Let Now Praise Noise: An Increasingly Infrequent New Music Column

It’s been a minute, huh? Well, I’ll make up for Let Us Now Praise Noise’s absence by hipping you to plenty of new music this week, including Chris Cavoretto, Gang of Four, DOA, Mick Harvey, and more.

Chris Cavoretto covers “Don’t Change”

LUNPN favorite and the man behind Werewolves In Siberia, Mr. Chris Cavoretto has released a new single on his Bandcamp page. It’s a fantastic cover of INXS’s “Change.” Chris said its his favorite New Wave song and he does a masterful job with this cover!

BMSR blooms

Black Moth Super Rainbow will be touring to support their new album Panic Blooms. The album is a downbeat, psychedelic trip so try and catch the band if you can.

BMSR Tour Dates:
THU 5/31 WASHINGTON, DC Black Cat
FRI 6/1 PHILADELPHIA, PA Union Transfer
SAT 6/2 NEW YORK, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
SUN 6/3 BOSTON, MA Brighton Music Hall
THU 6/14 CINCINNATI, OH Urban Artifact
FRI 6/15 DETROIT, MI El Club
SAT 6/16 CHICAGO, IL Metro
SUN 6/17 COLUMBUS, OH Skully’s Music Diner
FRI 8/10 PITTSBURGH, PA Mr. Smalls
SAT 8/11 LOUISVILLE, KY Headliners
SUN 8/12 ASHEVILLE, NC Orange Peel
TUE 8/14 AUSTIN, TX Mohawk
WED 8/15 HOUSTON, TX White Oak Music Hall
FRI 8/17 ATLANTA, GA Masquerade (Hell)
SAT 8/18 NASHVILLE, TN Mercy Lounge

The return of Ommadon

Ommadon returns with a Dry Cough Records release called End Times. It’s one piece played over two parts. In mid-April there will be videos accompanying each part. The album will drop on May 1. Ommadon, for those uninitiated, is a brutal doom/drone metal group from Glagow. Check out their Bandcamp page to immerse yourself in the heavy.

Gang of Four EP coming soon

On April 20 we get a new 4 song EP from UK classic punks Gang of Four, called Complicit, featuring Ivanka Trump on the cover. Gang of Four has been one of the coolest bands for years and they’re not backing down anytime soon apparently! The first track, “Lucky,” is a funky update of punkish New Wave, which will appeal especially to fans of the “I Love A Man In Uniform” era. Following Complicit will be a full length later this this summer!

DOA isn’t dead

Speaking of old punks who still rule, Canada’s DOA are coming back May 1st with a new album called Fight Back. DOA was there at the birth of hardcore and remained one of the sub-genre’s best bands, as well as its longest lasting.

US TOUR DATES (w/ MDC as main support):
5/21 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
5/22 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
5/23 – Fort Collins,CO @ Hodi’s Half Note
5/24 – Denver, CO @ Streets Of London Pub
5/26 – Las Vegas, NV @ Punk Rock Bowling Festival
5/29 – Laguna Niguel, CA @ Karmann Bar
5/30 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Viper Room
5/31 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
6/02 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
6/03 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
6/04 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
6/05 – Harlingen, TX @ Hop Shop
6/06 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda
6/07 – Houston, TX @ The Secret Group
6/08 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
6/09 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar and Grill
6/10 – Tulsa, OK @ Shrine
6/12 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
6/13 – Des Moines, IA @ Lefty’s Live Music
6/15 – Billings, MT @ The Pub Station
6/16 – Spokane, WA @ The Pin!

US & CANADA TOUR DATES (w/ Down By Law + Kevin Seconds (of 7 Seconds) playing solo:
07/06 – Vancouver, BC @ First Annual Fight Back Festival, Rickshaw Theater
07/11 – Regina
07/12 – Winnipeg
07/13 – Thunder Bay
07/14 – Minneapolis
07/15 – Green Bay
07/16 – Madison
07/17 – Milwaukee
07/18 – Chicago
07/19 – Detroit
07/20 – Cleveland
07/21 – Buffalo
07/22 – Brooklyn
07/23 – Philly
07/24 – TBA
07/25 – Toronto
07/26 – Ottawa
07/27 – Montreal ¹77 Festival

Swedish band Deny blazes back

And then Swedish crust punk/d-beat band Deny are returning this year with new music! Not quite as old school as DOA, as they formed in 1995, but they’ve been quiet since 2000. Their absence hasn’t caused them to miss a step though; Parasite in Paradise is a blazing set of eight songs, over and done in a mere thirteen minutes. Cramada will release the album on April 27.

Mick Harvey does Serge Gainsbourg

Ex-Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Mick Harvey, has released a new video for “I Love You…Nor Do I,” from his fourth volume of Serge Gainsbourg cover albums, Intoxicated Women. The video is as pretty as the song, on which Harvey duets with singer Andrea Schroeder.

Happy Birthday to Tangerine Dream

Celebrating 50 years since the formation of the group, Tangerine Dream will re-release last year’s Quantum Gate to include the Quantum Key EP. Even if you don’t immediately recognize the band’s name, you know their sound and influence, as they’ve done extensive soundtrack work and had a profound influence on synth music. The album will be available April 20 from Kscope.

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins fans rejoice

And finally, and perhaps most importantly, Manifesto Records will be releasing a major 2 disc collection of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins music called Are You One of Jay’s Kids? The Complete Bizarre Session 1990-1994. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins was Alice Cooper before Alice Cooper, mixing blues, R&B, and soul with irreverent theatricality, including Voodoo and being brought on to stage in a coffin. You might remember the great Screamin’ Jay in Jim Jarmusch’s Midnight Train. This is a great collection, including tracks from his classic album Black Music For White People. The album dropped on March 27, so get to your local record store or order direct from Manifesto Records. Check out a previously unheard track courtesy of L.A. Weekly.

 

 

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