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Foxygen - And Star Power

Foxygen had a wild 2013, one that most people will remember for all the drama that the band endured. Unfortunately all that seemed to overshadow the fact that they released We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic, an album that landed on my best albums of 2013 list.

I assumed it would be a while before we heard new music from the guys, but that’s far from the case. They’ve announced that they got a new album on the way, and it’s an epic. It’s called …And Star Power and features 24-tracks, running at a lengthy 82-minutes. Wow.
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TV On The Radio Announce New Album: ‘Seeds’

By Will Oliver, August 11th 2014

TV On The Radio

This fall TV On The Radio will return with a new album titled Seeds, set for release on Harvest Records. The album was recorded at Federal Prism in Los Angeles and produced by the band’s very own Dave Sitek.

They’ve been playing some new material live, including at their Governors Ball set this year, which I caught.

Here’s what vocalist Tunde Adebimpe had to say about the album:

We’ve been through a lot of stuff in the past few years that could have stopped the band cold; but I’m glad we got it together and took stock of the unique connection we have between each other because the record is, 1000%, without a doubt, the best thing we’ve ever done.”

The announcement came with a 25-second teaser video, which you can find below.
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The Drums Announce New Album: ‘Encyclopedia’

By Will Oliver, July 29th 2014

The Drums - Encyclopedia

The Drums will return with new album Encyclopedia on September 22 via Minor Records. The album will mark the first time since the Summertime EP that The Drums have recorded with just Jonny Pierce and Jacob Graham.

We already heard first single “Magic Mountain”, and now the band have revealed the album’s tracklist and some insight into the album. Here’s a quote from Jonny about Encyclopedia:

Encyclopedia is full of magic and surprise while maintaining a serious, more weighty tone throughout. We were feeling very angry, confused, and alone when we made this album; and we wanted to be very honest this time around, even if being honest meant making some people uncomfortable. We’ve left the beach for higher ground, always searching for hope.

Based on the new directed heard on “Magic Mountain,” the band are staying true to their hearts and taking the ship wherever it needs to go. Got to respect them for that.

Can’t wait to hear the record. Check out the tracklist below.

1. Magic Mountain
2. I Can’t Pretend
3. I Hope Times Doesn’t Change Him
4. Kiss Me Again
5. Let Me
6. Break My Heart
7. Face Of God
8. U.S. National Park
9. Deep In My Heart
10. Bell Laboratories
11. There Is Nothing Left
12. Wild Geese

Pink Floyd Announce New Album: The Endless River

By Will Oliver, July 20th 2014

Pink Floyd

It’s been 20 years since Pink Floyd released their last album, The Division Bell. The band will finally break that spell, with a new album called The Endless River, which will be released this October.

The band posted the following message on their website:

Pink Floyd can confirm that they are releasing a new album, The Endless River, in October 2014. It is an album of mainly ambient and instrumental music based on the 1993/4 Division Bell sessions which feature David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright. The album is produced by David Gilmour with Phil Manzanera, Youth and recording engineer Andy Jackson. Work is still in progress, but more details to come at the end of the summer.

As you can tell from that, the album won’t include former Pink Floyd member Roger Waters. This is exciting news for Pink Floyd fans, who have waited two decades for this moment.

Alex and Miles

So I’m playing a bit of catch-up here, so no need to roll your eyes and tell me this is old news. I’m sure at least one or two of you somehow missed this bit of news over the last few weeks. So this is for you.

Apparently the always loveable Alex Turner and Miles Kane, who you know as The Last Shadow Puppets, have their sights set on Hollywood. According to Digital Spy, the duo are reportedly always talking about getting the group back together for another album, but they also have plans for the movie business.

In an interview, Kane told Digital Spy that the film has “a sort of X-Men kind of vibe and sort of set in the ’60s,” but that was all that he would give away. They don’t plan on starring in the film themselves, other than a cameo.

Part of me is skeptical about it actually happening, but if it does, we can only imagine the results. Plus, it would pretty much guarantee that they would soundtrack the score themselves, so if it means new music from The Last Shadow Puppets, sign me up.

Karen O - Crush Songs

Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O has finally announced her first solo album. It’s titled Crush Songs and it’s coming out on September 9 via Julian Casablancas’ label Cult Records. The solo album feels overdue, after various guest contributions and soundtrack appearances over the last few years (such as the lovely Moon Song for last year’s fantastic film Her).

The album was actually recorded back in 2006 and 2007, described as an intimate lo-fi bedroom recordings, similar to the style of “The Moon Song.” O describes the album in a letter that she posted on her site. Find that below.

We’ll have more on the album shortly. I’m very excited to hear it.

[new]: The Drums – Magic Mountain

By Will Oliver, July 15th 2014 — with 1 comment

The Drums

After three years, The Drums are back. No official word on the album yet (it’s coming), but today the band released a new 7″ single titled “Magic Mountain.” As frontman/vocalist Jonny Pierce told Noisey (who premiered the track), the band’s lineup now consists of just him and Jacob Graham (for the first time since the Summertime EP). Here’s the full quote from Pierce:

Not since the Summertime EP has it been just Jacob and I left up to our own devices. Now that we’re back to just the two founding members, we figured we could do whatever we wanted and run with it. Together, we had just one goal: let go of any preconceived ideas that anyone has about The Drums and make songs to be as grand and majestic as we want them to be. “Magic Mountain” is a sparkling reflection of our last three years. It’s about shedding off what binds you and protecting whats good, finding a safe place away from everyone and everything that wants to destroy you.

As a rather big fan of the band, the song caught me off guard a bit. While it is definitely very much The Drums, something about it hit in a different way. Although it has hooks, its not as immediate and clear cut in its melodic hooks as fans are used to. There’s a more raw, tense feeling in the air during “Magic Mountain”, which I think is a bit of a grower. It didn’t blow me away at first, but each listen has been better and more revealing than the last.

I can totally see this one being a monster to hear live.
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Philip Selway - Weatherhouse

Radiohead drummer Philip Selway will release his new solo album Weatherhouse on October 7 via Bella Union.

He’s shared the spaced out and dreamy “Coming Up For Air”, which serves as the album’s open track, as well as its first single. Here’s what Selway had to say about the song:

“It’s very much about taking stock of my life. I wanted to convey a sense of release and affirmation. This was the first song that we recorded. Immediately it felt in a very different space from Familial.

There are some Radiohead aspects to it, but there’s definitely a shift that is very much of his own.

Stream it below.
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Julian Casablancas + The Voidz - Tyranny

Julian Casablancas and The Voidz have been playing shows as early as March this year (as well as Governors Ball) but they did so without any official word of an official release. That changed last week, as Casablancas announced that the album is called Tyranny, and it will be released on September 23 via his own Cult Records.

If you pre-order the digital version of the album now, you can pick it up at the discounted price of $3.87.

Tyranny was written and recorded over the past year and was produced by Shawn Everett. The Voidz band features Casablancas and fellow Voidz band members: Jeramy Gritter, Amir Yaghmai, Jeff Kite, Jake Bercovici, and Alex Carapetis. The album incorporates world underground music from the 70s and 80s, along with hardcore/punk and “modern harmony”, using modern and analog recording and sampling techniques. In reference to the album’s title, Casablancas says:

Tyranny has come in many forms throughout history. Now, the good of business is put above anything else, as corporations have become the new ruling body. Most decisions seem to be made like ones of a medieval king: whatever makes profit while ignoring and repressing the truth about whatever suffering it may cause (like pop music, for that matter).

With the announcement comes the latest album teaser, with some more songs clips along with footage from the bands South American tour. With that said, you can find the bands fall tour dates posted below (along with the trailer).

October 16 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
October 17 Washington DC 9:30 Club
October 18 Charlottesville, VA Jefferson Theatre
October 20 Chattanooga, TN Track 29
October 21 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works
October 22 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
October 28 Birmingham, AL Iron City
October 30 Austin, TX Emo’s
October 31 Houston, TX House of Blues
November 6 Los Angeles, CA Wiltern Theatre
November 9 San Francisco, CA Regency Center
November 11 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
November 13 Seattle, WA Showbox




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