Noel Gallagher released the video for "The Death Of You And Me", the first single from his upcoming solo debut album, two weeks ago and on August 21 it will be released physically with the brand new, non-album, b-side "The Good Rebel". "The Good Rebel" premiered earlier today on Zane Lowe's radio show and it was later uploaded to Gallagher's official YouTube account, and you can stream it below.
A while ago I posted about Chuck Ragan's upcoming album Covering Ground and posted an mp3 of the first track from the album, "Nomad By Fate", and now he's released a second one. "Meet You In The Middle" features Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem and The Horrible Crowes on vocals during the chorus, and the two will be performing in Europe as part of the Revival Tour in late September/early October. Listen to the track below and check out the tour dates here.
Little more than a month ago we got treated with a first track from Blitzen Trapper's upcoming album American Goldwing in the form of the title track, and last night the band shared a second track; "Love The Way You Walk Away". "Love The Way You Walk Away" is a fine taste of the band's upcoming lp, which is said to be distinctly American in sound and style. Download the track below, and if you live in the US make sure to check out the band on their co-headlining tour with Dawes this fall.
Last night Idiot Wind (aka Amanda Bergman) performed live here in Stockholm, and as part of her set she played a track which TwentyFourBit dubbed "Heart Is Like A River", with her partner The Tallest Man On Earth sitting in.
Okkervil River released their latest lp I Am Very Far on Jagjaguwar in early May and have released three singles from the album, all with new tracks as b-sides (the latest being "Gold Faces", which you can listen to here). The second single taken from the album was "Rider", which was released in early July, and featured "I Guess We Lost" as the b-side, and when Okkervil River played in Portland in June they also performed the track for Into The Woods. The resulting video is viewable below, and is unsurprisingly excellent.
For some reason I forgot to post about Girls' new track "Vomit" when it was released a couple of weeks ago, and I'm not sure why - it's great. Today they released the video for the track and it's an excellent companion to the music, featuring beautiful shots of nighttime driving and it's one of few music videos that I actually find interesting all the way through - even more impressive since it's over six and a half minutes.
"Vomit" is taken from Girls' upcoming second album Father, Son, Holy Ghost which will be released on September 12 in the UK via Turnstile and September 13 in the US via Matador. Watch the video and download an mp3 of "Vomit" below.
Two weeks ago I posted a stream of Laura Marling's "Sophia", the first single from her upcoming album A Creature I Don't Know, and today she premiered the video for the track. The video features Marling and her band performing the track in an empty church, and in October she's heading out on a tour of the UK, playing only churches and cathedrals. Watch the video and check out the tour dates below (via The Line Of Best Fit).
The Jay-Z and Kanye West collaboration album Watch The Throne has probably been one of the most anticipated releases of the year, and probably the biggest one too - two of the biggest artists in the world making an album together is bound to get pretty huge. The album is finally released today (without a pre-release leak) and you can stream the album below, via Some Kind Of Awesome.
Kanye & Jay-Z (or "The Throne" as they're calling themselves now) are joined by Frank Ocean, Beyoncé, Mr. Hudson, Elly Jackson of La Roux and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon on a few tracks, and it features production from Kanye himself, RZA, Q-Tip, The Neptunes, Swizz Beatz and many more. So does Watch The Throne live up to the hype? Judge for yourselves.
Arctic Monkeys will release "The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala" as their next single on August 16, and with it comes a new b-side called "Little Illusion Machine (Wirral Riddler)". "Little Illusion Machine (Wirral Riddler)" is credited to Miles Kane & The Death Ramps, with The Death Ramps being an alias the Arctic Monkeys used for a single in 2007. Check out the track below (via We All Want Someone To Shout For), and note that Miles Kane provides the vocals and not Alex Turner. Also, check out the video for "The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala" here.