Philadelphia hip-hop veterans The Roots are back with a new record release. Undun comes out Tuesday December 6th. Here is the music video for their 1st single “Sleep”. The song features Aaron Livingston, was produced by Hot Sugar, and the video was directed, shot and edited by Clifton Bell for http://www.ghettonerd.com.
Undun is an existential re-telling of the short life of one Redford Stephens (1974-1999). Through the use of emotives and Redford’s internal dialogues, the album seeks to illustrate the intersection of free will and prescribed destiny as it plays out ‘on the corner’. Utilizing a reverse narrative arc, the album begins as the listener finds Redford disoriented–postmortem–and attempting to make sense of his former life. As he moves through its pivotal moments he begins to deconstruct all that has led to his (and our own) coming undun.
Tags: The Flaming Lips
Do you have exciting plans for New Year’s Eve yet? If so, you may want to cancel them. Wayne Cohen, the always exciting and never predictable frontman of The Flaming Lips, has been teasing fans on Twitter all week long. The band many thought had already passed their prime are probably more popular now than ever before. Perhaps best known for their unique and unorthodox music and live shows, this year they took it up a notch by releasing singles on USB that came inside of a gummy skull, and collaborating with others like Neon Indian and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.
They usually have a special New Year’s Eve show, but this year, their 5th in a row, will be made even more special. The end of the year extravaganza will feature both the Lips and also the one and only Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band. It happens in Oklahoma City, and there will be 2 shows: one on NYE, and the other on Sunday January 01, 2012. General admission tickets went on sale today for $100, and you can purchase here.
Update: Phantogram will be providing opening support!
Tags: The Sounds
We got to talk to Félix Rodríguez from Sweeden’s The Sounds. The Sounds are a Swedish Indie Rock band. Formed in Helsingborg in 1999, the group’s musical style has been compared to New Wave acts such as Blondie, The Cars, the Epoxies , and Missing Persons. Contributing photojournalist Michelle Pelissero was able to chat with Felix, and capture some captivating photos of the live show. You can see the rest of her pictures here.
How did you guys start as a group? How did you decide to get into music?
Montreal’s Grimes, aka Claire Boucher, will be releasing her new album, Visions, on January 31. Boucher will be hitting the road in the beginning of 2012. We were lucky to see her twice during this year’s CMJ Music Marathon in NYC. Check her performance of ‘”Vanessa” live at the Fader Fort during CMJ as well as her tour dates below.
02-20 Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern *
02-21 Portland, OR – Holocene *
02-22 San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop *
02-24 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo *
02-25 San Diego, CA – Soda Bar *
02-27 Phoenix, AZ – Rhythm Room *
02-29 Austin, TX – Lambert’s *
03-01 Denton, TX – Dan’s Silverleaf *
03-02 New Orleans, LA – LBC Quad (Tulane University) *
03-03 Oxford, MS – Cats Purring *
03-05 Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn *
03-06 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum *
03-07 Orlando, FL – Backbooth *
03-08 Miami, FL – Bardot Miami *
03-09 Savannah, GA – Savannah Stopover Fest *
03-10 Nuevo Leon, Mexico – NRML Fest *
03-13 Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry *
03-14 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle *
03-19 Toronto, Ontario – Legendary Horseshoe Tavern *
03-20 Pittsburgh, PA – Brillobox *
03-21 Baltimore, MD – Str8 Cavin *
03-22 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie *
03-23 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge *
03-24 Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands *
03-26 Allston, MA – Great Scott *
03-31 Montreal, Quebec – Cabaret Mile End *
* with Born Gold
Here is the album artwork and track listing:
1. Infinite Love Without Fulfilment
6. Vowels = space and time
7. Visiting Statue
8. Be A Body
9. Colour of Moonlight (Antiochus) [feat. Doldrums]
10. Symphonia IX (My Wait Is U)
11. Nightmusic (feat. Majical Clouds)
13. Know The Way
Update: Brand new music video for “Oblivion” just released, watch it below!
One of my choices for both Top Ten Records and Top Ten Live Shows this year will be AWOLNATION. Most are familiar due to the radio single “Sail”, but this band and record are much more than that. Currently on tour with Middle Class Rut, their year has included a stop at ACL, Jimmy Kimmel, and just recently Jay Leno. There they were presented a plaque for selling a half million (read 500,000) copies of “Sail”. They are currently MTV’s PUSH artist of the week, and yesterday their new video “Not Your Fault” was debuted there. You can watch it here.
Photo courtesy The Audio Perv
Florence + the Machine arrived bright and early Monday morning to sound check for their performance on “Good Morning America”. This summer, they were part of GMA’s Summer Concert Series in Central Park and were invited back to the Fall Concert Series in the Time Square studio. Read more
One of my favorite releases this year was from a band I was only introduced to this year, Young Buffalo. The trio from Mississippi signed to Fat Possum, toured opening for Arctic Monkeys, and released their phenomenal EP Young Von Prettylips. They were originally scheduled to play CMJ, but one of their members left the band due to his wife having a baby.
East Coast trio The Stepkids are having quite the year. In addition to getting rave reviews from both Spin and Pitchfork, the futuristic electro soul group has just completed touring Japan. Up next to finish the year will be a tour of Europe, The UK, and then Australia in January. Tyler the Creator from Odd Future fame was also just quoted in Spin as wanting to imitate their sound, or perhaps even colloborate with them. Somehow, they found the time somewhere to produce and release another trippy video. Check out the new “Suburban Dream“, from their self-titled debut.
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Interview by Special Guest Correspondant Megan Radke
Recently local Dallas metal band Warbeast got the opportunity to open for both Gwar and Every Time I Die. I had a chance to chat with their frontman, Bruce Corbitt, prior to their show at the House of Blues in Dallas. We talked everything from touring, to GWAR, to albums, to the band’s history with southern metal legends, Pantera.
How long have you guys been on this tour? How has it been so far?
It’s been about a week and a half now. We’ve done about eight shows so far. Its been great. It’s definitely the best tour we’ve ever been on as far as the crowds we get to play in front of. We’re really excited about that.
What’s it like being on tour and playing with GWAR? Read more