Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Quick News

A source close to U2 told British tabloid, The Sun, that the band's long awaited new album will arrive this fall. The source said, "The U2 comeback is very much on for this year. This album has been a real struggle for them to make. It's taken a long time and Bono didn't find it easy. But they're very confident now and are convinced the wait has been worth it."

Former Swedish House Mafia member Steve Angello will release his solo album, Wild Youth, this fall.

Flying Lotus will release his new album, You're Dead! in October.

M83 have announced they will reissue their out-of-print first three albums next month. The French band will also be releasing a series of EP's that feature outtakes, B-sides, demos, and remixes from those first three LP's recording sessions.

The Drums have released the cover to their upcoming third album, Encyclopedia. Take a look below:

Beatmaker SBTRKT announced his new album, Wonder Where We Land. While the record doesn't have a release date, you can check out the cover below:

Mistaken For Strangers: The Play

Last year, The National released their documentary, Mistaken For Strangers, which shows director Tom Berninger working for his brother Matt's band, The National, and following them with a camera. The movie, which is more about the relationship between the two brothers than about the band is hilarious and heartbreaking. Now, in a fantastic Funny or Die sketch, former Board to Death co-stars Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis are recreating the movie as a play. Take a look!

Reggie Watts & Friends on Conan

Watch Reggie Watts perform "I Once Knew A Horse" with special guests ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and Coheed & Cambria's Travis Stever on Conan!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Live Pix: Deltron 3030 @ Prospect Park

This past Saturday, Deltron 3030 gave a free concert in Prospect Park as part of the annual Celebrate Brooklyn series. Take a look at RICH D SMOOV's live pix of the band and member Kid Koala opening the show!

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Live Pix: Radkey / Re-Tros @ 4Knots

Earlier this month, the 4Knots festival returned to South Street Seaport. Our very own RICH D SMOOV captured a bit of the action with Radkey and Re-Tros. Take a look at his pix below:


Sick of it All Announce New Album

NYHC legends Sick of it All will release their new album, The Last Act of Defiance in September. Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below:

1. Sound the Alarm
2. 2061
3. Road Less Traveled
4. Get Bronx
5. Part of History
6. Losing War
7. Never Back Down
8. Facing the Abyss
9. Act Your Rage
10. Disconnect Your Flesh
11. Beltway Getaway
12. Sidelined
13. Outgunned
14. DNC

Quick News

In a recent interview with GQ, Kanye West confirmed his new album will arrive this fall, saying, "I hope I can get one of these songs out in the next couple of weeks, just to have something up and running. But I think most likely September. I go back and forth. Like, should it be September or should it be October? Should it be November? When Beyoncé was working on her last album, she took a while. I was thinking it could somehow come out in June, like Yeezus, and just kill it for the summer. But then I'm like, I have to work on Adidas and be with my child." He then went on to talk about his album-making process saying, "Well, when I work on an album, it's fun at certain times. There's some accomplishments, and sometimes there's a bit of frustration. And it's usually like a nine-month process, right? This is a multi-lifetime process that we have now embarked on. Meaning starting now, you're just starting to see a glimmer of what the idea of West will mean. So right now, at this age and with this visibility and with the skill sets that Kim is now giving me, I think I have a good chance of success in building something that has longevity, high integrity, high success rate, and is very fulfilling, not only for me creatively but also in adding fulfillment to people's lives. Adding ease. Adding wonder. Adding magic."

After a long time of rumors and discussion, the long awaited joint band from Jonah Matranga and Jawbox's J. Robbins will release their first 7" this September under the moniker Moral Mazes. The band also features Jeff Dean of All Eyes West and Darren Zentek of Office of Future Plans.

Damon Albarn has done it all. From working with Blur, Gorillaz, to his Africa Express project and Rocket Juice & the Moon, as well as composing an opera with Monkey: Journey to the West and releasing a classical / opera album Dr. Dee, not to mention his solo work! Albarn has confirmed to The Daily Star that he is now writing a musical, saying, "It's funny for me to say, 'I'm writing a musical', but yes, that's what I'm doing next. It's something I've always wanted to do, because musicals are great when they're done well. It started out with the same subject matter but was going to be a leftfield, experimental opera. But it's lurched into a mainstream musical for families."

Orange will be the new black for Marilyn Manson. The first image of Manson as a White Supremacist on the forthcoming final season of Sons of Anarchy has been released by FX. The show will return to FX on September 9. Take a look at the shot of Manson with protagonist, Jax (Charlie Hunam) below:

Johnny Marr Announces New LP!

As we mention last week, Johnny Marr was headed into Abbey Road Studios to mix and master his new album. Now, details of said record have emerged.

Marr will release the follow-up to last year's The Messenger this October. The new album is called Playland and Marr says about the record, "When 'The Messenger' came out I kept on writing. I liked that the band had a momentum going on tour and a connection with the audience, and I thought that energy would be good to capture on the new record."

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

1.) Back In The Box
2.) Easy Money
3.) Dynamo
4.) Candidate
5.) 25 Hours
6.) The Trap
7.) Playland
8.) Speak Out Reach Out
9.) Boys Get Straight
10.) This Tension
11.) Little King

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Exclusive! BIG WRECK Intv!

In 1997, Canada's Big Wreck seemed to be one of the fastest rising artists around thanks to their triumphant debut, In Loving Memory Of..., which featured the hits, "That Song," "The Oaf," and "Blown Wide Open." Yet, as the decade came to an end, it seemed so did the light on Big Wreck. The band split it 2001 after the release of their sophomore album, The Pleasure and the Greed. Then, in 2010, the band got back together and released 2012's Albatross which saw them return to the rock and roll throne they were looking to obtain in their native country. They were nominated for a Juno and were back on track. Now, this month, the band will release their fourth album in the U.S., Ghosts. To celebrate the release, we spoke to frontman Ian Thornley about the band's new album, reunion, and the meaning behind one of their biggest hits. Take a look at our interview below:

The band formed 20 years ago, did you think two decades later you would still be doing this?

No. I didn't really give the future much thought, I probably just assumed that I'd be making music somehow, some way.

Eight years into Big Wreck, you called it quits and went solo, what prompted the 2012 reunion?

The real catalyst was the re kindling of the friendship between Brian and myself. From that grew the idea to make music together again, although I don't believe either of us would have thought to put it under the Big Wreck moniker. That was someone else's idea, to which we figured "why not?"

The new record is called “Ghosts,” is this a record that signifies anyone or many from your past?

I think I'm using the term 'Ghosts' in a much broader sense. So it may not necessarily be a person or persons from my past, but could be decisions or actions that one continuously grapples with. Tough to pin point the meaning really.

In a day and age when everyone loves singles, you crafted your longest record to date, was that your intention making this album?

My only intention making this record was to make something that I really enjoy. The whole game with singles is fine, but not really for me. I tend to like songs that develop and surprise me, that will grow with me. A lot of single-oriented music feels somewhat dishonest and disposable. I had forgotten all about track length as we were putting this together. Quite liberating indeed.

“Ghosts” debuted at No. 5 on the Canadian charts, what was it like to see that you had a top 5 record in your country?

It was great! Of course. It's always nice to see your hard work appreciated.

What did you do on this record that you had not done before?

Quite a few things, really. I think we were further along before we actually started to record as the demos were very elaborate with most of the ideas sketched out in detail. And gated reverb on the drums. I've been wanting to do that forever and always ran into "absolutely not" or "you're joking, right?". Not this time though. I think I want to use more of that in the future. Great noise. Worked for Phil!

Like all of your previous work, this record is very autobiographical and a piece of you is on every single song you write. Is songwriting a cathartic / therapeutic experience for you?

I suppose in a way it is, although I don't really set out to deal with a specific situation by writing about it. It comes from the music first, generally, and then an image or a line that conjures something may pop out. I just find that it's easier for me to perform a song if it relates to me personally and directly.

That band had much success in the 90’s and are labeled a “90’s band,” other “90’s bands” have had much success reforming in recent years like Afghan Whigs, Soundgarden, Toadies, etc. Was seeing these bands get back together put the idea in your head and try it out?

Not at all actually. As I said before it was a real natural progression from Thornley back into Big Wreck. The current lineup of BW is basically an amalgamation of the two bands.

Hailing from Toronto, which these days is mainly known for the music of Drake and the city’s mayor these days, how has the city played a role in your music?

Oh I don't know that I could say, really. If my city was an influence on our sound, I have no idea what that would be. Good question!

When can we expect Big Wreck to tour the States and hit NYC?

I'm not sure. We have a tour of Canada coming up in the fall, so I would assume sometime after that. We did a short run of US dates last year and had a great time, but there are so many cities we didn't get to. New York being one of them. I'm told we will definitely be going down there to do some shows, but haven't heard when.

BURNING QUESTION – What is “That Song” that you really love in “That Song?”

Take the Long Way Home" by Supertramp. More or less.

Live Review: Deltron 3030 @ Prospect Park

It was a perfect summer night in New York City. No humidity, not too hot, a slight breeze, and brilliant moonlit sky. It was the perfect conditions for a night in the park. As part of Celebrate Brooklyn's annual free concerts in Prospect Park, alternative hip-hop supergroup Deltron 3030 performed a rare live concert with a full orchestra to help close out their current North American tour. The group, which released their latest record, The Event II, last fall, have been on-and-off the road for the last few months and Deltron fans know that if they are touring now, who knows when they could tour or play again. So, it was no surprise that the Prospect Park Bandshell was jam packed with fans from all over the boroughs, as well as curious ears who wanted to see what was happening in their park that night.

As Kid Koala opened with a 20-minute set in full Koala Bear outfit, "I lost a bet. Now, I have to wear this for 100 shows," he said before spinning a vinyl only bangers set as the sun was setting. Koala got the crowd ready for his band members to arrive. As he ran to the wings to change, the Deltron Orchestra arrived on stage, did a quick tune as Koala, Dan the Automator, and Del the Funky Homosapian arrived on stage to transport Brooklyn to the year 3030. The futurist storylines of a hero named Deltron fighting off corporations in a post-Apocalyptic world may seem like something out of a Ridley Scott movie, but it came from the collective minds of Del, Koala, and Dan. Bringing their symphonic hip-hop to life, the audience was left flabbergasted as one's eyes and ears could not simply focus on one thing on stage. With the orchestra, Del rapping his head off, Dan conducting, and Koala simply destroying the turntables, all being done in front of trippy images projected on a screen behind the artists, it was full on sensory overload. With a healthy mix of songs from their classic 2000 debut and Event II, the 90-minute set was just too good to end.

As the history of Deltron 3030 is a precursor for Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn's Gorillaz, who in their early years, featured Del and Dan, it came as no surprise that the closing number would be Gorillaz breakthrough single, "Clint Eastwood," which clearly had everyone in attendance, fan or not, going crazy. It was a night that featured modern music at it's finest and featured something for everyone, which was enough to celebrate in Brooklyn on a perfect summer night.