Wednesday, June 3, 2020
A year prior to Duster’s landmark debut album Stratosphere, Clay Parton, Dove Amber, and Jason Albertini quietly issued a prequel LP into the great expanse. An ode to ’70s Kosmische, Hier Kommt Der Schwartze Mond is a skeletal space nap for the prozac generation. Remixed and remastered from the original 16 track analog tapes, the 1998 album has been adjoined by 15 period-appropriate bonus tracks. A fuzzy masterpiece, hidden in plain sight, by the most important slowcore band of all time.
Benjamin Gibbard debuted live stripped-down acoustic versions of "Proxima B" during the Smithsonian's National Air; Space Museum virtual concert Space Songs: Through the Distance, and during his weekly livestream performances from his home in Seattle. This is the fully fleshed-out studio version of "Proxima B", paired with b-side "Filler," a revelatory piano-vocal cover that brings Gibbard's trademark melancholy to the straight-edge DC hardcore classic by Minor Threat.
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
The album's first single "Giovanna Please" sounds like the Norwegian countryside, too, not too far from what Ladybug Transistor is known for, but verdant and very spring-like with those knockout strings. "If you listen you may notice it’s a bit of a Greenwich Village song," says Gary, "which was a playground for me during my high school years.”
Sunday, May 31, 2020
On the song Anna Sofia said: “I wrote this song as a note to someone I really care for. They have been struggling with body image issues and have always been very self-conscious. I wanted to find a way to really get through to them and let them know how I feel about them -to let them know that I love them no matter what they look like.”