British singer Adele’s second album 21 has been the #1 album in the US for 10 weeks, whereas in the UK, the record has been at #1 longer than any other female artist in British chart history. Heady stuff. Adele is headed to the US this August and has made a few schedule changes to her upcoming schedule shown below. In the meantime, enjoy the videos from 21.
This new Starkey song goes through so many phases in four minutes, it’s almost a mini-epic. Starkey’s Paul Geissinger experimented with Auto-Tune quite a bit on his underrated 2010 release Ear Drums and Black Holes, but rarely has he sounded so close to the Drake/Weeknd zeitgeist as he does here. The appearance of Charli XCX in some kind of freeform floating words liminal space is an explosive entry for Geissinger’s lonely astronaut in the video. As everything blows up around the two, it’s clear Starkey has delivered the goods again.
John Maus’ eagerly awaited album We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves drops next week and the artist has lined up a host of US dates to promote his new work (listed below). This week Maus gives us the Jennifer Juniper Stratford-directed video for “Head for the Country” that features the chilly visual climes of his native Minnesota blended with the warm electronic tones of his music. The giant satellite dish actually sits in his hometown Austin, Minnesota.
Grouper’s latest video from their A I A double LP is a horror show of partially realized fears, part Ed Emscwiller, part Ingmar Bergman. The song starts off as experimental sound collage with unexpected, seemingly indeterminate punctuations before drifting off into the buzzing hazy angelic coos we’ve come to expect from Liz Harris. A rare beautific blend of sound and vision.
Linsdey Buckingham, the Fleetwood Mac leader and guitar virtuoso, has been downright prolific this decade. After managing three solo albums between 1981 and 1992, he’s just announced his third since 2006. Seeds We Sow will be released September 6. It will be the first Buckingham album not to be released through Warner Brothers. Instead, Buckingham is doing it all himself.
On his official website, Buckingham says, “[Seeds We Sow] might be the best work I’ve ever done. I think it’s an excellent representation of what I do…This is very much from the inside out and I hope I never stop doing that.” Judging by this live version of first single “In Our Own Time”, Buckingham may have more than cliches up his sleeve. The song starts at 1:40.
Buckingham has also announced a 31-city North American tour, which begins in September. Here are the dates.