Lily Allen Announces New Album
London’s absurd-meets-cute feminine, indie-pop crusader Lily Allen is readying a new LP for release on May 24th. Get this – it’s called Sheezus. Yes, Sheezus. She made the announcement during an interview on BBC One’s The Graham Norton Show. She calls it “a little nod to Kanye West,” and is already standing her ground on the questionable title. In fact, she took to Twitter and posted, “It’s a homage, not a p**s take. #SHEEZUS.” Haters be warned. Miss Allen released the head-turning single and video, “Hard Out Here” in late 2013, and recently followed up with “Air Balloon.” Plus, she appeared on the latest Girls soundtrack with the Tom Tom Club-esque “L8 CMMR.” So, she’s been busy and that’s all we really know at this point. Parlophone is releasing the LP, and she will undoubtedly support it on tour. Check out the 8-bit inspired lyric video for “L8 CMMR” while you try to wrap your head around what exactly Sheezus will sound like, and what effect it will have on the world.
Check out “Hard Out Here” on the MCU audio channel.
- Mike Popadines
In Soviet Russia, “Lucky GETS You!”
It’s Winter Olympics time for the world, and in Sochi, Russia, the Games are now underway. While some (if not most) of us are struggling just to survive this harsh winter in the U.S., the world’s greatest athletes are competing in a climate even more frigid and unforgiving. The 22nd Games are garnering a lot of media attention for a whole bunch of reasons this go around, but even with the controversies, there are reasons to smile. One of those reasons comes from an unlikely source of humor – the Russian Police Choir. These guys busted out Daft Punk’s mega-hit “Get Lucky” during the opening ceremony, and as you might guess, it’s equal parts laughable and astonishing. I, for one, appreciate this killer house track taking over the world much more than the “Macarena,” “Gangnam Style,” and… Communism. Check it out by following the link below. The robots truly are taking over.
Check out “Get Lucky” and other Daft Punk tracks on the MCU audio channel.
- Mike Popadines
Governors Ball 2014 Line-Up Announced
It’s like clockwork and then it’s like dominos. Every year around this time, one of the major outdoor music festivals reveals its lineup for their big summer blowout. It’s usually Coachella. And once that list hits the internet, all the others across the country begin their giant unveiling. For us on the east coast, it was only a matter of time before the typically wet Governors Ball (on New York’s Randall’s Island) broke their roster news. I had enough funds to enjoy/survive the entire three-day weekend last year, and it was one of the best I’ve ever experienced. It was in my backyard, basically– plus getting to and from the island was convenient with the ferries and all. I liked knowing I didn’t have to camp out/be without a shower for days at a time. Last year had its share of great headliners and supporting acts: The xx, Kendrick Lamar, The Lumineers, Kings of Leon, Guns N’ Roses (!), and Kanye West. This time around, the recently reunited OutKast will make a stop on their over 40-festival headlining tour to be the grand finale Sunday night. The other big names are Jack White, Vampire Weekend, The Strokes, Phoenix, Disclosure, and Foster The People. But for me, I’m sold on one band that hasn’t recorded or toured in what feels like ages: Interpol. Only I wasn’t exactly “sold”, because I failed to get my three-day pass yet. That being said, anyone reading this who wants to be my friend and hook me up (wink-wink), I’d greatly appreciate it and love you forever. The festival runs from June 6-8. You can read the full list of details at their website at www.governorsballmusicfestival.com.
They’ve Gone There
The past couple of years have been great for reunited late 80’s/early 90’s alternative rock bands. Legendary groups like Dinosaur Jr., The Replacements, and Sebadoh caught immediate buzz after reforming, and sales of new material and tour dates are proof that there’s money in nostalgia (or just overall great indie music). As 2013 begins to wind down, another resurrection has burst onto the indie scene, and it’s a name that’s entirely new. Juliana Hatfield (Blake Babies, Some Girls) and Matthew Caws (Nada Surf) have teamed up to form Minor Alps. The name comes from a mini mountain near Caws’ parents’ house in France where he spent his summers growing up. Juliana and Matthew have been close friends since the early 90’s, and have jammed together a handful of times. Recorded in Hoboken, NJ and released on Barsuk Records, Get There is 12-tracks worth of well-crafted songs and pleasant arrangements. There are some straight-up loud rockers, and some mid-tempo songs that linger, but the best stuff happens when they get all lo-fi and acoustic. “Buried Plans,” “Lonely Low,” and “Waiting For You” are the highlights, because they’re sweet and gentle and I told a fellow co-worker that they make me want to jump into a pile of leaves and escape into sound. Hatfield’s and Caws’ vocals are two great tastes that taste even greater together. For any old head who loved them in their prime – don’t worry, they’re still in it. And for any newcomer who thinks Generation X can’t hang with today’s emerging indie rock acts – give Get There a listen; you will not be disappointed.
Check out “I Don’t Know What To Do With My Hands” on the MCU audio channel.
Terry Richardson x Daft Punk
The Nashville cast graced the the Country Music Awards red carpet with their presence. We’re kind of sad that Deacon didn’t walk with Rayna, but whatever… we guess.