Here at Midcoast Station, we love a good reunion and nothing has had us more excited than the reunion of Guided by Voice’s ‘classic 93-96′ lineup.
Guided by Voices (GBV) began in the 1980s and was influential for its lo-fi aesthetic and production methods. The band was prolific in its releases, but unfortunately, the band stopped touring in 2004. Then, what began as a special treat for Matador Records’ 21st anniversary party in 2010, Guided by Voices reunited its classic lineup and this reunion has since turned into two new albums and new tours for fans.
Currently, Guided by Voices is touring in support of its second new release since the reunion, Class Clown Spots a UFO. You can stream a song from the album and watch the video for the title track below.
The band will be in Lawrence, Kansas, at the Granada on September 28, 2012. Buy tickets here and join us at the show.
In a surprise fan treat, Yeasayer has released a new track, “Henrietta,” to all fans signed up for their mailing list; they even sent out surprise physical copies to a few random fans. Now, the general public can also hear the new tune.
“Henrietta” was performed a bit on their 2011 summer tour. The band says the track is inspired by Henrietta Lacks, who will ‘live on forever’ (a lyric repeated in the refrain) because a doctor culture her cells in the ’50s without her consent and these are now the most commonly used human cell line used in medical research.
The song is featured on Yeasayer’s third studio album, Fragrant World, due out August 21 on Secretly Canadian. Stream the song and see Fragrant World‘s full tracklist below:
01. Fingers Never Bleed
03. Blue Paper
05. Devil and the Deed
06. No Bones
07. Reagan’s Skeleton
08. Demon Road
09. Damaged Goods
10. Folk Hero Shtick
11. Glass of the Microscope
Kenn Jankowski, the lead singer of the Republic Tigers, has a new solo project: ˈjæŋki.
ˈjæŋki is described as a ‘ruckusy kind of rock…obviously with keyboards.” Other than that, there isn’t too much known about ˈjæŋki, but you can get an early taste of what’s to come with a stream of “The Timing and the Spaces.”
“The Timing and the Spaces” is a danceable, uptempo and electronic heavy song. It reminds me a bit of the Republic Tigers if the Tigers dropped their percussion. Listen for yourself:
ˈjæŋki will be performing at this year’s Middle of the Map Fest in Kansas City. You can stay up to date with ˈjæŋki on Facebook.
Jack White is a music-making machine. Between the White Stripes, The Raconteurs, Third Man Records and various random collaborations with everyone from Alicia Keyes to Conan O’Brien, it’s amazing the man has energy for another project. Yet now, Jack White has a solo project.
Jack White’s solo debut album, Blunderbuss, will be out April 24 on Third Man Records/Columbia. The single, “Love Interruption,” is out now digitally, but will also be released February 7 with a a non-LP B-side titled, “Machine Gun Silhouette.”
Joining Jack White on the background vocals for the “Love Interruption” single is Grammy-awarded singer Ruby Amanfu. Musicians Brooke Waggoner and Emily Bowland join on instruments.
Stream the song below and stay up to date with Jack’s solo project at jackwhiteiii.com.