Richard Ashcroft is currently streaming his new album, United Nations of Sound, ahead of its release next week. Also, for “Are You Ready?” he has released a music video. Ashcroft is best known as the lead singer for Britain’s the Verve.
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Indie-rap duo Atmosphere is back at it again as they get ready to release their next album The Family Sign on April 12th.
Starring in the new video for the lead single “Just For Show” is a neglected, albeit brave and courageous golden retriever. But don’t be fooled. This video ain’t for the dogs at all. Because, as usual, rapper Slug’s lyrical storytelling and underlying message is cunning, creative and curious.
Yes, as expected, the canine star’s tribulations evoke empathetic smiles and heartfelt awhs as the mix of classic hip-hop beats and reggaesque grooves guide you through the dawg-centric plot.
But knowing Atmosphere’s sneaky ways and proven gift for crafty rhymes and sly songwriting, watching this video assures me that there’s more to this song’s inspiration than meets the eye. And I’m hoping that the rest of The Family Sign is just as good and won’t leave us howling at the moon.
On their forthcoming tour, MC Slug and producer Ant, will be accompanied by keyboardist Erick Anderson and guitarist Nate Collis as well as label-mates Blueprint, Grieves with Budo, Sab the Artist & DJ Abilities. A notable stop of the excursion will take place at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA and will include the addition of Aesop Rock with Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz.
Jack White made a surprise appearance at SXSW in Austin, Texas, opening up for the new Third Man Records signee Seasick Steve in a parking lot. White performed a cover of the Buddy Holly classic “Not Fade Away” and the White Stripes song “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground”. The video of the performance, via NPR, is listed below.
1. Living in the Material World: George Harrison
Director: Martin Scorsese
Sure we love the Beatles, but then there’s the dark horse George Harrison, the man who emerged as a brilliantly enigmatic songwriter and became known as the quintessential reductionist guitar player. His post-Beatles release All Things Must Pass rivals Plastic Ono Band as the best post-Fab Four record and his notable solo career and much under-appreciated musicianship have been long overdue for a closer inspection. As we mark the 10-year anniversary of his death, the Scorsese-directed biopic will shed light on what made his musical contributions so significant. Look for new interview footage from remaining Beatles McCartney and Ringo, as well as unreleased material that Olivia Harrison pulled from George’s archives.
Radiohead’s Thom Yorke is set to release a split 12-inch single with experimental beat makers Burial and Four Tet, and last night, Four Tet premiered the collaborative tracks, “Ego” and “Mirror”, on the London-based radio station Rinse FM. The YouTube streams of the two songs are listed below. The vinyl single drops March 21 on Four Tet’s Text label.