Rough Trade and Matador Records will release new Belle and Sebastian album Belle and Sebastian Write About Love on October 11 in the UK and October 12 in the USA, respectively. The band’s website is now offering an episode of “Belle and Sebastian TV”, which is described as “a series of televisual transmissions of varying sizes and shapes from us to mark the impending release of our album.”
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Interpol was working it on Labor Day – the band played a live session for KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic on the eve of the release of its latest self-titled CD. A lucky crowd of about 150 people gathered at producer Bob Clearmontain’s Berkeley Street Studios to see the band crank through a two-set playlist spliced by on stage interview with Music Director Jason Bentley. The original line up made its US live radio debut back in the summer of 2002 when Nic Harcourt was at the helm. Interpol was formed by Daniel Kessler in 1997 at New York University using a collective format, although fellow classmate Paul Banks had been writing songs since high school. They became part of the burgeoning New York City music scene during the next decade with the Strokes and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
This new group includes Brandon Curtis of Secret Machines on keyboard plus bassist David Pajo of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Stint to fill in for the departed Carlos Dengler. The classics were assertively rolled out along with some new tunes, “Success,” “Summer Lights,” and “Lights” as well as the single “Barricade.” Ten days later they’ll be on tour with U2, “a little Irish band” as the band joked. KCRW is also providing an album preview for the CD until September 18th for many happy listeners.
During the big “boy band” craze of the late ‘90s, early ‘00s, LFO stood out. Their hip-hop style and inventive, fast wordplay gave them memorable hit singles in a crowded, competitive field. Perhaps the biggest reason for their success was lead singer Rich Cronin, who partially wrote and produced much of the group’s music. Their biggest hit was “Summer Girls”, a nostalgic nod to a summer romance, punctuated with Cronin’s memories of early ‘90s pop culture. Where else are you going to find a song that mentions Abercrombie & Fitch, Fun Dip, Michael J. Fox, and New Edition, amongst other things? In 1999, it was virtually impossible to find someone under the age of 30 who couldn’t recite the chorus of “New Kids on the Block had a bunch of hits, Chinese food makes me sick…,”.
The highly histrionic band Dresden Dolls have announced their reunion, which is to be followed by a Fall round of tour dates—beginning on Halloween in NYC. The Dolls released a short, and typically extraordinary, video as well. Aside from the costumes and drama, the video curiously resembles the script from another Boston band’s reunion video. Aerosmith proclaimed its 2010 reunion and tour quite similarly.
After traversing the globe for the first half of 2010—including Croatia, Ireland, and Jamaica—Grammy Award-winning humanitarian Maya Azucena is finishing up her third studio effort Cry Love, slated for release in early 2011. She recently previewed a selection of songs from her forthcoming album for a sold-out audience at the Blue Note in NYC.
Maya Azucena’s next appearance will be a special acoustic set on 11 September at Joe’s Pub In New York City. The performance will be streamed live and broadcast on PeaceDay TV as a special Preview Show for the 2010 PeaceDay Global Broadcast, which begins 17 September and runs through 21 September, the official International Day of Peace.
Azucena will also share the stage with L.A.-based pop-soul duo, JohnnySwim. The Joe’s Pub show marks the official release of 5-8, JohnnySwim’s new EP. Stay tuned for a Now Hear This! feature about JohnnySwim on PopMatters in the next couple of months.
Please visit www.mayaazucena.com for updates on Cry Love.