Kanye West seems to really like Hawaii, where he is recording his new album, A Good Ass Job. So much so that he has put his kind of boring 3-bedroom, 4,214-square-foot Hollywood house, built in 2002 at 7882 Fareholm Drive, up for sale for $3,995,000. (It’s way overbuilt on the lot, which is only 5,320 square feet.) The decor is what you’d expect: the cool earth-tones and open space of the “Love Lockdown” video, set of by bright-blue pop art, giant-sized children toys and Takashi Murakami stuff. It gets a little Romper-Roomy sometimes, but the fish-tank bathtub is the best idea since Hot Tub Time Machine. Or, you know, you could buy an adorable, very L.A. 2-bedroom house up the next block for $799,000. Your call.
We have recently been featuring a lot of free music by artists from all over the world in different genres, and today we have another free track for you from a UK band called Circus Envy.
Circus Envy are an alt.folk band formed in Hull in 2005. Featuring a line-up of primarily acoustic instruments, they add a traditional sensibility to modern songs with use of bouzoukis, mandolins and cajon alongside guitars and bass. A flurry of local gigs brought them a loyal local following and interest from BBC and independent Radio. Debut album, ‘Take Me Home’ was released in 2008 to critical acclaim, leading to the band being selected to play on the Beverley Folk Festival’s Acoustic Treasures Tour in 2009 and then at the festival itself. High profile support gigs for Martin Simpson and Jackie Leven and a main stage appearance at the Hull Pride and Freedom Festivals followed.
2010 holds exciting prospects for the band. An early gig at the 100 Club in London was followed by the band heading to the studio to record an EP – “A New Dawn” – with Stu Hanna (Show of Hands/Megson) and Andy Bell (Kerfuffle) at the helm. Featuring guest appearances by Sam Sweeney and Hannah James (Bellowhead/Kerfuffle). The band is now on the road promoting the EP release and will return to the studio later in the year to commence work on album number two.
I really think this band has a lot of potential. Expect to see a lot more of them in the coming years!
The Chemical Brothers are actually still releasing music 15 years after turning the UK music press on its head with Exit Planet Dust. First up is the album’s first single, “Swoon,” with its synths to fit the track title and a luminous beat mix underneath. The video’s all black backdrop with colorfully washed out silhouettes (literally) falling in love, Smith and Lyall’s visual take on beat matching.
Gorillaz will be touring England in September but only playing five arena dates.
The dates they’ll play are:
10 – Birmingham, N.I.A
11 – Newcastle, Metro Arena
12 – Manchester, MEN Arena
14 – London, O2 Arena
15 – London, O2 Arena
Tickets cost what they did for their last couple of dates, £45. That’s quite a lot but probably represents at least half-decent value for money, given that it’s Gorillaz – who are deserving of this status. These very tickets will go on sale at 9AM on Friday May 21, by which time we’ll hopefully have a government. Get them from here or here.
This image has been getting a lot of push on Twitter today and I just had to show all of our readers. Here is a chart of “Things Lady Gaga Wants.”
With Gaga’s “Bad Romance” music video becoming the most watched video of all time on YouTube–201 million views since last November–it’s kind of perfect.
Milwaukee soul band Kings Go Forth is just about to launch their debut album, The Outsiders Are Back. Kings Go Forth has been getting a lot of positive press from many soul music blogs and even spun by the likes of DJ Shadow.
Written by Noble and Wolf, the full-length of nine original songs includes the Moulton mix of “Don’t Take My Shadow.” The album’s lone cover is an impossibly obscure soul lament written and recorded in a prison. In addition to Noble and Wolf, Kings Go Forth features Andy Noble on bass, Dave Wake on keyboards, guitarist Dan Flynn, percussionist Cecilio Negron, Jr., the explosive drummer Jeremy Kuzniar, trombonist Dave Cusma, trumpeter Jed Groser, vocalist Dan Fernandez, and rhythm guitarist and vocalist Matt Norberg.
Liam Gallagher has been talking to a radio station in the USA and it has now been confirmed that he is working on a Beatles film.
Warner Music Group have announced their numbers for the first quarter of 2010. Warner Music Group cut its loss to $25 million compared to $68 million a year ago. Recorded music sales were down 5.5% year-on-year to $534 million, but global digital sales were up 11.2% to $189 million, with the UK singled out as a particularly strong market.
Digital sales now account for 30.1% of WMG’s total income. CEO Edgar Bronfman praised Apple – “No-one’s gotten very rich betting against Steve Jobs – and I don’t want to be the first to do it” – although he refused to speculate on whether it’s about to launch a subscription model for iTunes.
“Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop,” a new song from Lindsay Lohan, has been leaked to the Internet.
Lindsay has been working on the album since 2007 after signing with Universal Motown. It seems that the Motown name has just become a waste of time!
The leak of “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop” (and another song, “Stuck,” which was released exclusively to Perez Hilton for airplay earlier in the year) suggests that the actress/singer could be returning her focus to a music career.
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Free the Robots is Chris Alfaro and he has just released a new album CTRL+ALT+DELETE. We have embedded one of the best tracks Vocies for everyone to stream and download if they want.
On the new Free the Robots album he has put together a group of traditional jazz, psych, electronic and hip-hop all togehter with progressive melodies.
Take a listen and let us know what you think.