Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Live Review: David Gray @ Ed Sullivan Theater

Sometimes you remember an artist for their breakthrough singles or albums and how those songs take you back to a time and place. Sometimes you also forget how good an artist is until you are reminded. Tonight that just happened with David Gray as he performed in front of a packed Ed Sullivan Theater for a private concert for the Live on Letterman web series. Gray, who has been in town to support his tenth album, Mutineers, taped his Late Show performance before doing his Live on Letterman gig. Gray, who broke through in the late 90's thanks to his classic album, White Ladder and then sustained his celebrity with A New Day at Midnight, managed to constantly make solid songs and in doing so, gained a massive fanbase over the years. Now, in a special Live on Letterman performance, those fans were taken down memory lane.

As the clock stuck 9 p.m., Gray walked down the aisle of the famous theater that has hosted so many icons and walked to his piano, surrounded by his band mates and went into the Mutineers single, "Birds of the High Arctic." He then joked at the end of the song, "This is about David Letterman and how cold he keeps his theater." As he focused on new songs like "Last Summer," and "Mutineers," he also threw in classic songs for his fans like "The One I Love," "Sail Away," and a surprising remix of his massive hit, "Babylon." It was eight songs crammed within an hour that saw Gray shift from piano to guitar to ukelele but also saw him shift from musician to front man. After doing this for the 20 years he has been, he knows how to work a room and knows how to get everyone on their feet. It is in those moments where you remember how damn good of a performer, musician, and songwriter he is.

Quick News

Taking to Twitter, producer Butch Vig has confirmed that the new Foo Fighters album is done and mixed. Vig tweeted: "We are officially done with the new Foo Fighters album. 23 straight days mixing! IT'S EPIC!!!" The still untitled album arrives this November.

And of course before Dave Grohl was in Foo Fighters working with Butch Vig, he was in Nirvana working with Butch Vig. Now, original drummer Chad Channing, who was replaced by Grohl, said he would be up for a Nirvana reunion of sorts. Telling NME, Channing said, "Yeah, if they wanted me to. It'd maybe be something like Dave playing guitar and singing and Krist doing bass. That'd be about the only arrangement I could think of that we cold pull off."

Jake Bugg has revealed that he is working with Rick Rubin on his third album and already has ideas that the duo are flushing out together. Speaking to NME, Bugg said, "I've been trying to keep what I'm doing under wraps at the minute," he explains. "A producer or someone could stick me on the mics and I'll just make something up on the spot and not share the ideas that I've actually spent a bit of time on because I just want to have a bit more time with it."

After announcing the reissue of Blur's Live at Budokan and then clarifying why Blur's new album may never see the light of day, musical God Damon Albarn is now opening up about the children's musical he wants to create. Also speaking to NME, who isn't these days, he said, "It's got to be finished for summer next year. It's based on a very beloved kids' book, but with a very modern take on it."

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Timbaland have an update on Miss Elliott's long awaited new album. The producer and beatmaker said, "It’s coming. It’s on her. She got the first single, it’s just a matter of when she wants to do it. We got the hollow-tip bullet in the gun. We have the game-changer right there.”

Foxygen Announce New Album

Psychedelic garage rockers Foxygen have announced details to new album. The record will be called ....And Star Power and features 24 songs! It will arrive in October and is 82 minutes long. Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, as well as the video for "How Can You Really." 

01 Star Power Airlines
02 How Can You Really03 Coulda Been My Love
04 Cosmic Vibrations
05 You & I0
6 Star Power I: Overture
07 Star Power II: Star Power Nite
08 Star Power III: What Are We Good For
09 Star Power IV: Ooh Ooh
10 I Don't Have Anything/The Gate
11. Mattress Warehouse
12 666
13 Flowers
14 Wally’s Farm
15 Cannibal Holocaust
16 Hot Summer
17 Cold Winter/Freedom
18 Can’t Contextualize My Mind
19 Brooklyn Police Station
20 The Game
21 Freedom II
22 Talk
23 Everyone Needs Love
24 Hang

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Quick News

In October, The Melvins will release their new album, Hold It In. Singer Buzz Osbourne said of the album in a press release, "Hold It In is a refreshing piece of fiction in a boring world of fact and bullsh*t."

Speaking to Triple J, Danny Brown talked about his collaboration with the enigmatic Avalanches and says it is going to blow people away. Brown said, "I did one song with them a while ago and it was cool. They felt like it was OK and I felt like it was OK. But then we actually got in the studio and made a record and I swear the record we made is incredible. 'Frank Sinatra' was the first one we did. That was cool but the one we did after that... I swear, if we put that out, it'll change the world. I heard it that first night and that was the only time I heard it. I wanna hear it again!"No word yet as to when this long awaited Avalanches album will arrive.

In September, JEFF The Brotherhood will release a covers EP called Dig the Classics. The band covers Pixies, Beck, My Bloody Valentine, Teenage Fanclub and more. Take a look at the cover below:

The "classic" line-up of Primus, aka the ones that crafted Sailing the Seas of Cheese, will release a Willy Wonka tribute album. Singer Les Claypool says of the album, "The idea was to combine the Frog Brigade and Primus, and do this record,' says Claypool. I think like a good portion of the planet, we were all pretty put off by the remake of the 'Willy Wonka' movie - the Tim Burton version. I really wanted to pay homage to a film that was very important to me as a kid and very influential to me musically. So that's what we did. And as opposed to just going in and recording the songs and playing them the way they are in the film, we twisted them up a bit...twisted them up a lot." Take a look at the cover below:

Conor Oberst on Letterman

Watch Conor Oberst perform "Hundreds of Ways" on Letterman!

Jenny Lewis on Fallon

Watch Jenny Lewis perform "Just One of the Guys" on The Tonight Show!

Beck on Colbert Report

Watch Beck perform "Heart Is a Drum" and "Heaven's Ladder" on The Colbert Report.

Quick News

TV on the Radio have announced that their new album, Seeds, will arrive this fall. The album will arrive via Harvest Records and was produced by band member David Sitek. Singer Tunde Adebimpe said in a press release, "We've been through a lot of stuff in the past few years that could have stopped the band cold, but I'm glad we got it together and took stock of the unique connection we have between each other because the record is, 1000%, without a doubt, the best thing we've ever done."

Following the announcement that Blur's 1995 Live at Budokan album will arrive digitally next month, Damon Albarn spoke to NME about what is going on with the new Blur record and if it will see the light of day. He said, "There are about 15 songs we recorded in Hong Kong. The annoying thing is, if I'd been able to write the lyrics there and then about being there, we'd have finished the record. But sometimes, if you can't do it all at once, it dissipates really and I don't know what I'd sing about now with that record. There's some great tunes on there, but it may just be one of those records that never comes out. I'd do some more work on it. I like making records in short periods of time if I can. It was a different process with 'Everyday Robots' because that was really thought out, but sometimes it's great to get some amazing energy and do something in 10 days. There was too much commuting between where we were staying and where we were recording and it was a bit too hot. I think that's why we didn't get it finished."

Taking to Twitter, Muse frontman Matthew Bellamy gave an update on the band's new album. He told fans that they are going to have to wait for next summer to hear new music, which is when the album is expected to arrive. He also said, "Its gonna get heavy." 

El-P gave an update on Twitter that the latest Run the Jewels album is "One day away from being fully mixed." We hope to hear the album release announcement soon.

Led Zeppelin will be reissuing IV and Houses of the Holy this fall with bonus content and alternate packaging like they did with their first three albums earlier this year. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Weezer on Fallon

 Watch Weezer perform their awesome new single, "Back at the Shack," on The Tonight Show.

TWEEDY on Fallon

Watch TWEEDY aka Jeffy Tweedy and son Spencer on The Tonight Show!