Saturday, January 11, 2014

Quick News

Iceland's Of Monsters and Men have confirmed they are working on their sophomore follow-up to the platinum selling My Head Is An Animal.

Chuck Ragan will release his new solo album, 'Till Midnight, in March.

Also releasing a new solo album this year is Tom Morello, who will be dropping his normal acoustic guitar for his solo work and picking up his electric axe that has made him a legend. He spoke to Billboard saying, "I want to make the craziest guitar record that anyone's ever heard. The idea is that this is the Hendrix of now."

Haim have told Rolling Stone that they will begin working on a new album this year. Alana Haim said, "Our New Year's resolution is to discover new things, go to new places and get inspired by different kinds of music. We've had the craziest year, and now we're at the point where we're ready for something new. We're excited about it."

Frank Turner will release his four-song Polaroid Pictures EP in March.

The Wolf's of Wall Street are teaming up with The Abstract! Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill are developing a series with Q-Tip based on the legendary rapper / producer's time with his hip-hop super group Native Tongues. Tongues, which formed in the late 80's / early 90's featured A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Queen Latifah, Jungle Brothers and more. The series will showcase the groups friendships and how their music laid a timeless landscape for hip-hop to come.

Alt-J member Gwil Sainsbury has left the band for as a "personal decision." No further information has been given, the band announce the news via Twitter.

Former Libertine and Dirty Pretty Things frontman Caral Barat has said he won't release anymore music as a solo artist until his forms a new band. Barat has said, "I don't want to be a solo artist anymore, I want to get another band together and I want to do that straight away. I've made a record I'm really proud of, but I've worked too hard to just put it out there. The songs are great, so I don't just want to get a load of session players in the tour it. I want the best band around me to play it, I want the gang mentality. I didn’t really enjoy being a solo artist," he continues. "When you're in a band I think you have so much more freedom than when you're on your own as a solo musician. There's strength in numbers, basically, and less focus on what you're wearing or doing on stage, so you don't need to second-guess what people's reaction is going to be to every little think you do as a solo artist. There's too much scrutiny. Unless you're David Bowie, I don’t think there's any make-believe as a solo artist, there's no room to try things without people taking it too seriously. I'd feel so much less inhibited in a band. It gets lonely out there on your own, and session musicians are all into jogging and cricket. I want a band that are into having a good time."