Showing posts with label news. Show all posts
Showing posts with label news. Show all posts

August 10, 2012

Red Hot To Release Arthur Russell Tribute Album

Red Hot, the organization behind the fantastic Dark Was The Night compilation, will release a album paying tribute to songwriter Arthur Russell. The album, released in association with Pitchfork, will be titled This Is How We Walk On The Moon and will be co-funded by a Kickstarter campaign. There is an incredible lineup or artists participating including Robyn, 
Hot Chip, 

Devendra Banhart, Nico Muhly and Owen Pallett
, Okkervil River's Will Sheff, Laurel Halo, Cut Copy
, Twin Shadow, Washed Out, José González, 
Scissor Sisters, Sam Amidon, 
Ólöf Arnalds, Sandro Perri, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, and more. The collection will benefit the organization's fight against AIDS.

You can donate to the campaign here.

July 26, 2012

Pinback Announces New Album

Pinback has announced that they will be releasing a new album, Information Retrieved, on October 16th. Last year on Record Store Day, the San Diego-based band released two EP's with the same title. This will be their first full length release since 2007's Autumn Of The Seraphs. It is safe to say that this is an album we are greatly looking forward to. Throughout their career, the band has been remarkably consistent, packing all their albums with gems. They are also quite a pleasure to see live. Below, hear the track "Sherman" from their Information Retrieved Pt. A EP. Also look out for tour dates to be announced soon!

July 20, 2012

Milo Greene Is Making A Movie!

Milo Greene, fresh off the release of their debut album (fantastic by the way), released two music videos, both very nature-filled clips about a man living in a cabin. Today, they made this special little announcement about those videos:

"So we released videos for 1957 & Silent Way a few weeks ago. Some of you connected the dots and asked if they were pieces of a larger puzzle... Well, you were correct. We made a film that uses our entire album as a single piece of music."
-Milo Greene

It looks like Milo Greene is making a movie! I'm quite excited to see how everything ties together. You can watch the trailer for the film, titled Moddison, below.

July 18, 2012

Freelance Whales Announce New Album

If you, like many others, fell in love with Freelance Whales' adorable Baroque-pop 2010 debut, Weathervanes, then you will be excited to know that they have announced their followup album! Diluvia will be released October 9th, and sees the group embracing their electronic side more than ever.  The first single, "Locked Out," definitely mixes things up for them, but keeps the charming feel. Listen to the track below, and download your own copy for the price of your email. Enjoy!

July 17, 2012

Polaris Music Prize Short List Announced

The Polaris Music Prize, one of the most coveted awards in Canada, is chosen by a group of journalists and broadcasters and is awarded to the best album of the year from Canada, regardless of sales. First, a list of 40 nominees is announced, then a month later, that list is narrowed down to 10. The short list of the 10 potential winners was announced this afternoon. The nominees are:

Cadence Weapon - Hope In Dirt City
Cold Specks - I Predict A Grateful Expulsion
Drake - Take Care
Kathleen Edwards - Voyageur
Feist - Metals
Fucked Up - David Comes To Life
Grimes - Visions
Handsome Furs - Sound Kapital
Japandroids - Celebration Rock

The winner of the prize will be announced on September 24th. 

Who would you like to see win? Think they left any good ones out?

The S.S. Coachella

Coachella's mystery announcement came a bit early today! The concert promoter will not be moving the festival, but instead will begin offering a music cruise, the S.S. Coachella. The lineup is headed by Pulp, Hot Chip, Yeasayer, Girl Talk, James Murphy, and Sleigh Bells with a total of 22 artists on board. There will be two iterations of the journey, one headed towards the Bahamas, and the other to Jamaica. Both cruises will leave from Ft. Lauderdale, FL in December. Interesting, no? Let us know what you think of the idea. 

Tickets go on sale this Saturday. 
All details of the cruise can be found here

July 16, 2012

Coachella Mystery Announcement

In typical Coachella fashion, the largest festival on the West Coast has announced something special: An announcement! Tomorrow at 6PM PDT, something will happen. Of course, the internet will be frantically attempting to predict the announcement until then. Many sources think that the promoters behind the fest, Goldenvoice, may be moving the festival from Indio, CA to a new location. After a bit of conflict with the city a few weeks ago, there were talks of moving the festival but they soon after dissipated. Nobody knows what will come with the announcement. A third weekend? A new location? Early lineup teaser? A second Coachella somewhere else? More tickets released? I guess we will have to wait and see. 


Mumford & Sons Announce New Album

Mumford & Sons, almost three years after releasing their world-conquering debut, Sigh No More, have finally announced their sophomore album, Babel, due out September 25th. The album took over a year and a half to record, due to a hectic tour schedule that took the group around the world multiple times. According to the band, the new album will have a similar sound to Sigh No More, but will include heavier emotions and a touch of darkness. Can't wait to hear this one!

Babel Tracklist:
01. Babel
02. Whispers in the Dark
03. I Will Wait
04. Holland Road
05. Ghosts That We Knew
06. Lover of the Light
07. Lovers’ Eyes
08. Reminder
09. Hopeless Wanderer
10. Broken Crown
11. Below My Feet
12. Not With Haste

The xx Release New Single - "Angels"

The xx will be releasing their highly anticipated sophomore album, Coexist, on September 11th. The first single from the record, "Angels," has finally arrived and it is a beauty. Listen to the song below via YouTube. The song will be available for instant download starting tomorrow, for all those who preorder Coexist on iTunes. The group will also head out on the road before and after the album release. 

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Announce Debut Album

After rising through the ranks and becoming one of the hottest new voices in rap music today, Macklemore has finally announced his debut album with producer Ryan Lewis. Out October 9th, The Heist will be followed by an enormous (and their first) world tour (dates above). As announced on KEXP this morning, their first full length has been completed and will be sent to be mastered in the next week or two. They will have a release show in their hometown of Seattle, WA at the WaMu Theater on October 12th. I know I can't wait to hear what they have next. As the MC said on air, this will be the beginning of "a whole new chapter."

Update: The Heist has been released! You can buy the incredible album right here. As of right now, the album is #1 on iTunes! Quite an amazing accomplishment for a completely independent artist.

June 27, 2012

The Avett Brothers Announce New Album: The Carpenter

The Avett Brothers announced yesterday that they will be releasing their sixth full-length album, The Carpenter, this September 11th, a follow-up to the highly regarded I and Love and You released in 2009. The alt-country band from Concord, North Carolina was founded by brothers Scott and Seth Avett. As you can hear on the second track from the new album, "Live and Die," the band embraces their Southern roots with some country twang, a touch of folk, and good old rock 'n' roll. 

To support The Carpenter, The Avett Brothers will be touring across the country, including visiting the lovely Gorge Ampitheatre (one of our favorite venues!). I would highly suggest checking out one of their shows; seeing them in Dallas last Fall was one of the best decisions I've ever made. The band is simply beautiful live!

June 19, 2012

Brother Ali - "Stop The Press"

Brother Ali, one of the freshest and most exciting voices to come from the Rhymesayers crew is back. His last full length album, 2009's Us, was his most successful to date, and with production from Ant of Atmosphere and Ali's soulful, political flow, it was a great listen. Now, he has announced that his next record, Mourning In America and Dreaming In Color, will be released on August 13th. The first single, "Stop The Press," gives us an update on Ali's last few years and explains where he has been. Can't wait to hear more!

June 17, 2012

The Helio Sequence Announce New Album: Negotiations

Photo by Rachel Fidler

The Helio Sequence, the Portland duo who's most well-known album Keep Your Eyes Ahead came out in 2008, have announced that they will be releasing their next album, Negotiations, in September 2012. I was a big fan of the band's last album, and am excited to see what The Helio Sequence comes up with next. The announcement via Sub Pop's website described the record as "a meditation on those inner dialogues (hence, Negotiations) with solitude, memory, misgivings, loss, atonement, acceptance and hope." Pretty intriguing, eh? We saw The Helio Sequence play at Sasquatch this year and they are set to play Bumbershoot as well, but their full tour dates will be published in the very near future. The band released an album promo video, check it out below!

June 06, 2012

Grizzly Bear Announce New Album

Grizzly Bear announced that they will be releasing a follow-up to their 2009 studio album, Veckatimest, the band's most well-known album to date. Grizzly Bear's next project, currently untitled but available for pre-order as Warp229 on iTunes, will be on sale September 2012.

Below, check out the leading track set to be on the new album, "Sleeping Ute," which was noted as Best New Track by Pitchfork on Twitter yesterday. I'm going to try and see them at their last stateside show at the Greek Theater; I'm really digging this! Think you'll want to catch a live Grizzly Bear? Check out the band's tour dates below!

June 02, 2012

The xx Announce New Album: Coexist

The xx, the British trio who released their debut album xx in 2009, will release their second album Coexist in September of this year. The band received accolades for their premiere album, which was regarded with general acclaim by critics and won the Mercury Music Prize in 2010. After taking a brief hiatus, they created their own studio and recorded new songs, and are very excited to present fresh music to eager fans with a substantial tour schedule. As we posted about in December, the xx presented a demo version of their song "Open Eyes," set to be on Coexist. Check it out here!

May 22, 2012

Streaming: Sigur Rós - Valtari

Sigur Rós will release their upcoming album, Valtari, on May 29th. Until it drops, you can stream the gloriously epic album in its entirety, thanks to NPR. This album, their first in four years, is a solid addition to their discography, featuring Jónsi's trademark falsetto and slowly growing, monolithic arrangements. Any thoughts?

Stream Valtari here.

Austin City Limits Lineup Announced

Austin City Limits has just announced their lineup for 2012. The festival will take place at Zilker Park from October 12-14. Headlining the festival are Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, and The Black Keys. Also playing the fest will be Jack White, Florence + The Machine, The Avett Brothers, Avicii, Bassnectar, The Roots, The Shins, The Civil Wars, M83, Childish Gambino, Andrew Bird, Delta Spirit, Alabama Shakes, M. Ward, Big Gigantic, Michael Kiwanuka, Ben Howard, The Lumineers, First Aid Kit, Dry The River, and many many more.

See the complete lineup here.

May 14, 2012

Animal Collective Announce New Album

Animal Collective have announced that they will release the follow up to 2009's Merriweather Post Pavilion in September. The new album, Centipede Hz, will include the single "Honeycomb/Gotham" that was released last week. I was a big fan of Merriweather and am eager to see what they have come up with this time!

May 05, 2012

Yellow Ostrich Remix Contest

Ever wanted to produce for Yellow Ostrich? Now is your chance! The group is having a remix contest for their delightful track, "I Want Yr Love," from their latest work, Strange Land. You can read all the details here, and if they like what you come up with, they will put the remix on their site! Go crazy!

April 24, 2012

Passion Pit Announces New Album

Passion Pit has announced their followup to their 2009 breakout release, Manners. On July 24th, the group will release Gossamer,  twelve tracks that singer Michael Angelakos describes as "a product of technology today." They will go on tour in the summer to support the release.