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Shellac announce first new album for seven years

Shellac have announced their first new album in seven years, Dude Incredible. The LP is the band's first since 2007's Excellent Italian Greyhound and will be released on September 16. According to a press release: "There is no comma in Dude Incredible; like Sir Duke or King Friday, for example."

Watch: Shellac’s Excellent Italian Greyhound

Can't pretend I pay too much attention to Animal Planet at the best of times, so many thanks to Mike for tipping me off about this fairly amazing clip.

Send us your questions for Steve Albini!

As he prepares to release Shellac's first new album in seven years Dude Incredible, Steve Albini is set to answer your questions in Uncut as part of our regular Audience With… feature. So is there anything you’ve always wanted to ask the legendary frontman and producer? Who are his favourite rock trios? What are his memories of working on Plant and Page's Walking Into Clarksdale album? As a producer, what makes a good recording studios?

Watch: Music For Your Heart

A beautiful bit of work today, with this video to “Unwound”, by Music For Your Heart. Very taken with this; imagine a subtle and warm torch song built on the spare dynamics of something from Slint’s “Spiderland”, and you’re close to the appeal of this opening track from Sandra Zettpunkt’s forthcoming album. An unfamiliar name, perhaps, though “Turning Marvel” was recorded by Teenage Fanclub’s Raymond McGinley and mastered by Shellac’s Bob Weston, and features double bass from Calexico’s Volker Zander.

Sonic Youth: “SYR7”

I was just Googling the line-up of All Tomorrow’s Parties in 2001, curated by Mogwai (whose still-exhilarating debut album, in deluxe reissue format, was playing five minutes ago). Looking back, I must have been in hog heaven: Godspeed You Black Emperor, Stereolab, Super Furry Animals, Labradford, Ligament, Shellac, Papa M, The For Carnation, the great and good of post-rock and, notoriously, Sonic Youth.

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