Thursday, March 31, 2016

Danger Mouse Shares Unreleased Rapture Demo

Danger Mouse took to Soundcloud to upload an unreleased demo he did with The Rapture during the sessions for Pieces of the People We Love a decade ago. Take a listen to the song "Every Little Thing."

St. Lucia on 'Kimmel'

Watch the very fun St. Lucia perform "Dancing on Glass" and "All Eyes On You" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Quick News

Haim took to Twitter to announce they are releasing new music soon and hitting the road. Take a look at the band announcement, below:

Emo-punks Hey Mercedes have announced they are reuniting for a series of gigs. The band have not played together in nine years. In addition to the gigs, they will be reissuing Everything Fire Works in July.

The early recordings of the great Miles Davis will be released in May as part of a 10-inch vinyl box set. The Complete Prestige 10-Inch LP Collection is his outtakes and recordings with the Prestige label from 1951-54.

In May, New Order will release the extended version of last year's fantastic album Music Complete with Complete Music. It is a new edition of the album with extended tracks. Take a look at the artwork below:

VINTAGE CLIP: REM's 1st TV Appearance in '83

REM's Michael Stipe made his solo TV debut on The Tonight Show last night performing the Bowie tune "The Man Who Sold the World."

Watch: Michael Stipe on 'Fallon'

For this VINTAGE CLIP we look at REM's first TV appearance on late night TV which came in 1983 when they performed and spoke with David Letterman on Late Night. Take a look!

Listen To Our Essential REM Playlist on Spotify!

Atlas Genius on 'Corden'

Watch Atlas Genius perform "Stockholm" on the Late Late Show with James Corden.

Michael Stipe on 'Fallon'

Making his solo TV debut, Michael Stipe performed "The Man Who Sold The World" on The Tonight Show.

Savages on 'Colbert'

Watch Savages perform "Adore" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. 

Read Our Review of Savages Recent Manhattan Concert at Irving Plaza

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Quick News

Next month former manager and photographer Danny Fields will publish My Ramones, an intimate look at the New York punk icons as they celebrate the 40th anniversary to their debut album.

Speaking to Pitchfork, Frank Ocean's collaborator and producer Malay has given an update on the follow-up to Channel Orange....sort of. He said: "I always tell people: When he’s ready, the world is gonna get it. It could be tomorrow… well not tomorrow but maybe a month [laughs]. We’ve all been working hard. He’s been working super hard. I feel like he’s working harder than he’s ever worked in his life. I’m excited for everyone to hear it. I think people are going to be pleasantly surprised, for sure."

Notorious BIG's widow Faith Evans has revealed that she will be releasing a new duet record with recordings with Biggie called The King and I. The record is apparently in the final stages and will be out in September, she told Dame Dash in a recent radio interview.

Unlocking the Truth will release their much anticipated new album, Chaos, in June. 

Speaking to Rolling Stone, The Edge has said that U2 have about 50 news songs for a record tentatively titled Songs of Experience, the sequel to 2014's Songs of Innocence. He said: ""Including a lot of my really rough demos - I'm not suggesting they're finished, by any means - there's actually 50 pieces of music that I've put time into. Some of them have not been arranged or performed by the band, but there's 50 ideas, and probably about 20 that we're actually really excited about. So we've got some ways to narrow it down, but we're in good shape."

David Gilmour on 'Kimmel'

Watch David Gilmour perform "Rattle That Lock" and the Pink Floyd classic "Wish You Were Here"on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Frightened Rabbit on 'Colbert'

Watch Frightened Rabbit perform "Get Out" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Live Review: Savages @ Irving Plaza

Fresh off a critically acclaimed European tour, London's Savages made their way across the pond and began their North American tour in Washington on Sunday before arriving in New York on Monday for two sold-out gigs across the city.

For their first gig, the female quartet performed at Irving Plaza on Monday night and brought an intensity that is so difficult to describe, it can only be experienced. The band, who are touring behind their fantastic sophomore LP, Adore Life, which they released in January, took the momentum they received in Europe and used it in New York. Opening with "I Am Here," the band set the mood straight away with their lighting and tone. As strobe lights were used for effect and sparse white lights were used minimally on stage, the band's dark but hopeful sound peaked through as they painted the room with their music.

Savages, who are based in London, are so quintessentially European they could be from Paris, Berlin, Glasgow, Milan or even Madrid. Their sound is post-punk, post-hardcore, and no bullshit. They are just as much influenced by Joy Division as they are Fugazi, they are also just as much influenced by Depeche Mode as they are Sleater-Kinney. Taking their moody music to New York is as seemless as riding a subway, which explains the high demand whenever they come to Gotham. Singer Jehnny Beth, who is originally from France, is one of the most underrated frontwomen in music today. She commands the stage like a drill sergeant but also moves in such hypnotic fashion it is hard not to take your eyes off of her. Ripping through songs like "Sad Person," "City's Full," "Slowing Down the World" and "Shut Up," each and every single person in that room was so awe struck, it didn't matter that it was Monday night, they wanted more -- and you couldn't blame them.

During the set, Beth would crowdsurf, stand on the hands of the audience as they would pull her out to the center of the room and climb the mountain of fans as all of Irving Plaza had their eyes (and phones) transfixed on what she would do next. In an era when girl power is rightfully more in the forefront than ever before, this was one lady with more chutzpah than most. As the band would raise the decibel levels as high as they could without sounding like garbage, Savages were feasting on their own powers. They may not look like it, but they clearly are having the time of their lives.

As they plowed through fan favorites like "The Answer," "T.I.W.Y.G.," "Hit Me," "Adore" and the closer, "Fuckers," Beth professed her love for the city and what it means to her and the band. "Last year we played nine shows here while we were making Adore Life, thank you for letting us test some of the early versions out," she said. The singer also thanked one fan, who was in attendance, that was at all nine gigs in 2015, "I am glad you are alive," she told him. The whole room was glad they came alive to witness what they did.

To see more pictures of the event, LIKE us on FACEBOOK
With This I Think I'm Officially A Yuppie

Promote Your Page Too

Quick News

A Change.Org petition has been crafted to rename Queens, New York, street Linden Boulevard between 192 Street and 193 Street to "A Tribe Called Quest Boulevard," in the wake of the late Phife Dawg. For more information and to sign the petition, click here.

El-P has given an update on Run the Jewels 3 on Twitter saying that Run the Jewels are half-way through recording the record and it will be released this year.
He also shared a snippet on Instagram:
A video posted by thereallyrealelp (@thereallyrealelp) on

Facing the age old question again about an Oasis reunion, Noel Gallagher told The Mirror that brother Liam is holding things up after their 2009 spilt. He said: "Liam is a very angry man still. So he is not cool. He tends to make the easiest things really difficult.?" He also added: "There might come a day, one day, where it [Oasis reunion] might seem like a good idea, but I have so much I want to do on my own."

Following the announcement that Fitz & The Tantrums were returning with a self-titled new album in June, they released the tracklisting, take a look:
1. HandClap
2. Complicated
3. Burn It Down
4. Roll Up
5. Tricky
6. Fadeback
7. Run It
8. Get Right Back
9. Do What You Want
10. Walking Target
11. A Place For Us

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Mudcrutch Reunites With New Album

Prior to forming The Heartbreakers, Tom Petty performed and fronted 70s Florida rockers Mudcrutch. In May, the band will reunite and release their new album, 2.

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

1. "Trailer"
2. "Dreams of Flying"
3. "Beautiful Blue"
4. "Beautiful World"
5. "I Forgive It All"
6. "The Other Side Of The Mountain"
7. "Hope"
8. "Welcome To Hell"
9. "Save Your Water"
10. "Victim of Circumstance"
11. "Hungry No More"

Quick News

Andy Rourke of The Smiths, Dolores O'Riorden of The Cranberries and DJ Ole Kortesky have come together to form a band called DARK. Their debut, Science Agrees, will arrive in May. Take a look at the tracklisting, below:
01 Curvy
02 Chynamite
03 Gunfight
04 Steal You Away
05 High Fashion
06 Watch Out
07 Miles Away
08 The Moon
09 Underwater
10 Loosen the Noose

 Action Bronson is taking his cooking talents to a new level. Next year he will release his first cookbook, F*ck, That's Delicious: An Annotated Guide to Eating Well.

Band of Horses will release their new album, Why Are You OK, in June.

Fitz & the Tantrums will release their self-titled third record in June. Take a look at the cover, below:

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Quick News

According to reports, Madonna has overtaken Bruce Springsteen as the most successful solo touring artist following the conclusion of her "Rebel Heart World Tour."

Biffy Clyro will release their new album, Ellipsis, in July.

Paul McCartney is set to follow Keith Richards and get aboard the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. The icon is set to play a pirate in the upcoming fifth film in the series.

After weeks of rumors, Ian Brown has confirmed that The Stone Roses are working on new music. When approached by an NME producer and asked about upcoming releases, Brown said: "soon" and said it "was like a dream" to be working on new music and that it sounds "glorious."

Metallica, John Coltrane, Santana, George Carlin and Merle Haggard will all have albums preserved by the Library of Congress this year. Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich said in a statement: "Who would've ever thought that 'Master of Puppets', a record made by a band hovering way left of the mainstream in 1986, would be granted the honor of being added to the Registry of the Library of Congress?"

Dave Grohl took to social media on Wednesday to defend a teenage English band that allegedly got in trouble for playing too loud in a practice space in a small town. Grohl tweeted:
Now, the city of Cornwall, England, has responded to the claims. Saying in a statement: "The Council is legally required to investigate once it has received a complaint about noise. In this case we have received a number of complaints about the level of noise. We have not, however, told the band to stop playing or told them they must keep sound levels below 40 decibels. We have not prescribed a set noise level but have advised that the sound levels are currently too high. We have offered to work with them to look at ways of reducing the noise levels by suggesting they look at installing some sound proofing into the garage to address the problem or possibly compromise by looking at playing only at certain times. We have spoken to the owner of the property on three occasions so far and are arranging to visit them to try and identify a solution. We are certainly not trying to stop the band from practising but we have to take into consideration the views of all parties."

Tim Westwood Shares Rare Phife Dawg Freestyle

Radio DJ Tim Westwood posted a 1999 freestyle from Phife Dawg for his "Throwback Thursday" series. In the wake of Phife's untimely passing, Westood shared the jam which also featured Wildchild and Madlib​. Take a listen!

Read: Remembering Phife Dawg

Artists Come Together to Cover Grateful Dead

In May, the long awaited Grateful Dead tribute album which was curated by The National's Bryce and Aaron Dessner will arrive. 

The album, which is a benefit for the Red Hot foundation, will feature Dead covers by The National, Wilco, Kurt Vile, Fucked Up, The Walkmen, War on Drugs, Sharon Van Etten, Jenny Lewis and others.

Take a listen to some of those covers below:

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Remembering Phife Dawg

As the music world mourns the passing of Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest, his fellow band members released a statement on Wednesday evening eulogizing their brother's passing.

Read: Rest in Peace: Phife Dawg

The statement said: "Our hearts are heavy. We are devastated. This is something we weren't prepared for although we all know that life is fleeting. It was no secret about his health and his fight. But the fight for his joy and happiness gave him everything he needed. The fight to keep his family happy, his soul happy and those around him happy, gave him complete and unadulterated joy... until he heeded his fathers call.

"We love his family his mother, his father, his son, his wife, his nieces, his family here in New York, Atlanta, California and Trinidad.

"Thank you for the outpouring of prayers and support from the fans, fellow artists, music outlets, blogs, radio stations, DJ's, social media and the music community at large. This too is part of his joy and means a lot to him. His family is overwhelmed by the support, well wishes and are thankful. His music and what he's contributed is seismic and hard to measure. He's affected us as much as he's affected all of you. We're inspired by his daily joy and courage. He wasn't in pain. He was happy.

"We take comfort in knowing he will be beside his grandmother. "

Listen To Our Essential Tribe Called Quest Playlist

Throughout the day, fans and hip-hop's heavy hitters paid respects to The Five-Foot Assassin on social media.

Watch a Vintage Clip of Tribe on Letterman in 1993

Nas posted:

A photo posted by Nasir Jones (@nas) on
Hamilton creator Lin Manuel-Miranda had been tweeting his favorite Phife verses through the day:

El-P posted on Instagram:
A video posted by thereallyrealelp (@thereallyrealelp) on

The New York City Mayor's Office tweeted:

Kendrick Lamar led fans in a chant during a concert in Australia:

Questlove of the Roots wrote a deep passage on Instagram:
Phife forever 1970-2016. 1991 in Sept I went to visit Tariq at Millersville U in the middle of PA (Lancaster). Miles Davis had just passed & I went on a binge to study his post jazz works. Went to Sound Of Market to purchase Nefertiti, In A Silent Way & Live Evil---the only non jazz purchase I made that day ironically was the most jazziest album in that collection: #TheLowEndTheory by @ATCQ. ---it was raining that day so somehow the 1...2 punch of "Nefertiti"/"Fall" just had me in a trance that train trip---even though I suspected there was a possibility that Tribe could possibly have made a better album then their debut (the perfect @@@@@ mic Source rating would be on stands in a week so I was right)---but I knew I wanted to save that listening for when I got up to the campus w Riq.---so some 90mins later when I get to his dorm--we ripped that bad boy open (I can't describe the frustration that was CD packaging in 1991, just imagine the anger that environmentalists feel when all that paper packaging in Beats headphone gets wasted---it's like that)---the sign of a true classic is when a life memory is burnt in your head because of the first time you hear a song. ---Riq & I had this moment a few times, but the look on our faces when we 1st heard "Buggin Out" was prolly Me & Tariq's greatest "rewind selector!" moment in our friendship. (Back then every MC's goal was to have that "rewind!!!" moment. As in to say something so incredible. Or to catch you by surprise that it makes you go "DAAAAAYUM!!!"& you listen over & over---Malik "Phife" Taylor's verse was such a gauntlet/flag planting moment in hip hop. Every hip hop head was just...stunned HE. CAME. FOR. BLOOD & was taking NO prisoners on this album (or ever again) we just kept looking at the speaker on some disbelief old timey radio Suspense episode. & also at each other "Phife is KILLIN!"--by the time we got to "Scenario" I swear to god THAT was the moment I knew I wanted to make THIS type of music when I grew up--(yeah yeah dad I know: "go to Juilliard or Curtis to make a nice living at "real music") but he didn't know that Phife & his crew already wrote my destiny. I ain't look back since. THANK YOU PHIFE!
A photo posted by Questlove Gomez (@questlove) on

A photo posted by Questlove Gomez (@questlove) on

Talib Kweli posted a deep passage:
Straight out Jamaica seen, Jamaica Queens. But you can find me out in Georgia, or anywhere in between. Now if my partners don't look good, Malik won't look good, if Malik don't look good, then Quest won't look good, if the Quest don't look good, then Queens won't look good, but since the sounds are universal, New York won't look good. Picture Phife losing a battle, cmon get off it. Put down your microphone son, surrender forfeit. Did I hear something about a crew? What they wanna do? You better call Mr. Babyface so he can bring out the cool in you. Or it'll be a sad love song being sung by Toni Braxton. And I'll dissect you like a fraction. Oh you wanna be top cat MC? I'll pop you like a zit. You wanna be the champ? You more like Chief Some-shit. Big up myself every time when it comes to this. MCs be running scared as if they watching the Exorcist. I got more game than a crackhead from Hempstead, my styles are milk, man you'd think that I was breastfed. You know the steelo when the Diggy Dawg is on the scene. I dedicate this to all the MCs outta Queens. That goes for Onyx, LL, Run-DMC. Akinyele, Nasty Nas and the Extra P. You need a chart, straight up and down man, there ain't no other. Nuff respect to all my peeps that made the album cover. Yo Tip don't worry none you know I get the party jumping. Get on the mic and break em off a lil lil something. We love you Malik. #RIPPHIFE
A photo posted by Talib Kweli (@talibkweli) on

Director Spike Lee posted:

Solange posted:

Michael Rapaport who directed the excellent Tribe documentary, Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest, posted:

Even the New York Knicks, who Phife famously trashed in the documentary, eulogized the sports fan:

Catfish & The Bottlemen Announce Sophomore Album

British rockers Catfish & The Bottlemen will release their new album, The Ride, in May. 

In a press release, singer Van McCann said of the D. Sardy produced record: "I feel like everybody started thinking too outside the box trying to be arty and different. We wanted to stay inside the box. I always say if you can play it on an acoustic guitar and win over a bar or a kitchen even of rowdy people...then you've done it...that's how I see song writing."

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

1.  7
2.    Twice
3. Soundcheck
4. Postpone
5. Anything
6.  Glasgow
7.  Oxygen
8. Emily
9.  Red
10. Heathrow
11.   Outside

VINTAGE CLIP: A Tribe Called Quest on Letterman

Before having The Late Show, David Letterman was hosting NBC's Late Night with David Letterman, the job would go to an unknown Conan O'Brien, in 1993, while Dave was hosting he had A Tribe Called Quest on in 1993. Take a look at the hip-hop pioneers performing "Check the Rhyme" in this VINTAGE CLIP.

Read: Rest In Peace Phife Dawg

Ty Segall on Conan

Watch Ty Segall and the Muggers perform "California Hills" on Conan.

RIP Phife Dawg


Very sad news to report, A Tribe Called Quest co-founder Phife Dawg has passed away at 45.

Listen To Our Essential Tribe Called Quest Playlist

Born Malik Taylor, he battled a series of health issues over the years, including diabetes. He unerwent a kidney transplant in 2008, which was documented in the fantastic documentary -- Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest. 

The cause of Phife Dawg's passing has been released in a statement from his family.

They said: "We regret to share the news that on Tuesday March 22nd, 2016, Malik has passed away due to complications resulting from diabetes."

View: Live Pix of A Tribe Called Quest at Barclays Center in 2013

Known for his higher pitched vocals and funny but brilliant rhymes, Phife appeared on all of Tribe's records. In 2000, he released his solo debut, Ventilation: Da LP. 

Tribe, which formed in 1985 in St. Albans, Queens, would go on and become one of the most acclaimed hip-hop groups of all time. The separated by the end of the 90s and had on-again, off-again reunions throughout the 21th century. Their final public concert was in 2013 when they opened for Kanye West at Madison Square Garden. Last year, the group made an appearance on The Tonight Show and have not performed since.

Phife's amager Dion Liverpool released a statement and said: "While I mourn the loss of my best friend and brother, I also will celebrate his incredible life and contribution to many people’s ears across the world. Even with all his success, I have never met a person as humble as he. He taught me that maintaining a positive attitude and outlook can conquer anything. Now my brother is resting in greatness. I’m honored to have crossed paths with him. Riddim Kidz 4eva."

View: Live Pix of A Tribe Called Quest at MSG in 2013

Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and the Tribe.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Homeboy Sandman Announces New LP

In May, veteran rapper Homeboy Sandman will release his new album, Kindness For Weakness. 

Read Our 2012 Interview with Homeboy Sandman

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and hear the new single "Talking (Bleep)."

01 Heart Sings
02 Eyes
03 Real New York [ft. I Am Many]
04 Seam by Seam [ft. Until the Ribbon Breaks]
05 It's Cold [ft. Steve Arrington]
06 Talking (Bleep)
07 Gumshoe
08 Keep it Real [ft. Mystro]
09 Earth, Wind, Fire, Water [ft. yU, Tah Phrum Duh Bush, and Shad]
10 Funhouse
11 Sly Fox
12 God
13 Nonbelievers
14 Speak Truth [ft. Kurious, Breeze Brewin, and Aesop Rock]

Flying Lotus Shares 3 Unreleased Tracks

The magnificent musical wonder that is Flying Lotus has uploaded three unreleased songs to Soundcloud featuring Thundercat. The tracks were from the You're Dead! sessions. Take a listen.

Quick News

Following a summer tour, New Wave icons The Go-Gos are calling it quits after four decades.

New Jersey post-hardcore heroes Thursday are reactivating following a five year breakup. The band, which announced their reunion on Tuesday morning will play The Wrecking Ball festival in Atlanta in August.

Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace will release her memoir, Tranny, this fall. Take a look at the cover, below:

The Living End will release their first album in five years, Shift, in May.

Thanks to a tweet from drummer Chad Smith, Red Hot Chili Peppers are mixing their new album, which has been produced by Nigel Goodrich. Goodrich also works with Flea in Atoms for Peace.
Sean Lennon and Les Claypool have formed a band called The Claypool Lennon Delirium. The duo are set to release their debut, Monolith of Phobo in June. Take a look at the cover, below:

A$AP Ferg will release his new album, Always Strive and Prosper next month. Take a look at the cover, below:

VINTAGE CLIP: At the Drive-In on Conan

After it was announced that At the Drive-In are moving forward with their reunion without guitarist Jim Ward, we look at a VINTAGE CLIP of the band in action in the fall of 2000 when they appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Take a look!

Read Our 2012 Interview with Jim Ward

Monday, March 21, 2016

Live Review: Jake Bugg @ Bowery Ballroom

In the SXSW hangover, one of Britain's favorite new songs concluded a short U.S. tour in New York City. Jake Bugg, who performed in Austin, Texas, seven times last week during the festival added one final gig to his small tour with a sold-out show at Bowery Ballroom.

Bugg, whose new album, On My One, will arrive in June, opening his set, which started at 9pm sharp with the album's title track. It is a rocking song that doesn't fill a room quite like some of the singles off his Rick Rubin-produced Shagri La, but enough to still make you become in awe of the young singer. The album, which will hear Bugg play every single instrument, seems to be a throwback to his first record, his critically acclaimed 2012 self-titled debut. As he showcased more songs from the upcoming LP with his small band, Bugg barnstormed through almost everything he had.

As fans packed the small venue, it became a rare treat to see the 22-year-old in a tiny place. The last time Bugg was in town, two years ago, he played two nights to much larger crowds at sold-out concerts at Terminal 5. Now, the die hards who are waiting for new music and a chance to see him again before he explodes on the festival scene, came through on a Monday night.

"I know it is Monday and everyone is tired but thanks for being here," he told the crowd. In the 75-minutes he was on stage he played fan favorites like "Two Fingers," "Lightning Bolt," "Me and You," and "A Song About Love." Noticeably absent was "What Doesn't Kill You," which left some fans confused since he had no encore, many were anticipating that to be featured in the set. Alas, in the 20-song setlist, he opted to showcase new tunes. Songs like "Bitter Salt," "The Love We're Hoping For," "Livin' Up Country" all made their New York City debut.

While Bugg doesn't really do much on stage, he lets the music do the talking. Sounding as sharp as a thumbtac, he displayed his musicianship, vocal range and chops right in the room, which is what he wants you to focus on. With On My One on it's way, it seems the music world will be focusing a whole lot more on Jake Bugg.

Rare Aphex Twin John Peel Session From '92 Surfaces

A rare John Peel session featuring Aphex Twin from 1992 session has been discovered. Unearthed by XL Recordings producer Paul Woolford, he posted it to Soundcloud and also uploaded a live set recorded at Sheffield Hallam University in 1993. Take a listen.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Quick News

Well, that was quick - - just a matter of months after announcing a reunion, At The Drive-In have confirmed that guitarist Jim Ward will not be partaking on their upcoming tour nor new album. In a statement on Facebook, the band wrote: "As our ship prepares for voyage, we announce that Jim Ward will not be joining us on future journeys. We wish him well and are excited to see you soon."

Sad news to report, LA's Funeral Party have broken up. The band, who released one kickass record, The Golden Age of Nowhere in 2011, took to Facebook to announce they are parting ways. They wrote: "We would like to thank you all for supporting us through the years and for making Funeral Party what it was. On that note we would like to officially announce that we are breaking up and pursuing our own musical endeavors. We are still good friends with each other and will continue to support each other on our paths. We thank you all for everything you have done for us! Long live Funeral Party!" Members of the band have gone on to form DYED and plan on releasing an EP this summer.

Saosin will release their first album with Anthony Green back on vocals since 2009 in May. The record will be called Along the Shadow. Take a look at the tracklisting, below:
1. The Silver String
2. Ideology is Theft
3. Racing Toward a Red Light
4. Second Guesses
5. Count Back from TEN
6. The Stutter Says A lot
7. Sore Distress
8. The Secret Meaning of Freedom
9. Old Friends
10. Illusion & Control
11. Control and The Urge to Pray

Bad Brains frontman HR has been diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder  called SUNCT which causes extreme and crippling headaches at a moments notice. His wife posted on a GoFundMe page to help pay for medical bills that "he has no quality of life and cannot work." She wrote: "There is no known cure and no reliable medical treatment. To give you an idea of what he’s dealing with, cluster headaches are nicknamed ‘Suicide Syndrome.’ The headaches come randomly, with no warning, at all hours of the day and night; but for him, they are much worse at night. The intensity of the nighttime headaches is so great that he yells, cries out, groans, and sobs — repeatedly, every few minutes, for most of the night. He can’t work. He has no quality of life. If you call him and ask how he is, he will say, ‘Everything’s okay,’ because that’s just how he is. But everything is not okay." For more information and ways to donate, click here.

Prince has announced that he will release his memoir, The Beautiful Ones, in fall 2017.

Actor Jack Lowden has been cast as Morrissey in an upcoming biopic on the influential Smiths singer called Steven. The film is expected to be released next year.

Thursday, March 17, 2016


Take a listen to March's 27-song playlist of random musical musings.

VINTAGE CLIP: Iggy Pop on Letterman

As Iggy Pop celebrates the release of his new and possibly final album, Post Pop Depression, take a look at this VINTAGE CLIP of punk's godfather on Late Night with David Letterman in 1990.

Recommended Reading: Punk USA

Lookout! Records were a record label that helped define the 80s and early 90s punk scene in California's Bay Area. Signing bands like Green Day, Operation Ivy, The Mr. T Experience among the many they had on their roster, they would craft a sound that would move a generation out of the grunge era and into something so much brighter but just as important. Author Kevin Prested captured the importance, rise and fall of Lookout! in his 2014 novel, Punk USA.

The book, which gives an account as to how founder Lawrence Livermore founded the label to fund his own band The Lookouts album sessions in 1987, to how he discovered Green Day and released their first two albums. By the mid 90s the band were bringing in more money than they could imagine until one day it all went away. It is a story of rock and roll behind the scenes of the sex and drugs and the business end of things that came crashing down. In an era when major labels struggle, this is a lesson they could learn.

Great Soundtracks: Good Will Hunting

Good Will Hunting helped two struggling actors from Boston become household names and win an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay at the 1998 Academy Awards. The film, which became an indie classic, also helped define the music of the late 90s. The decade started off with the aggression and anger of hip-hop and grunge but ended with the melancholy and dark sounds of the new emerging indie artists that would define the next decade thanks to the influence they had on musicians arriving in the new Millennium. 

Using the music of Elliot Smith, The Waterboys, Luscious Jackson, The Dandy Warhols and the orchestral arraignments of Danny Elfman, director Gus Van Sant surrendered the audience to the mood he wanted to paint with the film through song. Smith was even nominated for an Oscar for his song "Miss Misery," but would lose to one of the biggest songs of all time -- Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" from Titanic. Now, nearly 20 years later, the record plays more than just the songs from a film but a moment in time.

The Irish Mixtape

As the world celebrates Ireland's patron saint, St. Patrick, they have given the world so much more than just a day to wear green, eat cornbeef and cabbage or soda bread and drink. 

From the beers and whiskeys to the poets and authors, as well as some of the greatest actors of a generation, including, arguably the greatest of all time -- Daniel Day Lewis, the emerald island has given so much to pop culture, sport and the arts.

We look at Ireland's musical heroes from U2 to Thin Lizzy to Glen Hansard and so on. 

Take a listen to our Irish Mixtape.

Pete Yorn on Fallon

Watch Pete Yorn perform on The Tonight Show.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Sia on Kimmel

Watch Sia perform "Bird Set Free" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

New Order on Colbert

Watch New Order perform "Singularity" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Live Pix: Pig Destroyer @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Pig Destroyer played one of their largest headlining sets in New York City on Friday as they sold-out Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Our very own RICH D SMOOV was on hand to capture some of the action, or as he put it "it was like I was in survival mode. The whole show, the whole pit was brutal. All I could do was just survive."

Take a look at his pix. 

Quick News

According to The Mirror, The Stone Roses will release their third album this summer as they embark on a tour. The Manchester legends will be playing various parts of the UK and Europe as well as New York City. No official word from the band has been announced. Stay tuned...

Motion City Soundtrack are calling it quits after almost 18 years. In a press statement, the band said: "It has been a quiet winter for us. We’ve had some time at home after a very busy 2015. With this time, we've been able to think about the past, present, and future of Motion City Soundtrack. All of this thinking has lead to several conversations, and these conversations have lead us to a very bittersweet realization: We have no idea what the future holds, but for now we are done. Needless to say, we’re feeling all the feels - you may be as well. If so, or if you’ve ever been touched by our music, we ask you to come out and sing along with us one last time in 2016."

President Obama said he is a big fan of J. Cole thanks to his daughters. The Commander-In-Chief said: "I Love J. Cole!" at a Democratic fundraising event at SXSW.

Thanks to a few Instagram posts from XXL, Kendrick Lamar is currently in the studio working on new music. No further info was given if and when it will be released.

The Avett Brothers will release their new album, True Sadness, in June. Take a look at the cover, below:

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Live Review: Greg Dulli @ Roulette

Since the late 1980s Greg Dulli has been making music and has proven himself as one of America's greatest lyricists and poets. From his work with The Afghan Whigs to The Twilight Singers to The Gutter Twins and his own solo material, the Ohio musician has lived and told it all. This year, while rumors of another solo record are in the air, Dulli took all of the material he has written and recorded and brought it on the road for a rare tour that featured hired guns and some of the backing musicians of The Afghan Whigs. Dubbed "An Evening With Greg Dulli," it made it's second North America stop in Brooklyn on Friday night at the intimate BAM affiliate - Roulette.

LISTEN To Our Essential Afghan Whigs Playlist

Taking the stage and opening with "If I Were Going" the sold-out crowd of near 700 cheered as if triple the amount of people were in the room. Dulli couldn't do anything but smile. The rush he must has felt to have that crowd make that type of noise straight away was indescribable. As they rolled right into "The Body" and then a cover of Bjork's "Hyperballad," which Dulli, like most of his covers, transformed and stripped from the original to make it its own folk-meets-Americana sound, the speakers began to crack and give out. As the roadie and tech, Larry, scrambled to fix the problem and bring on a new speaker, the band played on. "Hey, it's rock and roll," Dulli told the enthusiastic crowd. "We are going to go off script," at which point he took the piano and began playing songs that were not featured on any setlist. It was his show, it was his idea, no one could stop him.

In the near 115-minute set, Dulli took fans through a timeline of his music. Songs like "Too Tough to Die," "Summer's Kiss," "So Tight," "Demon in Profile," "My Funny Valentine," all took on new interpretations and meaning. As he strummed with just his acoustic guitar, it took some of the edge off the songs, which many did not feature a proper drummer, instead relied solely on the percussion of their strumming or stomping legs.

As 11p.m. hit, the unbelievable show came to an end and a humble Dulli thanked the people of the New York metro area for always supporting his work. He shared his gratitude by meeting fans after the show for photos and autographs. After getting an in-your-face look into his music, one thing was for sure, Dulli, who is one of America's greatest lyricists and poets is also one of musics most underrated.

Guided By Voices Announce New Album

Guided By Voices will release their new album, their 22nd, Please Be Honest, next month. 

This is the first album since the band split in 2012 and features only Robert Pollard who wrote and recorded every song and played every instrument on the record. According to a press release, the Guided By Voices frontman felt the record was a Guided By Voices album and wanted to release it as such.

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

01. My Zodiac Companion
02. Kid On A Ladder
03. Come On Mr. Christian
04. The Grasshopper Eater
05. Glittering Parliaments
06. The Caterpillar Workforce
07. Sad Baby Eyes
08. The Quickers Arrive
09. Hotel X (Big Soap)
10. I Think A Telescope
11. Please Be Honest
12. Nightmare Jamboree
13. Unfinished Business
14. Defeatist's Lament
15. Eye Shop Heaven

Quick News

Loud rockers Power Trip will release their new album, Nightmare Logic, sometime this year. No official date has been given.

Last year Dr. Know from Bad Brains was hospitalized after a heart attack. Now, a GoFundMe page has been launched to help the iconic punk guitarist pay for his medical bills. For more info, CLICK HERE.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Lars Ulrich said that Metallica will release their long awaited new album this year and that the record will be "in your face." The outspoken drummer said: "I think it will be a pretty in-your-face year, at least the back half of it," Ulrich said. "Obviously, we've gotta finish the new record now. But thankfully we're quite far along. Hopefully we should be able to knock that on the head this spring, I would guess. So we will be gearing up and playing shows and doing all that fun stuff again soon."

Sweden's Peter Bjorn and John will release their new album, What Are You Talking About? in June. It will be their first new music in five years. 

Tegan and Sara will release their new album, Love You To Death, in June. Take a look at the cover, below: