Thursday, July 21, 2016

QUICK SPINS




BadBadNotGoodIV
The best music from Canada usually comes from oddball collectives and BadBadNotGood are no different. The acid jazz group has released a collection of fascinating and brilliant songs that transcend the genre into pop, rock, and of course, hip-hop. IV is one of the best and freshest albums of the year.
FINAL GRADE: A+

Blood Orange Freetown Sound
Take the sounds of Africa and mix it with the funk of Prince and passion of Michael Jackson and you get the latest offering from Blood Orange. Dev Hynes has released his finest album to date and one for all to enjoy.
FINAL GRADE: A

 
The Bouncing SoulsSimplicity
The iconic New Jersey punks return for their latest offering and bring forth a social commentary of today’s issues. With their legendary raw power and inspiring sound, The Souls are still standing on solid ground.
FINAL GRADE: B+

Mumford & SonsJohannesburg
Inspired by their first tour to South Africa, Mumford & Sons recorded an EP with local musicians to please their creative nerve and let the world know about a sound that is captivating a continent.
FINAL GRADE: B+

PupThe Dream is Over
Take the early 2000s emo scene and give it a modern twist and Pups latest is a bit of nostalgia as well as a bit of much needed energy in 2016. The album is like a cup of black coffee and will wake you up straight away and after one listen you will be looking for more.
FINAL GRADE: B+

Descendents - Hypercaffium Spazzinate
The punk icons first album in 12 years picks up right where they left off and gives fans hope for the future.
FINAL GRADE: B+


Clams Casino Ghost in a Kiss
The beatmaker, producer, DJ and hitmaker has finally released his long awaited debut and it does not disappoint. Ghost in a Kiss has it all – it is sexy, it is a banger and it is transcendent.
FINAL GRADE: B+


Caveman Otero War
New York City indie rockers return with their latest and best album. Otero War is unlike any other Caveman LP, in fact, it is more than just a Caveman record. Otero War is a walk into the unknown. Combining space age themes and progressive rock, Caveman are out of their slumber and into your earbuds.
FINAL GRADE: B+


DJ ShadowThe Mountain Will Fall
The latest offering from electronica hero DJ Shadow is another galactic trip that takes you into another planet without leaving the comfort of Earth.
FINAL GRADE: B


Bat For LashesThe Bride
In one of her darkest and most personal albums, Bat For Lashes returns as The Bride. What feels like a concept album about falling in and out of love, Bat For Lashes delivers a haunting and introspective into her heart.
FINAL GRADE: B


Band of Horses Why Are You OK
In a total turnaround from 2012’s disappointing Mirage Rock, Band of Horses saddle up and sound like they are having the time of their lives. Experimenting with prog, psychedelic, and ambient, the band is evolving past the Americana folk rock that made them fan favorites.
FINAL GRADE: B


Puro Instinct Autodrama
The Hollywood sorority return with another record of sexy sounds from the Sunset Strip.
FINAL GRADE: B-


Jake Bugg On My One
With Jake Bugg’s third record, there was so much promise since it was revealed he was doing it all on his own – playing each instrument, writing the songs an going back to basics in a way. Yet, the outcome is far from it. Bugg needed a bit more direction for On My One as the record is all over the place. From garage rock hits to dismal folk tunes and even rapping at one point, it is one of the disappointing releases of the year and discouraging album from someone who had so much promise.
FINAL GRADE: C


Biffy ClyroEllipsis
The Scottish band returns with another album of stadium rock songs that seem to not evolve from their previous efforts.
FINAL GRADE: C-

Kool Keith Returns in September


Kool Keith will return in September with Feature Magnetic. 

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and hear the first single "World Wide Lamper."

01 Intro
02 Statocaster [ft. Godfather Don]
03 MC Voltron [ft. Craig G]
04 Super Hero [ft. MF DOOM]
05 World Wide Lamper [ft. B.A.R.S. Murre & Dirt Nasty]
06 Bragging Rights [ft. Psycho Les of the Beatnuts]
07 Girl Grab [ft. Necro]
08 Bonneville [ft. Mac Mall]
09 Tired [ft. Ed O.G.]
10 Cold Freezer [ft. Bumpy Knuckles]
11 Peer Pressure [ft. Slug of Atmosphere]
12 Life [ft. Sadat X]
13 Writers [ft. Ras Kass]
14 Cheesecake (Bonus Track)

Lost David Bowie Tour Rehearsal Audio Surfaces


Since David Bowie's passing in January, more gems and nuggets of behind the scenes footage and audio has emerged online. The latest was uploaded to Soundcloud and the Thin White Duke vents his frustration during practice sessions for 1995's "Outside Tour." Take a listen to the 25-minute clip.

A$AP Mob on 'Fallon'


A$AP Mob came out on The Tonight Show in full force last night, take a look!

Stream The Descendents New Album!


Descendents are releasing their new album, Hypercaffium Spazzinate, next week via Epitaph but the good folks at NPR are streaming it early. Take a listen!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Quick News

The Beatles will reissue their Hollywood Bowl performances this fall. The concerts, from 1964 and 1965, were originally released on vinyl in 1977. The new reissue will feature a different tracklist and four previously unreleased songs. The CD and digital versions will arrive in September and the vinyl will arrive in November.  Take a look at the tracklisting, below:
1. "Twist and Shout" [August 30th, 1965]
2. "She's A Woman" [August 30th, 1965] 
3. "Dizzy Miss Lizzy" [August 30th, 1965 / August 29th, 1965 - one edit] 
4. "Ticket to Ride" [August 29th, 1965] 
5. "Can't Buy Me Love" [August 30th, 1965] 
6. "Things We Said Today" [August 23rd, 1964] 
7. "Roll Over Beethoven" [August 23rd, 1964] 
8. "Boys" [August 23rd, 1964] 
9. "A Hard Day's Night" [August 30th, 1965] 
10. "Help!" [August 29th, 1965] 
11. "All My Loving" [August 23rd, 1964] 
12. "She Loves You" [August 23rd, 1964] 
13. "Long Tall Sally" [August 23rd, 1964] 
14. "You Can't Do That" [August 23rd, 1964] 
*15. "I Want To Hold Your Hand" [August 23rd, 1964] 
*16. "Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby" [August 30th, 1965] 
*17. "Baby's In Black" [August 30th, 1965] *
 * Previously Unreleased

For the first time ever, Temple of the Dog, the band featuring Chris Cornell and members of Pearl Jam / Soundgarden are reuniting and go on the road. The band will reissue their debut album for its 25th anniversary in September.

Are My Chemical Romance reuniting? Planning a new record? Tour? A video on their Facebook page suggests something is coming. 

NAF on 'Colbert'


Jenny Lewis' band NAF (Nice As Fuck) made their TV debut on The Late Show last night. Take a look!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Another Wilco Album Is On The Way


A year after they released the surprise album, Star Wars, Wilco will release Schmilco in September.

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below:

01 Normal American Kids
02 If I Ever Was a Child
03 Cry All Day
04 Common Sense
05 Nope
06 Someone to Lose
07 Happiness
08 Quarters
09 Locator
10 Shrug and Destroy
11 We Aren't the World (Safety Girl)
12 Just Say Goodbye

Quick News


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Led Zeppelin will release / reissue their Live at the BBC sessions in September. The double album will feature the 33-song sessions at the network that were recorded in 1969 and 1971. The album was initially released in 1997, yet, a new disc of eight "lost" songs will be released for the very first time in this new packaging.

Marilyn Manson will release his new album, SAY10, on Valentine's Day next year.

Speaking to Britain's Radio Times, Keith Richards has said that The Rolling Stones will end when they all die. The axeman said: "They’re not really bands if they don’t last; they’re groups. We’re a band and a real band sticks until it dies. These bands, they become big, but they’re generational, just for their one decade. They literally go when their testosterone goes.”

Slayer are teaming up with Dark Horse Comics to release Slayer: Repentlessness Vol.1, a series of graphic novels based around the songs and ideas of the metal legends. It was announced at Comic-Con that they will come out later this year. Guitarist Kerry King told Rolling Stone: "My philosophy as far as anybody working on anything regarding Slayer, be it the album cover art or video concepts, is to let the people who do that for a living do it. That's how we started working with [cover artist] Larry Carroll for Reign in Blood, South of Heaven and Seasons in the Abyss. We gave him song titles, lyrics, just things to put ideas in his head."

JEFF The Brotherhood Announce New LP!


JEFF The Brotherhood will release their new album, Zone, next month.

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and hear the new single, "Punishment."

1. Zone
2. Energy
3. Punishment
4. Juice
5. Roachin
6. Idiot
7. Ox
8. Bad
9. Habit
10. Toasted
11. You
12. Portugal