Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Ray LaMontagne - Supernova

Following last week's teaser, Ray LaMontagne has released, Supernova, the first single from his upcoming album. The song finds Ray transitioning from lonesome folk music to 70's AM pop, similar to Bob Segar or John Mellencamp.

Some of that should be directly attributed to Dan Auerbach (of The Black Keys), who produced the new album in Nashville, TN. Expect more energy, from pumping organs to loads of electric guitar, when the album drops on May 6th.

No info yet on tour dates or pre-orders. The single is available now on iTunes.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Twin Forks - Twin Forks LP [Full Stream]

Just last month I introduced you guys to Twin Forks, and today you can hear their debut album, Twin Forks, a few days before its scheduled release on February 25th.

Built on lead singer Chris Carrabba's (of Dashboard Confessional) heart-tugging lyrics and a stomping rhythm section, the album fits in nicely with the recent Folk/Bluegrass revival, courtesy of Mumford & Sons, and The Avett Brothers.

Highlights include the playful Cross My Mind, and country-flavored, Kiss Me Darling, featuring vocals from Suzie Zeldin, the ace in the hole, bringing an entirely new dimension with her voice and mandolin.

The band has been announced as a supporting act for Augustana, and will play the Double Door, on May 10th. The album is available for pre-order via Dine Alone Records, including their exclusive, limited-edition, clear pressing, as well as, iTunes.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Conor Oberst - Hundreds of Ways

Conor Oberst is back and reinventing himself again. Following a nice Rolling Stone article, Conor has announced that he will release his second solo album, Upside Down Mountain, on May 20, and tour, kicking off in North Carolina on May 8th.

The first single, Hundreds of Ways, really changes directions for Oberst with an upbeat groove, even bringing in horns and backing vocals from folk duo, First Aid Kit.

The album, recorded in Nashville and produced by Jonathan Wilson, is said to have a country feel, but no matter where you record, you'll always get a bit of strife from Oberst. Even with all the sheen and bubbly guitar, he finds a way to hide the great line: Don't look so forlorn/Don't you look so scared/Don't get so upset/This world was never fair. 

Those of you counting down the days until Record Store Day, can add another title to the ever-growing list. Hundreds of Ways will be released as a limited, seven-inch single, along with Fast Friends, an album outtake.

Tickets for the upcoming tour, including 2 nights at the Metro, go on sale this Friday.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Phoenix - S.O.S. In Bel Air (Jackson and His Computer Band Remix)

It looks like Phoenix's next single, S.O.S. In Bel Air, will receive the same remix treatment as its predecessors (Entertainment, Trying To Be Cool) with the release of Jackson and His Computer Band's stretched out remix.

Over 9 minutes, the track finds time to swap swirling vocals and stacked pianos with an addictive video game beat and back again. Best of all, the remix is FREE, along with a slew of others via Soundcloud.