Friday, February 24, 2017

Lupe Fiasco on 'Colbert'

Watch Lupe Fiasco perform "Jump" on The Late Show with Steven Colbert.

Ryan Adams on 'Late Late Show'

Watch Ryan Adams perform "Do You Still Love Me?" on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Lemon Twigs on 'Colbert'

Watch The Lemon Twigs perform "I Wanna Prove to You" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

At the Drive-In Detail First Album in 17 Years

In May, At the Drive-In will release their first album in 17 years called in•ter a•li•a. The record was produced by member Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Rich Costey.

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, plus hear the new single "Incurably Innocent:"

01 No Wolf Like the Present
02 Continuum
03 Tilting at the Univendor
04 Governed by Contagions
05 Pendulum in a Peasant Dress
06 Incurably Innocent
07 Call Broken Arrow
08 Holtzclaw
09 Torrentially Cutshaw
10 Ghost-tape No.9
11 Hostage Stamps

VINTAGE CLIP: The Mountain Goats on 'Letterman'

To celebrate The Mountain Goats upcoming album, Goths, we look back at their 2011 performance on The Late Show with David Lettermen for this VINTAGE CLIP when they played "Birth of Serpants." Take a look.

The Mountain Goats Detail New Album

The always entertaining Mountain Goats will release their new album, Goths, in May.

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and hear the first single "Andrew Eldritch Is Moving Back to Leeds."

01 Rain in Soho
02 Andrew Eldritch Is Moving Back to Leeds
03 The Grey King and the Silver Flame Attunement
04 We Do It Different on the West Coast
05 Unicorn Tolerance
06 Stench of the Unburied
07 Wear Black
08 Paid in Cocaine
09 Rage of Travers
10 Shelved
11 For the Portuguese Goth Metal Bands
12 Abandoned Flesh
13 For the West Coast Dark Ambient Bedroom Warriors
14 Scaling the Well
15 Vanishing Act
16 Grave Dust

Arca Announces New Album

The boundary-pushing Arca will release his self titled third record in April. 

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

01 Piel
02 Anoche
03 Saunter
04 Urchin
05 Reverie
06 Castration
07 Sin Rumbo
08 Coraje
09 Whip
10 Desafío
11 Fugaces
12 Miel
13 Child

Quick News

A group of fans in England want to get David Bowie's Aladdin Sane lightning bolt placed as a sculpture in the late singer's birthplace of Brixton, London. The Thin White Duke's Instagram account posted about it, for more information, see above.

Ted Leo plans on releasing a new album with the Pharmacists in September and has started a Kickstarter campaign to fund the record. For more information, click here.

Bad Brains' HR has recovered from brain surgery. His wife posted "Thank you for your many, many prayers! Surgery went well and he looks good. Now the recovery begins" on Facebook to let fans know what is happening. The singer underwent surgery for a disease called SUNCT, which causes massive and debilitating migraine headaches.

Jay Z will become the first rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The "Can I Get A" rapper posted about the news on Twitter, saying:

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Amanda Palmer Announces New Album With Edward Ka-Spel

In May, Amanda Palmer and Legendary Pink Dots singer Edward Ka-Spel will release their collaboration album, I Can Spin a Rainbow. 

"We merged our songwriting heads and poetic worlds to make a new universe," Palmer said in a press release. "We would sit in Imogen's house drinking cups of tea, bemoaning the state of the upcoming election, binge drinking in the UK, the refugee crisis, our internet addictions, frightening news we had read, our relationships...and then we'd compost all of the ingredients of our fears and conversations into song form. The Rainbow metaphor - which is also a nod to the 'spinning beach ball of death' on a Mac - was a wide-open image that kept popping up as a recurring theme on the record. It's both dark and light at the same time. To me, the songs are simultaneously frightening and comforting, like a thunderstorm heard from a living room."

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

1. Pulp Fiction
2.     Shahla's Missing Page
3.     The Shock of Kontakt
4.     Beyond The Beach
5.     The Clock at the Back of the Cage
6.     The Changing Room
7.     The Jack of Hands
8.     Prithee: Liquidation Day
9.     Rainbow's End

Quick News

On July 4, Garbage will release their autobiography, This is the Noise That Keeps Me Awake. A special limited edition version will come with a special 12" single. "We were starting to forget what we wanted to remember," said Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson in press release. "Twenty two years is a long time to keep track of the magic and the madness."

The Dead Kennedys have turned down a lucrative offer to reunite at Riot Fest this summer. According to member East Bay Ray's Facebook page, singer Jello Biafra turned it down. 

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have been photographed in the studio together. Macca is said to be worked with his former Beatles bandmate's upcoming solo album. Starr shared the news on Instagram:
A post shared by Ringo Starr (@ringostarrmusic) on

Goldie spoke to NME about his new album, The Journey Man, which arrives in June, and said: "I think it’s pretty good, but that’s why I’ve come to shake it up again, 20 years late. I think it’s good – but they’ve got to find their way outside of the machine a little bit. Getting a bit of soul involved, you know.”

Old 97's on 'Seth Meters'

Watch Old 97s with Nikki Lane perform "Good With God" on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Live Pix: The Body at Irving Plaza

On Sunday night, The Body performed inside Irving Plaza in New York City. 

Our very own RICH D SMOOV was on hand to capture the action. Take a look!

Stream Black Kids New Album!

The Black Kids are back with their first album in nine years, ROOKIE. Take a listen to it now before it arrives on Friday.

Saturday, February 18, 2017


Head on over to Spotify to listen to our February Playlist of 27 random musical musings. Enjoy!

Goldie Announces New Double Album

In June, Goldie will release his new double album, The Journeyman. 

In a press release, the British musician said: "I often look at music not so much as a producer but like a director. You’re drawing together engineers, performers and arrangers to create something special, something magical. It’s like alchemy. The notes, the music, the lyrics, they’re all in my head and each element has to be communicated and brought to life to create the finished track. I’m always inspired by great movie directors – people like Stanley Kubrick and PT Anderson – and, if you think about it, it’s quite a similar approach. They start off with a vision and then they use that vision to deploy the actors and the cameramen and the editors in order to create the finished film.”

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting to the massive record, below, plus hear the first single, "I Adore You."


1. Horizons
2. Prism
3. Mountains
4. Castaway
5. The Mirrored River
6. I Adore You - Goldie vs. Ulterior Motive
7. I Think Of You
8. Truth ft José James
9. Redemption
10. Tu Viens Avec Moi?
11. The Ballad Celeste
12. This Is Not A Love Song
13. The River Mirrored
14. Triangle
15. Tomorrow’s Not Today
16. Run Run Run 

Ryan Adams on 'Fallon'

Watch Ryan Adams perform "Do You Still Love Me?" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Friday, February 17, 2017

VINTAGE CLIP: Lemon Twigs Rapping as Kids Surfaces

Footage of the D'Addario brothers, Michael and Brian, before they were The Lemon Twigs has surfaced. The brothers, now in the late teens, are seen in this newly surfaced clip rapping in their parents Long Island, New York basement. Take a look!

We Named The Lemon Twigs 2016's Best New Artist!

Fat Joe, Remy Ma on 'Kimmel'

Watch Fat Joe and Remy Ma bring out Ty Dolla Sign to perform "Money Showers" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Great Soundtracks: 'Reservoir Dogs'

Quentin Tarantino came onto the scene in the early 90s thanks to his violent, intense, and well done independent debut, Reservoir Dogs. While the film would go on to become a gangster cult classic, it put Tarantino's name on the map and also showcased that he had impeccable music taste.

The soundtrack to Reservoir Dogs only contains six songs and the other 10 are dialogue excerpts from the film that set up the music including the KBilly DJ who is on the radio throughout the flick. Using music from Steelers Wheel, George Baker Selection, Joe Tex, Blue Suede, Bedlam and Harry Nilsson, the soundtrack takes you in the warehouse and praying you don't get your ear sliced off.

Recommended Reading: 'Substance: Inside New Order'

Peter Hook's latest book, Substance: Inside New Order, is the ultimate biography of the band and it is told by the man who lived and saw it all. New Order formed shortly after Joy Division singer Ian Curtis took his own life. The surviving  members formed New Order and took the 1980s and beyond by storm. Hook, who was in the band until 2011, gives practically day-by-day account of what happened from making music, playing gigs, to the sex, drugs, and rock and roll.

"The writing process has become easier as it's my third book but as I think people can tell each book has taken a lot of time and they're quite in depth. The New Order book is some 800 pages long but it does deal with twenty six years of the band. As for rediscovering the past I find it sometimes weird, especially when you're concentrating gig by gig, session and trying to remember precisely the details but it can be interesting when a revelation appears. It can sometimes be a little unnerving but I have learnt to deal with it by now," he told Officially A Yuppie earlier this month. 

While Substance is a lengthy read, the book is everything a fan would want to know. As he looks back on his life, Hook tells it from an honest point of view of how the highs were high and the lows were the worst one could imagine.  As the band continue on without him, Hook gives a candid account about his departure and his life today.

Quick News


Metallica's Lars Ulrich spoke to James Corden about his band's technically glitched set where singer James Hetfield's mic didn't work. According to Ulrich, Hetfield lost it after the performance. “I haven’t seen him like that in 20 years,” Ulrich said on The Late Late Show. “He’s aged really well and he’s a pretty chill guy, but the first five or 10 minutes in that dressing room was not a lot of fun. But, like they say, the show must go on.”

Incubus will release their new album, 8, in the spring.

HBO has acquired the North American rights to the praised BBC documentary, David Bowie The Last Five Years, which focus' on the singers final years and last two albums before passing away to cancer in 2016.

Biblical will release their new album, The City That Always Sleeps, in September.

Raekwon will release his new album, The Wild, next month. Take a look at the tracklisting, below:
01 The Wild (Intro)
02 This Is What It Comes Too
03 Nothing
04 Skit (Bang Head Right)
05 Marvin [ft. Cee-Lo Green]
06 Can’t You See
07 My Corner [ft. Lil Wayne]
08 Skit (Fuck You Up Card)
09 M & N [ft. P.U.R.E.]
10 Visiting Hour [ft. Andra Day]
11 Skit (Bang Fall Down)
12 The Reign
13 Crown of Thorns
14 Purple Brick Road [ft. G-Eazy]
15 You Hear Me
16 Bang Outro

A new documentary on the Notorious BIG, which has been approved by his mom, is currently in development. The film will be called One More Chance, no release date has been set.

Speaking to NME at the NME Awards Wednesday night, Johnny Marr said that he and Beck have discussed working together as well as having Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age team up with them. "Me and Beck have been talking about doing something," he said. "I'd like to do another song with Beck I think, and maybe Josh with Queens of the Stone Age. He's a really, really good musician."

Also speaking at the NME Awards was Carl Barat, who confirmed that he is working on a new album with his band The Jackals. He also said that the Libertines will be making a new album soon. The Libertines record, that might take a bit more time – but we’re trying to get our project together, so we’ll see how that goes really. That big secret that Pete told everyone!”

Glen Hansard on 'Corden'

Watch Glen Hansard perform "Paying My Way" on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

Listen to London Grammar Cover The Verve's Classic 'Bittersweet Symphony'

On Wednesday, London Grammar performed on BBC Radio 1 and did a brilliant cover of The Verve's "Bittersweet Symphony." Take a listen.

Lisa Hannigan on 'Corden'

Watch Lisa Hannigan perform "Undertow" on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Watch DJ Jazzy Jeff's Two-Hour Boiler Room Set

In November, Boiler Room hosted a party in Philadelphia and the iconic DJ Jazzy Jeff performed a fire two-hour set for the web series. Now, for the time first time you can watch the whole thing since the live stream. Take a look!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Stream Ryan Adams' New Album 'Prisoner'

Thanks to the good people at NPR, Ryan Adams is streaming his new album, Prisoner, a few days before it arrives on Friday. Take a listen.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Live Pix: Judge / Cock Sparrer at Warsaw

On Friday night, NYHC vets Judge performed with British Oi! icons Cock Sparrer at the Warsaw in Brooklyn. Our very own RICH D SMOOV was hand to capture the action.


Cock Sparrer 


VINTAGE CLIP: Metallica at 1991 Grammys

Due to technical difficulties with James Hetfield's microphone during Metallica's performance of "Moth to the Flame" with Lady Gaga, he had to improvise with the her mic. The Grammys have a long history of doing wrong by the metal giants. In 1991, the awards crafted the "Best Metal" category and Metallica were shoe-ins to win it thanks to the success of their Black album. They lost out to Jethro Tull and drummer Lars Ulrich later blasted the award show in a speech. That same ceremony, they performed "Enter Sandman," now take a look at the band in action -- with all mics on.

Listen to Our Essential Metallica Playlist on Spotify

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Peter Hook On His New Order Book 'Substance': 'I'm Amazed We All Survived'

Some artists are lucky enough to be in one band and make a career out of it. Some artists are lucky enough to make music that changes the world. It is even odder to find an artist that is in two bands that not only were successful but shaped music forever.

Peter Hook was lucky enough to experience an occurrence as rare as Haley’s Comet.

The bassist played in both Joy Division and New Order, two bands that shaped indie music, rock, and generations forever. The 60-year-old has documented his career with New Order in a new book called Substance: Inside New Order.
 We spoke to Hooky about his new book, his legacy with both Joy Division and New Order, and if his favorite club, Manchester United have a shot at glory this season. Take a look:

As music continues to evolve, a new appreciation for the sounds of New Order come to life each year. Why do you think that is?

Well that was all to do with the uniqueness of the sound and equipment that we were utilizing in the Eighties. It really was a new sound that was brought forward by new equipment. It is quite recognizable as being from that period and has a very individual and distinctive sound. If you hear an Eighties record now, even though you know it's from the Eighties, the production values make it still sound contemporary and current. That's why it stands up to the music of today in my view and long may continue to appeal to new audiences and fans. All good music is timeless really, and most of the music we did in the Eighties, we're lucky that a lot of what we did falls into that category.

I have seen you on each and every single tour you have done since you began the albums gigs with "Unknown Pleasures," but I must say "Substance" was by far the best. Were the shows as much fun to play as they were to watch?

It was difficult I have to say. New Order "Substance" is a beast of an album to play so it was a tough nut to crack but we all put a lot of work into getting it right, Joy Division always feels a lot more natural to me to play but yes they've all been great fun, each of the albums in turn. The funny thing is I've developed a fondness for a lot of tracks that I've never been particularly enamored with before such as "Shellshock", "1963" and "State Of The Nation" Now I've grown to love them as much as the other tracks. It has been a strange but gratifying experience rediscovering those tracks.

Still playing with your son, what is it like to have Jack play your parts each night?

The way it works with me and Jack is that he plays the bass parts when I'm singing and we both play bass together, kind of dueling with our instruments during the instrumental parts. It is great to have Jack in the band with me, he's very hard working and also a very gifted musician. He has been on tour with the Smashing Pumpkins as well but he's very dedicated to The Light and to the material. It's fantastic for me as a father to have his son playing in the band. When I look over and see him on stage, I get an enormous sense of pride."

With the new book, you give us the intimate look on New Order as you did with Joy Division many years ago. Looking back on these stories and works, was it harder to put together than the Joy Division stories since there was a beginning and end with that band. While New Order continues to play, but without you?

The weird thing is that none of the books have had a happy ending which is the most frustrating aspect of the whole thing. You would love one of them to have a happy ending. Maybe it'll be the next one. Was it easier, the difficult thing was the length of time. The Joy Division book was my musical childhood, at three, four years. The Hacienda book was 16 years and New Order was 31. So the sheer quantity of time is what dictated how long it took. 

I also wanted to balance out the excesses, the sex, drugs and rock and roll with the hard work and graft that went into producing the music. That was why I included the "geek alerts" about the equipment we were using because I wanted people to realize how hard we worked and how difficult it was to create that sound. You've got to give all of us, Barney, Steve and myself, the credit for doing that.
Has there been any contact with your old bandmates? Will there ever be?

Only through lawyers as it stands.

When putting together the new book, what surprised you the most?

It struck me that New Order were an absolute product of the Eighties, beginning in May 1980 and then finishing in June 1990 with the England World Cup single. Ten absolutely fantastic, wonderful years.  It was action packed, it really was an intense period of time. Looking back on it, I am amazed we managed to survive it all. I was amazed that we all survived The Hacienda after I wrote that book but I'm even more amazed that we managed to survive New Order.

Read Our 2014 Interview with Peter Hook

One thing I did realize is that time flies by so quickly, that was the biggest surprise. To be here and think that this is 41 years since we started the group as Joy Division following the Sex Pistols gig. I can't believe its gone in a heartbeat. I long for it constantly, to have it again, I wouldn't mind that 41 years back.

What was it like to remember all of this? How did you manage to recall all of these stories and incidents?

The writing process has become easier as it's my third book but as I think people can tell each book has taken a lot of time and they're quite in depth. The New Order book is some 800 pages long but it does deal with twenty six years of the band. As for rediscovering the past I find it sometimes weird, especially when you're concentrating gig by gig, session and trying to remember precisely the details but it can be interesting when a revelation appears. It can sometimes be a little unnerving but I have learnt to deal with it by now.

Considering Bernie has his book out as well, many of his accounts seem to be different than yours, which is the real tale?

Well the audience will be the judge, jury and executioner there. It's a matter of who you choose to believe. Bernard and I were never able to agree on anything so ultimately it's down to the reader to decide.

New York plays a massive role in the story of New Order. Does the city still inspire you?
Yes it does actually. I had a little downtime a couple of days ago on the book tour in NY and I had a wander around West 44th and a meal in the Red Flame Diner for old times' sake. It really does make me smile, the Iroquois is now a four star hotel. I might have to book in.
New York is a very vibrant city. It's never changed. It still rocks. When you walk down any hour of the day and night, it is still very, very vibrant. I'd love to go to a few clubs again to see what they are like nowadays. I suspect they'll be similar to what we have in Manchester, people going nuts having a great time. 

Looking back on it, working with Arthur Baker, who remains a great guy and great friend, as well as the clubs of the New York, especially Danceteria was an absolute inspiration to us. Every time I go back there, I almost feel like it's a second home. We owe a great debt to Ruth Polsky for bringing us over.
 As you have toured both of your old bands works, has there been discussion of original material featuring The Light?
We've discussed it many times but I'm not really looking to record with The Light because I consider The Light as a band for playing my back catalogue. That's what people have come to expect so I'm not sure it would work. However since Pottsy, David Potts has joined The Light, he was my writing partner in Monaco and we're planning to work together on new material for Monaco this year so you can look out for that.

Dance and electronic music owes a great debt to you and New Order, do you listen to the modern electronic and dance music of today? If so, who?

All the time, most bands now use a combination of dance and rock. In fact most acts are like that, even if you listen to Rihanna or Beyonce, it's the same recipe so I listen to all of it. I'm a great consumer but I tend on the whole to prefer groups at the moment.  There's a band from Stockport, near Manchester called Blossoms doing very well, the NY band, Cults and a London band, Savages, those are my picks for now.
You have seen and been a part of all facets of the music world, what advice do you have for a young musician wanting to make a career out of this?
Never, ever, give up.
As we always do when we chat, let's discuss another passionate topic --- Manchester United. Do you think the price tag for Zlatan and Pogba were justified?
Well Zlatan was a free transfer although obviously he's on a good screw out of it. Bringing Pogba back also made a statement but of course it was justified. To make our team great again is worth any price.
I was there when Rooney scored that 249th goal to equal Bobby Charlton's record which was a great moment. I was delighted to be at the ground when that happened. I felt sorry for Bobby but happy for Wayne who has taken a lot of stick but been a great player and guy for both United and England
Where do you think United will end this season? Will they make Champions League?
Top three and definitely. I think we could also wind up with a couple of cups, we're in the league cup final and I wouldn't be surprised if we added either or both of the FA Cup and Europa League to that. I think we have some very strong players and after a bit of bumpy start, we are looking formidable in the cup games.
Is Jose Mourinho still "The Special One" or has that gone to the Italian managers that have invaded the Premiership? 
No, he's definitely still the special one. It's nice that it's made United fans come up with a new song, based on the Herman's Hermits track "Something Tells Me I'm Into Something Good". We're playing well and seem to be looking good, and we have Jose to thank for that.

New 'All Eyez on Me' Trailer Released

The trailer for the upcoming Tupac biopic, All Eyez on Me, has been released. The movie arrives in theaters this June.

Listen to Our Essential Tupac Playlist on Spotify 

Quick News

Next month, Gary Clark Jr. will release his first live album called Live / North America 2016. The album will be a compilation of live performances from many of his gigs last year.

The Jesus & Mary Chain announced the tracklisting to their forthcoming album, Damage and Joy, which arrives next month. It is their first album in 18 years. Take a look at the tracklisting, below:

1.     Amputation
2.     War On Peace
3.     All Things Pass
4.     Always Sad
5.     Songs For A Secret
6.     The Two Of Us
7.     Los Feliz (Blues and Greens)
8.     Mood Rider
9.     Presedici (Et Chapaquiditch)
10.  Get On Home
11.  Facing Up To The Facts
12.  Simian Split
13.  Black And Blues
14.  Can’t Stop The Rock

Last night while on tour in Poland, a truck crashed into the tour bus carrying the Dillinger Escape Plan. According to reports 13 people on board the bus were injured. No word as to the severity of the injuries, however, while all are hospitalized, the driver of the truck is said to be in the most serious condition. The band were set to play Krakow Sunday.

St. Vincent has been named this year's Record Store Day Ambassador.  The annual Record Store Day will take place Saturday April 15.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Alicia Keys on 'Kimmel'

Watch Alicia Keys perform "Illusion of Bliss" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Future Islands on 'Fallon'

Watch Future Islands perform "Ran" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Ty Segall on 'Seth Meyers'

Watch Ty Segall perform "Break a Guitar" on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Kid Cudi on 'Fallon'

Watch Kid Cudi perform "Tiger" on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Avett Brothers on 'Colbert'

Watch The Avett Brothers perform "True Sadness" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Quick News


Black Sabbath may have played their final concert in their hometown of Birmingham, England, over the weekend but guitarist Tony Iommi says the band is far from done. Speaking to Planet Rock, the guitarist said: "“It’s just the touring for me. It’s time to stop roaming the world and be at home for a bit. When you’re touring you’ve got to go out for six, eight, 12 months or whatever, and you’ve got a schedule that you have to do. Now, if I want to do some TV for a month, I can do that.” He added that the band could release new music, saying: “I don’t think we’ve ruled anything out, apart from me not wanting to tour any more. Who knows? We may do something. We haven’t spoken about it. We haven’t talked about anything, really – but I’m sure something can happen somewhere.”

Vince Staples has confirmed that his new album is coming "very soon" and while details were sparse, the L.A. rapper did release a new single on Friday called "Bagbok" on Friday.

Speaking on his Beats 1 show, Elton John praised George Michael, who passed away on Christmas. The "Rocket Man" singer said of Michael: "I wanted to do a little tribute to him on the show because not only was he a good friend, but he was probably one of the most brilliant songwriters this country’s ever produced, and certainly one of the best vocalists ever -- One of the best in the world.” He added: "It was an amazing friendship based on music to start with, and I remember sitting in the car just off of Hyde Park listening to a cassette of ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go Go’ and I said, ‘George, that’s the nearest record I’ve heard to a Motown record for years and years.’ It was such a great record, and he and I became great friends. I just want to remember him for his wonderful music and his kindness, which people are commenting on.”

Dave Gahan has revealed what happened to him a year ago after he found out his idol, David Bowie, passed away. The Depeche Mode frontman told Rolling Stone: "I had seen the news but it wasn’t until my wife told me he had died that I just broke down in tears. My daughter came out and they were both hugging me. It really affected me. I felt a huge gap. One of the things I was most regrettable about was that I had never really gone up to him at any time I’d seen him in passing and said, ‘You know, David, I bump into you every once in a while, but I’ve never told you how much your music has meant to me and continues to mean to me.'” He added: "I had found somebody in him that I could understand, where I felt I was part of his world, when I felt alienated. And I think that’s why Depeche Mode appeals to a lot of people. Somehow it’s comforting, like, ‘You’re not alone.’ You’re not, of course. None of us are. But music is the thing that crosses all boundaries and brings odd people together.”

Monday, February 6, 2017

Run The Jewels NPR Tiny Desk Concert

Watch Run the Jewels perform Talk to Me,” “Legend Has It," and an A Capella version of "A Report to the Shareholders" for NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Faith Evans Announces Notorious B.I.G. Duets Record

Twenty years after the passing of The Notorious B.I.G., his widow, Faith Evans, will release a duets record featuring his posthumous vocals, called The King & I in May. 

In a press release, Evans said: "I remember telling Ms. Wallace years ago that one day it would be really dope if I could do something similar to Natalie & Nat King Cole's Unforgettable. Knowing the love that B.I.G. had for Tyanna & Ceejay, I feel it's my duty to uphold & extend his legacy, especially his musical contributions. This project is my creative reflection of the love we had & the bond we will always have. I'm elated to share this musical journey with our fans!"

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below:
01 A Billion
 02 Legacy 
03 Beautiful (Interlude)
 04 Can't Get Enough
 05 Don't Test Me 
06 Big/Faye (Interlude) [ft. Jamal Woolard] 
07 Tryna Get By 
08 The Reason 
09 I Don't Want It [ft. Lil' Cease]
 10 I Got Married (Interlude) [ft. Mama Wallace] 
11 Wife Commandments 
12 We Just Clicked (Interlude) [ft. Mama Wallace]
 13 A Little Romance 
14 The Baddest (Interlude) 
15 Fool For You 
16 Crazy (Interlude) [ft. 112 & Mama Wallace] 
17 Got Me Twisted  
18 When We Party [ft. Snoop Dogg] 
19 Somebody Knows [ft. Busta Rhymes] 
20 Take Me There [ft. Sheek Louch & Styles P]
 21 One In The Same
 22 I Wish (Interlude) [ft. Kevin McCall & Chyna Tahjere] 
23 Lovin You For Life [ft. Lil' Kim]
 24 NYC [ft. Jadakiss] 
25 It Was Worth It

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Depeche Mode have released the tracklisting for their forthcoming album, Spirit. Singer Dave Gahan said in a press release of the record: "We are exceptionally proud of Spirit, and we look forward to sharing it with everyone. With James Ford and the rest of the production team, we've made an album that I believe is truly powerful, both in its sound and its message." Take a look at the tracklisting, below:
Going Backwards             
Where's the Revolution                               
The Worst Crime                            
You Move                          
Cover Me                          
Poison Heart      
So Much Love                   
No More (This is the Last Time)                                 

H.R. from Bad Brains is in need of serious PMA. The hardcore legend has to undergo brain surgery after suffering trigeminal neuralgia, a rare a neurobiological disorder. Our thoughts are with him for a successful operation.

Incubus guitarist Mike Einzinger took to Twitter to announce that new details of an upcoming album from the SoCal band are coming "soon." L.A. radio station KROQ has heard some of the music, saying it is "mid-tempo rock," and the record could arrive in April. 

Peter Hook took to Facebook to announce that he is releasing live records of his band The Light performing the music of Joy Division and New Order in May. Take a look: 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

VINTAGE CLIP: Prince Performs at 2007 Super Bowl

As Super Bowl Sunday will kick-off over the weekend, we look back on the 10th anniversary of Prince's legendary performance at Super Bowl XLI. Watch the full performance, above, and a short documentary on how he pulled off playing "Purple Rain" in the rain, below.

The Lumineers on 'Fallon'

Watch The Lumineers perform "Angela" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Rising Artist: Flasher

Maybe it is because mango Mussolini has been elected president and moved into the White House, or maybe it is because the world is going to shit, whatever the case may be but there seems to be a new flux of bands coming from Washington, D.C. The sound of the fury inside the nation's capitol hasn't been this interesting since Ian MacKaye started Minor Threat and Discord Records or when Bad Brains were banned in D.C.

Now, a new band can add their name to the cannon of music that has come from the town. The band, Flasher, is a post-punk meets early new wave DIY act that combines Joy Division and New Order all in one. Peter Hook would be proud. After spending the fall opening for White Lung and Parquet Courts, they released their debut EP in November. No word if a full length is in the works but as the band continues to tour their EP, they are certainly ones to keep an eye out on.

Future Islands Announce New Album

In April, the always fascinating Future Islands will release their new album, The Far Field. 

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

01 Aladdin
02 Time on Her Side
03 Ran
04 Beauty of the Road
05 Cave
06 Through the Roses
07 North Star
08 Ancient Water
09 Candles
10 Day Glow Fire
11 Shadows
12 Black Rose

Quick News

Next month, Depeche Mode will release their brand new album, Spirit. Take a look at the cover, above. 

BET has greenlit a biopic series on the life of Nas. The show will be titled, Street Dreams, based off his song from Illmatic, and the pilot will begin shooting later this year. According to Deadline, the show will take place in the early 90s and focus on his life before his debut arrived. 

A biopic on John Lennon and Yoko Ono is currently in the works. Ono will produce the film which, according to The Hollywood Reporter, "will focus on ripe and relevant themes of love, courage and activism in the U.S.” No title nor release has been announced.

Radiohead's Johnny Greenwood has signed on to score the yet-to-be-titled Paul Thomas Anderson film the director is currently crafting. The movie will star Daniel Day-Lewis and is expected to arrive later this year. It is the fourth time Greenwood has done the music for Anderson -- famously for 2007's brilliant score of the equally great film, There Will Be Blood, 2012's The Master, and 2014's Inherent Vice.

Underrated Classic: Temple of the Dog

A year after Mother Love Bone singer Andy Wood died of a drug overdose, his roommate, Chris Cornell, formed a band with some of the members of the group he was in along with Soundgarden drummer, Matt Cameron. That band would become Temple of the Dog. In 1991, the band released their only record as a tribute to Wood. The record was a songs inspired by him, unfinished tracks he had, and a way for his friends to heal following his death. The record also featured an unknown singer named Eddie Vedder on backing vocals and the lead single, "Hunger Strike." The band of course became the root of what Pearl Jam would be since it featured Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament, who played in Mother Love Bone, as well as a Seattle-area guitarist and friend of Wood's Mike McCready. After the album was released it would go on to become platinum. The rest of the members would go on and become Pearl Jam with Vedder, and later would bring in Cameron on drums. Soundgarden would call it quits in the late 90s but would reactivate in 2010. While the light of Temple of the Dog would dim, it was turned on again last year as the band toured for the very first time to support the 25th anniversary of the album.

Read Our Live Review of Temple of the Dog at Madison Square Garden

Listen to Our Essential Pearl Jam Playlist on Spotify

Movie of the Month: 'Rust & Bone'

In 2012, a film unlike any other came into theaters and seemed to fall on deaf ears with the masses. The film, Rust & Bone, details the story of a French woman (played by Marion Cotillard) who is a killer whale at a Sea World-esque amusement park and after an attack from the animal, she is left paralyzed. She eventually falls in love with an unemployed man who will do all he can to save her from depression, and the horrors of the world. While we are not one for sweeping, epic love stories, this was is pretty brutal and raw. As the story unfolds, we see how they augment their lives to comfort one another. The film was nominated for a BAFTA, SAGs, Golden Globe, and was an official selection at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. The film is now a timely topic as the death of Tillikum, the killer whale that killed a trainer at Sea World, passed away last month. Rust & Bone is a testament to the strength of love and admiration.

Blondie Announce 11th Album

Blondie will release their new album, Pollinator, in May.

The record features a slew of collaborations like Sia, Johnny Marr, TV on the Radio's David Sitek, Joan Jett, Nick Valensi of The Strokes, Charli XCX, Laurie Anderson, and Blood Orange. 

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and hear the new single, "Fun," which features Sitek who also produced the track. 

1. Doom or Destiny
2. Long Time
3. Already Naked
4. Fun
5. My Monster
6. Best Day Ever
7. Gravity
8. When I Gave Up On You
9. Love Level
10. Too Much
11. Fragments