Singer-songwriter Dylan Leblanc from Muscle Shoals, Alabama have been opening for Alela Diane on her European tour lately and last week, on May 5, in Berlin, Germany Leblanc joined Diane to play guitar and do backing vocals on a cover of Neil Young's "I Am A Child".
"I Am A Child" was originally recorded by Neil Young for Buffalo Sprinfield's last album Last Time Around in February 1968 without any participation from the other band members (non-band member Gary Marker played bass on the track). Check out an audience-recorded video of Alela Diane & Dylan Leblancs version below.
Okkervil River is one of the my absolute favourite bands of the last ten years and last night they guested Late Show with David Letterman to perform the track "Rider" from their new album I Am Very Far. Despite having God knows how many people on stage the performance still managed to feel almost stripped down compared to the dense version of the album, and personally I find it to be a big improvement on an already good song. Check out the performance below, via The Aúdio Perv.
British rock band Arctic Monkeys will release their fourth studio album Suck It And See on June 6 and last night they performed four songs live on UK Television show Later...with Jools Holland as part of the promo work for the album.
All four songs were from the upcoming album; first single "Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair", "Reckless Serenade" which found its way online in the past week, "The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala" which the band premiered at their Stockholm gig last week and the previously unheard "Library Pictures". Watch the performances below, and be sure to check out the album when it's released because it looks like it'll be a good one.
Stream: The Tallest Man On Earth - "Like A Ribbon In A Hurricane" + "Let's Caramelize" + "The Other Side" (rare/unreleased studio)
The Tallest Man On Earth is in my opinion one of the strongest, if not the strongest, songwriters to emerge in recent years and with two lps and two eps under his belt he's yet to see a drop in quality. Yesterday Tallest Man On Earth fansite Impossible Trees posted a track called "Like A Ribbon In A Hurricane" to its Youtube account, stating that it was an old and unreleased song.
A bit of googling and a few unconfirmed comments on Youtube suggest that "Like A Ribbon In A Hurricane" is from a rare ep called The Other Side (which I've never seen mentioned before) and there's also two other tracks supposedly from that ep available online; "Let's Caramelize" and "The Other Side". All three tracks are as strong as his other work, and the sound is mostly reminiscent of his debut ep The Tallest Man On Earth which was released in 2006. Listen to the tracks below - they're must-listens for any fan.
British indie rockers Yuck just keeps delivering good music with a seemingly constant stream of b-sides, side-project tracks and a Daytrotter session since the release of their self-titled debut lp in January. In late March we got "Doctors In My Bed", the b-side for "Get Away", and this time "Shook Down" is being released as a single with the brand new b-side "Milkshake". Listen to "Milkshake" and "Shook Down" below, courtesy of the band themselves.
In January I wrote that First Aid Kit were working on songs for their second full-length and today the sister duo confirmed that they are recording the album - and with Mike Mogis of Bright Eyes fame. First Aid Kit supported Bright Eyes when they performed here in Stockholm in February and there were a lot of hints about future collaboration at time, which have now been confirmed since they're currently recording with Mogis in his studio in Omaha, Nebraska.
There haven't been any announcement concerning release date or any other details, but in January they said that they were hoping for it to be released in 2011.
The War On Drugs have finally announced the follow-up to their 2008 debut Wagonwheel Blues, even if last year's Future Weather ep was long enough to be labelled lp - and the new album is called Slave Ambient and will be released on August 16. Slave Ambient will be released by Secretly Canadian and contains twelve tracks, spanning 47 minutes, and was recorded over the last four years at band leader Adam Granduciel’s home studio in Philly, Jeff Ziegler’s Uniform Recording and Echo Mountain in Asheville, NC. Check out the tracklist below, album cover above and download an mp3 of "Baby Missiles" below.
I haven't really been covering the build-up towards the release of Danger Mouse's and Daniele Luppi's spaghetti western-inspired Rome, not because I haven't cared or because the pre-album release tracks haven't been really good (they have), but simply due to lack of time. Rome is finally available as a full album stream now, and how can an Ennio Morricone-inspired spaghetti western album featuring Jack White and Norah Jones on vocals not be good? Check it out over at NPR's First Listen or 3VOOR12.
Rome will be released on May 16 via Parlophone.
Soul legend Booker T. Jones' The Road From Memphis has been one of the releases I've been the most excited about lately, with a great guest list and following his excellent 2009 album Potato Hole with the Drive-By Truckers. Just imagine Booker T. backed by The Roots, and with guest vocals from The National's Matt Berninger, My Morning Jacket's Jim James, Sharon Jones and Lou Reed.
The album is finally here now, it's being released in the US tomorrow and the rest of the world today via ANTI- Records - but you can stream the entire album over at AOL right now. I haven't heard it myself yet but it's definitely something any fan of good music should be excited about.
I attended James Blake's concert here in Stockholm about a month ago and before the show I had been unsure about how his music would work in a live setting, but he and his two-piece band blew me away. A few days ago Blake performed for UK Television show Later...with Jools Holland and performed two tracks; singles "The Wilhelm Scream" and "Limit To Your Love". Check out the excellent performances below, via Some Kind of Awesome.
Delta Spirit released a cool new music video for the track "White Table" from their 2010 album History From Below a few days ago, which you can view below. Head over here to download their cover of The Zombies' "She's Not There" if you missed it the first time around - it's a great cover.