If you’ve never heard of The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion than I envy you, because now you get to listen to their entire back-catalog at once and be pumped full of crunchy, bluesy guitar-rock fit for an urban hillbilly, sans all the Ozark-isms that normally stigmatize this type of music.
According to Brooklyn Vegan:
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion spent a good portion of the past year touring in support of reissues stuffed with rare/unreleased tracks, including appearances at Matador 21, Pitchfork, and other dates. The band’s other recent accomplishments include a split with Melvins on AmRep and a SuperBowl commercial. In the future you can catch the the NYC trio on October 13th at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, NJ. Tickets are on sale. So far no other dates have surfaced.
So get at those tickets before they sell out and enjoy the pure, unfiltered fun of their song “Bellbottoms” below:
A few years back, The Black Keys surprised everyone by teaming up with Damon Dash and producing a hip-hop album consisting of instrumentals by The Keys and verses by everyone from RZA and Mos Def to a posthumous ODB-Ludacris collaboration.
Well the boys are at it again and have just posted a trailer for the Release-date-TBA Blackroc 2.
Excited? Don’t care? Never heard the first Blackroc album? Please change that NOW.
Picking up slightly as we ease into a new school year, August 29th sees the return of several familiar faces including Weezy F. Baby, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Counting Crows, and Mike Doughty. Some of these releases seeming to be more of the same (good and bad), but hopefully the Fall will mean a new freshman class of artists releasing solid material in the weeks to come. For now we’ll just have to make due with the tried and true.
Red Hot Chili Peppers – I’m With You
Jake Owen – Barefoot Blue Jean Night
Mike Doughty – Yes and Also Yes
Lenny Kravitz – Black and White America
Edwin McCain – Mercy Bound
Counting Crows – August & Everything After: Live
Lil Wayne – Tha Carter IV
David Guetta – Nothing But the Beat
Via New Music Releases
Since I’ve started my radio show, I’ve been very vocal about my dislike of a few bands. And like everything else, some people agree with my thoughts, others don’t. That’s the great thing about music, everybody likes something different, and unlike sports where you may root for one team while hoping every other team fails, music is not like that.
Despite my well documented distain for Kings of Leon, Pete Yorn and the Strokes, I don’t root against them selling records, I actually hope they do, I hope every artist sells millions of records, it’s better for all of us if tons of records get sold.
I also don’t have a problem with an artist to get established they cash in every friend and family connection “chip” to break through the clutter. It’s part of most everything in life, even in the workforce. Some people may get a job because of their connections which causes a better candidate to be left in the cold. In music a better album may not get heard or promoted. I fully understand all of that.
But this is where my problems lie with certain bands, once you cash in the “chip”, or daddy or your brother helps you out, you need to DELIVER or please go away and don’t keep re-cashing the same “chip”.
Unfortunately those certain bands haven’t DELIVERED.
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The Strokes just released the lead single off their upcoming album Angles, the fourth album from a band I’m not a big of fan of (I will fully explain why in a blog next month). Usually the third album is the make or break album for a band, and the fourth is one that solidifies their standing. The Strokes third album was not as good as their second which was nowhere as good as their first, so in essence this album becomes both a comeback album as well as a make or break album to establish if they have any relevance 10 years down the road. Based on listening to the first single, “Under Cover of Darkness”, it seems like they will fade off into the sunset.
I’ve taken the lead single off of a few major bands fourth albums as a comparison, and there’s only a few exceptions where a weak lead single off a fourth album hasn’t hurt the band, but please note in those cases, those bands had a monster third album, which the Strokes did not…
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