Cymbals Eat Guitars have found a home. After self-releasing their first album Why There Are Mountains, the band has announced they are joining Barsuk Records.
After almost two years off from recording, the band will be heading into the studio later this month with esteemed producer John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth, Kurt Vile) to assemble their sophomore release.
The band will also be hitting the road extensively this fall, so look for tour news soon!
Superchunk, the near dormant pop-punk, bubble-gum, outsider band is BACK with their ninth studio album in twenty years and it’s just like they never left.
However, they did leave. Their last “full” album was 2001’s Here’s to Shutting Up and after that absence, Superchunk brings us a strong, hooky album that is unfortunately a decade too late, which may sound a bit unfair.
The past few years have seen a rise in other bands have taken that self-aware weirdo pop and run full tilt with it plainly building on what acts like Superchunk, Dinosaur Jr. and Pavement have done before.
The large issue is that these newer, younger bands have pushed forward and are able to offer experiences that are influenced by that kind of 1990s kick but are thankfully not slavishly devoted to it.
Everything about this album is just extraneous. There is no delight of the unexpected, there is no note not calculated based on time-tested, 90s, slightly-pop, slightly-punk “alternative” sound. If you love that sound, then you’re set. Hell, this is probably your favorite year ever with the return or return to form of so many 90s bands and you’re just reading this to confirm your opinion that this album totally rocks. If that’s the case, you probably already have this album.
If you are not already a fan, this album may convince you to check out their previous works, but it’s not an essential release and will most likely be forgotten this time next year.
Majesty Shredding is a solid album recalling a particular sound in a particular time and your tolerance for that kind of music will inform your patience for the album.
Amy Bezunartea has a voice that is almost as hard to place as her name.
Part Joni Mitchell, part Magnetic Fields, this new addition to Kiam Records, run by Jennifer O’Connor, is set to release her debut album on November 2nd.
Produced by John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr.), Amy is celebrating the album with a (free) release party at the Living Room in New York City, November 3rd.
That’s not all. You can hear the first single from her album, “Doubles,” right here!