Recent Posts in music - Page 6

October 29, 2014

by Bill Pearis

human hearts

Jenny Toomey has a great indie rock CV -- she cofounded influential label Simple Machines Records (which led to writing a guide on how to do it yourself), and has played in such bands as Tsunami, Grenadine and Liquorice. But it's been 12 years since she made any new music. (She's been busy as an activist working for the Ford Foundation.) But she's contributed vocals to a new single by Human Hearts, the current project of her old friend Franklin Bruno of Nothing Painted Blue (Toomey has also done an album of all Bruno songs, and recorded "Keeping the Weekends Free" with Liquorice). The single is due out next week (11/7) via WIAIWYA's singles club. The A-side, "Loyal Oppostion," is jazzy with lush strings (shades of early Everything but the Girl), and the B-side, "Distracted," is bouncy indiepop. Jenny, glad to have you back.

You can catch Human Hearts (sans Jenny) in NYC at Bowery Electric on December 1 w/ The Scene Is Now and Heroes of Toolik.

You can stream "Distracted" below...

Continue reading "Jenny Toomey (Tsunami, Grenadine) sings on Franklin Bruno's Human Hearts 7", her first new music in 12 yrs (listen)"

Justin Vernon w/ Volcano Choir at Osheaga 2014 (more by Ellie Pritts)
Justin Vernon

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon is already the leader of several bands and a contributor to even more, and now he's going to be curating his own music festival in his hometown. Stereogum points to an article on The Current which says The Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival will take place in Eau Claire, Wisconsin on July 17 & 18, 2015 at the Foster Farm (where the annual Country Jam festival also happens). For the fest, he's teaming up with Crashline Productions (who also put on Boston Calling), and their permits were just approved. From the article:

"It's a very major economic impact," McCoy said. "Looking at what Justin wants to do, and having somebody like that, you can look around for a long time trying to find somebody that will bring that kind of venue and that kind of magnitude into the community, and it falls in your lap, it's really kind of cool and he's a pretty awesome guy and he's made some investments in the community," says McCoy.
Justin's studio April Base (where he recorded Bon Iver, Bon Iver) is also located in Eau Claire.

by Andrew Sacher

Jay Rock

Black Hippy's hardest but least prolific member Jay Rock returned with his first single since 2011 earlier this month, "Parental Advisory." Now he's back yet again with a new one, "Pay For It" which features a raging verse from his pal Kendrick Lamar and a hook from Chantal. Hopefully this mean's a new album's on the way soon. Check out both tracks below...

Continue reading "Jay Rock releases new single ft. Kendrick Lamar (listen)"

Hey, remember when Mark Kozelek was in 'Almost Famous'?
Almost Kozelek

Here's the latest volley in the never-ending feud between Mark Kozelek and The War on Drugs. If you've been following along, you know that TWOD frontman Adam Granduciel (real last name: Granofsky) addressed Kozelek's song "The War on Drugs: Suck My Cock" in a Swedish interview, saying, among other things, "He's such a fucking child. And then the song is just idiotic, he's just a fucking idiot. I don't have time for idiots."

Of course, Kozelek responded. How? By reading the whole interview transcript aloud over light acoustic guitar backing and posting it on his site. Mark can't seem to get through a sentence without cracking up. He calls it "Adam Granofsky Blues." Listen to it here.

Allison Mosshart w/ The Kills last week (more by Ebru Yildiz)
Kills

Jack White and Allison Mosshart's band The Dead Weather have been in the process of releasing singles leading up to their TBA new album which is supposed to come out in 2015. The next one, "Buzzkill(er)" b/w "It's Just Too Bad" comes out next week (11/4) and it's blues rockin' a-side can be streamed below.

Continue reading "The Dead Weather streaming new single "Buzzkill(er)" (listen)"

dan bodan

Canadian-born, Berlin-based songwriter Dan Bodan released his new album, Soft, via DFA this week. Soulful and genre-defying, you can stream the entire thing below.

Dan will be in NYC to play Baby's All Right on Novmeber 14 with Physical Therapy, Sadaf, and "Special Guests." Tickets are on sale now. It's Dan's only North American date at the moment but he does have European shows coming up. All dates are listed, along with the album stream, below...

Continue reading "Dan Bodan released 'Soft' on DFA (stream it), playing NYC w/ Physical Therapy ++ other dates"

by Andrew Sacher

Bob Nanna (photo by Katie Hovland)
Bob Nanna

Bob Nanna is a busy man. Not content with just releasing the first Braid album in 16 years this year and a new 7" with his band Lifted Bells with Mathew from Their/They're/There and others (out this week, streaming below), he'll also be releasing the first new album since 2005 with his solo project, The City on Film. (Not to mention he's recently played solo shows and duo shows with his wife as Jack & Ace.) The new album's called La Vella and it will be out December 16 via Topshelf (pre-order). The premise for the album is he "sourced stories from 9 fans" via his custom songwriting website, Downwrite.com, "and turned them into tracks on this new album." He recorded it backed by Kyle Geib and Seth Engel, both of whom he plays with in Lifted Bells.

The first single, "You Wild Thing (An Illuminous Life)," "tells of a chance meeting and a bonding over The Pogues, Ted Leo, and gym shoes." While sometimes Bob is in a more stripped down mode for The City on Film, this one sounds like it could have been right off that new Braid record. Good thing he's been so prolific lately because he's clearly got a lot of jams in him right now. That track premieres in this post -- check it out, with the artwork and tracklist, below.

The City on Film's only upcoming dates at the moment are The Fest this weekend and two hometown Chicago shows. Lifted Bells are playing a Fest show too. All TCoF dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Braid's Bob Nanna releasing a new City on Film album (stream a track); Lifted Bells 7" out now"

by Andrew Sacher

Angel Olsen at MHOW in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Angel Olsen

As discussed, Angel Olsen is releasing a deluxe edition of this year's fantastic Burn Your Fire for No Witness on November 18 via Jagjaguwar and it will feature five bonus tracks. We've already posted one of those, "All Right Now," and now a second one called "May As Well" premiered over at NPR. It's a super sparse song, sparser even than album cuts like "Unfucktheworld" or "White Fire." Check it out below.

Angel's tour returns to NYC for three shows in December, Roulette on 12/6 and Bowery Ballroom on 12/8 & 12/9. Tickets for all three are still available.

Continue reading "Angel Olsen releases bonus track "May As Well" from deluxe edition of LP (listen)"

by Andrew Sacher

PCPC at Saint Vitus last week (more by PSquared)
PCPC

As discussed, members of Parquet Courts and PC Worship have joined forces as PCPC. They made their live debut opening for Thurston Moore at Saint Vitus last week (read our review), and now they've put out their first recording, "Fell Into The Wrong Crowd." In our live review, we said that PCPC have shades of Bad Moon Rising-era Sonic Youth, and this 11-minute jam definitely does but it's also covered in vocal distortion and a little druggier than SY. It's good, noisy stuff and you can stream it below.

Parquet Courts also have a less noisy LP on the way as Parkay Quarts, and they play a big show at Webster Hall on December 11 with PC Worship and Blues Control. Tickets are still available.

Meanwhile you can catch PC Worship at Trans Pecos tonight (10/29).

Song stream below...

Continue reading "PCPC (Parquet Courts + PC Worship) release first song (stream ++ related shows)"

Regina Spektor at Capitol Theatre in 2012 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Regina

As discussed, there's a benefit for Doctors Without Borders (who are on the front lines of dealing with the ebola crisis in Africa) going down at NYC's Irving Plaza on November 19 with an awesome lineup of Fred Armisen, Jim Gaffigan, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Hannibal Buress, and Ted Leo, plus hosts Greg Barris and Jena Friedman. We mentioned that more acts would be added and we now know of two more good ones: Regina Spektor and radio/TV personality Ira Glass. Ira will be performing with dancers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass, who joined him this past September for the premiere of their show, "Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host." Tickets are still available. Stay tuned for any more updates.

Watch the 'Three Acts' trailer below...

Continue reading "Regina Spektor, Ira Glass & more added to Doctors Without Borders benefit"