Thursday, April 04, 2019

New Album Watch :: Clinic - Wheeltappers And Shunters


Clinic - Wheeltappers and Shunters // Domino Records // May 10, 2019 // CD/Vinyl


A playful callback to the 1970s variety television show of the same name, Wheeltappers and Shunters is a title befitting of what Clinic was looking to achieve with their eighth studio album: "a satirical take on British culture - both high and low".


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

New Album Watch :: Sunn O))) - Life Metal


First new full length from your favourite monolithic metal band since 2015's Kannon. The band's website promises a far and wide ranging tour starting in Europe in March and moving to the USA in April with many more dates to be added. The album itself is due out in April. Track listing is as follows:

1. Between Sleipnir's Breaths
2. Troubled Air
3. Aurora
4. Novae



There is a teaser/trailer up on YouTube now too:


Monday, January 28, 2019

New Album Watch :: The Mountain Goats - In League With Dragons


What better to follow up an album about Goth Rock, appropriately called Goths, which itself was a follow up to an album about professional wrestling, Beat the Champ!, than an album all about Dungeons and Dragons. Well that's just what The Mountain Goats are doing. Come April 26th we shall hear the results, but for now here's the lead off track and this note from band leader John Darnielle about the album:

This album began life as a rock opera about a besieged seaside community called Riversend ruled by a benevolent wizard, for which some five to seven songs were written. When I’m focusing on a project, I always distract myself from the through-line with multiple byways, which are kind of like mini-games within the broader architecture of a long video game. As I worked on the Riversend stuff, weird noir visions started creeping in, probably under the influence of Leonardo Sciascia (a Sicilian author, he wrote mysteries) and Ross MacDonald’s The Zebra-Striped Hearse, which a friend from Port Washington gave me while I was in the thick of the writing. I thought these moods helped complicate the wizards and dragons a little, and, as I thought about my wizard, his health failing, the invasion by sea almost certain to wipe out half his people, I thought about what such a person might look like in the real world: watching a country show at a midwestern casino, or tryout pitching for an American League team years after having lit up the marquees. Finally, I wrote the title track, which felt like a drawing-together of the themes in play: rebellion against irresistible tides, the lush vistas of decay, necessary alliances. I am earnestly hoping that a new genre called “dragon noir” will spring from the forehead of nearly two years’ work on these songs, but, if not, I am content for this to be the sole example of the style.