Sunday, November 19, 2017

Officially A Icon: St Vincent

This month marks our 11th anniversary as a website and it has been a very fun, strange, interesting trip. While the site is run by people who have day jobs and doing this as an extracurricular activity, we like our artists to reflect that.

When we celebrated our 5th anniversary in 2011, we honored our first five years with an artist that made our time as a website worthwhile. Damon Albarn became the first recipient of this award and since then, we have picked like-minded workhorses that have influenced music and never settle for less than the best.

In the past we picked:

2011 - Damon Albarn
2012 - Questlove
2013 - Karen O. 
2014 - Danger Mouse
2015 - Ghostface Killah
2016 - Josh Homme

This year we award an artist in every sense of the word. Anne Clark aka St. Vincent has been making irreverent music for over a decade now and with five albums under her belt, as well as a collaborative record with David Byrne of the Talking Heads, and praise from the surviving members of Nirvana and David Bowie, it is safe to say that St. Vincent is an angel among us.

The former Polyphonic Spree member grew up in Oklahoma and as her career kicked off and later became a solo artist, she moved to New York where she linked up with the likes of Sufjan Stevens, The National, TV on the Radio, and became part of the Brooklyn clique of artists that shaped the early 2000s.

As she sustained a massive rise, St. Vincent keeps pushing down boundaries for women in music, music itself, and going at it at her own pace. Next year she will find herself directing her first feature film and became the first female ambassador for Record Store Day this year. She also curated events for Peroni beer and dabbled in acting once appearing on Portlandia. St. Vincent has even launched her own line of guitars and her unique style has made her a goddess among players. As someone who keeps her personal life a mystery and lets her work speak for itself and for her, her gender fluidity stance is something so powerful in 2017 as everything feels as if it needs to be defined by something, she lets it be whatever she feels necessary.

Remembering Malcolm Young

On Saturday, the news of Malcolm Young of AC/DC's passing hit like a punch to the gut. It is hard to believe that even rock stars are mortal when we make them immortal, especially a guitar god like Young. The 64-year-old, who suffered from dementia, retired from music in 2014 and news broke of his passing after the band released a statement on Facebook, see above.

The news of his death strikes many, especially with the amount of anthems he crafted with his brother, Angus, and the rest of AC/DC in whatever form they were in from Bon Scott fronting the band to Brian Johnson or Axle Rose. Young was not just the founder but the solid core of the group which helped usher heavy metal to the mainstream and did it in such a fashion that will be remembered forever.

Following his death, many musicians took to social media to pay respects to Young, a man who helped influence their careers.
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Quick News

Calpurnia, the teenage band featuring Finn Wolfhard of Stranger Things has signed a record deal with Royal Mountain Records. The band are set to record their debut EP with Cadien James from Twin Peaks next year. "It is so sweet that we have such a good team at Royal Mountain Records. I love everyone on it. I'm extremely excited to record our EP with Cadien Lake James. Not only is he in one of my favorite bands of all time, and recorded some of my favorite songs, but he is also the sweetest guy ever. Thanks everyone so much who helped us out along the way, it means the world," Wolfhard said in a statement.

Stone Temple Pilots will march on following the passing of original singer Scott Weiland in 2014 and fill-in frontman Chester Benington this past summer. The band have hired former reality show contestant Jeff Gutt to front the band.

Glassjaw are allegedly releasing a new album on December 1 called Material Control. It will mark the Long Island band's first album in 15 years and third record. No confirmation has been given, but according to various reports the record should be arriving before years end.

My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields spoke to Rolling Stone about their forthcoming new album and while he didn't dive into too much detail, he said it is "all over the place."  "In some respects, some of it is a bit straightforward," he said. "The MBV album that we did in 2013 feels more meandery and not as concise. This one is like if somebody took that and dropped some acid on it or created a dimensional clash or something. It's more all over the place." It is unknown when it will arrive but it seems it will come next year.

Eminem on 'SNL'

Watch Eminem perform a medley on Saturday Night Live including “Walk on Water,” “Stan,” and “Love the Way You Lie," with Skylar Grey doing the vocal parts of Beyonce, Dido and Rihanna.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Manchester Orchestra on 'Kimmel'

Watch Manchester Orchestra perform "The Alien" and "The Gold" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Gucci Mane & Migos on 'Kimmel'

Watch Gucci Mane perform "I Get The Bag" with Migos on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Great Soundtrack: 'Permanent Records'

In 1988, a rising Keanu Reeves starred in the serious drama, Permanent Records, which was about suicide in young adults. The film, set in Portland, Oregon, became a cult classic and shed light on a topic then seldom discussed. To score the film, director Marisa Silver had the one and only Joe Strummer, who had recently split up the final version of The Clash to do the music.

Strummer, never one to stray away from social issues and hot topics, used the film's strong subject matter to give off the tone he was searching for. Strummer was backed by The Latino Rockabilly War and gave a sound that his longtime fans had not experienced from him before. Reeves, who plays guitar and bass in real life, also played with the former Clash frontman on one of the tracks. The soundtrack also featured music from Lou Reed, The Stranglers, BoDeans, The Godfathers, and J. D. Souther.

Recommended Reading: 'Under the Big Black Sun'

There would be no other authority to write the story of the history of L.A. punk better than John Doe of legendary band, X. Last year, Doe, along with Tom DeSavia linked up to write Under The Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk. 

The book, which has a forward from Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong discusses how the sound shaped the youth of the city between 1977 and 1982. Featuring commentary from Exene Cervenka (X), Henry Rollins (Black Flag), Mike Watt (The Minutemen), Jane Wiedlin and Charlotte Caffey (Go-Go's), Dave Alvin (The Blasters), Chris D. (The Flesh Eaters), Robert Lopez (The Zeros, El Vez), Jack Grisham (T.S.O.L.), Teresa Covarrubias (The Brat), and historians, Doe narrates how to the scene came about through his eyes.

Just as much about the music, the book is also about the friendships, bonds, love affairs, and cultural impact the music of Los Angeles had on the world by the people who created it. 

Quick News

POLYGONDWANALAND This album is FREE. Free as in, free. Free to download and if you wish, free to make copies. Make tapes, make CD’s, make records. The following files will be available to download at 9am Friday 17 Nov, Melbourne, Australia time at 1. DIGITAL MASTERS & ARTWORK: This is the best option if you wish to download the album for personal use. Available as high quality MP3 files 320 kbps (≈100 MB) or uncompressed WAV files (≈500 MB). Each version contains hi-res digital artwork of the front cover at 4000 x 4000 resolution. 2. CD MASTERS & ARTWORK: If you wish to press CDs you will need to download the DDP master and CD Artwork template. The DDP master is the format used for identifying information on optical discs. This master has the tracklist, ISRC codes & metadata embedded. In this .ZIP file you will also find a folder with a CD template, front cover art and extra artwork for back cover, inner tray, spine and booklet that you will need to put together yourself. 3. VINYL MASTERS & ARTWORK: The vinyl master is a completely seperate master to CD & Digital masters. There are physical limitations to what the head of the lathe can produce when cutting vinyl. For this reason these files will not sound normal on generic Hi Fi speakers. Only use this master if you wanna press vinyl. It will contain a Side A and a Side B WAV file as well as a PQ log for both sides with metadata for the pressing plant. In this .ZIP file you will also find a record cover template and a folder full of artwork ideas you can use to make your own back cover, spine and inner sleeve. Ever wanted to start your own record label? GO for it! Employ your mates, press wax, pack boxes. We do not own this record. You do. Go forth, share, enjoy. P.s. If u wanna make cassettes I don’t really know what you would do. Be creative. We did it once but it sounded really shit. Maybe try the WAVs idano bye bye
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King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard will release their fourth album this year as a free download and are encouraging fans to press the record themselves saying they don't own POLYGONDWANALAND. They posted the info on Instagram and it will come on Friday.

Kim Deal has confirmed that The Breeders will release a new album next year. She broke the news to Marc Maron's WTF Podcast. No other details but the confirmation was giving.

Richard Hell and the Voidoids will reissue their seminal album, Blank Generation, for its 40th anniversary next week as a 2CD set with unreleased material and the original record remastered.

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. will release their new album, Young Adult, in January.

Sparta returned with a surprise new single, prompting that the band are reactive after leader Jim Ward said in 2012 he was interested in having the band come back. While no word as to when or if a record will arrive, take a listen to the single, "Graveyard Luck," below:

Foo Fighters Live at Odeon in Athens

Foo Fighters taped a performance inside the historic and ancient Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens, Greece, over the summer for a PBS Special hosted by Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith. Now, watch the full performance.

Monday, November 13, 2017


Take a listen to our November playlist and hear our random collection of 27-musical musings that span Lana Del Rey to Skeletonwitch.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Superchunk Detail New Album

Superchunk will release their new album, What A Time to Be Alive, in February. 

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

01 What a Time to Be Alive
02 Lost My Brain
03 Break the Glass
04 Bad Choices
05 Dead Photographers
06 Erasure
07 I Got Cut
08 Reagan Youth
09 Cloud of Hate
10 All For You
11 Black Thread

Quick News

Original Faith No More frontman Chuck Mosley passed away Friday at 57. While no cause of death has been given, his band has issued a statement on Facebook. Take a look at it above. Our thoughts are with his friends, family, and band.

Speaking to Billboard, Jack White has said that his forthcoming solo album is "bizarre," while he didn't comment further, it is believed to come out next year.

Next month, for the first time ever, Beastie Boys will release their 2004 album, To the Five Boroughs and The Mix-Up on vinyl. They will also be repressing their final album, Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2. The albums will arrive next month.

For the first time ever, As Tall As Lions, will release their debut album, Lafcadio, on Vinyl. The band posted the news via their Facebook page.

Bjork unleashed the tracklisting to her forthcoming album, Utopia, which arrives later this month. Take a look:
01 Arisen My Senses
02 Blissing Me
03 The Gate
04 Utopia
05 Body Memory
06 Features Creatures
07 Courtship
08 Loss
09 Sue Me
10 Tabula Rasa
11 Claimstaker
12 Paradisa
13 Saint
14 Future Forever

Friday, November 10, 2017

Dan Auerbach on 'Kimmel'

Watch Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach go solo and perform "Cherrybomb" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

St. Vincent on 'Ellen'

Watch St. Vincent perform "Los Ageless" on Ellen.

Watching Flying Lotus' Short Film 'Skinflick'

Flying Lotus, who made his directorial debut earlier this year with the film Kuso, has now released a short film under the alias steve called Skinflick. Take a look.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Depeche Mode Release Bowie Cover of 'Heroes'

On their current "Spirit World Tour," Depeche Mode have been covering David Bowie's "Heroes," last month they released a video version of the track they recorded in New York City near the Highline. Take a look.

Mavis Staples on 'Colbert'

Watch Mavis Staples perform "Build a Bridge" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Wombats Announce 4th Album

In February, The Wombats will release their fourth album, Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life. 

Read Our 2009 Interview with The Wombats

"I wanted to make an album that had more swagger, was a bit more laid back, something that wasn't punching you in the face every time you listen to it," frontman Matthew 'Murph' Murphy said in a press release. "On every level, musically and interpersonally, we're much closer." 

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and hear the first single, "Lemon to a Knife Fight."

1. Cheetah Tongue
2. Lemon to a Knife Fight
3. Turn
4. Black Flamingo
5. White Eyes
6. Lethal Combination
7. Out Of My Head
8. I Only Wear Black
9. Ice Cream
10. Dip You In Honey
11. I Don't Know Why I Like You But I Do

Lemon To A Knife Fight by The Wombats on VEVO.

Live Pix: Full of Hell / Revocation at Highline Ballroom

On Tuesday night, nearly every fan of black metal took to the Highline Ballroom in the posh Meatpacking District of Manhattan to hear a bevy of bands including Full of Hell and Revocation

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

Take a look:

Full of Hell


Monday, November 6, 2017

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Quick News


Speaking to Pitchfork, My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields has finally given the official confirmation about the worst kept secret in music -- the band will release a new album next year."The last time we worked on it was a month or two months ago,” he said. “I’m still hovering over this project until it’s basically in manufacturing, then it’s back into the album. Finishing it.” He added that the record will “one hundred percent."

DJ and producer Statik Selektah will release his new album, 8, and features a slew of guests like Action Bronson, Run the Jewels, Juelz Santana, The Lox, No Malice, and others. Take a look at the tracklisting, below:
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Chromeo have announced that their new album will be called Head Over Heels. No word on a release date.

New York City garage rockers Public Access TV will release their new album, Street Safari, in February.

Heavy metal titans Skeletonwitch are currently in the studio and plan to release a new album next year. The band is aiming for a spring release.

Miguel will release his new album, War and Leisure, next month.

For the first time in 20 years, Bikini Kill performed together. The iconic riot gggrl band played inside New York City's The Kitchen on Saturday night. No word if this will be the beginning of a full on reunion or just a one-off surprise.

N.E.R.D. have announced the tracklisting for their first album in 7 years. The record, reportedly titled, No One Ever Really Dies (The band's acronym), was unveiled at ComplexCon Saturday night in California. Here is the tracklisting and no official word as to when it will arrive has been given.
01 Deep Down Body Thirst
02 Lemon [ft. Rihanna]
03 VoilĂ  [ft. Gucci Mane and Wale]
04 1000 [ft. Future]
05 Don't Don't Do It [ft. Kendrick Lamar]
06 Kites [ft. Kendrick Lamar and M.I.A.]
07 ESP
08 Lightning Fire Magic Prayer
09 Rollinem 7’s [ft. AndrĂ© 3000]
10 Lifting You [ft. Ed Sheeran]
11 Secret Life of Tigers

Friday, November 3, 2017

VINTAGE CLIP: U2 on 'Conan' in 2005

To celebrate U2's upcoming new album, Songs of Experience, watch the band perform "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of" in a VINTAGE CLIP from 2005 when they appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. 

Gary Clark Jr. Covers The Beatles on 'Corden'

Watch Gary Clark Jr. perform The Beatles classic "Come Together" on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile on 'Colbert'

Watch Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile make their TV debut together on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Elbow on 'Fallon'

Watch Elbow perform "Magnificent" and "One Day Like This" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

King Krule on 'Conan'

Watch King Krule perform "Dum Surfer" on Conan.

Liam Gallagher on BBC

Liam Gallagher performed on BBC 2 and did a handful of tunes including "You Better Run" and the Oasis single, "Some Might Say."

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Vic Mensa Covers Radiohead for BBC Radio 1

Vic Mensa was recently at the BBC and performed a cover of Radiohead's "Karma Police" for Radio 1's Piano Sessions. Take a listen.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

U2 Finally Give 'Songs of Experience' Details

After years of teasing, U2 have finally detailed their upcoming album, Songs of Experience. 

The record, as initially reported, will arrive December 1. It was produced by Jacknife Lee and Ryan Tedder, with Steve Lillywhite, Andy Barlow and Jolyon Thomas, the album features a cover image by Anton Corbijn of Bono and Edge's teenage children respectively -- Eli Hewson and Sian Evans.

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

1. Love Is All We Have Left
2. Lights of Home 
3. You’re The Best Thing About Me
4. Get Out of Your Own Way
5. American Soul
6. Summer of Love
7. Red Flag Day
8. The Showman (Little More Better)
9. The Little Things That Give You Away
10. Landlady
11. The Blackout
12. Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way
13. 13 (There is a Light) 

Rising Artist: Felicity

Pop can be a dirty word because it immediately indicates commercial, prefabricated packaged bullshit but if and when it is done right it can sound what it is intended to do -- make you feel good and bop around. Welcome Cape Town, South Africa's Felicity who is making smart pop that not only has clever lyrics but also very catchy hooks. The singer began releasing music last year and has had a number of singles climb the charts in her native country. The 18-year-old was born in Australia but raised in Cape Town and has echoes of Marina and the Diamonds and Ellie Goulding, while she doesn't have any plans for a debut album, based on the singles she has out, it will be something to watch out for if and when it does arrive.

Underrated Classic: Fratellis 'Costello Music'

In the middle part of the 2000s first decade, it felt as if there was a third British invasion as bands from the UK like Bloc Party, Franz Ferdinand, Kasabian, The Libertines, Babyshambles, were all kicking down America's door. One of those bands, Scotland's The Fratellis came onto the scene like a firecracker and were everywhere. The trio released their fantastic debut, Costello Music in 2006 in the UK, nearly six months later, it arrived across the pond and was inescapable. The band's single, "Flathead" was everywhere from iPod commercials to shopping malls to commercial radio, and no one seemed to get tired of it. The record which the song came from also was just as catchy and solid as the single. Costello Music was the perfect garage rock album with catchy hooks, fun choruses, and an energy that wasn't seen in many of the new bands coming from England. They referenced Oasis, loved the Stones and Stone Roses, it was everything people loved about the generation of Britrock before them and put out in a loud package. Now, a decade later, the band's popularity seems to have plateaued but are still putting out quality records, however, none have failed to capture the market like Costello Music. 

Movie of the Month: 'Beats, Rhymes, & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest'

This time last year, A Tribe Called Quest released their first album in almost 20 years and 2016's best record -- We Got It From Here... Thank You For Your Service. The iconic hip-hop outfit from Queens put aside their differences and fired back with one of the greatest comeback records in history. Sadly, they lost founding member Phife Dawg in the process. In 2011, fans got to see how turbulent the members of the group were with one another as well as saw how severe Phife's issues with diabetes was in the documentary Beats, Rhymes, and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest. The film, directed by Michael Rappaport, not only detailed an oral history of how the group formed with stories from members Phife, Q-Tip, Jarobi, and Ali Shaheed Muhammed, it also showcased how they changed hip-hop forever. Rappaport took fans into Q-Tip's think tank and record collection to see where he discovered samples, they go back to the high school they all met in, as well as openly discuss their problems with each other on their 2009 reunion tour. While the film ends with the groups second break-up, it almost feels as if in the years since a second part needs to be made including that of their "farewell" concert to New York City in 2013 when they opened for Kanye West at Madison Square Garden to their reunion making their final record, as well as the passing of Phife Dawg and how they carried on for 2017 without him. The film is their story presented by a fan for Day 1 fanatics as well as novices to the group.

Thundercat on 'Colbert'

Watch Thundercat perform "Them Changes" with Jon Batiste and Stay Human on The Late Show with Steven Colbert.

Alice Cooper on 'Kimmel'

Watch Alice Cooper perform "Ballad of Dwight Fry" on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Also, the shock rock icon sat down with Dave Grohl for an interview as he filled in for the host.

Dave Grohl Hosted 'Kimmel,' Did Metallica Tunes with Kristen Bell

Dave Grohl hosted Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night and was dressed up as David Letterman. The Foo Fighters frontman also sang a Metallica / Frozen mash-up with Kristen Bell. 

Take a look!

Aimee Mann on 'Jools'

Watch Aimee Mann perform "Goose Snow Cone" on Later... with Jools Holland.

Noel Gallagher on 'Jools Holland'

Watch Noel Gallagher perform "She Taught Me How to Fly" on Later... with Jools Holland.