Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Guided By Voices is reuniting! Unfortunately it's only to play a show and not to record a new album or kick off a full-scale tour. Matador Records is celebrating its 21st Anniversary with a series of shows in Vegas October 1-3. The GBV crew of the mid-90s is going to steal the show!
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Here is more on the new one:
So, existentially, culturally, commercially, ‘Who We Touch’ is a big record for The Charlatans. In places, you may hear echoes, or hommages, reflecting music the band collectively hold dear – The Stooges, perhaps, in ‘Love Is Ending’’s crashing riff; The Byrds in Mark Collins’s solo on ‘My Foolish Pride’; etc etc – but they are still unmistakably themselves, only remodelled, reimagined, re-energized.And here's the tracklist:
Love Is EndingRead all about it here.
My foolish Pride
Your Pure Soul
Smash The System
Trust In Desire
When I Wonder
You Can Swim
Big news for John Lennon fans today. In honor of what would have been his 70th birthday this year, a new campaign called Gimme Some Truth hopes to net Yoko some more big bucks. His eight classic solo albums are being remastered and rereleased:
· John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (1970)Double Fantasy is the most curious one in the collected. Stripped Down? Was anybody really clamoring for a stripped down version ala Let It Be Naked? Feels like a bit of a money grab to me. Nonetheless, it'll be great to hear the classic remastered. Other notable releases in the campaign:
· Imagine (1971)
· Some Time In New York City (1972)
· Mind Games (1973)
· Walls and Bridges (1974)
· Rock ‘n’ Roll (1975)
· Double Fantasy Stripped Down (2010) / Double Fantasy (1980)
· Milk and Honey (1984)
· A hits compilation in two editions titled Power To The People: The HitsIt'll be a good year for Lennon fans. Hopefully we McCartney fans won't have to wait 20 years after his death for his catalog to get similar treatment.
· A 4CD set of themed discs titled Gimme Some Truth
· A deluxe 11CD collectors box with the remastered albums, rarities, and non-album singles, titled the John Lennon Signature Box
Find all the details here.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Levi's continues its cover-your-inspiration Pioneer Sessions with a stellar, synthy version of the Smashing Pumpkins' Tonight Tonight by Passion Pit.
It's free. Now go buy some Levi's.
MP3: Passion Pit - Tonight, Tonight (Smashing Pumpkins)
Monday, June 21, 2010
You'll see this story replicated ad nauseam everywhere else in the online music world so why not throw Too Poppy into the mix.
RADIOHEAD WILL BE RELEASING A NEW ALBUM THIS YEAR! AND GUITARIST ED O'BRIEN SAID, "IT'S THE BEST RECORD WE EVER MADE."
This is truly newsworthy because most guitarists tell their fans prior to its release that their band's new album is complete shit.
Friday, June 18, 2010
It's not that I don't like Nada Surf - I do, very much. It's that Hi-Fi is an album of covers, which I'm typically indifferent toward. But Nada Surf owns every cover as if it was their own composition so the entire album seems less like a mix-tape than most cover albums. The song selection is unmatched in balancing the well-known (Enjoy the Silence, Question) with the lesser-known (Electrocution, Evolution). This balance is tricky, but the flow of the first five songs alone justifies the entire album's existence.
To me, Depeche Mode's Enjoy the Silence is the most recognizable tune, but if you had never heard it before you'd swear it was a Nada Surf tune. Their handling of the classic reanimates it to fit in nicely with the band's oeuvre - quite an achievement.
I picked it up a while back during Record Store Day, but they just widely released it earlier this month. Get it and reminisce about old favorite tunes while listening to them through an accomplished Nada Surf filter.
Download the Electrocution MP3 free! Find the link here.
The album features music and vocals by Folds and lyrics by [High Fidelity author Nick] Hornby, with string arrangements by one of the most influential pop string arrangers of all time, Paul Buckmaster (David Bowie, Elton John, Leonard Cohen). The record, which Folds made specifically to be listened to on vinyl, was recorded on 2-inch tape and will be available on audiophile-grade vinyl, cut with the Direct Metal Master process at Abbey Road Studios and pressed at Pallas Manufacturing in Diepholz, Germany. Lonely Avenue will also be available on CD, digitally, and in a special deluxe edition that includes four short stories by Hornby.Lonely Avenue is out September 28. I'm a big fan of both so it can't come out soon enough. Read more here.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Here is the full list of upcoming Paul McCartney shows on his Up and Coming tour. He's really announced only a few shows at a time so who knows if he'll show up anywhere else. Regardless, never miss an opportunity to see Sir Paul!
Sunday 20th June – Hampden Park, Glasgow
Saturday 26th June – Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Sunday 27th June – Hard Rock Calling, London
Saturday 10th July - AT&T Stadium San Francisco
Tuesday 13th July - Rio Tinto Stadium, Salt Lake City
Thursday 15th July - Pepsi Center Denver
Saturday July 24th - Sprint Center Kansas
Monday 26th July - Bridgestone Arena Nashville
Wednesday 28th July - Time Warner Cable Arena Charlotte
Sunday 8th August - Air Canada Centre Toronto
Thursday 12th August - Bell Centre Montreal
Saturday 14th August - Wachovia Center, Philadelphia
Wednesday 18th August - CONSOL Energy Center Pittsburgh
Buy tix here. Shows are selling out quickly!
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Sarah's new album, Laws of Illusion, is available today. I've not had a chance to download or listen, but I'm hoping it's good. A few of her songs have popped up on my iPod recently and I really do yearn for some really good new Sarah.
If you have had a listen, please let us know how it is in the comments!
If you prefer, iTunes
Monday, June 07, 2010
Pre-order via Amazon.com or the import if you just can't wait.
Pre-order via Amazon.com
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Check out the new video for falsettoed The Ghost Inside starring that busty lady from Mad Men (well, she is - I dare you to look away). It's cinematically sci-fi and fits the tune quite well.
Tonight at 6pm CDT you can stream Paul McCartney's concert at the White House commemorating his receipt of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Your local PBS stations will play the performance at another time to check it out in real time tonight.
In completely unrelated news, Sir Paul tells journalists to "lay off" President Obama.
UPDATE: Nevermind. From PBS: