Posts Tagged: post-punk

This Week in Posivibes: The Features

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This week, Flying Nun is reissuing work by the Features, particularly 1980’s X-Features. Besides the fact that the record is some great post-punk, Raven Sings the Blues did a fine job of highlighting their importance in terms of time and place:

The band acted as an angular and jagged counterpoint to the majority of Kiwipop’s more jangled stable of players and in some ways ushered in a focus on post-punk in the [New Zealand] scene.

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Song of the Day: “When the Tequila Runs Out”

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Dawes is one of a handful of groups, including peers like Wilco and Broken Social Scene, who have undergone personnel changes without losing the essential heart and soul that make them who they are. Their first manifestation in 2006 as the post-punk group Simon Dawes included the multi-talented guitarist and producer Blake Mills.

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This Week in Posivibes: Omni

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The Atlanta-based post-punk band is releasing their first album, Deluxe, on July 8th and have been garnering anticipatory kudos around the Internet. Raven Sings the Blues wrote, “All the songs on their debut, Deluxe are bent and battered into metal shapes, though it’s their vocals that betray their new wave nods under the veneer of true grit punk spirit,” and Pitchfork noted that the group has “caught that essential combination of steely rigor and fiery energy, ripping out quick gems that exude control without sacrificing guts.” The trio includes Frankie Broyles (formerly of Deerhunter), Billy Mitchell, and Philip Frobos (of Carnivores).

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Song of the Day: “Berlin Got Blurry”

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Strangeness is not altogether a new concept for Parquet Courts, a NYC-based band that resists labels but falls somewhere between garage rock and post-punk, with an overarching sympathy for “indie” (whatever that means today). The arty group have gained notoriety for their intelligent lyrics and self-aware sound, especially since their widely appreciated 2012 record, Light Up Gold.

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This Week in Posivibes: A Tribute to ’80s New York

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In a bid against HBO’s Vinyl over-romanticizing ’70s New York to the exception of other decades, the Guardian published a piece on why the ’80s were more important than popular fantasy seems to suggest. The profile covers the post-punk scene, heavy with nostalgia for nights when the partying “was more like, ‘Let’s read some Rimbaud and talk about it while doing coke all night,’” as Cynthia Sley from the Bush Tetras said.

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This Week in Posivibes: The Wake

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In a continued bid to reissue all things that are amazing and that record collectors covet, Captured Tracks is releasing a combined LP and EP/Singles collection by the great post-punk band The Wake. The album in question is Here Comes Everybody (1985) and the EPs and Singles included are Talk About the Past (1984), Of The Matter (1985), and Something That No One Else Can Bring (1987).

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This Week in Posivibes: Tom Diabo Dark Star Reissue

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Enthusiasm has been gathering for today’s reissue of Tom Diabo’s Dark Star, written from 1979–86 as the German post-punk artist first recuperated from, and then sadly finally died of, cancer. The reissue is coming via Body Double LTD, a subsidiary of Captured Tracks led by Corey Cunningham (Terry Malts) and Matt Kallman (Real Estate, formerly of GIRLS).

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Song of the Day: “I Start To Run”

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The arrival of chillier weather means that the joggers among us may need some encouragement to meet our goals. But even the exercise-averse will appreciate the driving mania of White Denim’s single, “I Start To Run.” The Austin, Texas-based four-piece showcase their impressive rock chops in this energizing track off their 2009 record, Fits.

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