From a slice of American culture to Kwabs, here’s what’s orbiting our musical universe this week…
Just when we all thought we had heard the last from Lightning Bolt, this noise-tastic duo goes and teases us with “The Metal East”, the first off of their upcoming album, Fantasy Empire to be released in March.
If Lightning Bolt’s song is too harsh on the ears, here’s a twosome that’ll definitely woo some… Introducing Chaos Chaos’ “Love”.
Don Mclean’s original manuscript for “American Pie” to be sold at Christie’s New York, 7 April 2015
Bidders get your millions ready! Noted as the “Song of the Century” by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts the 16-page, 237-line manuscript is valued at $1 to $1.5 million but could be driven much higher by wealthy fans.
Artists to Know
Three albums later and James Bay is finally getting some recognition. The British singer/songwriter/guitarist has vocals that don’t need any help from technology whatsoever.
Check out his live performance of “Let It Go” (Not the same song as Disney’s hit movie, Frozen. Don’t worry).
Years & Years
The modern day Robin S has arrived in the form of a three-member English electronica group called Years & Years, enjoy.
We pleased to bring you Kwabena Sarkodee Adjepong, AKA Kwabs. You might be familiar with his hit song “Walk” but his music runs much deeper. Kwabs, a Ghanaian born in the UK showcases some serious vocals in “Perfect Ruin”, the story of a damaged relationship.
This Week’s Funny Band Name
Try not to listen very closely to their lyrics and focus on the accompaniment. Get passed that and you’re on the path to enjoying some good ol’ Lubricated Goat.
Interview of the Week
Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs
Sharpshooter Matt “The Red Mamba” Bonner isn’t just a champion in the NBA. During NBA All Star Weekend he also plans an All Star Rock show benefitting the Rock On Foundation. His motivation- to bring indie-rock bands to a weekend full of hip-hop superstars.
Catch Bonner’s complete interview with Rolling Stone here: http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/features/the-nbas-indie-ambassador-inside-matt-bonners-all-star-rock-show-20150213
With Honorable Mention
Following a heart attack and ten-week struggle with complications, Sam Andrew, 73, passed away February 12th. A leading guitarist and member of Big Brother and the Holding Company. Andrew also aided Janis Joplin on her path to stardom. Together, Joplin and Big Brother and the Holding Company recorded one of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, Cheap Thrills.
American Pie Album Courtesy of Capitol Records, LLC under license from Universal Music Enterprises, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
Joey Fernandez is a music writer from New York’s strongest island. Drop him a line at email@example.com