Friday, September 6, 2013

What's New(s)?

 Yoko Ono & the RZA team-up

In 2010 Wu-Tang masterming the RZA and Yoko Ono took to the stage in Los Angeles to play chess and do duets in what is easily one of the most unexpected collaborative efforts ever. Now that piece of "performance-art" will be permanently emblazoned on a 10'' single commemorating the event. The record will feature live recordings of the lurching fertilization cycle saga "Seed of Joy/Life Is A Struggle" backed by Yoko Ono's Plastic Band's "Greenfield Morning I Pushed An Empty Baby Carriage All Over The City". Reportedly this is round one in a series of collaborative releases from Ono, so I can only imagine the artists we've yet to hear team-up with Yoko.

"Seed of Joy/Life Is A Struggle"

Coldplay contributes to Catching Fire

Catching Fire is bound to see one of the biggest releases of 2013, so it's only appropriate that one of the biggest bands in music (whatever that designation means circa 2013 is up for debate) Coldplay is contributing to the mammoth undertaking. "Atlas" is Chris Martin and company's first new music since 2011's kaleidoscopic "concept-album" Mylo Xyloto. The song begins grounded by Martin's restrained piano and muted vocals before breaking free and ascending for the heavens in typical Coldplay fashion. In other words, it'll sound great during a cinematic experience. 

Catching Fire hits theaters November 22, so look for the soundtrack to hit shelves around the same time.

Arcade Fire...The Plot Thickens


Arcade Fire continues to borrow further down the rabbit hole as the October 29 crawls closer. Wednesday, the blog was reporting the band was definitely doing something at 9pm on September 9 and now it appears their plan is to release a new single entitled "Reflektor" accompanied by a video directed by Anton Corbijn. But that's not all. Arcade Fire Tube is indicating plans to release a "Reflektor" 12'' with the above artwork (a possible callback to the Stones Some Girls) in select record stores throughout the U.S. on September 9. 
 Pictures of a tracklist on the back of the release have also been circulating, and are yet to be confirmed. 

And if all that weren't enough to satiate your appetite, the Canadian septet is believed to have played a secret show at a small salsa club in Montreal on Wednesday. No video/pictures of the set have circulated, though Montreal blog The Main is reporting the band debuted a bevy of new tempo shifting songs that: "Imagine the Talking Heads’ "Once in a Lifetime", but if David Bowie had written it while on vacation." Again much of this is still conjecture at this point, but come Monday a part of this ever-growing mystery will be solved. 

Reflektor trailer

Jay Z and Kanye West hit the road

In support of their respective new albums, Jay Z (it doesn't get any easier typing that without the hyphen) and Kanye West will be trekking across North American for much of the rest of 2013. Kanye's maiden Yeezus voyage sets sail on October 19 with Kendrick Lamar while Hov' embarks on the Magna Carter World Tour beginning November 30. Tickets for Jay's shows go on sale September 12, just one day before little brother Kanye's. Check out the tour dates for each artist below, as well as the phenomenal "Holy Grail" video and a taste of what Kanye's latest live show could like in a performance from this year's NY Governor's Ball. 

Jay Z tour dates:
11-30 St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
12-1 Lincoln, NE - Pinnacle Bank Arena
12-2 Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
12-6 Anaheim, CA - Honda Center
12-7 San Diego, CA - Valley View Casino Center
12-9 Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center
12-10 Fresno, CA - Save Mart Center
12-11 San Jose, CA - SAP Center at San Jose
12-13 Las Vegas, NV - Mandalay Bay Events Center
12-18 Oklahoma City, OK - Chesapeake Energy Arena
12-19 Houston, TX - Toyota Center
12-20 San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
12-21 Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
12-27 Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena
12-28 Birmingham, AL - BJCC Arena
1-2 Ft. Lauderdale, FL - BB&T Center
1-4 Charlotte, NC - Time Warner Cable Arena
1-5 Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum Complex
1-8 Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena
1-9 Chicago, IL - United Center
1-10 Detroit, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills
1-12 Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
1-13 Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
1-16 Washington, DC - Verizon Center
1-17 Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
1-18 Boston, MA - TD Garden
1-19 Uniondale, NY - Nassau Coliseum
1-21 Pittsburgh, PA - CONSOL Energy Center
1-22 Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
1-24 Montreal, Quebec - Bell Centre
1-27 Toronto, Ontario - Air Canada Centre
1-29 Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
1-30 Buffalo, NY - First Niagara Center
1-31 State College, PA - Bryce Jordan Center

Holy Grail ft. Justin Timberlake

Kanye West tour dates: 
10-19 Seattle, WA - KeyArena #
10-20 Vancouver, British Columbia - Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena #
10-22 San Jose, CA - SAP Center #
10-23 Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena #
10-25 Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena
10-26 Los Angeles, CA - STAPLES Center #
11-1 Salt Lake City, UT - EnergySolutions Arena #
11-3  Denver, CO -  Pepsi Center #
11-5  Minneapolis, MN - Target Center #
11-7  Chicago, IL - United Center #
11-10  Detroit, MI - Palace of Auburn Hills #
11-12  Toronto, Ontario - Air Canada Centre #
11-14  Montreal, Quebec - Bell Centre #
11-16  Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
11-17  Boston, MA - TD Garden #
11-19  Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center 
11-21  Washington, DC - Verizon Center #
11-23  New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
11-29  Miami, FL - AmericanAirlines Arena  #
11-30  Tampa, FL - Tampa Bay Times Forum
12-1 Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena #
12-6 Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center #
12-7 Houston, TX - Toyota Center #

Check back in Monday for more of the newest in new(s).

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