Archive for the ‘New Album Release’ Category

Amos Lee takes the honor of Billboard’s #1 selling album of the week with a 40k shift of his latest album, Mission Bell.  This marks Lee’s first #1 album and also breaks another sad record: official lowest album sales to top the charts since Billboard began the rankings in 1991.  Rock band Cake previously held that title just a few weeks ago when their latest sold 44k.  Guess there isn’t any new music we care to buy at the moment?…



Cake should be excited about topping Billboard’s 200 Albums chart this week, but that also came with some disappointing history-making news.  The 44k sales shift of “Showroom of Compassion” makes this debut the lowest sales numbers to rank at the top of the charts, according to Soundscan.   It’s a sad time for music.

This will be the best news you hear all day.  ALL DAY.

The Strokes will release their new album (still untitled) March 22nd.  The news was confirmed by the band’s bassist (on his Facebook – I’m sure their publicist was hoping to issue a nice little press release to get the news out – good ol’ social media does it again).  It’s been a solid five years since their last album, so expectations are high.  I can’t wait for this one.


Long Beach, CA band The Cold Ward Kids have just released a new video for their the single “Louder Than Ever”  – off the album Mine is Yours – out January 25th.  SO GOOD.

In another frontman-gone-solo move, Fran Healy of Scottish band Travis, has finally released his first solo effort today titled Wreckorder. The album keeps the Travis  influence throughout with a good balance of what the albums The Invisible Band and Ode to J. Smith offered.  There’s no real departure or experimenting of other genres with this album, but Healy is smart enough to understand that his audience wouldn’t want or care for a new direction.  In some ways, it falls darker than what we’re used to from Travis, but that’s what makes the entire album great.  Surprisingly one of the darker songs is “As It Comes”, his collaboration with Paul McCartney (who managed to persuade Healy to become a vegetarian during the recording process of the song).  Neko Case also offers vocals on “Sing Me To Sleep”.

The new video for the first single, “Buttercups”, takes us through Healy’s relationship timeline – the good, bad, and the ugly – and that’s something he’s always loved to share with us  – solo or not.

Groove Armada is gearing up for their upcoming new release, Black Light (out March 1st), and their first single “Paper Romance” takes a note from the MGMT handbook, so it’s certainly catchy and the video is even better.  Head over to the band’s myspace to stream the entire album this week.  Groove Armada visits NYC’s Webster Hall on March 24th.

About a year ago, I had to give Holly Miranda a Babewatch shout-out, because she not only carried the range and songwriting talent that’s hard to find within mainstream “pop”, but also because she has that non-egotistical and hot edge that translates to marketability.  Kanye West took to his blog a year ago to sing her praises and TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek took charge of the production behind her debut album, The Magician’s Private Library, out tomorrow February 23rd under XL Recordings.  She’s a fresh take on Mazzy Star and Cat Power, with some bite.  Check out an amazing cover of Tool’s “AEnema” and download the MP3 here, thanks to Lizzyville.


Go to Tegan and Sara’s myspace page to preview their new album, Sainthood, in its entirety.

This is the second album produced by Death Cab for Cutie’s Chris Walla, out October 27th.  This also marks the first time that the Canadian twins have co-written songs.  In the past, each have penned their own lyrics for specific songs, never collaborating on that bit, but this time, they’ve decided to combine and share their experiences to create the goods.  Check out “Hell”, “On Directing”, and pretty much every track off the new one – it’s solid.


With the release of her fourth album (Colour Me Free) coming up tomorrow, 10.21, there isn’t a better way to generate buzz than by taking a jab at your own record label in the form of a song – even better, the first single off the new album.  Joss Stone belts about not being trusted or supported while she does what she loves most – and if you didn’t quite get who she’s referring to, then listen to the last few seconds of the song.  She spells it out for you: “Free me…E-M-I.” 

In a recent interview, she shared that there was a battle over the album cover – EMI thought it was offensive and has released the album with two different album covers  – the plain cover will be released in certain countries.



And if you find it hard to follow me
If I loose you in my creative stream
Than you only got to raise your eyes
And see me fly

Don’t tell me that I won’t
I will
Don’t tell me that I’m not
I am
Don’t tell me that my master plan
Ain’t coming through

Don’t tell me that I won’t
I will

Some great news just released yesterday from our favorite Canadian twins – Tegan & Sara. They’re working on finishing touches on the new album slated for a tentative October release! Below is my favorite T&S song, “Call it Off”, a song inspired by someone that Tegan obsessively stalked on Myspace, visiting her profile from time to time, and really wanting to get to know her; although I don’t believe they ever met.

Here’s their personal message:

In any case, I have been wishing for the recording process to be over now for a few weeks. I am just so anxious to hear how it all turns out. The date has been set to master the record, meaning the end is near! It’s looking like we will release in the last week of October. The record itself is sounding amazing. We have two mixes done so far and it’s all coming together perfectly. It’s a really great sounding record. The songs are so different and it’s obvious even to me that we have changed, grown and challenged ourselves a lot with this one. It goes without saying that we hope you all will love it, but in the case that you don’t, there are still lots of old T and S songs to enjoy. Right?

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