Tuesday, July 7, 2015

VINTAGE CLIP! Amy Winehouse on Letterman

As her star was rising, Amy Winehouse performed on The Late Show with David Letterman in March 2007. As the new documentary. Amy, on her life and career opens nationwide this week, take a look at the songstress performing "Rehab" in this VINTAGE CLIP.

Hear Our Essential Amy Winehouse Playlist on Spotify!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Quick News

Dave Grohl returned to the stage after breaking his leg during a concert in Sweden last month. The Foo Fighters celebrated their 20th anniversary at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., over the weekend and in a blowout concert, Grohl performed on top of a throne he designed. Watch Grohl explain how he came up with the idea, below:

Speaking of modern rock Gods, Damon Albarn was performing with Africa Express at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark over the weekend and had to get carried off the stage by security because he turned his headlining set into a five-hour ordeal! That's right, he performed for five hours and at 4 a.m., he was carried away, watch below:

Jack White's other band, Dead Weather, will release their new album, Dodge & Burn in September. It will be the groups first album in five years and third overall. Take a look at the cover, below:

Friday, July 3, 2015

Rising Artist EXCLUSIVE! Sojourner INTV!

In May we were introduced to a brand new band from Long Island that captured our attention and made us believe that impressive new music from the suburbs of where this website was born can happen. In an era where less and less organic garage or start-up bands are happening in this country outside of major cities, and more musicians are focusing on computers and programing to achieve their sound arrives a band like Sojourner. This young five-piece fills the air with atmospheric tingles and combines it with subtle aggressive rock hooks. After releasing their impressive three-song EP this spring, we spoke to member Robbie Santos about hailing from the island that gave the world Brand New and Billy Joel and what it is like making music there now. Take a look!

Hailing from Long Island, how has the island influenced your work and sound?

I think the Long Island music scene has been a pretty significant influence to all of us. Your environment influences you in lots of ways, and I consider us pretty lucky to grow up in an area where there was always local music. We all grew up listening to local bands so I'm sure it’s influenced our sound it ways we don't even recognize.

The sound of this band is so unique, who are some of your influences?

O’Brother, mewithoutYou, Brand New, and Thrice are just a few bands we love and bonded over, but we all draw inspiration from different places.

How would you describe Sojourner to someone who has never heard of them before?

We were once described as “emotional with a sad plea of want.”

What does the name of the band mean and who came up with it?

Sojourner by definition is someone who wanders with no particular destination or home. Zac got it while reading Walden. An interesting part of our band is that we were all traveling and in different places early on, which is part of the reason why it’s taken us so long to put out music. We always had conflicting schedules and would come from different areas of long island (and upstate, at times) to jam. But one could also take a more abstract or existential meaning from the word.

How did the band form?

Zac, our original drummer, and myself started playing music together a few years ago. Mike started jamming with us on bass, then played guitar for a bit, left for a while, ended up coming back to play bass again. Adam was playing a solo set at the East Islip Lanes while I was working the sound board, Mike happened to be at the show too. We were both really into what he was doing, asked him to come over and jam, and we all clicked immediately. Bo is Zac’s brother and we were always impressed with his talent seeing him play with Sleep Bellum Sonno, he sort of fell into drumming for us. From there we reworked a bunch of the old material and things, its sort of been a long time coming to get everything together.

You just released your debut EP, is a full album in the works?

We have some other plans first but a full length will definitely be in the works soon.

What was it like finally recording your music and putting it out there for the first time?

It’s been pretty rad. Two of the songs on the EP we recorded a while ago ourselves, then they got reworked with Bo, and reworked again with our friend Bradley Cordaro while recording, so they've evolved a lot. It’s cool the see how they’ve developed and we’re happy with how they came out. People have had some nice things to say about it so thats inspiring.

Where do you see this band in 5 years?

Hopefully still making music together/thrashing/crushing life, having a good time.

What are the major goals of Sojourner?

Continue to grow, make more music, and play more often. Maybe people will enjoy it and we can quit our jobs at some point. That would be ideal.

Hailing from Long Island, you don't sound like a typical Long Island band, was that your intention of breaking the emo, post-hardcore mold?

We didn't intend on sounding like anything specifically. There’s never been a dialogue about direction, so genre never really plays a part in it. We just write what comes out or what we think sounds good.

The music scene on the island is coming back, what is it like to be a new band from there?

It’s really cool. The Long Island music scene has always been unique and special, and really quite diverse. Something that you kind of had to grow up around to really appreciate. There's lots of talented people here, so everyone's kind of inspiring and supporting one another.

What is next for Sojourner?

Gonna pull our jeans up real high and tight

Quick News

Speaking to BBC1 The Libertines discussed the making of their new album, which arrives in September. Pete Doherty said, "In a short period of time just before Christmas last year when Carl appeared out of the blue while I was having some treatment to curb my enthusiasms and we spent a bit of time together. We find ourselves picking up guitars at odd times, doing a few tunes and with Carl mucking about, we decided to make music at the end of it!" Carl Barat spoke about the reunion and burying the hatchet, saying, "It's been part of our friendship that we decided to make music again. We communicated through making music anyway."

After the death of Adam "MCA" Yauch, the surviving Beastie Boys members Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz and Michael "Mike D" Diamond said they would never make music together again using the name of the group. Now the duo have confirmed they will never perform live as Beastie Boys again either. The duo filed a trademark and patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark offices for the Beastie Boys name in conjunction with "live performances by a musical group." Pitchfork reached out to the band's rep for comment and said in a statement: "There will never be Beastie Boys live performances without Adam Yauch."

 Kings of Leon have begun work on their seventh album. The band confirmed the news this week on SiriusXM and said they will work on the record in Nashville.

Former Gallows frontman Frank Carter's new band, Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes will release their debut Blossom next month. Take a look at the cover:

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Underrated Classic: Nas 'I Am...'

This month marks the 19th anniversary of Nas' sophomore LP, It Was Written, which some describe as a better record than its predecessor and his classic debut - Illmatic. While that argument will be a debate for years to come, one of his finest records always goes overlooked, especially coming out swinging with two blockbuster albums. In 1999, Nas released I Am..., the record that would complete the trilogy of covers that featured his home - Queensbridge Projects. Illmatic showcased his baby photo look at the buildings he lived in, It Was Written was him at that time look at those same buildings, while I Am.. had him donning a King Tut mask looking down saying "This is my kingdom!" It was the progress of his power and fame. Three albums in, he still had so much to say about growing up in that environment and being dirt poor. With production from LES, DJ Premier, Timbaland, Trackmasters, Dame Grease, and others, I Am.. bolstered two banging singles, "Nas is Like" and the classic "Hate Me Now." The album was originally intended to be a double album, but it happened to fall victim of a new technology back then known as MP3 leaks and Napster. Nas scrapped the double album idea and many of the leaked tracks appeared on his classic Lost Tapes mixtape. While it remains to be seen if an anniversary of the album would ever feature the original plan of a double LP, one thing is for sure, it was Nas just starting to get comfortable with the talents he had been given and the power of his tongue.

Movie of the Month: Tiner Tailor Soldier Spy

In a day and age when we want things done quick and at the speed of sound came a film that was not only a slow burn but took its time to evolve its story and characters. The 2011 Cold War spy thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was based off the 70's British mini-series of the same name and starred Gary Oldman who lead an all-star cast of Tom Hardy, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Toby Jones. Oldman portrayed former MI6 spy and agent, George Smiley, who was called out of retirement following the murder of an active agent in Hungary. The film, which is not only superbly shot and acted, is a throwback to the spy thrillers of yesteryear. Unlike James Bond or Ethan Hunt, these spys are not flashy or glamorous, they are masters of their craft trying to crack the case without blowing their cover. While the summer is about high explosive, big budget films, here is one to take in that will stay with you long after you watch it.

Vince Staples on Kimmel

Watch Vince Staples make his late-night TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live!


In September. The Libertines will return with their first album since their 200 self-titled sophomore LP. Their new album, Anthems For Doomed Youth, was recorded in Thailand and will arrive via Harvest.

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, and watch the video for "Gunga Din" below:

01 Barbarians
02 Gunga Din
03 Fame and Fortune
04 Anthem for Doomed Youth
05 Heart of the Matter
06 Belly of the Beast
07 Iceman
08 You're My Waterloo
09 Fury of Chonburi
10 The Milkman's Horse
11 Glasgow Coma Scale Blues
12 Dead for Love

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Titus Andronicus Share Short Film

Titus Andronicus will release their new album, The Most Lamentable Tragedy, later this month. Now, the band has released a short film called The Magic Morning, featuring six songs from the record "The Magic Morning," "Lookalike," "I Lost My Mind," "Mr. E Mann," "Fired Up," and "Dimmed Out." Take a look!

Miguel on Conan

Watch Miguel perform "Coffee" on Conan!