Daily Archives: April 20, 2017

Watch Haim Tease New Music in Mysterious Trailer

Haim appeared to tease their long-awaited second album in a short clip posted on Twitter on Thursday. In the video, Danielle Haim bashes away at her drum kit. After roughly a minute of focused, intense drumming, the camera cuts away and the screen flashes a message: “Haim April 27th.”

Haim released their Grammy-nominated debut album in 2013. The band have been talking about the follow-up for over a year. “We’ve just been in the studio so long, perfecting and trying to get it right,” they wrote on Instagram in March of 2016. “At this point we just want to go out there and play the songs live.”

Last June, the band discussed their progress with Rolling Stone. “We make the music we make, and we’re not trying to reinvent the wheel,” Este Haim said at the time. “It’s been more about coming together and asking each other how we were feeling and what we were feeling and how we wanted to express that.”

As of last July, Haim were still working on the record. “We’d hoped to be done with recording but as it turns out, we’re at a critical point of finishing up and need to stay close to home until it’s complete,” the band announced on Twitter.

Earlier this month, billboards of the trio appeared in several cities, including Los Angeles and London, again fueling speculation that the band is close to releasing new music. 

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Prince 'Deliverance' EP Blocked as Estate, Producers Spar in Court

UPDATE: The title track for Prince’s Deliverance EP has once again been made available for sale, though the song remains off any streaming service. 

A United States District Court judge in Minnesota has granted a temporary restraining order to the estate of Prince against the planned release of a six-song EP titled Deliverance the musician recorded between 2006 and 2008.

News of the surprise release first arrived Tuesday night in a press release touting “New undiscovered Prince recordings.” The title track, opening with a fierce blues riff before settling into a steady gospel-tinged groove, became immediately available on iTunes and Apple Music, with the other five songs set for release on Friday, the one-year anniversary of the musician’s death.

That same night, Prince’s estate sued George Ian Boxill, the project’s co-producer, claiming Boxill was “unauthorized” to release the music.

“The Estate is taking immediate legal actions to prevent Mr. Boxill’s continuing violations of his agreement and the rights of the Estate and its partners in Prince’s recordings,” the estate said on Wednesday before the ruling. “Any dissemination of the recordings and underlying music compositions, or fixation of the same in any audiovisual work or otherwise, is unauthorized and in violation of the Estate’s rights to the master recordings and musical compositions.”

On Wednesday night, a judge agreed with the estate, writing that Boxill “shallnot publish or otherwise disseminate any unreleased recordings that comprise the work ofPrince Rogers Nelson that are alleged to be within the scope of the ConfidentialityAgreement between Boxill and Paisley Park Enterprises.” The ruling also forced Boxill to immediately deliver all of the recordings to the estate.

As of press time, “Deliverance” is no longer available on any streaming services. 

Speaking to Rolling Stone, David Staley, co-founder of RMA, the Vancouver, Washington record label behind the EP, says that as the title track “Deliverance” was commercially released prior to the temporary restraining order, he is confident the single will soon be available again on major digital platforms.

“I was pleased by the ruling last night, which in a nutshell indicated everything that has been released up to the time of the judge’s ruling, late evening April 19th, can be and should be enjoyed by the fans,” Staley tells Rolling Stone. “This includes the ‘Deliverance’ single and all other released works. My team and I are excited for the ‘Deliverance’ single to be available again to Prince’s loyal fans. I, like Ian, feel ‘Deliverance’ is a very timely song and believe it will bring comfort to many in these trying times.”

A representative for the estate did not immediately reply to a request for comment on the judge’s ruling, but in a statement on Wednesday, laid out their case against Boxill.

“During his unparalleled career, Prince worked with many sound engineers, including Mr. Boxill,” the statement said. “Like the other engineers that had the opportunity to work with Prince, Mr. Boxill signed an agreement, under which he agreed (1) all recordings that he worked on with Prince would remain Prince’s sole and exclusive property; (2) he would not use any recordings or property in any way whatsoever; and (3) he would return any such recordings or property to Prince immediately upon request.

“Mr. Boxill did not comply with his agreement,” the statement continued. “Instead, Mr. Boxill maintained copies of certain tracks, waited until after Prince’s tragic death, and is now attempting to release tracks without the authorization of the Estate and in violation of the agreement and applicable law.”

The restraining order is set to expire on May 3rd, with a hearing planned before then to determine the next course of action.

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Bob Marley & The Wailers Plan Massive 'Exodus' 40th Anniversary Reissues

The Marley Family, Island Records and UMe have announced a massive set of Exodus reissues to mark the 40th anniversary of Bob Marley & the Wailers’ landmark Exodus album, which was released on June 3, 1977.

Ziggy Marley is helming a “restatement” version, which will be included in some of the reissue sets. Revisiting his father’s original session recordings, he found previously unused and unheard vocals, lyric phrasing and instrumentation. His “restatement” version, dubbed Exodus 40 – the Movement Continues, utilizes his discoveries, which gives the songs new contexts. 

For example, with “One Love” Ziggy found 10 new lead vocal outtakes and the newfound tape featured ad libs as well. For “Turn Your Lights Down Low” he assembled musicians to record a new music bed, which provides the song a more prominent R&B sway. Ziggy also plans to incorporate music from Exodus into his sets when he embarks on his summer tour beginning June 12th in San Diego.

Three of the four new Exodus sets are due June 2nd. A two-CD package includes the original album along with Ziggy Marley’s “restatement” version. A three-CD set, which will also be available digitally, features the original Exodus, Ziggy’s Movement edition and Exodus Live. There will also be a limited edition gold vinyl version comprising the original 1977 album.

The Super Deluxe four-LP, two 7-inch singles edition will be released on June 30th. It will include the original LP, Ziggy’s Movement version, and an Exodus Live set, which was recorded at London’s Rainbow Theatre the week of the album’s release. The fourth LP is entitled Punky Reggae Party. It packages a previously unreleased extended mix of “Keep on Moving” along with a pair of vinyl 7-inches: “Waiting in Vain” backed with “Roots” and “Smile Jamaica (Part One)” backed with “Smile Jamaica (Part Two).”

Those that pre-order the Super Deluxe set via the Bob Marley website or UDiscoverMusic will receive a digital download of the entire Super Deluxe package along with son Stephen Marley’s reworking of title song “Exodus.” The music bed was reimagined and features different lead vocalists, including Beenie Man, Queen Ifrica and Tarrus Riley, among others. The pre-order bonus will be available on June 2nd in advance of the June 30th physical release.

Exodus is Bob Marley & the Wailers’ ninth studio album. The album was released six months after an assassination attempt was made on Marley while he was in his native Jamaica, which led him to exile in London where Exodus was recorded. The album featured a newer backing band at the time, as the original Wailers disbanded in 1974. Exodus‘ backing band included brothers Carlton (drums) and Aston “Family Man” Barrett (bass), keyboardist Tyrone Downie, percussionist Alvin “Seeco” Patterson, guitarist Junior Marvin and I-Threes backing vocalists Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths and Marley’s wife Rita Marley.

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See PJ Harvey's Rousing 'The Community of Hope' on 'Colbert'

During her North American tour to support last year’s Hope Six Demolition Project, PJ Harvey stopped by The Late Show to perform the album’s second single, “The Community of Hope.” Harvey brought along a large band – three guitars, two drummers, two horns, a bass, and a keyboard – for an unwavering rock and roll march. 

Harvey stood centerstage in a bright blue jacket and a tall, striking headpiece as she delivered lines about development and gentrification in Washington D.C. After two short verses, Harvey settled on a single phrase and repeated it over and over again: “They’re gonna put a Walmart here.” Various band members sang with her, so as many as six voices were raised in unison.

The sound of “The Community of Hope” was based on an unhurried rock blueprint perfected in the late Sixties. The guitars lingered over a simple progression, and the horns also played the song’s primary riff, thickening the sound as they might in an early garage rock tune. The only flourish came from one drummer, who occasionally departed from the stolid beat to insert a pleasing flurry of percussion.

Harvey released Hope Six Demolition Project, her ninth studio LP, last April. It earned a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Music Album. 

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Roger Waters Details First Album in 25 Years

Roger Waters will put out Is This the Life We Really Want? – the Pink Floyd co-founder’s first album since 1992’s Amused to Death – on June 2nd. Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Paul McCartney) produced and mixed the album, which includes 12 new songs that, according to a press release, contain “unflinching commentary on the modern world and uncertain times.”

The album will come out as a 180-gram vinyl LP, on CD and digitally and is available for pre-order beginning Friday.

In addition to Waters, who sings, plays bass and acoustic guitar on the album, the musicians include Godrich (arrangement, sound collages, keyboards, guitar), Gus Seyffert (bass, guitar, keyboards), Jonathan Wilson (guitar, keyboards), Joey Waronker (drums), Roger Mannning (keyboards), Lee Pardini (keyboards) and Lucius (vocals) with Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig.

Although Waters has been tight-lipped about the album’s contents, he told Rolling Stone in February that he has drawn inspiration from the antipathy he feels toward the Trump administration, as well as a dramatic radio play he had been writing before working on the LP about a man and his granddaughter investigating why children were being killed in faraway lands. “Two or three of the songs from that idea are on this album,” he said. “Nigel Godrich persuaded me that for the purposes of a rock & roll record, which is what this is, he felt my theatrical idea – I’d written the whole thing as a radio play – was less than ideal.”

They reworked some of Waters’ ideas, though the singer-songwriter also looked outward for inspiration. The Is This the Life tune “Wait for Her” was inspired by an English translation of “Lesson From the Kama Sutra (Wait for Her)” by the late Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish.

The album will come out shortly into Waters’ upcoming Us + Them North American tour, which kicks off May 26th in Kansas City, Missouri. Gigs at arenas around the U.S. and Canada run through October 28th, when the tour wraps in Vancouver.

Waters told Rolling Stone the tour’s concept will be built around his album title. “I will be making the point that we’re living the life that we don’t really want to live,” he said. But it also ties into the tour moniker, which comes from the Dark Side of the Moon track of the same name. “I like to think that people would still like to live in a world where we might address the problems of climate change, where we might understand that if we empathize with others, it makes us feel happier,” he said. “Maybe we should start looking at happiness indexes rather than if we win and lose. And if we do that, then we may start to understand that the idea of ‘us’ and ‘them’ is actually an illusion.”

Is This The Life We Really Want? Track List

1. “When We Were Young”
2. “Déjà Vu”
3. “The Last Refugee”
4. “Picture That”
5. “Broken Bones”
6. “Is This the Life We Really Want?”
7. “Bird in a Gale”
8. “The Most Beautiful Girl”
9. “Smell the Roses”
10. “Wait for Her”
11. “Oceans Apart”
12. “Part of Me Died”

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