Handpicked out of the mixed bag of Warp Records artists, Jamie Lidell has that “I’ll dance when I feel like it” attitude. With Compass, he leaves the smoove R&B behind and taps into a wiser, almost folk style. Like Beck, Lidell can get the party started, but also knows when it’s time to chill.
From the first few notes, you can tell that T-Bone Burnett was involved somehow. Sahara Smith’s debut, Myth of the Heart, (shepherded by T-Bone and producer Emile Kelman) crosses the same country/blues border that Robert Plant & Alison Krauss straddled on their duet album, Raising Sand. Smith isn’t a Grammy-winning artist (yet), so give her some love! More on Shorefire.com
In electronica, everyone knows it takes two to make a thing go right. Case and point: the duo of Mark “Cosmo” Lamong and Ryan Leary, a.k.a. Streetlab. Their remix resume stands out with reworks of The Beatles, The Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, Passion Pit, Hot Chip, and more. Download their single, “Take Care” featuring Noelle.
His 2004 breakthrough debut album, Trouble, was a tough act to follow. Six years later, Ray LaMontagne continues to deliver the raw goods as a true folk-rock revivalist. With his new band, “The Pariah Dogs,” LaMontagne is currently on tour with David Gray playing top outdoor venues such as Jones Beach, The Greek, and Red Rocks. More on Raylamontagne.com
Seeing the latest Weezer band photo is almost as surprising as hearing their new single. So, now that you’ve seen the goofy image above, take a listen to “Memories” below. This distortion-heavy track is off their upcoming album Hurley (from Lost?), which drops on September 14th (pre-order here). This date is notable since it’s less than a year from their previous effort, Raditude.
FROM THE MP3 ARCHIVES: In 2008, Radiohead‘s name-your-price concept for their album In Rainbows raised the bar for Internet marketing. The music itself fits into the post-Amnesiac era where electronics are essential, yet the band’s rock roots aren’t forgotten. Their “create you own Nude remix” website opened the flood gates for inspiring artists–Holy F**k‘s version stood above the rest.
You wouldn’t normally pin a drag queen who models himself after “Blue Velvet-era Isabella Rossellini” as one of the most sought-after rock vocalists. However, Antony Hegarty draws concert hall-size crowds and has collaborated with notable artists such as Lou Reed and Bjork. Download his most recent masterpiece “Thank You For Your Love” for the price of an email (it’s free).