Matador's posted up some teaser tracks ahead of the 1/22 release of one of my most anticipated records of 08: Times New Viking's Rip It Off. Still catchy as hell, still pushing their way out of the speakers through an ear-shredding cone of noise. Love these guys.
Blood on the Wall, Liferz (Social Registry 2008) Been sitting on this one a little while until the calendar flipped: New rock from Brooklyn's Blood on the Wall out 1/22 on Social Registry. Awesomer had more tunes (i.m.o.) but this one rocks harder with beefed-up production & punky fury. "Is something wrong with your face??!?!?" (SR also has a new one from Growing coming down the pike in February that's my favorite thing they've done so far.)
Edit: BOTW end their U.S. tour for Liferz on 2/22 at Music Hall of Williamsburg (formerly North6) ...
Martial Canterel, Refuge Underneath (Wierd 2007) Two cassettes (Drilling Backwards from 2006 and Sister Age from '04) by minimal wave prime mover Sean McBride aka Martial Canterel hit CD for Brooklyn's Wierd Records as a taster for a new Canterel LP. When Wierd Compilation Vol. I came out, I assumed it was a defining document handed down from a scene that had come and gone, but suddenly there's lots more on the way from that camp including the 37-track Wierd Compilation Vol. II: Analogue Electronic Music 2008.
3. The Black Lips, Los Valientes Del Mundo Nuevo [Vice]
4. Magik Markers, Boss [Ecstatic Peace]
5. James Murphy and Pat Mahoney, Fabriclive 36 [Fabric]
6. Times New Viking, Present the Paisley Reich [Siltbreeze]
7. Prins Thomas, Cosmo Galactic Prism [Eskimo]
"Every Single Line Means Something"
8. Marnie Stern, In Advance of the Broken Arm [Kill Rock Stars]
Chromatics - "In the City"
9. Various Artists, After Dark [Italians Do It Better]
10. Turzi, A [Kemado]
Von Spar - "Xaxapoya"
Honorable mention: Von Sudenfed, Tromatic Reflexxions [Domino] / Wooden Shjips, Wooden Shjips + bonus disc [Holy Mountain] / UGK, Underground Kingz [Jive] / Pissed Jeans, Hope For Men [Sub Pop] / Von Spar, Xaxapoya [Tomlab]
Shows: Sonic Youth @ McCarren Pool, Neil Young @ United Palace, Oneida / Simply Saucer / Alan Vega / Old Time Relijun @ Southpaw, Marnie Stern @ Knitting Factory, Times New Viking / Psychedelic Horseshit / Blues Control @ Luna Lounge, Pissed Jeans / Fucked Up @ Southpaw, Excepter @ Rockstar Bar, drinking margaritas in Dumbo after getting shut out of 77BOADRUM
Flicks: There Will Be Blood, No Country for Old Men, I'm Not There, The Taste of Tea, Inland Empire ('06), Michael Clayton, Ratatouille, Killer of Sheep, Superbad, The Host