Avi Buffalo Return with New Album At Best Cuckold

Avi Buffalo return this September with At Best Cuckold, the follow up to their fantastic, 2010 self-titled debut

First single, So What, sees the band moving away from their psych-rock beginnings to a more hazy, dream pop direction similar to Real Estate and Beach Fossils. The vocals of band founder Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg is also reminding me a lot of Ben Gibbard.

At Best Cuckold is released on September 8th in Europe and a day later in the United States by Sub Pop. They’ll also be embarking on a European tour later that month.

Tour Dates:

09-23 Gothenburg, Sweden – Pustervik
09-24 Stockholm, Sweden - Kagelbanan
09-25 Oslo, Norway – John Dee
09-26 Lund, Sweden - Mejeret
09-28 Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega / Ideal Bar
09-29 Hamburg, Germany – Prinzenbar
10-01 Paris, France – Le Divan du Monde
10-03 Manchester, England – Deaf Institute
10-05 Dublin, Ireland – Whelan’s
10-06 Glasgow, Scotland - Broadcast
10-08 Bristol, England - Thekla
10-10 London, England - Islington Assembly Hall
10-14 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Tolshuistuin
10-15 Brussels, Belgium – Botanique / Witloof Bar
10-16 Koln, Germany - Luxor
10-17 Berlin, Germany - Privatclub



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Girl One and the Grease Guns – New single Bashed, Beaten and Broken

Girl One and the Grease Guns are bringing back my love of the single. The New Wave popsters have released a string of addictive 7″s on Squirrel Records and don’t plan on releasing an album anytime soon. Their latest,  Bashed, Beaten And Broken (Trip The Switch) is dark, synthy, lo-fi goodness which will get you hitting the dance floor and staying there for poppy b-side, Made out of Perspex.

The single comes out on 29th July and is available for pre-order from Squirrel Records.

Preview both tracks below.

Bashed, Beaten and Broken.

Made out of Perspex.


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Bleached release new 7″- For the Feel

Bleached release a new 7″ this week called For the Feel. With Scotland currently  experiencing some sunshine, I can’t think of anything nicer to soundtrack this fine weather than a new tune from the Clavin sisters. 

Although the track isn’t entirely new, originally written for last year’s debut album Ride your Heart, the sisters explain why it didn’t originally make the cut -

It didn’t sound right once recorded so we held off on putting it on the record. Finally when it came down to recording it again we were really inspired by the sound of The Kinks, we even used The Kinks amp. I’m really glad we waited to release this song because now it’s perfect.

For the Feel also features a live show favourite, The Damned’s Born To Kill.

Listen to the new track below.

Bleached – “For The Feel” by Dead Oceans

For the Feel will have a limited release from 19th June on the lovely Dead Oceans label.

If you want to hear more about the girls approach to song-writing and music influences, listen back to my interview with Jessica Clavin.

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Remember Remember release third album “Forgetting The Present”

Beautiful music makers Remember Remember release their third album Forgetting the Present, on 30th June through Rock Action Records. When heard live, the now six piece cause genuine pleasure to your eardrums with this album focused on capturing the band’s seamlessly layered live performances.

First track Magnets definitely achieves this, pulling you in (bad pun intended) whilst at the same time retaining a rich mystery.

Remember Remember – Magnets by Rock Action Records

Live Dates

Friday June 13th: Glasgow, New Dennistoun Parish Church, presented by East End Social. Book tickets and get more details HERE.

Friday June 27th: Liverpool, The Kazimer Garden. Free entry, get more details HERE.

Saturday June 28th: London, The Lexington, (book tickets and get more details HERE.

Sunday June 29th: Nottingham, The Chameleon Arts Cafe. Details TBC.

Forgetting The Present“, will be released through Rock Action Records on Monday June 30th on CD, double LP and digital download.

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New music picks including Woods, La Sera and Pink Mountaintops

Woods, With Light and With Love. Woods have released a stellar stream of albums over the last few years with this latest release once again offering a lovely collection of folk, psych tunes.

WOODS – Moving To The Left by WOODSIST

La Sera, Hour of the Dawn. Faster, more aggressive guitar playing than previous La Sera releases but still with the sweet 60′s pop vocals of Katie Goodman. Like former Vivian Girls Frankie Rose and Cassie Ramone, Goodman shows no sign of letting up on her prolific solo material.

La Sera – “Losing to the Dark” by hardlyartrecords

Pink Mountaintops, Get Back. All out rock and roll from Black Mountain’s Stephen McBean. The band’s ever evolving line-up this time includes contributions from Gregg Foreman and Mr J Mascis.

Pink Mountaintops – Ambulance City by Jagjaguwar

Wye Oak, Shriek. The Baltimore duo replace guitars for bass and synths on their first album since 2011′s much loved Civilian. Not as immediate as its predecessor but tracks like Before and Glory will definitely get into your head.

Wye Oak – The Tower by City Slang

Chad VanGaalen, Shrink Dust. Fifth album from the ever reliable Canadian multi-instrumentalst. The album is a combination of rich harmonies, harmonica and slighty quirky but effective pedal steel guitar.

Chad VanGaalen – Monster by Sub Pop

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La Route du Rock 2014 including Real Estate, Thee Oh Sees, Slowdive and Metz

Great line-up already announced for La Route du Rock including Portishead, Slowdive, Todd Terje, Moderat, Thee Oh Sees,Kurt Vile & The Violators, Darkside, Anna Calvi, Liars,Temples, Angel Olsen, Metz, Real Estate and Mac DeMarco.

The festival will take place from August 13th to 16th 2014 at St. Malo (Brittany – France).

Tickets cost £68 excluding booking fee. Buy tickets.



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New music picks including Doug Gillard, OFF! and Holy Mountain

Wasted Years is the second album by hardcore supergroup Off! The band features former Circle Jerks/Black Flag singer Keith MorrisBurning Brides frontman Dimitri CoatsRedd Kross bassist Steven Shane McDonald, and Rocket From The Crypt/Hot Snakes drummer Mario Rubalcaba. Like their debut album this is another mammoth 16tracks delivered in just 23mins 18secs…

Holy MountainAncient Astronauts. Prepare to nod your head frantically whilst listening to the excellent, full on psychedelic-rock of this Glasgow based trio. This album and the group’s debut Earth Measures are both available on Chemikal Underground.

Denney & The Jets, Mexican Coke. Country tinged rock and roll out now on Burger records.

Denney and The Jets – Mexican Coke by Limited Fanfare Records

Doug Gillard, Parade On. Third solo album from Ex-Guided by Voices and current Nada Surf guitarist. Parade On is full of lovely pop tunes perfect for the move into summer. The album is out no on Nine Mile Records.

Doug Gillard – Ready For Death by Nine Mile Records

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New music picks including Cloud Nothings, Mac DeMarco and Small Black

Cloud Nothings, Here and Nowhere Else. The album is a sublime 30mins of ruckus-ness reminiscent of Superchunk. Revisit Dead Sound’s 2011 interview with Cloud Nothings main manx Dylan Baldi around the release of his debut album Turning On.

Wasted Days by Cloud Nothings

Cloud Nothings Interview by deadsoundblog

The Kill Rock Stars label has released their first band camp sampler, Crazed MP3 Fans Vol.1. The sampler features a great selection of the label’s current roster and back catalogue including Marnie Stern, Quasi, Thao With the Get Down Stay and Bratmobile.

Download the sampler here.

Small Black, Real People EP. The band follow-up last year’s Limits of Desire LP with this dreamy EP which includes vocals from Frankie Rose and a cover of The Blue Nile track The Downtown Lights.

Mac De Marco, Salad Days. Enjoyably mellow second album out now on Captured Tracks.

Mac DeMarco // “Passing Out Pieces” (OFFICIAL SINGLE) by capturedtracks

Timber Timbre, Hot Dreams. Slightly bluesy sounding fifth album from the Canadian folk band.

Timber Timbre – Hot Dreams by fulltimehobby

White Hinterland, Baby. A slight grower but worth the time.

White Hinterland – Baby by Dead Oceans

S. Carey, Range of Light. Ambient and lovely second album from Carey out now on Jagjaguwar.

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Glasgow Gig Guide April 2014

La Luz kicked off the April gig going in fantastic style last night even convincing people to participate in their own version of 1970′s music series Soul Train.

Here’s my pick of Glasgow gigs to check out throughout the rest of April.

Holy Mountain hold their ‘Ancient Astronauts’ album launch in the Art School on Saturday, 5th April. Support comes from Konx-Om-Pax. Tickets cost £5. (Book here)

Mike Watt returns to Glasgow this time with the aid of his Missingmen. They play Broadcast on Tuesday, 15th April. Tickets cost £12. (Book here)

Gallon Drunk play Mono on Thursday, 17th April. Tickets cost £9. Support comes from Bite. (Book here)

Cry Parrot presents The Ex Nice N Sleazy on Sunday, 20th April. Tickets cost £8.50. (Book here).

King Khan & The Shrines play Broadcast on Monday, 21st April. Tickets cost £12.50. (Book here)

Minor Alps feat.. Juliana Hatfield & Matthew Caws (Nada Surf) play O2 ABC2 on Wednesday, 23rd April. Tickets cost £12. (Book here)

Micah P Hinson plays Broadcast on Sunday, 27th April. Tickets cost £15. (Book here)





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New music picks 24th March 2014

First of Dead Sound’s weekly pick of new releases. If there’s anything great you think I’ve missed then add your suggestions in the comments below.

Big Scary, Not Art – new album from the Melbourne duo out on Barsuk records.

Big Scary – Luck Now (Not Art LP | 2013) by Pieater

Ages and Ages, Divisionary -Second album from the rollicking bright pop group.

Ages and Ages – “Divisionary (Do The Right Thing)” by Partisan Records

Liars, Mess- Seventh album from the experimental rock trio.

Liars – Mess On A Mission by liarsliarsliars

Umberto, Temple Room 12” – Matt Hill revisits this track from 2010′s Prophecy of the Black Widow album to coincide with Umberto’s current European tour. If you’re not seeing him live pick up the EP from Not Not Fun.

Umberto “Temple Room (Silvio Mix)” by NOT NOT FUN

Future Islands, Singles - Perfect weekend listening out now on 4AD.

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