On March 18th Black Lips are releasing their new LP, Underneath The Rainbow via Vice Records. It’s been about three years since Black Lips released a new record, their last one was Arabia Mountain back in 2011. Along with this new release comes a tour of course, not only will your ears get some pleasure, but your nose will too– their upcoming tour will feature “scented” shows!
This is the info that came along with the press release:
Recognizing the powerful effect of scent on emotion and memory, the band worked with a team of olfactory scientists to craft a band-specific scent that will be disseminated throughout the duration of their shows, evoking “ocean”, “cedar”, “moon”, “denim”, “squid ink”, “fire”, and “semen (if the man only ate fresh plums for about a week)” among other aromas.
…Hmmm…I don’t know about that last one, hopefully sarcasm was included in that package. You can grab the scented version of Underneath The Rainbow in cassette at the Black Lips’ shows, distributed by Burger Records.
On May 6th Lykke Li will be releasing her new album I Never Learn via LL/Atlantic. Today she’s revealed the album’s tracklist, and a video for the song “Love Me Like I’m Not Made of Stone,” directed by Tarik Saleh.
The album was co-produced by Björn Yttling (of Peter Björn and John), Greg Kurstin, and Lykke.
What Lykke Li has to say about I Never Learn:
Every song on the album is a power ballad. Like one of those old radio stations. This is a slow dance; a slow burner.
I wrote ["No Rest for the Wicked"] in Sweden when I was packing up my shit, and I’d just gotten out of a relationship and it was a horrible time. I just had the hurt, shame, sadness, guilt, longing. In the verse, I’m referring to myself pleading guilty but I’m referring to all of us.
She also announced a set of international tour dates for 2014, one of them being at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, you can check those out below.
Tracklist for I Never Learn:
01 I Never Learn
02 No Rest for the Wicked
03 Just Like a Dream
06 Love Me Like I’m Not Made of Stone
07 Never Gonna Love Again
08 Heart of Steel
09 Sleeping Alone
2014 Tour Dates:
04-24 Stockholm, Sweden – Berns
04-27 Brussels, Belgium – AB
04-29 Berlin, Germany – Astra
04-30 Munich, Germany – Kesselhaus
05-02 Cologne, Germany – E-Werk
05-03 Utrecht, Netherlands – Tivolivredenburg
05-06 Paris, France – Trianon
05-08 London, England – Village Underground
05-09 London, England – Village Underground
05-15 New York City, NY – Apollo Theatre
05-19 Los Angeles, CA – The Theatre at the Ace Hotel
Wearing an elegant long red dress Karen O, alongside the debonair looking Ezra Koenig– from Vampire Weekend– performed the Oscar-nominated song from Her, “The Moon Song.”
The simple setting of their performance had a very intimate appeal, it was perfect to go with the tune. A rising moon in the background, amidst a dark stage, Karen O sitting on the stairs with her shoes closely to her, and Koenig strumming away on an acoustic guitar next to her, joining on vocals in occasion.
The Oscars was the first time Karen O had performed the song in front of a global television audience.
Watch “The Moon Song” performance below:
After taking a five year break, on May 13th indie singer-songwriter Mirah will be releasing her fifth studio solo album Changing Light. The 10-track record has been deemed a break-up album, although Mirah sees it more as a resolution with the later, which we can hear in the latest single “Radiomind”– where Mirah procalims her love for the radio, and how it has helped her find meaning through the twists and turns that life throws at us.
Changing Light was co-produced by Christopher Doulgeris and tUnE-yArDs’ Eli Crews. It also has some appearances by Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier, Mount Moriah’s Heather McEntire, Mary Timon, Emily Wells and Jherek Bischoff.
“Radiomind” features a mixture of guitar strums, airy vocals and subtle synths. I think it’s definitely a track we can all relate to as we tend to have the radio as our companion in our most turbulent moments, finding music to be our savior of sorts.
Listen to “Radiomind” below:
Ellen DeGeneres’ all-star selfie from the Oscars broke a few Twitter records last night. Not only is it the most retweeted tweet of all time, but she also became the first user to top 1 million retweets for a single Twitter post.
It took about 34 minutes to break the record, in less than an hour there were already 1,300,000 retweets. The star-filled selfie featured: selfie-snapper Bradley Cooper, Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey, Ellen, Jennifer Lawrence, amongst others.
The tweet caused so much traffic, that Twitter had to temporarily shut down after Ellen DeGeneres posted the selfie. And the Academy Awards’ Twitter @TheAcademy apologized for the malfunction twice during the night.
What did Ellen have to say about it?
“We crashed and broke Twitter. We have made history. See, Meryl [Streep], what we did, you and I?” Adding,”It’s back up again so it has the most retweets ever and we are all winners tonight. That’s what it means.”
Animal Collective is re-living last year’s Bonnaroo festivities by releasing a new digital EP. Spotify Sessions is exclusively available via– yes, you guessed it…Spotify. It features four tracks from Animal Collective’s show at This Tent last June. This should gear you up for the Bonnaroo lineup announcement later this week.
You can take a listen on Spotify or use the widget we provided below!
Hold on to your overalls folks, Morrissey is ready to give that US tour another chance after many postponed and canceled tour dates. Pencil in this fella in your spring calendar, as he hits 24 cities through May and June. For two of the dates he’ll be joined by special guests: Tom Jones on his May 10th show in Los Angeles, and Sir Cliff Richard will be at the tour’s final show in Brooklyn. Kristeen Young will be opening all other scheduled dates.
This tour will be in support of his new studio album, which is set for release at the later leg of 2014.
Check out all the dates below!
Morrissey 2014 Tour Dates:
05/07 – San Jose, CA @ City National Civic Auditorium
05/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Los Angeles Sports Arena *
05/13 – El Paso, TX @ Plaza Theater
05/14 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
05/16 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kingsbury Hall
05/17 – Denver, CO @ Ellie Caulkins Opera House
05/19 – Lincoln, NE @ Rococo Theatre
05/20 – Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall
05/22 – Dallas, TX @ Majestic Theatre
05/24 – Austin, TX @ Austin Music Hall
05/25 – Beaumont, TX @ Julie Rodgers Theatre
05/27 – Memphis, TN @ Orpheum Theatre
05/28 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
05/30 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Mahaffey Theater
05/31 – Miami, FL @ Knight Concert Hall
06/04 – Atlanta, GA @ Cobb Energy Center
06/07 – Boston, MA @ Boston Opera House
06/10 – Baltimore, MD @ Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
06/13 – Chicago, IL @ Civic Opera House
06/14 – Flint, MI @ James Whiting Auditorium
06/16 – Lewiston, NY @ Artpark Main Stage Theater
06/17 – Wilmington, DE @ Grand Opera House
06/19 – Hershey, PA @ Hershey Theatre
06/21 – New York, NY @ Barclays Center #
* = w/ Tom Jones
# = w/ Sir Cliff Richard
Jack White is rounding up the Dead Weather gang once again, and unleashing a new single, “Rough Detective.” Dead Weather is now gearing up to release another studio album, and will continue releasing tunes in pairs ’til the full release date. Check out “Rough Detective” below, via Spotify.
Beck’s new album Morning Phase, is set for release in just a few short weeks, yet we really haven’t heard any of it. That is, ’til now, with this new album trailer preview which features a two-minute clip of the tune “Blue Moon.”
So what can you expect from Morning Phase? Beck described Morning Phase as “California music,” adding, “The songs are coming out of a California tradition. I’m hearing the Byrds, Crosby Stills and Nash, Gram Parsons, Neil Young – the bigger idea of what that sound is to me.”
Morning Phase is due out on February 25th via Capitol Records.
Morning Phase Tracklist:
02. Heart Is A Drum
03. Say Goodbye
04. Waking Light
07. Don’t Let It Go
08. Blackbird Chain
09. Evil Things
10. Blue Moon
11. Turn Away
12. Country Down
This morning, the nominees for the 2014 Academy Awards were announced, and amongst them were Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeah’s singer Karen O and Owen Pallett.
Pallett and Arcade Fire were nominated for Best Original Score for their work on Spike Jonze’s Her. And Karen O’s “The Moon Song, ” also from Her, was nominated for Best Original Song.
Although Alexander Ebert won a Golden Globe for his score in All is Lost, surprisingly he did not receive a nomination. Noteworthy mentions, that failed to receive nominations include M83 (Oblivion), Underworld’s Rick Smith (Trance), and Mike Patton (The Place Beyond the Pines).
Winners will be announced March 2nd. For a full list of nominees, click here.
Original score by Arcade Fire:
Karen O – “The Moon Song”
As part of Starbucks’ Sweetheart 2014 compilation album, Ben Harper has taken the ivories by hand to cover Mazzy Star’s 1994 single “Fade Into You.”
Harper slows down the tune with his rendition, giving an ever so haunting and smooth sound to the track with just his voice and an accompanying piano. Take a listen below!
Harper’s cover of “Fade Into You” is one of 13 popular love songs featured on Sweetheart 2014, which can be purchased at any Starbucks location or digitally via Concord Music Group.
Sweetheart 2014 Tracklist:
01. Jim James – “Turn Your Lights Down Low” (Bob Marley cover)
02. Vampire Weekend – “Con Te Partirò” (Inspired by the Andrea Bocelli recording)
03. Beck – “Love” (John Lennon cover)
04. Phosphorescent – “Tomorrow Is a Long Time” (Bob Dylan cover)
05. The Head and the Heart – “Don’t Forget Me” (Harry Nilsson cover)
06. Valerie June – “Happy or Lonesome” (The Carter Family cover)
07. Bahamas – “Always on My Mind” (Willie Nelson cover)
08. Thao – “If You Were Mine” (Ray Charles cover)
09. Ben Harper – “Fade into You” (Mazzy Star cover)
10. Fiona Apple – “I’m in the Middle of a Riddle” (Anton Karas cover)
11. Brandi Carlile – “The Chain” (Fleetwood Mac cover)
12. Blake Mills – “I Hope” (Bobby Charles cover)
13. Sharon Jones – “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” (Stevie Wonder cover)
Jack White has been throwing little tidbits on how he is “producing two albums this month, and finishing them,” adding that “one of them is mine.”
According to journalist Michael Goldberg, Jack White and Neil Young have actually recorded an entire album together, which will be released through White’s Third Man Records.
These so-called rumors have been circulating for over a month now, they were first mentioned on Neil Young’s fan site Thrashers Wheat. The initial post reported that the album would include covers of 12 songs by other popular singer-songwriters, and no Neil Young originals.
To tie some loose strings together, last spring during Record Store Day 2013, Neil Young recorded a cover of Bert Jansch’s “Needle of Death” at the Third Man Recording Booth.
Goldberg also adds that the tracklist could include covers such as: Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind”, Gordon Lightfoot’s “Early Morning Rain”, Ivory Joe Hunter’s “Since I Met You Baby”, Phil Ochs’ “Changes”, and Tim Hardin’s “Reason To Believe”.
For now, White’s and Neil’s publicists are keeping quiet on the matter.
Tonight, James Blake appeared on BBC 1′s program, “Residency” where he not only shared a long hour mix, that included the release of a brand new song “40455,” he also shared remixs of Beyoncé’s “Drunk in Love” and Mystical from Blake’s alter ego Harmonix.
Beyoncé – “Drunk in Love” (Harmonix Remix):
Mystical – “Pay Me” (Harmonix Remix):
The Australian teen songstress, Lorde is gearing up for a North American tour that kicks off in March of next year. Rising in the charts quickly, Lorde is not holding back in 2014. The tour starts in Texas, and finishes up in California; also hitting some major cities, Chicago, Denver, Oakland, Seattle, Boston.
Not to anyone’s surprise Lorde has been nominated for four Grammys this year, one which includes “Record of the Year.” She also recently released a new track, “No Better,” and on top of that is already writing her next album…all at 17 folks.
She is known to sell-out shows, so you better grab your tickets quickly. Check out the full line of dates below!
Lorde 2014 North American Tour Dates
3 – Austin, Texas @ Austin Music Hall
4 – Dallas, Texas @ Southside Ballroom
5 – Houston, Texas @ Bayou
7 – Washington, D.C. @ Echostage
8 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Tower Theatre
11 – New York @ Roseland Ballroom
12 – New York @ Roseland Ballroom
14 – Boston, Mass. @ Orpheum
15 – Toronto, Ontario @ Sound Academy
16 – Detroit, Mich. @ The Fillmore
18 – Chicago, Ill. @ Aragon
20 – St. Louis, Mo. @ Peabody Opera House
21 – Kansas City @ Arvest Bank Theatre
22 – Denver, Colo. @ Fillmore Auditorium
24 – Seattle, Wash. @ WAMU Theater
26 – Oakland, Calif. @ Fox Theater