Featured New Releases
Our favorite guitar god Reignwolf has been pretty quiet lately, but no more! Stardog/Republic Records just dropped his new single on us, titled "Hardcore," and indeed it is! And there's more good news...Reignwolf's lonnnng-awaited debut album is coming this fall!
"Produced by GRAMMY Award-winning visionary Mike Dean [Kanye West, Jay-Z], the song twists a proto-punk industrial transmission through a swell of hard rock excess, screeching with an intensity that's equally hyper-charged and hypnotic. Think of it as a shotgun marriage between Queens of the Stone Age and Yeezus, and you're only halfway there… Reignwolf originally debuted the single's live incarnation on a recent episode of Showtime's critically acclaimed series Roadies. Watch a clip of his performance HERE. He also unveiled "Are You Satisfied?" during the show and the live performance of the track will be available on the Roadies official soundtrack album (Music From the Showtime Original Series Roadies) available in stores on Friday August 26."
Brooklyn indie powerhouse Augustines are coming back to Seattle July 30th for a show at the Crocodile with guest opener Cobi! Enter to win a pair of tickets to the show by e-mailing us with the subject line "This Is Your Life" (the title of their most recent album) and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 7/29. Good luck!
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LOOK PARK - Look Park - Yep Roc Records
Look Park is the debut album from Chris Collingwood, lead singer and founding member of Fountains of Wayne, under the moniker Look Park. It features the pop sensibilities and unmistakable vocals he made famous in Fountains. The self-titled Look Park debut album was produced by Mitchell Froom (Elvis Costello, Crowded House, Sheryl Crowe, The Pretenders, Los Lobos). Look Park plans on touring in late summer beginning in the US, with UK and EU dates to follow.
CROWN THE EMPIRE - Retrograde - Rise Records
Art should confront and challenge convention, but Crown The Empire take it one step further. Since bursting onto the scene in 2012, Crown The Empire have shown no signs of slowing down on their undeniable course toward world domination. They have sold over 175,000 albums in the US over two releases, and have toured the world repeatedly with the likes of The Used, Of Mice & Men and Pierce The Veil. Crown The Empire are back with their new album, Retrograde, the highly anticipated follow up to the band’s previous release, The Resistance: Rise of the Runaways.
MSTRKRFT - Operator - Last Gang
After a five-year hiatus, Canadian electronic Music pioneers MSTRKRFT (Jesse F. Keeler & Al-P) are back. Driven by distorted drum beats, hauntingly hypnotic synths, and booming cinematic soul, Operator immediately captivates. "It's probably the most accurate reflection of how we work on stage" says Jesse. "We had to be very creative with very few elements. It took time to figure that out."
THE AMAZING - Ambulance - PTKF
The followup to 2015's acclaimed Picture You, Ambulance sees The Amazing continue their journey to a place where music is free of restrictions. Despite reflecting Chris Gunrup's often bleak worldview, the music is expansive and beautiful, marked by playing that’s as much free jazz as rock - pure music without any showiness. The songs unfold slowly, without a traditional verse/chorus structure, spinning gauzy webs of shimmering mystery with their own inimitable dynamic of sinuous, swirling guitars; rich, ambient bass lines; crisp percussion and restrained, church-like, keyboard textures. Sharing members with Sweden's psych forefathers Dungen, the album was recorded in just a few days in one tiny room at Stockholm's Buller & Bäng studio and delves into the hidden recesses of the heart, finding inner space to be just as expansive as the midnight sky. "The Amazing specialize in a beauty that isn’t airbrushed or slick or antiseptic... it's elemental rock—earthy, molten, aquatic, but uses each of their qualities to soothe rather than destroy or intimidate." - Pitchfork
For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section and don't forget that many of these titles are also available on vinyl.
WHY's Yoni Wolf and Chicago rapper Serengeti (aka Yoni & Geti) released their second collaborative effort, Testarossa, a couple months back. AllMusic describes the album as "a densely packed, atmosphere-driven conceptual piece with one foot in the underground rap scene and the other in the increasingly elastic indie pop realm." The dynamic duo are bringing it to the Crocodile on July 26th, and we're giving away a pair of tickets to the show plus a copy of Testarossa on colored vinyl, and a poster! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Testarossa" and please include first & last name and mailing address (so we can send you the vinyl & poster). We'll draw a winner on 7/25. Good luck!
Today was a monumental day for Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Mother Love Bone fans. For today - Chris Cornell and Stone Gossard's birthdays, BTW - it was announced that our hometown supergroup Temple Of The Dog would reunite for a five-city tour - their first ever - to mark the 25th anniversary of their only album. The tour will begin November 4th in Philadelphia, and will continue with stops in New York (11/7), San Francisco (11/11), Los Angeles (11/14), and a final show at the Paramount in Seattle, November 20th. Pre-sale tickets came and went today for Pearl Jam Ten Club members and subscribers to Soundgarden and Chris Cornell's e-mail lists, so if you missed, your best bet is to tune in at noon Friday, July 29th, when general public tickets go on sale. Due to the intimate size of the Paramount, this will be a VERY tough ticket to score...the venues in NY and LA are much larger: Madison Square Garden, The Forum, etc. One might think they would add a second, and even third Seattle show, but this is pure speculation. Needless to say, we are very excited, and hope we get lucky on Friday!
Of course all of this big news coincides with the long-awaited reissue of the self-titled sole album by Temple Of The Dog, which will drop on September 30th. There will be four versions: single CD; double CD (w/five studio outtakes and seven demos (including two unreleased songs from the sessions, "Angel of Fire" and "Black Cat"), double LP, and a four-CD Super Deluxe version, which will pack 48 unreleased demos, live tracks, and alternate mixes plus a DVD of live footage, music videos and more.