TV on the Radio, the amazing Indie Rock band from Brooklyn, announced today that they have a new record coming before the end of this year. It’s been 3 years since their last record, “Nine Types Of Light”, and 6 years since “Dear Science”, which is by far my favorite album of theirs. To me “Nine Types of Light" sounded like a band that needed a break and time to refresh… and according to singer Tunde Adebimpe:
But I’m glad we got it together and took stock of the unique connection we have between each other because the record is, 1,000 percent, without a doubt, the best thing we’ve ever done.
Sounds exciting. They also released this short teaser video of the upcoming album “Seeds"… not much to take away from it but here it is nonetheless:
Here’s a funk classic from the Stovall Sisters. One of my favorite parts in this tune is the first bridge, with the quick hi-hat hits that lead into the funky groove and then back into the organ-laced verses. Fun fact about this tune: It was sampled in the Beastie Boys “Intergalactic" song, although it was only a short vocal sample near the end of the tune.
I still love this riff-heavy garage rock record from last year, Fuzz’s self titled debut. Not sure if this was just a one off record for Ty Segall and his buddies, but It’s in that Black Sabbath vein of Rock n Roll, and if you’re in that mood then nothing hits the spot better than this as far as recent bands go. Fuzz consist of guitarist and songwriter Ty Segall, who actually plays drums on this record, bass player Roland Cosio and the guitarist for Ty Segall’s sludge heavy record “Slaughterhouse”: Charles Moothart.
I really like Ty’s drum solo near the end on this track, “Loose Sutures”. After some heavy rocking, he builds up the solo nicely then the band blasts right back into the main riff. Jam this album in it’s entirety.
Here’s a new split 7” released from the band Gap Dream, as they embark on a tour with the band Part Time. Gap Dream is the project of musician Gabe Fulvimar, and the recent Gap Dream record “Shine Your Light" was one of my favorites of last year so it’s nice to hear another tune from him.
“Strong Love" sounds like an extension of "Shine Your Light”, with the bright, synth arpeggiator working in the background and Fulvimar’s washy vocals front and center. There’s a lot more atmosphere on this tune than previous records from Gap Dream, which is a nice addition.
Check out Gap Dream and Part Time when they tour through your city:
GAP DREAM/PART TIME TOUR 2014
8.23.14 - San Francisco, CA - Brick and Mortar Music Hall - W/ Gap Dream
8.25.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Los Globos - W/ Gap Dream
8.26.14 - Tucson, AZ - Hotel Congress - W/ Gap Dream
8.27.14 - El Paso, TX - Monarch - W/ Gap Dream
8.28.14 - Austin, TX - Hotel Vegas - W/ Gap Dream
8.29.14 - Houston, TX - Walter’s - W/ Gap Dream
8.30.14 - New Orleans, LA - Circle Bar - W/ Gap Dream
8.31.14 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl - W/ Gap Dream
9.1.14 - Durham, NC - Duke University Coffeehouse - W/ Gap Dream
9.2.14 - Washington, DC - Comet Ping Pong - W/ Gap Dream
9.3.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s - W/ Gap Dream
9.4.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands - W/ Gap Dream
9.5.14 - New York, NY - Cake Shop - W/ Gap Dream
9.6.14 - Ithaca, NY - Cornell University
9.7.14 - Cleveland, OH - Happy Dog - W/ Gap Dream
9.8.14 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean - W/ Gap Dream
9.11.14 - Shreveport, LA - Bear’s - W/ Gap Dream
9.12.14 - Fort Worth, TX - Lola’s - W/ Gap Dream
Naomi Shelton and the Gospels Queens’ new album is streaming right now on the New York Times' website! If you heard Naomi Shelton's 2009 record “What Have You Done, My Brother?”, then you know how special this soul singer is. Her voice has that deep, gospel sound and she sings with such a powerful force. The Daptone record label discovered her and released her first record in over 50 years with her long time organ player Cliff Driver, and now they’re back for more. I highly suggest giving this a listen:
Oklahoma psych-rock band Stardeath and White Dwarfs’ new album “Wastoid" is available to stream over the AV Club’s website. “Stardeath...” is known for front-man Dennis Coyne’s songwriting, which is similar to his uncle’s style, who is obviously Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips. The Lips also guest on this record on one song. While they’ll always get comparison’s to the Flaming Lips, this album further cements the fact that Stardeath and White Dwarfs are breaking new ground and really finding their own unique sound. Their days of opening for the Flaming Lips on tour are almost over and they’ll soon be quite an attraction by themselves through their own hard work.
This is a song off the new How To Dress Well record “What Is This Heart?"… and it’s pretty obvious from the beginning that Tom Krell, the main creator of this musical project, likes that 80s pop sound we’re all so familiar with. I’m not terribly in love with that polished, slick sound, but I’ll give it a listen after hearing a lot of people praise this record. It reminds me a lot of Michael Jackson’s later 80s sound, which taken in small doses you can get something out of it. I can’t see myself listening to this record too much but for those times when it’s appropriate it hits the spot.
Spoon has a new album coming out in August titled “They Want My Soul”. This right here is the second single from the record, and I’m digging it. “Inside Out" debuted yesterday with this tripping video featuring a lot of faces melting and other visual effects. The sound is pretty trademark spoon, with staccato piano lines and Brit Daniel’s rough, scratchy vocals singing some melodic hooks. There is a bit of an experimental edge to it, though, with the echo added to the weird guitar (?) sound throughout the tune.
Tim Alexander, the talented drummer for Primus, recently suffered a heart attack. Today is going through open heart surgery according to a note that his family released:
Some time during the hours of 7:30 am to 12:30 pm (pacific time) tomorrow, July 21st, Tim’s heart will be stopped for his open heart surgery. The heart is like a drum and we need to help keep it going, so during this time we ask you to please help carry that beat. Whether it be drums, percussion or even in your head, we would like to start a global drum circle to send positive, healing energy to Tim. Any and all prayer, healing words and thoughts at this time would also be greatly appreciated. Follow and send any caring, healing words to #carrythebeat on Twitter (@TimAlexander or @Primus). Thank you.
So vibes to the Alexander family. And here’s a tune from the great Primus album “Sailing the Seas of Cheese" that Tim does incredible work on.
There’s been lots of buzz about this debut record from Toronto band Alvvays. It’s some pretty inoffensive dream pop, which isn’t really a bad thing, just not something that really stands out too much for me. Maybe this record will sink in a little more for me after a few listens, though. This song, “Adult Diversion”, kicks off the record and is a pretty accurate representation of the sound on the record as a whole.
This late 2013 release from Austin, Texas' Wild Child is an album that snuck up on me recently. There are some quality tunes on this record, one of my favorite’s being this one featured, “Rillo Talk”. It’s got a simple drum beat with accent from the ukulele and some tasteful sounding strings, but the star of the song is singer Kelsey Wilson. She’s got plenty of range that she shows off here. Check out this great Austin band live if you want to see an impressive musical performance, as they incorporate all kinds of different instruments into their show.
Hard to believe this record came out in 2006… seems like not too long ago I was seeing Sonic Youth rip through this catalog of tunes as well as some of the incredible Daydream Nation songs in Marfa, TX for their free show at the Chinati Foundation.
As Thurston Moore said of that show, “It was “Guitarded”. They’ve since gone on an indefinite hiatus since Thurston and Kim split… so listening to this record is the only thing to really tide us all over if you’re craving some Sonic Youth Rock n Roll.
Always good to go back to old classics like this Neil Young record, “Zuma”. One of my favorite tunes of his is the opening to this album, “Don’t Cry No Tears”. The guitar riff combined with Crazy Horse’s driving rhythm makes for one of his best songs.
Neil’s been in the news a lot recently, with his new PONO audio system and some recent smaller news stories… I’m always in the mood to throw on some of his legendary albums from the 70s on.
Blonde Redhead, the Brooklyn shoegaze band, have a new album coming out and I’m pretty damn excited about it. While I didn’t gravitate towards their most recent record “Penny Sparkle”, their 2007 record “23" is among my favorites of that decade. The new record is entitled "Barragan" and they just released this new single "Dri-pping”. I like the sound of this one, it’s got a stripped down groove and a little more electronic edge to it than their usual wash of guitars. Can’t wait til this one comes out.