Yet late last year, Mr. Simpson surprised even himself by mulling a reunion to mark what would have been the band’s 20th anniversary. He had spoken very little with his former bandmates, the bassist Jeremy Gomez, the guitarist Scott McCarver and the drummer Gabriel Wiley, even though they all live in Austin. But after a few rehearsals, the band announced in May a series of reunion dates culminating in a hometown appearance at next weekend’s Fun Fun Fun Fest. In September, they played three sold-out nights at New York’s Bowery Ballroom and two dozen standing-room-only shows on both coasts.
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The Decemberists' new single, "Make You Better" can be found in the replies. The track is from the band's new album, What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World, which is set to release January 20th via Capitol Records.
01) The Singer Addresses His Audience
02) Cavalry Captain
04) Make You Better
05) Lake Song
06) Till The Water Is All Long Gone
07) The Wrong Year
08) Carolina Low
09) Better Not Wake The Baby
11) Easy Come, Easy Go
14) A Beginning Song
The BBC Music Drive re-score was aired on television in the UK over the weekend and you can now check out a behind the scenes video with curator of the project, Zane Lowe, in the studio with the editors and producers as they structured the whole project. The clip also features interviews with the movie's director Nicolas Winding Refn, cast members and some of the artists involved including The 1975, Jon Hopkins and The Neighbourhood. Check it out in the replies.
There is nothing in this world like gypsy punk. Gogol Bordello played a sold-out show in Austin last night at Stubbs Amphitheater. Normally the crowd at this venue is kind of ass-holey, but last night everyone was singing, dancing, stomping, and as they say "thinking locally, and fucking globally". Check out some photos as well as a link to the full gallery below. ¡Viva Gogol!
Ghost Thrower frontman Travis Alexander is part of a new mockumentary about the life and struggles of a nonexistent band on the road called Soft Sevens. It's kind of like The Office meets Spinal Tap. Watch the first episode in the replies.
New Found Glory will be live streaming their set from the Glamour Kills Tour this Saturday, November 1st with Yahoo! Live. You can watch the band's performance at the House of Blues in Anaheim live online at 10:40PM PT.
In a new interview with The Fader, hip-hop producer Metro Boomin says that the final touches are being put on Metro Thuggin, his much anticipated collaboration with Young Thug, and that the project will be out soon.
It's really at the end of mixing now. Just fine tuning and making sure everything's perfect. Once you put it out, you can't go back, so it's just little things like that. It'll be out soon just for the simple fact that I don't want to keep people waiting. As a fan, I find that irritating. That's what helps me in my career: I know how to relate to people, knowing what they want. I'm still on the blogs, reading everything, downloading the songs. I already know how I used...
Well, recently, the charges were dropped against Evans. Represented by the ACLU, Evans through an ACLU attorney stated "Evans is relieved that these very serious criminal charges have been dismissed, and he is grateful for all of the support he has received during this difficult time. A conviction on first-degree terroristic threatening could have landed Evans in jail for up to 10 years."
I posted comments about Jian Ghomeshi the day after he was dismissed by the CBC where I rushed to defend my manager of 12 years. I am now aware that my comments appear insensitive to those impacted and for that I am deeply sorry. This is to confirm that as of now I will be parting ways with Jian Ghomeshi as my manager.
Episode 57: the return of the Drew-jedi. It also features me fighting off a cold and a really weird sounding voice. But, beyond that, we've got a great episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast for you this week. This week's topics include Taylor Swift's new album and the release and promotion behind it, the relevance of CDs in 2014 and Jason's attempt at decluttering, Drew's return and his love for a bunch of albums out this week, and other goodness. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.
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Filmmaker/composer John Carpenter (Halloween, Escape from New York) will release an album of previously unreleased music titled John Carpenter's Lost Themes in 2015 via Sacred Bones Records. You can stream one of tracks, "Vortex."
Lights' manager Jian Ghomeshi has beenaccused by eight women "of violence, sexual abuse or harassment." Lights originally had posted an open letter of support on Facebook (link to cached version), but that has since been deleted.
Eight women from across Canada now accuse former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi of abusive behaviour ranging from allegations of beating and choking without consent, to workplace sexual harassment. [...] Ghomeshi, 47, was fired Sunday from his job as host of Q, a flagship radio show of the publicly funded broadcaster. Ghomeshi has alleged in a lawsuit filed the next day that CBC made a “moral judgment” that his practice of a bondage-sadism sex life was wrong. He is...
According to a fan submission from the Jimmy Eat World show last night -- they were recording the performance. I got a kick out of the "source" being "I'm staring at crowd mics right now." Well played ManchesterOrch8.
The agreement covers all seven of the sisters' studio album releases and will also take in songs from their next album, which they are expected to begin writing early next year. [...] In addition to songs for their own albums, Tegan and Sara said in a statement they also intend to expand their "unique songwriting brand with co-writes and toplines for other artists."
Nirvana's MTV Unplugged In New York turns 20. Stereogum takes a look at the stripped down classic:
If you want to hear MTV Unplugged In New York as the howl of a soul approaching the abyss, you can do that. There’s an intense vulnerability in hearing Cobain’s voice so unadorned, without the scrape-roar guitar sound that he used, at least to some extent, as armor. His version of the Vaselines’ version of “Jesus Doesn’t Want Me For A Sunbeam” feels instantly mythic, and it’s entirely possible to hear “don’t expect me to die” as “please expect me to die.” On “Where Did You Sleep Last Night,” his voice gets so wracked and feral as the song builds that he finally sounds something like a...