Monthly Archives: March 2016

Open Windows 1: New music bits and bytes this week

The year 2016 might not be new at this point, but I plan to make a habit out of this: Tired of not having time to properly blog about everything I want to hear and learn more about, I’m just going to pile up those dozens of web pages with album streams and bandcamp goodies I save through the week, then check out what I like and paste it all here, along with a quick note or two. This way, I’m not totally abandoning them, but at least giving them a more permanent bookmark for readers and the blog — There’s that much good music out there, every day, every week.

First thing’s first:

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Stream Iggy Pop and Josh Homme’s new album, Post Pop Depression at NPR. Not much more to be said, just the godfather of punk laying down the law with grit and grime, with help from a rock god.

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Oh Bree is a nine-piece orchestral punk band from Philadelphia who’s just put out a four-song EP, just out March 11, Feed Me Poison:

 

Kristin Welchez, aka Dee Dee, Dum Dum Girls’ leader, is back with a new project, the aptly named Kristin Kontrol. Check out “X-Communicate” and revisit the retro-rock ’80s sound Welchez is so good at. The new album is out May 27 on Sub Pop.

 

Noise rap outfit Dalek from NJ has a new single “Guaranteed Struggle,” their first music since 2009. Just make sure you’re in the right headspace for this addictive hummer. Their album, Asphalt For Eden is out April 22 on Profound Lore.

 

Sheer Mag came out with four new songs a few weeks ago, the EP III 7″, and everyone went mad. Catchy, fresh emo-rock, with intelligent lyrics about these shitty economic times.

 

Mitski’s album Puberty 2 won’t be out until June 17, but better find out about her now so you won’t be left behind. Mitski was raised on Japanese pop, and folk records and loves MIA — a compelling hybrid. You can only hear one song from the album so far on Bandcamp, the powerful and bleeding tome “Your Best American Girl,” and that will have to tide you over for now.

 

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Love it or hate it: Record Store Day 2016 is coming

The list of new vinyl releases for this year’s Record Store Day (April 16) was released today. Yaye for Wendy O. Williams’ Fuck ‘N Roll 7″ single, but why the Justin Bieber Purpose picture disc?

A few notes:
There’s only a few David Bowie offerings on the list
News of The Shaggs’ 7″ of “Sweet Maria”/”The Missouri Waltz” (“Missouri State Song”), and other RSD offerings were leaked early
Big Star’s Complete Columbia: Live at Missouri University double LP from April 25, 1993 will be released

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View the full list here: 2016_RSD_PUBLIC.

By the way, Metallica is the ambassador this year. I don’t get it either, but Metallica will release their 2003 show at Le Bataclan in Paris (site of the 2015 terror attacks there) and donate the proceeds to the Fondation de France’s Give For France charity.

Visit Record Store Day for updates.

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Nina Simone’s estate to Zoe Saldana: ‘Take Nina’s name out your mouth’

The estate of Nina Simone has spoken out after a trailer of the upcoming Simone biopic, ‘Nina,’ was released.

The trailer, released today, stars actress Zoe Saldana as Simone. The film’s production has remained controversial for several years since it was announced that Saldana was to play Simone, a jazz singer, pianist, activist and songwriter, also known as the High Priestess of Soul.

In a story on the Guardian‘s website, Saldana has been seen on the set wearing dark makeup and a prosthetic nose. The backlash has come down hard. Simone’s daughter, Lisa Simone Kelly, has continuously disavowed the film due to its casting choice.

Today, the Twitter account representing Simone’s estate tweeted to Saldana:

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The account also posted a link to a Simone interview, called “That Blackness,” where Simone talks about black culture and how she’s dedicated to helping black students  who feel alienated in white colleges:

“To me we are the most beautiful creatures in the whole world,” Simone says in the clip.

Simone’s Twitter account also posted a link today to Simone’s performance of “Go To Hell,” recorded in 1968 at The Bitter End in New York City. Some of the lines in “Go To Hell”:

“If your mind lies in the devil’s workshop/evil doins your thrill/ and trouble and mischief is all you live for/ you know damn well /that you’ll go to hell

Now you living high and mighty / rich off the fat of this land
Please don’t dispose of your natural soul / cause you know damn well that you’ll go to hell”

In 2013, Zaldana responded to the backlash that was already building at the time, saying in part, “I know who I am and I know what Nina Simone means to me. So that is my truth and that set me free.”

So far Saldana hasn’t directly responded. ‘Nina’ is due for release in April. Read more on the story at the Washington Post.

Watch the trailer for ‘Nina’ below:

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Lush synths lend beauty to Let’s Eat Grandma’s B-side, “Sink”

“Sink,” the trip-hoppy B-side to Let’s Eat Grandma’s experimental debut single, “Deep Six Textbook,” sounds nothing like “Deep Six” and is every bit as good.

Lush strings of high-pitched notes mesh with a funky gothic synth line that oozes the song forward. Rosa and Jenny rap-sing broad, mysterious lines like “To retain the blame is a heavy weight/ I need your help to unblock it …. under the influence of the norm.”

Later, “And I just didn’t know what to say” is repeated and warped as it echoes away amid mounting feedback. The duo, Rosa and Jenny, share vocals and sound as close as sisters.

The beautiful oddness of “Sink” will only feed the fire ahead of their debut album, which is still months away.

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Let’s Eat Grandma, recently signed teen instrumentalists Rosa and Jenny, are from Norwich, England. They’re already selling out shows in England and will play at the Great Escape Festival in Brighton on May 19 – 21.

Let’s Eat Grandma is on Transgressive, with new music set for release Sept. 2.

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