Bear In Heaven recently put out their fourth album, Time Is Over One Day Old, and it opens with “Autumn,” a drum-driven track that’s scattered with yips and squalls. The song now has it’s own trippy, headache-inducing video made up of pulsar images that recall the Unknown Pleasures album artwork. Pencil-lined animation gets pulled and pushed into a static-filled murkiness. Watch below.
The British postpunk trio Esben And The Witch released a split with Thought Forms earlier this year, and they’ll follow it up next month with the new album A New Nature. This is the band’s first album since they parted ways with Matador, and they recorded it live to tape in Chicago with Steve Albini, which is really never a bad idea. First single “Dig Your Fingers In” is a sparse, eerie, gothic song that really drops the hammer near the end. Its new video, from director Sim Warren, is a single shot that charts the course of a hooded figure across an autumnal landscape. There’s a really nice moment toward the end when the song kicks in and the video finds a way to reflect it. Watch the video below.
In addition to his upcoming self-titled album, Ryan Adams also recently released a punk/hardcore-inspired 7″ called 1984 for his singles series. The EP came out exclusively on vinyl last week, but you can now stream the whole thing via a fan who captured it on their record player. None of these tracks have been released previously, though Adams has played a few of them before at his live shows. Listen below.
The British trio Cabaret Voltaire started in the early ’70s as a sort of performance art group, and over the late ’70s and early ’80s, they helped pioneer industrial music and laid the groundwork for about a half-dozen electronic music genres to come. The group more or less ceased to be in the early ’90s, but this past weekend, the Berlin Atonal festival hosted the first Cabaret Voltaire live show in over 20 years. This time around, the group was represented entirely by the founding member Richard H. Kirk, who played solo, assembling electronic tracks in front of a huge video projection. Below, watch fan-made video of the entire 24-minute set.
The past few weeks have been tumultuous as any other for Morrissey: after releasing his new album, he was accused of and denied asking his security guard to hurt the webmaster of one of his fansites, and dissed and later got dropped (or close to it) by the label that took a chance on him. Now a string of European tour dates has been announced that start in October, which should go on as planned as long as he doesn’t postpone or cancel them. In the announcement on quasi-official site True To You, a note at the end reads: “Morrissey is urgently seeking a label to issue World Peace Is None of Your Business, which is now withdrawn from the Capitol-Harvest Records catalogue.” Check out the dates below.
We were kind of close when we speculated last week that Weird Al would perform at an awards show. We thought it would be the VMAs because, you know, music, but it turns out that he was preparing for a surprise appearance at tonight’s Emmy Awards. He performed in a segment where he made up words to the theme songs for some of television’s biggest hits, including Game Of Thrones, Mad Men, Scandal, and Homeland. Watch video of the performance below, which also features Lena Headey, Andy Samberg dressed up as King Joffery from GOT, and one of Grimes’ backup dancers. Weird Al comes in at the 4-minute mark.
The Blood Brothers announced their reunion back in May when the lineup for FYF Fest was released. Recently, they expanded their reunion tour a bit with shows in Seattle, New York, Brooklyn, and at Fun Fun Fun Fest later this year. You can watch video of the band playing “Ambulance Vs. Ambulance” and “Crimes” below and check out a setlist from the show.
“Strong” is one of the highlights from last year’s London Grammar debut, If You Wait, centered around a characteristically strong vocal performance from Hannah Reid, diffuse drumming, and xx-style guitar licks. The song serves as their next single and is highlighted with a remix EP featuring remixes by Evian Christ and Claude VonStroke. We’ve already heard the track from the Kanye collaborator, which goes for a Yeezus-like maximalist approach. VonStroke takes the song down a different path, opting to layer it in waves of warm nu-disco synth. Listen below.