New York’s ohnomoon have posted a gorgeous cover of David Bowie’s classic “Ashes To Ashes”. This is the last song the band recorded with bassist Raymond Blanco before his untimely passing two weeks ago. I was fortunate to meet Ray earlier this year through my friends in the band and he was someone you instantly felt a friendship with. He was clever, kind and a talented musician.
Look out for the band at The Deli’s CMJ Showcase on 10/18 at The Delancey and 11/19 at The Delancey again playing as special show in Ray’s honor.
Two professors, one of geography and one of political science, both specializing in women’s studies, have compiled a ton of data about the American experience, past and present, in The Real State of America Atlas. With colorful easy-to-understand maps, charts, graphs and essays, readers are given a realistic picture of the United States.
Coliseum continues their path of creating more melodic music that still pummels your ears and this song is definitely on par then all the best tracks on House with a Curse. For the new EP Parasites, J. Robbins once again produced and Rick Froberg (Obits, Hot Snakes) provided the album art.
A video has been released for the title track of Ryan Adams’ forthcoming album. Playing an acoustic version of the song, Adams sits and strums a red, white and blue guitar. He also appears to be wearing Mardi Gras beads. It sounds like he’s in top form, and we’re very much looking forward to hearing the rest of the album.
It’s that time of year when CMJ Showcases and parties will start be announced. One of the first is from Sub Pop & Hardly Art which features a stellar lineup including J Mascis and Jacuzzi Boys performing at the Mercury Lounge on Thursday October 20th. Read on for set times. Read More
Missed this video when it first went up, but it rules. Wild Flag runs amuck and causes some mischief on their lunch break. We look forward to catching their amazing live show again in October at Maxwell’s.
Yuck has been releasing lots of b-sides throughout the year and now they will all get a proper release with one of those deluxe reissue deals which I could criticize them for, but Yuck is possibly my favorite release of the year so I am 100% for it. Like everything else they have put out this year, this song rules.
Patton Oswalt is one of our all time favorite comedians. He kills it every time and his new special is no exception. If you missed the premiere on Showtime because you don’t have the premium channels, you can check out his new jokes on record via Comedy Central. Above is a preview of the album with a bit dubbed “The Burroughs of Carbs” detailing some exploits of Weight Watchers.
Kurt Vile already released a fantastic full length LP this year and now he is set to release a new EP featuring 5 new tracks and a cover of Springsteen’s “Downbound Train”. These cuts were recorded during the Smoke Ring For My Halo sessions. Check out “The Creature” below and order this from Matador.
This month’s book picks have got all your interests covered. Want to learn your history? That’s covered. Itching to read a selection from a classic literary/sci-fi author? Covered. Getting ready for the upcoming tenth anniversary of 9/11? Also covered, not to mention the most essential travel guide you’ll ever need.
This follow up to Mann’s bestseller 1491 focuses not only on the environmental changes that Columbus brought to the Americas but the economic unification of the world brought about by a Spaniard named Legazpi, who succeeded where Columbus failed by establishing trade with China.
Surfer Blood performed “Miranda” when opening up for Guided By Voices at McCarren Park this summer and the recording is just as good as I remember it. This one is fast and sounds a bit Smoking Popes-esque. Look out for the new record on October 23rd.
The cover art for the collaborative project between Lou Reed and Metallica. Not entirely sure of what to expect from this record, but definitely looking forward to it as long as it’s nothing like when Jimmy Page and Puff Dadddy collaborated.
Here’s a very haunting song from Bradford Cox’s Atlas Sound which also shows some roots in 70′s rock. This track is from his new proper LP (as he has released a ton of music this year for free) Parallax. Look out for it on November 8th.
“Lucky Now” is the first track to hit the internet off of Ryan Adams’ forthcoming album Ashes & Fire. Adams has experimented with different sounds over the years, including rock n roll and metal, but now he’s back to his alt-country roots, which is when he’s at his best. He’s teamed up with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ keyboardist Benmont Tench to create this beautifully paired down track.