(October 21, 2016) – Columbia Records celebrates Leonard Cohen’s 14th studio album You Want It Darker, which is available in stores and digitally worldwide today. To accompany the release of the album is the premiere of the lyric video for the lead single “You Want It Darker,” watch here.
Leonard Cohen Makes It Darker. At eighty-two, the troubadour has another album coming. Like him, it is obsessed with mortality, God-infused, and funny. –The New Yorker
What is truly extraordinary about Cohen is not that he is still making albums but that they are as rich, deep and potent as ever. –UK Telegraph (5 stars)
The 82-year-old Leonard Cohen continues to wow audiences with his most prolific album yet. The new collection of startling songs was produced by his son Adam Cohen, and following last week’s global launch event at the Official Residence of the Consul General of Canada in Los Angeles, the accolades for this body of work have been pouring in from around the world.
This is Cohen’s gift to music lovers: a realistically grim, spiritually radiant and deeply poetic worldview, spiked with a romantic thrum and an existential wink. –Rolling Stone (4 stars)
A lion in winter, his lyrics heavy with God and sex and death and his legendary voice scraped down to a subterranean rumble. –Entertainment Weekly
Cohen's voice remains strong, measured and assured. There is, as ever, flashes of playful humour in his wonderful use of language. –The Irish Times (5 stars)
An unquestioned masterpiece. Cohen courts what is most uncomfortable in the human condition and transforms that terrifying unease into something of great beauty – and in the process, some comfort too.–The Arts Desk (5 stars)
You Want It Darker, it is such a pleasure to listen to... this album confirms he has much more to say, much more to share, as a sage who doesn't offer himself as such but rather as a fellow questioner stumbling through. Yes, Leonard, if you're asking, we do want it darker. –Sydney Morning Herald (4.5 stars)
C'est surtout un album d'une rare beauté dans lequel les musiques, à la fois riches et dépouillées, se mettent vraiment au service de la voix à nulle autre pareille de Leonard Cohen qui n'a jamais paru si proche’. –La Presse (5 stars)
Avec You Want It Darker, disque à la fois puissant et sombre dans lequel il aborde des thèmes qui lui sont chers comme la mortalité et la spiritualité, Leonard Cohen nous prouve qu’il est toujours aussi inspire. –Le Journal de Montreal
El aroma cálido, oscuro, seductor y reflexivo de la trayectoria de Cohen resulta reconocible en su nuevo disco. –La Razón
Nada Surf are thrilled to reveal a full stream of their new live album Peaceful Ghosts, which was recorded this summer with accompaniment from the Babelsberg Film Orchestra. Peaceful Ghosts will see a release on October 28 via Barsuk Records. The stream debuted via The Wall Street Journal, and it's now available to hear or embed HERE.
Peaceful Ghosts came about after frontman and main songwriter Matthew Caws received a surprise email asking about a potential collaborative orchestral project from the Austrian national radio station FM4. A little over a year later, the result is a beautiful recording, culled from two live performances in Vienna and Potsdam early this summer, that covers a broad stylistic range, from James Bond at one extreme to the joy and wonder of Walt Disney at the other, with a whole range of surprises in between. Classics such as the delicate melancholy of "Blonde On Blonde" unfold to surprising new places with soaring countermelodies, while new favorites from You Know Who You Are, including "Rushing" and "Out of the Dark", showcase the power and majesty of the original without losing the lyrical and musical subtlety that has become the hallmark of Nada Surf for the past twenty years.
In the summer of 2015, Caws was sitting at his kitchen table in Brooklyn, frantically writing what would become Nada Surf's seventh album, the critically acclaimed You Know Who You Are (2016), when an email arrived that would delight and terrify him. Once a year, FM4 in Austria chooses an artist for a national orchestral concert that's broadcast across the country, and they reached out to Nada Surf asking if the band would like to be the next. Soon after receiving the FM4 request, the band secured a similar offer from Radio Eins in Berlin to perform live on air with the Babelsberg Film Orchestra, which derives its name from and is affiliated with the legendary Babelsberg Film Studioswhere notable films such as Metropolis, Dr. Mabuse and The Blue Angel were made.
"If we said yes, we'd have to choose a composer to write the parts and then decide which songs he or she should write for. We'd have to decide these things soon. Well, that was out of the question," recalled Caws. "Deciding what kind of Thai curry take-away I should get that evening was about as distant a decision as I could imagine, while the small matters of which songs would go on the new Nada Surf record, who would mix them, what the album would be called and what the final verse of the song I was working on right then would be, loomed ahead. I would try and answer these questions after that curry, but making decisions about a concert months later was more than I could handle."
Instead of passing up the opportunities, Nada Surf asked their good friend, multi-instrumentalistMartin Wenk, whose own band Calexico had done the FM4 Vienna Radio Symphony concert in 2013, to oversee the details with composer Max Knoth, while the band focused on putting the finishing touches on You Know Who You Are.
For those of us unable to make it to Europe in June 2016 to listen to the fruits of this collaboration either in-person or over the airwaves, the band is making it available now with their album Peaceful Ghosts.
THE FLAMING LIPS TO RELEASE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM -
OCZY MLODY - ON JANUARY 13, 2017, VIA WARNER BROS. RECORDS
ALBUM AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW
WAYNE COYNE TO HOST LIVE FACEBOOK CHAT TODAY AT
10:00AM PST/ 1:00PM EST
BRAND NEW VIDEO - "THE CASTLE"- LAUNCHES TODAY
BRAND NEW TOUR DATES CONFIRMED
October 21, 2016 - (Burbank, CA) - THE FLAMING LIPS are pleased to announce the release of their long-awaited brand-new studio album, entitled OCZY MLODY, on January 13th, 2017 via Warner Bros. Records. Produced by the band and their long-time producer Dave Fridmann, the highly anticipated album is the follow-up to THE LIPS' globally acclaimed 2013 album, THE TERROR.
In anticipation of the release of OCZY MLODY, new song and video, "The Castle," and the upcoming tour, Wayne Coyne will host a live chat on THE LIPS Facebook Page today, Oct 21st, at 10:00am PST/1:00pm EST. Log in to www.Facebook.com/FlamingLips and let Wayne explain...
Click here for a deeper inside view into the making of OCZY MLODY.
Three-time Grammy-Award winners, THE FLAMING LIPS are one of the most enduring, influential, unpredictable, and universally respected bands of their generation or any other. Led by Coyne, they have been cited as the ultimate live attraction and life-affirming festival band who continue to dazzle audiences with their over-the-top, maximalist, high-energy onslaught on the senses. On OCZY MLODY, THE LIPS return to form with an album no less experimental in nature, but perhaps more melodically song-oriented, recalling the best parts of their most critically applauded albums THE SOFT BULLETIN and the gold-certified YOSHIMI BATTLES THE PINK ROBOTS.
OCZY MLODY is available for pre-order beginning today. Fans who pre-order the digital format of the album or the cd or vinyl format from the band's official website, will receive an instant download of "The Castle" immediately and three more tracks in advance of the January 13th album release date. The album will be released in several configurations: a 12-song CD, a 12-song digital version as well as a 12-song double-LP vinyl edition - pressed on colored vinyl and an 11-song single-LP vinyl edition (both of which include a digital download card of all 12 songs on OCZY MLODY), There is also a 7" red vinyl single of the band's cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" b/w "Jest (There Is...)" and numerous other special offers available through http://www.flaminglips.com/.
THE LIPS have also shot a video for the album track "The Castle" which launches today.Filmed in Oklahoma City, the seemingly simple image is as emotionally affecting as the song itself. Click hereto view and share "The Castle".
Naturally THE FLAMING LIPS will tour the world in support of OCZY MLODY. Newly confirmed live dates are as follows:
Oct 22 Arizona State Fair Phoenix, AZ
Nov 19 House Of Creatives Festival Miami Beach, FL
Dec 16 The Criterion Oklahoma City, OK
Jan 21, 2017 02 Brixton Academy London, ENG
Jan 22 Manchester Academy Manchester, ENG
Jan 24 Columbiahalle Berlin, GER
Jan 25 Vega Copenhagen, DEN
Jan 26 Munchen Brewery Stockholm, SWE
Jan 28 Tivoli Vredenburg Utrecht, HOLL
Jan 30 Alcatraz Milan, ITA
Jan 31 Volkshaus Zurich, SWI
Feb 02 Le Bataclan Paris, FRA
Feb 03 De Roma Antwerp, BEL
All dates below on sale on Friday Oct 28, at 10:00am local time:
Mar 03 H.O.B. Boston, MA
Mar 04 The Fillmore Philadelphia, PA
Mar 05 9:30 Club Washington, DC
Mar 06 9:30 Club Washington, DC
Mar 08 College Street Music Hall New Haven, CT
Mar 09 Terminal 5 New York, NY
Mar 13 Rebel Complex Toronto, ONT
Mar 14 Royal Oak Music Theater Detroit, MI
Mar 29 War Memorial Auditorium Nashville, TN
Mar 30 The Fillmore Charlotte, NC
Mar 31 The Ritz Raleigh, NC
Apr 02 Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
Apr 03 H.O.B. Lake Buena Vista, FL
Apr 04 Jannus Live St. Petersburg, FL
The Flaming Lips To Release Highly Anticipated New Album- Oczy Mlody- On January 13, 2017, Via Warner Bros. Records
Today 20-year-old British producer-songwriter-singer Låpsley honors the original queen of British music Kate Bush with a cover of her song “This Woman’s Work.” Written by Kate Bush, from a man’s point of view, it’s not unlike how Låpsley composed her acclaimed breakout single “Station.” The cover will appear on a new SpotifySessions EP that was recorded live in London (listen here).
The release of the EP comes on the heels of Låpsley’s North American tour, which kicks off November 2 at Webster Hall in New York City and ends November 16 at the Mayan Theatre in Los Angeles. The full dates are listed below and ticket infohere.
2016 has been an incredible year for Låpsley. Earlier this year, Låpsley appeared on TheToday showas Elvis Duran’s ‘Artist of the Month’ for a stunning performance of her single “Love is Blind” and on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert for a performance of her single “Falling Shot".
Rolling Stone recently included Låpsley in the “20 Great New British Artists to Watch” and Stereogum and Complex both described Låpsley as “one of music’s most promising artists.”Idolator, Seattle Music Insider,Stereogum, and LA Weekly have praised Låpsley for her “enticingly intriguing” live show and a festival standout.
Låpsley’sLong Way Home is out now on XL Recordings.
Låpsley Spotify EP tracklist:
“Station” (Live from Spotify London)
“This Woman’s Work” (Live from Spotify London)
“Hurt Me” (Live from Spotify London)
“Falling Short” (Live from Spotify London)
Låpsley releases cover of Kate Bush song "This Woman's Work" | North American tour starts November 2
OH LAND “Love You Better” Watch the Video via NPR “…a delicate, melancholy ode to wisdom and age…”– NPR
WATCH HERE Acclaimed Danish musician Oh Land, born Nanna Øland Fabricus, and director Kristian Levring (The Salvation) have teamed up withNPRfor an exclusive look at the gorgeously haunting video for her song “Love You Better,” off her 2013 Federal Prism release,Wishbone. Says Fabricus of the video: “In 2014 I had a role in a western film shooting in South Africa…I had the guts to ask [the director Kristian Levring] if he would do a music video for me, knowing that it was unlikely to happen. But he said promptly, ‘Yes, if I can pick the song myself.’ The video shoot was fun and challenging because it was sort of shot like stop motion. We gradually remove prosthetics and make up for me to get younger and younger. I was wearing 3D tracking dots in order for the animators to make the transitions seamless. It was 95% of the time in the makeup process and the rest was shooting, but I had the feeling we were doing something magical and unusual for a music video. Kristian Levring had the idea for the ‘reversed aging’. His daughter did the makeup and it was shot in his house in the north of Denmark by the sea. The whole atmosphere was very family oriented and all about the love of the arts and music and weird ideas.” Known for her stellar arrangements, Oh Land will be performing on United Nations Dayat the UN Building in New York City on October 24, backed by a full symphony. Both the video and the song itself demonstrate the strange, unique, and intricate beauty of the word Oh Land creates with her music. WATCH HERE More on Oh Land: Nanna Øland Fabricus, known to fans around the world as the artist Oh Land, came into the music scene in 2008 under less than conventional circumstances. When ten years of training and a budding career in ballet was abruptly ended by injury, a life in music began. At the age of 22, Fabricus wrote and produced her first album Fauna, which was released to much critical acclaim. Having recorded most of the album by herself in her bedroom, Fabricus discovered an early knack for production. The process that Fabricus found in creating Fauna was foreshadowing what would come after. Fabricus has since released four studio albums and collaborated with renowned producers Dave Sitek, Dave McCracken and Dan Carey, amongst many others. As a writer she has worked with Sia, John Legend and Pharrell, to name a few. Fabricus has spent the better part of the past five years touring the world in support of her albums, headlining tours, intermixed with supporting dates for such acts as Katy Perry and Sia. These albums have paved the way for a growing discography of hits, with “Sun of a Gun”, “White Nights”, fan favorite “Wolf & I”, “Renaissance Girls” and “Head Up High”, to name a few. In recent years, Fabricus has “crossed over” into the classical music world, as well, playing with Lang Lang and Joshua Bell at Carnegie Hall and orchestrating whole concerts for the symphony orchestra in her native country of Denmark. Her most recent work is a 40 minute ballet for the Danish theatre “Pantomimeteatret” in Tivoli, Copenhagen, a collaboration with none other than the Queen of Denmark, Queen Margeret the Second. Fabricus has currently begun writing for her next international release that will follow the just-released video for “Love You Better”, directed by filmmaker Kristian Levring. The two had met when Fabricus starred in the role of Marie for his feature film, The Salvation.
Oh Land Releases "delicate, melancholy" Video via NPR
“Too Late” is a haunting mix of gospel blues with visceral histrionics that recall Kate Bush." -BlackBook
"Layered beauties like 'Monsoon' pair gorgeously with R&B-tinged gems like 'Run.'" - The 405
"'Too Late' takes the listener on an emotional, personal journey through the lens of Jackson-Holman’s voice." - All Things Go
"Gorgeous string arrangements... a lush, groovy track" - Brooklyn Vegan
Sara Jackson-Holman shared her new video for "Too Late" on BlackBook. The song is featured on her album 'Didn't Go To The Party' out now on Expunged Records.
I’m a feeler, I’m a dreamer, a monsoon….enigmatic, but magnetic too
These are some of the first lines from Sara Jackson-Holman’s new album, Didn’t Go To The Party, released on Sept 16 on Expunged Records. Opening track “Monsoon” is an exploration of self and an embracing of contradictions, a theme which echoes throughout this work of lush, timeless orchestral pop. A classically-trained pianist as well as a pop singer-songwriter, Sara weaves together her varied musical loves (including Kate Bush, Joni Mitchell, Serge Gainsbourg and Erik Satie) into a rich and playful fabric.
Didn’t Go To The Party is introspective and contemplative, a long-playing answer in stereo to questions like: “what kind of woman am I? “what kind of woman have I been?”
I crawled through love, blind
In part, Didn’t Go To The Party explores the arc of romantic relationships. Sara sings of the way that affections wax, and then wane, like cycles of the moon. One such relationship of inspiration was with her longtime collaborator in the studio. They worked on the album even after their relationship had ended, and, for certain, the twilight of that romance was entangled with the creative process. A new friendship for the former lovers was born alchemically out of this time in the recording studio, laying these songs about their own shared experience to tape.
Didn’t go to the party
The title track speaks to the album’s creation and a facet of its creator. Sara grew up in the forested landscape of Eastern Oregon, and has always been comfortable with solitude. Her current home in Portland is a rustic cottage house, where she explored her inner life in a series of late night songwriting sessions. The process was a means of healing, and of assessing her spiritual growth as a newly single woman. Embracing the “loner” self was a vehicle for poetic revelation.
You’re the song my heart is singing
There is a subtle yet important coda to this narrative of solitude and singleness, found on the album’s lead single, “Run.” At first blush, it may sound lyrically like a traditional pop song. In actuality, it’s a love song for Sara’s female friends, the ones who supported her and inspired her through rocky emotional terrain. When she sings: if you want a partner in crime, I will be your girl, or more simply, this love is different, it’s with a distinctly feminine energy in mind.
Sara belongs to a close-knit friend group of female musicians, artists and makers, blossoming out of Portland’s thriving arts community. They’ve been known to throw elaborate costume parties and engage in all matter of practical magic, channeling everything from the opulent femininity of French Colonial fashion to the subversive feminism of the Czech New Wave. The element which unites their flights of fancy is always a sense of play, a joyful fount of creativity. The elegance and the honesty, which are both intrinsic to Didn’t Go To the Party, are dual products of this feminine understanding.
String arrangements from Jherek Bischoff (Xiu Xiu, Amanda Palmer) bolster the elegant and cinematic quality of Sara’s songwriting. Her heartrending pop songs are indeed fit for the screen, as she has already seen many placements on top television shows within the span of her young career (Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, Orange is the New Black, Bones, Castle).
The road ahead looks promising for this talented and thoughtful artist.
DIDN'T GO TO THE PARTY - TRACKLISTING 01. Monsoon 02. Go To My Head 03. Run 04. You’ll Come Around 05. Warmed Through 06. Killing Me Boy 07. Didn’t Go To The Party 08. Along For The Ride 09. Fire Fire Fire 10. Too Late 11. Spring Comes Again
Off the heels of their hot track collaboration “ Weekend” with Chicago duo Louis The Child – boasting a Coachella live performance, Top 10 iTunes Dance chart look and 4.5 Million streams in the US alone – international award-winning Swedish duo Icona Pop re-emerge with a brand new track, “Brightside.” True to its name, the track features breezy production, carefree vocals, and an irresistible chorus that you’ll be singing in your head until next summer.
“ Brightside” is out worldwide today on Record Company TEN/Big Beat/Atlantic Records –download/stream here - and was produced by “Someone Who Can Dance” collaborator Jarrad Rodgers (aka artist MSTR Rogers) and Freddy Kennett (of Louis The Child).
Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt first became household names as Icona Pop since they hit the scene in 2012 with their triple platinum hit single, “ I Love It ft. Charli XCX.” Since the release of their debut album “This Is… Icona Pop” in 2013 via Record Company TEN/Big Beat/Atlantic Records, the duo have been featured in the hit HBO series GIRLS, and have performed live on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, NBC’s The Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America and CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman, and America’s Got Talent. They currently boast over 10 million singles sold and over 400 million streams worldwide.
The duo has also been a part of sold-out tours worldwide, including stints supporting Miley Cyrus,Katy Perry, and One Direction. MAKE UP FOR EVER has also joined forces with Icona Pop for an artistic collaboration, on their ‘Artist Rouge’ lipstick line. This Fall, the duo will appear as Trollcharacters in the new Dreamworks Animation feature (in theaters November 4), which also stars Ana Kendrick, James Corden and Justin Timberlake (Icona Pop also appear in the first listen video for the lead single from the soundtrack, Justin Timberlake’s “ Can’t Stop The Feeling”).
"He’s written the score for new documentary Orange Sunshine which is about the Brotherhood of Eternal Love, a church formed in the early ’60s by a group of surfers/hippies in Orange County who wanted to change the world with psychedelic drugs and became the largest manufacturers of LSD in the United States. We’ve got the premiere of “Call My Name” from the soundtrack and it’s folky, soulful vibe, complete with the crackle of a dusty record, should work well in film." -Brooklyn Vegan
"The movie is a compelling account of psychedelic discovery, distribution, and love - a true story from a fascinating moment in cultural history. Costa's accompanying soundtrack carries all the flavors of the movie's themes, along with his usual meticulous approach to craft." - Artist Direct
Artist Direct has shared Matt Costa's video for "Call My Name", the first single from his upcoming soundtrack to the film 'Orange Sunshine'. When speaking about the track Costa had this to say, "The single from the film is called “Call My Name.” it is a soul style song with some nylon string guitar accompaniment. The film is centered around a group called the Brotherhood of Eternal Love, their mission was to turn the world on to spiritual enlightenment through the use of LSD. Working closely with Timothy Leary, The Brotherhood made a type of LSD called Orange Sunshine. "Call my Name" is a classic sounding love song but untraditional in a sense that it is referencing enlightenment brought on with the LSD that was spread throughout the world. Its refrain “I need your love” is a call to the Brotherhood of Eternal Love. "
An Evening of Orange Sunshine & Matt Costa:
Each night features a screening of the acclaimed film Orange Sunshine followed by a headlining performance of Matt Costa & band featuring songs from the film as well as from his entire catalogue."
'Orange Sunshine' is a documentary about "a church formed in the early ’60s by a group of surfers/hippies in Orange County who wanted to change the world with psychedelic drugs and became the largest manufacturers of LSD in the United States." The soundtrack is out 11/11 on Varese Sarabande.
Like certain other Southern California songwriters before him, Matt Costa has drifted through a strange and varied life in music, pushed toward pop music at a young age, selling hundreds of thousands of records and touring the world on the strong back of a simple, direct, and freewheeling debut. In the last few years, Costa took heavy stock in his work, and made unexpected turns into more progressive and thoughtful territories. This new direction has found him wandering; an outlier between the worlds of his own development as an artist, modern Orange County, his former label Brushfire Records, and cutting through the center of a now hidden and older California mystique.
Prolific at every turn, Matt has taken on the aura of a classic California drifter, spinning records in the midnight hours of his local Laguna Beach radio station, writing by day cataclysmically varied music, from fingerpicked John Fahey-like numbers, to cut up poetry, to howlers harkening back to an other-worldly sound; complete with a range of writing invoking a Kinksian sensibility, early rock & roll- Eric Burdon and the Animals, Van Morrison’s Them, and the guitar playing and arrangements of Brian Jones.
The last years have been eventful ones. Born and raised in Laguna Beach, Costa met some filmmakers hard at work on a documentary entitled Orange Sunshine detailing the story of the Brotherhood of Eternal love; a coastal church centered on psychedelics who became the largest manufacturers and distributors of LSD in the United States. Matt composed the entire score, beginning to tap into the underlying myths and secrets of his hometown. The music stands on its own and this year sees the release of the film, to rave reviews at its premier at SXSW, and showings at Festivals in Sedona, Maui, San Francisco, and in October, the illustrious British Film Institute in London, among others.
Autumn 2016 will welcome the release of the Orange Sunshine Film Soundtrack on Varèse Sarabande Records, complete with a unique companion tour combining screenings of the film with a special performance by Matt Costa and his band. This soundtrack is a signpost to a new LP already far underway. Orange Sunshine’s music hints at a songwriter cutting through to something greater and stranger; an artist arriving at a new incarnation. “The end picture is yet to be discovered,” says Costa.
Matt Costa – Orange Sunshine 2016 Tour dates
15 November – Masonic Lodge @ the Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Los Angeles, CA
17 November – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
20 November – El Corazon – Seattle, WA
21 November – The Alberta Rose – Portland, OR
22 November Harlow’s – Sacramento, CA
Matt Costa – Orange Sunshine tracklist
1. Brotherhood Theme
2. Orange Take Over
3. Oran Jazz Syd
4. Born In My Mind
5. Call My Name
6. Mike and Carol
7. Feds Follow
8. Soul Full of Orange
9. Orange Guru
11. The Fuzz
13. Twelve Oranges
14. Sit With Timothy
15. Smug Smugglers
16. Melt Orange
17. A Separate Peace
Matt Costa Shares "Call My Name" Video On Artist Direct
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