There is a lot of new music to talk about this month. So here’s an incomplete run down of stuff you might want to check out.
First, I’ll start with a band I had the pleasure of experiencing this past Saturday at Bottletree in Birmingham: Godspeed You! Black Emperor. I’m not even sure how many people were on stage at any given time – two guitarists, two bassists, two percussionists, a violinist, and in the back of the room was a projectionist with multiple reel projectors. I may have missed one; I’m not sure. They played Bottletree, playing a mix of old and new, and when I say “new,” I mean stuff off the new album they were selling, but which has an official release date of Oct. 16. The album – ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! – is great (and of course, you can hear it many places online, including on the Guardian’s website.)
Today, Bad Books released a new album, titled II. This is the band that includes Andy Hull from Manchester Orchestra and Kevin Devine. You can hear the album on Spotify.
Ben Gibbard, the front man for Death Cab for Cutie, has a new solo album coming out this month. You can hear all of Former Lives on YouTube.
…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead has a new album on the way. Lost Songs, which from what I’ve read contains all new songs… They just release a new music video for the song “Catatonic.” See it here.
If you’re a Coheed and Cambria fan, you probably already know that they released their newest album, The Afterman, today.
And Chelsea Wolfe, whose performance I caught a couple of months ago when she toured with Russian Circles and Marriages, has a new album coming out as well. You can hear Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs here.