Guitarist and producer M. Ward, otherwise known as the mild-mannered Matthew Stephen Ward, might be more famous for being the second half of the glittery indie duo She & Him—the “She” being Zooey Deschanel. However, M. Ward deserves high praise for his songwriting talent....more
Sparks’s Russell Mael spoke with LA Record about teaming up with Franz Ferdinand for the project FFS, collaboration, and what it’s like to find yourself on highway billboards after a career spent inventing what it means to “troll pop culture”:
Creatively, Sparks and what we’re doing-what we have been doing up until this album-we really feel we’ve done special stuff and special music that is not attempting to work within the system, and we’re proud of that.
The Mantles have been a significant fixture in San Francisco’s music since 2007, and their recent release, All Odds End out on the Bay’s Slumberland Records, is their third full length album in the last six years. A great example of the way that the moniker “garage” doesn’t do justice to the music coming out of San Francisco, The Mantles deliver wonderfully controlled jangly pop, perhaps even better than ever on the new record....more
One of the most enduring individual legacies from the Jazz Age is that of the towering figure of Louis Armstrong. The super-influential artist grew up in New Orleans’s Storyville district during a time of artistic upheaval. His exposure to the musical melting pot of New Orleans left an indelible impression on him....more
In a continued bid to reissue all things that are amazing and that record collectors covet, Captured Tracks is releasing a combined LP and EP/Singles collection by the great post-punk band The Wake. The album in question is Here Comes Everybody (1985) and the EPs and Singles included are Talk About the Past (1984), Of The Matter (1985), and Something That No One Else Can Bring (1987)....more
President Barack Obama appeared at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at San Francisco’s Warfield Theater this weekend, and took the opportunity to give Kanye West, who was performing later in the night, some advice for his potential 2020 campaign. Read what the President counseled after the jump, and watch a video of the President speaking and Kanye’s performance via Consequence of Sound....more
In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Rihanna talks about her career up to this moment, going into depth about the ways in which she has seen worldwide success, public shaming, and private tragedy. She also begs the question of why so many were outraged in the moment of the Internet fallout regarding Dolezal’s ethnic heritage:
I think she was a bit of a hero, because she kind of flipped on society a little bit.
Creation Records compiled live performances from the label’s artists from 1987–1992: an hour plus of My Bloody Valentine, Primal Scream, Ride, The Telescopes, Teenage Fanclub, Felt, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Slowdive, and more. See the full tracklist on the label’s site and stream the album after the jump....more
In a recent article about Ms. Lauryn Hill’s career, the artist’s producer Phil Nicolo told The Fader that he’s been working with her in the studio toward the completion of a long-awaited new album. Read the full article here, along with the Nicolo’s hints that the album seems to be harkening back to the sound of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill....more
Former R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck has announced a new solo record, Warzone Earth, coming out exclusively on vinyl this October 16th from Little Axe Records. Buck announced Warzone Earth on the official R.E.M. website, calling it “the best solo album I have made.” According to Stereogum, the cover art will be designed by folk art legend Mingering Mike, and will feature Scott McCaughey, Bill Rieflin, Kurt Bloch, Chris Slusarenko, Krist Novoselic, Jeff Tweedy, Annalisa Tornfelt, Chloe Johnson, and Kristin Tornfelt....more
Kendrick Lamar is collaborating with a symphony orchestra for the first time in preparation for his October 20th performance at The Kennedy Center, according to the Washington Post. The performance will feature songs off of the rapper’s sophomore record, To Pimp a Butterfly, and will be a one-off show—meaning tickets will go quick....more
The Syrian-born musician has issued a statement committing himself to helping those fleeing the current crisis in the country, dedicating all of his shows in the immediate future to the cause of the refugees’ safe travels:
Began in March 2013 at SXSW with a little help from many friends, all future Omar Souleyman shows dedicate to help Syrian people fleeing to a better life elsewhere.
The Seattle-based label has been putting out some incredible punk records lately, most recently the much-anticipated Positive Energy LP from East Berlin’s Diät.
Founded by the band Iron Lung, which has been playing and making records in the West Coast hardcore punk scene since 1999, Iron Lung Records is true to its catchphrase: “We Know What We Like and What We Don’t Like.” In the spirit of that kind of dignified cut-the-bullshit attitude, the label has put out a list of bands that, simply in that way that is incredibly difficult to achieve, make great punk music....more