January 26, 2007

This Week's Hotness: American Hardcore, Bad Brains, Bloc Party

American Hardcore>> The awesome documentary "American Hardcore" will be released on DVD Feb. 20. The disc features 90 minutes of additional material including extra interviews, live performances, photos and commentary from the filmmaker. You can already pre-order the DVD from Amazon here as well as at the web sites of numerous other traditionally brick-and-mortar outfits. We reviewed the theatrical release of "American Hardcore" when it screened in Boston in October here. We also wrote about the film in September and July.

>> Speaking of seminal American hardcore music, the original lineup of Bad Brains will indeed release a new record this year. According to this interview with bassist Daryl Jennifer at Late Night Wallflower, Build A Nation will be released by Megaforce this spring. The set was produced by Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch. Bad Brains will play select dates, but will not embark on a full tour to support the set. [Via Pun Canoes]

>> Domino Records will release a new collaboration between Kieran Hebden (Fourtet) and drummer Steve Reid March 19. The set is called Tongues and it apparently features shorter tracks than those captured on the collection of improvisations the duo released last year titled The Exchange Session. Here's a little promo clip.

>> Folks who pre-order the forthcoming Bloc Party record on ITunes will receive two bonus tracks delivered along with the set when A Weekend In The City is officially released Feb. 6. The non-album cuts are "Cain Said To Abel" and "Atonement." Also included with pre-orders are the video for the British post-punk quartet's "I Still Remember," and one of those digital booklets that we don't think anybody ever actually looks at.

>> We were so short on time this week we didn't get a chance to make mention of the news that Dinosaur Jr. has inked with Fat Possum, and the label will release the first new record of the trio's reunited original lineup since the late '80s. The set is called Beyond and it will be released May 1. A much-anticipated live DVD capturing performances from the band's first couple legs of its reunion tour will also be released in May. Billboard has all the details here.

>> Finally, if you missed our latest star turn in the print media, check out this Boston Globe article about Tourb.us and Tourfilter. We get the second quote. We hope to scan the hard-copy version of the article and post it in the sidebar with our other press mentions sometime soon.

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