Grinderman, the raunchy alter-ego of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, will release its second album, Grinderman 2, on September 13/14 via Mute (England) and Anti- (USA). To get fans excited (or confused), the band has posted a weird 20-second trailer.
Hella returns as a duo; Converge posts a studio preview of a new song; Busdriver, Shining (Norway), Om, Russian Circles and Aphex Twin all have new albums on the way.
As we make our rounds this weekend, we plan to catch soulful folk crooner William Elliot Whitmore, multi-genre rapper Serengeti, rock/jazz/electronic quintet Zing!, and a local festival (Chicago Soundmap 2009) that asks selected composers to balance improvisation and composition.
More details emerge about the upcoming Supermachiner release; the Shrinebuilder super-group begins recording; Mono announces a new album; Orange Tulip Conspiracy announces a full US tour for May. Get these and 10 other news bit after the jump.
Fantômas plays The Director’s Cut in its entirety, Jon Brion posts an instrumental tune, Tim Fite releases a free Halloween EP, MySpace posts the Ben Folds Five performance of The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner, and much more…
Despite increasingly miserable mainstream hits (how can the radio get any worse?), 2007 was an excellent, indulgent, fulfilling year of music. Here is a look at our favorite ten albums of the year.