Monthly Archives: October 2014

Joni Mitchell just made a ballet — of 53 of her remastered songs

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Folk singer, songwriter and artist Joni Mitchell has curated a four-disc CD, “Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting to Be Danced,” that will be out Nov. 17 on Rhino Records.
It’s a collection of 53 remastered songs recorded over 40 years — a four-act ballet that took Mitchell two years to complete, according to a BB Gun Press release. Mitchell originally planned to keep the release to one CD. “Love Has Many Faces” also includes 53 lyrical poems and six new paintings.
“I am a painter who writes songs. My songs are very visual. The words create scenes…What I have done here is to gather some of these scenes (like a documentary filmmaker) and by juxtaposition, edit them into a whole new work,” says Mitchell in the press release.

For more info visit jonimitchell.com

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Dead Weather is alive! Listen to “Buzzkill(er)” and “It’s Just Too Bad”

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Today Jack White’s (other, other) band, The Dead Weather, officially released the song “Buzzkill(er)” with B-side “It’s Just Too Bad.”

The songs follow the release of “Rough Detective” and “Open Up (That’s Enough)” that were out at the beginning of the year.

Vocalist Alison Mosshart of The Kills brings the grunge on both, sounding like she just surfaced from the inky depths of a Quentin Tarantino film — so it’s definitely worth your time.

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“Buzzkill(er)” was originally released only through Third Man Records’ Vault subscription series, but both songs will be out digitally Nov. 4.

A new album from The Dead Weather is expected in 2015.

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Stream two albums from AJ Davila– catch his band in Boston tonight

AJ Davila Y Terror Amor– “Beibi”

Davila 666– “Pocos Anos, Muchos Danos”

Right now you can stream two albums from AJ Davila — AJ Davila Y Terror Amor’s “Beibi” and Davila 666’s “Pocos Anos, Muchos Danos”
Davila is founder of garage-rock band Davila 666, which hails from Puerto Rico. The band went on a break in 2011, and “Pocos Anos” is the band’s double album singles compilation.

“Beibi” is streaming via Wondering Sound, and “Pocos Anos, Muchos Danos” is streaming via Impose Magazine. Both are out Nov. 4 on Burger Records.
To get a little taste, listen to the raw sound of Davila 666’s “Primero Muerto” on Soundcloud.

AJ DAVILA Y TERROR AMOR TOUR DATES:

TONIGHT– Wed. Oct. 29 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall

Thu. Oct. 30 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

Fri. Oct. 31 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s

Sat. Nov. 1 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat

Sun. Nov. 2 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter

Mon. Nov. 3 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506

Tue. Nov. 4 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West

Wed. Nov. 5 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In

Thu. Nov. 6 – Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone Café

Fri. Nov. 7 – Dallas, TX @ City Tavern

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The new Twilight Sad is still streaming — so go listen!

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If you haven’t yet, then please go check out the full album from The Twilight Sad-it’s streaming now on Stereogum. The band’s latest, “Nobody Wants To Be Here and Nobody Wants To Leave,” has been receiving rave reviews, so here’s your chance to get a listen before you have to just go buy it.

The single “There’s a Girl in the Corner” has that new-wave/80s punk feel that’s so gorgeous and romantic, while “Last January” is a little more desolate, but well-crafted and powerful.

“Nobody Wants To Be Here and Nobody Wants To Leave,” is already out in the UK, and is set for release tomorrow – Oct. 28 on FatCat Records.

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New Gorillaz in 2016? If the gods and Damon Albarn allow it

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The blog Consequence of Sound is reporting that in Damon Albarn‘s recent interview with Sydney Morning Herald, he revealed that a new album with the group Gorillaz may materialize in 2016.

Albarn was speaking with the paper about his debut album, “Everyday Robots,” released earlier this year.

While that’s certainly not a hard and fast commitment, it’s at least a better hint than the stories in 2011 that Gorillaz was no more.

According to Consequence of Sound in an earlier interview, Albarn had said a new Gorillaz album was “unlikely.” The precariousness of the band was further evident in scuttlebutt that band member Jamie Hewlett allegedly felt like his animated work illustrating the virtual members was getting swept under the rug.

But as Albarn said, “in the music industry everything changes.”

Fans of Albarn’s other side project, Blur, may also find a glimmer of hope in words from Albarn that the band may be resurrected at some point, saying, “I would imagine there’s some kind of future.”

Watch and remember Blur’s killer Britpop sound of 1994’s “Girls and Boys.”

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Panda Bear drops new single and “Grim Reaper” details

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Panda Bear, aka Noah Lennox, late Wednesday dropped (or leaked) a new single, “Mr. Noah” and details on upcoming CD “Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper”

The “Mr. Noah” EP is available today, with three new songs that won’t be on the album — “Faces in the Crowd,” Untying the Knot,” and “This Side of Paradise.”
“Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper” is due Jan. 13 on Domino.
More info to come.

Enjoy watching “Mr. Noah.”

Check out the tracklisting for “Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper”:

  1. Sequential Circuits
  2. Mr Noah
  3. Davy Jones’ Locker
  4. Crosswords
  5. Butcher Baker Candlestick Maker
  6. Boys Latin
  7. Come To Your Senses
  8. Tropic Of Cancer
  9. Shadow Of The Colossus
  10. Lonely Wanderer
  11. Principe Real
  12. Selfish Gene
  13. Acid Wash

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Primus reunites for wonky new album

Primus and the Chocolate Factory With the Fungi Ensemble

Primus and the Chocolate Factory With the Fungi Ensemble

Primus has just released their eighth album, and the first since 1995 with the original group.

“Primus and The Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble” is a sweet-and-sour play on the kid-favorite movie “Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.”

But Primus, as usual, has taken it one step further.

They’ve made five “gold” vinyl records, similar to the “golden ticket” in the famous film, but instead of mounds of candy, the finders of the golden records get free Primus tickets for life, according to a story in the Huffington Post. They’ll be mixed in with their chocolate-colored vinyl.

Watch the making of the records in their promo video here.

Primus has also been handing out chocolate “Primus” bars at live shows, and who doesn’t want that? They even had different varieties: “Mr. Krinkle Bars,” “Professor Nutbutter Bars” and “Bastard Bars.” Empty calories never tasted so sweet.

Stream the new record at New York Times.

And might as well check out their classic “My Name is Mud,” to get another taste of their bizarre and awesome flavor.

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The heart of Seoul can be found in their new single “Stay With Us.”

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Ambient-pop Canadian band Seoul has signed with Grand Jury Music and released a new song, “Stay With Us.”
Their music is calming while energizing and uplifting and “Stay With Us” is no exception.
The digital single is now on iTunes with a date for a physical release to soon follow.
Tomorrow, though, they’re playing at Agency Group Showcase at The Standard in New York City at 8:15 p.m.

Listen to “Stay With Us.”

Here’s a few more tour dates:

Oct 23 – The Agency Group Showcase @ The Standard – 8:15 PM – New York, NY *

Oct 23 – Radio Bushwick – TBD – New York, NY *

Oct 27 – T.T. the Bear’s – Boston, MA

Oct 29 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
Nov 21-22 – M for Montreal – Montreal, QC

* CMJ Festival

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Sleater-Kinney back from the dead with “Bury Our Friends,” new album, tour

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While some bands have called it quits this year, one band is back in a huge way: Sleater-Kinney.

The girl-indie-punk band have released a new single, “Bury Our Friends” and is a perfect way for them to announce their resurrection from the dead. Their last album, “The Woods,” was out in 2005, nearly a decade ago.

The stomping guitar on “Bury Our Friends” cuts its way through while the ladies howl, “We’re wild and weary but we won’t give in,” as they burn everything in their path.

Visit their website to snag the song for free.

Sleater-Kinney‘s new album, “No Cities To Love,” is out Jan. 20.

Check out NPR for the track listing and tour dates.

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Parquet Courts is back — as Parkay Quarts

The highly prolific Parquet Courts is back, again, this time as Parkay Quarts, a name they’ve alluded to in their EP “Tally All the Things That You Broke.”

Their new album, “Content Nausea,” is the indie-punk band’s second of the year after “Sunbathing Animal” and is due Dec. 2 on What’s Your Rupture?
Parkay Quarts on Oct. 16 released a new song “Uncast Shadow of a Southern Myth”— a slower, ballad-ish tune.
Two members of the band have gone off for a bit to live the traditional life (a degree in math, starting a family), so vocalists/guitarists Andrew Savage and Austin Brown are pulling the weight and getting help from Jackie-O Motherf*cker Jef Brown on sax and Eaters’ Bob Jones on fiddle. Hence the name Parkay Quarts, reflecting the fractured state of the band right now.
“Content Nausea” is rather short, clocking in at about 35 minutes, but according to band members, they were looking to help out listeners, to give them something to “live with over the winter.” According to a press release it was mastered in just two weeks on a four-track tape machine.
CONTENT NAUSEA TRACKLISTING

1. Everyday It Starts

2. Content Nausea

3. Urban Ease

4. Slide Machine

5. Kevlar Walls

6. Pretty Machines

7. Psycho Structures

8. The Map

9. These Boots

10. Insufferable

11. No Concept

12. Uncast Shadow Of A Southern Myth

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