VIDEO: Naomi Punk’s “Television Man”

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Television Man is the latest album from Naomi Punk and the group decided to make a video for one of its songs: the title track. As for the concept of the video, director Robin Stein was “able to manipulate video imagery, highlighting how “The contours of extreme musculature could become an abstract and dark visual medium.” If that sounds trippy or far out to you, see what happens.

RECORD CRACK: A new box set of R.E.M. 7″ singles is on its way

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Capitol/UMC will be releasing an R.E.M. box set of 45’s in time for the holiday season, and this one represents their time on IRS Records. 7IN – 83-88 features most of the 45’s R.E.M. and IRS released in the United States with two exceptions: The “Wendell G” record that came as a double 7″ and a single for “Finest Worksong”, both of which were UK-only at the time. Here’s a full list of what will be in the box:

“Radio Free Europe” / “There She Goes Again”
“So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)” / “King of the Road”
“(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville” / “Catapult” (Live)
“Can’t Get There From Here” / “Bandwagon”
“Driver 8” / “Crazy”
“Wendell G” / “Crazy” + “Ages of You” / “Burning Down” [U.K. double-pack, previously unreleased in U.S.]
“Fall On Me” / “Rotary Ten”
“Superman” / “White Tornado”
“The One I Love” / “Maps and Legends” (Live)
“Its The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” / “Last Date”
“Finest Worksong” / “Time After Time” (Live) [U.K. single, previously unreleased in U.S.]

Two of the hits in this box, “The One I Love” and “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”, have given the band some of the most airplay in their catalog, not bad for songs that were theirs before they jumped to Warner Bros. Records. Each of the records in the box are packaged in replicas of the original picture sleeves. 7IN – 83-88 will be out on December 8th.

SOME STUFFS: Soundgarden to release 3CD rarities compilation

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In time for the holiday season is a 3CD compilation album from Soundgarden that gathers various rarities throughout their career. Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path will feature seven previously-unreleased songs, so even if you are a Soundgarden fan and claim to have everything, there’s a bit more that you’ll need in your collection. Here’s the track listing:

CD 1 – Originals

Sub Pop Rock City
Toy Box
Fresh Deadly Roses
HIV Baby
Cold Bitch
Show Me
She’s A Politician
Birth Ritual
She Likes Surprises
Kyle Petty, Son of Richard
Exit Stonehenge
Blind Dogs
Bleed Together
Black Rain
Live To Rise

CD 2 – Covers

Swallow My Pride
Smokestack Lightnin’
Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey (John Peel BBC Sessions)*
Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) (John Peel BBC Sessions)*
Come Together
Stray Cat Blues
Into The Void (Sealth)
Girl U Want
Touch Me
Can You See Me? (Friday Rock Show BBC Sessions)
Homicidal Suicidal (Friday Rock Show BBC Sessions)
I Can’t Give You Anything (Friday Rock Show BBC Sessions)
I Don’t Care About You (Friday Rock Show BBC Sessions)
Waiting For The Sun (Live)
Search And Destroy (Live)
Big Bottom (Live)
Earache My Eye (Live)

CD 3 – Oddities

Twin Tower*
Jerry Garcia’s Finger
Night Surf*
A Splice Of Space Jam
The Telephantasm
Black Days III
Fopp (Fucked Up Heavy Dub Mix)
Big Dumb Sex (Dub Version)
Spoonman (Steve Fisk Remix)
Rhinosaur (The Straw That Broke The Rhino’s Back Remix)
Dusty (Moby Remix)
The Telephantasm (Steve Fisk 2014 Remix)*
One Minute Of Silence

Some of these tracks were released as B-sides, others go back to their days at Sub Pop. My favorite track, “HIV Baby”, is from the Sub Pop 45 release of “Room A Thounsand Years Wide”. A major highlight on this will be a new song produced by Jack Endino called “Storm”, the first time he has worked with them in 24 years. Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path will be released on November 24th, and can be pre-ordered below from Amazon.

VIDEO/FREE MP3 DL: Kink Ador’s “Hold on Tight”

Kink Ador is not the name of any of the members in this group, but it is the name of the band, so get to know this Nashville trio. They’ve released an EP called Free World and are hoping it will cause a few ripples in their path, so have a listen to an original song called “Hold On Tight”, which encourages lovers and lovers-to-be to be strong in a relationship situation. If you’d like to hear more of their music, go to the official Kink Ador Soundcloud page. IF you find “Hold On Tight” to be worthy enough of a download, you may do so below.

RECORD CRACK: Red Red Meat vinyl reissues are on its way

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Originally released on Sub Pop Records, the Red Red Meat discography will be reissued through Jealous Butcher Records on a one-by-one basis, beginning on November 11th with There’s A Star Above The Manger Tonight. While the original LP’s were released as single LP’s, these new pressings are newly remastered and thus being done as 2-record sets. Bunny Gets Paid will be out on March 24th of next year and Jimmy Wine Majestic gets a summer release on August 18th. Each album will have bonus tracks and the artwork will be “re-envisioned”, which means you’ll not get the original artwork but will see it in an all new way, specifically for this pressing.

If you’re a deep fan of the band and are asking yourself “wait a minute: you’re missing one more album”, this is when I drop the news about it for you. Their self-titled 1992 album will be making its vinyl debut in two different ways: both as a single LP (150 copies) and as part of the double LP reissue program, which means the double record pressing will have the bonus tracks. On top of this, Jealous Butcher are also going to compile each of the 2-record sets to create an 8LP book, enclosed in a box, hand assembled. Only 100 of this 8LP box will be made, all being done in Portland, Oregon because they can. There may be a 9th LP featuring live recordings, no word on if it will be sold separately or only part of the box, so only time will tell. The box will be out on October 13, 2015.

SOME STUFFS: The Chills to release “The BBC Sessions” compilation

The Chills are coming out with a compilation album on November 3rd and 4th, which means it’s so massive that it will take two days to release it. Jokes aside, the compilation of BBC Sessions the band did between 1985 and 1988 will be called, appropriately enough, The BBC Sessions (Fire), remastered from the original tapes. You may have a listen to one of the songs from it, “Rolling Moon”.

RECORD CRACK: Veruca Salt’s “American Thighs” album to be issued on vinyl, in honor of its 20th anniversary

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If you remember the band Veruca Salt, you may be still keeping their American Thighs album in decent rotation. The album was released 20 years ago and in honor of its anniversary, Minty Fresh Records will be reissuing the album on 180g vinyl on November 4th.

The album was actually released on September 27, 1994 so its actual anniversary was celebrated four days ago, but sometimes things delay itself and… anyway, no matter. When the album was released on a major via DGC/Geffen, it came out on November 8th so regardless, the anniversary is upon us. Originally, I had stated that this album did not come out on vinyl in 1994, which is true for Geffen Records but Minty Fresh did come out with a record for it, on pink vinyl to boot, so I have to make a correction here. The new pressing will be packaged with alternate artwork. The album sold over 500,000 copies, making it cold within the United States and came out at the end of the alternative music rage of the first half of the 1990’s, but regardless of what the labels and critics called it, the music still holds up. If you had only downloaded the album but would like to have it in your format of choice, you will next month. You may pre-order the record below through

REVIEW: The Muffs’ “Whoop Dee Doo”

 photo TheMuffsW_cover_zps93d08b08.jpg The Muffs have become one of my favorite rock bands in the last 20 years, ever since I heard their debut album on Reprise Records back in 1993. I knew of The Pandoras through Rip magazine but I couldn’t find their albums at the time, so I was introduced to Kim Shattuck through The Muffs, back when Melanie Vammen and Criss Crass were with the group, along with longtime Muff gent Ronnie Barnett. After taking a brief break seven years ago, Shattuck, Barnett, and drummer Roy McDonald have returned to the world with Whoop Dee Doo (Burger), and the world is grateful because of it.

One of the things I’ve always loved about their music is that while they may sound like “love lost/love found/love maybe?” type songs, they’re more than just the kind of music that may be an update of teen anticipation, or being eager for what’s to come. In truth, it’s all about the human condition and what we hope and dream for every day, and the things we occasionally fear, whether it’s about a new experience or dealing with the interaction of one another, especially in times of romance. They prove that no matter how much older we get, we’ll always fear those nerves, as we hear in songs like “Take A Take A Me”, “Where Did I Go Wrong?” and “Because You’re Sad”. In fact, it’s the simplicity of these sometimes-explosive songs is what makes them rock, we want to feel relief of what we sometimes stress on. I would rather hear their songs (and this type of songwriting) than the kind of music where the singer just rushes into something without a sense of consequence, but at least when we hear Shattuck sing, we sense it all and sometimes know what she means because we’ve felt it too. Maybe Whoop Dee Doo is meant to be slightly careless but as they’ve always shown, it’s fearless too.

SOME STUFFS: The Eeries ready to tour this fall

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Los Angeles’ The Eeries will be like a number of other bands next season, which is under two weeks away. They’re going on tour and are doing so with Gerald Way, who is taking a break from My Chemical Romance to go on a solo route for awhile. The Eeries are currently on tour with The Last Internationale this month and when that part of the tour is over, they’ll take a brief break before heading back on the road in October.

September 12… San Francisco, CA (DNA Lounge) Φ
September 13… Sacramento, CA (Monster Energy Aftershock Festival Φ
September 16… Seattle, WA (El Corazon Φ
September 17… Portland, OR (McMenamin’s Lola’s Room Φ
September 24… Los Angeles, CA (Troubadour (headline show)
October 12… San Francisco, CA (The Fillmore) ξ
October 13… Los Angeles, CA (The Troubadour) ξ
October 14… Los Angeles, CA (The Fonda Theatre) ξ
October 17… Philadelphia, PA (Trocadero Theatre) ξ
October 19… Boston, MA (Paradise Rock Club) ξ
October 20… New York, NY (Irving Plaza) ξ
October 22… Sayreville, NJ (Starland Ballroom) ξ
October 23… New York, NY (Webster Hall) ξ

Φ = w/ The Last Internationale
ξ = w/ Gerard Way

AUDIO: Hungry Cloud Darkening’s “Blue Green”

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Off Tempo will be releasing an album by Hyngry Cloud Darkening on October 7th called Glossy Recall, and in order for you
to recall it again, check out one of its new songs, “Blue Green”. Upon first listen, this reminds me a bit of The Sundays, that type of dreamy pop that just let you float upon playing, leading you to play it again.