(From the LA Times.Photo by Friedman. Report by Randy Lewis) In the truth is stranger than fiction department, Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge, whose district includes Griffith Park, told Pop & Hiss over the weekend that the pine tree planted in 2004 near Griffith Observatory in memory of George Harrison will be replanted shortly because the original […]
Weezer are streaming their new single 'Back To The Shack' online. The new song will be released on iTunes today and is the first single from the band's ninth album Everything Will Be Alright In The End
King Diamond and Hal Patino have escalated their war of words over the bassist's departure from the band last week, with the frontman calling the bassist's statement 'pathetic lies' and Patino countering by calling Diamond a 'tired, bitter old man.'
New bands, for nowt!On Wednesday, July 23rd, Green Man Festival holds the final of its 2014 Green Man Rising competition. This takes the form of a live gig, held at Camden’s famous Dublin Castle, at which six finalists will perform. It’s a classic battle of the band set-up, basically. Just one problem for the participants: I’m one of the judges. Thankfully f […]
John Shutteleworth meets John Foxx in a perverse cabaret...The refreshingly literate and lofty Australian musician Alex Cameron has created a persona for his intriguing debut album ‘Jumping The Shark’. A suite of disquieting showbiz stories are presented by this alter ego, a formerly successful entertainer past his prime, inert as the world rushes past him a […]
Performing 'We Are Time' in full...One of the post-punk period's most vivid voices, The Pop Group's short, turbulent rise meant that they were never able to undertake full tours. Reforming for a series of one off shows, the Bristol group have decided to take the ultimate step: a full scale UK tour in support of the Campaign Against Arms T […]
Caithness newcomers impress...Music journalists are fond of Scandinavia, of the romantic wastes of the North. But what of the unexplored places in our own land? Caithness is Britain's most northernly mainland country, a beautifully barren triangle of land which peers into the North Sea. Neon Waltz call it home. The band share a croft in the countryside, […]
Check out new track 'Prettiest Ones Fly Highest'Fryars is on the move. Working quickly, the English artist has pieced together an album of new material - with a cinematic sweep. Signing to Fiction, forthcoming record 'Power' arrives on November 17th. Written, programmed and produced by Fryars the album is billed as "a soundtrack to a […]
Directed by David Rudnick and Daniel Swan...A member of Los Angeles collective WeDidIt, RL Grime's music fails to fall under any one bracket. Sure, comparisons to Hudson Mohawke and Rustie have been made, but - really - all that links these three artists is a love of hip hop production and vivid, porous colour. Stepping in to remix Kanye West's […]
Full album stream...Well, the time is finally here. Based in Los Angeles, Lost Midas - or Jason Trikakis to his family - introduced him via a sterling EP on Tru Thoughts last year. Wonderfully chilled, down tempo hip hop with just a tinge of European electronics, it was a soulful reminder that futuristic hip hop could still unify the body with the mind. Comp […]
Rap icon talks entertainment, 2014 style…It's a rare that an artist manages to maintain successful careers in both rap music and acting. Whilst there are similarities – both are concerned with storytelling and strong characters – they are in many ways the complete opposite. Acting is just that, pretending to be someone you're not, and in hip-hop th […]
It's due on September 15th...Toasting the tenth anniversary of their debut album, Franz Ferdinand remain on peerless form. The Glasgow based group returned with new record 'Right Thoughts Right Words Right Action' earlier this year, playing a number of triumphant shows in the process. Now the band are to steer a fresh instalment of 'Late […]
Playing keep-up with the Basque party crowd…A city still recovering from the collapse of traditional heavy industries in the ’80s, Bilbao’s shift in to the world of culture-as-capital has presented a route for many similar such areas to follow. Yet this broad paradigmatic sweep hides so much of what makes the city great – the subtle shifts in architecture, t […]
A new collaborative track from Alex Zhang Hungtai aka Dirty Beaches and Shub Roy aka the Dirty Beaches guitarist. Hear the Dirty Beaches/Shub Roy remix of Lust For Youth’s “International” by Jordan Darville | Chart Attack.
The rapper/producer pointed out a couple of startling similarities between stickers in a commercial and some hip-hop imagery. Apple ripped off Run The Jewels’ logo, says EL-P by Jordan Darville | Chart Attack.
On ripping off your idols to improve your craft, emo guilt, and how, insist you might, they don't really sound like Sloan. UNCHARTED: Halifax’s Monomyth aren’t trying to revive anything by chris hampton | Chart Attack.
In a future of no dancing, two sexless scientists must engage in a montage of shaking plastic asses. Basement Jaxx develop the perfect killing machine/twerking robot in “Never Say Never” by Jordan Darville | Chart Attack.
Now's the perfect time to get familiar with Hyperdub and hear the long-awaited third album from Jenny Lewis. More incredible opportunities below! 7 Albums You Can Stream Now: Shabazz Palaces, Jenny Lewis, PS I Love You and more… by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
Today’s song is Enola Gay by Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark. The lead track and only single from their sublime second album, Organisation, it remains one of their finest moments. Perfectly capturing their blend of pioneering electronic music with true emotional resonance, it’s a rare danceable song about nuclear devastation. Enola Gay was the plane […] […]
New York - The Black Angels are excited to announce that their new offering Clear Lake Forest is out now via Blue Horizon. Clear Lake Forest saw a limited vinyl release on Record Store Day, but the 7-track set sees a much wider release today in a variety of formats, including 12" clear vinyl, CD and digitally. To celebrate, the band has unveiled a video […]
Chicago – The final day of a weekend festival is always bittersweet. Even though you are exhausted, you dance and sing as if there’s no tomorrow, fighting off the inevitable: the wave of melancholy that will wash over you when you exit the festival grounds with the masses, calmed only by thoughts of doing it all over again next year. I did just that, and pac […]
Los Angeles - What a debut! Alvvays’ self-titled record is a 9-track, lo-fi haze that is perfect for a joyride down the coastline. The strong and sentimental indie-pop has fanciful guitar breakdowns and vocals from lead singer Molly Rankin that are so fluffy they’re almost too good to be true. The Canadian five-piece has completed a work of art as contagious […]
Seattle – The indie electro-pop rockers of The Night Terrors of 1927, alongside headliners Magic Man, played to a sold-out crowd at The Crocodile Café, where the all-ages audience danced and sang along all night. The Night Terrors of 1927, a new band from Los Angeles, is a project fronted by Jarrod Gorbel, formerly of The Honorary Title, and Blake Sennett, f […]
New York - Never Hungover Again is a punk rock gem and, as most great albums are, perhaps too short for how good it is. Each song stays under the usual three minute mark, but despite its length, the record doesn’t skimp on narrative or depth. The album's opening track, “Christmas Card”, is a charming song whose brevity gives it a straightforwardness so […]