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Easter's DEMONSTRATION reissued, Kyle Lang's Special Death 7'' released on Rat King Records

Although Special Death isn't a local project, Rat King Records is a local label, and Special Death features Kyle Lang of Easter. Easter lived a wonderful existence in Champaign-Urbana, and I posted a little while back about the lovely DEMONSTRATION on Easter.

Special Death just released a new 7'' on Rat King Records, and the label also is reissueing DEMONSTRATION on cassette.

Here's the video for "Night With A Friend" from the Special Death release:

Top photo is a screenshot from the video.
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Gazelle's Sunblown came out 10 years ago this week

Gazelle's Sunblown might be a record and a band you've never heard of, and that's OK. Adam Fein of Absinthe Blind and Jeff Dimpsey of Hum, Honcho Overload, and National Skyline made this record, and it came out 10 years ago this week — June 10th, 2008. Sunblown was released on Hidden Agenda, and rated as one of the best releases of the decade by the SP team back in 2009.

Stream the record below:

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Winder announce EP, GONE, FOR GOOD; stream new track "Brain Tired"

Winder has announced a new EP entitled GONE, FOR GOOD — and you can stream a brand new track below, "Brain Tired". The band has a performance tonight at Blips and Chitz, and you can preorder the album via their Bandcamp (linked above). The EP is out July 6th.

This release is a follow up to 2017's ALWAYS ASSUME.

 
GONE, FOR GOOD:
  1. Brain Tired
  2. An Augury
  3. VOID REPORT
  4. I Mean, Maybe
  5. Floral Print Handkerchief

Top photo by Veronica Mullen, Album Art by Never Angel Nørth.

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Give Back Garden needs volunteers

I stopped by the Give Back Garden (201 W. Kenyon Road, Champaign) this week and learned that they are in need of volunteers NOW for the following tasks:

  • Watering beds
  • Weeding
  • Mulching
  • Fence painting
  • Additional planting
  • Overall garden maintenance

All of the garden's harvest is free and given away to the community, but they need assistance with growing and maintaining the garden. All tools are supplied by the GBG. 

So, if you individually are interested in gardening/community service or are affiliated with groups looking for summer projects, please reach out to Valerie at GiveBackGarden@c-uphd.org and commit your organization to support this effort this summer. 

Check out SP's article on the Give Back Garden for more info on the work that they do.

Photo by Nicole Anderson Cobb

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Snayl's new album Without slated for June 9th release

Experimental electronic project Snayl has a new album on the way — Without is out on Jun 9th. The album will feature CJ Run, Cii La'Cole, KVMPVIGN, and more. This is the follow up to Snayl's last record, Dreaming of Ghosts.

Earlier this week, Motes announced their new album Crash the Day would also be out June 9th.

Check out the track listing and album art below.

Without:

  1. Under Bright Ghosts
  2. Bebop Lizard
  3. Happily Coherent
  4. We Were Seabirds
  5. Warm Rain (ft. Cii La'Cole)
  6. If Only (ft. KVMPVIGN & CJ Run)
  7. Neighbors
  8. Without

Album art by Billi Jo Hart

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Motes detail new album Crash The Day, share new track "Again Again"

Back in March, Motes announced their new record Crash The Day was on its way. Today they've detailed more information about the Keep it in the Dark follow up, which is out June 1st 8th via Heirship Records.

Check out the album art, track listing, and new single "Again Again" below.


Cover art by Paige Spangler

Crash The Day:

  1. Montana
  2. Salt
  3. Came To
  4. Silver Pine
  5. Acting Alone
  6. Day Moon
  7. Again Again
  8. Problem Patron
  9. Choir
  10. Softer
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ZXO has released a new EP

Psych outfit ZXO have released a couple of new tracks, "Silver Parade" and "​Blinding Ray", their first new releases since LP1 came out at the end of 2017.

Stream the tracks below, and check out the album artwork:

Top photo by Anna Longworth.
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Bones Jugs release new EP, Rag Day II

Bones Jugs have dropped a brand new EP for you to check out called Rag Day IIand you can stream it below. This is the first release since their 2016 album Don't Waste a Dropwhich finished in our top 10 that year.

Bones have a show this Thursday at Blackbird, check out the Overture for all the info there.

Here's the album art and track listing:
 
Rag Day II:
  1. Rainbow Ripples 
  2. Jovial Jasper
  3. Triplets
  4. Cross Corners 
  5. Dotty Dimples
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Braid's Frame & Canvas came out 20 years ago today

Without a doubt, one of the most influential and impactful records in the history of emo, Braid's Frame & Canvas was released 20 years ago to the day. Though I believe the official date was April 7th, 1998, April 6th is close, and Polyvinyl and the band are celebrating this. Consistently recognized as a staple of the genreFrame & Canvas is celebrated far beyond our community.

You should read David Anthony's article on Noisey about the record.

Stream the record below, and check out some old videos I dug up from YouTube: