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Bay Area thrashers Hatchet are back with a first single from their upcoming album, Dawn of the End on The End Records. It's called "Fall from Grace" and is definitely reminiscent of the Bay Area's thrash scene heyday in the 80s. Check it out here. [via email PR land]

Noise Pop announced more bands this week, including Damien Jurado, XXYYXX, White Arrows, Teen Daze, Paul Basic, Supervision, and Caspian, plus a slew of new Culture Club events. And there's still more to come! [via noisepop.com]

Christopher Owens' new album Lysandre began streaming on the NY Times website this week in anticipation of its release on January 15th. The Times also published a must-read profile on Owens depicting the musician in transition and on the cusp of an artistic transformation. [via nytimes.com]

For a decade, the Bay's BAGel Radio has been streaming online its own curation of rock and noise pop for the world to hear. Now, it's become part of the SomaFM family of stations, and is celebrating its 10th birthday with a show at Bottom of the Hill on February 1st with bands Mister Loveless, CHURCHES, and Birdmonster. Keep on keepin' on BAGel!  [via email PR land]

Otis Redding's inimitable classic "(Sittin On) the Dock of the Bay" turned 45 years old this week, and the Wall Street Journal gave it a wonderful tribute by dissecting how the song came to be. [via online.wsj.com]

Alarm Magazine posted one of the epic tracks from SF chamber metal band Grayceon's upcoming album Pearl and the End of Days EP. The track, called "Pearl", shows just how much the trio can do with string instruments. Grayceon’s cellist/vocalist Jackie Perez-Gratz told the magazine, “It’s about fear and excitement of the unknown, unconditional love, and sound waves having all the power.” [via The Bay Bridged]

An attempt to save the Mission's Adobe Books has failed, which is certainly a blow for local music fans who loved seeing low-key, intimate shows in the charmingly cramped space. Now, a farewell reading for the store is scheduled for next week on January 16th. Local literary heavyweights Stephen Elliott, Rebecca Solnit, and Michelle Tea will definitely draw the crowds, so get there early. [via Uptown Almanac]

Ty Segall has formed a new band with current bandmate Charlie Mootheart called Fuzz, and will play Noise Pop 2013. The material is much like the Ty Segall Band's amazing 2012 release Slaughterhouse: Rough around the edges, Sabbathy, and unrelentingly heavy. [via SF Weekly]