VIDEO: Code’s “affliction”

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It will not be too long before you’ll be able to hear the new album from British progressive post-rock band Code. Their mut album will be out in Europe on February 27th, then hitting North America on March 10th but for now you can taste another song from the release called “affliction”. The new album will be out on Agonia Records.

AUDIO: Bella Novela’s “Four Walls”

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Bella Novela are a Los Angeles trio who released one album to their name and they’re going to do it again with a new release called Telemetry (self-released), said to be a concept album.

This was the first sentence I made when I wrote about this group, and I had one song to share. Now they have another that is a taste of what their forthcoming album will sound like, which sounds like some primal hard rock with a mid-80’s feel to it. Try out “Four Walls” and see if it moves you. Telemetry will be ready on November 25th.

VIDEO: Blues Pills’ “No Hope Left For Me”

One of the best albums of 2014 has turned out another video for it. Blues Pills’ self-titled album on Nuclear Blast is a must have and from it is the song “No Hope Left For Me”. If you have yet to hear this album, may this video move you towards goodness this year.


SOME STUFFS: Bella Novela share song from new album

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Bella Novela are a Los Angeles trio who released one album to their name and they’re going to do it again with a new release called Telemetry (self-released), said to be a concept album. The title track has been passed along and you can click to Soundcloud to hear it, as they’re not allowing others to embed it on their own pages. The band were voited as one of the 10 best live bands in 2014 by LA Weekly while the OC Weekly felt they are one of the five most underrated bands in Orange County. If they can mention those things in their press release, it might be something worth telling others. You may want to see them if you’re in the area(s):

October 24… Las Vegas, NV (Artifice)
October 25… Flagstaff, AZ (Hotel Monte Vista)
November 21… Long Beach, CA (Alex’s Bar)
November 22… San Diego, CA (Bar Pink)
November 29… Los Angeles, CA (Redwood Bar & Grill)

RECORD CRACK: Supertramp’s “Crime Of The Century” gets the Deluxe Edition treatment

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Supertramp were one of the biggest bands of the 1970’s, which you can tell easily with two reasons: all of the copies of their albums at thrift stores/charity shops and garage/yard sales, and how much airplay they receive today on classic rock/oldies radio stations. Now, one of their biggest albums is going to get a massive deluxe edition, in honor of its 40th anniversary this year. The album is Crime Of The Century, and while it had taken three years for it to be certified gold, it maintained popularity due to the constant airplay of “Bloody Well Right” and “Dreamer”, along with other album tracks. Not bad for a group who had split up when their first two albums didn’t work well with fans and critics, but when they got back together, it seemed they went into the studio with a “make it or break it” effort, and they definitely broke it to success.

While old copies of Crime Of The Century can be found anywhere, you’ll want this newly remastered version. The vinyl pressing is being released as a 3LP set, duplicating the double CD edition which has the original album remastered by Ray Staff, along with a 1975 concert at Hammersmith Odeon, which features the entire Crime Of The Century album performed live, earlier songs, plus some material for what would become their next album Crisis? What Crisis?. The vinyl box will also have an 8-page booklet, a download card and two 10×8 prints.

The Crime Of The Century deluxe edition will be released on December 8th, in time for holiday shopping. The double CD edition can be pre-ordered below via Amazon.


VIDEO: Blues Pills’ “Gypsy”

This sounds quite heavy, very much on the progressive side, but it’s also funky. “Gypsy” is a great song by Blues Pills who have made music that sound like what it would be like if you needed to take those kind of pills. Their debut album seemed to come out of nowhere this year but has already become one of my favorite releases of the year, so thank the folks at Nuclear Blast Records for making this possible, and of course Blues Pills.


SOME STUFFS: Earthling Society new album has official release date

During the spring, I shared with you Earthling Society’s cover of Alice Coltrane’s amazing song “Journey in Satchidananda”. It will be out on their album England Have My Bones but the vinyl pressing had been delayed for a bit but there is now an official release date: August 25th, all pressed on translucent green vinyl. Only 500 copies have been made. Pre-order your copy by heading to Riot Season Records.

VIDEO: Bitchin Bajas’ “Bueu”

Taking a look at the “Bueu” video by Bitchen Bajas, you might think it’s fairly pointless: different colors and textures that look like nothing more than television distortion. Maybe that’s the point: get into the music first, immerse yourself in it and forget what you see, concentrate on what you hear. Make it happen. The song will find its way on their self-titled new album on Drag City.

Speaking of cities, you’ll be able to see them in or near your city next month, and in Europe in October.

August 25… Bloomington, IN (Magnetic South)
August 26… Louisville, KY (Dreamland)
August 27… Boone, NC (The Collective at Depot Street)
August 28… Asheville, NC (Transfigurations II Festival)
October 2… Madrid, Spain (Villa Manuela Festival)
October 3… Guimaraes, Portugal (CAAA)
October 4… Lisbon, Portugal (ZdB)
October 5… Bueu, Spain (Bar Labranza)
October 9… Paris, France (Le Petit Bain)
October 10… Tournai, Belgium (Water Moulin)
October 12… Antwerp, Belgium (Zuiderpershuis)
October 14… Besancon, France (FJT Les Oiseaux)
October 15… Zurich, Switzerland (Klubi)
October 16… Lausanne, Switzerland (Le Bourg)
October 19… Valencia, Spain (Madame Mim)

BANDCAMP SUGGESTIONS: Twin Trilogy’s “Twin Trilogy #1”

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The first track is a combination of three different songs (“Descent To The Pounding Surf”, “Strings Of The Sea”, and “Flood Of Moonlight On The White Sea”), which leads to a very nice and crisp Melvins-like dirge. The second track gets all fantastical and shit.

This will be released as a 1-sided EP, and will be the first of four promised EP’s.

RECORD CRACK: Arcturus to release live album on vinyl

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Arcturus will be releasing a live album recorded at home nine years ago in Oslo, Norway, and if you’re a fan of theirs, you’ll want to get this on vinyl. The album is called Shipwrecked In Oslo, and this live recording will be released two different ways, both are 2-record sets:

* 250 copies on half-and-half aquamarine/black vinyl (as shown above)
* 150 copies on standard black
* Each will be pressed on 180g vinyl
* Cover will be pssed with a 350gsm heavyweight board gatefold jacket
* Remastered from the original soundboard recording

While this band is no longer around, many fans in Norway, throughout Europe, and the world still consider them favorites so this is definitely worth tracking down.