Naturally I'm leery of e-mails proclaiming a band that happens to be promoted by said e-mail sound like "the saviors of music," but when I saw that British rock mag NME said that about Everything Everything, the band in question, and I had to check them out. Is this young band based in Manchester in fact "the saviors of music?" I'd like think so, because mainstream American music is once again in need of saving, and if these blokes can make an impact in the wastelands with their catchy Radiohead / Bloc Party / Doves / Yeasayer influenced sounds, well, more power to them... although I suspect that they won't and will remain indie darlings. I'm reserving judgement until I hear the sophomore album that's got the British in a tizzy, but I do have to admit, this first single is dynamite.
Here's the new Strokes song that was featured last week, just because a lot of people seem to hate it or consider it "weird." I'm not one of those people.
The Black Angels announced that their fourth album Indigo Meadow is coming out April 2 and released a rather timely single "Don't Play With Guns" that features a marked sonic departure from their first three albums, eschewing 60's psychedelia in favor of an aggressively modern sound that's probably going to piss off a bunch of their fans. The Black Angels also announced some 2013 tour dates; unfortunately Buffalo's not on the list, which makes me sad because while their last Buffalo show got some rough treatment from the blog, it was actually a pretty good show. I'm not going to say it was as good as their 2010 Beggar's Night show at the Tralf with Black Mountain, which was absolutely wonderful, but it was real good.
April 2 is going to be heavy lifting for music fans (or at least for me) with new albums from The Black Angels, Caveman, and The Flaming Lips, who will be generating some hype for their upcoming album The Terror this Sunday night by being featured in a Hyundai commercial that will be aired during the Super Bowl. Of course people are going to bitch "the Flaming Lips sold out!" but frankly, they "sold out" ten years ago when "Do You Realize?" was used in a car commercial and twenty years ago when they performed "She Don't Use Jelly" on 90210, and more to the point, that talk's just effete lameness of the worst kind. These cats have families and they need to get paid, and with nobody showing music videos anymore outside of MTV's faded xerox of 120 Minutes, they've got to get out there somehow, and if this joyfully askew, oddly tasteful, and thoroughly entertaining car commercial gets The Flaming Lips and/or Wayne Coyne trending on Twitter, I'm OK with that.