Lydia's debut album, This December; It’s One More and I’m Free, officially released 10 years ago yesterday. We are incredibly excited to announce that Bad Timing Records will be pressing it to vinyl for the first time, which you can pre-order starting Wednesday the 30th at 2 EST. It will release on November 13th, and you can find the pressing variants below. While the band is still going strong today - Run Wild just released - many fans consider this record and Illuminate to be the band's classics. To celebrate the anniversary and news, we would also like to dedicate this thread to fans reminiscing on the record, as we always have great 10 year discussions around here.
The idea of a rich person giving money to a creative person in exchange for status and cool points is nothing new—it started back in ancient Rome and feudal Japan, and the most enduring image of the patron surfaced during the Renaissance. Florence’s famed Medici clan financially supported some of the most gifted artisans of the age, including Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo, as a way to launder money and burnish the family's blood-splattered reputation (they also secured immortality in the process, judging by how many music industry thinkpieces have name-dropped them over the past decade when discussing the modern concept of patronage). Sound familiar?...
The media’s most highbrow music critics, the same ones who barely batted an eye at Swift’s release, have rushed forward to gush over Adams’s transformation of a cheesy pop album into something more serious. In the words of American Songwriter, Adams is “bestowing indie-rock credibility” on Swift’s album, potentially even “showing her up by revealing depth and nuance in the songs” and “giving her a master class in lyrical interpretation”. The New Yorker’s review of Adams’s 1989 (it’s worth noting that the magazine did not review Taylor Swift’s album at all), is headlined...
Pope Francis is going to release his debut album, Wake Up!, on November 27th. It will feature excerpts of hymns and speeches delivered by the Pope set to original music by Believe Digital. Check out first single "Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!" at Rolling Stone. I repeat: 2015 is surreal.
Sam Smith has released his song for the upcoming James Bond film Spectre, called "Writing's On The Wall." Check it out on Spotify and download it via iTunes. Fun fact: Sam Smith is the first British male solo artist to sing the title song since Tom Jones in 1965 in Thunderball.
Pitchfork, via The Intercept, reports that a British intelligence agency codenamed it's massive, comprehensive program of surveillance of the public's internet usage after the Radiohead song "Karma Police." 2015 is surreal.
Drake has given his first extended interview since a 2014 Rolling Stone piece for the Fader's 100th print issue. The excellent piece covers everything from his upcoming album Views From The 6 (which is going to be made primarily with longtime producer 40), his beef with Meek Mill and ghostwriting allegations, charges of being an opportunist and more. Check it out here.
We're premiering No Tide's new music video for "Sunday Morning" in the replies. The song appears on the Nebraska pop-punk outfit's full-length debut, Death of the Sun, which is still streaming here. Recommended for fans of The Story So Far, Saves the Day and The Menzingers.
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Here are the albums that are in stores today. Pick up anything good? What do you recommend? If we missed anything, please add it to our calendar. We recommend Rdio or Spotify for album streams of new releases and check out our review section to see what our staff thought of the albums.
Track Listing 01) Astoria
02) Burning Up
04) One Love
05) August Burns Red
06) This Means War
07) Hospital Bells
08) Dearly Departed
09) Hollywood Renaissance
10) Shut Up and Kiss Me
11) Who Do You Love
12) Never Say Die
14) While We're Young
15) Forget Me Not
16) And Straight On Til Morning
17) End of an Era