More Music For Your Babies To Headbang To…


We’re just in that sort of mood today. So how about a metal round up? Last week, Thursday and Envy unleashed a weighty split on Temporary Residence, with Rickley and co. reminding us why Full Collapse was such a hit, and the manic-metaloids of Envy offering up three hefty love letters to dynamics and decibels. And, of course, how could we not mention the new Cynic? Fifteen years after the landmark Focus, these Florida prog-hounds are back with Traced In Air , and dare we say, they may have gained a step or two in their time off. Dawn of Winter slow it down on “The Music of Despair”, while superduperHOLYSHITgroup Bloodbath (you gonna argue with members of Opeth, Katatonia, Hypocrisy, and Edge of Sanity?) get deadly on “Slaughter The Will To Live.”

All that. And so much more. Right. Here.

The Singular David Bazan On Flags And Such


David Bazan — one of America’s foremost living songwriters (yes, I will get down on the fisticuffs tip over that one) —  released a single last week. It’s called “American Flags,” and, whaddayaknow,  it’s ultra-poigniant considering we elected a new President. Coincidence? I think not. Buy it at iTunes. To these ears, the track seems to flirt with the electronic-minded moments of 2004’s Achilles Heel, or the outright synth-pop of DB sideproject Headphones. But, as it did in Pedro The Lion, and as it’s done on all the solo stuff, the anchor of his milky tenor (not to mention that propensity toward depressing-as-shit-but-keenly-insightful lyricism) waves the Bazan flag proudly.

Far from the subtle story-telling of his early work, “Flags,” like Heel ‘s state-as-cheating-spouse track “Arizona,” gets down on personification — singing from the perspective of the stars and bars itself. Sounds heavy-handed, but we promise it’s not. Oh, and the single comes with another song called “Please, Baby, Please,” which is a demo of his long-overdue follow-up to Heel.  And if you can’t wait for that, check out the vid above, taken from DB’s new DVD, Alone At The Mic. A smattering of footage can be found here — some interview-y stuff, along with stripped-down performances of “When They Really Get To Know You,” “Options,” and “Transcontinental.”

Sharon Jones on Austin City Limits, Grammy Consideration


The funktastic Sharon Jones is at it again!  Not only did she just wrap up a tour with our other soul slingin’ faves the Menahan Street Band, but her June performance on Austin City Limits just aired this past Saturday on PBS.  Don’t fret if you missed it, because you can watch the entire performance and interview right here.

In other Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings news, the band is under consideration for seven Grammy nominations!  Some of the categories include “Album Of The Year” for their smash 100 Days, 100 Nights, “Best R&B Album” and “Best New Artist.”

So what’s in store for Ms. Jones?  A short midwest jaunt next month, followed by a tour of the land down under, complete with a performance at the legendary Australian festival The Falls. And the beat goes on!

“This is not ‘neo-soul’; this is the real deal” – Newsweek

“One of the 10 Most Exciting Artists Right Now” – Entertainment Weekly

MP3: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – 100 Days, 100 Nights

Spin.com Premiere: More Revoir Simone!


Early last week, Spin.com unveiled yet another remix from Au Revoir Simone’s forthcoming Reverse Migration . Following on the heels of Pacific’s RCRDLBL-approved take on “Sad Song” , and Stereogum’s unveiling of Ruff and Jam’s version of “Lark” , Spin went for the spooky strains of Mark-Anthony Tieku’s remix of “The Way to There.” “Here,” Spin says, “London mixmaster Mark-Anthony Tieku has taken…a serene track from Au Revoir Simone’s 2007 album The Bird of Music , and added menacing synths and screeching white noises.”  Hear for yourself below.

MP3 : Au Revoir Simone – The Way To There (Mark-Anthony Tieku Remix)