The Jeff & Jane Hudson story goes back to halcyon days of Punk and New Wave with The Rentals, who released two singles of lo-fi DiY Art Punk in between ’77 and ’80. In 1981, they started performing as a duo and began releasing post-nuclear electronic pop songs under their own names. 1981 saw the release of the “World Trade” EP as well as the “No Clubs” 7″, followed in ’82 by “Attack Under Attack” which featured the first appearance of “Los Alamos,” which would reappear on their debut LP. The duo reached their pinnacle with 1983′s seminal “Flesh.” Perhaps one of the United States biggest achievements in the entire “synth” movement of the era. Completely self produced by the band, the record has since been oft-cited as a groundbreaking and pivotal LP of the post-punk era, who’s original copies are now heavily coveted by collectors. This is the first time since the original issue that “Flesh” is reappearing on the vinyl format as a co-release with Dark Entries record. This edition features remastering culled from the original master tapes and expanded with an extra LP of singles and EP material. It’s also the first wide-scale digital and CD release these recordings have yet to see. Due out this April. www.officialjeffandjane.com
Nirvana’s 1992 Hormoaning EP — an import-only set recorded for BBC 1 Radio and available on the band’s ’92 Australian tour — will be reissued on limited-edition vinyl this April. The release features covers of the Wipers’ “D-7″ and the Vaselines’ “Son of a Gun” and “Molly’s Lips,” along with Nirvana tracks “Aneurysm” and “Even in His Youth.”
Nirvana – Turnaround
New York-based band Cults released their new single, “You Know What I Mean,” early this week. Cults is comprised of real-life couple Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin, two film students in their early twenties who initially started the group “as a joke,” posting a few songs on the internet for (READ MORE….)
The tUnE-YaRdS will release the above track on their new album “Who Kill” on April 19th. Visit their site to sign up for their newsletter and they’ll send you a free Mp3 of the above song “Bizness.” www.tune-yards.com
Hailing from Orange County, California, Voxhaul Broadcast has been on the radar for a few years now – ever since their breakout EP, Rotten Apples, released in 2008. Rotten Apples was recorded live in a single day; brimful of heart shattering melodies, vocal acrobatics, and the angsty, love-lorn poetic lyricism of lead singer David Dennis, the album cemented Voxhaul as the “band to watch.” Their new album, Timing is Everything, is due out March 22. Voxhaul Broadcast is also incredible live, visit their site to pick up their new album and find upcoming tour dates. www.voxhaulbroadcast.com
Voxhaul Broadcast – Fact or Fiction
Voxhaul Broadcast – Needs a Little Time (previously unrelease – didn’t make the cut)
2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, timpani, strings, and solo violin. It is not known when Brahms began work on his Violin Concerto, but we do know that he finished his first draft during the summer of 1878 at Portschach in southern Austria. He then sent the solo violin part to his long time friend, the composer, conductor, virtuoso violinist, and dedicatee of the concerto, Joseph Joachim. Brahms had for years consulted with him on various compositions, seeking his criticisms and learned opinions. In the note accompanying the violin part, Brahms sought that Joachim should “…correct it, not sparing the quality of the composition and that if you thought it not worth scoring, that you should say so. I shall be satisfied if you will mark those parts which are difficult, awkward, or impossible to play”. Joachim found the solo to contain “…a lot of really good violin music”. He premiered the work on New Year’s Day, 1879 in Leipzig.
Warpaint played at the Independent last night in San Francisco. I was hooked a few years back with the below demo – hooked since they were merely just another LA garage band – albeit with John Frusciante (formerly of the Red Hot Chile Peppers) as a their record producer and the actress Shannon Sossaman as their drummer (by the way, they’re new drummer Stella Mozgawa is simply incredible). It also worth it to mention that all members of Warpaint are all stunningly gorgeous, but with a certain sensuality that makes you take them seriously – their tremendous musical talent demands notice. A little bit Black Sabbath meets The Virgin Suicides, Warpaint closed the show with a 15 minute long encore that had most of the band in a trance they couldn’t figure out how to get out of – which was awkward, but entertaining, because did anyone really want them to stop? Warpaint has released two official albums, the most recent, The Fool, came out on Rough Trade Records last October. Visit their site to see all tour dates: www.warpaintwarpaint.com
Warpaint – Stars (demo)
Lo-fi god, Ty Segall, after his show at Strange Matter in Richmond, VA. Segall describes his new album, Melted, out on Goner Records, as sounding like “cherry cola, Sno-Cones and taffy.” Ty Segall is currently on a US tour – view winter tour dates here.