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David Anthony David Anthony Jul 15, 2019 at 18:14.

Heed Sleep’s call and follow the riffs to the smoke-filled land

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In Hear This, A.V. Club writers sing the praises of songs they know well. This week: our favorite songs that come in at over 10 minutes long.

Sleep, “Dopesmoker” (2012 officially, though bootlegs existed before)

Heavy metal is obsessed with mythos. With many of the genre’s formative acts singing about mysticism and the occult, or ancient fables, metal has always had a fascination...

David Anthony David Anthony Jul 15, 2019 at 17:28.

Football, etc. goes deep on new EP

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Over the past couple years any indie rock band with a flair for introspection was getting lumped in as part of an “emo revival.” That phrasing appears to be slowly fading away, but that also means that those that gained a little extra attention are now coming out the other side of that toxic hype machine. One of the bands that predated the phrase, and was inevitably lumped in with it, is...

David Anthony David Anthony Jul 15, 2019 at 17:14.

Hear the first song from Jeff Rosenstock’s new album, We Cool?

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For the past decade Jeff Rosenstock has been synonymous with DIY culture. Before putting his long-running ska-punk hybrid Bomb The Music Industry! to bed, Rosenstock championed the free distribution of music though his label Quote Unquote Records, rarely producing any item that couldn’t be had for free. With Bomb laid to rest last January, Rosenstock has pushed forward under his own name, and...

David Anthony David Anthony Jul 15, 2019 at 16:43.

Someone replaced the snare in “Master Of Puppets” with the shitty one from St. Anger

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When it comes to Metallica there are a few things that are unequivocally true. The group’s first four albums are canon, with their importance in developing the sound of ’80s thrash-metal scene impossible to question. On the flip side, there’s no debate about how abysmal St. Anger is. There’s no bigger case against it than the fact that Lars Ulrich found a way to make his notoriously shitty...

David Anthony David Anthony Jul 15, 2019 at 14:31.

Strip down and listen to Nudity’s Astronomicon

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Olympia’s Nudity isn’t an easy band to classify. Featuring members of a handful of Washington state hardcore bands, Nudity’s influences recall proto-punk, early metal, and the eccentricities of Devo. On April 7 Iron Lung Records will release Astronomicon, a record that swirls these sounds together until they all end up sounding distinctly like Nudity. The A.V. Club is streaming all of...

David Anthony David Anthony Jul 15, 2019 at 12:04.

Watch Tim Kinsella dance naked to his new song, “Issues”

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Over the course of his career, Tim Kinsella has found little use for repetition. He’s been the anchor of such influential bands as Cap’n Jazz, Joan Of Arc, and Owls, but his recent work has run the gamut from scoring an experimental theater production to recording songs written by the poet Marvin Tate. Kinsella’s latest venture will leave even more room for exploration as Joyful Noise has...

David Anthony David Anthony Jul 15, 2019 at 12:02.

Collect Records severs ties with infamous hedge fund manager Martin Shkreli

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Earlier this week news broke that Turing Pharmaceuticals, the company responsible for producing the the drug Daraprim, which helps with the treatment of AIDS and cancer, would be see its price raised from $13.50 to $750 per pill. The news of this 5,000 percent price increase drew ire from all corners of the internet, but over the past couple days more information about Turing’s founder and...

David Anthony David Anthony Jul 15, 2019 at 11:49.

The A.V. Club chats about the year’s best records

The A.V. Club chats about the year’s best records

In addition to our best-of list, which chronicled 21 of the year’s best records, we took to A.V. Club Live to give the top three picks a little more space. Here A.V. Club Editor At Large John Teti and Music Editor David Anthony discuss David Bowie’s Blackstar, Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool, and Angel Olsen’s My Woman, going long about why these albums claimed the top spots on our list.

David Anthony David Anthony Jul 15, 2019 at 11:33.

Treefort Music Festival announces new wave of bands, including Alvvays, AJJ, and more

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At the start of December, the Treefort Music Festival announced the first set of bands that would be coming to the Boise, Idaho-based fest. Starting on March 22 and running through the 26, Treefort’s initial announcement included the likes of Mac DeMarco, Deafheaven, The Bouncing Souls, Grouper, and Why?. And today, The A.V. Club is excited to announce the second wave of Treefort bands. This...

David Anthony David Anthony Jul 15, 2019 at 11:16.

The reunited Bear Vs. Shark talks reissues and aging bodies

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When Bear Vs. Shark announced its first reunion show following a good deal of teasing on social media, there was plenty of excitement for the Michigan band’s return. Existing for only a few years in the early 2000s, Bear Vs. Shark released two albums of near perfect post-hardcore before disbanding at the end of 2005. During its time together, the band became known for its frenetic live shows,...

David Anthony David Anthony Jul 15, 2019 at 11:01.

Mamiffer makes isolation inviting in the video for “Parthenogenesis”

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For its upcoming fourth album, The World Unseen, Faith Coloccia and Aaron Turner pushed Mamiffer’s sound to the brink. Though Mamiffer has always been based around Coloccia’s voice and piano, the band has never felt as consumingly heavy as this. The A.V. Club is premiering the video for “Parthenogenesis,” the album’s closing track and a true standout. Against stark, black-and-gray footage,...

David Anthony David Anthony Jul 15, 2019 at 10:32.

Face To Face returns to its roots with “Double Crossed”

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Having bounced from label to label throughout its career, Face To Face has returned to Fat Wreck Chords, the label that helped the band’s debut album, Don’t Turn Away, become a part of the pop-punk canon. On March 4 Fat Wreck will release Protection, the third album since Face To Face‘s reunion in 2008. Along with its return to Fat, Protection marks a sonic return as well, with the songs...

David Anthony David Anthony Jul 15, 2019 at 03:02.

Jawbreaker drummer hints at that long-awaited reunion

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Last week brought the announcement that, after 30 years of bickering and lawsuits, The Misfits would be putting aside its differences and reuniting for Riot Fest. The punk-focused festival has a history of launching high-profile reunions, and one that is rumored every year is that of legendary East Bay punk act Jawbreaker. Yesterday, Substream Magazine writer Scott Heisel did some digging and...

David Anthony David Anthony Jul 15, 2019 at 02:55.

It turns out all metal albums look better with googly eyes added to them

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Metal is many different things, but lighthearted and jovial it is not. In fact, metal is incredibly image-conscious, having deeply defined aesthetics for each of its respective subgenres. It’s easy to tell the font of a black-metal band from that of a death-metal band, and if you’re a blackened death-metal band just, I don’t know, figure something out. No place is metal more serious than on...

David Anthony David Anthony Jul 15, 2019 at 02:01.

Stream Dreamdecay’s new record of psych-indebted post-punk, YÚ

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Dreamdecay’s second record YÚ is a personal one. The band describes the record as such: “YÚ symbolizes the experience of being stuck between two cultures, struggling to find a sense of legitimacy. It navigates this space and the tension of being pulled in opposite directions–the binary of life.” And while that all sounds pretty heady, it’s also what makes the record work. The A.V. Club is...

David Anthony David Anthony Jul 14, 2019 at 23:13.

Punk torchbearer Erica Freas announces new solo album, streams first song

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Erica Freas may not be a household name, but she’s one of the people carrying the torch of Olympia, Washington’s punk scene. She founded Rumbletowne Records as a way to release her music, as well as that of other local bands. Not only that, Freas plays in RVIVR, a pop-punk band that went a long way to spark the dialogue around safe spaces and inclusion at punk shows. For her upcoming solo...

David Anthony David Anthony Jul 14, 2019 at 21:37.

Ashley Monroe covers Joni Mitchell

Ashley Monroe covers Joni Mitchell

As one of country’s music’s crossover stars, Ashley Monroe is adept at mixing the classic and the contemporary, as evinced by her pair of Grammy nominations for her third album, The Blade. For this installment of Holiday Undercover she offered a take on “River” from Joni Mitchell’s iconic 1971 album, Blue. The song had previously been tackled by Travis’ Fran Healy back in 2010, but here Monroe...

David Anthony David Anthony Jul 14, 2019 at 21:30.

Lost Under Heaven picks the soundtrack to a vampire’s next soiree

Lost Under Heaven picks the soundtrack to a vampire’s next soiree

At this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival, The A.V. Club gave artists a challenge: Draw a name from a deck of cards, then spend $20 on a gift for that person at either the on-site record fair or craft expo. In this video, Lost Under Heaven finds music that a vampire can enjoy for all eternity.

David Anthony David Anthony Jul 14, 2019 at 19:28.

SOMNIA dreamed up a Joyce Manor song, so Joyce Manor starred in the video

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SOMNIA is the songwriting project formed between David Combs (The Max Levine Ensemble, Spoonboy) and Erica Freas (RVIVR), focusing on the weird things that appear in their respective dreams. The band’s debut album, How The Moon Shines On The Shit, was released on July 7—available now through Rumbletowne Records—and The A.V. Club is premiering the video for “Loud One” below. As Combs puts it,...

David Anthony David Anthony Jul 14, 2019 at 10:13.

Stream Sinai Vessel’s hard-earned debut album Brokenlegged

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On January 27, Tiny Engines will release Sinai Vessel’s debut album Brokenlegged, a mundane statement that understates all the work that went into its creation. Started in 2009 by Caleb Cordes, Sinai Vessel was a solo project that, over time, began taking on new members and solidifying its sound. Since then, the band has released a handful of EPs and, after an unsatisfactory first go-round,...

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