Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#950 in the Series) is Cat Stevens, Teaser and The Firecat. I was going to feature Catch Bull at Four because it contains “Boy With the Moon and Star on His Head” but went with Teaser and The Firecat instead. I love that song but I’ve read that it’s one of the few songs that Cat Stevens recorded years ago that he’s actually em […]
Listen to it now...Recording new album 'Sonic Highways' at several different iconic studios, Foo Fighters are readying what could well be their most ambitious work to date. New material is being issued in drips and drabs, with the American band recently dropping new single 'Something From Nothing'. Well, they've done it again. ' […]
The actor in conversation…To mark the release of David Ayer’s World War II actioner Fury this week, Clash’s Paul Weedon sat down with actor Michael Peña, the man responsible for piloting Brad Pitt’s tank, to talk boot camp, how good directors are not unlike favourite uncles and how to avoid getting murdered by Marvel. Warning: Fury spoilers ahead - - - - - - […]
Soulful, expansive house music...Soulful yet challenging, Kairos 4tet have received acclaim far beyond the jazz world. Perhaps that's due to their commitment to rhythm. Accepting influences from the electronic sphere, the group have an outward, expansive approach which is hugely contagious. Duologue have stepped in to remix recent cut 'Narrowboat M […]
Taken from the new Watergate compilation...One of the most influential mix series out there, the Watergate compilations have helped launch entire careers. Returning for its seventeenth instalment, the latest Watergate mix is curated by Pan-Pot. Fittingly, it features a plethora of new artists. To coincide, Watergate are planning a new EP drawn from the compi […]
Beautifully animated clip...A multi-national collective, Frànçois & the Atlas Mountains impressed with recent album 'Piano Ombre'. Vivid, contagious songwriting, the group fuse joyous rhythms with complex melodies which land softly on the ear. Set to play London's Scala venue on November 11th, the band have just delivered the video for […]
If you can cope with the extreme twee, ‘Heartleap’ is a diamond…The soft tweeness of cult classic ‘Just Another Diamond Day’ remains on Vashti Bunyan’s latest record, ‘Heartleap’ – released 44 years after her debut and nine years after the Max Richter-produced ‘Lookaftering’. This one is all her, from pen to production. It’s personal and beautiful. At almost […]
Tepid, drab, uninspired balladry…Radiohead drummer Philip Selway returns with a second solo collection, attempting to build on the unspectacular, electro-infused folk songcraft of 2010’s debut album ‘Familial’. Sadly, he doesn’t succeed. ‘Weatherhouse’ boasts two great tracks: the swirling, pleasantly introspective ‘It Will End In Tears’ (video below), and t […]
Anime inspired clip...With 'The Bones Of What You Believe' still finding new fans, CHVRCHES have decided to unveil a fresh video. 'Under The Tide' features Martin Doherty on vocals, another vivid synth pop gem from the Scottish outfit. The accompanying visuals were prepared by Sing J. Lee, matching live shots against an otherworldly anime […]
Happy Friday!Chock full of surprises, Run The Jewels - El-P and Killer Mike - recently sealed off their second album. With rumours of a leak circulating online, the duo took the step of releasing 'RTJ2' early as a free download. good morning. #RTJ2 drops RIGHT NOW!!!! http://t.co/8u29pLI11O — el-p (@therealelp) October 24, 2014 THIS IS THE OFFICIAL […]
British artist reaches new highs on his second LP… I’m keeping Dels from his burger. It looks like a damn fine burger, too. He’s got some chillies in there, just peeking out from under a brioche hood. I’ve one in front of me, and it smells tremendous. But there are priorities to observe, and we’ve an album to discuss. The Big Dada-signed rapper, producer and […]
Mimicking the structure of his gorgeous new double LP, the veteran Toronto singer/songwriter picks two albums of Canadiana and two albums of Americana. ESSENTIAL ALBUMS: John Southworth picks four albums from the border of Canada and the United States by Richard Trapunski | Chart Attack.
Tristan Bath's London-based drone project challenges, soothes, and strikes harmonies you didn't know you had. STAFF PICKS: Missing Organs finds the humanity in instrumental drone on Undiscovered by Jordan Darville | Chart Attack.
Watch the Montreal lo-fi auteur's hilarious new video, then read his thoughts on his probably dead pet. PREMIERE: Brazilian Money’s “Bones In My Skin” video is a surreal search for a lost dog by Jordan Darville | Chart Attack.
A stripped-back piece of rhythmic pop about how love and war are opposite sides of the same coin. PREMIERE: My Brightest Diamond plays “Lover Killer” live at Toronto’s Drake Hotel for Paper Bag Sessions by Richard Trapunski | Chart Attack.
$500 is needed by November 1 to preserve an archive of Toronto's legendary rave culture. The fundraiser tells me why that should happen. Save the Toronto rave forum The Vault with this crowdfunding campaign by Jordan Darville | Chart Attack.
Thurston Moore's new solo album is being hailed as the Sonic Youth album we've been waiting for, but you can find the band's DNA all over the last three decades of music. 10 Great Musical Homages to Sonic Youth by Richard Trapunski | Chart Attack.
Today’s song is Say Yes, the closing track from Elliott Smith’s third album, Either/Or. By the disc’s early 1997 release, Smith had become well-known in indie rock circles for his lo-fi, folky, confessional alt-rock, mostly recorded by Smith alone. He had a knack for writing dark songs that let just enough light creep in around […]
Brooklyn – We’re in the heart of CMJ Music Marathon here in the city that never sleeps, and as up-and-coming musicians flock to the metropolis in droves, the volume of shows on deck is preposterous. So, to apply an imagined filter of intimacy to this massive and sprawling extravaganza, Best New Bands caught a quieter Continue Reading → The post The Mast Kick […]
New York – If you haven’t started your holiday shopping list yet, you’re in good company. But the organizers of Record Store Day have just published their Black Friday list of goodies that labels will release exclusively to participating stores on November 28 to get you in the giving mood. Best New Bands IDs ten Continue Reading → The post 10 Picks For Rec […]
Los Angeles – Watching Hozier perform at Immanuel Presbyterian Church on a recent night was divine. The sound that spilled from his unassuming persona was like a holy adventure on its own, but the addition of his thoughtful lyrics, cellist, and old-school back-up singers got the audience to their feet in awe. With the help Continue Reading → The post Hozier […]
Seattle – We’ve had our eyes on rising local musician, Kate Lynne Logan. She captures the spirit of the Pacific Northwest with her enchanting vocals and Americana style of guitar playing. She has the ability to produce alternative country music that appeals to listeners of folk, indie, and classic rock. Best New Bands had a Continue Reading → The post Kate […]
Chicago – Over the years, Philadelphia has produced a number of talented musical groups, from Boyz II Men and The Roots, to Pink, Santigold, and Dr. Dog. Now Philly gives us emo rockers Modern Baseball. Brendan Lukens, Ian Farmer, Sean Huber, and Jacob Ewald make up this young band, hitting it big at the height Continue Reading → The post Modern Baseball: Ph […]