Extra! Extra!: The Avett Brothers Announce New Album Title, Release Date, and First Single!

And you can hear the single too!

I’ve been waiting a long time to write this post.

The Avett Brothers have finally announced that their new album, the follow up to their excellent 2009 LP I And Love And You, will be released on September 11th! The album will be called The Carpenter and the first single is called “Live and Die”. The album will again be produced by Rick Rubin and, judging from hearing the new song, will continue the sound of their last album but with a little more beef, which is a good thing.

Click here to see more information on the album and a link to hear the new song!

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Extra! Extra!: The Strokes Are Hard At Work On Their New Album

Well that didn’t take long.

It only feels like yesterday that last year’s Angles came out and reassured us that The Strokes are still capable of making great music. Now the New Yorkers are back in the studio working on their next album!

I would love it if these guys made an album just as good as Is This It?, but I was happy with Angels so if anything these guys will make another great album. It is interesting to point out that this will be the band’s last album under their RCA Record contract. Will The Strokes pull off a Radiohead and give away their album for any price you want?? Stay Tuned!

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Extra! Extra!: Three New Albums For This Fall Announced (And You Should Be Excited)

We may have just started Summer, but I’m already excited for Fall. Today I have found out that new albums from Bob Dylan, Mumford & Sons, and The Killers are scheduled to be released this fall, two of them for September.

Bob Dylan will release his 35th (35th people!!!) album as early as this September. Not much is known, except that apparently there are two tracks over eight minutes long and one of them is about the Titanic. The question is, will it be as awesome as “Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands” or “Desolation Row”?

 

Mumford and Sons have announced that their follow up to their smash debut will be released in Europe September 24th, but no word yet on when the American release will be. Check out their new song “Where Are You Now” below (song starts at 4:03). These English lads have a lot to prove – will they defeat the dreaded sophomore slump or fall into obscurity as a one-album wonder?

 

The fourth Killers’ album, and their first one in four years, will be titled Battle Born. Check out a live version of “The Rising Tide”, which will be off the new album. Judging by this song, it sounds like a continuation of Day & Ages.

 

It’s great to have something to look forward to for the Fall. Thanks to CoS for the news!

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Music Journal: Hello (Constructive) Summer!

Well ladies and gentlemen, my freshman year of college is at an end.  It was an incredible year and I look forward to coming back this fall.  However with that said, it’s time to enjoy some sunshine!

This summer will be hectic for me.  I will be taking summer classes and giving guitar lessons for pay.  But what I’m most excited for is my internship!  This summer I will intern with Consequence of Sound!  I’m very excited for this awesome learning experience to enhance my writing and blogging skills.

This will be a busy summer, but I will do my best to continue bringing the best of my music world to y’all.  Stay tuned throughout the summer for music news, reviews, and whatever the hell else I feel like posting.

This will definitely be a, wait for it, constructive summer!

 

Go out and enjoy the sunshine.

Tune in. Tune out. Live on.

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Music Journal: April Recap – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Turns 10 And Woody Guthrie Turns 100

Oh yeah, and the Lollapalooza 2012 lineup was announced….nothing big.

Happy 10th Birthday Yankee Hotel Foxtrot!

Ten years ago in April, Wilco’s seminal 4th album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot was released after a long battle against their record label that wouldn’t release the damn thing.  It’s a great story (click here to see a brief summary), but the real reason we’re celebrating  is because the music has aged very well.  This is one of my favorite albums that I highly recommend to anyone.

 

Happy 100th Birthday Woody Guthrie!

April held another special birthday, which also had something to do with Wilco.  Woody Guthrie would have turned 100 this April, and if you don’t know who he is, he’s (arguably) the most influential American folk musician ever.  His influence on musicians such as a young Bob Dylan was crazy, and he wrote “This Land Is Your Land”, a song that has been seriously debated to replace “The Star Spangled Banner” as America’s national anthem.

Now back in the late 90s Wilco and British folk singer Billy Bragg collaborated on Mermaid Avenue, a tribute album in a sense that took old Guthrie lyrics and updated the music to reintroduce the folk singer to a new generation.  In April, to celebrate Woody’s birthday, the entire Mermaid Avenue sessions were released, with the original albums and new material.  This is a terrific collection and a high recommendation for anyone who wants to get into folk music.

 

Lollapalooza 2012 Lineup Announced

Lollapalooza, one of America’s most commercially successful music festivals, announced its lineup for this year.  The three day festival will happen in Chicago August 3-5.  Click here to see the full lineup and click here to see my reaction to this year’s lineup.

 

Album Of The Month: Jack White – Blunderbuss

One of rock & roll’s most dependable figures finally released his first solo album, and it doesn’t disappoint.  White dabbles in different genres which he puts together coherently, yet everything is grounded in rock & roll tradition.  The album successfully both pumps you up and slows you down.

 

Song I Listened To The Most This Month: M. Ward – “Clean Slate”

M. Ward has always been one of those artist I knew I would probably like but did not know what album to start with.  I think now I’ve finally found that album.  A Wasteland Companion, which was also released this April, is a very appealing introduction to the indie-folkie.  The album opener “Clean Slate” is a magic slow jam of a song, and has been on repeat all month.

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Music Journal: The Beginning Of The End

Wow this year has gone fast.  I’ve had an incredible freshman year at Indiana, and it’s going to end on a high note.  Today is the kick off for Little 5 week, which is nationally known as the greatest college week in the nation.  This week will be full of activities around campus, the women’s race on Friday, then the men’s race on Saturday.  After the week ends it’ll go straight into dead week (no assignments are assigned), followed by finals week, then that’s all she wrote.

My blogging will not be as frequent due to all these events in the next couple of weeks, but I’ll still try to write whenever I can.

Here’s a little something to keep ya’ll occupied while I get to work on my studies.

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Music Journal: The Lollapalooza 2012 Lineup, One Day Later

I gotta be honest folks, I’m not a huge fan of this year’s lineup for Lollapalooza.  I was really tempted to include some personal attacks against the famed Chicago festival in yesterday’s post, but with these kinds of things I’ve learned from experience that it’s always best to wait a day to think about the situation and not say something I’ll regret later.

Well it’s been a day.

My feelings are still the same – I’m not planning on attention Lolla this year.  However, those who are going are in for a treat not for the main attractions but for the hidden treats.  This year has a great middle-teir section, including a handful of bands I would pay to see if they were the headliners.  These acts include M83, Dawes, Guy Clark Jr., The Gaslight Anthem, and Washed Out.  It’s a shame these guys aren’t in a more prominent spot, but at least they’ll be playing.

As for the headliners I’m not as thrilled.  As much as I love the Chili Peppers they seem to be out of their prime, and it doesn’t help that their latest album I’m With You isn’t superb (though I will say it’s growing on me).  I love the Black Keys, but their music is not meant to headline Lollapalooza.  Black Sabbath is just going to be awkward, and it’s not for certain how good they will sound.  Jack White has the potential to be really good, but I can also see him being extremely weird on stage, and don’t get your hopes up for a lot of White Stripes material.

Well there’s my two cents.  This year is an ok mix of music that isn’t worth over $200 to see.  Agree or disagree with what I have to say, this is still Lollapalooza, and it is always a good time.  We’ll see how well they pull it off this year when August comes around.

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And The Lollapalooza 2012 Lineup Is….

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you this year’s Lolla lineup!

The top acts are the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Black Keys, Black Sabbath, and Jack White.  The other major acts include Florence and the Machine, The Shins, M83, Sigur Ros, Frank Ocean, Wale, J. Cole, and Guy Clark Jr.  Some hidden gems include Sharon Van Etten, Washed Out, The Weeknd, and plenty of other up and coming acts.

To see the full list, click here.

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Music Journal: Music I Bought In Broad Ripple

Where do young people go to retire?  No, I’m not talking about Portland (though all of the hot girls do wear glasses), I’m talking about Broad Ripple, Indiana.  With a plethora of local organic stores, the monon trail for bikers and runners, and a lust natural landscape that blossoms in the Spring, Broad Ripple is one of the coolest places in the Midwest, and it’s where I spend my Easter weekend.  While down there I did some shopping at the Indy CD & Vinyl store and splurged on some quality music.  Here are some of the albums I got.

Television – Marquee Moon

I now know what Niles Cline listened to as a kid.  This is a guitar player’s album, full of tasty licks courtesy of Tom Verlaine that has more guitar freak outs then conventional solos, making Marquee Moon a more unique guitar study.  This album came out of the CBGB era but it still sounds great in 2012.

 

Sharon Van Etten – Tramp

After seeing her last week with the War on Drugs I had to buy something of hers, so I went with this year’s Tramp, which is shaping up to be her most accessible album.  It’s not as intimate as Because I Was In Love, but the production is top notch (courtesy of the National’s Aaron Dessner) and Sharon is growing into a confident songwriter and singer.  This is someone you’ll want to be on the lookout for in the near future.

 

Bob Dylan – The Times They Are A-Changin’

I’ve been meaning to get this album for sometime, and now it’s finally apart of my ever growing Dylan collection (it would probably take me a could of years to find ALL of his albums).  I love this album for the simplicity and how direct his lyrics are.  This, along with Bring It All Back Home, contains some of my favorite lyrics, and I especially enjoy the large Woody Guthrie influence shown throughout this album.

 

BADBADNOTGOOD – BBNG2

I always dig what this jazzy trio is up to, and I love their second album.  All these guys are under 21, but they have some serious chops.  BBNG2 makes for some chill listening that is combines jazz elements and modern hip-hop.  Their cover of James Blake and Kanye West is essential listening.

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Music Journal: Cheesy 80s Saxophone Solos – A Rock & Roll Icon

There is no greater guilty pleasure among music fans like the cheesy 80s saxophone solo.

In the middle of your favorite 80s jam you anticipate it, you crave it, and you love it.  Even if you hate the 80s, there is no denying the power of the sax.  Here’s a prime example of the greatness that is the cheesy 80s sax, courtesy of Mr. Eddie Money.

Back in the 80s the saxophone player was THE man you wanted to be.  You got all the girls, you got to be as flashy as you wanted to be, you could wear whatever the hell you wanted, you could perform in all sorts of different genres, and you really only had to play for less than minute per song.  I mean, look at this sax player below.

THIS GUY got all the ladies in the 80s.

The cheesy 80s saxophone solo has probably seen its better days, but it will always survive in the hearts of 80s music devotees.  And, judging by the awesome use of sax in M83’s “Midnight City”, it looks like the cheesy saxophone is making a comeback.

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