Big Takeover is proud to debut the first single from Seattle-based The Moondoggies‘ third album, Adios I’m A Ghost. It’s been three long years since the release of Tidelands, their critically-acclaimed breakthrough album. According to the band’s Kevin Murphy, the album’s delay was a result of a few challenges. “We had a member leave for a year, and we wrote a different record that we scrapped a lot of—not all of it, though.”
This single, “Red Eye,” is a rather uptempo rock number. “We’re a rock band,” declares Murphy. “I think it’s on the same sonic page as what we’ve done before.” Those looking for the drop-dead harmonies found on their previous records will not be disappointed, either. “The next track on the record, ‘Annie,’ is different then any song we’ve done. The album also has some great instrumental moments that I’m really excited for folks to hear.”
Adios I’m A Ghost will be released on August 13 via Hardly Art
Once again the big news is that Big Takeover #72 Spring 2013 issue was completed in Brooklyn this month! Pre-order – Subscribe – Renew – Great gifts! Click through for a quick description of its contents.
Remember what it was like to be the youngest person at a show, surrounded by people three times your age? With all of those strange tattooed people with their smelly dreadlocks? Lewis Dimmick hasn’t forgotten what that time period was like, and in this book he explores some of his earliest memories of participating in DIY music.
Recently, the filmmaker Jeff Feuerzeig (Half Japanese/The Duded) decided to document some originals & cover songs I have been performing on an acoustic piano in a 1983, ford Econoline. It’s given me an opportunity to turn people on to a version of a Velvet Underground song that tends to get lost in the shuffle.
Week of December 2
Bob Mould – Silver Age (Merge)
Small Faces – Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake (triple-CD) (Immediate)
DIIV – Oshin (Captured Tracks)
Violens – True (Slumberland)
The Jigsaw Seen – Gifted (Vibro-phonic))
Royal Headache – Royal Headache (What’s Your Rupture?)
Ken Stringfellow – Danzig in the Moonlight (Spark and Shine)
Sloan – Twice Removed (Deluxe Edition Vinyl Box Set) (Murderrecords CAN)
Honeychurch – Will You be There With Me (Siren Electric)
Nada Surf – The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy (Barsuk)
YLT is the kind of band I always wanted to be part of (& hoped Silver Jews would be more like). With a tight rhythm section and a guitarist who appreciates great sounds at least as much as great songs, they understand the difference between what makes a great album and what makes a great show. One of the things Yo La Tengo is loved for is their eclectic array of covers of songs they record and play live. From Black Flag to Arthur Lee (“A House Is Not a Motel!”); they even have a great version of a song from Mel Brooks’ The Producers. That a band of this caliber whose brilliant Murdering The Classics cover album rivals the all-covers albums by Bryan Ferry, can appreciate the value of the Piano Van sideshow as an opener gave me hope….
The Who performed its landmark concept album Quadrophenia on two nights in Chicago, IL. The set list may have been known in advance, but the veteran British rockers played with conviction and fire.
When people receive you quite well and like what you do, you can’t help but be influenced by that, and feel like you want to make something people will like. But we tried to do what we do, and make songs that we like, and not think about it too much.Read more...
Sunny indie-pop composer Allen Clapp’s latest album with his band The Orange Peels will shock longtime fans. We talk with Clapp about this darker direction and about taking risks with an established sound.
Cosy Moments, out today, ends the space-rockers’ uncharacteristic six-year hiatus. Singer-guitarist Chris Martin explains.
The fact that someone has taken something you have written, recorded and then taken their own time not only to listen to it, but write and tell other people means more than anything I could possibly put into words.
I can’t just sit around strumming a guitar for fun anymore. I can only last a few minutes. So having all these poems sitting around has helped me to finish songs more quickly, and the words are somewhat more intentional and vivid, because they were meant to be able to stand on their own.