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If you pre-oder Toro Y Moi’s newest album “Freaking Out” over at http://www.insound.com/Freaking-Out-EP-Vinyl-LP-Toro-y-Moi/P/INS97537/ you will get: The vinyl, the download AND a keychain. Cop it !

2011, Carpark Records
VINYL FORMAT. Comes with a digital download code! For Toro Y Moi’s Chaz Bundick, 2011 has seen the release of his acclaimed sophomore album, Underneath the Pine, remix work for Tyler, the Creator, a split 7-inch with Cloud Nothings, and a steady stream of international tour dates. Just over halfway through what’s already been a busy year, the prolific producer has a brand new batch of lavishly funky material to offer. Bundick’s latest is no sloppily assembled bunch of Pine session throwaways. TheFreaking Out EP was put to tape in June during a period of touring quiescence. The release finds Bundick reveling in twenty minutes of boogie, roping in the heavy sounds of groups like the Gap Band and Mtume. While the first two tracks are modern takes on the ’80s post-disco vibe, “Sweet” sounds like the product of a Todd Edwards and Teddy Riley collaboration, with smooth synths weaving in and out of meticulously chopped and arranged vocal samples. The New Jack influence spills over into the cover of Cherrelle and Alexander O’Neill’s “Saturday Love,” in which a swingbeat carries along fluttering piano lines steeped in delay. The EP’s crown jewel, “I Can Get Love,” sees Bundick assimilating styles of each of his to date releases, with the synthesized funk of Causers of This, the irresistible hooks ofPine, and dance alias Les Sins’ penchant for filter effects and house beats. Full of energy and crafted with a conciseness that begs repeated listens, Freaking Out is Toro Y Moi’s most concentrated venture into pure dance floor hedonism.

Alexisonfire break up, Wade MacNeil replaces Frank Carter in Gallows

POSTED ON ALEXISONFIRE.COM:

There is no good way to put it so I’m just going to say it. After 10 years, Alexisonflre has decided to part ways. I’m going to try to give you the facts about this as best as I can.

Almost a year ago Dallas informed us that he would be leaving Alexis after we finished our Old Crows / Young Cardinals tour cycle. Trying to balance his life between touring with us and at the same time quelling the success of City and Colour was a task too difficult to continue managing. He informed us he wanted to focus his efforts on City and Colour.

Under the knowledge Dallas was leaving, we completed the Dogs Blood EP and toured Europe, Australia and Canada. Our last show in St Catharines, Ontario on December 19, 2010 was poised to be the last ever Alexisonfire concert with a line-up as we knew it. in the meantime, the rest of us discussed the future of the band. After much deliberation, we decided to continue and attempt the difficult task of replacing Dallas, but time got the best of us. Over the last six months we all dealt with e litany of personal issues, which pulled us further and further from Alexisonfire.

In addition to that, Wade was recently asked to join another band and he felt it was an opportunity he would like to pursue.

Replacing one guitar player/singer/writer was something we thought was possible, but replacing two would run the serious risk of perverting the legacy of what we had achieved. So we all took a good hard swallow and decided to end it so it would never get old and ugly.

Was the break up amicable? Not really. Was it necessary? Probably. Regardless, the members of this hand are my family and I wish them nothing hut good fortune.

As for myself, Jordan and Christopher, the future is largely unwritten. I would say this is my retirement from the business of playing music but that feels too much like famous last words. Keep your ear to the ground. There could be any number of possibilities for new projects from the remaining members of Alexis.

We have talked about doing several special releases around our 10-year anniversary and also doing a final run of shows in Canada as a farewell tour.

Everything ls still in the planning stages. We will release details as soon as they come to us.

In closing l would like to offer my sincerest gratitude to the fans of Alexisonfire around the world. I’m forever grateful to anyone who has ever taken any interest in what we did. You were the coal that stoked our engines. You have given us a spectacular decade, rich with experience and joy. I love you all.

Take solace in the fact that you live in one of the most exciting musical eras. Try to support some of your local independent artists in the same way that you supported us. A life of musical exploration is a rich and fulfilling one.

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This comes less than a month after Gallows frontman, Frank Carter announced he was leaving his band:

“It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce my departure from Gallows. It seems that Gallows have hit a crossroads in our writing process and unfortunately myself and the rest of the boys have different ideas regarding the sound of Gallows going forward. Gallows have decided they are going to continue on without me and I wish the boys the best of luck for the future. Gallows will be fulfilling all of our current touring plans until August 1st so please come down to a show and help me make each show a total celebration!”

 

“This does not mean I am giving up on music. I have a new band called PURE LOVE which I have been working on with my brother Jim Carroll (Suicide File, Clouds, Hope Conspiracy) for a few months now.  A lot of late nights in the studio have meant that we will be recording our debut album in September and then will hit the road later this year. I hope to see you all there.”

 

“I want to say thank you to my brothers Stephen, Jonathan and Richard, my parents and the rest of the boys in Gallows for their support not only over the past few months, but the past 6 years. I also want to thank all the fans that helped us build Gallows into something I could really be proud of. Without you it would have meant nothing.  Thank you all. Forwards ever, backwards never. Pure Love.” Frank Carter

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Which of course, leads us to this announcement via AP Magazine:

Fans of U.K. hardcore stalwarts Gallows and Canadian post-hardcore vets Alexisonfire have been dealt some serious blows in recent weeks. On July 8, frontman Frank Carter announced his departure from the former, while the latter announced their breakup late last week. In a twist, AP can exclusively, officially confirm that Alexisonfire guitarist/vocalist Wade MacNeil has been tapped to be Gallows’ new frontman—just in time for the band’s participation in the Fall AP Tour. (Get all the details about that here.)

So how did this come about? How will MacNeil’s enlistment change the Gallows dynamic? And what is their new music sounding like? AP got some clarity from MacNeil a few weeks ago, before Alexisonfire announced their split, but not long after he touched down in England to do some recording with his new bandmates. “[We’re] recording with some friends of theirs in their garage five minutes up the road from where we’re rehearsing,” MacNeil says. “We’re moving at breakneck speeds. I wouldn’t want to make any promises, but hopefully people will be hearing some new stuff really soon.”

The first thing everyone wants to know: How did you come to be in Gallows? Alexisonfire have toured with them; is there anything else to it?
After the boys decided they were going to keep going, my name kind of popped up, and they all thought it made sense. It didn’t overcomplicate itself.  I talked to Steph [Carter, guitarist], and I said I was definitely interested. He pretty much said, “Okay, let’s do it,” and I got on a plane and we’re writing right now.

How long ago did that conversation happen?
Everything’s happened within the last couple weeks.

What did they like about you as a musician and a person?
I don’t know; I don’t think we really got into too much of that. But if you grew up listening to Black Flag records in Canada—or you grew up listening to Black Flag records in England—you may have a similar outlook on the world. You know, I think there’s a lot of parallels to the way those dudes grew up, [which was] in a small city, in the shadow of London. [It was] the same thing with me, growing up in a little town in the shadow of Toronto. There’s something a little bit desperate about growing up in a place where you feel like you’re not like everybody else, and you kind of know it. All the weirdoes find one another; you find each other through music, especially in a small city where I think people end up resorting to ruining themselves with drugs or alcohol and other escapes from finding nothing to do. Kids find music, and that’s something that takes over their lives. That’s something that happened for me, and something’s that happened with all these men.

And that feeling is something that never goes away, no matter how old you get.
Yeah, for sure. And especially growing up and going to punk shows and hardcore shows, it’s a certain way… I think a lot of those records we got when we were younger, those Dead Kennedys records and those Crass records, kind of informed the way you view the world and some of the ideals you carry. So I don’t know—from growing up miles apart on the other side of the ocean, we definitely have a lot in common.

You said you’re writing right now with Gallows. Is there any music done at the moment?
[Laughs.] You know, I showed up, flew over here and got here in the morning two days ago. I didn’t sleep on the flight; I was listening to the first two Gallows records and writing lyrics, trying to get the right headspace for it. We showed up, and I wasn’t really sure what the guys wanted to do, if they wanted to run the old stuff. I said, “Let’s just jump into some new stuff,” and they played me some tracks. We arranged stuff a little differently, and I told them some ideas where I wanted to go with stuff. The first day, we wrote something that I think is the most brutal thing the band has ever written. It’s just the harshest, heaviest song that’s, like, thirty-five seconds long. I think that’s going to be the first thing the band puts out.

That’s saying something that a new song is the most brutal thing Gallows has done.
[Laughs.] I don’t think anybody was really sure how it was going to go, but that [song] came together really simplistically. I wrote the lyrics on the spot, I had some ideas, and it came together in five minutes.  Sometimes you don’t need to overcomplicate things. Obviously, we’re trying to write music that’s chaotic and is going to be something that comes across vicious-sounding live. I think in doing that you rip the guts of the songs—you don’t repeat it four times, you do it once, and you don’t have a bridge. You just don’t let up.

How do you think the band is different with you in it?
I definitely think I have a very, very different voice than Frank—and I mean aside from yelling, I think just the tone of my voice is going to be the one thing that’s really, really different.  Even though I’ve spent a lot of the last 10 years touring England in various bands, I don’t have a British perspective for everything, so whereas the last record was definitely focused on Britain specifically, I think everything we’re going to do in the future will definitely have more of a worldview. That’s something everyone in the band can relate to, because we spent the majority of our youth traveling the world playing punk shows.

How do you think fans of both bands are going to react to the change?
I think when you really care about a band, you build this relationship with them. You get to know them, and they’re a big part of your life. There’s a lot of bands that are like that for me. So whenever you hear something changing, your immediate reaction is that it’s the end of the world. It hurts, because you identify with their music and there’s something about it that’s really personal, right?

So with a change like that, it’s going to upset some people. But at the end of the day, we just have to almost selfishly write music that we are happy with and we’re passionate about, and push forward the only way we really can.

That’s exactly the only thing you can do. You have to make it your own and make it this new configuration.
We’re looking at the future, not the past.  That’s the one thing when Steph called me and I said, “I think this is something I can do and something I really want to do, but I’m not interested in coming on and replacing anybody. That’s not me; that’s not what I want to do. So if we’re going to do this, it’s going to be me joining the band, not me being someone’s replacement.”

Reverbnation has a great new music venue app for venue’s facebook pages.

 

 

 

 

The awesome people over at Reverbnation have introduced a new venue app for music venues to add to their facebook pages. This will be a must for anyone running a venue. Check it out!

 

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Oh…so THIS is why sorority girls don’t rap. Got it.

FREE MIXTAPE: Main Attrakionz- 808s & Dark Grapes 2 !

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What We Are Listening To Right Now – Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks

Givers- Up Up Up REMIX

So for the past couple of months we’ve been really digging UP UP UP by GIVERS. If you haven’t heard yet, check it out:

But, thanks to the nice people at Nylon Magazine we now have found an awesome remix by CSS. Check it out and download it!