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The term "nuclear" has a heaviness about it, but Destiny's Child's new song of the same name feels very much in the air.
As previously reported, the trio reunited for a fresh track for the first time in eight years, to pack an extra punch in with the release of their "Love Songs" hits compilation. "Nuclear" was produced by Pharrell Williams -- who is also helping on Beyonce's next solo album -- and the sound overall dips back into an early '90s R&B vibe, powered by high volts of tambourine.
It's a sweet and easy-listening tune, as Beyonce takes those runs in the refrain and Michelle Williams getting an even more angelic verse. It's not Song Of The Year by any stretch, due to lethargy, but it's pleasant hearing the Children back together.
According to Mashable (that's right: Mashable), Pharrell co-wrote "Nuclear" with Michelle, James Fauntleroy and Lonny Bereal.
Destiny's Child is on slate to take the stage with Beyonce during her solo career-driven halftime show at the Super Bowl, and they will tackle "Nuclear."
While Oscar nominations dominated the news today, former Academy Award winner Trent Reznor has some non-film news of his own. His current band with Atticuss Ross and Mariqueen Maandig, How To Destroy Angels, has finally put a title and release date to their debut full-length.
"Welcome oblivion" (capitalization theirs) will be out on March 5 via Columbia; it's the follow-up to How To Destroy Angels' second EP "An Omen," released in the fall last year.
That set was their first in a partnership with Columbia records, which apparently was a strong enough showing for them to make good on another effort with the label.
Perhaps in an effort to kiss-off that set, the band has put out a dour video for "Omen" track "The loop closes." Because that's how they like to celebrate big news. Sleep tight in the videodrome.
Though the letters SXSW catch in my throat as they're said, it's about that time to load up your potential schedule for the Austin-based music conference, with new headlining additions of Vampire Weekend, Fitz and the Tantrums, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Tegan and Sara and more.
Organizers announced a new crop of talent today, which will be scheduled soon to play between the dates March 12-17. The entirety of SXSW -- which includes film, education, interactive and comedy elements and conferences -- runs March 8-17.
Eagles of Death Metal, Local Natives, Frightened Rabbit, Black Lips, Wild Belle, The Besnard Lakes, Camera Obscura, Mr MFN eXquire, The Thermals, Immaculate Noise favorite Icona Pop, Allah-Las, AZARI & III, Bleached, Merchandise, and Psychic Twin are also among the fresh faces on the slate.
Already confirmed are Angel Haze (where's Azealia Banks?), Major Lazer, Wavves, Thurston Moore, Klaxons, Gallows, Alt-J, The Bug, Eric Burdon, Brendan Benson, Of Mice and Men, Marnie Stern, Why?, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Cold War Kids, The Joy Formidable, Dawes, Robyn Hitchcock, Richard Thompson, Toro Y Moi, Thee Oh Sees, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Charli XCX, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, top 10 album-makers Hundred Waters, The Hood Internet, Toddla T, Ezra Furman, Turbo Fruits, Akron/Family, Civil Twilight, Guards, Suuns, ITAL, Haim, Dusted, Fear of Men and White Lung.
The names already mixing you up? Me too. Start parsing at the SXSW Music site, which has a complete music artist listing.
Badges for the music portion can be bought via SXSW. Today is the last day your attendance will cost less than $700.
Nelly Furtado takes you around the world in black-and-white in her new video for "Waiting for the Night."
The clip itself works through some geographic discplacement, as Furtado and her team of dancers don the looks of Dia de los Muertos revelers, and working their way through the tango, flamenco and tribal dance. That poor accordionist only has to sit there, the dear.
Perhaps its with my own bias that I request that all divas-in-wait blast the hell out of their songs with their vocals, but Furtado seems unchallenged in this dance-driven bit. She hangs out around Madonna range, which drives a little fear into me that this song ought to have just been sung by Madonna.
No matter: "Waiting for the Night" is already out and on Furtado's latest "Spirit Indestructible."
Devendra Banhart has released a groovy, small-sized track in anticipation of his forthcoming new album "Mala."
You can hear "Für Hildegard von Bingen" via Pitchfork. Gone are Banhart's front-mixed vocals, intense with his idiosyncratic trill; instead, it's an easy, funky low-lying song about a Catholic saint from the 12th century.
"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.
Here is the tracklist for "Mala":
- Golden Girls
- Für Hildegard von Bingen
- Never Seen Such Good Things
- Mi Negrita
- Your Fine Petting Duck
- The Ballad of Keenan Milton
- A Gain
- Won’t You Come Over
- Cristobal Risquez
- Hatchet Wound
- Won’t You Come Home
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).
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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."