Friday, August 22, 2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Live Review: Midnight Masses @ Mercury Lounge

It has been about six years since we last saw or heard of Midnight Masses. Then, the band was a stark indie outfit from New York with fresh singer and voice in Autry Fulbright and ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead's Jason Reece. The band at the time were working on an E.P. and then things went quite after 2009. Fulbright joined Reece full-time in Trail of Dead and it seemed like Midnight Masses was done. That was all until this summer.

Last month, the band released their long awaited debut, Departures and now with a new line-up, new sound, and new songs they hit the road. The band, now based in Austin, Texas, returned to New York for two area shows, one in Brooklyn and one at Manhattan's Mercury Lounge where we saw them. Going on stage just around 9 p.m., Masses came to preach to the room who were anxiously waiting to see them all of the years. Opening with a couple songs from Departures they sprung into the fan favorite and one of their first tunes, "Preacher Son." It was at this point the crowd realized things had changed. That stark sound was traded for a much more rock / blues vibe and with enough sound and energy to fill the room, the once mysterious band seemed tangible and one to easily fall for. Fulbright would crack jokes in between songs and discuss his life on the road as well as the meanings behind the songs they would play. He even noted how some songs would get a different "live sound" than what fans were used to. In fact, it was live where these songs are meant to be heard, felt and desired. While Departures is a solid debut and enough to make fans of the band excited, the songs really need to be heard right in front of you. Tracks like "Am I A Nomad," "All Goes Black," and even "Golden Age," which paid homage to Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" as the shows epic closer. For the 40 minutes Midnight Masses were on stage they preached to the glory of rock and roll and the faithful who have followed them for so long waiting for this moment of return.

Quick News

Run The Jewels have confirmed that their new album, RTJ2 will arrive in October.

A sculpture of the late Amy Winehouse will be installed in the Camden Market section of London. The statue will be made of bronze and will be located not too far from where Winehouse lived. No word yet as to when it will go up.

Two more posthumous Jimi Hendrix records will be released next month. The albums, which were the first posthumous releases from the guitar God, The Cry of Love and Rainbow Bridge, will be available for the first time on CD and digital.

After returning to the scene last year, The Knife have confirmed that they will break up at the end of their European tour.

Aphex Twin has released more information about his new album, Syro. Their first album in 13 years will arrive next month, the tracklisting was also released, take a look below:
'minipops 67 [120.2][source field mix] [aka the manchester track]'
'XMAS_EVET10 [120][thanaton3 mix]'
'produk 29 [101]'
'4 bit 9d api+e+6 [126.26]'
'180db_ [130]'
'CIRCLONT6A [141.98][syrobonkus mix]'
'fz pseudotimestretch+e+3 [138.85]'
'CIRCLONT14 [152.97][shrymoming mix]'
'syro u473t8+e [141.98][piezoluminescence mix]'
'PAPAT4 [155][pineal mix]'
's950tx16wasr10 [163.97][earth portal mix]'
'aisatsana [102]'

'Sonic Highways' Trailer

Foo Fighters released the album trailer to their forthcoming new album and HBO docu-series Sonic Highways. Take a look!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Recommended Reading: Unknown Pleasures

After years of biographies, films, and documented accounts of the history of Joy Division, last year, Joy Division bassist Peter Hook gave his word and the first autobiography about the iconic band from a member with his fantastic book, Unknown Pleasures. The book, which traces Hooky's roots in Salford, England, to how he linked up with Ian Curtis, Bernard Sumner, and Stephen Morris to form Joy Division. While Sumner, Morris and Hook were friends before meeting Curtis, Hooky describes with the greatest detail how everything came about from their initial meeting to seeing The Sex Pistols in Manchester to the evolution of the band as they started off as Warsaw and then to the shocking suicide of their leader, Ian Curtis. This is a must read for any fan of the band and a phenomenal document  and timeline of how and when things happened. Hooky also details the beginning of New Order and how his bands influenced the likes of U2, OutKast, Moby and many more. While the narrative of the story is a unique eyewitness account, the best moments of the book are the stories of the band members goofing around with each other and hanging out. It is one of the most candid and insight autobiographies on a band ever written. A must read.

Great Soundtrack: Goal!

As the soccer season gears up in Europe this month and since we are still looking back on highlights of the World Cup, we picked a soundtrack that may have gotten overlooked but still fantastic. In 2006, director Danny Cannon brought the Cinderella soccer story Goal! to the big screen. While the film tanked in the U.S. it did wonders overseas, surprised? Yeah, we are not either. The film, which follows a Mexican-American from being picked from obscurity in California to getting a chance to play with English club Newcastle United.

The film is inspirational and fun to watch, but what set the tone and English spirit was the music. The soundtrack which takes the listener to the Britpop heyday of Oasis, Zero 7, Happy Mondays also made current bands like Unkle, Kasabian featured very much in the film. A majority of the tracks do in fact come from Oasis, and not surprising the Gallagher brothers may loathe each other but love "The Beautiful Game." The soundtrack picks the most passionate tracks from these bands and gives the listener something to cheer for.

Thurston Moore Announces New Album

Former Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore has announced his new solo album, The Best Day, which will arrive in October. Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and hear the album's title track.

1.       Speak To The Wild
2.       Forevermore
3.       Tape     
4.       The Best Day
5.       Detonation
6.       Vocabularies
7.       Grace Lake
8.       Germs Burn

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Leonard Cohen Announces New Album

To celebrate his 80th birthday, iconic poet and singer, Leonard Cohen will release his new album, Popular Problems, next month. Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below:

01 Slow
02 Almost Like The Blues
03 Samson In New Orleans
04 A Street
05 Did I Ever Love You
06 My Oh My
07 Nevermind
08 Born In Chains
09 You Got Me Singing

Quick News

Paul Giamatti has joined the cast of Straight Outta Compton, the N.W.A. biopic that will arrive next summer. In the film Giamatti will play the iconic hip-hop group's manager.

Roger Waters will be going to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) next month for the world premiere of his concert film Roger Waters The Wall. The film, which was shot in three cities will feature his full massive concert from his 2010 / 2011 world tour where he brought Pink Floyd's The Wall back to life using new technology.

Speaking to Stereogum, Geoff Rickley talked about the fall of Thursday and how his band became more of a job than something they loved. He said, "We used to joke around, Tucker [Rule, drummer] and I. In between songs, he'd do this" — Rickly mimes sticking a punchcard into a machine — "and that would mean he was punching the clock that night. If the guy that’s the engine, in the middle of the band, is like, 'This is just a job,' you feel it resonate through the whole band. Alternately, sometimes, I'd be getting water and looking at him, and he'd be laughing and going, 'You are so not happy.' When you’re interfacing with the crowd, it’s hard to be the public face. You're like, ’Ugh, I have to pretend this is awesome because there are at least 10 people here who really want to see this. And tonight, I really don't want to do that.'" Thursday broke up in 2011.

Speaking to BBC's Zane Lowe, Nas opened up about the deaths of Tupac and Biggie saying, "Those two things hit me real hard, because I knew both of them. I knew Biggie more, but what they meant to the art form can never be redone, can never be replaced. And when those two guys passed away I thought [it] was the end of rap.” He also talked about hip-hop today and his notorious 2001 feud with Jay Z saying, "Today’s music industry it’s really about money now and back then during that period, when you talk about me battling with Jay, it was about something else. It was not just about being the top guy in rap. It felt like we were leaders of nations. Not that we were egotistical as, “I’m the leader.” No, not in that sense. I mean what you felt surrounding us was – there was an importance in what we were doing that mattered more than just success. It was more than just, “Oh my record’s going to sell,” or… Yeah we need the records to sell to make money. That was something we thought about, but put that aside. When Pac made “Dear Mama,” and these records and then he had to switch up to get in war mode, these were chess moves. This was real… today it’s a whole other world. I’ll just leave like that."

Gaslight Anthem on Letterman

Watch The Gaslight Anthem perform "Get Hurt" on Letterman.