PUFF DADDY BRINGS MMM THE ALBUM TO ITUNES
On November 4, Puff Daddy took the internet by storm, surprising fans with his sonic motion picture, MMM, for free, in celebration of his birthday. Released ahead of the mogul’s final album, No Way Out 2, MMM the album is now available for digital sale globally this Friday, December 18 on iTunes from Bad Boy Entertainment/Epic Records. MMM has been updated with two previously-unheard iTunes-exclusive tracks. The two new tracks feature Bad Boy newcomers and legends alike, “Cocaine” ft. Gizzle, “Old Man Wildin’” featuring Jadakiss and Styles P.
BRANTLEY GILBERT RESCHEDULES UK DATES
Nashville: Brantley Gilbert announces the rescheduling of his European Black Out Tour dates for early May. After kicking off his global Black Out Tour with a sold-out show November 11 at Melkweg in Amsterdam and playing Hamburg’s Fabrik and Munich’s Technikum, the outlier songwriter opted to cancel the remainder of his dates in Europe in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks that stunned the world.
At the time, Gilbert issued a statement via Twitter, stating, “Out of respect for the lives lost in yesterday’s terrorist attacks, we have decided to postpone the rest of our European dates. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of France at this tragic time. We will be back as soon as possible, and at a more appropriate time.”
AUTOLUX RELEASES NEW TRACK “CHANGE MY HEAD”
Los Angeles-based trio Autolux has released their second new track “Change My Head,” which is currently featured on the Danger Mouse-curated 30th Century Records Compilation Volume I, available everywhere today.
Listen/Embed “Change My Head”:
PJ HARVEY RETURNS WITH NEW ALBUM IN 2016 + TRAILER
PJ Harvey returns next year with a new record documenting a unique artistic journey, which took her to Kosovo, Afghanistan and Washington, D.C. The album was recorded during a month-long, open to the public “Recording in Progress” residency at London arts and cultural center Somerset House. Audiences were given the opportunity to observe Harvey at work with her band and producers in a custom-built studio.
LOUDWIRE AWARDS MASTODON’S “ASLEEP IN THE DEEP”
Loudwire, among Hard rock’s leading online destinations has just published their Year End Best Of 2015 lists and have named Mastodon’s “Asleep In The Deep” the #1 of the 10 Best Metal Video Of The Year 2015. Loudwire announced: “Mastodon are truly in a league of their own, not only creating music that beckons labeling them as their own genre, but crafting brilliant music videos like “Asleep in the Deep.” The video was released this year, but the song comes off the band’s 2014 record, Once More ‘Round the Sun. In this video, a cat leaves home and stumbles upon a weird, blacklit world full of cute little demon creatures. After drinking from a saucer, the furry feline undergoes a psychedelic transformation and has all sorts of hallucinations. The pacing of the video complements the trance-like song, resulting in the Best Metal Video of 2015.”
Just in time to turn up for the holidays, producer and frequent TDE collaborator Felix Snow is dropping “Touch That” with rapper Dominique Young Unique. The thumping track, which premiered on The FADER, impresses with sharp snares, synths, and booming kicks. “I fucking fell in love with it off the bat,” Felix Snow explained. “Dominique’s got such a raw venom when she raps it’s infectious. Had to flip this one out…”
SHAWN O’SULLVIAN STREAM THE FIRST TRACK VIA RESIDENT ADVISOR
Shawn O’ Sullivan marks his return to Shifted’s Avian imprint with a four track EP under his 400ppm alias.
Following on from 2013’s Non Nocere, the New Yorker pairs trademark stripped back drum programming with heady, warping drones and frenetic sequencing. Even at full throttle, careful attention to detail lends the productions a degree of musicality oft missing from contemporary Techno. Subtle nods to IDM feature, and references to O’Sullivans work with Katie O’Sullivan as Further Reductions remain in the form of spacious verb and fluid atmospherics, but the focus is undeniably on the dance floor.
“BE RIGHT THERE”
Diplo & Sleepy Tom share the new video for their monster track “Be Right There” today directed by Dan Streit & Sean Lopez. The deep house infused track samples Jade’s classic 90’s R&B “Don’t Walk Away” (now sung by Priscilla Renea), which exploded online with over 67 million plays to date. Check out the pastel-doused video below and share.
MALCOLM HOLCOMBE SET TO RELEASE ‘ANOTHER BLACK HOLE’ FEBRUARY 12, 2016
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Malcolm Holcombe, whose “heartfelt baritone” (NPR) delivers “haunted country, acoustic blues and rugged folk” (Rolling Stone), will release his 14th studio album, Another Black Hole (Gypsy Eyes Music), February 12, 2016.
Produced by Grammy-winning producer and engineer Ray Kennedy and Brian Brinkerhoff, Another Black Hole features Holcombe’s rasping vocals and bright, percussive guitar accentuating his insightful lyrics. “It is Malcolm’s perception of the world that make his songs hit you like a gunpowder blast. His gruff and tough delivery is a primordial power full of grit, spit and anthropomorphic expression,” says Kennedy.
LEGENDARY AMERICAN BAND RETURNS WITH FIRST NEW ALBUM IN MORE THAN 15 YEARS
Violent Femmes have announced details of their eagerly awaited new LP. WE CAN DO ANYTHING arrives via [PIAS] on Friday, March 4th.
Violent Femmes’ ninth studio album and first full-length collection in more than 15 years, WE CAN DO ANYTHING is among the most provocative and playful in the legendary trio’s remarkable canon. As the album’s title makes plain, the band – singer/songwriter/guitarist Gordon Gano, bassist Brian Ritchie, and drummer Brian Viglione – remains as intrepid and fearless as ever before, traversing genre and emotion via their immediately identifiable, still utterly idiosyncratic, mash of rambunctious folk, minimalist punk, cubist blues, cosmic jazz, and backwoods rock ‘n’ roll.
EAGLES OF DEATH METAL THANK THEIR MUSICAL BROTHERS & SISTERS JOINING THE PLAY IT FORWARD EODM CAMPAIGN
In the aftermath of the horrific and senseless terrorist attacks on Paris on November 13, 2015—in which so many innocent lives were taken at that evening’s Eagles Of Death Metal show at Le Bataclan—it was none other than Duran Duran who reached out with an immediate and sincere act of musical solidarity: In response to a fan-led campaign to push Eagles Of Death Metal’s cover of Duran Duran’s classic “Save A Prayer” to #1 in the UK, Simon LeBon tweeted that the new romantic icons would donate their share of royalties from the track to charity.
In the weeks that followed, Eagles Of Death Metal asked its musical family to extend the victims of the Paris attacks the same kindness and compassion that everyone from the members of U2 to the French authorities had shown the band—to join the Play It Forward EODM Campaign. EODM asked artists the world over to cover “I Love You All The Time” from its current album Zipper Down. For every cover sold, the band pledged to donate 100% of its publishing income to The Sweet Stuff Foundation, the non-profit organization founded in 2013 by EODM co-founder Joshua Homme to provide assistance to musicians and their families in times of need, as well as musical education and gear for the next generation. Participating artists were also asked to donate the money generated from sales of the song to the charity.
KONGOS RE-RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM
Multiplatinum-certified rock quartet KONGOS will officially reissue their rare indie debut, KONGOS (2007), at all digital retailers today.
KONGOS (2007) is available for purchase here: http://smarturl.it/KONGOS. It also serves as an homage to their beginnings in South Africa and Phoenix as they diligently craft the follow-up to 2012’s major label debut Lunatic and their forthcoming third full-length album—due out early 2016.
BLACK TIDE “ANGEL IN THE DARK”
Florida based metal outfit Black Tide release their 3rd full length album entitled “Chasing Shadows” through Pavement Entertainment. The follow up to the bands acclaimed “Post Mortem” album, “Chasing Shadows” has the classic Back Tide sound that critics and fans alike have hailed as “Old school metal with a new school sound”.
THE HATEFUL EIGHT ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK
Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight original motion picture soundtrack is available for purchase worldwide today via Decca Records. The Hateful Eight film will be released on December 25, 2015 screening exclusively in glorious Ultra Panavision 70 mm film and will open wide on December 31, 2015.
To celebrate the historic launch of The Hateful Eight score, Tarantino and Morricone met last week for a legendary event at Abbey Road Studios.Tarantino and actors Kurt Russell and Walton Goggins watched as Morricone conducted the Czech National Symphony Orchestra in a live recording of music from The Hateful Eight, cut to vinyl. While they were at Abbey Road, Morricone, Tarantino, Russell, Goggins and the orchestra signed the famous wall outside Abbey Road, which had been covered in The Hateful Eight artwork.Just hours later, Morricone’s score for The Hateful Eight was nominated for a Golden Globe in the Best Original Score category.
BEST TRACKS OF 2015
It’s this time of the year again: Best of lists are back! You hate them, right? Well, don’t be such a grinch. This best tracks list’s only purpose is to dispense a tiny dose of what’s been, once again, a brilliant year for musical creation, with plenty more than just dozens of top-notch EPs and albums.
Your favourite track didn’t make it into our selection? A 30-track list is too narrow to stick them all? We know this, don’t worry. Don’t forget these lists aren’t meant to demean absentees. There’d be no point in turning this yearly celebration into an autocratic ranking of supposed tastefulness.
MURALS “LONG BRIDGE” VIA THE FADER
Formed nearly 10 years ago while in high school the band now known as Murals (Evan Blum, Jacob Weaver, Rob Monsma) have traveled a long road to their debut Full Length LP. After some dips and turns the three core members have landed back in their home town of Louisville, KY. They write record and live in a house on a hill in the not so swank part of town – the type of place that acid trips and all day jam sessions go hand in hand. The results are an ever present body of slow churning psychedelic folk that wouldn’t be so surprising in your hippie dad’s record collection or buried deep in the crates of your headiest record store.
QUIN VIDEO PREMIERE
Flirting with pop, electronic music, and RnB is newcomer Quiñ, a singer/songwriter from Pasadena, California, poised to turn heads with her effortless style of self-described Fantasy Soul Music. Says Quin, “I named it Fantasy Soul Music because naturally this is the music my soul sings, and Fantasy because that’s where my imagination gets its inspiration.” Filling the room with her sun-drenched vocals, Quiñ soars over Rich Skillz’ hazy production. Atop a stack of dream-sequenced synths, she sings “Last thing I felt was the sunset / the last thing I saw was the dawn in the your eyes / last thing I said was ‘I got that / and I will be back for you, wait until I rise.'”
PERFECTO NEW VIDEO
Perfecto recently released its debut LP, You Can’t Run From the Rhythm, via Joyful Noise Recordings. Available now digitally & on vinyl, it features synthy dance anthems, house vamps, and wavy rhythms.
Album track “The Labrador” tells Perfecto’s origin story, and its accompanying video features DJ Rafal — who inadvertently kickstarted the project when he put his beats up on Craigslist — telling his tale.
KYGO IS THE FASTEST ARTIST TO REACH 1 BILLION STREAMS ON SPOTIFY
Spotify has announced today that Norwegian superstar and tropical house maven, Kygo, (Ultra Records / RCA Records) is the fastest artist of all time to reach one billion streams, achieving that feat in just 12 months. (As a comparison artists – such as Sam Smith and Ariana Grande – will typically take two years from the release of their debut single to reach 1 billion plays on Spotify).
MEGADETH TO LAUNCH VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCE FOR NEW ALBUM DYSTOPIA
Pioneer thrash rock band Megadeth has announced today that they will give their fans the ultimate cutting edge experience in Virtual Reality. The band will head into a special Virtual Reality set-up with director Blair Underwood where they will perform and film five songs from Dystopia, “Fatal Illusion,” “Dystopia,” The Threat Is Real,” “Poisonous Shadows,” and “Post American World.” As a director, DGA member Underwood directed the 2009 independent feature “The Bridge to Nowhere,” as well as several music videos, short films and commercials. He is currently recurring on ABC’s hit series, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” The band’s performance will appear within the fallen city of a dystopian world modeled after the world created in Megadeth’s new music video for “The Threat Is Real.”
FUCKING INVINCIBLE EP STREAM
Providence-based FUCKING INVINCIBLE will unfurl their ruthless I Hate Myself And Want You To Die EP through Atomic Action! Records this Friday, December 18th, and today speedfreaks at Noisey have posted the entire blinding release early as the band posts a run of North American tour dates.
AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED NEW SINGLE
Today, infamous extreme metal instigators, AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED, debuts “Not A Daughter,” from the band’s forthcoming new EP, Arc, via NPR Music. Said NPR of the opening track, “Led by [vocalist Kat] Katz, ‘Not A Daughter’ is from the twenty-seven-minute Arc, a relentlessly sludgy and doomy three-track EP from a band mostly known for delivering digital distress in twenty seconds or less. Since joining the band for 2009’s Agorapocalypse, Katz has proven to be the most feral of the three AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED vocalists. Here, her full-throated shrieks push and pull [guitarist Scott] Hull’s Crowbar-thick grooves and mean MC5 riffs. It’s as if ANb was always meant to be the scummiest rock ‘n’ roll band alive.”
THE HARROW’S NEW VIDEO
The Harrow’s new video, “Feral Haze,” was released on Monday, Dec. 14. It was directed and animated by Gooby Herms, acclaimed for his previous clips, “Rimbaud Eyes” by Dum Dum Girls and “Foolin’ Around” by Crocodiles.
View the video here:
MAX FROST LIVE SESSION OF “PARANOIA”
Max Frost will hit the road with Grizfolk in early 2016. Max will kick off the tour with a headline show at Valley Bar in Phoenix, AZ on January 20th. The tour with Grizfolk continues through February, including a stop at The Gramercy Theatre in New York City on February 11th. Max will wrap things up with a headline show in Nashville, TN at High Watt on February 13th. Max recently stopped by the Atlantic Records’ office and decided to jump into the studio to record a live session, which included “Paranoia,” a track from his recently released EP Intoxication.
ANGEL VIVALDI NEW VIDEO
Progressive guitar virtuoso ANGEL VIVALDI is fresh off of his successful Touring You Apart tour and already planning his touring schedule for spring 2016. In the meantime, Vivaldi has been hard at work putting the finishing touches on his cover of “Crystal Planet” (featuring As Blood Runs Black’s Dan Sugarman), originally performed by guitar legend Joe Satriani.
ANGEL VIVALDI is pleased to unleash this re-imagined track along with its accompanying music video today via Guitar World. Watch here:
WHAT SO NOT DROPS LONG-AWAITED GEMINI EP
What So Not announces the long-awaited Gemini EP, available today as a free download on OWSLA / Sweat It Out. The collaborative EP from Emoh and Flume has been heavily in-demand and marks the final work of the project as a duo. Following this release What So Not will be continued as a solo project by Emoh.
ACE COSGROVE DEBUT VIDEO
Hailing from Gaithersburg, Maryland, rapper Ace Cosgrove has been growing in talent and aspirations. The 24-year-old approaches his music and aspirations of shooting for the stars with an honesty on par with Tupac.
All of these characteristics were put on display in the September release of Ace Cosgrove’s Baby Need Food.
GOLD LINK SPRING TOUR TRAILER
Coming off the release of his full length project via Soulection, And After That, We Didn’t Talk, GoldLink is announcing his second headlining tour this spring. Kicking off in Los Angeles on February 26th and ending March 23rd in Atlanta, the 18 date, U.S / Canadian tour will feature Sango on select dates, hitting New York, Chicago, a hometown DC show and many more cities with special guests (full dates below). His live show described by Billboard as ” a ball of limbs expanding and contracting with kinetic, uncontainable zeal,” brings a James Brown-esque energy making it easy to see how the “Spectrum” singer/rapper was an XXL 2015 Freshman pick, cosigned by Rick Rubin and critically acclaimed by the likes of Pitchfork, Fader, Complex, NPR among others.
5 SECONDS OF SUMMER RELEASE ‘JET BLACK HEART’ VIDEO
The band will kick off the “Sounds Live Feels Live” world tour in Japan on February 19, 2016. The North American leg, produced by Live Nation, will include shows at New York City’s Madison Square Garden (July 15) and The Forum in Los Angeles (September 7).
IVY NATIONS NEW SINGLE
“It’s about control. A possessive relationship. Two actors a) possessor; b) the possessed (controlled partner). One person yielding control over the other long after the relationship has ended. An addiction, that eventually paralyses both actors. The result, an inability to truly love another. The possessed partner takes over the role of the possessor over time. An emphasis on insecurities (in the possessed), that fuels paranoia. An inability to forgive, to accept ones fate, that is, bound by fears, loss and anxiety. Lusting over the possessed partner. An unhealthy desire to be with them at any cost.”
JEFFREY CIRIO RETURNS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Boston Ballet Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen welcomes Jeffrey Cirio, former Boston Ballet Principal Dancer, back to the Boston Opera House Stage for select performances of The Nutcracker. Cirio will join the cast of Company dancers for performances on December 24 at 3 pm, December 26 at 7:30 pm, December 27 at 5:30 pm, December 29 at 7:30 pm, and December 30 at 1 pm, as well as a special New Year’s Eve appearance on December 31 at 7:30 pm. He will be dancing the roles of Snow King, Grand Pas, and Russian.*
“Our patrons have watched Jeff grow and mature as an artist from his training as a Boston Ballet School student through his tenure as a Company Dancer last season. He is beloved by audiences and critics-alike in the roles of young Fritz in his early years to the leading Nutcracker Prince,” explains Mikko Nissinen, Boston Ballet Artistic Director. “The Nutcracker is a joyful family tradition for so many— an opportunity to come together to create cherished memories with the ones we love. We are thrilled to welcome Jeff back to celebrate the holidays with his Boston Ballet family, and to be a part of the wonderful joy the production brings to life.”
RUIN DEBUT VIDEO
Thrash metal band Ruin have released their first music video for the single “Reopen”. Reopen is the first single off of Ruin’s third full length release Rite of Passage. Rite of Passage was produced and mastered by Kevin Billingslea at Lion’s Maine Studio in Waterboro, Maine. Ruin’s self-funded Rite of Passage hit the shelves in October of 2014 and worldwide on iTunes December 2015. Ruin’s distinguished, no holds barred style crashes full speed ahead, taking no prisoners.