Preteen Zenith features Polyphonic Spree’s Tim DeLaughter

Preteen Zenith is the new collaboration between Polyphonic Spree’s Tim DeLaughter and Secret Machines Philip Karnats and the duo is set to release Rubble Guts and BB Eye on May 29 via Good Records.

The Zenith doesn’t fall too far from the Spree although there are about 45 less band members in the new collaboration! If you’re into feel good, Flaming Lips-style quirky pop, you’ll want to give Rubble Guts and BB Eye a listen. If you’re not into this kind of stuff, you must hate life.

Video: Duquette Johnston’s “Roll Baby Roll”

Duquette Johnston’s a good cat – I’ve had the pleasure of meeting him a few times throughout the years, first as a fresh-faced bass player with Verbena and years later as an up-and-coming solo artist (in between, he toured with the Blake Babies and played in a few local Alabama bands).

Exposure is key in this day-and-age, never know when a placement in a TV show, commercial or movie may open otherwise closed doors so it’s exciting that Johnston’s “Roll Baby Roll” is going to be featured on this week’s Private Practice season finale on ABC (Dang, does this mean I have to watch the show for the first time just to support my old pal?).

DOWNLOAD: “Roll Baby Roll”

This song is featured on a Communicating Vessels 7″ which can be purchased here should you be interested in supporting an independent artist.

Check out Johnston’s 2010 CD, Rugged & Fancy, available as a FREE download.

Johnston’s always got something musical up his sleeve and is currently working on a new record (Rabbit Runs a Destiny) with producer Armand Margjeka which is due out before the end of the year.

Redd Kross signs with Merge, new album in August

Sometimes it’s best just to let the publicists do their job. Instead of writing a bunch of fancy words about the return of Redd Kross, just read the press release:

Redd Kross is back and delivering their signature brand of genuine rock ‘n’ roll with a vengeance. On August 7, Merge Records will release Researching the Blues, the first new album from Redd Kross in 15 years.

Researching the Blues features 10 new songs clocking in at just under 32 minutes. With songs written by Jeff and produced and mixed by Steven, the album is by far the band’s favorite record. Steve says, “It has the most singular artistic vision of any record we’ve done. It’s just 10 really fucking awesome songs that have the ability to move you in many different ways.”

Founded 34 years ago in Los Angeles during the first wave of LA punk rock by brothers Jeff and Steven McDonald (then respectively 15 and 11 years old), Redd Kross cut their teeth opening for Black Flag at a middle school graduation party. Their debut recordings caught the attention of Rodney Bingenheimer, who quickly became a fan as he spun their Ramones-inspired songs like “Annette’s Got The Hits” and “I Hate My School” on the world-famous KROQ.

In 2006, Jeff and Steven announced their reunion with the “classic Neurotica” line-up, joined once again by guitarist Robert Hecker (IT’S OK) and drummer Roy McDonald (The Muffs). Redd Kross have been playing to enthusiastic audiences at sold-out select shows and festivals such as the Azkena Festival; Coachella; The HooDoo Gurus’ Invitational, “Dig It Up”; All Tomorrow’s Parties; and Pop Montréal. More Redd Kross tour dates to come this year!

Track List:
1. Researching the Blues
2. Stay Away From Downtown
3. Uglier
4. Dracula’s Daughters
5. Meet Frankenstein
6. One of the Good Ones
7. The Nu Temptations
8. Choose to Play
9. Winter Blues
10. Hazel Eyes

Redd Kross is:
Jeff McDonald – Vocals, Guitars
Steven McDonald – Bass, Vocals
Roy McDonald – Drums
Robert Hecker – Guitars

Video: Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra – “Polly”

Darren from Bobby Best Creative says about this week’s pick:

What is there to say about Amanda Palmer and the GTO cover of Nirvana’s Polly apart from haunting, hypnotic and a video that scares the living shit out of me?

On April 21st and in partnership with Record Store Day a 7″ vinyl single of ‘Polly’ limited to 2,000 copies worldwide will be released and I for one will be trying to secure a copy.