Saturday, February 28, 2015

Quick News

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Grateful Dead, longtime fans, The National are spearheading a tribute album for the iconic jam band. The have been planning a tribute record for a while, and now, thanks to the magic of social media we know it will arrive this year. It will feature members of Vampire Weekend, Bon Iver, Kurt Vile, The Walkmen, Lee Ranaldo, Bonnie "Prince' Billy, The Tallest Man on Earth, and others. It is being recorded now.

Frank Turner will release The Third Three Years, his compilation of non-album rarities, in April. This is, obviously, the third in the series. Turner is also set to release a new album later this year.

Following her blockbuster return at this year's Super Bowl, Missy Elliott has confirmed that she is working with Pharrell on her new album. No word yet as to when the record will arrive.

Speaking to NME, Damon Albarn has revealed the meaning behind one of Blur's new songs that will be on their upcoming album, The Magic Whip. The song, "There Are Too Many of Us," he says, was inspired by last year's unfortunate hostage situation inside a Lindt Chocolate story in Australia. Albarn said, "but I actually finished the lyric after having come back from Australia. I was there the day they had the hostage situation in the chocolate shop, which was an extraordinary thing to witness. I was staying in a hotel where I could literally see what was going on outside and watch it on television. I’ve never been in that position before, and as a songwriter that was a very interesting standpoint to have. To be seeing something on TV, and then out the window it’s happening. Seeing the reality of what was happening and how it was being distorted through the prism of [the camera] was kind of fascinating." The Magic Whip arrives in April.

Liv Warfield on Kimmel



The fantastic Liv Warfield performed "Catch Me If You Can" and "The Unexpected" on Jimmy Kimmel Live this week, take a look! 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Sleater-Kinney on Meyers


Watch Sleater-Kinney perform "Price Tag" on Late Night with Seth Meyers!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Quick News

Speaking to The Guardian, Johnny Greenwood gave an update on the progress of the new Radiohead record. The guitarist and musical mastermind said, "We’ve done a couple of months of recording, and it has gone really well. We haven’t listened to anything back yet, so at the moment we’re all very happy. Now, I guess we’re going to go and listen to what we’ve done and see if we were right to be so happy. But we left it at a good place when we last stopped. We’ve certainly changed our method again. It’s too involved [to explain how]. We’re kind of limiting ourselves; working in limits. So we’ll see what happens. It’s like we’re trying to use very old and very new technology together to see what happens."

Lady Gaga is set to star in the fifth season of American Horror Story called American Horror Story: Hotel. It will air next fall on FX, while we don't know what character she will play, she has acted before in the critically overlooked Machete Kills.

To mark the sweet 16 of their debut album, Sigur Ros will release an expanded deluxe edition of ágætis byrjun in the early summer. The deluxe set will feature previously unheard studio recordings and rare live versions from this pivotal period in the band's development, as well as a welter of photographic and documentary material from their personal archives and plenty more besides. The band also are planning reissues of Von and ().

Now, instead of having albums arrive on a Monday in some countries and a Tuesday in others, like here in the U.S., beginning this summer, everything will arrive on a Friday for all countries. IFPI head Francis Moore said in a statement: "Music fans live in the digital world of today. Their love for new music doesn't recognize national borders. They want music when it's available on the internet -- not when it's ready to be released in their country. An aligned global release day puts an end to the frustration of not being able to access releases in their country when the music is available in another country." The proposal wasn't met with hosannas from every corner of the industry, however. While most agreed that a globally agreed-upon day for new music was best, there was some consternation over the choice of Friday. "The only justification for a Friday release date would be if it resulted in a net increase in sales," Entertainment Retailers Association Kim Bayley said in early October. (Sales weren't central to the IFPI's justifications for the move, though combating piracy could be considered the same thing.) Just this week, Beggars Group chairman Martin Mills said: "I fear this move will also lead to a market in which the mainstream dominates, and the niche, which can be tomorrow's mainstream, is further marginalized. I fear it will further cement the dominance of the few -- and that is exactly what it is intended to do."

Stream Cannibal Ox's New Album!


Stream Cannibal Ox's first album in 14 years, Blade of the Ronin, via Soundcloud a week before it's release date!

Lupe Fiasco on Fallon

Watch Lupe Fiasco backed by The Roots on The Tonight Show.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

QUICK SPINS

 
Ghostface Killah & BADBADNOTGOOD Sour Soul
Ghostface has been on a creative tare since 2013’s 12 Reasons to Die. Last year he contributed tracks to Wu-Tang’s latest installment and released 36 Seasons, and plans on other releases this year – 12 Reasons to Die II, his collaboration with DOOM, and Supreme Clientele Presents... Blue & Cream: The Wally Era. Before he has those albums to close out the year that just began, his collaboration with jazz / improv fusion BADBADNOTGOOD has already raised the bar. Sour Soul is the new class and the old school coming together for a fusion that works perfectly.  
FINAL GRADE: A

Catfish & The BottlemenThe Balcony
The debut from the Welsh Britrock revivalists arrived in the UK last year to massive acclaim, but we finally got it here in the U.S. and it does not dissapoint. One of the most cleaver, slick, and fun debuts to arrive thus far, this band has set the stage for their career.
FINAL GRADE: A-

Gang of FourWhat Happens Next
The legendary post-punks arrive with a new look but same sharp attitude. Andy Gill, the sole remaining original member of Gang of Four leads a new pack of sharp and inspired musicians that continue on the band’s philosophy, style, and unique sound. What Happens Next is what is going to happen next in the latest chapter of this influential band.
FINAL GRADE: B+

Screaming Females Rose Mountain
For their sixth album, New Jersey DIY punks Screaming Females do not alter the sound that has gained them attention too much, but show their pragmatic ideas in their lyrics and maturity.
FINAL GRADE: B+

Carl Barat & The JackalsLet it Reign
While we wait for a new Libertines record, Carl Barat teases us with another garage-rock record from a band he solicited the old fashioned way, by putting an ad out and auditioning for parts. Let it Reign is a fun rock and roll record that shows Barat warming up for his big return.
FINAL GRADE: B+

Kate PiersonGuitars and Microphones
The solo debut from the B-52’s diva is a glamrock and glitter throwback that incorporates the spirit she has always had while carving out her own identity.
FINAL GRADE: B+

Mourn
With inspiration from The Ramones and shoe-gaze bands, Barcelona’s young buzz band Mourn are showing the world why they can break out of the Catalan capitol and sing the sorrow around the globe.
FINAL GRADE: B

Murder By Death Big Dark Love
The seventh album from the Indiana indie rockers hears the brooding and dark undertones they are known for, but adds a level to experimentation that longtime fans of the band will pick up on and embrace.
FINAL GRADE: B

Jack U
Skrillex and Diplo combine for the EDM version of Watch the Throne. Jack U is full of wub, sub bass, and instant party starters that will leave you bumping it in the car, club, or at the gym for a sure fire way to give aggression without lyrics.
FINAL GRADE: B

Dan DeaconGliss Riffer
Dan Deacon fires back with another creative approach to electronic and dance music that only he can do.
FINAL GRADE: B

Big Nobel
The side project of Interpol’s Daniel Kessler is a quiet and fundamentally different band than what we are known to hearing of him. Yet, it still sticks with the dark motifs and musical ideology that doesn’t make it that much of a grand departure for him.
FINAL GRADE: B-

Big SeanDark Sky Paradise
On his third album, Big Sean calls his usual suspects of contacts for another sure-fire hip-pop record that is a combo of radio friendly jams and street wise concepts.
FINAL GRADE: B-

Father John MistyI Love You, Honeybear
The second album from former Fleet Foxes drummer J. Tillman aka Father John Misty is a love letter to his wife and hears him bring his psychedelic folk and deals with his own personal demons in a presentation to the masses.
FINAL GRADE: B-

Bob DylanShadows in the Night
Nothing will stop Bob Dylan from making music and on his latest he proves that by doing a record of Sinatra covers done ala Dylan. Take a listen and take it for what it its.
FINAL GRADE: B-

PeaceHappy People
The English quartet return with another shoe-gaze, psychedelic Stone Roses influenced album that gives a mixture of the past and the present of what this genre can and will do.
FINAL GRADE: B-

Drake If You Are Reading This It’s Too Late
Surprise! The world got a Drake album / mixtape whatever you want to call it. Drake shows fans a different side on this LP by acting tougher lyrically than he probably really is, but in doing so, knows how to make a pop song for his fans.
FINAL GRADE: C+ 

Thom Yorke & Robert Del Naja Release Collab Soundtrack


Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Massive Attack's Robert Del Naja have been working on the soundtrack to the documentary The UK Gold since 2013. Now, the duo have posted the entire soundtrack to the film that showcases the history of tax avoidance in Britain. The film will arrive later this year, take a listen to the soundtrack now.

Action Bronson 'Mr. Wonderful' Trailer


Action Bronson has shared the album trailer to his upcoming LP, Mr. Wonderful. It parodies scenes from Boogie Nights and stars The Adventures of Pete & Pete actor Danny Tamberelli. Take a look!

See & Hear our Essential Action Bronson Playlist on Spotifty! 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Built To Spill Detail New Album


Built to Spill will release their first album in six years, Untethered Moon, on April 21. Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and hear the first single, "Living Zoo."

01 All Our Songs
02 Living Zoo
03 On the Way
04 Some Other Song
05 Never Be the Same
06 C.R.E.B.
07 Another Day
08 Horizon to Cliff
09 So
10 When I'm Blind