Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Lana Del Rey Announces New Album, Shares Trailer


Lana Del Rey has announced that her new album, Lust for Life, is coming "very soon." The New York City singer shared a trailer for the record, take a look!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

QUICK SPINS



Depeche Mode Spirit

Over 30 years and 14 albums together, Depeche Mode are still going strong with their brooding dark synths, themes, and message. Their new album, Spirit, takes all of the musical elements they have been working on since 2005’s Playing the Angel and gives it a political twist. Exposing the themes of Brexit, the Trump campaign, and the instability of the EU, Depeche Mode tells their fanbase how to rise up should they need a lesson. When not singing about the social issues of the world, the band of course look inward with introspective tunes about their lives and well-being.  While it is not too adventurous in sonic cannon it makes up for itself in the motifs they are playing on.
FINAL GRADE: A


SpoonHot Thoughts

In what could be one of their best albums, Spoon return with their ninth album and exceed all expectations. Hot Thoughts is one of their most musically provoking and catchy albums. The Austin band has seemed to shed a skin where they do not hold back.
FINAL GRAE: A


Conor OberstSalutations

The electric version of last year’s quiet Ruminations is the same record but totally different. The passion, feeling and lyrics are all equal to last year’s album but the music is Oberst showing off that his is much more than an acoustic folk hero.
FINAL GRADE: B+


Sleaford Mods English Tapas

The diabolical duo come out swinging on their latest and like Slaves did last year with Take Control, Sleaford Mods pick up the anger and intensity with English Tapas.
FINAL GRADE: B+


Raekwon The Wild

Part super hero storyline, part typical Raekwon record. The Chef returns with his latest solo venture that hears him sharpening his storytelling skills like his Wu-Tang brothers Ghostface Killah and Inspectah Deck have done and bringing a fury only he can.
FINAL GRADE: B


WireSilver / Lead

The post-punk legends return with their 16th studio album and while many would expect it to be a typical Wire record, they change their pace. The band outwit their critics and longtime fans to bring a modern twist to their sound and style but keep the blueprint of what they have done in the forefront.
FINAL GRADE: B+


British Sea Power Let the Dancers Inherit the Party

In one of their most complete records and best in over a decade, British Sea Power proves they can still write catchy tunes. The band have been in a free fall musical state since 2008 trying to stay with the times but with their latest, they seem to not attempt to keep up with the pack but stick to the music that made them a popular naughties band.
FINAL GRADE: B


Grandaddy Last Place

In their first album in 11 years, Grandaddy return with nothing too crazy but a nice reintroduction to fans and audiences who may have forgotten about them along the way.
FINAL GRADE: B


The ShinsHeart Worms

The Shines made a new record that sounds like a Shins record. It is not bad, just another Shins record.
FINAL GRADE: B-


Circa Waves Different Creatures

The second album from the English rockers picks up where they acclaimed debut left off and gives fans a few more tunes to add to the arsenal.
FINAL GRADE: B-


Laura Marling Sempre Femina

What could be one of the most ultimate girl power records of the year comes from Laura Marling. The British singer-songwriter’s sixth record is her most political, socially aware and evocative to date.
FINAL GRADE: B-


The Jesus and Mary ChainDamage and Joy

For their first record in 19 years, the Scottish indie heroes return with a record of basic beats, their infamous rhythms, and lyrics about modern pop culture. It sort of sounds like a Jesus and Mary Chain but doesn’t feel like one. After 19 years, one would expect more from the icons.
FINAL GRADE: B-


Alexis Taylor - Listen With(out) Piano

The new album from the Hot Chip frontman is a reworking of last year’s somber and quiet, Piano. Now, the record has a little more flair and can be played with Piano or separately. It is as if he is adding stereo to his mono record.
FINAL GRADE: B-


Brian Jonestown MassacreDon’t Get Lost

The 14th album from the noise-pop vets is a continuation of the sound that has made them indie darlings for over 20 years.
FINAL GRADE: B-


Craig Finn We All Want the Same Things

The Hold Steady frontman goes solo for the third time and brings with him his master storytelling. The record, unlike his previous, is much more quiet and somber but still leaves the listener in awe of his lyrics.
FINAL GRADE: B-


GoldfrappSilver Eye

The electronic songstress returns with her latest offering of dance ready hits that strike the heart as well as the feet.
FINAL GRADE: B-


Dave HauseBury Me in Philly

The punk singer-songwriter returns with his third solo record and delivers an album chock full of personal stories, tragedy, triumph and the never-say-die spirit that has made him an East Coast icon for decades.
FINAL GRADE: B-

Trailer for Upcoming John Coltrane Documentary 'Chasing Train' Released


The forthcoming John Coltrane documentary, Chasing Train: The John Coltrane Story, lands in select theaters next month. The film explores the iconic jazz musicians life before he passed away at 40 and also features Denzel Washington, Kamasi Washington, Bill Clinton, Common, in the film. Take a look

Slowdive Announce 1st Album in 22 Years


In May, Slowdive will release their first album since 1995's Pygmalion. The self-titled record was recorded in England and Los Angeles. 

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

01 Slomo
02 Star Roving
03 Don’t Know Why
04 Sugar for the Pill
05 Everyone Knows
06 No Longer Making Times
07 Go Get It
08 Falling Ashes

Gary Clark Jr. on 'Conan'


Watch Gary Clark Jr. perform "Our Love" on Conan.

Monday, March 27, 2017

VINTAGE CLIP: Gorillaz at Apollo Theater in 2006


It is Gorillaz-mania at OAY and to celebrate the announcement of their new album, watch the band's performance of "Dare" in 2006 at the Apollo Theater with Shaun Ryder of Happy Mondays. 

Read: Gorillaz Announce New Album - 'Humanz' 

Gary Clark Jr. on 'Fallon'


Watch Gary Clark Jr. perform "Our Love" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Live Pix: Biz Markie at House of Blues New Orleans



We happened to take a brief break last week and went to New Orleans where we of course got caught up in the music and culture of the Big Easy. 

While we were there, Biz Markie was DJing the House of Blues as part of his "Decades Collide: 80s Vs. 90s" tour which sees the hip-hop icon DJing some of the best music of both decades. 

Take a look at our live pix of the event which took place Saturday night. 





Royal Blood Tease New Album


Since last fall, Royal Blood have confirmed they are locked away in a California studio recording their new album. Now, for the first time, they have shared a teaser trailer for new music and in the video, it features possible song titles scrawled across a white board. Take a look!

J. Cole Releases Trailer for New HBO Special


J. Cole will release a new HBO special on April 15, called J. Cole: 4 Your Eyez Only, which is the name of his latest album. The hour long special will feature music from the new record, the making of it, as well as Cole discussing and facing social issues within the Southern part of America.