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Tuesday, Jun 22, 2010

For almost five decades, Herbie Hancock has provided listeners with a wide variety of traditional and experimental jazz records. With 46 studio albums, 12 Grammy Awards (including the award for Best Album for 2008’s River: The Joni Letters) and one Oscar under his belt, there is very little the iconic pianist and composer has left to accomplish.


Therefore, it is always interesting to see what route Hancock plans on taking with each project. Since his 1962 debut, Takin’ Off, he has written and recorded everything from jazz standards to electronic and hip-hop based instrumentals.


For his newest record, The Imagine Project, Hancock decided to go a route similar to that of his last two albums. For 2005’s Possibilities, he recruited John Mayer, Carlos Santana, Paul Simon and Trey Anastasio, among others, to cover a range of popular R&B and rock hits. In 2008, he invited singers like Leonard Cohen, Tina Turner and Norah Jones to cover songs by singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell on River: The Joni Letters.


On 22 June, Hancock’s Imagine sees him collaborating with more contemporary artists, including John Legend, Pink and Dave Matthews. On the record’s opening track, a cover of John Lennon’s Imagine, Pink, India.Arie, Jeff Beck and Seal join Hancock for a jazzed up version of the 1971 tune. Matthews shows up later to help out on another Lennon-penned tune, 1966’s “Tomorrow Never Knows”, off the Beatles’ Revolver.


The album is currently streaming on NPR.


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Thursday, Jun 17, 2010

Even though the Boo Radleys all went home some years ago and the name Brave Captain seems to be retired permanently, that doesn’t mean that Britpop stalwart Martin Carr hasn’t slowed down. Hot off the heels of his first proper “solo” album, Ye Gods and Little Fishes, Carr still regularly writes and records songs relegated to being online MP3s only. He’s no stranger to digital distribution—under his Brave Captain moniker, he released the entire album Distractions for free.


“Parliament of Owls” is his latest foray, seven minutes of psychedelics that doesn’t get too tie-dyed on you.



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Wednesday, Jun 2, 2010

Some mornings you wake up to great news that can carry you for the rest of the day until your landlord shows up and demands this month’s rent. Today just happened to be such a day. 


As of 10 a.m. EST, pre-sales of the forthcoming Arcade Fire tour have gone live through their website.  For those who have been able to listen to the new singles (available for a spin here and on their website), it sounds like another exceptional album.  The Suburbs’ title track permeates with dystopian melancholy, while ‘Month of May’ channels a powerful punk core and is infused with their recognizable sense of urgency. They kick-off their tour next week in Quebec before hitting the summer festival circuit in North America and Europe, with a few scattered shows with Spoon in between.


Arcade Fire - The Suburbs cover art

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs cover art


Tour dates:


7-June Sherbrooke QC – Theater Granada
8-June Sherbrooke QC – Theater Granada
30-June Rättvik, Sweden – Dalhalla
2-July Tromøy, Norway – Hove Festival
4-July Werchter, Belgium – Rock Werchter
9-July County Kildare, Ireland – Oxegen Festival
12-July Quebec, Canada – Quebec City Summer Festival
13-July Ottawa, Canada – Ottawa Bluesfest
31-July   Montreal, QC – Osheaga
1-Aug   Boston, MA – Bank of America Pavillion
2-Aug   Philadelphia, PA – Mann Centre for the Performing Arts (w/ Spoon)
4-Aug   New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (w/ Spoon)
6-Aug   Washington, DC – Merriweather Post Pavilion (w/ Spoon)
8-Aug   Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
9-Aug   Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
11-Aug   Atlanta, GA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (w/ Spoon)
14-Aug   Toronto, ON – Olympic Island
27-Aug Leeds, UK – Leeds Festival
27-Aug Reading, UK – Reading Festival
29-Aug Saint Cloud, France – Rock En Seine
2-Sept   Bologna, Italy – I-Day Festival


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Monday, May 24, 2010
by PopMatters Staff

Various Artists
True Blood: Music From The HBO Original Series Volume 2
(Elektra/Atlantic)
Releasing: 25 May


Yet another True Blood soundtrack is releasing tomorrow, this time with a bevvy of new tunes from the likes of Lucinda Williams and Elvis Costello, as well as Beck and Robbie Robertson. The set is rounded out with old songs from Bob Dylan, Buddy Miller and many more listed below. You can sample the whole thing over at Entertainment Weekly‘s site.


SONG LIST
01 “Howlin’ for My Baby” – M. Ward
02 “Evil (Is Going On)” – Jace Everett & CC Adcock
03 “Bad Blood” – Beck
04 “How to Become Clairvoyant” – Robbie Robertson
05 “Shake And Fingerpop” – Jr. Walker and The All Stars
06 “Frenzy” – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
07 “Kiss Like Your Kiss” – Lucinda Williams with Elvis Costello
08 “Gasoline and Matches” – Buddy & Julie Miller
09 “You Did (Bomp Shooby Dooby Bomp)” – Chuck Prophet
10 “You’re Gonna Miss Me” – The 13th Floor Elevators
11 “Fresh Blood” – Eels
12 “The Forgotten People (Bon Temps Remix)” – Thievery Corporation
13 “New World in My View” – King Britt & Sister Gertrude Morgan
14 “Beyond Here Lies Nothin’” – Bob Dylan


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Monday, May 24, 2010
by PopMatters Staff

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Strange Weather, Isn It?
(Warp)
Releasing: 24 August


Brooklyn dance-poppers return this summer with a new album and the band is currently streaming the first track over on their site.


SONG LIST
01 AM/FM
02 The Most Certain Sure
03 Wannagain Wannagain
04 Jamie, My Intentions Are Bass
05 Steady as the Sidewalk Cracks
06 Hollow
07 Jump Back
08 Even Judas Gave Jesus a Kiss
09 The Hammer


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