David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label is turning 25 sometime soon (the label admits they don’t know exactly when it began — “some time in the late 1980s,” they speculate), and they’re throwing a three-day anniversary event in New York City. The celebration will take place over three nights (10/1 – 10/3) and will all pretty much run the same: Things will kick off at Mmuseumm, a “modern natural history museum located in an abandoned freight elevator” with performances by Javelin, Janka Nabay, Kings Go Forth’s Andy Noble, and Delicate Steve & Friends. Then, the party will move to Italian restauraunt Forlini’s for dinner (and unlimited breadsticks) before ending at Winnie’s Bar, a Chinatown karaoke hangout that will feature Jungle, Diane Birch, and a few secret guests hopping on the mic. All events are free. Check out an event poster below and click here for more information.
A few months back, the Wu-Tang Clan appeared on The Daily Show and said that their 20th anniversary album, A Better Tomorrow, would be out later in the year. Now that album has an official release date: Black Friday, which is on 11/28 this year. In a new interview with Billboard, RZA revealed the plans for the release of the new record. One of the biggest things he talked about was the existence of a limited-edition version of the album that will only be available on a portable Bluetooth speaker (pictured above). The Wu-edition Boombot Rex will come with the “W” logo on it and will be limited to only 3000 speakers. Here’s what RZA had to say about why he went this route with the special edition:
We’ve already heard four tracks from Field Report’s gorgeous sophomore album, Marigolden — “Wings,” “Home (Leave The Lights On),” “Decision Day,” and the title track — and now you can hear the whole thing. Read our Q&A with group leader Chris Porterfield while you stream the album over on Pitchfork.
Marigolden is out 10/7 via Partisan.
Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr have released a new single to promote their upcoming U.S. tour. It’s called “James Dean” and it’s the first new music we’ve heard from the pop group since last year’s sophomore album The Speed Of Things (not counting the rap mixtape they put out earlier in the year). It’s a low-key electronic ballad featuring pitch-shifted vocals and subsumed by a desire to “be cool like James Dean.” You can listen below.
Ryan Adams has been making the talk show rounds — he’s already done Fallon and Letterman, and today he stopped by The Ellen Degeneres Show. He wore a tight Black Flag t-shirt and played “Gimme Something Good” off of his new self-titled album. Watch the performance below.
Bass Drum Of Death’s badass video for “Left For Dead” is a raunchy affair that gradually turns into a nightmare. It starts off with a lot of touching and sexy girls walking around with eyepatches and riding motorcycles, which transforms into people aiming guns at each other and screaming and getting knocked out. It’s a wild ride, and also a total blast to watch, which you can do below.
British trip-hopper Tricky was recently the subject of a documentary for FACT TV based around his new album Adrian Thaws. In the mini-doc, he talked about his experience collaborating with Damon Albarn, who he worked with for a song on 1996′s Nearly God that was never released. “I wouldn’t work with Damon Albarn again,” he said. “We were walking through Leeds and we were in this fucked up area and I looked around and I said ’these kids got nothing’, and he said to me ’they’ve got us’ and I just thought ’these kids are going in and out of jail they ain’t go no money, how are we, especially, you … maybe you could say that about me, but I haven’t got that arrogance to say … these kids they’ve got nothing, they’re out hustling, but they got me’ — I wouldn’t be that arrogant.”
We just posted this month’s Black Market a few hours ago, which means the new song from Primordial — which just dropped a few minutes ago — won’t be eligible for inclusion till October’s column. But you can rest assured, it will be included. I was actually under the impression the Irish band’s upcoming eighth album, Where Greater Men Have Fallen, wasn’t out until next March, but either my intel was bad or it’s been moved up by four months, because apparently it’s now set to arrive in November. That’s a pretty good time of year to listen to Primordial: cold, windy late autumn, on the verge of winter: a good time for leather jackets and over-ear headphones and loud, burly, epic Irish heavy metal. And this record delivers just that. Primordial had been trending away from harsher black-metal sonics and toward a more traditional metal sound for some time, but Where Greater Men Have Fallen goes all-in: This thing is almost Maiden-esque in its majesty. The album’s opener/title track is a snarling, wild beast; it is available to stream now, and I encourage you to do just that.