Like so many Kozelek songs, “Mariette” is about a place: in this case, New Orleans — and the clip features many haunting black-and-white still images from and of that city. All the photos were taken by Kozelek between 1999 and 2013, except the one of him and Kirk Douglas from Fallon, which was taken by Kozelek’s longtime publicist (and Go-Betweens bassist) Robert Vickers.The music captures NOLA’s magical, intoxicating essence to even more profound effect. It’s such a great, great song.
Brian Eno recalls one of his earliest experiences with art in a new short film released by the Red Bull Music Academy. Light and Time: The Visual Art of Brian Eno finds the acclaimed producer and soundscape artist talking about another facet of his creativity as he describes working with light. The film, directed by Scott Thrift, examines Eno's method of light and time manipulation in conjunction with his current 77 Million Paintings audio-visual installation which is showing in New York through June 2nd.
She was the angry, androgynous runaway who got chatted up by Allen Ginsberg and had a grand affair with Robert Mapplethorpe. And at 66 Patti Smith shows no sign of mellowing. We spend a gothic afternoon at home with the punk legend Ping!
The four members of Seattle rock band Kinski let us in on the perfect soundtrack to their cityMelvins – Revolve Here's a secret. It doesn't always rain in Seattle. Between July and October there's nothing but sun.
While Jay Carney has hinted at his adoration for the Ohio-based quintet in the past, his conversation with The Post revealed his full-blown addiction to the prolific group. "Bob [Pollard] is in a class of his own" Carney said.
Ten tracks to set newcomers on the road to QOTSA fandom.
The sixth studio album from Queens of the Stone Age, Like Clockwork, is due for release in a few weeks. As a warm up, we asked readers via Twitter and Facebook which songs they'd recommend as an introduction to the band.
We used the responses to put together this playlist of 10 essential tracks. You can listen to all 10 as a YouTube playlist, or you can watch each individual video by clicking on the titles below. We've included a little bit of information on the songs, comments from the people who recommended them, and some links to our Queens of the Stone Age coverage from the last few years.
Now his band is on its sixth album, Bradford Cox gets to do what Bradford Cox wants – and we all have to get used to it, says Michael Hann. At this point, complaining about any of Bradford Cox's musical choices seems pointless: he does what he wants, and if you don't like it, you can go and listen to something else. You might as well suggest that oranges are all very well, but they'd be a whole lot better if they were peaches. Nevertheless, six albums intoDeerhunter's career, Bradford Cox's decision to embrace ultra-low fidelity seems perverse. Deerhunter's previous albums, Microcastle andHalcyon Digest, were – if not shiny, per se – bold and bright statements. Monomania, by contrast, sounds like it was recorded in a garden shed. Cox's voice is distorted and roughened throughout: it's paisley pop played through a garage rock-filter. It can be exciting: Leather Jacket II sounds permanently on the brink of falling apart, held together only by its lead guitar line; Dream Captain is disturbed bubblegum, the kind of song that used to crop up at the back end of albums by Kasenetz-Katzbands, after the singles. But it's hard not to yearn for the melodies to be served by a little more clarity.
Gogol Bordello will release a new album Pura Vida Conspiracy on July 23rd on ATO Records/Casa Gogol It will be the group's first for their new label after parting ways with Rick Rubin's American Recordings The disc recorded last December at Sonic...
Singer-songwriters play private show in L.A. for KCRW.
They brought no plan or set lists, but modern troubadours Sam Beam (a.k.a. Iron and Wine) and Glen Hansard (the Frames, Swell Season) filled a tiny club in Los Angeles last night with songs aching, gentle and raging for a private show hosted by public radio stalwart KCRW.
The intimate two-hour set at the Sayers Club came together as a result of Beam being in town to promote Iron and Wine’s upcoming album, Ghost On Ghost, while Hansard was passing through on his way back to Dublin. They share management and a long musical friendship.
The Ballad of Boogie Christ will be released on June 11 via Lonely Astronaut Records. Joseph Arthur has been cranking out critically acclaimed material for over a decade and a half, and now the singer-songwriter is back with a bold new venture. The Ballad of Boogie Christ is Arthur’s tenth studio album and represents an experimental new direction for the artist.
“Boogie Christ is unlike anything I’ve ever done before. It’s a big production with horns and soul singers; a psychedelic soul record about redemption and what happens after you find it and lose it,” said Arthur.
When it comes to jazzy soul that sounds like the future more than the past, bassist/vocalist Thundercat (aka Stephen Bruner) and co-producer Flying Lotus have it nailed. Yet Apocalypse is a strange album (inspired in part by the death of pianist Austin Peralta) with echoes of the Mothers of Invention as well as Daft Punk
Review by Francis D “Ghost on Ghost” Iron & Wine Samuel Beam’s fifth, full-length, studio CD. Started as a low-fi, indie folk artist in 2002, but has worked hard over the years to move and grow within the indie folk-rock genre.
False Idols is a sterling return to the form of Maxinquaye, full of sinister, infectious grooves of strings and sparse piano lines with his trademark mumble hiding behind the soulful lead vocals of female frontpersons.
Ever since he and his wife and Sonic Youth bandmate Kim Gordon announced their split in late 2011 Thurston Moore has kept his mouth largely shut "I wasn't doing any press whatsoever – I kind of embargoed that" says Moore "Personal issues are not...
It’s been five years, three albums, an SNL appearance, countless festival performances and one lawsuit from an unwitting album-cover model since Vampire Weekend dropped its self-titled debut, and still the class thing remains the predominant talking point about the band. Riding hard for the Upper West Side, the group turned its liberal arts degrees into American pop music that appropriated Afropop and songs that sent listeners to look up what the hell a mansard roof or an Oxford comma is. Of course, timing is everything, and if Vampire Weekend’s rise hadn’t coincided with the country’s severe financial faceplant, maybe their boat shoes and Columbia enrollment might not have been so big a deal. But when pensions and retirement plans were disappearing at a tragic rate, these four New Yorkers fronted like the very sons of the upper-class patriarchs who had so recently screwed the country over.
The singer has not yet revealed a name or an official release date for the LP, but Pitchfork writes that the album came "in the form of a burst of inspiration" when he finished up last year's sheet music Song Reader release.
Beck will be playing a limited number of solo acoustic dates in North America this summer, where he will be debuting the new material, as well as some full band shows and a solo appearance on the Americanarama Festival bill in Wantagh, New York on July 27 alongside Bob Dylan and Wilco.
Speaking to NME late last year, Beck hinted that he would release two new albums in 2013.
"There is music and it's coming!" he said.
"I have this one record I started in 2008. It got put to the side for a long time but recently I've been mixing some of the songs. I'm not sure if they'll be singles or EPs or an album but it'll come out in some way and it sounds... sonically adventurous. I also have a record that I recorded last year in Nashville, which I may or may not finish."
Beck's last full studio album 'Modern Guilt' was released in 2008.
A study of British mod youth culture crackles with reflections on fashion, music and film, writes Ian Thomson. As West Indian migrants sought a new and better life in 1960s Britain, mods began to listen to Jamaican ska, a speedy jazz-tinged shuffle beat. Ska had originated in the early 1960s as a Jamaican twist on black American dance music ("upside-down R&B", the Jamaican reggaeguitarist Ernest Ranglin called it). Scooter-riding mods adopted the music as a supplement to their diet of imported American soul and jazz, and soon a taste of Trench Town swagger was brought to inner-city Britain, through such Jamaican groups as the Skatalites, and the Jamaican singers Derrick Morgan and the late, great Desmond Dekker.