Daily Archives: April 14, 2017

Hear Machine Gun Kelly, Quavo, Ty Dolla $ign's Enticing New Song 'Trap Paris'

Machine Gun Kelly recruited Quavo and Ty Dolla $ign on the rollicking new “Trap Paris.” The track will appear on the rapper’s forthcoming album Bloom, out everywhere on May 12th.

On the song, Machine Gun Kelly launches the first verse before Ty Dolla $ign rolls in on the chorus, singing the alluring, catchy refrain. “I woke up in Paris/ In the bed with a bad bitch,” he repeats. Quavo offers a druggy second verse before noting how he “made it out the trap.”

Earlier this year, Machine Gun Kelly had a hit with his Camila Cabello collaboration “Bad Things.” The single will appear on Bloom alongside features from James Arthur, Hailee Steinfeld and Dubxx. 

In an interview with Rolling Stone, the rapper noted how much Radiohead influenced his upcoming LP. “I was listening to Kid A when I made it,” he revealed. “They use unconventional sounds to fill up the production. I have the same goal: to push people’s minds.”

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Hear Linkin Park Team With Pusha T, Stormzy on Roaring 'Good Goodbye'

Linkin Park team with rappers, Pusha T and British grime standout Stormzy, for “Good Goodbye,” a cut of the band’s upcoming LP One More Light.

Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda opens the proceedings on the booming, EDM-flavored track with a verse of his own before Chester Bennington swoops in on the chorus.

“Good bye, good riddance/ A period is after every sentence/ Did my time with my cell mate/ Maxed out so now we finished,” Pusha T rhymes on his bars. Stormzy closes “Good Goodbye” out with a strong verse where he raps, “Goodbye to the stereotypes/ You can’t tell my kings we can’t/ Mandem we’re linking tings in parks/ Now I got a tune with Linkin Park.”

Linkin Park will release One More Light, the band’s first album since 2014’s The Hunting Party, on May 19th. Fans who preorder the LP now receive an instant download of “Good Goodbye.” The group also recently dropped the video for the album’s first single “Heavy.”

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Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® Opens First Store on West Coast in Tualatin, Oregon

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store logoLEBANON, Tenn., April 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® is proud to announce the opening of its store in Tualatin, Ore., the first Cracker Barrel® location on the West Coast. On Monday, April 17 at 6 a.m. PDT, residents of the Portland area will begin enjoying the…

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Hear Iggy Pop's Ragged New Acoustic Ditty 'Asshole Blues'

Iggy Pop will put out a ragged new single later this month, titled “Asshole Blues,” as part of a new flexi disc series on indie rockers Jacuzzi Boys’ Mag Mag label. The track is a muffled recording featuring just Pop and an acoustic guitar, as he bemoans an asshole who’s glommed onto his trail like one of Robert Johnson’s hellhounds. “Asshole, when are you gonna die?” Iggy sings at one point of the song. It will come out officially on April 21st.

“I wrote a blues song about an asshole who’s out to get me,” Pop tells Rolling Stone of the song. “It’s full of negative energy. Listen at you own risk. It’s fun to play the blues”

Jacuzzi Boys issued a joint statement to Rolling Stone explaining why they launched the flexi-disc series. “Basically the flexis will serve as a place where artists can do as they please,” the said. “[It’s] a place to exercise your most experimental desires or keep it 101. No rules. We’re just trying to turn folks on to stuff we find interesting. We’re as curious as anyone else might be to see how it all unfolds.”

The band launched the Mag Mag label in 2015 as a means of putting out their own records. After befriending Pop last year when they opened for him at a gig in their native Miami, they asked him to record a song for their label. The group is hoping to announce new installments of the flexi-disc series soon.

“Asshole Blues” is available for preorder now.

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Hear Nicki Minaj, DNCE's Funky 'Kissing Strangers'

Nicki Minaj teamed up with another Jonas Brother this year on the funky, sexy DNCE collaboration “Kissing Strangers.” The Joe Jonas-fronted funk-pop band released their self-titled debut LP late last year.

After a pucker, a slinky bassline soundtracks Jonas’ low-register growl before the chorus blasts through with full-band background grunts. “‘Til I find someone I love/ Kissing strangers,” he sings on the chorus. Minaj pops up after the second verse, serving up Jem and the Holograms references in a playful, fast-paced character voice similar to the type she would toy with during her Pink Friday era.

DNCE has yet to reveal if the song is the beginning of a sophomore album rollout. Minaj has yet to announce plans for a follow-up to her 2014 album The Pinkprint but has been steadily appearing on a diverse array of other artists’ tracks and released a few new ones of her own last month. Most recently, she appeared on new songs by David Guetta, Jason Derulo and Gucci Mane and joined forces with Nick Jonas for the Fifty Shades Darker song “Bom Bidi Bom.”

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Listen to Kendrick Lamar's Fierce New Album 'Damn.' Featuring Rihanna, U2

Kendrick Lamar released his highly anticipated fourth LP, Damn., on Friday – only three days after revealing its title, track list and artwork. The 14-track LP features collaborations with Rihanna (“LOYALTY.”), U2 (“XXX.”) and L.A.-based singer/instrumentalist Zacari (“LOVE.”).

iTunes purchases of the album detail the full production credits, which include collaborations with “J. Blake” (which Pitchfork confirmed as electronic artist James Blake), Greg Kurstin, Mike WiLL Made-It, Toronto jazz-fusion outfit BADBADNOTGOOD, Sounwave, the Alchemist and DJ Dahi, among others. An artist named Bēkon, whose name turns up few hits online, contributed vocals and/or production to eight total songs.

Lamar teased the album in late March, warning, “Y’all got ’til April the 7th to get your shit together” on surprise new track “The Heart Part 4.” Though that song doesn’t appear on Damn., the LP does feature Lamar’s recently issued single “HUMBLE.,” produced by Mike Will Make-It. That song, which arrived at Number Two on Billboard’s Hot 100, became the highest-charting hip-hop single debut since Eminem and Rihanna’s 2010 track “Love the Way You Lie.”

In a recent interview with the New York Times’ T Magazine, Lamar said his new album, which follows 2015’s To Pimp a Butterfly and last year’s compilation LP untitled unmastered, addresses “very urgent” themes.

“I think now, how wayward things have gone within the past few months, my focus is ultimately going back to my community and the other communities around the world where they’re doing the groundwork,” he said. “To Pimp a Butterfly was addressing the problem. I’m in a space now where I’m not addressing the problem anymore.”

“We’re in a time where we exclude one major component out of this whole thing called life: God,” he added. “Nobody speaks on it because it’s almost in conflict with what’s going on in the world when you talk about politics and government and the system.”

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Hear Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie's Wistful New Song 'In My World'

Fleetwood Mac‘s Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie have released their new song “In My World,” the first single off the duo’s upcoming LP Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie. Mick Fleetwood and John McVie also serve as the rhythm section on the album.

With four of the five core Mac members partaking, the Buckingham-penned composition retains the familiar Fleetwood feel as nimble guitars and a Rumours-reminiscent groove accompany Buckingham as he sings, “In my world/ Everybody stays/ Nobody wishing for words they didn’t say.”

Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie, which marks the first time those two Fleetwood Mac members have fully worked together on a full-length LP since the band’s 1987 album Tango in the Night, is due out June 9th.

“We were exploring a creative process, and the identity of the project took on a life organically,” Buckingham said of the record in a statement. “The body of work felt like it was meant to be a duet album. We acknowledged that to each other on many occasions, and said to ourselves, ‘What took us so long?!'”

The duo will hit the road this June and July in support of their new album before reconvening with the rest of Fleetwood Mac for the Classic East and Classic West festivals in July.

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Hear Jazz Supergroup Hudson Cover Bob Dylan's 'A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall'

On Hudson, the upcoming debut by their band of the same name, jazz luminaries Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski and John Scofield pay tribute to their shared love of 1960s rock. The album features two interpretations of Bob Dylan songs, including a loose, lyrical nine-minute-plus version of the Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan classic “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall,” premiering below. 

Out June 9th, Hudson also features the group’s takes on Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock,” Jimi Hendrix’s “Wait Until Tomorrow” and the Band’s “Up on Cripple Creek,” as well as Dylan’s “Lay Lady Lay,” plus original pieces by the band members. Their interpretation of “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” moves from a pastoral opening theme to a simmering psychedelic climax during Medeski’s spacey keyboard solo.

The quartet takes its name from New York’s Hudson Valley, where all four musicians live. “All of us built our careers in the city and then moved out to the Hudson Valley to raise our kids and have a home,” guitarist Scofield said in a press release. “One thing that we all have in common is that, although we’re urban musicians, we left the city to live in nature.”

Hudson debuted at the Woodstock Jazz Festival in 2014, but the members have worked together for years in various projects. Scofield and DeJohnette – a veteran drummer known for his work with Miles Davis, Keith Jarrett and countless other legends – first played together in 1978, and both appeared on Herbie Hancock’s 1995 LP The New Standard, an album that also featured rock and pop covers. In the 2000s, they joined forces again in the band Trio Beyond. And since the late Nineties, Scofield has collaborated extensively with Medeski Martin and Wood, the keyboardist’s long-running collective trio. Grenadier, a constantly in-demand bassist, has worked with all three fellow Hudson members in different settings.

Hudson is available for preorder now. The group will tour North America throughout the summer and fall, including a stop at the Newport Jazz Festival on August 6th, three days before DeJohnette’s 75th birthday. Below the members discuss the inspirations behind the project, and the process of adapting rock classics to the jazz format.

What is your personal history with the music of Bob Dylan, the Band and the other artists you’re covering on Hudson, and why were you drawn to interpreting these songs?
Larry Grenadier:
I actually didn’t listen much to Dylan or the Band until I was about 20. I was kind of a jazz snob as a teenager. My own kind of adolescent rebellion. But I do remember finally getting to [Music FromBig Pink and falling in love with it. It was American music, like jazz, even though it was being played by mostly Canadians! I was amazed by the musicianship, the songwriting and the overall vibe. The same with Dylan. It took me a second to get inside it but, once I did, I was hooked. There is so much meat in his songs. Plenty of inspiration in the craft of his writing. I also always loved how his bands highlighted the song first. Everything is played to serve the song.

John Medeski: This music is very simply part of the fabric of my life. I’ve seen Dylan a bunch of times, love everything he does. I came to the Band’s music a little later, but have played with Levon Helm a few times (his groove is life-changing), [and] gone to and occasionally participated in a Midnight Ramble. This past year, I’ve been part of a Last Waltz 40th tour which lead me to dive deeper into the Band’s music, and had the incredible privilege of playing with Garth Hudson a couple of nights.

Can’t leave out Hendrix. His music completely changed me, when I finally got it. I probably wouldn’t be as into playing electric music if it weren’t for Jimi.

Living in the Woodstock area the past 15 years, we’re surrounded by the images and memories of all these musicians.

John Scofield: I’ve been a Dylan fan since I bought the Bringing It All Back Home album in 1965. I was 13. Same goes for Music From Big Pink by the Band. I wore that LP out! Although I’ve never met Dylan, I did get to jam with Levon Helm at his Midnight Ramble a year before he passed, and I treasure that experience.

Jack DeJohnette: I loved the way Levon played the drums. He was very soulful and in the pocket, which spoke to me. When he sung those songs, he owned them, sung them with a lot of conviction.

Garth [Hudson] and I spent quite a few times together. He was [a] genius that played many instruments. When we were building our home, Garth was a “diviner” who helped to look for water by picking up a stick and turning it into a divining rod to seek out the strongest water vein, so we could create a well. My first actual meeting with the Band was at the Hollywood Bowl when I was with Miles and during the sound-check, Keith Jarrett and I jammed with them. They were a big part of the fabric of American Music and throughout jazz history we have seen countless musicians cover modern pop songs.

Dylan is sometimes portrayed mainly as a great lyricist. What are the challenges and rewards of covering a song like “Hard Rain” instrumentally?
Grenadier: “Hard Rain” lends itself to a jazz version since the harmony is strong enough to sit in for a long time. Also, the melody, and in particular Dylan’s phrasing of the melody, is so beautiful and personal. I think John Scofield really conveys this in the way he interpreted this melody on the album.

DeJohnette: John, instrumentally, is telling a story with his interpretation of the melody. If you don’t know the lyrics, you still hear the story in John’s playing.

Scofield: Although Dylan’s lyrics are his most famous gift, his songs are often very melodic and work as instrumentals. I thought “Hard Rain” would work as a jazz waltz that breaks down into a musical post-nuclear winter (via free-jazz soundscape) as the song has been interpreted as a warning against nuclear war.

“I thought ‘Hard Rain’ would work as a jazz waltz that breaks down into a musical post-nuclear winter.” –John Scofield 

Medeski: When the music is simple and the lyrics are the main source of variation or the focus, it is challenging to create something and not sound like Muzak. It comes down to using the songs as springboards for musical exploration in some way. Music is its own language without words, so we just try to find inspiration from the lyrics, create an impression of the song, try a new rhythmic approach, or simply play off of the form of the tune. It’s definitely a jazz tradition to play instrumental versions of popular songs.

Dylan’s music is based on folk tunes, so the lyrics are what really take it to the next level. For our version of “Hard Rain,” it starts simple and then goes into an abstract place that, for me, reflects where the tune comes from, or where it takes me. Not exactly apocalyptic, or fallout, but a seriously hard rain. I love how it turned out.

How would you explain the concept behind Hudson as a whole?
Medeski: Hudson is about four guys who live in the Hudson Valley getting together and making music. Taking inspiration from the place we live … its history and beauty.

DeJohnette: This collective allows the opportunity for us to share our love for where we make our homes. The musical resources and stories to be told are endless and ageless. The spaciousness and beauty create inspiration for us to have a musical dialogue at the highest level possible.

Scofield: We’re just four like-minded musicians doing what we do best, improvising together. I think the “Woodstock” theme gave us some great songs to interpret as well as inspiration for original pieces.

Grenadier: All four of us share a similar attitude toward playing music. The starting point was to play music associated with the Woodstock area in which we live. But from there it was all about having a continual musical conversation where anything can happen and all of our disparate musical influences are free to roam. It is a great inspiration to play with these guys, and I look forward to watching the music continue to grow as we play the music on tour.

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Machine Gun Kelly To Release Third Studio Album "bloom" On Friday, May 12

Machine Gun Kelly To Release Third Studio Album "bloom" On Friday, May 12LOS ANGELES, April 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — EST 19XX/Bad Boy/Interscope recording artist Machine Gun Kelly is set to release his third studio album titled bloom on Friday, May 12. Fans will be able to pre-order the album HERE on Friday, April 14 and will receive three instant grat tracks,…

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Several Hundred Local Fans Cruising with the Dominos Band

Souled Out Cruisin With The Dominos Band PosterHAMMOND, La., April 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — After packing the festival grounds this weekend with thousands of fans at the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival, The Dominos Band is gearing up to head out on Easter Sunday for “Souled Out, Cruisin’ With The Dominos.” The Dominos Band and travel…

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