Tanya Tagaq Draws Second Blood On Sophomore Release

The door is over there. If, on your way in, you didn’t drop off your preconceived notions about what pop music is supposed to sound like , ya probably oughta motor on to the next post. Because the music of Tanya Tagaq takes some time to unpack, and does the casual listener zero favors in the process. But the latest release from Bjork’s favorite Canadian Inuit throat singer (I know, right?) is, at its core, a gorgeous pop album, filled with alternately soaring, confounding, and disquieting arrays of acrobatic vocals and exotic instrumentation. And, of course, the guests don’t hurt either — both Mike Patton and Buck 65 add to the mix here. If Auk / Blood , the follow up to her Juno Award nominated 2006 debut, Sinaa , doesn’t elicit some deep gut-level reactions, we suggest checking to make sure you still have one.

MP3 : Tanya Tagaq – Ikuma

The Clientele Release New EP, Get Rave Reviews

London dream-pop quartet The Clientele released their third and final EP for Spanish label Acuarela Discos last month, and it’s already being hailed as the best one yet.  While their last two EPs were more focused on taking sonic ideas and following them to their logical conclusions, latest release That Night, A Forest Grew exhibits more of The Clientele’s signature sound of sparkly melodic pop.

Pitchfork gave That Night, A Forest Grew an 8.0 rating, and calls the EP “another charming and fully satisfying release from one of the world’s more unsung and quietly wonderful bands.”  We agree.  Listen to track “Share The Night” below, which Stereogum says is “…sealed with “lots of love,” a sexy booty-call funk strum pattern that seems out-of-place at first. [But once] Alasdair Maclean starts singing about “sycamore leaves, the sycamore trees”? You know you’re home.”

Oh yeah.

MP3: The Clientele – Share The Night

Free Music: The Raveonettes Surprise Release Gratis EP

Noir-rockin’ Danish exports The Raveonettes are following up their successful Lust Lust Lust, delivered earlier this year through Vice Records, with a surprise: FREEEEEE MUSIC! That’s right, today the band released a gratis EP, the first in a series of four short-players slated for this fall (unfortunately, you’ll have to pay for the other ones). Today’s release centers around three standout tracks from Lust Lust Lust, presented in radically different new versions. Hypnotic Japanese electro producer 80KIDZ, Alec Empire-conspirator Nic Endo, and Danish DJ superstar Trentemøller reconstruct these now familiar songs into new shapes. The next EP is due out on September 23rd.

ALBUM: The Raveonettes – Remixed EP

Del The Funky Homosapien Plays the Monolith Festival

On September 13th and 14th, a really huge festival will hit Colorado’s legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre (voted “Best Live Music Venue in North America” by Pollstar). Seriously, it’s so massive, they call it Monolith!  One of the juggernauts who will be gracing its stage is none other than the funkiest dude around, Del The Funky Homosapien.  Playing at 8PM on the New Belgium stage, he’ll be followed by hot Minneapolis MC Atmosphere, and playing alongside over 60 other bands throughout the 5-stage, 2-day festival.

And for two of you who bought qualifying ‘Del The Funky Homosapien’ releases from Beatsource between August 20th and September 3rd, you might just find out that you won passes to the festival very soon.  Even better, one lucky fan will win a VIP pass to meet Del!  So get ready to get funky at Red Rocks!

Kindred Souls With Similar Goals

Following the family tree down from such greats as Bob Dylan, Nat King Cole, and Julio Eglesias, musical history is rife with offspring chasing after the same spotlight that their bloodline basked in. After all, how can you blame them? To share the same genes with someone who dominated their genre in their time can be quite a motivating force to give it a shot yourself. There is bound to be someone out there who’ll fund your first studio cut if you can drop a name like Elvis Presley. But as Lisa Marie knows, sharing what runs through your veins with a legend doesn’t always guarantee you’ll follow the same path to fame. The following artists would much rather point to the success stories, like nine-time Grammy winner (and daughter of sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar), Norah Jones, than the more unfortunate careers of some.

Although British Metal/Power Pop artist Lauren Harris owes much to her rock star father – Iron Maiden bassist and founding member Steve Harris – when she was discovered by Russ Ballard in a London pub, he had no clue about her lineage. Her debut album, Calm Before the Storm, was released ironically right after the torrent of attention brought on from playing alongside such juggernauts as Alice Cooper, Korn, and who else but Iron Maiden.

The Rolling Stones’ rump-shakin’ frontman, the inimitable Mick Jagger, isn’t the only one in the family who can keep a beat. His brother Chris Jagger released Act of Faith with his band Atcha! in 2006, after having contributed to such Stones’ classics as “Dirty Work” and “Steel Wheels.” The bar must be set pretty high when you have to follow in the footsteps of a true rock god.

For some lighter fare, tabloid queen Lindsay Lohan’s younger sister is on her way to becoming a veritable pop star, but hopefully not the panty-flashing (or lackthereof) kind. Ali Lohan presents herself as the truly wholesome counterpart to her big sis, with not only an acting career but also a debut album, Lohan Holiday (yup, it’s also a Christmas album) to boot. While she might not share her older sister’s flare for partying, Ali will surely reap the benefits of living in her sister’s shadow on such TV shows as “Living Lohan.”

The kids in TAB The Band do a great job of echoing back to the days of classic sixties stoner rock, which isn’t surprising considering that the “T” (Tony Perry) and “A” (Adrian Perry) of TAB take cues from their dad – Joe Perry of Aerosmith. Tony and Adrian have two albums on North Street Records under their belts already, Pulling Out Just Enough To Win and Long Weekend, whose influences run the gamut but still stay true to their old school bluesy-rock roots. With a slight swagger, the progeny ascend to the stage to give us a retro kick that ceases to lose its appeal.