Friday, June 15, 2018

Alt-J with Pusha T and Twin Shadow on 'Colbert'


Watch Alt-J with special guests Pusha T and Twin Shadow perform "In Cold Blood" On The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Underrated Classic: Jonathan Fire*Eater 'Wolf Songs for Lambs'

Last month, the music world was stunned by the sudden passing of musician Stewart Lupton, the enigmatic frontman of New York via D.C. indie pioneers Jonathan Fire*Eater. The 43-year-old help put New York rock and roll back on the map in the mid-to-late 90s when Jonathan Fire*Eater relocated to the Big Apple from the capital and caused one of the largest label bidding wars in history at the time. Jonathan Fire*Eater had a sound unlike many others at the time with jingle-jangle guitar hooks, thumping rhythms, and sinister and dark lyrics that were showcased via Lupton's unique voice. Dreamworks eventually won the band on their label after the bidding war and they released their critically acclaimed but commercially flopped Wolf Songs for Lambs in 1997. After they signed their lucrative deal with Dreamworks, the L.A. Times called the band "possibly the most hyped young group that nobody has ever heard of," in the era before social media that was a bold but accurate statement to make. The album would basically set the standard for New York City bands of the early millennium like Interpol, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Strokes, and Secret Machines. Wolf Songs for Lambs would be the template that those artists would use for their respective debuts and early styles. Wolf Songs for Lambs now sounds just as fresh as it did 21 years ago and the oral history of the record was displayed in Lizzy Goodman's brilliant 2017 book, Meet Me in the Bathroom. A year after the record was released, the band split and members Paul Maroon, Matt Barrick, and Walter Martin would later form the critically acclaimed indie band The Walkmen. While Jonathan Fire*Eater received their acclaim from critics and the NYC and DC audiences that flocked to see them and not from the masses, the influence they had is something no one can argue and their legacy is a testament to that.

Spiritualized Announce New Album


Spirtualized will release their first album in 6 years in September called And Nothing Hurt. 

"With a bit of trial and lot of error, I found ways of doing something that’s quite simple if you’ve got the resources. I spent two weeks listening to classical records and strumming the chord that I wanted on my guitar. When I found something to match what I wanted, I’d sample that bit and go for the next chord and try to match that. It took weeks, trying to put together and layer convincing string sounds. But, if I’m honest, all I wanted was for someone to come and play the part and bring their own thing to the record," frontman J. Pierce said in a press release.

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

1. A Perfect Miracle
2. I’m Your Man
3. Here It Comes (The Road) Let’s Go
4. Let’s Dance
5. On The Sunshine
6. Damaged
7. The Morning After
8. The Prize
9. Sail On Through

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Gorillaz Detail New Album


Gorillaz will release their new album, the follow-up to last year's Humanz, The Now Now, in June.

Listen to Our Essential Gorillaz Playlist on Spotify

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and watch the video for the new single, "Humility." 

  1. Humility - feat George Benson
  2. Tranz
  3. Hollywood - feat Snoop Dogg + Jamie Principle
  4. Kansas
  5. Sorcererz
  6. Idaho
  7. Lake Zurich
  8. Magic City
  9. Fire Flies
  10. One Percent
  11. Souk Eye

The Internet Detail New Album


The Internet will release their new album, Hive Mind, in July.

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

01 Come Together
02 Roll (Burbank Funk)
03 Come Over
04 La Di Da
05 Stay the Night
06 Bravo
07 Mood
08 Next Time / Humble Pie
09 It Gets Better (With Time)
10 Look What U Started
11 Wanna Be
12 Beat Goes On
13 Hold On

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

U2 at Third Man Records


U2 were in Nashville this week and stopped by Jack White's Third Man Records where they recorded a couple tunes. Take a look.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Orbital Detail New Album

 

Orbital will release their new album, Monsters Exist, in September. 

 “When you haven’t made an album in five years it just comes tumbling out,” says Paul Hartnoll in a press release. “Because of the global situation I was torn between writing a really aggressive Crass-type album that says ‘Fuck The Man!’ or going back to rave sensibilities. You know, let’s really rebel by stepping away and actually living that alternative lifestyle. You don’t need to spell out who the monsters are. We’re not pointing our fingers at Donald Trump or Kim Jong-un. It’s clear who the monsters are. I’ve never liked preaching to people. It’s much better to provoke a bit of thought.” 

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

1. Monsters Exist
2. Hoo Hoo Ha Ha
3. The Raid
4. P.H.U.K.
5. Tiny Foldable Cities
6. Buried Deep Within 
7. Vision OnE
8. The End Is Nigh
9. There Will Come A Time (Featuring Prof. Brian Cox)