"In my head there was this little movie, an alternative universe, I guess - Hildegard is sequestered in her cloister, and one day she gets a VHS cassette and it's the prime era of the MTV VJ, and she just goes wild. 'That’s it for me,' she says. 'That's how I'm going to get my message across.' So she escapes the cloister… and becomes a VJ," Banhart says of the song in a release.
"Mala" -- which is an Eastern European term for "dear one" or its approximate pet name -- will drop on March 12, through Banhart's new label home at Nonesuch. It was recorded at Banhart's house in L.A. and is the follow-up to 2009's "What Will We Be."
The aesthetic of this lovely, looping track may be influenced by another recent project from Banhart. The songwriter and artist was the narrator on animated short documentary "The Existential Adventures of Tim Maia," which is a fun chronicle of the Brazilian soul legend. The vid arrived around the same time Luaka Bop was promoting the first worldwide release of Maia's music, "World Psychedelic Classics 4: Nobody Can Live Forever: The Existential Sound of Tim Maia." I've listened to this set no less than 20 times and it is an awesome reissue.
You can't have a sea chantey without the term "swarthy," can you? To acquiesce to the aural demands of a pirate ballad collection is Tom Waits and Rolling Stones' Keith Richards, gently and collectively covering "Shenandoah."
The folk classic is included on "Son Of Rogues Gallery," the sequel, as it were, to 2006's "Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys"; it's out Feb. 19 via Waits' label ANTI-.
The first double-CD set featured songs from Richard Thompson and Nick Cave. This newest double-album edition contains "Shenandoah," plus covers from Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, Patti Smith, Sean Lennon, Shane McGowan (see below) and more.
Richards and Waits were featured together on another recent set: on Waits' 2011 album "Bad As Me," the two combined on four much more rockin' originals, including epic "Hell Broke Luce" and Rolling Stones-nodding "Satisfied."
Your favorite song in 7/4 today has arrived. Thom Yorke and his supercrew Atoms For Peace have released another song off of new album "AMOK," out on Feb. 26.
"Judge, Jury and Executioner" falls along the same vocal and lyrical lines we're used to from the Radiohead frontman, with a much more tempered rhythm section. Think less lush, more urgency than Yorke's other famous band.
The track -- with its trippy visuals -- arrives about the same time that the fellows of Atoms For Peace opened up to BBC Radio 1, about the future of live shows, what Yorke was doing with Jack White in Nashville and whether the group would play the Glastonbury music festival.
For one, the band can't really tour until Flea has finished touring with his usual band Red Hot Chilil Peppers; they're on the road until at least March 9. As for Glastonbury -- June 26-30 -- Yorke denied they were on the bill.
"Girls" isn't always the sunniest show, nor is fun.'s new contribution to its soundtrack. "Sight of the Sun" has frontman Nate Ruess doing a double-take on his life, to the flow of piano-led melodies and that bright chirp of his voice.
The track was originally penned for fun.'s Grammy-nominated album "Some Nights," but a sample on the chorus couldn't get cleared, according to Rolling Stone.
"I ended up rewriting the chorus and actually like it better than the sample now! We recorded most of this in Italy on a day off from tour and I just remember us eating an Italian feast at the studio and barely being able to communicate with the engineers, which was kind of cool because it eliminated all small talk and put the focus into the song." Aren't we fancy.
The HBO show's creator and "Girls" actress Lena Dunham managed to pick it up for "Girls - Volume 1," which is out tomorrow (Jan. 8).
The Black Keys will be heading into the studio this week, to start work on the follow-up to 2011's "El Camino." Maybe Wayne Coyne can be involved: the Flaming Lips will be playing a handful of shows with the 'Keys in a co-headlining tour this spring.
In an interview with MOJO, the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach said that they plan to complete a new set by early spring. "We're going to start making the new album in the second week of January and we're hoping to have it done by some time in March," he said [via NME]. "The record isn't written yet, we'll do it when we get into the studio. This is when we both work best, when we're dying to make an album. All of our records take place in the studio, in that we make stuff up while we're there."
Of course, Auerbach now runs his own studio, Easy Eye, based in Nashville, so keep an eye out for him and drummer Patrick Carney. It was back in October that Carney told CBS Local that the duo is hoping to release it this year, with Danger Mouse back behind the decks. "[An album] is definitely gonna happen in 2013. It’s just a matter of how long it takes us to make the album and deciding when we want to get back on the road."
With a title like "We No Who U R," Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds insinuate there's a character who's trying to exercise some anonymity. The new music video for the track by director/writer/producer Gaspar Noe reveals that some people are impossible to know.
Watch as the shadow-man makes his way through brush and forest, making you as much a ghost as he. Noe, if unfamiliar, is the man behind features like 2009's "Enter the Void" and 2002's "Irreversible."
"My album is more done than yours...and I just started a week ago," says Angel Haze on her new track "One the Edge." And thus starts the flame-war between Haze and another upstart rapper Azealia Banks with battle bars.
The two artists erupted in a Twitter brawl today, starting with an apparent lob from Banks on rappers claiming to be from New York who aren't.
Some of the Tweet nastiness has been deleted, replaced with some half apologies and a lot of chest puffery. The next move was apparent: within hours, Haze had a pretty personal diss track up on Soundcloud.
Now, I'm not really interested in a Tweet fight, especially in this still-small world of female MCs that have a long race to run even after they're done trying to put each other down. Nicki and Kim did it. Was kinda gross, but it yielded some fun.
"On the Edge" is personal. It's practically psycho-sexual.
Skrillex may sleep in hotels on the road more than he does his own abode, but that hasn't kep him from being productive. The dance producer released a surprise new EP "Leaving" today, and also dropped a new music video for "Summit" featuring Ellie Goulding.
"Leaving" is really just three songs, for about 14 minutes of new material. But it came up for users of Skrillex's songs subscription service The Nest, with all the tracks also up on YouTube. You can hear them below: the title track is actually surprisingly chilled and emotionally grounded, though you may find "The Reason" putting a little closer to EDM par with all those synths. "Scary Bolly Dub" sounds just how you think a song called that sounds.
The song "Summit" also has a video component: the song was attached to Skrillex's "Bangarang" EP, and features his now-ex-girlfriend Goulding. The clip itself features some kids of a legal age having a way better night than you've ever had combined with other really good nights. Bring your lighter for this one.
In an interview with Billboard, Skrillex has said that he wants to spend 2013 on making more new music; he also found his experiences scoring for the films "Wreck It Ralph" and "Spring Breakers" inspiring, and he wants to do more composing for film.
"[Film scoring is] cool because it's a lot more collaborative," he says. "It's nice stepping into someone else's world for a minute and basically have that trust in different artists where you can combine worlds. There's already a plot, there's already a theme... and you just learn so much from doing things that way."
It's crunch-time for Azealia Banks' album promotion cycle behind her forthcoming full-length, and to bring in the new year and the new set is fresh "BBD."
While the rapper does name check the original BBD -- Bel Biv Devoe -- she's coining the abbreviation for Bad B*tches Do It with this upbeat track. Her raps are mixed low, letting the marching production take the front, and that at least sounds good. She's got ADHD more than BBD here, but it's arrived at a time where she's just looking to whet whistles.
"BBD" will be featured on Interscope debut "Broke with Expensive Taste," due Feb. 13, right around Grammys. You think she's ready for primetime and, if so, will she be at the show?
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