Wednesday, September 28, 2011

[new album] Listen to Feist - Metals

First listen to Metals!

For the mere price of your email address, you can stream Feist's new album Metals in its entirety. The follow-up to the amazing LP The Reminder official drops on October 4, and pre-orders are still available. Check it out.

Pre-order :: Feist - Metals ($10 at Amazon!)

Monday, September 26, 2011

[news] Pink Floyd on Jimmy Fallon (plus MGMT, Shins, Foo Fighers, & Pearl Jam)

Pink Floyd makes rare TV appearance this week

Celebrating the massive reissue of Pink Floyd's entire catalog (14 remastered studio albums, a 16-CD box set with those releases, and an ambitious 6-disc box set focused solely on "Dark Side of the Moon"), Late Night With Jimmy Fallon will be hosting a number of interesting Pink Floyd-related musical acts this week. So set your DVR and don't miss these performances.

According to Billboard:
Monday :: The Shins will kick off the week and perform "Breathe" from "The Dark Side of the Moon." This will actually be the band's first TV appearance in four years. Floyd drummer Mason is stopping by for a talk segment with Fallon.

Tuesday :: Roger Waters is teaming up with Foo Fighters (for the first time ever) to perform "In the Flesh," off the singer-bassist's opus "The Wall." Fallon will also get a crack at interviewing Waters during the show.

Wednesday :: MGMT will take the stage to perform the early Floyd track, "Lucifer Sam," off 1967's "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn." The echo-heavy song, written and sung by original frontman Syd Barrett, was only performed by the band in the year of its release, but it's since been covered by the likes of The Flaming Lips and Jay Farrar (Son Volt/Uncle Tupelo).

Thursday :: "Late Night" will go country when hugely popular country charmer Dierks Bentley takes the mic to handle the Floyd staple, "Wish You Were Here."

Friday :: Pearl Jam will round out the week with their take on "Mother," another massive track off "The Wall." PJ recently made their Fallon debut by unveiling the new track, "Ole." Eddie and co. are riding high as they celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut, "Ten," along with the release of "Pearl Jam 20," a film, book and soundtrack.
UPDATE :: To see all songs performed on Jimmy Fallon, go here.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

[video] Lana Del Rey - "Video Games" & "Blue Jeans"

"Video Games" b/w "Blue Jeans" Out October 16

Like many, I too fell for the siren-song of Lana Del Rey and the mystique of her self-made music videos. Her throwback-cinema style and her easy-on-the-eyes looks only add to her amazing sound. On October 16, Del Rey will release her newest single "Video Games" by way of "Blue Jeans". While this is her debut material under the Del Rey moniker, you can check out the songstress's evolution by listening to her earlier work released as Lizzy Grant.

Del Rey is currently working on a new LP which is due out early next year. Also, she just announced a couple of live dates, which are posted below.

Pre-Order :: Lana Del Rey - "Video Games" b/w "Blue Jeans"
(via Stranger Records)

Lana Del Rey tour dates:
09-21 The Box - New York City, NY
09-27 Hotel Café - Los Angeles, CA

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

[video] Handsome Furs Interview & Tour

The band that never stops

So the Handsome Furs are concluding the US leg of their Sound Kapital tour before hopping across the pond to embark on a European invasion. Notably (and sadly because I'm not there), Boeckner and Perry will be making a stop at Neumos in Seattle this Saturday (September 10). Handsome Furs never disappoint with their amazingly energetic live shows. Don't miss it.

Also, check out the video interview above from L Mag TV. It brings me happiness to see that these insanely talented musicians are also genuinely cool people - it's really obvious from the video. Watch the clip and learn how they formed the band, how their early dating involved music-making dates, how their music is ever-evolving, and how culture shock can be a "hilarious bummer".

So where will these world travelers tour next? Apparently their last show this tour is currently in Beruit, Lebanon, but they hint at the end of video on the possibility of traveling to Jordan and Iran. Maybe we'll even get to see a sequel to CNN's Handsome Furs: Indie Asia!

Check it out, and don't miss them if you live in the Pacific Northwest.

Handsome Furs tour dates:
09-07 Boise, ID – Neurolux Lounge
09-08 Portland, OR – Music Fest North West
09-09 Victoria, BC – Club 9ONE9
09-10 Seattle, WA – Neumos
09-13 London, UK – Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
09-14 Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
09-15 Dublin, IE – Whelans
09-16 Brighton, UK – The Hope
09-17 Tilburg, NL – Incubate Festival
09-18 Munster, DE – Gleiss 22
09-20 Paris, FR – Point Ephemere
09-21 Cologne, DE – Blue Shell
09-22 Hannover, DE – Glocksee
09-23 Hamburg, DE – Reeperbahn Festival
09-24 Berlin, DE – Berlin Independent Night at Lido
09-26 Munich, DE – Kranhalle
09-27 Stuttgart, DE – Schocken
09-28 Luzern, CH – Treibhaus
09-29 Graz, AT – Forum Stadtpark
09-30 Zagreb, CR – Tvornika Kulture
10-01 Budapest, HU – A38
10-02 Krakow, PL – Klub Pickny Pies
10-04 Lodz, PL – Zak Festiwal
10-05 Warsaw, PL – Cafe Kulturalna
10-06 Vilnius, LT – XI20
10-07 Riga, LV – NABAKLAB
10-08 Helsinki, FI – Tavastia
10-12 Stockholm, SE – Fritzs Corner
10-13 Oslo, NO – John Dee
10-14 Stavanger, NO – Folken
10-15 Bergen, NO – Perfect Sounds Forever Festival
10-19 Quebec City, QC – Le Cercle
10-20 Laval, QC – Maison Des Arts
11-24 Madrid, SP – Primavera Club
11-25 Barcelona, SP – Primavera Club
11-26 Beirut, LB – Indie Sessions