With their 10th album just announced (Lightning Bolt is due October 15th), Pearl Jam has unleashed the first single from the forthcoming album. “Mind Your Manners” starts with a minimalist yet rich riff reminiscent of “Even Flow” from Ten, the band’s 1991 debut. The song quickly builds to something that could easily have fit on Backspacer, their last studio album, which was a refreshing rocker from a band that had yet to fully emerge from a nearly decade-long rut. This song signals more of a good thing. And I, for one, am quite happy about that.
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You won’t see me post many clips from Ellen, for the same reason you won’t see clips from The View. However, as a supporter of the Approve 74 campaign in Washington State, and a fan of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, I share this moving performance of “Same Love” from the duo’s new album Heist.
If you’re a voter in Washington, please vote to Approve Referendum 74.
Shivering Timbers are an Akron, Ohio-based trio fronted by married couple Sarah and Jayson Benn. Discovered by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys when they performed at his birthday. Auerbach was so enthralled by the band that he produced their debut album.
I was introduced to yOya by a friend who is involved with Project Snowball, a music sharing community built on the premise of promoting great artists to friends. The duo is from Corvalis, Oregon but relocated to LA where the cities electronic music affected their folk music stylings to create a great mix that is reminiscent of bands like Of Monsters and Men and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes.
New wave stalwarts Devo have finally released their ode to Seamus Romney, who was famously tied to the roof of the Romney family car on one of their road trips in 1983. The band says they don’t have a full album in the works, but are not against posting songs as they are created.
Bloc Party have ended their hiatus and will release the band’s fourth album, aptly titled Four on August 20th. They are streaming the album now on their website. Head over to four.blocparty.com to check it out.
The band had been leaning electronic on their last two albums, in particular Intimacy, but on Four we see them abandon that almost entirely, along with their dancey hooks, for a more straight ahead rock sound. While a different sound than previous releases this works well, and I think most fans will find it refreshing.
Hooray For Earth snagged my ears with the release of True Loves last year. Now they are set to introduce some new music on Dovecote Records. The label will release “Never” b/w “Figure” August 21 as “twin singles” according to the label’s website. I think this song is great as it continues the band’s juxtaposition of lofty, pop vocals over lo-fi production. I’ll be lined up to pick this one up next week.