If this single has anything to say about 2010, this year will bring the revival of Jeff Lynne’s overwrought emotions and corn-syrup synths. These two bands, now receiving nods from the regular hipster blog nazis, have been on a path headed straight into the sun over the course of the last eight months. Having both just wrapped up a tour with Girls, they’re already your stoner little brother’s favorite two bands. Magic Kids formed in the wake of a stalemated project called Barbaras, which to date still doesn’t have a full-length to its name. The Magic Kids debut, out later this year on True Panther Sounds, will have to suffice. They are the latest in a long line of pop music from Memphis, TN. Smith Westerns, on the other hand, come from deep in the noise and punk jungle of Chicago. After an album of trashy T. Rex odes on Hozac Records, they stand tall in their youth ready to get laid constantly and hit the legal drinking age. Not only are they ahead of the pack, they’ve eaten most of the rest of the dogs they run with. They are currently working on a full length due out in late 2010.
1. Smith Westerns - Imagine, Pt. 3
2. Magic Kids - Superball
SWANTON BOMBS - "Wasteland" 7"
release date: 4/27/10
For those not au fait with wrestling vernacular, the Swanton Bomb is a maneuverer, popularized by the three-time world champion Jeff Hardy, that involves leaping off a top rope, flipping your body over and landing back-first upon your opponent. So what does it have to do with Swanton Bombs, the band? “Absolutely nothing,” concedes singer and guitarist Dominic McGuinness. “We just thought it was pretty cool.” Their sound is a visceral, unvarnished blend of blues and punk, underpinned by rich narratives and resolute melodies, and informed by McGuinness and drummer Brendan Heaney’s admiration for The Clash, Television, The Ramones and Richard Hell along with the moody, blues-rock stylings of Randy Newman, Tom Waits and Nick Cave. McGuinness and Heaney are 20 year-old ex-school friends from the London/Essex borders who bonded, aged 11, over their all-consuming love of rock. It was 2001 and their respective worlds had been turned upside-down by The Strokes’ first album. “It was pivotal,” says Heaney. “For us, that was where it all began.” After signing Swanton Bombs to a partnership deal, Turnstile helped them set up their own imprint QUIFF, upon which they are releasing their forthcoming album Mumbo Jumbo and Murder, a brilliantly propulsive and raw slice of blues-rock.
2. Swanton Bombs Who’s Asking
Band of Horses, the Low Country’s premier rock n’ roll outfit, will release their third full length LP, entitled Infinite Arms ,on May 18th through Brown Records/Fat Possum Records/Columbia Records.
The album package will feature the photography of the band's long time collaborator Christopher Wilson.
Produced by Band of Horses with additional production from Phil Ek, mixed by Dave Sardy, and recorded over a 16-month period, the songs on Infinite Arms project the essence of the different locales across America that became the setting for the recording and songwriting process behind the album. The rich musical heritage of Muscle Shoals, AL, the sublime beauty of Asheville’s Blue Ridge Mountains, the glamorous Hollywood Hills and the vast Mojave desert all influenced the sounds on Infinite Arms and helped yield the group’s most focused and dynamic recordings to date. The serene woods of Northern Minnesota and the band’s native Carolinas inspired the songwriting, lending the compositions an air of comfort and familiarity.
Band of Horses are Ben Bridwell, Creighton Barrett, Ryan Monroe, Tyler Ramsey and Bill Reynolds. Long time touring members of the group, Infinite Arms marks the recording debut of Ramsey and Reynolds, while Barrett and Monroe graced the last album, Cease to Begin. Through touring together in support of Cease to Begin and during breaks in the Infinite Arms recording process, the band have become a cohesive force with all members making invaluable contributions to the unmistakable sound that founder Bridwell has crafted since the band’s inception. As Bridwell himself concedes, “in many ways, this is the first Band of Horses record.”
Look for the band to support Infinite Arms with tour dates across the globe in 2010. A current list of dates is below, with many more to be announced very soon. Visit www.bandofhorses.com for ticketing information.
March 15th – Boulder, CO – Fox Theater
March 16th – Denver, CO – Ogden Theater
March 18th – Austin, TX – Stubbs BBQ (SXSW)
March 19th – Austin, TX Central Presbyterian Church (SXSW)
April 8th – Paris, France – La Fleche D’or
April 9th – Brussels, Belgium – Orangerie
April 10th – Rotterdam, Netherlands- Motel Mozaique, Schouwburg
April 12th – London, UK – Koko
April 14th – Koln, Germany – Kulturkirche
April 16th – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
April 17th – Gothenburg, Sweden – Tradgarn
April 18th – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
April 23rd – Raleigh, NC – Walnut Creek Amphitheater (with Widespread Panic)
April 24th - Raleigh, NC – Walnut Creek Amphitheater (with Widespread Panic)
April 27th – Gainesville, FL – Rion Ballroom
April 28th – Miami, FL – Fillmore
April 29th – Orlando, FL – House of Blues
May 1st – New Orleans, LA - Jazzfest
May 2nd – Memphis, TN – Beale St. Music Festival
May 27th – Davis, CA – UC Davis Freeborn Hall
May 30th – Bend, OR – Les Schwab Amphitheater (with She & Him)
May 31st – George, WA – Sasquatch Festival
June 5th – Bangor, IE – Ward Park (with Snow Patrol)
June 9th – London, UK – Roundhouse
June 12th – Glasgow, Scotland – Bellahouston Park (with Snow Patrol)
June 19th – Toronto, ONT – Olympic Island Concert (with Pavement and Broken Social Scene)
September 25th – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theater
Q & A w/ Adam Green
Monday - Adam Talks The Government
Tuesday - Adam Talks Tour Buses
Wednesday - Adam Talks Scum
Wednesday - Adam Talks Lolitas
Thursday - Adam Talks about Eva Green
Thursday - Adam Talks Antifolk
Friday - Adam Talks "Groundhog Day"
Friday - Adam Talks Bisexuality
Saturday - Adam Talks Infamy
Saturday - Adam Talks Cornish Pasties
Sunday - Adam Talks New York City
Sunday - Adam Talks about "The Lake Room"
Adam is stepping in and taking over, for a week at least, at magnetmagazine.com. He is their guest editor of the week.
Heartless Bastards are cramming back into that van of theirs once again.. This time they will be the center attention. The Bastards will be in the US throughout April and May.
04.09.10 - Tulsa, OK - Bob's at Cain's
04.10.10 - Kansas City, MO - Record Bar
04.11.10 - Fayetteville, AR - George's Majestic Lounge
04.12.10 - St. Louis, MO - Blueberry Hill
04.13.10 - Little Rock, AR - Juanita's
04.15.10 - Oklahoma City, OK - 51st Street Speakeasy
04.16.10 - Forth Worth, TX - Lola's
04.17.10 - Austin, TX - Antone's
04.23.10 - Old Town Springs, TX - Texas Crawfish Festival
04.24.10 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
04.26.10 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
04.27.10 - Scottsdale, AZ - Martini Ranch
04.29.10 - Las Vegas, NV - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
04.30.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
05.01.10 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
05.03.10 - Santa Barbara, CA - Soho
05.04.10 - San Francisco, CA - Independent
05.06.10 - Portland, OR - Berbati's Pan
05.07.10 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
05.08.10 - Bozeman, MT - Filling Station
05.10.10 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
05.11.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - State Room
05.12.10 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
The band also played for WHYY-TV at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PAmore
3.03.10 - Museum of Modern Art - New York, NY
3.17.10 - Stubb's SXSW NPR Showcase - Austin, TX
4.01.10 - The Bell House - Brooklyn, NY
5.14.10 - All Tomorrows Parties - Minehead, UK