Kid ink’s episode of “You & A” is airing today @ 4p ET on Music Choice Play and it’s a great one. Tune in for all the good stuff.
Look how much fun he had.
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.
Jake Bugg’s Highly-Anticipated Second Album Out Soon
Jake Bugg, the 19-year-old British indie singer/songwriter behind the Gatorade-fueled single “Lightning Bolt”, is readying his second album. It’s called Shangri La (which is actually a made-up place, one that’s hypothetically beautiful and peaceful – is he thinking New York City? I hope not) and it’ll see the light of day on November 18th. If you haven’t heard anything other than “Lightning Bolt,” which I’m sure you have, whether or not you know it by name – you need to hear some of the deeper stuff in his catalog. MCU spins “Two Fingers,” “Seen It All,” and now, his brand new single, “What Doesn’t Kill You.” Here’s a quick background on his sound and style to save you some time: He’s got a thick Nottingham accent, quick string-pickin’ fingers, and a laid-back approach to songwriting, meaning stories come easy to him. He also has friends in high places, like major alternative artists Noel Gallagher (Oasis, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds) and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers). This kid is the real deal, and his songs have that infectious spell that stays stuck in your head for days, but never outstays its welcome. Pick up the Rick Rubin-produced Shangri La from Mercury Records, put your headphones on, and hear the sound of a young star who’s on his way to being a major player in the years to come.
Check out more Jake Bugg on the MCU and Alternative audio channels.
Indie Rock news from MC’s expert, Mike Pop!
Just a Reflection, Of a Reflection, Of a Reflection…
At long last, new music from the Grammy (Album of the Year, 2011) award-winning Montreal collective Arcade Fire has surfaced. After a drawn-out promotion campaign, which involved mysterious street art popping up in major cities around the world, Win Butler, Régine Chassagne, and company have come clean about the band’s objective. A new album (their fourth), Reflektor, has been announced for an October 28th release.The group wanted to keep most of the details a secret, only to release a single, the near 8-minute long title track, on September 9th, at 9 PM across every time zone in the world (dubbed, the “9PM 9-9” launch). Sadly, the surprise was spoiled, as “unofficial” digital copies flooded the internet via Tumblrs and file sharing sites, and not one, but two videos shortly following; one interactive, and the other an eerie Peter Gabriel-esque black and white clip. Now, Arcade Fire fans are learning even more about the album: It will be a double-LP, produced by LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, and will feature guest vocals by the legendary David Bowie. We’ve even got a clear picture of the cover art, inspired by a 19th century French sculpture. Butler told SPIN Magazine that the music on the album will be, “[a] mashup of Studio 54 and Haitian voodoo.” So there’s that. Anyhow, Music Choice has the disco-leaning lead single, and we’re thrilled to be playing it. Make sure to check it out on our Alternative and MCU audio channels. We’ll keep you posted with any more information on this incredibly buzz-worthy album release. Until next time, indie-minded friends…