Shadow People by Dr. Dog
One album that I didn’t realize was coming out was Shame, Shame from the amazing Dr. Dog. My old friend Graham got me into these guys a few years back and they’re hands down one of the most creative dudes out there right now. Their sound is vintage and familiar but like nothing you’ve heard before. They harmonize like the Beach Boys and jam like My Morning Jacket.
They’ve got a new song out called Shadow People to give you a taste of what the new album is going to sound like. Honestly they just keep getting better as they go. This song sounds like they’re jamming a little more, it’s a little more epic, maybe with a touch of 80′s guitars at the end. It’s wonderful no matter how you want to describe it.
Shame, Shame comes out on April 6, which isn’t nearly soon enough. They’ll also be touring the album, so be sure to catch ‘em live if they come near you.
The new Gorillaz album is going to come out in about 3 weeks and I’m really excited to see what happens next in their epic saga. The new album is called Plastic Beach, and to further illustrate this, it seems like Jamie Hewlett has created an entire island refuge for the band, one I’m guessing we’ll be able to virtually explore like in previous incarnations of their website.
The line-up for the album is al over the place, and I might be a touch skeptical, but I trust in Mr. Albarn to bring it all together:
1. “Orchestral Intro” (featuring sinfonia ViVA)
2. “Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach” (featuring Snoop Dogg and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble)
3. “White Flag” (featuring Kano, Bashy and The Lebanese National Orchestra for Oriental Arabic Music)
4. “Rhinestone Eyes”
5. “Stylo” (featuring Bobby Womack and Mos Def) 4:33
6. “Superfast Jellyfish” (featuring Gruff Rhys and De La Soul)
7. “Empire Ants” (featuring Little Dragon)
8. “Glitter Freeze” (featuring Mark E. Smith)
9. “Some Kind of Nature” (featuring Lou Reed)
10. “On Melancholy Hill”
12. “Sweepstakes” (featuring Mos Def and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble)
13. “Plastic Beach” (featuring Mick Jones and Paul Simonon)
14. “To Binge” (featuring Little Dragon)
15. “Cloud of Unknowing” (featuring Bobby Womack and sinfonia ViVA)
16. “Pirate Jet”
17. “Pirate’s Progress” (Japanese Bonus Track and non-Japanese “Experience Edition” Bonus Track)
18. “Three Hearts, Seven Seas, Twelve Moons”
If you want to see more previews of the island you should check out the Gorillaz YouTube page and if you want some music to listen to check out Murdock’s Pirate Radio. I’ve been listening to it for about 10 minutes and so far I’ve heard Dead Weather and Kirk Douglas… yes, Spartacus.
After almost four years Joanna Newsome is finally releasing a new album called Have One On Me which is coming out on February 23rd. Supposedly the record is going to be three discs long, which is kind of insane, but I’m all for it. It also may be part of the reason it took her 4 years to release something new. As far as I know the album hasn’t leaked yet, which is kind of unbelievable, but there’s a new song you can listen to called Good Intentions Paving Company.
The song reminds of somewhere between Joni Mitchell circa Blue and Regina Spektor. It seems like she’s shed her weirdo folk sound for something a little more in tune with Vetiver. It’s definitely still her traditional style of making songs epic-ly long, but it’s really a gem of a song. Put this on the list of albums to possibly freak out about.
Also, the tiny strip is by Geoff McFetridge and was posted on the Drag City site as a teaser. It would be sweet if he illustrated the album like he did for Whitest Boy Alive and Zwan.
One album that I’m super stoked about this year is Jónsi’s new album Go, which should be released on April 6 here in the States. I know a lot of you really loved the first sample we heard, the song Boy Lilikoi, but now there are a few more tracks to check out.
A couple weeks back Jónsi visited WNYC and had a little interview and played a few songs off of Go. It’s amazing to hear him perform because even though it’s just him and a ukelele (with three strings) his songs sound epic. He plays three songs live, one called Go Do and another called Around Us and Boy Lilikoi, and then we get to hear an album version of a song called Animal Arithmetic. I hope this brightens up your Monday some.
My friends over at Ghostly sent me this video for their artist Syntaks, which is made up of Danish duo Jakob Skott and Anna Cecilia. The video was directed by Mr. Skott and features an elaborate mixture of old and new footage all merging together, kind of like a dream. It reminds me a lot of when I work, how I like to mix together images to create something new and original.
Ghostly’s hooked me up with the MP3 of Blue Sunshine as a free download, which you can download here. You can also download their Mistral Moon EP (as you can see to the left) for free as well by clicking here. I love what Ghostly records does, and there really isn’t any label like them, so if you’re not familiar with them you should definitely pay them a visit. Maybe I can start giving away some from MP3s to sample on Fridays along with the Mixcasts?
Could be fun.