Friday, June 23, 2017

Thursday, June 22, 2017


Our June playlist is here, so take a listen to our 26-song random musical musings for the month.

Recommended Reading: Frank Turner 'Road Beneath My Feet'

Frank Turner is constantly busy. The singer / songwriter always seems to be on the road and when he is not on touring, he is writing and recording music so he can go tour. Yet, in 2015, he managed to squeeze in a book about his life and career.

Read Our 2012 Interview with Frank Turner 

Turner, who used to front the hardcore band Million Dead, opens the book with the end of the British band and how he had to figure out what he was going to do when they wrapped up their 2005 tour. After getting home, he started making music on his own and would become more successful as a solo artist singing punk and folk tunes than he did screaming his face off in the hardcore band. The Road Beneath My Feet chronicles his life couch surfing to playing to no one at gigs to headlining some of England's biggest arenas and then the world's biggest stage when he performed as part of Danny Boyle's 2012 Olympic opening ceremony in London.

Listen to Our Essential Frank Turner Playlist on Spotify! 

Turner chronicles the drug fueled parties he attended to the shoulders he has rubbed against to sleeping on floors and trying to not get ripped off doing what he loves -- making music. If you are thinking about being in a band or want to go be a solo artist, this is the text book.

Great Soundtracks: 'Rushmore'

In 1999, Wes Anderson's second film took audiences and critics by storm. Rushmore was the story a privileged teen filled with angst trying to get what he wants -- attention from a woman. While the film was a success and launched the careers of Anderson and star Jason Schwartzman to the main stream, the movie's soundtrack also reignited the interest of the leader of Devo -- Mark Mothersbaugh. 

The soundtrack was originally intended to just have Kinks songs on it but when Anderson and the studio allegedly couldn't secure the rights to all of the songs, Mothersbaugh, who worked with the director on his debut, Bottle Rocket, stepped in. Mothersbaugh composed the score and produced the soundtrack which featured The Kinks, John Lennon, Cat Stevens, Unit 4 +2, Faces, The Who, and Zoot Sims. The music compliments the quirkiness of the film and also helps you relive some scenes.

Portugal. The Man Sing with PS22 Chorus

Portugal. The Man have been in and out of New York City in recent weeks promoting their new album, Woodstock. One of the stops they made was to Staten Island to visit the famed PS22 chorus where they sang their single, "Feel it Still" with them. Take a look!

Check Out Our Recent Live Review of Portugal. The Man at Rough Trade in Brooklyn. 

Quick News

Liam Gallagher has revealed the cover to his debut, As You Were, on social media. Take a look at it, above. According to his website, the album will be out in October.

Next month, Eric B. and Rakim will reunite and perform together for the first time in over 20 years. The iconic duo will perform at the Apollo Theater.

Speaking to TMZ, Havoc opened up about the passing of Prodigy of Mobb Deep. The rapper's partner passed away at 42 suddenly in Las Vegas earlier in the week. He was driving with his kids in the car when he got the news. "The road manager was just crying like I never heard before and I just had to hang up the phone," Havoc said. "I'm on a highway, I can't pull over, I can't do nothing. I could have crashed with my kids in the car. I'm still just fucked up."

In August, Guided By Voices will release their 24th album, How Do You Spell Heaven. Take a look at the tracklisting, below:

1. The Birthday Democrats
2. King 007
3. Boy W
4. Steppenwolf Mausoleum
5. Cretinous Number Ones
6. They Fall Silent
7. Diver Dan
8. How To Murder A Man (In 3 Acts)
9. Pearly Gates Smoke Machine
10. Tenth Century
11. How Do You Spell Heaven
12. Paper Cutz
13. Low Flying Perfection
14. Nothing Gets You Real
15. Just To Show You

Ariel Pink will release his new album, Dedicated to Bobby Jameson, in September. Take a look at the cover, below.

Mac DeMarco on 'Conan'

Watch Mac DeMarco perform "On the Level" on Conan.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Jeff Tweedy Returns to 'Meyers'

Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy returned to Late Night with Seth Meyers Tuesday to perform another track from his main band. Take a look as he plays "I'm Always in Love."

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Live Review: Portugal. The Man at Rough Trade

Just days after releasing their new album, Woodstock, their eighth, Portugal. The Man performed a last-minute in-store performance at Rough Trade in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Read Our 2011 Interview with Portugal. The Man 

The Portland, Oregon via Wasilla, Alaska band were just in the city two weeks ago for two sold-out shows at the 3,000-plus Terminal 5, yet on Tuesday, just under 300 fans got in for the intimate performance featuring their new touring line-up.

Opening with "Purple Yellow Red Blue," the fans, who many waited in the blistering sun all day for the 45-minute show, screamed the words back to the band. Singer John Baldwin Gourley, dressed like Bernie from Weekend at Bernies, we are kidding but he could have passed, didn't speak much to the crowd and let his bassist and co-founding member Zach Carothers do all the talking in between tracks.

In a set that featured many of their previous hits like "So American," "Modern Jesus," "Evil Friends," clearly got the most applause but they worked in new tracks like "Feel It Still" and "So Young," into their starkly lit set.

Listen to Our 2009 Interview with Portugal. The Man

To see this band through the years evolve in their style and sound as well as in popularity, these smaller in-store appearances are more than just reliving the old days of this band, who are still as hungry as ever, but a moment to savor something that could never happen again.

Live Pix: Defenders of the Old Festival

The Defenders of The Old Festival took over Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn Saturday and featured a slew of bands like Nasty Savage, Mindless Sinner, Nekromantheon, Night Demon, and more. 

Take a look at RICH D SMOOV's pix. 

Live Pix: Vader / Internal Bleeding at Webster Hall Marlin Room

On Friday, Vader and Internal Bleeding took over the Marlin Room of Webster Hall. It was Long Island metal band Internal Bleeding's first NYC show since the tragic passing of drummer and FDNY member Bill Tolley. 

Our Rich D Smoov was on hand to get slammed around in the pit. Take a look.

Internal Bleeding



Live Pix: Spanish Harlem Hop

Last week, the weekly Spanish Harlem Hop took place at Poor Richards Playground in Manhattan and featured DJ Bobby Morales, DJ Evil Dee & DJ Dirty Digits.

Our Very Own RICH D SMOOV was on hand to capture the action. 


Foo Fighters Announce New Album

In September, Foo Fighters will return with their new album, Concrete and Gold. 

“I wanted it to be the biggest sounding Foo Fighters record ever. To make a gigantic rock record but with Greg Kurstin’s sense of melody and arrangement… Motorhead’s version of Sgt. Pepper… or something like that," Dave Grohl said of the record. 

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

1. T-Shirt
2. Run
3. Make It Right
4. The Sky Is A Neighborhood
5. La Dee Da
6. Dirty Water
7. Arrows
8. Happy Ever After (Zero Hour)
9. Sunday Rain
10. The Line
11. Concrete and Gold

Remembering Prodigy of Mobb Deep

The hip-hop world was stunned on Tuesday to learn of the passing of a true icon and original -- Prodigy of Mobb Deep. The Queensbridge rapper passed away at 42 in Las Vegas. A statement to XXL from his publicist said he had battled sickle cell anemia but a cause of death has not been determined.

In a statement to XXL, his publicist said: "It is with extreme sadness and disbelief that we confirm the death of our dear friend Albert Johnson, better known to millions of fans as Prodigy of legendary NY rap duo Mobb Deep. Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago in Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis. As most of his fans know, Prodigy battled the disease since birth. The exact causes of death have yet to be determined. We would like to thank everyone for respecting the family’s privacy at this time."

Nas, a fellow QB rapper and one of the many inspired by Prodigy, took to Instagram to break the news of his friend and hero. 
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Others have taken to social media to pay their respects to the "Shook Ones" rapper. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, especially Havoc of Mobb Deep.
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Hercules & Love Affair Returning in September

In September, Hercules & Love Affair will return to the dance floor with a new album called Omnion.

Read Our 2014 Interview with Hercules & Love Affair 

Take a look at the star-studded tracklisting, below, and hear the title track featuring Sharon Van Etten. That is the cover, above.

Read Our 2011 Interview with Sharon Van Etten

1.  Omnion (feat. Sharon Van Etten)
2.  Controller (feat. Faris Badwan)
3.  Rejoice (feat. Rouge Mary)
4.  Are You Still Certain? (feat. Mashrou' Leila)
5.  Running (feat. Sisy Ey)
6.  Fools Wear Crowns
7.  Lies (feat. Gustaph)
8.  Wild Child (feat. Rouge Mary)
9.  My Curse and Cure (feat. Gustaph)
10.  Through Your Atmosphere (feat. Faris Badwan)
11.  Epilogue (feat. Gustaph)

Dream Syndicate Announce 1st Album in 30 Years

In September, The Dream Syndicate will return with their first album in 30 years called How Did I Find Myself Here?

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

1 Filter Me Through You
2 Glide
3 Out of My Head
4 80 West
5 Like Mary
6 The Circle
7 How Did I Find Myself Here
8 Kendra’s Dream

Quick News

In August, UNKLE will release his new album, The Road: Part 1. Take a look at the cover, above.

LCD Soundsystem have confirmed that their new album, American Dream, will arrive in September. It is their first record since reuniting last year following their 2011 breakup.

JAY-Z has returned the hyphen to his name and has capitalized the font in his typography but more importantly, the rapper, who was recently inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, will release his new album 4:44 at the end of the month.

Dr. Dre is donating $10 million to Compton public schools in order to build a new performing arts school in the area. 

Vince Staples is set to release his new album, Big Fish Theory, at the end of the week and took to Instagram to post the tracklisting to the LP. Take a look:
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Jeff Tweedy on 'Seth Meyers'

Wilco's Jeff Tweedy was solo on Late Night with Seth Meyers Monday and performed his main band's classic "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart." Take a look!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Fleet Foxes on 'Colbert'

Watch Fleet Foxes perform "Third of May" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Beth Ditto on 'Corden'

Watch Beth Ditto perform "Fire" on The Late Late Show Starring James Corden.

Lorde on 'Fallon'

Watch Lorde perform "Perfect Places" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Queens of the Stone Age Announce New Album

In August, Queens of the Stone Age will return with their new album, Villains, which is  produced by Mark Ronson. 

“The title Villains isn’t a political statement. It has nothing to do with Trump or any of that shit. It’s simply 1) a word that looks fantastic and 2) a comment on the three versions of every scenario: yours, mine and what actually happened… Everyone needs someone or something to rail against—their villain—same as it ever was. You can’t control that. The only thing you can really control is when you let go,"  frontman Joshua Homme said in a press statement.

Mark Ronson shared his joy about working with the band on Instagram. 

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

1. Feet Don’t Fail Me
2. The Way You Used To Do
3. Domesticated Animals
4. Fortress
5. Head Like A Haunted House
6. Un-Reborn Again
7. Hideaway
8. The Evil Has Landed
9. Villains Of Circumstance

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Quick News

Queens of the Stone have announced that their new album will be called Villains, they announced it in a teaser video. Take a look at the video above, the record was produced by Mark Ronson. 

The long awaited Hip Hop Museum will open in Harlem next year. The 20-story museum will be somewhere on 125th street, details have been sparse for now but this is something to get excited about.

Jane's Addiction will release the concert film Ritual De Lo Habitual Alive At 25, in August. The film was shot last summer during gigs in California as the band marked the anniversary of their acclaimed sophomore record. Singer Perry Ferrel said in a statement: "25 years - what a beautiful milestone for both Ritual De Lo Habitual and Lollapalooza. As both were great achievements in our lives that also helped change the course of music history, we really sought to come up with a special show for this tour so that the fans could celebrate it with us."

In an interview with BBC, Brandon Flowers said that The Killers will release a new album called Wonderful, Wonderful, later this year.

Frankie Rose will release her new album, Cage Tropical, in August.

Speaking to  Zane Lowe on Apple Music, Action Bronson confirmed that his new album, Blue Chips 7,000, will arrive this summer -- either end of July or early August. He also took to Instagram to share the cover, take a look below:

Ghostpoet Announces New Album

In August, Ghostpoet will release his new album, Dark Days + Canapes. 

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

1. One More Sip
2. Many Moods At Midnight
3. Trouble + Me
4. (We're) Dominoes
5. Freakshow
6. Dopamine If I Do
7. Live>Leave
8. Karoshi
9. Blind As A Bat...
10. Immigrant Boogie
11. Woe is Meee
12. End TImes

The xx on KEXP

The xx recently performed inside KEXP's offices for a full concert. Take a look at the entire performance.

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds on 'Colbert'

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds made a rare TV appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and performed "Rings of Saturn." Take a look.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Monday, June 12, 2017

Washed Out Details New Album

At the end of the month, Washed Out will release his new album, Mister Mellow. 

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

01 Title Card
02 Burn Out Blues
03 Time Off
04 Floating By
05 I’ve Been Daydreaming My Entire Life
06 Hard to Say Goodbye
07 Down and Out
08 Instant Calm
09 Zonked
10 Get Lost
11 Easy Does It
12 Million Miles Away

Live Pix: Queens Day 2017

On a blistering Sunday evening, Queens Day 2017 took place at Corona Park in Queens, New York. 

Main Source, George Clinton, Marly Marl, Craig G, and Roxanne Shante, performed and our RICH D SMOOV was on hand to capture the action.

Take a look at his live pix.

Roxanne Shante,
 Marly Marl
 Craig G

 Neek the Exotic
 Large Pro
 George Clinton and the Parliment Funkadelic

Nas & Jack White Perform 'One Mic' For 'American Epic'

Nas and Jack White have come together to perform the Queensbridge rapper's classic "One Mic" for the BBC series American Epic. Take a look!

Listen to Our Essential Nas Playlist on Spotify! 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Live Review: Thursday at McCarren Park

After announcing they would reunite after a six year hiatus, Thursday brought their reactivation to the final day of the annual Northside Festival in Brooklyn. The band headlined a very hot evening in McCarren Park on the first extremely hot day of the year.

As the temperatures spiked over 90 degrees, the New Jersey band found a way to turn up the heat and close out the festival's ninth year in fashion.

Taking the stage just after 7p.m., singer Geoff Rickley, who now lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, said that he was proud to walk to the show and live in a Polish neighborhood that has Jewish delis, Halal restaurants, and thrilled that New York City is still a melting pot now more than ever in the era of Trump. They then broke into "Autobiography of a Nation," which had fans rushing the stage as they saw a flock of inflatable doves get released into the sky.

The Northside Festival show marked their first concert since their reunion tour earlier in the year which ended in April at Irving Plaza. The members of Thursday are now older, have full time jobs, families, but still pack the same punch they did when they were in their early 20s.

They focused more on songs from their albums Full Collapse and War All the Time but still managed to sprinkle in tracks from A City by the Light Divided, Common Existence, and No Devolucion. As songs like "For the Workforce (Drowning)," "A Whole in the World," "Counting 5,4,3,2,1," "Cross Out the Eyes," were played, the fans beat the heat and managed to have the time of their lives. In many ways, it was as if the post-hardcore band never left after the release of No Devolucion six years ago.

A humble Rickley thanked his family and the band for keeping his life together and admitted that he never though the band would reunite or if they were even friends still when they split in 2011. Yet, the singer was humbled that his music still resonated today and they still had the audience they loved which loved them back.

Read Our 2009 Interview with Thursday

As whatever comes next for the band is still up in the air, this might be the stepping stones to something more. If it is not, then the band have cemented their legacy and no matter what they do, their fans will still come out, no matter how old they may be getting or hot the day may be, the community they have built are still very much supportive of what Thursday has to offer.

Quick News

In September, Slipknot will release the documentary, Day of the Gusano, which chronicles the band's first ever trip to Mexico City in 2015. The film was directed by member Clown, who said in a press release: "Slipknot still has dreams for itself. Finally playing Mexico was one of them. It's been a surreal life of rock and roll for SLIPKNOT and the fact that the dreams still go on for us is simply incredible. Thank you."

After nearly 10 years away from the scene, The Black Kids will release their sophomore album, Rookie, in September.

Iron & Wine will release his new album, Beast Epic, in August. Take a look at the tracklisting, below:
01 Claim Your Ghost
02 Thomas County Law
03 Bitter Truth
04 Song in Stone
05 Summer Clouds
06 Call It Dreaming
07 About a Bruise
08 Last Night
09 Right for Sky
10 The Truest Stars We Know
11 Our Light Miles

Speaking to his site, Okayplayer, Questlove has announced that producer Stro Elliot is now officially a member of The Roots.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Radiohead's Ed O'Brien revealed that the band wanted Dr. Dre to produce Kid A. “I kept on saying, ‘Oh I’d love to work with Dr. Dre,’” O’Brien said. “I knew it would likely be shouted down or laughed at. Also, it might have been a little forced. But at the time, in my head, it made perfect sense.” He added that fear of creative differences would have led to the unity falling apart.

Super Troopers 2 is slated to arrive later this year, marking 16 years since the cult comedy debut and it has been confirmed that Eagles of Death Metal will be scoring the film. Director Jay Chandrasekhar shared the news on Twitter.

Mac DeMarco on 'Fallon'

Watch Mac DeMarco perform "One More Love Song" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

VINTAGE CLIP: U2 at Tibetan Freedom Concert 1997

The last U.S. music festival U2 performed at was 20 years ago this weekend at the first Tibetan Freedom Concert at Randall's Island in New York City. Now, 20 years later, they just performed their first headlining U.S. festival set at Bonnaroo in Tennessee. Watch this VINTAGE CLIP of the Irish rockers performing "Please" that the Tibetan Freedom Concert in 1997.

Listen to Our Essential U2 Playlist on Spotify 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Royal Blood on 'Meyers'

Watch Royal Blood perform "Lights Out" on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Manchester Orchestra Announce New Album

Next month, Manchester Orchestra will release their new album, A Black Mile to the Surface. 

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

01 The Maze
02 The Gold
03 The Moth
04 Lead, SD
05 The Allen
06 The Sunshine
07 The Grocery
08 The Wolf
09 The Mistake
10 The Parts
11 The Silence