Album News

It’s incredible to think it’s been six years since we got new music from Vampire Weekend. The band that basically soundtracked my high school and college days has been largely absent in the latter part of this decade but have been teasing a new album since last year.

Today they finally announced that their new album is called Father Of The Bride and will be released sometime this Spring via Columbia Records. Along with the album title announcement came the release of two songs from the album: “Harmony Hall” and “2021,” the first taste of the 18-songs that await for fans on the new LP.

“Harmony Hall” is a song that feels like new ground for the band, a mix of some more jammy elements (and even some Fleetwood Mac) but there’s still plenty of that familiar Vampire Weekend sound there (with the song was written by Ezra Koenig and produced by Koenig and Ariel Rechtshaid, with additional production by former member Rostam Batmanglij and contributions from both Dave Longstreth of Dirty Projectors and Danielle Haim of Haim) – not to mention a reference to Modern Vampires of the City track “Finger Back.”.

It sounds readymade for listening late night at a major music festival. “2021” is a brief track (at 1 1/2 minutes – written by Koenig & Haruomi Hosono and produced by Rechtshaid & Ezra Koenig and featuring vocals from Jenny Lewis) that feels like a throwback to many generations of the band, invoking a ton of feelings of nostalgia along the way.

It’s clearly a new era of Vampire Weekend with literal changes to the band, as well as more symbolic ones, that paint this as a new part of their chapter as a band. One we’re excited to see unfold and dig our teeth into the rest of Father Of The Bride very soon.

Enjoy listens to both “Harmony Hall” and “2012” below.

“Harmony Hall”

“2021”:

Foals Announce New Album and Release Single “Exits”

By Will Oliver, January 21st 2019 — with 1 comment

Earlier today Foals announced that they’re back with not one but two new albums this year entitled Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1 & 2 (released via Warner Bros). Part 1 will be released on March 8th with Part 2 coming this Fall. This is the band’s first album in four years (What Went Down in 2015), their longest break between albums so far. It also is their first album without founding member and bassist Walter Gervers, who left the band last year.

So in many ways, this feels like a turning point in the band’s career, which had me very intrigued with what the new material would sound like. With a two-part album on the way, it’s clear this is going to be some of their biggest and most ambitious work to date.
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The day we have been waiting nearly half a decade has finally arrived. Arctic Monkeys have officially marked their long-awaited return with the announcement that their sixth album is entitled Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino and will be released on May 11, 2018, by who else but Domino Records.

The album, which was produced by both Arctic Monkeys regular James Ford as well as their very own Alex Turner, was recorded in Los Angeles, Paris and London. The album is 11-tracks long and features some already memorable song titles such as “The World’s First Ever Monster Truck Front Flip,” and “The Ultracheese,” the former which already has to be a frontrunner for song of the year. One these for sure: all the song titles could have only come out of the mind of Turner.

The band has also shared a quick but efficient 41-second teaser video for the album. It opens with ever-expanding strings before slowly revealing a sexy guitar groove that surely expands upon the sound that they had forged on AM.

Looks like we have to wait closer to the album’s release to hear our first glimpse of music but the fact that it’s only a month away makes the wait somewhat more bearable.

The album is available to preorder on Limited Silver Vinyl and the full tracklisting can be found posted below along with the album teaser.

Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino Tracklist:

1. Star Treatment
2. One Point Perspective
3. American Sports
4. Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
5. Golden Trunks
6. Four Out Of Five
7. The World’s First Ever Monster Truck Front Flip
8. Science Fiction
9. She Looks Like Fun
10. Batphone
11. The Ultracheese

We’ve had our eye on Forth Wanderers next move ever since we caught their great performance last year at Baby’s All Right. Today the Montclair, New Jersey band have announced that they have signed to Sub Pop, who will release the bands sophomore album (which is self-titled) on April 27 (preorder here).

The band also shared the first single “Not For Me,” a track that expands on their previous rock palate and offering even more fuzz and production that only gives their sound an even bigger feeling than ever before. These guys are making the sorta of rock songs that resemble some of the best stuff released in the 90s. While there’s an immediacy to their sound, there’s also something about their songs that benefit from a few extra listens to let it all sink in and truly appreciate.
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It’s been three years since Alvvays delighted us with their self-titled debut in 2014 (three years is a lifetime these days). We’ve been itching in anticipation of a new record from the Toronto rockers, and they’ve finally answered our prayers.

Their new album is entitled Antisocialites and will once again be released via Polyvinyl. The album is a brief 33-minutes over 10 tracks, and sees them “dive back into the deep-end of reckless romance and altered dates” and sees them renew “Scot-pop vows with a powerful new collection of manic emotional collage. When describing the album, frontwoman Molly Rankin said: “This record is a fantasy breakup arc and my life nearly imitated art.”
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Grizzly Bear have officially announced the release of their new album Painted Ruins, their fifth, which will be released on August 18 via RCA Records, their first for the label.

In addition to the album announcement, the band has released a brand new track from the album entitled “Mourning Sound,” following “Three Rings,” the first song released from the album.

While “Three Rings” was more of an Ed Droste track, “Mourning Sound” feels like a more shared, collaborative effort being the band, although kicked off by Ed, Daniel Rossen’s vocals are welcomed in a big way during the chorus of “we walk with the mourning sound.” It’s another pretty track from the group, who sure are back in a big, big way.

Stream “Mourning Sound” below, and check out their newly announced two dates, which include two shows at Brooklyn Steel.
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It’s pretty hard to believe that it’s been four years since The National released Trouble Will Find Me. Fans have been patiently awaiting a new album, with the wait made a bit easier with the bands other projects, including El Vy, LNZNDRF, and the countless work of the Dessner twins. All signs have been pointing towards a new album this year, and the band have been slowly dropping hints about the new record, which was finally announced today.
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Iggy Pop and Josh Homme

All the worlds are starting to collide. Rock icon Iggy Pop and Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme have announced that they’ve recorded an album together, and it features some contributions from Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders as well, making the already great deal that much sweeter. The album is called Post Pop Depression and will be released in March via Loma Vista Recordings.

The New York Times’Jon Pareles provided an in-depth feature about the project, giving us some great insight into how it all came together. It features nine tracks that were recorded “in brief bursts” at Homme’s two studios, with one week at his studio in Joshua Tree, and the other at Pink Duck. They collaborated under the condition that neither one bring in completed songs, only ideas. Along with Helders on drums, the only other addition to the studio recordings was Dean Fertitia also of Queens Of The Stone Age, as well as The Dead Weather.

The live band will feature Troy Van Leeuwen (also of Queens Of The Stone Age) and Matt Sweeney of Chavez, along with Helders and Fertita. The shows will be intimate and hard to get into, with Homme saying “There won’t be hardly any shows, and they won’t be in big places, and you won’t be able to get a ticket. So almost everyone won’t see it. It will be like trying to catch smoke in your hands. And that makes it even better. It will be special, and it will be over in the blink of an eye.

Today the group released first single from the album, “Gardenia,” a track that may or may not have been chosen to be premiered first because of its very David Bowie sound. Iggy Pop sounds great, given an extra bit of punch with Homme by his side, and Helders behind the kit.

Below find the official stream of “Gardenia” posted below, along with their performance of it on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night, which marked their official live debut. Can we just note how amazing it is to see Helders behind the kit with Iggy Pop and Homme?

“Gardenia”:

“Gardenia” live on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert:

The Last Shadow Puppets

A few weeks ago we finally got new music from The Last Shadow Puppets in the form of single “Bad Habits,” but we were still awaiting official word about a new full-length album, rather impatient after a long eight year wait.

Well tonight our prayers have been answered, as the duo of Alex Turner and Miles Kane have announced that their new album is called Everything You’ve Come To Expect, and will be released on April 1 (not a joke!) via Domino Records. 2016 is shaping up to be some year.

Everything You’ve Come To Expect was recorded last summer at Rick Rubin’s Shangri-La studios in Malibu, California, a studio with plenty of history, with previous owners included Bob Dylan and The Band. In addition to the duel threat of Alex Turner and Miles Kane, the album once again featured James Ford (Arctic Monkeys producer and member of Simian Mobile Disco) on drums, Owen Pallet (a frequent contributor of Arcade Fire) handling the string section, as well as the new addition of Zach Dawes (of Mini Mansions) on bass.

According to NME, Turner said that the long wait between albums was because they intended to release a trilogy and “wanted to write the second and third parts before we released the second.” In terms of the sound of the album, Turner suggested a change (not a surprise with the change of direction found on “Bad Habits). He noted how the last album ended up being “just one thing,” along with their fandom of Scott Walker causing the album to have been perceived to be a homage to that sound. He hints a change with the new album, saying “this one, in my head, doesn’t wear its influences on its sleeve as much as the first one did. We were definitely listening to a bit of Isaac Hayes this time, but it was less of a big deal.”

The album is now available to pre-order, with special edition vinyl and CD packages available on a limited first run pressing. The packages include goodies like photo booklets and special 7″ vinyls (one of which is a 7″ of “Bad Habits”, with an exclusive b-side, “The Bourne Identity”), so don’t sleep on this. Once they’re gone they’re gone for good.

You can find the entire 12-song tracklisting posted below, along with the video for “Bad Habits”:

Everything You’ve Come To Expect:

1. Aviation
2. Miracle Aligner
3. Dracula Teeth
4. Everything You’ve Come To Expect
5. The Element Of Surprise
6. Bad Habits
7. Sweet Dreams, TN
8. Used To Be My Girl
9. She Does The Woods
10. Pattern
11. The Dream Synopsis

[new]: Day Wave – “Gone”

By Will Oliver, January 18th 2016

Day Wave

Jackson Phillips and Day Wave had a great 2015, and the look to keep the momentum going strong with a new EP titled Hard To Read coming out March 4 via Grand Jury Music. It will be packaged along with last year’s Headcase EP to form a great 1-2 combination almost serving as a showcase for their eventual proper full-length.

Based on new single and EP track “Gone,” Phillips is continuing his winning ways. “Gone” taps into some well needed feelings of summer-inspired melancholy and nostalgia. He hasn’t released a full-length album yet, but he already has developed a signature sound that is instantly recognizable as his own.

Enjoy a stream of “Gone” below.



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