Thursday, March 24, 2011

New Fiona Apple Release in Spring 2011

Kind of old news, I guess, but I'm a huge Fiona Apple fan so I'm really excited about this! Click here for more info. (Great news but I think Billboard could have picked a more flattering picture of Apple. Come on now! It's REALLY hard to make that girl look bad.)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Rolling Stone SXSW Coverage

Click here to check out Rolling Stone's "essential guide" for everything SXSW related including concert reviews, photo galleries and musician interviews.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

New Cover Art for Beastie Boys Eighth LP

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.org.
Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2 comes out May 3! Kind of reminds me of the cover for Angles, no?

Pepsi Music Index

Pepsi has released a list of 100 emerging artsts they think are worth noting. I'm not sure when Pepsi decided that they're music reviewers but, I'll go with it. Artists included on the list are Matt & Kim, Fang Island and Cold War Kids. Take a look at the list here!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Angles now Streaming on The Strokes website!

Click here to listen to the entire album. Angles releases March 22.

SXSW

The South by Southwest Festival in Austin, TX. kicked off last Friday. Keep up to date with breaking news and live footage at www.sxsw.com!

Friday, March 11, 2011

13/50: Arcade Fire "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)"

50 Songs in 50 Days
Arcade Fire "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)"




I know you're probably so over Arcade Fire right about now that your thinking of clicking off this page and going to see what's happening on Ain't it Cool News instead! If you give me some time, I promise you will remember why they deserved that measly little grammy in the first place.
First of all, before I talk about "Sprawl II," I just want to talk about the grammys (or grammies? Both look so weird!) for a minute. So let's re-cap: not only did Arcade Fire win album of the year but The Black Keys also won three (GASP! I still can't get over that...) and Justin Bieber didn't win a damn thing. What's wrong with that scenario? Absolutely nothing! But usually, let's face it, it's the other way around with Train trailing right behind Bieber (I know "Hey Soul Sister" won "Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal" but AT LEAST they didn't win multiple awards...that was nice of them, giving them a pity award. When you write a song for yourself out of your own key, it can be quite embarrassing).
Anyway, that feeling when you know that this person (or band, in this case,) completely deserves the honor and everything about the situation is justified - that's very uncommon so when it happens, it's a huge deal for me. I think a lot of people, myself included, would like to think it happens all the time but it's very rare. I think that also has a lot to do with why people were so overjoyed on election night when Barack Obama won. For people in their early twenties, it was the first time we could remember someone actually winning the Presidency because they won the popular vote and therefore, ACTUALLY DESERVED IT! When Arcade Fire won Album of the Year, it was pretty much the icing on the cake for a lot of people. Twitter and Facebook blew up and it was good to know I wasn't the only one feeling this way. Okay I'm done talking about the Grammy's...that was more like ten minutes.
"Sprawl II" is the light at the end of the glorious tunnel that is The Suburbs. This album is so great because of songs like this, where Arcade Fire experimented with different sounds and different genre's. It's like a 70's disco song with a twist...and that twist is, if 70's disco was good. Also a great choice on the band's part, using RĂ©gine Chassagne's voice rather than Win's. Win Butler's voice is great, don't get me wrong, but I feel like this song needs to have a more upbeat and sweeter sounding voice to make it really good and that's what Chassagne delivers.
The lyrics, of course, are also something to take note of. Lyrically, The Suburbs in general has this oppressed dystopian theme to it, that we're all just sheep living to "just punch the clock," as the Chassagne sings so beautifully.
Not only do you hear 70's disco, but also some Blondie/The Human League/Talk Talk action as well. The rhythm I think is what reminds me most of these bands.

Do you remember yet? I know there's a whole "Arcade Fire is selling out" bandwagon now after the Grammy's but please for their sake, don't join it!

30 Day Song Challenge

Now, this is what I should do after my 50 songs challenge...if I ever finish.

Rules and more information can be found here!

day 01 - your favorite song
day 02 - your least favorite song
day 03 - a song that makes you happy
day 04 - a song that makes you sad
day 05 - a song that reminds you of someone
day 06 - a song that reminds you of somewhere
day 07 - a song that reminds you of a certain event
day 08 - a song that you know all the words to
day 09 - a song that you can dance to
day 10 - a song that makes you fall asleep
day 11 - a song from your favorite band
day 12 - a song from a band you hate
day 13 - a song that is a guilty pleasure
day 14 - a song that no one would expect you to love
day 15 - a song that describes you
day 16 - a song that you used to love but now hate
day 17 - a song that you hear often on the radio
day 18 - a song that you wish you heard on the radio
day 19 - a song from your favorite album
day 20 - a song that you listen to when you’re angry
day 21 - a song that you listen to when you’re happy
day 22 - a song that you listen to when you’re sad
day 23 - a song that you want to play at your wedding
day 24 - a song that you want to play at your funeral
day 25 - a song that makes you laugh
day 26 - a song that you can play on an instrument
day 27 - a song that you wish you could play
day 28 - a song that makes you feel guilty
day 29 - a song from your childhood
day 30 - your favorite song at this time last year

Monday, March 7, 2011

News on Of Montreal, The Strokes, etc.

May is creeping up pretty quickly and that only means one thing to me: graduation. So I'm totally doing that "I'll never get a job and I'm just going to be a failure, why can't I just be Rob Sheffield already?!" thing to myself and then I realized that I need to update this damn blog...because then I'll never be Rob Sheffield.

Anyway, remember when I posted about Of Montreal's new EP? Apparently, with that EP, they're also releasing an Art book called "What's Weird?" (Kevin Barnes and this new direction Of Montreal is taking, that's what.)

The Strokes performed on SNL last Saturday with host Miley Cyrus. Unfortunately, the inevitable "Miley Cyrus Show" skit was lack-luster, I was really excited for an epic showdown between Vanessa Bayer's hilarious impression of Miley and the "salvia" scenester herself. They performed two songs, "Under Cover of Darkness" and "Life Is Simple in the Moonlight," from their upcoming album and probably the most anticipated comeback of 2011 (in the alternative rock genre at least,) Angles. I'm really hoping for a successful comeback for this band. I pretty much thought they were long gone, it seemed like they were just one of those bands who did great work during their time (excluding First Impressions of Earth, of course,) and were very influential but disbanded so soon because the band knew they were finished with their work together and were ready to do new things (Albert Hammond Jr. especially, it seemed). There didn't seem to be any regrets or nostalgic feelings about it either, from any band members. So for me, it was a big surprise but also a pleasant one.
These songs aren't bad but not the best they can do. However, I'm starting to like them more and more as I listen so maybe it'll turn out to be THAT kind of album for me. I'm hoping for the best. Watch their performances here:





In other news, another member of Interpol bites the dust (what's going on, guys!?) and Broken Bells are releasing a new EP later this month!