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.

Dr. Octagon Announce 1st Album in 22 Years!

After announcing that Handsome Boy Modeling School was reuniting, Dan the Automator is also reactivating Dr. Octagon with Kool Keith and QBert. The trio will release their first album in 22 years, Moosebumps: An Exploration in Modern Day Horripilation in April. 

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

Octagon Octagon
Polka Dots
Black Hole Son
Power Of The World
Operation Zero
Bear Witness IV
Area 54
Flying Waterbed
3030 Meets The Doc Pt.1
Karma Sutra
Hollywood Tailswinging
Aviator Hype

Courtney Barnett Announces New Album

Courtney Barnett will release her new album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, in May. 

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

City Looks Pretty
Need a Little Time
Nameless, Faceless
I’m Not Your Mother, I’m Not Your Bitch
Crippling Self Doubt and a General Lack of Self-Confidence
Help Your Self
Walkin’ on Eggshells
Sunday Roast

Quick News


Taking to Twitter, Maynard James Keenan gave an encouraging update on the long-awaited new Tool album Friday. “Started getting music files from the boys w the word FINAL in the title a few months ago after 11 years of begging,” he wrote. “Words & Melodies 100% DONE on all but 1. Someday we’ll track them. Long way from the finish line, but at least we’re closer.” The band's last album, 10,000 Days, came out in 2006.

Handsome Boy Modeling School, the DJ duo consisting of Dan the Automator and Prince Paul, have reunited after 14 years. The duo performed at a Fashion Week event for Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City this week and Prince Paul spoke to HipHopDX about the reunion and teased a new album from the duo. “It was a very handsome experience,” Prince Paul said of the performance. “The thing about when we had time apart, we now get to talk about our exotic travels, and random helicopters and planes we both bought, and you know, like secret beauty tips. So, nothing has really changed. It becomes a very handsome experience. It’s like we never left. So far, the album is already recorded in our heads. Now, it’s just a matter of physically recording it. We’re trying to determine where we’re going to do it. We’re kind of thinking of going far away to record it, maybe fly to Europe. It has to be a handsome experience. You can’t get more handsome than that. If all goes well — I can’t put a date on it — but if you’ve been waiting the last 13, 14 years, within a 12-month span shouldn’t be too much of a wait. It’s just a matter of the ambience. There is not a time and space for greatness.” The duo's last album was 2003's brilliant, White People.

Noel Gallagher, who is currently on the road supporting his latest album, Who Built The Moon?, spoke to NME this week and said he is already at work on his follow-up record. "I don’t have a guitar in my house for the first time since I was 13, so I’ve been writing songs on the bass. It’s unbelievable. It takes all the emotion out of it and you get more of a groove but I’m loving it so that’s what I’m doing at the moment," he said. "So everything I’m writing at the minute sounds like The Police, The Cure or if The Police and The Cure were in a band together.”

Janelle Monae has announced her new album, her first in five years, called Dirty Computer. She didn't give a release date but issued a trailer, take a look:

Jessie Baylin Announces New Album

Nashville via New Jersey singer / songwriter Jessie Baylin will release her new album, Strawberry Wind, in April. 

She said the record is influenced by the music of the 1970s and being a mother. 

"Since becoming a mother," she said in a press release, "I found myself being around the house a lot, and I started gravitating to these wonderful older albums to listen to with my child -- The Beatles, John Lennon, Roger Miller, Harry Nilsson's The Point!, and Carole King's Really Rosie. I realized that people aren't making albums like that anymore, and that really inspired me to go down this new musical path."

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

1. Dream Catcher
2. Supermoon
3. Strawberry Wind
4. Same Old Tune
5. Sparkle Shoelaces
6. Little Bird
7. Magic Of Your Mind
8. It's The Summertime
9. I Am a Dreamer
10. Power in Words
11. We Need Each Other

Tuesday, February 13, 2018


Here are our 27 random musical musings for the month, listen to it now on Spotify.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Melvins Announce New Album

In April, Melvins will release their new album, Pinkus Abortion Technician. 

The band have also linked up with Butthole Surfers bassist Jeff Pinkus for the record, making his the second bass player in the band. 

“With our upcoming release, we double your bass player with Steven McDonald AND Jeff Pinkus holding down the bottom,” Dale Crover said in a press release. "It’s an experiment in the low end of the aural spectrum where we asked ourselves, ‘would it work?’ ‘could it work??’ ‘should it work???’ The answers were yes, yes and YES!”

“We’ve never had two bass players. We’ve had two drummers and two guitar players so it makes total sense to now have two bass players, adds Buzz Osborne. “We’ll be taking this two-prong bass attack on the road as well which should prove to be interesting. Pinkus Abortion Technician is a radically great record and was a stone groove to record. We drank a lot of coffee and enjoyed each other’s company. I like Steven and Jeff a great deal. I admire their bass playing and singing and both of them can grill a mean steak.”

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

1. Stop Moving To Florida
2. Embrace The Rub
3. Don't Forget To Breathe
4. Flamboyant Duck
5. Break Bread
6. I Want To Hold Your Hand
7. Prenup Butter
8. Graveyard

Quick News


Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton has been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. The iconic axeman will not be touring with his band anymore and has been replaced on stage by Andy Sneap.

Mark E. Smith's family has come out to say that the late Fall frontman passed away from terminal cancer last month.

Okkervil River will release their new album, In the Rainbow Rain, in April.

After reports surfaced over the weekend that The Mars Volta were going to reunite after a six year hiatus, frontman Cedric Bixler Zavala squashed the story but the At the Drive-In singer said he isn't ruling out the possibility after posting about it on Twitter. 

It seems as if Black Star will return this year, according to reports after a Reddit user posted an announcement on the forum site. In the post, their was audio which has a man who appears to be Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def, say, "New Black Star with Madlib, Talib Kweli, Yasiin, coming soon!" The project will reportedly be done by Madlib. Kweli, Bey, nor Madlib have commented on the rumor. Black Star’s only album, Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star, was released in 1998 on Rawkus Records.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Johnny Cash Poems Will Be Released As Songs

In April, the estate of Johnny Cash will release, Johnny Cash: The Music Forever Words. The album comes as musical interpretations to some of Cash's poetry. Some of the poems have already been released and others have not. The songs however, will be done by contemporary artists as nearly all of them Cash never recorded. 

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

01 Kris Kristofferson & Willie Nelson – “Forever/I Still Miss Someone”
02 Ruston Kelly and Kacey Musgraves – “To June This Morning”
03 Brad Paisley – “Gold All Over The Ground”
04 Chris Cornell – “You Never Knew My Mind”
05 Alison Krauss And Union Station – “The Captain’s Daughter”
06 T. Bone Burnett – “Jellico Coal Man”
07 Rosanne Cash – “The Walking Wounded”
08 John Mellencamp – “Them Double Blues”
09 Jewel – “Body On Body”
10 Elvis Costello – “I’ll Still Love You”
11 Carlene Carter – “June’s Sundown”
12 Daily And Vincent – “He Bore It All”
13 I’m With Her – “Chinky Pin Hill”
14 Robert Glasper – “Goin’, Goin’, Gone” (Feat. Ro James & Anu Sun)
15 The Jayhawks – “What Would I Dreamer Do?”
16 Jamey Johnson – “Spirit Rider”

Quick News

In March, Czarface will release their new album Czarface Meets Metal Face! The album will be collaboration between elusive rapper MF DOOM the hip-hop outfit that features Inspectah Deck of Wu-Tang, 7L & Esoteric.

In April, A Perfect Circle will release their first album in 14 years, Eat the Elephant. Take a look at the tracklisting, below:
Eat The Elephant
The Contrarian
The Doomed
So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish
By And Down The River
Get The Lead Out

In a recent radio interview with Australia's Triple J, Anderson.Paak confirmed he will be releasing new music this year. "[Dre] had a heavy role in this new album that’s almost done,”.Paak said. “I won’t say any dates, but you can definitely expect it this year sometime.”

Following a massive online petition from fans, Alamada County supervisors have said that February 10th will be dubbed "Cliff Burton Day" in California. The name of the day comes after the late Metallica bassist who passed away in a car accident in 1986. Metallica shared the news on Twitter:

Noel Gallagher on 'Fallon'

Watch Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds perform "It's A Beautiful World" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Judah & The Lion on 'Conan'

Watch Judah & The Lion perform "Going to Mars" on Conan.

Monday, February 5, 2018

We Are Scientists Detail New Album

In April, We Are Scientists will release their new album, Megaplex

"At this point in our career, we’ve written so many songs,” explains singer Keith Murray in a press release.  “The pool for this record alone was something like 90 songs deep — that we know exactly what we want out of a We Are Scientists record. We want it to be taut, to bang hard, to have a big hook every four seconds or so. We don’t have to be precious about which songs make it onto a record; we can listen to the ones that didn’t make it at home, on our own time. Megaplex is just the ten most delicious songs that we have — a stacked-up compound of entertainment."

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and watch the new video for "One In One Out:"

  1. One In, One Out
  2. Notes In A Bottle
  3. Heart Is A Weapon
  4. Your Light Has Changed
  5. KIT
  6. No Wait at Five Leaves
  7. Not Another Word
  8. Now or Never
  9. You Failed
  10. Properties of Perception

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Albert Hammond Jr. Announces 4th Solo Album

Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. will release his fourth solo album, Francis Trouble, in March.

Listen To Our Essential Strokes Playlist on Spotify!

The album is written in tribute to his twin brother, Francis, who died in the womb. 

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

01 DvsL
02 Far Away Truths
03 Muted Beatings
04 Set to Attack
05 Tea for Two
06 Stop and Go
07 ScreaMER
08 Rockys Late Night
09 Strangers
10 Harder, Harder, Harder

Rising Artist: Godblesscomputers

Italian music is generally full of life, sounds, and jubilation much like Italians themselves. It is very rare that the music is stripped down or subdued. Even ballads, acoustic songs, and "slower" tracks are still filled with emotion and life. Therefore it is rare and quite refreshing to find the opposite but producer and DJ Godblesscomputers aka Lorenzo Nada based out of Bologna is doing just that. Since forming in 2011, Nada has been kicking it in Italy's underground making emotive but minimal music using synths, piano, and sampling the nature around him. It sometimes can be ultra lounge music like Dimitri from Paris or it sometimes can be something you would hear on Radiohead's A Moon Shaped Pool. However, whatever vibe his is emulating, for Italians it is something revolutionary even on the smallest scale.

Underrated Classic: The Gaslight Anthem 'Sink or Swim'

As The Gaslight Anthem announce a 10 year anniversary tour of their breakthrough and brilliant record, The '59 Sound, we look back at their debut which helped put the New Jersey punks on the map. Mixing rockabilly, punk, garage, and straight up rock and roll, The Gaslight Anthem's debut, Sink Or Swim, allowed the emo and indie scene of the early 2000s to take notice to the four lads from The Garden State. Released in 2007, the album is a tribute to their home state and their influences like The Clash, Bruce Springsteen, Bouncing Souls, and Tom Petty. The record is chock full of tunes of a band wanting to be bigger than the bars and clubs they are playing. It is 12 songs of a band who know they can craft anthems that will evoke a feeling in audiences around the globe that will sing along forever with them. Sink or Swim wasn't just a record, it was a statement -- if people took to this album, wait until they hear what we have next or if no one cares, at least we tried. For the band, luckily they were able to swim and a decade on, they are supercharged and ready for more.

Movie of the Month: 'Dallas Buyers Club'

In one of the most powerful films in years about one of the most unlikely heroes, 2013's Dallas Buyers Club is the story of power when you have your back to the wall. The film is the biographical drama of cowboy Ron Woodruff who was diagnosed with AIDS in 1985 and given a month to live. Woodruff, portrayed brilliantly by Matthew McConaughey, is a cross between a con artist and rebel who can smooth talk his way in and out of any situation. When he finds out he has the virus, he does whatever he can to live longer and along with a business partner named Rayon (Jared Leto in the role of a lifetime), the duo open The Dallas Buyers Club. The club is a membership for people living with AIDS in the Dallas area that they can join for $400 a month and get vitamins and minerals that have not been FDA-sanctioned or approved but have been known to help people live longer with the virus as they are used in other countries like Amsterdam, Mexico, and Japan. Woodruff does whatever he can to take on doctors and big pharma in his quest to make sure his Club doesn't get shut down by the government. The film is heartbreaking, exhilarating, and most of all inspiring as these regular citizens do whatever they can to help those who need it most.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Ty Segall on 'Kimmel'

Watch Ty Segall perform "Every 1’s a Winner" and "Despoiler Of Cadaver" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Albert Hammond Jr. on 'Conan'

Watch Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. debut his new single, "Muted Beings" on Conan.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Curtis Harding on 'Colbert'

Watch Curtis Harding perform "Need Your Love" with Jon Batiste & Stay Human on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.