For a little while, we’ve known that Arcade Fire member Will Butler was at work on his first-ever solo album. Last week, we posted video of him playing a few promising solo songs at a secret show in Brooklyn. And now, we know a few details about the album. As Pitchfork points out, it’s called Policy and it’s coming out 3/10 on Merge. As of right now, that is all we know. But those songs he played live were good, so let’s get excited anyway!
Ghostface Killah is a couple of weeks away from releasing his superhero-revenge concept album 36 Seasons, and we’ve already heard the R&B-flavored “Love Don’t Live Here No More” and the AZ/Kool G Rap collab “The Battlefield.” The verbose, hardnosed Queensbridge rap veteran AZ actually shows up on a handful of album tracks, which hopefully means he plays an actual character in the album’s narrative. One of those songs is “Double Cross,” probably the best thing we’ve heard from 36 Seasons thus far. It’s a strutting boom-bap track with a crime-life narrative to it, and you can hear it below.
The adventurous producer Kevin Martin, who records as the Bug, has teamed up with Dylan Carlson’s long-running drone-metal project Earth to record The Bug Vs. Earth, a two-song collaborative EP that’ll be out as part of Record Store Day’s Black Friday festivities. We’ve already posted “Boa,” their first track together. “Cold” is their second, and it does a nice job displaying how these wildly different entities make sense together. Earth supplies one of its classic windblown spaghetti-western riffs, while the Bug chops it up a bit and adds a huge, thundering beat. This is epic head-nod music, and you can hear it below.
He matters more in Nashville now than fuckin Auerbach, who’s all over that thing.
I haven’t seen the Austin episode yet, but there does seem to be something weird about which artists get left out of which cities: No mention of Smashing Pumpkins in Chicago, no mention of Jack White in Nashville. I know it’s one dude’s subjective idea of these cities and all, but it’s weird to just ignore those guys.
And please stop with the “we don’t take this stuff seriously and we write about it for money” argument. It’s stupid.
Too bad I couldn’t work in the bit about how I tear up every time the “marry me Juliet” bit kicks in on “Love Story.” Taylor Swift songs stay affecting me.
Taylor has a bad habit of releasing albums the same day as immediate rap classics. Red came out same day as Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City.
I somehow always do this. Fixed, thank you.
I don’t think people ever remember the whole tax thing when they’re doing Kickstarter project. You have to cough up a fuckton of that money.
Romanitical Rancid is so underrated: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJqFEk67eLE
I worked for the Village Voice when I got married, so I can’t say. There were a bunch of writers at my wedding, though.
He was on Twitter before just about anyone, giving away albums for free before just about anyone, did the whole Year: Zero viral marketing thing, maintained a lively connection with online fans before it was cool. Nobody prominent from his generation was on it the way he was.