There goes your Tuesday
Geez, Monica, you had to go there.
It seems that the veteran R&B singer went all the way with her "just you wait until I leave you" theme in "Until It's Gone," the Diane Martel-helmed music video to her latest song from forthcoming "New Life." It's as though she hooked up with the same melodrama machine that pumped out Lil Wayne's soap-operatic "How to Love," complete with cheating men and hospital scenes of mourning.
There's at least this grand PSA: don't forget to buckle your seatbelt.
Covers series engages with Maroon 5's mega-hit
I'll admit: I'm sick to death of Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger" featuring Christina Aguilera. This No. 1 was completely unavoidable all summer, and I don't like a shirtless Adam Levine smirking at me. I heard a two-year-old on the subway singing it the other day and I felt a faint urge to kidnap the little guy.
But Little Big Town is making me circle back, or at least has me putting their version on repeat. As part of the Nashville-based country band's "Scattered, Smothered and Covered" series, the group collaborated with their road band for a banjo-happy version. It's... adorable. And it's recorded backstage at a concert in Iowa.
The SSC series is a very smart move on the part of Little Big Town. By covering acts like Adele and the Jackson 5, they're grabbing the attention of folks who might not be aware of the quartet to begin with.
Look for more SSC on the Little Big Town YouTube channel.
LBT last released "The Reason Why" last year.
Hope Sandoval and David Roback release new music for the first time in a decade
Last year at the U.S. edition of All Tomorrow's Parties, Hope Sandoval sent me straight off to Dreamland, in many good ways. The light-dappled eddies of her butter-smooth voice shot me straight back to 1994, to Mazzy Star's "Fade Into You," just a couple years before the Cowboy Junkies charmed the world with the same sound on their cover of the Velvets' "Sweet Jane." It was a cool period where ladies sounded like women, somewhat of a predecessor to artists like Neko Case, Beach House and Liz Phair, at least to these ears.
Mazzy Star -- the winning combination of Sandoval and David Roback -- hasn't released a new album since 1996. They split that year and then around the turn of the century, they went on a brief reunion tour, during which they played unreleased and new songs. Since then, both have sworn that they'd eventually put something out, including that time in 2009 Sandoval swore a new album was coming, even if the release date was a little bit hazy.
How does Trent Reznor sound on his band's take of 'Zoo Station' for 'AHK-toong?'
The U2 covers keep marching in, "Baby." Nine Inch Nails, The Killers, the Fray, Snow Patrol, Depeche Mode and more have now revealed their takes on songs from U2's "Achtung Baby," compiled into Q Magazine's covers tribute "AHK-toong BAY-bi."
Trent Reznor and his midnight merry men get a little squirrely with the end of "Zoo Station" as Brandon Flowers' dramatic voice flares all over the Killers' cover of "Ultraviolet (Light My Way)." Depeche Mode's "So Cruel" is predictably dark.
"AHK-toong BAY-bi" came out today, packaged with Q Magazine latest. The publication also honored U2 for some damn thing last night at its annual awards show.
"Achtung Baby" gets its own schmancy reissue on Oct. 31. I've already fawned.
Singles at competition with themselves
- Critic's Rating C
- Readers' Rating A+
Can a new audience fall in love with Chris Martin falling in love with Rihanna?
- Critic's Rating B-
- Readers' Rating B
It’s a bit of an optical illusion, saying that Coldplay’s new “Mylo Xyloto” runs 14 tracks long. Three of them are instrumental interludes and intros. One of them should have been trimmed. And one doesn’t belong on this album altogether.
Songwriter and producer reveals how he's landed with Hugh Laurie, Solomon Burke and more
Bob Dylan, Nirvana, The Doors, Phish and more go vinyl for the holidays
However, organizers are trying to counter that this is not a second Record Store Day. It's more to emphasize the importance of indie shops.
"This is a terrific street date of great releases that can only be found at real live record stores. Yes, these pieces are limited, and indeed, some may sell out, and of course, the stores won’t all stock every piece," reads the website. "Mostly, our goal is to remind folks that locally owned, independent record stores, like those that are listed on the site, are a GREAT place to celebrate the holidays, do a little gift-shopping (for yourself or others), support your community, and maybe pick up something really special. And really, that applies all year-round."
Check it out: the Beastie Boys' "Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2" will be out in a vinyl deluxe edition with a 60-page book, 5.1 version of the set and videos. John Lennon's "Imagine" gets a 40th anniversary vinyl boxed set makeover. Nirvana's "Nevermind" singles will be packaged as 10"s in a numbered slip case. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' live vinyl LP "Kiss My Amps (Live)" features 7 tracks, from "Mojo" and a B-Side "Sweet William."
See the whole -- and still-improving list -- here.
I'm so sorry
First this week it was just 30-second snippets of all the concept-driven songs. Now you have 95 minutes of hurt.
Here, here you go.
"Lulu" is out on Nov. 1.
Meek Mills and Playboy Tre help this tough track
The synth lines and high treble mix of B.o.B.'s "Epic" makes me think of the 1990s, but the rapper's lyrics may expose a newer, meaner side of Bobby Ray.
The rapper tapped Meek Mills and Playboy Tre for this puffy-chested, bravado-bearing fight track, with the official video featured in an actual fighting ring.
B.o.B. made more of a mark in the pop space last year, what with hits like "Airplane" feat. Hayley Williams and his guest spot on Bruno Mars' "Nothin' On You." But he's arrived the fall with a tougher outlook: "Strange Clouds" is the title track from his forthcoming sophomore set, with him trying to go toe-to-toe with Lil Wayne (who is having a softie side of his own). Now with "Epic," it looks like he's ready to shed his lightweight status, which took up about half his debut album "The Adventures of Bobby Ray."