Upcoming Releases

Sam Smith has Started Work On His Second Album

By Iman Lababedi | August 20, 2014

This is very thrilling stuff as far as I’m concerned and I can’t wait to see if he can pull off a second album as drastically brilliant as his first. Smith and FKA twig, both UK stars by the way, are the sound of 2014 and the sound of 2014 is melancholia mixed with desire. It uses EDM but it isn’t EDM, and if its roots are in soul that is only at the deepest level.

First Smokey Has Friends, Now Streisand Has Partners!New Album Dropping In September

By Iman Lababedi | August 17, 2014

Let’s pass on the repulsive kiss the throat comment (I mean let’s pass on it now) and let’s assume Presley didn’t make it to the studio (plus: getting permission from Sony for anything Presley related is a bitch, so it probably helps that she records for columbia) , some of this sounds like it might be of interest. Stevie and Babyface to name but two.

Diana Krall To Release New Album

By Iman Lababedi | August 14, 2014

“Diana is too smart to ever oversing so I guess if your idea of fun is the jazz singer gliding though heavy emotional outbursts like “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word” be my guest. But as to why a woman who sing Gershwin should want to sing Finn I had no idea. I just wish she wouldn’t – Grade: C

Sam Smith To Record Next James Bond Song?

By Iman Lababedi | August 13, 2014

“Sam is our top choice. He has the profile, cool image and astonishing voice to record a Bond theme. And there is only so long we can hold out for Adele. Daniel Craig was pushing for her because she did such a great job last time around.”

XL History Spanning Compiliation Out Late August

By Iman Lababedi | August 6, 2014

I hated Russell’s work with Damon and Bobby Womack, but otherwise the man obviously knows his shit, and XL is a great label. It gave us Adele and it gave us Tyler The Creator so, OK, some A&R man, that Russel. Anyway, for their 25th Anniversary XL are releasing a career spanning album or four

Spandau Ballet to Release New Album

By Iman Lababedi | August 5, 2014

ary Kemp, who wrote all their material, became an actor and Tony Hadley didn’t make it as a solo star and every now and then they’d come back together and in 2009 they released an album of remixes but in 2014, for their quarter century, we are getting an album of new material

Stream Michelle Shocked's Silent New Album

By Alyson Camus | July 31, 2014

She is releasing an LP entitled ‘Inaudible Woman’ consisting of 11 tracks, all totally silent. The ‘songs’ that you can stream on CD Baby (is this a joke or what?) are named after executives in the digital music world, such as SiriusXM executive Patrick Donnelly, Clear Channel executive Robert Walls,… and are available for download at $0.99 each

Nicki Minaj Delays Single Release, Becomes Sex Symbol

By Iman Lababedi | July 30, 2014

And wait, there is a delay: “My darlingz, I’ve pushed the release of Anaconda to next week, Monday 8/4. I promise you will understand why before the week is out. Loveeeeeeee uuuuuu”.

Direct Current's Upcoming Album Releases Through October 2014

By Iman Lababedi | July 20, 2014

we patiently await the inevitable passing of time so we can get our hands on, er, the Beck Song Reader? well, certainly Van Dyke Parks who we can assume will not be streaming his next album on Spotify, Spider Bags out August 5th (can’t wait for that one, their last was my fave album of 2012), Jenny Lewis and Blake Mills (though not together) and Jerry Lee Lewis

David Bowie To Release Another Album?

By Iman Lababedi | July 17, 2014

“This city is even better than the one you were in last year, so remember to dance, dance, dance. And then sit down for a minute, knit something, then get up and run all over the place. Do it. Love on ya. More music soon. David”

Smokey Robinson To Release Duets Album This August

By Iman Lababedi | July 15, 2014

This is a pretty good line up and I am sure expecting Smokey to be too much of a pro not to bother file sharing the duets but to have gotten the actual performers into the studio. Legend (who owes so much to Robinson), Miguel and Aloe Blacc, it could be great. Elton and Tyler from the old school, and Mayer on guitar!

To Stream or Not To Stream: Morrissey, "World Peace Is None of Your Business"

By Helen Bach | July 8, 2014

I am convinced I will wait. My theory being once July 15th came it would be uneventful. Similar to children peeking at their Christmas gifts and having to feign excitement on the holiday morning- it takes away the magic of it all. I can tell you that in the Morrissey, camp I am the minority.

Titus Andronicus "Stranded (On My Own)" Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | July 4, 2014

The song is great of course. Unfortunately, I couldn’t figure out how to put the soundcloud recorded version up so here is a live one. And I added “Fatal Flaw” -another new one that sounds pretty good. Meanwhile, I can’t wait to catch em opening for the Buzzcocks on September 6th at Webster Hall.

Gerard Way Channels His Bowie and Battles The Blues

By Helen Bach | June 30, 2014

eems the case with many- imagine if the band had gotten as big as One Direction, they’d be overdosed in an alley. You either have what it takes to survive in the racket or you don’t- apparently Way does not. The cool thing is he is totally OK with it

NIck Cave and His Rockumentary

By Helen Bach | June 28, 2014

The odds of you seeing this film anywhere but Netflix in a few months is slim to none unless you have an art cinema in LA or something. Die hard fans will love it and the rest of us will go..’ wait remember Birthday Party….”

Must See: Clean Bandit At Webster Hall In September 2014

By Iman Lababedi | June 28, 2014

In a live setting strings and two turntables and a microphone plus guest singers should be entirely uniquely and different and I believe it should work, especially if they get Jess Gwynne to visit with them. She is a wonderful and soulful singer and she really helped the band sell this great pop landscape track.

Barbra Streisand New Duets Album On Its Way

By Iman Lababedi | June 27, 2014

How about can’t pick any one and why? Because they ALL SUCKED and I have zero reason to expect any better from Barbra (her album above was just a collection); certainly not after her bother terribly expensive and also just plain not good enough Barclay Center gigs a coupla years ago.

Direct Currents Summer Releases

By Iman Lababedi | June 14, 2014

Here comes summer, school is out on happy days and the wild world of music is coming your ways so… what are we looking forward to here? I didn’t care less about Jenny Lewis but after her terrific turn at Governors Ball, I am wondering if this will be a biggie for her. Sinead O’Connor –because, well, because she is an enormously consistent recording artist, and Spider Bags who released the best album of 2012

Four Year Strong Release "Tread Lightly", Announce EP

By admin | June 12, 2014

They kept their classic pop punk sound, and their noise rock quality. It really sounds like old FYS, and I’m so happy they didn’t change direction. It’s fast and intense and a lot to take in but definitely pumps you up.

Shinobi Ninja Ready To Drop Second Album

By Iman Lababedi | May 30, 2014

There was an App, Mike Machinest fed me the occasional demo, including a killer track “Rusty Stab”, videos have dropped, concerts have been played and of course, the awesome “Amped To 12” made an appearance in the Wayan Brothers movie “Scary Movie 2”.

CSNY 74 On Its Way

By Iman Lababedi | May 28, 2014

This July 8th, the Graham Nash compiled masterwork for CSNY nutcases will see the light of day. CSNY 74. Sure, you already have the 71 Four Way Street, but this is more like 40 Way Street, a real slog through the heart of the legend that was CSNY just passed their prime when the drugs were kicking in hard harder ha

Direct Current's New Releases Thru July 2014

By Iman Lababedi | May 17, 2014

This takes us half way through the summer and it isn’t all bad. A new Imelda May is always a pleasure, Conor Oberst new songs might have sucked so far but who is to say? Miniature Tigers, Sharon Van Etten, Levon Helm is the live one we’ve deserved with any luck, but I think the two biggest will be either Manic Street Preachers or Lana Del Rey. “West Coast” is such a great song and the Manics are always excellent.

Morrissey, "World Peace Is None of Your Business" Not Reviewed

By Helen Bach | May 16, 2014

Pre ordering albums is also dumb. Why are they going to sell out? That was the reason for pre ordering anything back when things were sane but now its just a cash inducing idiotic marketing scheme. Build the hype, throw them a bone.

Led Zeppelin Release Trailer for "Led Zeppelin II" Reissue

By Helen Bach | May 7, 2014

t hearing news of Led Zeppelin releasing their first three LP’s again and this teaser video just reinforce the fact that yes, they were sexy beasts and yeah that was 40 years ago. But the patchouli wearing wanna be’s rejoice and you old timers can live in days past.

$100,000 A Ticket To Marvin Hamlisch? Now That's Entertainer!

By Iman Lababedi | May 2, 2014

Yeah, some guy right? Well, good enough for the Public Theater to honor him where the cheapest ticket is, er, $650…!!! Though if you got some real bucks to spend on this benefit for the Public theater? $100,000 a ticket for the Shakespeare table… Man, some people have money, don’t they? Not me, of course, I’m broke.

Listen To Sharon Van Etten's New Song ‘Every Time The Sun Comes Up’

By Alyson Camus | May 2, 2014

Brooklyn singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten has shared a new song, the closing track to her upcoming fourth studio album, ‘Are We There’, and this is a gorgeous ballad sung with swagger and harmony galore.

Framptons Coming Alive, Again

By Helen Bach | May 1, 2014

He is back..older balder and more light heatedly and you can expect new material very soon. But wait, dig this inspiration. This is not a classic rock cliche, its.. inspired by ballet.

One Direction "Where We Are" Tour Setlist 2014 (On Spotify As Well!)

By Iman Lababedi | April 27, 2014

I saw em at the magical 2012 Jingle Ball and then a year ago at the IZOD Center though I decided to give the Metlife gig this August a miss. If it had been a weekend I might have made it there but it isn’t worth that late at a night.

‘BLONDIE 4(0) EVER’-Get your Wallet

By Helen Bach | April 26, 2014

Its very hard to believe that Blondie has been around for forty years. Its astonishing actually since no one who was involved in the ‘first wave’ of new wave believes they’re over 20 years old.

LCD Soundsystems "The Last Goodbye" Tracklist (Plus We Spotified It For You)

By Iman Lababedi | April 22, 2014

It was all so celebratory and sad at the same time. Funky horns, full choirs, guest stars and friends, performer heavy stage, howling, rocking beats, along beautiful synth hooks and back beats, banks of computers, overflowing stage, singers and musicians crowding each other

An Angel Visits Brooklyn

By Iman Lababedi | April 19, 2014

I managed to miss a mid-February Amex presale and an on sale for a concert May 13at MHOW and only today actually noticed it at all. It was sold out maybe needless to add, she is one popular star right this minute in the indie firmaments.

Morrissey: "World Peace is None of Your Business" New Details!

By Helen Bach | April 16, 2014

Year of Refusal was a peach though, so I wont cry too hard. But with a lack of label, morons like Amanda Palmer offering advise and some odd and numerous health issues its a wonder there was any more to be had from the quiffed wizard.

Direct Currents Upcoming Releases 4-15 – 6-24-14

By Iman Lababedi | April 12, 2014

Anything interesting here? Lessee Afghan Whigs, Woods, Eels (Eel’s release too much music, you can never catch up), Rodney Crowell, G Love… Relax, I’m joking about G. Love, Margot & The Nuclear So and Sos, The Pains Of being Pure At Heart, Neil Young… Neil Young? Apparently.

Motörhead to Release Air Supply Tribute EP

By Steve Crawford | April 1, 2014

“People think of us only as a one dimensional metal band. That’s an insult to me. We have done a number of ballads that have been directly influenced by Graham Russell and that other guy – the cute, pudgy short bastard.”

The Flaming Lips To Release 'Flaming Side of the Moon’, So They Say!

By Alyson Camus | March 31, 2014

We are very close to April 1st and knowing their joking side, everything is possible, but according to Pitchfork and COS, the Flaming Lips are about to release ‘Flaming Side of the Moon’, a new companion album to Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’

Jackson Browne Tribute Album: In 72 I was 14

By Iman Lababedi | March 31, 2014

In 72 I was 14 and a way too short and baby like a boy to be anything but seldom taken seriously enough by that baffling other sex and Browne, who certainly was taken seriously enough by that other sex, lived out worlds of love and breakups and sad smile ladies standing and staring miles away with eyes like windows to another age.

Direct Current, Ignitions That Blow Up And Perfect Pussy

By Iman Lababedi | March 29, 2014

So right now I am debating whether to scalp a tix to Perfect Pussy next Saturday or not bother or go to sleep or… any way here is some more upcoming releases. Knock yourself out but don’t turn on the ignition while you’re doing it:

Costello To Add Music to '67 "Lost" Dylan Lyrics

By Iman Lababedi | March 27, 2014

Bloody Burnett. I am so tired of this guy, there isn’t a thing he does I approve of any more. I blame the Coen Brothers, it all delves from the O Brother Where Art Thou, where he took Harry Smith’s work and put his name on it.

New Madness Album In The Works!

By Helen Bach | March 25, 2014

Word has it now that he is back to the drawing board writing new music for dun dun dun.. New Madness! Now my hopes arent that high, I worry that they cant maintain that youthful sound but I can hope, and that’s exactly what I will do.