The Strokes To Release New Album In 2013

The Strokes

Finally one music rumor has been laid to rest. After a Seattle radio station announced that it had a brand new Strokes track titled “All The Time,” the Internet instantly came alive with speculation about a possible new album from the band. Now, we don’t like to encourage rumors or speculation (except most of the time), but as it turns out, they weren’t lying. The Strokes’ fifth studio album is set to be released later this year, and the aforementioned “All The Time” is indeed the first single.

“We have songs that you can tell are gonna be good ones (that) we’re all excited to play,” explained guitarist Albert Hammond Jr., speaking to Billboard in 2011, “I don’t know if we’re the kind of band that would ever play something new before it came out, just the way the Internet works and people recording it. I think even if we had the whole record done, we wouldn’t play it ’til the album was out.”

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Pixies Reunite, Indie Kids Rejoice, Blogosphere Explodes

If there’s one thing about the music industry that’s becoming increasingly common, it’s that no band breaks up forever. (In fact, OurStage even reported on that trend earlier this year. Just saying.) Which is why we weren’t exactly shocked last week when the Pixies”no stranger to reunions after breaking up in 1993 and touring together sporadically between 2004 and 2009”announced that the band might start working on a new record.

The band started dropping hints in an April 28 interview with Spinner. That talk about making a record will be in the forefront next because it’ll be time, you know. It’ll be time, said guitarist Joey Santiago. We’ve definitely gelled as a unit and hopefully when we can all bury the hatchet”and we have”maybe we’ll go in there and hope for the best. Santiago also revealed that U2’s famous frontman was part of the reason they considered recording a new album. Bono even asked,” Santiago said. He’s like, ˜Please make a record!’ Can’t argue with that!

In the wake of all the blog chatter and speculation, we’re left wondering if this forthcoming album is going to be as big for the Pixies as people think it is. But Bono demanded it! you’re saying. The blogs are all aflutter with the news! How can this not be the biggest reunion since the most recent huge band reunion? Unfortunately, it’s not always that easy for bands like this. There’s a strange dichotomy with blog buzz bands like the Pixies or Neutral Milk Hotel that have a cultishly loyal following but find themselves unable to translate that into mainstream success. Just because we music nerds like to blog excessively about them, that doesn’t always mean that their sales will match the hype.

The Pixies might have one advantage over all of the blog buzz BS, and that’s their fan base. The same alt-rock loving kids who jammed Where is my Mind? in the late ˜80s are now in their mid-thirties and forties, and they probably have a slightly steadier source of income than when they were selling ice cream over the summer at age fifteen. And bands like U2 and The Who have consistently demonstrated the importance of a fan demographic that has money to spend, selling out arenas and stadiums when they’re twenty years past their prime (at least). Fans who couldn’t afford their shows on a tight teenage budget can grab themselves some of the experience they missed out on growing up. There’s a definite benefit to having a following that still pays for music”and the Pixies have it.

Either way, this is sure to be a release for Pixies fans and music lovers alike to get excited about. And lest you forget how important the Pixies have been to those who followed or find yourself wondering why everyone’s making such a big deal about this, we’ve included a little playlist below filled with the bands who were inspired by the Boston-based rockers. Trust us, there are a lot of them, and they rule.

Monster Mash

I Love Monsters

In person, I Love Monsters may or may not be as cool as the guys from Entourage, but, in stereo, they sure as hell sound like they are. Which may be why the HBO series featured the NYC band’s song, Heart/Beat, on its Season 7 premiere. It’s tightly wound (like Ari Gold) and highly stylized (like Vince Chase) and wastes no time getting to the point. Drums clatter and serpentine guitars wind and lunge for a killer, two-minute showdown. I Love Monsters’ frenzied, rhythmic melodies are cut from the same cloth as the Killers and Strokes”just take away the crooning and add snotty, high-register post-punk vocals. Keep Me Guessing, is a jittery rocker that courses restlessly while guitars dart in and out and cymbals crash. Sounds like these monsters have a serious case of agida”lucky for you it’s contagious.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Royal Crush

Royal Chant

What do you get when you put a band of impassioned Aussies in a van, and send them trekking across the outback and through cities? In the case of Royal Chant, you get something feral and raucous. And, beneath all that, something unexpectedly poetic. Singer Mark Spence is an American expatriate, and his deadpan singing style belies the restlessness just beneath the surface. There’s an edge of discontent that runs through a lot of Royal Chant’s material. The modish I Remember Crescent City, with its bopping guitars and thumping rhythm guitars and doodling leads, could be a Strokes song in an instant. On Shatters Alright, Spence sings, It’s not love without the abrasions while guitars and drums send up torrents of grit.  It’s garage rock perfection. Our favorite might have to be Coughing Fits, a dark and troubling rocker that unfolds with muffled dread. Sinewy guitars and twinkling keys quicken the pulse, and disturb all the way though the chorus.  The abrasions might be psychological here, but either way, it’s love.

Discourse & Dischord

The Good

Christian Bale dances to Gaga

Don’t know about you, but all that oil spill footage had us in a deep, greasy funk this week. So it’s nice to get some levity, especially when it comes from an unexpected source such as the perpetually cranky Christian Bale. Watch this clever mash-up of Bale circa the 1992 Disney musical Newsies dancing to Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance. Yes, it’s another Gaga video. We promise we’ll stop. Right after we tell you about this one starring babies dancing to Telephone. There, done.

The Bad

Chris Brown denied visa to UK

Chris Brown

Days before his UK tour was set to begin, Chris Brown was notified this week that his application for a visa had been rejected due to his February assault conviction stemming from a fight with ex-girlfriend Rihanna. The UK Home Office reserves the right to deny entry to anyone guilty of a criminal offense. Brown indulged in a little pity party in the Twitterverse after hearing the news, writing, U ever feel like the storm clouds are too thick for any sunshine to get through? [sic]. We would feel sorry for him if not for, you know, that whole oil spill thing going on. And every other thing happening in the world.

Gorillaz and Pixies pull out of Tel Aviv music festival

First it was Elvis Costello, now Gorillaz and Pixies have canceled their appearances at a Tel Aviv music festival after Israeli forces attacked ships bringing aid to Gaza, resulting in nine deaths. Costello’s wife, chanteuse Diana Krall, is still scheduled to perform this summer.

The Ugly

Lady Gaga debuts Alejandro video, ruffles feathers across America

Remember that time we said were done with Lady Gaga videos? Kidding! This one is the latest from the woman herself, and it’s a doozey. The concept is sort of all over the place, but in a nutshell it’s about gay men in fishnets and bowl cuts simulating sex with Gaga. Oh, and she wears a nun’s habit and eats a rosary, too. If you listen closely, you can hear the message boards on Fox News screaming.

Kanye West’s car stolen, totaled

Kanye West

Looks like Kanye West’s black Porsche Panamera was stolen in Honolulu and crashed into a house shortly thereafter. We anticipate an explosion of caps on West’s blog in 3 ¦ 2 ¦ 1 ¦