Lorde just released the video for the track “Team” from her brilliant debut album, Pure Heroine. Lorde herself said of the video: “This video was borne from a dream I had a few months ago about teenagers in their own world, a world with hierarchies and initiations, where the boy who was second in command had acne on his face, and so did the girl who was Queen. I dreamt about this world being so different to anything anyone had ever seen, a dark world full of tropical plants and ruins and sweat. And of this world, I dreamt about tests that didn’t need to be passed in order to be allowed in: sometimes the person who loses is stronger. Enjoy.” Check it out…
The entire self-titled debut by Solar Drive (a.k.a. actor Balthazar Getty’s new music project) is available as a free, legal, full album download on Noisetrade. Standout tracks include “Some Say,” “Feel So Down” and “Where We Go From Here” – songs on which Getty’s voice is less distorted don’t work so well. The album ends with a pleasant surprise, “Monster” featuring vocals by Rain Phoenix.
Editor Update: Sorry, it seems the album has been removed from Noisetrade since this article was posted. You can sample & purchase it at Amazon.
This has got to me one of the most bizarre, unexpected and totally awesome collaborations ever! As if a duets album by Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones isn’t strange enough, the unlikely duo did a covers album of traditional Americana songs originally recorded by The Everly Brothers. Even more shocking is that it’s good. Well, at least the first two singles are good. You can stream “Silver Haired Daddy of Mine” at Rolling Stone and watch the lyric video for “Long Time Gone” below. I’ll reserve final judgment for when I hear the full album. While Jones showed her willingness to experiment on her excellent previous release, …Little Broken Hearts, who knew former punk-rocker Armstrong would make a good folk singer. Foreverly will be released on November 25th.
Elton John released The Diving Board, his first solo album in seven years, back in September but I only recently bothered to listen to it and now I’m kicking myself for taking so long to hear this beautiful, masterful record. Elton is one of those artists I often take for granted, mostly because his public persona has overshadowed his music in the past decade. I almost always like his music – particularly his ’70s and ’90s releases – but for whatever reason never of him as a favorite artist. But that may change with this album. Produced by T Bone Burnett, The Diving Board finds Elton John making a welcome return to his musical roots with a basic piano-bass-drums set-up and features some of his finest piano playing in the past four decades.
While Elton John’s musical compositions and vocals are impressive and breathe life into this new song cycle, the album’s true backbone is Bernie Taupin’s substantial, poetic lyrics. As Brendan said when we first listened to the album, it’s a sadly rare album these days with lyrics that actually mean something.
Elton’s piano wizardry is especially spectacular in the fantastic, uptempo, piano pounding standout “Mexican Vacation (Kids in the Candlelight)” and the latter half of melancholy ballad “My Quicksand.”
The world weary first single, “Home Again,” is another major highlight and the reason I became interested in the album. You can watch the video for the track below.
Other tracks of note are the album’s jazzy title track and the festivally militant instrumental “Dream #3.”
But there’s really not a weak moment on the album and it’s positively addictive, we in the Muruch household love it more with each listen. The Diving Board already sounds like a classic and is a worthy release for the man behind “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Levon” and “Tiny Dancer.”
“Words” by Allison Crowe is my favorite song of 2013, so much so I was inspired to make a video for it. I’m pleasantly shocked to say Allison approved of my video enough to add it to her official YouTube channel. Featured on Heavy Graces, Allison’s second album released this year, “Words” showcases Allison’s fierce vocals as well as her newly acquired fiddle skills. I originally envisioned a video showing a couple’s turbulent break up to match the song’s angry lyrics, but George Hodan‘s somber series of photographs inspired me to depict a deeper grief – the loss of a child. Whatever the visual interpretation of “Words,” there’s an undeniable and quite remarkable intensity of emotion in Allison Crowe’s song. You can view the exclusive premiere of Muruch’s video for Allison Crowe’s “Words” and also download a free, legal mp3 of the song below…
I have no idea why one of the best albums of the year is available as a free, legal download on Noisetrade, but it is. You can nab mp3s of Brooke Waggoner’s entire, exquisite album, Originator (click title for review), by entering your email address below. I was just listening to this album again this week in preparation for my year end list – on which it will most certainly appear – and I can’t recommend it enough. You can also watch the videos for my two favorite tracks from the album, “Squint” and “Rumble,” below.
Boardwalk’s “I’m to Blame” will be featured on tomorrow night’s episode of NBC’s Parenthood. Boardwalk are Mike Edge and Amber Quintero and their song was first posted here in Muruch’s Surfacing series back in June. You can stream and watch the video below. Boardwalk’s self-titled, full-length debut is now available in CD, vinyl and mp3 formats…
Rykarda Parasol recently released the videos for “Thee Art of Libertee” and “Your Arrondissement or Mine?” from her album, Against the Sun. The former is a noirish black and white affair, while the latter is a straightforward but nonetheless captivating live performance.
Yes, you read correctly: Throwing Muses have reunited and recorded a new album! Throwing Muses will release Purgatory/Paradise, their first album in a decade, in digital format on November 12th and in physical format on December 3rd. The physical set will include a deluxe 64-page art book along with the 32-track CD. If you’re too young to know who Throwing Muses are, they were one of the best and most influential female rock bands in the late 1980s/early ’90s. They were originally led by singer-songwriter stepsisters Kristin Hersh and Tanya Donelly. Hersh is the band’s solo frontwoman now. You can stream the track “Sleepwalking” and watch the freshly released video for “sunray venus” below.
Hellogoodbye’s third album, Everything’s Debatable, will be released on October 29th via Old Friends Records. Everything is Debatable resurrects the electro-pop style of their debut, Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs!, and adds a strong dose of New Wave and Neo-Disco to the mix.
It may surprise some readers to learn that I like Hellogoodbye. They aren’t a band I listen to often, but they are one whose songs I always like when I hear them. I especially enjoyed their electro-folk sophomore album, Would It Kill You? (currently only $4.49 at Amazon!).
Hellogoodbye sets themselves apart from other pop bands with sentimentally clever lyrics and a multi-instrumental approach to their arrangements. They are as accessible as any other band on the radio, yet there always seems to be an extra element of sincerity to their music…Hellogoodbye creates pop music with heart. Perhaps this is due to lead singer-songwriter Forrest Kline’s tendency to base his songs’ lyrics on his own romantic life.
I can’t say Everything is Debatable grabs me as much as its predecessor and at times I find the overt electronics a bit irksome (particularly the fingernails-down-the-chalkboard noise that opens the album). Nevertheless, the album is certainly catchy and enjoyable when you’re in the mood for light electro-pop. I especially like the sparse electro-piano track “I Don’t Worry (As Much as I Should).”
You can stream the track “The Magic Hour is Now” and watch the dreamlike video for the album’s title track below.
Buy Album @ Amazon (available Oct. 29th)
Hellogoodbye are currently on tour with Paramore and Metric. Tour Dates:
October 22 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
October 23 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena
October 26 Dallas, TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
October 27 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
October 29 Kansas City, MO Independence Events Center
October 30 St. Louis, MO Fabulous Fox Theater
November 1 Austin, TX Austin 360 Amphitheater
November 4 Fort Lauderdale, FL BB&T Center
November 5 Orlando, FL UCF Convocation Center
November 8 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
November 9 Fairfax, VA Patriot Center
November 11 Behtlehem, PA Sands Bethlehem Event Center
November 13 New York, NY Madison Square Garden Arena
November 15 Worcester, MA DCU Center
November 17 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
November 18 Montreal, QC Bell Centre Theatre
November 20 Toronto, ON Theatre at Air Canada Centre
November 21 Auburn Hills, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
November 23 St. Paul, MN Roy Wilkins Auditorium
November 24 Chicago, IL UIC Pavilion
November 26 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
November 27 Duluth, GA The Arena at Gwinnett Center