MUSICNEWS- As Nonesuch Records preps to release NatalieMerchant’s new self-titled album on May 6, 2014, word is out that the multi-platinum singer will embark on a sixteen date summer tour across the USA. Tickets are available at her site, see full itinerary below.
The new recording marks Merchant’s sixth solo collection and her first of entirely original songs in 13 years. The brand new Dan Winters-directed video for the track “GivingUpEverything” premiered on recently and can be seen below.
Her self-produced album is the work of a mature artist with a clear and distinctive voice. Long appreciated for the depth and substance of her writing, Merchant has never shied away from weighty themes or subjects for her lyrics. She describes the new release as informed “by experience and keen observation,” dealing with issues of “love gained and lost, regret, denial, surrender, greed, destructiveness, defeat, and occasional triumph.”
MUSICNEWS- Prince and Warner Bros. Records today announced a new agreement that will see the release of long-awaited, previously unheard Prince music, while giving the artist ownership of the master recordings of his classic, global hits. And, the deal extends Prince’s relationship with Warner Bros. Records, through an exclusive world wide licensing partnership that covers every album released from 1978 into the nineties. The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
For Prince fans worldwide, the new partnership will open up a veritable goldmine. The surprise announcement comes just in time for this summer's 30th Anniversary celebrations of the artist's breakthrough album and film, Purple Rain, which were released in 1984. For the first time, Prince will be releasing a digitally re-mastered, deluxe version of this classic album. Other planned projects will follow.
MUSIC NEWS - The GOASTT, (formerly the Ghoat of a Saber ToothTiger) the modern psych-rock band fronted by Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl, has premiered a music video for “Animals,” off of their upcoming album entitled Midnight Sun (out April 29th via Chimera Music). Director Rich Ragsdale puts it best: “We had all the elements a good video should have - nudity, llamas and UFOs.” See below to watch the trippy, NSFW video now via MNN.
Ms Muhl describes the inspiration for the "Animals" video: "It's a loving spoof of The Source Family, that infamous 60's cult of polygamous vegetarian hippies. We shot it on 35 millimeter and were inspired by the surrealist aesthetics of Jowdorowsky and Kenneth Anger." The Hollywood hills hippie commune was immortalized in a 2006 CD & book (by Isis Aquarian and Electricity Aquarian) and the The Source Family Documentary (2012) by Jodi Wille and Maria Demopoulous.
MUSIC NEWS - Better Than Ezra, best known for their hits “Good,” “Desperately Wanting,” and “Juicy,” have premiered the lyric video for their first single “Crazy Lucky” off their upcoming album. Watch it below from MNN. The catchy first single “Crazy Lucky” which charted #13 on iTunes Rock Charts, was produced by Grammy nominated mixer/producer Tony Hoffer (Fitz and the Tantrums, M83, Beck, Silversun Pickups). The single is now available digitally.
When it comes to inspiration behind the song, lead singer Kevin Griffin says “It’s about that serendipitous moment when you meet the person you are meant to be with and it was luck / fate / destiny that made it happen…it’s kismet.”
MUSICNEWS- Just off a series of concert dates with Roger Daltrey, Pete's brother, SimonTownshend will be launching a tour of the United States on April 9 in support of his new album, Denial.
The singer, songwriter and guitarist will kick off the nineteen date tour in Vienna, VA at the Barns at Wolf Trap, then wind his way through the northeast, across the midwest and to the west coast.
Said Simon recently; “I’m really proud of my new LP, Denial; the songs, lyrics and sonics. Mastering at Abbey Road helped bring my mixes to life. Now I can’t wait to get on the road in the US throughout April to share the music with my fans, old and new. Exciting times…. can’t wait to see you there.”
MUSIC NEWS- Until today, JackWhite's 2014 summer schedule seemed to be filled with one-off gigs, the most notable included a Record Store Day show to promote his label, Third Man, and some June festival dates at Governors Ball, Bonnaroo and Glastonbury.
But now, the former White Stripes singer has announced that he will be much busier this summer with the announcement of a full across North America and Europe. No surprise though with the recent announcement of his new album. He will be separately supported by fellow Third Man artist Kelley Stoltz and soul singer-songwriter Benjamin Booker.
MUSICNEWS- To promote the release of their fourth album Helios (out now on Epic Records), TheFray will embark on a spring/summer nationwide USA tour through July. Barcelona and Oh Honey will support the band on select tour dates including a special hometown performance at Red Rocks Amphitheater. See below for full tour itinerary.
The latest tune off the new record “Break Your Plans” is streaming now (listen below). Of the track, Isaac Slade (vocals, piano) noted, “We wanted to capture the moment right before a couple parts ways, where everything is pointing to the split, and one of them suddenly gets this fire—almost out of nowhere. Maybe it’s the feeling of the other just starting to leave, maybe it's a moment-in-time but suddenly there's fight left, and they go for it.”
MUSICNEWS - British rock legend IanMcLagan will release ‘United States,' his first new studio album in five years, on June 17 via Yep Roc Records. The album, his first since being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a founding member of the Faces, slides between lusty grooves and reflective musings, showcasing McLagan's beguiling charm and gift for crafting memorable hooks.
Yearning standout “Love Letter” leads into the smooth and moody take-charge song “Who Says It Ain’t Love,” while "Shalalala" draws from classic soul and "How Blue" rides a boogie-woogie shuffle. McLagan will play the NON-COMMvention in Philadelphia May 15 and NPR’s Cabinet of Wonders in NYC May 17.
Check out the "slow-burning" album opener "All I Wanna Do" below.
MUSICNEWS- Nonesuch Records will release the cast recording of David Byrne’s Here Lies Love on April 22. The record features music by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim as performed by the original 2013 Public Theater cast of the Here Lies Love musical that stared Ruthie Ann Miles and Jose Llana as Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos.
Here Lies Love will be released digitally and as a two CD set. The physical copy of the recording includes a 52-page full color book with lyrics, credits, an introduction by Public Theater director Oskar Eustis and two essays about the creation of the piece by Byrne.
MUSIC NEWS - Jack White presents his new album, LAZARETTO, to be released June 10, 2014 via Third Man Records/Columbia. The new set will inhabit an exciting place in White's expansive discography as the follow-up to 2012's gold-certified international #1 Blunderbuss, and will be preceded by first single and title track "Lazaretto," to be released later this month. While we await the debut of that first official single, listeners can experience a first taste of new music from the album and watch the video for new instrumental track "High Ball Stepper."
His previous set, Blunderbuss was the first USA #1 album of Jack's storied career, also debuting at #1 in the UK, Canada, and, naturally, Switzerland. Blunderbuss was supported by an ambitious world tour featuring two backing bands, the all-male Buzzards and all-female Peacocks, notched up five GRAMMY nominations including Album of the Year, and dominated Best of 2012 lists, including being named MOJO's #1 album of 2012.
MUSIC NEWS - Singer-songwriter Conor Oberst today revealed the cover art; The Creation of the Bulls by his friend Ian Felice, for his new solo record Upside Down Mountain, which is out on May 19 on the Nonesuch Records label. Stream his new track, “Governor’s Ball”, below.
Upside Down Mountain features many other friends of Oberst’s, including producer Jonathan Wilson, engineer Andy LeMaster, bassist Macey Taylor, multi-instrumentalist Blake Mills, and the Swedish sibling folk-rock vocal duo First Aid Kit.
MUSICNEWS - THE FLAMING LIPS again explore the rich world of PINK FLOYD with their new digital release, FLAMING SIDE OF THE MOON.
Designed as an immersive companion piece to the original 1973 classic rock album, The Dark Side of the Moon, you're encouraged to listen to the new LIPS album while listening to DARK SIDE at the same time.
FLAMING SIDE OF THE MOON was also carefully crafted to sync up perfectly with the classic 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz. For ideal listening conditions, you're are encouraged to seek out the original Alan Parsons' engineered quadraphonic LP mix of DARK SIDE, but it will work with the album on any format.
And, a limited edition one hundred vinyl copies of the album will be distributed to friends and family of THE FLAMING LIPS.
MUSICNEWS - WilkoJohnson, the Canvey Island pub rock pioneers Dr Feelgood, and RogerDaltrey, lead singer of rock legends The Who released a joint album GoingBackHome on March 24 internationally on the world famous Chess label, which has been revived especially for the purpose. The album will be released in the US on April 8 via UMe.
The album features eleven tracks, ten of which are Wilko originals from both his Dr Feelgood days and solo years, while the sole cover on the album is a version of Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited classic "Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window".
The root of the album began in 2010 when Roger and Wilko found themselves sitting together at an awards ceremony talking about raucous old school British rhythm & blues. “It turned out we both loved Johnny Kidd & The Pirates,” says Roger, name-checking the turn-of-‘60s creators of "Shakin’ All Over" and "Please Don’t Touch". “They’d been a big influence on both our bands. That heavy power trio sound, backing up a singer; it’s a British institution. No-one does that better than us.”
MUSIC NEWS- Legendary guitarist with The Police, iconoclastic composer and songwriter Andy Summers has teamed up with singer songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Rob Giles (The Rescues) to form Circa Zero, and they are celebrating the release of their debut album Circus Hero. The new video, for their tune, Leviation, can be seen below from MNN.
And, the band will appear at the Grammy Museum on Wednesday, August 26th for a live talk and performance as part of their series "The Drop." Event begins at 8pm (doors 7:30) and tickets are $25.
On Thursday, March 27th, Circa Zero performed at "The Podcast Legal Defense Fund Benefit Show" with Adam Carolla, Jimmy Kimmel, Marc Maron, KROQ's Kevin and Bean and more at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center.
MUSIC NEWS- My Chemical Romance's May Death Never Stop You is out now! The final chapter of the band's decade-plus career features fan favorites such as "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)," "Helena," "The Ghost Of You," "Teenagers," and "Sing," among many others, as well as the previously unreleased "Fake Your Death."
May Death Never Stop You is available as a Standard Digital Album (audio only) and as a Digital Deluxe Album (with audio and DVD content). It's also available as a standard CD (excluding the DVD content); as a Physical Deluxe edition that includes the DVD; as an 180-gram vinyl two-LP set with a gatefold sleeve, plus the DVD; and as a DTC package, which includes a "Thank You For The Venom" T-shirt. The MCR Online Exclusive Edition can be purchased today at the band's site.