Saturday, April 16, 2011

1991:The Year Punk Broke to get DVD release

You dream of this day, and then it finally arrives. Via Slicing Up Eyeballs:

"The fabled rock documentary “1991: The Year Punk Broke” — chronicling Sonic Youth’s tour of Europe that year with opening act Nirvana — finally will be released on DVD this fall in a special 20th anniversary edition featuring 42 minutes of bonus performances and other off-stage material.
The film’s director, Dave Markey, is releasing the DVD — which also features footage of Dinosaur Jr, Ramones, Babes in Toyland and Gumball — through his We Got Power Films sometime this fall. It will feature commentary by Markey and Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, as well as rough edits of performance material and a slideshow.

Of most interest to fans, though, is a new 42-minute “bonus movie” called “(This is Known As) The Blues Scale,” featuring previously unreleased Sonic Youth and Nirvana performances of the songs “Inhuman,” “White Kross,” “Orange Rolls/Angel’s Spit,” “Eric’s Trip,” “Chapel Hill” and “In Bloom,” plus “plenty of revelatory and rockin’ (and hilarious) never-before-seen off-stage and on-stage material.”"

This is probably the one and only time I'll be excited over a DVD release. Hurry up fall!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Hipster Youth - Where (n) Meets Infinity

Chose this for State's office playlist, it's insanely good:

Hipster Youth - Where (n) Meets Infinity by LongLost

"Throwing something of a curveball after last year’s chiptune-tinged album Teenage Elders, this new track is still electronically-based but has a completely different vibe. The first minute or so sounds like it’s being transmitted from some unholy vortex or echo chamber, infused with squall and fuzz – this gives way to a trippy, lo-fi electronic groove with muffled, displaced-sounding vocals. Delirious, inventive and infectious."

The track should 'end up on an EP or a split or an Album or something', according to the Soundcloud blurb.

elaine mai

Galway-based songwriter Elaine Mai is currently giving away 'Softly' as a free download on her Bandcamp - it's an amazing tune: acoustic guitar and chiming glockenspiel backed up by soothing, hypnotic harmonies, with her impressive vocals front and centre.

There's another song to check out on her Breaking Tunes, while she does some pretty neat covers too - here's one:

Elaine Mai - Telephone by scottdb

There's also a collaboration with poet and fellow Galwegian Laurie Leech available for free download from here

Mai plays support to Steve Mason in the Roisin Dubh this Sunday night (17th) so pop along early if you're going. She'll also be playing with The Kanyu Tree on the 30th and Wallis Bird on May 8th in the same venue.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Windings - Embury Greenway

Via State, the video for a new Windings tune, 'Embury Greenway', which wil be released by Out On A Limb Records on April 29th. It's pretty ace too (video and tune), an upbeat alt-rock number as opposed to the more wistful sounds of last year's It's Never Night album. Maybe it's the influence of J Mascis.

windings - Embury Greenway by OOAL

Also streaming on the OOAL Soundcloud is a taster from the forthcoming collaborative album between Vertigo Smyth and Carol Anne McGowan. It's a pretty elegant affair, with the two vocalists dovetailing very nicely indeed.

Vertigo Smyth & Carol Anne McGowan - Fox Eyes On Georgia by OOAL

Both Windings and Smyth/Murray have tour dates coming up, which you can check out here - on 1st May, both acts will combine with Owensie for a gig at the Workman's Club.