Bob Mould returns with 14th solo LP, 'Blue Hearts.' First single, "American Crisis," available now


(Photo credit: Blake Little Photography)

Legendary singer-songwriter-guitarist-bandleader Bob Mould has announced the release of an explosive new album. BLUE HEARTS arrives via Merge Records on Friday, September 25; pre-orders are available now on LP, CD, and tri-color Peak Vinyl in the Merge store, or your favorite independent record shop.
Mould's 14th solo LP, BLUE HEARTS - which follows last year's critically acclaimed SUNSHINE ROCK - is heralded by today's premiere of the provocative first single, "American Crisis," available now for streaming and download HERE; an official lyric video is streaming now via YouTube HERE.
"'American Crisis' is a tale of two times," says Mould. "Past Time and Present Time. The parallels between 1984 and 2020 are a bit scary for me: telegenic, charismatic leaders, praised and propped up by extreme Evangelicals, either ignoring an epidemic (HIV/AIDS) or being outright deceitful about a pandemic (COVID-19)." From today through June 7, all of the proceeds from "American Crisis" will benefit OutFront Minnesota and Black Visions Collective.

BLUE HEARTS is perhaps the most directly confrontational work of Bob Mould's four-decade career, a raging 14-track collection described by its creator as "the catchiest batch of protest songs I've ever written in one sitting." Produced by Mould at Chicago's famed Electrical Audio with longtime collaborator Beau Sorenson engineering, the album - which once again features backing from the crack rhythm section of drummer Jon Wurster and bassist Jason Narducy - nods to the veteran singer-songwriter's groundbreaking past while remaining firmly planted in the issues of the day. Where SUNSHINE ROCK captured Mould at his most "violently happy" (according to Rolling Stone), BLUE HEARTS is both seething and pointed, the raging yin to the previous album's positive yang. The acoustic opener, "Heart on My Sleeve" catalogues the ravages of climate change, while "American Crisis" - written initially for SUNSHINE ROCK but deemed "too heavy" by its writer - spits plainspoken fire at the people who fomented this catastrophic moment in history: "I never thought I'd see this bullshit again / To come of age in the '80s was bad enough / We were marginalized and demonized / I watched a lot of my generation die / Welcome back to American crisis."
Elsewhere, the political and personal collide on songs like "Everyth!ng to You," "The Ocean," and the salaciously autobiographical "Leather Dreams," the latter two composed earlier this year during an epic three-day writing binge prior to January 2020's sold-out Solo Electric tour. As volatile, hook-laden, and aggressively honest as anything in Mould's remarkable canon, BLUE HEARTS is fueled by a pervasive sense of déjà vu, its angry anthems of today equally informed by his experiences and memories of the early 1980s. Back then, Mould was a self-described "22-year-old closeted gay man" touring with the one and only Hüsker Dü as AIDS consumed his community. Leaders - including the one in the White House - seemed content to let the epidemic kill a generation. No wonder Bob Mould found his mind wandering back...
"We have a charismatic, telegenic, say-anything leader being propped up by evangelicals," he says. "These fuckers tried to kill me once. They didn't do it. They scared me. I didn't do enough. Guess what? I'm back, and we're back here again. And I'm not going to sit quietly this time and worry about alienating anyone."

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(Merge Records)
Release Date: Friday, September 25
Heart on My Sleeve
Next Generation
American Crisis
Forecast of Rain
When You Left
Siberian Butterfly
Everyth!ng to You
Racing to the End
Baby Needs a Cookie
Little Pieces
Leather Dreams
Password to My Soul
The Ocean

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Run the Jewels (Killer Mike & El-P) release RTJ4 two days early

Run The Jewels, the duo of Killer Mike and El-P, have just released their new album RTJ4 two days ahead of its planned release date as a free download and across all digital platforms. The album features collaborations with & contributions from Pharrell Williams, Zack de la Rocha, Mavis Staples, 2 Chainz, Josh Homme, DJ Premier, & more.

Stream/download Run the Jewels 4: runthejewels.com/

State the duo: "Fuck it, why wait? The world is infested with bullshit so here's something raw to listen to while you deal with it all. We hope it brings you some joy. Stay safe and hopeful out there and thank you for giving 2 friends the chance to be heard and do what they love.  

With sincere love and gratitude,
Jaime and Mike."

For fans looking to do some good through donation, Run The Jewels have provided a list of organizations on their website that are fighting for justice, change, and equity in America, including their longtime allies the National Lawyers Guild which, amongst other things, provides legal representation for lawful protesters. You can find the full list of organizations here: runthejewels.com/pages/donate


1. yankee and the brave (ep. 4)
2. ooh la la (feat. Greg Nice & DJ Premier)
3. out of sight (feat. 2 Chainz)
4. holy calamafuck
5. goonies vs. E.T.
6. walking in the snow
7. JU$T (feat. Pharrell Williams & Zack de la Rocha)
8. never look back
9. the ground below
10. pulling the pin (feat. Mavis Staples & Josh Homme)
11. a few words for the firing squad (radiation)

Run The Jewels 4 album art by Timothy Saccenti, lettering by Nick Gazin

Run The Jewels photo by Timothy Saccenti

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Childe Releases an Alternative Version of "Bad Ideas"

Last month marked the debut single from brand new British artist, Childe. The track possessed a grace and confidence rarely seen in such a young artist. Today, Childe releases an alternate stripped down version of his debut single, "Bad Ideas." “The track deftly melds a contemplative soul ballad with distended bass and fuzzed out harmonics to create a distinctly singular mutant soul sound,” Under The Radar said of the original song. Listen to “Bad Ideas (Mega Dub)” here.
Childe - Bad Ideas Mega Dub (Official video)
Raised in a bucolic rural town in England, Childe had anything but a fairytale upbringing. His father was a wildcard and entered and exited his life with some regularity. “When I was 14 I went on holiday with my dad,” he said. “He was supposed to be sober and we agreed that he could drink and I could smoke cigarettes. We cycled along a canal and slept in a tent outside different pubs. On the first night, we went to the pub and then he got me stoned for the first time and I lost my shit. At 2am I woke up and threw up all over the tent and him and he had to clean it up. The exact same happened the next night.” The “Bad ideas” cover art is a photo from that trip. 

He began writing music as a teenager, deeply inspired by great storytellers like Tracey Chapman and Bright Eyes. He picked up piano and guitar and eventually was enrolled in the legendary performing arts high school - the BRIT school in London. Notable BRIT school alumni include Adele, FKA Twigs, Amy Winehouse, Rex Orange County and King Krule among others. It was there that he was able to escape from the instability of his childhood and find community and collaboration with other artists. He went on to open dates for King Princess and hone the sound you hear in Childe. 
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Listen to Bananagun's new single "The Master"

Listen to Bananagun's new single "The Master"
The True Story of Bananagun is out on 6/26 via Full Time Hobby
click here to pre-order the LP
STREAM: "The Master" -
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Photo Credit: Jamie Wdziekonski

Listen to Bananagun's new single "The Master" which is streaming everywhere now. You can also watch a video for the single here. Bananagun's debut album, The True Story of Bananagun, is due out on June 26th via Full Time Hobby.

Regarding the track, bandleader Nick van Bakel stated: "The Master is kind of about evacuating yourself from the absurd but typical life of working your arse into the ground for someone else and how no matter where you’re working or how high up the ladder you are in that world, there's always a person up higher bossing you around or someone you’re trying to please. I just hate when people flex too much and don't respect people; that’s what the majority of people deal with their whole life. It's miserable and there’s no room for stuff to blossom. The trash that’s suggested in school, movies, and everything; have all your milestones planned out. You wanna make god laugh tell him you've got your life planned!"

Hailing from Melbourne, but with a sound stretching from 60s and 70s Afrobeat and exotica, the proto-garage rhythmic fury of The Monks and the grooves of Os Mutantes, there’s an enticing lost world exoticism to the music of Bananagun. It’s the sort of stuff that could’ve come from a dusty record crate of hidden gems; yet as the punchy, colourfully vibrant pair of sold out singles Do Yeah and Out of Reach have proven over the past 12 months, the band are no revivalists. On debut album The True Story of Bananagun, they make a giant leap forward with their outward-looking blend of global tropical psychedelia.

The True Story of Bananagun marks the group’s first full foray into writing and recording as a complete five piece band, having originally germinated in the bedroom ideas and demos of guitarist, vocalist and flautist Nick van Bakel. The multi-instrumentalist grew up on skate videos, absorbing the hip-hop beats that soundtracked them - taking on touchstones like Self Core label founder Mr. Dibbs and other early 90’s turntablists.

Van Bakel was joined first by cousin Jimi Gregg on drums – the pair’s shared love of the Jungle Book apparently made him a natural fit – and the rest of the group are friends first and foremost, put together as a band because of a shared emphasis on keeping things fun. Jack Crook (guitar/vocals), Charlotte Tobin (djembe/percussion) and Josh Dans (bass) complete the five-piece and between them there’s a freshness and playful spontaneity borne out of late night practice jams and hangs at producer John Lee’s Phaedra Studios in Melbourne.

The band’s seemingly innocuous name has an underlying message of connectivity that matches the universality of the music. “It’s like non-violent combat! Or the guy who does a stick up, but it’s just a banana, not a gun, and he tells the authorities not to take themselves too seriously.”

ICYMI: stream their last single "People Talk Too Much" here which was recently featured on the BBC 6 Music playlist.

“Melbourne 5 piece who dress like Os Mutantes and dance like Bobby Gillespie, but their grooves areimpeccable. Let the sunshine in.”– MOJO

The True Story of Bananagun
(Full Time Hobby)
[click here to pre-order]
Street Date: June 26th, 2020

Track List:

1. Bang Go The Bongos
2. The Master
3. People Talk Too Much
4. Freak Machine
5. Bird Up!
6. Out of Reach
7. She Now
8. Perfect Stranger
9. Mushroom Bomb
10. Modern Day Problems
11. Taking the Present for Granted


Full Time Hobby

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Alain Johannes Releases "Free" from Forthcoming Album, Hum (July 31, Ipecac Recordings)   




“Rather than the fuzz fury that characterizes much of his collaborative efforts, Hum rests upon Johannes’ equally accomplished fingerpicking… that harks back to Nick Drake’s Pink Moon - and carries just as much emotional depth.” – Guitar World

“…Alain Johannes’ Hum is basically the record I’ve wanted Queens of the Stone Age to make since Lullabies to Paralyze and the record I’ve wanted Masters of Reality to make since Give Us Barabbas…” – The Obelisk


Click the above image or follow this link to watch the “Free” video: https://youtu.be/dCHuLb5w3MQ


June 3, 2020 – SANTIAGO, Chile – Alain Johannes, who recently announced the July 31 release of his third solo album, Hum (Ipecac Recordings), offers a second song and accompanying video from the 10-song collection, sharing the vista-laden clip for “Free”: https://lnkfi.re/AJHum.


Johannes says of the track: “’Free’ appeared on my cigarbox guitar as I was holding it while imagining open lonely beauty, desert landscapes, a wanderer walking following the wind. It comes from a desire to let go of where I’ve been. Honoring it but not burdened by it. Making my steps into the unknown lighter.”


“Free” joins “Hum”(https://youtu.be/n_9ua-IjRzk) as the two pre-release singles available to those who pre-order the album (https://lnkfi.re/AJHum). Hum is available digitally as well as physically on CD/LP.


“Free” lyrics:


All of these pieces

are mine


Do I see their design


I’ll let ‘em carry me

Far away on the desert wind

And if I lose myself

Will I find that I’m truly free

All of these haunted days


Holding ‘em tight as they wane


I turn and walk away

And I follow the desert wind

And if I lose myself

Do I find that I’m truly free

I turn and walk away

And I follow the desert wind

So I lose myself

As I find that I’m truly free


Photo credit: Tom Bronowski


Alain Johannes first came to international prominence with Eleven, a trio that featured Jack Irons (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and with Johannes’ beloved late wife, Natasha Shneider. Eleven released five albums between 1991 and 2003. Johannes and Shneider became sought out contributors, working with Chris Cornell on his celebrated 1999 solo debut, Euphoria Morning—which the couple co-wrote, co-produced, and toured in support of. They also lent their talents to Queens of the Stone Age’s chart-topping 2005 Lullabies To Paralyze and the subsequent two-year touring cycle that followed its release. Along the way, Alain either wrote, produced, or engineered projects for No Doubt, Mark Lanegan, Jimmy Eat World, Brody Dalle, and Arctic Monkeys, to name a few. Not to mention, he performed in PJ Harvey’s live band as well as Them Crooked Vultures where he shared stages worldwide with Dave Grohl, Josh Homme, and John Paul Jones. A sought-after composer for film, television, and video games, he has penned music for HBO’s Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends) as well as Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands and Breakpoint. Plus, Grohl enlisted him as part of the Sound City Players, co-writing and performing various cuts on the soundtrack for Sound City. Following Natasha’s passing, he unveiled his first solo effort, Spark, in 2010 before delivering the follow-up Fragments and Wholes, Vol. 1 three years later.

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Steve Von Till (Neurosis) releases new single "Shadows on the Run" off upcoming album 'No Wilderness Deep Enough'

Steve Von Till Releases New Single “Shadows on the Run

Forthcoming Album No Wilderness Deep Enough and 

Coming August 7 via Neurot Recordings
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Steve Von Till swan-dives into the darkness of modern life with a sonic document of rural psychedelia that transcends the physical world—towards a greater spiritual acceptance that connects naturalism, spiritualism, and the corporeal form. As uncertainty abounds, Von Till’s forthcoming album No Wilderness Deep Enough and debut book Harvestman: 23 Untitled Poems and Collected Lyrics provide a voice of existential wisdom and experience to offer comfort and perspective in an era of uncharted territory. Today, he’s shared the album’s ethereal second single, “Shadows on the Run” - listen below.
Steve Von Till - Shadows on the Run (Official Video)

Von Till's charted an extraordinary musical path over the last several decades, from his main duties as singer and guitarist of the boundary-breaking Neurosis to the psychedelic music of his Harvestman project and the unique folk songs he's released under his own name. But No Wilderness Deep Enough is truly like nothing you've ever heard from him before—an album that's devastatingly beautiful and overwhelming in its scope, reminiscent of the tragic ecstasy of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' recent work as well as the borderless ambient music pioneered by Brian Eno, late composer Jóhann Jóhannsson's glacial compositions, and the electronic mutations of Coil.

The album’s six pieces of music shape a hallucinatory landscape of sound that plumbs the depths of the natural world's mysteries and uncertainties—questions that have vexed humanity since the dawn of time asked anew amidst a backdrop that's as haunting as it is holistic. It’s music to lose yourself in. 

With a foundation of simple melancholy piano chord progressions that came to fruition during jetlagged nights in his wife’s childhood home in Germany, No Wilderness Deep Enough was further embellished with mellotron and electronic treatments in Von Till’s home studio in North Idaho. Viewing the emerging result as an ambient instrumental album, he consulted friend and engineer Randall Dunn (Marissa Nadler, Earth) about adding live cello and french horn and piano in a proper studio. After enlisting Brent Arnold on cello and Aaron Korn on french horn, he challenged Von Till to sing over the music and make it his next solo album—which is exactly what happened, with final work being completed at Tucker Martine’s (the Decemberists, Neko Case) Flora Recording and Playback in Portland.

No Wilderness Deep Enough arrives alongside Von Till’s first published work of original poetry, Harvestman: 23 Untitled Poems and Collected Lyrics. The book is a collection of new poetry and lyrics from Von Till's solo career over the past 20 years. It’s a work of rich text that showcases his deeply felt ruminations on the myriad beginnings and endings of life itself, offering another medium of which to experience his singular artistic perspective. 

Lyrically, No Wilderness Deep Enough touches on themes essential to living in the world around us, as well as co-existing with ourselves and others. "It's about personal longings and loss, and the loves and insecurities we all feel combined with meditations on humanity as a whole," Von Till explains while discussing his main artistic aims behind the album, as well as his poetic expressions captured in Harvestman. "I'm exploring the great disconnect: from the natural world, from each other, and ultimately from ourselves—trying to find meaning and depth in re-establishing those connections, to find a resonance in purpose and acknowledging the past while looking towards the future and still being in the moment." 

No Wilderness Deep Enough and Harvestman: 23 Untitled Poems and Collected Lyrics arrives August 7 via Neurot Recordings. Further information and pre-order details are available here.

No Wilderness Deep Enough Track Listing: 

2 - The Old Straight Track
3 - Indifferent Eyes 
4 - Trail the Silent Hours
6 - Wild Iron
Harvestman: 23 Untitled Poems and Collected Lyrics (Official Book Trailer)
by Steve Von Till

First printing: Limited hardback edition
Beautifully illustrated with linocuts by Mazatl
Published by Astrophil Press at the University of South Dakota
Harvestman - 23 Untitled Poems and Collected Lyrics by Steve Von Till (Official Book Trailer)
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