Morrissey was on Jimmy Kimmel Thursday night playing “Something Is Squeezing My Skull”, one of the best songs off his upcoming album Years of Refusal. Moz and the boys look a little confined on the tiny stage but deliver a strong performance with Morrissey shouting “Lux Interior!” at the end, in tribute to the Cramps’ singer who passed away the day before.
Alela Diane’s follow-up to her 2006 debut The Pirate’s Gospel, To Be Still, releases February 17th on Rough Trade Records. The resolutely folky “Dry Grass & Shadows” gets a lovely, spare acoustic treatment in this “Dumbo West” session with affecting vocals and harmonies alongside minimalist guitar and mandolin plucking. I miss the pedal steel from the recorded version, but a strong tune proves less can still be more. (via Gorilla vs. Bear) Check out the utterly beautiful “White As Diamonds” on MP3 as well.
Zeth Lundy thought pretty highly of Living Things’ 2005 effort, Ahead of the Lions, giving it an 8 and called it “a punishing, accessible hard rock record, a marriage of the rock ‘n’ roll fetish of the MC5’s Back in the U.S.A. with Nirvana’s wicked decibel annihilation”. The band’s newest album, Habeas Corpus, releases February 17th on Jive. “Let It Rain” is the first single, with the video directed by Floria Sigismondi (White Stripes, David Bowie, The Cure). Tour dates below.
2/3 Belly Up Tavern—Solana Beach, CA
2/4 Henry Fonda Theatre—Los Angeles, CA
2/5 The Fillmore—San Francisco, CA
2/6 The New Oasis—Reno, NV
2/7 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino—Las Vegas, NV
2/9 Martini Ranch—Scottsdale, AZ
2/10 The Rialto Theater—Tucson, AZ
2/12 Diamond Ballroom—Oklahoma City, OK
2/13 Midland Theater—Kansas City, MO (KRBZ-FM show; not EoDM)
2/14 The Blue Note—Columbia, MO
2/15 The Eagles Club—Milwaukee, WI
2/16 venue TBA—Columbus, OH (WWCD-FM show; not EoDM)
2/17 20th Century Theatre—Cincinnati, OH
2/18 Agora Ballroom—Cleveland, OH
2/19 Mr. Smalls Theatre—Pittsburgh, PA
2/20 Phoenix Concert Theatre—Toronto, ON
Of Morgan Geist’s Double Night Time, PopMatters’ Timothy Gabriele wrote that it is “an album that sounds best set against the iridescent scrim of city lights. It’s filled with Geist’s signature cosmic disco, which expectedly pits icy techno against warm synths. But the album also has a pulsating pop heart to it. He is teamed this time around with Jeremy Greenspan of the Junior Boys, one of the most affecting voices in pop today. The combination of Greenspan’s constrained white boy soul elocution and Geist’s slick compositional physique makes Double Night Time easily Geist’s best work since Metro Area.” Here’s the latest video from that release, “Ruthless City” directed by Noah Conopask.
Oasis’ latest video off last year’s Dig Out Your Soul is something of an aural departure for the Mancunian rockers. The mood is darkly breezy with a dancey undercurrent. Noel Gallagher sings this one and his rather more reserved vocals—compared to his brother Liam—suit the vibe here. The video was directed by Wiz and kicks off to the strains of Elgar’s “Land of Hope and Glory”—perhaps more of a British anthem than even “God Save the Queen”—before squiggly electronics emerge and song proper kicks off and depicts life in the aristocratic spotlight.