Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Get Yourself Another Fool

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...

Monday, January 30, 2012

I'd Use Rocketships, Mine Sweepers, Transister Radio Receivers

Just happened upon the Inspiral Carpets web site over lunch today and noticed they're recording again for the first time in 15 years! They're also talking about a world tour. That would rock. Pun intended.

I know what will be playing on my drive home today...

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

How Can I Say No?

Still some life to World Party? I'll believe it when I touch it with my own two hands.

Arkeology is a (so far) mythical 5-disc box-set by World Party allegedly being released April 10. The official World Party site says, "New Songs, Live Recordings, Cover Versions, Lots of Pictures and The Amazing Any-Year Diary." No doubt I'm intrigued, but we've heard grand and not-so-grand announcements from the genius Karl Wallinger only to ultimately be disappointed. I recognize he's had health issues and he really owes us nothing (Goodbye Jumbo completes me), but please make this happen - whatever it really is.

More here.

I Will Start To Begin At The End

Now this is how you go viral...

Yep, Wilco's new music video is the first hand-drawn Popeye cartoon in more than 30 years! And guess who gets the girl?

More fun here

My Mouth Says Yes

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

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Your Presence Dominates The Judgments Made On You

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...

We're Too Busy Singing

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.