Need a weird X-mas gift? Pre-order limited editions of Alan Moore’s Unearthing

Regarded as one of the greatest graphic-novel writers ever, Alan Moore (V for Vendetta, Watchmen) has delved into the world of biography with Unearthing, an expansive narrative art-book. With photography by Mitch Jenkins, Unearthing “maps the lifetime of author, orientalist, and occultist Steve Moore, while simultaneously investigating the extraordinary history of South London with which that life has been intertwined.”


Video: Raveonettes’ “She Owns the Streets”

Raveonettes: ObservatorThe Raveonettes: Observator (Vice, 9/11/12)

In light of its forthcoming sixth studio album, Observator, Danish indie-rock duo The Raveonettes has released a video for the album’s first single, “She Owns the Streets.”

Watch the inspiration for this song — a street dancer named Loan — as she makes her own fun on the streets (and subways) of New York.

Constellation Records

Label Q&A: Constellation Records

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– Location: Montréal, QC
– Year founded: 1997
– Employees: 6
– Genres served: Many, all hyphenated
– Current # of recording artists: 27
– Lifetime total of recording artists: 36
– Best-selling album: Yanqui UXO by Godspeed You! Black Emperor (by a long mile)
– Website: cstrecords.com

Constellation Records

In the late 1990s, Montréal was a dismal scene for emerging artists, providing mostly pay-to-play venues that made it difficult for underground acts to perform. Recognizing the need for sustainable, artist-friendly music infrastructure, friends and music lovers Don Wilkie and Ian Ilavsky started Musique Fragile — a monthly concert series run out of an inner-city loft — and launched Constellation, issuing handmade records by local bands.

The label’s third release was Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s F#A#, which granted both the band and label an instant cult following. Constellation would quickly (but begrudgingly) become synonymous with the post-rock movement, and it has since been home to artists such as Vic Chesnutt, Do Make Say Think, and Thee Silver Mt. Zion. Here Ilavsky shares the label’s impetus and mission.


Review: Yawn’s Happy Tears EP

Yawn: Happy TearsYawnHappy Tears (Feel Trip, 7/24/12)


Yawn: “Ganymede”

Chicago indie-psych-pop upstart Yawn gained popularity in just a few short years after a self-produced EP found its way to the ears of some booking agents at SXSW. Though the band only had a handful of live local sets under its belt, its successful showcase in Austin garnered praise and enthusiasm from unsuspecting attendees, eventually leading to attention from Pitchfork and NME. The band finally released its first full-length, Open Season, last summer, and has since toured with Mates of State and The Kooks. (And, of course, it was featured in Chromatic: The Crossroads of Color and Music.)

Moonrise Kingdom

Review: Moonrise Kingdom soundtrack

Moonrise Kingdom: Original Soundtrack

Various artists: Moonrise Kingdom Original Soundtrack (ABKCO, 5/22/12)

Alexandre Desplat: “The Heroic Weather-Conditions of the Universe, Part 1: A Veiled Mist”

Alexandre Desplat: “The Heroic Weather-Conditions of the Universe, Part 1: A Veiled Mist”

Classical and country/western, as genres of music, are about as polar opposite as they get. For director Wes Anderson and music supervisor Randall Poster, though, they make perfect sense to combine in a film. In Moonrise Kingdom, Anderon’s first film since Fantastic Mr. Fox, the director who’s so obsessed with the eccentric and eclectic situates the work of classical composer Benjamin Britten side by side with Hank Williams, with the addition of Alexandre Desplat’s subtle suite.


Contest: Win tickets to see Refused in Chicago!

In 1998, Swedish hardcore outfit Refused addressed a letter to its fans, proclaiming, “Refused are fucking dead.” Most were left longing for a reunion, particularly without seeing the band get its due for its ahead-of-its-time swansong, The Shape of Punk to Come: A Chimerical Bombination in 12 Bursts. Now, after nearly 15 years, those fans finally got their wish, and a bunch of grateful Americans are seeing the band live this week and next.

Napalm Death

Video: Napalm Death’s “The Wolf I Feed”

Napalm Death: UtilitarianNapalm DeathUtilitarian (Century Media, 2/28/12)

After surviving more than 20 years together, Napalm Death still is going strong. Earlier this year, the English extreme-metal outfit released its latest acclaimed effort, Utilitarian — its 15th to date.

For its latest video, the band teamed up with director Tim Fox (Tesseract, Skindread) to fulfill its vision for “The Wolf I Feed.” Incorporating apocalyptic, sci-fi visuals, it explores the song’s themes about exploitation of power, propaganda, and religious dogma.

Calibro 35

Review: Calibro 35’s Any Resemblance to Real Persons or Actual Facts is Purely Coincidental

Calibro 35: Any Resemblance to Real Persons or Actual Facts is Purely CoincidentalCalibro 35: Any Resemblance to Real Persons or Actual Facts is Purely Coincidental (Nublu, 7/10/12)

“Uh Ah Brr”

Calibro 35: “Uh Ah Brr”

Film scores have seeped into the collective consciousness of musicians since they were first introduced to cinema. Their influence is widespread and unmistakable, but few artists have derived so much of their aesthetic from this sub-genre as Calibro 35, an Italian instrumental five-piece that works to pay homage to the Golden Age of Italian cinema.

Gangpol & Mit

Video: Gangpol & Mit’s “The 1000 People Band”

Gangpol & Mit: The 1000 Softcore Tourist People ClubGangpol & Mit: The 1000 Softcore Tourist People Club (Ipecac, 3/29/11)

Gangpol & Mit is a French audio/visual duo creating quirky electro-pop that draws from myriad influences, including funk, digital, noise, and cartoon and video-game worlds. Gangpol handles the boops, blits, and whirs, while Guillaumit contributes his equally bizarre animations that feature colorful geometric shapes and characters. The result is a whimsical, humorous romp through the absurd.