Today in Music News: Wed Feb 9

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have a new album, Belong, in the can. It’ll be released in March on Slumberland, and you can listen to the eponymous title track online.

You can stream the entire new albums from both PJ Harvey and Adele at NPR right now.

The awesome Hank and Lily have a new video, and you should definitely watch it.

Shad also has a new video, for his track “Keep Shining.” Go watch that too. The video premiered on Rap City, and I enjoy being able to say that. More awesome music shows, Much!

Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff spoke to Pitchfork about the songwriting process and recording for their upcoming record I Am Very Far. Check it out.

All of my past records now look like a piles of guts to me. You would have to tie me to a chair to make me listen to any Okkervil River record. Particularly with The Stage Names and The Stand Ins, I feel like they’ve been hacked up into little pieces. I don’t want to have to do that with this record, which was an attempt to reject the idea of writing in a cerebral way. I was trying to write intuitively, or emotionally.

Tokyo Police Club are touring all over the place this spring, with Said the Whale and Dinosaur Bones. They’ve got a couple of dates with Hollerado (currently out with Gang of Four) in early March in Kingston and Hamilton as well.

Battles have gone through a lot since 2007’s Mirrored — including the loss of Tyondai Braxton — but that hasn’t stopped them from readying their new record (due out this summer).

When Ty left over the summer, we were close to having an album’s worth of material– we had put so much energy into the project and then we had to re-establish ourselves as a three-piece. The end result is a culmination of reworked things we’d been putting together the past couple years and some newer songs.

Photo via. Creative Commons & Flickr user Redheadwalking.


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