Stop toying with us, music industry. Fiona Apple is too incredible a musician to keep dicking her fans around! Alas, that’s what record companies have always done with Fiona, from her 2005 album Extraordinary Machine to her latest album, which has been sitting in limbo for one-year-plus. But over the weekend, Epic Records CEO L.A. Reid gave us hope: on Sunday he tweeted, “Lots of good music coming from @Epic_Records in the next few weeks. Stay tuned music fans. Welcome back Fiona!” In the next few weeks? Be still my heart! I don’t understand why backed-up albums keep happening to Fiona Apple, especially since she has a solid and ardent fan base. Is it a bad string of luck? Is she difficult to work with? Can the music industry make more money off Nicki Minaj singing about a “stupid hoe”? It’s probably some combination of all three. Release Fiona’s new album, Epic Records, and I promise I’ll buy the shit out of it. [Twitter.com/LA_Reid, Rolling Stone]
It’s new tunes Tuesday, and some lovely albums are waiting to be downloaded or, gasp, bought at the record store. This week, The Decemberists release a new one, even though it’s technically January; Social Distortion is back and ready to give you cold feelings in the night; James Blunt croons some more; and Braids inspire you to let your hair down. So let’s get into the groove, after the jump.
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After the post-Xmas lull, the jams are finally back! Yay! Today, Tapes N’ Tapes take us outside; British Sea Power wants you to party like you’re in Norse mythology; Cake rises with some compassion; Cage The Elephant is reborn; Wire keeps growing like a big ol’ tree; and Bela Fleck’s wife, Abigail Washburn, finds refuge. So let’s get into the groove, after the jump! Keep reading »
It’s new tunes Tuesday! Yay! And even though this week is light on the new music, it’s more like lite. Seriously, this week, the fat has been cut and the three releases I bring you are tasty! First off, M.I.A. has just released a mix tape called Vickileekx in support of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s recent trouble with the law. You can download it for free! Despite which side of the debate you’re on, free M.I.A tracks are something we can all support. Yes? No? Well, anyway, Brooklyn-based bombshell Class Actress and New Orleans’ hot dude duo Generationals also both drop new albums today. So, let’s get into the groove, after the jump! Keep reading »
Need some last-minute Christmas ideas? Well, here are some gifts that just hit the shelves, so they’re not busted and picked-over like the rest of the crap. Yay! Keri Hilson’s starting a girls’ club. Jamie Foxx is having the best night of his life. Keyshia Cole has got a lot of heart. And Ghostface Killah has got his own Apollo mission. So, let’s get into the groove, after the jump. Keep reading »
This week, it’s time to snuggle up around the fire with some sweet R&B! And there are a whole lot of tunes that’ll warm you up. Ciara’s using her basic instinct. R. Kelly is going retro. P. Diddy joins a musical menage and is now Diddy-Dirty Money. Ryan Adams does a double disc hipster rock opera. Yelawolf un-raps what’s in the trunk. And Michael Jackson’s posthumous record is finally out. So, let’s get into the groove, after the jump! Keep reading »
It’s almost Christmas, and the music industry knows you’re looking for the perfect stocking stuffers! While MP3s won’t fit, a CD certainly will. So, it’s no surprise that we’ve been in sort of an awesome streak for new tunes. This week is no different! We’re gonna show T.I. no mercy. Let Sufjan Stevens delight us. Check in with Duffy. Hitch onto Ryan Bingham’s star. And go back to the future with Daft Punk. So, let’s get into the groove, after the jump. Keep reading »
This week is mostly about hip-hop and R&B. Yep, a lot of the new releases want to sex you up. Thanks to the new Black Eyed Peas dance floor jams, you’ll want to dry hump strangers; Slim Thug wants to do you right; Flo Rida is a one-note lovah; Soulja Boy is shakin’ it up in suburbia; Jazmin Sullivan sings it like it is; and Miguel is as pretty as his tunes. Chrisette Michele — who just gave Annika her style tips — is going through the sweetest-sounding breakup. And, randomly, girlie Fefe Dobson is back … must be the seven-year itch. And then there’s Steve Wynn and the Russian Futurists holdin’ up the indie rock front—represent! So get those headphones on, and let’s get into the groove, after the jump!
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This pre-T-day Tuesday, there’s a whole lot to be thankful for. Not one friggin’ turkey in the bounty that is this week’s new music releases. Sweet potato pie! Basically, Kanye West’s album is beautiful, dark, twisted, rad-onkulous awesomeness, if you listen to the critics; Nicki Minaj’s debut record is the motha-frickin’ lady-rappin’ hawtness; My Chemical Romance is back, and Jersey-er than ever; Ne-Yo, Ke$sha, Lloyd Banks and Robyn want you to get down in da club. Plus, the wild card, Royksopp, will help you sleep it all off. So, if that motherload of jams didn’t convince you to get your headphones on, you need to check your pulse. Let’s get into the groove, after the jump. Keep reading »
It’s new tunes Tuesday. This week, we’ve got some baby makin’ muzack. Nelly is making things hot in herrrre. Rihanna likes to get loud. Freddie Jackson croons. Then, Norah Jones duets with some maj players, like Dolly Parton! Stereolab is making things pop. Bombay Bicycle Club takes us for a ride. And The Boss makes us some sweet promises. So, get those headphones on, girl, ’cause there’s lotsa jams after the jump! Keep reading »