Death Vessel's New "Mercury Dime"

deathvesselJoel Thibodeau and his one-man project Death Vessel are back with a new album, Island Intervals, which follows 2008’s fantastic Nothing Is Precious Enough For Us. Like that record, Island Intervals will be released by Sub Pop. It was recorded with Sigur Rós producer Alex Somers in Reykjavik, Iceland, and features appearances by Jónsi as well as longtime collaborator Pete Donnelly (The Figgs).

We heard the beautiful “Ilsa Drown” at the end of 2012, and now Sub Pop has posted “Mercury Dime,” another atmospheric folk stunner. Look for the new record starting February 25th. Both songs are below.

Sigur Rós Announce New Album 'Kveikur'

Icelandic indie rock geniuses Sigur Rós have announced plans to release their new album, Kveikur, later this year. The release, which is the band’s first album as a trio, will be their second album in a two-year period, and the good news does not stop there.

In addition to revealing their album release plans, Sigur Rós have released the video to their latest 8-minute epic, “Brennisteinn.” The song features the band’s signature falsetto vocals and a slightly more aggressive musical approach. The visuals are, to say the least, a little trippy. You can view the clip below.

Kveikur is out June 18 on XL. (more…)

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Lollapalooza Line-Up Leaked

UPDATE: The lineup leaked below has been confirmed, including the previously questionable inclusion of Black Sabbath. Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell told Rolling Stone, “They mean so much to me, and they mean so much to music in general, that I kind of feel like I’m dreaming to know that Black Sabbath is actually gonna perform at Lollapalooza.”

The holiday weekend brought more than just Easter eggs for music festival fans. That’s because the entire 2012 Lollapalooza line-up has been leaked online, in the form of this picture:

Headliners for this year’s festival reportedly include the Black Keys, Black Sabbath, Red Hot Chili Peppers. Other big acts are Florence + The Machine, Sigur Ros, The Shins ans M83. And it seems that this list, unlike the other one that was released in February, is apparently legit. So what do you think of this year’s festival line-up?

Opposites Attract

The Dandelion War

Like Led Zeppelin and Iron Butterfly, The Dandelion War should immediately give you a hint about its music by name alone. The tension between contrasts”low and high, heavy and light, gentle and violent”has long provided creative fodder for artists. The Dandelion War deftly weaves those contrasts together for diaphanous songscapes that range from story to placid. Jail Bird adds layers of glacial guitars, synths and drums to create the soundtrack to a dream. But the subconscious can be a fitful place, too, and on Spectacle the five-piece band creates a gyre of piano, drums, guitar and bass that falls somewhere between Sigur Rós and My Morning Jacket. The Petals of Lipaceli is equally mesmerizing”a long instrumental intro contains pianos echoed by chimes, reverb-drenched guitars, chants and rhythms that become more insistent as they build to crescendo. Sweet dreams are made of these.