Things We Love This Week: Tacocat, Nile Rodgers, The Dirty Nil

Has anyone else noticed that it’s no longer DARK ALL THE TIME? Driving to work in daylight is a godsend. Smiles and sunshine all round from now on, please. It’s almost the weekend, and your favourite blog post is strictly POSITIVE VIBES ONLY.

Tacocat – Grains of Salt

“Don’t forget to remember who the fuck you are!” Wise words from vocalist Emily Nokes of the indie surf-pop band Tacocat — one of the best names in the business. The twangy guitar-led track is the first cut from their upcoming album, ‘This Mess Is A Place’, which will arrive on May 3.

And, if room temperature milk, dyed blue, stood in giant wine glasses while some of Seattle’s best performers bust a move is your thing — because why wouldn’t it be? — be sure to check out the colourful video!

Nile Rodgers Curating Meltdown Festival

It’s time to freak out. The funk legend has been confirmed to curate the 2019 instalment of Meltdown Festival, and it’s gonna be huuuugeeeeee. The 26th edition of the event will take place at the Southbank Centre in London, with acts selected especially by the producer, songwriter, musician, composer, guitarist and sonic trendsetter Mr Rodgers himself, of course synonymous with the 1970s disco band CHIC.

Meltdown has previously been helmed by Robert Smith of the Cure, M.I.A, Guy Garvey, Patti Smith, Nick Cave, Yoko Ono, David Bowie, and Massive Attack, to name a few.

Of this prestigious position, he noted:

“To be able to curate and produce nine days of live music for the city of London, the UK and music enthusiasts visiting from all over the world is truly a dream come true. Anyone who knows my career knows that Funk, Disco, Jazz, Soul, Classical, POP, New Wave, R&B, Fusion, Punk Rock, Afrobeat, Electronic and Dance music all play a role and you can expect that to be reflected in the performances we are planning.”

The Dirty Nil – Pain of Infinity Video

The Canadian punk trio have released another wacky video. If you like punks playing guitars and eating doughnuts, I’m sure you’ll like grim reapers playing guitars and eating doughnuts. Struggling at work to get their soul count up, the slackers end up hotboxing and playing their catchy song in the woods rather than doing any work. Don’t go getting any ideas, though…

Unless the idea is making a last minute trip to London tonight to catch their headline show at the Moth Club, which unbelievably is not yet sold out.

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Video Of The Week: The Dirty Nil Live The Dream In That’s What Heaven Feels Like

The Dirty Nil have unveiled a ridiculous video for That’s What Heaven Feels Like.

The grunge-infested track is lifted from the Canadian rock trio’s excellent second studio album, ‘Master Volume’, a love letter to old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll, which arrived last month via Dine Alone Records.

Directed by Victor Malang and Mitch Barnes, the new visual finds the band riding around on Segways, ripping guitar solos and eating ice cream with dogs. The dream, right? A stark contrast to tearing your way through the world’s grimiest basements and loudest clubs for years, something the were familiar with before the follow up 2016’s ‘Higher Power’ multiplied their sound to stadium-filling, nosebleed-reaching dimensions. Head here to find out what guitarist and vocalist Luke Bentham had to say about the band and the record prior to its release.

“A lot of it is the music we grew up on: the Who, the MC5, and Refused videos. Most of my favourite rock ‘n’ roll bands have that grin to them, even the dark stuff. I always connected with that. We came from a scene where there were a lot of sad pricks on stage trying to be Nick Cave. It doesn’t work unless you’re Nick Cave. There are a million different ways to have fun, but that seemed the most natural one to us. We love being up there.”

The band were in the UK last month for tour dates supporting the album’s release. They hit the road in North America later this month for dates throughout the autumn. Tickets are on sale now.

Head to our music video page on the Stereoboard website for the latest video releases.

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This Week’s New Releases: Aphex Twin, Paul Weller and The Dirty Nil

This week is bonkers. Aphex Twin has returned with the ‘Collapse’ EP, while Paul Weller has followed up 2017’s ‘A Kind Revolution’ and Canadian Rockers the Dirty Nil have put out album #2.

If none of that piques your interest there’s loads more to check out below.

6LACK – ‘East Atlanta Love Letter’ (LVRN/Interscope Records)

Ann Wilson – ‘Immortal’ (BMG)

Aphex Twin – ‘Collapse’ EP (Warp)

Bob Moses – ‘Battle Lines’ (Domino)

Carrie Underwood – ‘Cry Pretty’ (Virgin EMI)

The Chills – ‘Snow Bound’ (Fire Records)

David Guetta – ‘7’ (Parlophone)

Dawn Landes – ‘Meet Me At The River’ (Yep Roc)

Dilly Dally – ‘Heaven’ (Partisan Records)

The Dirty Nil – ‘Master Volume’ (Dine Alone/Caroline)

Dreams – ‘No One Defeats Us’ (Virgin EMI)

Fatherson – ‘Sum Of All Your Parts’ (Easy Life Records)

First Aid Kit – ‘Tender Offerings’ EP (Columbia)

Ghetts – ‘Ghetto Gospel: The New Testament’ (GIIG/Caroline)

Good Charlotte – ‘Generation Rx’ (BMG)

Guerilla Toss – ‘Twisted Crystal’ (Dfa Records/Ada)

Hawkwind – ‘Road To Utopia’ (Cherry Red)

Jean-Michel Jarre – ‘Planet Jarre’ (Sony)

Jungle – ‘For Ever’ (XL Recordings)

Low – ‘Double Negative’ (Sub Pop)

Lyrics Born – ‘Quite A Life’ (Mobile Home Recordings)

Monster Truck – ‘True Rockers’ (Mascot)

Noname – ‘Room 25’ (Noname)

Orbital – ‘Monsters Exist’ (ACP Recordings)

Pale Waves – ‘My Mind Makes Noises’ (Dirty Hit)

Paul Weller – ‘True Meanings’ (Parlophone)

Petrol Girls – ‘The Future Is Dark’ EP (Hassle Records)

Sandro Perri – ‘In Another Life’ (Constellation)

Snakes In Paradise – ‘Step Into The Light’ (Frontiers Records)

Steven Page – ‘Discipline: Heal Thyself, Pt. II’ (Warner Music Canada)

Thrice – ‘Palms’ (Epitaph)

Throbbing Gristle – ‘Journey Through A Body/Mission Of Dead Souls’ (Mute)

Tony Bennett & Diana Krall – ‘Love Is Here To Stay’ (Verve/UMG)

Uriah Heep – ‘Living The Dream’ (Frontiers)

Wale – ‘Free Lunch’ EP (Warner Bros)

We Were Promised Jetpacks – ‘The More I Sleep The Less I Dream’ (Big Scary Monsters)

Willie Nelson – ‘My Way’ (Sony)

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Video Of The Week: The Dirty Nil – Bathed In Light

The Dirty Nil have released a video for Bathed in Light.

The track serves as the first single from the Canadian punk ‘n’ roll trio’s new album, ‘Master Volume’, which is out through Dine Alone Records on September 14.

Head to our music video page on the official Stereoboard website for the latest video releases.

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This Week’s New Releases: The 1975, Anthrax And The Dirty Nil

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This is an exciting week! Canadian trio the Dirty Nil are putting out their debut LP, the 1975 are releasing their absurdly titled sophomore album and New York thrashers Anthrax are racking up their 11th full-length offering.

However, there are plethora of new records out this week, including Yuck’s and Santigold’s third albums, among others, so make sure to take a look at the below.

The 1975 – ‘I Like It When You sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It’ (Dirty Hit/ Polydor)

Anthrax – ‘For All Kings’ (Nuclear Blast)

Anvil – ‘Anvil Is Anvil’ (Steamhammer)

The Dirty Nil – ‘Higher Power’ (Dine Alone/ Caroline)

DMA’s – ‘Hills End’ (Infectious)

Raleigh Ritchie – ‘You’re A Man Now Boy’ (Columbia)

Santigold – ’99¢'(Atlantic)

Yuck – ‘Stranger Things’ (Mamé Records)

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Eyes Peeled: Albums To Look Out For In 2016

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Twelve long months ahead. Thankfully, there’s some good stuff on the way. Point your eyes below for a few of the biggest/best/most interesting records expected this year.

Rihanna – ANTI

Is it finished? Is it a figment of our collective imagination? Dunno. But there’s a massive tour coming this summer so bet whatever you’ve got that Rihanna’s ‘ANTI’ will emerge, potentially surprise-style, shortly. Then watch it Godzilla the charts.

Release: TBC

Tegan and Sara – TBC

Album eight promises yet more pop brilliance, but from what direction remains unclear. ‘Heartthrob’ traded six strings for a full synth palette – see above – and worked a treat. Same again? Maybe. Maybe not.

Release: TBC

School of Seven Bells – SVIIB

Pieced together by Alejandra Deheza from parts recorded with Benjamin Curtis before his death in 2013, School of Seven Bells’ sign-off promises to be an emotional, perhaps even celebratory, experience. Early signs are that this will be one of the year’s finest pop records.

Release: February 12

Chairlift – Moth

The duo’s New York album. Expect it to blend the dancefloor exuberance of Ch-Ching with a light shone into the band’s personal lives. “Moths aren’t something you really see in New York City,” Caroline Polachek told Pitchfork recently. “You don’t see them very often, at least, but we liked the idea of the moth as a metaphor for vulnerability, for something that’s fragile but relentless at the same time.”

Release: January 22

Pusha T – King Push

If ‘Darkest Before Dawn’ was just a taste of what to expect, then this is going to be very, very good.

Release: Early summer

The Falcon – TBC

‘Unicornography’ was wild and addictive. This time around, Brendan Kelly, Dan Andriano and Neil Hennessy are joined by Dave Hause for what might be another short, sharp shot of weird punk.

Release: TBC

Santigold – 99¢

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Album three from Santi White and she’s set fair to make it three hits from three. Can’t Get Enough of Myself flat out rules.

Release: February 26

Pity Sex – White Hot Moon

A few years further down the road and we have a band in control of their strands of ethereal pop, shoegaze and indie-punk. High hopes.

Release: Spring

The Dirty Nil – Higher Power

Massive hooks. Noisy guitars.

Release: February 26

Animal Collective – Painting With

Swirling pop from the band’s LA shut-in. Could be a career high if the infectious FloriDada is anything to go by.

Release: February 19

Savages – Adore Life

A fundamentally exciting, unpredictable band with an album to match. Visceral and surprisingly soothing at times.

Release: January 22

Run The Jewels – RTJ3

There are very few voices in modern music that matter at all. Killer Mike and EL-P are two of them. Helps that everything they’ve released to date has been great, too.

Release: TBC

Will they? Won’t they?

Kanye West – SWISH

It’ll be along at some stage. What it’ll sound like is another thing entirely.

Frank Ocean – Boys Don’t Cry

No idea. Consult the crystal ball.

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