Monthly Archives: September 2011

Bloc Party to audition new singers

UPDATE: According to and Bloc Party’s website, even though three out of the four members of the band are recording new music and auditioning singers, Bloc Party is “still Bloc party.” Billboard reports, “The band has denied any major lineup changes, posting an update titled ‘Bloc Party is still Bloc Party’ on its official website that […]

Rock and Rock Hall of Fame nominees announced

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced nominees for induction in 2012, this morning. At least five of the 15 nominated artists will be chosen by for induction. The nominees include: • Beastie Boys • The Cure • Donovan • Eric B. & Rakim • Guns ‘N Roses • Heart • Joan Jett and […]

REVIEW: LouTallica’s “The View”

“The View,” the first full song from Lou Reed and Metallica (dubbed LouTallica), hit iTunes today. When the musicians announced the project in June, Rolling Stone’s David Fricke wrote, “It was an improbable match: Lou Reed‘s cutting-monotone voice and explicit stories of desire and despair, lashed to Metallica‘s apocalyptic charge.” But this musical pairing seemed promising. […]

New Song Saturday: Enjoying the surf with “Honey Bunny”

Bay Area band Girls recently released the video for “Honey Bunny,” a track off their acclaimed album Father, Son, Holy Ghost. The catchy song borrows from the Beach Boys’ summer anthems. Two-thirds of the way through, the song slows into a wistful memory, only to build back up for a happy end.

Facebook overall impacts music industry

Yesterday, the music world united around news of alternative rock band R.E.M.’s split after 31 years in the business. Tweets—from both R.E.M. haters and R.E.M. fans—immediately popped up follow the band’s announcement on its website. By late afternoon, blogs and websites posted heartfelt tributes. Today, more in-depth articles analyzing the impact of the band in […]

Is Bloc Party partying without Kele Okereke?

British rock band Bloc Party thrilled fans last Christmas when a TwitPic showed the band (plus an adorable puppy) back together after a hiatus. More good news followed earlier this year in April when NME and The Guardian confirmed the guys were working on their fourth album. However, lead singer Kele Okereke now says he has no […]

New Song Saturday: Dancing the “Weekend” away

The surge in Human League-influenced music and 80s worship in the last decade has produced an overload of synthpop. Usually when I listen to the next new electropop band or synth-heavy single I am bored. Don’t get me wrong, some of the stuff is great—La Roux’s “In for the Kill,” Cut Copy—but a lot of […]

Video Games and Diet Mountain Dew never sounded so good

Lana. del. Rey. If you haven’t heard of her yet, I’m surprised. Her real name is Lizzy Grant. These days, her singer/songwriter moniker ‘Lana del Rey’ floods the latest music blogs, websites and publications from Stereogum to MTV’s Buzzworthy Blog. She calls herself a “Gangster Nancy Sinatra.” Listening to “Kinda Outta Luck,” the comparison makes […]

What’s with Rachael Yamagata and animals?

First elephants, now bunnies and jungle cats. In the video released yesterday for “Even If I Don’t,” the single off Yamagata’s album Chesapeake due out this October, features a bittersweet romance between a bunny and a large jungle cat (note to a certain music website, it’s a Tiger not a Lion). Chesapeake, due out this October, […]

Tennis Music (and not the band Tennis)

Earlier today, ceo (Eric Berglund of Swedish duo the Tough Alliance) released his ode to tennis player Maria Sharapova in the form of a track sampling Blondie’s “Marie” and last week with a video where the camera stalks the tennis beauty between the lines and under the lights of the court. The new song surfaced […]