Between becoming an Indie success story with his first album being re-released on a bigger label earlier this year, his collaboration EP with The Flaming Lips, and a new album out today, he still has time to drop a, pretty cinematic, new video for the album, Era Extraña, and it’s first single “Polish Girls.”
The video has quite the little 80s-cyberpunk vibe going on.
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.
Lo-Fi darling Ariel Pink has come to the surface to debut a new track with mentor and influence R. Stevie Moore (who has over 400 self-released albums to his credit).
Mr. Stevie Moore never gets a whole lot of press due to his DIY way about things and out-there persona, so it’s good to see Ariel Pink giving back and helping him get a bit of much-deserved exposure, even if their new track, “Dutch Me,” is far from both of their best work.
Listen to “Dutch Me” below and click after the jump for one of R. Stevie Moore’s better tracks that showcases him at his most-accessible and most-eclectic.
Is it Blur? Gorillaz? A proper solo LP? Well, not quite.
The prolific Damon Albarn has announced a new project called DRC Music; set to release their first album this October.
According to Pitchfork:
recording in Democratic Republic of Congo with XL Recordings boss Richard Russell, Dan the Automator, Actress, Kwes, T-E-E-D (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosurs), Jneiro Jarel, Marc Antoine, Alwest, Remi Kabaka, and Rodaidh McDonald as DRC Music.
Now, that project has an album ready for release: Kinshasa One Two will see release via Warp digitally on October 4 in the U.S. (October 3 in the UK) and physically on November 8 (November 7 in the UK). The album was recorded in Kinshasa over the course of five days, in collaboration with local musicians. Proceeds will go to Oxfam to help their relief efforts in Democratic Republic of Congo.
A worthy cause indeed, produced by a stellar team of praise-worthy musicians. Hear the first track, “Hallo,” from their album below.
A few months back The Beach Boys announced plans to release a massive box-set of ALL of the elusive SMiLE sessions, thought to have been hidden away and relegated to bootlegs and old-man Brian Wilson’s 2004 re-recorded version.
Here’s the whole, giant package:
The long awaited release of the Brian Wilson and Beach Boys masterpiece, SMiLE Sessions. With the full participation of original Beach Boys Al Jardine, Mike Love, and Brian Wilson, Capitol/EMI has, for the first time, collected and compiled the band’s legendary 1966-’67 sessions for the never-completed SMiLE album. Rolling Stone magazine recently called SMiLE “the most famous unfinished album in rock & roll history.”
In several sessions between the summer of 1966 and early 1967, The Beach Boys recorded a bounty of songs and drafts for an album, SMiLE, that was intended to follow the band’s 1966 album, Pet Sounds. The master tapes were ultimately shelved, and The Beach Boys’ SMiLE has never been released. Drawn from the original masters, SMiLE Sessions presents an in-depth overview of The Beach Boys’ recording sessions for the enigmatic album, which has achieved legendary, mythical status for music fans around the world.Artwork for all of the SMiLE Sessions’ physical and digital configurations has been created with and inspired by Beat-Pop artist Frank Holmes’ original 1967 LP sleeve art and booklet designs intended for the SMiLE album.
Vinyl Product contains:
– 12″ x 12″ gatefold packaging featuring Frank Holmes cover art
– 2 LPs
– Inner sleeve art (not contained on box set vinyl)
– 12″ x 12″ booklet created for original release features:
– Photos by Guy Webster
– Drawings by Frank Holmes
Not to mention several CDs, VInyl singles, booklets and other rare goodies for the perfectionist collector out there.
The SMiLE Sessions box set is set for release on November 1st. Hopefully Mike Love won’t find a way to screw it up.
You know that feeling where completely irrational partisanship takes over and you almost don’t even give a remake or, in this case, a collection of cover songs, a chance? This is an album that almost falls into that category.
It’s not that the band’s they’ve gotten together to contribute Muppet covers are all bad, per se (though some can definitely argue that), it’s that most, if not all, of these songs serve no purpose above [insert band] covering [insert song]. Most times that would be exactly what you want from an album of covers, but here it comes off as odd because, as much as I’m breaking every rule of being fair, I find myself going “this just doesn’t have the charm of a felt puppet with a weird voice singing it.”
Take the opening track, a cover of the theme from The Muppet Show by OK GO. It’s interesting; but It’s kind-of played too-dark and off-putting for a Muppet song. Or the misguided Weezer/Hayley Williams cover of Rainbow Connection, over-produced to the point of missing the mark; there was no need for a second vocalist and the autotune is dripping of both of them.
Again, I’m not saying you can’t enjoy these covers for what they are, but I’m saying not to expect anything that either blows you away or adds anything new and exciting to the Muppet music canon.
Lulu, released November 1st, is the forthcoming WTF collaboration between Lou Reed and Metallica.
Described by Lou Reed as:
…maybe the best thing done by anyone, ever. It could create another planetary system. I’m not joking, and I’m not being egotistical.
Hyperbole aside, this album has a lot to live up to. Two icons in their respective crowds colliding to flesh out songs Reed wrote for the play Lulu, an adaptation of stories from the German author Frank Wedekind.
Look, we get it. Weezer haven’t exactly been on their A-game lately. So what about more consistent bands having their songs given that admittedly-awesome Weezer-sound?
Works well with an example like the Pixies’ “Velouria,” completely wasted on songs like Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida,” and just weird (in a good way) on a track like their demo for “Better Off Alone” by Alice DeeJay.
David Lynch has panties in his mouth. Your argument is invalid.
Famous film and television director David Lynch (Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet) will be releasing his first full length album of Electronic-Pop music on November 8th via the Sunday Best Recordings label. Oh, also, the album is called Crazy Clown Time.
Lynch has had a few forays into music before, working with Julie Cruise and Angelo Badalamenti on soundtrack work and, more recently, being featured on two tracks of the Dangermouse/Sparklehorse project Dark Night Of The Soul.
But it will be interesting to see what the oft-visionary, oft-abstract director brings to the world of music with a full offering of nightmare fuel this fall.
01 Pinky’s Dream (feat. Karen O)
02 Good Day Today
03 So Glad
04 Noah’s Ark
05 Football Game
06 I Know
07 Strange and Unproductive Thinking
08 The Night Bell With Lightning
09 Stone’s Gone Up
10 Crazy Clown Time
11 These Are My Friends
12 Speed Roadster
13 Movin’ On
14 She Rise Up
If you know the folklore of my show, you know the story of Plastiq Passion. For those who don’t, here’s it in a nutshell…Plastiq Passion, sends me a CD, I loved it. I go to see them at a bar on Staten Island to see how they are live, they are scheduled at 10pm, by 2am they hadn’t gone on yet, same with Terrible Tim who was scheduled at 9pm. I am mortified that bands are treated this way.
Because of that, I start my own events on Staten Island, Plastiq Passion plays them, which leads to events in Jersey, they play those too. which leads to events in NYC, and they play those. They also play one of my anniversary shows with Dramarama and Girl in a Coma. I guess you can say they are the house band of Anything Anything. But they are more than that, they are hard working and one of the best unsigned bands this area has to offer. The first song i ever played by them on my show was the demo of “I Can’t Wait”, they since re-recorded it and have made a nifty new video for it…here it is…enjoy..