Ben Watt may always be known best as The Boy in dreamy alt-pop duo Everything But the Girl, but the 51-year-old Londoner has been garnering some of the best notices of his career for the new album Hendra, his first solo release in more than three decades.
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Next Saturday, April 19, is Record Store Day, the annual celebration of independent music retailers and the glory of vinyl.
One of the 400 exclusive special releases belongs to breakout Brit Jake Bugg, who is releasing the EP Live at Silver Platters. It’s a four-track collection of unplugged tunes performed at Seattle’s Silver Platters, including an acoustic rendition of his hit “Lightning Bolt.” Listen here:
Provided that you actually have HBO and aren’t just borrowing (and crashing) your parents’ HBO GO account, you probably noticed the premium cable service’s new spring promo: A 1.5-minute-long video of upcoming shows, and were intrigued by the song that soundtracked it.
Mystery solved: It’s “Like I Need You” from L.A. band Kan Wakan, and you can hear the whole track exclusively here.
The song comes from the group’s upcoming debut album Moving On, out this summer. Take a listen to the complete track below:
Unfamiliar with country’s hottest new star, Cherlene? Well, that may be because she doesn’t exist. “Cherlene” is actually a Judy Greer-voiced character on the animated FX spy comedy Archer whose most recent season has tracked her unlikely rise through the country ranks (at least those parts of the season which haven’t tracked the feckless attempts by her colleagues to sell a metric tonne of cocaine).
One of our favorite music-video motifs is the whole “high-school athletics department and facilities” theme. Rockers from Nirvana to Nada Surf have been responsible for some of the more memorable examples of that motif in the past, but the latest foray into the genre comes from Nashville indie-pop group Wild Cub.
The band’s cinematic new clip for the single “Thunder Clatter” (a song recently heard on an episode of The Vampire Diaries) has everything from bleeding cheerleaders to Greco-Roman wrestlers. There’s even a full-sized gymnasium for the band to shred in.
It’s all fitting, given that the song comes from their album titled Youth. As singer/guitarist Keegan DeWitt said, “It’s a challenge to make a video that can serve as both a tasteful introduction to the band and a distillation of a lot of the themes on Youth. Drew [Bourdet, the video's director] really struck a delicate balance, showing some of the intimate and smaller moments that we hint at throughout the record, but never hitting you over the head. He lays out a long slate of moments, all with a palpable undercurrent and intangible vibration.”
Let the members of Wild Cub send you back to school with the exclusive premiere of “Thunder Clatter” below.
Brian Eno is a man who knows things about things — from his early days with glam-rock godheads Roxy Music to essentially inventing ambient music in the 1970s and producing iconic albums for the likes of David Bowie, Talking Heads, and U2.(Also: doing this.)
Last year, he sat down with the Red Bull Music Academy for their documentary What Difference Does It Make: A Film About Making Music.which can be streamed for free via RBMA15.com and on Red Bull TV.
The doc (which was shot at last year’s event in New York) includes talks with such luminaries as Philip Glass, Giorgio Moroder, Nile Rodgers, Erykah Badu, James Murphy, and more — not to mention, or course, our man Eno.
Watch the bonus Eno footage below:
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