Friday, November 12, 2010

This Weeks Short Bursts::

Japandroids, The Radio Dept., & Working For A Nuclear Free City
Vancouver's noise pop stalwarts, Japandroids are back armed with another 7'single. Heavenward Grand Prix b/w Shame marks the third installment of the bands current single series being issued by Polyvinyl. Heavenward Grand Prix is an outtake from the Post-Nothing session and we can't figure out why this cacophonous anthem didn't make the cut. The b-side is a cover of PJ Harvey's Shame. Like the other releases in the series this is limited to 2000 copies. This time around they've pressed it on clear vinyl and can be acquired over at the Polyvinyl Store. The single will also be available at finer digital retailers on November 16th.
[MP3/Stream] Japandroids - Heavenward Grand Prix

Last spring Sweden's dream pop charmers,The Radio Dept. released their third and totally fantastic Clinging to a Scheme LP to nearly unanimous critical praise. Now the band are scheduled to tour the U.S. this winter, complete with a show on February 4th at The Middle East.This will mark the bands first proper tour of America in the bands 15 year existence. Although they've played shows on our shores before, those can be described as sporadic at best. In addition to the upcoming tour the band has just released the Never Follow Suite EP, a limited edition 12" that includes two new tracks and a remix of the EP's title track. As if that wasn't enough, The Radio Dept. have just announced the upcoming release of Passive Aggressive: Singles 2002-2010 , which as the title suggests compiles the bands first 8 years on Labrador Records . The 2 disc 24 track set will be released on January 2th via Labrador/Caroline.
[MP3/Stream] The Radio Dept. - Never Follow Suite (Never Swallow Fruit Dub Pistol Disco Remix)

Lastly, we would be remiss not to at least mention the terrific new album from Manchester, England's, electro-post rock leaning, Working For A Nuclear Free City. WFANFC released the sprawling, Jojo Burger Tempest back in September and for what ever reason our copy sat on our desk until earlier this month when we wised up and gave it spin. 15 tracks of the album appear on disc 1 while the title track occupies disc 2, clocking in at an epic 30 minutes. The album has proven a little hard to locate in the brick and mortars, but it can be found over the band label, Manchester's Melodic Records.

Working For A Nuclear Free City - Pachinko

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