Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Playlist


Our April Playlist is Here! Take a Look at Our 28-Song List of Random Musical Musings For The Month!

Shabazz Palaces Announce New Album


Psychedelic duo Shabazz Palaces have announced their new album, Quazarz: Born On a Gangster Star, in July. 

The record features Julian Casablances, Thundercat, and others.

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and hear the new single, "Shine A Light."

1. Since C.A.Y.A
2. When Cats Claw
3. Shine a Light (feat. Thaddillac)
4. Dèesse Du Sang
5. Eel Dreams (feat. Loud Eyes Lou)
6. Parallax (feat. The Palaceer Lazaro)
7. Fine Ass Hairdresser
8. The Neurochem Mixalogue
9. That’s How City Life Goes
10. Moon Whip Quäz (feat. Darrius)
11. Federalist Papers

Depeche Mode on 'Corden'


Watch Depeche Mode perform "Where's the Revolution" on The Late Late Show Starring James Corden. 

Listen to Our Essential Depeche Mode Playlist on Spotify! 

Corden's band leader, comedian Reggie Watts, clearly geeked out on set with the British icons on his show and posted some behind the scenes snaps on Instagram.
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Big Boi on 'Fallon'


Watch Big Boi perform his new single, "Mic Jack" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Quick News


Snoop Dogg will release his new album, Neva Left, next month. "Throughout the years, I’ve had my hands in a lot of different projects, but music has always remained at my core. This album reflects every phase of me throughout my career," Snoop Dogg said in a statement. "I'm excited for ya'll to hear this new project that highlights the evolution of the Dogg." Take a look at the cover, above.

Phoenix will release their new album, Ti Amo, in June. According to guitarist Laurent Brancowitz in a recent New York Times article, the record was inspired by "summer and Italian discos."

Tori Amos will release her new album, Native Invader, in September. "The songs on Native Invader are being pushed by the Muses to find different ways of facing unforeseen challenges and in some cases dangerous conflicts," the singer said in a statement.

Noel Gallagher has told Russell Brand's Radio X show that his third solo album will be out in November.

Thanks to a social media post by Arthur-Left Front Door Records over the weekend, Queens of the Stone Age have finished their new album and mixed it.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Quick News


Kendrick Lamar alerted fans on Friday via Twitter that despite rumors, DAMN., is his only album this year. Check out the tweet above. On Saturday, Kung Fu Kenny took to Twitter again to share the hilarious review his mother gave of his new record. See below:

Glen Danzig shared the tracklisting to his upcoming album, Black Laden Crown, which arrives next month, take a look:
 1. Black Laden Crown
 2. Eyes Ripping Fire
 3. Devil On Hwy 9
 4. Last Ride
 5. The Witching Hour
 6. But A Nightmare
 7. Skulls & Daisies
 8. Blackness Falls
 9. Pull The Sun
 

Kraftwerk plan to release a massive 3-D concert film box set that features the German electronic pioneers in concert around the world performing all of their records live in full from start to finish. It will be available next month, watch a trailer for it, below:
 

Bill Murray will release a classical album this summer. The New York Times reports that the record will explore "American history and identity."

Recommended Reading: 'NYHC'



Following the emergence of punk in the Big Apple in the mid-to-late 1970s, by the early 80s, a new form of the genre was taking shape and would become an imprint and fixture in New York City for generations -- hardcore. In 2014, Tony Rettman documented the first decade and rise of the scene in his book, NYHC. As the misfits from the Lower East Side of the city would play in clubs and bars in the area as well as Chinatown and the Limelight, NYHC became the blueprint of balls to the wall music and aggro. Bands like Agnostic Front, Sick of It Hall, Cro-Mags, Murphy's Law, all emerged from the scene as leaders and heroes. All the bands still play today.

NYHC is not just a document on the era but an account as to what happened and told by some of the people who lived it and continue to push for it. With over 100 interviews from members of Misfits, Kraut, Death Before Dishonor, Absolution, Adrenalin O.D., Agnostic Front, Antidote, Bad Brains, Bloodclot, Bold, Born Against, Breakdown, Cause for Alarm, Citizen Arrest, H20, and more, NYHC is the definitive account of what happened by who created it and watched.

Great Soundtracks: 'Natural Born Killers'



1994 was a memorable year for movies as flicks like Pulp Fiction, Forrest Gump, The Crow, True Lies, The Lion King, Quiz Show, Shawshank Redemption, and countless others. One film, written by Quentin Tarantino busted down the door and had heads turning that summer and it was the Oliver Stone-helmed Natural Born Killers. The violent film about killers on the run in America had audiences gasping. One of the catalysts that drove the suspense of the story was the music.

Stone tapped Trent Reznor to produce the soundtrack and the Nine Inch Nails creator saw a different take as to how the music should be put out. Instead of just throwing songs together on a playlist and having his Nothing label put it out, he gathered tunes from the music of the era, his friends, and even crafted original songs and spliced them together with dialogue and scenes from the film. By doing this, the listener was able to experience the suspense and thrill ride of what the movie put out on screen.

With a soundtrack that featured NIN, Dr. Dre, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, L7, Peter Gabriel, Cowboy Junkies, The Dogg Pound, Leonard Cohen, and more, the violence on screen was brought into the listeners ears for a full on experience that still resonates today.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Rise Against Announce New Album


Rise Against will release their new album, Wolves, in June. 

"In many ways, a Rise Against show is a safe space for our fans," singer Tim McIlrath said in a press release. "But I realized that I don't only want to create safe spaces, I want to create dangerous spaces where misogyny can't exist, where xenophobia can't exist. I want to create spaces where those sentiments don't have any air, and they suffocate: where those ideas die. WOLVES isn't about creating a safe space, it's about creating a space that's dangerous for injustice."

Read Our 2014 Interview with Rise Against 

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and listen to the new single, "The Violence."

1. Wolves
2. House On Fire
3. The Violence
4. Welcome To The Breakdown
5. Far From Perfect
6. Bulls***
7. Politics of Love
8. Parts Per Million
9. Mourning in Amerika
10. How Many Walls
11. Miracle  


Quick News


In June, Rhino Records will release the compilation, Trane: The Atlantic Collection, which will feature some of the best material of John Coltrane's work for Atlantic Records between 1959 and 1961.

Sad news to report, Internal Bleeding drummer William Tolley, 42, passed away Thursday. Tolley, a member of the FDNY fell from the roof of a building while responding to a blaze Thursday morning and fell three stories to his death. The news has shaken the city and the metal community. He is survived by his wife and 8-year-old daughter. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and bandmates. The band were set to release their new single tomorrow. They posted the news on Facebook:



Roger Waters will release his first solo album in 25 years, Is This the Life We Really Want?, in June. The record was produced by Radiohead producer Nigel Goodrich. Take a look at the tracklisting, below:
01 When We Were Young 
02 Déjà Vu 
03 The Last Refugee
04 Picture That
05 Broken Bones
06 Is This the Life We Really Want?
07 Bird in a Gale 
08 The Most Beautiful Girl 
09 Smell the Roses 
10 Wait for Her 
11 Oceans Apart
12 Part of Me Died

Jawbreaker have confirmed they are reuniting. The iconic indie punk band will play their first shows in 21 years at this summer's Riot Fest.

Speaking to Billboard, Damon Albarn said he cut out all references to Donald Trump on the forthcoming Gorillaz album, Humanz. “There’s no references to [Trump] on the record -- in fact, any time when anyone made any reference, I edited it out,” he says. “I don’t want to give the most famous man on earth any more fame, particularly. He doesn’t need it!” In the same interview, artist Jamie Hewlett spoke about how he and Albarn reunited the animated band after their massive 2010 tour which saw them take a very long break and not speak to one another for a while. "We went to some party and in a drunken conversation, he said, ‘Do you want to do more Gorillaz?’ And I said ‘Yeah, do you?’ And he said ‘Yeah.’ And I said ‘Right, then.’ That was the end of the conversation.”

EMA Details New Album


EMA will release her new album, Exile in the Outer Ring, in August.

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and hear the first single, "Aryan Nation."

01 7 Years
02 Breathalyzer
03 I Wanna Destroy
04 Blood and Chalk
05 Down and Out
06 Fire Water Air LSD
07 Aryan Nation
08 33 Nihilistic and Female
09 Receive Love
10 Always Bleeds
11 Where The Darkness Began
 

Chris Cornell on 'Fallon'



Chris Cornell performed his new single, "The Promise" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Wednesday night and was backed by his Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron and a string ensemble. Take a look!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Alt-J on 'Fallon'


Watch Alt-J perform their new single, "In Cold Blood," on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

QUICK SPINS



Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.

“You all got ‘til April 7 to get your shit together,” that line came in the form of a call to arms to every rapper alive as Kendrick Lamar released “The Heart Pt. 4,” a song that is a stand alone single that doesn’t even appear on his latest record. Once April 7 came, it was announced he was releasing a new album the following week – which would be Good Friday on the Christian calendar. As the week went on, new info on the album titled DAMN., would arrive and as it came at the stroke of Midnight on April 14, the world wasn’t ready. DAMN., isn’t Pimping a Butterfly again nor is it a good kid going back to the maad city.. It is Kendrick Lamar solidifying himself as the best rapper alive and a top five emcee. As he uses the words thrown against him, the headlines that are flashed around the news, DAMN. is a record that is just as much in the ethos of punk rock as it is in hip-hop. If Johnny Rotten fronted The Clash it would have that attitude and political / social rawness and awareness. Yet, Lamar, who is a fan of jazz, Afropunk, rock, and clearly 90s rap and R&B, he mixes his influences together with a record that is not just the best to come out in 2017 but an album that has the Compton rapper touching the arch of music history.
FINAL GRADE: A+


Joey Bada$$ All Amerikkkan Bada$$

Just a week before Kendrick Lamar made headlines with DAMN., Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ released his sophomore album and continues to build on the momentum he created with his stellar debut, B4 Da Money. All Amerikkkan Bada$$ is lyrical fuck you to the system, Trump, and anyone who is trying to pin someone down. Bada$$ proves he is not just one of the best young rappers around today but he goes swinging for the big leagues and if there was a record that could make everyone pay attention to him, this is it.
FINAL GRADE: A


Future Islands The Far Field

On their fifth record, Baltimore experimental outfit Future Islands delivers their thunderous best. The Far Field is a record about obsession, love, passion, and captivation. It is a record that also captures the rawness and intensity of their live shows and even gets applause from heavy hitters like Debbie Harry from Blondie who appears on the album to led her voice.
FINAL GRADE: A


MastodonEmperor of Sand

The Georgia metal monsters return with a record that is totally full circle. Emperor of Sand is a record that cherry picks nearly every type of metal, rock, and prog that the band have done over the years on each of their albums and puts it together that it not only pleases old fans but new ones as well.
FINAL GRADE: A-



Arca

The Venezuelan beatmaker and musician returns with his third record and is an expose into his own self. Following the abrasive and uncomfortable Mutant, Arca’s self-titled release is a welcome sound of what music will be in the next five years. Always pushing the envelope and creating the future of music and beats, he still stands out as someone to keep a close eye on.
FINAL GRADE: B+


Maxiimo Park Risk to Exist

On their best album in a decade, Maxiimo Park return to their roots and take influence from Brexit to create a record that would have had people gasping in their heyday. Risk to Exist is an album of catchy tunes with meaning and a band fully realizing who they are as their career has changed course.
FINAL GRADE: B+


Aimee Mann Mental Illness

One of America’s best singer / songwriters returns with a heavy record about an even heavier subject. Mann has put out her saddest, slowest, and most difficult record to date but only she can make something so hard like mental illness and give it a series of songs that showcase the importance as to why this topic is something that needs to be discussed more rather than shunned. 
FINAL GRADE: B


PallbearerHeartless

The melodic doom metal band from Arkansas return and continue to put their listeners into a musical chokehold on their latest.
FINAL GRADE: B


MewVisuals

The Danish alternative band return after a few years away from the music world and come back with a record that sticks true to their formula but also fits the mold of the modern era.
FINAL GRADE: B


Nelly FurtadoThe Ride

After five years away, everyone’s favorite Canadian singer /songwriter comes back with more alternative pop classics that combine her love of hip-hop beats and folk flavor. While she describes The Ride as “a hangover album,” the album is one you can listen to sober as well and still enjoy.
FINAL GRADE: B


Joe Goddard Electric Lines

Eight years after his solo debut, the Hot Chip beatmaker and sometimes singer is back with his sophomore effort and is another one of club favorites that feature his clever lyrics and passion for dance.
FINAL GRADE: B


John Mellencamp Sad Clowns and Hillbillies

One of America’s greatest singer / songwriters is back with his latest offering on love, loss, desperation, and how the common man is getting screwed over by the system.
FINAL GRADE: B


Guided By Voices August By Cake

On their first ever double album, Guided By Voices give fans a longer GBV record than usual. It is solid but nothing too left field for the indie vets.
FINAL GRADE: B-


Robyn Hitchcock

The indie singer-songwriter returns with a record produced by The Raconteurs' Brendan Benson and delivers everything you have come to expect.
FINAL GRADE: B-


Incubus8

For their first full length album since 2011’s disappointing If Not Now When?, Incubus come back with 8, a record that had promise following 2015’s fantastic Trust Fall Side A EP. Their latest isn’t just the sound of a band who seem to lost their mojo, it feels as if they are trying too hard in the process. Linking up with Skrillex to produce a number of tracks, the California rockers sound overproduced and uninspired in a record that could have put them back as not just a novelty act but a band who are still serious about the music they make.
FINAL GRADE: C


JamiroquaiAutomaton

Music lovers around the globe rejoiced after British dance rockers Jamiroquai announced a new album earlier this year. Yet, after Automaton arrived, it failed to deliver the promise of what everyone expected. Instead of getting a funky dance album that could push the boundaries of what is currently happening in the genre, they get a formulaic record that doesn’t hit the mark.
FINAL GRADE: C


Father John Misty Pure Comedy

The former Fleet Foxes drummer returns with his third album under the Father John Misty record and we can’t actually tell if we are supposed to take it serious or if the record, like his persona, is a phony act and joke?
FINAL GRADE: D


Cold War KidsL.A. Divine

Cold War Kids had such promise when they arrived on the scene 10 years ago but now album after album, the band sound like a fraction of their former selves and come off like a band that are still grasping for musical straws.
FINAL GRADE: D

Spoon on 'Ellen'


Watch Spoon perform "Hot Thoughts" on Ellen.

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard on 'Conan'


Australia's King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard made their American TV debut on Conan Monday night. Take a look!

Listen to Our Australian Mixtape on Spotify! 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Kendrick Lamar Coachella Highlights



Watch Kendrick Lamar perform "DNA" and "Mask Off" during his Sunday Coachella headlining set.

Future Islands Coachella Highlights



Watch Future Islands perform "Ran" and "Seasons Waiting on You" during their Sunday evening Coachella set.

Two Door Cinema Club Coachella Highlights



Watch Two Door Cinema Club perform "Sun" and "Dark Days" during their Saturday afternoon Coachella set.

Local Natives at Coachella



Watch Local Natives perform "Dark Days" during their Saturday afternoon Coachella set.

The Lemon Twigs at Coachella


Watch The Lemon Twigs perform "Queen of My School" during their Saturday afternoon Coachella set.

Radiohead Coachella Highlights



Watch Radiohead perform "Idioteque," "Paranoid Android," and "Nude," during their Friday night Coachella set.

Listen to Our Essential Radiohead Playlist on Spotify 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Dirty Orange Talk 2 New Singles, No Current Plans For Debut LP


Last year we introduced you to British garage band Dirty Orange and in just a few months, the band has been getting some serious buzz around their country. The London trio are a hybrid of early Arctic Monkeys meets The Stooges. It is a rock and rollers love affair rolled up with a modern twist.

Read Our 2016 Interview with Dirty Orange

After releasing their fantastic EP, Short Story About the Lady of the Night, the band have returned with two brand new singles, "No Life Beyond 20," and "Would You Rather?" In an era when rock and roll is on life support, the two singles help inject some much needed adrenaline. The lead single, "No Life Beyond 20," is a catchy number with serious hooks that is the most Britpop sounding release they have had. "Would You Rather," is a straight punch to the gut with roaring guitars and savage riffs that pin you down to the ground and make you want to scream "uncle" in order to release from its submissive hold.

As the new songs just landed on all streaming services, we spoke to singer George Wilkins about how the band has been coming along since we last spoke a few months back.


After being together for over a year, you have been gigging all over England. How has the experience been?

Eye opening! As an overall experience it has been second to none. Every gig has been mad, for example; not having a kick pedal five minutes before we were due on in Manchester, to eventually playing in front of capacity crowd, which arguably was our best gig to date. 

What has being in the band taught you so far?

I think we’ve learnt never to take shortcuts and to not take anything personally. Being a member of Dirty Orange requires a shit load of patience.

How have the crowds been?

Up and down as you can imagine, but we received nothing but positive feedback from crowds in general. People seem to respond well to our sound.

Where has been the best place to play?

Manchester and Camden, Camden isn’t probably what it was in the late 90s and early noughties, but it’s still buzzing every night of the week, and a mega place to gig.

Are you planning a debut?

No just yet, prioritizing, gigging, getting a bigger following and constant improvement… then we’ll start thinking about our debut!

How did the new songs come about? Were they left over from the EP sessions or just two totally new tracks?

‘Would You Rather’ was a brand new song which we decided to record last minute and ‘No Life Beyond 20’ was golden oldie which we had been planning to record for some time.

What inspired the new songs?

‘Would You Rather’ in particular was a real quick process based around a lead break and a drum roll. ‘No Life..’ was a longer progression, which started with telling lyrics, followed with music which perhaps is more widely appealing than our other songs.

When can we expect you in America?

Before the end of 2017 for sure.

What has been the best thing about being in the band thus far?

Being able to express ourselves as individuals and as a band, finally doing what we want to do not what society expects of us. There’s plenty of people out there who feel the same as we do, music just happens to be our medium to say how we feel. You only have to watch Connor play drums for half hour to see how pissed he is with tiling for a living. All in all though, we ain’t stopped learning, we ain’t stopped drinking and we ain’t stopped laughing.

Royal Blood Finally Detail Their New Record


In June, we will finally get the sophomore record from British rock duo Royal Blood called How Did We Get So Dark?

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

1.     How Did We Get So Dark?
2.     Lights Out
3.     I Only Lie When I Love You
4.     She's Creeping
5.     Look Like You Know
6.     Where Are You Now?
7.     Don't Tell
8.     Hook, Line and Sinker
9.     Hole In Your Heart
10.  Sleep

Jeff Tweedy Announces Solo Album


In June, Jeff Tweedy will release a solo record called Together at Last, which will see the singer redo songs from his bands Wilco, Loose Fur and Golden Smog, as acoustic offerings. 

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and hear "Lamented Cat:"

01 Via Chicago
02 Laminated Cat
03 Lost Love
04 Muzzle of Bees
05 Ashes of American Flags
06 Dawned on Me
07 In a Future Age
08 I’m Trying to Break Your Heart
09 Hummingbird
10 I’m Always in Love
11 Sky Blue Sky

Future Islands on 'Conan'


Watch Future Islands perform "Cave" on Conan.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Shins on 'Kimmel'


Watch The Shins perform "Half a Million" and "The Fear" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Live Review: Tuelo @ Rockwood Music Hall


Just a month after she and her Cousins played the Apollo Theater, Tuelo returned to her roots as she and the band continued her longstanding Rockwood Music Hall Residency Tuesday night. One what was one of the first nice nights of the year, the South African singer took to the stage as the sun was going down and the city lights were coming up and shining into the intimate venue and brought a bit of magic.

Check Out Our Live Pix Of Africa Now! at the Apollo Theater Featuring Tuelo 


The world's best singer is getting ready to release her new single, "St. Margaret," a tribute to her mother who she says has never heard her talented daughter sing. As the New Yorkers filled the room and were spoiled to hear the sounds of someone who has captured audiences around the city and beyond, Tuelo showcased not just her raw and pure talent but energy as well.

Listen to Our South African Mixtape on Spotify! 

"We are going to start off slow, then pick things up," she declared after performing her songs "Raul," "On Air," and a stripped down version of ABBA's "Fernando." She told stories of her childhood, her family, and growing up in Apartheid-era South Africa and how it all brought her to this moment in front of a New York audience. As she spoke, the venue suddenly felt less like a bar but more like someones living room. She and the band have the ability to make it that intimate and personal.


The band's sound is a mix of rock and soul meets jazz and punk. It is a hybrid of everything that has made up the sound of New York City and comes from someone who is a transplant to the Big Apple, which in many ways, makes it so much more special. Tuelo makes us realize what life is about, what this city is about, and most of all, what the music is about -- a universal love and appeal.

Read Our 2016 Interview with Tuelo 

As the humble singer continued her set which included the songs "Dreamer," "Doors," and a funky cover of Britney Spears' "Baby One More Time," she had everyone on their feet, dancing, singing, clapping and making us realize it may be Tuesday but let's party like the weekend.

Her residency at Rockwood continues next month, we are telling you to mark your calender's now and rush to see her. 


Quick News


Daryl Palumbo of Glassjaw's other band, aside from Head Automatica, sometimes United Nations, so, ok, his other, other, other band, Color Film, will release their debut album, Living Arrangements, in June.

Royal Blood will release their second record, How Did We Get So Dark? in June. Take a look at another teaser for it, below:


Kendrick Lamar released the title, cover, and tracklisting to his fourth album which arrives Friday. The record, Damn., will feature Rihanna and U2 and have production from Mike Will Make It, The Alchemist, BADBADNOTGOOD, James Blake, and others. Take a look:

Sad news to report, J. Geils, the founding member of J. Geils Band was found dead in his home at age 71. Police say he passed from natural causes.

Lana Del Rey released the cover to her new album, Lust For Life. The record arrives in June.
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VINTAGE CLIP! The Good, The Bad, And The Queen on 'The Henry Rollins Show' in 2007


After news that Damon Albarn is also working on a new record with The Good, The Bad, and The Queen, we look back at this VINTAGE CLIP of the band performing on the short-lived but brilliant IFC talk show, The Henry Rollins Show. 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Quick News



In the new Q magazine, Damon Albarn opened up about how Morrissey, Sade, Dione Warwick turned down the opportunity to be apart of the new Gorillaz album, Humanz, which arrives later this month. He said: "I don’t take rejection personally." He also said that a 10-episode TV series based on the animated band, which debuted in 2002, is finally arriving. No word as to when it will air or who has picked it up. 

Albarn also revealed to Q that he is working on the sophomore follow-up to his other, other, other, band The Good, The Bad, and The Queen, who released their self-titled debut a decade ago. The band, which features The Clash’s Paul Simonon, The Verve’s Simon Tong, and former Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen, said he was inspired be Brexit to rev things up. "Brexit has obviously given us a wonderful starting point," he said.

Former Oasis guitarist, Alan "Bonehead" McGee told The Sun that he does not want to see Oasis reunite. “I just hope they don’t spoil the legend, try and recreate and get back together,” McGee told The Sun. “They’d fuck it up. As long as you don’t do that, then they are legends forever. So let’s leave it legendary.” The band split in 2009 before a concert in France.

Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme has cryptically given some details about the forthcoming album from his band. He told Australia's News.com.au that the record will be out before the band begin touring Australia in July. Sources close to the band told NME that the record will not feature any special guests. 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Dreamcar Detail Debut Album


Dreamcar -- the supergroup featuring Davey Havok of AFI and the male members of No Doubt -- will release their self-titled debut next month.

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and watch the video for "Kill for Candy":

1. After I Confess
2. Kill For Candy
3. Born to Lie
4. On The Charts
5. All Of the Dead Girls
6. Ever Lonely
7. The Assailant
8. The Preferred
9. Slip on the Moon
10. Don't Let Me Love
11. Do Nothing
12. Show Me Mercy

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Wale Details New Album


Wale will release his fifth studio album, Shine, next month.

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

  1. Thank God
  2. Running Back (Feat. Lil Wayne) **
  3. Scarface Rozay Gotti
  4. My Love (Feat. Major Lazer, Wizkid, Dua Lipa)
  5. Fashion Week (Feat. G-Eazy) **
  6. Colombia Heights (Te Llamo) (Feat. J Balvin)
  7. CC White
  8. Mathematics
  9. Fish N Grits (Feat. Travis Scott) **
  10. Fine Girl (Feat. Davido & Olamide)
  11. Heaven On Earth (Feat. Chris Brown)
  12. My PYT **
  13. DNA
  14. Smile (Feat. Phil Adé & Zyla Moon)

Quick News


Damon Albarn spoke to Zane Lowe on his Beats Radio 1 show where he said he has about 40 unfinished Gorillaz tunes. “I can stay in the game for at least another 18 months, I reckon," he told the radio host. He added: "I’m just sort of slowly going through all tunes that sort of didn’t work out and finishing them." No word if they will ever see the light of day.

Speaking of Gorillaz, Pusha-T, who appears on the animated band's latest single, "Let Me Out," with Mavis Staples, also spoke to Zane Lowe recently and said that Damon Albarn envisioned a Donald Trump presidency last year and used that as the basis for the animated band's forthcoming record, Humanz. He said: "to conceptualize the album, you know, like the album’s a party for the end of the world, like if Trump were to win.” He added: "So when it really happened, I was like, ‘Wait a minute.’ And then I started wondering like, what type of crystal ball did this guy have? Like why are you even asking me to even think along these lines? And he really did, man. He was first. I don’t think that he thought he was going to win, I’m not gonna go that far, but he definitely conceptualized this whole thing.”

Queens of the Stone Age are up to something and took to Twitter to post about it. With an image of a broken window forming their signature "Q" logo, the band may be making an album or single announcement soon.
 

The Melvins will release their first double album, A Walk With Love and Death, in July. Take a look at the tracklisting, below:
Love
  1. Aim High
  2. Queen Powder Party
  3. Street Level St. Paul
  4. The Hidden Joice
  5. Give It To Me
  6. Chicken Butt
  7. Eat Yourself Out
  8. Scooba
  9. Halfway to the Bakersfield Mall
  10. Pacoima Normal
  11. Park Head
  12. T-Burg
  13. Track Star
  14. The Asshole Bastard

Death
  1. Black Heath
  2. Sober-delic (acid only)
  3. Euthanasia
  4. What’s Wrong With You
  5. Edgar the Elephant
  6. Christ Hammer
  7. Flaming Creature
  8. Cactus Party
  9. Cardboro Negro

Stream Spoek Mathambo's New Album


The good folks at NPR are streaming South African musician Spoek Mathambo's new album, Mzansi Beat Code, which arrives on April 14. Take a listen!


Listen To Our South African Mixtape Featuring Spoek on Spotify! 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Quick News


The greatest band of all time is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the greatest album of all time. Next month, The Beatles will release a remastered special edition of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band to mark the milestone. The album will come in a variety of formats including a super deluxe box set that features four albums and two DVDs as well as posters and other art. Watch the trailer, above.

YG will release his new album, Just Re’d Up 3: Know Your Worth, later this year. The record was produced by DJ Mustard.

Internal Bleeding has announced that their new album, Corrupting Influence, will be released later this year. In a press release, guitarist Chris McCarthy said: "We really focused on the basics. Just get on your instrument, beat the crap out of it, and try and nail it in one goddamn take.”

Dreamcar, the supergroup featuring Davey Havok of AFI and everyone in No Doubt not named Gwen Stefani, will release their self titled debut next month.

Speaking to Zane Lowe, Danger Mouse said a new Gnarls Barkely album was sidelined due to the November election. He said: "I’ll say this: CeeLo and I have always been in touch and we’ve always remained friends and still do and always have a creative desire. That was a part of our lives that never really felt over and never really felt finished and he and I still do discuss it a lot. So that means there’s never not been a potential in my head, so it’s definitely a possibility. The last time we saw each other was the day before the election in Los Angeles. And we were supposed to meet the next day and I was like, 'this thing will be over with by 7 o’clock West Coast time. I’ll see you around 8 or 9 or something.' I was drinking heavily on a couch by myself staring at the TV at that time. I don’t even know where he was." He later said: "It’s something that’s been on both of our minds I think but you know, we’ll see. That’s probably the most I’ve given of an answer ever with that, but it’s the truth."

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Craig Finn on 'Seth Meyers'



Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn performed "Preludes" from his new album, We All Want the Same Things, on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Take a look!

Listen to Our Essential Hold Steady Playlist on Spotify! 

Joey Bada$$ on 'Colbert'


Watch Joey Bada$$ perform "Land of the Free" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Mastodon on 'Kimmel'


Watch Mastodon perform "Show Yourself" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Listen to Our Essential Mastodon Playlist on Spotify! 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Beth Ditto Details Debut Solo Album


Former Gossip singer Beth Ditto will release her debut, Fake Sugar, in June.

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and hear the first single, "Fire."

  1. Fire
  2. In And Out
  3. Fake Sugar
  4. Savoire Faire
  5. We Could Run
  6. Oo La La
  7. Go Baby Go
  8. Oh My God
  9. Love In Real Life
  10. Do You Want Me To
  11. Lover
  12. Clouds    

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Rising Artist: Tredici Baci


With a name like Tredici Baci, one would think this band, which translates to "13 Kisses" hails from Italy. However, that is not the case. Formed four years ago by Simon Hanes, the band which hails from the Northeast of America released their debut, Amore Per Tutti, which translates to "Love for Everyone," in December.  The music of Tredici Baci is pop symphonic jazz that takes massive inspiration from the film scores of Ennio Morricone, Nino Rota, and Armando Trovajoli to bring on their own type of orchestrations to life. With the sound of imaginary film scores around them, Tredici Baci are not just one of the more talented bands around but truly one of the most original and fresh in our current climate. 


Underrated Classic: Living Colour - 'Vivid'

In 1988, one band from New York City broke down every barrier and conception as to what rock and roll is supposed to sound like. That band, Living Colour, would release the breakthrough record, Vivid, and solidify their position as one of America's best bands - ever. Period. With it's lead off track "Cult of Personality" the band would travel the world and every radio in between. The song, an instant classic, still gets rotation today on major rock radio stations. Living Colour became the first African-American metal / rock band that proved they had the chops to go up against their counterparts and legends like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. With a rhythm section that defined all logic plus the guitar work of Vernon Reid and vocals from Corey Glover, Living Colour were also mixing funk, jazz, and soul into a genre that stole from their heroes. Vivid was a document of life about growing up and trying to make it in New York City as a young black man. Songs like "Open Letter (To a Landlord)," "Middle Man," "Which Way to America?," and "What's Your Favorite Color," they were challenging the system and making an audience really pay attention to what they had to say. As the years went on, many have brushed the band off as a novelty but tastemakers and fans prove otherwise. They were some of the pioneers of 90s alternative and to this day, blow the roof off any venue they perform in. Nearly 30 years later, the message in Vivid is still clear and resonates more than ever.

Read Our 2009 Interview with Living Colour

Movie of the Month: 'The Central Park Five'

In 2012, filmmaker Ken Burns, along with his daughter and son-in-law reexamined the story of The Central Park Five in a gripping and sad documentary that showed the flaws in the American judicial system and how a lynch mob mentality can sway a jury. The story looked back on the 1989 rape, sodomy, and assault of a white female jogger in Central Park that left her in a coma for 12 days in a hospital and how five black teens from the area were arrested and wrongfully convicted of the act. The documentary explores the life of the five leading up to the moment and their lives during and after and features interviews from all of them. It also looks back at the publicity surrounding the case that was one of the most publicized at that time. The men were sentenced to jail but were later released after DNA evidence proved they did not commit the crime and some were forced to give false statements at the had of the NYPD. During the time of the trial, Donald Trump spend nearly $85,000 in newspaper ads to claim they were guilty, even to this day, despite facts and evidence (two things he still loathes), he believes they are guilty. The Central Park Five is a sad story of how race and the American justice system together like oil and water. It is a documentary and story that still resonates today and a must watch.