I think the culture we're in right now, it's never been easier to be discouraged. It's never been easier to be made fun of or to be hurt by what people think. I'm talking bands or even just regular people. There's almost like this license to bash everybody and to say the meanest, most intense stuff online. You're behind your keyboard and you feel like you can say anything you want. I think people don't realize that maybe it affects people. We definitely went through that on this album. But then you have to realize that you build something that's worth protecting, something that's worth it to keep going, something that's worth the effort....
Parquet Courts will releaseHuman Performance on April 8th. A new video and tour dates are in the replies.
02 Human Performance
04 I Was Just Here
06 Captive Of The Sun
07 Steady On My Mind
08 One Man, No City
09 Berlin Got Blurry
10 Keep It Even
11 Two Dead Cops
12 Pathos Prairie
13 It's Gonna Happen
San Francisco's Worth Taking are self-releasing their sophomore album, Hangman, next Friday, February 12th. We're debuting their new single, "Make This Right" in the replies. Influenced by the likes of Blink-182, Jimmy Eat World and Foo Fighters, the group has been aptly described as “punk enough for you, but still pop enough for your mom." If you like what you can hear, you can pre-order the digital album for just $3.49 on Bandcamp. You might want to grab a free download of their covers EP while you're there.
In an update to a post from yesterday, Dustin Kensrue will release Thoughts That Float On A Different Blood, a live album of cover songs on March 18th. It is now available for pre-order on iTunes and on vinyl through his site.
02) Hospital Beds
03) Buzzcut Season
04) Jesus Christ
06) Wrecking Ball
07) Cold as It Gets
08) Round Here
09) State Trooper
10) Dance Me to the End of Love
11) Down There By the Train
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This week's episode of Encore starts with a discussion about fostering creativity and how we try to stay sharp and inspired and not fall into a rut. It's hard. We want to be better at it. Then we look at the RIAA changing up how they certify albums, Brand New selling out MSG and announcing some kind of release this year, and looking at the difference between huge stadium like shows versus the small venues we're used to. We then answer some questions about favorite movies about music, the idea that bands should feel obligated to play "fan favorites" on tours, favorite bands from the UK, and the first albums we ever really anticipated. This week once again (fingers crossed) has chapter...
Tom DeLongeannounced that Sekret Machines Book 1: Chasing Shadows will be out April 5th. It will be a 704-page hardcover novel, and will be the first in a three-volume series of fiction novels.
Chasing Shadows is a complex and thrilling read based on facts and actual events gleaned from the authors’ sources within the military and intelligence community. The book follows the witnesses, which are legion, scattered across the world and dotted through history, people who looked up and saw something impossible lighting up the night sky. What those objects were, where they came from, and who—or what—might be inside them is the subject of fierce debate and equally fierce mockery, so that...
The Red Western are gearing up to release their double-EP, Sirens and Arrows, on February 5th and you can now stream both in the replies. Described as "five cuts of big, bright, full-of-life indie rock with tinges of pop (delightfully reminiscent of Camera Obscura), Americana and even a little bit of alt-emo in the vein of Run For Cover Records acts like Petal." I definitely recommend giving them a whirl and heading to iTunes and Bandcamp to support a great independent band.
He has a relationship with one of my best friends, with whom he’d be meeting with for other reasons. He was mentioning me for something outside of music. We got an opportunity to work on a song with him, I don’t think he used it. I get nervous about talking about it. But that’s basically how this record started. There’s only a few people on my bucket list that I want to work with but it’s unlikely that I would: Dave Grohl and Kanye. Everyone else, I have had a chance to work with. We did get to work in the studio, it was right at the beginning of...
Kanye West's seventh solo album, which might be called WAVES, or SWISH or maybe So Help Me God, who knows (Kanye seems unclear himself!), is now available to preorder on his website alongside tickets to hear the album alongside a showing of Yeezy Season 3 streamed from Madison Square Garden.
Continuing his descent into the same kind of madness that marked his 2010-era Twitter, Kanye tweeted what was ostensibly a Rolling Stone cover featuring him shot by Tyler, The Creator and which posed the question: "Does He Like Mustard?" Rolling Stone denied it was a cover, but Kanye has since tweeted a poll asking his followers whether it should be a cover. No word on whether there were ever any actual plans for Yeezy to grace RS this month.
Here we go: Future has announced his new album EVOL will be available for preorder on iTunes at midnight, and has been tweeting about a "new deal" with Apple Music, which likely means its an Apple exclusive release, with it potentially premiering on DJ Khaled's Apple Radio show on Friday. Check out the artwork in the replies. Meanwhile, Young Thug's, who has a new mixtape I'm Up is due out Friday, twitter is filled with barely-veiled shots at Future.