Category Archives: Music

Donald Glover’s Childish Gambino Announces New Album, Shares First Track in Two Years

Donald Glover, star of FX’s “Atlanta,” has announced a new album under his other moniker Childish Gambino! He also released his first new music in two years which you can listen to and watch above.

The new song is titled “Me and Your Mama” and the track will be the lead for the upcoming new album which is titled Awaken, My Love!, due out December 2.

Glover is pretty much winning this year. He just wrapped the first season of his critically acclaimed FX show Atlanta. He joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe when he was cast in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming. It was also announced this year that he was cast as the Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Star Wars Han Solo stand-alone film.

 

Chuck Berry Announces His First Album in Nearly 40 Years

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Iconic singer and songwriter, Chuck Berry has just turned 90 but that hasn’t slowed him down apparently! He has officially announced a new album – his first in 38 years.

The new album is titled “Chuck” and will reportedly featured brand new music that Berry recorded with his children. Berry produced the album himself according to Pitchfork. “Chuck” is dedicated to his wife of nearly 70 years, Themetta.

Berry said in a statement. “My darlin’ I’m growing old! I’ve worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!”

“Chuck” is set for a 2017 release via Dualtone.

The Shins to Release New Album in Early 2017

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Shins’ frontman James Mercer has officially announced that the band will be releasing their fifth studio album in early 2017. Mercer announced the news in a recent interview with Portland’s KBOO 90.7.

“My intention was to have the record come out this year, but there’s inevitably these reasons that the label or whatever wants to postpone release, just so that they have more time to set things up,” he said.

The decision to postpone the release came from the label in order to work with the fact that artists’ revenue has become highly dependent on live performances. Mercer explained that festivals, Coachella in particular, are powerful influencers and release dates play a vital role in lineup placement.

Mercer described the forthcoming album – which is currently untitled – as sounding closer to their firth three albums rather than their most recent album, Port of Morrow. The slight change is sound is mainly due to Mercer producing the albums himself.

“I made a concerted effort on certain songs to fit the palette, to use the palette that I’ve used historically for the band,” he said.

He added that his “songwriting is stronger than it ever was.”

There is no word on the official release date or name of the album but it is expected to release in January of 2017.

Leonard Cohen Announces New Album “You Want It Darker”

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Iconic and Legendary are two words I would use to describe Canadian singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen, who at 82, is releasing a BRAND NEW ALBUM.

The new album, You Want It Darker, will be his 14th studio album and is set to hit stores this fall. There is no exact release date yet unfortunately but we do know it is this year. You Want It Darker will be released via his longtime record label, Sony Records. His son Adam Cohen produced the album. Sony hasn’t been quiet about their love for the upcoming album, saying it is a haunting masterpiece and proclaiming the album to be “Classic Cohen.”

You might recognize the title track from this album because it appeared in the popular Netflix series,  Peaky Binders.

Check out the track list for You Want it Darker below:

 

You Want It Darker Tracklist:

1) You Want It Darker
2) Treaty
3) On the Level
4) Leaving the Table
5) If I Didn’t Have Your Love
6) Traveling Light
7) It Seemed the Better Way
8) Steer Your Way
9) String Reprise/Treaty

Classic Twin Peaks Score Coming to Vinyl

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The original soundtrack to the iconic series “Twin Peaks” is set to release on vinyl thanks to Death Waltz Recording Company for the first time in 25 years. Death Waltz and Tal Miller cut brand new vinyl masters for the Twin Peaks soundtrack and then worked with Rainbo to press the record on 180g vinyl for renewed and beautiful sound quality.

The record comes housed inside a 425gsm gatefold sleeve, which you can see above, featuring lyrics and liner notes by composer Angelo Badalamenti and the cover image by Sam Smith comes approved by director David Lynch himself. The gatefold sleeve is housed within a bespoke die cut outer jacket designed by Mondo’s Jay Shaw featuring super subtle white spot varnish text. The whole affair is finished with a top loading obi strip & pressed on “Damn fine coffee” vinyl.

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Composer Angelo Badalamenti said,

“I’m glad that after 25 years, Death Waltz Recording Company has re-released the original soundtrack for Twin Peaks for a new audience to enjoy. This is my defining work as a composer and I’m happy it will get a fresh listen.”

The vinyl soundtrack will go on sale at Mondotees.com on August 10 followed by a worldwide in-store release date on September 9. Select participating stores will hold a Twin Peaks coffee and pie event on September 6 with a preview sale of the soundtrack.

This valentine to TP freaks will be on sale at mondotees.com on August 10th (tomorrow) and hit stores worldwide on September 10th. SLP is $23 USD.

And to celebrate this release, a whole mess of records and weird culture stores across America will be participating in the Coffee & Pie pre-release party event on September 6th.

Here’s a list of the stores to date:

Music Millennium – Portland, OR

Seasick Records – Birmingham, AL

Amoeba Hollywood – LA, CA

Burger Records – Fullerton, CA

Dark Delicacies – Burbank, CA

Redscroll – Wallingford, CT

Park Ave CDs – Orlando, FL

Criminal Records – Atlanta, GA

Reckless Records – Broadway – Chicago, IL

Reckless Records – Wicker Park – Chicago, IL

Luna Music – Indianapolis, IN

Down In The Valley – Golden Valley, MN

Rough Trade – Brooklyn, NY

Mississippi Records – Portland, OR

Grimey’s – Nashville, TN

End Of An Ear – Austin, TX

Waterloo – Austin, TX

Easy Street – Seattle, WA

Scarecrow Video – Seattle, WA

Stoup Brewery – Seattle, WA

Wilco Announce New Album Schmilco, Share New Song “If I Ever Was A Child”

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Wilco may have just announced the coolest name for a new album. Their tenth studio is called “Schmilco” and I fucking love it. The record is out Sept. 9 via the band’s dBpm Records and is available for preorder on the band’s website here. There will be a special early release for vinyl on Tuesday, Sept. 6 in the U.S.

In honor of the new album, Wilco has released a new song called, “If I Ever Was A Child,” which you can hear below. They have also released a beautiful song called “Locator” to celebrate the one-year anniversary of last July’s Star Wars. That song and “If I Ever Was A Child” will both appear on Schmilco.

“I think this record is ‘joyously negative’,” frontman Jeff Tweedy said. “It’s sad in a lot of ways but not in any that reach a conclusion of doom or hopelessness … I just had a lot of fun being sour about the things that upset me.”

Check out the track list for “Schmilco” below as well as tour dates for 2016.

Schmilco Tracklist

1) Normal American Kids
2) If I Ever Was a Child
3) Cry All Day
4) Common Sense
5) Nope
6) Someone to Lose
7) Happiness
8) Quarters
9) Locator
10) Shrug and Destroy
11) We Aren’t the World (Safety Girl)
12) Just Say Goodbye

Wilco 2016 Tour Dates:

July
23 – Yuzawa, Japan @ Fuji Rock Festival

August
5-7 – Happy Valley, Ore. @ Pickathon Music Festival
13 – Winnipeg, Manitoba @ Interstellar Rodeo
14 – Moorhead, Minn. @ Bluestem Amphitheater %
16 – Kansas City, Mo. @ Crossroads KC %
17 – St. Louis, Mo. @ The Fabulous Fox Theatre %
19 – Madison, Wis. @ Breese Stevens Field #
20 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ Hall’s Island #
21 – Chicago, Ill. @ Jay Pritzker Pavilion
30 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ Red Butte Garden *
31 – Boise, Ind. @ Morrison Center *

September
2-3 – Seattle, Wash. @ The Moore Theatre *
4 – Portland, Ore. @ Schnitzer Concert Hall *
6 – San Francisco, Calif. @ The Fillmore *
7 – San Francisco, Calif. @ The Fillmore ^
9 – San Francisco, Calif. @ The Fillmore $
10 – San Francisco, Calif. @ The Fillmore &
11 – San Francisco, Calif. @ The Fillmore %
13 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Theatre at the Ace Hotel %
14 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Theatre at the Ace Hotel +
15 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Theatre at the Ace Hotel /
17 – Mill Valley, Calif. @ Sound Summit

October
8 – Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Popload Festival
10 – Montevideo, Uruguay @ La Trastienda
12 – Santiago, Chile @ Teatro Capoulican
27-28 – Brussels, Belgium @ Ancienne Belgique
29 – Düsseldorf, Denmark @ New Fall Festival
30 – Stuttgart, Denmark @ New Fall Festival

November
2 – Copehagen, Denmark @ DR Koncerthuset %
3 – Oslo, Norway @ Sentrum Scene %
4 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Annext %
5 – Weissenhauser Strand, Denmark @ Rolling Stone Weekender
7 – Berlin, Germany @ Tempodrom %
9 – Utrecht, Netherlands @ TivoliVredenburg
10 – Utrecht, Netherlands @ Le Guess Who? Festival
12 – Milan, Italy @ Fabrique %
14 – Vienna, Austria @ Museumquartier %
15 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Volkshaus %
16 – Paris, France @ Casino de Paris %
18 – Manchester, United Kingdom @ Albert Hall
19 – London, United Kingdom @ O2 Brixton Academy

(% = with William Tyler)
(# = with Kurt Vile and the Violators)
(* = with Joan Shelley)
(^ = with Amendola vs. Blades)
($ = with Deep Sea Diver)
(& = with Kacy & Clayton)
(% = w/ Kevin Morby)
(+ = w/ Jeff Parker)
(/ = w/ Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin)

New Gorillaz Album “Should Be Ready Fairly Soon”

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Good news everybody! According to a recent interview with Damon Albarn, a follow-up album to the 2010 Gorillaz album, Plastic Beaches, is on the way.

Last year, he and band co-founder Jamie Hewlett announced that they will producing another album and anticipated a release in 2016. However, since then we hadn’t heard much. Then, in a recent post on an Instagram fan account, @gorillaz.northamerica, Hewlett confirmed that the LP is more likely to drop in 2017 much to fan’s chagrin.

Yet, we got some good news recently. In an interview with BBC Radio, Albarn commented that he is “loving it” and that the album is “getting there” and that it “should be here fairly soon.” He mentioned that production is still ongoing but that it should all come together by the end of the year.

We don’t know much about the album or content,but collaborator Remi Kabaka shared a picture of Vic Mensa in the studio on May 17. Gorillaz are reportedly working with the Chicago rapper on the project.

Check out an excerpt from Albarn’s interview below.

Father John Misty Releases New Song, “Real Love Baby”

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Honeybear, Father John Misty released a new song unannounced this past week on his official soundcloud (and it is pretty fantastic.) The new track is called “Real Love Baby” and was accompanied by the caption “why not.”

Father John Misty, whose real name is Josh Tillman, released an intensely amazing album in February of last year titled “I Love You, Honeybear.” He is currently  embarking on a tour of Europe but will return to the U.S. early next month to perform at Governor’s Ball in New York City.

You can listen to “Real Love Baby” below:

Willow Smith and Michael Cera Release Unexpected Collaboration

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What? I mean what? Willow Smith, the exalted soul that none of us can supposedly understand released a new song on Soundcloud this week with a producing credit attributed to Arrested Development actor and indie musician Michael Cera.

The new song is titled “twentyfortyeight 2.0” and you can hear it below.

The collaboration was released after Smith tweeted about Cera and called him “extremely beautiful” in a post last week.

Surprisingly, the song is pretty beautiful. Smith’s voice is very lullaby like over the steady yet simple beat. She sings, “We’ve manufactured a society/That runs on the backs of those/Who choose to victimize.”

Listen to the song “twentyfortyeight 2.0” below:

Radiohead Unveil “Daydreaming” Video & Album Release Date

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After months (or years really) Radiohead has finally released a new video AND the official date for their new album.

The new song, “Daydreaming,” is utterly beautiful and it is accompanied by a phenomenal video  directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Radiohead has also released the song “Burn the Witch” last week to much acclaim.

Even better, the band announced that the digital version of the new album—which still seems to be unnamed—will be released tomorrow, Sunday, May 8. Physical copies of the album will release on June 17.