It does not seem like that long ago that we were ears deep in Ripely Pine, the debut full-length from friend of OurStage Lady Lamb the Beekeeper. The artist otherwise known as Aly Spaltro joined up with us early on and was soon a favorite around the office, before being selected as the MTV Needle in the Haystack artist back in 2011. Ripely Pine was an impressive debut that firmly established the singer’s gravitas and seemingly endless potential as a songwriter. Today, Spaltro debuted “Billions of Eyes,” the first single from her new record, After, which is due in March 2014. Check out the official lyric video, made up of stills, home movies, and fan-submitted art. See below for the album artwork. (And be sure to check out our exclusive session with Lady Lamb the Beekeeper from a few years ago.)
Seven years after their last album, 2007’s Excellent Italian Greyhound, Chicago’s Shellac will release their sixth studio album, Dude Incredible, on September 16th via Touch and Go. The band – Steve Albini, Bob Weston, and Todd Trainer – are famously ultra-informal about touring, recording, performing, and, well, being a band, as illustrated by their official Touch and Go bio: “While there is no specific coordination between Shellac’s record releases and touring schedules, you can expect the band to tour at its usual sporadic and relaxed pace…Shellac will have a new LP anytime between now and the future.” And they remain beloved, especially in the indie rock community, for their integrity and minimalist approach to music making. Watch them in action at 2009’s All Tomorrow’s Parties festival, performing what looks to be the new album’s first track. (h/t CoS)
03. You Came In Me
04. Riding Bikes
05. All The Surveyors
06. The People’s Microphone
Please also watch this video of Albini on the joys of speaking faux-Italian, below.
New York’s crunched-up guitar pop masters Late Cambrian (a.k.a. Deli Magazine’s ‘Best Band of 2013′) have launched a PledgeMusic campaign to fund their new album. The band has been teasing fans with some live versions of the new songs (see below) and are now offering more exclusive opportunities for rock and roll lovers like yourself, including the chance to have the band record your song, personal tour photos, an in-studio hang, Skype lessons/jam session, and even a song to be named after you on the album (that’s gonna cost you). Check it out here!
Prince, the man for whom the word “enigmatic” was coined, has reunited with his old label Warner Bros., with which he had some of his greatest successes from 1978-1996. His split from Warners was publicly acrimonious, with Prince characterizing himself as a slave to the corporation.
Eighteen years has seemingly healed those wounds, and Prince is now working on a new album for the label, while also planning a re-release of his classic Purple Rain in time for the album’s 30th anniversary. Okay, maybe it’s not just the time that’s passed – as Billboard reports, Prince almost certainly negotiated a favorable new deal for himself in regards to his Warner’s catalog, which he reportedly has regained ownership under provisions of the Copyright Revision Act of 1976.
In any case, great news for fans.
Fresh off a nice run during NBC’s The Voice, Dawn & Hawkes are wasting no time in capitalizing on the popularity they garnered on the show. The indie-folk duo also known as Miranda Dawn and Chris Hawkes just launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund their first full-length record. You could look at it as spending $25 on a very advance copy of what will surely be a great album, or if you’ve got $3,000 burning a hole in your pocket – and I imagine that’s most of you – you can get yourself a private house concert. Don’t worry, there are options in between, too. For now, click here to check out your options, and enjoy their winning version of The Beatles‘ “I’ve Just Seen A Face,” plus a unique performance of their song “Yours and Mine.”
Weezer is back in the studio, in between tour dates and themed cruises, hard at work on record number nine. The band has posted two videos, so far. The first is a rather well-edited teaser, while the second has more behind-the scenes action, with live tracking, studio chatter, and a few comments from the band’s stalwart webmaster, archivist, and all-around spokesman Karl Koch.
Nashville’s Satellites & Sirens have released their much anticipated new LP One Noise. The synthesizer pop maestros who first came to our attention as winners of our Rock Boat competition launched a Kickstarter campaign in February to help fund the release. Now, with the help of the band’s fans, the album is here for our listening pleasure. Get it now on iTunes.
Looks like Morrissey did not take the advice of former Dresden Doll Amanda Palmer, whose open letter to the ex-Smiths frontman implored him to crowd-fund his next album. (I like to imagine him fulfilling the “Have dinner with Moz” level reward, or playing a suburban house party, or perhaps having backers in the studio to sing harmony on his record.)
No, Morrissey took the traditional route and got a label to pay for his record. In this case, it’s Harvest Records, distributed by Capitol. Joe Chiccarelli (the White Stripes, Beck, The Strokes) will be at the controls when the record is recorded this month in France. Tour dates will follow, and then probably be cancelled, but then rescheduled.
One of the most appealing things about Polar Bear Club has always been frontman Jimmy Stadt‘s guttural growl, which sounds like something that might come out of an angry boar’s mouth if it was about to gore you to death (and also had a pretty good sense of melody). But Stadt’s voice sounds different, really different, on their latest effort, Death Chorus. So different, in fact, that Stadt actually put out a statement regarding his vocals the day before the record was released, saying that his voice had changed and that his usual snarl now sounds like “pissy, hot garbage.”
The change was noticeable enough on the album’s first two singles, “Blood Balloon” and “Upstate Mosquito,” that fans started “ what else? “ whining about it on the Internet. If they had only waited to hear the full record, listeners could have experienced just how well Stadt’s new singing style fits in with the music on Death Chorus. While the album is somewhat of a departure for these upstate New York punks, far poppier and more digestible than their earlier material, it’s also some of the most fun, shameless rock music to come out in 2013.
Featuring triumphant guitars and speedy drums, “Blood Balloon” and “Graph Paper Glory Days” kick off the record with gusto. These tracks, like many others throughout Death Chorus, are surprisingly reminiscent of the early-2000’s pop-punk on Saves the Day‘s In Reverie, or even Something Corporate‘s Leaving Through the Window. “WLWYCD,” another standout on the album, would have felt just as comfortable in 2003 as it does today.
The Shins‘ James Mercer and producer Danger Mouse, known collectively as Broken Bells, have announced tour dates for 2014. The dates will be in support of their new album After The Disco, which was announced last month and in due in January. Watch the seven and a half minute album trailer (apparently just the first installment), starring Anton Yelchin and Kate Mara, below.
Broken Bells Tour Dates
02/28 “ Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
03/01 “ Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theatre
03/03 “ Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
03/04 “ Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
03/05 “ Boston, MA @ House of Blues
03/07 “ New York, NY @ Webster Hall
03/08 “ Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero Theatre
03/09 “ Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
03/11 “ Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
03/12 “ New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theatre