Following 2013’s In A World of Mallets (hitting #1 on JazzWeek radio charts), the youngest of New Orleans’ Marsalis Jazz dynasty, Jason Marsalis, is back with his second Vibes Quartet release, The 21st Century Trad Band- set for release October 27th via Basin Street Records! For an early taste of the record, fans can give album cut “The 21st Century Trad Band” a spin where it premiered today with JazzTimes, or HERE where it’s available to post & share.
Backed once again by Will Goble on bass, Austin Johnson on piano, and David Potter on drums, The 21st Century Trad Band puts a spotlight on the growing synergy between these young and talented musicians.
With songs like “Offbeat Personality” Marsalis takes us on a journey through a complex arrangement combining hard-swinging sections with more melodic interludes, unexpected turn-arounds, and an introspective outro. While songs like “The Man With Two Left Feet” and the titular track play with the trad jazz idiom in a contemporary modality. What’s clear throughout the album is the developed control the band has cultivated through further years of playing together; the unspoken communication is evident.
As with previous albums, Marsalis continues his “Discipline” series accompanying himself on a variety of mallet-based instruments including Marimba, Glockenspiel, Tubular Bells, Vibraphone, and Xylophone, further establishing his voice as a mallet-player with the off-kilter blues of “Discipline Meets the Offbeat One” and several interludes with unusual rhythmic patterns and meters.
In addition to including original compositions from his band mates, Marsalis has taken a step further in encouraging the vanguard of the next generation of jazz by including compositions of the young New Orleans musicians Cliff Hines (“Interzone”) and Jasen Weaver (“Blues for Now”), both graduates of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.
The shear amount of music, seamless interludes, and a track reflecting on the BP Oil Spill, “BP Shakedown” are testaments to Marsalis’ serious nature towards his work. But just as he touched on playful, uncharted territory with In A World of Mallets’ “Ballet Class” he explores a film noire theme with “Nights in Brooklyn.”
Banjoist Bela Fleck has praised Marsalis for “brilliant ideas that sound as if he’s played them his whole life, but are really coming off the top of his head.” The NEA Jazzmaster stated himself that his last record was “the beginning of a new chapter.” It’s clear The 21st Century Trad Band is a continuation of that chapter, and it’s full of those “brilliant ideas” for which the bandleader has become known.
In support of the new record, the Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet will take to the road on a full tour this fall & winter:
Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet on tour
10/29: Naples, FL @ Daniels Pavilion
10/30: Delray Beach, FL @ Arts Garage
10/31: Fort Pierce, FL @ Black Box at Sunrise Theatre
11/1: Pinecrest, FL @ The Banyan Bowl
11/4-5: Seattle, WA @ Dimitriou's Jazz Alley
11/6: Denver, CO @ DazzleJazz Restaurant & Lounge
11/7-8: Folsom, CA @ Harris Center for the Arts
11/9: Half Moon Bay, CA @ Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society
11/13: Barea, KY @ Phelp Stokes Auditorium
11/14: Detroit, MI @ Detroit Institute of Arts'
11/15: Ann Arbor, MI @ Kerrytown Concert House
11/16: Indianapolis, IN @ The Jazz Kitchen
11/20-23: Chicago, IL @ Jazz Showcase
12/4-7: San Francisco, CA @ SFJAZZ Center
SAN DIEGO – July 25, 2014 – Today at Comic-Con International: San Diego, Ubisoft® debuted a new animated short about the French Revolution and inspired by the upcoming video game Assassin’s Creed Unity created by the unlikely duo of famed musician and master of horror Rob Zombie and artist Tony Moore, co-creator of The Walking Dead.
Assassin’s Creed Unity Presents: Rob Zombie’s French Revolution, re-imagined by Zombie and illustrated by Moore, provides a re-telling of the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror, one of the bloodiest periods in human history and the backdrop for the Assassin’s Creed Unity video game. Assassin’s Creed Unity, will be released worldwide on October 28 on Xbox One video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Sony PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Windows® PC.
“The best source of horror is our own history,” said Rob Zombie. “Blending the Reign of Terror and video game about Assassins helped inspire my own look on the French Revolution.”
“I leapt at the chance to do an Assassin’s Creed project,” said Tony Moore. “The French Revolution was a visceral, graphic and violent time and it was great working with Rob to bring this to life.”
Set in a once-magnificent Paris, Assassin’s Creed Unity plunges into the terror of the 1789 French Revolution and features the most dense and immersive Assassin’s Creed city ever created. Through the streets of Paris, the starving inhabitants are set to take up arms for freedom and equality. In this time of chaos and brutality, a young man named Arno, wounded by the loss of those he loved, sets on a deadly path of redemption. Arno’s pursuit throws him into the middle of a ruthless struggle for the fate of a nation, and transforms him into a true Master Assassin.
Assassin’s Creed Unity reinvents the franchise, starting with the core gameplay pillars that have defined the series from the beginning: navigation, stealth and combat. Players will carve their way through a stunning, full-scale open-world Paris, thanks to the power of the new Anvil engine, rebuilt from the ground up for new generation consoles. In addition to the sprawling single-player campaign, players can join with up to three friends and take part in story-driven online co-op missions.
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"No band is an island. Felt like one sometimes, in those budgetless and obscure early days, Satomi and me locked in the basement trying to figure out how our clashing personalities and ideas could turn into a band. If we hadn't had that crazed mid-90s Bay Area punk scene to call home, I doubt we'd still be here to chat about a 20th anniversary." - Greg Saunier
In many ways Deerhoof hasn't changed. Their new record La Isla Bonita was recorded in guitarist Ed Rodriguez's basement. Situated next to a parking garage, it was perfect for making noise till the wee hours. They recorded live, DIY style, "a weeklong sleepover arguing over whether to try and sound like Joan Jett or Janet Jackson, cracking each other up, one guitarist whose name starts with J always putting too much red chile into the rations," says Greg. But more than that La Isla Bonita is about the eclectic worldwide community that has supported them.
To co-produce the record they tapped former journalist-turned-label owner and producer Nick Sylvester, one of first writers to have an eloquent take on Deerhoof's harsh and erratic sound. You'll hear them pay musical tributes to their improbable list of heroes-turned-fans: David Bowie, Ric Ocasek, The Roots, Lou Reed, David Byrne, Sonic Youth, The Flaming Lips, Radiohead, Beck. Of course their intent is never reverence, but provocation. They are always on the hunt for that perfect union of the hilarious and the terrifying that one hears in other bands of their generation like Bikini Kill and Lightning Bolt. 2014 has been a killer year for young, aggressive female-fronted bands (St. Vincent, Tune-Yards, Perfect Pussy, Karen O, Speedy Ortiz) and La Isla Bonita is also partly a discourse with them.
Every song is an exercise in duality, alternating between minimalism and bombast, melody and dissonance, and dynamism and tranquility. This all builds to a greater dual theme throughout the album between gloom and joy invoking the feeling of standing at the edge of the precipice and dancing your way off. "We don't set out to create masterpieces. The Deerhoof fan is a thrill-seeker. This is the latest volley in an ongoing conversation we've been honored to hold for 20 years," says Greg.
La Isla Bonita Tracklist
1. Paradise Girls
2. Mirror Monster
4. Last Fad
5. Tiny Bubbles
6. Exit Only
7. Big House Waltz
8. God 2
9. Black Pitch
10. Oh Bummer
Jamaican Queens is a three-piece pop act based out of Detroit. A songwriting collaboration between Ryan Spencer & Adam Pressley, rounded out by percussionist Ryan Clancy, the band has quickly become renowned for their effortless ability to combine classic pop hooks with some of the more abrasive elements of grime & industrial music. The trio has just announced their new single, Bored + Lazy- set for release November 4th via their own label, Freakish Pleasures.
The title track, which the band describes as “if Ian Curtis were to be the cure to Destiny’s Child’s depression,” is a dark, haunting oeuvre with an infectious chorus that lingers with the listener long after it’s been played. Check out the Entertainment Weekly-premiered “Bored + Lazy” track where it’s available to post & share HERE!
Jamaican Queens released their debut full-length album, Wormfood, early last year to critical acclaim. Spencer draws inspiration for his lyrics from his mercurial relationship with modern love, the undeniably violent tendencies of the human spirit, and his sometimes-debilitating bouts with anxiety & depression. Combined with the eccentric personalities of Pressley & Clancy, the result is an encyclopedia appreciation of everything pop- rendering their songs challengingly unique & wistfully familiar.
Stay tuned for more news from Jamaican Queens coming soon, and be sure to catch their charismatic live show when they take to the road on a fall tour across the US & Canada!
Catch Them LIVE This Fall:
10/23: New York, NY @ 141 W 28th St w/ Literature at 5pm
10/24: New York, NY @ Mister H at 7pm (NYLON showcase)
10/24: Brooklyn, NY @ Slumbo Lofts at 12am
10/25: Brooklyn, NY @ Cameo Gallery at 2pm (Ticketfly showcase)
10/25: Brooklyn, NY @ Saffron City Gym, 949 Willoughby Ave w/ Zula at 9pm
10/31: Chicago, IL @ Emporium Arcade Bar
11/8: Kalamazoo, MI @ Old Dog Tavern
11/15: Lakewood, OH @ Mahall's
11/16: Windsor, ON @ Phog Lounge
11/21: Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub
12/5: Dayton, OH @ Blind Bob's
12/6: Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness
12/8: Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade NYC
12/10: Washington, DC @ Black Cat
12/12: Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
12/15: Knoxville, TN @ The Pilot Light
"There are some guitar players that are good, and there are some guitar players that are really fucking good. And then there's Kaki King." – Dave Grohl
Hailed by Rolling Stone as “a genre unto herself,” composer and guitarist Kaki King is a true iconoclast. Over the past 10 years the Brooklyn-based artist has released six extraordinarily diverse and distinctive albums, performed with such icons as Foo Fighters, Timbaland, and The Mountain Goats, contributed to a variety of film and TV soundtracks including Golden Globe-nominated work on Sean Penn’s “Into The Wild”, and played to an increasingly fervent following of music lovers on innumerable world tours.
Everybody Glows: B-sides & Rarities, out November 4, features a collection of outtakes, demos, covers, live versions and never before heard recordings culled from scratched demo CDs, long forgotten hard drives, and the fuzzier corners of her memory. The collection reveals the evolution of her songwriting while offering a glimpse of a young guitarist doing daring things on her instrument before she grasped the significance of any of it. The album comes with a track-by-track explanation of each song, along with liner notes written by her biggest supporter and fan: her father.
In other news, Kaki is preparing an entirely new show, The Neck is a Bridge to the Body, for 2015, featuring high-concept projection mapping in collaboration with Glowing Pictures. A recording of The Neck is a Bridge to the Body will also be released in 2015 in conjunction with extensive international touring. Don't miss these upcoming shows:
Dec 12 San Francisco, CA @ Kanbar Hall @ JCC
Dec 13 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
Jan 9 New York, NY @ The Highline (w/Neneh Cherry)
LIVE SHOW w/ETHEL in SEATTLE
In addition to her own solo work, Kaki sometimes performs in collaboration with NYC-based string quartet ETHEL, and will appear in special performance with them on Thursday, Oct 30 in Seattle. The program will feature works by yours truly, John Zorn, J.S. Bach, and Aleksandra Vrebalov, among others. It's been wonderful to work with such a dynamic group so don't miss one of the last performances of this particular line up. You can also watch a video of me performing with Ethel in a beautiful church -- watch HERE.
OCT 30 Seattle, WA @ Edmonds Center for the Arts (Tickets HERE)
NEW DIGITAL MUSIC STORE
Last but not least, Kaki’s new website launches today @ kakiking.com, and will feature a new digital music store. In addition to featuring Everybody Glows: B-sides & Rarities, the store will include several of her older albums: Everybody Loves You, ...Until We Felt Red, Dreaming of Revenge, Junior and Glow.
Electro-pop singer-songwriter & producer extraordinaire Nanna Øland Fabricius, better known as Oh Land, recently announced her fourth studio album, Earth Sick- set for release November 11th via her own independent imprint, Tusk or Tooth, in collaboration with Kobalt Label Services! Immersed in her signature soundscape of lush vocals, rich string arrangements & infectious melodies, the album is a hybrid of masterfully woven symphonic & electronic sounds, and marks a full-circle return to the artist’s bedroom production style.
Having previously dropped Earth Sick first single “Head Up High,” “which metamorphizes from a deep pop ballad to an energizing power anthem,” Oh Land has now unveiled the striking accompanying video (directed by Duncan Winecoff for All:Expanded). Check out the NYLON-premiered “Head Up High” video where it’s available to post & share HERE! Vengeance never looked so good.
Butch Walker‘s highly anticipated seventh full-length album Afraid Of Ghosts, will be released February 3 via Dangerbird Records. The production was helmed by Ryan Adams at his PAX AM Studios in LA along with friends & special guests Johnny Depp and Bob Mould. With gritty hints of folk, pop and rock, Afraid Of Ghosts weaves a journey through life, love, death and everything in between.
With his remarkably diverse resume that includes everything from guitar god to GRAMMY and CMA nominated producer, Walker's new LP shows both skill and tenderness. Having revealed the first album track “Chrissie Hynde” wistfully invoking the legendary Pretenders frontwoman, today Walker shares album title track “Afraid of Ghosts,” which finds him exploring themes of coming to terms with the past and living for the future. Letting go of then, and holding onto now, over spare acoustic guitar notes and accordion chords. Revealed with Esquire, the track is available to post and share HERE, and on iTunes as an instant-grat MP3 w/ Afraid Of Ghosts pre-order now!
Throughout his career, Butch Walker has always inspired with his infectious yet never over-bearing sense of melody. He has joined his friend Ryan Adams on the road this fall for a nationwide tour. Together he & Adams are one thing: undeniable.
Oxford, Mississippi-based band Young Buffalo have just released “My Place” off their upcoming debut album House, out early next year. It is a melodic and undeniably catchy indie-rock track. Listen and share “My Place”, courtesy of Stereogum and see the band live at CMJ this week.
Although the group's songwriters Ben Yarbrough and Jim Barrett didn't begin playing under the Young Buffalo moniker until 2009, they started writing music together as teenagers and never ceased evolving. Young Buffalo rides a line between straight ahead pop music and tasteful indie rock, and with the addition of drummer Tim Burkhead, bassist Andrew Guinn and keyboardist Will Eubanks, they fill out the instrumentation with singing synth lines and unique syncopation. The song is off their 11- track album produced by Dave Schiffman (Haim, Weezer), out early next year. This new record establishes the five-piece act as a band that’s as unique as the town where they were conceived.
There’s a sense of generosity to Young Buffalo, both as people and in songs as soulful as the escapist Sykia. It’s summed up by My Place, the rhythmic centrepiece which helped name the album House. “We recorded the demos at the cabin where Ben and Will live,” recalls Jim. “We practice, record and hang out there, and that’s an idea that seems to tie the record together.”
NYC musician Rene Lopez has released his new EP, Love Has No Mercy, today via Liberation Label! Whilst his earlier records have flirted with every genre from Latin soul to rock & roll, the seven tracks on Love Has No Mercy are a decidedly more dance-friendly affair. The record, which incorporates the sanguine Latin influences of his previous albums & interjects them with healthy doses of disco & funk, seems tailor-made for both impromptu house parties & late nights at the club. For a taste of what to expect from the EP, Rene previously unveiled the Love Has No Mercy title track (featuring vocals from NYC powerhouse Carol C) & accompanying video.
Clocking in at just under 30 minutes, Love Has No Mercy is a remarkably slick statement of intent. Tracks like “Lovegod” & “City Streets are Dead Tonight” pulse with the same kind of subdued electro-funk that made early Prince & Rick James tracks so eternally irresistible. For Rene, the tracks represent a natural musical evolution- a move from the sweaty rock & Latin grooves of his previous albums to a place located firmly on the dancefloor.
A native New Yorker (and the son of renowned salsa musician Rene Lopez, Sr.), Rene grew up absorbing the non-stop musical melting pot that the city had to offer, eventually channeling those influences into his own music. A jazz-trained drummer & multi-instrumentalist, he recorded with a variety of band projects (The Authority, Extra Virgin) before taking wing as a solo artist, eventually perfecting a style that he came to refer to as E.L.S. (Electric Latin Soul).
Stay tuned for more news from Rene Lopez coming soon, and be sure to catch him when he plays New York City’s The Slipper Room this Thursday!
Edmonton multi-instrumentalist, producer and former member of Canadian darlings Faunts, Rob Batke strikes out on his own as Artisan Loyalist. His debut full length Lonely Ghost is a lush and gazing wave of beats, synths and melodic vocals.
Joining on with brothers Tim and Steven in Faunts in 2006, Rob entered the fray just in time for the band's breakthrough EP M4. After extensive touring and song uses in the video game Mass Effect, Faunts followed up with the widely successful LP Feel.Love.Thinking.Of. More touring, TV placements and video game scores ensued. During this time while quietly honing his own skills a solo electronic producer, Batke amassed a selection of tracks that he aimed to ultimately become his solo debut. During breaks from Faunts, Rob played a handful of shows under his new moniker, Artisan Loyalist. The experience and audience response was overwhelmingly positive and further empowered Batke to keep writing.
After promoting Feel.Love.Thinking.Of., Faunts decided to take a meaningful break from its touring and recording schedule. Not willing to sit idle, Rob took on opportunities to turn out remixes for Swedens’ MF/MB, Denmark’s Treefight For Sunlight, and Sky Council label mate André Obin. This organic circulation of the Artisan Loyalist name only further added momentum Rob’s solo pursuits.
In 2012 the unimaginable happened when Batke’s Laptop containing the bulk of his new material was destroyed. After a brief period of devastation, Batke took his feelings of loss, sadness and isolation and poured them into a musical rebirth. Allowing fresh influences both musical and personal to enter his creative process, Batke entered a pivotal and productive writing journey and emerged with the EP You’re Glory. The track “The Awakening” was featured in the film Things I Cannot Tell.
With all pistons now clicking, Batke entered the studio to finally complete the album he had envisioned so far earlier. A unique homage to 1980’s synth pop with modern day textures, Lonely Ghost deliverers on the emotions built up through the prior years events. The music evokes the failure, sadness, isolation and ultimately triumph. The album is an expansive and beautiful tour of grooves, synth waves and dreamy pop melodies. Lonely Ghost is likely to resonate deeply with fans eagerly awaiting its arrival on February 24, 2015.
As a lead in, a four-song offering titled The Ace EP lands in stores today. The release contains two songs from Lonely Ghost accompanied by remixes from Sky Council label mate T.H. White and fellow Edmonton artist Khotin. The Ace EP arrives just in time to coincide with Batke’s US debut at CMJ 2014, Legion Bar on 10/23. Artisan Loyalist has been selected as an official featured artist.