Record Store Day 2014 marked the official recorded return of Veruca Salt, the Chicago-born quartet whose albums American Thighs and Eight Arms To Hold You are definitive entries in any ’90s alt-rock fan’s collection. The band’s original lineup—Louise Post, Nina Gordon, Steve Lack, and Jim Shapiro—hadn’t played together since 1998, but they have stormed back with a pair of tracks on a limited-edition 10-inch piece of vinyl that ended up being one of the big gets of RSD. READ FULL STORY
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Orenda Fink first made her name as the vocalist for the Bright Eyes-approved dream indie rock duo Azure Ray. But over the course of a few solo albums she’s made an identity for herself that’s part dream pop and part dusty Americana. Her latest, Blue Dream (out August 19 on the Saddle Creek label), is a meditation on death inspired by the passing of a dog she had for 16 years and a quote by the artist Laurie Anderson that a friend sent to help her get over it. Despite the dark subject matter, it’s not a heavy record—instead, it floats in a state of meditative weightlessness suspended by plentiful pop hooks. Fans of Kate Bush should be pleased by the results.
The track “You Can Be Loved,” with its chiming guitar figures and ethereal multitracked vocals, puts all of Blue Dream‘s best qualities in one place. Hear the exclusive premiere after the jump.
Anamanaguchi, the self-described “boy band” from New York City, is dedicated to hacking pop music the way other geeks hack video game consoles.
Today they released a new single called “Pop It,” which features vocals by an “unknown singer” whose name they won’t reveal and who may or may not be the person depicted in the cover art, pictured above (although they’re willing to say that whoever it is, it’s their first recording gig). That fact just adds a slightly weirder edge to a song that’s already pretty strange—with its glitchy electronic flourishes and relentlessly bubble gummy vibe, it bears more than a passing resemblance to Japanese superstar Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s neon-drenched anime acid trip. But like Kyary, Anamanaguchi works enough hooks into the mix to make the digital chaos worthy of putting on repeat.
So far, Anamanaguchi’s biggest claim to fame is providing the 8-bit pop-punk soundtrack for the video game adaptation of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. But the band has a burgeoning cult following, and as mainstream pop culture grows increasingly similar to the Internet culture they inhabit, it doesn’t seem unrealistic to think they might break through with a bigger crowd soon.
Listen to “Pop It” below, or visit Anamanaguchi’s website to stream the song from a page full of interactive lo-res balloons that help to heighten the already-pretty-strong sensation of being stuck inside a game of “Katamary Damacy.”
Hey there, busking millionaire! Chris Martin, playing the guy you really hope doesn’t get on your subway car, surprises the citizens of Sydney, Australia, with a wandering one-man-band act in the new clip for Coldplay’s “A Sky Full of Stars.”
Oh but hark, here are the rest of the ‘Players, joining him for a semi-spontaneous (the band put a callout to fans on Twitter) street parade that ends in a crowning town-square glory of confetti and singalongs and a thousand camera-phone snaps.
Watch it here: READ FULL STORY
Back in the early ’00s, Roy Kerr (a.k.a. the Freelance Hellraiser) was taking apart pop, rap, and indie rock songs and recombining them into strangely synergistic new combinations of sounds and styles, which launched a brief but potent craze for mash-ups (like his brilliant Strokes/Christina Aguilera fusion “A Stroke of Genie-us”) that radically altered how people think about genre. Around the same time, Anu Pillai was working under the name Freeform Five and producing tracks like “Perspex Sex” that provided some of the high points the era’s electro revival, whose influence has been all over the Hot 100 lately.
Since 2007, Pillai and Kerr have been teaming up under the name Kid Gloves. They’re about to release a new single for Brooklyn’s Fool’s Gold label, home to A-Trak, Danny Brown, and a bunch of other acts who are redefining the sound of hip-hop and dance music. The lead track is called “Third Round,” which the pair describe thusly: “Some days you’ve just got to ask yourself, what would A-Trak do? That was the task we set ourselves that day. To throw down and cut up some Crydamoure grooves with hand crafted vocal chops. ‘Third Round’ is our latest upper cut. Lean and mean and hungry like a young Balboa. It’s the ringside walk-on music we imagine in our heads when we step out to our local coffee shop. Probably explains all those strange looks we’ve been getting.”
On July 4, TV comedy mavens Rob Kutner (Conan, The Daily Show) and the Levinson Brothers (Tonight Show, Comedy Central) will release 2776, a time-traveling concept album about America, robots, aliens, philosophy, the future, and a bunch of other stuff, performed by an eclectic cast of 82 actors and musicians—including Patton Oswalt, Aubrey Plaza, Reggie Watts, Right Said Fred, Neko Case, Ed Helms, and NPR’s Nina Totenberg. It’s probably the only album coming out this year where you’ll hear Triumph the Insult Comic Dog working with the Rebirth Brass Band, or k.d. lang collaborating with Alex Trebek.
Andrew WK contributes a track called “Party On Your Grave” that combines the epic power and guitar shredditude of a vintage Judas Priest track with lyrics about getting revenge on an enemy, Andrew WK-style: by partying as hard as possible. According to producer Joel Levinson, “Andrew WK came to my garage on a late morning with a bottle of whiskey ready to rock, and we recorded with the door open, you know, for awesomeness’ sake. About the greatest thing I’ve ever experienced was seeing the looks on neighborhood people’s faces as they walked past hearing his absurdly powerful voice screaming, ‘we’ll watch while the vultures pick clean your liver/and we’ll shtup your wife while she’s still sitting shiva.’” READ FULL STORY
Like a lot of underground rock bands, California five-piece the Growlers started out with some very rough edges, but after a few years of seemingly constant recording and touring, they’ve refined their sound into a poppy, retro-leaning style that they call “beach goth,” a combination of chiming, reverb-drenched guitars, snappy drums, and frontman Brooks Nielsen’s languid vocals, which suggest a guy who never takes his shades off, even indoors.
On their upcoming fifth album, Chinese Fountain (out Sept. 23 on Everloving Records), they show off their flexibility by tackling disco, reggae, and golden oldies à la Del Shannon’s “Runaway,” along with the expected quotient of straight-up guitar pop, like the lead single “Big Toe,” which we’re happy to be premiering here.
The song, and the Growlers’ upcoming tour dates, are after the jump. READ FULL STORY
After becoming a dad for the first time, he began working on a sweetly understated of collection of folk-tinged ditties about clouds, Costa Rican monkeys, and messy hair, and brought in friends like Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Matt Berninger of the National to help out in the studio.
In honor of Father’s Day, Martin has created a playlist exclusively for EW; find out why he chose these songs from the likes of Johnny Cash, the Kinks, and Hank Williams Jr. and stream the full set on our Spotify player below: READ FULL STORY
And the video for “Fall in Place,” from the band’s new Hour of the Dawn, does look like a summer-Sunday stroll to exactly the kind of barbeque where the “It’s My Party” singer and Henry Rollins might bond over potato salad and a few sunset trips to the punch bowl. Watch it below: READ FULL STORY
Have you ever wanted to know what the “magic of Mariah Carey” tastes like? If so, the Elusive Chanteuse may have just the thing for you.
At a press conference in New York City Tuesday, Mariah Carey debuted her new non-alcoholic pink-colored beverage Butterfly, which has been described as a “melodic beverage inspired by the magic of Mariah Carey.” Butterfly comes in a curvy pink bottle, and, based on Carey’s presentation on Tuesday, is meant to be enjoyed from a champagne flute. The beverage will be available at Walgreen drugstores nationwide. READ FULL STORY
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