Warner Bros. Records Announce Record Store Day Releases

Record Store Day 2014In honor of the upcoming Record Store Day on April 19, Warner Bros. Records will be releasing a slew of special releases from The Flaming Lips, Tegan and Sara, Green Day, LCD Soundsystem, Jay Z/Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance, Foals, Mastodon, Neil Young, Regina Spektor, The Wild Feathers, and Eric Clapton. In addition to swanky vinyl releases, some of the packages will include t-shirt designs, download card, and DVDs. Check out all the details below.


James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem) Launches New Espresso Blend

lcdsoundsystemYou hear about a lot of musicians delving into strange (yet kind of quirky) ventures like beer or even hot sauce. And while those are pretty cool, James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem) has just announced a new venture that I can really get behind. A new espresso blend. Named House of Good, Murphy has partnered up with Blue Bottle Coffee Company’s founder James Freeman to collaborate on the supremely balanced espresso. Describing the taste, Blue Bottle says, Its flavor profile “ dried cherry, cocoa, meyer lemon “ is a harmony between the voluptuous and the austere: It’s akin to the second movement of Carl Nielsen‘s Symphony No. 3 “ or, perhaps, to that buzzing, syncopated synth line from ‘Dance Yrself Clean.’ Depends on which James you ask.

You can get a taste  at Blue Bottle’s new shop in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn or order online. But be warned, it will run you $26 a pound.

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Holy Ghost! Debut "Teenagers In Heat"

Holy Ghost!

Fast-rising indie rock(ish) act Holy Ghost! have released a new single entitled, “Teenagers In Heat.”

The first song to surface from the duo since their 8-minute fan favorite “Dumb Disco Ideas,” the latest offering from Holy Ghost! feels like it could fit perfectly alongside your favorite LCD Soundsystem hits. That probably shouldn’t come as a surprise, as LCD’s James Murphy produced the album and signed the band to his label. Pitchfork has the premiere, so head over here to stream “Teenagers In Heat.”

Holy Ghost! will release their new album, Dynamics, on September 10 via DFA Records. The artwork is also the image appearing in this article.

A Quick And Dirty Guide To This Summer's Hottest Music Movies

The summer blockbuster is already well upon us, what with The Avengers (awesome!) and Hunger Games (eh?) making out like gangbusters at the box office. But 2012’s summer movie season isn’t just rich with moody, gritty epics and superhero franchise pieces. No, it’s also shaping up to be a great period for music films as well. Here are three music movies that we’re most excited about this summer.

Shut Up And Play The Hits

LCD Soundsystem started out as just another Brooklyn hipster band fronted by a guy with too much scruff. But as Shut Up And Play The Hits will show, the group became so much more. The film covers the band’s final show to a sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden in addition to a little bit of the periods just before and after the momentous event. Check out the trailer below.

No Room For Rockstars – The Vans Warped Tour Movie

Still going strong after all these years, the venerable Vans Warped Tour has allowed hundreds of bands – including many OurStage artists – to grace the stage in parking lots and fairgrounds across the country. No Room For Rockstars aims to capture the Warped Tour experience from the eyes of the artists, roadies, the fans, and the kids who are just trying to survive the whole thing. Unlike the other movies included here, this one just came out on DVD and on iTunes.

Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap

From director Ice-T comes Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap, a fascinating look into the rap game. Most of the people featured are already household names, from Snoop Dogg to Kanye West, Nas to Eminem. That said, there’s a number of less well-known MCs featured, giving their insight into what has become one of the most popular musical genres of the past two decades. To have all these voices included in one place is something special…maybe even swag? You can check out the trailer below and you can also feast your ears on a little freestyle Eminem did for the movie here. Opens in theatres on June 15.

That's Not Beach House Or LCD Soundsystem, But An Amazing Facsimile

Indie rock fans might’ve been a bit taken aback when they turned on their TVs earlier this week. British viewers of a new Volkswagen commercial were treated to an ad with a rather dreamy soundtrack.

Some fans of indie rock duo Beach House thought the track sounded a bit… familiar.

And in case there was any confusion on how much the song in the commercial sounds like the Beach House original “Take Care”, the band cleared up the issue with a statement on their Facebook page.

The ad agency actively tried to license “take care” from us for weeks, to which we politely declined. People’s comments/ anger should not be directed towards VW or us. It was the ad agency that made these moves. I hope this also clarifies to fans and non- fans just how “take care” and the vw ad song are related. We will release a proper statement weeks from now when we don’t have more interesting things to do/ talk about.

So doesn’t really sound like there was any harm or foul here, though the ad agency could’ve probably found another hazy, smoky track from an artist to use instead of hiring a sound design team to make a soundalike.

These kinds of licensing issues come up more often than one would think. Indie folk groups Fleet Foxes and Grizzly Bear both had to deal with commercial songs that borrowed a bit too closely from the source material in 2010. But rarely does the issue come up again in the same week!

Well, that kinda sounds like LCD Soundsystem’s “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House,” wouldn’t you say? This ad for T.G.I. Friday’s went online on the 14th but is just now going viral. Frontman James Murphy has yet to weigh in on the matter but we have a feeling that, whatever the case, his riposte is going to be a bit more clever and biting than Beach House’s chilled out response.

Most Memorable Music News of 2011

It was a big year in the world of music. The past twelve months were filled with huge collaborations, new releases across every genre and some drama as well. The year also brought us lots of new talent to go crazy over, and the loss of some incredibly influential artists. So, let’s review 2011 and highlight the top stories that affected the world of music”from concerts to television; technology to YouTube sensations.

  • Jay-Z and Kanye West teamed up to release their much-anticipated collaboration album, Watch The Throne, in the beginning of August. They’re currently on tour across the United States and Canada promoting the album, which has already been certified Platinum.
  • Tragedy struck big music festivals in a couple countries, when severe weather caused stages to collapse. Ottawa Bluesfest and Pukkelpop Festival were two of the events affected.
  • Ryan Murphy apparently took it personally when artists such as Slash, Kings of Leon and and Foo Fighters didn’t want their songs to be used on Glee. Dave Grohl was especially pissed, calling out Murphy for thinking every artist would want their songs featured on his show.
  • Speaking of drama, some artists learned the hard way that Twitter is not all fun and games. For example, rapper The Game almost got himself in trouble with the authorities, when he tweeted a number for fans to call, which happened to be the phone number of the  Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. (more…)