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Pixies Wrote New Song About Ex-Bassist Kim Deal

Pixies Wrote New Song About Ex-Bassist Kim Deal

What’s a new bassist to do when she joins a super famous rock group? Write an ode to the old one, of course. The Pixies wrote a song about Kim Deal, you guys. That’s not the only music news worth buzzing about. Brand New released a surprise EP of reworked demos, Kathleen Hanna and the Julie Ruin took live TV by storm, AlunaGeorge dropped a sultry new single, Bon Iver announced a west coast tour, and Preoccupations keep post-punk alive on “Degraded.”

The Pixies announced a new album last week called Head Carrier as well as a kickin’ new single, “Um Chagga Lagga,” which you can revisit above. That song is full of heated words, but apparently there’s another new track on the way that’s even hotter. In an interview with BBC 6 Music, frontman Frank Black said that their new bassist, Paz Lenchantin, sings a song on the record about former bassist Kim Deal. It’s a “thank you letter” of sorts that she encouraged him to write. It’s only a matter of time until we get to hear what those lyrics actually say. Stay tuned. [Pitchfork]

Slowly but surely, Brand New march closer to their end as a band. While they’re teasing a break-up in 2018, the emo rock outfit will continue to slowly feed fans new music. First came “I Am a Nightmare” several months ago. Now, Brand New dropped a new EP called 3 Demos, Reworked which is self-explanatory in content. It sees two versions of “Brother’s Song,” “Missing You,” and “1996,” both newly recorded takes and their original 2006 form from the Leaked Demos 2006 album. If you want a vinyl copy, be patient. They will be for sale at an undisclosed time soon. [Pitchfork]

Last week, The Julie Ruin returned with their sophomore studio album, Hit Reset. It’s full of dance-worthy jams and punchy numbers, the exact type of material you expect from riot grrrl Kathleen Hanna. Well, those energetic rockers took to the stage at Late Night with Seth Meyers to perform “I Decide” from that very album. Their performance speaks for itself. Check it out above. [Consequence of Sound]

While we wait for their sophomore album to drop, AlunaGeorge will slowly unveil new songs. That is, until today. The dance-pop duo shared “Mean What I Mean” on BBC Radio 1 yesterday, and with that premiere came news of the LP. It’s called I Remember and drops in September. Now, to help you with the waiting game, you get to groove to that lucious new number above. Thank goodness. [Rolling Stone]

Bon Iver, Fall Creek Wisconsin, August, 2010. ..Photo by D.L. Anderson

Image Credit: Bon Iver/D.L. Anderson

Even though Justin Vernon said they were done, Bon Iver can’t seem to stay quiet very long. The sad folk rock, indie rock, whatever-you-want-to-call-this-emotional-music rock act will play a string of shows on the west coast this fall. After playing Vernon’s own Eaux Claires Festival in August, the band will hit up four cities in California in October. It seems strange to play multiple places in one state and not elsewhere, so we’re betting a full US tour (and maybe even a world tour) will be announced in a month or two. [Consequence of Sound]

At last, Viet Cong are proving a name change doesn’t change a good sound. The post-punk quartet are rallying behind their sophomore self-titled album with their new moniker, Preoccupations, speaking for itself. On “Degraded,” they dive into the vintage post-punk sound, striking similarities to Joy Division and other icons. It’s the perfect song to help you get through the week. Check it out above and then listen to it again and again when it’s over. [Consequence of Sound]

That’s it for today, but we’ll see you back here on Friday for another Music Dispatch!

Image: Pixies, 4AD

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