Sune Rose Wagner Gets His Sune Rose Wagner On


Sune Rose Wagner /Juvenile Delinquent / BUY

Fans of Sune Rose Wagner’s dayjob — jointly fronting sleek noir-rock two-piece The Raveonettes — won’t be disappointed by this stripped down solo venture. That is, if they don’t mind foreign languages. Indeed, the Danish Wagner is offering up this record of vintage Specter pop and hazy half-shoegaze, all delivered in his native tounge. But Danish is a beautiful language, complimenting Wagner’s soothing coo perhaps even better than the English he’s employed on countless Raveonettes releases. The stand out here is the blissful “Beruset of Forhadt,” available for download below.

MP3 : Sune Rose Wagner – Beruset og Forhadt

Sinners Maybe, Winners Definitely


The Holloways are a cheeky lil’ lot from North London who deliver light-hearted pop songs with a classically British flair. Despite having the attitude of a gang of skint kids just looking to have a good time, they’ve had four singles hit the UK Top 40 charts. Their latest offering, full of charming accent-heavy vocals, is the four song EP named after its lead-off track, Sinners & Winners. Playful and inviting, the songs bounce around with jubilant harmonies and infectious melodies. Their upcoming long-player, Tales From The Tarmac, will be released in February with a whole new batch of hopelessly catchy riffs.

Never ones to forget their true fans, The Holloways once played a show on top of their van for a mass of underaged kids who weren’t able to get into a gig. Respect.

The RZA Presents Afro Samurai: Resurrection, 2nd Release From Wu Music Group


This morning Wu Music Group, the newly formed label run by the administrative mind of Mitchell “Divine” Diggs and the creative force of Wu-Tang Clan’s chief architect “The RZA” (and home to all things Wu), announced The RZA Presents Afro Samurai: Resurrection. The album will be the second new release from Wu Music Group, following 2007’s 8 Diagrams.

But this isn’t just any Wu-Tang release. Afro Samurai: Resurrection is the soundtrack to the second season of Afro Samurai, an animated series executive produced by and starring Samuel L. Jackson as a black samurai hell bent on revenge. RZA soundtracked the first season in 2007 with collabos with the likes of Big Daddy Kane, Q-Tip, Talib Kweli, and more. Afro Samurai: Resurrection continues the trend with tracks featuring members of the Wu-Tang Clan, Kool G Rap, Rah Digga, and new Wu Music Group proteges such as Boy Jones, the late ODB’s son. RZA’s streaming the first two singles on his Wu Music Tube right now, and the album hits stores on January 27th, the same day season two starts airing on SPIKE TV. True Afro Samurai fans can grab the Afro Samurai: Resurrection video game for PS3 or XBox 360 on the same day and the Afro Samurai: Resurrection DVD with extras on the DVD on February 3rd. Tour dates after the jump.

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Top Ten Albums of 2008 – Josh Grabelle (Trustkill)


Trustkill is the brainchild of its current president, Josh Grabelle.  Starting out as a hardcore punk fanzine, it quickly moved into the role of record label when Grabelle decided to release a compilation. The move turned out to be a good one, and Trustkill’s wide array of rock, metal and hardcore releases has now earned them the recognition of being one the most important hardcore labels out there, with such notable albums as Poison the Well’s “Opposite of December.”

So, we asked Josh to let us know what releases he couldn’t stop playing this year.

THE GASLIGHT ALBUM 59 Sound
VOLBEATRock the Rebel/Metal the Devil
FOUR YEAR STRONG – Rise or Die Trying
CHILDREN OF BODOM Blooddrunk
HEAVAN SHALL BURNIconoclast
ANBERLINNew Surrender
RISE AGAINSTAppeal To Reason
BRING ME THE HORIZONSuicide Season
ALKALINE TRIOAgony & Irony
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
Scream Aim Fire

And to refresh your memory, Trustkill put these records out in 2008:

STONERIDER Three Legs Of Trouble BUY
THIS IS HELLMisfortunes BUY
CRASH ROMEO – Gave Me The Clap BUY
WALLS OF JERICHO Redemption BUY
BLEEDING THROUGHDeclaration
WALLS OF JERICHOThe American Dream BUY
TERRORForever Crossing The Line
ADVERSARY Singularity

Our Favorites Are Your Favorites Too – Part II – Paste Magazine


The glossy for contemporary media aficionados, Paste Magazine, spoke well of some of The Rind’s most cherished releases in their Best of 2008 album picks. The SF boys The Dodos, whose sound has been dubbed “acoustic troubadour meets freak-folk,” made the list with their Frenchkiss debut, Visiter. Icelandic one-man band Mugison got some love for his fourth cut, Mugiboogie. Indie pop favorites, Mates of State, came back for another acclaimed round with Re-Arrange Us, while The Raveonettes perfected their fuzzed out noir-rock on February’s, Lust Lust Lust. We’re also proud to see The Walkmen on the list, not only because of their stellar album, You & Me, but also thanks to their impressive charity efforts.

Take a look at the rest of the list here.