The man is back! Jack White has been hinting at a new solo release pretty much since 2012's Blunderbuss hit shelves. And now he's shared a snippet from his upcoming LP, titled Lazaretto, which hits stores and online markets on June 10. It's an all-instrumental track (sorry for those who like when White's wailin' vocals recall Robert Plant), but it's a good indicator of what the album will sound like: pure magic. You can hear that below.
Jack White - “High Ball Stepper”
For those of you who miss “Breaking Bad” so much that streaming the entire series on Netflix isn't cutting it … well, now you can purchase the show's score. The double LP, titled Breaking Bad (Original Score From the Television Series), is scheduled to be released on April 29. That's right around the corner, y'all. Soon, after listening to the album, you'll relive Walter White's drug-enterprising endeavors and feel the emotional decline of Jesse Pinkman as the show's tunes provide some lovely soundscapes. Or sinister ones, depending on which track you hear. Read more about that over at Billboard.
Here's another exciting thing on the horizon: The mid-’90s lineup of Hole is reuniting. Yup, you read right. According to Courtney Love, she and Eric Erlandson, Patty Schemel and Melissa Auf Der Maur have been rehearsing some new material. If we're lucky, it will have the same ferocity, fragility and angst that made Live Through This such a gem. You can read more about that at the Quietus, and have a listen to LTT album cut “Violet” below.
Hole - “Violet”
I'm gonna say this … and I'll take whatever flack I get. It's called honesty. But … wow, this is hard … okay … just say it, Mark. Okay … I've always preferred The Jackson 5 to Michael Jackson's solo work. Any and everyone I've told this to throughout the years has basically deemed such a proclamation sacrilegious. I can't help how I feel. But MJ fans will be excited to know a new record of unreleased material (XSCAPE) is slated to come out May 13. Read more about that over at Pitchfork.
It's no secret that Janelle Monáe is a big David Bowie fan because … well … she’s said so several times. But now the funky fresh artist has decided to do Bowie a solid by covering “Heroes.” You don't need me to talk about it. You can hear it below.
My knowledge of Elliott Smith is rudimentary at best. And before you commence to gasping, I'll clarify by stating that most of what I've heard has been through hearing his music in films (like Good Will Hunting and The Royal Tenenbaums). Granted, that makes sense for me. I'm a very cinematic-minded person; it matters to me how music is used to shape a scene and capture a moment. While we're on the topic of film, a new documentary about Smith titled Heaven Adores You will premiere at the San Francisco Film Festival on May 5, and that film will include “unheard songs, personal pictures and lost footage.” So keep an eye (or both eyes) open for that.
My first foray into the world of Swedish duo First Aid Kit was watching a video of them covering Patti Smith's “Dancing Barefoot,” with Smith reduced to tears of gratitude in the audience. It was magical. Now the group is getting ready to release a third LP titled Stay Gold. That record comes out June 10, and you can hear some of what it has to offer by listening to the track “My Silver Lining” below.
Late spoken-word performer and musician Gil Scott-Heron's unreleased recordings are going to see the light of day … or be listened to by people. Apparently he'd recorded some of his older songs during sessions for his 2010 album I'm New Here, but those recordings were shelved. Now, for Record Store Day, a posthumous release, Nothing New, is slated for April 19. Read more about the record over at Rolling Stone.
I don't know much about Stagnant Pools. Nothing, in fact, other than they're a sibling duo that makes noise-inflected rock music, and they're coming out with their second LP Geist. I clicked the link to listen to their new song after reading comparisons to Joy Division and The Jesus and Mary Chain. After listening to their new track from the forthcoming album (which hits stores on June 10), I think I need to pay some attention to their first record Temporary Room. Listen to their track “Intentions” below.
This one may seem to come out of left field, but there's context … at least for me. Country star Martina McBride's new record of pop and R&B covers, Everlasting, comes out next week. And for the hipsters, no … there's no irony here. I grew up in South Texas where '90s country was a staple. Hell, McBride's “Independence Day” was one of my favorite songs growing up. Now that that's out of the way … McBride is streaming her album in its entirety over at Billboard. Head that way to get a first glimpse.
We got another leak, people. Some time back, self-proclaimed “gangsta Nancy Sinatra” Lana Del Rey announced she's releasing a new album (Ultraviolence) later this year. And now a track has appeared online, though there's no clarification about whether the track is from the upcoming record or not. Your guess is as good as mine, and you can listen to that below.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This video has since been removed. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Winning photo by UNM art education graduate student Junfu Han
An older Latina woman stands clutching a telephone pole painted with colors of the American flag in a border town of the Southwestern United States. She’s expressionless except for a squinting of her dark eyes during the midday sun. Her gaze is slightly off camera and a silver cross is half hidden under her blouse. Her left wrist is bandaged, yet she doesn’t seem broken. Rather, she's solid and stoic with an unassuming strength. The author of this photograph is Junfu Han, a UNM Art Education graduate student and the winner of the 1st Annual International Education Week photo contest.
During the week of Nov. 11, UNM’s Global Education Office hosted International Education Week, and unlike previous years, this year’s event included the photo contest. The week focuses on the benefits of studying abroad and celebrates the diversity of UNM students. Photographers entered the contest, whose theme was “International Experiences,” with portraits, landscapes, architecture, street photography, abstract or experimental pictures. Han’s striking composition of the Latina woman in the Chihuahuita community in El Paso, TX was declared the winner with its portrayal of American mythos and Mexican experiences on the border.
I'm sure a lot of people were sad when Rilo Kiley called it quits. Personally, I could care less. I've always liked Jenny Lewis' solo work much more. But, in keeping with their faithful fans, the band released a compilation of rarities and b-sides, titled RKives. Now they've shared a video for the track “Emotional” off said record. You can watch that below.
Roger Waters, the former bassist and singer of Pink Floyd, has announced that he's got a new album of “rock material” in the works. It's always hit-or-miss when aging rockers try to maintain a certain edge in this “shock-less” culture, but who knows? Maybe he's still got it.
Still reeling from Lou Reed's death, musicians and fans have come out and shared their condolences, goodbye thoughts and whatnot. Now Morrissey has announced that his live cover of Reed's “Satellite of Love,” which was recorded a couple years ago, will be released as a single on Dec. 2 (Dec. 3 digitally), which is the same day his autobiography comes out. Go figure.
Morrissey - “Satellite of Love”
I never really cared for Phoenix (and still don't). Their brand of electro-pop-rock just never sat with me. It just never seemed to bring anything new to the table. But that's just me. However, I love frontman Thomas Mars' wife, Sofia Coppola. Yes, I'm a huuuuge fan of her movies, so naturally I was excited to read that she directed Phoenix' new video for their track “Chloroform.” You can head to MoMa's PopRally to view the video.
We shared a while back that Shearwater was releasing an album of covers, featuring tracks originally penned by the likes of St. Vincent, Xiu Xiu, Coldplay and more. Now they've made a video for their Xiu Xiu cover (“I Luv the Valley OH!”) available for viewing. You can check that out below, and don't forget to look for the album (Fellow Travelers) on Nov. 26.
Shearwater - “I Luv the Valley, OH!”
Willis Earl Beal released the so-so Nobody knows. earlier this year, and while the album wasn't epic, it had some great moments. NowStereogum reports that Beal shared two new songs on Youtube, though it's unclear when they were recorded or what was intended for them. But you can head over to their site to hear the tracks, titled “Babble On.” and “Coriander Tree Life.”
Regardless of Lily Allen's pop leanings, I always appreciate a musician with a sense of humor. Allen has sort of been MIA for the past couple years … but then again, motherhood'll do that to you. Now she's back with a new track/video titled “Hard Out Here.” In the track Allen talks about the injustice of sexism in the music industry and describes how hard it is “for a bitch.” And already it's generating a heap of criticism. You can watch the video below.
Lily Allen - “Hard Out Here”
Considering Jack White's repertoire and every magical note he's recorded, it's no wonder that a band of legendary musicians have come together to record a series of covers of White's creative catalog. The collection of covers is set to come out on Nov. 19 and is titled Rockin' Legends Pay Tribute to Jack White. It features the likes of Wanda Jackson, Bobby Vee, Rosie Flores and more. You can hear Wanda Jackson's cover of “In the Cold, Cold Night” (originally performed by The White Stripes) here. And you can get more details about the release via Rolling Stone.
A couple weeks ago, we shared Norah Jones and Billie Joe Armstrong's cover of “Long Time Gone,” originally by the Everly Brothers. The track comes off their forthcoming covers record (Foreverly). Now they've made another track available, titled “Silver Haired Daddy of Mine,” which … you guessed it … is another Everly Brothers cover. The album itself hits stores and online markets on Nov. 25, and in the words of Wayne Campbell, “I think I'm gonna buy it.”
Just because “Breaking Bad” is over doesn't mean that the people who inhabited the controversial and edgy world it created have withered into dust. Actor RJ Mitte, who played Walt Jr. on the show, has expressed an interest in starting a music career. While attending MTV's European Music Awards, he said he's in the process of learning guitar and piano and hopes to break into the music industry. You can read more at NME.
An abortion protester named Rives Grogan was arrested yesterday for shouting at people near Zimmerman Library about religion and abortion. He's being charged with disorderly conduct and public nuisance. And that's not counting his Veterans Day stunt.
Breaking Bad isn't the only thing made in Albuquerque, it just seems that way right now
Gotta love the deadpan vocals combined with the weirdly merry sounds of a melodica. Albuquerque's top living-room pop act, the blurts, recently provided the musical entertainment for the Walter White funeral reception at Vernon's Hidden Steakhouse. If you couldn't afford the steep ticket price for that event, you can catch them at Blackbird Buvette this Saturday where they will be participating in The Music Lab, a monthly event featuring quick performances by a bunch of local bands. Check out the blurts' other fine recordings on ReverbNation.
Now that “Breaking Bad” is over, fans are going to miss Jesse Pinkman saying “bitch” all the time. But now they can rest easy by listening to the track “Dance Bitch,” which features Aaron Paul. The track was recorded and produced by Zen Freeman and Tom Neville.
YouTube is coming out with its own music awards show … and Jason Schwartzman is hosting. This should be interesting.
People will now say, “It was the 3rd of December.” And what will that be in reference to? The reissue of The Velvet Underground's White Light/White Heat, of course. Sure, most people think of The Velvet Underground and Nico when they think of these guys, and they tend to overlook their second (and some would say revolutionary) album. The reissue comes with three discs of remastered versions of the songs and much more.
The Velvet Underground - “White Light/White Heat”
I never cared for Fall Out Boy. Their brand of pop-rock just never sat well with me, so it was easy to blow them off as derivative poster children for the uncreative b-team. But now, they're releasing a surprise album (surprise as in it comes out Oct. 15, which is pretty short notice). The album was produced by Ryan Adams and sees the band going towards a more hardcore punk style. And it's not as bad as I thought.
Fall Out Boy - “Love, Sex, Death”
The Sabbath has returned … Black Sabbath that is. They came out with an album earlier this year, titled 13, and after touring said release, they decided to come out with a concert DVD. Black Sabbath: Live...Gathered in Their Masses hits stores and online markets on Nov. 26th. You can get more details at Consequence of Sound.
'Member the Dead Weather? That band that had Jack White, Alison Mosshart (of The Kills), Dean Fertita (of Queens of the Stone Age) and Jack Lawrence (of The Raconteurs)? Well, they've shared a snazzy sample of an upcoming track titled “Open Up (That's Enough).” And you can hear a preview of that little ditty below.
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper's Ripely Pine was one of my favorite releases this year. It had a clever mix of folk and rock that is cute, yet punishing all at the same time. You shouldn't take my word for it, you should go buy it or stream it or download it or what-have-you. But Aly Spaltro (her real name) has recorded a mini documentary detailing her return to Maine (where she's from) to play a show following the album's release. You can check it out over at Consequence of Sound.
It makes me angry that you have to be an active Facebook user to enter a contest. But oh well. Since Paul Simon turns 72 this month, Legacy Recordings has decided to commemorate that special year by releasing The Complete Album Collection. You heard right. That's 12 studio albums, 2 live albums and so much more. This ginormous release comes out on Oct. 15, and you can go to Stereogumfor info on how to win this awesome package.
Paul Simon - “Kodachrome”
David Bowie released his first album in a decade earlier this year, titled The Next Day. Now Bowie's decided to expand on said release by … well, expanding the release itself. By this, I mean that Bowie's coming out with an extended version (The Next Day Extra), which is scheduled to hit the globe on Nov. 5. So, keep an ear out for that 3-disc nugget.
David Bowie - “Where Are We Now?”
Think what you want about Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros … sure they're hippy hipsters with an affinity for whimsical, heartfelt music, but these band of cool fools know how to lay it down when it matters (see Here). Now they've turned their harmonious energy toward covering The Beatles' “I Saw Her Standing There” for a new album, titled Beatles Reimagined—an album of Beatles covers by modern musicians. That record hit stores this past week, so get to shopping.
I love The Doors. Hell, I even have Jim Morrison tattooed on my left forearm. But that's neither here nor there. I bring them up because the band's remaining members have decided to release a video, titled R-Evolution, on Dec. 3, which contains early concert and TV footage with the band and much more. You can read more about it atRolling Stone.