At last week’s Spotify press conference – the one where Lars Ulrich revealed that Metallica’s full discography would be made available on the streaming service — Frank Ocean took the stage for a brief performance.
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John Mayer may be feeling dumpy and “humiliated” about that big meanie Taylor Swift, but the fact that his fifth album, Born and Raised, has just logged a second week atop the Billboard 200 should cheer him up.
The reformed(?) rocker’s twangified set sold 65,000 copies this week, holding off Adele and One Direction, as well as new releases from Regina Spektor, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Sigur Rós, all of whom landed high in the top 10.
One thing Mayer couldn’t hold off? One Direction’s DVD release of Up All Night: The Live Tour, which sold 76,000 copies. As Yahoo‘s Paul Grein explains, this marks the first time ever that the No. 1 music DVD release has outsold the No. 1 album.
Check out the Top 10 below: READ FULL STORY
It’s been some time since we last got a dose of left-field piano pop from our favorite downtown-NYC-by-way-of-the-Soviet-Union songstress, Regina Spektor.
Spektor has largely been lying low since she dropped her last album, Far, back in 2009. But her hibernation is over, and to celebrate, she’s released a new track, “All the Rowboats.”
According to Spektor’s fancy new website, the song — a tense three-and-a-half minutes that seem to take place in a dark, abandoned wing of the world’s creepiest art museum — will be featured on her upcoming sixth album What We Saw From the Cheap Seats.
The title doesn’t have a release date yet, but in the meantime, you can check out the new cut below (and buy it on iTunes here):
TV Jukebox: 'Dancing With the Stars,' 'Fringe,' 'Jersey Shore' feature our favorite songs on TV this week
Many shows came and went this week, and the music featured in them proved a rich testament to just how good the fall season is shaping up to be for those new shows that have earned their place and the returning shows that continue to impress. From the silly (Jersey Shore, Community) to the serious (Sons of Anarchy, The Vampire Diaries), and even reality shows (Dancing With the Stars, The X Factor), our favorite shows offered a treasure trove of musical gems. See our picks after the jump! READ FULL STORY
'Boardwalk Empire' soundtrack full listing, including Regina Spektor's take on 'My Man': Hear it here -- EXCLUSIVE
The fates of Nucky Thompson and the rest of the bootlegging gangsters who inhabit the world of HBO’s Emmy-nominated drama Boardwalk Empire will continue to unfold when the show returns for a second season on September 25.
To properly prepare yourself for the new episodes, EW suggests you make yourself a healthy batch of bathtub gin and settle in with Boardwalk Empire Volume 1 – Music From the HBO Original Series, the show’s official soundtrack album set to be released on September 13.
The 16-track collection features a sharp cross-section of tunes from the show, including contributions from Loudon Wainwright III, Nellie McKay, Leon Redbone, Martha Wainwright, and Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks (the contemporary jazz combo who also serve as the house band at Babette’s Supper Club on the show).
It also includes New York songbird Regina Spektor’s version of “My Man,” a tune initially made famous by Fanny Brice (who would later be immortalized as the subject of the musical Funny Girl). You can hear the exclusive premiere of Spektor’s song after the jump. READ FULL STORY
Regina Spektor has just released a cover of Radiohead’s “No Surprises” to raise funds for Doctors Without Borders. The 1997 original is very close to a perfect song, and for me it’s hard to imagine anyone but Thom Yorke singing it right. Spektor’s spare version, just her and a piano, has just about won me over, though. She’s smart enough not to distract from that heartbreakingly beautiful melody with any production tricks or vocal theatrics. Well done.
100 percent of the proceeds (both Spektor’s and Radiohead’s) are going to a very worthy cause: Doctors Without Borders provides crucial medical care to the victims of earthquakes, war, and other disasters around the world. So check out Spektor’s “No Surprises” after the jump (clip via Stereogum). Then, if you like it, please do consider spending $1.29 on it at iTunes. READ FULL STORY
Although we haven’t heard any songs from Peter Gabriel‘s upcoming album, Scratch My Back, we’re already fixated on how bizarre and potentially great it could be. The Genesis co-founder just confirmed the track list for his eclectic all-covers record—which includes Arcade Fire, Radiohead, and Bon Iver—though not, sadly, the Vampire Weekend cover he did with Hot Chip:
Scratch Your Back, due in January 2010, isn’t your typical covers album—Gabriel is reinterpreting an array of bands with orchestral re-imaginings. The will be the usual tributes to established icons—David Bowie, Talking Heads, the aforementioned Radiohead—but he also proves he’s been keeping up on groundbreaking music even though his last full-length came out in 2002. The Arcade Fire, the Magnetic Fields, Bon Iver, Elbow and Regina Spektor will all get the orchestral treatment by the man who wants to be your Sledgehammer.
Don’t relax those raised eyebrows yet—apparently, the artists Gabriel reinterprets will be returning the compliment by doing a song of his at some undisclosed point. Maybe the Magnetic Fields will give us droll version of “Solsbury Hill”? We can dream…
We got to thinking about our other favorite crossover moments between indie artists and classic rockers, including some of the above-mentioned artists. Remember when the Thin White Duke performed “Wake Up” with the Arcade Fire? Or more recently, when blue-eyed soul legend Michael McDonald appeared with art-rockers Grizzly Bear (not that we didn’t all see that one coming). And of course, there was the time Daryl Hall had the electro-pop/cheese-funk duo Chromeo over to his house for a jam session.
Any other couplings between established acts and up-and-comers that—in your eyes—we forgot to mention?
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Indie songstress Regina Spektor played Radio City Music Hall last night, sharing her idiosyncratic art-pop with an audience of downtown scenesters, vocally-demonstrative devotees and even some nine-year-olds up past their bedtimes.
First things first, the answer to the most pressing question on your mind: YES, Regina did adopt a fish face while making seal/walrus noises during “Folding Chair.” Aside from maritime impressions, Spektor was graceful and composed, spending most of the evening seated behind a sleek expansive black piano.
The magnitude and majesty of Radio City—not to mention the adoring fans that hung on her every syncopated syllable—did seem to have an effect on her. Spektor bashfully told the audience being in Radio City, “Feels like a dream. I’m so grateful.” It’s not hard to understand her reaction. Sure, “Fidelity” and “On the Radio” are inviting pop songs, but it’s rare to see so an enormous crowd of “regular people” shrieking with excitement over such willfully weird music.
Fans of winsome folkie Regina Spektor may already know the song below; it’s been popping up in her live sets for years (where it’s often referred to as “The Meatball Song” or “‘A Lesson In How Fleeing Preservation Is”), but remains unrecorded — until now.
Now, the track has both an official name, “The Left Hand Song” (being that it was composed using, well, Spektor’s left hand), and an official release — on star violinist Joshua Bell‘s upcoming Sept 29 album At Home With Friends (other “friends” on the disc include Sting, Josh Groban and Kristin Chenowith) Listen below:
What do you think, Music Mixers — how does it compare to the concert version you’re used to?
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Four albums into her blossoming career, Russian-born chanteuse Regina Spektor told the Music Mix she was ready to step outside of herself for her next album, Far, due June 23. That meant working with four famed producers: Jeff Lynne (E.L.O., Tom Petty), David Kahne (her producer on Begin to Hope), Garrett "Jacknife" Lee (U2, Weezer), and hip-hop producer Mike Elizondo (Dr. Dre, Eminem). Collectively, Spektor says they pushed her down new roads she otherwise wouldn't have tried (one of which apparently includes the alien concept of "jamming.")
With legions of new eyes and ears won over by 2006's Begin to Hope (and its hit single, "Fidelity"), Spektor represents that rare, beautiful thing in music: an off-kilter indie favorite who serendipitously crosses over into the mainstream. Over the phone, Spektor exudes a giddy energy that's easily identifiable in her music (and especially present in "Fidelity.") But Far's lead single, the somber and serious "Laughing With," is a radical turn in the other direction. (Listen to it below.) Click through the jump to read why Spektor thought the song was a good lead single, why she compares the new album to a Twilight Zone episode, and what it was like for her to work with four "amazing" producers.
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