Tuesday, November 20, 2018

10 Record Store Day Black Friday titles we’d like to own

The day after Thanksgiving is now synonymous with shopping deals, so it makes sense that Record Store Day — which has being pointing consumers to local independent shops for 10 years — would expand from the weekend after Tax Day to Black Friday as well. The selection of exclusive items is nowhere as robust as it is in April, but they do always have a few items that pique our interest. (As much as we like Todd Rundgren’s Something/Anything, Talking Heads’ Remain in Light, and Bobbie Gentry’s Ode to Billy Joe, which are all being reissued, it’s not hard to find affordable vintage copies, so they didn’t make the cut.) We sifted through the list to find 10 RSD Black Friday items we’d actually like to own. Check out our list below — what items do you have your eye on?

David Axelrod – Pride & Earth Rot

Producer / arranger / composer David Axelrod’s great 1968 album Song of Innocence was reissued for Record Store Day back in April and now comes two other records: his third album for Capitol, 1970’s concept LP Earth Rot, as well as the album he made with his son, Michael, under the name Pride. Earth Rot is completely bananas with Axelrod mixing, in his own words, “contemporary music with ancient yet timely words set to the theme of ecology.” It’s a real trip. Pride, meanwhile, takes a psychedelic slant on folk rock and baroque pop.

Catherine Wheel – Like Cats and Dogs

OG shoegazers Catherine Wheel don’t seem to get the cred bands like Ride, My Bloody Valentine, Lush and Slowdive do, but their ’90s run, which included college radio hits “Black Metallic” and “Crank,” holds up well. This is the first-ever pressing of 1996 compilation Like Cats and Dogs, which contains single mixes, b-sides, covers (Pink Floyd, Rush), and other rarities. Drawing mostly from the Chrome era, the b-sides here show off a soft, delicate side of the band — the presence of Talk Talk’s Tim Friese-Greene, who produced much of the band’s early record, is really felt here.

Cornelius – Ripple Waves

Japanese cult artist Cornelius, who returned with his first new album in a decade last year, compiles an LP’s worth of unreleased songs, live recordings and more, including their NPR Tiny Desk concert, and remixes and reworks by two members of Yellow Magic Orchestral (Ryuichi Sakamoto and Haruomi Hosono), Beach Fossils, and more.

Devo – Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (Picture Disc)

In indie rock circles, Devo need no introduction (though they may still be “the band with the funny hats who wrote ‘Whip It'” to many others), and their 1978 debut album Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! still sounds and timeless and innovative today. And though many of Devo’s best songs were still to come, their debut remains their finest front-to-back album. So it’s exciting news that you can now own this piece of art punk/new wave history on picture disc for the first time ever.

Iggy & The Stooges – Rare Power

The Stooges’ third album Raw Power is their loudest, most furious, and — no pun intended — their rawest, and its influence on the sound and aesthetic of punk is obvious from the album’s first couple chords. It remains hugely influential today, and even with decades of heavy music to compete with, it still rips harder than most albums ever. For RSD Black Friday, Sony Legacy is releasing Rare Power, which collects rare tracks from the album’s sessions. “Eight of these nine outtakes and alternate mixes are available on vinyl for the first time,” and Rare Power also includes the first-ever commercial release of Josh Mobley’s remix of “Gimme Danger” (that was heard in the Watch Dogs video game).

Type O Negative – Bloody Kisses (with bonus LP)

Very few bands that fit into the “gothic metal” umbrella had the commercial success that Brooklyn’s own Type O Negative experienced after the release of Bloody Kisses, and even less with that description were able to reach that height without also being Hot Topic mall pop in disguise. Twenty five years have passed since Type O Negative debuted their new sound and videos on MTV that brought ex-Carnivore frontman, genius and future Playgirl centerfold Peter Steele’s newer band from L’Amour to a massive (and often goth) audience. And it’s been over eight years since ‘The Green Man’ left this earth, but Type O feel even more important and respected than ever — especially in the metal world — thus making it a perfect time for this 3-LP expanded reissue on green (natch) vinyl. The third LP is comprised of bonus tracks making their debut on vinyl, which by the way you can get signed by two members (one of which actually played on the album, and the other who played its songs live countless times) at Generation Records in NYC from 3-5pm on Friday. Also pick up the Type O Negative / Trivium split 7″ RSD exclusive while you’re there (it has Trivium covering Type O’s “I Don’t Wanna Be Me” on one side, and the original on the other.) Rest in Peace, Petrus.

Various Artists – 3 x 4: The Bangles, The Three O’Clock, The Dream Syndicate, Rain Parade

Four of the most famous groups from Los Angeles’ early-’80s “Paisley Underground” scene take on each others’ songs on this double LP. Among the songs here: The Bangles take on The Three O’Clock’s classic “Jet Fighter”; The Dream Syndicate cover The Bangles’ early hit “Hero Takes a Fall”; The Three O’Clock cover The Dream Syndicate’s “Tell me When It’s Over”; and Rain Parade take on The Bangles’ “Real World.” Maybe next year someone can reissue the great Rainy Day albumwhich featured members of all those bands covering Dylan, The Velvet Underground, and more.

Paul Williams – Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas Original Soundtrack

Beloved Jim Henson Muppets special Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas has been a holiday tradition for 40 years, offering up a down-home, otter-based spin on the classic “Gift of the Magi” story. The soundtrack is loaded with great original songs by Paul Williams, who wrote The Muppet Movie songs, as well as Barbra Streisand’s “Evergreen,” The Carpenters’ “Rainy Days and Mondays” and “We’ve Only Just Begun” and more (like The Love Boat Theme), but it’s never been released in any form until now.

Würm – Exhumed

Before Chuck Dukowski teamed up with Greg Ginn to form Black Flag, he played in the metal band Würm, who briefly reunited a few times in the early ’80s and released some music on Ginn’s SST Records. For RSD Black Friday, they’re releasing Exhumed, a compilation featuring their out-of-print album Feast, plus unreleased songs, demos, live tracks, and other rarities. It also includes liner notes by Dukowski and never-before-seen photos. If you like the metal direction Black Flag went in on My War (which Dukowski helped write but didn’t perform on) and haven’t checked out Würm, that’s worth changing and this comp will be a great place to start (and of course longtime fans should find it just as desirable).

The Zombies – Odessey and Oracle (Picture Disc)

Harmony-laden baroque/psych pop as we know it wouldn’t exist without The Zombies’ 1968 classic Odessey and Oracle. Home to their gigantic single “Time of the Season” and 11 other just-as-good-or-better songs, it rivaled The Beatles and The Beach Boys and paved the path for The Flaming Lips, Animal Collective, Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear and tons of other bands who make trippy, lush pop. For the first time ever, it’s being released on picture disc.

And not sure if we’d “like to own” this one but…

Weezer – Africa (Africa Shaped Picture Disc)

In what is either the greatest or the absolute worse release of RSD Black Friday, Weezer are releasing their strangely popular cover of Toto’s “Africa” on a picture disc that is… shaped like Africa. It also includes their cover of Toto’s “Rosanna” on the flip. Bless the rains.

For more highlights, check out the one featuring exclusively heavier titles at Invisible Oranges. Full list at RSD’s site.

Uncle Frank Drops Latest Single & Lyric Video “HEY!”

Coming off their latest October release with “Looking For a Home” following 2017’s “Love Lion” album, Uncle Frank are back with the infectious riff laden single “HEY!”!

“HEY!” is 3 minutes of pop magic that'll get in your head and onto your playlist.

“Yes I am nasty that is true... but I can give you that Boogly Boo!”

With a monster arrangement that harks to INXS' glorious 'Kick' album, Uncle Frank bring the vibe.

Hey! is the first of a line up of Uncle Frank singles that will be released every month up to their forthcoming album 'Soul On The Battleground' expected in March 2019.

Get “HEY!” via iTunes HERE:

For More on Uncle Frank, VISIT: www.UncleFrankBand.com

Listen to a brand new Earl Sweatshirt song called ‘The Mint’

It'll feature on 'Some Rap Songs', the follow-up to the LA rapper's 2015 LP 'I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside'

Earl Sweatshirt has announced his first album in three years, titled ‘Some Rap Songs’ – listen to his new single ‘The Mint’ below.

Earl’s latest return to action was first previewed earlier this month by the surprise release of the single ‘Nowhere2go’, sparking speculation that the long-awaited follow-up to his 2015 album ‘I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside’ was imminent.

The rapper has now confirmed that his next project will go by the name ‘Some Rap Songs’, and it’s set for release next week on November 30. In a statement, Earl confirmed that the album will address the recent death of his father, Keorapetse Kgositsile.

“Me and my dad had a relationship that’s not uncommon for people to have with their fathers, which is a non-perfect one,” Earl said. “Talking to him is symbolic and non-symbolic, but it’s literally closure for my childhood. Not getting to have that moment left me to figure out a lot with my damn self.”

Earl has previewed ‘Some Rap Songs’ with the release today (November 20) of the Navy Blue-featuring single ‘The Mint’.

‘I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside’ followed 19 months on from his debut solo studio album, 2013’s ‘Doris’. His break-out mixtape ‘Earl’ was released back in 2010.

Earl gave his first live performance in some time last month during a star-studded memorial concert for Mac Miller, who passed away on September 7. The two rappers were close friends and collaborators.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Christoph de Babalon debuts on Alter with Hectic Shakes EP

The veteran producer brings his murky drones and brutal breakbeats to the London-based label.

Christoph de Babalon will make his debut on Alter with a new four-track EP Hectic Shakes, which will arrive early next year.

The EP revisits the frenetic breakcore and dark ambience with which the producer made his name on labels such as Digital Hardcore and Fat Cat Records, and references the “eerie in-between spaces of vintage Unit Moebius or Deutsch Nepal.”

Christoph de Babalon broke onto the scene with his 1997 cult album If You’re Into It, I’m Out Of It, and has since released a steady stream of projects on Digital Hardcore, Fat Cat, V I S and his own label Cross Fader Enter Trainment.

Hectic Shakes arrives on January 18, 2019, and is available to preorder now. Check out the cover art and tracklist below.


01. ‘Harakiri’
02. ‘Endless Inside’
03. ‘Shivers and Shakes’
04. ‘Raw Mind’

16 year old Singer/Songwriter/Producer Angelo David on the rise as Next Big Pop/Alternative Star

With so many young up-and-coming singer/songwriters in the Pop/Alternative world nowadays, it takes real genuine talent to stand out amongst the crowd and have the music world take notice. But that was just the case for Angelo David, who at only 16 has been writing and producing dynamic new tracks that brought him to performing for sold-out crowds and catch the ear of Britney Spears’ music Director Marc Delcore in 2013. Now with an EP and multiple singles under his belt including his latest “This Place” and the soon-to-be-released “The Inside”, he’s continuing to write and produce hot new tracks.

With a unique ability to convert his personal experiences to powerful lyrics and catchy musical transitions - singer/songwriter, producer, and keyboard player Angelo David began writing socially conscious songs at only 8 yrs old in his native Boston, MA.

The Britney Spears’ Las Vegas band backed Angelo at the Topsfield Fair in 2013 and he performed at Webster Hall in New York City in 2015. In September of 2017, Angelo headlined the Hard Rock stage in Boston to a sold out crowd. Over the past five years, Angelo has performed at festivals, charity events, and award shows.

Angelo released his first EP in 2013, along with his first music videos, “House Is Burning Down” (a song about being bullied) and “Mirror” (an introspection). On June 8, 2013, “House is Burning Down” trended at #4 worldwide on YouTube as one of the most popular music videos around the web. Catching the ear of Marc Delcore, music director for Britney Spears, Delcore offered to produce Angelo’s next single, “Heard it at Sunset,” a moving song about the Boston Marathon bombing. The song and video were released at the one-year anniversary of the bombing with all proceeds to benefit the One Fund.

His musical and acting talents have also been recognized by film festivals internationally. In 2014, “Heard it at Sunset” won Best Music Video at the Long Beach Indie International Film Festival and “Mirror” won Best Music Video at the Indian Cine Film Festival in Mumbai, India. In 2015, Angelo’s music video “Lonely” won Best Music Video at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.

In 2017, Angelo was asked to write a song about togetherness for the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s Foundation, a nonprofit organization to benefit unemployed coal miner families in Kentucky and West Virginia who are struggling with depression and opioid addiction. He’s also been interviewed by NBC-10 TV, WSVN-TV Miami, Dirty Water TV, WBZ radio, the Boston Globe, GoodMusicAllDay, One Magazine, and other publications.

While he frequently continues to release new singles, including the upcoming “The Inside”, it’s certain that Angelo David is a rising talent that will continue to take the Pop Music world by storm!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets expand North American tour

Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets — the Pink Floyd drummer’s new group who perform music from Syd Barrett-era albums The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and A Saucerful of Secrets — have expanded their first-ever North American tour, adding second LA and NYC shows, as well as a Philly show. The first LA and NYC shows have sold out.

The second LA show happens March 17 at The Wiltern, the second NYC show happens April 19 at Beacon Theatre, and the Philly show happens April 20 at The Met. Tickets go on sale Friday (11/16) at 10 AM PST, 10 AM EST, and 9 AM EST, respectively, with presales starting Wednesday (11/14) at 10 AM local time.

Mason’s band also includes Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp, Lee Harris of Ian Dury & the Blockheads, composer Dom Beken (who frequently collaborated with Floyd keyboardist Rick Wright) and Guy Pratt, who became Floyd’s bass player in the post-Waters era.

Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets – 2019 North American tour dates

Monday, November 12, 2018

CupcakKe drops new album Eden

Her second album of 2018.

Chicago rapper CupcakKe has dropped a new album, Eden, which is available to stream and download now. The LP follows the exceptional Ephorize. Earlier this year she released the singles ‘Quiz’ and ‘Blackjack’.

Eden is out now. Check out the incredible album artwork and tracklist:

01. ‘PetSmart’
02. ‘Cereal and Water’
03. ‘Quiz’
04. ‘Garfield’
05. ‘Dangled’
06. ‘Starbucks’
07. ‘Typo’
08. ‘Prenup’
09. ‘Blackjack’
10. ‘Fabric’
11. ‘Don’t Post Me’
12. ‘A.U.T.I.S.M’

Friday, November 9, 2018

‘The Beatles (White Album) Super Deluxe’ Is a Revelatory Dive Into Their Frayed Late-Sixties Drama

In late May, 1968, the Beatles convened at guitarist George Harrison’s English country home with an extraordinary body of raw materials for their next album. The so-called “Esher demos” — 27 songs taped on Harrison’s four-track machine — were at once stark and full, solo acoustic blueprints already outfitted with signature flourishes: double-tracked vocals; John Lennon’s raindrop-arpeggio guitar in “Dear Prudence”; the future guitar solo in “Back in the U.S.S.R.,” hummed by Paul McCartney.

There was evidence too of tension and estrangement: Lennon’s jagged rhythms and aggressive cynicism (“Revolution,” “Yer Blues”); McCartney’s determined optimism (“Blackbird”) and almost mutinous cheer (“Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”). In his Appalachian-ballad draft of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” Harrison pointedly censured his bandmates, singing “The problems you sow are the troubles you’re reaping.” He dropped the line in the final version. His dismay in the song remained.

Those recordings, issued in full for the first time, are the dominant revelation in the 50th-anniversary expansion of The Beatles. At 30 tracks on two LPs and dubbed “The White Album” for its blank-canvas sleeve, it was the group’s longest, most eclectic and emotionally blunt record – an admission of frayed nerves and strained bonds in the zigzag of garage-roots rock, delicate balladry, proto-metal fury, country ham and radical experiment. The “Super Deluxe” edition of The Beatles has even more. In addition to the demos and a new remix of the album overseen by Giles Martin, son of the late producer George Martin, there are 50 tracks of the work in progress – outtakes and sketches; roads not taken and songs left behind – across the summer and fall of 1968.

But the Esher tapes are a profound record in themselves. There are rough lyrics and missing parts; Lennon’s “Glass Onion” is just one, repeated verse. But this is an unprecedented view of the Beatles at the ground zero of songwriting as well as the trials and conflict that charged that bounty: the death of manager Brian Epstein in 1967; the chaotic launch of Apple Corps.; the disappointment of the Beatles’ recent trip to India. Lennon takes his swipe at the Maharishi (“Sexy Sadie”); he is also exhausted to the point of begging (“I’m So Tired”). McCartney finds relief in corn (“Honey Pie”). Harrison is coming up strong but frustrated. His Esher songs “Circles” and “Not Guilty” have to wait for solo albums.

The outtakes vary in impact. A 12-minute “Helter Skelter” is not the noise fest I hoped but a solid groove, McCartney leading a blues-jam Beatles. The minute differences in Lennon’s two takes of longing for his mother, “Julia,” are telling; his vocal falls more naturally over the guitar in the second pass. An alternate down-home “Good Night” is a marvelous shock, Ringo Starr’s homely vocal gilded with earthy harmonies closer to the Band, moving in Byrds-like formation. And do not fear for the original album: Giles’ remix adds depth and detail without betraying the ’68 balance as in the new, striking contrast between the doldrums and tumult in Harrison’s “Long, Long, Long.”