Sunday, January 31, 2016

Quick News

Drake has confirmed that his new album, Views from the 6 will arrive in April.

Black Sabbath are delaying their farewell tour gigs due to Ozzy Osbourne falling ill. The Canadian dates that were supposed to happen over the weekend and tomorrow, will be rescheduled.

Brand New will apparently release their new record this year according to their label Procrastinate! Music Traitors. No release date nor format of what the record will be has been detailed.

According to reports, Kanye West has enlisted Andre 3000, Kid Cudi, 2 Chainz for his upcoming album, Waves. It seems as if West is working under the gun to have the record released on February 11.

Thursday, January 28, 2016


David BowieBlackstar
It has been nearly two weeks since David Bowie passed on and two weeks since he released his final studio masterpiece and body of work, Blackstar. The record, which was made during his battle with cancer, is indeed his goodbye letter to fans and the parting gift of his courage, spirit and true artistry. It is in fact, one of the finest albums of his in a very long time.

SavagesThe Answer
The London based post-punk band returns and defies the sophomore slump. Building on the critically acclaimed debut they unleashed to the world two years ago, they fire back with The Answer. A record that mixes the hop of new wave, the despair of cold wave and the attitude of the 21st Century post-punk sound they are after.

SuedeNight Thoughts
After their blockbuster return in 2013, Suede are back again with Night Thoughts. The record dips more into the darkness that they are known for while giving the savvy and slick musical ability to make a pop song about death sound sexy.

Hinds Leave Me Alone
The fine Spanish export that is Hinds arrives to North America with their debut Leave Me Alone. It is a firey album of Latin fury and angst that mixes so well over the ladies fine garage pop hooks. Certainly one of the year’s best new artists already and one to keep an eye out on.

The long awaited debut from Tunde of TV on the Radio, Mike Patton and Doseone is an album of strange noises and funky riffs. The record is an experiment into what they can do together but what they can give to fans as a collective piece of art. You can’t say you are surprised by the record but you are still left feeling uncomfortable.

The Brooklyn duo are back with a record that finds the perfect way to balance old and new schools of synth pop. Taking influences from Yaz, New Order and Boy George and mixing it with a fresh blend of contemporary ideas, Moth flies pretty high for them.

After much anticipation and excitement, Rihanna unleashed ANTI to the world and even at her popularity the singer still does not give a fuck what people think of her and does her own thing. While the record feels brave parts of it do feel disjointed, maybe it is a reflection of what she is going through as someone who is brave in the public eye? Could she be giving us a clue in the feel of the record? That is a conspiracy we will let you figure out but in the meantime, listen to the album and have a feel for yourself.

Bloc Party Hymns
It says Bloc Party on the title, it has some members of the original Bloc Party that put out four records together but it doesn’t sound nor feel like a Bloc Party record. Hymns is this band trying something new, both in members and in sounds. Dabbling and progressing in areas that they have not gone before like using acoustic guitars, world music and more melody rather than funk. Hymns is certainly not the best album they have put out however, it is a shift if who they were.

DaughterNot To Disappear
The English trio return with a record that was crafted in Brooklyn and bring their alternative pop to a new level. Leaving England behind, the record feels less British and more American influenced as they look to broaden their horizons.

Sia This Is Acting
Australia’s best pop songwriter of this century returns to shake up the radio friendly world of music and certainly succeeds but gives us more of the same of what she has already done.

Quick News

Sting has been confirmed as the NBA All-Star Game Halftime entertainment. The match will take place next month in Toronto.

Fitz & The Tantrums gave fans an update on Twitter about the progress of their third album.

Noel Gallagher has taken to Instagram to showcase that he is currently working on his third solo LP and managed to take a dig at Kanye West in the process:
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The National's Matt Berninger spoke to The Independent about the band's recording process for their upcoming album. He said: "We're trying to get in a room together more often for the next record and that’s been really fun, not tinkering over things obsessively on our own. We’ve been getting a lot of loose ideas together and just getting in a room and fucking around and having a blast for like a week. We also want to play a lot of songs live before we record them this time as it can help us better figure them out."

Will NWA ever tour together? Ice Cube spoke to Rolling Stone about the idea and said: "Well, I don't really know the status. Making the movie was a monster, and we had to really concentrate on that. Some things are easier said than done, and I don't know where everybody's head is at. I hope people will see us out on that stage together soon, but it's really up to Dre and Ren and Yella. You might see some of us; you might not see all of us."

After years of rumors, Lord of the Rings actor Dominic Monaghan confirmed that David Bowie did in fact audition for the Oscar winning trilogy. He told The Huffington Post: "As I was reading a magazine waiting, David Bowie came in and signed his little list and went in. And I'm assuming he read for Gandalf. I can't think of anything else he would've read for. He may have read for something else, but I'm a huge David Bowie fan, and I was lucky enough to know his son now so just seeing him in person was pretty special to me."

Deftones Announce New Album Via Teaser Video

Deftones will release their new album, Gore, in April. The band announced the news via a video teaser, which you can watch above.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Katy B Details Monster Collaboration Album

Katy B will release her massive collaboration album, Honey, in April. 

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below and hear the record's title track.

01 Katy B x Kaytranada: "Honey"
02 Katy B x Major Lazer x Craig David: "Who Am I"
03 Katy B x Wilkinson x Stamina MC: "So Far Away"
04 Katy B x Sasha Keable x JD Reid: "Chase Me"
05 Katy B x The HeavyTrackerz x J Hus x D Double E: "Lose Your Head"
06 Katy B x Chris Lorenzo: "I Wanna Be"
07 Katy B x Four Tet x Floating Points: "Calm Down"
08 Katy B x Mr Mitch: "Heavy"
09 Katy B x KDA: "Turn the Music Louder (Rumble)"
10 Katy B x Jamie Jones x Kate Simko: "Dark Delirium"
11 Katy B x MssingNo x Geeneus: "Water Rising"
12 Katy B x Hannah Wants: "Dreamers"
13 Katy B x Novelist x Geeneus: "Honey (Outro)"

Quick News

Speaking to Robcast, Depeche Mode's Martin Gore has confirmed that the band will head back into the studio in April to record their new album which will most likely arrive in a year from now. He said: "We are in a good place to get started."

Diplo has become a minority state holder in MLS expansion club Arizona United. The producer and DJ said in a statement: "I’ve been really fortunate to travel all over the world and experience different cultures through music. Wherever I am, Jamaica, Spain, England, China, etc., soccer is a social constant. I wanted to figure out a way to get involved with the game and team sports so when Arizona United presented itself, I immediately jumped at the opportunity. I see soccer the same way I see music, as a connective tissue linking the world’s cultures.”

Following Trent Reznor and Mick Jagger, Bono has eulogized David Bowie in the latest issue of Rolling Stone. The U2 frontman wrote that the late British icon was "my kind of rock star." He added: "I'd like to consider myself David's friend, but I'm more of a fan. He came and visited us when we were mixing Achtung Baby — and, of course, he had introduced us to Berlin and to Hansa Studios."

The new Rihanna album ANTI has officially been released. Take a look at the tracklisting below and it does feature a cover of Tame Impala's  "New Person, Same Old Mistakes."
01 Consideration [ft. SZA]
02 James Joint
03 Kiss it Better
04 Work
05 Desperado
06 Woo
07 Needed Me
08 Yeah, I Said It
09 Same Ol' Mistakes
10 Never Ending
11 Love On the Brain
12 Higher
13 Close to You

Frankie Cosmos Announces New Album

Frankie Cosmos will release her new album, Next Thing, in April.

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

01 Floated In02 If I Had A Dog
03 Fool
04 Embody
05 Too Dark
06 Tour Good
07 Interlude
8 I'm 20
09 On The Lips
10 Sinister
11 Is It Possible
12 Outside With The Cuties
13 Sappho
14 What If
15 Where Are You Now

Quick News

According to multiple sources, Rihanna's latest album, ANTI is set to arrive this week. No official word has been set but the release seems imminent.

Kanye West has changed the name of his new album from SWISH to Waves. He also released a new tracklisting via Twitter:

Following the departure of Rostam Batmanglij from Vampire Weekend, singer Erza Koenig took to Instagram to discuss his departure and the band's upcoming album.
A couple years ago, Rostam and I sat down at his house & talked abt whether our collaboration was dependent on being members of the same band. We both firmly agreed that nope, it was not. In fact, we agreed that our collaboration was more important. I'm psyched about the work we've already begun for LP4 and I'm psyched to hear anything else Rostam is a part of. Also very excited to continue playing music with CT and Baio but there will be plenty of time to talk about that later in the year. For now in the Vampire Weekend universe, it's all about recording the next album. There will be a lot of familiar faces in the studio but also some fresh, new ones. Working title is "Mitsubishi Macchiato"...for obvious reasons. Shout-out to the fans who have been waiting for new music - it's coming. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 Also tomorrow, we gotta talk abt Iowa.
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The Joy Formidable have released the cover to their new album, Hitch, via Twitter, take a look:

A number of musicians including Kendrick Lamar, FKA Twigs, Fetty Wap and Joey Bada$$ have appeared in a new ad campaign for Calvin Klein. Take a look:
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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

'With My Words I've Borrowed Your Time' Bowie Tributes Continue

It has now been over two weeks since David Bowie passed away and still tributes are pouring in from fans, friends and famous faces. Bowie's legacy is left within his music and talents but those that knew him best share a different side and stories of what the public didn't know.

Read: 'You Were a Talented Child' David Bowie Tributes Continue 

Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger reflected on his friendship with The Thin White Duke for an upcoming issue of Rolling Stone. Jagger said: "There was always an exchange of information within our friendship. And I suppose there was always an element of competition between us, but it never felt overwhelming. When he'd come over, we'd talk about our work — a new guitarist, a new way of writing, style and photographers. We had a lot in common in wanting to do big things onstage — using interesting designs, narratives, personalities." Jagger added: "He had a chameleon-like ability to take on any genre, always with a unique take, musically and lyrically."

Listen: Unearthed David Bowie Recording Hears Him Impersonate Springsteen, Jagger, Tom Waits, Iggy Pop 

In the same issue, Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor, who famously toured with Bowie in the 90s and worked with him on his Outside and Earthlings records said: "It feels like the loss of a mentor, fatherly figure, someone looking out for you, reminding you that in a world where the bar keeps seeming to be lower, where stupidity has got a foothold, there is room for excellence and uncompromising vision." He added that it was Bowie who helped him get sober, saying:
"There were a number of times where the two of us were alone, and he said some things that weren't scolding, but pieces of wisdom that stuck with me: "You know, there is a better way here, and it doesn't have to end in despair or in death, in the bottom."

Read: Remembering David Bowie

Speaking to Vulture, Interpol's Paul Banks discussed how Bowie helped young musicians. He said: "
Long-term, it just kind of said, Bowie was awesome. Bowie stayed involved, and he went out of his way to support young artists, as we’ve seen after he came to our show. I just think that it’s cool, the same way that Elton John seems to be super up on new music. Bowie was an artist all the way, and a generous one who liked to tell other artists that he was a supporter. That was such a great gift for someone of his caliber to give to a young band."

Watch a VINTAGE CLIP of Bowie on 'The Tonight Show' in 1980

Michael C. Hall, who just finished playing Lazarus in Bowie's stage adaptation of his film, The Man Who Fell to Earth, which was off-Broadway, spoke to Billboard about how it was to work and learn from him as an actor. He said: "To play that role and to take part in telling that story and helping to create something that was in the final chapter of Bowie's artistic output, it was really incredible."

Watch Saturday Night Live Pay Tribute to Bowie

Just steps from where Bowie lived in New York, street artists unofficially renamed one of the city's street signs during Winter Storm Jonas.

NOT apart of LISA Project. We are fans of "David Bowery" A fitting Bowie tribute. Bravo to the brave (and all photos ) ...
Posted by The LISA Project NYC on Sunday, January 24, 2016

In related news, Bowie's long time producer and friend Tony Visconti will give this year's keynote address at SXSW.

Quick News

Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij has taken to Twitter to announce his departure from the New York band. Take a look at the message, below:

Girls star Zosia Mamet will play Patti Smith in an upcoming biopic on her former lover, Robert Mapplethorpe in Mapplethorpe. Mapplethorpe will be portrayed by former Dr. Who Matt Smith. No release has been scheduled at press time.

Joy Formidable will release their new album, Hitch, in March. Take a look at the tracklisting, below:
01 A Second in White
02 Radio of Lips
03 The Last Thing on My Mind
04 Liana
05 The Brook
06 It's Started
07 The Gift
08 Running Hands With the Night
09 Fog (Black Windows)
10 Underneath the Petal
11 Blowing Fire
12 Don't Let Me Know

Pete Doherty spoke to Noisy China about how he and Carl Barat came together to form The Libertines. He said: "I met Carl and in the same way that I was outraged that UCL wouldn't take me, he was outraged at how no modelling agencies would give him a contract," Doherty recalls in the video interview. He'd sit outside the modelling agencies and all these beautiful boys would be coming out, he'd go 'Look at him, I'm much better looking than him. Let's go beat him up and get his contract.' I was not so much amused by him as frightened by him, but I needed to learn to play guitar and he needed someone to push him and believe in him. So we both just thought 'Fuck it, we'll form a band.'"

Iggy Pop spoke to Beats 1 on how his current collaboration with Josh Homme came out. He said:
"I texted [Homme] and said 'I thought we could maybe write something and record it'. That was it. He didn't have my number and it had been years since I met him... but he texted back favourably and we sort of started bouncing."

Kanye West will premiere his new album, SWISH, in full at Madison Square Garden on February 11 and the event will be simulcasted to theaters. Take a look at the poster below:

Monday, January 25, 2016

Bombino Announces New Album

African guitarist Bombino will return in April with his new album, Azel, which is produced by The Dirty Projecters' Dave Longstreth. 

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and watch the first video for "Inar."

1. Akhar Zaman (This Moment)
2. Iwaranagh (We Must)
3. Inar (If You Know The Degree Of My Love For You)
4. Tamiditine Tarhanam (My Love, I Tell You)
5. Timtar (Memories)
6. Iyat Ninhay / Jaguar (A Great Desert I Saw)
7. Igmayagh Dum (My Lover)
8. Ashuhada (Martyrs Of The First Rebellion)
9. Timidiwa (Friendship)
10. Naqqim Dagh Timshar (We Are Left In This Abandoned Place)

Quick News

According to a source close to David Bowie who spoke to Newsweek, The Thin White Duke planned "a long list of unscheduled music releases" before he passed. Archival material of Bowie shall also be released, the first of which shall arrive before year's end.

Kanye West took to Twitter to announce the tracklisting for his upcoming album, SWISH, which is due next month.

Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band were set to perform at Madison Square Garden over the weekend, however, Winter Storm Jonas put a stop to that. The date will be made up but as a gift to fans, even those who didn't have a ticket, The Boss is offering a free download of a recent Chicago concert for the next couple days. Download the live performance HERE and see the album cover below:

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Dave Grohl / Phil Anselmo / Dave Lombardo / Rob Trujillo Cover Motorhead

Dave Grohl, Metallica's Rob Trujillo former Pantera singer Phil Anselmo, former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo came together at Dimebash in Hollywood to pay tribute to the late "Dimebag" Darryl of Pantera. While the iconic musicians were on stage, they paid tribute to another late legend -- Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister by playing "Ace of Spades."

Quick News

Deftones will release their new album in April, guitarist Stephen Carpenter confirmed the news at a guitar convention in California. He said: "[We're] sitting around waiting for the release of our new record. It comes out April 8th. We have some dates in Texas in March, in May-June we're off to Europe for some festivals out there. We'll play for all the people who are interested and want to hear it."

Eagles of Death Metal have released the second wave of artists who are covering their song "I Love You All The Time" for the Sweet Stuff Foundation. Chelsea Wolfe, the Whigs, Pearl Jam's Matt Cameron, Nada Surf, Liam Lynch, Halestorm, are among the new batch who have covered the song.

Several high profile musicians like Pearl Jam, Jack White, Big Sean, Cher and Meek Mill are helping the people of Flint, Michigan, with the city's water crisis. From donating money to bottles of water, these artists are helping make a difference in a place that is under a State of Emergency.

NEVERMEN, the supergroup featuring Mike Patton, TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe and Doseone will release their self-titled debut album next week. Take a look at the album cover, below:

Friday, January 22, 2016

Iggy Pop / Josh Homme on Colbert

Iggy Pop and Josh Homme took to The Late Show to premier their new supergroup and perform their debut single "Gardenia."

Read: Iggy Pop Details Partnership with Josh Homme, New Album

They also sat down with the host for an interview, take a look!

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals on Kimmel

Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! to debut their new single "Pink Balloon." Take a look!

Iggy Pop Reveals Josh Homme Partnership Details

After announcing to the world in the New York Times that Iggy Pop has teamed up with Josh Homme for a record called Post Pop Depression, more details have emerged. 

As stated before Queens of the Stone Age's Dean Fertita and Arctic Monkey Matt Helders are also in the band and the record arrives in March.

"I wanted to be free," Iggy said in a press statement. "To be free, I needed to forget. To forget, I needed music. Josh had that in him, so I set out to provoke an encounter-first with a carefully worded text, followed by a deluge of writings all about me. No composer wants to write about nothing. He got revved up and we had a great big rumble in the desert USA.”

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and hear the first single "Gardenia:"

01. Break Into Your Heart
02. Gardenia
03. American Valhalla
04. In The Lobby
05. Sunday
06. Vulture
07. German Days
08. Chocolate Drops
09. Paraguay

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Great Soundtracks: Pretty in Pink

The 80s had a sound that was all together daring, experimental but above all, innocent and nothing captured the sound of the decade better than the soundtrack to Pretty in Pink. The classic music to the John Hughes motion picture will turn 30 next month and to celebrate we picked it as our Great Soundtrack.

With music from Echo and the Bunnymen, Psychedelic Furs, The Smiths, New Order, OMD, INXS, and others, the record captured the entire essence of what the film was about, what the decade was about and most of all, what the youth were about. Thirty years later, a majority of the bands are still listened to and now considered legends and eve contenders for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the benchmark this soundtrack created proves why it is a timeless masterpiece.

Recommended Reading: 'Chapter and Verse: New Order, Joy Division & Me'

Just a few years after his former bandmate Peter Hook released his autobiography about the account of what happened within Joy Division and parts of New Order, Bernard Sumner got his rebuttal. In 2014, the leader of New Order and former guitarist of Joy Division released his autobiography Chapter & Verse: New Order, Joy Division & Me. The book chronicles his childhood in Manchester to being in two of the biggest and influential indie rock bands of all time.

The book, which is much more cut and dry than Hooky's, is an introspective and interesting read but at often points Sumner has a hard time telling a story. However, for any fan of either of the bands it is a worthwhile pickup, simply because the accounts and details of what went on behind the scenes is enough to make you want to start your own band and hit the road.

Last Shadow Puppets Announce New Album

Eight years after their first album, Last Shadow Puppets aka Miles Kane and Arctic Monkey Alex Turner, will release their new album, Everything You Have Come to Expect in April.

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and watch their new video for "Bad Habits."

1 Aviation
2 Miracle Aligner
3 Dracula Teeth
4 Everything  You’ve Come To Expect
5 The Element Of Surprise
6 Bad Habits
7 Sweet Dreams, TN
8 Used To Be My Girl
9 She Does The Woods
10 Pattern
11 The Dream Synopsis

Quick News

Iggy Pop and Josh Homme have come together for a record called Post Pop Depression that will be released in March. The duo, which are backed by Matt Helders of Arctic Monkeys and members of Queens of the Stone Age, have been recording in secret and today the news was out thanks to a New York Times article.

Massive Attack have released new music via an app called Fantom. For more info, take a look at the tweet, below:

Pet Shop Boys will release their new album, Super, in April, take a look at the tracklisting below:
1. Happiness
2. The Pop Kids
3. Twenty-Something
4. Groovy
5. The Dictator Decides
6. Pazzo!
7. Inner Sanctum
8. Undertow
9. Sad Robot World
10. Say It To Me
11. Burn
12. Into Thin Air

Eagles of Death Metal are giving free tickets to their upcoming Paris gig next month to the survivors of the Bataclan massacre that happened in November when the band was playing.

Speaking to VICE, Pusha-T finally broke his silence on the breakup of Clipse in 2014. According to the rapper, his brother and partner No Malice walked away after a tour in 2014. The duo seemed to be in two different places and Malice was ready for Pusha-T to be a solo artist and did not want to be apart of the  music world.

After weeks of teasing, At The Drive-In have confirmed they are re-reuniting for a world tour and new music this year. The band, who broke up in 2001, got back together in 2012 for a series of shows but have laid quiet until now. The band's tour is being announced via social media, no word yet on when music shall come.

PJ Harvey Finally Details News Album

PJ Harvey will release her first album in five years, The Hope Six Demolition Project in April. 

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

01 The Community of Hope
02 The Ministry of Defence
03 A Line in the Sand
04 Chain of Keys
05 River Anacostia
06 Near the Memorials to Vietnam and Lincoln
07 The Orange Monkey
08 Medicinals
09 The Ministry of Social Affairs
10 The Wheel
11 Dollar, Dollar

The Front Bottoms on Meyers

Watch The Front Bottoms perform "West Virginia" on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Unearthed David Bowie Recording Hears Him Impersonate Springsteen, Tom Waits, Iggy Pop

An unearth recording of David Bowie impersonating Bruce Springsteen, Iggy Pop, Tom Waits, Neil Young, Lou Reed, among others.

Read: More David Bowie Tributes Pour In

The piece was recorded in 1985 when the Thin White Duke was making the theme to Julian Temple's musical Absolute Beginners inside London's Westside Studios. According to reports, Bowie took a break and started recording the impressions of his friends.

Watch 'SNL' Pay Tribute to Bowie

Following his death last week, the recording was uploaded for all the world to hear. Take a listen.

Savages on Kimmel

Watch Savages just rip everything to shreds as they tear through "The Answer" and "Adore" on Kimmel.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Live Review: Brian Fallon @ Marlin Room of Webster Hall

In the first solo outing to prep his new solo album, Painkillers, available in March, Gaslight Anthem singer Brian Fallon brought along familiar faces with him as he closed out leg one of the tour in New York City.

In a show that was supposed to be held in the 250-person capacity Studio at Webster Hall, the demand grew that they moved it upstairs into the Marlin Room to add in another 100 people. With Fallon was his backing band The Crowes, which many fans will recognize was his first side project from Gaslight -- The Horrible Crowes. Rebranded and redubbed, Fallon and his friends hit the small stage to the delight of an audience that packed in to see their favorite songwriter in a very small setting on a very cold night.

"You don't have to be here, so, I thank you. I mean that," Fallon told the crowd about halfway through his 90-minute set. With songs that were from Elsie, The Horrible Crowes' first album, new songs that made their Manhattan debut from Painkillers and a few covers of Molly and the Zombies and Springsteen, Fallon gave everyone a taste of what it is like inside his head and heart.

"I am just a guy in a jean jacket," he said to the crowd as he was involved in serious stage banter with his band mates. As people screamed out Gaslight Anthem song titles,  Fallon would fire back and say "don't be stupid" as the crowd ate it up. It wasn't his main band, it was him, fully exposed for the songwriter and artist that he is or just the guy in a jean jacket that plays guitar. However you want to look at it, his heart, mind, and soul, is in his music and exposed for the world to hear.

Quick News

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has confirmed that Wednesday, January 20 is David Bowie Day in the city.

Speaking of Bowie, the late and great legend turned down an opportunity to be featured on a Coldplay song. Drummer Will Champion told NME that the band once approached the "Ziggy Stardust" singer to be featured on a song and Bowie apparently replied: "It's not a very good song, is it?" Champion then added: "He was very discerning – he wouldn't just put his name to anything. I'll give him credit for that!"

Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def has apparently quit music and acting and will release his final album this year.

Before the Syrian civil war, the countries orchestra had performed with Gorillaz and Damon Albarn and now the singer is looking to reunite the performers. Albarn and the orchestra under the conducting of Isaam Rafea will perform in London in June. It will be their first performance as an orchestra in five years. 

 In a new interview with Collide Art & Culture, Thurston Moore doesn't seem to understand why he is being blamed for the end of Sonic Youth. The singer was having an affair for years even though his wife Kim Gordon was in the band. The band ended in 2011 and he is now coming forward talking about the aftermath. He said: "I find it really strange that I get demonised [sic] for the break-up of Sonic Youth when I myself had no intention of breaking up the band; that was a real surprise to me. I get the reasons behind the band not existing at the moment — everyone has to be on the same page — but there was never any announcement. Well, I never made one." He added: "For me, it goes on and won’t end. I write songs now and people say, “It sounds kinda like Sonic Youth” — well, that’s my vocabulary, you know. What you’re not hearing is Lee and Kim because they’re not playing the music with me, so it’s a different situation."

Speaking to Rolling Stone, RZA has confirmed that an Ol Dirty Bastard biopic is in the works. He said: "I think it's a great idea, and there has been talk about it. There are a few wheels in motion with one done by our first cousin Rayshawn. He was the young guy there watching everything that happened. Him and ODB's wife have been talking and he has a pretty interesting script. I just saw a 12-minute teaser that he shot about a year ago and it felt pretty fucking cool. I watched it and was like, 'Wow, you may have something here.' He has the best thing that I've seen so far."

Purity Ring on Conan

Watch Purity Ring perform "Repetition" on Conan.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Rest in Peace - Glenn Frey

Another hit to the music world in a month, as Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey has passed away at 67.

Frey succumbed to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia, according to the band's website.

The band posted the news on their Facebook page:

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our comrade, Eagles founder, Glenn Frey, in New York...
Posted by Eagles on Monday, January 18, 2016


January's 27-song playlist is here! See what's on it and have a listen to it on Spotify!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Rest in Peace Blowfly

Just after announcing he was in the Hospice with terminal cancer, singer Blowfly has passed away. 

Born Clarence Reid, the masked rapper and singer had a huge influence on funk, disco, hip-hop and R&B. He was 76. His latest album, 77 Rusty Trombones is due next month.

An announcement about his passing was posted to social media.

Clarence Reid, the genius known both by his given name and as Blowfly, the Master of Class, passed peacefully today,...
Posted by Blowfly on Sunday, January 17, 2016

Arcade Fire Lead a Parade In New Orleans for Bowie

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Arcade Fire and Preservation Hall Jazz Band led a tribute to David Bowie in the Big Easy. Take a look.

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SNL Pays Tribute to David Bowie

Saturday Night Live paid tribute to the late David Bowie on their most recent episode. The show even showed vintage clips of The Thin White Duke on the iconic show.

Read: More Tributes to David Bowie

Take a look below:

Bruce Springsteen Pays Tribute to Bowie on River Tour Opener

Saturday night in Pittsburgh, Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band opened their current tour and paid tribute to their late friend, David Bowie. Watch their performance of "Rebel Rebel" and hear Springsteen eulogize the late legend.

JR JR on James Corden

Watch JR JR aka the band formally known as Dale Earnhardt JR JR on Late Late Show with James Corden.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

The Spanish Mixtape

It has been a while since we had a cultural mixtape to share but we are kicking off 2016 with one that we believe was worth the wait.

Coming from the land of amazing wine, Almodovar, Raul, Iker Cassillas, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem and two  of the best soccer clubs in the world -- we present to you The Spanish Mixtape.

Take a listen and absorb the styles and sounds of what Spain has to offer.

Quick News

Sad news to report, singer Blowfly has been hospitalized with terminal cancer. The funky R&B singer born Clarence Reid was admitted to Hospice earlier this week. A statement has been released on his Facebook page:

Dear Blowfly and Clarence Reid fans. It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that Clarence has Terminal Liver...
Posted by Blowfly on Tuesday, January 12, 2016

British band Sulk will release their new album, No Illusions, on April 1.

In a recent YouTube interview, President Obama was asked who would win a rap battle Drake or Kendrick Lamar. The Commander-in-Chief said without hesitation - King Kendrick. 

David Bowie now has a constellation of stars named after him thanks to a Belgian radio station and star observatory. MIRA Public Observatory and Studio Brussels have named seven stars in the form of a lightning bolt to honor the Thin White Duke who passed away on Sunday.
Philippe Mollet from MIRA explained the inspiration for the constellation in a statement obtained by Pitchfork: "It was not easy to determine the appropriate stars. Studio Brussels asked us to give Bowie a unique place in the galaxy. Referring to his various albums, we chose seven stars - Sigma Librae, Spica, Alpha Virginis, Zeta Centauri, SAA 204 132, and the Beta Sigma Octantis Trianguli Australis - in the vicinity of Mars. The constellation is a copy of the iconic Bowie lightning and was recorded at the exact time of his death."

You can log onto the website Stardust for Bowie and name a song within the constellation. 

Thursday, January 14, 2016

'You Were a Talented Child' David Bowie Tributes Continue

The family of David Bowie have released a statement on his website thanking fans for their support following his death of apparent liver cancer on Sunday.

Read: Remembering David Bowie

In a statement, the family said:
The family of David Bowie is currently making arrangements for a private ceremony celebrating the memory of their beloved husband, father and friend.
They ask once again that their privacy be respected at this most sensitive of times.
We are overwhelmed by and grateful for the love and support shown throughout the world.
However, it is important to note that while the concerts and tributes planned for the coming weeks are all welcome, none are official memorials organized or endorsed by the family.
Just as each and every one of us found something unique in David's music, we welcome everyone’s celebration of his life as they see fit.

In the days after his death, his posthumously setting records. Billboard reported that he will have the No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week with his latest, Blackstar, which was released last Friday on his 69th birthday. It will be Bowie's first No.1 album ever on the Billboard chart.

Watch a VINTAGE CLIP of Bowie on 'Tonight Show' in 1980

Also, Bowie's video for "Lazarus" broke a Vevo record that was held by Adele for most video views in day with 11.1 million views.

One of the Thin White Duke's closest friends and colleagues, Iggy Pop, shared an emotional eulogy to the late singer in The New York Times.

Pop said: "The friendship was basically that this guy salvaged me from certain professional and maybe personal annihilation — simple as that. A lot of people were curious about me, but only he was the one who had enough truly in common with me, and who actually really liked what I did and could get on board with it, and who also had decent enough intentions to help me out. He did a good thing."

"He resurrected me. He was more of a benefactor than a friend in a way most people think of friendship. He went a bit out of his way to bestow some good karma on me," Pop added. "I learned things that I still use today. I met the Beatles and the Stones, and this one and that one, and this actress and this actor and all these powerful people through him. And I watched. And every once in a while, now at least, I’m a little less rustic when I have to deal with those people."

Watch Conan Remembers David Bowie

According to longtime Bowie producer Tony Visconti, the "Changes" singer was planning on releasing new music, even though Blackstar would be his "farewell gift" to fans.

Visconti told Rolling Stone: "At that late stage, he was planning the follow-up to 'Blackstar', and I was thrilled. And I thought, and he thought, that he’d have a few months, at least. Obviously, if he’s excited about doing his next album, he must’ve thought he had a few more months. So the end must’ve been very rapid. I’m not privy to it. I don’t know exactly, but he must’ve taken ill very quickly after that phone call.”

He also talked about how his friend told him he had the disease, saying: "He just came fresh from a chemo session, and he had no eyebrows, and he had no hair on his head, and there was no way he could keep it a secret from the band. But he told me privately, and I really got choked up when we sat face to face talking about it.” Although the chemo initially seemed successful and Bowie went into remission in the middle of 2015, the cancer suddenly returned in November, and he knew that it was terminal."

 Watch: A Year Before Bowie's Death, One GIF Explained His Life in Pictures

This weekend, if you happen to find yourself in The Big Easy - New Orleans, Arcade Fire and Preservation Hall Jazz Band will be holding a parade in the city to honor the life and legacy of Bowie.
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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

James Bay on Colbert

Watch James Bay perform "Let It Go" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Leon Bridges on Kimmel

Watch Leon Bridges perform "Twistin' and Groovin'" and "River" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

VINTAGE CLIP: David Bowie on 'Tonight Show' in 1980

Watch David Bowie perform "Life on Mars" and "Ashes to Ashes" on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson in 1980.

Read: Remembering David Bowie

Kendrick Lamar Meets Obama

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Kendrick Lamar met with President Obama inside the Oval Office to star in a PSA about mentoring and discuss issues with the Commander-in-Chief.

Watch: Kendrick Lamar Debuts New Song on 'The Tonight Show'

Watch the PSA below:

Members of The National Form LNZNDRF

The National's Scott and Bryan Devendorf along with Beirut / National/ Sufjan Stevens collaborator Ben Lanz have formed a new band called LNZNDRF.  The band will release their self-titled debut next month.

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and watch the debut video for "Beneath the Black Sea." 

01 Future You
02 Beneath the Black Sea
03 Mt. Storm
04 Kind Things
05 Hypno-Skate
06 Stars and Time
07 Monument
08 Samarra

Quick News

David Bowie is set to have his first No. 1 selling album in the U.S. according to Billboard. The Thin White Duke's latest, Blackstar, was released on Friday, his 69th birthday and just two days before his passing. It is his 25th studio album and will become his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

Bob Mould will release his new album, Patch the Sky, in March. Take a look at the tracklisting, below:
01. Voices In My Head
02. The End of Things
03. Hold On
04. You Say You
05. Losing Sleep
06. Pray For Rain
07. Lucifer And God
08. Daddy’s Favorite
09. Hands Are Tied
10. Black Confetti
11. Losing Time
12. Monument

Yuck will release their new album, Stranger Things, next month.

Flatbush Zombies will release their long awaited debut, 3001: A Laced Odyssey, in March. Take a look at cover, below: