New releases 2012

Sneak Peaks: Week Of November 19th, 2012

By Iman Lababedi | November 20, 2012

Not much this week (or next actually), and while I have jopes for Bad Brains and Rihanna, I am filled with this dread over Kid Rock, not helped by the lousy single “Let’s Ride”, it is the album I am most interested in hearing.

Sharon Van Etten To Release A Deluxe Edition Of Her Album ‘Tramp’ With A New Demo, 'Tell Me'

By Alyson Camus | October 26, 2012

Sharon Van Etten is releasing a deluxe edition of her ‘Tramp’ album on November 13, and not only the new edition will feature demos for each track from the album, a self-portrait, liner notes including Sharon’s journal entries, but also the demo for the song ‘Tell Me

Sneak Peaks: New Releases Week of October 1st, 2012

By Iman Lababedi | October 2, 2012

OK, agreed, Van is the biggie and the first single has me interested in both the Vaccines and Muse, but Monica had an excellent album earlier this year and I am way hungry for some more great r&b…

Stream New Bob Dylan Album On Itunes Right Now

By Iman Lababedi | September 4, 2012

Rolling Stone gave the album 5 stars and if that doesn’t impress you (it means squat to me, after bruce and U2), so did Mojo and that does mean something.

One Direction New Album, Cover Art Here… Dropping November 13th, 2012

By Iman Lababedi | September 4, 2012

The album is dropping on November 13th, 2012 and talk about having the bank riding on any one thing, this album couldn’t be bigger for the UK X Factor discovery who have now spent a career in the fast lane.

I Thought I Had Already Read This A Year Ago, But It Is For Real Now: Queens Of The Stone Age Are Recording

By Alyson Camus | August 23, 2012

We’re going to take our one last break that we would get for a month, come back and do Glastonbury, then immediately jump in the studio. Our record will be done by the end of the year. We have enough songs.’

Sneak Peaks Week Of August 20th, 2012

By Iman Lababedi | August 21, 2012

For Joe Strummer’s 60th Birthday celebration, we get the official releases, we get the B Sides and we get Acton Concert where Mick Jones joined him for a heavy dub version of “Bankrobber” among others. Problems? Any one?

Tuesday Morning Singles Avalance! Lupe Fiasco Excellent…

By Iman Lababedi | August 15, 2012

Lupe sounds so much like Kanye with a conscious on “Lamborghini Angels”, it is like he took PE’s “Catch The Throne” seriously and wrote it for them himself. Lupe doesn’t get much poppier than this.

Sneak Peaks Week Of August 13th, 2012

By Iman Lababedi | August 14, 2012

Woke up this morning and picked up the Taylor Swift off Itunes, and then added Lupe, Rita and RHCP just because I couldn’t be bothered waiting till tomorrow to see if Spotify will have (no, they will have them, the question is WHEN). Beak is terrific.

Kill Rock Stars Is Celebrating Elliott Smith's 43rd Birthday This Month

By Alyson Camus | August 4, 2012

Go buy this alternate version of ‘Alameda’ here, and if you sign up for the Kill Rock Stars email newsletter here, you will also receive a free unreleased track, the alternate version of ‘Needle in the Hay’ with trumpets.

Bob Dylan's 35th Album "Tempest" To Be Released September

By Iman Lababedi | July 18, 2012

A FOURTEEN MINUTE EPIC ABOUT THE SINKING OF THE TITANIC??? I wonder if it will be like “Desolation Road” or “Changing Of The Guard”? Are we talking the old flashing images? Plus, “The Tempest” was Shakespeare’s last play…

Sneak Peak Week Of July 16th, 2012

By Iman Lababedi | July 17, 2012

On the lean side, but a new Nas is always exciting and a CSN 2012 might be more than an oxymoron. ITunes is becoming a place to drop early singles and not much more. PE should do better than this.

Sneak Peaks: Week Of July 9th 2012

By Iman Lababedi | July 10, 2012

DP and Ocean we were expecting but any time P.O.D. -easily the best Christian rock band this side of Devil Wears Prada, it is a good week. Otherwise, hip hop takes a holiday!!!

Muse's 'Survival', Chosen As The Official Theme Song For The Olympic Games

By Alyson Camus | June 29, 2012

Bellamy declared that the track was ‘about total conviction and pure determination to win’, yes I got this from the lyrics, thanks, no explanation necessary, but why do I have visions of Christians eaten by lions in Roman arenas?

Direct Current New Releases effective 6-26-12

By Iman Lababedi | June 24, 2012

Wow, July 3rd is officially the quietest day of the year with nothing much at all released!. Otherwise, actually the next three weeks look a little sucky. I guess the Joe Jackson, Dirty Projector, JJAMZ and Marina might be worth a listen… but, I’m not PROMISING

Sneak Peaks: 6-11-12

By Iman Lababedi | June 12, 2012

It took em long long enough, but Sheeran’s debut album is finally released Stateside so we can all flip on “Lego House”. Meanwhile, another Whitney song released and we can find out if Albarn (who hasn’t been on much of a roll lately) has destroyed Womack.

The Dirty Projectors: Have Gun Will Sing

By Iman Lababedi | April 3, 2012

Could it be a new Dirty Projectors song? Look and listen, because here it is!

The Story of the Streets

By Helen Bach | March 28, 2012

But what actually ended up happening was that hipsters in London thought, wow, this is amazing, and hipsters in Williamsburg and hipsters in Berlin were like, wow, this is cool. And meanwhile people in Birmingham were like, well, no, we kind of like whoever the big rap thing is. And you’re not UK hip-hop, mate, ‘cos it needs to sound American.”

Finally New Regina Spektor!

By Helen Bach | March 2, 2012

I have always been a fan of Regina. She has an eerie presence. Never really a pop sensation and for that I am glad. She has remained true to her sound, unswayed by current trends.

Sneak Peaks: Week Of February 13th, 2012

By Iman Lababedi | February 14, 2012

Part Of Me” is a terrible song as song goes. But as a ripped from her diary piece of vitroil it isn’t without its, well, not charms, amusements.. It so lacks in specifics, both musically and lyrically, it almost withstands meaning.

Direct Currents Upcoming Releases Starting January 31st, 2012

By Iman Lababedi | January 29, 2012

Yes, Ringo is back. And no, I haven’t enjoyed any of his recorded work since the album “You’re Sixteen” was on but it is still Ringo so

Springsteen Upset About Economic Injustice? Then Why Doesn't He Pay His Taxes?

By Iman Lababedi | January 18, 2012

Ron Aniello? The guy who produced Jars Of Clay? That should give him that angry, contemp…. I can’t even write it. Maybe Rolling Stone was right. Maybe Working On A Dream was a 5 star album, relatively speaking.

Sneak Peaks Week Of Januaty 16th, 2012

By Iman Lababedi | January 17, 2012

The McCartney is a dog with fleas and about as big a disappointment as you can want on a Tursday morning. Kathleen Edwards is an excellent songwriter and it isfour years since “Asking For Flowers” so its good to have her back. Oh great, a Martina McBride greatest hits -just what I needed.

New Paul McCartney Album, "Kisses On The Bottom"

By Iman Lababedi | January 12, 2012

I don’t have high hopes for this album and the reason is, McCartney was always much better at early rock and roll than mid-season American songbook

Barry Adamson's New Song "Destination" Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 10, 2012

Destination” is a rollicking Goth rave up off his February 14th release. Everything thing about it grabs your attention, from its overexcited Scott Walker vocals to its slap clap drum machine and most of all a piano that seems hijacked off a Ziggy Stardust track

Sneak Peak: Week Of January 9th, 2012

By Iman Lababedi | January 10, 2012

not much here and Spotfy is missing on most of em, including, not mentioned here, a coupla Lana Del Rey songs and the new Van Halen single. Compared to ITunes new releases Spotify is an embarassment.

Ceremony, 'Hysteria' Reviewed

By Alyson Camus | January 8, 2012

I saw them this summer, when they opened for this historic Black Flag reunion and their hardcore sound hit me in the face like a brutal beast killing everything on its trail. But since that time, they have signed with Matador and are about to release a new album, ‘Zoo’, produced by John Goodmanson, who also…

Jack Phillips To Release Live Album

By Iman Lababedi | December 29, 2011

Jack introduces to his mindbogglingly excellent material and plays it so well. The sheer wealth of music is a revelation and though i do have one complaint. I wish it was longer

Paul McCartney"s New Album Of Oldies

By Iman Lababedi | December 22, 2011

early Beatles , when they left the path of early rock and roll, seemed more likely to sing showtunes like “Till There was You” or novelty hits like “Besame Mucho”.

New Radiohead Songs

By Alyson Camus | December 16, 2011

Nothing was said if or when this new material will be released, but Thom Yorke had spoken to Rolling Stones in October (at the time they played these New York’s Roseland Ballroom shows), and had declared that Radiohead will record in December and January.

Mark Stewart Of the Pop Group Is Back

By Iman Lababedi | December 9, 2011

Lead by Gang Of Four, the young Human League, but including bands like the Au Pairs, Throbbing Gristle, even the Fall and PiL, it and at the forefront was the Popgroup -a funky, skronky up against the wall ravishing tirade lead by Mark Stewart

D'Angelo Back In 2012

By Iman Lababedi | December 8, 2011

The purveyor of precisely two albums, each a masterpiece, his performance at Radio City Music Hall -a three hour act of stamina and bravado, is the one to beat. And other than a featured slot on a Q-tip strack and an arrest for soliciting a prostitute, we haven’t heard much.

Will 2012 Be The Return Of the Indie?

By Iman Lababedi | December 8, 2011

Will 2012 be the revenge of Brooklyn? New albums by Animal Collective, Sleigh bells and of Montreal may tell the tale