Week 1 – Music News In Review

Wow…what a year 2011 was huh?  Looking back on it, it was actually pretty exciting.  Let’s briefly recap…we had endless amounts of memorable Late Night performances (the most shocking was Odd Futures TV debut on Fallon – remember that shit?!), Amy Winehouse died, Festivals seemed to be popping up in every city crevas imaginable (even festivals like Snowball that exist in the freezing Colorado cold), we had saw giant stages collapsing all over the world, we read a Radiohead newspaper, played with a  Bjork iPhone app and listened to a Jack White / Insane Clown Posse collaboration, we had major recording artists turn in protest singers at Occupy Movements, we got Spotify and Mog in everyones household, we cheered when we got refunds from ticketmaster and cried when we heard LCD Soundsystem, R.E.M. and The White Stripes were callin’ it quits.  All in all…it was a pretty fun year with a ton of memorable albums, songs and performances that all helped define the year 2011.  But all that garbage is history. We’re in 2012 now and we are already 1 week down!  I know a lot of people have been busy applying for gym memberships, quitting smoking and eating healthier and haven’t had time to pay attention to the music world.  Believe it or not…a couple of important and interesting things happened in Week 1.  Here’s a recap of some cool things that went down,

Woody Guthrie Tribute Album In The Works

Feat. Jay Ferrar, Yim Yames, Will Johnson & Anders Parker

The same as Mermaid Avenue, an album that featured Jeff Tweedy and Billy Bragg singing unheard Woody Guthrie songs,  in 2012 indie rockers Jay Ferrar (Sun Volt) Will Johnson (Centro-matic),Anders Parker (Vamaline) and Yim Yames (My Morning Jacket) are collaborating on New Multitudes (February 28th; Rounder), another Woody Guthrie tribute album of unheard songs that will be released on Woodies 100th birthday.

“I think as time rolls on, younger people might not know about Woody so I do think it’s important for every generation to carry the musical torch of discovery and keep passing it down. It’s amazing to think of some kid in the year 3037 being inspired by some Woody Guthrie song just because his favorite band at the time loved a version of that song by their favorite band done 50 years before that and so on and so forth, and that it lives forever.” – Yim Yames

New Multitudes track listing:

1. Hoping Machine
2. Fly High
3. My Revolutionary Mind
4. VD City
5. Old L.A.
6. Talking Empty Bed Blues
7. Chorine
8. Careless Reckless Love
9. Angel’s Blues
10. No Fear
11. Changing World
12. New Multitudes

Wilco & Mavis Staples & Nick Lowe

“The Weight”

As you may or may not know, Jeff Tweedy and Mavis Staples have teamed up before to record Mavis’s last album entitled You Are Not Alone, an album recorded in The Wilco Loft Also, Wilco, who are clearly big fans of Nick Lowe, recently did a cover of his tune “I Love My Label” which was also recorded in the Wilco Loft.  And just recently there has been some footage leaked of the 3 musicians rehearsing “The Weight” in the green room before a recent Chicago Illinois show.  Check out the footage below. Man…what I would pay to see this in person…

Grimes Signs With 4AD

4AD has a pretty amazing line up. If you’re un familiar with their current artists, check ’em out here.  Needless to say, when an artist signs to 4AD it means that something really really good is about to come.  Grimes, who has been teasing us with great songs over the last couple of months has recently decided to release her new record through the prestigious 4AD label.  Great News!  Check out her newest single entitled “Genesis” below.

Waylon Jennings Tribute Album: Vol II

More tribute albums! On February 7, Scatter Records/Average Joes Entertainment will release The Music Inside: A Collaboration Dedicated to Waylon Jennings, Volume II, the follow-up to last year’s hit record Volume I.

This is the 2nd of 3 volumes to feature all Waylon Jennings covers. On this record we’ll hear the voices of  Dierks Bentley, Hank Williams Jr., Jessi Colter, Montgomery Gentry, Jewel, Jack Ingram, Colt Ford, Josh Thompson, Justin Moore, Pat Green and Wyatt McCubbin.  Dierks Bentley will take on one of my all time favorites “Lonesome, On’ry & Mean”.  Hear the original below.

Lana Del Rey – “National Anthem” Leak

The song, titled ‘National Anthem’, surfaced on January 5th and is thought to be a demo of one of her album songs, rather than the finished version. Del Rey’s debut album Born To Die will be released in the UK on January 30 and in the US on January 31.  The song clearly has some Hip-Hop influence and sounds vastly different from “Video Games”, “Blue Jeans” and “Born To Die”, which gets me pretty excited for  debut album. If you wanna listen to “The National Anthem” just follow this link and scroll to the bottom of the page.

T. Bone Burnett To Produce Hunger Games OST

Civil Wars & Taylor Swift Team Up

If the excitement for the film adaptation for The Hunger Games,  the thrilling young adult novel written by Suzanne Collins, isn’t already high enough…It now seems like the soundtrack is going to be something worth noting as well.  T Bone Burnett will be producing the entire album that will feature all new songs from contemporary artists that will contain themes that figure into the movies storyline.  Arcade Fire, The Decemberist, The Civil Wars and Taylor Swift are already on board (the rest will be announced soon).  As far as the songs go, the only one we’ve heard so far is the haunting Taylor Swift and Civil Wars ballad “Safe & Sound”. Listen below.

Jerry Garcia Documentary Announced

Renowned music documentary filmmaker Malcolm Leo and veteran personal manager John Hartmann have secured an agreement to produce a feature length documentary on music icon Jerry Garcia.  The documentary was inspired by a never before seen 3 hour long interview of Jerry Garcia.  The film will include rare home movies, spectacular documentary footage and never before seen live performances.  The Grateful Dead have performed over 2,300 times together.

Frankie Rose (formerly of Vivian Girls) &

La Sera (Of Vivian Girls), New Singles

The last time we heard from Frankie Rose was back in 2010 with her self titled album that was backed by the band  The Outs.  Rose is set to have a new album out called Intersteller  due out late next February – check out her first single “Know Me” below.  As for La Sea, which is the solo project of Katy Goodman of Vivian Girls, will follow up her 2011 debut album with a new album, Sees The Lights, set to be released late next March.  Check out her first single below.

Frankie Rose – “Know Me”

La Sera – “Please Be My Third Eye”

Common – The Dreamer/The Believer

Ahhh…did any one else miss this late December release from Common?  I sure did!  Well apparently Common released 8th album called The Dreamer / The Believer that got released late last December.  I’ve only passed through it once…but it’s awesome.  It feels more aggressive, more fluent and more concise than his recent previous works – maybe this has something to do with that the whole album was produced solely by No I.D. Check out his first single “Ghetto Dreams” featuring Nas below, or check out the whole album here.

Tom Jones & Jack White To Cover Howlin’ Wolf


That’s right! Tom Jones and Jack White will soon collaborate together for the next single to be released as apart of Third Man Records’s “Blue Series” – the same project that brought Jack White and ICP and Stephen Colbert collaborations.  The Welsh singer has recorded a version of his 2002 track ‘Jezebel’ and a cover of Howlin’ Wolf’s ‘Evil’.  The 7” will be released later this year.  Check out the original “Jazelbel” below.

Van Halen Tour & New Album

To celebrate 40 years sense the original release from Van Halen, the boys are taking their show back on the road.  Van Halen has sold over 10 million albums and has had the most #1’s ever on the Mainstream Rock & Roll charts. The band, featuring David Lee Roth, Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, and Eddie’s son Wolfgang Van Halen, will be touring in support of a new studio album called “A Different Kind of Truth,” which will be released in the U.S. on Feb. 7 by Interscope Records.  Tour Dates here.

Coachella Confirms More Artists…

So far we have 5 artists confirmed to the Coachella line up via their website and they are Azaelia Banks, Jimmie Cliff, Breakbot, House De Racket and Araabmuzik.  It’s rumored that the official line up will be released on Tuesday.  Stay tuned.   In the meantime check out the video “Baby I’m Yours” by Breakbot below.

Bjork Schedules NYC Residency

Bjork plans to showcase her new album, Biophilia, and corresponding multi-media project with residences in eight different cities. In February, the Icelandic songstress will set up shop in New York City for a massive ten-night run of performances, as well as a three-week long education workshop.

Six of the shows will take place within the New York Hall of Science, while the remaining four will be staged at Roseland Ballroom. Each performance will see Björk accompanied by by a set of unique musical instruments including four 10-foot pendulum-harps, a midi-controlled pipe organ celeste re-fitted with bronze gamelan bars, and twin musical tesla coils, according to a press release. The performance will also feature an award-winning 24-piece Icelandic female choir and visuals from the Biophilia Apps with app developer Max Weisel performing on stage alongside Björk and musicians Manu Delagu and Zeena Parkins.

Tickets for the shows go on sale January 13th at 10:00 am ET via Ticketmaster. Check out tour docket below.

Along with the performances, Björk will collaborate the New York Hall of Science on a three-week-long Biophilia education series. Explains the press release:

“Featuring interactive science and music workshops for middle-school children, the series leads students on an intensive study of the scientific concepts at the core of Biophilia‘s songs, including crystalline structures, lunar phases, viruses and more. Students will also learn to use the Biophilia apps as tools for music composition. This program has been incorporated into the Icelandic school syllabus…

Björk has collaborated with app developers, scientists, writers, inventors, musicians, and instrument makers to create a unique multi-media exploration of the universe and its physical forces–particularly those where music, nature and technology meet. The project is inspired by and explores these relationships between musical structures and natural phenomena, from the atomic to the cosmic.”

The Creators Project will be presenting the Biophilia performances, and supporting the development of the education program. Content around the project will also be available on their website.

***Taken from Consequence Of Sound

Björk 2012 NYC Dates:

02/03 – Queens, NY @ New York Hall of Science
02/06 – Queens,  NY @ New York Hall of Science
02/09 – Queens, NY @ New York Hall of Science
02/12 – Queens, NY @ New York Hall of Science
02/15 – Queens, NY @ New York Hall of Science
02/18 – Queens, NY @ New York Hall of Science
02/22 – New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
02/25 – New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
02/28 – New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
03/02 – New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom

The Black Keys Slam Nickelback

“Rock & roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world… So they became OK with the idea that the biggest rock band in the world is always going to be shit – therefore you should never try to be the biggest rock band in the world. Fuck that! Rock & roll is the music I feel the most passionately about, and I don’t like to see it fucking ruined and spoon-fed down our throats in this watered-down, post-grunge crap, horrendous shit. When people start lumping us into that kind of shit, it’s like, ‘Fuck you,’ honestly.” – P. Carney via Rolling Stone

In response, Nickelback tweeted: “Thanks to the drummer in the Black Keys calling us the Biggest Band in the World in Rolling Stone. Hehe.”

Guided By Voices Return

These old iconic rockers still got it, huh?  Who would have thought that the reformed indie hero’s would have sounded as good as they did the other night on Letterman where they preformed their new single “The Unsinkable Fats Domino” from their new record Let’s Go Eat The Factory which is out now.  Watch closely at the 00.35 second mark…you really can’t miss it.

New D’Angelo…Sort Of…

Sense 2000’s classic Voodoo, D’Angelo has remained a mystery to the world…until recently it was revealed the the neo-soul king was to return with a NEW album featuring the production of none other than ?uestlove.  No further news has come out about the album and its release, but we did recently get a demo version of a D’Angelo covering Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun”.

Craig Finn Goes Solo 

Craig Finn has momentarily departed from his band The Hold Steady to record his first solo record.  According to The A.V. Club, the record is a lot less rowdy than the typical Hold Steady sound.  Follow this link to watch Finn sing a new song entitled “Jackson” live from his NYC apartment.  Or check out Finn talking about his new record below…