As we announced earlier this month, Natalie Merchant will release her self-titled album on May 6th. The album is her sixth solo effort and her first collection of entirely original songs in 13 years. You can watch the video for the album’s first single, “Giving Up Everything,” below. Merchant’s voice and songwriting are as heart-stopping and gut-wrenching as ever.
Aimee Mann & Ted Leo have joined forces under the moniker The Both. The Both’s self-titled debut was just released today and you can hear the duo perform songs from the album in the following Tiny Desk Concert. Tracks performed: “You Can’t Help Me Now,” “Milwaukee,” “No Sir” and “The Gambler.”
Band of Skulls’ new album, Himalayan, is a chunk of guitar-heavy rock akin to Wolfmother. The overall production of the British band’s third release isn’t quite as rough as I like my rock, but the stand out tracks are explosively good and the live performance videos I’ve seen of these guys are spectacular. Fave tracks: “I Guess I Know You Fairly Well” and “I Feel Like Ten Men, Nine Dead And One Dying.” You can hear those tracks and see Band of Skulls’ recent performance of “Asleep at the Wheel” on Late Night with Seth Meyers below.
Band of Skulls ~ Late Night with Seth Meyers by HumanSlinky
As if new albums by Tori Amos, Joan Osborne and Natalie Merchant weren’t enough to make this a Lilith Fair Spring, Sarah McLachlan herself will release a new collection, Shine On, on May 6th. You can hear the first single, “In Your Shoes,” and read about the song’s inspiration at E!Online.
Shine On Tracklist:
1.In Your Shoes
2.Flesh and Blood
5.Surrender and Certainty
6.Song For My Father
7.Turn the Lights Down Low
8.Love Beside Me
9.Brink of Destruction
11.The Sound That Love Makes
12.What’s It Gonna Take
13. Little B
A lot of sites are posting about Kurt Cobain today, 20 years after his death. Of those I’ve read, I find Time’s the most interesting since it has quotes from members of Soundgarden, Weezer and The Roots about Nirvana. I hadn’t planned to write anything myself for the same reason I didn’t review the 20th anniversary edition of In Utero…that icky feeling of capitalizing on a tragedy. But the significance of today and the memories it evokes are much stronger than any misgivings I felt before, so here we go…
I was a high school freshman 20 years ago and I, along with most of my classmates, was in love with everything connected to Grunge. I dyed my hair black, raided my brother’s and grandfather’s closets for old flannel shirts and traded mixtapes with friends made up of songs by Temple of the Dog, Tool, Pearl Jam and, of course, Nirvana. We all watched their videos on MTV with an almost religious fervor and had excited debates about their music in between (and sometimes during) classes.
Previous generations remembered where they were when Kennedy was shot and we all know where we were on 9/11. But, in between, I always remembered the moment when MTV News announced Kurt Cobain was dead. I was home sick from school that week watching our huge, ancient living room television and that’s where I stayed for days, glued to the news coverage in a way that was unusual in those pre-24-hour-news days. I cried as Courtney Love read her husband’s suicide note to a crowd of his fans.
Across the sea in Ireland the same day, Brendan heard the news on Irish radio. Which in itself is kind of amazing considering it was such a different time in music, in life, then. Long before the internet connected everything and everyone and gave local bands a worldwide audience. It was somewhat of a miracle at that time for the Seattle music scene and subsequently Cobain’s death to make such an international impact. Or maybe it wasn’t. There certainly hasn’t been anything since that sounds like this….