Amon Düül II (or Amon Düül 2) is a German rock band. The group is generally considered to be one of the founders of the German rock music scene and a seminal influence on the development of Krautrock. The band emerged from the radical West German commune scene of the late 1960s, with others in the same commune including the future founders of the Baader-Meinhof Group (the Amon Düül II band members disagreed with their violent agenda). Founding members are Chris Karrer, Peter Leopold, Falk Rogner, John Weinzierl and Renate Knaup. Their first album Phallus Dei (God's Penis), released in 1969, is considered a milestone in German rock history. They received offers to write music for films, winning a German film award, the Deutscher Filmpreis, for their contribution to the film San Domingo. Their second album Yeti was their breakthrough album in the United Kingdom. In 1975, they signed with Atlantic Records, and disbanded in 1981. Wikipedia
Emerging from an intense depression that fuelled his last two albums, Chris Corner AKA IAMX releases his newest LP Alive In New Light (AINL) on February 02, 2018. A cinematic celebration of breaking free from demons that have long plagued him, AINL captures the giddy phase of metamorphosis, when you are no longer what you were but not yet fully what you are becoming. The album is both a ‘thank you’ to fans and an invitation to the next phase in IAMX’s intoxicating journey of self-discovery. Appearing on four tracks and along for the experience is postmodern tattoo and makeup powerhouse, kindred spirit, and superfan, Kat Von D. The AINL celebration also features a line of erotic merchandise inspired by the album artwork designed by Ryan Clark for Invisible Creature. Among its searing track list, AINL features “Mile Deep Hollow,” which was previewed on How To Get Away With Murder, the fifteenth IAMX track to be synced on ABC TV’s blockbuster.
Perennial North Carolina post-punk favorites Superchunk just released their new LP What A Time To Be Alive in February, 2018 on Merge Records. They are releasing "What a Time to Be Alive" (Acoustic Version), a 7" colored vinyl single with acoustic versions of two tracks from the new LP. The B-side, "Erasure," includes a guest performance by Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee.