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    • Deerhoof Announce New Album, Share “I Will Spite Survive” Feat. Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner
      Deerhoof have announced a new album, Mountain Moves, and shared its first single, "I Will Spite Survive" (which features Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak and Flock of Dimes). 
    • Temples
      On "Certainty," the euphorically yearning opening track of Temples' sophomore album,Volcano, lead vocalist and guitarist James Bagshaw's voice reaches heavenly notes.
    • The xx Cancel Night + Day Festival Due to Environmental Concerns
      The Night + Day festival was supposed to take place in Reykjavik, Iceland July 14 - 16 with a lineup curated by The xx. Alas just weeks before it was supposed to take place it has been cancelled. 
    • Watch: The Killers - “The Man” Video
      The Killers recently shared a brand new song, "The Man," and announced that their new album will be entitled Wonderful Wonderful. Now they have shared a video for "The Man." 
    • The Horrors Announce New Album for This Fall
      British five-piece The Horrors have announced their fifth album, the fittingly titled V. It's due out September 22 via Wolftone/Caroline and includes the recently released single "Machine."
    • Bedouine
      Great albums originate from fortuitous circumstances. Bedouine's Azniv Korkejian, the Aleppo-born Armenian singer/songwriter by way of Boston, Houston, and eventually Los Angeles, went to Gus Seyffert's studio in hopes of purchasing a reel-to-reel tape machine. 
    • The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog
      During the 1920s, Alfred Hitchcock worked as a title designer, assistant director, writer and co-director on dozens of features at the peak of the silent era. 
    • Cannonball EP
      It's usually a bad sign when the best song on your new EP is a cover tune. And it's even worse if that song is the opening track. But Amber Arcades' version of Nick Drake's "Which Will" fits so well within their archetypical dream twee sound that there is no drop off with the four tracks that follow.
    • Okja
      The newest film from Korean writer/director Bong Joon-ho bears some key resemblances to his previous effort, the 2013 sci-fi adventure Snowpiercer. 
    • HAIM Announce “HAIM: Behind the Album” Documentary on Their New Album, Share Trailer
      Los Angeles sister trio HAIM are releasing a new album, Something to Tell You, on July 7 via Columbia. Now they have announced a documentary on the making of the album. 
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    • Travis Scott Is The Third Face of Issue 104 June 28, 2017
      Order your copy now!Yesterday it was revealed that Shawn Mendes was the first face of Clash 104 and now, in the second of a double drop today, we are proud to announce that Travis Scott is its third. “I’m taking you on a ride through the city!” Inviting Clash to Houston, Texas, we met the 25-year-old rapper and producer as he showed us the sights and sounds […]
    • Jamz Supernova On The New Sounds Of Lisbon June 28, 2017
      1Xtra selector shines a light on the city's underground scene...Jamz Supernova has never been someone to let borders get in her way. Playing sets across the globe, the Xtra selector has always sought to pick out sounds that no one else has found, regardless of their origin. The always on-point selector is set to play the Clash Summer Issue Launch party […]
    • Wolves In The Throne Room Preview New Album June 28, 2017
      'Thrice Woven' will be released on September 22nd...Wolves In The Throne Room have previewed new album 'Thrice Woven'. The band's journey from black metal to synth abstraction have produced some stunningly intense noises, and their new album promises further voyages. 'Thrive Woven' will be released on September 22nd, with t […]
    • SZA - CTRL June 28, 2017
      A bold, daring album that pushes against the borders of convention...SZA has finally blessed the world with her long-awaited debut label release, ‘CTRL’. With the release of her mixtapes in 2012 and 2014, which occupied realms of wistful, gauzy atmospherics, and loosely-formed ideas on identity, there was a justified buzz around her, and her skill as a purve […]
    • Embark On A Glacial Journey With Spirit Valley's 'TNNLVSSN' June 28, 2017
      Forthcoming on Fuzz Club Records...Spirit Valley are an Amsterdam based duo whose psychedelic pirouettes are a thing of wonder. A two-piece adventure into the realms of sound, each aural construction is laced with different layers, reaching into unusual spaces as a result. Working with London imprint Fuzz Club Recordings, new album 'Negatives' is s […]
    • Premiere: Tungevaag & Raaban - 'Cold Blood' ft. Jeffrey James June 28, 2017
      Check out the video now...Tungevaag & Raaban know how to create an anthem. The Scandinavian pair have been there often enough - huge festival crowds, lights, and song after joyous song. So when the duo sat down with American vocalist Jeffrey James they knew what they wanted. Eager to move in a different direction but still retain that essential Tungevaag […]
    • Billionaire Boys Club EU Pre-Fall 2017 Lookbook June 28, 2017
      Featuring Swoosh Gold...Shot against the kind of brightly coloured townhouses Notting Hill is famed for, Billionaire Boys Club’s new Pre-fall imagery, reads like an ideal guide to Carnival outfit options. Yes, we may still be a couple of months off, but where’s the harm in being prepared? Showing us the way, A$AP Mob affiliate Swoosh Gold, has been captured […]
    • Princess Nokia Signs To Rough Trade, Drops 'G.O.A.T.' June 28, 2017
      Check it out now...Princess Nokia has dropped new cut 'G.O.A.T.' - check it out now. The rap talent is a stellar live force, with her sheer energy seeming to turn each performance into an event. Snapped up by Rough Trade, new material is said to be incoming led by seismic new cut 'G.O.A.T.'. Online now, the crisp production is matched to […]
    • Next Wave #783: Abra Cadabra June 28, 2017
      One of the hottest voices in UK rap...It’s hard to believe Abra Cadabra when he says he hadn’t always intended on making music, such is the intensity of his focus. “When I was like 15 or 16, my bredrin used to play beats and I just used to freestyle,” he says, “but I didn’t pursue it. I didn’t think I would do anything.” Fast-forward a few years and he’s fea […]
    • Premiere: Hero Fisher - 'Sylvie' June 28, 2017
      An eerie, atmospheric video...Hero Fisher seems to imbue every song she places her name against with a rare sense of atmosphere. French-born and British-raised - and yes, that's her real name - Hero released debut album 'Delivery' back in 2015. New album 'Glue Moon' is incoming, with Clash able to share a real highlight from her upco […]
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    • REVIEW: !!! (ChkChkChk) June 17, 2017
      Wednesday, June 14th at the Horseshoe Tavern: dance-punk at its finest REVIEW: !!! (ChkChkChk) by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • TWEET TO WIN: Passes to All Eyez on Me June 9, 2017
      ALL EYEZ ON ME is the epic story of Tupac Shakur, the legendary rapper, poet, actor, and revolutionary who sold more than 80 million albums worldwide making him one of the best-selling music artists in history. TWEET TO WIN: Passes to All Eyez on Me by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • The Minotaurs Are Back With Their Fourth Album June 5, 2017
      Singer/ Songwriter Nathan Lawr talks to us about the new album AUM. The Minotaurs Are Back With Their Fourth Album by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Life is Good for Flogging Molly June 2, 2017
      The Celtic punk band is back and talks to us about their new album and the creative process behind Life is Good. Life is Good for Flogging Molly by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • VIDEO PREMIERE: Ferraro – Shake It Off June 2, 2017
      The “heirs” of Toronto’s Cameron House take us back to the 50s. VIDEO PREMIERE: Ferraro – Shake It Off by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Get Some Funk in Your Life. May 31, 2017
      Five Alarm Funk shares some insight into the band’s latest record, Sweat. Get Some Funk in Your Life. by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Festival d’été de Québec Adds Another Round of Performers May 25, 2017
      If you weren't sold on the festival already with artists such as Gorillaz, Kendrick Lamar, Metallica and The Who, FEQ just took it to the next level. Festival d’été de Québec Adds Another Round of Performers by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Interview with Irontom May 23, 2017
      If you haven’t heard of Irontom, do yourself a favour and keep reading. Interview with Irontom by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Counting Down the Days Until We See Gorillaz at Festival d’été de Québec May 22, 2017
      There’s a lot to be excited about for this July’s Festival d'été de Québec: Muse, Kendrick Lamar, Wolf Parade, Metallica, The Who; but nothing has us excited like the promise of a performance by the newly reunited Gorillaz. Counting Down the Days Until We See Gorillaz at Festival d’été de Québec by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • FIRSTS: The Record Company May 19, 2017
      Chris Vos of The Record Company shares the band's origin story in Firsts. FIRSTS: The Record Company by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.

Five Cool Ones – Five Albums That Will be in the Running for Album of the Year

Posted by falconi5 on July 4, 2014



We are not calling our shot just yet, but there has been a heck of a lot of good music released already in 2014, and the year is only half over. The Wilko Johnson/Roger Daltry collabo is a winner, Lydia Loveless released Somewhere Else, and Falcon’s Nest Favorite Jon Langford jumped in with yet another great album Here Be Monsters. These amazing records as well as others are ear worming their way into our heads, all vying for the coveted prize of Falcon’s Nest album of the year. Here are five solid candidates that just might make their way to the top.


The Delines – Colfax

The Delines are an Americana Super Group of sorts featuring lead singer Amy Boone and Willy Vlautin, the driving force behind Richmond Fontaine. The record is loosely based on Denver’s Colfax Avenue, a street that runs from The Great Plains to the beginning of  The Rocky Mountains. Neal Cassidy travelled the road, and Jack Kerouac wrote about it in On the Road. Boone, as a singer evokes Patsy Cline as well as Lucinda Williams at her most vulnerable.

The stories that are told here are sometimes disturbing, always provocative, and the title track has a definite Gram Parsons and Emmylou vibe, and “The Oil Rigs at Night” is classic Willy Vlautin, storytelling at it’s finest from one of the great under the radar storytellers and novelists.  The only downside to this project is that it might be a one-off, and that would be a crying shame.

Jamestown Revival – Utah

Another strong debut album that will be in the running for record of the year. Jamestown Revival is Jonathan Clay and Zack Chance, childhood friends that dispatched themselves to a log cabin in the Wasatch Mountains to record Utah, an 11 song tour-de-force that will bring to mind The Lumineers, Band of Horses, and Dawes of present day vintage, and Loggins and Messina of yesteryear.

There is a definite 70’s Cosmic Cowboy dusting all over this record, and that is a very good thing. “Home” is a great closer that turns up the Rock in Country Rock a bit, and “California (Cast Iron Soul)” is as good as it gets.

Ray LaMontagne – Supernova

Any record that is inspired by 70’s Country rock and 60’s Psychedelic Pop gets our immediate attention, and this Dan Auerbach produced gem does just that.  A little bit of a change of direction from prior Roots Rock efforts, this one is a wall to wall winner.  The title track is pure psych bliss, and “Drive-In Movies” could have been on a Donovan Sunshine Superman record.

Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

If you slept on last years High Top Mountain and have not heard that excellent album by Sturgill Simpson fear not, he is back and better that ever in 2014.  Digging way deep into the 70’s Country songbook new millennium style, this son of  Waylon Jennings sounding singer will curl your toes with his unabashed love of Outlaw Country, and old school vibe.  There is not a bad Honky Tonk song on this set, and despite the absence of a steel guitar on this record, this might set Country music back 35 years, which come to think of it would be a very good thing.

Rival Sons – Great Western Valkyrie

I will stand on Led Zeppelin’s coffee table (if it has not already been thrown out of a hotel window) and proclaim that Great Western Valkyrie is the best real Rock album since Appetite for Destruction.  This record has everything. A dynamic lead singer that swaggers from Robert Plant wailing, to Stephen Tyler bombastic screeching, down to Jim Morrison meditative moaning at the drop of a microphone. The guitar riffs are fresh and all over the place cool, and the drumming is frantic and controlled where it needs to be.

If you like Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Cream, and all that is sacred and holy in Rock & Roll, you will LOVE this album.


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