Get Up Kids leave Vagrant, will self-release new album

The Get Up Kids have officially ended their tenure on long time label Vagrant Records and will be self-releasing their brand new album. Speaking to AltPress, front man Matt Pryor disclosed the reasons for leaving their label home since 1999’s seminal Something to Write Home About, saying;

We had a really great relationship with Vagrant, but felt that with the proverbial rebirth of the band, we wanted to start our own label. Do everything ourselves like we did in the beginning.”

The band have unveiled the title for their upcoming record, There Are Rules, which will see home on the band’s own Quality Hill Records. The release is expected January 25th, 2011.

Certainly a loss for Vagrant, but an established act like the Get Up Kids who are untied to a major label deal would see the benefits of complete control of their album in today’s industry climate. It will be interesting to see who ends up distributing the physical release- the only real hurdle independent bands have in this day and age.

There Are Rules will be the first new Get Up Kids album since 2004’s Guilt Show. We enjoyed the Simple Science EP and it’s more experimental tones, and as unlikely as it is, we can all still hope for more material that sounds a little more like this.

There Are Rules tracklist:
01. Tithe
02. Regent’s Court
03. Shatter Your Lungs
04. Automatic
05. Pararelevant
06. Rally ‘Round the Fool
07. Better Lie
08. Keith Case
09. The Widow Paris
10. Birmingham
11. When It Dies
12. Rememorable

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Video: Amy Meredith – “Young at Heart”

Admittedly we have not been the biggest supporters of Australian based music, even though I myself live within the musically gifted walls of Melbourne. Be it the musical upbringing I’ve experienced or personal taste, there was no reason to support Australian music for the sake of supporting Australian music. If a great Australian band came across our radar, then by all means we’ll give it the credit they deserve.

Enter Amy Meredith; not a singular artist but a pop-tinged rock group from Sydney made up of well-dressed gentlemen with a penchant for dance-infused melodies, skittering percussions and on more than one occasion, sugary sweet vocals (frontman Christian Lo Russo sounds a little like the All-American Rejects’ Tyson Ritter).

Their debut album Restless was released earlier this year and while the band initially struggled to find their footing, the album is as every bit compact and welcoming as it is gloriously youthful and vibrant. Some of the album’s initial singles are a little clunky (most notably “Pornstar”; where the band forget the take their fingers off the synthesizer) but their latest, “Young at Heart”, is essentially perfect. It’s quintessentially optimistic, like the waking days and the endless nights of teenage thrills.

You can check out the video above; a near flawless connection between the tune and the aesthetics. Unlike The Temper Trap and their shallow appeal, Amy Meredith have more than just one good card trick up their well knit sleeves. Their dress sense may be a little too indie chic, but their music is every bit you and me.


Mock Orange to release Disguised as Ghosts in 2011

Indie rockers Mock Orange are preparing for the release of their new album Disguised as Ghosts. The release is set to hit stores in February on Wednesday Records.

The group last released Captain Love in 2008 after being dormant from the North American release market for nearly 4 years. The band had previously worked with noted indie labels Lobster Records (releasing their two most recognized albums Nines & Sixes and The Record Play) and Dead Droid Records.

Both labels have since gone belly-up with the latter most famously at the hands of one Mr. George Lucas.

You can now stream the band’s newest single, “Grow Your Soul Away”, on the label’s website.


Mixtapes to release Short Collection of Short Songs in November

Melodic punk rockers Mixtapes are releasing a brand new 7″ featuring 6 new tracks of recommended pop punk/rock. The 7″ offers no shortage of boy/girl vocals, buzzing guitars and sweet harmonies and is out via their label, Animal Style, November 30th. The slab o’ wax is limited to a pressing of 500 on three colorways (orange / yellow mix, lime green, electric blue). You can check out the track list below.

Until then, you can grab a free Mixtapes song by “tweeting for a track“- and as the action suggests, one tweet and you’ll get a nice download of the song “I’m Like”. We like. Their song “I Was a Teenage Poltergeist” (on their myspace) is of particular interest- think Screeching Weasel/Teen Idols!

01. Birthday Party Summer Camp (Hellloo Meggann)
02. The Real Hotel California
03. Soups Whatever
04. I’m Like
05. Whit’s End
06. Anna Maria


My Chemical Romance reveal “Sing” single art

Fresh from the release of the music video for the track “Na Na Na“, My Chemical Romance have revealed the new artwork of their next single “Sing.” The track come from their hotly anticipated new album, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, due November 22nd.

Feeling the artwork? The band’s new aesthetic has been their most cohesive yet, and will surely tie in well with the expected rock n’ roll extravagance of the new album.


Dave Grohl reunites with Krist Novoselic, Butch Vig on new Foos

Dave Grohl is getting the band back together again… well, almost. In the closest thing you’ll ever see to Nirvana’s remnants reuniting, Grohl recently spoke to BBC Radio and divulged that former bandmate and ex-Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic will appear on the upcoming Foo Fighters album. The duo will be working once again with Garbage drummer Butch Vig who will handle production duties on the record.

Vig last worked with Grohl some twenty years ago on that little album called Nevermind. Grohl had this to say about working with Vig and the content of their new material;

This whole project has been really cool. I haven’t made a record with Butch for 20 years. Each song is full on, the whole record is full on. In the 14 songs there’s not one acoustic guitar, there’s not even one in the house.”

Grohl proclaims that 2011 will be the year of the Foos, proclaiming that we wouldn’t be able to “get them out of our hair“.

That’s alright Dave, just as long as you give us ‘Rock n’ Roll Grohl‘ and not ‘Top 40 Dave‘, we’re okay with that.

Film, Videos

New Tron Legacy clip features Olivia Wilde light running

Walt Disney Pictures have posted a short 1-minute clip from the anticipated Tron Legacy film scheduled to hit cinemas December 17, 2010.

The clip features Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund (playing Sam Flynn- the son of Kevin Flynn from the original) speeding around in a “Light Runner”. You can’t see a lot, but the dark visuals and the amazing use of lights stands out pretty great. Any enthusiast of visual cinema would do themselves an injustice if they don’t check it out come December.

Tron Legacy is the sequel to 1982 science fiction flick Tron, itself an advanced and revolutionary piece of computer graphics enhanced filmmaking. The long awaited sequel features Jeff Bridges reprising his role as computer programmer Kevin Flynn and follows the story some twenty years later when his son Sam, discovers that his long lost father has in fact, been trapped inside the program he created.


First Captain America photos unveiled

Entertainment Weekly have unveiled the first look at Chris Evans as Captain America. The photos reveal a little detail of what Evans will look as Steve Rogers along with glimpses of the suit.

The film will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America. The primary villain of the film, Red Skull, is being portrayed by Hugo Weaving.

Directed by Joe Johnston (Jurassic Park 3) and co-starring Sebastian Stan (as sidekick Bucky Barnes), Hayley Atwell, Tommy Lee Jones, Neal McDonough and Samuel L. Jackson (reprising his Nick Fury character), Captain America: The First Avenger is slated to hit cinemas July 22, 2011.

Anticipation and excitement peaked from this first look, summer next year is looking to be a banner year for big budget blockbusters.


Trailer watch: Sam Neill and Stephen Moyer in ‘Ice’

Notice: The above trailer is not actually a trailer for The Day After Tomorrow’s edited out scenes, nor is it a trailer for a movie by infamous rip-off studio The Asylum, it is however, a trailer for a new movie starring Sam Neill (Jurassic Park) and Stephen Moyer (True Blood) about the impending ice age that will someday doom humanity called Ice.

The trailer is made watchable by the appearance of Claire Forlani.