Tuesday, August 15, 2017

'L7: Pretend We're Dead' Trailer

The long awaited documentary on the influential indie band, L7 will finally arrive next month in theaters and then on DVD and OnDemand in October. 

Take a look at the trailer for L7: Pretend We're Dead:

Converge Detail New Album

The always fascinating and brutal Converge will return in November with their first album in five years called The Dusk In Us. 

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

01 A Single Tear
02 Eye of the Quarrel
03 Under Duress
04 Arkhipov Calm
05 I Can Tell You About Pain
06 The Dusk in Us
07 Wildlife
08 Murk & Marrow
09 Trigger
10 Broken by Light
11 Cannibals
12 Thousands of Miles Between Us
13 Reptilian

Quick News

Brand New continue to be annoyingly mysterious with their new album news but on Tuesday they announced a pre-sale link for their upcoming fifth album which is apparently due in October. No album or song titles were revealed, they said that they are pressing the record on "very limited" vinyl. It is already sold out but up top is the announcement.

A Tribe Called Quest have offered a lengthy explanation as to why they cancelled this weekend's Outlands Festival twice. In a letter to L.A. Times, they wrote: "We want to sincerely apologize to you for our absence at the Outside Lands Music Festival. Your love, dedication and support of our music is important to us. Our performance at the festival has been months in the making and in those months we have been fraught with an emotional and eager excitement to touch the stage in the place where Phife Dawg made his home." They added: "In show business there is a notion that the "show must go on" no matter what. Sometimes though, when you have lost someone close, you are riddled with the notion that there is no going on. That Friday morning upon traveling to San Francisco, a wave of grief was still on us and in that moment we could not see the “on” to go on to. Eventually though in face of loss you find that glimmer of light to bring you to your center and you find the 'on.' We missed Friday but we found our "on" the following day. We wanted to play for you and we wanted to honor Phife's wife in their hometown. Unfortunately, everything did not come together before the closing curfew. For that, we are deeply sorry. We look to correct this and regain your confidence. Actually, let us restate that — we will correct this and regain your confidence. Read the whole statement HERE.

After a decade away, RZA is reupping Wu-Tang Clan's Wu-Wear with Live Nation's clothing division. "Wu Wear was the first hip-hop brand to be in the windows on Macy's 34th St.,” RZA told Billboard. "Now that we are aware and re-energized for our legacy, we felt it was the proper time to reenter the market. Not in a boutique way, but to go big, once again.” The collection will be available in October.

On August 28, PBS will air the J. Cole- produced documentary, Raising Berte, which follows three men for about six years as they grow up in the rural area of Bertie County, North Carolina. Take a look at the trailer, below:

Death From Above Announce Third Album

Death From Above, formerly Death From Above 1979, will release a new album next month, their third, called Outrage! Is Now. 

"We are committed to evolution. This record is the sound of the two us pushing at the walls. We want there to be space, surprises and action!," drummer / singer Sebastien Grainger said in a press statement. 

"We both wanted to see how far we could take our sound as Death From Above. In a way, that has always been our objective," added guitarist Jesse Keeler.

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

01. Nomad
02. Freeze Me
03. Caught Up
04. Outrage! Is Now
05. Never Swim Alone
06. Moonlight
07. Statues
08. All I C Is U & Me
09. NVR 4EVR
10. Holy Books

Riz Ahmed on 'Fallon'

Watch one half of Sweat Shop Boys and The Night Of / Star Wars: Rogue One actor Riz Ahmed perform a cut from his 2010 solo album, Microscope, "Sour Times" when he used the moniker Riz MC on The Tonight Show. He told host Jimmy Fallon he performed the cut in a response to the horrific news from Charlottesville, Va., saying: "“I wrote this piece 10 years ago and every year I keep hoping it will become irrelevant, but it seems to be coming more and more relevant, sadly. It’s my attempt to try and get behind the headlines and work out where all this extremism is coming from.”

Liam Gallagher on 'Colbert'

Watch Liam Gallagher perform "Wall of Glass" and "For What Its Worth" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Portugal. The Man on 'Conan'

Watch Portugal. The Man perform "Feel It Still" on Conan.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Quick News

David Bowie, who passed away last year, made an appearance in Sunday's episode of Twin Peaks on Showtime thanks to some archival footage of his role in the 1992 film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. Director David Lynch dedicated the episode to the late musicians memory.

The Pantone Color Institute announced Monday that they are releasing a shade of purple in honor of Prince's life and legacy and will call it "Love Symbol #2,"in honor of his moniker from the mid-to-late 1990s.

For the first time ever, Nile Rogers had to cancel a performance with Chic, whom he has been playing with since the 1970s. Rogers was hospitalized for undisclosed reasons and cancelled the bands show with Earth, Wind, and Fire, in Toronto. He is said to be recovering.

Liam Gallagher has said he will quit music if his new solo career goes bust. The former Oasis and Beady Eye frontman spoke to The Daily Star about his upcoming album, As You Were, and said he will go away if the record tanks. “If the album comes out and it bombs, there is no real point doing another one,” he told the Daily Star. "There is no point going through the rigmarole of interviews and touring if no-one wants it.”

Beck has confirmed that his new album, Colors, which was supposed to arrive last year, is finally coming in October. "These are complex songs all trying to do two or three things at once. It's not retro and not modern. To get everything to sit together so it doesn't sound like a huge mess was quite an undertaking," he said.

Live Pix: Funkbox in the Park

On Sunday, an old school party featuring Tony Touch, Danny Krivit, Jelly Bean, D-Train and others was held at East River Park Amphitheater in Manhattan. 

Our very own RICH D SMOOV was on hand to capture the action. 

Live Pix: New York Deathfest

Over the weekend, the NY Deathfest celebrated its fifth anniversary at St. Vitus in Brooklyn and featured two days of bone crunching metal from Internal Bleeding, Organ Dealer, Hammer Fight, Pink Mass, and Thanology among others. 

Our very own RICH D SMOOV was on hand to capture the action.