In an upcoming episode of the animated series Black Dynamite Chicago rapper, Chance the Rapper will utilize his vocal talents as the voice of Bob Marley.
Drake has been named the official Global Ambassador to NBA team the Toronto Raptors.
The Flaming Lips will be teaming up with Tame Impala for an EP split where the Lips will cover Tame Impala and vice-versa. The EP will be available when the band tour together this fall. The Flaming Lips will also release another EP for the upcoming Ender's Game called Peace Sword. That EP will be released on Record Store Day.
After eight days on hunger strike, Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has been hospitalized according to the activist and musicians husband. "I will do this until the administration starts obeying the law and stops treating incarcerated women like cattle," she wrote in a message that was distributed by her husband last week.
On November 5, David Bowie will rerelease his latest album, the fantastic The Next Day, which was released earlier this year. The reissue will feature the original album as well as a disc of 10 bonus cuts including a remix by LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy.
Speaking to NME, Elbow front man Guy Garvey gave some insight into the bands forthcoming sixth record. He said,"When you’re 40, you're all ages at once, because you're thinking of your youth, which has very definitely passed, and about how you became the person you are. You wonder about how the rest of your life plays out from here." No release date has been set.
Following their triumphant SNL performance, Arcade Fire had a 30-minute special on NBC which featured three new songs from Reflektor including "Here Comes The Night Time." Take a look at the special that featured appearances from the likes of Bono, Rainn Wilson, Ben Stiller, Michael Cera, Eric Warehaim, James Franco, Aziz Ansari, Bill Hader, and Zach Galifianakis.
In this day and age being a "Brooklyn band" usually means you came from some other part of the U.S. or in some cases some part of the world, settled in a ungentrified neighborhood, formed a band, gained acclaim and because you were form the borough that gave us Biggie and Beasties, you were already cool. But what about the bands and artists that are actually from Brooklyn, meaning born and raised? There seems to be a less number of those emerging in the last few years than those featuring the transplants. Now, it is about time for the real Brooklynites to stand up as Bay Ridge's So So Glos take an old school punk aesthetic and give it a pop twist. We spoke to singer Alex Z Levine about being from the "it" borough, their sound, and being part of a DIY scene in a city filled with corporations. Take a look at our interview below: While many “Brooklyn
bands” are people transplanted from other cities and then move to Brooklyn and
form, you are an actual Brooklyn band born and raised. When you see so many
artists taking the credit of your hometown, how do you feel? It's
true that our band was born and grouped together in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn but
really, that's just a spot on the map and it doesn't mean everything. A lot of
media sources have overblown the idea of "Brooklyn" and used
the place as a brand to search for some form of authenticity in a sometimes
corporately sponsored world. In reality, there's no great place to be from, and
the fact that our band was born and raised in Brooklyn doesn't make us more
" real", it just means we spread the love and party Brooklyn
style. Hailing from Bay
Ridge, how did the neighborhood influence your work? It’s a
suburb within a city. We moved around many neighborhoods both in and around NYC
and have always lived in more suburban type places on the fringe of the city. I
guess we got the grit of the city and the angst of the suburbs. One of the many
things I love about this band is your hard work in creating all ages places for
people to see bands and come together. What is it like being a venue owner
these days? We don't
own Shea. Our oldest friend from Bay Ridge, Adam Reich started the spot and
we've helped build the place and community along with him. There's a whole clan
that runs Shea in a comune type dysfunctional family style. With so many bands,
movies & TV shows being filmed, photo shoots taking place, and
gentrification of neighborhoods, not to mention a pro basketball team -- how do
you feel about the Brooklyn revolution happening? Brooklyn
is a constantly changing place as it's always been throughout history. If you
recently moved here, make yourself a part of the community by including
yourself in your neighborhood and get to know your people on the block. Don't
be a stranger and walk from your newly built condo to the train with your head
held down. That's the type of behavior that breeds anger and negativity in
communities. In many ways, Shea
Stadium CBGB’s of the borough, as a Brooklynite, how thrilled of are you to be
one of the co-founders of such a respected and popular venue? Shea
Stadium is a great place to see a show, to let loose, to be yourself. It's a
great thing and we're thrilled to be a part of it. As a punk band, who
are some of your influences? We've
always listened to different kinds of music. Right now I'm listening to
Fiona Apple, later I planning on listening to Bill Hicks, Big L or
Andy Kaufman. Sometimes we hear things and don't listen, sometimes we
listen to things and don't hear them. There all influences though. After six years
together as a band and a handful of EP’s released, you finally released your
debut this year. What was that experience like? Blowout
is our second full length record. Our first record was a self titled LP that we
self released in 2007. Blowout felt a lot like starting over and that was a good
thing. A blowout is a party, a broken intangible record, it’s a flat tire, an
explosion, a smashed ego or cellular device and a NYC haircut. It's
fresh. It was refreshing to start over. What did you learn
about yourselves while making your debut? We grew
down, we looked up . During the recording process, we had to unlearn
everything we've ever known and we did that. Then we learned everything
while making the record, and then we forgot everything again. Now we know
nothing about ourselves or anything else. You are great
friends with Titus Andronicus, could a possible collaborative split or single
happen in the near future with both bands? Hmmm...
maybe. What is next
for So So Glos? We're
gonna move to L.A. and start a venue called " Ebbets field". Cash in
On their first U.S. gig of their fall 2013 North American tour, Portugal. The Man kicked things off right with a sold-out show at one of New York City's premiere venues, Terminal 5. Supporting their fantastic new album, the Danger Mouse-produced, Evil Friends, Alaska's Portugal. The Man kicked things off with the albums biggest single, "Purple Yellow Red and Blue." Backed by screens in the shape of mountains that projected trippy and psychedelic images and animations, the fans were mesmerized by the sights and sounds. With hardly any spotlights on the band, the seemed like shadowy figures on stage as they drove through their setlist. With each song segueing into each other, the band hardly took any breaks and continued the fun and entertainment as they gave the fans something to embrace while they spent their Friday night inside the 3,000 person club.
Even though Portugal. The Man were on tour supporting Evil Friends, it was a sonic timeline as they played songs like "So American," "Guns and Dogs," "When the War Ends," from their previous records. However, it was the suprises that the band sprinkled into their set like a cover of Ghostface's "A Kilo," and It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia's "Day Man" theme and Beatles staples, "Don't Let Me Down," "Helter Skelter," and "Hey Jude," as well as Etta James' "I'd Rather Go Blind." The one thing we can always take away from a Portugal. The Man gig is that you can always expect the unexpected. It is nearly a different line-up every time aside from singer John Baldwin Gourley and bassist Zach Carothers, it is also a setlist that changes per show. With a catalogue so vast and a sound so unique, this band is always making it a treat for their fans and always giving them a reason to keep coming back. We have said it before and we will say it again, you could see this band everyday of the week and it would be a different show each time. We simply cannot get enough and never will. Portugal. The Man 9/27/13 Terminal 5 Setlist:
While he is about to his the road in support of his latest solo EP, Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr., said that his main band could make 10 more albums. He told BBC's Zane Lowe, "There might be times when we're not doing things but I don't feel like we'll ever stop. We've come to the point where we've been together so long and been through so much that why announce anything besides what we're doing? We're just together."
Andrew W.K. is going to add author to his resume as he now writing The Party Bible. Of course he is. The book will be a look at his years partying in NYC and how to do it.
Eminem's Shady Records is now opening a film division called Shady Films.
The Bouncing Souls announced that their new drummer is George Rebelo of Hot Water Music.
Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason has stated that he would be open to a reunion of the classic rock band. He told NME, "I would do it... I'm ready to go. I'm packed, I have my drum kit, a suitcase and a wash bag by my front door ready for it when I ever get the call. But I'm not holding my breath."
The National have confirmed they will appear on this season of The Mindy Project. The band will play themselves and will perform at a fictitious music festival and will have interactions with cast members of the show.
Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic has confirmed that he has played bass on the forthcoming Modest Mouse album. While no word as to when the new Mouse record will arrive, it will be the band's first full length since 2007's We Were All Dead Before The Ship Even Sank.
Pixies front man Frank Black has opened up about Kim Deal's exit from the band. He denied any allegations that Deal's split was of ill will or malicious intent. He told The Times, "There's never really been a lot of drama in this band. We've traditionally got along much better than people think. There's never been any punch-ups."
According to Stone Roses bassist Mani, the band will release their much anticipated new album in 2015. At which point, that third album will be released 21 years after the bands second album, 1994's The Second Coming.
Lily Allen has given some insight into her much anticipated comeback album. Speaking to Hello magazine, Allen said, "It's not an earnest 'I'm a mum' kind of record," she said. "It's empowering. There's some feminist vibes going on. It's the same old me with a bit of swearing going on. Good choruses, key changes here and there – that's it! I'm really nervous because I haven't been on stage for a really long time. I'm actually really scared. The music thing is great – creating is what I do. But being catapulted back into the limelight is something I'm anxious about, mainly because I've got two children now. It's not just me – I've got family to think about." The album is due next year.
TLC will release a greatest hits album next month that will feature two brand new songs.
After releasing the cover to her new album, Matangi yesterday, MIA released the tracklisting to the November album. Take a look below: 01 Karmageddon 02 MATANGI 03 Only 1 U 04 Warriors 05 Come Walk With Me 06 aTENTion 07 Exodus 08 Bad Girls 09 Boom Skit 10 Double Bubble Trouble 11 Y.a.l.a 12 Bring The Noize 13 Lights 14 Know It Ain’t Right 15 Sexodus
In 2001, author Steven Blush shed light into the often confused, dark, and controversial world of the hardcore music scene with his book American Hardcore: A Tribal History. Hardcore often would be looked on by the mass media as a hate mongering, violence promoting, often devil worshiping type of music, and Blush sheds light that if anyone ever thought that, they were more ignorant than one could imagine. Blush's book recounts tales of famous bands like Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, Bad Brains, Sick of It All, Cro-Mags, DOA, and the areas in which they came from as well as the fans that flocked to the gigs. Instead of a chronological timeline, Blush goes in and out of areas around the country and reflects on his own personal stories growing up in the scene. While the book focuses on the music between 1980-86, it shows the everlasting impact the music and scene had. In 2006, the book was turned into a documentary of the same name and furthered audiences education into the world of American hardcore music.
1997 was an interesting year in music, the second British invasion was happening, electronic music was creeping out of the clubs and into the mainstream, swing music was having its neo-revolution, and hip-hops costal war was making headlines more than it was making hits. No soundtrack captured the year in music better than that of Danny Boyle's A Life Less Ordinary. Boyle, who reteamed with his Transpotting star, Ewan McGregor and Hollywood "It" girl Cameron Diaz for his big budget black comedy.
While the film failed to deliver the box office numbers the studio was hoping for and failed to gain the critical reception that his previous work, Transpotting and Shallow Grave gained Boyle, A Life Less Ordinary was a film other than ordinary. It was a comedy with a divine twist, claymation, and a banging soundtrack. Featuring the music of the time from Beck, Luscious Jackson, Oasis, Ash, Sneaker Pimps, REM, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Prodigy, The Cardigans, and Underworld and classic tracks from Elvis and Bobby Darin, Boyle made the music work so well, it was it's own character, much like he had done previously in his other films. All the years later, the soundtrack to A Life Less Ordinary is not only the music of the film, the soundtrack to a year and era.
Jake Bugg has announced that his new album, Shangri-La, will be out in November. The record was produced by Rick Rubin.
Erasure are set to release a Christmas album, Snow Globe in November. The album will feature all original holiday tracks from the New Wave icons.
An interactive app featuring John Lennon will arrive this fall. The app called, John Lennon: The Bermuda Tapes follows the late Beatle in 1980 as he went to Bermuda. When he was there, he collaborated with his wife, Yoko Ono inspiring tracks for their album Double Fantasy. Users will be able to check out demos of songs and also be able to play with special interactive elements like traversing the ocean to reach Bermuda and visiting a disco.
Even though his new album, OLD, arrives new week, Danny Brown is now sharing the tracklisting. Take a look:
01 Side A (Old) [prod. Paul White]
02 The Return [ft. Freddie Gibbs] [prod. Paul White]
03 25 Bucks [ft. Purity Ring] [prod. Corin Roddick]
04 Wonderbread [prod. Paul White]
05 Gremlins [prod. Oh No]
06 Dope Fiend Rental [ft. Schoolboy Q] [prod. Skywlkr]
07 Torture [prod. Oh No]
08 Lonely [prod. Paul White]
09 Clean Up [prod. Paul White]
10 Red 2 Go [prod. Oh No]
11 Side B (Dope Song) [prod. Rustie]
12 Dubstep [ft. Scrufizzer] [prod. Skywlkr]
13 Dip [prod. Skywlkr]
14 Smokin & Drinkin [prod. A-Trak & JMIKE]
15 Break It (Go) [prod. Rustie]
16 Handstand [prod. Darq E. Freaker]
17 Way Up Here [ft. Ab-Soul] [prod. Rustie]
18 Kush Coma [ft. A$AP Rocky and Zelooperz] [prod. Skywlkr]
19 Float On [ft. Charli XCX] [prod. Frank Dukes]
MIA will be releasing her new album, Matangi in November. She just released the cover, take a look below:
Tomorrow, Nirvana will release the 20th anniversary to their underrated classic, In Utero. To celebrate the release, MTV & VH1 released never-before-seen rehearsal footage of the band getting ready for a taped gig at Seattle's Pier 48 in December 1993. Take a look!
After releasing two fantastic albums and touring with the likes of Portugal. The Man, The Walkmen, Beady Eye, Glasvegas, Editors, and The Antlers, New York City sci-fi rockers The Dig are set to hit the road this fall with Leagues in support of their latest EP. The Dig have been making a name for themselves in NYC and beyond. They still remain one of our favorite bands to follow and one of out favorite bands to watch and if they hit your town, it is imperative you check them out. Before they hit the road, we spoke with bassist and singer Emile Mossari about their latest EP, touring, and their signature sound. Your last record, the beautiful, Midnight Flowers, was
much more mellow than your debut. Did that record signify a
new shift is style and sound or just an experiment?
Thanks! So glad you like it! I think that just happened
naturally. A lot of the songs we were writing at the time that we were
the most psyched about happened to be on the mellow side.
Your new EP, Tired Hearts is a collection of
five songs, what made you want to release a special EP and not finish out an
We wanted to put something out this year and we thought that
these 5 tunes fit together in a cool way so we figured we'd put out an EP.
Will these songs signify what fans can
expect on the third record and is that in the works?
Not sure exactly when we will make our third full length and its
hard to say what its going to sound like at this point. We hope that the music
will continue to evolve and change but still sound like us somehow.
For Tired Hearts you worked with Pavement
producer, Bryce Goggin, how was that experience?
It was great. It's nice to have a 5th set of ears so we're
not left to our own devices and biting each others heads off. We have
worked with Bryce on our first two records so its always great to hang and
collaborate with him. He's a great dude and has an amazing ear for making
What did Bryce teach you that you did not
A lot of things, We've worked with Bryce bunch and over the years
so we've developed a rapport with him. He's a bit of an oddball like us
which is nice. He's made so many great records so we all trust his opinion and
sensibility. I'd say one thing in particular we've learned from him is how to
flip a song inside out and take a completely different approach.
Basically not to get too attached to the initial arrangement of a tune
and be able to step back a bit and mess with it.
After being on the road for most of your
lives, playing your music, what is the best thing about touring and what is the
Good question. Best thing I'd say is probably staying
connected to people that you normally might not have the means or reason to fly
out and visit. Whether that be fans we've made or friends and family we
have all over the country. Touring keeps you plugged in to that which is
great. Worst thing is probably eating shitty food and sleeping in van,
driving all night between gigs etc.
When hitting the road, what is the one thing
you cannot live without and always have to have?
Car games are an essential tool. Extremely serious and
competitive games we play on 12 hour drives that swallow up a lot of hours. I
don't think we could live without those.
You have opened for Portugal. The Man, Beady
Eye, Glasvegas, The Walkmen, The Antlers, playing with these bands, what is it
like? Do you ever take any of their tricks and apply them to your set?
Definitely. Those are all amazing bands that we we're
lucky enough to play with. You learn a lot about how to interact with the
crowds and lift a room. How to connect with an audience. More than
anything its inspiring just watch a great band play every night.
Especially a band like the Walkmen. They're a legendary band among bands
so watching them perform is both educational and inspiring. Ben Kweller
is also an amazing performer to watch. How at ease he is with his
audience and his ability to connect with people and be so personable while he's
up there. There's a lot to be learned from that.
We have been tracking this band for a while,
and your shows just keep getting better and better. What is it like being on
stage and doing what you love?
Thanks! Playing shows is the best thing in the world. Wish
we could do it every night.
Mumford and Sons have announced they will go on a bit of a hiatus following the success of last years Babel album and world tour. Speaking to Rolling Stone, keyboardist Ben Lovett said, "We have no idea. We just know we're going to take a considerable amount of time off and just go back to hanging out and having no commitments or pressure or anything like that. It feels like the last week of school right now, before school holiday when you're in high school. The atmosphere on the road is one of... I think everyone's excited about being free of schedules."
The biopic on hip-hop legend Tupac Shakur is finally going to happen. The film, which will have a reported $45 million budget will start filming next year.
The tracklisting to Arcade Fire's Reflektor has been revealed thanks to Amazon France. A posting was crafted featuring the list of songs, take a look below:
'Here Comes The Night Time'
'You Already Know'
'Joan Of Arc'
'Here Comes The Night Time II'
'Awful Sound (Oh Erydice)'
'It's Never Over (Oh Orpheous)'
The cover to Eminem'sMarshall Mather's LP 2 has been revealed. Take a look below:
Noel Gallagher is again denying Oasis reunion rumors. He spoke to talkSport presenter Andy Goldstein about a possible reunion to commemorate their debut, Definitely Maybe, "Maybe people keep thinking if that if they say it, it will eventually happen. It’s not going to happen. Unless they’re doing it without me, but without me it would be rubbish. One can never say never, because one might be skint. But I’ve got no intention. I’m not interested."
Iconic singer Grace Jones will release her memoir next year. She once vowed she would never tell her stories, but is altering that now.
As we posted yesterday on our social networks, James Blake and Chance the Rapper released a collaboration together and now it seems more music could be down the pipeline. Speaking to XXL, the Chicago rapper said, "I love his records. So to do another version of one of his songs that I felt was already completed was... you know... you don't wanna fuck somebody's shit up. I jumped on it and people seem to like it a lot. But I'm really excited for our other shit too." No word as to when that material will be released.
Chromeo will release their new album, White Women this fall and it is being reported that the album will feature contributions from Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, Toro Y Moi, Solange, LCD Soundsystem's Pat Mahoney and Oliver.
Even though Riot Fest Chicago happened last weekend, footage now is surfacing of some of the full performances. One of them was Long Island's Brand New. Take a look at the bands full set from the main event.
We have watched Arctic Monkeys grow-up and evolve right in
front of our very eyes, from their brilliant barnstorming debut, Whatever
People Say I Am Is What I Am Not to their very latest, AM. They have been
around for less than a decade and manage to maintain their rock and roll
identity but explore different paths within it. On their latest, AM, the bands
fifth, they mature as songwriters and musicians. They haven’t played their
instruments at 100 mph since their first two LP’s but they have learned to make
the same impact by doing less. AM is a record that does just that. It is not
the stoner-rock joyride that Humbug was, nor is it the lyrical masterpiece that
Suck It And See was, it is, older and wiser, in fact in many ways it is better
than all of those things. AM holds the key to the Monkeys future and proves
that Alex Turner’s clever songwriting is not someone trying to do all of these
things, but just is. AM could be viewed as a lazy title, but in fact, it is the
symbolic outlook of the bands music, doing so much with less, AM could be
looked at as “am,” and the Monkeys could be telling us this is who they are. If
that is the case, we are glad they are making music in this day and age. Plus,
any band referencing Scorsese’sMean Streets deserves high recognition.
FINAL GRADE: A
Janelle Monae – The Electric Lady
If Prince is playing on your album, you know you are doing
something right. Def Jam’s best signing since Biggie Smalls returns with a
ferocious and fantastic album that takes us through a dance apocalypse and
makes us realize we can’t live without her love of music. Combining jazz, funk,
rock, soul, doo-wop, neo-soul, R&B, indie rock, pop and elements of
hip-hop, The Electric Lady is a fantastic musical voyage and has a great supporting
cast from Solange, Erykah Badu, Esperanza Spalding, Miguel and more.
FINAL GRADE: A-
The Weeknd – Kissland
After his “Trilogy,” Abel Tesfaye comes back much more
focused, straight forward and interesting than every before. Kissland is a
romantic concept record about the world The Weeknd has created in his head and
the world that frightens him. The album tells that the world around us and
within us in frightening but is something we must overcome and embrace,
basically, it is ok to make mistakes along the way like falling in love with
the wrong person, it builds us as people and our character. A very smart,
clever, and very well produced latest effort.
FINAL GRADE: A –
Haim – Days Are Gone
The long awaited debut album from California’s favorite sisters
is finally here and does not disappoint. After emerging as one of the most
talked about new bands of 2013, Haim’s Days Are Gone is a slithering pop – rock
record that combines fun-in-the-sun emotion, killer riffs, heavy beats, and
catchy hooks that it will just make you want to play it over and over again.
Much like The 1975’s debut, this is one of the best debuts of the year.
FINAL GRADE: A-
Chvrches – The Bones Of What You Believe
electro-pop buzz band Chvrches debut is a mysterious, erotic, and dark release
that combines the sinister energy from Crystal Castles and mixes it with fellow
Scot’s Glasvegas’ neo-cold-wave sound and flexes heavy emotion doing so.
FINAL GRADE: B+
The Naked and Famous – In Rolling Waves
Three years after their awesome debut, New Zealand’s The
Naked and Famous return with In Rolling Waves which is a much heavier sounding
and heavier feeling album. In Rolling Waves hears The Naked and Famous flexing
serious muscle and proving that they are not just a one-trick pony and are
willing to take chances to not fall into the dreaded sophomore slump.
FINAL GRADE: B+
A$AP Ferg – Trap Lord
One of the A$AP Crew’s members goes solo for debut. The self
proclaimed “Trap Lord,” Ferg shows why he is taking the sub-genre of trap style
hip-hop by storm and one of the best to do it. With appearances from A$AP
Rocky, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, French Montana, Trinidad James, Schoolboy Q, Waka
Flocka Flame, B-Real and Onyx, he bridges the gap between old and new schools.
FINAL GRADE: B+
London Grammar – If You Wait
The buzz around London Grammar has been large since the band
hit the UK festival circuit this summer and now, their debut, If You Wait is
finally out, they answer the call and prove they are the band people want to
talk about. While the music of London Grammar is catchy, it is the voice of
singer Hannah Reid that is the star of the show. She is a vocal powerhouse that
take pop / rock singing to a whole new level.
FINAL GRADE: B+
King Khan and the Shrines – Idle No More
Eight albums in with his career with The Shrines and King
Khan shows no sign of stopping. While Idle No More displays nothing really new
musically or anything unexpected, it is still a total blast to listen to.
FINAL GRADE: B
THEblack&THEwhite – Futures EP
The debut EP from former As Tall As Lions bassist Julio Tavarez is filled with
trippy loops, hypnotic hooks, ambient vibes and heart. Futures is an EP where
you can hear that Tavarez has poured his soul into this project and is a nice
launching pad as to what is to come.
FINAL GRADE: B
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Fly By Wire
For their sixth record, Missouri’s Someone Still Loves Your
Boris Yeltsin, do it as a trio and rather a quartet thanks to the departure of
singer / guitarist John Robert Cardwell earlier this year. Most bands would
have imploded but SSLYBY soldier on and do it triumphantly where long time fans
of the band will not be disappointed.
FINAL GRADE: B
Icona Pop – This Is…
After a summer of the infections and brilliant girl power pop
anthem, “I Love It,” the Swedish duo of Icona Pop prove that the land they hail
from is still the breeding ground of the best pop music on the globe. This Is..
is the second album from Icona Pop but it is also the biggest, in terms of
production, popularity, and fun. This is an instant party starter.
FINAL GRADE: B
Kings of Leon – Mechanical Bull
Hi Kings of Leon! How are you? Welcome back, we missed you!
While the above note is not intended for a chuckle, though,
it is ok if you laugh at our corniness, the note is a meaningful gesture that
we are glad to see Kings of Leon return to form. After the unlistenable Come
Around Sundown, a few internal problems, battles with addiction, and a dreadful
documentary, Kings of Leon cut the bullshit and return back to basics and
return to form as a solid Southern rock and blues band and return to the roots
of being the band that we treasured and missed for so long.
FINAL GRADE: B
Sting – The Last Ship
For his first album of brand new material in a decade, Sting
fires back in a big way with The Last Ship, which is really the companion piece
to the Broadway play of the same name that the record is based on that he is
crafting. The Last Ship is a concept record about coming of age in a seaside
town and wanting something more out of life, while this may sound like the plot
of Fellini’sI Vitelloni, it is actually the first part of Sting’s life. The
Last Ship is a semi-autobiographical journey of one man, Sting, telling the
story of his youth but as an older man looking back on the life he left behind
and why he did.
FINAL GRADE: B-
Big Sean – Hall of Fame
The sophomore album from Big Sean is just as strong as his
debut but also does not feature the gift and the curse aka that verse from
Kendrick Lamar on “Control” which did not make the album’s final cut because of
a sampling issue. However, Big Sean enlisted Nas, Common, 2 Chainz, Kid Cudi,
Lil Wayne, Juicy J, Meek Mill, Nicki Minaj, Miguel and Young Jeezy to support
his style and sound.
FINAL GRADE: B-
Goodie Mob – Age Against The Machine
Cee-Lo Green hooks up with his first group and crafts their
first album in nine years. While Cee-Lo’s voice is still the star of the show,
nothing new is crafted or made and after nine years and nine explosive years
for Cee-Lo’s career, one would have hoped the rest of the group would have come
out swinging to upstage the pop icon, yet, they all fail to do so and the album
is left at a sub-par level.
FINAL GRADE: C
At one point in the last decade bands emerged that wrote a
few catchy and clever tunes and were poised to be the next coming of music.
Yet, some of those bands failed to capitalize on anything beyond that and make
anything listenable, however, still get attention as if they are going to do
something great and grand and fail to. MGMT is one of those bands whose talent
was like a firework in the sky, it bursted bright and shined but then faded
into oblivion, however, some critics are still holding out for that firework to
burst again because they know the band has potential. It would normally be
encouraging to other artists, but MGMT realized they can release shit, and we
mean it, shit, and know they will still make music headlines and have people
foam at the mouth for what they are going to do. After the tragically terrible
and unlistenable, Congratulations, MGMT return with a self-titled album that is
not a bit more comforting to listen to but still misses the mark by a long
Fanfarlo will release a four-song EP next month called, The Sea via their own label New World Records.
A Perfect Circle will release their first greatest hits collection called, Three Sixty in November.
The Killers will also be releasing their first greatest hits collection, Direct Hits, in November. The album features two new songs, including their latest single, "Shot at the Night," which was produced by M83.
The Sounds will release their new album, Weekend, next month.
In Spring 2014, the world will get for the first time more insight into the mind of late Joy Division front man, Ian Curtis with the book, So This Is Permanence: Lyrics and Notebooks. The book will feature Curtis' lyrics, notes, journal entries, and personal writings.
Speaking to NME, Arcade Fire guitarist Richard Reed Perry made the shocking claim that David Bowie tried stealing "Reflektor" from the Canadian band. Bowie appears on the song, but Perry told the magazine, "It was just after 'The Next Day' had come out. He basically just came by the studio in New York while we were mixing, just to have a listen to the stuff we were doing. He offered to lend us his services because he really liked the song. In fact, he basically threatened us – he was like, 'If you don't hurry up and mix this song, I might just steal it from you!' So we thought, well why don't we go one better, why don't you sing on our version? Thankfully he obliged, and we were really happy about that."
After we told you last week that the mysterious Morrissey autobiography was not happening after Mox got into a dispute with the publisher, Penguin Books. Now, Penguin is claiming they are releasing the book anyway. In a statement, Penguin said, "The publication of Morrissey’s Autobiography remains with Penguin Books. This is a deal for the UK and Europe, but Morrissey has no contract with a publisher for the US or any other territory. As of 13 September, Morrissey and Penguin (UK) remain determined to publish within the next few weeks."
After selling his stake in the Brooklyn Nets, Jay Z is now selling his stake in Barclays Center, the venue in which the Nets play in. According to Forbes, "Jay-Z has to unload his ownership interests in the Brooklyn Nets and the Barclays BCS +2.1% Center due to his new sports agency, Roc Nation Sports. Roc Nation Sports' roster includes Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees, Skylar Diggins of the WNBA, the Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant, and Victor Cruz of the New York Giants....Jay-Z owns slightly less than one-fifth of one percent of the Barclay Center. New York City recently appraised the Barclays Center-based on its potential income-to be worth $741 million. That works out to about $1.5 million for Jay-Z's stake."
The have been one of the most talked about bands of the year, taking SXSW, music festivals around the world, and critics by storm, The 1975 are soon to become household names. After four fantastic EP’s, The 1975 who come from Manchester, England, released the debut album of the year, thus far. The 1975 took the best parts of their four EP’s, added a few new tracks and found an record that would appeal to fans ofNew OrderandOne Direction (yes, we can’t believe we just posted the both of those bands in the same sentence either), but it is true. The perfect blend of dance rock and pop hooks that proves that good pop music can be played with a guitar and good rock can have pop / radio appeal. We spoke to singer and guitarist Matthew Healy about the bands sudden success, debut album, and hailing from Manchester. Take a look at our interview below: This band formed in 2002 and has since grown to become one of the most talked about bands in England, then Europe, and now the U.S. How does this make you feel? Amazed really. We're still the same 4 mates so it's quite surreal. We got so used to playing in our bands and making music purely as a pursuit of 'excellence' amongst our selves that we never really thought about being a big band. We put out our first record in August of last year, which is quite a wait if you consider the 10 years behind us, but we weren't ready until now; both as a band and individuals. The fact that people have embraced our music and seem really excited about what we are doing: it's been a really humbling experience and it's catalyzed a real spark within us. We understand who we are and we want want to do a lot more than we did a year ago. The name, The 1975, immediately makes a listener or fan understand where your influences are coming from, but who are some of your influences? Michael Jackson, My Bloody Valentine, Peter Gabriel, Boyz II Men, Alexander O'neal, Brian Eno - lads of em. How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard of you before?
I don't think I would be able to. There is such a stark polarity in our material that it's very hard for us to be defined by one genre. We are an alternative rock band with elements of R&B, shoegaze and……Michael Jackson? Hailing from Manchester, England, the city has always been deep-rooted in a rich musical history from Joy Division, Stone Roses, Smiths, Oasis and so on. Do you feel an obligation to live up to the musical legacy of that city? We don't really care to be honest. With respect. I wouldn't like to promote the assumption that all music born out of Manchester is just a tribalist yearning for past bands. It's really not, there's some really relevant music coming out of Manchester. We don't wear the 'Manc band' badge of honour. Our Geographical location has never seemed very relevant or inspiring to us. We don't really like the idea of being judged on the city we're from - or the idea anyone being judged for that reason to be honest. I think if you are at the forefront of a cultural revolution - like Oasis and The Stone Roses were - then your identity as people is as important to the whole package as the songs are, and that's really cool. But we're not those bands. We're The 1975. And we'd much prefer to create our own world as apposed to being harboured by a localised ideal. Is there pressure on any Manchester band trying to form and breakout from that city thanks to it’s legacy? I suppose it's all in the way they think. After four EP’s you are finally releasing a full length LP this year. What has that experience been like? It was an incredible experience actually, something we had wanted to do since we were like 16. We co produced it along side Mike Crossey (Foals, Jake Bugg, Ben Howard - a genius and good friend). We kind of fell in love with Mike, both professionally and personally. He was very delicate in the way he approached us and presented himself and his vision of what we could all achieve. He was more than aware of the uncertainty that can be presented when you depart from a certain way of thinking or in this case - producing records, so he just made sure we understood we would be going in on a co production level. He didn't steam roll over how we do things. But once we hit the studio with him, his knowledge and technical understanding really brought the creative process to life. He just knows his shit to the ground and we've made an album that we couldn't have been close to without him. Do you consider the first three EP’s to be listened to as a triology or as separate entities of music? Once we have released record it's not really ours anymore, not to sound like a wanker but it's kinda true. People embellish things in such different ways with so many weird connotations and emotional connections that it would be silly of me to try and dictate to them how to consume any form of Art. I can merely create it. They're ultimately gonna experience it how they want to cos that's the point of it all innit. Your music is about discovery and finding yourself. What has been the biggest thing you have learned about yourself being in this band and being a musician? That everything we do as people, everything is in the pursuit of losing ourselves. If only for a minute. Where does The 1975 go from here? To every continent on the planet in the next 18 months. Except Africa. I don't know if people know us there yet. I hope they do. I would quite like to go there anyway I reckon it would be cool. I've never met and Monkey or a Elephant and its on the top of my life list.
BURNING QUESTION: Manchester City or Manchester United?