• Aug 21 2012

    Keane Go Analog For Legendary United Record Pressing

    On September 18th Keane will release Upstairs At United – Vol. 5, a special edition 4 track vinyl 12 inch. The disc was recorded in analog for Nashville based label 453 Music, a division of United Record Pressing.  This special edition is available for pre-order here.

    The band performed a stripped down version of four catalog songs for an exclusive “Upstairs At United” series of all-analog recordings in one take straight to tape, inside the historic United Record Pressing plant in Nashville, Tennessee.


    May 31 2012

    Album Review: Michael Kiwanuka ‘Home Again’

    By J. Brown

    The current state of a majority of mainstream R&B/Soul music in the States is rather discouraging when compared to its heyday, as it’s now comprised of little in the way of refreshing or original-sounding talent, so who knew that a young London artist raised by Ugandan parents could inspire a little hope for this genre by building off the styles of venerable singers like Otis Redding, Bill Withers, and Marvin Gaye. The artist is Michael Kiwanuka, and there is a lovely hazy quality to his debut album Home Again as if it’s straight out of the 1960s or 1970s, thereby evoking a timeless quality. Kiwanuka’s music can be described as rootsy, folk-inflected modern soul with hints of jazz and contemporary R&B.


    May 3 2012

    A Chat With Adam Olenius From We Are Serenades

    By Mallory Leisten

    Firstly, I want you all to know that We Are Serenades has Swedish blood. So Swedish in fact that when I ask Adam Olenius “Where are you from?” I hear on the other line “Well, I’m calling you here from Stockholm.” He informs me much later that he actually lived in a neighborhood very close to mine in Seattle, Washington for two years and toured in the US with the popular pop punk band, Shout Out Louds.


    Apr 3 2012

    Madonna Is On Top… Again!

    Madonna has returned for the 8th time to the top of the Billboard’s Pop  Charts with MDNA selling 359,000 albums according to Neilsen Soundscan and is  the biggest selling first week debut this year.  MDNA is The Material Girl’s  fifth  No. 1 studio album in a row and her first album for Interscope Records.


    Mar 20 2012

    Feist Announces New World Tour

    Following her highly acclaimed fall tour, Feist announces a new string of state side spring and summer dates in support of Metals (Cherrytree/Interscope). Kicking things off with a two weekend stint at Coachella, Feist will make stops everywhere from Austin, TX, to the famed Radio City Music Hall in New York City, a headlining spot at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, IL, and a set at the famed New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.


    Feb 1 2012

    Feist Premieres Video For ‘The Bad In Each Other’

    Feist debuts her new video for the single The Bad In Each Other off her critically-acclaimed album, Metals (Cherrytree/Interscope). Directed by Martin De Thurah (James Blake, Glasvegas), the video captures glimpses of something human. We get a peek inside something real between people – could be loss, longing or love – things which are about being a human being.


    Jan 3 2012

    Michael Kiwanuka Releases ‘Home Again’ Today

    British soul-singer Michael Kiwanuka is proud to announce the release of his newest EP, Home Again, via Cherrytree/Interscope Records, today January 3rd 2012. The three-song EP will only be available digitally in the US. For full track-listing, see below. Following Michael’s introduction in 2011 with the Tell Me A Tale and I’m Getting Ready EPs through Communion Records, Home Again heralds another fine glimpse into this unique, British voice for 2012.


    Dec 30 2011

    Free Music Friday With Lana Del Rey And Among Savages

    Another year in the bag! And here we are posting our last Free Music Friday of 2011. We thought it would be fitting to post tracks from two artists who have new albums releasing at the beginning of 2012. Both tracks are standouts, each possessing a high level of originality and artistic depth. Both artists have taken their time, and worked closely with producers to hone their sound and musical offering. Both artists are extremely talented writers and performers. But that is where the similarity ends.


    Dec 29 2011

    Lana Del Rey: Best New Artist Of 2011

    By Lukas Clark-Memler

    Everything I want I have. Money, notoriety and Rivieras – I even think I found God in the flash bulbs of your pretty cameras.”

    … So proclaims Lana Del Rey’s Twitter page, and while the epitaph sounds like it came straight from the mouth of Kanye West, it aptly sums up 2011 for the sultry songstress. It is almost superfluous to write anything about Lana Del Rey at this point in time.


    Dec 23 2011

    Project Rhythm Seed’s Best Of 2011

    By Lukas Clark-Memler

    Introduction
    Another year has ended; another list has been compiled. Often I get this feeling that in 100 years, all that will remain of today’s pop culture will be a number of well-thought-out lists. While many critics are driven to paroxysms at the thought of another year-end list, the fact is that they are essential to annual retrospective analysis. There is a feeling of security and consistency in ‘Best Of’ lists; inasmuch as one can feel safe in the presence of a numerically-ordered selection of things. But in truth, the rapid acceleration of technology and the advent of social media has completely changed the way humans organize their internal thoughts. We no longer think in prose, or even full sentences; we think in lists.


    Dec 21 2011

    Swedish DJ Avicii Pledges A Million Dollars To Feed US

    Rising Swedish DJ, remixer, and producer Avicii and At Night Management announced today the official dates for their one million dollar House For Hunger January 2012 Tour.  The tour which boasts 26 high-performance shows packed into 27 days is set to kick-off on Thursday, January 5th in Detroit, Michigan and will make stops in cities throughout the U.S. where fans have yet to see Avicii perform.


    Dec 19 2011

    James Blake Premieres New Video Of Joni’s ‘A Case Of You’

    James Blake is pleased to release the video that accompanies his beautiful rendition of Joni Mitchell‘s ‘A Case of You’. Shot in London last week, it was directed by film-maker Seb Edwards and features his first choice actress for the role, Rebecca Hall (The Prestige / Vicky, Cristina Barcelona / Frost/Nixon). It turns out she’s both a fan of Joni Mitchell and particularly James’s version, so she jumped at the chance to be involved.


    Dec 15 2011

    will.i.am, Jennifer Lopez And Mick Jagger Together

    By Myles Crawley

    I don’t know. Art is art. I’m cool with that. And I’m a firm believer in stretching the limits. Give me something that will make me think a little, or force me to get out of the box and look at it from another angle. Not all art is for everybody. I can dig that. It’s a subjective thing, and sometimes very personal for the believer.


    Dec 14 2011

    Dubstep Duo NERO Release ‘Welcome Reality’

    Nero, aka London producers, remixers, DJs and artists Dan Stephens and Joe Ray, now one of the biggest names in both dubstep and drum and bass unleash their debut album Welcome Reality on the U.S.


    Dec 13 2011

    Amy Winehouse ‘Lioness: Hidden Treasures’ Album Review

    By J. Brown

    Amy Winehouse’s life was tragically cut short when she was found dead in July of 2011. The talented singer had one of those distinct and evocative voices that conveys the pain, vulnerability, and sorrow that seems inherent to the best blues/jazz singers. In the capable and loving hands of producers Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson, a posthumous album of Winehouse’s work has now been released entitled Lioness: Hidden Treasures. But it should be noted that there are only two original tracks and the other songs include alternate versions of singles and plenty of notable covers.


    Sep 15 2011

    The Rolling Stones Prepare To Re-Release ‘Some Girls’

    On November 21, 2011 the Rolling Stones will release re-mastered, expanded, Super-Deluxe, Deluxe and Digital editions of Some Girls, the groundbreaking album which introduced the music of the band to a whole new generation of fans.

    Justly considered one of the finest works by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman and Ronnie Wood, Some Girls topped the US charts over three decades ago and remains the best selling album of their storied career. This new package will include some undiscovered gems that include tracks that have recently been unearthed from the Rolling Stones vaults by producer Don Was. Further details of the tracks will be unveiled at a later date.


    Aug 16 2011

    FreeSol And Timberlake Create New Video

    FreeSol is a progressive and unique hip-hop, rock, and soul infused band from Memphis, Tennessee. They started in 2003 when the lead singer/rapper, Free, decided to move beyond the basic hip-hop formula of “two turntables and a microphone” and formed an actual band with the addition of Elliott Ives on guitar/vocals, Premo Danger on the keyboard, and Kickman Teddy on the drums. Growing up surrounded by the rich musical landscape embedded in Memphis’ history, FreeSol is naturally influenced by a variety of sounds from blues to rock to hip-hop.


    Jun 2 2011

    Alex Da Kid Signs With Interscope Records To Launch His New Label

    Grammy winner and multi platinum music producer, Alex Da Kid has created his own label via Interscope Records, it was announced today by Interscope Geffen A&M Records, a unit of Universal Music Group, the global music leader. Alex’s new label, KIDinaKORNER, will debut with a solo album from singer-songwriter Skylar Grey, who has been featured on three other recent Alex Da Kid hit productions: “Coming Home” from Diddy-Dirty Money, “I Need A Doctor” from Dr. Dre featuring Eminem and “Words I Never Said” from Lupe Fiasco.