New Suicidal Tendencies video: Living For Life

Video: Suicidal Tendencies – “Living for Life”

Suicidal Tendencies, "Living for Life"

From World Gone Mad, out now on Suicidal Records.

How great is it that Suicidal Tendencies is still around in 2017, making music, tearing shit up, and wearing their own band t-shirts? Back in the 80s when it was a pain in the ass to fast-forward past songs on mixtapes, we all had to listen to “Institutionalized” whether we wanted to or not. All the skaters loved Suicidal Tendencies. Now we’re all old, those of us who are still alive anyway, and while I still don’t love thrash I’m super happy that it’s still being made. There’s a place for this kind of music and attitude and it’s healthy for kids (and grownups) to bang around and scream their heads off.

Via Punknews.

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New xx video: I Dare You

Video: The xx – “I Dare You”

The xx – I Dare You (Official Music Video)

From I See You, out now on Young Turks.

Big budget, high concept music video starring Michael Jackson’s daughter and a kid from “Stranger Things.” Seems odd this band is as popular as they are, considering how mellow they sound, but maybe we all need to let it mellow when the rest of the world is as chaotic as it’s been this year. Who knows?

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The Model 500 and the Physicality of Music

Western Electric invented the Model 500 telephone. That’s the telephone with a handset cradled on the top of the device and a rotary dial on the front. It is the telephone that is the pre-21st century dictionary image of what a “telephone” would look like.

It brought the Model 500 out in 1950. The classic desk phone.

But Western Electric also invented something that is more pertinent to this space: the method by which music could be recorded with a microphone, amplified, then used to create records. Columbia and Victor licensed the technology from Western Electric and began producing records with it in 1925.

And in time, the recorded disc, which became commonly known as “vinyl” became the dominant musical recording medium.

Then it suffered the fate of the Model 500.

However, unlike the Model 500, the vinyl disc is having a resurgence. Last week Sony Music announced that for the first time since 1989 it is going to begin pressing records again.

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New Danger Mouse video: Chase Me ft. Run the Jewels and Big Boi

Video: Danger Mouse – “Chase Me” (ft. Run the Jewels and Big Boi)

Chase Me – Danger Mouse ft. Run The Jewels & Big Boi (Baby Driver Official Video)

From the Baby Driver soundtrack, out now on 30th Century/Columbia.

Danger Mouse samples the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion’s 1994 classic “Bellbottoms.” Annoying that there’s not a higher resolution video on YouTube, but that’s 90s music for you. It exists in the ephemeral pre-digital ether where people taped “120 Minutes” on VCRs; it all eventually gets upped to the internet but it looks and sounds like crap. Oh well. Orange is still a great album and I’m happy I bought it on vinyl back in the day (and that it survived my great vinyl purge of 2005.

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New Last Leaves video: The World We Had

Video: Last Leaves – “The World We Had”

Last Leaves — The World We Had

From Other Towns Than Ours, out October 13 on Lost And Lonesome in Australia and on Matinée in the USA. The single is out now.

I was just saying how much I miss the Lucksmiths when lo and behold here’s a brand new video from three-quarters of them. Last Leaves has been teasing us with the possibility of new music for years now, but this is the first we’ve heard about a full album. Marty Donald, Mark Monnone, and Louis Richter recruited drummer Noah Symons and recorded Other Towns Than Ours in their fancy treehouse in Melbourne’s Dandenong Ranges where this video was filmed.

The song sounds lovely. A little beefier than the Luckies with crunchier guitars and heavier drums. And Donald’s voice isn’t as “pretty” as Tali White’s, so the overall vibe is less twee and more rock and roll. I’ve listened to this at least 30 times in a row now and it continues to reveal its charms. Gone are the signature puns and clever wordplay, but that doesn’t mean they won’t turn a phrase to conjure up emotions.

Did I dream that weekend in a weather-bored hotel
In a tumbled down old tourist town that we had to ourselves?

I kissed you briefly underneath the broken bridge
The moon behind the mountaintops beyond

And I’m sure I was never so happy before
But darling, don’t you sometimes think we could say the same for since?

You were twenty-something the first time you saw snow
We stood there shuttering as the clouds closed in on Buffalo.

I can’t wait to hear the album. Autumn is the perfect time for this type of music.

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New Ice Cube video: Good Cop Bad Cop

Video: Ice Cube – “Good Cop Bad Cop”

Ice Cube – Good Cop Bad Cop

From the Death Certificate (25th Anniversary Edition) release, out now on Interscope.

This new song doesn’t have anything to do with Cube’s seminal 1991 album that it’s tacked onto, but whatever. People need bonus tracks on their anniversary releases and apparently Cube doesn’t have anything contemporary lying around, so…here we are. New Ice Cube.

It’s good. Strong message, fat horns. Has Cube been listening to Killer Mike?

When Death Certificate came out I was doing a semester abroad in Aberdeen, Scotland. I bought the cassette at my local HMV but the UK release eliminated “Black Korea” and “No Vaseline” because of the controversy, which bummed me out. But they have laws about inciting racial violence over there and no first amendment, so what can you do? When I got back home I dubbed “No Vaseline” to the end of side 2 where it belongs. Which made a whole lot more sense than adding three brand new songs to the beginning of the “25th Anniversary” edition, but again, no one consulted me.

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Free Download: New Public Enemy album

It’s always comforting to hear Chuck D’s voice. He reminds us that there are still righteous people out there speaking truth.

On PE’s bandcamp page, Chuck writes, “After 30 years, 106 tours across 105 countries and countless records, THANK YOU! This one is on Public Enemy. Get it while it’s free.”

I’ve only listened once so far but I wanted to get this up while it’s hot. All I’ll say for now is it’s definitely worth checking out. Dig it.

Download: Public Enemy – Nothing Is Quick In The Desert

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New Tristen video: Glass Jar (ft. Jenny Lewis)

Video: Tristen – “Glass Jar” (ft. Jenny Lewis)

Tristen – Glass Jar (feat. Jenny Lewis)

From Sneaker Waves, due July 7 on Modern Outsider Records.

Do you like the jingle jangle of hollow-body guitars? Do you dig the folk rock vibes of the Byrds? Have you enjoyed the last couple of Jenny Lewis albums? Then you’re gonna love this song by Nashville songwriter Tristen.

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New Micah Schnabel video: The Interview

Video: Micah Schnabel – “The Interview”

Micah Schnabel "The Interview"

The internet is failing me lately. I didn’t realize that Micah Schnabel of Two Cow Garage had a new solo album out until I heard a song on satellite radio in the car. That’s not how this is supposed to work, guys. I should know about these things before the dorky programmers for “The Spectrum” (the channel for old white guys like me who still care about guitar music).

The song I heard was “Oh, What a Bummer” and it’s really great. Like all of Schnabel’s best music, both solo and with Two Cow, it makes you sad and it makes you smile. And you end up just wanting to give the kid a hug and buy an extra t-shirt from him so hopefully he can spend the night in a motel instead of his van after the show. “My parents still buy me my socks and underwear for Christmas / Want a tattoo on my face but it would break my mother’s heart / And I’m trying to act natural, can you tell that I am nervous? / I’m just trying to make it through this life without falling apart.”

Of all the bands we’ve championed here on Glorious Noise over the past 16 years, I can’t think of any that deserve wider recognition as much as Micah Schnabel and his Two Cow Garage. I don’t know of any musician who has worked harder, toured more relentlessly, or written half as many heartbreaking, ass-kicking, bottle-waving, righteous shitkickers as Micah Schnabel has in the 14 years we’ve been following him. If you like having good things in the world, support them however you can.

“The Interview” is a spoken word piece about the trials and tribulations of a struggling artist. The video is a spooky animation created by Charly Fasano. Your New Norman Rockwell is out now on Last Chance Records.

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Vinylology 101: How to buy Boston’s debut LP

Vinylology 101: Boston’s debut LP, 1976, Epic Records

When you listen to the celebrated first LP by Boston, it’s obvious that the band’s leader Tom Scholz was a studio geek and a major control freak, which anecdotal evidence seems to bear out.  The songs are perfectly constructed; not a note is out of place.  The guitars chime with crystalline precision, and the massive amount of echo and reverb that they were able to apply never comes off as contrived or artificial.  It’s a miracle that the music sounds as natural as it does, considering that the album also seems to be so obsessively crafted.  The album is chock-a-block full of timeless classics; it boasts “More Than A Feeling” and “Foreplay/Long Time”, as well as “Peace Of Mind” and “Hitch A Ride”.

Since Boston cared so obsessively about its sound, here are some tips to help you find the most ideal LP copy of Boston’s debut LP, so you can hear for yourself the album as it was originally intended to sound.

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