Monday, October 28, 2013

What's New(s)?

Disclosure debut "Apollo"

Disclosure's excellent debut LP Settle is only four months old, but the dance-oriented duo is already returning with new material. "Apollo" dials down the bright-light "four on the floor" approach of Settle, opting for a sepia tone marked by muted background vocals and warped synthesizer burbles. And while the mood has noticeably shifted, the unmistakable dance-leanings remain. "Apollo" insures you'll eventually be tapping your feet, even if your initial inclination is to stick to the sidelines.

The aforementioned Settle is one of 12 nominees for Britain's Mercury Prize, winner announced on Wednesday, competing against: James Blake, Savages, the Arctic Monkeys, and others.


Tom Waits performs first live set in five years
Five years is entirely too long to be robbed of a Tom Waits live performance, so thankfully Neil Young's annual Bridge School Benefit (held this past weekend) coaxed the demonic troubadour out onto the stage. Accompanied by Primus' Les Claypool on upright bass and frequent collaborator David Hidalgo on guitar, Wait's howled through a 10-song set heavily relying on 2011's Bad As Me.

Posting on his site, the always shaggy Waits outlined his last minute addition, claiming ""I had every good intention to stay home and work on my JD Salinger Halloween mask, but when Neil told me yesterday he was serving burnt cow’s eyes on a flat tire and it’s all gluten free, I invited myself!"

The seemingly omnipresent Arcade Fire also performed at the benefit, playing cuts from Reflektor, before Young joined them on-stage for the freshly penned "I Dreamed A Neil Song". Check it out here, beginning around the 6:07:00 mark.

Joey Bada$$ re-releasing Summer Knights


Joey Bada$$' breezy summer-mixtape Summer Knights will be receiving the EP treatment and alongside mixtape highlights like "95 Til' Infinity", the 18-year-old rapper is including a few new tracks. One of those is posse-cut "My Jeep" featuring fellow Brooklyn-natives/Beast Coast residents: Flatbush Zombies and the Underachievers. Bada$$ remains stuck in the 90s, re-appropriating R. Kelly's classic "You Remind of Me Something" for a boom-bap s***-talking session. It's near impossible not to head-nod, and the kind of rap to be playing as a sunny fall day fades into a long cold winter.

Joey Bada$$ alongside the Underachievers and Black Hippy member Ab-Soul are currently out on the road for the annual Smoker's Club Tour, and dates can be found below.

Smoker's Club 
10/29 St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
10/30 Lawrence, KS - Granada
11/1 Denver, CO - Cervantes / Ogden 
11/2 Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
11/6 Ventura, CA - Venture Theater 
11/9 Santa Ana, CA - Observatory (minus Underachievers)
11/11 San Diego, CA - Soma
11/12 Tempe, AZ - Club Red
11/13 Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
11/15 Dallas, TX - Southside Music Hall
11/16 Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
11/17 Austin, TX - Emo's East (minus Underachievers)
11/20 Tallahassee FL - Coliseum Tallahassee
11/21 Orlando, FL - Beacham Theater
11/22 Miami, FL - Grand Central
11/23 St. Petersburg, FL - Jannis Live!
11/24 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade (Heaven) (minus Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era)
11/26 New Haven, CT - Toad's Place
11/30 Philadelphia, PA - TLA

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

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