Quick Hits & Clips: Death Cab For Cutie, Orba Squara, As Tall As Lions, In Mourning, Pelican, Shepard Fairey And Daniel Ash, Black Numbers, Free Energy

posted August 28, 2009

  • Death Cab for Cutie is the first confirmed band to be featured on the upcoming New Moon soundtrack, contributing an exclusive new song called "Meet Me On the Equinox." MTV.com will debut the song during the broadcast of the MTV Video Music Awards on September 13th. The soundtrack will be available October 20th on Atlantic/Chop Shop Records. Visit author Stephenie Meyer's site for an exclusive statement from Death Cab for Cutie bassist Nick Harmer about writing "Meet Me On the Equinox."
  • After securing national distribution, Orba Squara's second release The Trouble With Flying will now come out October 27th. The single and title track, which features guitar and vocals from Billy Squier, is currently on iTunes and is available for download and streaming. Orba's toungue-in-cheek cover of Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" is also available.
  • New York's As Tall As Lions' 3rd full-length, "You Can't Take it with You" debuted at #88 on the Billboard Top 200 this week. It's the band's first Top 200 debut. ATAL will be direct support on MUTEMATH's 35-date "Armistice Tour" this Fall, starting September 22nd in Cincinnati, OH.
  • Swedish melancholic metallers In Mourning recently entered Black Lounge Studio (Scar Symmetry, Carnal Forge, Steel Attack, etc.) with producer/producer Jonas Kjellgren (Carnal Forge, Centinex, etc.) to begin work on the follow-up to their successful debut release "Shrouded Divine." Drum tracks are already completed. Said drummer Crille: "Yesterday I managed to nail all the drums for our upcoming album. I'm very pleased with how they turned out and the following days, Mr. Kjellgren will do the mixing of the drums. We expect to begin the recording of guitars at the end of this week. Check out video from the recording [..]!"
  • Pelican have posted a new track from their upcoming album on their official MySpace page. The song, entitled "Strung Up From The Sky," is one of the eight tracks from the band's upcoming full-length "What We All Come To Need," being released on October 27th, their first for Southern Lord Recordings.
  • Street artist Shepard Fairey has interviewed guitarist and singer Daniel Ash. Fairey, who designed the cover art for the "New Tales To Tell - A Tribute to Love and Rockets" album (not to mention the ever-so-famous Hope poster for Barack Obama), and Ash take you on a journey through time in this interview, hitting everything from Love and Rockets' latest shows as well as Ash's opinions on some of the other bands on the album.
  • Starting earlier this week and continuing for the next two weeks, New Jersey independent punk label Black Numbers will partner with Bandcamp.com to offer its entire catalog as a donation-based digital download. All albums are available in several bitrates and formats, including mp3, AAC, FLAC, Ogg Vorbis and Apple Lossless.
  • Check out the music video from Free Energy for their debut single, also called "Free Energy."