Thursday, August 20, 2009

Mission of Burma's Listening Party and The Clean Introduce Mister Pop

This week we finally got what we were hoping for around here. Not one, but two Sonic Youth shows at the Wilbur Theater this fall. Not to mention that we learned that Mandy Moore might be a little cooler than we thought, with her declaration of being fond of Jandek. With those attention grabbers I wouldn't blame you if you missed or just plain forgot about some upcoming events and releases headed are way in the near future.

On October 6th Mission of Burma will release The Sound The Speed The Light via Matador and I for one am chomping at the bit with anticipation. Recorded here in Boston with Bob Weston last winter, the album has been described as a bit of departure from 2006's The Obliterati. The Matador press release describes the album as a more spacious and dynamic record with all of Burma's sonic trademarks still intact. The Sound The Speed The Light is divided into 4 three song suites with each suites examining a mood or color. Sounds kind of heady, right? Don't worry only Burma are capable of pulling off a recording so grandiose and utterly chaotic.

Check out the albums opening track below.
[MP3/Stream] Mission of Burma - 1,2,3, Party!

On Thursday August 27th you can hear the new Mission of Burma album at the ICA Harborwalk Shuffle Listening Party, admission is free. The Sound The Speed The Light will be played in it's entirety and as if that wasn't enough the first 50 people through the door will receive a free Mission of Burma 7" with secret treat inside.
Mission of Burma myspace

Legends of New Zealand's Flying Nun label and post-punk pioneers in their own right, The Clean are set to release their first recording since 2001's The Getaway. The seminal post punk outfit will release Mister Pop on September 6th via Merge. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a Boston show on the bands upcoming tour schedule.

Thanks to the fine folks at Merge you can hear the Mister Pop right now.

[Full Album Stream] The Clean - Mister Pop

Check out this interview with The Clean's David Kilgour recently conducted by Erik Morse at Interview Magazine
The Clean myspace

Califone will release their new long player All Our Friends Are Funeral Singers on the bands new label Dead Oceans on October 6th. The new album will serve as a companion piece to the film of the same name written and directed by Califone's Tim Rultili. During the upcoming tour the band will play the soundtrack Live along with the presentation of the film. In addition fans can expect to hear material from the bands stunning back catalog as well.

On October 22nd Califone will play Cambridge's Brattle Theater.

All Our Friends Our Funeral Singers Trailer
Califone myspace

I'm really looking forward to catching Japandroids when they play Great Scott on October 5th. The duo's debut LP Post-Nothing has been getting rave reviews since it was released earlier this summer. As always I was a little skeptical, but once I put Post-Nothing in the CD player and strapped my headphones on, my skepticism evaporated and my jaw was on the floor.

Check out these Japandroids Live videos reocrded on KEXP.
Warning: After watching these you may have an overwhelming urge to purchase everything this young band has recorded, I know I did.

Japandroids Live on KEXP (part 1)

Japandroids Live on KEXP (part 2)

Japandroids myspace

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