Grinderman posts teaser trailer

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.

Weekly Music News Roundup

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.

ALARM’s Top 10 Albums of 2008

Our list of favorites from last year includes devastating dub metal, organ-fueled psychedelic grind, a re-released classic-rock gem from nearly four decades ago, an international assemblage of punk-infused field recordings, and an Indian/surf/metal take on John Zorn‘s Masada material.

Weekly Music News Roundup

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.

Weekly Music News Roundup


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…

Jolie Holland: The Living and the Dead

Holland’s newest album, The Living and the Dead, offers a laid-back Americana folk feel, providing a nice contrast to the blues and jazz approach on her last album, Spring Time Can Kill You.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick CaveNick Cave and the Bad Seeds are readying themselves for the spring release and tour supporting Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!, their fourteenth studio album. The band has also planned to release the title track as a single February 18th, and the full-length will be available in the U.S. April 8th from Anti-.

ALARM’s Top Ten Albums of 2007

a2a.jpgDespite 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.