This fall, Meshell Ndegeocello will return with her latest record Weather, out November 8th on Naïve in the U.S. Her ninth album in 20 years, Weather finds the eclectic songwriter expanding on her iconic style, a lush album of intimate songwriting. And in honor of the album’s release, Meshell has made “Dirty World” available for free download. Download the track here.
Produced by Grammy-winner, Joe Henry (Aimee Mann, Solomon Burke, Ani DiFranco), Weather is the latest addition to Meshell’s diverse catalog. A strikingly organic record, the album finds Meshell experimenting with the sparse, orchestral melodies paired with thoughtful lyrics, all performed by a band of fearsome musicians. The album opens with the title track “Weather,” a spacey, soulful groove that sets the stage for the rest of the record. Tracks like “Oysters” and her cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Chelsea Hotel” find Meshell constructing hushed ballads, centered around mournful piano. These tracks are juxtaposed with Meshell’s defiant, soulful stomps on songs like “Rapid Fire” and “Dirty World.” The album also features all-star collaborations with the likes of Chris Connelly (ex-Revolting Cocks, Ministry), Benji Hughes, and Joe Henry.
Born Michelle Johnson in Berlin, Meshell Ndegeocello has spent that last 20 years forging a unique career that’s as distinct as it is critically celebrated. Arriving in New York in the early ’90s with a few bedroom demos and her bass, Meshell quickly struck out on her own, joining The Black Rock Coalition and eventually signing to Madonna’s newly-minted Maverick Records. Her politically charged, sexually rebellious music crossed boundaries and norms, all while incorporating a bit of everything into her sound, including hip hop, rock, R&B, new wave, go-go and punk. Her neo-soul anthem “If That’s Your Boyfriend (He Wasn’t Last Night)” topped the charts, and cover of Van Morrison’s “Wild Night,” performed with John Mellancamp, became a ’90s classic. Quickly developing into a musician’s musician, Meshell has shared the stage with The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Alanis Morrisette, James Blood Ulmer, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Tony Allen, John Medeski, Billy Preston, Chaka Khan, and more.
The release of Honkey Kong is drawing ever closer and to get you in the mood to get down and dirty, Boots Electric has released a new video for “Boots Electric Theme.” A comedic tribute to ’70s-era porn flicks, the impressively mustached lover-man acts out his take on Hollywood classics, from “Pump Friction” and “Forrest Hump” to “The Bang Over,” with more puns that you can shake a rather questionable stick at.
Boots Electric is Eagles of Death Metal frontman, Jesse “The Devil” Hughes. After creating three albums of dirty and danceable garage rock anthems, Honkey Kong is his first solo outing and will be released on September 20th by Dangerbird Records. It was produced by Tony Hoffer (Beck, Depeche Mode) and co-written with legendary keyboardist Money Mark, best known for his many collaborations with the Beastie Boys.
Honkey Kong is the sound of Boots Electric coming out of the closet. Under this moniker, Hughes expands his sonic palette while continuing to deliver the hooks for which he’s known. The electronic drums that kick off opening track “Complexity” immediately signal the new direction. The track is a mix of glam-pop, keyboard-heavy dance grooves, and Hughes’s signature brand of rock ‘n’ roll grit that drips with swagger. Elsewhere, he tries on space-funk synths on the track “Boots Electric” and “Trippy Blob” has some of his most absurdist lyrics yet.
Though a winking self-awareness has long been one of Hughes’s calling cards, he’s also written some of his most earnest songs yet. “No Fun” is an honest-to-goodness ballad and “Swallowed by the Night” is a soulful slice of honky tonk gold. Honkey Kongreveals what many already knew – beneath the tongue-in-cheek lyrics and his charismatic strut, Hughes has always been a gifted pop songwriter at heart.
Significant debuts in history have either been the results of a revolutionary approach (Korn, for example) or a smart evolution of familiar sounds (e.g., Guns ‘n’ Roses). Kyng falls squarely in the latter category. In fact, there is nothing on Trampled Sun that you haven’t heard in some sort of incarnation before, but the way Kyng brings those sounds together is both new, yet familiar.
Musically, I could build a list of bands that is pages long that Kyng clearly sound like. To keep is simple, though, picture Fu Manchu and Kyuss at a Badmotorfinger-era Soundgarden concert. And while there is plenty of sludge to the sound, Kyng never lingers too long in the slower dirge-like tempo range for too long, because there is a there is an unmistakable punk-like “raise your middle finger to the sky” mentality that weaves itself throughout Trampled Sun. In many ways, Kyng is a band that rock has needed for a long time; it’s pure unabashed energy that combines the elements of just about every major rock genre of the last 40 years.
Vocally, rock fans will appreciate Eddie Veliz’s voice. It’s the perfect blend between Chris Cornell and former Systematic frontman, Tim Narducci. That means plenty of power and range, in case you are keeping score at home.
We’ve spent some time covering how Kyng is similar to other bands, but there are some key differences.
For starters, one of the things that sets Kyng apart from other “stoner rock” bands, for lack of a better term, is the precision of their playing. While most other bands of that genre languish in the pocket, sliding in and out of notes with a laziness that adds to their charm, Kyng’s riffing is razor sharp, showing that they learned as many lessons from Pantera as they did from Black Sabbath.
What is perhaps most impressive, however, is that amidst this raging slab of molten rock and roll, there are incredible dynamics. From the high-octane rager “Pushing & Pulling” to the Pantera-style ass-stomper “I Don’t Believe”, there is plenty of aggression for your inner headbanger. The pleasant surprises, though, come when they pause a little and slow down. It doesn’t happen often, but songs like “The Roses” and “The Beauty of the End” prove that Kyng is more than a riff factory. Indeed the chord work on these songs shows a depth reminiscent of Stone Temple Pilots or Ziggy-era Bowie. And as soon as you can say, “Ah, that’s nice,” Kyng has put it back in gear like an out of control semi headed right for your brain.
The future looks bright, if not somewhat limited, for Kyng. It’s limited in the same way that bands like Corrosion of Conformity or King’s X were limited; they weren’t commercial enough to break through to the level of, say, Stone Temple Pilots. Still, like COC or King’s X, they have the substance to earn the respect of not only their peers, but people who genuinely love rock and roll, beyond just whatever is on the radio. One listen, however, and you realize that Kyng is going to be who they are — sink or swim,and that is part of the excitement with a new band that has yet to be tested.
J.Viewz, a multi-genre electronic project brought together under the direction of Brooklyn based producer and songwriter Jonathan Dagan, will release the debut album rivers and homes. on September 6th. The album will be available digitally, as well as in the form of a 26 page hard cover booklet filled with lyrics and art. As a preview the single “Far Too Close” has been made available for free download. Get it here.
As the follow up to the popular breezy lead single “Salty Air,” the track “Far Too Close,” shows rivers and homes. diversity, taking on an irresistible ’80s pop vibe recalling Phil Collins vocals with modern flare, creating a Back to the Future type aesthetic.
Up until this point, J.Viewz has released new songs, music videos, and remixes piecemeal to fans without active promotion. Yet through word of mouth the songs and videos surrounding rivers and homes. have been listened to and viewed hundreds of thousands of times, with the J.Viewz Youtube channel registering over 700,000 views on its own. View the video for the single “Salty Air,” which just recently passed 200k views.
rivers and homes. originated as an idea Dagan dubbed “Work In Progress” that he began developing in the Spring of 2010. The plan was to make an album available for pre-order, and then record and release tracks gradually over the course of a year to fans that subscribed to the process. From early on, the quality of J.Viewz output drew subscribers in, and allowed the project to flourish. Each song was recorded and released in the same weather, mindset, and period-in-life in which it had been conceived, giving fans an intimate real time look at the artistic evolution of the album. Once completed Dagan distributed the finished album in physical form to his subscribers, and is just now making it available to the general public.
The album bears the imprint of the talented musicians, vocalists, and artists Dagan invited to take part in his “Work In Progress” project. Each song features a different arrangement of players, and each is augmented by a piece of artwork or photography that can be found within the pages of the rivers and homes. booklet. Pulled together they form a diverse aural and visual experience, presented in an engaging format that is as unique as the process by which the divergent parts were assembled.
The String Cheese Incident (SCI) has announced their first multi-city run in four years. “Roots Run Deep” 2011 begins Thanksgiving weekend and travels through Southern and Eastern U.S. historic venues including Atlanta’s legendary Fox Theatre, a return to the newly re-opened Georgia Theatre, Nashville’s landmark Ryman Auditorium (with a special acoustic first set), and a two-night stand at New York City’s magnificent United Palace. The full list of tour dates is included below, and tickets go on sale beginning August 25 at www.stringcheeseincident.com.
The String Cheese Incident has only made limited appearances since 2007, so “Roots Run Deep” affirms the band is back together and ready to rock. In 2009, SCI sent waves through the music community when they broke their almost-three-year silence by announcing they would play a headlining slot at the second annual Rothbury music festival. The performances were downright gargantuan, and left fans old and new – and the band themselves – wondering what was next.
In 2010 and 2011, SCI played a handful of sold out multi-night extravaganzas at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 1STBank Center, and Horning’s Hideout, and a monstrous “Hulaween” run at Hampton Coliseum. In addition, SCI performed much buzzed-about festival plays at Bonnaroo’s 10-year celebration and the inaugural Electric Forest, where SCI anchored the cutting-edge festival with three headlining performances – and seamlessly bridged the gap between the jamband and electronic music communities once and for all.
Recent live Incidents have proven that The String Cheese Incident continues to evolve, and that the band is more musically inspired and unified than ever. “All of us feel that our recent Incidents have been some of our best yet,” explains SCI’s Keith Moseley. “We are excited to get on the bus and play again in such historic venues.” Michael Kang adds, “It’ll be great to immerse ourselves on the road for a bit. There is nothing like the groove we get into when we play nine shows in ten days. It will allow us to take even more chances.”
Tickets to SCI Fall Tour 2011: Pre-sale begins Thursday, August 25 at 10am MDT at www.stringcheeseincident.com, with public on-sale on beginning Friday, August 26 (or Saturday, August 27 depending on the tour market) at 10 am MDT at www.ticketmaster.com.
Concurrent with the band’s long-standing ethos of giving back to communities and causes, The String Cheese Incident is looking forward to supporting Conscious Alliance, HeadCount, and Waterkeeper Alliance this Fall Tour.
Live recordings of each show along the Roots Run Deep 2011 will be made available for download. Presale is going on now at www.livecheese.com.
String Cheese Incident Tour Dates
11/25 Thomas Wolfe Auditorium Asheville, TN
11/26 Fox Theatre Atlanta, GA
11/27 Georgia Theatre Athens, GA
11/28 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN (w/ special acoustic first set)
11/30 Lyric Opera House Baltimore, MD
12/1 Tower Theatre Upper Darby, PA
12/2 United Palace New York, NY
12/3 United Palace New York, NY
12/4 Orpheum Theatre Boston, MA
Atari Teenage Riot has released videos for “Activate”, “The Only Slight Glimmer Of Hope”, “Blood In My Eyes” and “Collapse Of History” directly on vimeo.
The concert footage was captured by 5 cameras on May 1st 2011, when Atari Teenage Riot played a secret show at Berlin’s legendary techno club Tresor to premiere their new album Is This Hyperreal? live. A new stage was built on the 2nd floor of the building where the public is not usually allowed. A small amount of fans were able to win free tickets to attend the show. Alec Empire of Atari Teenage Riot says: “It was amazing to perform the new songs at this historic location. This is pretty much where techno started in the ’90s. It reminded people of old sci-fi movies from the ’20s like Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. Felt very intimate and nobody knew the new tracks…very exciting!”
Atari Teenage Riot is also asking their fans to participate in the video for the band’s upcoming single “Black Flags”, which will be released on September 6th. You can hear “Black Flags” and read the lyrics below. They are calling their fans and others who support song’s ideals to make a video statement in front of a black flag, or any black surface to be included in the band’s final video. “Black Flags.” Fans are also invited to incorporate “Corpsing” into their video. Drawn from an idea the band had while “planking” at a Southern European airport, “Corpsing” is the act of laying down in a public location, covered in a black flag to represent those that have died as result of corporate greed. The band invites anyone to film themselves lip-synching to the “Black Flags” lyrics in front of a black flag or corpsing and send in their video to be included in the “Black Flags” video. All entries should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Read the band’s full concept for the video below:
“In the past decade we have witnessed how dangerous corruption can be for ordinary citizens, from Fukushima to the financial crisis, we could even include the current phone hacking scandals in the UK in this. The list goes on. Almost weekly more shocking news is being published. Corporate greed has too often put the lives of people in danger. Historically, the Black Flag stood for not belonging to a certain Nation State (due to the fact that no national colors were used on it). For the us, it means also that no individual can look at him/herself as superior to others just because of his/her national identity.
“The mainstream media often looks at ‘consumers’ and labels them as ‘apathetic.’ But as the protests around the world have indicated, there is more political activism than ever before. And not only that, we see the same activism and energy at our concerts. Cynics always find many reasons for not doing anything and being miserable. Often they say that the world is too ‘complex’ to get involved. We believe that even though the world is complex, there are some fundamentally powerful ideas. Respect for another human being, for example, is a fundamental idea that grants great power.
“If you agree to the basic principles of equality and freedom, join us and make a statement!
“The visuals of Atari Teenage Riot videos have always been very important. Directors like Philipp Virus, Andrea Giacobbe, John Hillcoat, and Zan Lyons have done an excellent job in working together with the band and getting the message across to a wide audience. We want ‘Black Flags’ to follow in those footsteps of our previous video, but with one key difference: Atari Teenage Riot wants you to be in it!
“If you want to be in the video and show that you support the ideals mentioned above, please send the following footage:
Take your mobile phone, webcam or any other camera and film yourself lip-synching the song.
Have a black flag in the background, or hold it while you’re lip-syncing. (The black flag motif will link all images together. If you don’t have one to hand, use a black T-shirt, pull it inside out, stick the arms into it…there you go.)
You can choose any location for it. If you want to do it at home, great. If you know a crazy location, do it there. (In front of your school or university? At a shopping mall? With your friends at a party?)
We will use fragments of all videos, which are sent in and ultimately add all of you to the official video.
If you want to support the idea but want to do so anonymously, you can cover your face. No problem.
If you want to go a step further, Atari Teenage Riot want to introduce you to “Corpsing” — the silent protest for all people who have died as a result of corporate greed.
Says the band:
“Planking has been probably the most fun trend since break dancing. When ATR waited at an airport in Southern Europe, we did quite a lot of planks in the silliest locations, until some airport authorities tried to stop us. From that, the idea of “corpsing” developed through public appearances of Anonymous and from the acts of political activists in China.
“In Berlin, Alec lay down on his back, like a corpse, and put a black flag over his head/face. Apart from it being a very strong image, many people stopped and did what they are supposed to: Ask a question! To our surprise people from all kinds of backgrounds immediately understood and supported what we were talking about.
“The release date of ‘Black Flags’ is only days away from 9/11. When we realized that it has been ten years, and when we looked at how many have used deaths of real people for their own political and economic greed since then, the original idea of the song made so much more sense again.
“If you agree, film yourself in public places, even on the dance floor, wherever you can raise awareness and send it to us! We will include you in the video.
“Please always send in a video link to this email : email@example.com(don’t attach the files directly please.)”
Summer/Fall Atari Teenage Riot Tour Dates:
08/26 -France – Charleville-Mezieres @ Cabaret Vert
9/04 – Seattle, WA @Bumbershoot Festival
09/05 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre *
09/07 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ SLO Brew *
09/08 – San Diego, CA @ Porters Pub (w Retox) *
09/09 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Keyclub *
09/10 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Royal Resort *
09/13 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room *
09/14 – Orlando, FL @ Firestone *
09/15 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade *
09/16 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle *
09/17 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club *
09/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Polaris *
09/20 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon *
09/21 – Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights *
09/23 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre *
09/24 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater *
09/26 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s Downunder *
09/27 – Detroit, MI @ The Majestic Theater *
09/28 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club *
10/05 – Austria – Vienna @ Szene
10/06 – Austria – Linz @ Posthof
10/07 – Slovenia – Ljubljana @ Kino Siska
10/10 – Hungary – Budapest ! A38
10/12 – Germany – Berlin @ Astra
10/13 – Germany – Leipzig @ Werk II
10/14 – Germany – Cottbus @ Gladhouse
10/15 – Poland – Warsaw @ Progresja
10/16 – Poland – Wroclaw @ Firlej
10/21 – Austria – Dornbirn @ Dornbirm
10/22 – Germany – Stuttgart @ Universum
11/23 – Russia – Moscow @ Tochka
11/24 – Russia – St Petersburg @ Glavclub
11/25 – Finland – Helsinki @ Nosturi
11/26 – Swedend – Stockholm @ Debaser
The video for Tori Amos’ “Carry” premiered on her Facebook page. This is the first video released from her forthcoming album, Night of Hunters, due out September 20th on celebrated classical label Deutsche Grammophon. Fans will also be able to unlock a stream of the album’s opening track “Shattering Sea” by sharing the video via Facebook.
On Night of Hunters, the iconic, platinum-selling singer-songwriter continues her legacy of groundbreaking recordings. The album is a 21st-century song cycle that finds Tori drawing on themes from Satie, Granados, Chopin and other great composers. It tells a modern love story that is only unraveled after a journey to Ireland’s mythic past. The album is an all-acoustic work. Guests include such esteemed players as The Apollon Musagete Quartet and the Berlin Philharmonic clarinet soloist Andreas Ottensamer.
Tori Amos has also announced the U.S. leg of her Night of Hunters Tour, which begins November 29 at Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Performance Arts Center and concludes December 22 at Dallas’s Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie. North American tour dates are listed below and information can be found on ToriAmos.com.
With more than 12 million albums sold and multiple Grammy nominations, Tori Amos is one of the most successful and influential artists of her generation. A pioneer across multiple platforms, she was the first major label artist to offer a single for download, has had her songs turned into graphic novels, and has produced groundbreaking videos throughout her career. She is renowned for her passionate and broad fan-base, her critically and commercially successful tours, and her ever evolving live show. Ms. Amos is also a noted humanitarian and co-founder of RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network), which is the United States’ largest anti-sexual assault organization.
Tori Amos Night of Hunters Tour North American Dates
11/29 Atlanta, GA @ Cobb Energy Performance Arts Center
12/1 Philadelphia, PA @ Academy of Music
12/2 New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
12/3 New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
12/5 Washington DC @ Constitution Hall
12/6 Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theater
12/8 Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
12/10 Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
12/13 Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum Theater
12/14 Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
12/16 Oakland, CA @ Paramount Theatre
12/17 Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre
12/18 Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre
12/21 Austin, TX @ Bass Concert Hall
12/22 Dallas, TX @ Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
Chicago trio, Russian Circles, reveals the title, cover art, track listing and release date for their forthcoming new album. The band’s fourth full length, titled Empros will be available worldwide via Sargent House on October 25th.
The hard-working band remains on the road this Fall with tour dates in Australia and New Zealand in September, followed by North American headlining shows in October and November, including a performance on the Black Stage at the Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX in early November.
Russian Circles return with not only their fourth and heaviest album to date, but also with Empros they’re poised to take the crown as innovators reinvigorating the staid trappings of genre. Empros picks up where the anthemic riffs and melodies of 2009′s Geneva left off and injects evermore slithering rhythms amid skull-crushing heft with all the visceral intensity of Godflesh, Swans and Neurosis. Put simply, Empros is Russian Circles’ Master of Reality: a radical revision of both heavy and melody that is monolithic in its clarity and perfection. Or, like a lone surviving wooly beast emerging from a brutal winter’s frost, Empros is the sound of a band shaking the ages from its shoulders with all the brutal force of a behemoth awakened.
Taking to Chicago’s Phantom Manor studio once again with producer Brandon Curtis of The Secret Machines & Interpol — who also helmed the band’s previous album Geneva — Russian Circles set out to experiment with their sound in new ways that would still reflect their live sound. In so doing, the band reached a new creative apex in which each of the musicians, guitarist Mike Sullivan, drummer Dave Turncrantz and bassist Brian Cook impart a streamlined and intensified attack to their songs that pummels even as it shifts throughout a range of moods and tempos.
The album opens with an imposing mechanical drone leading into funereal guitar notes that are abruptly interrupted by a propulsive drum beat as the proceedings of “309″ erupt into something akin to a neo-industrial revision of Celtic Frost. The song lunges through nearly nine minutes of masterful rhythmic shifts and brutal guitar warfare with such assertive grace it sounds as though the band is throwing down a gauntlet defying all challengers. “Mladek” kicks off with the soaring notes of Sullivan’s signature hammer-on guitar arpeggios as Cook’s volume-swelling bass notes surge like bubbling molten lava. Turncrantz’s innovative rephrasing of the drum pattern elevates the song as it slinks from part to part, guided by the syncopated chatter traded between chiming guitar notes and churning bass. Elsewhere, there are beautiful moments of melodic respite, helping to underscore the album’s majestic strength. And, there may even be a few surprises awaiting within the album’s six tracks. There are riffs, yes — many of them. With Empros, however, the entire band seems to be the embodiment of the riff itself.
Digitalism’s new album, I Love You, Dude has proven itself as one of this summer’s biggest albums, and now the band is sharing a new video for “Circles.” The video serves as a teaser for the band’s live show, which has been tearing up dancefloors coast to coast on the HARD Tour, which wraps on August 20th at NYC’s Terminal 5.
I Love You, Dude, the sophomore album from Digitalism is out now in the U.S. The album features 10 tracks, each of which has their own vibrant identity. This is the sound of a band welding dancefloor pugilism onto crafted sonic sculpture. They set the bar high for themselves, and deliver with an amazing album featuring tracks like “Forrest Gump,” co-written with Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas, “Circles,” with its Who-ish keyboard and apparently existential lyrics, and standout pop single “2 Hearts.”
Digitalism Tour Dates
08/17 – Baltimore, MD @ Bourbon Street *
08/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Blockley *
08/19 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club *
08/20 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 *
08/26 – Reading, UK @ Reading Festival
08/27 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival
08/28 – Ibiza @ Privilege
09/24 – Sydney, AU @ Parklife Festival
09/25 – Perth, AU @ Parklife Festival
10/01 – Brisbane, AU @ Parklife Festival
10/02 – Sydney, AU @ Parklife Festival
10/03 – Adelaide, AU @ Parklife Festival
London based electronic-punk trio, Teeth, have announced their debut full-length release appropriately titled, Whatever, out September 20th on Moshi Moshi Records. Comprised of composer Ximon Tayki, vocalist Veronica So, and drummer Simon Whybray, the band has offered a stream of their first single “Care Bear” as well as a download of their “3010 Mixtape” featuring Gross Magic, James Pants, Napalm Death and more at SoundCloud.
Teeth has enraptured a global audience with jubilant dance anthems ever since the release of their 7″ single “See Spaces” last August, also with Moshi Moshi Records. Receiving ample attention for their controversial internet presence, the trio successfully impersonated famous English writer Will Self by posting faux BBC articles and hacked Lady Gaga’s twitter account by guessing her password. Luckily their notorious antics highlight only an aspect of their flourishing career, having played with No Age, Sleigh Bells, D/R/U/G/S, Is Tropical and being invited to perform at Iceland Airwaves Music Festival 2010. Teeth’s unwavering snotty punk attitude and precise, diverse sound keeps music critics and the masses alike continuously captivated. They’ll stop when they stop having fun.