New Hot: a Gallagher, some surf punks and the return of two Scottish brothers

Boards Of Canada
Scottish duo Boards Of Canada return after a seven-year silence with their new album "Tomorrow's Harvest." (Photo by Leon Chew)
New Hot Update - June 11, 2013
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This week on New Hot, read about an elusive Scottish duo who created a scavenger hunt to announce their new album, plus another record from one of the infamous Gallagher brothers. These are our three recommended releases for Tuesday, June 11.

Beady Eye — BE

Liam Gallagher's Beady Eye is of course a quasi reincarnation of now defunct Oasis. All of the members have been in the band at some point besides Jay Mehler, formerly of Kasabian. They also often perform Liam's Oasis songs at Beady Eye concerts (to sometimes controversial audience response). Gallagher has been a mainstay in the UK music press for much of the past year due to his critical comments on his brother, Justin Bieber and Mumford and Sons. Perhaps that's why Beady Eye's new album BE sounds so angry and fraught with tension. But it's also their best work yet, with Gallagher proclaiming that this is really what he intended Beady Eye to sound like. The ubiquitous Dave Sitek of TV On The Radio is back at the production help for their sophomore album.

Beady Eye: "Flick Of The Finger" — Rate, Request or Recommend this song »

Boards Of Canada — Tomorrow's Harvest

Like all good extended hiatuses, they often prove to be a time of creative renaissance. Such is the case for Boards Of Canada who are back with their fourth record Tomorrow's Harvest after seven years of silence. Already universally acclaimed and hyped due to a unique marketing campaign, the Scottish duo only came back into the spotlight a few weeks ago during Record Store Day. Unannounced 12"s containing brief snippets of a new song were left at various record stores in the US and UK. Codes were also released by various media outlets like BBC, NPR and Adult Swim. Once all the codes were combined, they created a password on the band's website to access a trailer and pre-order link for the album.

Boards Of Canada: "Reach For The Dead" — Rate, Request or Recommend this song »

Surfer Blood — Pythons

Surfer Blood got their big break during the 2009 CMJ Music Marathon in New York. The advance buzz from that festival led right into South By Southwest the next year and an appearance at the ATP music festival curated by Pavement. Surfer Blood is a rare success story in which their debut actually made the Billboard Top 200, charting at #124 and creating a minor hit for small indie label Kanine Records. Then 2012 came along and it seemed that the band wouldn't be together much longer — frontman John Paul Pitts was arrested for domestic battery and the fan backlash began. A short silence later and the group was back, this time signed to major label Warner Brothers and utilizing the production help of the highly regarded Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes).

Surfer Blood: "Weird Shapes" — Rate, Request or Recommend this song »