Tuesday is record-release day in North America — do you know what you’ll be picking up? While you think about it, check out the latest in music news.
In anticipation for his upcoming tour dates — with such indie-rock heavyweights such as Spoon and The National — Owen Pallett has released a free digital 12″ single/EP. It contains the album version of “Lewis Takes Off His Shirt” as well as remixes from Dan Deacon, CFCF, and more.
Merge Records are getting ready to reissue re-mastered versions of seminal indie/punk outfit Superchunk’s two most popular releases: 1991’s No Pocky For Kitty, and 1993’s On The Mouth. They’re going all out on these reissues with 180-gram vinyl pressings. After you pre-order you can start waiting patiently by listening to the re-masters streaming online here (No Pocky), and here (On The Mouth).
Fairshare Music is a music site with a difference: 50% of their profits are donated to charity. The site already stocks 8.5 million songs, and of course a portion goes to the artists as well.
Rejoice, Sleater Kinney fans! Corin Tucker has announced that her debut solo album will be out on Kill Rock Stars on October 5. The album contains a few tracks that were written for the Twilight soundtrack, which is…weird. Apparently they didn’t make the cut; I’ve decided to take that as a positive sign.
You may have read recently that Phosporescent had a van full of gear stolen during their current tour. I can’t imagine what that must feel like — and if you caught a glimpse of the gear they lost you’d know what I mean. Good news though, Paste Magazine reported their van has been found and the gear is safe. The band had to cancel their Toronto date but they’re promising to come back soon.
If you fancy yourself a writer, Pitchfork is hiring. So go whip up some reviews of the latest cassette releases to impress them and include a list of your favorite tracks from 2010.
The initial performer list for Halifax Pop Explosion has been released, and it includes artists like Basia Bulat, Great Lake Swimmers, Handsome Furs, The New Pornographers and The Hold Steady.