We're two weeks out from Bob Dylan's 35th studio album, Tempest, which is being released 50 years after he released his self-titled debut on Columbia Records and we now have the first single and video, "Duquesne Whistle." We mentioned a promo clip featuring the song "Early Roman Kings" but "Duquesne" is the first track legally available for purchase and download at iTunes and Amazon and we now have a video directed by Nash Edgerton specifically for the song. I had a conversation on Twitter about "Duquesne" this morning and my counterpart was a little less impressed with this song than
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"Duquesne Whistle" is the first single from Dylan's 35th studio album, due in September...
Mexo-Americana favorites the David Wax Museum prepare for a new record, due out September 4th.
Mexo-Americana darlings The David Wax Museum are back - and preparing for the release of their new record Knock Knock Get Up, which is being released on September 4th. In celebration of the new record, we are given some free Wax music, courtesy of the fine folks at Noisetrade. The free 5 song sampler features new tunes "Will You Be Sleeping" and "Vivian," as well as old favorites "Yes, Maria Yes," and "Born With a Broken Heart" - from the band's critically acclaimed 2011 record Everything is Saved. Get the free sampler here But the real fun of the
Richard Hawley Releases Single "Down In The Woods," Precursor To US Release of New LP 'Standing At The Sky's Edge'
New Hawley LP due in the US Aug. 28
British singer/songwriter Richard Hawley has wrapped work on his new studio album Standing At The Sky's Edge, due in stores August 28. The first single from the record is available digitally (along with a B-side) and you can stream it and check out its video here. The first single is called "Down In The Woods" and was released digitally yesterday with the B-side "Kindly Rain." Honor is due to my man, singer/songwriter (and occasional BlindedBySound reviewer) Aaron McMullan, for turning me on to the wonders of Mr. Hawley a couple years ago. I've been listening to the man's work since
The Athens quartet/trio calls it a day after 31 years...
Legendary American rock band R.E.M. announced today they have officially disbanded, bringing to a close an unlikely 31-year run that saw them rise to the unlikely height of being one of the biggest bands of their era. "To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band," they said in a statement released on their web site. "We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our
I was already in but this eight-minute teaser has completely hooked me on 'The X Factor'
What goes better with Sunday Football on FOX than Simon Cowell and The X Factor? Lots of things probably but last night FOX used the rapt football audience to their advantage and showed us an eight-minute sneak preview of the newest incarnation of The X Factor, set to debut September 21. I’ll give you a brief synopsis to catch you up if you're not familiar with this destined-to-be-behemoth of reality TV singing competitions. The X Factor is like a hybrid of American Idol and The Voice: it has no age limits, is a singing competition, and has celebrity judges in
Our three year break is over; back on your heads, everyone.
I regret to inform you that Nickelback is threatening us with a brand new album called Here And Now November 21 and they're coming at us double-barrel, simultaneously inflicting upon us two singles from the set. I know what you're thinking, and you're wrong. The album won't release until November but time is not on our side! Both of these singles are being rushed to radio and digital outlets this month. "When We Stand Together" and "Bottoms Up" get sent to radio Sept. 26 and are available digitally September 27. If I had to venture a guess, the first
The wait for American Idol Season 10 winner's debut is almost over!
Scotty McCreery's solo debut Clear As Day now has a release date and complete tracklisting, featuring 12 songs written by some of the hottest songwriters in Nashville's country music scene. It's hard to believe it's only been four months since young Scotty won the Season 10 American Idol crown but he has been busy in that brief time touring, recording, and giving his large fan base just enough to keep their appetites whetted. We've heard two of the album's 12 songs so far: “I Love You This Big”was his so-called coronation single after winning on AI and he followed
Band works with Rihanna on one track for Oct. 25th record...
Coldplay's Mylo Zyloto is one of 2011's most anticipated records and the band confirmed the full tracklisting for the 14-song album due in stores Oct. 25 while also releasing a second single from the upcoming set via digital retailers. In addition to the new tracklisting, Coldplay announced the release of a second single from the album, "Paradise" and also revealed that Rihanna provided vocal assistance to the track "Princess of China." It's not the first time Coldplay has worked with high-profile artists who might be considered outside the scope of the band's sound. Rapper Jay-Z contributed rhymes to a (terrible)
Mastodon has a new album with a full tracklisting, cover art, and new video and you can get it all here!
Mastodon have revealed the tracklisting and artwork for their upcoming album The Hunter, due in stores Sept. 27 and have also released a track from the album via YouTube called "Spectrelight." Before we get to "Spectrelight" and the rest of the tracklisting, let's take a moment to say we're going to miss days like this when digital inevitably dustbins the world of physical media in music, because there's no way a 300x300 pixel version of album art like this is going to be as cool as it would have been on a CD or, of course, fucking vinyl. This will
Nappy Roots Go All Out To Promote New Record...
Nappy Roots are going all out in efforts to promote their upcoming album Nappy Dot Org -- due Sept. 27 -- producing an eight-part online video feature about the making of the record and making their first single available to download free. Nappy Dot Org is the follow-up to Pursuit Of Nappiness (still a Top 10 favorite album title of all-time for me) and was produced by Organized Noize, who have crafted hits for Outkast, Goodie Mob, TLC, Envogue, Ludacris, Trey Songz, and Curtis Mayfield.The first single "Hey Love" is still available as a free download (see below) where you'll
Social music site fast becoming one of the best ways to waste time on the internet...
"The Internet is the best thing that has ever happened to music in the history of music," said Adam Duritz, lead singer of Counting Crows. "It's just not necessarily the best thing that's happened to record companies because they won't look at it the right way." There are so many ways to find new music! The problem is sifting through the different services and their limitations as well as the insurmountable amount of music waiting to be discovered. Traditional, terrestrial radio has largely become a vast, homogenized wasteland of rubbish and the video channels that flourished in the '80s and
A new album is announced in typical Tom Waits style.
Never to do anything in a conventional way. Never to be seen as average. Tom Waits, with typical flair announced yesterday that his new album, Bad as Me, will be relased on October 25. The anouncement was made on his website and Facebook page via a video that mocks the Internet's insatiable need to spread news, rumors and entire albums before they are released at lightning speed across the globe. The video is entitled "Private Listening Party" and it shows Waits listening to parts of the new album before talking to the camera irritated that his private party has gone
Adams is joined by Norah Jones and Benmont Tench...
Ryan Adams' latest retirement is over – again or still, I can't honestly remember which at this fucking point – and he's releasing a new album titled Ashes & Fire on October 11 through his own PAX-AM label. Who has retired more times: Ryan, Michael Jordan, or Brett Favre? We hear rumors Colts' owner Jim Irsay is in Brett's hometown with Peyton Manning's neck bothering him (my guess, it's a little too red and been stuck up his ass a little too long but that's just me and I can't see how Favre would improve matters any). I've clearly digressed. Ashes
Pre-order yours and receive it a month before it hits store shelves...
Fans can now pre-order Screaming Trees' final album directly from their label and get their copy a month before it reaches retail store shelves and online retailers. Sunyata Records is the label run by Barrett Martin, the once again former drummer of Screaming Trees, and he announced on Facebook CDs are being pressed at the factory in preparation for a full rollout. As we reported, Last Words:The Final Recordings was released August 2 as a digital-only release with a planned release on physical media planned for the fall. The CD should be available to order everywhere in October but those who pre-order
Talihina Sky, the Kings of Leon documentary, airs Sunday at 10pm
We reported last week that a new documentary about Kings of Leon was set to air on Showtime. We now have another sneak peek at the documentary and we are less than a week away from the premiere of Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon. The much anticipated documentary airs Sunday night at 10:00pm on Showtime. I think we’re all hoping the movie will shed a little light on just what led to the meltdown in Dallas and subsequent cancellation of KOL’s US tour. Aside from rumors of rehab for KOL frontman Caleb Followill, the band has stayed pretty
"Paradise" will be second single from upcoming record...
I'm a little slow in getting to this but we're very excited about the new Coldplay record Mylo Xyloto, due in stores in the US on October 25 (Oct. 24 in the UK). The band released the first single "Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall" last month and began playing the song live in festival appearances but kept mum on the new record until now. Even now, there are still many details yet to be announced. The only songs we know for sure will be on MX are "Teardrop" and the next single "Paradise," which will be released Sept. 12. We
McCreery's 'Clear As Day' drops Oct. 4, Alaina's 'Wildflower' drops Oct. 11
The wait is almost over, kids! Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina have announced release dates for their debut, full-length albums and they are a week apart. Have I mentioned these two seem to do everything in tandem? Scotty’s album is titled Clear As Day and will be out October 4, just shy of his 18th birthday. Lauren’s debut effort Wildflower will be out the following week, October 11. Scotty is working with mega-Producer Mark Bright, who has produced music for Carrie Underwood, Reba, and Rascal Flatts, just to name a few. Bright also produced Scotty’s post-Idol coronation single “I Love
"The memories are gray but man they're really coming back"
Jani Lane – former lead singer of the glam/hair metal band Warrant, is dead at 47 according to reports from TMZ. Wow, just wow. Apparently he was found in a Southern California Comfort Inn, cause not immediately known although I’m sure we’re all speculating the same thing or close to it. I'll leave the nasty gossip and speculation to others. Jani’s run-ins with the law, struggles with substance abuse, and a myriad of failures and disappointments along with a high profile-marriage have been documented well and often. I don’t want to rehash all that. I want to remember. To quote
Old school collection of blues standards due Sept. 20
Blues legend Duke Robillard has announced the full tracklisting for Low Down And Tore Up, his new album from Stony Plain Records due September 20. Low Down And Tore Up is an old school blues record featuring covers of, as the title suggests, some low down blues standards from the likes of Guitar Slim, Eddie Taylor, Pee Wee Crayton, John Lee Hooker, and Elmore James. Robillard said he first heard and learned some of these songs when he was as young as age 17 and he still feels their impact all these years later. The songs were cut live to
Bon Iver performs the second of two sold out shows at the 9:30 club
Bon Iver fans – we’ve got a treat for you. Our good friends at NPR have the second of two sold out performances the band did at the 9:30 club in DC. Available for both stream and download – this is a must listen for Justin Vernon fans. Bon Iver is on tour in support of the self-titled release, which I recently reviewed. I wasn't in love with the album but I'm still a huge fan and this concert is but one shining example of why that is. You can hear (or download) the show here: Bon Iver