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Also on January 5, at the Argo in Denton, Bedhead will make one of its rare local appearances. The band--which is now complete again since guitarist Tench Coxe has returned from Russia--is currently mixing its second full-length album, the 11-song Beheaded, which is due on King Coffee's Trance Syndicate label May 20. But there has been a slight hitch: Several already-mixed songs were stolen from songwriter-guitarist Bubba Kadane's car a couple of weeks ago in Austin, forcing Kadane to work overtime on the technical end. The breathtaking three-song The Dark Ages EP--which includes the title track, the instrumental "Inhume," and "Any Life"--is finished and is scheduled for release February 20...
Trance Syndicate is also releasing a single from another local band, the American Analog Set. Titled "Diana Slowburner, Part II/High Fidelity vs. Guy Fidelity," the single is due March 26 on Emperor Jones, the Trance Syndicate imprint run by Craig Stewart, who says a full-length album from American Analog Set will likely follow in June...
Last Beat Records has a busy first-quarter release schedule: In the next few weeks, the Deep Ellum-based label plans to release full-length albums from the longtime punk band Riot Squad (The Undying Breed, reviewed this issue), Stink!#bug (Dynamic Domination, end of January), and rubberbullet (end of February). The label has also struck a deal with Mercury Records to co-release a single from Tablet, featuring two songs from the band's upcoming major-label debut Pinned (due in March): "Methadone" and a newly recorded version of "Stop Freaking Out."
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