In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Fakebook, a much-loved album of covers and originals which showed the quieter side of the band, Yo La Tengo returned to the same template for their latest album, Stuff Like That There, pulling tracks from the past and re-working a couple of their own.… Read the rest
To call Kurt Vile a slacker would be a little unkind. True, he wears that bedraggled look only a daysleeping stoner can, yet he’s not work-shy when it comes to albums. B’lieve it or not, b’lieve i’m goin down is Vile’s sixth in seven years. This time around things don’t feel like happy daze. … Read the rest
With the release of his sixth album b’lieve i’m goin down just a few weeks away, Kurt Vile has just released a video for the second single, the reflective piano-led “Life Like This”.
In the clip which mirrors his own head in the clouds wanderings, Vile transported to a dream-like animated world populated by drumming gorillas. Gotta see it to b’lieve it. Grab the album September 25 on Matador Records.… Read the rest
Anniversaries are funny things. They make people look back and reassess a whole range of things. How far they’ve come, how little things have changed, or in Yo La Tengo’s case, how well a concept was done the first time and why not do it again, with the same people, in the same studio and see what happens?… Read the rest
One of the more anticipated releases of
2015 2016 is the sophomore album from Savages. Their 2013 debut Silence Yourself was a darkly raging record, and I’d count on the reins only tightening as the band prepare its release.
A firm release date has yet to surface but this teaser trailer with a Henry Rollins voice-over has our curiosity piqued. For a band that is often represented as monochromatically unsmiling it’s refreshing to find this is not always the case, though I expect the new album to be anything but a barrel of laughs.… Read the rest
Time and distance, be it geographical or emotional, have always been great assets to a songwriter. The ability to cease all activity, to step off the treadmill and get his/her shit straight, to let real life take precedence.
In a career that’s had its share of ups and downs, Chan Marshall has certainly had her reasons. The 6 years preceding her last album of original material, gave way to her second covers album Jukebox and several years of touring with her Delta Blues band, allowing Marshall to lend full weight to her love of blues and soul.… Read the rest