Friday Link Session

Friday Link Session feature

  Patterson Hood and the Downtown Rumblers dropped by Hear Ya! to record a live session that you can listen to and download. Liars premiered their video for “WIXIW” at Entertainment Weekly, of all places. The Jimmy Cliff classic “The Harder They Come” is up on YouTube. Elton John will appear on the next Queens of the Stone Age album. No, really. The new Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds album, Push the Sky Away, is streaming on half of the interweb this morning, including at NPR.org, The Guardian, and Fact. A bunch of Joey Ramone’s belongings are going on the auction block. Check out a great short film on the New Orleans bounce scene. Finally, meditate on a personal story of an encounter with Johnny Cash.

Liars: Brats

Liars feature

  Where there’s a new Liars single, there’s sure to be an unnerving video to follow. (Not that it was always this way. Their video for “Houseclouds” is the most adorable I’ve ever seen.) Check out the disjointed CGI for the heavy-electro dance track “Brats”.     Bonus: Here’s Liars recent KEXP session.    

Record Club: Kick

Record Club INXS

Remember when Beck’s Record Club – Annie Clark and Vincent Hart from St. Vincent, Sergio Dias from Os Mutantes, Liars, etc. – got together to cover INXS’s Kick album in its entirety? Here’s video of all the songs from the session. It doesn’t all work, but then, not all of the original album worked, either. And the Record Club definitely did interesting things. The final track is completely unrecognizable as an INXS song outside of the lyrics, and it’s rather compelling.  

Liars: Cleveland Giveaway

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  Liars’ Angus Andrew has said, “If we aren’t confusing people, it’s not us. If we aren’t confusing ourselves with what we do, then we’ve failed.” WIXIW (pronounced “wish you”), the new album from Liars, rounds off the sharper edges of their sound and throws a thick blanket of texture over it. That’s not to say they have ditched chaos and gone straight. But instead of bursts of jagged drum, guitar and screams, the chaos is created by layers of found sound (as I listen to the album now, I can hear two or three species of frog chirping and peeping along with hardwood thwacks in a digitized echo chamber and some sort of animal/human cries of panic – that’s what it sounds like to me, at least). The result is a cloud that is soothing and entrancing at times, claustrophobic at others.   “No. 1 Against the Rush” – Liars   Liars will be bringing this cloud, and more from their 12 years worth of back catalogue, to the Grog Shop in Cleveland on July 27, with Unknown Mortal Orchestra playing support. We have the pleasure of giving away two prize packs, each consisting of two free passes to … Continue reading

Liars: No. 1 Against the Rush

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  I was introduced to Liars via 2010′s Sisterworld album, and it was one of those experiences that made me ask, “Damn, how am I just hearing about this band now?” Their sound, ranging from moody, off-kilter grooves to straight-up screaming punk blasts, littered liberally with striking and jagged imagery, really caught me. (Even my son, who normally doesn’t listen to anything not connected to video games, would make me play “Scissor” repeatedly on the morning drive to school – hell of a way to start a day of education.) Liars are preparing to release their next album WIXIW (wish you) on June 5th. Check out the disturbing video for lead single “No. 1 Against the Rush”.     WIXIW Pre-Order Liars Official Website Liars @ Tumblr Liars @ Facebook

Bits: The Flaming Lips, The Due Diligence, A Place to Bury Strangers, Liars, The Like, Gin Blossoms

Pitchfork is featuring a doc on the making of the Flaming Lips’ Embryonic, and since the week is almost over, you’d better get over there. Hooray for the Due Diligence! Isaac Gillespie and company surpassed their Kickstarter goal, so I Will Wreck Your Life will get a vinyl pressing, and the album is streaming at their Bandcamp site. “But what I really want to do is direct…” A Place to Bury Strangers are holding a contest for aspiring music video directors. Create a video for APtBS’ song “Deadbeat” and upload it to the Deadbeat contest YouTube channel for a chance to win a signed boxset, 4 tickets to an APtBS show of your choice and have your video posted to all APtBS websites with credit as the official video. Additionally, do yourself a favor and see A Place to Bury Strangers live: 9/30 – Nashville, TN – Next Big Nashville Festival at Exit In with Yeasayer, Waaves, & Javelin 10/1 – Durham, NC – Duke Coffeehouse 10/2 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter with Ceremony & Soundpool (Killer Pimp Night) 10/3 – New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge with Chapterhouse, Soundpool & Ulrich Schnauss 10/15 – Minneapolis, MN – … Continue reading

Liars: Her Sounds Were Close to Paradise

Right around 2001, I lost touch with the music scene. I still listened to music daily, and a few new bands got through, but my favorite bands had broken up (The Afghan Whigs, Shudder to Think) or had key members die off (Mark Sandman) and life was overtaking me in a big, uncomfortable way, so I grew increasingly distanced from new music throughout most of the first decade of the 2000s. It was a long time to be away from a world where hundreds of beings (bands/solo artists) are born and die every day. A lot of things happened in that time. Liars happened. When I heard the Liars for the first time a few months ago with “Scissor”, the first song from Sisterworld, I began the process of mentally kicking myself for not knowing about this three-piece before. As is the way with any band who are a little bit interesting these days, Liars have had numerous genres appended to them or created for them, most having words like “art”, “noise” or “experimental” in them. To me, they sound like good punk. Really good punk. The kind made by smart, but angry people who have an interest in moving … Continue reading