EW‘s end of year lists are a group effort, the product of several rounds of nominations, negotiations, arguments, and compromises. While there were a lot of passionate appeals made on behalf of our favorite albums and songs of 2014 when we were assembling our official list, not every one of our jams made the final cut. Presented here are our music staff’s personal favorite albums and songs that were left off.
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The frontman of the beloved Austin indie-rockers—who’ve just returned with their eighth album, They Want My Soul, and recently hit the road with Arcade Fire—talks girl groups, long hiatuses, and literary heroes. (If you missed them this summer don’t worry; they’ve got a ton of dates left, including multiple festivals.)
EW: It’s been four years since Spoon last made a record. I know you’ve been working on other projects, but what’s been happening for you life-wise in the meantime?
Britt Daniel: Life wise? That’s a tough question. You’d think it’d be the easiest one, right? When we finished that last tour in November of 2011—it was at some festival in Germany—we kind of just said, “Well that’s the last show for awhile, and who knows what’s going to happen.” And we were all a little ground down at that point. It had just been too long that we were touring that record. So we went our separate ways without really saying anything. And I took three or four months of doing nothing really. I got a girlfriend and I just chilled. Which is the first I’ve done that in…I don’t know, it might have been the first time I’ve done that by choice. And then I met up with Dan [Boeckner], who’s an old friend of mine. He was doing a show in Portland and he was there for a few days. We talked about starting a band and we…started a band. READ FULL STORY
One of the cleverer tactics that digital retailers like the iTunes Store have used to corner the global music retail market is offering “instant gratification” tracks with its pre-orders, giving consumers the option of downloading one or more songs from an album when they pre-order it. Not only does it keep the buyer from shopping around for a better price once the record’s out, it’s also not something that brick-and-mortar retailers—from big boxes on down to local indie shops—can replicate, constrained as they are by the realities of physical media.
Indie-rock heroes Spoon have finally figured out a real-life equivalent to the online instant-gratification track: Starting July 15, fans can pre-order the band’s upcoming LP They Want My Soul (out August 5 on Loma Vista) from a participating independent retailer and take home a 10-inch vinyl record that includes the album’s lead single (“Do You”) and two other songs. In a statement, Spoon frontman Britt Daniel writes, “If like me, you’ve ever rushed home with a brand new record that you couldn’t wait to play—and couldn’t actually play until you slapped it onto your turntable—I hope the Vinyl Gratification program will bring back some magic for you. And I hope you’ll join us in supporting the independent record shops that have supported us for so long.”
Spoon isn’t completely ignoring digital retailers, though. Pre-order through iTunes or Amazon and you can download “Do You” as an instant-gratification track.
More info and a store locator are available at Spoon’s website.
Welcome to the first online edition of Singles Swap, which has only appeared in the print edition of Entertainment Weekly until now. Read on below as we recommend songs similar to the ones you already love.
Mumford & Sons: “Little Lion Man”
The Brit-folk anthem so beloved, it even gets a pass for dropping multiple F-bombs. READ FULL STORY
Matador Records threw a huge three-night party at the Palms casino in celebration of its 21st anniversary. Since 1989, the label has had a hand in launching and nurturing along some of the leading lights of indie rock–including Pavement, Liz Phair, Guided by Voices, Belle & Sebastian, and The New Pornographers, all of whom were on hand to celebrate. The hipsters-meet-elderly-slot-jockeys setting certainly felt odd, but when you think about it, when you hit 21, where better to celebrate than Las Vegas, where 21 wins at Blackjack and you’re officially able to drink? Plus, around midnight on the last night, between sets by Yo La Tengo and Guided By Voices, I found myself seated at a Blackjack table next to Spoon lead singer Britt Daniel, and where else is that going to happen? Some other highlights after the jump. READ FULL STORYWhen you think of live music in Las Vegas, you think of names like Manilow, Dion, and Newton, not Superchunk, Yo La Tengo, and Sonic Youth. But all that changed this past weekend when legendary indie-rock label
And so Coachella is over for another year. It ended with, for my money, the festival’s finest day. Sunday was densely packed with can’t-miss acts, culminating in the one-two-three punch of the reunited Pavement, Thom Yorke with Atoms for Peace, and headliners Gorillaz. Read about all those shows plus several more after the jump.
Soundgarden, Green Day, and Lady Gaga are set to headline this year’s Lollapalooza Festival, which takes place August 6-8 at Chicago’s Grant Park. The event will also see sets by Arcade Fire, The Strokes, Phoenix, Spoon, Jimmy Cliff, Devo, MGMT, Hot Chip, Cypress Hill, Mavis Staples, the Black Keys, and a presumably clothed Erykah Badu (though, of course, you never know what that lady’s going to do—which I mean as a compliment.)It was announced this morning that
Lollapalooza has always prided itself on offering an eclectic mix of acts—its initial lineup, in 1991, featured Jane’s Addiction, Ice-T, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and the Jim Rose Circus Sideshow. But this year’s list of performers seems to be the most varied for a while, and is certainly a broader musical church headliner-wise than 2009’s more obviously rockier roll call.
What do you think of the lineup? Who are you looking forward to seeing? And is there a person out there who doesn’t care for any of the announced acts? Surely not.
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The top of Spoon’s set list for their headlining slot in Stubb’s chilly backyard Wednesday night read, “Last SXSW Ever.” Was it? Well, we’ve got a call in to find out. But if that was the end of their relationship with this monster of a music festival — Britt Daniel has moved to Portland, after all — it was a damn fine exit interview.
On a stage festooned with old-timey lightbulbs and packed with vintage gear, the foursome (and their friend Jordan, on percussion) made their metronomic way through the hits. They didn’t dip too much deeper than Kill the Moonlight, but fresh-off-the-vine tracks like “Written in Reverse” matched up nicely next to beloved old friends like “Vittorio E.” and the poignancy of “Black Like Me,” with a cover of the Damned’s “Love Song” thrown in for good measure. Spoon may be one of the most consistent bands in all indie-rockdom: Though Daniel seemed in subdued spirits — the typical jerking and slashing of his guitar kept to a minimum save for the break in “My Mathematical Mind” — he was cheerful and yelpy. Jim Eno was his usual brilliantly steady self behind the kit, and Rob Pope’s bass echoed through the Stubb’s sound system like boulders. Even though “The Underdog” suffered from lack of album production (okay, horn section), undeniable pop gems like “I Turn My Camera On” had the crowd up front engaged in a total dance party by the time the band laid into a fierce three-song encore: “Is Love Forever,” “Rhythm and Soul,” and “Finer Feelings.” The latter’s lyrics about seeking “commercial appeal”: pointed commentary on latter-day SXSW? Only the enigmatic Mr. Daniel knows. (You can stream the full set on NPR’s website right here; recommended!) READ FULL STORY
But isn’t it better live, in color, with a sleepy-looking, bed-headed Britt Daniel (he still nails it!), a drummer count-off, and background beverages? studio? Well, watch their new Sirius XM in-studio and tell us:
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Spoon’s music has often been about doing a lot with a little. See, for example, the indie rockers’ video for “Written in Reverse,” the first single from their excellent new album Transference. In the black-and-white clip, the members of Spoon play their ripping tune in front of some mirrors. A press release notes that director Danny Clinch captured a live in-studio performance of “Written in Reverse,” separate from the version you’ll find on Transference.
So, Spoon rocking out in black and white. That’s about it — and that’s all it needs to be, I’d say. This song is too immediate in its appeal to require a high-concept treatment. Watch the video below and see if you agree.
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