“Going solo” can be a pretty loaded term. Sometimes it points to loneliness, or alienation. Sometimes it’s a breaking-free, an inner-wildness. For Craig Finn, the tendency is simply one of being “alone and separate,” a “highway” individualism.
Deftones have always had a flare for melodrama, which is part of the reason I've love them, will defend "White Pony" 'til doom, what-have-you.
So, as I previously reported, Deftones' Chino Moreno is lending his talents to new side project ††† -- or, for those who don't know the keyboard shortcut, Crosses -- formed with guitarist Shaun Lopez. And now there's another song to show for the pairing.
“Prurien†” very well could be a Killers song, with Brandon Flowers off gambling somewhere. A good one. It pulses with a thousand (sampled) voices rising. Appropriate, as he sings: "They got you so excited / you wanna climb in / taste the / violence."
It's got a lot of percussion dabbling around the high end, and a crescendo that'll have you tuning up your air guitar. It's short, or at least feels that way.
The track is from "EP ††," which is from -- you guessed it! -- Crosses' second EP. It's out Jan. 24.
Here are Crosses' first-ever tour dates:
1/31 – Pomona, CA at The Glasshouse
2/01 – San Diego, CA at The Casbah
2/03 – Sacramento, CA at Ace Of Spades
2/04 – San Francisco, CA at Slim’s
3/31-04/01 – Santiago, CL at Lollapalooza Chile
4/03-04 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Quilmes Rock
What I originally like about Sleigh Bells is that they sound like, at any moment, the whole thing can become unhingled. Engine and body parts alike will go flying everywhere. Every song is played at 11.
The duo's proper first single from "Reign in Terror?" Comparatively, it's like a 7. The crew already released "Born to Lose," which I think is a lot weirder and edgier than this keyboard-assisted, pretty number.
Part of this is the soft refrain and post-chorus, softening the blow on that double-bass-pedal sound. It's pouring sugar on saccharine, which is Alexis Krauss' cheerleader coo. There's nothing too "off" about the mix...
Which is why this might be the kind of single the band to push it further into mainstream consciousness. Like some of their other songs, I can imagine this playing behind a commercial for a car with a lot of horsepower but also for a computer that computes at very fast speeds. CoverGirl need not apply.
My dreams. They came true.
Well, at least one of them. Dan Auerbach and Dr. John's SuperJam set at Bonnaroo in 2011 had my mouth watering for something more, that this wasn't just a one-time thing.
It wasn't. It was a trial run. Today it was announced that Black Keys guitarist/singer produced and performs on Dr. John's new, forthcoming set "Locked Down," due April 3 via Nonesuch. Auerbach recruited a backing band specifically for the sessions, resulting in what a press release calls "a significant departure from his recent efforts."
Dr. John, aka Mac Rebennack, aka The Night Tripper -- has been releasing albums consistently since his 1968 debut "Gris-Gris"; he's put out five sets in the last 10 years, the last being "Tribal" in 2010.
"Mac inspired me every single day we were in the studio together -- musically, spiritually, cosmically... something special seemed to be happening and everyone involved could sense it," Auerbach said in a statement. The effort was recorded in his Nashville-based Easy Eye Studio. "For my money, Mac's one of the greatest who ever was and who ever will be...I'm so honored to have had this opportunity to work with him."
Part of the fun was that it was Auerbach who approached Dr. John, to make "the best record you've made in a long time"; Rebennack's first and seemingly only impression of the guy was what his children thought of The Black Keys. The two jammed in Manchester, Tenn. for Bonnaroo, which left enough of an impression to get started on a record.
"It was way cool cutting this record with Dan and the crew he put together for it," said Rebennack. "It's reel HIP."
If this film's movie poster were a person, I would punch it in the face. But I'm willing to look beyond it: "Think Like a Man" could very well have a hit song to promote its release.
Jennifer Hudson, Ne-Yo and Rick Ross actually make for an interesting combo on this rhythmic R&B title track. The "Dreamgirls" star carries the weight with Ne-Yo helping mainly on that hook. By the time Rawse jumps in with his verse, there's a pretty good groove going.
But then he does. And there's something in the way that Rick Ross says the word "money" that makes me weak in the knees, and that's the ONLY thing he's got going for the rap. It's requisite, after-all, and a retort to Hudson's original plot point, that her man screwed up, and they broke up.
At the end of the cold, nightmarish "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" is a How to Destroy Angels cover of Bryan Ferry's "Is Your Love Strong Enough?". It was Fincher's idea. I don't think it worked at all.
This is largely because I'm not 100% sure Hot To Destroy Angels works, period. I've always found Maandig's voice to be too honeyed for the darker, industrial tones of Reznor's more-rhythmic songcrafting. "Strong Enough," granted, isn't the group's song, but it further reveals how out-of-water a sugar-malaise voice can be.
But some good news to this hater: Reznor won't only be working on a new HtDA album this year. He's writing for some new Nine Inch Nails action, too.
It's well documented that Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt does the majority of his songwriting and brainstorming in gay dance clubs or piano bars. From the band's latest offering, it appears a drag club has been further added to the circuit.
"Andrew in Drag" is a funny, spirited sigh for Merritt, as he enjoys "the only girl I'll ever love." Again, he proves why he is one of the most refreshingly and rare overtly gay songwriters penning overtly gay songs, wielding his heartache as much as he does his humor and wit. This one is much more juvenile than, say, anthems like "100,000 Fireflies," with a playful use of the term "fag," a reference to a weiner dog and the misanthropic joy contemplating his ambiguous, sensual "misspent youth."
As explained in my post last month, I'm breathless that the Dirty Three are prepping their first album in seven years. And, today, the trio has something to show from it.
"Rising Below" features the same attention to recording detail as their last "Cinder" did, with a close miking of the hollow kick drums, textures of the violin and the stoked, narrative guitar lines mumbling through the tubes. Drummer Jim White carries the thing as the mid-toned instruments go and have their own says, several takes and dubs eventually merging into a tension-filled series of ebbs. I'm hot for it, I want more.
The Flaming Lips have made it abundantly clear that they're rarely interested in making a traditional album anymore. They've done a 24-hour-song, released music inside a gummy skull, created musical suites for synchronized multi-iPod and boombox in-the-rounds... but here's a new one. The band is releasing a set of cover songs, with the help of many guest artists.
Many sites have confirmed that the Oklahoma-based psych-rock crew have tapped Nick Cave, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Plastic Ono Band and Neon Indian for the album; and today, Rolling Stone firmed up the participation of Bon Iver and Wayne Coyne' wishlist. The 'Lips have the desire to work in-studio with acts as diverse as Ke$ha to Lykke Li to Erykah Badu.
"Sometimes it just takes a matter of connecting," Coyne told the mag.
There were far more than thousands of New Yorkers upset by the fact they couldn't nab a ticket to LCD Soundsystem's epic finale at Madison Square Garden last year. Millions of fans would have liked to see Regine from Arcade Fire do that little glove dance or Reggie Watts guest during the "45:33" zone-out run. With a show so very much final, a concert film was almost certainly in order.
A first glimpse of that film, "Shut Up and Play the Hits," will be at the Sundance Film Festival this month, where directors Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace will premiere it.
The documentary chronicles the lead-up, the day-of and the day-after of that April 2, 2011 New York concert; it was produced by Lucas Ochoa and Thomas Bensk (Blur's doc "No Distance Left to Run") and by LCD frontman James Murphy, who may just spend half the film hugging people and heavily sighing.
The trailer has debuted, below, featuring just those kind of moments, to the tune of "All My Friends."