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New Release Music Tuesday

The new year is starting to get revved up and is showing some promising new bands and music! This week has proven to be full of goodies with new music from Cold War Kids, The Editors, RJD2, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Missy Elliott and today’s new music pick Spoon!  I had the opportunity to work on this album (Transference) and really enjoyed it.

Spoon was formed in late 1993 in Austin, Texas and is composed of Britt Daniel (vocals, guitar); Jim Eno (drums); Rob Pope (bass) and Eric Harvey (keyboard, guitar, percussion, backing vocals).

Spoons first recorded album debut came about in 1994 with the release of The Nefarious EP in May 1994. In 1995 the band signed with the well established indie label Matador Records and released their first LP Telephono in 1996. Their first album was met with mixed reviews and were often compared to the Pixies and Wire. Regardless of their comparisons the album showed forward signs of mixing post-funk with a fusion of pop.

They later went on to try their hand at one of the major lables Elektra releasing A Series of Sneaks. The album did not sell as expected and just four months into their new contract they were dropped and later picked up by Merge Records their current label. Much of their commercial success is attributed to Merge’s special attention and development of the band. They went on and released five studio albums with Merge and have appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, and Last Call with Carson Daly, as well as the PBS show Austin City Limits. They have also appeared as musical guests on the popular weekly improv Saturday Night Live.

Fast forward to January 19th, 2010 with the start of a new decade and a new album Transference.
Spoon "Transference"
As in their last album “Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga” we saw the group experiment with hooks and mini horn sections, Transference also broadens the groups experimentation with more textures and moods. Transference begins with “Before Destruction”, a reflective slow-burner that’s more of a subdued prelude than a flashy entrance. The album’s single “Written in Reverse” offers a soulful rock sound, with vocals, guitars and keys barely out of alignment.

“Is Love Forever?”, a lively cut that bumps right into “The Mystery Zone”, a superior late-night delight that hits the same sweet spot as older gems like “Don’t You Evah” and “I Turn My Camera On”. As soon a that track ends suddenly, it’s like walking right into a wall before “Who Makes Your Money” has you wobbling along with Daniel in a concussed haze. The album tones down and moves along. All in all the album is best described as a big pile-up of unconventional creative decisions, which seems to work for me.

My Top two picks:

Written In Reverse:

Got Nuffin:

Stay tuned for next weeks pick!  Enjoy the music!

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New Release Music Tuesday

We’re back!  A week has gone by and I am excited to bring yet another great band to you!

Animal Collective came to fruition by childhood friendships formed in  Baltimore, Maryland and is composed of Avey Tare (David Portner), Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), Deakin, or Deacon as spelled on Strawberry Jam (Josh Dibb), and Geologist (Brian Weitz).  The band members met in school and started recording together at a young age.  Lennox and Dibb went off to college in the Boston area while Portner and Weitz attended NYU in NYC.  In the summer of 1999 they would all meet back up again in Maryland to record material for the first release in 2000, Spirit They’re Gone, Spirit They’ve Vanished. After the release, Lennox and Dibb moved from Boston to NYC to record and the music became much more  collaborative in nature.

Since their first release they have gone on to release 8 studio albums.  My introduction to the group didn’t come until the release of their 7th studio album Strawberry Jam (2007) and later Merriweather Post Pavillion (2009).  Both albums were wonderfully arranged and offered a warm atmospheric feel to them.

In and effort to hold fans over until their next full album release they have decided to drop the EP Fall Be Kind.  The EP picks up right where they left off with intense pop chore, numerous harmonies and melodies with trance-like elements that are as hypnotic as they are eccentric.  The band seems to keep it’s unorthodox, enchantedly complex and unique sound while offering more friendly and simple vocals and general musicianship.

Although it is only an EP, the bands best moment could be on their strangely titled track “What Would I Want? Sky.” They have managed to take a brilliant Grateful Dead sample and evolve it into a song that probably has the most eclectic hooks and overall song.

If you like music and it’s various eclectic forms then you will truly like this EP!

My top two picks on the EP are:

On the Highway

I Think I Can

Animal Collective

Thanks for stopping by this week.  Enjoy the new tunes and make sure to check out other notable releases.

Alicia Keys – The Element of Freedom

Robin Thicke – Sex Therapy

Shiny Toy Guns – Girls Le Disko

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New Release Music Tuesday

Welcome to our first Thanksgiving edition of New Release Music Tuesday. I hope everyone has had a great week and that this Holiday week is even better. I’m here to help you start this week with some new blazing music from Rihanna with her latest release titled Rated R.

Robyn Rihanna Fenty was born on February 20, 1988, better known as Rihanna, is a Barbadian-American recording artist and model. At the age of 16 Rihanna moved from her native country of Barbados to the United States to pursue her music career.

Her interest in singing began at around the age of seven. Her childhood was intensely affected by her father’s addiction to crack cocaine and parent’s rocky marriage, which ended when she was fourteen years old.

At the tender age of 15, she and two of her classmates formed a girl group. Her friend introduced her and the rest of the band to record producer Evan Rogers who was vacationing in Barbados in 2003.  As the group auditioned for Rogers, he  said “the minute Rihanna walked into the room, it was like the other two girls didn’t exist”.  Over the next year, Rihanna and her mom shuttled back and forth to Rogers home in Stamford, Connecticut.  Shortly after turning 16, she relocated in the United States and moved in with Rogers and his wife. Rihanna recorded a four-song demo with the help of Carl Sturken which included what would become her first hit, “Pon de Replay” to send to many recording labels.  Rihanna’s demo made its way to Def Jam, which invited her to audition for the label’s then-president, Jay-Z, who quickly signed her.

She then went on to release her international multi-platinum albums Music of the Sun (2005), A Girl Like Me (2006) and  Good Girl Gone Bad (2007).

Rihanna is now back with the release of her fourth studio album Rated R.  Known as a teen pop reggae singer since her debut in 2005 with a styles of pop, R&B and dancehall, this album has managed to stray away from that and show a more dark adult side of her.  Exposing the wide range of emotions and impulses that must have afflicted her after her breakup with Chris Brown. It is heavily influenced by the her rocky relationship with Brown, noted in songs like “Russian Roullete,” (first single) which expresses love as a lethal but consensually played pursuit, “Cold Case Love” with lyrics as “On my roof Dark and I’m burning of love I don’t need proof I’m torn apart and you know what you did to me was a crime Cold Case Love” and in “Last Song”, which depicts her finally moving on since the break up with Chris Brown.

My top two picks are:

Cold Case Love: My favorite song with searing electric guitar riff and classical violin strings.

Last Long:

Hopefully every one has enjoyed our first Thanksgiving edition of New Release Music Tuesday!  Don’t forget to leave us your thoughts in our comments section.  Have a great holiday and enjoy the rest of your week!

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