Yesterday, we posted about Hopeless Records signing Dryjacket, a group that's probably #1 on my list of bands that people should be watching out for in 2015. The other band that's at the top of that list is Microwave, which I only heard for the first time a couple weeks ago -- their debut LP Stovall is being released by Antique Records. To support the release, the band has dropped a music video for the title track from that album, which you can stream in the replies. They remind me of a slightly unpolished version of what All Get Out was when they released The Season, so if that sounds tasty to you, check out the song in the replies as well as their other single, "Trash Stains," which is...
Lead singer of post-hardcore veterans The Used, Bert McCracken has joined Channel [V] as a full-time presenter. McCracken, who moved to Australia from the States a couple of years ago, had previously hosted a Soundwave special last year for the Foxtel channel, but has now been promoted to a much bigger role. Model Bambi Northwood-Blyth and DJ Generik, real name Tyson O’Brien, were also revealed as new hosts for the channel today.
Now that these seven shows are done and we're back to home life, I did put out an email to the five of us this past week requesting a conference call so we can talk about these songs we started writing and recording, but haven't finished yet. We all love what we got and believe in it, but now it's about finding the time to get into the studio and finish these songs.
Dave Grohl will be the Record Store Day ambassador this year. His full statement is in the replies.
Growing up in Springfield, Virginia in the 70’s and 80’s, my local independent record stores were magical, mysterious places that I spent all of my spare time (and money) in, finding what was to eventually become the soundtrack of my life. Every weekend I couldn’t wait to take my hard earned, lawn mowing cash down for an afternoon full of discovery. And, the chase was always as good as the catch! I spent hours flipping through every stack, examining the artwork on every cover, the titles and credits, searching for music that would inspire me, or understand me, or just to help me escape....
Kanye West appeared on Ryan Seacrest's morning show this morning. He discusses the Grammys and working with Taylor Swift. 3/4ths of me is posting this because it's a really good interview, 1/4 of me is posting it simply to annoy certain people that don't like Kanye West news.
"Beck is one of the nicest guys and one of the most respected musicians in the game," he said. "There’s nothing that I will want to do as a fellow musician to disrespect him in any way." He said he misworded his comments and added: "Obviously Beck is one of the most respected artists, and respects artistry." He also said, "But Taylor Swift came up to me right afterwards, literally right afterwards, and tells me...
Most of the coverage that has surrounded Heartless Breakers so far on the site has been centered around the fact that it's the new project of former Daytrader member Matt Mascarenas. But while we're premiering their new song "Carbon Copy" today, I'd rather point out that they take cues from early-era Taking Back Sunday while mixing in elements of post-hardcore -- ultimately, it's something completely separate from Daytrader in my mind, and in a good way. The band's debut full-length, The Great Give Back, comes out on March 10th, and if you like "Carbon Copy" in the replies, you can pre-order the album via Animal Style Records.
We're in the midst of record snowfall here in Massachusetts, but Boston's own Actor|Observer will thaw you off with their fiery post-hardcore onslaught. Stream a new song titled "Spread Thin" in the replies, which comes from their self-released full-length debut, The Longer Now, due out on March 10th. The effort was produced by Jay Maas (Defeater) and brings to mind such acts as Alexisonfire, Defeater and Vanna.
Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and The National's Aaron Dessner have put together the Eaux Claires music festival. The greatest festival of all time will take place this July 17th and 18th in Eau Claire, WI. Some bands on the bill include both curators aforementioned bands, Sufjan Stevens, Spoon, Doomtree, and many more.
In this final couplet, Kendrick Lamar employs a rhetorical move akin to—and in its way even more devastating than—Common’s move in the last line of “I Used to Love H.E.R.”: snapping an entire lyric into place with a surprise revelation of something hitherto left unspoken. In “H.E.R.”, Common reveals the identity of the song’s “her”—hip hop itself—forcing the listener to re-evaluate the entire meaning and intent of the song. Here, Kendrick Lamar reveals the nature of the enigmatic hypocrisy that the speaker has previously confessed to three times in the song without elaborating: that he grieved...
Ending one of the most venerable and trusted careers in making a complete mockery of the news, Jon Stewart has announced that he is stepping down as host of The Daily Show. According to sources who were there (some of whom are already passing word along on social media), Stewart let the news slip at the taping of today’s episode, telling those in the audience that he’s retiring.
The object of the Brit Awards is to create the impression of national consensus as they award pop artists of untested stature or value with bogus awards that, it is slyly implied, have been dictated by you, the objective listener. The Brit Awards do not ask the public who they would like to see receive awards - for that would be to risk too much, yet the fierce insistence is that artists are rewarded for their prominence in the previous twelve months because, after all, "it's what everybody wants." Thus, for 2015, we have MacDonna, who had a quiet 2014 (but who is quite usefully about to release her new album!), yet here she is...
Jon Bird, operations manager at The National Association for People Abused in Childhood, said it was "disturbing that there are serious sex offenders who are able to mix with their own kind". Mr Bird added there was a "real concern" about whether Watkins was co-operating fully with his sex offenders treatment and had admitted to the seriousness of his crimes.
Hello everyone! Hope everyone reading this is doing very well. I should have posted this a little while ago, but here it is for those who don't know. I am/will no longer be a member of the musical act know as letlive. Thank you to all the fans, soulpunx and friends that have made the past, 8years of this journey . I've also had the privilege to tour with some amazing bands and artists. It's been a great journey. Thank you
A planned Kanye says, “I want to be like Andy Warhol.” But how could you possibly want that version of Kanye? If you are genuinely holding out any hope that our biggest and brightest can also be our most honest and flawed, you have to want, “I am Warhol.” You have to. He wants respect, but even more than that, repeatedly, wants the people he respects to get respect. It’s not a foreign concept. But because he’s Kanye, it’s different. Because it lacks the grace that society has deemed necessary to make such demands.
And blockbusters are what the music industry is all about, or used to be about, or occasionally still thinks it’s about, or tries to be about, but is actually not really about. And maybe that’s why the Grammy’s weren’t so good this year. It’s an old show built on an old formula that celebrates old metrics of success that just don’t hold up these days. This is not the fault of Grammy Awards, this is just reality.