V.23 No.2 | 1/9/2014
Rooster Roundabout: This week’s music highlights
By Mark Lopez [ Fri Jan 10 2014 4:00 PM ]
Writer Mark Lopez pays tribute to Phil Everly and talks about OutKast’s reunion, the new Springsteen album and more.
V.22 No.45 | 11/7/2013
By Mark Lopez [ Fri Nov 8 2013 2:32 PM ]
Faden Away.” We shared the track a couple weeks ago, but now this old-school throwback visual should further cement it into your subconscious. Cause why not?
After releasing The Big Dream earlier this year, David Lynch has decided to release a 12” LP for a song titled “Bad the John Boy.” According to the avant-director and sometimes musician, the track was recorded during the Big Dream sessions but was never intended for the album. Looks like Lynch had other plans. The single hits stores and online markets on Nov. 12.
The Killers have always been hit-or-miss with me. Sam's Town had some great tracks, but I pretty much boycotted everything they've done after that album. Now the band is coming out with a compilation of their hits (titled Direct Hits). The release will also have two new songs, one of which is “Just Another Girl,” which recently became available online. You can hear that below.
Girl power! Apparently, due to complaints of a lack of women at music festivals, HARD Events co-founder Gary Richards has decided to curate an all-female electronic music festival for 2014. It may not be as big as Coachella or Austin City Limits, but given time, this could be a huge and extraordinary thing. So keep an eye out for that in the new year.
Am I the only one that ever wondered what happened to Busta Rhymes. It's not like he withered into the wasteland of one-hit wanderers, but more that he hasn't had a hit in some time, or at least one that I can name off the top of my head. But now Busta has released a new track from his forthcoming album (E.L.E. 2), and I think I smell a hit. The track, “Thank You,” also features Q-Tip.
The entire world was saddened by the death of Lou Reed. And fans were somewhat a little territorial or at least flabbergasted at the fact that his album sales and digital downloads sky-rocketed. It's not really a surprise when you think about it. But now, Laurie Anderson, Reed's widow, has shared a touching and heartfelt goodbye to Reed, which you can read at Rolling Stone. You can also read Patti Smith's elegiac remembrance of a generation's most prized poet in the New Yorker.
Ty Segall's album Sleeper, which was released earlier this year, had more of a folk bent rather than the garage antics that had permeated his earlier releases (and probably his future releases). But that didn't stop music critics from fawning over his slight change of sound. Now Segall has shared a video for album track “The Man Man,” which you can see below.
Granted I like older punk music (no name-dropping here), but Black Flag was one of those bands that just swooped by me. It wasn't an intentional detour away from their particular sound, but more like I just fell asleep when their set came on. But now the band has released its first album (with original member Greg Ginn) in 28 years, titled What The..., and it's streaming online for those who are too excited to get in the car and go buy it.
Again, you gotta love NPR's “First Listen” for the albums they choose to give advanced listens to. Now they've shared the soundtrack to the Coen brothers’ upcoming flick Inside Llewin Davis. You can head to their website to hear the soundtrack, which features Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, Marcus Mumford, Oscar Isaac and more. Or grab a physical copy on Nov. 11. Or you can get it now on vinyl for a mere $5.98.
V.21 No.17 | 4/26/2012
The Daily Word in secretive Saints, mobs of moths and dead dolphins
By Adam Fox [ Tue Apr 24 2012 10:29 AM ]
Big Brother is watching you; Spy planes are revealed to be launched from 63 drone sites in 20 U.S. states.
A report says Mickey Loomis—the General Manager of the New Orleans Saints— bugged opposing coaches’ boxes for three years.
California voters will be able to vote in November to get rid of the death penalty.
North Korea’s preparations to test a nuclear weapon are almost complete.
The Feds say Social Security is going to be completely dried up by 2033.
Nukes? Spies? All of these must be signs of the Mothpocalypse.
One of those signs, however, will not be a boom—followed by a plume of smoke—at Sandia National Laboratories.
Gotye thinks “Glee” botched his song “Somebody That I Used to Know.” I always thought “Somebody That I Used to Know” botched The Police.
Hundreds of dead dolphins have washed up on the shores of Peru, and no one really knows why.
Urban Outfitters under heavy fire (again) for this $100 “Star of David” t-shirt.
A creepy vintage magazine for watching girls, with articles on “stalking” and “capturing.”
15 great reasons why I didn’t care to make the trek to Coachella this year.
V.20 No.15 | 4/14/2011
The Joy Formidable
Here comes happiness
By Summer Olsson
The Joy Formidable transforms the Welsh landscape into sonic form with fuzzy guitar riffs layered over fast, heavy drum lines, with synth melodies and Ritzy Bryan’s vocals soaring over the chaos. The Joy Formidable’s U.S. tour includes a stop in New Mexico after swinging by Coachella—bringing aural Wales to the Launchpad on Wednesday, April 20.
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