Now the band has made the album official, giving it the title of Love Frequency. It’s out June 2 via Akashic Records. A new single will be released at the end of the month (March 30).
The Walkmen weren’t kidding about wanting to work on their own solo records. First we got a news of a solo album from Walter Martin as well as a song called “Sing To Me” featuring Karen O. Then Hamilton Leithauser announced his solo album and gave us a video for his first single, “Alexandra.” Now we get to add Peter Matthew Bauer to the mix.
His album is titled Liberation! and will come out on June 24 via Mexican Summer. He’s released his first single, “Latin American Ficciones.” I hate to say it, but it’s a very Walkmen-esque track with their signature guitar tone, and some vocals that actually fit their mold quite well. Don’t take that the wrong way, this is a very impressive solo debut for Bauer, and I’m excited to see how his album pans out.
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2014 keeps rolling in some big new album announcements, with the latest coming from tUnE-yArDs.
The album’s titled Nikki Nack, and it comes out May 6 via 4AD. She’s released a video featuring a megamix of track snippets, giving us a hectic little preview of the album. Find the megamix posted below. After that, you can find some new tour dates that she has announced, including a stop at Brooklyn’s Rough Trade NYC on May 7.
May 5th – Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever, Los Angeles, CA
May 7th – Rough Trade, Brooklyn, NY
May 12th – Village Underground, London
May 14th – Berghain, Berlin
May 15th – Nochtspeicher, Hamburg
May 16th – Les Nuits-Cirque Royal, Brussels
May 18th – Bitterzoet, Amsterdam
May 19th – Café de La Danse, Paris
May 23rd – Les Schwab Ampitheater, Bend, OR (w/ The National)
May 23rd – 25th – Sasquatch Festival, George, WA
May 31st – June 1st – Free Press Summerfest, Houston, TX
June 18th – 22nd – NXNE, Massey Hall, Toronto, ON
June 19th – 22nd – Firefly Festival, Dover, DE
July 19th – Pitchfork Festival, Chicago, IL
The announcement came with the release of the album’s first single, a track called “Magic.” While “Midnight” was a stray from their more usual sound, “Magic” is a more a return to form for Coldplay. It’s indeed a magical little track from the band that starts off calm and slowly blossoms into something a big bigger. Fans who weren’t pulled in as much with “Midnight” should be much fonder of “Magic.”
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It’s about time.
Duck Sauce, the electronic dance tag team duo of DJ’s A-Trak and Armand Van Helden, have finally announced their debut record. It’s appropriately titled Quack and will come out April 15 via Fool’s Gold. That’s the album art posted above.
Believe it or not, after all these years, previous singles “Barbra Streisand”, “aNYway”, and “It’s You” will be included on the album (interestingly no “Big Bad Wolf”) , along with nine other new tracks.
They announced the album with a very clever and hilarious teaser video that should set the standard for how album’s are released from now on. Find the video below along with the album tracklist.
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LCD Soundsystem will finally release the official audio from their unforgettable final concert at Madison Square Garden. The show went down on April 2, 2011, so it’s well overdue (although we got a documentary about the concert). The album will be a 5xLP box set that gets it’s first release on Record Store Day (April 19) and then a full release May 20 (via Warner Bros). It’s titled The Long Goodbye: LCD Soundsystem Live at Madison Square Garden.
The album is about four hours long and was produced and mixed by James Murphy, who took his time to make sure that it came out right. As someone who was lucky enough to be there, I can’t wait to finally hear this album in all its glory.
“It’s about god damn time.”
That’s what I said out loud when I read that The National were booked as the musical guests on the March 8 episode of Saturday Night Live. Lena Dunham of Girls will be the host.
After all these years, it feels like a victory to see the band booked for SNL. They sure do deserve it. It will continue to push them towards a much bigger audience, something that they’ve been growing steadily with every year it seems.
No one deserves this more. Be sure to tune in or set your DVR’s. This is going to be awesome.
After a few listens, I’m loving it. So far, it’s (probably) right up there with Days, which is some heavy praise from me. If you have yet to hear the album, you’re in luck, as it’s currently streaming for free at iTunes radio.
Later tonight the band are playing the whole album live at an intimate show taking place at SubCulture NYC. It will be available to stream at 8 pm via NPR. It will be archived and available for later listening as well.
So far Atlas’ opening cut “Had To Hear” is my favorite off the album. What’s yours? Let me know in the comment section below. Would love to see what you guys are digging so far.
The first taste of Hamilton Leithauser’s work as a solo artist has arrived. It’s a track called “Alexandra” and it’s off his debut solo album Black Hours and it’s out via Ribbon Music on May 6. I’ve shared the album art below.
He’s shared the music video for “Alexandra” which also serves as our first listen. It’s a quick paced track that has the familiar vocal draw of Leithauser with some light Americana influences sprinkled throughout. There are naturally going to be some reminders of The Walkmen found, but it’s clear that Leithauser is very much doing his own thing with his solo work.
In the video you’ll notice a familiar face on bass: Vampire Weekened’s Rostam Batmanglij who actually helped co-write the track, as well as produce/mix it.
Check out the clip for “Alexandra” below. Hamilton is making his live debut in NYC on April 15 & 16 with an early and late show. Tickets for those go on sale tomorrow. He will also release an exclusive 7″ of the single on Record Store Day (with a b-side titled “In The Shallows.”). I’ve also shared the Black Hours tracklist.
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It’s the band’s third album and it was recorded at House Under Magic, a new studio in Greenpoint. Andy Savours produced the album which is someting a bit more personal from the band. Even though the subjects may be dark, the songs were made in a joyful way.
A trailer for the album has been released, featuring the album’s opening cut “Art Smock.” Check it out below along with the trackist and some upcoming tour dates.
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