Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Replacements Announce Live Album

The Replacements will release a legendary 1986 concert of theirs officially for the first time as a live record. The band's 1986 gig as Maxwell's in Hoboken, New Jersey, will arrive at the end of September via Rhino records called For Sale: Live at Maxwell's 1986. 

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

Disc One:
01 Hayday
02 Color Me Impressed
03 Dose of Thunder
04 Fox on the Run
05 Hold My Life
06 I Will Dare
07 Favorite Thing
08 Unsatisfied
09 Can’t Hardly Wait
10 Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out
11 Takin’ a Ride
12 Bastards of Young
13 Kiss Me on the Bus
14 Black Diamond

Disc Two:
01 Johnny’s Gonna Die
02 Otto
03 I’m in Trouble
04 Left of the Dial
05 God Damn Job
06 Answering Machine
07 Waitress in the Sky
08 Take Me Down to the Hospital
09 Gary’s Got a Boner
10 If Only You Were Lonely
11 Baby Strange
12 Hitchin’ a Ride
13 Nowhere Man
14 Go
15 Fuck School


Starsailor Detail New Album

Starsailor will release their new album, All This Life, in September. 

Singer James Walsh describes it in a press release as: “an energetic, emotional song. I think in doing what we do, you have to be emotion and instinct lead. If every decision was sensible, practical and mulled over, we'd never have done anything or got anywhere. It’s not always easy, so you have to keep reminding yourself.”

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and hear the new single, "Listen to Your Heart."

1. Listen To Your Heart
2. All This Life
3. Take A Little Time
4. Caught In The Middle
5. Sunday Best
6. Blood
7. Best Of Me
8. Break The Cycle
9. Fallout
10. FIA (F**k It All)
11. No One Else 

Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Mulhy on 'Colbert'

Watch Sufjan Stevens, The National's Bryce Dessner, Nico Mulhy, and James McAlister perform "Mercury" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Portual. The Man on 'Fallon'

Watch Portugal. The Man perform "Feel It Still" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Friday, July 14, 2017

TLC & Snoop Dogg on 'Kimmel'

Watch TLC and special guest Snoop Dogg perform "Way Back" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

New Pornographers on 'Colbert'

Watch The New Pornographers perform "Whiteout Conditions" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Kills on 'Kimmel'

Watch The Kills perform "Hard Habit to Break" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Nine Inch Nails Announce New EP

Nine Inch Nails announced they will release a new EP called Add Violence, it is the second in three EPs the band plans on releasing through the year.

Listen to Our Essential NIN Playlist on Spotify

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and hear the new single, "Less Than."


Watch Bad Brains Reunite In an Art Gallery

In June, Bad Brains bassist Darryl Jenifer had an art gallery opening of his work in Brooklyn. The band, who have been playing without singer H.R. for a handful of years, reunited in the small space and brought on Randy Blythe of Lamb of God and original Bad Brains vocalist Sid McCray to perform. Take a look at video shot by Okayplayer from the event.

Read Our 2010 Interview with Bad Brains

Godspeed You! Black Emperor Detail New Album

Canada's experimental Godspeed You! Black Emperor will release their new album, Luciferian Towers, in September. 

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

01. Undoing A Luciferian Towes
02. Bosses Hang
03. Fam/Famine
04. Anthem For No State

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Quick News


Next week, Lana Del Rey releases her new album, Lust For Life, and today she released the tracklisting to the record which features The Weeknd, Stevie Nicks, A$AP Rocky, and Sean Ono Lennon. Take a look:
01 Love
02 Lust for Life [ft. The Weeknd]
03 13 Beaches
04 Cherry
05 White Mustang
06 Summer Bummer [ft. A$AP Rocky and Playboi Carti]
07 Groupie Love [ft. A$AP Rocky]
08 In My Feelings
09 Coachella - Woodstock in My Mind
10 God Bless America - And all the Beautiful Women in It
11 When the World Was at War We Kept Dancing
12 Beautiful People Beautiful Problems [ft. Stevie Nicks]
13 Tomorrow Never Came [ft. Sean Ono Lennon]
14 Heroin
15 Change
16 Get Free

James Murphy has revealed that it was David Bowie who convinced him to reform LCD Soundsystem while they were working on The Thin White Duke's Blackstar. He told BBC 6 Radio Music, "I spent a good amount of time with David Bowie, and I was talking about getting the band back together. He said, ‘Does it make you uncomfortable?’ I said ‘Yeah’, and he said, ‘Good – it should. You should be uncomfortable’ … David was always making himself uncomfortable.”

CBS is teaming up with the estate of Michael Jackson for an animated Halloween special featuring his music. The special called Michael Jackson's Halloween is about  two teens who stumble upon a haunted house and features the voices of Jim Parsons, Christine Baranski, Alan Cumming, Lucy Liu, Brad Garrett and George Eads. It will air this fall.

Are J. Cole and Dr. Dre working together? Producer Dem Jointz took to Instagram to post an image of the duo, along with a slew of others in the studio on Monday, fueling speculation that Cole and Dre are working together. Neither the "Let Nas Down" rapper and "Forgot About Dre" icon has commented on the matter.
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VINTAGE CLIP: Dr Dre on 'Arsenio' in '93

We have been obsessed with the HBO docuseries, The Defiant Ones, which chronicles the unlikely partnership between Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre. As we fall down the rabbit hole of everything involved in the series, we look back at this VINTAGE CLIP of Dr. Dre being interviewed and performing "Nuthin but a G Thang" on The Arsenio Hall Show in 1993 with Snoop Dogg. 

Earth, Wind, & Fire on 'Conan'

Watch Earth, Wind, and Fire perform "Boogie Wonderland/September" medley on Conan!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Watch The Trailer For New Jawbreaker Documentary 'Don't Break Down'

Iconic punk band Jawbreaker are the subject of a new documentary arriving next month called Don't Break Down. Take a look at the trailer, below: 

Quick News


In September, Ringo Starr will release his new album, Give More Love, which will feature former Beatle Paul McCartney and Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh. Take a look at the tracklisting, below:
“We’re on the Road Again”
“Show Me the Way”
“Speed of Sound”
“Standing Still”
“King of the Kingdom”
“So Wrong for So Long”
“Shake It Up”
“Give More Love”

Cults have announced that they will release their new album, Offerings, in October. Take a look at the tracklisting, below:
01. Offering
02. I Took Your Picture
03. With My Eyes Closed
04. Recovery
05. Right Words
06. Good Religion
07. Natural State
08. Nothing Is Written
09. Talk in Circles
10. Clear from Far Away
11. Gilded Lily

90s indie rock darlings Belly are making their first new album in 22 years. Frontwoman Tanya Donnelly took to Facebook and posted: "We’re happy to reveal that we’ll be going into the studio in just a couple of weeks with our old friend Paul Q. Kolderie working the knobs and faders."

Canadian thrash band Metz will release their new album, Strange Peace, in September. The album was produced by Steve Albini. Take a look at the tracklisting, below:
1. Mess of Wires
2. Drained Lake
3. Cellophane
4. Caterpillar
5. Lost in the Blank City
6. Mr. Plague
7. Sink
8. Common Trash
9. Escalator Teeth
10. Dig a Hole
11. Raw Materials

Mastodon on 'Conan'

Watch Mastodon perform "Show Yourself" on Conan.

Listen to Our Essential Mastodon Playlist on Spotify! 

Sunday, July 9, 2017


Take a listen to July's 27-random tunes we have assembled on Spotify!

Great Soundtracks: 'Dazed and Confused'

In 1993, Richard Linklater released his breakthrough coming of age film, Dazed and Confused, and help launch the careers of Matthew McConaughey and Ben Affleck. Along the way, the film became a cult classic and its soundtrack perfectly captured the era in which the film takes place.

Before That 70's Show brought on nostalgia of the 1970s, Dazed and Confused paid homage to the decade in the film about growing up in suburban Texas and trying to make a name for yourself in high school. It had the stoners, the jocks, the rejects, the nerds, the cheerleaders, the "it" girls, and those trying to break through into each clique. The soundtrack captured the era brilliantly and still holds up. Featuring the music of Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, ZZ Top, Deep Purple, The Runaways, War, Foghat, Lynyrd Skynyrd, KISS, and more, it is the sound of rebellious rock and roll as the genre even came of age.

Recommended Reading: 'My Ramones'

Last year, the first man to ever manage The Ramones, Danny Fields, published his memoir and collection of photographs during his tenure with the band. Fields, who is said to have helped discover the band and launch their career, released My Ramones, which was chock-full-of never-before-seen images from the iconic punk band's early years. Fields photographed them at work, on their first U.S. and European tours, at play, and them being themselves.

Listen to Our Essential Ramones Playlist on Spotify 

He also gives insight into what was happening behind the scenes with the band as they were first emerging from The Bowery of New York City and their hometown of Forrest Hills, Queens. The candid shots are a time capsule into life of a working group that, unbeknown to them, would change the course of music forever. My Ramones is a book for any fan of the infamous punks and one every music collector should have.

U2 & Noel Gallagher Cover Oasis in London

U2 kicked off the European leg of their "Joshua Tree 30th Anniversary Tour" in London last night at Twickenham Stadium. Opening the entire Euro tour is Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. At the end of the Irish band's set, they invited Gallagher on stage to perform the Oasis classic "Don't Look Back in Anger," which has become the siren song of healing for those in England following the Manchester Arena attack in May and the recent attacks in London as well as the Grenfell Tower fire.

Read Our Live Review of U2 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey 

Friday, July 7, 2017

Some Rare Prince Live Videos Officially Released to YouTube

Prince had a long running feud with the internet and online streaming services like YouTube, Spotify, and Apple Music. He would upload some videos of himself in concert, then pull them down and also would not allow his music videos on the platforms either.

Following his passing last year, that is slowly starting to change. Prince, who had a semi-exclusive deal with Tidal, seems to see his estate sharing his work across other platforms that once did not house his music online.

Now, the Prince estate has published a couple rare live videos of him performing to YouTube for the first time, including "Take Me With U" from a Houston, TX, concert in 1985; "I Would Die 4 U" and "Baby I'm a Star," from a Landover, MD, concert in 1984.

Hopefully, this becomes the first of many. Take a look!

Watch Radiohead's Full Coachella Set

Radiohead have officially released a professional shot video of their full Coachella set from April 21. Take a look!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Ted Leo Details New Album

In September, Ted Leo will release his first solo album in seven years called The Hanged Man. 

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

01 Moon Out of Phase
02 Used to Believe
03 Can’t Go Back
04 The Future
05 William Weld in the 21st Century
06 The Nazarene
07 Run to the City
08 Gray Havens
09 Make Me Feel Loved
10 The Little Smug Supper Club
11 Anthems of None
12 You’re Like Me
13 Lonsdale Avenue
14 Let’s Stay on the Moon

Quick News

This September, The Rolling Stones will release a new album called Rolling Stones: On Air in the Sixties - TV and Radio History as it Happened. The book will chronicle their rise as pop rock darlings on British and American TV in the 60s. The book will also be accompanied by an album, however, it is not said if the record will be songs of the era or new material.

LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and David Bowie almost recorded an album together. In an interview with BBC Radio 1, Murphy said that he and the Thin White Duke became friends after working together on Arcade Fire's Reflektor and had a relationship over email. Murphy, who worked with Bowie on his album, The Next Day, said: "I reached out to David and said, ‘I’d love to do a record just me and you.' He said, ‘It’s funny you mention that, please look me up when you get back to New York'."  They did meet and Murphy says Bowie had already started working on his final record, Blackstar.

The Verve will rerelease their seminal album, Urban Hymns, this September as a massive expanded set to celebrate the record's 20th anniversary. Take a look at the promo video, below:

Singer Tony Hadley has left Spandau Ballet, again. The group, which reformed in 2014, and have been touring since, say they will continue without their frontman. “Much to our frustration, Tony had made it clear in September 2016 that he didn’t want to work with the band any more. This has not changed and 2015 was the last time we were able to perform or work with him. So we have now made the decision to move on as a band,” the "Gold" band said in a statement on their website. Hadley announced the news via his Twitter page:

It has been 12 years since System of a Down has released a new album and now bassist Shavo Odadjian said during a recent Instagram Q&A that the record may not happen. When asked about a new record, he said: "I know, I’m waiting for a new album too. It’s not happening, I don’t know. I don’t know when it’s gonna be. Not right now.”

Tyler, The Creator, took to Twitter Thursday to announce he will release a new album at the end of the month called, Scum Fuck Flower Boy.
Speaking to BBC 6 Music, Dave Grohl has said that Boyz II Men singer Shawn Stockton appears on the "heaviest" song on the Foo Fighters' upcoming record, Concrete and Gold. He said that he bumped into the R&B singer in a parking lot and asked if he wanted to sing on the record. After he said yes, Stockton also arranged an orchestra for the single.

Gary Numan Announces New Album

Gary Numan will release his new album, Savage (Songs From a Broken World),  in September. 

Numan said of his 22nd record in a press release: "The songs are about the things that people do in such a harsh and terrifying environment. It's about a desperate need to survive and they do awful things in order to do so, and some are haunted by what they've done. That desire to be forgiven, along with some discovered remnants of an old religious book, ultimately encourages religion to resurface, and it really goes downhill from there."

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

01. Ghost Nation
02. Bed Of Thorns
03. My Name Is Ruin*
04. The End Of Things
05. And It All Began With You
06. When The World Comes Apart
07. Mercy
08. What God Intended
09. Pray For The Pain You Serve
10. Broken

DJ Shadow Shares New EP

DJ Shadow has shared a new EP called The Mountain Has Fallen and features Nas, Danny Brown, and Steven Price. Take a listen!

VINTAGE CLIP: The Horrors with Florence Welch at 2012 NME Awards

After The Horrors announced that their new album, V, will arrive in September, we look back at the band's memorable 2012 NME Awards performance with Florence Welch when they performed the British band's hit, "Still Life." Take a look!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Kele Okereke Announces New Solo Album

In October, Bloc Party's Kele Okereke will release his new solo album, Fatherland. The album features appearances by Olly Alexander and Corinne Bailey Rae.

Read Our 2014 Interview with Kele Okereke

Take  a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and hear the new single, "Streets Been Talking."

01 Overture
02 Streets Been Talking
03 You Keep On Whispering His Name
04 Capers
05 Grounds For Resentment [ft. Olly Alexander]
06 Yemaya
07 Do U Right
08 Versions Of Us [ft. Corinne Bailey Rae]
09 Portrait
10 Road To Ibadan
11 Savannah
12 The New Year Party
13 Royal Reign

Monday, July 3, 2017

Rising Artist: The Amazons

Rock and roll will never die but we will and in England it will live forever. As more and more bands coming from the UK never cease to showcase their love of rock and roll, one band is pushing it to a whole other level with the type of sound we desperately need in 2017 -- The Amazons. The band, who formed in 2014, hail from Reading and they released their self-titled debut in May, to massive acclaim back home from the press. This summer, they are hitting the European festival circuit for the first time after making their Glastonbury debut last month. The four-piece are just a giant ball of fun and are carrying the torch to the cathedrals of rock and roll to make sure they stay lit.

Underrated Classic: Ronnie Wood 'Gimme Some Neck'

A year after releasing the acclaimed Some Girls, in 1979, just a few years after joining the Rolling Stones, guitarist Ronnie Wood released his third solo album, Gimme Some Neck. With the release of his latest solo offering found the footing he needed to show he can do it all on his own. Wood, who started out in The Faces, was one of England's best blues guitarists and in 1975, he replaced Mick Taylor in the Stones and fit right in. Maybe it was because of the confidence he got from playing with Mick and Keef, his third solo offering arrived and became his best work on his own. Much of the record is actually a Stones record with him fronting the band as Charlie Watts provided drums on most of the album, Keith Richards helped with rhythm guitar, and Mick Jagger sang backing vocals, as well as Bobby Keys playing sax. Gimme Some Neck spent 13 weeks on the Billboard charts and Wood proved to the music world that he could do it on his own --- with a little help of his friends. With the solo record and tour under his belt, which he brought Richards out for as part of his backing band, Wood and the Stones would then return to record Emotional Rescue which was released a year later. Gimme Some Neck proved to be the solo spark and creative vein that needed to be struck in order for both acts to move on.

Movie of the Month: 'Before Midnight'

For the last two months, we have featured a trilogy of films that have pushed the boundaries as to what a romantic movie should be. Now, in the third and final installment, our feature for Movie of the Month about the "Before" trilogy comes to an end with Before Midnight. In 2013, director Richard Linklater assembled most of the same crew and of course the cast of Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy to pick up their story nine years after Before Sunset left off. This time, Before Midnight, is set in Greece and they are a family now going through major marital problems. They are at different career points -- he is a successful writer and she is at a crossroads. He wants to move their family to Chicago to be near his son, who he had from a prior relationship, yet, she wants to stay in Europe. As the film carries on, so does the division between them as they blow up at one another leaving the audience to see how raw and real they get. Like its predecessors, it is shot in a magnificent European location and continues to be an honest and profound look at dating, commitment, and above all, love.