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Night Beds Share New Single and ‘Country Sleep’ Pre-order, Announce Debut Fallon Performance

Night Beds share the second single from their debut album, Country Sleep! Premiering this morning at SPIN, “Ramona” is a “harmony-enriched gallop of record highlight.” Stream the single above!

You can now pre-order Night Beds’ Country Sleep at SC Distribution. The deluxe bundle includes the album on both CD and vinyl formats, the “Even If We Try” b/w “You Were Afraid” 7-inch, a 17″ x 22″ poster of the album art (photographed by Dusdin Condren) and a download coupon for the entire album (redeemable immediately upon purchase)! The album is also available for pre-order at iTunes!

Come February 8, Night Beds will make their late night television debut on Jimmy Fallon. Don’t forget to tune in for the live performance! It is the kick off to their 2013 tour!

Blackout Beach’s Fuck Death Out Tuesday! Download “Be Forewarned, The Night Has Come”

“Be Forewarned, The Night Has Come”, the newest single off of Blackout Beach’s upcoming LP, Fuck Death, premiered today at Altered Zones:

On “Be Forewarned, The Night Has Come,” we find Mercer floating aimlessly in a hallow of sound. Against this tranquil backdrop of pulsating synth, Mercer’s maddening bellow sucks us into the lonely, drifting vessel he seems to be captaining. It’s only until scrapes of dissonate guitar morph into a radiant rhythm that he seems to gain traction in this unfamiliar expanse, devoid of road signs.

Be Forewarned, The Night has Come by Blackout Beach by DOJAGSC

Carey Mercer will perform as Blackout Beach on Saturday, November 26th at 5pm at Zulu Records in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Fuck Death will be out next week on vinyl and digital formats on November 15th (14 in the UK), 2011. Pre-order is up at SC Distribution.

 

Akron/Family Goes Live with Radio K

A few weeks ago Akron/Family stopped by the studios of Radio K in Minneapolis and played some wicked cuts from their new album S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT. Above you can watch a video of the band performing “Another Sky” and head over to the Radio K website HERE, where you can stream and download the full session featuring live cuts of “AAA O AWAY,” “So It Goes,” “Another Sky,” and “Silly Bears.” Akron/Family start the western half of their national tour March 24 in Seattle. Check out all their tour dates HERE.

Transmissions from the Great Beyond: Akron/Family Announce New Album

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(Akron/Family, S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT album artwork)

Finally, after over a month of unanswered emails and text messages, blown deadlines, and pleas to finish and turn in their new album, last week, a large brown cardboard box showed up at the Dead Oceans doorstep. It had “SHINJU TNT” scrawled across the bottom of the box in black magic marker, and the return address read only “AK, Detroit.”

Opening it revealed a sincere but poorly made diorama of futurist swirling spaces filled with toy astronauts and dinosaurs, four blown out song fragments on a TDK CDR in a ziplock bag, three pictures, a track list written in crayon, and a typewritten note from Akron/Family. A post-it on the bag declared the band refused to send the full album to anyone but the vinyl pressing plant, for fear of leaking and possible lost revenues.

From the note and a short video that arrived days later, we’ve pieced together that the album was written in a cabin built into the side of Mount Meakan, an active volcano in Akan National Park, on the island of Hokkaido, Japan. It was recorded in an abandoned train station in Detroit with the blackest white dude we all know, Chris Koltay (Liars, Women, Deerhunter, Holy Fuck, No Age). Chris, on tour after finishing the record, commented: “this album will transcend the internet.”

Akron/Family spent the end of 2009 and half of 2010 exploring the future of sound through Bent Acid Punk Diamond fuzz and Underground Japanese noise cassettes, lower case micro tone poems and emotional Cagean field recordings, rebuilding electronic drums from the 70′s and playing them with sticks they carved themselves. Upon miraculous resuscitation of the original AKAK hard drive, the album layers thousands of minute imperceptible samples of their first recordings with fuzzed-out representations of their present beings to induce pleasant emotional feeling states and many momentary transcendent inspirations.

This album is titled S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT. We have no idea what that means. After the jump you’ll find a photo of the note found in the brown box delivery with the song list, video, and an mp3 of the song fragments retrieved from the TDK CDR, relics of a new tomorrow and a brighter Akron/Family filled future. These are the beginnings, hell or high water you’ll find S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT in stores in the U.S. on February 8, and March 14 in the U.K.

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Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band’s New Album Now Available for Pre-Order

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We’re just weeks away from the release of Where The Messengers Meet the new album from Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band on August 3, but you can pre-order your own copy right now and receive a instant download code. Not only that, the first fifty people to pre-order the record will receive a lyrics book handmade by the band. You can pre-order the album right HERE. We also are proud to share “Hurrah” the new single from Where The Messengers Meet. Check it out HERE.

Check out photos of the lyrics booklet after the jump.

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