A Perspective on New Music
It’s April Fool’s Day. To celebrate, th fine people at Spinner have put together a gallery of The Biggest Hoaxes in Rock History. Highlights include Paul McCartney’s “Death” and Mama Cass’ Ham Sandwich rumour.
The Warped Tour returns for another summer. The Used, Taking Back Sunday, New Found Glory and Yellowcard. Kevin Lyman talks about “The Good Old Days” of the tour here.
Nothing I do will ever be as big as Oasis
Noel Gallagher. At least he’s honest. He explains his recent humility to NME.
Refused have announced their first tour in 15 years. The Swedish Punks have a bevy of North American Dates, including Montreal & Toronto and you can view the full list here.
Rolling Stone has put together an excellent history of Sonic Youth’s career. It’s been 30 years since the group put out their first EP, and This gallery has select cuts from throughout those years.
What can you do as an again rap star, who’s relevance is fleeting? How about Hip Hop Squares. It’s Hollywood Squares, for the MTV2 generation.
“Another non-music show on MTV, what a shock”
Adele tell about how she had planned on writing a ballad the day they composed “Rolling In The Deep” and how Paul Epworth moulded her fury into a hit. It’s a cool story, and it’s posted here.
Watch Nardwuar interview Montreal electropop star Grimes:
Here’s a great story about a gang in England who ran a pretty clever scam to get paid in royalties from iTunes & Amazon. The BBC has the details.
Jet broke up this week. Who knew they were still together? NME has a great story about Bands You Didn’t Know Were Still Going, while Alan Cross reminds us of what Pitchfork thought of their 2006 album ‘Shine On’ (They didn’t like it very much).
Death From Above 1979’s only studio album ‘You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine’ is being repressed for Record Store Day. It’s a limited run, and the details are available here.
Snoop Dogg is working on a Reggae album. Imagine how cloudy that studio must be. Diplo is producing it, and speaks to SPIN here.
Stone Gossard’s other band, BRAD, has a new record on the way. Their first single, along with an interview with the legendary Ax-slinger is available for you to see here.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are one of the best live bands out there. Subsequently, they’re heading back on the road later this month, and have released a free Live EP to get you in the mood for it. Details are available here.
Damon Alburn has another new record on the way. Aside from his work with Gorillaz, Rocket Juice & The Moon and anything Blur may have planned, the prolific singer also has an opera he’s working on. ‘Dr. Dee’ is about John Dee, adviser to Elizabeth I and will be released May 8th. Until then, enjoy “The Marvelous Dream” below:
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros have a new record on the way. ‘Home’ is the follow-up to 2009’s breakthrough album ‘Up From Below’ and according to reports, should countinue along the same vein. Enjoy the first leak, “Man on Fire” below:
If you’ve seen The Hunger Games, you may be familar with this tune. If not, it’s a new one from Arcade Fire, including a description from the band of where their minds were when composing this tune. You can read and either stream or download “Horn Of Plenty” on their Facebook Page. Here’s a Non-Facebook link for you ultra-hipsters that are either too cool for, or have already moved on from Facebook.
The Flaming Lips have one of the most intriguing Record Store Day releases on the way. ‘The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends’ features appearances from a wide range of artists, including Ke$ha, Yoko Ono and Chris Martin for Coldplay. Here’s a link with a full tracklisting, as well as a story about a special edition of the record, featuring the performer’s blood cooked into the vinyl. Seriously. Also, 2 track from the record are streaming below:
The Flaming Lips with Bon Iver – Ashes in the Air
The Flaming Lips with Lightning Bolt – I’m Working At NASA On Acid
The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach has teamed up with English Singer/songwriter Michael Kiwanuka for a new track. Check out “Lasan” below:
OK GO have a new video. It doesn’t have the same flare as some of their previous clips, but it’s still pretty cool. Enjoy “Skyscrapers” below:
California Hardcore group Off! have announced a new record. The Self-titled LP will be out in May. The group will also join Refused on tour this spring, and have offered up a new track on their website.
Wintersleep are back with a new tune. ‘Hello Hum” will be released in June, but until then you can enjoy “In Came The Flood” below:
Former Wolf Parade-r Spencer Krug’s next LP as Moonface will feature Siinai. The Finnish artist provides a comfortable balance to Krug’s already lavish soundscapes. Word from the label, Jagjaguwar is that Wolf Parade is done, and this is where your Wolf Parade based attention should be headed. The record hits shelves April 17, but until then, you know we got tunes for you to stream:
Moonface “Teary Eyes And Bloody Lips”
Moonface “Headed For The Door”
Bon Iver member S. Carey has a new EP on the way May 8th. Enjoy “Two Angles” below:
I Mother Earth are back. Are the touring more? We don’t know. Is there a record on the way? They haven’t said. Is there a new tune for you to enjoy? Absolutely. Stream We Got The Love below:
Macy Gray has a new record out. ‘Covered’ sees the soulful singer taking on some killer tunes. Check out here AWOLnation cover below: