“F*ck!!! This is one of the best things I’ve ever seen in my life hands down,” tweeted Adele when she saw the live-in-the-studio take of Paolo Nutini’s “Iron Sky.” No wonder. Taken from his new album Caustic Love, just out in the U.K., and the U.S.-only EP of the same name (full-length due later this year), “Iron Sky” takes the soulful belting of Caustic Love‘s lead track “Scream (Funk My Life Up)” and slows it down to a simmer while losing none of the emotional power.
Passenger has just released “Hearts on Fire” the first official single from Whispers, the new album due out in June.
Rolling Stone magazine calls it “a slow-burning slice of psychedelia”: “When the music is done and all the lights are low,” sings frontman Dan Auerbach over a breezy electric guitar riff, synth-strings and a rumbling bassline. “I will remember the times when love would really glow.” The album is available for pre-order through your favorite music site.
When we heard this song, we instantly wanted to share it with you. But we were split on telling you offhand who Circa Zero is because it might color your impressions with the song and because so many “other projects” from successful bands just turn out to be meh. Often the best part of the act is simply the name in band.
Circa Zero is Andy Summers of The Police. He’s joined forces with Rob Giles of a relatively unknown band “The Rescues.”
“Levitation” is the first single and video for Circa Zero.
The CMA has found six dedicated volunteers to help raise money for the CMA’s Annual Fund. Each volunteer has selected a piece of art from our collection that is not currently on view and now they need your help. Be the Curator engages the public by asking you to cast your vote through donations and help decide which volunteer’s piece will go on view in the summer of 2014. Your support is so appreciated and every gift to the Annual Fund Be the Curator drive is 100% tax-deductible.
Ann and her son “Tank” chose their selection. You can vote for them here.
They joined us to explain Be the Curator and their entry. Listen to them here:
Continuing his theme of naming albums after mathmatical symbols, “Sing” comes from his forthcoming album x (multiply or times). If this song is any representation, he’s gone in a bit of a different Maroon 5-like direction.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah have announced the June 3 release of its new record Only Run. The new album’s first track, “Coming Down” is below. Like the band’s first three records, Only Run will be marketed and distributed directly and independently by them. While this ethos initially struck a chord with fans when the band started, it was always truly an extension of lead singer/songwriter Alec Ounsworth’s core belief: “The general rule is to be appreciative of your audience,” he recently told Fast Company magazine. “If you can organize and are motivated, you should approach fans directly.”
Richland Northeast High School student Zachary Crumlich went to unusual lengths to ask a fellow student to be his prom date this year: he took out a sponsorship during a traffic report on independent public station WXRY. He chose the station because he and his fellow students listen to it and he hoped his potential date did, too. The report broadcast at 8:20 Friday morning April 4th.