“Asunder” is the first taste from Fang Island’s new album, Major (pssh like they were gonna name it Minor). If you’ve listened to Fang Island before, especially their 2010 self-titled, you know to expect explosive sky-high party anthems that Andrew W.K. would be proud of. Listen to the massive “Asunder” in all of its glory, with harmonic guitar lines, sleigh bells, and one incredible triple harmony moment. Major will be out July 24th on Sargent House.
Scottish post-rock heavyweights have got a new album coming out this February, with the appropriate title of Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will. Check out the the instrumental jams “Rano Pano” and “San Pedro” above and watch the beautiful short video for a remix of “How To Be A Werewolf” below. Hardcore can be preordered via Sub Pop on 2xLP.
Arena-rockers Fang Island and party-hard freak Andrew W.K. teamed up to record “Patterns on the Wall,” quite possiblly the most epic track of 2010. Seriously, you’ll believe me when you hear the last minute and a half. Order this limited edition 7″ from Fang Island’s Store.
Comfort Clouds is “a team of scientists and engineers” formed from long-time friends and members of Ohio post-rockers Six Parts Seven. They claim that their “goal is to eventually be Steely Dan or Sade, but a bit more spectral.” That’s quite a goal, but nevertheless, the Akron and Clevelanders have crafted a beautiful pop debut, The Dinner Set, with ambient, post-rock, and jazz qualities that reflect both the fluid musicianship and amazing writing. Comfort Clouds are part of the Bark & Hiss label collective, with other notables Trouble Books, of whom make a few appearences on this record, and Talons. You can download the full album for $6 from BandCamp, where you can also order the CD or get it through the Bark & Hiss Store.
Cleveland label Exit Stencil Recordings is set to release two great albums at the end of the summer walking into fall, with Like Bells’ Palma and the New Lou Reeds Hit Songs. Instrumental trio Like Bells follow up their incredible self-titled from last year with a similar sound, but with the inviting surprise of vocals throughout the album. The songs are as cohesive and strong as ever, but still in their gentle form, check out the above tracks for proof. The New Lou Reeds return from their 2006 album Top Billin’ with a bunch of boozy blues-rock tunes that would make fellow Clevelanders The Hot Rails proud. Check out the first two tracks from the upcoming album, “Headed For A Felony” and “(I’m Clearly) Rockin’ Too Hard For You.” Both of these were pressed on random recycled color vinyl, and let me tell you, they look really really cool. There’s some of the pretties below. Palma is up for preorder ($15 w/ shipping) on the Exit Stencil store right now, and Hit Songs should be added soon!
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