In an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert promoting his new book, Born to Run, the Boss listed his favorite songs by the Boss. Also, he explained why he puts the E Street Band through four-hour long marathon shows, and the chafing that comes with them, saying: “I’m here to take you out of time… I’m here to alter time and space and play with it myself and help you move in and out of things on any given evening.” Watch the Boss open up to Stephen Colbert after the jump....more
Yo La Tengo is releasing another series of totally destroyed versions of covers from their annual performances at WFMU’s fundraiser. The compilation, Murder in the Second Degree, is a follow-up to the band’s 2006 release Yo La Tengo Is Murdering the Classics, and like its predecessor the liner notes are vague, replaced by a promise that “there are endless ways to ruin a song”:
For the last 20 years (and counting), Yo La Tengo, accompanied by cub reporter Bruce Bennett, have performed live on WFMU during their fundraising Marathon, and in return for listeners’ pledges of support, we have attempted to play their requests, with no prior knowledge of what those requests will be, and without utilizing any of the many web sites that provide lyrics and chords.
Michel’le’s upcoming biopic Surviving Compton creates a dialogue with the story told by Straight Outta Compton, which notably failed to portray the roles of the women who helped grow N.W.A. and Ruthless Records. When asked why she believes her story was omitted from the Straight Outta Compton narrative, Michel’le indicated she felt no surprise: “Why would Dre put me in it… If they start from where they start from, I was just a quiet girlfriend who got beat up and told to sit down and shut up.”
Surviving Compton deals heavily with the abusive relationship between Dr....more
Radiohead is no stranger to anxiety. A tense tone—like a taut cord reverberating—runs through the high-energy opener “Burn the Witch,” from their latest record, A Moon Shaped Pool. Thom Yorke’s delicate wail floats over the brazen guitar and strings as the tempo speeds up and the anxiety mounts....more
Mangy Love, Cass McCombs’s latest, is one of those records where an artist makes the most compelling argument for their sound and content possible. During his career, McCombs has eschewed interviews and the kind of lifestyle-sensationalizing journalism that usually surrounds music coverage....more
Jimmy Fallon might not have challenged Trump much during the presidential nominee’s recent appearance on The Tonight Show, but the Roots got in a pretty great dig of their own as the man in the famous toupé crossed the stage....more
Otis Redding’s 1966 performances at the Whisky A Go Go marked the first soul act on the famous LA stage and a purposeful attempt to widen his audience. They also produced some incredible live recordings that are finally being released this October via Stax Records, on the six-volume Live at the Whisky A Go Go: The Complete Recordings....more
S U R V I V E, the group behind the perfectly creepy electronic score to Stranger Thing’s nostalgic horror trip, has often credited their work with a heavy influence from synth greats Tangerine Dream: “a lot of times I’ll just get stuff if it’s got a Goblin or a Tangerine Dream score and just see what it sounds like,” the band has said....more
On the 20th anniversary of Tupac Shakur’s recorded death, the music community is still asking the question: did that really happen? At Consequence of Sound, Alex Young makes the case for Shakur’s survival (and second life in Cuba).
Whatever you believe, Morgan Creek Productions commemorated the day by releasing a new trailer for the long-awaited biopic on the rapper’s life, All Eyez on Me, directed by Benny Bloom—watch the clip after the jump....more
The Reverend Al Green’s fifth album, I’m Still In Love With You, appears at the top of many critics’ rankings, including that of the Village Voice‘s longtime writer, Robert Christgau. And for good reason. The second track of this mesmerizing record is the silky smooth, organ-punctuated “I’m Glad You’re Mine.” Green’s drummer, Al Jackson, Jr.—who built his reputation for rhythm as a session musician at Stax Records—holds down a beautifully laconic, almost lazy backbeat, and a rolling Hammond organ helps to show why the song deserves to be known as a staple in the soul canon....more
We were excited about Teenage Fanclub’s upcoming tenth album back when it was just a fact on a calendar, and now the reality is, thankfully, really beautiful. Here is being called “their warmest and subtlest effort to date,” and showcases a familiar pop sensibility for the band’s first effort in six years....more
As a prelude to the upcoming third season, the utterly perfect soundtrack to the original Twin Peaks has been remastered and is now out on vinyl from Death Waltz Recordings. The reissue features liner notes by Angelo Badalamenti, the composer who helped create David Lynch’s iconic eerie smiling moodscape....more
Billy Corgan has really been stirring the pot of Smashing Pumpkins reunion rumors, to the great emotional distress of 90s nostalgists everywhere. A recent video showcased an especially blatant tease:
Well last time I said anything about SP news, it turned into a big story about how the band was reuniting, so I guess I’ll just let people read my facial ticks.
He might not be ending US intervention in the Middle East, but he’s organizing a music festival at the White House: President Obama is impressing many with his decision to work with the organizers of SXSW to put together a similar event on the White House grounds, which will be called South by South Lawn....more
In the pocket. It’s the only way to describe the slithery pulse of the bass and rhythm section in D’Angelo’s slow ballad “One Mo’ Gin,” off his explosive soul album from 2000, Voodoo. D’Angelo—otherwise known as the mild-mannered Michael Eugene Archer—keens with loneliness and nostalgia on “One Mo’ Gin,” layering his buttery falsetto over the heavy groove laid down by Welsh bassist Pino Palladino and drummer extraordinaire, Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson....more
James Hoare (of Veronica Falls) and Jack Cooper (of Mazes) are releasing their third LP under the name Ultimate Painting on September 30 on Trouble in Mind Records. Dusk is an “autumnal opus…[of] gentle pop hum,” meaning it sounds a lot like Velvet Underground in a good way and that’s fine by us....more
Word is Kevin Shields has been busy remastering My Bloody Valentine’s back catalog, and that the work will be available on vinyl soon via the band’s longstanding label, Creation Records. The releases will include Isn’t Anything (1998) and Loveless (1991)....more
Although the performance was over a month ago, a gorgeous video of FKA twigs’s set at the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago was recently released online. The artist has not performed much beyond the festival circuit this summer, meaning if you, like us, tend to avoid large crowds, this video is worth a watch....more
In 2004, the indie group known as Beach House considered calling itself “Wisteria.” But once they “stopped trying,” according to guitarist Alex Scally, their ultimate name choice floated to the top, and “it was perfect.” Scally’s ability to let go and embrace the moment is a vital piece of the dreamy, atmospheric pop that he creates with vocalist and sole bandmate, Victoria LaGrand....more
The Russian trio’s self-proclaimed “disturbing and depressive” apocalyptic electronic music has hit an incredible, eerie place with PHOENIXXX, one of their seven (!) releases from 2016. Members Lit Daw, Lit Eyne, and Lit Internet met via the web, beginning their collaboration over an encrypted messaging service to evade the censorship of the post-Soviet russian landscape that their music explores so masterfully....more