it’s essential for us to actually be together in the room before any songs start to formulate. It can be a little daunting when we all turn up, and we only have an afternoon to pull a song out of thin air”. Add to that a sprinkling of Brexit, Trump, a principally imploding world, and you’ve got yourself The Official Body— Shopping’s second album to be released on FatCat Records.

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First Aid Kit  –  Ruins

Swedish siblings Klara & Johanna Soderberg, release their eagerly anticipated new album “Ruins” via Columbia Records. This will be the girls’ 4th studio album & a follow up to the critically acclaimed breakthrough album “Stay Gold”, released in 2014. “Ruins” is a 10 song album, recorded in Portland, USA & produced by Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, Laura Veirs). Collaborators include Peter Buck (REM), Glenn Kotche (Wilco) & McKenzie Smith (Midlake).

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Starcrawler  –  Starcrawler

Starcrawler are a Los Angeles rock band who formed in 2015 when 18-year-old lead vocalist Arrow de Wilde first met guitarist Henri Cash at their Echo Park high school. Shortly thereafter they were joined by the rhythm section of Austin Smith (drums) and Tim Franco (bass). The foursome play with squalling riffs and thundering beats, and their incendiary live shows, fronted by de Wilde’s otherworldly magnetism, are truly captivating. Gigwise (UK) recently stated that “Starcrawler are simply the most exciting – and best – band Rough Trade have signed in years.”

Recorded by Ryan Adams on analog tape at his Pax-Am studio, the 10 songs on the album prove that yes, they ARE making rock and roll exciting again! Ryan has been tweeting up a storm about them saying things like “This starcrawler record is gonna peel the paint off your brain!” and “Starcrawler are so fucking insanely good. Soon they will rule this galaxy.”

The first single from the album is “I Love LA” and the video, directed by famed music photographer Autumn de Wilde (AKA Arrow’s mum) is a fun and feisty homage to the city of dreamers

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After signing to Rough Trade earlier this year, they quickly released their debut single “Ants”, which caught the ear of Elton John who played the track on his Beats 1 radio show. Soon after, they were on the cover of LA Weekly – their hometown paper. The headline was “With Fake Blood and Frenetic Songs, Starcrawler make rock feel dangerous again”. In the article, Arrow describes that “bands are boring nowadays” and that “there’s no mystery”. That helps explain a little bit of why their shows have become the stuff of legend. They also recently played LA’s CalJam Festival, which is curated by Dave Grohl (Starcrawler was the first band he reached out to, and he raved about them the next day on KROQ.) Gerard Way is also a fan, describing them as a “mix of 70’s theatricality and Stooges electricity.

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Fleetwood Mac  –  Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac reissue their 1975 eponymous album. This album was the first of the most successful incarnation of Fleetwood Mac, where Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks joined Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and Christine McVie to form the legendary band who continues to be highly successful to this day. The album introduced a smoother more radio-friendly sound and a new beginning and by 1977 the emotional monolith of Rumours would make them one of the biggest bands on the planet.

CD – Newly remastered version.

2CD – Expanded edition. The first CD features the original album with newly remastered audio, as well as single mixes of Over My Head, Rhiannon, Say You Love Me and Blue Letter. CD2 features an alternate version of the album comprised of unreleased outtakes for each track, as well as previously unreleased live versions from 1976.

5CD – Deluxe 3 CD / 1 DVD and 1 LP Set. Comes packaged in a 12×12 embossed sleeve with rare and unseen photos along with in-depth liner notes written by David Wild, as well as new interviews with all the band members. The deluxe editions features a newly remastered version of the original album along with single mixes for Over My Head, Rhiannon and Say You Love Me. Also included is a second disc with an alternate version of the complete album comprised of unreleased outtakes for each album track, plus several unreleased live performances from 1976. The third disc includes even more unreleased live recordings, including stellar performances of Landslide, Oh Well and World Turning. Also included in the deluxe edition set is the original album pressed on 180-gram vinyl, as well as a DVD featuring 5.1 Surround Sound and high-resolution 24/96 Stereo Audio mixes of the original album and four single mixes.

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The XX  –  On Hold (Jamie XX Remix) / A Violent Noise (Four Tet Remix)

Limited 12″ featuring Jamie’s own Remix of On Hold. It’s comes across like Daft Punk dropping Homework on a Ibiza terrace. Four Tet is on the flip with a fresh re-rub of A Violent Noise. Mr Hebden takes the track to Berghain and drops it at 4am.

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Moon Duo  –  Jukebox Babe / No Fun

Following the resounding success of their two-volume, Yin-and-Yang song cycle Occult Architecture, the Portland psych heroes in Moon Duo return with a limited edition 12″ paying tribute to two of their musical heroes — Iggy Pop and Alan Vega. Moon Duo’s versions of these classic songs push them into bold new sonic territory, and show that Ripley Johnson and Sanae Yamada’s expansive musical imaginations are still firing on all cylinders.“We started playing No Fun after BBC6 Radio asked us to record an Iggy song for his 70th birthday. We added it to our set to work it out for the session and kept playing it every night because everyone loves that song. We worked up a version of Jukebox Babe because our sound engineer Larry got it stuck in his head and was singing it all the time. We figured, we may as well play it if we’re going to hear it all the time. The Stooges and Iggy, and Suicide / Alan Vega / Martin Rev, are all huge influences on us. But we never want to do faithful covers of great songs, because what’s the point? So we tried to push both of the tracks in less obvious directions, incorporating other influences, like California psych and cosmic disco, giving them more of a summer vibe. We knew Sonic Boom was working outside of Lisbon, so we asked him to produce the tracks, recording them in August for maximal summer heat.”

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Slothrust  – Show Me How You Want It To Be EP

A collection of unexpected and inventive takes on classics by icons as diverse as Al Green and Britney Spears, Marcy Playground and Louis Armstrong. Led by guitarist and vocalist Leah Wellbaum, with bassist Kyle Bann and drummer WiIl Gorin, Slothrust form one of the most exciting and agile trios in recent memory. The selections on Show Me How You Want It To Be showcase the diverse and discerning musicianship that has earned Slothrust an army of admirers that first began building with their song 7:30 AM, featured as the theme song for 4 seasons of the FX Network show You’re The Worst.

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Belle and Sebastian  –  How To Solve Our Human Problems (Part 2)

Harkening back to their 1997 release of three consecutive EPs (Dog On Wheels, Lazy Line Painter Janeand 3.. 6.. 9 Seconds Of Light), Belle and Sebastian release three new EPs under the umbrella title How To Solve Our Human ProblemsJust as those three early EPs are at the very heart of the Belle and Sebastian canon, so these three new releases deserve to be treated not as a stopgap, but as definitive releases in their own right. How To Solve Our Human Problems is both an era of its own, and part of a long, rich history. How To Solve Our Human Problems is, if you like, Belle and Sebastian Redux.

In case you missed it, we recorded a collection of covers! These will be available on our EP, “Show Me How You Want It To Be”, released in November on Dangerbird Records. The EP will be available digitally on vinyl.

Slothrust impressed us last year with their album Everyone Else, and now the Brooklyn trio are following that up with an EP of covers entitled Show Me How You Want It To Be. The collection features songs by everyone from Britney Spears to Black Sabbath, and they’ve also shared their rendition of Marcy Playground’s nonsensical 1997 hit “Sex And Candy,” turning it into a hard-charging, fuzzed-out rocker complete with a blistering classic-rock guitar solo.

Show Me How You Want It To Be EP tracklist:

01 “Sex And Candy” (Marcy Playground Cover)
02 “Electric Funeral” (Black Sabbath Cover)
03 “What A Wonderful World” (Louis Armstrong Cover)
04 “…Baby One More Time” (Britney Spears Cover)
05 “Happy Together” (The Turtles Cover)
06 “Let’s Stay Together” (Al Green Cover)

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In the midst of their North American tour, Slothrust have a debuted a brand new track entitled “Milking The Snake,” striking a unique balance between the slowed-down heaviness of classic Black Sabbath and jangly uptempo garage rock.

Slothrust’s Leah Wellbaum discusses the song’s origins, stating “This song came about one day when I smoked some weed and watched a vice mini doc about milking snakes. Snake milking is amazing and strange.”

Don’t miss Slothrust on tour soon.

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Slothrust premiere “Sex and Candy” on Stereogum

Slothrust impressed last year with their album “Everyone Else”, and now the Brooklyn trio are following that up with an EP of covers entitled Show Me How You Want It To Be. The collection features songs by everyone from Britney Spears to Black Sabbath, and today, they’ve shared their rendition of Marcy Playground’s nonsensical 1997 hit “Sex And Candy,” turning it into a hard-charging, fuzzed-out rocker complete with a blistering classic-rock guitar solo.

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The song is the first of a six track EP, Show Me How You Want It To Be out on November 10th via Dangerbird Records.

Tracklist:

01 “Sex And Candy” (Marcy Playground Cover)
02 “Electric Funeral” (Black Sabbath Cover)
03 “What A Wonderful World” (Louis Armstrong Cover)
04 “Hit Me Baby One More Time” (Britney Spears Cover)
05 “Happy Together” (The Turtles Cover)
06 “Let’s Stay Together” (Al Green Cover)

 

Slothrust is a trio who incorporate grunge, blues and jazz into a volatile rock combination. Their unpredictable tone and experimental song construction yields a serendipitous and often very pleasing listen even when approaching difficult lyrical content. The band has been working together since 2010 and this time spent together is clear in both a unified stage presence and effortless musical harmony.
Band Members
Leah Wellbaum – Electric Guitar and Vocals
Kyle Bann – Bass
Will Gorin – Drums

Slothrust perform on Audiotree Live, March 10th, 2017.

Setlist
00:42 – Mud
05:14 – Rotten Pumpkin
09:25 – Like A Child Hiding Behind Your Tombstone
16:32 – Sleep Eater
22:59 – Horseshoe Crab
27:34 – Pigpen

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Stateside trio Slothrust fuse the passion of the blues with a modern rock template.

Equally influenced by Robert Johnson and Mudhoney, the sludge-laden thrills of recent album ‘Everyone Else’ became a cult success in North America.

Setting their sights on t’other side of the Atlantic, Slothrust have re-tooled ‘Everyone Else’ for a full UK release.

So here is the brand new video for album highlight ‘Sleep Eater’. Stirring stuff, it’s the perfect entry point for those new to the band Slothrust. “Everyone Else” OUT NOW on  Dangerbird Records.

Official music video for “Sleep Eater” from the Slothrust album “Everyone Else”

Slothrust want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been supporting the band since the record came out last October. Serious love to all of y’all who have been listening to us, and buying our music and merch. And of course a big shout out to all the people playing us on the radio. That is a first for us– very exciting! And the fan art some of you have been sending is AMAZING. Truly.

If we are coming to your city, we hope you can make it to one of our gigs. And, if we aren’t able to make it to your city this time around, we will try out best to come there next time.
Check out our regularly updated Van Jams playlist on streaming service Spotify for a taste of what we like listening to on the road. Also feel free to watch our video for “Rotten Pumpkin” if you haven’t already 😉

It is a strange time in America right now and we really appreciate all of those who voiced their support for our outspokenness on the last run, which overlapped with the election. We hope you find each other and work together to make one another feel safe.

Official music video for “Rotten Pumpkin” from the upcoming Slothrust album “Everyone Else”

Slothrust is Leah Wellbaum on guitar and vocals, Kyle Bann on bass, and Will Gorin on drums. About five years ago, they met in the music department at the college Sarah Lawrence, where they became friends and solidified their unique jazz post-punk sound. Since then, they’ve released two albums, 2012’s Feels Your Pain and 2014’s Of Course You Do. Later this year they’ll release their third album Everyone Else, which you’ll want to listen to multiple times, trust me.

Their video for “Horseshoe Crab,” a dark narrative about love, loss, growing up, depression, and existential anxiety. The video takes you on a journey that aptly mirrors the song material, starting with Wellbaum sitting in the sand, surrounded by childhood toys. From there we follow Wellbaum on her journey to destroying said childhood toys, and ends, well, somewhere refreshing.

“‘Horseshoe Crab’ deals with the disorientation that occurs throughout life as you change and age” Wellbaum says. “It also deals with this idea of internal dissociation and existing in various worlds simultaneously. I remember one day I was walking around Union Square in New York. I saw this woman, and I had one of those moments where my hearing almost cut out and I felt like I was underwater. Her face felt two-dimensional and painted, and I found myself afraid. The feeling faded but it did inspire some of these lyrics. It was a really particular feeling. A strange thing is that a year after writing the song I saw this woman again in Union Square. Magnetic!”

“We tried to capture these sentiments in the video by using familiar objects from the past and putting them in a less familiar context. I am a big fan of recontextualisation.”
Official music video for “Horseshoe Crab” from the upcoming Slothrust album “Everyone Else” (coming October 28th)