Quick Hits & Hero Destroyed, Manchester Orchestra, Kevin Devine, Mumiy Troll, Tim Armstrong, New Whole Usuals

posted January 31, 2010

  • Pittsburgh's Hero Destroyed entered the studio this weekend to begin work on their debut full-length. The band is recording with engineer Dave Watson at Soundscape Studios in McKeesport, PA. The album is tentatively titled Throes and will see a summer 2010 release date. Additional album details will be announced shortly. Hero Destroyed recently posted a demo track, "The Last Upper," from the forthcoming album online on MySpace.
  • Manchester Orchestra and Kevin Devine released the two-song digital bundle, "I Could Be The Only One." The two songs are Manchester Orchestra covering Kevin Devine's "I Could Be With Anyone" and Kevin Devine covering Manchester Orchestra's "The Only One."
  • Mumiy Troll continues its experiments with new formats for the band's music, with the English language EP Paradise Ahead previously released in MP3 format now available as Appbum (APPlication alBUM) developed by FlySoft for iPhone. Appbum displays Mumiy Troll's videos, photos and lyrics from Paradise Ahead, the band's history and discography and allows users to communicate to other Appbum listeners.
  • Rancid's Tim Armstrong and John Roecker have teamed up to collaborate on a new web series called Svengali. The series debuts on February 1. Svengali is a detective show that includes murder, music, sex, intrigue and a drunk detective (Roecker) battling it out with the evil professor (Armstrong). The series is an homage to the 1970s detective shows (i.e. drinking, smoking, not PC) of yesteryear but set in 2010 using the city of Los Angeles as a back drop. Shot guerilla style with no permits or taste this is one web series people will never forget. Special guest star Jane Wiedlin from the Go-Go's also makes an appearance. The show will run though March.
  • The New Whole Usuals have announced that their forthcoming release "Every New Whole Usual Will Die" is due out February 9, 2010, on Me And the Machine.