Thursday, February 22, 2018

Parquet Courts Announce Danger Mouse Produced LP

In May, Parquet Courts will release their new album, Wide Awake, which was produced by Danger Mouse. 

Take a look at the cover, above, and hear the new single, “Almost Had To Start A Fight/In And Out Of Patience” and see the tracklisting, below.

01 “Total Football”
02 “Violence”
03 “Before The Water Gets Too High”
04 “Mardi Gras Beads”
05 “Almost Had To Start A Fight/In And Out Of Patience”
06 “Freebird II”
07 “Normalization”
08 “Back To Earth”
09 “Wide Awake”
10 “NYC Observation”
11 “Extinction”
12 “Death Will Bring Change”
13 “Tenderness”

Quick News

Janelle Monae has released the cover to her new album, Dirty Computer, which you can see above. She also said that the record will arrive at the end of April.

Public Image LTD. will celebrate their 40th anniversary this year and will reunite for a series of gigs. In addition to the concerts, they will release a career-spanning box set titled The Public Image is Rotten as well as the documentary of the same name.

Twin Shadow will release his new album, Caer, in April.

The Streets will reissue their first two albums, 2002's Original Pirate Material and 2004's A Grand Don’t Come for Free, on double vinyl later next month.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Quick News

ALADDIN SANE 45TH ANNIVERSARY SILVER VINYL DUE - “Just in time for sunrise...” - April sees the release of two limited edition Bowie vinyl albums, Aladdin Sane and CHANGESTWOBOWIE. This strictly limited one run only silver vinyl edition of Aladdin Sane will contain Ken Scott’s approved 2013 remaster and will be released on 20th April, 2018, 45 years to the day since the original release date for the album. Previously thought to have been issued on 13th April, 1973, new evidence has come to light that proves the release date was officially the 20th, but being Good Friday in the UK the album was 'made available' on the 19th. This silver vinyl edition of Aladdin Sane will only be available to ‘bricks and mortar’ retail stores and not through on-line stores. CHANGESTWOBOWIE will be reissued on the 13th April with all tracks remastered on CD in a digipak sleeve, high-resolution 192/24 and 96/24 digital and standard digital for streaming and download, as well as a 180gram vinyl edition available randomly on its initial limited run in black and blue vinyl before reverting solely to black vinyl. Finally, 192/24 and 96/26 high-resolution digital versions of CHANGESONEBOWIE will be released for streaming and download on April 13th too. - Go here for the full press release: - #AladdinSaneSilver #BowieVinyl
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This year marks the 45th anniversary to David Bowie's landmark album, Aladdin Sane, and to celebrate, his estate is releasing a silver vinyl of the record. The announcement came on Instagram, for more details see above.

After 8 years of waiting, Robyn is teasing a new album following her 2010 Body Talk series. A fan recently asked her on Twitter: "Who decides your next album release date tbh?” Robyn then replied: “I do. Some time this year honey.” No further details were given.

The Sword will release their new album, Used Future, next month.

Flatbush Zombies will release their new album, Vacation in Hell, in April.

Soft Cell will reunite for one night only in September for a farewell concert at London's O2 Arena.

Speaking to Double J in Australia, The National's Matt Berninger has revealed that he, his wife, and brother are developing a sitcom based on their lives. The singer and his filmmaker brother, Tom, will star in the series. "My brother and my wife and I have been creating it, and then we teamed up with Trent and his wife […] It’s something we’ve been cooking for a while," he said. Trent O’Donnell (New Girl, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) will also assist in developing the show. No network or release date has been given.

Portugal. The Man on 'Colbert'

Watch Portugal. The Man perform "Live in the Moment" with a drumline on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Great Soundtracks: 'Black Panther'

Black Panther continues to dominate the box office and we can tell you, if you haven't seen it yet, it is one of the greatest comic book to movie adaptations ever. Believe the hype. While the film brings in ticket sales, its soundtrack also delivers in ways you would and would not expect.

Executive produced by Kendrick Lamar and Top Dawg Entertainment, the soundtrack to Black Panther features heavy hitters like Lamar, SZA, James Blake, The Weeknd, 2Chainz, Schoolboy Q, Vince Staples, among others. The soundtrack has its moments where it gives direct shoutout to characters in the film like T'Chala, Kilmonger, and the fictional nation of Wakanda. More importantly the record not only fits in the universe of the film but TDE's as well. Lamar's thumbprint is on every song and each track feels like you are on a roller coaster ready to go on your own mission to save the world. If you were to just play the record straight and not know it was from a movie, you would think that TDE was assembling a victory lap with this record, which makes it that much more special. Each track could and should be a single, while not taking away from movie it simply adds to it.

Recommended Reading: 'Meet Me in the Bathroom'

The greatest book about music and New York City is the classic Please Kill Me which is the oral history of the birth of punk in the 1970s. Last year, a spiritual sequel of sorts was released by author Lizzy Goodman who documented the New York City garage and indie scene of the turn of this century with the brilliant and instant classic Meet Me in the Bathroom. 

Meet Me in the Bathroom is the oral history of those who lived in New York pre and post-9/11 and how the city was shaped by the artistic boom coming from the Lower East Side and eventually spilled over to Brooklyn. With first person accounts from The Strokes, Ryan Adams, LCD Soundsystem, Interpol, TV on the Radio, The National, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the artists discuss their origins and how things progressed for them to get to the status they are currently at. Goodman takes us on a tour of the city in the way she formulates the interviews to flow like a narrative and timeline of places and events which transpired over the years. Meet Me in the Bathroom is not just a love letter to New York City, it is a love letter to rock and roll and how in every generation the cycle will not destruct and for better or worse keeps pushing. This is for any music fan.

Black Moth Super Rainbow Announce 1st Album in 6 Years

Black Moth Super Rainbow will release their first album in six years, Panic Blooms, in May. 

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and hear the first single, "Mr. No One."

Panic Blooms
Baby’s in the Void
Rip on Through
One More Ear
Bad Fuckin Times
New Breeze
Aerosol Weather
June July 28
Bottomless Face
Permanent Hole
To the Beat of a Creeper
We Might Come Back
Sunset Curses
Mr No One

Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor Announces New Album

Hot Chip singer Alexis Taylor will release another solo album in April called Beautiful Thing.

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and watch the video for the title track:

Dreaming Another Life
Beautiful Thing
Deep Cut
Roll on Blank Tapes
Suspicious of Me
A Hit Song
Oh Baby
There’s Nothing To Hide
I Feel You
Out of Time

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Live Review: Noel Gallagher at Radio City

The day after his brother was crowned a "Godlike Genius" from NME, Noel Gallagher played his largest solo show to date in New York City as the former Oasis musician sold out Radio City Music Hall.

On Thursday night, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds brought their latest album, Who Built The Moon? to life at one of the city's most beloved and treasured venues and the veteran performer had a few tricks up his sleeve for this tour.

Performing in front of a moon-shaped screen which projected various psychedelic images, the band, which also included former Oasis drummer Chris Sharrock and Gem Archer as well as his now-infamous French scissor player, took New York City on a journey through sound and graphics. Starkly lit for nearly the first hour of the set, it was almost as if the megalomaniac that is Noel Gallagher did not want you to pay attention to him on stage but rather hear the music the band was projecting and it fit perfectly with new songs like "Holy Mountain," "Keep On Reaching," and "It's a Beautiful World."

Eventually the lights began to shine on the star and his group which exposed a Manchester City flag over one of the speakers and as he ripped through his massive back catalogue, fans inside the amphitheater began to get on their feet.

Songs like "Ballad of Mighty I," "If I Had a Gun," and the Oasis covers of "Little By Little," "The Importance of Being Idle," and "Wonderwall," turned into a massive singalong like a City match where the fans chant "Blue Moon" after a victory. After 90 minutes on stage, he and the band retreated to the wings for a brief break and the encore was something that will be etched in memory.

After a brief break, Gallagher returned and played the somber but brilliant ballad "Dead in the Water," the closing track to his latest record. He then was joined by the rest of his ensemble as they delivered a one-two punch of tunes like the rarely performed Oasis single, "Go Let It Out," and the classic, "Don't Look Back in Anger."

Prior to the last song, he addressed the crowd how John Lennon was "one of ours and was one of yours," before going into The Beatles classic, "All You Need is Love," which felt rather poignant after the mass shooting in Florida the day before.

As Gallagher's presence as a solo artist continues to grow, it might be no surprise that he starts performing inside arenas on his next tour.

Dr. Octagon Announce 1st Album in 22 Years!

After announcing that Handsome Boy Modeling School was reuniting, Dan the Automator is also reactivating Dr. Octagon with Kool Keith and QBert. The trio will release their first album in 22 years, Moosebumps: An Exploration in Modern Day Horripilation in April. 

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

Octagon Octagon
Polka Dots
Black Hole Son
Power Of The World
Operation Zero
Bear Witness IV
Area 54
Flying Waterbed
3030 Meets The Doc Pt.1
Karma Sutra
Hollywood Tailswinging
Aviator Hype