>Chicago hero hipsters (or wannabe pretentious bores depending on who you talk to) joan of arc have a new tape and cd out at the end of this month. Testimonium Songs will be released through Polyvinly (cd and record) and Joyful Noise (tape) on 30th July. Joan of arc have had many highs, but also many lows throughout the last couple of decades. Live in Chicago, 1999 is one of the best records of all time, but all too often JOA seem too complicated and highbrow to actually enjoy. So, here’s hoping TS will be a return to form. The clip below sounds pretty cool anyway, and a lot better than the Pixies latest offering.
Domino Records report today that Arctic Monkeys will release their fifth album “AM” on 9th September. Some of their recent albums I’ve found a bit bland, but with Josh Homme, Pete Thomas and Bill Ryder-Jones, poet John Cooper Clarke, all making guest appearances let’s hope it’s a good one. Over at pitchfork you can watch a couple of videos from the new album too.
I was on a 6 hour bus ride on Sunday and tuned into NPR’s “records of the summer” podcast which did the job of providing an interesting backdrop to the passing dreary motorway traffic, but then I heard a song from the new Bosnian Rainbows record called “turtleneck” and it blew me away. Bosnian Rainbows features x-Mars Volta members and I hope this record wakes a few people up. When I found out NPR is streaming the entire record on their “First Listen” programme and I had to stop myself shaking the elderly lady sitting next to me to tell her it’s time to throw her Tom Jones tape away and listen to this instead.