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Blur - The Magic Whip

Blur are back. The Brit-rock veterans have announced that they’ll return with new album The Magic Whip on April 28 via Warner Brothers Records. It’s the band’s first new album in 12 years (2003’s Think Tank) and their first with guitarist Graham Coxon in 16 years (since 1993’s 13).

The recordings began at Avon Studio in Kowloon, Hong Kong, during a five-day break from touring in Spring 2013. They were put aside after the tour when members returned to their lives. But last November Graham Coxon revisited the tracks and got early Blur producer Stephen Street to work on the material. Damon Albarn came in, added lyrics, and then The Magic Whip and its 12-tracks were born and ready to be released.

Although we’ve had hints here and there that Blur may properly return one day, it’s still a truly surprising announcement considering that no one was really sure if they’d ever actually stay together long enough to get it done.

The announcement wasn’t the only thing we got, as they also released the music video for album cut “Go Out,” which shows us how to make homemade ice cream. Blue turn back the clocks for this one, it sounds like vintage Blur.

It’s good to have them back. I’m excited to hear the album and have my fingers crossed that they will tour stateside once again.

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Governors Ball Single Day
Governors Ball Music Festival announced the 2015 lineup last month, and today they’ve announced the single day lineups for the three days of the festival, set to go down from June 5-7 at Randall’s Islands Park.

We still have to see the set times each day, but at least now you can plan out if you want to go to just one day, or even plan out who you’re going to see each day.

Single days tickets are on presale now, with the regular sale happening Friday noon. 3-day tickets are still on sale.

Find the single day lineup posted below:
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Bjork Releases New Album ‘Vulnicura’ Early

By Will Oliver, January 21st 2015

Bjork - Vulnicura

It was just last week that Björk announced her new album Vulnicura. It was originally slated for a March release date (via One Little Indian), but it looks like things changed after the album’s surprising leak over the weekend. The early release of the album on iTunes is clearly a move to combat the early leak of the record. Hey, new Bjork even early. No one’s arguing with that.

Bjork took to her facebook to write a personal note to fans giving some insight into the making of the album. Find it posted below:

dear websitefolks , fans , tweeters and my music supporters on all the sorts of www :

vulnicura will be rolling out worldwide over the next 24 hours !!
http://smarturl.it/vulnicura

i am so grateful you are still interested in my work !!

i appreciate every little bit !!!

i wanted to tell you the tale of making of this album

i guess i found in my lap one year into writing it a complete heartbreak album . kinda surprised how thoroughly i had documented this in pretty much accurate emotional chronology …. like 3 songs before a break up and three after . so the anthropologist in me sneaked in and i decided to share them as such . first i was worried it would be too self indulgent but then i felt it might make it even more universal . and hopefully the songs could be a help , a crutch to others and prove how biological this process is : the wound and the healing of the wound . psychologically and physically . it has a stubborn clock attached to it .

there is a way out

and then a magic thing happened to me : as i lost one thing something else entered . alejandro contacted me late summer 2013 and was interested in working with me . it was perfect timing . to make beats to the songs would have taken me 3 years ( like on vespertine ) but this enchanted arca would visit me repeatedly and only few months later we had a whole album !!! it is one of the most enjoyable collaboration i have had !

i then went ahead and wrote string and choir arrangements and recorded them in iceland

and whom else to lure into singing with me my worship-of-love-song “atom dance ” than my goddess of love : antony ?

towards the end of the album i started looking around for a mixing engineer and was introduced by a mutual friend of ours , robin carolan to the haxan cloak . he mixed the album and also made a beat for one half of “family” . together with chris elms the engineer we kinda formed a band during the mixing process and this is the album we made !!!

i do hope you enjoy it

i would like to thank this overqualified little team ( where roles often blurred )

. i also would like to thank robin , his generous approvals gave me more courage to complete this as is .

and my group of songswapping / dj friends : the right tune can truly cure : ta for those sonic ointments

but most of all i would like to thank my team : james merry , derek birkett and emma birkett . rosemary and elisa . this album could not have been done without you

The physical release date of Vulnicura is still March, which is also when Bjork will return to New York for a bunch of live shows at Carnegie Hall and New York City Center. Find those dates posted below.

March 7 – Carnegie Hall (12 pm matinee show)
March 14 – Carnegie Hall (12 pm matinee show)
March 25 – New York City Center (8 pm evening show)
March 28 – New York City Center (12 pm matinee show)
April 1 – New York City Center (8 pm evening show)
April 4 – New York City Center (12 pm matinee show)
June 5-7 – Governors Ball Music Festival

Death Cab for Cutie Announce New Album: ‘Kintsugi’

By Will Oliver, January 13th 2015 — with 2 comments

Death Cab for Cutie - Kintsugi

It’s strange to think about Death Cab for Cutie without Chris Walla, the former co-founding member who officially left the group last year after playing one final show. But before he quit, he helped record the band’s next album, which is entitled Kintsugi and will be released March 31 via Atlantic Records.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, bassist Nick Harmer gave insight into the meaning of the album’s title:
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Sufjan Stevens Announces New Album: ‘Carrie & Lowell’

By Will Oliver, January 12th 2015 — with 1 comment

Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

Believe it or not, it’s been five years’ since Sufjan Stevens released his last album, Age Of Adz. So it’s exciting news that Sufjan Stevens has announced a new album titled Carrie & Lowell. It will be released on March 31 via Asthmatic Kitty.

The album was named after Steven’s mother and stepfather, and features 11 songs about “life and death, love and loss, and the artist’s struggle to make sense of the beauty and ugliness of love.”

Longtime fans of Stevens may be pleased to learn that the album is being called a return to Steven’s folk roots. Age Of Adz, while a great album, dabbled into electronic territory, which may have turned some fans away who were used to his more folk-oriented work. And who knows, maybe he can work in some special Illinois shows with the eventual tour for the album, consider it’s the 10th anniversary of the classic.

Carrie & Lowell was recorded by Stevens along with Casey Foubert, Laura Veirs, Nedelle Torrisi, Sean Carey, Ben Lester and Thomas Bartlett.

Check out a beautiful album trailer that the label released below, featuring presumably a new track off the record. The album tracklist follows.
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TONIGHT: CMJ Kick Off Party At Pianos

By Will Oliver, October 9th 2014

CMJ

EDIT: Tonight is the night!!

I’m very excited to announce that we have teamed up with our buds The Needle Drop and We Listen For You to put on a CMJ Warmup show at Pianos on Monday, October 20.

The action goes down from 8pm-midnight, and admission is totally free! FREE. No excuses. Here’s the Facebook Event Page. Be sure to RSVP!

The will feature performances from a diverse group of talented artists that include Oscar, Sharpless, White Reaper, Cakes Da Killa, Uncommon Nasa and Machine Girl

It’s going to be a great night of music, drinking, and all kinds of shenanigans. Tell all your friends. We’ll see you there!

Escape Music Festival Moves To Governors Island

By Will Oliver, October 1st 2014

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On October 11 and 12 the inaugural Escape Music Festival will kick off. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the venue has moved from Pier 9 in Brooklyn to Governors Beach Club on Governors Island in Manhattan. Free ferry service will be provided from 10 South Street in Manhattan to take festival attendees to Governors Island.

Everything else about the festival will stay the same (Placebo, Girl Talk, Yeasayer, Ra Ra Riot, etc. are all still playing), except the curfew, which was extended later to midnight, and the age limit has been lowered to 18+ allowing a few younger fans the chance to enjoy the festival. With that said, the change of venue has slightly decreased the supply of tickets, so fans are recommended to buy their tickets now in advance. You can purchase tickets right here.

Thom Yorke - Tomorrow's Modern Boxes

On Friday, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke dropped a huge surprise on us all, announcing that he was releasing a new solo album called Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes into the world. Like he did with the name your own price method of In Rainbows, he’s experimenting with a new release system with torrent service BitTorrent, allowing fans to stream the album for free, or buy the album for $6. Ah, the old Radiohead.

He posted the following letter detailing the album’s release on Friday via Dead Air Space:

As an experiment we are using a new version of BitTorrent to distribute a new Thom Yorke record.

The new Torrent files have a pay gate to access a bundle of files..

The files can be anything, but in this case is an ‘album’.

It’s an experiment to see if the mechanics of the system are something that the general public can get its head around …

If it works well it could be an effective way of handing some control of internet commerce back to people who are creating the work.

Enabling those people who make either music, video or any other kind of digital content to sell it themselves.

Bypassing the self elected gate-keepers.

If it works anyone can do this exactly as we have done.

The torrent mechanism does not require any server uploading or hosting costs or ‘cloud’ malarkey.

It’s a self-contained embeddable shop front…

The network not only carries the traffic, it also hosts the file. The file is in the network.

Oh yes and it’s called
Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes.

The album is available to purchase physically in the form of a very fancy white vinyl which you can read more about and purchase right here. In the meantime, enjoy a stream of the album below.

You had the weekend to digest. What do you think of the album so far? Let me know by leaving a comment below.

Escape Music Festival Announces Full Lineup

By Will Oliver, September 4th 2014

Escape Music Festival 2014

Escape Music Festival is a new music festival that will kick off its inaugural year this fall when they take over Pier 9 in Brooklyn on October 11 & 12. In July they announced Phase 1 of their lineup.

Yesterday they shared the full lineup, with new additions that include the likes of Girl Talk, Moby (DJ Set), Mayer Hawthorne, and The Joy Formidable. They join a lineup that already included Placebo, Yeasayer, The Crystal Method, Ra Ra Riot, STRFKR (DJ Set), Neon Indian (DJ Set), and many more.

Tickets are on sale now for the limited 2nd tier price of $109 for the weekend. After that, they will jump up to $139 for the weekend. There are also V.I.P. and Ferry options available to purchase right now.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin have been favorites around these parts for some time. Whenever they release new music, I just know it’s going to be one of the year’s best. They’ve provided me with plenty of great memories, whether listening to their albums at home, or enjoying their energetic performances live. Now it’s our turn to give back to them.

They just recently completed the production of their new music video for “Fly By Wire.” It was actually directed by one of our own photographers, Chloe Locarro.

The production of the video is complete, but they are trying to raise funds to help cover the costs of post-production and other out of pocket expenses. They have set up an IndieGoGo Campaign page where fans can help get the video funded. There are different donation levels you can choose, which come with various prizes and signed merchandise and goodies. Here’s a video from Chloe explaining the whole deal:

I got to preview the video, and it’s great. It really captures the emotional essence of the song, looking exactly how you’d want it’s visual representation to look. It really resonated with me, and I guarantee it will do the same for you. If you’re a fan of these guys, nows your chance to really help out.

Again, the donation page can be found here.





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