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Iggy Pop and Josh Homme

All the worlds are starting to collide. Rock icon Iggy Pop and Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme have announced that they’ve recorded an album together, and it features some contributions from Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders as well, making the already great deal that much sweeter. The album is called Post Pop Depression and will be released in March via Loma Vista Recordings.

The New York Times’Jon Pareles provided an in-depth feature about the project, giving us some great insight into how it all came together. It features nine tracks that were recorded “in brief bursts” at Homme’s two studios, with one week at his studio in Joshua Tree, and the other at Pink Duck. They collaborated under the condition that neither one bring in completed songs, only ideas. Along with Helders on drums, the only other addition to the studio recordings was Dean Fertitia also of Queens Of The Stone Age, as well as The Dead Weather.

The live band will feature Troy Van Leeuwen (also of Queens Of The Stone Age) and Matt Sweeney of Chavez, along with Helders and Fertita. The shows will be intimate and hard to get into, with Homme saying “There won’t be hardly any shows, and they won’t be in big places, and you won’t be able to get a ticket. So almost everyone won’t see it. It will be like trying to catch smoke in your hands. And that makes it even better. It will be special, and it will be over in the blink of an eye.

Today the group released first single from the album, “Gardenia,” a track that may or may not have been chosen to be premiered first because of its very David Bowie sound. Iggy Pop sounds great, given an extra bit of punch with Homme by his side, and Helders behind the kit.

Below find the official stream of “Gardenia” posted below, along with their performance of it on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night, which marked their official live debut. Can we just note how amazing it is to see Helders behind the kit with Iggy Pop and Homme?

“Gardenia”:

“Gardenia” live on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert:

The Last Shadow Puppets

A few weeks ago we finally got new music from The Last Shadow Puppets in the form of single “Bad Habits,” but we were still awaiting official word about a new full-length album, rather impatient after a long eight year wait.

Well tonight our prayers have been answered, as the duo of Alex Turner and Miles Kane have announced that their new album is called Everything You’ve Come To Expect, and will be released on April 1 (not a joke!) via Domino Records. 2016 is shaping up to be some year.

Everything You’ve Come To Expect was recorded last summer at Rick Rubin’s Shangri-La studios in Malibu, California, a studio with plenty of history, with previous owners included Bob Dylan and The Band. In addition to the duel threat of Alex Turner and Miles Kane, the album once again featured James Ford (Arctic Monkeys producer and member of Simian Mobile Disco) on drums, Owen Pallet (a frequent contributor of Arcade Fire) handling the string section, as well as the new addition of Zach Dawes (of Mini Mansions) on bass.

According to NME, Turner said that the long wait between albums was because they intended to release a trilogy and “wanted to write the second and third parts before we released the second.” In terms of the sound of the album, Turner suggested a change (not a surprise with the change of direction found on “Bad Habits). He noted how the last album ended up being “just one thing,” along with their fandom of Scott Walker causing the album to have been perceived to be a homage to that sound. He hints a change with the new album, saying “this one, in my head, doesn’t wear its influences on its sleeve as much as the first one did. We were definitely listening to a bit of Isaac Hayes this time, but it was less of a big deal.”

The album is now available to pre-order, with special edition vinyl and CD packages available on a limited first run pressing. The packages include goodies like photo booklets and special 7″ vinyls (one of which is a 7″ of “Bad Habits”, with an exclusive b-side, “The Bourne Identity”), so don’t sleep on this. Once they’re gone they’re gone for good.

You can find the entire 12-song tracklisting posted below, along with the video for “Bad Habits”:

Everything You’ve Come To Expect:

1. Aviation
2. Miracle Aligner
3. Dracula Teeth
4. Everything You’ve Come To Expect
5. The Element Of Surprise
6. Bad Habits
7. Sweet Dreams, TN
8. Used To Be My Girl
9. She Does The Woods
10. Pattern
11. The Dream Synopsis

[new]: Day Wave – “Gone”

By Will Oliver, January 18th 2016

Day Wave

Jackson Phillips and Day Wave had a great 2015, and the look to keep the momentum going strong with a new EP titled Hard To Read coming out March 4 via Grand Jury Music. It will be packaged along with last year’s Headcase EP to form a great 1-2 combination almost serving as a showcase for their eventual proper full-length.

Based on new single and EP track “Gone,” Phillips is continuing his winning ways. “Gone” taps into some well needed feelings of summer-inspired melancholy and nostalgia. He hasn’t released a full-length album yet, but he already has developed a signature sound that is instantly recognizable as his own.

Enjoy a stream of “Gone” below.

The Last Shadow Puppets Release New Album Teaser

By Will Oliver, December 3rd 2015

The Last Shadow Puppets - Teaser

It’s all happening folks. The Last Shadow Puppets are finally back. It’s been a painfully long seven years since their debut record, but we can now sit comfortably knowing that next spring we will have a brand new record from the combo of Alex Turner and Miles Kane.

We heard rumors about the new record being done for a couple months now, with Owen Pallet indicating the he helped compose some string arrangements for the album in an interview a little while back. But today we get the concrete proof that they’re back and ready to share new music in the form of an eerie teaser video that they released on their website.

We don’t get to hear much in terms of actual music, instead we are treated to some creepy cinematic clips of strings and various vocal clips. But the clip – mostly of bits of the duo and others such as longtime Arctic Monkeys friend and producer, James Ford – in the studio, looking as cool as can be, and that is plenty comforting enough for now.

Spring 2016 can’t come soon enough. Find the teaser posted below.

Sunflower

They’re not even allowed to drink (at least legally) but Sunflower Bean all already starting to call to mind the work ethic of prolific rockers like Ty Segall. The group have been touring endlessly since the start of 2014, playing more shows than anyone else in the great city of New York. This year they released their fantastic debut EP Show Me Your Seven Secrets, full of songs featuring hard-hitting psych wandering. They then followed that up with a 7″ featuring two rippers (“I Hear Voices” / “The Stalker”) that was released via Fat Possum over the summer.

And as if that wasn’t enough, the group have now announced that their debut album Human Ceremony will be released via Fat Possum on February 5. To mark the occasion of the announcement, the trio have released the ripping first single “Wall Watcher.” It’s a song that I’ve heard many times in live form, and I can proudly say that they’ve captured its essence and then some on this recording. It showcases the bands ability to rip through glorious fuzz rips, while also finding a slick psych-groove that they hammer home almost too easily.

Stream “Wall Watcher” below, pre-order the album here, and find the tracklisting below. I’ve also included their upcoming tour dates, which includes their own headlining performance at Bowery Ballroom on February 25, as well as a return trip to SXSW.
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WilcoStarWarsLate this afternoon and to everybody’s surprise, Wilco released a brand new album titled Star Wars literally out of nowhere with absolutely no teasers, no hype, no lead single, no nothing. It’s their ninth studio album, and the first release of brand new music since 2011’s wonderful ‘The Whole Love’ (via its own dBpm records). Even better? They’re giving it away for free. Yes, you read that correctly… they’re giving it away for free (albeit for a “limited time,” with an additional quick input of your email address).

“Why release an album this way and why make it free?” Tweedy states on the official Wilco Facebook page. “Well, the biggest reason, and I’m not sure we even need any others, is that it felt like it would be fun. What’s more fun than a surprise?”

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[new]: CHVRCHES – “Leave A Trace”

By Will Oliver, July 16th 2015 — with 1 comment

CHVRCHES

Today Glasgow electro-pop trio CHVRCHES announced that their new album is titled Every Open Eye, and will be released on September 25 via Glassnote Records. The group recorded the album last year at their own Alucard Studios in Glasgow, the same place where they made their debut.

They followed that announcement with the release of their brand new single “Leave A Trace.” The group don’t seem to miss a beat from their 2013 breakthrough debut The Bones of What You Believe. It’s a song that sounds triumphant as all hell, with the vocals of frontwoman Lauren Mayberry push to the forefront, ready and able to deliver the punchful choruses that will soon be lodged into your brains. I can already see its placement in crucial movie scenes in the immediate future.

Stream “Leave A Trace” below, and check out some tour dates below. The band also announced they will play a special intimate show at Music Hall of Williamsburg next Thursday, with tickets going on sale tomorrow at noon.
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Mac DeMarco - Another One

Mac DeMarco has had quite a year. With the release of the highly acclaimed Salad Days last year, his popularity surged and seems to have no limit. He’s got no plans to slow down, but instead has announced a brand new mini album called Another One, and will be released on August 7 via Captured Tracks. That’s the album art posted above. The announcement comes almost a year to the day that Salad Days was announced.

The eight-track mini-LP was recorded entirely by himself at his home in Queens somewhere in between his hectic touring schedule. It’s being described as having a “bittersweet, romantic sensibility, haunting and warm” with an overall feeling of “lost love, or perhaps love never found.”
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My Morning Jacket

My Morning Jacket look to return in a big way with new album The Waterfall, which will be released on May 4 via ATO Records/Capitol Records.

Earlier in the month they announced the album and released first single “Big Decisions.” Today they’ve released a special preview video called “Under The Waterfall” giving us some behind the scenes footage of the recording sessions, all set to mini previews of new songs from the album, which include: “Spring (Among the Living)”, “Compound Fracture”, “Believe (Nobody Knows)”, “Get the Point,” as well as “Big Decisions.”

Enjoy the video below.
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Wavves Cloud Nothings

Wavves and Cloud Nothings have collaborated together on an album called No Life For Me. It will be released sometime this year via Williams’ own label, Ghost Ramp.

It was recorded and produced at Joel Williams house (Nathan’s brother, a.k.a. Sweet Valley) from March 16 to March 24 of last year. The whole album was co written by Wavves’ Nathan Williams and Cloud Nothings’ Dylan Baldi, except for one song (“Such A Drag”) which Williams wrote himself. Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend played guitar on a song called “I Find,” and there are contributions from Wavves’ other members Stephen Pope and Brian Hill.

The idea of Wavves and Cloud Nothings’ worlds collided musically is very exciting and could be one of the best guitar rock records of the year. Many of us will turn to this album when we need to let loose of some steam. There has been no talk of a tour, but imagine how insane these shows would be?

Chapell August 17 at Rockwood 8pm

Chapell - Rockwood
BMG Music Presents Chapell is celebrating - having recently signed to Fieldhouse / BMG music. Debut album "The Redhead's Allegations" produced by Talking Heads' Jerry Harrison. Last NYC performance in 2016 prior to national tour with a huge iconic band (its still a secret) Come to Rockwood Music Hall on August 17 @8pm




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