No Doubt have just announced that their new album Push and Shove will be released on September 25th.
The first single “Settle Down” will debut on July 16th. The accompanying video will be directed by Sophie Muller who has helmed many of No Doubt’s music videos including “Don’t Speak”, “Underneath It All”, “Sunday Morning” and “Simple Kind of Life”.
Stay tuned to the sites below for news on the video premiere of “Settle Down.”
OCEANIA is the forthcoming album by THE SMASHING PUMPKINS. Intended to recapture the album experience, all 13 songs on OCEANIA will be premiered simultaneously to fans, radio, press and the online world. Forgoing the standard industry launch, the group purposely planned no single or video to be released prior to the full album.
Starting now, Monday, June 11, OCEANIA will be streamed for free in its entirety for one week exclusively on the iTunes Store (http://www.itunes.com/). Fans will be able to pre-order the album all week leading up to the June 19 in-store date. OCEANIA was specially mastered to optimize digital sound quality for iTunes Store customers. The release comes via the band’s own Martha’s Music/EMI Label Services/Caroline Distribution. Listen to OCEANIA here: www.iTunes.com/SmashingPumpkins
Having his own label through EMI afforded PUMPKINS leader BILLY CORGAN the opportunity to try something different. It is a launch scenario that goes against industry standards by allowing the album to be heard as it was meant to be. The group’s release plan was in no way intended to slight radio stations, video channels, press or online outlets. Instead, it represents the artistic vision of a band who, says CORGAN, “was dead set on making an album where every song was just as valuable as any other, ignoring the typical claptrap you hear about needing a single. The only way to make the case that every song on Oceania is worth hearing is to put your heart into the sequence as a cohesive whole.”
OCEANIA was recorded at the group’s studio in Chicago with CORGAN’s bandmates: guitarist JEFF SCHROEDER, drummer MIKE BYRNE and bassist/vocalist NICOLE FIORENTINO. The powerful 13-song collection (see track listing below) was produced by Corgan and Bjorn Thorsrud and mixed by David Bottrill (Muse, Tool, King Crimson, etc). Marking THE SMASHING PUMPKINS’ 7th studio record, it is “an album within an album,” part of their 44-song work-in-progress TEARGARDEN BY KALEIDYSCOPE.
“I’ve been adamant in stressing that as a group, first and foremost, we are here to make new music together,” says CORGAN. “I’m proud to say that on Oceania I feel we’ve cut our own path forward. Jeff, Mike, and Nicole have all made significant contributions to the tone and texture of Oceania, which is an album that is unlike any I’ve ever made. Yet at the same time I believe it upholds the same musical values I’ve always pushed for with The Pumpkins, be they progressive, emotional, epic, or restless.”
Here’s the OCEANIA track listing:
My Love is Winter
One Diamond, One Heart
About THE SMASHING PUMPKINS:
THE SMASHING PUMPKINS have created one of the most acclaimed bodies of work in musical history having sold more than 30 million albums, and won multiple Grammy awards in the process. Formed in Chicago in 1988, they released Gish, their influential and platinum debut in 1991, which was followed by albums including the nine-time platinum Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness and the four-time platinum Siamese Dream, as well as the platinum certified 1998 album Adore. The pivotal group’s many hits defined the alternative music era and continue to resonate on modern rock radio, influencing a whole new generation. The PUMPKINS returned in 2007 with their acclaimed sixth album Zeitgeist. They have since remained on the cutting edge of music and technology with various online releases.
International sensation Kimbra has announced her first-ever headlining tour of the US and Canada. The month-long run kicks off September 25th in Vancouver, BC and runs through to October 27th in Toronto, ON. The Stepkids will support. Ticket on-sales begin Friday, June 15th, visit www.kimbramusic.com for details.
The tour will support the release of the US version of her debut album Vows, which was released onMay 22nd via Warner Bros. Records. Vows debuted at #14 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts with 21,665 albums sold, and has received overwhelming critical acclaim so far. Entertainment Weekly awarded Vows an “A,” Rolling Stone gave the album 3 ½ stars, saying “Vows gives R&B a wacky art-rock spin, with a cappella vocal chorales mutating into sumptuous funk pop,” and Glamour gushed, “Vows is at all times thrilling and theatrical, filled with wall-of-sound orchestration and nearly-schizoid arrangements, all kept afloat with ease by Kimbra’s elastic voice.”
Originating from Hamilton, New Zealand, Kimbra has been performing her jazz-inflected pop since she was 14. She worked on her debut album, Vows, for over three years, finally releasing it Australia in August 2011 to critical and chart success. Vows won the 2011 ARIA (Australian Grammy) for Best Female Artist and spawned three hit singles; “Good Intent,” “Settle Down,” and “Cameo Lover.” “Cameo Lover” recently won the Grand Prize in the 2011 International Songwriting Competition and wasnominated for an APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) award for Song of the Year. Vows is certified platinum in Australia and New Zealand.
For the US edition of Vows, Kimbra recorded additional tracks in Los Angeles, CA with such producers and songwriters as Mike Elizondo and Greg Kurstin. Also included on the release is “Warrior” featuring Mark Foster (Foster the People) and A-Trak, originally recorded for the Converse “Three Artists, One Song” series. Kimbra recently performed “Settle Down” on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and she is currently on tour with Foster the People. Full list of dates is below.
With Foster the People:
June 11 – Summerstage – New York, NY
June 12 – Lachine Canal – Montreal, QC
June 14 – Mann Center – Philadelphia, PA
June 15 – Bank of America Pavilion – Boston, MA
June 17 – The Fillmore – Detroit, MI
June 19 – Downsview Park – Toronto, ON
June 20 – Congress Theater – Chicago, IL
June 21 – Congress Theater – Chicago, IL
June 22 – US Bank Theater – Minneapolis, MN
June 25 – Deer Lake Park – Vancouver, BC
June 26 – WAMU Theater – Seattle, WA
June 27 – Edgefield Amphitheater – Troutdale, OR
June 29 – Greek Theatre – Berkeley, CA
June 30 – Gibson Amphitheatre – Los Angeles, CA
July 1 – Gibson Amphitheatre – Los Angeles, CA
July 3 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO
July 5 – The Great Salt Air – Salt Lake City, UT
July 6 – Commerica Theater – Phoenix, AZ
July 7 – The Pool at the Cosmopolitan – Las Vegas, NV
Sept 25 – Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
Sept 26 – Showbox @ the Market – Seattle, WA
Sept 27 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR
Sept 29 – Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA
Sept 30 – Majestic Ventura Theater – Ventura, CA
Oct 03 – Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
Oct 05 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
Oct 09 – The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 10 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
Oct 12 – Verizon Theatre – Grand Prairie, TX
Oct 14 – Austin City Limits – Austin, TX
Oct 16 – Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN
Oct 17 – Metro – Chicago, IL
Oct 20 – Webster Hall – New York, NY
Oct 21 – Theater of the Living Arts -Philadelphia, PA
Oct 23 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
Oct 24 – Royale Nightclub – Boston, MA
Oct 26 – Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC
Oct 27 – Danforth Music Hall -Toronto, ON
The day before Against Me! supported The Cult at Terminal 5, singer Laura Jane Grace tweeted “Anyone thinking that the Terminal 5 show in NYC tomorrow might not be worth it I PROMISE that you are mistaken. Do not miss this show!” She wasn’t kidding.
For anyone living under a rock, in a recent issue of Rolling Stone, Laura (formerly Tom Gabel) revealed that she had been struggling with transgender dysphoria his entire life, and would now begin to embrace who she really was. I’m pleased to report that hormone therapy has not affected her singing in the slightest. The band delivered a 40 minute set filled with older material, while also playing several songs from their upcoming album. They kicked the night off with two new songs – ‘True Trans Soul Rebel’ and ‘Transgender Dysphoria Blues’ which the crowd loved.
Next up was an older song, ‘Don’t Lose Touch’, and from that point it was easy to spot which members of the audience came to see Against Me! and which came to see The Cult. Fans started to jump up and down, push towards the front, and at several points, small but energetic mosh pits broke out in the crowd. Standouts from their excellent last album White Crosses followed including the singles ‘I Was a Teenage Anarchist’ and ‘White Crosses’. A couple of other new songs popped up in the set respectively entitled ‘Dead Friends’ and ‘Black Me Out’.
‘Black Me Out’ in particular stood out among the new songs. It started off slow, with just a soft guitar and Laura’s vocals, before the entire band joined in amid lyrics about chopping rings off ‘fat fucking fingers’ and pissing on walls of houses. It was classic Against Me! in the best way possible.
Towards the end of the set however, is when the true highlight of the set revealed itself. Laura welcomed the legendary Joan Jett to the stage and together they performed a cover of The Replacement’s ‘Androgynous’. Additionally, ‘The Ocean’ got a rapturous applause when Laura sang the lyrics “If I could have chosen, I would have been born a woman; my mother once told me she would have named me Laura”. Towards the end of their set, classics such as ‘Pints of Guinness Make You Strong’ and ‘Sink, Florida, Sink’ sparked waves of crowd surfers before the band thanked the crowd one last time and walked off stage.
Everyone’s been raving about the new Beach Boys album That’s Why God Made The Radio (Buy on iTunes) that was just released this week on Capitol/EMI. If you haven’t heard it yet, head over here to listen to a stream.
The band’s been celebrating the album’s release with their 50th anniversary tour (full dates below).
We’re celebrating the release by offering the album for FREE to one lucky reader. But wait, there’s more. The winner will also get the following albums as part of the prizepack:
Party/Stack O Tracks
Live in London
Little Deuce Coupe
Carl & The Passions
Warmth Of the Sun
15 Big Ones
Greatest Hits 3/Brother Years
Pet Sounds Sessions
Sounds of Summer
NUTS, right? Just email us at tapcontests at gmail dot com with the subject “Beach Boys Prizepack Giveaway!” Winner must have a US mailing address. Good luck!
Beach Boys US Tour:
6/8 Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
6/10 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
6/12 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
6/13 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
6/15 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
6/16 Camden, NJ Susquahanna Bank Center
6/17 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center For The Arts
6/19 Toronto, ON Molson Amphitheatre
6/20 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
6/22 Bangor, ME Waterfront Park
6/23 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
6/24 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
6/26 Boston, MA Bank Of America Pavilion
6/27 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
6/29 Darien Lakes, NY Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center
6/30 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/1 Milwaukee, WI Marcus Amphitheater
7/3 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live At Virginia Beach
7/4 Provo, UT Stadium Of Fire
7/6 Albuquerque, NM Sandia Casino
7/7 Phoenix, AZ Grand Canyon University
7/10 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
7/11 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
7/13 Woodinville, WA Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
7/14 Eugene, OR Cuthbert Amphitheater
7/15 Stateline, NV Harvey’s Lake Tahoe Amphitheater
“Reunion in Harmony”
“Lyrics to a Melody”
It’s been a long time coming but Jon Sandler’s debut full length album Late Night Champ will be released this coming Tuesday. On Sunday night, Jon plays a special album release show at New York’s City Winery. To get you even more excited for the show, Jon released a music video for the title track off of the album.
Watch “Late Night Champ” below and pick up tickets to his album release show here