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Next month will see the release of two deluxe reissues from Paul McCartney’s post-Beatles career and we’re giving a copy of each to one of you. Venus And Mars and At The Speed Of Sound are the fourth and fifth album from Wings and feature some of McCartney’s biggest hits of the ’70s including “Listen To What The Man Said” and “Silly Love Songs.” Each reissue includes a brand new CD remaster of the album, a second CD of bonus material, and a DVD featuring live performances and videos. Plus it’s all packaged in a new hardcover book featuring unreleased photographs from the respective sessions. You can see the track list, watch a pair of videos showing off the sets, and read exactly how to enter the sweepstakes below.

Two Inch Astronaut sounded fully formed on their 2013 debut album, Bad Brother, so it’s exciting to hear how much of a leap they’ve made on its follow-up, the upcoming Foulbrood. The title track charged in right behind Kendrick Lamar for our favorite song of the week. And the new single, “Part Of Your Scene,” sounds like a spiritual successor to the tightly wound work of the Dismemberment Plan and Brainiac. It delivers unpredictable noise-rock that hits you with piercing, angular guitar riffs one moment, only to hook you with an emotive melody the next. That applies to frontman Sam Rosenberg as well. Much like Travis Morrison, he can flip between screamed aggression and gentle vulnerability in the span of one song, something he does especially well here. They’re a band to be reckoned with. Listen.

Alt-J released their anticipated second album, This Is All Yours, to an army of eager fans last month. Since then, the Leeds-based psych-rock band began a North American tour that included a stop at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle last night. We sent photographer Eric Tra to capture the event. Check out the photo gallery above, the setlist below, and read our review of the album here.

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I’d like to officially and publicly announce that I ain’t no dad.

 +2Posted on Sep 25th | re: Polaris Winner Tanya Tagaq Responds To PETA Takedown (8 comments)

We’re both idiots! I spent like an hour trying to find it last night.

 0Posted on Sep 12th | re: The 5 Best Songs Of The Week (10 comments)

Aghhh I knew that too! Thanks for correcting my brain fart!

 +1Posted on Aug 26th | re: Stereogum's 9 Favorite Sets From FYF Fest 2014 (3 comments)

Yeah the Blood Orange set completely caught me off guard! I usually go into a festival with an idea of what I’m most excited for or a prediction of what might be my favorite (like Kanye at Outside Lands recently). But here I wasn’t even sure I was going to see Blood Orange, but ended up being completely blown away.

I didn’t end up seeing the Blood Brothers! I wanted to see Darkside because I never had. I guess I chose the breakup show over the reunion show since the Blood Brothers will have a lot of other stuff happening. So I did Darkside and then ended up staying for John Talabot, who I didn’t include here, but was fantastic and doing a lot of new material. I definitely went into the festival planning on covering the more electronic side of it, but I totally understand that a lot of people were really excited about that reunion.

Yeah it’s such a good combo. Kind of reminds me when Sigur Ros played the sold out Madison Square Garden show and chose Tim Hecker for their opener.

 0Posted on Aug 5th | re: Sophie - "Hard" (3 comments)

Thanks for the kind words man. Covering this strange scene throughout the year has been so much fun.

 +4Posted on Jul 29th | re: Watch The 8-Bit Grunge Medley You Didn't Know You Wanted (4 comments)

We thought the video had value because there was a really entertaining animation made with it. If it were just a song as you said, it wouldn’t be as newsworthy.

Secondly, DuckTales and Mega Man 2 are namedropped frequently because they are that great, but they’re also so iconic which is why they seemed to fit better. Personally I like Mega Man 3 more than 2 as a score (and a game, but that’s neither here nor there), and Kirby’s Adventure is just below Metroid for my favorite NES music.

I actually do know some things about video games! You implied as much a couple weeks ago when I was talking about Grim Fandango in a post and I was very happy someone appreciated that!

http://www.stereogum.com/1692268/mariachi-radiohead-cover-featured-in-animated-day-of-the-dead-movie-book-of-life/news/

 +1Posted on Jul 17th | re: Scott Walker & Sunn O))) Soused Details (5 comments)

two albums in TWO YEARS. Sorry about that typo, my excitement got the better of me.

And yeah while I was writing the post in the office I was saying what you said almost verbatim! I had just the slightest misgiving, but now that it’s clear this was written by Walker (and just as importantly it’s co-produced by Peter Walsh who has been so essential to making Climate Of Hunter, Tilt, The Drift, and Bish Bosch what they are in terms of sound design) I’m so much more excited about this.

Also I couldn’t agree more about the live performances. I’ve got very high hopes that this will be the album he’ll be able to actually play. I can’t even imagine what it would be like. I’m not sure if you’ve seen Sunn O))) play live but it’s one of the most overwhelming things I’ve ever experienced.

 +2Posted on Jul 14th | re: Melvins' Buzz Osborne Pissed Off The KISS Army (6 comments)

You’re right, I had KISS’ solo series on my mind, but just fixed it. Thanks for pointing that out.

And hey, don’t beat yourself up about misspelling “they,” everybody makes mistaks!

 +4Posted on Jul 2nd | re: Scott Walker And Sunn O))) Announce Collaborative Album (6 comments)

I needed to maintain a somewhat professional tone in the post but….OH MY GOD THIS IS THE BEST NEWS.