Thursday, April 19, 2018

Ben Gibbard on 'Conan'

Watch Ben Gibbard perform an inclusive version of The Beatles' "And I Love Her" on Conan.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

GHOST Announce New Album

Ghost will release their new album, Prequelle, and will arrive in June. 

The album is a bit different than most records from the Swedish metal band as singer Papa Emeritus has converted himself to Cardinal Copia.

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and the video for "Rats:"

1 Ashes
2 Rats
3 Faith
4 See The Light
5 Miasma
6 Dance Macabre
7 Pro Memoria
8 Witch Image
9 Helvetesfonster
10 Life Eternal

SZA Brings Out Kendrick Lamar at Coachella

During her Friday night set, SZA brought out Top Dawg top dog Kendrick Lamar. Take a look!

Jack White on 'Fallon'

Jack White appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday and spoke with the host. Take a look.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Kamasi Washington Details New Album

Kamasi Washington took to social media on Monday to announce his new album, Heaven and Earth.

He also posted about what the project was about on Instagram, see above. The double-album arrives in June.

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

I. Earth:
01 Fists of Fury
02 Can You Hear Him
03 Hubtones
04 Connections
05 Tiffakonkae
06 The Invincible Youth
07 Testify
08 One of One

II. Heaven:
09 The Space Travelers Lullaby
10 Vi Lua Vi Sol
11 Street Fighter Mas
12 Song for the Fallen
13 Journey
14 The Psalmnist
15 Show Us the Way
16 Will You Sing

Monday, April 9, 2018

Manic Street Preachers Detail New Album

The legendary Manic Street Preachers will release their new album, Resistance is Futile, on Friday. 

Of their first new recordings in four years, the band said in a press release: “The main themes of ‘Resistance is Futile’ are memory and loss; forgotten history; confused reality and art as a hiding place and inspiration. It’s obsessively melodic - in many ways referencing both the naive energy of ‘Generation Terrorists’ and the orchestral sweep of ‘Everything Must Go’. After delay and difficulties getting started, the record has come together really quickly over the last few months through a surge of creativity and some old school hard work.”

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

1. People Give In 
2. International Blue 
3. Distant Colours 
4. Vivian 
5. Dylan & Caitlin 
6. Liverpool Revisited 
7. Sequels of Forgotten Wars 
8. Hold Me Like a Heaven 
9. In Eternity 
10. Broken Algorithms 
11. A Song for the Sadness 
12. The Left Behind

The Nectars Announce Debut Album

New Jersey buzz band The Nectars will release their debut album, Sci-Fi Television, in May.

“Sci-Fi Television is our cumulative answer to the last 60 years of rock music, dissected on our alien operating table," says the band in a press release. "Immensely personal and sometimes profoundly goofy, we wrote these songs as an attempted escape from all the real life monsters surrounding us. What we didn’t realize initially was isolating ourselves from the turmoil of news media left us alone with an entirely different beast. Ourselves. Picking apart the bad habits of our 20’s through song brought clarity to our band message. Profound societal change begins from within. There’s no hiding from yourself. With that in mind we’re abducting Rock N Roll, and never bringing it back. Enjoy.” 

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and watch their video for "I Want It."

1. Holy 
2. Heaven 
3. Cemetery Girl 
4. We Will Run 
5. I Want It 
6. Don’t Panic 
7. Lights Off 
8. Tame 
9. Tired

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Royston Langdon Discusses New Project LEEDS

In the over 20 years Royston Langdon has been making music, he has made it for himself and whatever band he has been in but has never crafted a tune for his own sake. This spring, Langdon, who will go under the moniker LEEDS, will release his solo debut, Everything's Dandy.

The former Spacehog frontman and Arckid member has been living in New York City for over 20 years and while he was born in Leeds, England, the Big Apple has been his home longer than many would imagine. He told Officially A Yuppie that the record is "not about NY anymore than any other of my records are. It's about where I am now, at the place I find myself. Wherever I go, there I am. It's a lateral look at myself within the city I suppose but it isn't about NY parse. If you listen to it, that will become obvious I think."

Langdon aka LEEDS spoke to us about his new record, his former projects, and what it means to do it on his own.

You are going under the moniker LEEDS as an homage to you hometown, why are you not using your name? 

It's not really an homage to my home town. It's more of an effort, and I recognize perhaps ironically, to avoid immediate association with my past. Also, 'LEEDS' is what I often find myself answering to the first or second question I'm asked once I've opened my mouth. 'Where you from?' Seems interesting to me that these are common conclusions being made here nevertheless.

Do you intend to tour or have a full band with you at any point? 

I'd love to tour. Will have to wait and see if the music connects with people enough to initiate that sort of engagement. I think it would probably make most sense for me to tour solo at first, get the ball rolling. Ultimately though, the songs really do need to be performed with a band to make them come to life the way I made them on these recordings.

The songs are so much more personal than anything you have ever written, what prompted you to craft this record after nearly 30 years in the music business? 

Thanks very much. That's always the goal for me. Being vulnerable isn't easy. Making music is ultimately compulsive for me. After a while of leaving it on the shelf so to speak, it starts to compel me to take it down and make something. It's a natural part of me. It would be a disservice to myself to avoid that indefinitely. It can comes at a high price though, to do it wholly.

The big misconception many have about you is that Spacehog formed in the UK then once you broke big in the U.S. you stayed in the city but that wasn't the case at all. How did it all work out? 

I came to NY in '94, way before Spacehog, to visit my brother, Antony who'd been living in NY for a year at that time. I came for two weeks, for a holiday and to spend time with Ant. I fell in love with NY on the taxi ride from JFK. Two days before I'd arrived, Ant met a guy called, Jonny Cragg (a drummer from Leeds) who was working in a cafe on 2nd Ave in the East Village. Once here, Ant was very keen that I should stay and that we should start a band. At the time I was in another band in the UK. I was sort of fed up of music. My brother can be very persuasive and the truth was that my band in England was not that good. I stayed. Ant and I began auditioning drummers. Jonny was the second. He was the best I'd ever heard. Within a few weeks I'd gotten a lucky break by securing and internship at a recording studio, Baby Monster. I loved this job. I got to be around The Ramones, Dinosaur Jr. Sonic Youth, Pavement. Soon I was making a small wage. The real beauty was that I had access to the studio at night. I spent all my time there making songs after hours. So Spacehog was very much formed and then signed within NYC.

Spacehog reunited in 2008, is there talks about a new album soon?

 I was never happy with our third record and so I wanted to go out with one that sounded improved. There are no plans to do anything in the future.

One of my favorite projects you did was Arckid, I must have seen nearly every gig you did in NYC in your short run. What ever happened with that project and will the songs you released ever see the light of day? Could a reunion ever happen? 

Was bad enough been in Spacehog with one Langdon brother. Working with two brothers was like the musical equivalent of a freak yachting accident waiting to happen every minute. Volatile. There were some great songs though. And a great video for 'I'll Stick Around'.

You have been in New York so long that it is certainly not the same city you arrived when you got here. What do you think of the change? Does New York City still excite you? 

NY's always been changing and it always will. Rapidly. In that sense it remains exciting and vital. The influx of global money especially from the finical sector has made the artist community suffer and diminish, certainly from how it was when I arrived in 1994. And so there are things that one misses of course, like certain places, some of the characters etc. that lack in that economy was paradoxically good for the economy of artists and art. Now, it's so much harder than ever to survive here as an artist. I do think NY will suffer a dilemma of identity within this paradox at some point. Though barring an Apocalyptic event, it will always remain one of the great social hubs of the planet. Aren't we humans physically social at heart?

The latest collection of songs you kept private from many people, why was that? 

I was working on the business side of the music business. I wanted to keep the focus on helping other artists ford the many challenges of necessary change the internet heralded to the old form of the industry. However, it was useful to stay connected to my personal creative expression of choice, music but only for personal reasons, i.e. so that I could remain honest and fulfilled even within that less creative environment. Would have felt like a conflict of interests were I to be sharing my own work whilst working on behalf of other artists. I respect the art form too much to do that.

After all these years making music and seeing the business and landscape change, is everything dandy? 

'Everything's Dandy' is an effort to speak to our societal propensity towards upholding the 'dreamland' we've made. The fake version of society which is now impossible to see beyond. I wanted to express the beyond, for me personally. I've been through a lot. I've been forced to change or die. I've had to let go of a hell of a lot. People, places, things. My dreams. Innocent dreams of being in bands. The broken dreams of my family life. The idealized dream of my country subjugated by a Wall Street Government. The American dream. There's sorrow there but in a way that's also still just old joy. There's a deeper peace in the acceptance of that. What IS is now, and that's way more fulfillment than I've ever known and so yes, everything is looking dandy. It's wonderful to be in this position I am with my insights I have at my age. I've still so much to do and so little time.

What advice do you have for any up and coming artist today? 

Get a good lawyer.

Johnny Marr Announces 3rd Solo Album

In June, former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr will release his third solo album, Call the Comet. 

"Call The Comet is my own magic realism. It’s set in the not-too-distant future and is mostly concerned with the idea of an alternative society. The characters in the songs are searching for a new idealism, although there are some personal songs in there too. It’s something that people like me can relate to," he said in a press release. 

1. Rise
2. The Tracers
3. Hey Angel
4. Hi Hello
5. New Dominations
6. Day In Day Out
7. Walk Into The Sea
8. Bug
9. Actor Attractor
10. Spiral Cities
11. My Eternal
12. A Different Gun

Ben Howard Announces New Album

In June, Ben Howard will release his new album, Noonday Dream via Republic Records. 

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

1. Nica Libres At Dusk
2. Towing The Line
3. A Boat To An Island On The Wall
4. What The Moon Does
5. Someone In The Doorway
6. All Down The Mines (Interlude)
7. The Defeat
8. A Boat To An Island Part II Agatha’s Song
9. There’s Your Man
10. Murmurations

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Arctic Monkeys Announce New Album


Next month, Arctic Monkeys will release their first album in five years -- Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino. 

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

01 Star Treatment
02 One Point Perspective
03 American Sports
04 Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
05 Golden Trunks
06 Four Out of Five
07 The World's First Ever Monster Truck Front Flip
08 Science Fiction
09 She Looks Like Fun
10 Batphone
11 The Ultracheese

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Rising Artist: Goat Girl

London continues to be a breeding ground for influential indie rock and in turbulent times it simply crafts some of our greatest artists. This latest band is no exception and is proof of the continuing tradition of great acts to come from across the pond. Goat Girl are the band that defines our current times. The South London four-piece combine the guitar work of The Smiths as well as the girl power of The Breeders and the playful but quirky folk attitude of The Roches.

This week, they will release their 19-song self-titled debut and made their way to SXSW where they took Austin, Texas, by storm. “Simply put, it’s an album that comes from growing up in London and the first-hand experience of our city’s devolution,” say the band in a press release about the record.

“We wanted to think of it as this place seen not necessarily just through our eyes, but someone who can’t get past the abnormalities and strange happenings that exist in our city. We think this gives the freedom lyrically and musically to explore unspoken truths and emotions that we all as humans feel.”

This is a band that will have all of the taste makers of the years talking and one you want to jump on now.

Gang Of Four Detail Anti-Trump EP

Later this month, Gang of Four will release their brand new 4-song EP called Complicit

The EP features Ivanka Trump on the cover and no surprise, the collection is an anti-Trump array of tunes. 

"When we think of ‘the media’, everyone has lots of ideas about what we mean. It could be social media, where hundreds of memes criss-cross the world; informing, misinforming, beginning or reinforcing ideas that may last a lifetime and beyond. Ideas about Jews, Muslims, or, say, the world trade centre or perhaps, the criminality of certain American politicians. And then there is the receding traditional media with disappearing jobs like ‘journalists’ and ‘fact checkers’. That’s the media the Trump family despise," guitarist and founder Andy Gill says of the song, "Ivanka" which is featured on the album. 

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

    1. Lucky
    2. Ivanka (Things You Can’t Have)
    3. I’m A Liar
    4. Lucky (10 O’Clock Chemical Remix)

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Underrated Classic: The Roches 'Nurds'

In the early 70s, long before the trio of sisters in HAIM were dominating the airwaves, a three member sorority from New Jersey was turning heads with their quirky and oddball lyrics and alternative take on folk music. The Roches, formed by three sisters, Maggie, Terre, and Suzzy, released a string of albums during their heyday but their third album, 1980s, Nurds, heard them becoming more off the wall and unique than ever before. The Irish-American sisters never strayed from their roots and they took the music of their heritage and found a way to make it punk and rather nontraditional and the best use of that came on Nurds. The 10-song record, which was an inside look into their mind, made listeners and critics rather frightened by the disturbing images they portrayed in their lyrics.  On "The Death of Suzzy Roche," Suzzy writes about her own demise and on "My Sick Mind," the sisters discuss what it is like being a woman in the early 80s and having to make sure they need to look their best at all times or else they will be judged. On "This Feminine Position," the sisters sing about being with a man and what their past sexual exploits while letting him know he might not be as good as he thinks he is. It was music way ahead of its time and in the wake of the "Nasty Woman" movement, these three ladies were showing how it was done with songs that will still resonate nearly 40 years later. Nurds peaked at 130 on the Billboard album charts but for The Roches, it was never about Billboard position as much as it was being able to speak their minds.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite on 'Corden'

Watch Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite perform "The Bottle Wins Again" on The Late Late Show Starring James Corden.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Live Review: The Strypes at Mercury Lounge

In their first trip to New York City in four years, Ireland's The Strypes sold out the infamous Mercury Lounge and brought their blend of mod rock revival back to town.

It was a early show that was able to cure a case of the Mondays in what feels like a never ending winter. As the band got a heroes welcome walking from the back of the intimate room to the stage, the fresh-faced lads from Cavan, Ireland, were ready to make their presence known.

The band's raucous stage show had all 200 people in the venue jumping for joy. Aside from the songs, which are clearly inspired by The Who, Thin Lizzy, and the Stones, they are a baby faced band that looks the part. Singer Ross Farely was in a pilots jumpsuit and rocked a pair of shades, bassist Pete O'Hanlan looked like a young Roger Daltrey, guitarist Josh McClory looked as if he stepped off the Pretty Green runway but it was drummer Evan Walsh who took classic New York City punk and combined it with what you would have seen in the London punk scene in the late 70s.

The band slammed through songs from their 2013 debut, Snapshot, and their latest, Spitting Image, which arrived last year. The Strypes are an interesting band because in 2018, they are one of the few acts that has releases that have not physically been available in the U.S. like most European bands had years ago. While the releases are on streaming services, the band would intro the tracks from their second album, Little Victories, which never arrived in America, as well as other E.P.'s as if fans have never heard them before.

In the near hour they were on stage, the intimate return was not only a success, it was enough to show that while they are still so young their best days are certainly ahead.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Los Angeles Mixtape

In our latest installment of our cultural mixtape series, we fled the country and headed to a city. Instead of showcasing the music of a whole nation, we are looking at a whole city that has given the world so much music -- La La Land... Los Angeles. 

Like the food and people that are in the City of Angels, this mixtape is an amalgamation of styles, cultures, ideas, genres, and vibes on one playlist. 

Moby on 'Colbert'

Watch Moby perform "This Wild Darkness" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Arcade Fire on 'SNL'

Watch Arcade Fire perform "Put Your Money on Me," and "Creature Comfort" on Saturday Night Live.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Buddy Guy on 'Kimmel'

Watch Buddy Guy perform "The Sky is Crying" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Beth Ditto on 'Meyers'

Watch Beth Ditto perform "Oh My God" on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Peter Hook & The Light Return To North America

Next month, Joy Division and New Order's Peter Hook and his band, The Light, will return to North America for their 2018 tour which will see them bring Factory Records' Substance albums to life. 

The compilation record of Joy Division and New Order material was released in 1988 on Factory Records. This tour will mark the first time this record has ever been played live before from start to finish. 

We have covered every single tour Hook has done with the Light and each experience gets better and better. It really is amazing having these songs come alive and Hook, ever the showman, is having the time of his life doing it.

The tour begins in late April '18 and sees The Light play a mammoth 28 dates over nearly seven weeks ending up in Florida in early June '18. Some of the reaction to the band's previous North American Substance dates below:

Thu 4/26/18    Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA
Fri 4/27/18      Brooklyn Steel , Brooklyn, NY       
Sat 4/28/18      Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA - SOLD OUT  
Mon 4/30/18   Fairmount Theatre, Montreal, QC  - SOLD OUT
Tue 5/1/18      Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON - SOLD OUT
Thu 5/3/18      Royal Oak Music Hall, Royal Oak, MI      
Fri 5/4/18        Metro, Chicago, IL- SOLD OUT
Sat 5/5/18        Majestic Theatre, Madison, WI
Mon 5/7/18     First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN      
Tue 5/8/18      Venue, Vancouver, BC        
Thu 5/10/18    Neptune Theater, Seattle, WA        
Fri 5/11/18      Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR   
Sat 5/12/18      Warfield, San Francisco, CA          
Mon 5/14/18   Brooklyn Bowl,  Las Vegas, NV     
Tue 5/15/18    Metro Music Hall,  Salt Lake City, UT      
Thu 5/17/18    Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ     
Fri 5/18/18      Wiltern Los Angeles, CA(Exclusive Unknown Pleasures/Closer Show)
Sat 5/19/18      House Of Blues, San Diego, CA      
Mon 5/21/18   Ace Of Spades, Sacramento, CA    
Tue 5/22/18    Granada, Dallas, TX           
Wed 5/23/18   Mohawk, Austin, TX           
Fri 5/25/18      Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, NC           
Sat 5/26/18      The Mill & Mine, Knoxville, TN     
Sun 5/27/18    Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA     
Tue 5/29/18    Exit / In, Nashville, TN        
Wed 5/30/18   Paper Tiger, San Antonio, TX        
Thu 5/31/18    Warehouse Live,  Houston, TX      
Sat 6/3/18        Respectable Live, West Park Beach, FL
Sun 6/3/18      Plaza Live, Orlando, FL      
Mon 6/4/18     State Theater, St. Petersburg, FL    
For More Information, Check Out Hook's Website

David Byrne on 'Colbert'

Watch indie rock icon David Byrne perform "Everybody's Coming to My House" and speak with Stephen Colbert on The Late Show.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

In Their Own Sweet Time: How The Fratellis Continue Getting Excited

Photo By Nicky J Sims

After 13 years, five albums, a handful of solo projects, a brief hiatus, The Fratellis still make music that excites them.

“We are still pleasing ourselves,” Jon Fratelli told me over dinner during a recent trip to New York City. “It is a job but is the best job there is. I would do it for free.”

The slim Scottish frontman seems to be at ease with his work, life, and the world and couldn’t be happier. As his band readies their new album, In Your Own Sweet Time, the singer and guitarist discussed the madness of Costello Music, doing things their own way, and how grateful they are for their fans.

“If I didn’t do something musical with my day, I didn’t do anything with my day,” the 38-year-old said of how he is constantly cranking out sounds.

In Your Own Sweet Time is his bands latest opus about enjoying the hell out of your life and pushing for ways to break down the boundaries of what a three-piece band can do.

The Fratellis came from the atom bomb explosion of garage rock bands of the mid 2000s. They formed in Glasgow in 2005 after answering an ad that Barry Fratelli posted in local adverts calling to form a band. When the three met and got together, Jon says everything just clicked.

“Barry wanted to name us after the family from The Goonies, I never saw the film, I’ve only seen parts of it now, but I liked the name,” the singer admitted.

“Being a three piece is by accident,” he added. They started out as a four-piece band but a member left leaving just the three of them together and realizing they could just soldier on without an addition component.

Interestingly, he says that it wasn’t a take on the Ramones to each name each other from the name of the band, it simply was how they put each other in their phones because they didn’t know one another’s surnames and it was easy just typing in “Barry Fratelli, Mince Fratelli, Jon Fratelli,” he said.

“I don’t have a brother,” he said, “But I love them like family.”

After releasing a self-titled EP in 2006, the band got buzz in the local rock scene. “Our biggest ambition was just to get a gig in Glasgow,” he said. Months later, the world came calling.

Sepetember 2006 saw the release of their debut, Costello Music, and The Fratellis were everywhere.

Led by the singles, “Flathead,” “Chelsea Dagger,” and “Henrietta,” the album was an international smash. “Flathead” would also become the soundtrack to an iTunes commercial, which pushed the bands catchy sound even more mainstream. As the success of their debut grew, the band could not escape the chaotic atmosphere.

The Costello Music period should have been great but I was too tired to enjoy it,” the frontman admits. “We crammed everything in such a short time and did so much in 18 months.”

In that 18 months, they toured the globe headlining clubs and festivals, supported The Police on their reunion tour, and recorded their second album, Here We Stand.

By 2009, the members of the band were exhausted with life on the road and each other. At the peak of their popularity, they took a hiatus that left many scratching their heads.

“It is an easy job but we made it hard,” Jon admitted. “We had problems with everything.”

In that time, he formed a new band called Codeine Velvet Club and released a solo record. Within that period, they got dropped from their label – Island Records – and it seemed as if The Fratellis had run its course.

After a few years apart, in 2012, something sparked the members to get back together. A year later, they released their “comeback” album, We Need Medicine.

After two records that entered the top 5 of the UK and US charts, their third effort saw steadfast decline, yet, nevertheless they were back and learned that without the pressure of a label, they were free to do anything.

The band found themselves having fun returning to the studio and to the stage, even pumping out 2015’s Eyes Wide, Tongue Tied, which has now led the foundation to where they are now with In Your Own Sweet Time.

The new record, which features more synths than ever before still, has the band’s positive and thunderous sound attached to each song. Jon says they were in “a playful mood” when they recorded and the album is a demonstration of that emotion.

“We are far better now,” Jon assures. “Now, I can make just about anything I want with this band.”

He says the band have already written half the songs which will appear on a new album, however, he didn’t elaborate as to when they will record it and put it out.

The Scottish outfit will hit the road this spring in support of their new album and Jon says the stage is their home. He says before he goes to perform an internal switch “flicks on” and loves delivering a fun show to his crowd.  “If I can’t entertain myself, I can’t entertain anyone,” he admits.

“Live is where we know how to be and if all else fails, live is what we can do,” he added. “We still know how to go out an play. It is the simplest thing there is.”

While some bands get tired of playing their biggest hits, for The Fratellis, it is unlike that.

“People should get exactly what they want” the singer says when it comes to delivering the hits. “Elton [John] is still playing ‘Rocket Man’ and there is good reason for that. You are in the entertainment business, I don’t see a reason in not entertaining.”

As fans around the world continue to buy tickets to come out to see them, get some merchandise, maybe even physically purchase a record and enjoy themselves, Jon Fratelli says he is simply “grateful” for all of it.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Noel Gallagher on 'Kimmel'

Watch Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds perform "Holy Mountain" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Quick News

In May, Beach Slang's alter ego Quiet Slang will release their debut album, Everything Matters But No One Listens. Take a look at the cover, above.

According to reports, jazz icon Herbie Hancock will have a slew of special guests on his forthcoming yet-to-be titled album. The 14-time Grammy winner has reportedly enlisted Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Thundercat, Flying Lotus, and Kamasi Washington, among other for the album. This is gonna be a tasty record for sure.

Gang of Four will release their new EP, Complicit, next month.

Snow Patrol will release their new album, Wildness, in May. Take a look at the tracklisting, below:
01 Life On Earth
02 Don’t Give In
03 Heal Me
04 Empress
05 A Dark Switch
06 What If This Is All The Love You Ever Get?
07 A Youth Written In Fire
08 Soon
09 Wild Horses
10 Life And Death

The Cranberries said they plan to release their final album with the late Dolores O'Riordan, who passed away earlier this year. The Irish band announced on their website they will reissue their debut, If Everyone Else Is Doing It, Why Can't We? for a special 25th anniversary addition and plan to finish their latest album that they started with their singer before she passed. "We will also be completing the recording of a new studio album as previously announced, which we also started last year and for which Dolores had already recorded the vocals," the statement said. "All going well we hope to have this new album finished and out early next year."
Pennywise will release their new album, Never Gonna Die, next month. In a press statement, singer Jim Lindberg says of the album: "The goal of the song is to try and get young people to finally say enough, and that the system isn’t working. It’s going to take a massive evolutionary shift in consciousness to change it, starting with the youth, because unless we do, we’ll just have more of the same carnage we’ve seen happening all over the world reincarnated with every new generation.”
 The latest incarnation of MC5 will hit the road in support of the 50th anniversary of "Kick Out the Jams." Guitarist and founding member Wayne Kramer will be joined by Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), Brendan Canty (Fugazi), Dug Pinnick (King’s X) for the outing.

Beach House Announce New Album

In May, Beach House will release their seventh album, 7. 

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

01 Dark Spring
02 Pay No Mind
03 Lemon Glow
04 L’Inconnue
05 Drunk in LA
06 Dive
07 Black Car
08 Lose Your Smile
09 Woo
10 Girl of the Year
11 Last Ride​

Rising Artist: KOKOKO!

Music is a melting pot and one African band is proving that they are ready to boil over with their creativity and showcase their talents. Congolese band KOKOKO! combine 1970s raw punk, Arabic, electroclash, and explodes in a musical utopia. Hailing from the city of Kinshasa, KOKOKO! have been turning heads since they formed last year. In their time of coming together, they have flipped the musical landscape of the DRC in such a short period of time and are becoming the catalysts to display that African music is thriving in an alternative space now and not what people may think it is anymore and in fact, it is happening across the continent. They released their acclaimed debut EP last year and are currently booked for a European tour this spring. To learn more about the band, check out their self-made documentary below:

Underrated Classic: Band of Horses 'Cease to Begin'

Band of Horses have announced they are recording a new album and it will be released later this year. As they chip away at new material, we look back on their second record, 2007's Cease to Begin, which was the lush follow-up to their acclaimed debut, Everything All The Time. Cease to Begin didn't have the singles like its predecessor had but it certainly had the passion and masterful storytelling that the band would become known for. The record was also a transition album for the band as three of the founding members left the group after the tour of the debut, leaving singer Ben Bridwell to find people to plug the holes. As they learned to sew their oats and become the band they set out to, the record displays that. It is a bit more folky and country than their debut but also showcases Bridwell's play on words with songs like "No Ones Gonna Love You," "Detlef Schrempf," and "Cigarettes, Wedding Band." The album was a hit in countries like Norway, Sweden, and Denmark and peaked at No. 35 on the Billboard Top 200 chart in the U.S. As the years have gone on, the record sometimes gets overlooked but sustains its grace and like a fine wine, gets better with age.

Movie of the Month: 'Stromboli'

After World War II, Hollywood began creating epic blockbusters and one of the first came in 1950 with Roberto Rossellini's Italian neo-realism drama, Stromboli. At the time, it was the most expensive film ever made and had a budget of over a million dollars. The film, which stars Ingrid Bergman as a women who escapes an internment camp by claiming she fell in love with an Italian soldier. After the war, the duo go live in his remote village in the island of Stromboli off the coast of Sicily. The film takes a turn when the man she thought she would be involved in becomes a monster and treats her like garbage. Bergman's character then falls for another man on the island causing a passionate and volatile love triangle which parallels the volcano on the island which erupts causing everyone to flee. The film itself was a box office bomb, causing the studio, RKO, to lose over $200,000, however, it did create tabloid sensations as Bergman and Rossellini had an affair which resulted in a child out of wedlock. The film also was edited down to 80 minutes in America where the rest of the world saw a film that was 105 minutes long causing both cuts to create vastly different movies. Over the years, the film has gained the acclaim it never got at the time and has since been hailed as one of the best Italian films ever. 

Albert Hammond Jr. on 'Corden'

Watch Albert Hammond Jr. perform "Set to Attack" on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Belly Announce 1st Album in 23 Years

In May, Belly will release their first album in 23 years called Dove

"All three of the songwriters were locked in and working in a way that complemented the others' strengths," says drummer Chris Gorman in a press release. "Gail's writing was in top form. Tanya is able to make anybody's song her own—she's got that gift. And Tom has really honed his arrangement and production style." 

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

1) Mine
2) Shiny One
3) Human Child
4) Faceless
5) Suffer The Fools
6) Girl
7) Army of Clay
8) Stars Align
9) Quicksand
10) Artifact
11) Heartstrings

Matt & Kim Announce New Album

In May, Matt and Kim will release their sixth album, Almost Everyday. 

The Brooklyn duo have shared the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below:

1.     Intro
2.     Forever
3.     Like I Used To Be
4.     I’d Rather
5.     Happy If You’re Happy
6.     On My Own
7.     All In My Head
8.     Youngest I Will Be
9.     Glad I Tried
10.  Where Do We Go From Here?

Slayer Share Early Days 1st Episode

After 37 years together, Slayer will be calling it a day later this year. In celebration of their legacy, the L.A. thrash-metal icons are looking back on their early days in a webisode series. They just recently shared the first episode, take a look.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Parquet Courts Announce Danger Mouse Produced LP

In May, Parquet Courts will release their new album, Wide Awake, which was produced by Danger Mouse. 

Take a look at the cover, above, and hear the new single, “Almost Had To Start A Fight/In And Out Of Patience” and see the tracklisting, below.

01 “Total Football”
02 “Violence”
03 “Before The Water Gets Too High”
04 “Mardi Gras Beads”
05 “Almost Had To Start A Fight/In And Out Of Patience”
06 “Freebird II”
07 “Normalization”
08 “Back To Earth”
09 “Wide Awake”
10 “NYC Observation”
11 “Extinction”
12 “Death Will Bring Change”
13 “Tenderness”

Quick News

Janelle Monae has released the cover to her new album, Dirty Computer, which you can see above. She also said that the record will arrive at the end of April.

Public Image LTD. will celebrate their 40th anniversary this year and will reunite for a series of gigs. In addition to the concerts, they will release a career-spanning box set titled The Public Image is Rotten as well as the documentary of the same name.

Twin Shadow will release his new album, Caer, in April.

The Streets will reissue their first two albums, 2002's Original Pirate Material and 2004's A Grand Don’t Come for Free, on double vinyl later next month.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Quick News

ALADDIN SANE 45TH ANNIVERSARY SILVER VINYL DUE - “Just in time for sunrise...” - April sees the release of two limited edition Bowie vinyl albums, Aladdin Sane and CHANGESTWOBOWIE. This strictly limited one run only silver vinyl edition of Aladdin Sane will contain Ken Scott’s approved 2013 remaster and will be released on 20th April, 2018, 45 years to the day since the original release date for the album. Previously thought to have been issued on 13th April, 1973, new evidence has come to light that proves the release date was officially the 20th, but being Good Friday in the UK the album was 'made available' on the 19th. This silver vinyl edition of Aladdin Sane will only be available to ‘bricks and mortar’ retail stores and not through on-line stores. CHANGESTWOBOWIE will be reissued on the 13th April with all tracks remastered on CD in a digipak sleeve, high-resolution 192/24 and 96/24 digital and standard digital for streaming and download, as well as a 180gram vinyl edition available randomly on its initial limited run in black and blue vinyl before reverting solely to black vinyl. Finally, 192/24 and 96/26 high-resolution digital versions of CHANGESONEBOWIE will be released for streaming and download on April 13th too. - Go here for the full press release: - #AladdinSaneSilver #BowieVinyl
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This year marks the 45th anniversary to David Bowie's landmark album, Aladdin Sane, and to celebrate, his estate is releasing a silver vinyl of the record. The announcement came on Instagram, for more details see above.

After 8 years of waiting, Robyn is teasing a new album following her 2010 Body Talk series. A fan recently asked her on Twitter: "Who decides your next album release date tbh?” Robyn then replied: “I do. Some time this year honey.” No further details were given.

The Sword will release their new album, Used Future, next month.

Flatbush Zombies will release their new album, Vacation in Hell, in April.

Soft Cell will reunite for one night only in September for a farewell concert at London's O2 Arena.

Speaking to Double J in Australia, The National's Matt Berninger has revealed that he, his wife, and brother are developing a sitcom based on their lives. The singer and his filmmaker brother, Tom, will star in the series. "My brother and my wife and I have been creating it, and then we teamed up with Trent and his wife […] It’s something we’ve been cooking for a while," he said. Trent O’Donnell (New Girl, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) will also assist in developing the show. No network or release date has been given.

Portugal. The Man on 'Colbert'

Watch Portugal. The Man perform "Live in the Moment" with a drumline on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Great Soundtracks: 'Black Panther'

Black Panther continues to dominate the box office and we can tell you, if you haven't seen it yet, it is one of the greatest comic book to movie adaptations ever. Believe the hype. While the film brings in ticket sales, its soundtrack also delivers in ways you would and would not expect.

Executive produced by Kendrick Lamar and Top Dawg Entertainment, the soundtrack to Black Panther features heavy hitters like Lamar, SZA, James Blake, The Weeknd, 2Chainz, Schoolboy Q, Vince Staples, among others. The soundtrack has its moments where it gives direct shoutout to characters in the film like T'Chala, Kilmonger, and the fictional nation of Wakanda. More importantly the record not only fits in the universe of the film but TDE's as well. Lamar's thumbprint is on every song and each track feels like you are on a roller coaster ready to go on your own mission to save the world. If you were to just play the record straight and not know it was from a movie, you would think that TDE was assembling a victory lap with this record, which makes it that much more special. Each track could and should be a single, while not taking away from movie it simply adds to it.

Recommended Reading: 'Meet Me in the Bathroom'

The greatest book about music and New York City is the classic Please Kill Me which is the oral history of the birth of punk in the 1970s. Last year, a spiritual sequel of sorts was released by author Lizzy Goodman who documented the New York City garage and indie scene of the turn of this century with the brilliant and instant classic Meet Me in the Bathroom. 

Meet Me in the Bathroom is the oral history of those who lived in New York pre and post-9/11 and how the city was shaped by the artistic boom coming from the Lower East Side and eventually spilled over to Brooklyn. With first person accounts from The Strokes, Ryan Adams, LCD Soundsystem, Interpol, TV on the Radio, The National, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the artists discuss their origins and how things progressed for them to get to the status they are currently at. Goodman takes us on a tour of the city in the way she formulates the interviews to flow like a narrative and timeline of places and events which transpired over the years. Meet Me in the Bathroom is not just a love letter to New York City, it is a love letter to rock and roll and how in every generation the cycle will not destruct and for better or worse keeps pushing. This is for any music fan.

Black Moth Super Rainbow Announce 1st Album in 6 Years

Black Moth Super Rainbow will release their first album in six years, Panic Blooms, in May. 

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and hear the first single, "Mr. No One."

Panic Blooms
Baby’s in the Void
Rip on Through
One More Ear
Bad Fuckin Times
New Breeze
Aerosol Weather
June July 28
Bottomless Face
Permanent Hole
To the Beat of a Creeper
We Might Come Back
Sunset Curses
Mr No One

Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor Announces New Album

Hot Chip singer Alexis Taylor will release another solo album in April called Beautiful Thing.

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and watch the video for the title track:

Dreaming Another Life
Beautiful Thing
Deep Cut
Roll on Blank Tapes
Suspicious of Me
A Hit Song
Oh Baby
There’s Nothing To Hide
I Feel You
Out of Time

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Live Review: Noel Gallagher at Radio City

The day after his brother was crowned a "Godlike Genius" from NME, Noel Gallagher played his largest solo show to date in New York City as the former Oasis musician sold out Radio City Music Hall.

On Thursday night, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds brought their latest album, Who Built The Moon? to life at one of the city's most beloved and treasured venues and the veteran performer had a few tricks up his sleeve for this tour.

Performing in front of a moon-shaped screen which projected various psychedelic images, the band, which also included former Oasis drummer Chris Sharrock and Gem Archer as well as his now-infamous French scissor player, took New York City on a journey through sound and graphics. Starkly lit for nearly the first hour of the set, it was almost as if the megalomaniac that is Noel Gallagher did not want you to pay attention to him on stage but rather hear the music the band was projecting and it fit perfectly with new songs like "Holy Mountain," "Keep On Reaching," and "It's a Beautiful World."

Eventually the lights began to shine on the star and his group which exposed a Manchester City flag over one of the speakers and as he ripped through his massive back catalogue, fans inside the amphitheater began to get on their feet.

Songs like "Ballad of Mighty I," "If I Had a Gun," and the Oasis covers of "Little By Little," "The Importance of Being Idle," and "Wonderwall," turned into a massive singalong like a City match where the fans chant "Blue Moon" after a victory. After 90 minutes on stage, he and the band retreated to the wings for a brief break and the encore was something that will be etched in memory.

After a brief break, Gallagher returned and played the somber but brilliant ballad "Dead in the Water," the closing track to his latest record. He then was joined by the rest of his ensemble as they delivered a one-two punch of tunes like the rarely performed Oasis single, "Go Let It Out," and the classic, "Don't Look Back in Anger."

Prior to the last song, he addressed the crowd how John Lennon was "one of ours and was one of yours," before going into The Beatles classic, "All You Need is Love," which felt rather poignant after the mass shooting in Florida the day before.

As Gallagher's presence as a solo artist continues to grow, it might be no surprise that he starts performing inside arenas on his next tour.