There was a point in time where I started to wonder if The Last Shadow Puppets would ever return. The duo of Alex Turner and Miles Kane had been gone for eight years, understandably busy with their other projects. Thankfully, this year the stars aligned and the duo are back with their long-awaited sophomore album Everything You’ve Come To Expect, which was released last Friday via Domino Records.
A few months ago on a cold day in early February, I headed to the Ace Hotel to meet up with Alex and Miles, to chat over some fine cups of tea and talk about stepping back into the spotlight, the new album, how they work together as a duo, and what what exactly fans can expect this time around. I even brought up the James Bond comparisons, and what exactly it would take for them to pen the next Bond song.
New Yorker Noah Chenfeld first caught our attention in early 2014, with his very Strokes-esque single “Get Lost.” A few years have since past, and Chenfeld has returned with a rather beautiful mature offering by the name of “Give You What I Want.”
There’s a loungey jazz quality to “Give You What I Want” that instantly clicks and is smooth sailing all the way. Everything about the recording is a mature step in the right direction, from his vocals to the welcome saxophone appearance towards the end of the song.
Excited to see what else Chenfeld has waiting for is in the near future. For now, enjoy the stream of “Give You What I Want” below, along with a live performance that he did as a part of Kurrent Music’s “Dorm Sessions” below that. Read the rest of this entry »
With new album Everything You’ve Come To Expect looming, The Last Shadow Puppets are back in full force. Months ago they gave us our first taste, the jarring and seedy late-night scuzz anthem that is “Bad Habits.” Then a few days ago they unleashed the music video for the experimental title track, which they told me was their favorite song off the album when I interviewed them (which is coming very, very soon). Both releases were definitely different from what fans were expecting after eight years of silence, causing some listeners to be worried.
I’ve had the album for a little over a month now (as prep for the interview), so many friends and fans have been vocal to me about their concern with the new album as a whole as the two tracks weren’t what they wanted. I assured them all that the material shared so far worked much better in context with the rest of the album, and that the best was yet to come.
This morning they surprised us again with yet another music video, this time for the opening track and stone cold stunner, “Aviation.” It’s been an instant favorite since my very first spin, fighting with “Miracle Aligner” (the second track) as my favorite song from the album. It doesn’t take long for it to take flight with those stirring strings and a seductive as all hell guitar riff. The was originally meant to be a solo song for Kane, but thankfully he was willing to share with Mr. Turner, creating one of the finer opening tracks you’re bound to find on any record this year.
Check out the music video for “Aviation” below (created by Saam Farahmand / Black Sheep Studios), which features the guys digging their own graves on the beach, a companion piece of sorts to the “Everything You’ve Come To Expect” video, featuring the same character played by Michelle Dawley.
Tomorrow night Rochester elctronic-rockers Joywave will play one of the biggest New York shows to date when they play Hammerstein Ballroom in support of Metric.
Their opening slots across the country with Metric comes in support of their debut album How Do you Feel Now? which was released in 2015 via Cultco Music/ Hollywood Records. The group, led by singer Daniel Armbruster had quite the rise in 2015, and look to extend their reach even further while opening for Metric.
Get a taste of what their live show is like below, watching their live video of “Destruction” taken from their performance at Bowery Ballroom last October. There are still remaining tickets for their show with Metric tomorrow. You can find those right here. Read the rest of this entry »
Nova Scotia rockers Nap Eyes will bring their tour to Brooklyn tomorrow night for a performance at Union Pool. The stop comes in support of their new album Thought Rock Fish Scale, out now via Paradise of Bachelors.
I have yet to personally see the group live, but based on the record and live sessions such as their performance of “Stargazer” for Coach House Sound, it’s sure to be a good show. Union Pool is as intimate of a chance to see them as they come, so you won’t want to miss it.
Tickets are still for sale at the moment. Find their performance of “Stargazer” posted below.
On Halloween 2015, I made my first ever first to the Loew’s Jersey Theatre in Jersey City, New Jersey, to see Sufjan Stevens one more time before he wrapped up the first leg of the tour for his stunning 2015 album, Carrie & Lowell (released via Asthmatic Kitty).
Even though I saw him three times earlier this year (at the Beacon Theatre, Kings Theatre, and Newport Folk Festival respectively) the Loew’s show was able to stand out on its own, just as all the other shows did. Although a majority of the songs we got were the same, their impact and emotional weight changed for both Sufjan and the audience. These are songs that speak to you differently based on your own emotional state and being, which makes their impact one that evolves and is forever changing. It also helps that the band give the material a more grand and experimental take live that is vastly different from the more stripped down recorded versions. Read the rest of this entry »
This Saturday night New York electronic group MS MR will return to New York with a headlining performance at Studio E that is the inaugural kickoff of Jukely’s new Sound Projects live concert series. While most of the Jukely shows were exclusive to their subscription members only, this is the first show where non-Jukely members can also buy a ticket. In addition to MS MR, the show will also feature performances from YACHT and San Fermin, making it a great night of music all around.
Tickets are still on sale, but they’re currently on pricing level 3, at $38. Once that sells out it goes up to $43. So move fast if you’re thinking of grabbing a ticket, or you can always get a subscription to Jukely.
One of our favorite up-and-coming artists in recent years is Oscar, the exciting British rock project of Oscar Scheller, who is gearing up the release for his debut album Cut and Paste, which will be released on May 13 via Wichita Recordings.
Today he released his great new music video for single “Sometimes,” an older song of his that was also featured on his debut EP. The video, which was wonderfully directed by Bryan Schlam and features Oscar hanging out with various groups of people he hangs out with throughout small town America, including a lowriders club, a vape club, and model train enthusiasts. Schlam’s direction does have a bit of a Wes Anderson style to it, which is always welcome in my book.
We’re only 33 days into 2016, but we’ve already been graced with some awesome albums. This includes American Appetite, the debut album from Los Angeles band Harriet, a release four years in the making.
You see, I first posted about Harriet late in 2011, after becoming fascinate with their debut single “I Slept With All Your Mothers.” It was included on their debut EP, and had me readily waiting to see what they had up their sleeves for their debut.
Only, aside from founder Alex Casnoff (who formerly played piano with Dawes and Papa) and drummer Henry Kwapis, the lineup kept changing and time went on and the wait for the album continued. This wasn’t a bad thing, as Casnoff and the rest of the group smartly took their time with the release, carefully putting together all the right ingredients and pieces, releasing songs and videos one by one, and signing to the small but impressive roster of Harvest Records. Ultimately this helped them to prepare for the release of American Appetite, doing it their own way.
I got to watch the band grow in real time, so it’s almost hard for me to believe that their album is actually here. But it is indeed a real thing, and as great of a first document of the band as I could’ve hoped. At their core, Harriet is built around the songwriting prowess of Casnoff. But they’re far from folk or an americana rock band, even if those elements are found throughout the 12 songs that make up American Appetite. As the years passed, they evolved as a band, showing an ability to take these songs and add a shiny pop or even dance guise, as evident on “Ten Steps” the unshakeable second track on the album.
All in all, the debut offering from Harriet feels far too polished and readymade to be a debut. They group have managed to do the unthinkable and deliver a first time release that seems like it has come from seasoned veterans. It may have been a long time coming, but American Appetite was well worth the wait, and is proof that Harriet are very much a band to watch in the future. Big things are on the way.
Today they released a brand new video for ““Inheritance,” which serves as a short heist-film with some messages about the music industry that are pretty clear. Check it out via Billboard.
American Appetite is available to purchase right here.
Last year up-and-coming New Jersey singer-songwriter Chloe Baker released her self-titled debut album as Bitter’s Kiss, gaining many news fans along the way. We were one of them, sharing the albums stunning single “The Rope” last summer.
She kicked off the new year with a brand new video for the equally impressive “No One Will.” Showing off her impressive vocals, she gives off a Regina Spektor vibe and a feeling of positivity and elegance. The video was shot in Cork, Ireland and produced by EPIC Productions Ireland.