Dan Wilson is back with a very pretty new tune.
‘Face. Toni. Together again.
Ah…nice to hear from David Mead again, isn’t it?
I’m pretty interested to see what public court of opinion and interest is for a sophomore effort from the folk-rock duo of John Paul White and Joy Williams (aka The Civil Wars). After taking iTunes by storm and in turn debuting in Billboard’s Top 20 with their debut Barton Hollow (2011), they seemed an overnight success story…even if it’d been two years in the making. The promotional and touring cycle included Grammy nominations for both Best Folk Album and Best Country [...]
The first half of 2013 was dominated by a string of solid releases in the garage punk and disco-house genres, and it also featured cameos from some indie-pop gems and the occasional decent R&B album. But January-through-June was owned by a very recent hip-hop release that any true head would have trouble not listening to on repeat. 1. Quasimoto-Yessir Whatever Technically a compilation of unreleased tracks from the last 14 years, Yessir Whatever hits harder than its predecessor, 2005’s The [...]
Welcome back to our weekly Carlton Shuffle! Once again we asked the PopBlerd! crew what they were listening to this week. There wasn’t a big response (everybody looking forward to next week’s long holiday weekend?) so we threw in what we received with the Michael Jackson songs we wrote about on Tuesday’s fourth anniversary of the King of Pop’s death, along with two of the theme songs (that were actually songs) from our top 10 sitcoms and wa-lah! We have this week’s Carlton Shuffle. Enjoy!
This is a BIG week for reissues. First off, the release of the Big Star documentary will be on July 3rd, however, the soundtrack to that album, Nothing Can Hurt Me, will be released this week on CD and double-LP, and contains mostly previously unreleased versions of their signature songs. In other “obscure power pop bands that never got their due” category, The Swimming Pool Q’s have (for the first ever time on CD) a reissue called 1984 – 1986: [...]
At 10 am PST this morning, Microsoft unveiled the next generation of the XBox gaming console to the unwashed masses. The results were… interesting, to say the least. We can look forward to more news in a few weeks at E3, but for now, here are eight things we learned from the announcement. #1. Microsoft is REALLY into Television Now A good half of the press conference, at least, was dedicated not to video games but to television watching: quite [...]
Better late than never, as they say. Rock out with us in this week’s Carlton Shuffle!
Drake has a bunch of BET award nominations. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.
The Steel City. The City of Champions. The Golden Triangle. Sixburgh. The City of Bridges. Pittsburgh goes by many names, but my personal favorite is of course “home.” I was born and raised in the Pittsburgh area, and a five year notwithstanding, have lived here for as long. One of the things that most surprises me about Pittsburgh is its perception in the broader culture. Oftentimes, when people think “Pittsburgh,” they picture something like this: True, for decades, Pittsburgh was [...]
Initially a collaboration between producers Diplo (MIA, Santigold, Amanda Blank, Die Antwoord) and Switch (MIA, Santigold, Beyonce, Xtina), Major Lazer’s debut was the summer album of 2009. A dance album that blended reggae, dubstep, reggaton, and dancehall, Guns Don’t Kill People was an eclectic, refreshing, and quite frankly, fun album perfect for block parties, beach bonfires, and sweaty, sweaty clubs. Aside form the occasional remix EP, the duo has been rather silent since. Free the Universe (Secretly Canadian) breaks that [...]