The four fabulous Frenchmen of Phoenix gave us a lil prezzy today in the form of the title track from their new album “Ti Amo” due out next month! This is the second song they’ve released from the album, following the first release “J-BOY”. I’m biased here because Phoenix is my favorite band but both of these songs are blowing my mind. Out of the two “Ti Amo” has my heart with its dancey beat and the lyrics, trés sexy! Open your legs..I mean EARS ;p and listen to the song below and get excited because we will have that glorious album in our hands in just four weeks! And while you’re waiting head here to pre-order it! Woo!
It’s been over two months since Glass Animals dropped ‘How to be a Human Being’ and I still can’t stop listening. Do yourself a favor if you still haven’t (shame!) listen to this whole album start to finish, it’s raaaaad ✌🏻️.
Today is the day everyone! Phantogram are back with new music after a year of making music and touring with Outkast’s Big Boi in their side-project Big Grams. Today the electro-pop duo released their third studio album appropriately named ‘Three’. As exciting as it is to get new music from one of our favorite bands, this album came from a sad place.
Earlier this year vocalist Sarah Barthel’s sister Becky passed away tragically and although band-mate Carter is not related to Barthel, having been friends for most of their life they both feel as though they’ve lost a sister. In interviews Sarah has said that this record “is about heartbreak” and that “the overall message is about how tragic life can be at times—how the world can bring you down… But you have to try to find the beauty in it sometimes.”. This brings to mind the theme of my favorite film ‘American Beauty’ which is that we want to be angry about the bad things that happen to us but it’s hard to stay mad when there’s so much beauty in the world. Sidenote: I will take any chance I get to talk about American Beauty (sorry not sorry). Back to Phantogram…
Now here is a moment I can say I have been waiting for since the very day I heard word that one of my favorite bands, Death Cab For Cutie, would be working on their next studio album which would be the last with founding member Christopher Walla who parted ways with the band following the completion of the album. Frontman Benjamin Gibbard said that because of Walla’s departure as a band member AND producer, the making of the album, titled Kintsugi, was a new but exciting experience. The band ultimately decided to hire Rich Costey to produce the Kintsugi. Costey has worked with bands such as Muse, Foster the People, Phantogram, and many more.
Death Cab started working on the record back in the summer of 2013 with Chris Walla originally producing it until he made the decision that he wasn’t the right guy for the job. Chris did end up playing on the record and the band are all in agreeance that his decision to leave was the right thing to do. Gibbard has said in many interviews that he and the band knew for some time that Walla was planning to leave and that even though it was sad to say goodbye to Chris they were all excited for this new chapter.
Bass player Nick Harmer chose the name for their latest album. Kintsugi (the albums’ title) is a japanese technique of repairing broken ceramics using gold in the resin that reforms the object. The idea being that with the gold, you highlight the breakages in it , and make something new and beautiful out of something that’s broken. It’s the perfect name for this album that celebrates the end of the bands’ chapter with Walla and the piecing together of the other three members and the new music they will create together.
In the past couple of days I have read some reviews but multiple music websites I follow and it seems like no one is really that impressed with this album. This is just crazy to me. Death Cab is Death Cab and if they put out any new music I am going to love it! You can stream the Kintsugi on Spotify now. I’ll be streaming and dancing and singing and waiting for my Vinyl copy to come in the mail (buy your copy here)! Enjoy you guys, I know I am!
Today Sufjan Stevens’ released his 7th studio album “Carrie & Lowell” which was inspired by the 2012 death of his mother (Carrie) and the family trips they took to Oregon in Stevens’ childhood. His stepfather is also included in the album’s title. Stevens’ mother was bipolar and schizophrenic and suffered from drug addiction and substance abuse. His stepfather Lowell is still such a big part of his life that he currently runs Sufjan’s label Asthematic Kitty. In an interview with Pitchfork Stevens’ explained his need for going back to his roots with Carrie & Lowell
“With this record, I needed to extract myself out of this environment of make-believe. It’s something that was necessary for me to do in the wake of my mother’s death—to pursue a sense of peace and serenity in spite of suffering. It’s not really trying to say anything new, or prove anything, or innovate. It feels artless, which is a good thing. This is not my art project; this is my life.”
After hearing the heartbreaking lyrics on Carrie & Lowell, the lyrics from previous album tracks such as “Romulus” (“Once when our mother called/ She had a voice of last year’s cough/ We passed around the phone/ Sharing a word about Oregon”) from his 2003 album Michigan, and “The Seer’s Tower” (“Oh, my mother, she betrayed us, but my father loved and bathed us,”) from his 2005 album Illinois, and many other tracks from earlier albums that touch on his relationship or lack there of, with his mother Carrie. In each song though, you’ll notice that he never speaks ill of her, and instead is always talking about a constant yearning to be close to her, felling her everywhere (“I love you more than the world can contain/ In its lonely and ramshackle head,”).
I am very excited to give this album a full listen beginning to end because if anyone can tell a captivating story, it’s Sufjan Stevens. And judging from the singles I have heard prior to this release are beautiful, tragic, and thought-provoking. It’s very special that we get invited into Stevens’ subconscious and are able to relive his somewhat dark childhood with him, I don’t know about you but I think Sufjan could use a few hugs :). Let’s all be supportive of his decision to bare his soul for his many fans by purchasing this album in either Vinyl, Digital, or Disc format. Then light some candles, grab a box of tissues and listen up. Enjoy!
Hey Everyone! Just yesterday the Lollapalooza Early Bird and Regular GA Passes went on sale and sold out within 30 minutes! But it’s ok, today at 10AM CT the single day passes go on sale for $110 a piece! If you’ve never been to Lolla and are on the fence about spending all that money on these tickets I promise from the bottom of my music loving heart that it’s well worth the money! Click here to get your tickets!! And check out the lineup below! Eeeeeeek!
In case you didn’t know, today Phantogram decided to give us the first listen of their upcoming album “Voices” on NPR (click HERE to listen). This is great news people! The band has already shared SEVEN songs from the album with us which btdubs you can get on iTunes or stream on Spotify. You can pre-order “Voices” on iTunes which will be out February 18th (next Tuesday) by clicking the pic below. If you pre-order you get instant downloads of “Bill Murray” as well as “Fall In Love” and “Nothing But Trouble”. Phantogram will be performing on Jimmy Kimmel the same day the new album comes out (Feb 18th) so set up your DVRs or stay up super late to watch if you’re cool like that.
One last thing…this past Monday aka 2 days ago the official music video came out for “Falling in Love” so you should probs check that out…