Today we're proud to premiere the brand new video for And We Danced's "The Ring." In case you missed the first post about this band, it features Zaq Zrust (formerly of Cadillac Blindside) and Jeremy Tappero (formerly of The Stereo and The Jealous Sound). The song comes from the band's upcoming album Back to the Middle which is available for pre-order right now on Paper + Plastick Records. Less reading, more listening.
Want to hear a new song from Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!? I thought so. Head to the replies to check out "Good For You", which can be found on the band's re-issue of their latest record, Pardon My French, out on Fearless Records - you can pre-order it here.
But this isn't just a Bonnaroo problem, even if that festival's admirably devoted fanbase has a particular grudge against Kanye and a higher-than-average number of gay fish-themed signs in its midst. It’s everyone’s problem: It’s our problem that we still think that calling someone gay is an inherently OK way to insult them. More than that, people need to get over the three things Kanye West did in 2009 that they thought were lame, and pay attention to what he's doing now. You might like it. Even if you hate it, maybe you'll at least find something better to make fun of than the one...
Listen to Jessie Ware's brand new single "Tough Love", which was produced by BenZel, in the replies.
“I had just finished a run of shows in the States and went to NY to work with BenZel for a couple weeks, mainly as a different focus to touring. I didn’t have any expectations or pressures with what would come out of those two weeks, and think ‘Tough Love’ sums this up. It was me experimenting with my voice and having fun with it. It just felt right and kind of dictated the route of the next album, much like ‘Devotion’ did on my first album” – Jessie Ware
All the Shelters have signed to Famined Records. Today we're excited to premiere the music video for their single "White Sun," taken from their upcoming full length, Chasing Light. Check it out in the replies.
Texas in July have released a new song called "Broken Soul," which is the first song they've released featuring new vocalist JT Cavey. It's in the replies via Revolver. Their fourth album - and first with Cavey - will release later this year via Equal Vision Records.
S-Type will release a new EP titled Rosario on LuckyMe on June 23rd. You can check out "Lost Girls" in the replies via the Fader - the song was apparently slated to appear on Drake's Nothing Was the Same but didn't quite make the cut.
Today marks 35 years since Joy Division's fantastic debut album, Unknown Pleasures, was released. Also on this day in 1986, The Smiths released The Queen Is Dead. Why not give these two great Manchester albums a listen and talk them up in the replies.
The Gaslight Anthemwill release its fifth studio album, Get Hurt, on August 19th via Island Records. The cover art and a teaser video featuring a new song clip can be seen in the replies. According to information on the preorder pages (more here), the standard edition of the album will be 12 songs and the deluxe will be 15. There are also a few tour dates in the replies.
Get ready for some things you've never heard this band do!!!!! Enjoy, everybody!
1 Stay Vicious
2 1,000 Years
3 Get Hurt
4 Stray Paper
5 Helter Skeleton
6 Underneath The Ground
7 Rollin' And Tumblin'
8 Red Violins
9 Selected Poems
10 Ain't That A Shame
11 Break Your Heart
Adding to the seemingly never-ending run of tour dates, The 1975 has now announced a headline tour across Europe in October. The band has racked up over 400 global dates in about 18 months so far and endless amounts of miles, in case there was any curiosity there. Check the replies to see the dates.
Dedicated Foo Fighters fans living in Richmond, Virginia, took to crowdfunding platform Crowdhoster to try and get the band to come play where they hadn't in some 15 years. Because the Foo Fighters are amazing: they have agreed to play.
I lamented on our recent podcast episode about not having seen This Wild Life live yet and why that would be one reason I'd want to go to Warped Tour. Well, the internet comes through -- hit the replies to check out some videos from the band's Warped set.
And yet, applied to acoustic classical music, all bets are off. I don't trust microphones or speakers for that, whether it's recorded or played live. They approximate and inflate rather than distil and concentrate. And with sonically complex contemporary music such as Ligeti or Penderecki, mics and speakers make things sound harsh and discordant. The live experience is far softer, stranger and more colourful than two speakers can put across. If you haven't heard it live, you haven't really heard it – and yet 90% of judgments on classical music are made from hearing...
Gerard Way debuted "Action Cat" earlier this week and there were some comments about how the vocals sounded "buried" in the mix -- while the merits of if it works are definitely up for the debate, Gerard has clarified on Twitter that it's exactly the sound he was going for. Personally, I'm always interested in seeing an artist's thoughts on choices made in recording that listeners react negatively too. I feel like we usually go into a listening session with the assumption that if something sounds "off" or "wrong" that it's a mistake and rarely do we focus on why that choice may have been made intentionally.
NME is reporting that Rick Rubin has confirmed he's currently working with Kanye West on the follow up to Yeezus.
Rubin added: "It was just a funny conversation because it was completely normal to him, it’s just the way he works… today, Kanye West is coming in and we’re starting looking at vocal ideas for things for the next album."
It seems as if he still can not quite believe it, that he has outgrown his little room in which he created the first songs on the computer - and now plays along, even in the big leagues. "For my next album I got myself Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Brandon Flowers of the Killers and even Chris Martin into the studio - this is so great for me, I have always admired them all."