How Do You Spell GBV: Guided By Voices Tribute Record (Free Download)

The Self-Inflicted Aural Nostalgia: Guided By Voices podcast was a highlight of 2018. The podcast took an in-depth look at every GBV studio record plus featured discussions with the band’s current engineer, a director of their videos, the author of the new Robert Pollard biography Matthew Cutter and two guys who signed the band in the nineties.

As a giant bonus the podcast is now offering a free Guided By Voices tribute record called How Do You Spell GBV. Except instead of getting bands to just cover GBV’s songs, twenty-seven bands from around the world wrote ORIGINAL songs about the band, Robert Pollard and Dayton, Ohio. Most groups have their own local following but several have been featured by The Fire Note in the past such as Graham Repulski, Smug Brothers, The Kyle Sowashes and No Museums.

The podcasts are fascinating listens and this 27-track comp contains plenty of gems. You can find the album to download HERE and the podcasts at the Every GBV LP website HERE.

The Breeders Return With New Album March 2nd

Entitled All Nerve, the Breeders’ first record in a decade will be released on March 2, 2018 via 4AD records. All Nerve reunites band members Kim and Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs and Jim Macpherson – the line-up behind 1993’s Last Splash.

The quartet returned to the stage in 2013 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Last Splash and have been working on new material since then. The new record features the recent single “Wait In The Car” along with “Walking With The Killer” which we can only assume is a spin on Kim Deal’s “Walking With A Killer” from her solo series 7″ released in at the very end of 2012.

You can see the tracklist for All Nerve and the Breeders upcoming tour dates below.

All Nerve Tracklist:

01 Nervous Mary
02 Wait in the Car
03 All Nerve
04 MetaGoth
05 Spacewoman
06 Walking with the Killer
07 Howl at the Summit
08 Archangel’s Thunderbird
09 Dawn: Making an Effort
10 Skinhead #2
11 Blues at the Acropolis

The Breeders on Tour:

04-06 Los Angeles, CA – Theatre at Ace Hotel
04-07 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
04-08 San Francisco, CA – The Masonic
04-10 Portland, OR – McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
04-11 Vancouver, British Columbia – Commodore Ballroom
04-13 Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
04-15 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
04-16 Salt Lake City, UT – The Grand at The Complex
04-18 Denver, CO – Ogden Theater
04-19 Albuquerque NM – Sunshine Theater
04-21 Austin, TX – Emo’s
04-22 Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
04-23 Houston, TX – House Of Blues
04-25 Birmingham, AL – Iron City
04-26 Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
04-28-29 Cincinnati, OH – Homecoming Festival
04-30 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
05-02 Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theater
05-04 Boston, MA – House Of Blues
05-05 Montreal, Quebec – Corona Theater
05-06 Toronto, Ontario – Phoenix Concert Theater
05-08 Chicago, IL – Vic Theater
05-09 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
05-11 Kansas City, MO – The Truman
05-13 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
05-27 Dublin, Ireland – Vicar Street
05-28 Edinburgh, Scotland – Liquid Room
05-29 Leeds, England – Stylus
05-30 London, England – Roundhouse
06-02 Cognac, France – Westrock
06-05 Ferrara, Italy – Cortile Estense
06-06 Milan, Italy – Santeria
06-26 Helsinki, Finland – Tavastia
06-28 Stockholm, Sweden – Gruna Lund
07-03 Hamburg, Germany – Fabrik
07-04 Cologne, Germany – Gloria
07-10 Bristol, England – Academy
07-11 Birmingham, England – Institute
07-13 Manchester, England – Ritz

DIY Vinyl for King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Newest Album

Well, here is a fun treat for the kids. The continuing journey of the Australian upstarts King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard keeps getting more exciting as the band gets closer to their goal of releasing 5 albums in 2017.

On Wednesday, the band announced their fourth long player POLYGONDWANALAND would be available for free this Friday (11/17/17). Recently, that type of announcement from the band has been met with a flurry of excitement over the physical launch as their home country label, Flightless, and here in the US, ATO Records, typically have some nice limited edition offerings.

Not only did King Gizzard say that the new record was going to be free to anyone that wanted to download it but that it would be available to anyone that wanted to press it on vinyl. They would supply all the files and pretty much if you can press a record – you could release the new King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard.

The thought of this is really crazy and genius in the same sentence. The band is giving support to every label out there that is a fan, fans will get some nice and limited pressings, and your music and this novel idea create an ever bigger, already growing, fan base. This process has real potential to be a cluster but so far not so bad and fun to watch.

Instantly after the announcement, a community Facebook page was created and fans were brainstorming on steroids. This page is currently still producing ideas and sharing pressings. Blood Music out of Porvoo, Finland was one of the first labels to put out some samples and launched 5 variants of vinyl for pre-order. Stolen Body Records out of the UK was quick to follow and had 4 variants totaling around a 1000 copies which have now all sold out.

Turns out the demand is there and more labels have stepped up to offer their version of POLYGONDWANALAND. My two favorites so far have been from one of our favorite labels, Greenway Records out of New York has a nice looking splatter combo limited to the number of orders this week plus a Test Pressing cover that will be hand printed by Gizz poster legend Dan Curran and hand numbered, limited to the exact amount sold there which I believe may be around 12 copies?. We can’t wait to see these as his hand screened art is always fantastic.

Also there is LA’s Nomad Eel Records (Glow In The Dark vinyl w/red, yellows, and blue splatter ltd 100 copies) which is collaborating with Detroit’s Jett Plastic Recordings (Gold Vinyl w/ Teal Splatter ltd 100 copies). These should be great quality as Wax Mage is pressing the copies.

PIAPTK is doing a really cool 7″ experiment with the album called Thirty Six Seconds From Polygondwanaland That Go On Forever. These will be made one at a time out of 100 different samples from the LP. Each locked groove will be one of a kind and unpredictable. Each disc will be totally singular and unlike the rest. Only 100 copies are being made. They come in a heavy duty Picture disc sleeve with transparency insert and should ship in a week or so! Totally different and PIAPTK always has nice quality.

Here are several other variants of the record (with more to come I am sure):
Fuzz Club (3 variants that total 500 copies)
Needle Juice Records (2 variants that total 1000 copies)
Kickstarter (Deluxe Charity Vinyl – several options)
Oracle Records (150 Copies: Translucent Blue)
Gruesome Twosome & The Same Ghost Collective (250 Copies: Jacket printed on reverse board – ultra matte; Clear vinyl with pink blob, and orange/black splatter; hand-numbered; sticker and other goods).

Ty Segall New Single – “Alta”

Can you slow down Ty Segall? No way! Here is a new single titled “Alta” which a hometown jam that Ty (with his Freedom Band) has been playing at shows all over the place this year.

Ty (guitar, vocals, percussion) has reconvened with the Freedom Band — Emmett Kelly (guitar, vocals), Mikal Cronin (bass, vocals), Charles Moothart (drums) and Ben Boye (keyboards) – for this new track that was recorded at Electrical Audio with Steve Albini during a break on tour this past spring. Enjoy the track and check below for more Ty tour dates!

Ty Segall Tour Dates:
Thu. Oct. 5 – Tucson, AZ @ The Rialto Theatre
Fri. Oct. 6 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
Sat. Oct. 7 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
Sun. Oct. 8 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
Tue. Oct. 10 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Bunkhouse Saloon
Fri. Oct. 13 – Joshua Tree, CA @ Institute of Mentalphysics

New Guided By Voices Trailer for How Do You Spell Heaven / Tour Dates

Can you believe that Robert Pollard is now on his 101st release?! We can actually – ha ha! How Do You Spell Heaven is out August 11th and can be pre-ordered at Rockathon HERE

If you want to see the first 100 up close make sure you order up the fantastic looking Robert Pollard 100.
To commemorate Robert Pollard’s historic achievement of releasing 100 studio albums, 100, the book, contains the front and back covers for all 100 studio albums. The book is a large format (12×12) hard cover cloth bound document containing over 200 pages printed to the edge. It is a must for fans.

Check out the below trailer for the new record from Hunter Christy of The Big Honkin, which also gives you a super fast review of the first 100 releases. Current tour dates are below.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

Fri 7/28 Chicago IL – Beat Kitchen

Sat 7/29 Chicago IL – Wicker Park Fest – $10 suggestion donation at the gate

Wed 8/16 Cincinnati OH – The Woodward Theater

Thu 8/17 Bloomington IL – The Castle Theatre

Sat 8/19 Minneapolis MN – Hilde Performance Center^

Thu 8/31 Baltimore MD – Ottobar

Fri 9/01 Asbury Park NJ – House of Independents

Fri 9/08 Rehoboth Beach DE – Dogfish Head Brewpub **FREE**

Sat 0/09 Brooklyn NY – OctFest at Brooklyn Hangar

^ with Soul Asylum and The Suicide Commandos

Pinegrove Announce Fall Headlining US Tour

Montclair, New Jersey band Pinegrove have announced a headlining fall tour with support from Florist and Lomelda. Pre-sale tickets are available today and tickets will be on-sale this Thursday, June 29th at 10am local time.

Pinegrove released their latest album Cardinal in 2016 on Run For Cover Records, which landed an plenty of end year best of lists. TFN highly recommends checking out this band live and you can check all of their tour dates below.

Tour Dates:
07/13/17 – Pittsburgh, PA – Cattivo
07/14/17 – Detroit, MI – El Club
07/16/17- Chicago, IL – Pitchfork Festiva – Union Park
07/17/17 – Newport, KY – The Southgate House Revival
07/18/17 – Columbus, OH – Park Street Saloon
07/28/17 – Camden, NJ – XPoNential Music Festival
07/29/17 – New York, NY – Panorama – Randall’s Island Park
07/30/17 – Newport, RI – Newport Folk Festival
08/02/17 – Vancouver, BC – Bitmore Cabaret
08/03/17 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
08/05/17 – Happy Valley, OR – Pickathon
08/06/17 – Happy Valley, OR – Pickathon
08/07/17 – Spokane, WA – The Bartlett
08/08/17 – Missoula, MY – The Zootown Arts Community
08/10/17 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
09/20/17 – Burlington, VT @ ArtsRiot^
09/21/17 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz PDB^
09/22/17 – Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground^
09/23/17 – Kalamazoo, MI @ Audiotree Music Festival
09/24/17 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop^
09/26/17 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck^
09/27/17 – Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street – OKC^
09/28/17 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s Downtown^
09/29/17 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda^
09/30/17 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada^
10/02/17 – El Paso, TX @ The Perch at Tricky Falls^
10/03/17 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress^
10/05/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ EchoPlex^
10/06/17 – San Diego, CA @ The Irenic^
10/07/17 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room^
10/10/17 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst – Atrium^
10/11/17 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s^
10/12/17 – Reno, NV @ The Holland Project^
10/14/17 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater^
10/16/17 – Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s^
10/17/17 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Total Drag Records^
10/18/17 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium^
10/19/17 – Minneapolis, MN@ 7th St Entry^
10/20/17 – Milwaukee, WI@ The Back Room @ Colectivo on Prospect^

^ = w/ Florist & Lomelda

The Killers: “The Man” [Single Review]

The Killers
“The Man”
Island Records [2017]

The Killers are back. And if anybody thought that they would be dialing it back, they’ve got a post-Eighties disco-funk wall of sound to reckon with.

The Las Vegas pop rock vets yesterday released the lead single from “Wonderful Wonderful,” their first full length LP since 2012’s “Battle Born.” The song, appropriately titled “The Man,” is heavy on the glitz, heavier on the glam and dialed-to-eleven-with-the-buttons-smashed-in on the pop-funk-rock style. This is what Maroon 5 wished they sounded like on “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long;” it’s what Future Islands should aim for if they want Billboard Top 40 success..

“The Man” is–at this point–classically The Killers: hot, fast, funky and fun. Anyone who’s followed their career or Ronnie Vannucci’s and Brandon Flowers’ solo careers won’t be surprised by this up-temp bopper.

But those who pine for a return to the “Sam’s Town” days of punk-Springsteen nostalgia will most likely find “The Man” agonizing. For years, critics have encouraged The Killers to tone back the schlock, the bombast, the glitz and the glam, but “The Man” laughs in the face of it all; all the criticism and artistic direction goes right out the window as Flowers croons, “I got gas in the tank / I go money in the bank / I got news for you baby / you’re lookin’ at the man.”

So if you’re a true Killers fan, you’ll enjoy this track–or, at least, you’ll get it. It’s all killer, no filler; all fun, no stun. But by now, we’ve learned that this is what Flowers and Co. do best, even as we wait with baited breath for the second–third? fourth?–“Mr. Brightside.”

The Killers Website
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Island Records

The Killers will be playing select U.S. shows in 2017, with headlining stints at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Voodoo Festival, and more. Their show at London’s Hyde Park on 8th July sold out in record time, and they’ll headline multiple festivals this summer in both the U.S. and UK as well as Spain, Sweden, and more. All dates below.

6/22/17 Odense, Denmark @ Tinderbox Festival
6/24/17 Athens, Greece @ Ejekt Festival
6/29/17 Seinajoki, Finland @ Provinssirock Festival
7/1/17 Norrkoping, Sweden @ Bravalla Festival
7/5/17 Novi Sad, Serbia @ Exit Festival
7/7/17 Bilbao, Spain @ Bilbao BBK Live Festival
7/8/17 London, England @ British Summer Time Hyde Park
8/4/17 Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
10/6-8/17 Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
10/13-15/17 Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
10/20-22/17 Phoenix, AZ @ Lost Lake Music Festival
10/27-29/17 New Orleans, LA @ Voodoo Festival

The National Return: New Album, Tour & Limited Vinyl

The National have announced their 7th studio album – Sleep Well Beast – to be released on September 8th via 4AD. Sleep Well Beast was produced by member Aaron Dessner with co-production by Bryce Dessner and Matt Berninger. The album was mixed by Peter Katis and recorded at Aaron Dessner’s Hudson Valley, New York studio, Long Pond, with additional sessions having taken place in Berlin, Paris & Los Angeles.

The band has also announced a World Tour in support of the album, kicking off in Cork, Ireland on September 16th. You can see the dates below. You also can pick up a limited blue 2LP of the record HERE as well as a white edition. Currently, the blue is listed as limited on 4AD as the white is listed as standard.

06/21/17 – Glastonbury Festival – Glastonbury, UK
08/12/17 – HAVEN Festival – Copenhagen, DENMARK
9/16/17 – Cork Opera House / Sounds From a Safe Harbour – Cork, IRELAND
9/17/17 – Vicar Street – Dublin, IRELAND
9/18/17 – Vicar Street – Dublin, IRELAND
9/20/17 – Usher Hall – Edinburgh, UK
9/21/17 – Usher Hall – Edinburgh, UK
9/22/17 – O2 Apollo – Manchester, UK
9/23/17 – O2 Apollo – Manchester, UK
9/25/17 – Eventim Hammersmith Apollo – London, UK
9/26/17 – Eventim Hammersmith Apollo – London, UK
9/27/17 – Eventim Hammersmith Apollo – London, UK
9/28/17 – Eventim Hammersmith Apollo – London, UK
10/05/17 – Wang Theatre – Boston, MA
10/06/17 – Forest Hills Stadium – New York, NY
10/11/17 – Hollywood Bowl – Los Angeles, CA
10/12/17 – CalCoast Credit Union Open Air Theatre – San Diego, CA
10/14/17 – Greek Theatre – Berkeley, CA
10/21/17 – Elbphilharmonie – Hamburg, GERMANY
10/23/17 – Tempodrom – Berlin, GERMANY
10/24/17 – Tempodrom – Berlin, GERMANY
10/25/17 – AFAS Live – Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS
10/28/17 – Coliseum – Lisbon, PORTUGAL
10/30/17 – Bozar – Brussels, BELGIUM
10/31/17 – Bozar – Brussels, BELGIUM
11/02/17 – 11/04/17 – Pitchfork Paris, Paris FRANCE
11/04/17 – Annexet – Stockholm, SWEDEN
11/05/17 – Annexet – Stockholm, SWEDEN
11/06/17 – Sentrum Scene – Oslo, NORWAY
11/07/17 – Sentrum Scene – Oslo, NORWAY
11/27/17 – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall – Portland, OR
11/28/17 – Paramount Theatre – Seattle, WA
11/29/17 – Paramount Theatre – Seattle, WA
12/01/17 – Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Vancouver BC, CANADA
12/02/17 – Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Vancouver BC, CANADA
12/04/17 – Verizon Hall – Philadelphia, PA
12/07/17 – Metropolis – Montreal QC, CANADA
12/08/17 – Metropolis – Montreal QC, CANADA
12/09/17 – Sony Centre – Toronto ON, CANADA
12/10/17 – Hamilton Place Theatre – Hamilton ON, CANADA
12/12/17 – Civic Opera House – Chicago, IL
12/13/17 – Civic Opera House – Chicago, IL

TFN New Music Spotlight: Lost Balloons – “Numb”

Texas and Japan team up for a trans-pacific, 2 man summertime pop explosion! Lost Balloons are Jeff Burke (Radioactivity, Marked Men, etc etc) and Yusuke Okada (of Japan’s Suspicious Beasts). Hey Summer is their 2nd album, following 2015’s self-titled debut on German’s Alien Snatch Records. The 2 play all the instruments and split singing/songwriting duties.

This group moves into different territory for Burke as it is probably the most power pop record he has put out. You can hear this sunny direction below with the bouncy college rock of “Numb” and with Hey Summer set to release June 16th via Dirtnap Records, Lost Balloons could be our surprise hit of the Summer!

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