Unless you get the honor and the privilege to live in the Land of the Rising Sun, you won’t be able to enjoy Shugo Tokumaru’s new album Port Entropy just yet. It is reserved for a Japan-only release at the moment for the 21st of May. You can, however, watch over and over again his latest video for “Rum Hee”, which sums up his deserved rise since 2008’s Exit nicely. It’s nostalgic, quirky, and overflows with a profoundly sophisticated and catchy pop arrangement.
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Cold Cave’s “Life Magazine” was one of the best singles of 2009, and it’s a gift that keeps on giving with the release of a remix 12” EP by Matador on June 8. Eminent DJ-types like Pantha Du Prince and Optimo (Espacio) offer reduxes of “Life Magazine”, though it’s doubtful they’ll be able to top the blaring, anthemic electro-pop of the original. Some of the remixes are streaming at the Matador Matablog, as well as a bonus version by Optimo (Espacio)—the “Flexi Pop Mix”—that’s an online exclusive not available on the EP.
01 Life Magazine (The Arthur Baker’s Not Going Back Remix)
02 Life Magazine (An Optimo (Espacio) Remix)
03 Life Magazine (Pantha Du Prince First Flash Remix)
04 Life Magazine (Prurient Remix)
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Releasing: 15 June
Tom Petty releases his first album with the Heartbreakers since 2002’s The Last DJ. The veteran rocker is going to back to his musical roots on this one, recording the tracks live with no overdubs to achieve a real rock ‘n’ roll immediacy. The album will be supported by a massive tour extending into the fall where the band will be supported along the way by major acts such as Joe Cocker, Drive-by Truckers, ZZ Top and Buddy Guy, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and My Morning Jacket. This should be one of the summer’s big money-making tours. “First Flash of Freedom” is streaming now over at tompetty.com and below.
As a bonus for buying a concert ticket, you can get a free copy of the new album. Here are the details: “When you purchase a ticket online, you’ll get an email with codes entitling you to download two tracks from Mojo (“First Flash of Freedom” and “Good Enough”.) Then, on release date (June 15) you’ll be sent a download of the entire album. And later in the summer, after the tour, you’ll get a selection of live tracks recorded during the tour.”
01 Jefferson Jericho Blues
02 First Flash of Freedom
03 Running Man’s Bible
04 The Trip to Pirate’s Cove
06 No Reason to Cry
07 I Should Have Known It
08 U.S. 41
09 Takin’ My Time
10 Let Yourself Go
11 Don’t Pull Me Over
12 Lover’s Touch
13 High in the Morning
14 Something Good Coming
15 Good Enough
Underworld’s (Karl Hyde and Rick Smith) last album, Oblivion with Bells, was released in 2007. With their new sixth studio album (as of yet untitled) expected by the end of summer, the duo premiered a new track, “Scribble”, on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show last evening. And they are making a version of it available as a free download from their afterwards (for one week only).
“Scribble” is “described as a gene-splice between Yellow Magic Orchestra and Grooverider blasting out over the dancefloor at Fabric on a Friday night, ‘Scribble’ is a writing and production collaboration with Hospital recording artist High Contrast.” With Hyde’s collaboration with Mark Knight and D. Ramirez, “Downnpipe”, still smoldering in my brain from last September, I am eager for some proper new Underworld.
Be sure to sign up for an account (and login sometime after the broadcast) for your free download of a short version of “Scribble” as MP3. A higher quality version will also be available for sale. Remember its only available for one week.
So it may have been only two weeks ago that M.I.A.‘s graphic, cinematic, and social critiquing video “Born Free” was posted in Mixed Media, but that’s old news already. Time must move at a different pace for Maya Arulpragasam, since a lot has happened on the M.I.A. front in the interim: Not only has M.I.A. announced that her long-awaited new album /\/\/\Y/\—yes, that’s supposed to look like “MAYA”—will be released on July 13, but she has promoted it and herself in ways only she could come up with, teeing off on Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber alike, while plastering political messages via guerilla billboards in London. Then there’s this NME interview where she slags newly minted Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron, while somehow getting in a few digs on the Obama 08 campaign, too.
And, oh yeah, she’s dropped another new track from /\/\/\Y/\, “XXXO”, which premiered on BBC Radio 1 earlier in the week. What’s surprising here is that the music is the least shocking thing about M.I.A., since “XXXO” sounds like catchy, relatively straightforward dance pop, shedding the Technicolor excesses and world-music hybridity you’ve come to expect from her. Both “XXXO” and “Born Free” are now available for purchase at iTunes.