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1. Boyz II Men – “A Song For Mama”
2. Ozzy – “Mama I’m Coming Home”
3. Mr. T – “Treat Your Mother Right”
4. Pink Floyd – “Mother”
5. Elvis Presley – “Mama Liked The Roses”
6. LL Cool J – “Mama Said Knock You Out”
7. Tupac – “Dear Mama”
8. John Lennon – “Mother”
9. Snoop Dogg – “I Love My Mama”
10. Metallica – “Mama Said”
Let’s face it, our moms are not only our biggest fans in life, they are also our best friends. When we were little, they were the chef, the nurse, the chauffeur, the teacher, the problem solver…well, you get the point. Even as we grow up, a mom’s job is never done, she works 24/7, loves unconditionally, and will always be there no matter what. So, this weekend, celebrate your mom, perhaps make her a playlist with a little Ozzy and Snoop Dog, and a few tearjerkers, like Boyz II Men or John Lennon’s “Mother” and perhaps let her know Mr. T always taught you to “Treat Your Mother Right.” Three cheers to the women we call “Mom”!
It has been two years already since Beastie Boys member, MCA Yauch lost his battle with cancer on May 4th 2012. Over the weekend people gathered in New York City for “MCA Day.” Four young men decided to take things a little further and pay homage to Yauch and his strong Buddhist beliefs by breakdancing to Beastie Boys song “Ch-Check It Out” while dressed as Buddhist monks. Breakdancing is a hard craft as it is, these fellas hit home with their incredible skills by adding a layer of difficulty.
The dancers include: Franklin Chen, Jason Ng, Erich Reyes, and Stephen Pyo
MCA would of been all smiles on this one, watch below!
Sharon Van Etten released another track from her latest album, Are We There out May 27th via Jagjaguwar. Unlike other artists that give out their cake too soon, Van Etten has taken her time releasing these sneak peeks– “Every Time The Sun Comes Up” is only the second song folks have had a chance to listen to, following the first single “Taking Chances.” This slow-gradient tune definitely makes Van Etten’s vocals stand out. Click play below to hear “Every Time The Sun Comes Up.”
Coldplay has been busy these past couple of months with their new album, Ghost Stories set for release May 19th. They’ve made a round of stops in Europe and are now making their way through the US, serving as musical guests on Saturday Night Live over the weekend, and just last night making an appearance on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, where they performed two songs from their new album “Magic” and “Always In My Head.”
You can watch both performances below!
“ALWAYS IN MY HEAD”
With the release of his first solo album in five years, Conor Oberst is hitting the US with a tour in support of his latest installment, Upside Down Mountain– out May 20th via Nonesuch Records. He’s added more dates, including the West Coast, some pit stops in Europe and a few festival appearances.
Check out the full list of dates below!
Conor Oberst 2014 Tour Dates:
05/08 – Saxapahaw, NC @ Haw River Ballroom *
05/09 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel *
05/10 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival *
05/11 – Charleston, SC @ Charleston Music Hall *
05/13 – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL @ Ponte Vedra Concert Hall *
05/14 – Orlando, FL @ The Beacham *
05/16 – Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Music Festival
05/17 – Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29 *
05/20 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade NYC
05/21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *
05/22 – Westbury, NY @ The Space at Westbury *
05/23 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club *
05/24 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club *
05/25 – Munhall, PA @ Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead *
05/27 – Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre *
05/29 – Chicago, IL @ Metro *
05/30 – Chicago, IL @ Metro *
05/31 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater *
06/01 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue *
06/02 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue *
06/04 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium *
06/05 – Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note *
06/06 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium *
06/07 – Lexington, KY @ Buster’s *
07/02 – Kansas CIty, MO @ Crossroads KC *
07/03 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck *
07/04 – Des Moines, IA @ 80/35 Festival
07/08 – Manchester, UK @ Cathedral *
07/09 – London, UK @ KOKO *
07/11 – Bilbao, ES @ Bilbao BBK Live *
07/12 – Aix les Bains, FR @ Musilac Festival *
07/13 – Brugge, BE @ Cactusfestival *
07/14 – Nijmegen, NL @ Valkhof Festival *
07/15 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso *
07/17 – Berne, CH @ Gurten Festival *
07/18 – London, UK @ KOKO *
07/19 – Southwold, UK @ Latitude Festival *
07/20 – Dublin, IE @ Longitude Festival *
07/21 – Glasgow, UK @ ABC *
07/27 – Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival
07/29 – New York, NY @ SummerStage *
07/31 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Meijer Gardens Amphitheatre *
08/01 – Cooperstown, NY @ Brewery Ommegang *
08/05 – Aarhus, DK @ Train *
08/06 – Copenhagen, DK @ Amager Bio *
08/07-09 – Gothenburg, SE @ Way Out West
08/11 – Hamburg, DE @ Fabrik *
08/12 – Berlin, DE @ Postbahnhof *
08/13 – St. Polten, AT @ Frequency Festival *
08/14 – Vienna, AT @ Vienna Arena *
08/16 – Munich, DE @ Freiheiz *
08/17 – Cologne, DE @ Gloria *
09/14 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
09/16 – Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater
09/18 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s
09/19 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
09/20 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre
09/21 – Dallas, TX @ AT&T Performing Arts Center
09/23 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
09/27 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
09/28 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
09/30 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market
10/01 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
10/05 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre #
* = w/ Dawes
# = w/ John Prine
You would think Jack White doesn’t have much left to pull out of his magic hat, as this man has done the impossible in the name of music. To name a few: releasing a vinyl via 1,000 helium balloons, he invented the triple decker vinyl record, and on Record Store Day he recorded, pressed, and released a song all in one day.
Here are a few of the features on his “Ultra” sophomore LP 12-inch vinyl, Lazaretto:
- 180 gram vinyl
- 2 vinyl-only hidden tracks hidden beneath the center labels
- 1 hidden track plays at 78 RPM, one plays at 45 RPM, making this a 3-speed record
- Side A plays from the inside out
- Dual-groove technology: plays an electric or acoustic intro for “Just One Drink” depending on where needle is dropped. The grooves meet for the body of the song.
- Matte finish on Side B, giving the appearance of an un-played 78 RPM record
- Both sides end with locked grooves
- Vinyl pressed in seldom-used flat-edged format
- Dead wax area on Side A contains a hand-etched hologram by Tristan Duke of Infinity Light Science, the first of its kind on a vinyl record
- Absolutely zero compression used during recording, mixing and mastering
- Different running order from the CD/digital version
- LP utilizes some mixes different from those used on CD and digital version
Watch the video below of Jack White giving the detailed scoop on his record, which is set for release June 10th via Third Man Records. Pre-orders are highly suggested!
Beck just announced another round of dates for his US tour in support of the new album Morning Phase. You can check out the full line of newly announced dates below!
Beck 2014 Tour Dates:
06/19 – Cleveland, OH @ State Theatre
06/20 – Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
06/21 – Dover, DE @ Firefly Music Festival
06/24 – North Adams, MA @ Mass MOCA
06/25 – Montreal, QC @ Pace des Arts
06/27 – Toronto, ON @ Sony Centre
06/28 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
06/30 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
07/01 – New York, NY @ Summerstage
07/11 – Charlotte, NC @ Uptown Ampitheater
07/12 – Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolf Auditorium
07/14 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
07/16 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
07/18 – Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival
07/19 – Grand Rapids, MI @ DeVos Performance Hall
07/20 – Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
07/22 – Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theater
07/23 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Ampitheater
07/27 – Philadelphia, PA @ XPN Festival
08/15 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks
09/04-07 – Isle of Wight, UK @ Bestival
10/03-05 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
10/10-12 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
Amy Poehler will be a guest on this Wednesday’s episode of Billy on the Street. Poehler won’t be playing herself per se, but instead she’ll be channeling her inner Pitbull, all while wearing an extremely convincing mask. I bet you can’t even tell the difference!
Watch the hilarious clip below, as New Yorkers are shocked to find out it’s not the Cuban rapper, but instead the adored comedian on “It’s Not Pitbull, It’s Amy Poehler.”
You can catch Billy on the Street this Wednesday 11/10c on Fuse.
Portugal The Man have teamed up to collaborate alongside the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute to raise awareness for the endangered Sumatran Tigers, by releasing the “endangered song.”
It is Earth Day after all, and what better way to celebrate it than with a great band contributing some good tunes to help this wonderful place we live in strive. I love knowing that there are bands out there like Portugal The Man using their talents to help out Mother Nature.
Portugal The Man has only produced 400 of these “Sumatran Tiger” 7-inch singles– the number chosen by the actual number of tigers remaining. The singles are set to degrade by how much it is used. The track was sent out to “carefully chosen influencers, among them actors, activists, musicians, conservationists, bloggers and journalists,” will “go extinct unless it’s reproduced.” Portugal The Man are encouraging their fans to “scour the Internet” and use hashtags like #endangeredsong and #sumatrantiger to reveal more info and track it further.
You can listen to the slow psych-rock tune below!
Austin City Limits has just revealed the lineup for this year’s festival, which takes place over two weekends in October (3rd-5th and 10th-12th) at Zilker Park.
Amongst the headliners you can expect to see: Pearl Jam, Eminem, OutKast, Beck, The Replacements, Lorde, Belle & Sebastian, Interpol, Spoon, The Avett Brothers, Foster the People, Skrillex, St. Vincent, Childish Gambino, Chromeo, CHVRCHES, Major Lazer, Phantogram, and Jenny Lewis.
Other great acts include: Jimmy Cliff, Juanes, Lana Del Rey, The Gaslight Anthem, Icona Pop, Sam Smith, Real Estate, tUnE-yArDs, Mac Demarco, Poliça, MØ, My Brightest Diamonds, Cults, Jagwar Ma, Lucius, Hozier, The Rosebuds, Calvin Harris, Zedd, The Head and the Heart, AFI, Fitz & the Tantrums, The Glitch Mob, Iggy Azalea, Rebelution, Paolo Nutini, Capital Cities, Beats Antique, Kodaline, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Lettuce, Gramatik, Lake Street Drive, Bleachers, Temples, Ozomatli, J. Roddy Walston & The Business, Robert Ellis, The Preatures, Bad Rabbits, The Chain Gang of 1974, and Miniature Tigers.
Three-day and VIP passes go on sale on Tuesday at 10am CT through the festival’s website.
Little Dragon have just revealed a little bit of their new album, Nabuma Rubberband, and it’s good, oh soooo good. The track “Let Go” dabbles a bit of R&B with euphoric electro background rythyms, a bit of synths, a bit of atmosphere in there too.
Nabuma Rubberband is due out May 13th via Loma Vista.
Take a listen to “Let Go” below!
The L.A. based trio Dessert have just released their third track “Player,” and I must say, it’s pretty kick-ass. Packed with electronic percussion, smooth vocals, and some synth dabbling on the side this tune is definitely one you’ll be wanting to add to your playlist; “Player” will surely remind you of warmer days ahead, it’s catchy, fresh and vibrant.
If anyone finds a selfie from Dessert please hit us up, as they’re quite anonymous currently with only a picture of this Fido on the web.
Hit play below!
Apart from his catchy beats, you know what else I love about Gasmilk, that his tunes may be partly inspired by ’90s era Nickelodeon, oh the nostalgia. Gasmilk is Oakland artist Brian Lee White’s solo work, that fuses a mixture of electro and indie pop, taking you into a synth-filled universe.
The track called “2 Of Us” is the second one to drop from his upcoming EP, due out later this year, and it’s just as good as the first single. I can see “2 Of US” playing on repeat during beach trips this summer. You can take a listen to the track below.
PS- if you want something to dance to, you can get Gasmilk’s single “Slow” as a free download over on his official Soundcloud.
Tears streamed down Pharrell Williams’ face as he sat down for an interview with Oprah. Tears of joy, that is. With his popular tune “Happy,” nobody could be more moved than Williams himself, seeing just how happy people get while listening to his song.
The 41 year old singer/rapper/producer said that the song didn’t get noticed until the music video was released– back in November, and all of the sudden it went “boom.” People from all over the world started submitting their own versions of the video. Pharrell explains “and we were like, ‘What’s happening?’ ” he said. “First of all, people are putting up their own videos. It was like no longer my song.”
He continued,”it’s overwhelming because it’s like I love what I do,” Williams said. “I just appreciate the fact that people have believed in me for so long, that I could make it to this point to feel that.”
Watch the segment from Williams’ interview with Oprah below.
Twin Shadow just released a new single titled, “To The Top” which was recorded at the Los Angeles at Hollywood Forever Cemetery & Studio Zapata Zabala with Wynne Bennet. It doesn’t end with this tune, Twin Shadow has a new album in the works, a follow-up to 2012′s Confess.
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This is what Twin Shadow had to say about the track:
“What is it when you realize that someone isn’t right for you? Or when you find that you do not and can not posses someone entirely? You want someone so bad and it feels like hell.
It’s not like the first time, once loved love evolves, and you no longer have as much control, and it frustrates you. I think because of this feeling we find ourselves constantly wanting to reset, like new years resolutions, like dreaming up moments from the past where the ending flips on its head, like true forgiveness…We just want to say “wait wait wait, this went too far in the wrong direction, can we try that again.”
Miniature Tigers will be releasing their fourth studio album, Cruel Runnings, on June 17th via YEBO Music, and with that comes the second single “Oblivious.”
As if the album title wasn’t enough to leave you pondering about your dream career as a bobsledder, an extended Jamaican vacation did have a major influence on the album. Which according to bassist Brandon Lee, “everything came very naturally. We had all decided, ‘Let’s just try to be as much of us as possible.”
The press release states that Cruel Runnings is “something halfway between nostalgia and the ecstatic now, an album that yearns for the recent past while staring open-hearted at what the present dares to bring. Songs about swimming pools remembered on sticky summer nights, lovers meeting at discotheques, streets where you used to live. Miniature Tigers have written a record that’s eminently relatable, passionate but not without a healthy sense of perspective.”
If you’ve been missing the ’80 synth-vibe in your life lately, then the song “Oblivious” will definitely hit the spot. Take a listen below.
With their eight album due out next month, the Black Keys have just released another tune– “Turn Blue”– for your listening pleasure. The first single “Fever” had a more psychedelic feel to it, while “Turn Blue” is an easy listen, with a mid-tempo arrangement. “Turn Blue” was premiered in drummer Patrick Carney’s SiriusXM show “Serious Boredom.”
Take a listen below!
Turn Blue is due out May 13th via Nonesuch Records.
Turn Blue Tracklist:
01. Weight of Love
02. In Time
03. Turn Blue
05. Year in Review
06. Bullet in the Brain
07. It’s Up to You Now
08. Waiting on Words
09. 10 Lovers
10. In Our Prime
11. Gotta Get Awa
Zach Braff is back with a Garden State follow-up titled Wish I Was Here, set for release July 25th. It’s already been 10 years since the Garden State release, which had a memorable soundtrack that included bands like: The Shins, Coldplay, Iron & Wine, amongst others.
After a successful kickstarter campaign, Braff set out to create another epic film, Wish I Was Here follows a “struggling actor, father and husband, who at 35 is still trying to find his identity; a purpose for his life.” Not exactly a sequel to Garden State per se but a pretty familiar setting. Braff not only stars in the film, he also co-wrote it with his brother, Adam.
Wish I Was Here made its premier at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and features some familiar faces, Joey King, Kate Hudson, Jim Parsons, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad and Ashley Greens.
Braff is making sure this soundtrack is just as incredible as Garden State’s, which includes a collaboration between Cat Power’s Chan Marshall and Coldplay’s Chris Martin, and original songs from Bon Iver and The Shins.
If you weren’t able to snag some tickets to this year’s Coachella, don’t sweat it, you can watch the whole thing from the comfort of your own home. The festival will be broadcasted live both weekends via YouTube. Not only will you be able to see live performances, there will also be some artist interviews, behind the scenes footage and video playbacks.
For weekend 1, which is April 11th-13th you can catch: Arcade Fire, Beck, Muse, Queens of the Stone Age, Nas, Pharrell, Lorde, Disclosure, Foster the People, Bryan Ferry, Pet Shop Boys, Skrillex, Fatboy Slim, Girl Talk, Warpaint, Chromeo, Broken Bells, Sleigh Bells, CHVRCHES, Daughter, Superchunk, The Afghan Whigs, Little Dragon, Future Islands, Cage the Elephant, Ty Segall, Foxygen, ASAP Ferg, Dum Dum Girls, Wye Oak, Jagwar Ma, Ellie Goulding, and Carnage, amongst others.
The second weekend 18th-20th will be broadcasted via AXS TV. The second weekend schedule is yet to be released.
Coachella Weekend One Webcast:
* = All times in PST
Friday, April 11th:
03:30 – Flatbush Zombies
03:30 – ZZ Ward
03:30 – Jagwar Ma
04:15 – Grouplove
04:20 – Wye Oak
05:15 – MS MR
05:20 – AFI
06:00 – Bastille
06:05 – ASAP Ferg
06:10 – GOAT
07:00 – The Afghan Whigs
07:00 – Kate Nash
07:50 – Neko Case
08:15 – Woodkid
08:40 – Ellie Goulding
09:05 – Chromeo
09:30 – Broken Bells
09:30 – Carnage
09:55 – Bryan Ferry
10:30 – Girl Talk
11:00 – The Cult
11:20 – Martin Garrix
12:00 – Anti-Flag
12:20 – Zedd
Saturday, April 12th:
03:30 – White Lies
03:30 – Bear Hands
03:30 – Foxygen
04:10 – CHVRCHES
04:15 – Temples
04:30 – Ty Segall
05:20 – The Head and the Heart
05:30 – Bombay Bicycle Club
06:10 – City and Colour
06:30 – Washed Out
07:00 – Capital Cities
07:05 – Future Islands
07:55 – Lorde
08:00 – Warpaint
08:25 – Dillon Francis
08:45 – Foster the People
09:00 – Pixies
09:25 – Fatboy Slim
09:40 – Queens of the Stone Age
10:25 – Empire of the Sun
10:35 – Pharrell Williams
10:45 – Sleigh Bells
11:25 – Skrillex
11:35 – Pet Shop Boys
11:35 – Muse
Sunday, April 13th:
03:30 – Preservation Hall Jazz Band
03:30 – J. Roddy Walston & The Business
03:30 – Surfer Blood
04:15 – Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
04:30 – Frank Turner
05:10 – Fishbone
05:30 – Superchunk
06:00 – Blood Orange
06:00 – Flosstradamus
06:30 – The 1975
07:15 – Little Dragon
07:40 – The Naked and Famous
07:50 – Alesso
08:30 – Daughter
08:30 – Calvin Harris
09:00 – Big Gigantic
09:25 – Beck
09:55 – Adventure Club
10:10 – Nas
10:20 – Arcade Fire
10:45 – Duck Sauce
11:10 – Disclosure
Sir Paul McCartney will be resuming his Out There Tour through 2014, adding some dates in the US which include: New Orleans, Louisville, Albany, and Pittsburgh for now, but “more dates to be announced,” according to his official site.
Tickets for set dates go on sale April 14th at 10 a.m. local time.
Paul McCartney 2014 Tour Dates:
04/19 - Montevideo, UY @ Estadio Centenario
04/22 - Santiago, CL @ Movistar Arena
04/25 - Lima, PE @ Estadio Nacional
05/17 - Tokyo, JP @ National Stadium
05/18 - Tokyo, JP @ National Stadium
06/19 – New Orleans, LA @ The Smoothie King Center
06/26 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
07/05 – Albany, NY @ Times Union Center
07/07 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Consol Energy Center