Monday, April 14, 2014

Lana Del Rey: West Coast

The realease date for Lana Del Rey's third album 'Ultraviolence' (produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys) has yet to be announced, but the first single dropped yesterday. The excellent "West Coast" track does not disappoint; unfortunately we'll have to wait for the full video. Meanwhile, prepare to get dizzy as you watch a few seconds of black/white footage of Lana frolicking with a beau on a California beach on endless repeat.

There is a string of North American and European concert dates scheduled between tonight and late August, many of which are summer festival gigs, including NorthSide in Ã…rhus, Denmark on June 13.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Lykke Li: No Rest For The Wicked

Swedish singer-songwriter Lykke Li will release her third album 'I Never Learn' on May 5. The powerful video for the stunning lead single "No Rest for the Wicked" was directed by Swedish-Egyptian renaissance man Tarik Saleh who also shot two clips for "Wounded Rhymes", her 2011 album.

Li has eleven shows coming up this month and next month in Europe and the U.S., several dates have already sold out. More than a dozen European and North American summer festival gigs are also on her busy tour schedule, including performances at Roskilde July 3 and Lollapalooza August 1.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Pillar Point: Dreamin'

Scott Reitherman aka Pillar Point, founder of Seattle band Throw Me The Statue, dropped his self-titled debut full-length this winter. The hypnotic video accompanying the stellar track "Dreamin'' features the gifted Japan born/NYC based pro dancer Daisuke Omiya and was directed by Jacob Krupnick of Brooklyn creative studio Wild Combination.

Reitherman has an April 29 gig in Portland, Oregon. May 1-6 he will be performing with L.A. band Soft Swells in smaller Northern/Central and Southern California venues. May 16-18 he'll be playing at two festivals in Washington.  (Daisuke Omiya)  (director Jacob Krupnick)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Nirvana: Smells Like Teen Spirit

Kurt Cobain, age 2 at his aunt Mari's house.

It's been 20 years since Kurt Cobain died at the age of 27, but like all great artists he lives on through his creative output.

"Smells Like Teen Spirit" dropped on September 10, 1991 as the first single off of Nirvana's second album 'Nevermind."  The video by Samuel Bayer was shot on a sound stage in L.A. and captures the energy of the track thanks to the extras being allowed to let loose after spending hours waiting in their seats.

Some songs sound dated the second they are recorded. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" however is of the timeless kind, i.e. as powerful and brilliant as when it was created.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

BEA: Breadwinner

Very little info is available about the sound artist Bea Anubis aka BEA: she is 22 years old, Dutch, born to British parents. Her fellow Amsterdam creative, visual performance artist Piet Langevold (who shot the in-the-bathtub publicity photo) is said to be working on a video for BEA.

Meanwhile we can enjoy the sublime track entitled "Breadwinner" which can now be downloaded from the artist's Soundcloud page. (click on icon in the top right corner, below the Soundcloud logo.)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Chloe Howl: Rumour

Just turned 19 and hailing from Maidenhead west of London, singer-songwriter Chloe Howl, born Howells, has no back up plan: singing since childhood, she can't imagine doing anything except music. Looks like things are working out just fine: her self-titled debut full-length drops June 9. Three singles have already been released; the most recent one 'Rumour' is accompanied by an excellent video with a powerful message about finding oneself.

Howl has a dozen shows scheduled in the UK and in continental Europe between May 1 and August 29.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The National: I Need My Girl

Tonight The National are performing in downtown L.A. at the gorgeous historic Shrine Auditorium where Jimi Hendrix played in February of 1968.  The Brooklyn based-band of Cincinnati, Ohio origin will also be screening the tour documentary Mistaken for Strangers shot during a year of touring by Tom Berninger, brother of frontman Matt Berninger. (Trivia: the remaining four members of the group consists of two pairs of brothers; twins Aaron and Bryce Dessner as well as Scott and Bryan Devendorf.)

The tour resumes next month with no less than three shows in Toronto April 9-11 and continues through August 16 with a string of dates in the U.S., continental Europe, plus the UK and includes many summer festivals gigs.

A beautiful black/white video was published last month to go with the fifth single taken from the stellar 2013 full-length release 'Trouble Will Find Me.'  (official website)