The EP includes A Girl Like You, Behind the Wall of Sleep, Blood and Roses and a medley of Cupid/Chain Gang.
I haven't heard the tracks yet, but I'm certainly intrigued to hear these songs, er, unplugged.
So yeah, this really happened...
McCartney sounded fucking great last night. Excellent song choices proving this is the same man that gave the world Helter Skelter.
12-12-12 The Concert for Sandy Relief will be available via iTunes 12-18-12. Pre-order here.
My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields revealed the band will finally release a new album later this year. It's only been 21 years since their last album, the mesmerizing Loveless, so, you know, no expectations. We've hard it before so, you know, no expectations.
But holy shit it would be awesome.
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Yesterday Nada Surf premiered their new stop-motion video for Jules and Jim. Check it out below or here.
A tad creepy if you ask me. Nada Surf's tour returns to the US in December and comes tantalizingly close to Iowa. Check out all the dates here.
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Both albums, start to finish, as they’ve never been heard before. These versions of Bellybutton and Spilt Milk were created in the studio, at the time of their original recording/mixing. These are not “remixes” from the multi-tracks. To do that would have compromised the integrity of what was originally envisioned, potentially eliminating or dismissing elements that are actually there, yet not as audible under the vocals. This is not a “re-imagining” of what these records “might” sound like as instrumentals. They’re the real deal, transferred from the original 1/4″ masters.This special release called Stack-a-Tracks is limited and will be available on Record Store Day. I guess I know where I'll be on November 23. Amazon also has the pre-order. Cool. Cool. Cool.
Guster tours on ... acoustically ...
1/04 New Orleans LA @ House of Blues (full rock show -- not acoustic)
1/05 Dallas TX* @ Meyerson Symphony Center (Guster + Dallas Symphony Orchestra)
1/06 Austin TX @ Central Presbyterian Church (acoustic show)
1/08 Birmingham AL @ Workplay Theater (acoustic show)
1/10 Atlanta GA @ Variety Playhouse (acoustic show)
1/11 Atlanta GA @ Variety Playhouse (acoustic show)
1/12 Durham NC @ Carolina Theater of Durham (acoustic show)
1/14 Bloomington IN @ Buskirk Chumley Theater (acoustic show)
1/17 Northampton MA @ Calvin Theater @ PAC (acoustic show)
1/18 Port Chester NY @ Capitol Theater (acoustic show)
1/19 Portsmouth NH @ The Music Hall (acoustic show)
The great Barsuk Records is streaming the new solo album Former Lives by Death Cab for Cutie's Benjamin Gibbard in its entirety via YouTube. See here or below.
Album is officially released next week.
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Of all the Madchester bands, I'm not quite sure I could've predicted that the Charlatans would be one of the few who would continue to release consistently good music throughout the next 20 years. Charlatans' leader Tim Burgess is releasing his second solo album later this month and it's worthy of a preview...
Indisputably one of the most distinctive voices that ever came out of that scene. Very cool.
Paul McCartney was recently featured in Kisses-on-the-Bottom mode on Great Performances seen on public television stations across the country. Miss it? Oh the magic of the interwideweb...
Nov. 11 at Scottrade Center, St. Louis Nov. 14 at Minute Maid Park, Houston Nov. 25 at BC Place, Vancouver Nov. 28 at Rexall Place, EdmontonMore info here
We here at Too Poppy jump at every opportunity to revel in the sheer bliss of Matthew Sweet. His latest is a cover of Hombre Secreto (Secret Agent Man) from the Repo Man soundtrack. Can't make this shit up.
Beats the hell outta Flipper.
Band of Horses has released another track from the new album Mirage Rock, which is out next Tuesday. Check out Slow Cruel Hands of Time below. Road trippin' music!
Absolutely lovely. Pre-order here. Stream the whole album here (thanks, JBro!)
...via Paste Magazine
Ben Lee has been messing around with the "Vine of Souls" and has created a "sonic document" called Ayahuasca: Welcome to the Work to commemorate his experiences. Hey man, it's a rock 'n' roll rite of passage, yes? Timothy Leary would be proud. Doesn't sound as poppy as previous efforts, but it's a spiritual journey after all. He needs your help via PledgeMusic.
Get trippy here and see a scruffy Ben Lee describe the new album.
NPR is currently streaming Grizzly Bear's latest album Shields. With its autumnal and slightly psychedelic vibe it seems like a nice seasonal soundtrack that evokes a less accessible Band of Horses. I briefly watched the band at Lollapalooza back in '08, but admittedly I was hot and tired at that point in the long day and was in no mood! I regret that a bit.
Few films could be better described as "of its time" than The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour. Released in 1967, it really is as non-sensical as you'd expect. No matter. The Beatles were making some of their best music at this stage. Just go along for the ride.
Out in October on Blu-ray and DVD, MMT is beautifully remastered and loaded with extras including new song edits. Curious. If you're lucky to live in a cool town, you might be able to catch it in theaters late in September! Pre-order here.
Roll down your windows and crank your stereo as high as it goes. Redd Kross is back after a 15-year hiatus!
They had me at sha-la-la. Good luck avoiding noise ordinance violations. Researching the Blues is out this week - a very welcome return.
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Now I know what I'm getting brother Way2Poppy for Christmas.
Blur celebrates their 21 long years with a long 21-disc box set called, uh, Blur 21.
Brandon Schott gets personal on the latest episode of Defying Gravity recounting how growing up a military brat has influenced his life. I can't relate to that specifically but Brandon has an uncanny knack for bridging the gap and making the personal universal.
Podcast, video, and download here
Revolution | Paperback Writer | And Your Bird Can Sing | Helter Skelter | Savoy Truffle | I'm Down | I've Got A Feeling | Back In The USSR | You Can't Do That | It's All Too Much | She Said, She Said | Hey Bulldog | Tomorrow Never Knows | The EndiTunes Exclusive
Mike Viola's Acousto De Perfecto - the logical follow-up to Electro De Perfecto - is out everywhere this week. Check out the video for Songo De Perfecto aka Soundtrack of My Summer below.
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Holy effing 80s. The Killers are back with The Runaways from their new album Battle Born out this fall. There's no hiding it; this is a straight up 80s anthem if I ever heard one, which I've yet to decide is good or bad or meh.
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I was happy to attend the fifth anniversary of Des Moines' 80/35 music festival last weekend, which has brought great headliners like Flaming Lips and Death Cab for Cutie to our midwestern paradise (Death Cab killed this year!) Some of the true treasures and nice surprises are found on the free stages in between the headlining sets. Now, Now (formerly Now, Now Every Children) was my favorite surprise this year. They've been together since 2003 but hardly look a day out of middle school - which is a compliment. I have yet to explore any of their releases, but their female-led indie pop was a blast of fresh coolness on a day topping 100 degrees. Check out an official video below, which doesn't quite live up to the live experience.
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Love hearing anything new from Matthew Sweet especially when he's in power pop mode. Check out his cover of Fever B's This Sea is My Life....
We can always rely on Dan for digging up the sweetest Sweet. Thanks for the tip.
Call them a purely American experience, Americana, country-rock, dream-rock, whatthefuckever; Band of Horses is releasing their fourth album this September and has teased us with one whole minute of Dumpster World.
Check out previous releases via Amazon or iTunes. You won't be disappointed.
Pretentious as all hell but blissfully dreamy and shoegazey, DIIV has released their full-length debut Oshin this week. It's a sound that is oh-so-difficult to get right, but at first blush DIIV has something special to share. It has built-in indie cred so if that's important to you, here you go. If you're a bit like me and miss the My Bloody Valentines and Chapterhouses that crashed into our lives with shitloads of noise and melody 20+ years ago then check out the stream below and consider the downloads via Amazon or iTunes.
More. Thanks, BUG.
Nada Surf recently released a video for Waiting for Something from their outstanding album The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy. The tune is one of the catchiest on a very catchy album. The video features a beautiful locale, cactus mutilation, sideboob, and pirates. Kinda.
If you want a real treat, check out their wonderfully different version of New Order's Bizarre Love Triangle, the latest entry in AV Club's Undercover series. They have a knack for great covers. If I Had a Hi-Fi remains my favorite covers album to date (even besting Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs - quite an accomplishment if you know what a rabid Sweet fan I am!)
Nada Surf also started their summer tour yesterday. Four shows in Texas, zero in Iowa. Sigh. Here are all the dates. Nada Surf has elegantly risen into my top five favorite bands currently recording and performing. Very few bands consistently make better music.
Ben Folds Five is getting back together for the first time in 13 years and working on a new album. Holy hell where has the time gone? BFF is also doing the fan-funded thing through PledgeMusic. Not surprisingly they've already met their goal and now some of the excess will be going to charity. The signed CDs and vinyl are gone but there are other price-points to net yourself some BFF exclusives.
Check out the new tune Do It Anyway below, which I'm guessing was their response to people telling them the song isn't that great. "Dude, the new tune is underwhelming." "Fuck it, we'll do it anyway." Ouch. New album tentatively scheduled for release in August.
Don't be fooled. Passion Pit's catchy seemingly cheery new tune Take A Walk is anything but...
New album Gossamer is out July 24. In the meantime check out Manners and my favorite from it Moth's Wings, which I think I heard for the first time in an episode of Big Love. That's kinda weird.
TooPoppy favorite Jon Auer of the Posies, Big Star, and some must-have solo artist fame has a new project - Dynamo Royale. This is with his band mate/partner Tiz Aramini.
What makes this interesting is he's reaching out via social funding site Kickstarter. For as little as $1 you get sincere thanks and a listing on their forthcoming website. For $10 you get that plus what you really want - a digital download of the album. For $1,250 you get all that plus rights to their first born. Okay, not really, but you do get some really cool stuff. They are less than $500 away from their goal of $8,000. Make it happen people. Album is due October 2013. Personal plea from Jon and Tiz below.
George Harrison: Living in the Material World is now available in a Multi-Touch edition that brings the book alive with audio from Harrison himself, as well as from Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and others. Available exclusively on the iBookstore, this elegant, fully immersive book also includes image galleries and videos from both the Scorsese film and the Harrison archive, giving readers an unparalleled reading experience on iPad.Also available...
EARLY TAKES Volume 1, a musical companion piece to the George Harrison documentary, features 10 previously unreleased recordings from Harrison...And finally...
The critically-acclaimed Martin Scorsese documentary, George Harrison: Living in the Material World, which premiered on HBO last October, is available on home video May 1.Get the film here or here. Finally.
That was really good.
Brandon Schott's new multimedia effort Defying Gravity starts today with its first episode and includes a stunning cover of The Blue Nile's I Would Never. One of my favorite things about Brandon is his pure love of music both in its creation and appreciation. This cool episode gives up a glimpse of this love that he pours into everything he does.
Released well over a year ago, Young the Giant's self-titled debut is quickly becoming one of my favorite albums of the past few years. Of course they're still working it as evidenced by their new video for Apartment, the first song that caught my ear...
The rather understatedly catchy Apartment kicks off an album that can't quite find home with the hipsters or the mainstream yet is quite suitable to the 90s-loving pop enthusiasts that I like to think happen upon this blog on occasion. Turn this one up...
It also doesn't hurt for our readers to know that Jellyfish's own Roger Joseph Manning Jr. played keyboards on Your Side. Bam.
Ignore the rare forays into the trappings of a post-Coldplay musical landscape. They're inevitable and I expect a band of Young the Giant's quality to find a way past them eventually as they realize their own identity. Young the Giant is seemingly worth the early investment.
Fiona Apple returns with another mouthful of an album. June 19 sees the release of The Idler Wheel... with the first single Every Single Night debuting online today.
She's not for everybody but that's what makes it work. Here's more of what we know about the new album.
Are you kidding me with this?
Tim Christensen and Mike Viola sharing a stage performing Band on the Run?! The level of talent on this one small stage could only be matched by McCartney himself. Wow. And of course for those of you in the right place at the right time speaking the right language can check out a full show June 18, which happens to be Sir Paul's birthday. More here.
Bring the noise! Silversun Pickups' new album Neck of the Woods comes out May 8 but you can preview the new tune Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings) below.
It doesn't disappoint. Of course neither does Carnavas and Swoon. Pre-order Neck of the Woods here.
The new album from Garbage is called Not Your Kind of People and is set for release on May 15. Check out the first single Blood for Poppies below.
Yep. That sure is Garbage. I'm not hooked yet. It'll be a challenge to top the stellar Version 2.0. Download the single via iTunes here. You can pre-order the album and deluxe version via iTunes here.
Guided By Voices' new single Keep It In Motion is out today. You can stream it below. If you've ever tried to write a song, it's ok to hate GBV for how effortless they make it seem. It's hard not to thoroughly enjoy their seemingly unfinished lo-fi gems. Stick around for the last five seconds of the song. They're my favorite five seconds.
The new album by the classic lineup is out in June and is called Class Clown Spots a UFO. Naturally. Two new albums within six months - not bad for a band that broke up. Buy the single here or here. Their December release Let's Go Eat the Factory is available for download here.
It's no surprise that I adore new music that respectfully owes plenty to the old greats. There is a fine line (that takes a giant leap to cross) between banging out sound-alike tunes and creating something entirely fresh yet familiar, comfortable, and friendly. Very few cross that line as well as Jeff Litman.
Jeff smacked us hard over the head a few years back with his phenomenal debut Postscript. I heaped praise on it but remarked on the album's not-so-subtle backward nods. I've revisited Postscript countless times since and an interesting thing has happened. No longer do I hear the obvious influences first and Jeff later. Jeff's voice is deliberate and clear. I should have given him more credit.
We're a week away from its official release, but you can stream Paul McCartney's Kisses on the Bottom in its entirety at npr.org.
I've heard and share some concern that this new album of covers is a frightening move too similar to Rod Stewart's career choices. Interesting that Macca addresses this directly in the official EPK for the album...
Brendan Benson's new album What Kind of World is still a few months away from release (April 24), but you can go here to download a brand spanking beaut of a tune called Bad For Me. One listen to this one tune and What Kind of World has become my most anticipated album of the year.
More via Stereogum
The big news in quality-music-world was the recent Twitter announcement that new music from Fiona Apple will be out soon. It's been seven years since her last album was finally released after much delay. She's an extraordinary talent that will likely always leave us wanting more.
Anybody who works with Jon Brion gets my attention...
Beatles Beatles Beatles. It's always about the Beatles. Well, they did set the gold standard and they still continue to milk it.
Paul McCartney's pornographically-named Kisses on the Bottom comes out in two weeks. It's a covers collection featuring tunes that influenced Macca himself as well as a couple new ones. Methinks this one didn't make the cut...
Ringo is quite the prolific cat. The unimaginatively-named Ringo 2012 is out next week. Here's hoping the music is a bit more inspired than the name and artwork (seriously, Ringo, flashing the peace sign again?!)
And finally and perhaps most interestingly, George Harrison('s estate) is releasing an iPad app called The Guitar Collection, which "brings George Harrison's personal guitar collection to life."
The George Harrison Guitar Collection from George Harrison on Vimeo.
The Beatles continue to rock our world. Hallelujah.
John? Hello? Oh, hey, Julian.