The follow-up to Leslie Feist’s delightful 2007 album, The Reminder, is almost here. To say this album is highly anticipated would be an understatement. Metals will be the name of the new record, and it is set to release on October 4th via Interscope Records. The past couple weeks she has been teasing us with a series of video vignettes that can be found here. Finally we’ve been given the first single from the album to stream in full. The track is titled “How Come You Never Go There” and is a very intimate and lovely track. Not exactly what I expected. It’s a very chill track and reminds me a lot of her earlier works, but it sounds very fresh at the same time. I won’t be surprised at all if this ends up being high on my year-end list. Take a listen and let us know what you think.
A couple of years ago, Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard and Son Volt’s Jay Farrar met while working together on a Jim Sampas documentary about Jack Kerouac. During this experience, the two decided to work together to create an album based on the words of Kerouac’s 1962 novel Big Sur. The book recounts Kerouac’s personal retreats out to a cabin in Bixby Canyon called “Big Sur”. The finished product, One Fast Move or I’m Gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur, will be released on Atlantic Records next Tuesday, Oct 20th. Thanks to NPR you can preview the album right here til the new album is released.
So last week I was jamming out to one of my Pandora stations, and a glorious gem crossed my path!
What starts out as a very very subtle vocoderized “MAH MOON MAH MAN” over the sound of high heels running. The first section of the song where Feist is first heard is much more similar to the chorus that gets replayed several times.
When the first verse hits, the vocoded voices silence and it’s get beautiful.
Boys Noize have done some great remixes, and this is not exception. I’ve found that the best remixes require little introduction or explanation, so I think it’s time for me to shut up and let the remix speak for itself.
I hope your ears oi!oi!oi!oi! Ω
Here is the next installment in our series “Lessons From Late Night” where we attempt to school you in the way of good music, through live performances from late night television. This past week, “The Late Show with David Letterman” was really solid. It started off a little rocky with a Kelly Clarkson performing a track off of her new album, “Already Gone.” It may be a just another mediocre break-up ballad from an American Idol winner, but this girl can really sing. But don’t worry it gets better from here.
On Tuesday David had Wilco performing one of my favorites off of their new self-titled album with Feist joining Tweedy on vocals. It was a great performance, that finds the band sounding better than ever.
Wednesday marked one of the more historic performances in the past year. Paul McCartney returned to the Ed Sullivan Theater where he played atop “The Late Show” marquee, 45 years after his first appearance with the Beatles. I’m not quite sure why they didn’t just wait til the 50th anniversary to do this big shin dig, but it seemed to be a pretty exciting event either way. The streets were packed with screaming fans, and Paul and the band sounded great. Here is “Band on the Run.” Head over to Youtube and search for “Paul McCartney Letterman” if you want to see the rest of the songs he performed.
Paul McCartney – Band On The Run
On Thursday Dave had Grizzly Bear performing “Ready, Able” off of their newest record, Veckatimest, which is becoming one of my favorite albums of the year.
Grizzly Bear – Ready, Able
Friday wasn’t quite as strong as the middle of the week, but it was still a great performance by a band that I have really been getting into lately. I wasn’t a huge fan of this performance. This was definitely not the track I would’ve liked to hear them play. But their new album, Fantasies is really strong and I definitely recommend it.