Yesterday we heard about the impending launch of Neil Young’s PonoMusic through Kickstarter. Now the Kickstarter is live with a promo video featuring a dumbfounding parade of musical luminaries singing Pono’s praises. Watch Arcade Fire, Jack White, Beck, Eddie Vedder, Emmylou Harris, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, Foo Fighters, Sting, Tom Petty, Elvis Costello, Mike D, Elton John, Kid Rock, and many more chime in below:
Last year Teen Daze put out the appropriately named album Glacier, a collection of glistening ambient electronic cuts. And now he’ll release a new EP this month titled Paradiso. “Tokyo Winter,” the sprawling, nearly-eight-minute closer, begins in underwater ambience but quickly grows into a beat and synth heavy journey. Listen and download below.
While talking about the creation of Cupid’s Head, his most recent album as the Field, techno producer Axel Willner often said the centerpiece “No. No…” was the track that inspired and unlocked the creation of the rest of the album. It’s fitting then that that song has been given a remix EP. Here drone/noise musician Tim Hecker has given a glacial reworking of the track, though it’s still a prettier respite from Hecker’s fractured, apocalyptic Virgins from last year. Hecker and Willner made some of the best albums of their careers in 2013, and it’s exciting to hear them together in this way in 2014. Listen below.
Rumors of rock and roll’s demise have been greatly exaggerated for almost as long as there’s been rock and roll, so it’s not like this generation has a monopoly on rockist panic. But as today’s most popular rock acts cease to be rock acts — Mumford And Sons’ pop-folk, Eric Church’s country-fried wallop, the car-ad concept art that is Imagine Dragons — rock purists have found themselves increasingly rudderless against the Billboard chart’s current. While it’s true that rock has been losing ground with young people for decades, it’s typically been to other genres. Now the other genres eat it from within.
When Beyoncé released her fucking amazing surprise self-titled album last year, she put together much of it with the help of a mysterious producer known only as Boots, and we later learned that, in a previous life, he’d led the Stereogum Band To Watch Blonds. Last month, Boots released a solo track called “Dust,” and now he’s followed it up with an architecturally precise synth-rock song called “Howl.” Download it below.
UPDATE: Looks like the Voidz will play Pensacola tonight.
Last week we saw a very enticing teaser video for a new album from what’s being dubbed as Julian Casablancas + The Voidz. No further recordings have surfaced so far, but Casablancas, touring his way to SXSW, played new songs last night at One Eyed Jack’s in New Orleans including “2231,” “Dr. Acula,” “Biz Dog,” and “The Phantom Of Liberty (Arabic Jam).” He also did Strokes songs “Reptilia” and “Ize Of The World,” material from his 2009 solo debut Phrazes For The Young, and his Daft Punk collaboration “Instant Crush.” So, the Julian Casablancas Revue, then?
The masked British producer SBTRKT hasn’t yet announced a follow-up album to his excellent 2011 self-titled debut. But last month, he shared a new track called “Hold The Line” and announced plans to release a series of instrumental 12″ EPs called Transitions, which he’d crank out before giving us that new album that he’s been working on. But now he’s suddenly released all those instrumental tracks into the world in one go, with no warning. The six-track Transitions EP is out now on Young Turks, and SBTRKT describes it like this: “This is music written over the last year, whilst recording for my second album. Much of the music I released before my debut album was instrumental and I want to continue to share this side of the music I make.” And now you can stream the whole EP here.
Warpaint soundtracked the beginning of 2014 for many with their self-titled album and its lead single “Love Is To Die.” That single was strong enough to push Warpaint into the top 50 of our 100 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2014. Last night they stopped by Conan to perform it live, which you can watch below.